Instant Home

Do you think it would be fun to set up a house from scratch?  Actually, not entirely from scratch.  You have a large storage room packed with various pieces of furniture, lamps, rugs and accessories from which to shop.  The goal is to use what you have and make any house look a- maz- ing! I don't mean just nice but it must be enough of a wow to distract visitors from noticing the shiny brass fixtures and the popcorn ceilings.  And did I mention that you have 2 days in which to accomplish this almost supernatural feat? That is what my assistant, Angie and I did on Friday and Saturday.  And it was fun.  The raw material was a bit of a challenge, though.  The walls were a bit fleshy colored and the floor had that old yellow pine cast to them.  And there was the dreaded popcorn up above and the shiny brass in the baths but on the plus side, the house has lots of windows, an open floor plan, a recently remodeled kitchen and a lovely private back yard.  But it was vacant, which made it look sad and forlorn.   Our truck pulled up to the curb and within a few hours, we had all of the furniture placed and set to work on the art and accessories.  Angie and I divide and conquer when we are under the gun and she is a genius at finding bargains when we absolutely must have one more thing or the room just won't work.

Here are a few photos that I took of the finished product.  Tomorrow, we will have our photographer take professional photos for the listing agent to use in marketing the home.

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Living room

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The navy and white stripe rug provides a strong graphic element in the otherwise very bland room.  Orange pillows provide a nice punch of color.

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The dining room which is open to the living room continues the blue and white color scheme.  How gorgeous would a big vase of orange tiger lilies be on this table?  I might have to run out to The Fresh Market tomorrow before the photographer arrives to get some!!

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The orange becomes more predominant in the sunroom which we designed for watching tv primarily.  I love the retro director's chair and the low lacquer and wood console.  The old time clock on the wall is also a nod to the past.

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Master bedroom

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Cheerful color in the accents with primarily white bedding makes a bedroom feel fresh and clean.

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I always try to add a seating area in a bedroom with a good lamp and a place to rest a cup of coffee or a drink.  Mirrors are a great way to light up a dark corner.

And a glimpse of the kitchen...

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I tried to get a shot of the patio that we staged as an outdoor living room but when I opened the glass door to take a photo, a gekko almost ran into the house so I had to quickly shut the door.  I really hope I didn't catch his tail in the door- YUK!