Before we go back to our over-priced home for sale, I need to say a few things.
Firstly, I am completely, and I mean completely overwhelmed at the response to the survey I put out the other day. If you didn’t see it and want to fill it out (it’s very short) you can find it here. I think I set it to stop running around the 23rd. In the meantime, 100s of you filled it out AND commented, so I’m going to be reading those responses for weeks! I can’t thank you enough!
But there’s more! It’s been an intense week!
I just found out that I was one of ten interior design bloggers selected to be a part of the High Point Furniture Market Design Bloggers Tour. I had applied a few weeks ago and forgot about it thinking that as usual, I would be ignored, but no, they want me! I’m shocked, honored and thrilled!
I’M GOING TO HIGH POINT IN OCTOBER!
Alright, back to our regularly scheduled underwhelming duplex.
If you recall, a week ago, I featured an apartment around the corner from me, here in Bronxville, NY that just went on the market for 800k. Albeit, it’s a large duplex with 3 bedrooms and two bathrooms, but the kitchen is small and dated. And it’s just not right for this vintage 1920s apartment.
I’m going to start out with a nice image because sometimes the lead image is picked up and I do not want the lead image to be from that apartment!
I found this image on a very cool lighting website that I found below on another verrrry cool website and blog if you don’t know it called Studio McGee. They are a very talented couple in Utah with lovely young traditional decor and gorgeous photographs!
I chose this because I think this would be charming for a bedroom and a great fresh look for a home that I was trying to sell.
Please remember… When your home goes on the market
it’s no longer yours.
The bathroom, below is one example from Studio McGee with sconces from Schoolhouse Electric and Supply Co.
We have a lot of trends with the cement tile aka: encaustic tile, shiplap which is a word I never heard 3 years ago and now I hear it 3 times a day. I really like it. It has a summer-country-house-vintage-y look without being screamingly so. Love the black painted door and that adorbs vanity! Really well-done little bathroom.
Alright, that’s enough pretty for the time being. I must share with you the bathroom in our 800k duplex [that’s going to be sitting on the market for a long time.]
Forgive me, but that has to be the ugliest wall tile I’ve ever seen. I know it’s mean to say that, but it’s also mean of them to foist this on their prospective buyers. And please straighten the mirror. Wait. Is that a reflection of the waterpik in the makeup mirror?
Please just take it all down. All of it.We NEED to see the windows, not the mega yards of fabric.
The entrance. Oye. Please don’t paint the hallway pink. But that’s not even the half of it!
What should it be painted?
Paint it white. Yes, I know, I know… I love a soft white on white wall with dark deep rich stained floors in an older home.
Alright, one more and them I’m done picking on my poor neighbors.
fuddee duddee, and please, you can get a beautiful French door at Home Depot for under $200! There are four pieces of furniture and I think that’s at least two too many. Put excess furnishings in storage. Less is definitely more when selling a home.
Here is a beautifully put together dining room that would definitely help sell this vintage home.
The rest of this post will focus on bathrooms whether you’re designing, dreaming or you have a home for sale
Some of them are great and some of them are fine, if you’re planning on staying there for a while. OR lowering your home value.
But before I go on… I see some hands raised up in the balcony. Am I saying that the only way to go is classic and “safe?” Or JUST white? Alright. Yes, there’s nothing more beautiful in my opinion than a white on white bathroom. Maybe with some touches of color or black, but basically white. Or at least white in a home like this. If you don’t care, then by all means do whatever you like. Just don’t expect to get the value out of it that you put in.
Moving on… I’ve been coming across a lot of stuff like this. Stuff that goes under the category of “Hollywood Regency.” Well… kinda… maybe. I hear that HR is on the way out and if so this may be the reason why.
This one is making me really angry. I LOVE the lacquer chest. And I LOVE the gorgeous prints. But please…
I know what happened. It’s that durned decorator. ;] I don’t know who it is… Probably somebody famous. He talked his
intimidated clients into this.
“Oh dahhhhliiiiing… that tile is absolutely to diiiiiie for.”
Sadistic freak. I cannot look at this image. I have a tendency to get dizzy and nauseous as it is. (no joke.) This could put me in a full-blown attack.
Oh, I am so close to loving this bathroom! I know… it’s really cool, but I’m struggling with the red and pink stripes. Just paint the walls navy and I’ll be a happy girl. Is that little tufted chair sick or what? (sick meaning, the good kind of sick) :]
This to me would be the quintessentially perfect bathroom for a 1920s-1930s home. Hell, any home! But especially an antique or vintage home. Wonderful!
Yikes! It’s The Picture of Dorian Gray meets Little Shop of Horrors. Or maybe the stylist was desperate and it was 5:00 PM?
Funky retro with another portrait and one of the filthiest tubs I’ve every seen. And that bathmat! Funky, okay but a brown stained white bathroom mat is not cool. ‘Kaaay?
What about the brass, Laurel?
In this bathroom I really love it. Give the entire thing a good scrubbing and put up a cool mirror and this would be one amazingly cool space!
You’ve probably noticed that brass has made a BIG comeback and understandably, this makes a lot of us nervous.
Will the brass of 2015 look dated in 20 years?
It depends. If it goes in the wrong bathroom, yes. If it’s in a bathroom with an old world, funky or rustic feel then that’s as timeless as it comes.
I love the elegant hotel feel of this bathroom. Like The Pierre kind of hotel. Not the Ramada kind of hotel.
I found this photo which I had never seen before and saw Capri under it and then I saw the “JK” and thought… no… it can’t be. But it is… My favorite hotel in the whole world… well, actually, this is not the JK Place Capri, it’s the JK Place Florence. I love that the Roman shade has a little kink in it. Sublime little bathroom and sooooo unlike most of our bilious-beige hotels in the US!
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Classic and I love the large door-less shower. This is a new trend. A shower with no door. Not in my family, because the water would be going into the next county but I do love this look!
If you only have one bathroom say in an apartment do you need a tub? Well, I don’t. I used to take baths until… never mind. But yes, you should put in a tub if there’s only one bathroom.
They have never done much for me. This one looks like where they slop the hogs. And what’s with those pendants? They can’t be serious. I’d be clunking my head and singeing my hair every time I went in there!
I would’ve preferred just a thin row of black tiles and a white toilet seat but other than that I love this bathroom and what really makes it are the prints. Don’t forget that art in the bathroom is a good thing!
Love this charming little bathroom with the smallest sink in a cabinet I’ve ever seen. Here, in southern Westchester County, a lot of the old homes have no bathroom on the first floor. I’ve seen many a closet converted into a powder room. I could see this small bathroom in a lot of situations. At first I was thinking kid’s bathroom, but my kids would’ve had that sink for breakfast.
In closing, I know that I said that was cutting down my posts to once a week. I’m already feeling sad about that. I don’t know why. Well, I do know why. The blog is my favorite thing to do.
We’ll see how it goes…