Finally the fireplace is a focal point! Remember how I struggled with it? Once the DIY antiqued mirror with the Hungarian stenciled poem was hung, I thought I’d found the right piece. The fireplace has a weird little brick bump out that I thought prevented anything larger from being hung there. But when we listed the house, I asked our realtor (who is also a home stager) if she had anything more neutral for the fireplace. I didn’t want people distracted by the poem, trying to figure out what language it is and what the heck it means (it draws dinner guests to it like a moth to a flame, it’s kind of comical). She brought over this behemoth of a mirror that I am madly in love with:
The bump out still poses a bit of a problem, but this mirror is so beefy it really disguises it. I think I should have gone bigger with the poem mirror . . .
Along with removing any Hungarianness, I also de-cluttered the living room a little. The realtor never asked me to do this (although she did have a hate-on for the puffin candle holders), but I think it just looks cleaner now.
I think the key to staging a living room is to de-personalize, without removing too many of the accessories that make the space feel homey and comfortable.
Here’s a list of what was edited:
- DIY felted wool billy buttons (end table)
- Pottery dish (end table)
- Hand-sewn crow pillow (from tweed chair)
- Houndstooth throw (from tweed chair)
- Puffin candle holders (realtor made me)
- Wood box for kindling
- Vintage side table/stool
- Hungarian poem mirror
- Ottoman (swapped for mint coffee table)
Long before we decided to list the house, I gave my Mom the vintage cat print I had carefully chosen a frame for (that replaced the chair watercolour in the first photo), because it just wasn’t jiving with the rest of the space. Sometimes things I love just won’t work! Because the empty wall looked weird, I hung my displaced tree painting there because I was too lazy to take it all the way down to the basement. I wish I was kidding. It’s too low, but was never supposed to stay there. I had a really cool art project planned that would take
up the whole wall, but I just never had time to finish it. Or start it.
Here’s a peek at the photos the photographer took for the listing:
The dining room looks identical, but for the listing photos my beautiful Shane Norrie pottery bowls were swapped out for flowers and the realtor added a plant stand my Papa welded. It’s so weird to see the townhouse through the photographer’s lens! Turning every light on and using a wide angle lens really changes things. I think maybe he uses a flash, too?
The dining room as it normally is:
The dining room in the listing:
It seems like a small change, but swapping out some pottery with fresh flowers make the space seem more lively.
I plan on doing a full post on the ins and outs (and ups and downs) of selling the townhouse but I know some of you are itching to know what’s been going on. It was listed for sale on a Friday and the next Monday we had a showing which resulted in a strong offer two hours later!!! Unfortunately, we couldn’t settle on a closing date or price but I think the quick offer means the townhouse shows really well, because the potential buyer wanted it immediately. I’m hopeful the right offer is around the corner, but we’re lucky enough to be in a position that we’re not desperate to sell, even though we take possession of the lake house soon. We can wait for the right price.