How To (and Not to) Stage a Condo For Sale

Andrew and I have been looking for a permanent home again. More on that later (but if you are thinking of selling yours and live in the South End, Newton, Arlington or Winchester HIT ME UP).  What I have learned from going to open houses and looking at listings is this- people have really bad taste. I sound like a bitch, I know, but my GOD the things I see shock me!  But nothing really shocks me quite like seeing a $529,000, 925 square foot condo for sale with listing images like this… clearly, it’s being rented by some college kids, but if you are a realtor you clean this crap up! It’s why you get paid your percentage! Can you even believe they had the balls to not only post these but also call this ” a gorgeous unit”?!?!

P.S. For those who don’t live in Boston, yes, this is what half a million buys you.

Things to do to stage your house for photos and open houses:

– CLEAN UP! Get rid of knick knacks, magazines, mail, toys, anything little that clutters tabletops and bookcases.

– Limit the number of family photos displayed.  If you have a gallery wall up, that’s fine, you can leave it be.  But if you have 27 framed pictures on counters and dressers and the like put them away.  It is harder for people to picture themselves in your home if there are images of you everywhere.

-Fresh flowers do wonders for a space. Keep them clean and simple. A bunch of tulips here and there is enough- no overdone centerpieces.

– Burn candles or spray a fragrance- nothing turns me off like a musty smelling room.

– If you have already moved out, make sure everything is spotless, take out all nails/ picture hangers and patch holes and paint.  You want to give off the image of a fresh start, not like you grabbed to stuff and got the hell outta dodge.

If your house has been on the market with no bites for a while consider these ideas which might be a good investment:

– Repaint any rooms that have a polarizing color in them (bright red, blue, pink, black, whatever).  It’s amazing how many people see a room color they don’t like and it makes the whole space seem “not right”. Pick a very neutral color like Benjamin Moore’s Manchester Tan or Edgecomb Grey.

– Throw down some cheap and neutral sisal rugs in place of worn or busy patterned rugs that people may not like. The solid serene color will make the space seem bigger and calmer.

– Neutralize kid spaces for those who may not have kids or have kids of another gender or age.

– Curb appeal is everything- make sure you have mowed the lawn, pruned the hedges, cleaned the gutters, patched any paint and swept stairs/patios/etc.

Fashion Friday: Charleston Bound

Next week I’m taking a long weekend with my Mom and heading to Charleston, SC for my first visit ever! I’ve herd such wonderful things about the southern city and have been itching to see it for myself.  Especially after reading this:

We’re staying at the Charleston Place hotel and while I tried my darndest to get a rezzie at the much recommended Husk, i was booked even WEEKS ago!

Dying over this little coral home for sale (for a pretty penny)

Some Charleston inspired outfits- preppy, bright and fun!

Packing for Charleston

Real Estate Lust: Can I Borrow $18 Mill?

Riding back from New York on the train last night we passed through my old stomping grounds of New London and Mystic, CT and as I looked out at the waterfront I was reminded of how much I love living by the ocean.  It’s just so calming and beautiful. Then this morning I find out that Katharine Hepburn’s amazing waterfront home in Old Saybrook (right near that area I used to live in) is for sale. Perfect! I need a new home, I love the water, Katharine Hepburn!? Done! Now, who wants to loan me $18 million??

Luxury is PRIVACY. And this place has it in spades.

The beams, windows and white scheme are awesome. Decor wise, I’d go bananas.

Can you even imagine waking up to that view???

LOVE the exposed brick.

I can so imagine sipping some wine on this deck!

I think my Dad would sell all his children for this view right here.

And who wouldn’t want this pedigree associated with their home?

Love at First Sight…

The second I saw this adorable Maryland cottage in Southern Living I fell in love. I am determined to live in a cottage someday, hopefully just like this one!! As I stress over our current living situation (very complicated, but if anyone has a condo for sale or rent in the south end, hit a sister up) I am so drawn the the peace and coziness of a home like this.

Adore this pink scheme in the living room and the clever use of wallpaper in the built in glass doors to hide clutter.

More little touches to conceal the clutter children bring (I’d have added some contrast trim though…just sayin’)

Dramatic wall color= favesies.

IKEA + marble= a high/low mix that makes the final result look all high end!

Another example- IKEA table, vintage chairs found for a steal and reupholstered in high end outdoor fabric!

Off yo NYC for an exciting client meeting! Catch ya on the flip flop.

Loft Lust

As I scour the internet for real estate listings for a new home I came across this amazeballs loft that I would love to live in. It’s slightly out of our price range  and the we’d have to add a second bedroom at some point AND in a neighborhood I’m still not sure of…but just LOOK at the amazing woodwork!!! And a claw foot tub AND walk in marble shower? And that slate island??? Christ almighty! This really is like porn for me.