Tuesday, March 19, 2019

The Harvard Ranch: Final Stretch

I was at the house both days this weekend and yet I only took two pictures, below. I was so busy that I didn't even think about it until I was heading home. So apologies for that. I wish I could share more with you, but just know that we're in the final stretch and it's starting to look ADORABLE. 

I spent Saturday morning grouting the kitchen backsplash and I just cannot get enough of this tile. I want to put it everywhere. We have a few more boxes of it as we bought everything the store had since it was on sale, so hopefully we can find ways to use it in a future house. Or I'll just keep it for my own personal use. 

I hope prospective buyers love it as much as I do. It brings just a touch of color to the kitchen and it makes me smile and again, I have to remind myself what Olivia told me, that what's most important is that I can walk away from this house when it sells knowing that I put my heart into it and love it and that's what matters most. 

~ Stephanie

Thursday, March 7, 2019

The Harvard Ranch: A Difference In Opinion

When I first picked out the backsplash tile it was very polarizing, and by polarizing I mean that when polled it seemed no one really liked it except me. But I loved it, couldn't stop staring at it, wanted to cuddle with it. I was talking to one of my best girls about how I struggle with my design choices because I worry about whether prospective buyers will have the same taste and she responded with, "I think making design choices that you like is most important, because if you start making them to please other people you'll never feel secure in your decisions. But if you can be like, 'NOPE, I loved it, the end,' you'll always win." I bookmarked that to remind myself of when I get squirrelly. 

With each house we do we take new chances on design. On our last house, The Chalet, we took a chance on the kitchen design (lest I remind you my father was worried the kitchen would be considered too big). On this house, with it being a ranch and limited space, I wanted to try no upper cabinets. Without uppers the eye is tricked into thinking the space is larger than it is. But not everyone is going to be okay with having their dishes and glassware out in the open. Although, if it's not an excuse to go shopping for matching dishware then I don't know what is. When we first installed the brackets my father and I kept staring at them and the doubt crept in and settled for me. Had I made a horrible decision? But my father really capture it perfectly. He  said, I think we're having trouble with this because we're trying something new and that can be scary. 

Anyways, we've been having a disagreement regarding the backsplash tile because I love it so much that I want more of it, throughout the shelves, or even to the ceiling. We have enough of it. But my dad doesn't want to and I don't know if it's a design thing for him or just that we're so close to being done and installing that tile would take up a day's work that could be used elsewhere. Either way, it's looking like I'm not going to get what I want. Ho hum.

And lastly, my dad spent the other day building this mantle around the basement fireplace. The previous owners had the tile installed but never finished it, or maybe ripped out what had been there, who knows. But the studs were exposed and it wasn't finished so he spent the day building this. I think it's lovely and once it's painted it's going to be stunning. And it'll bring some charm to a basement that's otherwise just a basement room. 

~ Stephanie

Thursday, February 28, 2019

The Harvard Ranch: Living Room Updates

The past two days I spent painting. Painting the basement bathroom, touching up the basement walls, the laundry room, the living room, the basement stairs, the bedroom trim, and three coats on the living room built-ins.


Friday, February 22, 2019

Sale vs. Splurge

I'm always buying new furniture and decor for staging because I have a shopping problem because no two houses are the same and therefore cannot be staged the same. Recently, I've been buying with the Harvard Ranch in mind. It's a Ranch, so some things like layout are pretty standard, and it's in a rural town that's mostly farmhouses so there's a distinct aesthetic, but it's also a renovated and totally unique property. So there's a lot to consider.

Let's talk armchairs. The living room of a house is where guests often congregate, so obviously you want it to look its best. Admittedly, I don't care much for orange. But I was obsessing over the Whitefish, Montana house that HGTV was giving away at the time of my purchase and in that house the living room had an orange theme and it looked so cozy and luxurious and I'm easily swayed by a beautiful picture. It happens.

It takes a lot of pieces to come together to make up all the staging items I use in one house. As such, I look for deals. I have to. However, I don't want anything to look cheap. I am selling a lifestyle when staging a house, an image you can step into and think, "I'd like to live here, for this to be mine." Sometimes I will spend more on an item just because I think I may not be able to find something else like it for less, or I need it immediately for staging and don't have time to bargain shop. Or I'm just being impulsive. But luckily with staging this house I've had time.

Tuesday, February 19, 2019

The Harvard Ranch: A Week Off

This week I won't be at the house as the floor guys are in. Over the next couple days they will sand down the floors and then apply three coats of stain. Before they started I finished grouting the bathroom floor and we installed (well, my dad installed and I supervised) the brackets for the open-shelves in the kitchen. So while this will be the only post this week, just know that the house is steadily coming along and there will be new posts next week, hopefully including some before-and-afters. 

~ Stephanie

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