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Open House!

By | My Artist Home

We’re having an Open House on Saturday, June 20th from 11:00 to 2:00. If you’re house-hunting I hope you’ll come by so you can actually be IN the space and really experience what a cool house it is! Pictures may be worth a 1000 words, but this is one time that 3-D, rather than 2-D, really makes a difference.

I am a visual thinker. I’m good at going into a space, stripping it down to its bare bones and then overlaying my vision of what it could be “on top”.

Looking at floor plans and arranging my stuff within them is one of my favorite things to do. Since we’ve begun the process of selling our house I’ve spent more time than I care to admit looking at photos of places we might buy once this house is sold, and figuring out ways I could make them work for our needs.

We have something like 25 photos of our house on the “virtual tour” but if you are like me and you are trying to understand the arrangement of the rooms within the 3447 sq. ft spread over 3 floors you might be having a bit of difficulty piecing it together.

So, to make it easier for you between now and the Open House, here are some sketches of our floor-plan, as well as photos of “transitions” between rooms which you won’t see on the virtual tour:

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You enter the house on the main floor. The front door faces South. The kitchen faces East and gets lovely morning sun, the bedrooms face West and the one in the Northwest corner looks into the backyard through the leaves of the plum tree right outside the window.

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(The front door on the South side of the house, and a peek into the hallway.):
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(Standing in LR/DR facing into hall between main floor bedrooms):
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(Standing in that hall looking into the NW bedroom with the view of the back yard. That’s a built-in linen cupboard between the painting and the bedroom door.):
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(Standing in the hall looking into the NW bedroom, the “study” and the living room.):
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(Stairs to the 2nd floor are in the center of the main floor off the little hallway between the bedrooms. You can see into the “study” on the left side.):
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(The view from the “study” across the landing into the kitchen.):
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(Looking from between the “study” and the kitchen down the stairs to the basement.):
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(Looking from between the “study” and the kitchen the other way, down the stairs to the Butler’s Pantry and the back door.):
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(The Butler’s Pantry is to the right of the back door, on the landing between stairs down to the utility room, and up to the main floor.):
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(Standing in the kitchen looking back toward the LR/DR.):
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The 2nd floor rooms are on the East/West axis. I use them as studio spaces, but they would make great guest rooms, or bedrooms for kids.

(The view into the room on the East side.):
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(The view from the room on the West side looking back down the hall to the room on the East side.):
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(The room on the West side.):
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The basement is basically an entire house unto itself. It was Logan’s apartment while we were a Certified Family Home and has a legal egress which we had installed in the bedroom.

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(The bedroom also has a really cool “nook” which we built shelves in and which Logan used as a “book nook.”):
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(There’s a room off the utility room which we use as a work room. It has built in storage on the South wall and with a little TLC could be converted to a 6th bedroom.):
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(We also have a storage room under the stairs which I call the “holiday room” since that’s where I store all my Christmas, Easter, and other seasonal decorations.):
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All of the above — I know, I know, I’m risking overloading you with visual information — but, all of the above should help fill in the inevitable gaps in any virtual tour of less than 50 pictures.

If you need more than this, then for heaven’s sake COME TO THE OPEN HOUSE ON SATURDAY BETWEEN 11:00 AND 2:00!!!

I need a nap.

Houses for Sale

By | Domestic Arts 2.0, My Artist Home

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Yesterday I found refuge from all the sturm und drang of our house sale in the pleasant distraction of doing a little house painting.

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A little bird house painting, to be exact.

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They say when you’re feeling sorry for yourself the best medicine is to think about somebody else and do something nice for them.

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Every year the Idaho Humane Society finds various creative ways to raise money to help find homes for all the wonderful animals that end up on their doorstep. This year, artists are painting bird houses to be auctioned.

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It felt good to think for a change about somebody else finding their perfect people and future home.

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So…now I have two houses for sale.

And I feel good.

Second Guessing and Second Chances

By | My Artist Home

Turns out I spoke too soon. I should never have worn my heart on my sleeve. Never have assumed understanding when there was none. Never have shared my enthusiasm so openly about all the things that make this house and this neighborhood so unique.

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Lesson learned.

Right now you are probably thinking WTF are you talking about Melissa?

Well take a look…

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Yes, that’s right, our pending contract failed and the house is back on the market. Wah wah waaaaaah.

Well you know me. I get knocked down, but I get up again….and so will the sale of this house.

So if you were disappointed when we went on…and then off…the market in matter of 3 short days, now’s your second chance.

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By the way, 8,000 of you looked at our virtual tour last time.

Just sayin.

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Moving Right Along!

By | My Artist Home

I need to remember all those “Wise Words” I post on my Pinterest board that remind me about things like “Worrying is like praying for something you DON’T want.”

I should never have worried about selling our wonderful house, because…

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Yep. We have a contract pending with a wonderful buyer!

You’re not allowed to say your house is “sold” until everybody’s signed on the dotted line on the day you close — but I’m not worried. I’m thrilled.

Delight is in the Details

By | My Artist Home

Our house is now officially on the market and there are photos which you can see everywhere including right here on our virtual tour.

There is also a flyer:

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What we don’t have are the “detail” shots which I think make this house special, and which are of things I’ve done to our home which will stay when we sell it.

Things like all the rugs I’ve painted on the floors.

In our Living room/Dining room:

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In the room we’ve used as a cosy dining room, but which could be a study or bedroom:

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In the hall between the main floor bedrooms, (as well as the door to the front bedroom):

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In my little studios upstairs (which could also be bedrooms):

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I’ve also painted the door in the upstairs hall between the two studios:

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As well as the door to the Butler’s Pantry:

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And three hallway light fixtures:

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The house was built in 1938 so it has tons of character, and wonderful details like coved ceilings in every room on the main floor as well as the arched setback for the kitchen range and refrigerator:

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And the 29″ deep window ledge in front of the wall of windows in the downstairs living space:

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This is a wonderful big hug of a house, and there is a lot of delight in it’s many unique details.

Spread the word! This house is looking for someone new to love!