UPDATE – My pink bathroom

The other day I wrote about a genius blog called Save the Pink Bathrooms.

I mentioned that I once had a pink bathroom, but I didn’t have the wonderful angular pink toilet tank from the ’50s, but rather a more rounded pink fixture from the ’60s, which was far less preferable to me.

After I finished writing the post, I moved along to a little secret obsession of mine…(read the next words in a whisper voice) looking through the “free” section of Craig’s List.

Looking at what people are willing to give away for free will NEVER, EVER cease to amaze me. Sometimes, I can’t believe how nice the stuff is and sometimes, I can’t believe anyone would think that someone would want such useless junk…

To each his own, I guess.

Well, anyway, I digress from my original story…

As I was looking through the free listings a pink toilet EXACTLY like the one I had in one of my bathrooms popped up. It was being given away for free.

Here it is in all its glory…

pink toilet from CL


What a funny coincidence! 5 minutes after writing a post about pink toilets and I see this one on Craig’s List.

It brings back memories!

And to all of you with a house for sale that has a pink bathroom…don’t worry…my pink bathroom didn’t hold back the sale of my house!


Image: Craig’s List
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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 10/24/14


Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op



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Save the Pink Bathroom!


Holy smokes…I totally loved this idea.

A website devoted to saving those vintage pink bathrooms. The website is appropriately called Save the Pink Bathrooms.

I had a pink bathroom in my old house. My in-laws currently have one in their house (and I totally love the way my mother-in-law tricked it out). They have a really cool angular sink and toilet, just like those featured on the website. My pink fixtures were from the ’60s and they had the “less cool” rounded edges…at least they were “less cool” in my opinion.

I have written about exotic bathroom colors before, here and here, but an entire website devoted to pink bathrooms specifically is just sheer genius!

Not sure I would actually want to own another one, but they are very fun to look at.

If your house is on the market and you have one of these lovelies, perhaps print out the landing page to the website and leave it out for potential buyers to see. It may bring a little fun and flair to what might be considered a selling liability!

Image: CT MLS


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Stone floors

stone floorThere is no denying that stone floors have a certain allure for me.

I have written of my desire to have a brick kitchen floor in the past.

The back entryway to my own house is all done in Vermont slate and it is one of my favorite finishes in my home. I actually had some left over and used it in one of my rental houses too.

Houzz just featured an ideabook  that I thought offered a really succinct list of the pros and cons of stone.

If you too are considering stone, remember it’s a pretty permanent feature. So, if you think you will be moving from your current home or you might get tired of the look of the stone…don’t do it!

Stone is is fairly cumbersome to remove and not everyone’s cup of tea!

You can find the ideabook here.

Image: Houzz/Dara Rosenfeld Design


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Well said…

Maya Angelou Quote


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Weekly Home Sales Snapshot – 10/17/14



Source: Greater Fairfield County CMLS,  HOUSES Sold = Single Family, Multi-Family, Condo/Co-Op



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Well said…


Wendy Wunder Quote

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Sellers: clean your clutter…One Realtor’s Opinion

clutteredcounterOn my local MLS database, there is an area on each listing that allows Realtors to add notes about that house that only Realtors can see. So, in other words, if a non-Realtor is looking at the listing on Realtor.com or some other syndicated database, they would not be able to see the private Realtor-to-Realtor conversation.

Realtors mostly use that area to communicate showing instructions. Where the lockbox is located…is there some certain trick to juggling the key in the door lock…maybe it’s a note that the house is an estate sale and currently going through probate. Whatever it is, none of it is really necessary for a buyer to see.

Recently, I have noticed a new trend in certain listings in my area. Realtors are putting notes in asking other Realtors to “overlook” messy homes…

“Please try to overlook the clutter, we are working on it.”

“The gentleman lives alone and admits he could do a better job neatening up.”

“House is messy, but try and look past it.”

Yes, I have seen all these notes.

As a Realtor, trust me, sometimes it is VERY hard to make sellers understand how demanding buyers can be when they are looking for homes. Many sellers feel that THEY would overlook certain things, so buyers should learn to overlook them too. While I understand how sellers feel, unfortunately, having that attitude is not going to get a home sold.

Anyway, I certainly hope this is a momentary trend.

Pre-warning buyers that a home is “messy” should not be a substitute for a little elbow grease and cleaning.

Sellers, if you want to sell, clean your house!

One Realtor’s opinion!

Image: One Little Mister


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My husband calls it, “Aspirational Living”

My husband always comes up with great phrases to describe things. One of my personal favorites when it comes to real estate is “they are just buying some aspirational living”. In other words, people will buy a house that provides them with the attributes for how they see themselves living vs. how they actually live.

For example, whenever we go into a house that has a balcony off the master bedroom, it is guaranteed that the words aspirational living will leave his lips. His theory is that people want to picture themselves lounging on the balcony in a nice fluffy robe with a hot cup of morning coffee in their hand. He quickly follows that up with, “who is going to go all the way downstairs, make coffee, come back upstairs, set up a balcony for lounging and then sit and have the coffee. That will last 3 times and then it will be too much effort.” Let’s face it, I married a realist :-)

As I have mentioned in the past, I get a newsletter from a company called Pure Wow. As I have said before, lame name, good newsletter.

Anyway, I got a newsletter yesterday that talked about the eight most common living room mistakes. Always unsure of my own decorating abilities, I wanted to see if I was making any of their mistakes. As I clicked through their slide show, I came across this slide…

Pure Wow Asprirational living

This made me laugh. They need to speak with my husband!

So, as a Realtor, I will leave you with this thought…

If you are in the market for a house, think long and hard about how you actually live vs, how you want to be perceived as living. Selecting a home based on how you actually live will make you far more comfortable in the long run!

Image: Pure Wow


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A completely faulty Houzz quiz – Kitchen Style

I woke up early today and was sifting through some old emails in my 5am haze. I found a Houzz newsletter I never read so I skimmed through it.

The newsletter had a quiz which determines the style of kitchen the quiz-taker should have based on a series of answered questions.

I took the quiz twice. I got the same answer both times, despite changing a few of the answers.

It said I was perfect for a Mediterranean styled kitchen.

NOTHING could be further from my aesthetic. No offense to any of you out there with Mediterranean kitchens. I just happen to prefer a lighter, brighter room.

If you’d like to take the quiz, you can find it here.

Post your results below and let us know if your results were screwy too.

kitchen quiz resultsImage: Houzz/Hann Builders


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