Thursday, May 26, 2011

In Memory of... the Big, Blue House.

After a comment left on my facebook (thanks, Shannon!) and a talk with my husband, I thought it'd be fun to take a trip down memory lane to my very first "stage" job-- our old house.
I first discovered this house by noticing a lock box on its door one day while driving by. I hurriedly made it home to check the listing on the internet (something I do religiously as a hobby). Lo and behold, it was a foreclosure, and only $86,000 in a neighborhood where the average home was about $200,000. Score!  I called the agent, saw the house the next day, and put a bid on it that night (without my husband even seeing it). We were in a bidding war with two other perspective buyers, but we won! Thus began the gruesome year and a half revival of a neglected home. I've never spent so many {painstaking} hours pulling up staples in my life!  Here are some before and after pictures.
243 Maple Avenue
The day we bought her. 
Kitchen Before
Hello Sunshine!

Kitchen After
Repainted the Cabinets,
 Replaced Laminate Counter tops with Wooden Butcher block from Ikea
Built a Table with leftover Counter tops.
Master Bath Before
Master Bath After
Converted a small bedroom into a much-needed
bigger bathroom.
Fireplace unit runs off gel fuel
and instantly makes any space warm and inviting.
Complete with Slate Tiles,
His and Hers Vanities,
And a Slate Walk-in Shower (not pictured).

Living Room Before 
Living Room After
Indigo Paint and Refinished Floors.
Master Bedroom Before
Master After
Ripped up carpet, laid new floor, new paint,
and added ventles fire logs.

The Den Before

The Den After
Ripped up carpet, refinished existing floor, and new paint.

Guest Bedroom Before

Guest Bedroom After
These walls may or may not have been painted three times
 before deciding upon a color scheme I was happy with:)

There were three more rooms, two other bathrooms and a third floor laundry room that were also remodeled (we even found a second staircase behind a wall). All in all, we had a decent first experience remodeling a house from head to toe, our marriage survived all the drama, and I learned a thing or two while we were at it. We sold the house two years after we bought it.
Three main things that I believe contributed to the sale of our house:
1. Location, Location, Location
2. Modern Upgrades= Move-in Ready
3. Proper Staging to enhance each room's unique features

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Oh What Fun.

 I had the pleasure of staging this house in Edgewood these past couple weeks. We used to own a house in this same neighborhood, and let me tell you, I miss it. This Victorian house is adorable, and frankly I'm surprised it hasn't sold yet. However, if it's one thing I've learned from watching all that HGTV it's that a staged home sells much quicker. Rooms tend to look smaller than they really are, and people tend to have a difficult time imagining a room without furniture. So that's where I came in. Here are some pictures of the final result.

The Foyer With Gorgeous Chandeliers Throughout
Love the Stained Glass Window

Dining Room
Gotta Love the Built-ins
Living Room: View as you walk in from foyer. 

I love this giant palm leaf-esque style basket
and the little nesting boxes
under this glass table.
Television Cabinet

Great Crown Molding to cap off
some tall ceilings.
Had I any bedroom furniture,
I'd have made this a bedroom to show buyers how big
 this room actually is.
For now it acts as a den,
just imagine the map as a flat screen :)

I included these next few pictures of this room
 to show how the adjoining room would make such a sweet nursery. 

Pardon my editing skills.
No, there's not really a crib in there, but wouldn't this be fun! 

The "real" room without an added in crib.
Could also make a wonderful walk-in closet.
Just throw some built-ins from ikea and voila. 

Had to leave my "calling card". 
Never have I worked with a more prompt and delightful Realtor.
 And trust me, I've worked with my share. 

Monday, May 9, 2011


My little girl and I took advantage of this glorious day and worked on repurposing some old furniture outside. I've obvious taken a liking to these bold colors, and it's been so much fun for me to pick out fabrics. Here's a few pictures of the finished project (I wish I had a before shot so you could see the progress).


Some new finds at an estate sale this weekend-- antique hunting prints. 

Not sure where to put them yet, so above the fireplace they shall remain...for now. 

A couple other favorite finds from this weekend--a lovely-shaded blue nightstand, and a really unique carafe. 

Monday, May 2, 2011

This Little Light Of Mine.

I'm posting up pictures of some of the outdoor lights we had at the Flea, as well as their retail prices. We're selling them from 50-75% off the retail price so if you see a piece you like and want more details feel free to email me at Stay tuned for some chandeliers and pendants for the inside, too.
Hinkley Bronze 1885RB
Retail $165.00
Maxim 5752CLBP Pewter Outdoor Light
Retail $144
Hinkley Rotterdam Outdoor Light 1875PZ
Retail $225
Thomas Lighting
Catalog No: SL9424-7
Retail $121.00
Thomas Lighting
Catalog No: SL9425-7
Retail $182.60


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