Friday, February 27, 2015

RIP grandfather


When shopping for a grandfather clock for my husband's mother years ago we came across a modern one we feel in love with. My mother-in-law decided she didn't want a grandfather clock and we both decided we did. It lived in our South Minneapolis home and traveled to Savage until the stager came in and shunned it from the living room to the cold garage. The least we could do is wrap the poor shamed thing.


























I knew it was too big for the tiny house, but I also knew how much my husband loved it and kept it hand-cranked with perfect time. It was the first piece of furniture in the new house.


























It spent Christmas alone. Then weeks later my husband said he could let it go.
The problem was no one wanted it....until this man called and said his mother was looking for one. Perfect.














































Off it went again to someone who knew a lot about grandfather clocks. 
Rest in peace Grandfather.


























We knew it was in good hands because they gave it a blankie.

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Japan does small houses with a big vision by architect Sou Fujimoto

I came across this in the Wall Street Journal.
Imaginative home designs in a  story about Tokyo architect Sou Fujimoto.

See through house by Sou Fujimoto.


Layered white little houses on top of each other.
tiny houses layered on top of each other by Sou Fujimoto.


An alternative aesthetic approach to an apartment.

tiny houses layered on top of each other by Sou Fujimoto.



Monday, February 23, 2015

Monday Multiple Series # 66-Sew what?

For years the scenario has been the same.
Go to sewing box.
Search for white thread.
























The only white thread is heavy quilters thread.
Ugg.



























Grab a bobbin full of old thread and complete project .














































Then it hits me.
I can't do this anymore...so I fling a bobbin down the hallway and start removing all the old thread.


























The flood gates are open and the sewing kit is being torn apart.
Why is only one needle wrapped in paper?


























When there is a whole set to use?


























and two more....


























The donate pile grew quickly as I rid myselft of leftover thread from bridesmaid dresses, high school outfits that I sewed and all the "just in case extras" of gromets, fabric and crap.


























The coveted tomato that holds the pins was empty.


























I threw it all in a baggie to donate. 


























I headed to a fabric store where I bought  lifetime supply ( 3 rolls) of white thread and brand new pins for the tomato. One spool was used to make a fleet of white thread bobbins. There. Done.
My husband came to me this weekend and said. "Where are all my spools of thread?" The brown one, the khaki one and the Navy blue?" Right back to the store we went and a new set was bought.
The cycle continues.

Friday, February 20, 2015

I haven't seen you for fourteen years

Yes, it has been that long this Persian rug has hung in our garage. 
The fear of Basset Hounds destroying it led us to roll it up and preserve it.
I don't know what the future holds for a four pawed creature, but it is down for good.

Persian rug rolled up on stick in garage

Thursday, February 19, 2015

A king bed sealed the deal

There is only so much downsizing a spouse can take.
The smaller house was ok, but not downsizing the king bed.

I consulted an interior designer weeks before scrambling to find a layout that may be functional and fung shui at the same time.










Too late...it arrived Saturday.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Valentine card champ of 2015

My husband have this tradition on Valentinines Day where we create homemade cards.
The rules are simple.
He picks an item and I pick an item, then we both go off and create the card.
Our kids then cast their vote for the winner.

My contribution this year was our sell sheet for the house:



























His contribution this year was that it had to be a poem.


We both agreed the poem was to reflect our old house.


I struggled to put sappy lines about running my fingers along it's wood floors and then decided to go with the short and sweet "Roses are Red" theme.


It worked:




Monday, February 16, 2015

Monday Multiple Series # 64-Brick by brick

An outsider may see an excess of colored plastic bricks that fill a van.

I see a 3 foot airplane, an Egyptian pyramid, a crispy cream donut factory  the Mall of America, a piano, a computer, the London Bridge, and the White House. The Etzkorn's walked in and took a blue ribbon and a larger Lego set prize each year there was a competition. Just what we needed...new parts for the next creation.  Those were the days of marathon brick building.

Legos are coveted in our family.

These were the first things we moved to the new house.

a van full of legos


























(Shhh..we found an additional two boxes in the garage roof.)

Friday, February 13, 2015

This rock sold our house

There is no doubt in my mind that without this hunk of granite placed on the counter of our kitchen, the buyers of our house would've felt the immediate urge to call us with an offer. Yep, we had an offer the first day and yesterday was the inspection. We will be leaving suburbia and the comforts of space in the middle of March.
slab of granite used for kitchen countertops

















Thursday, February 12, 2015

Brushed bronze is the new gold.

We replaced anything gold in this house. 
Every light fixture, every knob, three fans with gold casing. 

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

320 sq ft home on a cliff

On the cliffs in Cornwall sits this beautiful 320 sq ft home.
The best part is that one can rent it out at uniquehomestays.com.




Tuesday, February 10, 2015

I'm not my mother's dresser

I almost did it.
Ready to post the Kling furniture set that I requested on our family bequest list at 22 years old.
What a coincidence the small house book is sitting on top, giving me it's sign of approval.

























Pure maple wood with dove-tailing pulls at me as I add the desciption to Craigslist.

I pause and open the top drawer of the end table. 
No matter which of us six kids drew this star, it just became important.
The two big pieces can go, but the end table is hitching a ride with me.

Friday, February 6, 2015

What NOT to do when preparing your house to sell.

Things were looking good with two showings scheduled last night.
The house was ready, well lit and the scent of brownies lingered.

What happened next must be old age setting in.
Toxic, that's how I would describe it.

It was either Pinterest or the well intentioned person who called to run down a list of things to prepare my house to sell. Smell ranked at the top.

I read to pour a little bleach in the toilet to freshen up the bathroom.
Where I went wrong was pouring a capful in the sink that had a slightly yellow ring.

When we returned three hours later, the house had a STRONG STRONG STRONG smell of bleach.
The kind of odor that screams, "Our house has a huge mold problem and we are trying to hide it!" smell.

That thought was reinforced when they glanced in the bathroom to see a black ring that looked like mold in each sink. 
The bleach apparently reacted with the metal.

Did they get through the whole house? 
Could they even breathe?

My eyes are burning and I have a headache writing this.

Tomorrow is a new day with a new showing.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Let White Trash haul your stash

Our neighbor across the street is removing the final bits of stuff from their sold house.

Another file cabinet hits the dust:

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Wednesday, February 4, 2015

Beauty is in the eye of staging photographer Brain Shultz

In honor of our house going on the market today, thank you to Brain Shultz for taking wonderful photos for our listing.

Working with Edina Reality has not only provided us with a wonderful stager who came out to help arrange the house, but also Brian Shultz from Shultz Photo & Design.

From the moment Brian lit an actual fire in our fireplace, I knew 
this house photographer took his story telling to a whole new level.

Our modest suburban house transformed that morning.


Shultz Photo & Design.




Before exterior shot:


























Brain's after shot:
























Before living/dining room: 



















After living room:
























Before bedroom shot with Hawaiian prints on loan from past agent:














Bedroom after:


Before backyard:













After backyard shot. 
























Before family room:



















After family room with REAL fire in fireplace:


Before bathroom:

























After bathroom...or shall we call it spa?
























Before spare bedroom:

























After spare bedroom:
























Before kitchen:





















After kitchen...ok he had some help with the new applicances and counters:


Before basement:
















After basement:
























Before mudroom:

























The grand finale...after mudroom:
mudroom with shelves and heater