In staging the master bedroom, one has attempted to go for the Victorian Country Style rather than the usual Gothic Mansion Style. After removing a few pieces of furniture and opening the blinds, the room is now quite open and light, and really doesn't even look like our bedroom anymore. It does, however, look a lot less cluttered - a look which apparently prospective buyers do not find appealing, and a concept completely beyond one's grasp.
The following pictures clearly emphasize how important it is to hire a professional photographer to take some decent photos before we leave ...
|Glare on the pictures, glare on the mirror, |
too bright in the foreground, too dark in the background ...
But doesn't that newly varnished closet door look amazing?
Just for fun, here's a picture of the closet 25 years ago. The door appears to be missing - it was probably in the basement along with a lot of other doors. But that was a long time ago and we really can't remember. Note the large piece of plastic taped to the ceiling, to keep the water leaking down from the attic off whoever was sleeping in there at the time. Lovely.
|Decorated in the Skater/Post-Apocalyptic Style|
The spouse hasn't quite grasped the concept of staging yet, and enthusiastically packed away absolutely everything on top of his dresser. The insomniac was forced to retrieve two of
|The dresser still looks a little too empty for the insomniac's taste ...|
|Straying slightly from the Victorian Country theme ...|
|Okay, it was really hard sticking to the Victorian Country theme ...|
Even though we may be leaving the Gothic Mansion, little traces of our existence here will always remain. The insomniac got a tad emotional and shed a few tears upon seeing her Father's handwriting on the back of the hot air register. Although that may have been due more to the giant sliver lodged in her thumb than the writing - or perhaps a combination of the two.
|Everything was labelled so we knew where it belonged ...|
|The floor hasn't been that shiny in decades ...|
And doesn't that newly varnished baseboard look amazing?
|... and after.|
|Back on track with Victorian Country ... or as close as it's going to get.|
The insomniac has been somewhat less enthusiastic in her packing; her dressers look the same as always - minus the two dozen small vials of perfume samples, and the safety pin and penny collection that was always spilling out of their silver dishes. And although she has been told numerous times that personal items and pictures must be stowed away to avoid making anyone viewing the home uncomfortable, she plans on keeping those items out until the last possible second.
|A picture found on eBay and identical to one in |
the Sainted Father's baby book ...
|This picture used to hang over Grandma's bed ...|
|The offspring, when they were too young to question |
their mother's fondness for dressing them in black ...
A person has a tendency to forget how large this house really is, until faced with the self-imposed task of refinishing all the woodwork. And cleaning all the windows. All thirty-three of them. Each with a separate storm window. Some of which are only accessible from scaffolding. See you in a few weeks ...
Until next time, the insomniac wishes you nights of blissful sleep filled with pleasant dreams. Goodnight, my pretties.