Sunday, May 5, 2013

The “Staged” Master Bedroom ...

It's been a busy few weeks here in the Gothic Mansion, trying to finish up everything before the big day. Although the insomniac  had originally started out with the intent to merely touch up all the little dings on the woodwork, after adding a new coat of varnish to the master bedroom closet door, it looked so good she has decided to re-stain and re-varnish ALL the woodwork in the ENTIRE house. While this has made an already tight schedule even more so, it feels like the right thing to do, and has brought back fond recollections of when the wood trim was originally stripped of its fifteen layers of paint using an arsenal of heat guns, sandpaper, putty knives and dental picks. And some not-so-fond memories of just how much a one-inch sliver from a piece of fir hurts.

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 her his favourite pieces from the boxes, and bring up a bouquet of dead roses from the dining room, in order to make it look a little less barren.

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?

Before ...

... 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.

IA

53 comments:

  1. The woodwork is gorgeous. I will be surprised if the house doesn't sell the first week it goes on the market.

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    1. Thank you, Bane! It would be lovely if it sold the first week - because the thought of all those people tramping through here is REALLY making the insomniac  a little teary-eyed! ;o)

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  2. Oh dearest! You have done a tremendous work on your house. Only by viewing the pre and after pictures of your bedroom says a lot of how much love and tender you have given to the house. I do hope so much that you will be able to sell it to someone who take care of it and not splash it over with beige and white paint, shudder. Maybe you could give the new owners the pre pictures to make them understand all the work youv'e done.

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    1. Thank you, Linnea-Maria! It's funny, when we look at the before pictures now, we think we must have been a little insane back then. Not that we've ever regretted the decision, mind you. :o)

      Ah well, if the new owners decide they must have beige and white walls, it will be theirs to do with as they will. And hopefully, the insomniac  will never have to see it if they do! :D

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  3. Yes, the freshly varnished wood is beautiful, but I find myself drooling over your velvet chairs! The blue one in the bedroom, and the black one - gorgeous! And that is a nice snake clock :)

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    1. Haha, that's just the insomniac's  poor photography skills, Ms. Misantropia! Same chair, just shows up as blue in one photo and black in the other. Surprisingly, not exactly a comfortable chair though, which is why it looks so new. Sat in it maybe once! LOL

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  4. How beautiful you've made this mansion! You should be so proud! :)

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    1. Awwww, thank you Anita! It's not really a mansion though - only in the insomniac's  mind ... ;o)

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  5. I continue to be amazed by your lovely house! I can't imagine the amount of blood, sweat, and tears that must have gone into it.

    I adore that dragon box. May I ask where you acquired it?

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    1. Those horrific slivers definitely caused a lot of tears over the years, Pixel Pixie!

      The sticker on the bottom of the box says Summit Collection, ARCADIA.CA. Of course, the website doesn't seem to exist any more, but one did find similar boxes by Google-ing “summit collection dragon box”. Hopefully, you'll have good luck finding one for yourself!

      And there's a spherical dragon trinket box at http://www.desktopstatue.com/celtic-dragon-jewelry-trinket-keepsake-box-6-1-2-inches-510937.html that looks like it might be made by the same company and is pretty nice, too! :D

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  6. You've done an amazing amount of work and the mansion seems in excellent condition. My guess is that it will sell quickly. Have you found somewhere else to live yet?

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    1. Oh, let's hope it sells quickly, Nightwind. It will be harder if it drags out too long ...

      And yes, but one is reluctant to write about it until everything has been finalized, just in case it all goes bad! But one suspects it will be similar to your situation, although the cemetery might be just a little further away ... ;o)

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  7. The woodwork is stunningly beautiful! You have a lot of get up and go to be sure. I hope the new owners appreciate the amazing, soulful work you're leaving behind.

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    1. Thank you, Tess! The insomniac  has developed a fondness for fir over the years - it really has a beautiful grain to it. And yes, she hopes they do, too. :o)

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  8. I would get truly emotional knowing I had to leave such a wonderful home-- the hard work it must've taken to take it from "abandoned building" to "gothic mansion", why that's masterful skill!
    It will definitely sell; I can't wait to see the new home after receiving your magic touch.

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    1. Awwwww, thank you Madame MM! Have you set a date for your trip to Calgary yet? And how is your own move going? Packing's a bitch, isn't it? LOL

      If all goes as planned, the new home is going to be an exciting project, as well - totally different from this one!

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    2. Oh, it's not going at all...
      I tend to procrastinate quite a bit, hehe...

      My visit home is on August 6th to the 17th!

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    3. Procrastination is not necessarily bad - look at all the things the insomniac  is accomplishing in two weeks that she could have spread out over the last few years! Some of us work better under pressure. LOL

      Marking those dates on the calendar now - we will get together while you're here, provided you have enough time. :o)

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  9. You have done SUCH incredible things here! I am drooling over your beautiful home, and wishing it was in the US instead of Canada so I could buy it myself!!

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    1. Thank you, Lucretia! Maybe you'd like to relocate? We only get winter eight months of the year! ;o)

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  10. I love loads of wood on show in a home. Especially light wood. Unfortunately,England is is still lousy with wall to wall carpet and chintz.I'm housesitting for the MIL. She's a lovely woman, but her idea of decor is raised floral wallpaper, fringed lamps and Pepto Bismol pink paint. That china dressing table set is beautiful. Those are incredibly difficult to find nowadays.

    Why on earth would personal belongings make viewers uncomfortable? Seriously, the realtor told you that?

    Ali

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    1. Really? Wall to wall carpet? The insomniac  always thought England was all about the Wiltons, Brussels and Axminsters! LOL

      Ewwwww, raised wallpaper? That must be a pain to keep clean. Although the fringed lamps sound nice. But not the Pepto Bismol paint. Again, ewwwww.

      That dressing table set was found at a flea market in Tulsa, Oklahoma about 35 years ago. Cost $30. Amazingly, one hemmed and hawed about it for a couple of hours because it was so expensive! LOL

      Not the realtor, but everyone else who has an opinion about how the house should look when it's staged. And there are actually little pamphlets given to people who are selling advising them to remove anything that's even remotely personal. The insomniac  may or may not listen to all the advice she's been given, although the skulls and a few of the black taxidermy birds will probably go to the basement ... ;o)

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  11. Said it before and I'll say it again, your house is so <3!
    Love the small mirror and the pictureframes. :) Cant wait to see pictures of the new mansion, :D even if it's some time from now.
    Have a nice night! (I know I wont, it's too damn hot in here!) Haha

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    1. Awww, thank you! Probably not a mansion, Sandra - and yes, probably some time from now. Might even be a trailer for six months or so! ;o)

      It's hot there, too? Last Monday was a blizzard and today it's 27C. Apparently, we are skipping spring altogether and going straight to summer. Although it could snow next week, so maybe a person should keep their mouth shut ... LOL

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  12. If you lived in my neck of the woods, I would give you an offer now. We are looking and finding NOTHING. As it is, i've asked my husband at least 3 times if he's SURE he doesn't want to relocate to Canada.

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    1. One sympathizes with your plight of finding nothing, Hanna. There really isn't much out there that we've been interested in, either. Are you SURE your husband doesn't want to relocate? ;o)

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  13. My, you have been busy! This must be such an emotional roller coaster for you. I'm sure you're looking forward to the new chapter in your life, but it must be hard letting go as well.

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    1. Far busier than one would prefer, Little Gothic Horrors!

      It has been a bit of a roller coaster lately - tears one minute for what we're leaving behind, and excitement for what's in store the next. Okay, maybe it's just the insomniac  doing the crying - the spouse is ready to go right now. LOL

      But it does feel wonderful getting the house looking so good - at least we can leave knowing we've done our very best for her. :o)

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  14. Thank you for posting before and after shots - it looks absolutely beautiful!

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    1. Thanks, Michelle! Sometimes one forgets the amount of work done here over the years until confronted with the before pictures! :D

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  15. I need you to adopt me :P Amazing pictures and the before and the after just.. breathtaking! The taste is more than wonderful and simple a home i dream about to make :) --Perfection!-- Have a wonderful day/night wish you well <3

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    1. Haha, there's been a couple of people who want to be adopted, Magda! But maybe you'd like to wait until you see where we're moving to before you decide for sure ... ;o)

      The insomniac  hopes one day you too will have the house of your dreams! We've been blessed to have had 25 years in this one. :o)

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  16. The photos are amazing! You really are a treasure, Ms Insomniac! I love the Country Goth Cottage look! Can't wait to see your next place!

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    1. Awww, thank you! The Country Goth Cottage Look - it's going to be a whole new style! Especially at the next place - you've kind of hit the nail on the head there, lightning x! ;o)

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  17. ♥blessings♥
    WOW x300
    Just FABULOUS

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    1. Thanks, Sacred Keep! How are you doing these days? :o)

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  18. To MS Insomniac
    There is a debut horror book out and on the front cover of the book it says: THE MOST FRIGHTENING HORROR NOVEL EVER WRITTEN. The book is called: THE LIFT by PAUL BRUCE. And is available from: AMAZON, WATERSTONES, etc.. And also on AMAZON KINDLE E-BOOK.
    Check it out and do a review of it in your blog if you want to.

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    1. Thank you for your comment, Anonymous. Once the insomniac  is no longer down on her hands and knees staining baseboards (i.e. after the Gothic Mansion has sold), she will have lots of spare time for reading and plans on checking out your book! (One assumes the book is yours, correct?) ;o)

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  19. You are truly the queen of decorating a home :)

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    1. Thanks, Lesthi! It wasn't too country? LOL

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  20. To MS Insomniac.

    Yes "THE LIFT" was written by me(PAUL BRUCE)

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  21. Getting these peeks at your house feels like a time travel, I love your style!

    Do your loved ones have the same taste, or they just let you do what you like? In other words, it's an important question, about compromises about interior design. My Love is fond of faded green, wooden surfaces and minimalism, while I like blue, purple, white and cosyness. :)

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    1. Thank you, Mary Poppins!

      To answer your question - the spouse's tastes were very different from the insomniac's  in the beginning. But after thirty-six years together, his tastes have changed and are now pretty much the same as hers. Either that or he lost the will to put up a fight any more. ;o)

      Hold firm to your decorating opinions, MP - eventually your Love will probably decide it's just easier to let you have a cozy blue, purple and white house, too! :D

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    2. "Either that or he lost the will to put up a fight any more. ;o)"

      After a long, exhausting, mini-drama ridden week, that line has me crying with laughter! :D

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    3. Oh no, Little Gothic Horrors - an emotional week for you, too? But as long as you're crying with laughter and not just crying, then hopefully the worst is over ... ♥

      The spouse often says, “If you're happy, then I'm happy.” Which basically means if the insomniac  is happy, it makes his life much easier. How true, how true. ;o)

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  22. Hello Ms Insomniac, how is everything going with the sale and the move? You haven't posted an update in a while :)

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    1. Hello, Ms. Misantropia! Nice to hear from you! Sorry to hear you're having such a crap week. It always makes a person tremendously sad to hear of such events. :o(

      The insomniac  just yesterday FINALLY finished cleaning and varnishing and polishing the house to within an inch of it's life. The realtor has just left after having taken interior photos, and one must vacate in half-hour for the first showing.

      Just working on a new blog post now - it's just a matter of digging up the “before” pictures to get it written! And at the end of the month when things are finalized, exciting news (well, in the insomniac's  mind it's exciting) about our next project! :D

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    2. I am certain that we will all be exited, too!

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  23. The amount of work you must have put into that house over the years is mind-boggling. You clearly had a huge passion for the place, and it ended up looking just incredible. I can only imagine how difficult it must be to say goodbye. But I can't wait to see your next project and watch it unfold on your blog!!!

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    1. Thank you, Ms. Kitty! You know, it's often easy to forget how long this project has actually taken us. It seems now as though it's always looked this way, but looking back through the photos, it has been quite a process.

      And it's nice to hear that you'll be looking forward to the next project, because the insomniac  was just thinking that everybody must be getting SO BORED of reading about all her renovating and decorating, and maybe it was time to stop writing ... :P

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