Monday, September 22, 2014

The End Of An Era

I would be lying if I said seeing this sign for the first time didn't make my heart sink.
To be honest, the whole thing has happened so fast that I hadn't prepared for the final result.
After months of hard work--packing and cleaning, painting and staging, we sold our house last weekend.
Just like that!
The good news is we sold it to the perfect family who will treasure our home and raise their family in it just like we did.
And so, we are happy to pass this home on to them.
It is the end of an era but also the beginning of a new one for us.
Stay tuned as we make the transition to our new life!


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Tuesday, September 9, 2014

The Virtual Tour

Seeing the photos the photographer took for the virtual tour made the sale of our home a reality.
There is no turning back now!

I should caption every photo with a personal memory or two.
Like all the Christmas mornings spent in this living room.

Or all the dinners we ate in this room surrounded by family and friends.

The sunroom where we virtually lived!

The kitchen that saw so much activity and was prepared for anything that came its way.





The kitchen dining room saw even more family dinners and most recently, just us two.


Our family room.

The downstairs powder room, tucked under the stairs.
I don't think I ever featured this with its floral paintings.

The laundry room.

A bathroom for overnight guests.


This guest bedroom was where our mothers slept when they came to visit.
Bonnie calls it her room though!


The master bedroom.


Master bath.




Workout room, off the master.
I have no memories here as I never once used any of the equipment!


The upper deck off the master.


This was Alex's bedroom.


This bedroom wore many hats from den to guest bedroom.


This was Aaron's bedroom which became the granddaughter's room when they visit.


The reading room with balcony.


The bathroom that the boys used.
It was the first bathroom I ever remodeled, 15 years ago.


Over the garage is a suite of rooms, an office and two bedrooms.
This was where Ashley lived...






I remodeled the bathroom several years ago.


My favorite "room" is outside under the tent!
Luckily, I can take the tent with us!


Through the arbor...


The hot tub.

So many memories!

This week the kitchen floors are being refinished.
We'll have inspections and then two open houses on Saturday and Sunday.
For more information, visit harberandharber.com
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Friday, September 5, 2014

Getting Ready To Sell


"Our house has been a very very fine house,
with two cats in the yard..."
I've been humming that Crosby, Stills and Nash song for the last two weeks while preparing our house for the market.


And yes, it's been a very, very fine house, but now it's time to say goodbye.


The photographer came yesterday for the virtual tour.
Since I'm the stager, I had to have everything perfect for the photoshoot.
That meant no clutter, no personal items and staged to sell.


So for two weeks, I've been packing all the dishes, crystal, photographs and books.
Boxes upon boxes of stuff went to storage, while our mattress and a few pieces of furniture went to our short term rental.


I'm crossing my fingers that our house sells quickly so we can move the rest of our furniture out!
Stay tuned for the virtual tour and more information about the sale...
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Thursday, August 21, 2014

What The Fork Please

Our kitchen silverware drawer has pieces mixed together from our wedding silverplate and an everyday stainless set I bought at Marshalls years ago. 
It's annoying and I'm finally ready to do something about it!

It seems like I've been searching for a new set of everyday flatware forever.
While I'm not exactly sure what I want, I know I want it to be special.
This pattern is simple and I like the straight lines.  But....

I especially want a new set for our new house.  No more mis-matched silverware!
While I like this pattern, I wonder if I'll tire of it down the road.

I've almost bit the bullet several times, but at the last minute could not commit.
To say I'm particular about our flatware is an understatement!
It has to feel right in the hand.  Not too heavy, not too light.
I wonder if this pattern will feel right in the hand.  

It also has to look good!  
But not too ornate and not too simple.
I wonder if this pattern too simple.
All the examples above are from Pottery Barn and are reasonably priced.
Still, when you add up 12 place settings, it is a commitment.

This pattern from Crate and Barrel is nice, but too much like the everyday stainless I have now--or what's left of it.

 Williams-Sonoma has a nice monogrammable set that is stainless and dishwasher safe.
Do I want a monogram?

Believe it or not, this is the look I want.
It's also from Williams-Sonoma and made in Italy.
I absolutely love the pewter handles and the little hallmark stamp.
But.  It's hand wash only, and expensive.

Another pattern to consider is this hotel silver, monogrammed pattern from Williams-Sonoma.
It says it's dishwasher safe.  Also expensive!

Restoration Hardware has a similar pattern which is dishwasher safe but hand washing is recommended.
Beautiful, but not user friendly.  And quite expensive for a set of 12.
Do you see why it's so hard to commit?

To complicate things, I purchased this gorgeous set of bone handled flatware on sale from RH.
Hand washing is definitely recommended, so I'll just use it for special occasions.
It still doesn't solve my everyday flatware choice.
That's why I'm asking for your opinion.  Which one would you choose from my examples above, and why?
Come on, tell me: "What the fork?"

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