Beaux R'eves

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Playing Hookey To Go Estate Sale-Ing!

I played Hookey from work today 
and I blame!  
Not only did I play Hookey 
but the degenerate side of me 
made the call to the school 
to get Miss Beaux out of class 
to play along with me!  
Now, don't get me wrong here, 
I support education and believe that all children 
should be in school etc., etc.  
But everyone should get a mental health day 
with their mom, right?  
There was a HUGE model home sale 
starting today that I didn't want to miss.  
The builder is well known and very established 
and I knew they would have some great finds.  
AND, I promised her a Starbucks on the way there!  
This is only a portion of the huge warehouse!   
Most of the furniture was dated 
but in great shape as no one had really ever sat on it.
Pillows anyone?
I sent this pic to Mr. Beaux 
and he thought we were in the garden section at Lowe's!
Tons of accessories!  
Miss Beaux wanted to bring the Sputnik clock home 
but it was broken!
When I was perusing 
I spied this white chair.  
I figured it might be too expensive 
for my Estate Sale budget 
but I knew I needed to check it out.  
I liked the lines of it 
and I thought the size was perfect for a bedroom.
When I saw the price I flipped out!  
Can you believe only $54.00?  
It is in pristine condition 
without a mark on the fabric!  
I love the soft tufting and the covered buttons.
The legs need a little Restor-A-Finish 
on them I think 
but that's an easy fix.
When I was hauling it out 
to the car a lady that was entering the sale said " Well there goes my chair!"
That's when you know you have a great find!
I can't wait to put it in it's new home!  

Speaking of... Here is a little sneak peak of the Hardwoods in the Master.
Not a very good photo 
but this is after the first coat of sealer 
went over the stain yesterday.  
Today was two more coats 
with buffing in between.  
I am so glad we are doing this!

So, the rest of the day was spent with Miss Beaux 
at more Estate Sales 
and Lunch at the Corner Bakery.  
We had a blast and laughed a lot 
at the funny things that we saw.
We found these two hilarious cats 
at the big sale 
but sadly left them behind, Ha ha.  

She did talk me into buying her a 50 cent cat mug though.  

We brought other goodies home too 
which I will share with you later.  

Until Next Time,

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

I Pulled The Rug Out From Under...So To Speak

As you know, 
a lot has been going on around here this week.  
Progress is being made on the Hardwoods 
in the Master 
and I am still in my Spring Cleaning Mode.  
This weekend we were moving things out 
of the Master so that they could start on the floors 
and also getting ready 
for Sweetheart pictures at our house.  
That means 12+ Kiddos at our house 
AND their parents!  
I was sprucing up the Dining Room 
with some flowers...
I bought these pretty Hydrangeas at Costco.  
I can't wait for mine to bloom this year!  
I am going to try to get some blues going... 
I have some stuff pinned on Pinterest 
so hopefully it will work.  
Anyway, I digress...  
Because we are all dreaming 
of Spring at this point aren't we?  
Oh, right, I was thinking...
that I would really like to move this rug out of the room.  
I wanted a change 
and what better time than when Mr. Beaux 
was in a moving mood.  
These pictures were from 
 when we had our home listed for sale last Spring.  
You can see that the rug matches the stair carpet.  
I needed a large rug 
and the prices were outrageous!  
It was a lot more cost effective 
to have a 9X12 rug made at the carpet store.  
I picked the matching border 
and they bound and backed it with felt.  
I Love the Stair Carpet 
but I was tiring of the rug 
under the dining table.  
I want something lighter.

Mr. Beaux and I started to move the table 
and he tweaked his back!  
Uh Oh!  
I called in Miss Beaux to the rescue 
and we got our furniture movers out 
and the two of us moved the table.  
Mr. Beaux protested the whole time 
but we didn't let him lift a finger.  
All I need is for him to be laid up on my sofa!  
I am really happy right now 
with these bare floors!  
with all of the dust happening 
it is a good thing!  
 There are a few other things on my list 
for this Dining Room.  
First, I am looking for a new Chandelier.  
When we built the house 11 years ago 
I was living in California 
and the Mr. was working here.  
I would have to fly in 
and make all of the decisions 
on the house in a weekend.  
Not having any idea of sources in the area 
I was kinda stuck with what was offered.  
I am so over this bowl fixture!  
But at the time it worked.  
Second, I need to reupholster these chairs. 
I am tired of the pattern.
Mr. Beaux won't let me do it myself!  
I don't have enough time, 
blah, blah, blah, 
I hate it when he is right!  
 At least it is not a long list!  
As you can see, 
I am still practicing my photo skills 
trying to capture what is outside 
while still taking a good interior photo.  
How am I doing?  

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Home Staging Week 5: Enjoy the Before and After

OK, I have to be honest 
and tell that I have been SO busy lately!  
I really want to keep these posts going 
for those of you that are thinking 
of selling this Spring.  
I wanted to post with a purpose!  
I wanted to talk about specific topics 
regarding home staging 
and not just show you 
Before and After shots.  
But this week 
that is just going to have to do 
until I can sit down 
and have more comprehensive thoughts 
to relay to you!  

I staged this house back in the winter of '11.  
The cutest little couple 
had a grown daughter 
with a congenital heart disease 
and they needed to downsize 
so that they could afford 
to pay for an apartment for her 
to foster her independence.  
They were really good people 
and I enjoyed working with them 
but they had a Living Room that gave me fits!
We'll start in the Entry.  
It was cluttered but it was a good space.  
I thought the entry table was a little small.  
I knew that once we took everything else out 
it would look tiny.  
So, I searched around 
for something else 
and I found this chest in the basement.
I liked the lines of it 
but not the color 
and it wasn't in the best shape.  
I took it home and spray painted it black 
and used gold on the inlaid part.
It was a quick fix! 
Sorry about the picture quality!  
 This was pre-blogging days!
This is the Living Room 
that is shaped like a bowling alley!  
You see it as soon as you walk into the house.  
Remember, I have to work with what I have...  
Piano was staying 
as was the large Armoire.  
It's almost like two rooms in one 
which makes it look cluttered 
no matter what you do.  
I know I must have rearranged 
the furniture a million times 
in my head and on paper 
before I went back to do the actual staging.  
This is what I came up with.  
By moving the sofa,
and angling, 
it invites you into the room 
and creates better traffic flow into the other room.  
I got rid of the two barrel chairs 
and brought in one of my occasional chairs.  
We removed the drapes 
to let more light into the room.  
Heavy drapes with lots of pattern 
are distracting to buyers.  
They were a little dated 
and this is a much cleaner look.  
Besides, if the homeowners 
really like them 
then they can move them to the new house!
The Dining Room 
right off of the Entry was a little crowded.  
There were two china cabinets 
on either side of the window.  
I suggested painting the green walls 
but it really wasn't in the budget.  
So, we do what we can 
and try to fool the eye.  
They did get an updated 
light fixture which really helped.  
We removed the china cabinets 
and kept the room really simple.  
This sun room was right off of the kitchen.  
There were so many sliders out to the deck 
that made furniture placement difficult.  
And you want to showcase the beautiful windows!
 I used this rug 
to break up all of the gray indoor-outdoor carpet 
and bring some pattern into the room.  
Angling the furniture 
again allows for better traffic flow.  
Kitchen:  You know what to do here...  
Declutter, declutter, declutter!  
Again, painting was not an option!
 Better right?  
And all we did was Declutter!

I can't say enough about Decluttering!
One of my secrets 
is to use green apples!  
They last a long time 
and always give a fresh look to a space.
And a little "Model Home" 
like staging never hurts!  
They had a long bar 
next to the kitchen table 
that I staged with a coffee or tea station.  
The office space.  
I did a switcheroo of some chairs and decluttered.  
Master Bedroom.  
She was a quilter 
and had made this beautiful quilt.  
She also made the drapes and cornice.  
I found the matching pillows 
in the basement along with the comforter.  
Here is the thing about staging... 
Nothing is off limits!  
I tell people that I will be foraging 
through their things 
so if there is anything 
that they don't want me to see 
they had better get rid of it 
before I come back to stage!  
And let me tell you, 
I have seen some stuff 
that I won't talk about! 
Adorable pillows! 
The Master Bath 
really needed to be updated.  
They had a groovy walk in tub 
or fall in tub you might say.  
But again, it was not in their budget 
and you have to respect that 
and stage around it.
I actually placed the basket with towels there 
because I didn't want people to accidentally 
fall into the bath!
This cabinet was to the left 
when you entered the bathroom.  
I wanted to remove the desk 
that they had in the bedroom 
so I created a little vanity area.
I liked having 
the vintage piece in the room.  
The sewing room.  
Very pink!  
I really loved the curtains!  
They got to stay!  
The only two rooms that were painted 
were this room and the room next to it.  
The other bedroom that you will see next 
had a king sized bed in it 
with two twin mattresses.  
We took them apart 
to make two twin beds, 
one for each room. 
The room was painted in Sherwin Williams 
Patience-one of my favorite neutral colors.  
This is the "blue" room with the king bed.  
There was a cute little doll house 
that the grandkids played with when they visited.  
Doesn't she have some nice antique pieces?  
She said that they were all handed down 
in the family for generations.  
Maybe they could adopt me?
I used the dollhouse as a headboard!  
And, the kids could still play with it!  
OK, so no big lesson today 
just a Before and After.  
I hope you all enjoyed it!  

Until Next Time,
Beaux R'eves

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