Monday, July 3, 2017
Well here it is July 2017 already. Mr. C and I have been tirelessly working non-stop to once again prep our home and property for sale. Our new listing Broker has given us guidance and we have followed it. The house and outbuildings all got repainted and there is no more blue. We brightened the inside also. Still editing and purging "stuff". Mr. C and I have lived here nineteen (19) years now. Today is also our 19th wedding anniversary. We are do-overs and even though we are complete opposites our togetherness works.
We are ready for our final chapter and whatever it may offer us.
Please bring on the buyers now.
May you each have a very Happy and Safe Fourth of July! Time with family and friends is Priceless...<3
Friday, June 23, 2017
In just one very short and hectic month we have interviewed new Brokers, selected the one for us and worked his suggestions. This is the new look. No more blue! We now have a very elegant and stately home that we will be relisting beginning July. What is your first impression? The real estate market here in rural small town Northern California is done mostly on the internet and we understand we have a mere 20-30 seconds to attract and keep a potential buyer interested enough to continue to view our photos and then come here to see in person what an excellent value this is.
This is the before. Now there is no more blue. This photo was one of the listing "professional" images. More on this story later. All the other photos in this post are my simple Canon Powershot SD880 IS digital Elph that I have had for many years now and still love. I am not a professional photographer nor do I study photography like Mr. C does. It is all too technical for me. But I digress...
Here we are testing white and we know it will take some serious primer and two coats of paint to cover my beloved blue. Mr. C hired a "colorist" and she helped us select the proper shades of colors.
She also helped us with where to end the white and begin the darker grey. We always buy Benjamin Moore paint in the highest quality of product. We selected Cloud White #OC-130 for the house trim. Our house body is Cobblestone Path #1606. The new decks and railings color is Englewood Cliffs #1607. I love the new colors. No more blue and when I was whining to my daughter that I will never live down the blue and what we must spend to cover it up, she merely said, "Mother you still have the sky!". Bless you my child!
We are on such a short timeline and just a few days into painting our painter got sick. Very sick with the Norovirus that is going around in the schools mostly. Six days and I was worried our home would have this split personality...half blue and half white. Thankfully Mr. Painter and his helpers were able to complete the job in record time.
No more blue...not even on outbuildings. Make them all the body color to in essence disappear.
Even my bell tower got painted grey.
So this is once again the finished view. We love the changes...yes even I love the new look. After all I still have my blue sky! New professional photography is next in order to re-list with our new Broker. I'll share those with you as well.
We have been in triple digit heat for 8 days now and I can honestly say it is hot. Mr. C and I had to work in the yards yesterday and it was miserable. We both drank gallons of liquids and still had no relief. Today we are doing indoor chores with the AC set at 80 and it never shuts off.
I do love Summer and hope to enjoy it once this home and property are once again offered to the perfect buyer we believe is out there. Bring on the offers...
May you each be safe and doing what you love. <3
Tuesday, June 13, 2017
Nineteen years ago we purchased this house with this blue Axminster carpet throughout the living areas. I personally really liked it. Because it was/is extremely expensive well made carpet it was still like brand new. The only issue we had was in the hallway where the pad did not last and it became more of a washboard look. We had experts come look to see if there was a remedy but because of all the curves it could not be stretched or relaid with new pad. We were advised to merely give a carpet allowance. Story condensed, we are listening to our new broker. Lots of time and money later we have this...
A very pretty neutral beige/grey cashmere carpet. We decided to do the entire upstairs living quarters. Approximately 160 square yards. Two installers for two ten hour days and that took care of all the flat surfaces.
The old hall carpet. Bye-bye.
The master bedroom was a pinkish beige when we bought and along the way we upgraded to this soft green when we remodeled the master bath with Travertine and Verdi Gris Granite. Of course we also carpeted the master closets...his and hers.
Huge improvement with the new cashmere soft neutral carpet. It runs from room to room and the separate master closets. I love the continuity now. Mr. C and I have selected what potential buyers will hopefully like but more importantly we went with a very good quality so we will enjoy it if we must stay here.
Ahhh...the gorgeous curved stairs in our entry way. Now we have a third installer who is an expert in stairs and wood floors. He spent another day and a half just doing fifteen stairs. The previous carpet was not installed correctly and it caused a lot of issues.
Mr. C and I did discuss just leaving the Oak stairs bare but that would have involved a lot more work to fill and refinish them. Then we would have noisy wood to clomp on and the better chance of slipping and falling. Carpet it is!
From the entry door going up. So soft and cushy and beautiful. Bright and fresh and clean looking!
From the downstairs going up to the foyer and front door. Of course we also had to make certain we selected carpet that went well with our new downstairs Porcelain tile we remodeled a year ago. Win-Win!
We are so happy with the new changes and the brightened home we now live in. While sitting and admiring all our new décor, we ask ourselves "Why did we wait so long to treat ourselves?!"
Bring on the buyers!!! Just a few more upgrades to share with you soon. Hopefully we will be re-listing early July. Whew! We are exhausted and beyond tired.
We have had Winter again with very cold temps and some rain and a huge hail storm. It snowed about 6 inches over Donner Summit and at several ski resorts. Now it is to warm up and be Summer once again. Crazy weather for sure.
Busy editing and purging more stuff. Last weekend I delivered hundreds of books to our local Friends of the Library monthly sale. Now I must re-visit my fabrics and trims again and edit those even further. Not knowing what the future truly holds makes it all the more difficult for me. I just have to keep in mind I have more stuff than I will ever be able to use up. I am blessed.
Happy Summer and enJOYing everything you love...<3
Wednesday, May 31, 2017
Hello. My goodness May came along and now is gone all too quickly. We have taken our home off the market for the time being. After interviewing numerous persons and having one brave enough to tell us a few changes we need to make, the surprise projects have begun. Our plan is to complete all projects and list our home in time for late Summer Selling Season. You have all been so patient and encouraging over the last seven months and I am very grateful. Thank You.
This is our Great Room, another term for living room. It is a large room. When we bought this home 19 years ago this past weekend, everything was builder beige...except the blue floral carpet. We had a designer/interior decorator help us to bring cozy to this room so many years ago.
Mr. C and a cabinet craftsman built this cherry entertainment center and it must stay with the house. (Side note: I will never spend this kind of time and money on custom built-ins again!)
Now the very expensive threaded wallpaper must go. It is too dark and dated. Bye-bye. My tears stayed silent while the trash bin was being filled. I didn't even have the heart to try to salvage any for paper arts. Mr. C reminds me to move ahead.
Testing color samples on the wall. This color is "Whiskers" and we used it downstairs when we remodeled just over a year ago. It blends well with the light tan in the hallway and dining room. The ceiling is a soft taupe and also goes well. Whew! One less decision and area to change.
I admit the room is now bright and airy and ready for new homeowners. Next week is a further change. Yes, it involves this room as well. Can you guess? The old window valence will not be going back up. I would like to have sheer light grey panels that hang from the window tops to the floor at both ends and the two window frames in the middle. What do you suggest? I have to keep reminding myself that none of this is for me and Mr. C...unless the house never sells and we stay here forever. We are keeping that in mind as we hire contractors and make changes that we will be able to live with...just in case.
I shall welcome June and all it brings. May is ending with a shot of rain. I welcome the rain...but not with our projects right now. Everyday is a challenge yet I am grateful for all we have and are able to do. Nothing creative from me right now. I am allowing my Muse to relax, rejoice and reenergize so that she will be ready when I can get back to sewing and creating. Summer Blessings to all...
Tuesday, May 23, 2017
This month of May is so busy. Lots to do and very limited time to do it all. I am posting this so I know I have done something with all those days and hours.
Beverlys is a craft and fabric store that I enjoy very much. The closest one to me is in Rocklin and that is a 45 minute drive each way downhill and uphill. I am on their mailing and email list. I received an email a few weeks ago and it had a link to this fabric gift card holder. It can also hold business or calling cards. This is the link for instructions. Thank you very much Beverlys. I have made five here in this photo. They are quick to sew and use very little fabric so perfect for scraps. As you can see, you can mix and match the fabrics if you like. They are also very easy to mail and will fit nicely into a card.
Other than being busy inside and outside we have taken a couple of days to visit friends and enjoy time with them. The boys spent Sunday at the British Car Show in Dixon. We girls spent the day having High Tea at a lovely tea room. No Photos! I didn't have my camera and I have no smart phone with a camera.
This post is short yet I just couldn't let any more days pass by. I so admire all of you who continue to blog and post daily or at least regularly. I am my own excuse!!! Summer is here in all its triple digit heat glory. I really must get busy now. I hope to post sooner.
May you each be spending glorious time in Creative Bliss...