Thursday, March 8, 2012

Three Things This Thursday

Hello Thursday!

I love Thursdays. Simply because the next day is Friday.

Friday is the best day of the work week, making Thursday a close second.

One


Ever since I picked up my cute brass watering can from the local thrift shop, I've steadily been falling in love with all things brass. Which, when you think about it too hard, is kinda funny. I bought the watering can on a hem and a haw, not really sure if I even liked it at all. And now that I have a little brass in my life, I kinda just want more.

I mean. Isn't this bed absolutely gorgeous?


Two

Last night, Mocha decided she didn't want to sleep. Instead, she paced around the house, from our bedroom to the dining room, up onto her favourite Poang chair, back to the bedroom, up onto the bed, back down, out to the kitchen, in a circle around the dining room, on and on. 

Mostly, this would have been ok. Except that Mocha hasn't been to the groomer in way too long and her nails are in need of a trim. So, puppy pacing on bamboo floor means clack-clack-clack-clack all night, slowly driving the puppy mummy crazy.

Three

While my parents were visiting on the weekend, we dropped into an open house down our street. We do this nearly ever weekend, keeping an eye on what's directly around us, how it looks and where our house falls into the spectrum. The house was nice and priced for a bidding war, but that's not what I wanted to remark on.

As we were putting on our shoes, my dad looked around and said, "This place feels like no one lives here." He and the realtor jumped into a conversation about home staging and my dad left fascinated. 

"You sound like a country bumpkin," my mom muttered to him as we headed back down the street to our unfinished little white house.


It got me thinking. Is dressing a house to the nines specifically for the purpose of selling it a big city thing? Does the same kind of thing go on in our small towns or are the expectations lower, the buyers less swayed by pretty dress? Since we drop in on open houses in this city quite regularly, I have gotten used to the staged nature of a home on the market, have come to expect it, really. 

I can't imagine actually living in such an empty, pretty, but untouchable home though. 

12 comments:

  1. I think home staging is really important in selling a house - but not the spare, nobody-lives-here kind of staging. We've bought and sold several houses and with each one, I've gone through the rooms and removed all the extra 'stuff'. It makes the rooms feel larger and more open and buyers can imagine their own 'stuff' filling up the space.
    That being said, we leave our artwork and photography up and things certainly don't look sterile or over-staged. And the kids and dog still manage to make lots of messes!

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  2. Lots of Realtors I know actually specifically suggest not over-staging homes to the point of immaculate magazine type settings because it can put people off of the space, make the rooms or home feel more 'cold' or un-lived in--which is exactly the reaction your Dad seemed to have felt! It doesn't make him a 'country bumpkin' by any stretch of the imagination, it makes him one of the majority ;)

    The only time I have heard a Realtor say that absolutely immaculate should be expected is in show homes. Though, I can imagine that staging is more of a city vs. country thing too in some aspects&areas.

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  3. What's with the painting above the bed??

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  4. Same here. That room is really beautiful, but I can't see myself kicking off my shoes to read a book and drink a Pepsi on that couch. Give me worn and warm any day!

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  5. Oh dear... I was kind of hoping you would all be too enamoured by the beautiful bed to notice that... I have no idea! It's weird isn't it? Honestly, who would want that above their bed?

    Anyway, don't focus on the painting! It's all about the bed. :D

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  6. Me too! Though that fireplace does look cozy...

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  7. In the conversation, the realtor mentioned that a house that's on the market is, in a way, a show home. I don't know how much I agree. I think clean is important, fresh flowers are important, etc. etc. but... when we sell, I think we'll find a realtor that's not interested in over-staging!

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  8. I definitely agree with that! As a buyer, I would be far more interested in seeing a clean, clutter-free space. But I love that you leave your own artwork and photography up. I don't think a house should come across as completely devoid of personality and life!

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  9. That's such a great bed! I love the light fitting too!

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  10. The light fixtures are pretty cool - I'm impressed by the pops of colour. And then I get distracted by the bed again... :D Thanks for dropping by!

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  11. Sounds just like something MY dad would say -- made me laugh! :)

    xo

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  12. The painting behind your bed looks really nice, it definitely fits there.

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