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


Friday, February 15, 2019

The Harvard Ranch: Tiling The Shower, Part Deux

There are few things in house renovation as exciting as seeing countertops being installed. One moment you have cabinets with no top, where they look almost flimsy in their incompleteness, but then you put the granite on top and suddenly it looks legit.



Wednesday, February 13, 2019

The Harvard Ranch - Tiling The Shower

I spent Saturday morning grouting the walk-in shower at the Harvard Ranch. Grouting vertical surfaces usually leaves me tearing my hair out, but I was listening to episodes of Dax Shepherd's Armchair Expect and just deep breathed my way through it.


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

The Harvard Ranch - Kitchen Installation

Renovating houses is a time-sensitive job. The housing market is always changing and unless you're paying for the house with cash the longer you hold onto a property the more money you spend. As such, we work on the weekends. So Saturday I arrived at the house and discovered that my father had installed the floor tile in the bathroom and the kitchen flooring had gone in and the cabinets had been unpacked.

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