Staging the house makes me realize---I am very sad to close this 25 year chapter in this home.
|(I was planning on painting the front door black, what do you think?)|
The house looks modest enough from the front. We've always enjoyed that. In the world of ostentatious living, a McMansion doesn't really fit our personality. Doesn't it look like a little 1200 SF cottage? Just the image I love. It's really somewhere from 4600-5300 sf. (waiting for the appraisal measurement)
The living room/dining room has a nice expansive feel. There are lots of windows, important in this climate. Lots of natural light.
We emptied out a ton of furniture so you would notice the house, not the furnishings. We had a collection of over 240 pieces of American Brilliant Cut Glass. Last year the realtors about fainted when they walked into the house. The antiques were so overwhelming one realtor said she couldn't recall a think about the house, she was so amazed at the collections. I thought it was an interesting and important lesson on staging. I was concerned about the amount of antiques, that I should make it look more "Pottery Barn", but then again, the antiques fit the style of the house, so WYSIWYG.
The house was built in 1940. I love the curved ceilings with the picture rail moulding. If I told you I painted the living room 4 times in one week trying to get the color right, would you think I was insane? Well, sometimes color looks different in sun, clouds, and evening. The NW only has 60 sunny days/year, so the correct shade is important. I love the balloon shades in the bay window. I do like to fluff the shades in order to get the right "pouf". I also like the washed damask wrinkly look.
Here's the awesome view of Portland, Or airport. Houses on this street don't go on the market too often, and I've seen people spend $1 million and do a teardown. I happen to think we have the best view of the river/city on the street. West of us, you wind up with a more industrial view, the river is farther away, and east of us, you drop in elevation, so you don't have quite the dramatic view.
My husband travelled ALOT, and I'd tell my daughter we could pretend we were camping in the clouds while he was gone. We'd scramble on Thursday night, cleaning up the house as he was coming home on Friday. (He might tell a different story,. he'd come home and invariably I'd find him in his suit, at the sink, putting breakfast bowls in the dishwasher....)
Here's a peek at the kitchen, natural cherry cabinets. My dad, a stone mason from Germany, made these wonderful cabinets -his first try - from an inspiration picture of a Smallbone kitchen. The granite is called White Tiger, although I've seen it called something else at another showroom. Gagganeau stove, amazingly quiet Miele dishwasher, Thermador oven/micro, Subzero Fridge (love it, will miss it)
If you purchase this house, the appliances are basically new--as I don't cook.
You get the picture--sweeping view dominates the house. The house was built in 1940, and has a wonderful feel to it.
Favorite guest suite to the left of the entryway. Wallpaper is from the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller collection by Schumacher. I still love it. (circa 1988). The Karastan is not moving, going on Craig's list. I was planning on stenciling some gold on the custom twin beds, copying a Bunny Williams bed, it's still on my list....
I'm working on staging my bathroom. I love the Rojo marble, with the french vanilla marble. This marble design was stolen from a Nina Campbell decorating book. I was tickled with the Pottery Barn print towels. I can't recall the last time I've seen print towels that I liked. It reminds me of Hubby's 80 year old aunt who gave us one print towel for a wedding present. I don't think I've ever purchased one after that!! Restoration Hardware mirrors, nice polished nickel fixtures, I want to take them with me.... ok I know I can't.
My dad was visiting around 1990, and he decided he wanted to put a full bath in our daylight basement. He said "in case he ever moved in". So I came home from work and he'd dug a trench in the basement to get to the plumbing!
So our we had fun trying to come up with an age-appropriate bathroom for the house. We couldn't afford alot of fancy stuff back then, but I feel the room has withstood the test of time. What year did we remodel? Not being able to answer the question is a good thing in my book. I love toile, so the wallpaper was a delight to use. I've purchased wallpaper from Eades over the decades.
So now you know why I've gone underground. This is a progress report--we are still trying to stage the house, and have some chores to do before we go MLS. So it's a private listing for now. Mistake or not, but we will likely not list for a couple months as we are so busy.
The house has been shown twice. The first couple had 3 children, and wanted 4 bedrooms on the same floor. They'll wish they had this house when the oldest is about 12. The wonderful thing about 3 floors is you can have lots of activity and areas of peace and quiet too.
So now that I'm working on getting the house ready, and don't have a new place to go to, I'm thinking why should I sell? I don't have to. We can stay here, it's only a 10 hour drive to the other house once a month, we can do it....
I'm working on view enhancement. Friday I'm pulling weeds in the garden. My favorite gardener is too busy to work on my yard. (What happened to the poor economy?)
So are we crazy to move? Any suggestions on staging?