One of my favorite things is looking at well styled homes. I think that is one of the things that brought me to blogs. I just love when bloggers share their lovely homes and works in process.
I remember the "old days" when I spent lovely afternoons with glossy magazines in my lap! I would leaf through the luscious photos of the amazing designer rooms. Many of my magazines had dog eared pages for me to return to over and over. You may remember my love of magazines from an earlier post. The magazine love I talked about was more about hair styles and new fashion looks. --I love that still too! (I get to see this on blogs now too.)
My grandmother used to subscribe to Country Living and sometimes she would buy Better Homes & Gardens. She must have loved getting ideas from these magazines too. I don't think she ever threw them away...which was cool because if you were visiting you could always find a magazine if you wanted one. It's surprising how some decor magazines are somewhat timeless.
When we moved into our current house we set about changing it to our style. It was a big and very fun project. Of course, several things are still "in process". You'll notice that my earliest posts on the blog were often about our house. --It kind of goes hand in hand...blogs and decor. There's something about decor and making a home YOUR home that is more than just color. It's intimate.
My neighbors from across the street are selling their home. They are doing it without a real estate agent. I actually can't imagine trying to sell a home without a real estate agent. But it has to be the "right" agent.
When we sold our house in WA we worked with a realtor that was a great fit for us and our home. He got us. We believe that our realtor choice was a key to selling the house in our compressed time frame.
Another thing that absolutely helped us was a professional stager.
We had already moved out of the house. There's a theory, to which I whole heartedly subscribe, that buyers prefer to see a home with some furniture to give an idea of scale. It may also be that a limited amount of decor provides inspiration and triggers buyers imagining their own things in the home.
I thought I'd share some pics of our WA home after it was staged.
I would share some pics of the house while we lived there...but I can't find any good pics. The staged photos were for the listing...and really, how often do you take pics of your home unless you are blogging? This house was pre-blog for me.
FYI: If you'd like to learn more about staging, I worked with Maren Harrington of Back Drop Home Staging in Seattle.
Hope you are having a good week.