Monday, May 3, 2010

Designed to Sell

Friday, was the completion of a project I've been working on.
I was brought in to help get this home ready to sell in just a few weeks time.
The homeowners have lived in this house for 26 years, raised three children, and are ready to downsize and move on to the next stage in their lives.

Five years ago, I designed their living room. I had a red living room at the time and the homeowner fell in love with it. So, she got a red living room too, as well as new floral sofa and plaid club chairs and a new rug.

We also chose the yellow and red toile wallpaper for her dining room at that time.
Here is the dining room today, staged to sell. I updated the look with a grain sack table runner and burlap on the buffet. New plants from the wholesale nursery complete the room.

Here is their kitchen with the original cabinet perfectly preserved.
The rest of the kitchen was recently remodeled with cherry cabinets and granite countertops.

A close up of the original leaded glass cabinet filled with the homeowner's beloved Mackenzie Childs glasses.

There is a lovely tumbled marble backsplash.

A den at the back of the house opens to a lovely deck and pool.
I brought in the seagrass rug, coffee table, burlap skirted table, and plants, and had the walls painted Benjamin Moore's Hilton Head Cream.
Miss Molly doesn't know what to think of that seagrass rug!

This was the homeowner's son's bedroom. A new coat of paint, seagrass rug and a lot of pillows from Pottery Barn changed up this room nicely.

The downstairs vintage bathroom was given a coat of deep blue paint. New shower curtain, white towels and a rag rug give it a crisp nautical look.

The upstairs master bedroom also got a coat of Hilton Head Cream paint,
a new seagrass rug, and all new bedding from Pottery Barn.
The sitting room was transformed from an office with built in cabinets. Now it can be visualized by a buyer as a nursery or sitting room.

Miss Molly loves the new bedding.

There is a vintage master bath too. New paint, new white towels and shower curtain give it a spa like feel.

The backyard has a lovely pool and spa. It was spruced up with new deck paint and the bricks were power washed. We filled lots of pots with geraniums and staged the table for an al fresco meal.

Recognize the placemats and dishes? This photo was taken before the finished product as there are now geraniums as a centerpiece to complete the table.

It's not easy selling your home, especially after 26 years. A lot of effort went in to preparing this house to sell. But we did it, and we hit our target date too.
So Friday, the sign went in the front yard, the homeowners left town for the weekend and my friend Maureen held the first open house.
The price? $1,750,000

For more photos and a professional virtual tour, click here.

I'm linking up to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Metamorphosis Monday.

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Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

This home is absolutely beautiful, Delores. I love the architectural style. The interior is gorgeous!!

susan said...

This house has great curb appeal! That leaded glass is gorgeous too. Hope you part of the commission :)

Blondie's Journal said...

Beautiful, Delores. You made a lot of positive changes. I love it!


Angie said...

Gorgeous. That's all I can say- I am speechless!!

rojospa said...

Beautiful! I could move right in!

Semi Expat said...

Looks amazing - I would love it if it came with Miss Molly too!!

Stacey said...

What a pretty home. I bet it will sell in a heartbeat! I love the colors and the vintage touches. Did I spy a glass doorknob?

I recently bought Pottery Barn bedding from that same collection but different colors. I love it because it's so soft!

Kim said...

OMG Delores! You deserve your own show on HGTV!! You could be the next Design Star! Seriously, you've got skills.

Anonymous said...

Oh, this home is so gorgeous! You have wonderful ideas! Love the patterns and colors in the living and dining rooms! The kitchen is marvelous. Love the olden cabinet and glass all intact!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Karen said...

What a lovely, traditional home. You've done a wonderful job readying it for a sale.

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

You have great decorating skills and did a beautiful job on this lovely home!

maureen harber said...

It was fun to watch your mind at work over the last few weeks.We had a fabulous open house yesterday. Everyone loved the home. You hit it out of the park girl!

Low Tide High Style said...

You did a wonderful job of helping your friends stage their beautiful home to sell. That leaded glass cabinet in the kitchen is to die for, and Miss Molly is too cute! Here's hoping for a quick sale!

Kat :)

Kathysue said...

Delores, I have been running errands all day so I am coming over a little late in the day. You made this home look so inviting with just the right colors and accessories. She was smart to call you in on this project!! Great Job! Kathysue

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty house! Miss Molly is adorable.
Have a great week.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Lovely home! You did a great job adding more updated and modern accesories. Fun job!

savvycityfarmer said...

... I'm sure your magic touch will be the ticket!!!

Mary said...

The beautiful outdoor space was unexpected - and every room is gorgeous, both from what you did before and now with the staging to sell. I doubt it will be on the market long Delores. The price blew me away though - comparing to what what one could buy in this area for that figure.......but of course it's California and I know from what my friends have paid for property out there, the market is much different!

The homeowners must be sad leaving this lovely home......wishing them luck wherever they plan to go. As for you my dear.......your decorating skills are wonderful, great job!

Heidi said...

HI Delores,
What a great house! It looks terrific, love all lthe original details throughout combined with the new - very clean and fresh looking. This market is tricky, but homes in that price seem to be the ones selling, so it might not be too long! The pool area looks terrific, love that table setting!!
Heidi - Heart and Home

Joyce said...

I read your delightful blog often and Maureen sold my house in Burlingame on Vancouver so please tell her hello from Joyce and Alan and she is is the BEST realtor ever!

Melanie said...

Beautiful! And wow, what y'all get for houses in California is amazing. I just can't believe it.

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Beautiful Delores. I fell in love with that original kitchen cabinet! laurie

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

wow, beautiful home! you did such a great job.

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