Wednesday, July 30, 2014

House Hunt Series #6: More staging mistakes

Here are my next round of interesting photos I found while looking for a small house.

See the two bags already packed?
bags packed with labels

What did they leave in the sink?

rocks in sink

Nice security system covering the front door.
 Coordinating headboard and pet.
cat on bed

This was real, I'm not kidding.

close up of deer head

house windows make it looks like it is smiling

 How can this cement slab qualify as a double garage? 
garage slab

What a healthy ivy.

long plant vines

Nice backyard. Trees for privacy.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Spur, Texas paves the way for small houses

With the demand for farm work declining and the fact Spur Texas has better retirement weather than Florida, it's no wonder the mayor declared this the "Tiny House Friendly Town".

Here is a glimpse of Spur, Texas from google map:

By changing the city ordinance to allow small structures of any size, anyone can build to suit their tiny home desire.
Here is the official declaration.

Monday, July 28, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 53-Chair lineup

The day has come.
I let go of the rocking chair and my husband let go of a wooden chair.
The IKEA chair is representing the multiple times I asked my kids if they wanted it at college and always answered no.

There was a moment of silence when the basketball hoop was taken down in preparation of painting the garage.

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tiny House Nation

Thanks Sarah for introducing me to "Tiny House Nation".
Love the wooden decorative sign that says, "Home is where your story begins".
I need to learn more about this show...can I sign up to be on it?
tiny house nation

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

I officially surrender the pop-over pan

This is a true sign of a compulsive un-nester...
within seven days of listing our house I already have a donation out again.

Monday, July 21, 2014

Thursday, July 17, 2014

A creative small home solution for the homeless

These are prototypes for living shelters in Slovakia for the homeless. 
The billboard space would provide a subsidy for the cost.
Creative homes for homeless

Two bedrooms, a kitchen and bathroom all fit inside.
interior of home for homeless

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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

My affair with 2900 square feet

As soon as the small house contract was cancelled, I was already indulging in a liaison with my spacious master bathroom.

Who was I kidding to think squishing all our current furniture in less square feet was eliminating my carbon footprint?

I never once considered telling the hanging rocking chair in my double heated garage that it's days were numbered.

The multiple van trips to the thrift store was my alibi that I had less.

The truth is that it's not enough to change my address to change my relationship with  stuff.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 52-Garage sale collections

Within facebook are communities where people can sell their stuff as an online garage sale.

This image of the tutus is my favorite.

garage sale

garage sale

garage sale

garage sale

garage sale

garage sale

Thursday, July 10, 2014

'Twas the night before listing...

and all through the house...
tile floors became spotless, but specs of grout were found stuck in the disposal.

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

The American Dream

When your house is so important you need a lifestyle video to sell it.

2100 Shadywood Rd, Orono MN from Spacecrafting on Vimeo.

AND an entire website just to showcase it.

Potential home buyers....for a few million less and two more bedrooms, would you please consider our house this week? We will throw in the rusty Jeep Grand Cherokee.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Monday Multiple Series # 51-Home Starch

I am entering the last few days before anyone can come in and see my material collection including what is hidden in any closet or drawer. When I saw this random box out of the corner of my eye, my compulsive un-nesting set in and I grabbed it for the recycling bin.

Is it possible my other half ordered a half dozen spray starches in this final stretch?

Thursday, July 3, 2014

Brown furniture

The Wall Street Journal just posted an excellent article yesterday titled, "That Perfect Dining Table? No One Wants it, Even If It's Free".  Alina Dizik captured my situation perfectly describing an empty nester struggling to get rid of accumulated furniture from a five bedroom house.

I am reminded of our 100 year old sewing machine.  A neighbor in the culdesac just listed their house and here is a picture of their storage room. Eye spy the vintage sewing machine.
old sewing machine stored

The furniture industry calls unwanted furniture, "brown furniture". 

With furniture being scaled for larger areas, the rooms in our smaller house have no desire to fit a king mattress.  I think about my newly acquired mom's dresser set every day. Most likely there will never be another set so well made in my future. Do I need it and more importantly can I get rid of it?
vintage headboard bed frame with pine cone corners

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Wave welcome

The vines in my flower pot are growing down the side so I propped them up on tables.  When I asked my daughter what she thought, she replied, "What is this, some type of tsunami house?"

First item on the list this morning.....remove tsunami tables.