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Sofa facing fireplace with a yellow chair on either side. Use the ottomans with trays in front of the sofa in place of a coffee table . Console on bare wall behind repositioned sofa with a couple lamps so you can have softer lighting than provided by all the recessed fixtures. Angle the clock in the corner to the right of where you have it now. It may not look so lost with the console nearby. Wall where the console is presently could handle a large piece of art. Add some green living plants and small drink tables beside the chairs.
March 21, 2014 at 5:20pm     
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Are there any update pics?
April 3, 2014 at 7:25pm   
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we're having pictures hung right now and finishing most of our unpacking-will take pics of the house and post next week. thanks so much for all the help!
April 4, 2014 at 11:19am     
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This article states that summer is the peak sales season. Here in the northeast, If the size and location of your home makes it likely to be bought by a family with children, the peak sales season would be late winter-spring, not summer. Families with children need to have a sales contract by late spring so that they can MOVE in the summer, before the next school year begins.
March 18, 2014 at 6:23am     
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As I read these additional comments, I would like to offer these thoughts. You may chalk them up to a bit of paranoia and I'm sorry to be a downer for this greatly written article. But I think we should remember that not everyone looking at your home may be an interested, genuine home buyer, certainly during an open house. So I'd like to add my personal opinions about these items.

1. Remove your children's pictures. You don't know who's coming through your house for a showing or open house. Do you want to let people know who lives there? I feel the same about putting your children's photos on the internet - you've just given access to the identities of the people you love most in the world.

2. Remove memorabilia like autographed footballs or collections like antique cameras, even remove your grandma's pearls. Don't let people walking through your house even know those items exist. I have some old cameras worth only about $10, but our realtor told us to box them up because people would think they were worth something more and although she was there, couldn't watch everyone coming through for an open house.

3. Many have heard of this one, remove your prescription medications. There has been a trend in some markets of people going to open houses just to ransack the medicine cabinet for prescription drugs.

4. I work in the building design industry and as a current home buyer (we're looking), I use the photos to figure out the floor plan as best as I can. And I personally, would like to see a floor plan of the house to see if it's what I want. BUT, if you put your floor plan on a photo feed for your house, you've now just given the entire world access to the floor plan of your house, including all windows and doors that are potential entry points.

It's a sad world that these things are out there, but as we talk about how to sell your house, I think we should at least pause and consider the safety of your home as well.
March 19, 2014 at 6:45am     
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A trend that should end is mottos such as LOVE, FAMILY, PEACE etc hung on walls or sitting on mantles/tables. Also adding "pops of color". I don't want my room or my front door to "pop"; I want it to be welcoming, comfortable and serve its purpose.
March 18, 2014 at 7:59pm     
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Wow, I guess I'm out of style before I even get started! We are in the process of building my dream house in SC at a lake and the Sheetrock is being hung as I write.

We sold a log house that we lived in for 11 years, and after looking at brown walls, brown floors, brown ceilings, and overly dark, drab cabinetry for so long, all I want is bright, bright, bright!!

My house is an open concept house.

My kitchen and living room cabinets are painted white with a charcoal grey glaze. My kitchen island will be painted in a chalky dark blue. My counter tops will be quartz with a mosaic tile backsplash. My appliances are stainless (although I hate cleaning them, white ones would be too much).

My TV will be over my gas logs and mantle.

My floors will be hardwoods in open area and halls, carpet in master bedroom, guest rooms and office, and tile in wet areas.

I also have a air jetted deep soaking tub and a large walk in shower with 2 handhelds and a 12" rain head in the center.

I chose chrome as the finish on my faucets throughout the house because it is timeless and I want a more contemporary look in the house.

The paint in the open rooms will be a light to med-tone grey with blue undertones with white trim. In the guest rooms, a griege that I can decorate around without having to spend a fortune, I am leaning towards a muted plum for my master bedroom with silver accents.

Also, I have recessed cans in the den, kitchen, and master bedroom along with ceiling fans with light kits (except for kitchen).

After reading this post, I guess I'm just going to have to be outdated before I been move in! However, these are things that I like as I will be the one paying for them and living with the choices I make! I guess that it also depends on where you live.

I'm excited to finish since we've been building since Jan 2013. We are our own GC and sub everything out. We research every decision and check prices and quotes. It may take us longer to build, but the money we have saved is worth the wait!
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As many have said, Donna, do what makes you happy!
That being said, hee, do NOT like pedestal sinks and a big HUH?!? to backwards books. I guess I'm really behind here!
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