I never met a decorating quiz I didn’t like…

Houzz Quiz ResultI am such a sucker for those self-assessment quizzes! I take them every time I run into one.

Yesterday, in my Houzz weekly newsletter, I found a quiz asking me my “decorating style”.

Good question as I would be hard-pressed to define my “decorating style”.

I guess my style is a cross between “whatever amuses me” and “whatever I can talk my husband into” :-)

When I took the quiz, the questions were a bit odd and sometimes I had to pick the best answer from the list given, even though my real answers to the questions were not included in the answer list. As a result, while I was taking the quiz, I was thinking it probably wouldn’t be very specific to me.

Au contraire!

When I finished the quiz, it said I was a Transitional, which boiled down means “meeting in the middle” on style. At first I was like, that’s not me…then I realized that I answered the questions for both myself and my husband and our mixed style. As I thought about it, I guess it’s kind of appropriate at my house since my husband and I really don’t have the same style and we do a fair amount of “meeting in the middle”. I also have to say, I liked a fair amount of the pictures included in the Transitional style…maybe a bit more of me there than I realized.

Then I took I retook the quiz and just answered for myself and my tastes and it came out dead-on as a Traditional. Truer words were never spoken written. As it related to me, and me alone, it was 100% spot on. According to the description, “…it’s really about comfort. Every element feels familiar, properly placed and predictable — in a good way.” Yup, that is me, me, me.

Hmmm…maybe this quiz captures more than I realized!

If you’d like to see what your decorating style might be, take the quiz here. At the end of the quiz, it will tell you your style and provide a link that further describes it.

Good luck!

Image: Houzz
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Sunday snooping time! They paid how much for that house?!?

I am including Patch.com as a source for property transfers (by town) this week. Originally I did not want to use this as a source because the pages don’t always load properly. I use a Macbook Air and my browser is Chrome and unfortunately the way the real estate sales are coded, the pages appear blank on my computer. If I want to see the pages, I have to switch browsers to Safari. If you pull up the pages and nothing appears, switching browsers may do the trick. Good luck and happy snooping!

gladys

Westport 

Fairfield

Easton

Norwalk

Ridgefield

Weston

Wilton

The Master ListDarien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Wilton

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What will builders be putting into homes in 2015?

I have people ask me all the time what should they do to remodel their homes for not only themselves, but also eventual re-sale.

I found this infographic incredibly interesting and actually a great tool to help people who are wrestling with “what are the best features to put in my home when I remodel?” It’s always a delicate balance between “what do I actually want in my home” vs. “what will be good for re-sale”.

While this focuses on new construction, I think it is an excellent example of the most popular features buyers are seeking. Let’s face it, builders are not going to build something people won’t buy. New construction is expensive and builders want to be sure they are providing features home buyers will purchase.

Take a look at what is considered important to buyers. I have to say after seeing the needs/wants organized in one long list like this, I would agree with everything they’ve included. I hear these needs expressed every day with regard to both new AND existing homes.

Please note the picture included here was part of a larger infographic discussing house size. I edited it down to just this section of the infographic because it best represented my thoughts. The original full-size infographic can be found here at the website Freshome Designs & Architecture.

 

small-house-plans-infographic

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Weekly Sales Snapshot – 4/4/14

4-4-14

 

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

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A front door color question…what color should you paint the inside of the door?

Anyone who reads this blog with any regularity knows I write a ton about front door color.

One topic I have never really touched upon is what color do you paint the inside portion of the door?

At my house the door is stained a dark brown  and the inside is stained brown too. I never really thought about it, it’s just the way our painter handled it. I like it so I guess that’s why I never gave it a second thought.

I just stumbled across these pictures on the popular decorating blog Lucy Williams Interior Design and it made me think about what color to paint the inside of the door. I quite like the two-toned front door palette.

What do you think?

door color front back

 

You can look at many other pretty front door colors I have featured

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Image: Lucy Williams Interior Design

 

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I need the leaves to start growing!

 

Last year, I wrote a post about one my favorite spots at my house…my deck. Here’s the picture I used in that post…

the deck

Obviously, that picture was not taken TODAY at 6am, it’s just an old picture :-)

This is what my deck looked like this morning at 7am…

deck w:o leaves logo

It’s sort of crazy how much of a difference leaves make!

I have a couple of listings coming on the market and the owners all want to wait for their leaves to fill in.

While I don’t want them to miss too much of the spring market, I simply can’t argue the fact that leaves make a huge difference.

What’s a Realtor to do?

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Do you have single rod closets?

single rod closetsI was just reading on article on CNNMoney that posited that you should improve your home to keep up with your neighbors. Their theory is that, if you’ve lived somewhere for a while and you haven’t made any updates or improvements since moving in, then it may be time to play “catch up”, especially if the other homes in your neighborhood have kept up with the times.

They suggested three improvements that would be relatively inexpensive (they claim less than $5,000, but I am not sure I am buying it) but that would make a big difference.

Their suggestions were “organizing” the size of your closets (moving from single rods to an organizing system), improving your kitchen layout and moving your laundry out of your basement.

As I read through the article, I found myself nodding in agreement with the closets and the laundry. As a Realtor, I hear clients reject houses with, as the article puts it, “single rod closets” and basement laundry ALL the time.

It’s funny, until someone pointed out the “single rod” thing, I hadn’t honed in on it, but it is absolutely true. I hear it constantly.

So, if you want to improve your house either for yourself or for resale, think about putting in closet systems or moving the laundry. I think they are two changes that might yield a very positive re-sale result.

Read the original article here.

 

Image: HGTV Remodels
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Now I’ve heard everything…

 

I got this in my PureWow newsletter…are they kidding with this stuff?!?

Zillow Talk

 

Image: PureWow

 

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Sunday snooping time! They paid how much for that house?!?

I am sorry to report that my property transfer list has been whittled down again. The Daily Voice is not reporting the property transfers this week. If your town is not listed individually, check the master list at the bottom. Happy snooping!

gladys

Westport 

Fairfield #1 & #2

The Master ListDarien, Greenwich, New Canaan, Norwalk, Redding, Ridgefield, Stamford, Westport, Wilton

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A new trend I am noticing…brass fixtures

One thing I have noticed lately is that brass is making a comeback. I have been seeing brass featured in magazines and Pinterest for a while but, for me, the true test of a trend is seeing it live and in-person in your own community. Yesterday I showed a client a house with brass bathroom fixtures. Now, I will consider this a full fledge trend :-)

Here are some examples of brass fixtures that I like:

brass

 

BUT…

Please don’t confuse the current trend with some of the gold-colored fixtures that made a momentary appearance in the 1990′s. Here’s an example of those:

gold faucet

Hmmm, is oil rubbed bronze now a thing of the past? orb faucet

Looks like it may be!

 

Images: Sink Faucet – View Along the Way, Hardware – Birmingham Home & Garden, Gold & Bronze Faucets – Faucet Depot
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