A designer’s portfolio—and a great wall treatment.
Amy Berry’s portfolio is stunning.
There is a lot of happy to be found in this Etsy art shop.
I kind of left you all hanging on the sale of our last house. It’s one of those things that’s probably not great to blog about during the process, so I wanted to wait until after it was all a done deal. We listed the house in late June and didn’t end up closing until mid-November. We had expected/hoped it would sell a little more quickly, but there was some environmental related stuff going on in the general area (and in the media) that didn’t do us any favors. We took a leap of faith taking on two mortgages so that we could get moved in before the school year started. But, it all worked out, and He was faithful to take care of us.
So, back to what this post is actually about. . . I received this question from a reader and thought it could be a good topic:
I would love to hear how buyers viewed the home you just sold, with all of the customizing/personalization of the home you had made. The green bathroom vanity, for example. The space you established as your office, etc. As we work on updates/renovations to our home, its something I think about when we go to sell. Will anybody else like the pieces/finishes/light fixtures I settled on?
When we bought the house in 2011, I really thought that would be our last move for a very long time. (More details on our move here.) So, I went into the decorating process with a different mindset, focusing on making decisions for our family and not so much for future buyers. But, I also went more slowly, thinking there were years to complete rooms/projects. So, I never got around to painting the kitchen cabinets or stripping all of the wallpaper. I felt like our house was kind of half-done when we decided to list it.
(After stripping the powder room wallpaper, I just didn’t have it in me.)
The feedback we got from potential buyers, however, was really positive. We had it “almost sold” several times (which is a gut-wrenching process, as many of you know). Only one person said anything about the master bathroom wallpaper that I decided not to spend time stripping off, and we didn’t hear anything about the entryway stripes, the green vanity, the (removable) decals on our steps, etc. With the help of HGTV and DIY sites, I think most buyers are savvy enough to know what’s easily changeable and what’s not. (However, it still bugs the ever living daylights out of me when someone on House Hunters talks about how terrible a paint color is! Repaint it, people!)
I’m no real estate expert, but I would say that most buyers notice more the overall feeling of a house when they walk in and less the specific decorating elements. And, as long as the changes are cosmetic and don’t require more than some elbow grease—and maybe some spackle—to change, I’d say go for it. I think a personalized home can show that a family lived there and enjoyed the space—and possibly potential that they might have never considered.
Even if a move is eminent, you can make it yours in small ways that you’ll enjoy now. Hang the picture. Paint the wall. Enjoy your home.
Curious if you’ve had any good/bad/interesting feedback about ways you’ve personalized a home you’ve sold?
This is the first house we’ve lived in with 8’ ceilings. And, while I like how they feel, I’ve had to change the way I think about lighting. I’m usually of the “bigger is better” mindset when it comes to overhead lighting, but that’s obviously not going to work in every room here. I think flush mount lighting has gotten somewhat of a bad rap. I’ve always thought of them as not very exciting and definitely nothing that makes a statement.
But, I think it’s crazy to sacrifice style just because you have lower ceilings. That’s why I lived with a gaping hole in our living room ceiling for several months (after we removed an older ceiling fan) until I found something I loved. I didn’t want to go too small, and I knew I wanted something pretty that still gave out plenty of light.
I actually had this one (the Robert Abbey Axis found here) in my cart several times before I pulled the trigger—mostly because of the price. I could more easily justify spending more money on a chandelier or larger pendant, but I’ve never considered a flush mount an investment. After finally ordering this one, I’ve changed my mind. I think the right light is worth investing in, no matter the size.
You know I’m all about searching thrift stores for light fixtures when possible. But, let’s face it, there are very few good, secondhand flush mounts to be found—unless you’re looking for boob lights.
Side note: I don’t usually make blanket statements about any decorating piece for fear I’ll likely offend some (or lots of) people. But….I can say with confidence that “boob lights” don’t do rooms any favors. (If you don’t know what I’m talking about, just Google image it. Oh, and also never say “boob light” in front of a fifth grade boy. I learned that lesson the hard way.)
(Some of these are available in other finishes. But, you can tell I’m partial go gold/brass.)
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