Dream Home Vs. Reality Home
Every HGTV Dream Home of years past has been gorgeous and flawless. My place? Not so much. Here, let me give you a tour...
By: Briana Mowrey
Dream Home: Entry
The 2013 Dream Home's hallway shoe cubby bench means you can stay organized and be stylish at the same time.
Reality Home: Entry
When I come home, I kick my shoes off into the monstrous shoe pile in the corner and bolt the door. (Also, that orchid is truly a pipe dream because I can't even keep a succulent alive longer than a week.)
Dream Home: Kitchen
Dream Home 2012's deluxe kitchen — complete with oven, microwave and warming drawer — makes it easy to cook gourmet meals at home.
Reality Home: Kitchen
Two days after I order takeout, there are still stacks of crumb-covered dishes "soaking" in my sink.
Dream Home: Master Bedroom
The individual reading lamps are perfect for cozying up with a good book. Meanwhile, the dog can snooze in the mini replica of the 2011 Dream Home.
Reality Home: Master Bedroom
My husband and I are both snoring away to late-night TV. And the dog has somehow wedged himself between us, shedding thick black fur all over our white bedding.
Dream Home: Home Theater
Tripod floor lamps, black & white photos and a 58-inch flat panel TV with speakers provide a theater-like experience amidst all the comforts of Dream Home 2010.
Reality Home: Home Theater
If by "home theater" you mean "watching Scandal on a tiny laptop in bed," then yes, I totally have a "home theater."
Dream Home: Laundry Room
An industrial chic laundry room with tons of storage space and natural light from a window? Is this a detergent commercial set or the Dream Home 2009?
Reality Home: Laundry Room
Please allow me to show you my laundry room. [opens a closet door, waves hand in front of stacked washer and dryer]
Dream Home: Walk-In Closet
Dream Home: This master closet from Dream Home 2008 is loaded with floor-to-ceiling custom organizers and decorative touches like vases and candles.
Reality Home: Walk-In Closet
My closets are also loaded...with things that fall on me as soon as I open them.
Dream Home: Guest Bedroom
The four-poster walnut bed with black-checked cotton throw and matching throw pillows from Dream Home 2007 is as cute and quaint as any B & B.
Reality Home: Guest Bedroom
Hold on while I inflate this air mattress.
Dream Home: Dining Room
The dining room from Dream Home 2006 is warm, rustic and inviting. The round table can even seat up to 12 people.
Reality Home: Dining Room
The coffee table is my dining room table.
Dream Home: Pool and Patio
The limestone fireplace, stately columns and swimming pool make HGTV Dream Home 2005 feel like a resort.
Reality Home: Pool and Patio
No joke, that Dream Home backyard is bigger than my entire home. And if I want to take a dip in a swimming pool, I'd have to resort to the gym's.
Dream Home: Boat Dock
The HGTV Dream Home 2004 in Georgia came with its own boat dock and dockhouse with a screened-in living room.
Reality Home: Boat Dock
A boat dock? This is so far from anything that resembles my reality, I don't even know how to address it. And if you'll excuse me, I think I have to go cry myself to sleep now.