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If you’ve ever watched any of the Architectural Digest home tour videos then you’ll know that they visit houses of various celebrities and designers that have a real flair for home decor. In some of these tours you might see lacquered walls, custom built-ins, and/or some incredible chandeliers and light fixtures. These spaces can be great for inspiration, but they certainly don’t reflect how most people live. In “regular” homes we have messes, un-repaired problems, and spaces we just don’t know what to do with. If AD tours were more like reality they might just show these types of issues. Well, this Saturday Night Live skit from 2020 shows how a more “realistic” house tour might go.

shoes by front door
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In this segment viewers are invited to the home of Beck Bennett, who was on the show from 2013 until 2021. Right when the camera gets to the front door there’s already some “realness” in the entryway: some boxes and junk stashed in the foyer, haphazardly surrounded by shoes. Bennett helpfully instructs the camera person that “you don’t need to get that, that’s just some boxes”.

Once inside the house we see a plethora of problems, like tape on the windows, a messy collection of blankets on the sectional, and a very yellowed old thermostat box. Bennett points out his “pile” on the fireplace surround- a random collection of things he doesn’t know where to put.

pile of blankets on couch
Via: Jason Abdilla/Unsplash

Most noticeable in this older home are the numerous cracks in the plastered walls that he points out in just about every single room, including a large one which got repaired but then was never painted over. We can relate! It probably wouldn’t be so funny if it wasn’t true.

As much as we try to keep our homes both neat and well maintained, sometimes life takes priority and these things just don’t get the attention they deserve. I’m just grateful no one’s trying to film the chaos at my house!

Check out this more “realistic” AD tour in the video below.