Keeping it real since 2014

About Us


Hi there!

    My name is Julianne Metzger. This blog is about my home, cooking, and other life things. I’m the one who writes and publishes the blog, but quite often you’ll see my boyfriend and our dog.

This is my face. There’s many like it, but this one is mine.



I had lots of adventures before buying this home. I served 14 years in the U.S. Navy. I worked aboard a warship, at the White House, and the Pentagon. I loved the Navy, but eventually I realized it wasn’t to be my lifelong career.

sailor girl

After the military, I finished my master’s degree, and now I work for the federal government. On this blog, all the opinions expressed are my own*.


I bought my two bedroom, two bathroom, 1000 square foot home as a spinster, destined to live alone forever (or so it seemed at the time). Nothing like tempting the universe with a 30-year mortgage and a confident, “I’m going to be single forever,” to make it send along the love of your life, finally.

This is my boyfriend Jaymes.

He’s in the Army, and also the best handy man and all around awesome guy to have around. (*He’s also a great woodworker, so be sure to check out his Etsy shop here.)


We live in Alexandria, Virginia- about 15 minutes south of Washington D.C. We’ve been dating for about two years, and I’d say things are getting pretty serious.



This is our dog, Johnny Cash.

He’s a mutt, and a rescue. We don’t know how old he is exactly, so we’ve decided he’s a puppy forever. Cash likes Jaymes the best, as we all do.

Cash 1

Is this my good side? -Cash, probably

This is our home.

It’s a 1945 Cape Cod with lots of weird additions. It’s a fixer upper in need of lots of love. However it’s got a half acre, almost unheard of in our town. It needs some updates, but it’s a great place for friends and family to get together.

Home sweet home

Jaymes, Cash, and I will all be here on the blog from time to time to update you about our lives, our home, and our food. With the caveat of lots of other random subjects as it strikes our fancy.

The Real House Blog

I spent a ton of time thinking about names for this blog. It’s actually been named quite a few things over the years. I sort of wanted to name the house in the style of the 1800’s, like Gone with the Wind’s Tara, or Buckingham Palace. I thought of all the blogs I love and see on Insta or Pinterest. And while they are great, sometimes it doesn’t seem like they are real people, with a real budget, and real frustration. So I just figured I’d keep it simple, so you and I both know, that this is our real house, and that I’m not subsidized by HGTV. Yet. 🙂

Thanks for stopping by and learning a bit about our home and family. I hope you enjoy the blog, and please let me know what you think!


Julianne, Jaymes, Cash, and house



The information in this weblog is provided “AS IS” with no warranties, and confers no rights. All the information included in this blog is my opinion, or my own personal knowledge at the time of writing the post. 
*This weblog does not represent the thoughts, intentions, plans or strategies of my employer. It is solely my opinion.
Feel free to challenge me, disagree with me, or tell me I’m completely nuts in the comments section of each blog entry, but I reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason whatsoever (abusive, profane, rude, or anonymous comments) – so keep it polite, please.

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