Tuesday, September 29, 2015

De Personalizing



As many of you that follow my blog know I am in the process of selling my cottage home.

I love this home and have infused every space in this home with my decor style and what I love.

The process to sell this home that I love has been a blessing and a curse.

When we put the house up for sale over a week ago the buyers started to schedule showings.  Most of the feed back was wonderful but some of the buyers were not able to see past my decor and envision themselves living in this home.


The Home has been well maintained by my husband and I. The home also has a lot of $$ upgrades.
This home has hard wood floors and crown molding through out and  up graded appliances, newer windows, roof, furnace, air conditioner etc.  To show off these up grades I had to take down the beautiful decor that seem to be a distraction to some of the potential buyers.

So while it is hard to pack up your life and style,  it has been good to help me emotionally separate from this home I have loved.

 I thought I would show you some of the before and after pictures for staging the home to sell.

This was my decor at the entry to the dining room.
This was the divider wall that separated the office area from the dining space.


I packed up a lot of my personal items in my office space.





Now the office area is pretty much packed up and open.



Now hopefully the buyer will be able to see the hard wood floors and not be distracted by the divider wall or office decor.  It will also give the buyer the opportunity to see this addition off the back is not just an office and dining space. It could now be a dining space where my office was and where the dining space is could be a family room.

As you can see in this picture of the dining room I had a lot of decor still up on the walls.  The plates over the cabinet and my old windows and wreath up on the open window from the kitchen into this room.


So down came the plates, the old chippy window over the opening to the kitchen and I packed up all my Madonna's and angel wings that were on top of the cabinet.  It feels empty to me but now the buyers can see past all that decor.
I did leave up a few things on the walls just so it would not feel completely void of any decor.  I took the old chippy post headers off the window and the french doors going out the the deck.  Just left up the drapes.


Laundry room before I took some decor down.

Laundry Room after.  


I took the burlap and lace curtains off the window to have it feel more open and not have my shabby style there.


Now the space looks brighter.  The ladder and baskets are down that hung over the washer and dryer too.


I took down the chippy shutters and transom window from over the couch.  Took down the chandelier too.

We had a ceiling fan so we put that up in place of the chandelier.  I kept the two window decor pieces on each side of the armoire so the room would not feel completely empty.


The chippy old posts that Terry made into a window header has been removed.  Now just the white sheers are hanging over the window.  The ladder and decor by the door is down and packed away.


Kitchen before.

Kitchen after.  Chandeliers taken down and replaced with a pendant light and just plain ceiling lights.
The drying rack is down and pack away and the double window doors covering the opening between the kitchen and the dining area is now down.  Lets more light into the kitchen.  Still hard to get a good picture in this kitchen ughh!
Before:  Chandeliers

After more neutral pendant and ceiling lights.

Before: Window closing off to dining room.

After: Open window lets more light into the kitchen.  Less of my decor and they can imagine their decor style now.


I took down almost all of the entry way decor and packed it away too.

While this is seems bare to me I guess it is good for the buyer to be able to envision how they would want this entry way to be.


Wooooooo lots of change ups here at Junk Chic Cottage.  Decor packed and ready to move when the time comes.  Blank walls for buyers to see upgrades and possibly there style in this home. 

Thank you to all of you keeping us in your prayers and sending us best wishes.  Hopefully Terry will get an offer soon on a job and we will get a contract on this home and be on our journey to settling into a new home soon.

Have a great rest of the week.  
Kris
:)

84 comments:

  1. Hi Kris,
    I can't believe how bare your house looks with a lot of the decorations packed away. This will be good for the buyer to see things more clearly and hopefully you will sell your home faster. Now you have everything all ready packed up for your new home!
    Good luck with this whole process of selling your home.
    Julie xo

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  2. On the bright side, your house looks HUGE! Letting go can be so difficult. Keep your focus on how much fun you'll have decorating a brand new space! xoxox

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  3. You did a great job of re-staging the spaces, Kris. Taking down personal decor, is like putting away family photos. They are going to see your woodwork, neutral decor, the big space, and beautiful floors. There's still enough decor to be beautiful and accent the space. And you are right...lots of packing is done now!

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  4. Your home is absolutely beautiful before and after. De-personalizing it helps incoming potential buyers see all the wonderful features of your home and will make them see ...YES this is my home! It will sell quickly Kris and you will be on to your next Junk Chic Cottage Prayers that Terry gets a wonderful new job offer ... Blessings to you and Terry.

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  5. it is amazing how they do not see beyond the decorations, which were quite lovely too... however you are half packed now, and it will help sell your lovely place, sooner.. all the best for a quick and troublefree move..

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  6. Kris, I can identify with you because we will be putting our home up for sale in the spring. It is going to be difficult parting with some of my treasures as we can't take them with us. We are going to down-size into an apartment. Your home is a beauty and I know you will find a buyer soon. Take care and just think of all the fun you will have putting your decor touch in to another home.

    Blessings,
    Sandi

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  7. I feel for you Kris! I wish you a speeding sale and great luck in the job search!

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  8. Everything you have done is so smart!!! I have learned this from my own experience in selling and now that we are realtors, it is so evident that the more pared down accessories are, the better. Unfortunately, people (especially the younger couples) just cannot envision things the way we could when we were young.......very frustrating for all concerned!! I always tell our clients....."you have to pack it anyway".......So, now when your offer comes in......and it will Kris, you are soooooooo far ahead of the game!! It is soooooooooo much work, but will pay off in $$$ and time for sure! Blessings for all the good things that are ahead for you!! Your home now looks huge! Linda

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  9. Way to go! I really do know it is tough when selling your "house"...the less will pay off...
    warmly,
    deb

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  10. I know you are doing the right thing. So many buyers can just not see potential without being led....Wishing you a speedy sale!

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  11. I know exactly how you feel. We had our house on the market last year due to my husband's job change. It was so hard to pack pretty much everything away and take down all signs of any sort of personalization. I hated having to turn my kids rooms into bare-walled, personality-less (word?) rooms. The housing market was still pretty bad then in the Chicago area and we were on the market for a year. God must not have wanted us to move because it never sold and here we are still! My high-school kids are quite happy:) I'm sending good thoughts your way that all will work out well for you and your husband. I'd buy your house in a heartbeat:) xoKathleen

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  12. Even though this is painful, it is a great way to "seperate" yourself from this house. Still praying for a job offer soon.

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  13. Hi Kris! :)
    I so love looking at your photos...beautiful, just beautiful!
    Anne is right though, your home does look huge in the after photos.
    I know it is hard to pack things away, but it will make moving on easier.
    Fingers crossed that your husband will get something great!!!
    Kimberley

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  14. So much work to prep a house to sale. Yes, I have heard you must remove most of the stuff so the buyers can envision their stuff in the house. I hope it sells quickly for y'all!

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  15. Kris,
    I have heard from so many friends and family members stripping their house of its personality is the most difficult thing to do when moving. I'm sure it is and maybe why we have stayed at our home all these years. Looking at the photos before and those with personal items removed it does allow the potential buyers a blank canvas to paint their own dreams of living in the cottage. Kris you and Terry are about to write the next chapter of your lives and what's exciting is its unwritten... All of us who follow you are wishing the very best for you and are looking forward to your future posts as you inspire us and share your creative designs. Sending my love, Vera

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  16. Dear Kris,
    even without all you beautiful treasures displayed, your house is a dream! I am sure very soon the right person will come and fall in love with your home and make it theirs. I wish you that it will be soon and that everything will be OK in the end and that you will be happy.
    Many hugs,
    Karen B. ~ Todolwen

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  17. Your home looks beautiful even without all of the gorgeous personality you had added! I am sure one lucky couple will snatch it up soon!

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  18. Kris, You and Terry have been busy. Just packing can be a ton of work. You will have your magazine features and your blog to look thru ...to remember all your beautiful hard work. Hugs to you sweet girl. Blessings, xoxo,Susie

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  19. AWWWWWwwww the chandeliers, too.....dang! Well, upside Kris, your home still looks gorgeous and I'm sure will sell in a flash and you won't have to wrangle with buyers on leaving things. I had to leave a gorgeous piece of lace at my Dad's house I used for a wierd window covering, and regret that, too. So smile at your boxes and just say, 'the best is yet to come." Sandi

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  20. Wow, that must be difficult for you. Your house is so personal, your style unique! It looks like someone will get a great house but it will never look as lovely as it did with you living in it. Be patient and the right home and job will come along. I can't wait to see your new place and putting all those great items you just removed, in a different home, will certainly give you a lot to blog about!

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  21. Everything looks so plain and not "JCC" at all, but I know that home stagers say to remove all personal touches. I know that when we looked at our house, KC could not get past the furniture and the berber carpeting throughout (even in the bathroom). I was able to picture our furniture in the house.

    In the long run, I think removing your personal touches will be a selling factor and like you said, you are beginning to separate yourself from the house.

    Good luck!

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  22. Hi Kris, what a difference without your wonderful touches! I hope that your house sells more quickly because of the changes. You will be redecorating and opening up those boxed memories before you know it in your new home. Milena

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  23. Kris, I have always love your home but most people simply don't have the creative minds to see past things. I can't wait to see what you will do with your new home. I am sending you lots of love and positive thoughts!

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  24. Wow, you and Terry have been busy. I do hope your home sells quick with the changes you made.
    Sending a HUG and prayers.
    Carla

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  25. My goodness, Kris, you have been busy. I am wishing you a quick sale...

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  26. Amazingly beautiful before and after. Your home is so gorgeous and inviting. A natural canvas for you to decorate. I am sure potential buyers will see it the same way. Those floors and your kitchen cabinets...all gorgeous.

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  27. I can't imagine..it must be so very, very emotional. I hope it sells quickly and to a family who will adore the house as much as you have. YOU, my dear, will make your home wherever your hearts are and it will be lovely! Will keep you in my prayers! ;)

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  28. I know it was so hard for you to pack all your treasures up and depersonalize your home. Less to pack at the time you move means less stress so I think you are very smart to start packing now! I'm sure your home will sell soon :o)
    ~Des

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  29. It is a shame that you have to take your things down just to sale your home. I would have taken your home in a heartbeat, but I see what others can't. You have the prettiest wood floors and so much room. The rooms get so much light. Too bad we are still 5 years from retirement, or we would have bought it.

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  30. You've done a lot of work! I know I've said it before, but I LOVE your kitchen! I know it'll sell quickly. Keep us posted on everything. xoxo

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  31. YOu have done a wonderful job of staging your home to sell. I am keeping you in my prayers. xo Laura

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  32. I think I have an ill-feeling in my stomach right now. It looks good, it even looks great (both ways, btw), but I cannot even imagine the stress you are feeling. Try as I might separate myself from my belongings, I don't want anyone telling me how to do something, especially something so personal. If we ever sell, I think I'll pack it all away before we would ever let anyone, agent or potential buyer, come see it. You're making me see the logic of Mr. "I Don't Like Stuff". ugh. I hate it when he's right and I'm not. Continued prayers for the right answers, at the right time, Kris. xo

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  33. I had to do the same thing when we moved from our old house into this one. It was hard for me to understand that not everyone loves shabby cottage living as much as me. Who would have thought?? Good luck to you!

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    1. Ha Ha Sally yep hey what is wrong with these peeps to not like our style and decor!!!! Hopefully now the buyers out there can see their own style in this home and can see the upgrades this house has to offer and not be distracted by my decor. This whole process is mind boggling to me.
      Have a great week.
      Kris

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  34. Amazing. You have been very busy. I hope that it will sell quickly. Prayers for a future and a hope.

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  35. When you said you were selling I wondered if you would take all your beautiful unique fixtures down. I'm so glad you are. Those chandeliers are gorgeous and I would want to keep them too. It would be such a shame for the new buyers not to love them as much as we all do. Always thinking of you and hoping a job comes through and that you move to a new home to love and redecorate soon. xxx Julie

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  36. Oh Kris, I am so glad that you are keeping all your wonderful chandlers and everything that you and Terry made. I liked all your things, but I know they like to look at bare walls.
    Hang in there dear friend, something will be just around the corner.
    Hugs,
    Mary

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  37. The best part of de-personalizing is that you will have less to pack up later. It still looks amazing!! ;)

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  38. It still looks beautiful and very spacious -- I hate that all of your adorable decor is being packed away!! But, when you move and unpack, it will be just like Christmas morning...pulling all of your treasures out of box to place in their new home! I do hope that potential buyers can see themselves in the house now. It is such a gorgeous home because you have made it that way! Hugs!!

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  39. You have a great attitude, Kris, and I'm certain your willingness to "let go" is an encouragement to Terry. You are a sweet and supportive wife, and he's a great guy, and you two are headed for an adventure. That's how Dennis and I have viewed this relocation of ours. It's an adventure and it's keeping us young and productive. I continue to pray for your future, Kris. Your home is lovely, even without all your very personal touches, and it looks very spacious. Hugs, Nancy

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  40. You have made a lot of wise choices in your editing of the décor. Sometimes, the editing makes a space look too bare to me...however your space is still equally as charming as it was prior to the removal of your shabby and chippy lovelies. Bonus, you won't have to wonder if after the fact the buyer had kept you lovely light fixtures in place and you get to relove them in your new home. I am sure this process has been therapeutic for you in so many ways. Hugs and hope sent your way for a speedy sell.

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    1. It has been a bitter sweet thing to pack up all my decor. It is sad to take down my decor and detach but at the same time it is good to have some of this stuff pack and ready for the move when it does happen. Less overwhelming for later.
      Have a great week.
      Kris

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  41. Kris, I know how hard this must have been but just imagine how much fun it will be to re-discover all your gorgeous decor items when you get to unpack them in your new home!

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  42. When you one day unpack all of your goodies, it will be like Christmas....you did the right thing as many buyers cannot see past decor that may not be for them....Your home is very beautiful and filled with such charm and great features. I am sure you will have a buyer soon!

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  43. Eek!! It must have been hard to put away so much of your decor...but I'm sure that you made the right decision. Crazy...I was just thinking today that a buyer would have to see past a lot of "personality" if our house were to go on the market. We've been here for 34 years and I'm afraid that the house looks like "us"!

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  44. If buyers cannot imagine themselves in your beautiful home, then they are just the wrong buyers. Someone will walk in and fall in love with the home and be blessed to find themselves owning her! Many prayers being said and sent your way! Blessings, Cindy

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  45. Yes, amazing Kris, and that entry sets the mood to what to expect, leaving wide open paces for their imagination.

    It was a hard wake up call to I am sure in selling the home, and to pack up all that has added great joy in Your creative spirit.
    But all I can stay is with every beautiful thing you created and packed up will be the reward I'm moving forward with excitement in a new chapter in your junk chic BOOK. :)

    See you soon with a post that simple says.... SOLD !!

    Xoxo
    Dore

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  46. Oops, dang so tired of spell check...
    I meant to say see you soon with a new post that *simply* says...... SOLD !!

    Xoxo
    Dore

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  47. Good Morning Kris
    Wow, you and Terry have been so busy! its amazing how much we put into our homes. Yours has been loved* Your home still looks so beautiful and I am sure someone will fall in love with it soon. Hopefully its the perfect timing! Kris, did you make the skirt in the laundry room? I love it and want something similiar in mine.

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    1. Hi Deezie,
      That is actually some curtains I had and shortened them to make a skirt. If I am not going to use them in the next house after this one sells I will let you know and you may have them and can make them fit to your space. I just have to make sure the people buying the house don't want them. So I will keep you posted. Have a great day and wonderful rest of the week.
      Kris

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    2. Your a sweetie Kris, but I am sure the new homeowners will want them, they are gorgeous, do you remember where you got them?
      deezie

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    3. There is a lady on Etsy that makes them.

      Here is her Etsy. Maybe you could see if she would make these to your exact measurement.
      https://www.etsy.com/shop/ShadesUpandCo

      Hope this helps.
      Kris

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  48. It's strange that people can't look through things. Your house was so warm and nice Before you took all your things down, now it's much colder. But hopefully there'll be a buyer now. It would be interesting to know where you will go, lol.
    Take care.
    Love Elzie

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  49. Kris, this has had to be so hard for you...but you're smart to start packing up 'early'; you'll be ahead of the game when you sell and you won't be scrambling to pack at the last minute. The house still looks beautiful...I'm excited for you for when you get to decorate your next house and make it completely YOU again! :)
    Susan

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  50. It still looks beautiful and fresh! I think this will help in attracting younger potential buyers. Good luck!

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  51. I think what you are doing is a great idea, not only for the buyers but to help you detach. I will definitely have to do that when we downsize. I moved from my dear farmhouse before it sold so it was pretty much empty which helped me a lot.

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  52. Well, if I could purchase your home, you'd have a SOLD sign on it, but I would want it decorated just the way you have it! Praying that you will have an offer soon!!!

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    1. Thanks Marsha. I wish you could buy this house too! Hoping we will find a good buyer soon.
      Kris

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  53. Wow Kris, you've got a lot of packing done - the positive side to de-personalizing. I'm glad to see you're keeping the chandeliers. You've done a great job staging your home and all those great bones to your house are clearly evident. Still keeping my fingers and toes crossed for you here in Canada ♥

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  54. Dear Kris, my thoughts are with you as you and Terry go through this huge change in your life. I think you have done a great job in creating a blank canvas for home buyers to imagine what they would do with your home. I know that the smallest thing can turn a buyer away. Keeping you in my prayers. I'll bet your mind is FULL of some great fun ideas for your next home. Hugs, Jo

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  55. I still remember doing the same things...but, I also remember thinking I could breath better with most of my "stuff" out of the rooms...and I remember thinking, "Gosh, the house DOES look larger without the extra furniture and things all over the walls...so I know it;s good to do what you are doing.

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  56. I know it is hard to prepare to sell. Had to do it 3 times! The realtors were always stressing NO PERSONAL ITEMS OUT, like photographs. I had to put all photos away in storage.

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  57. It must be so hard to put away the things that make a house a home, but it does show off your beautiful home in a different way. I know there are so many things we'd have to do to make our house buyer-friendly. I mean, how many people want a red hallway?!!

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  58. It looks much more spacious, open, and neutral and easier to see for most buyers. Hopefully they will see its excellent bones and condition now. xoxo Su

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  59. Dearest Kris, I am so late...school you know....

    I think your home has those GOOD BONES to it that no matter how much of your personal space is left or taken away, the LOVE that once was there has left a trail. The floors are gorgeous, your walls and open spaces of light will attract someone with a good eye for good structure, maintenance and imagination! Much success to you dear one!

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  60. Hi Kris! Just getting around to visiting now that I have returned to blogland. lol LOVE that you are sorting things but I know how hard it is to "let go" and de-personalize your home. It feels like you are living on foreign soil. Hopefully, Terry gets a new job soon so you can find a new house to love into a home. You know just what to do so I won't be giving you any "get it ready" advice today. lol
    It looks great- I can't imagine someone not being smitten when they walk in the door. You have done a fantastic job with everything there. xo Diana

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  61. Hi Kris, I know this is difficult to do, but you have de-personalized so well and have it buyer ready. I remember doing this and the feeling of empty like after Christmas when all the holiday is put away. Your home is going to wow the new owner and is just waiting for the right family any day now!! Prayers for you and a quick sale. Hugs, cm

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  62. I think it was very difficoult to take down your stunning decors. I' ll pray for you and for your new home.
    HUgs
    Alessandra

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  63. You know what Kris ? I think it still looks stunning - your touches are still there - that entry way is so gorgeous !
    I'd take down that kitchen cabinet you bought - replace it with open shelves ( just so you could bring it with you when you move - you won't find another one like it !!!!!!!!!!!!! )
    XOX

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  64. It still looks beautiful, Kris, but I know that was hard to do. Amazingly, I could see the floors and the details of your home without you removing anything. I must have magic vision LOL

    Big hugs,
    rue

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  65. You have done a wonderful job staging your home, Kris! The rooms look so much larger, too. Prayers for a quick sale and a job for your hubby.
    Have a nice day and weekend!

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  66. Still LOADS of charm! Who wouldn't want that laundry room exactly as it is? Your entry reminds me of the designer Tricia Foley. Not at all your style, but she has an exquisite spare style. Mostly white. You have done a wonderful job styling what you get to still live with! I'm sure it will pay off for you. Blessings!

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  67. Still LOADS of charm! Who wouldn't want that laundry room exactly as it is? Your entry reminds me of the designer Tricia Foley. Not at all your style, but she has an exquisite spare style. Mostly white. You have done a wonderful job styling what you get to still live with! I'm sure it will pay off for you. Blessings!

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  68. It looks a little lost without your personality in there, too bad buyers can't see past your décor, they would have to be blind to see beauty! I understand how scary this time might be, I went through it myself and thought it was the end of my world... but experience should have told me it would work out, it always does! I couldn't be happier, Mr. P. loves his job now and it's a 5 minute drive for him and we love our house, it's much more manageable for me (although it's a BIG yard for Mr. P.) and we just LOVE it here. So life gives you lemons... make lemonade! The journey was scary but our outcome was a blessing... that's what I'm praying for you and Terry, you two deserve the world and lots of lemonade!!! Sending good thoughts for you both!!!

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  69. Well, Kris, you know how I feel about all this, (insert WORD here) but maybe I can see how it might detach you from your beautiful cottage and be some help in situating someplace else. I had never thought of it in that way. I'm thinking about you and hoping that it can all be resolved soon. Even though it looks so bare without your touch, it still is a beautiful house and someone smart will come along and then you can move on..Happy Weekend..Judy

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  70. i have never met any one that has so much white in their home. you & your family must be very clean & without accidents. i would be a nervous wreck. i love it!! i really do but i wonder if i would or could be so clean. it is so calming. i wonder what your new place will look like? we have a Victorian, a new one, nothing old like we would love to have. lots of coke items as my hubby love it. red & white is my fave so i am super happy we can agree on that. ha. ha! i love farm houses and that would be great for me too, maybe we will down the road? God only knows. thank you for your comment on the blog today. that was so kind of you to drop by. hope you are well. are you having rain? ... Virginia is so rainy. a lots of wind. it is keeping life so interesting. ( :

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  71. Hi Kris,
    Depersonalizing and decluttering is alot of work, isn't it? You've done a great job getting your home ready for staging and showing. I took down all of our personal photos, and lots of extra accessories, too. I will be so glad when our showings are over! What a pain they were. I am not surprised that your beautiful home has received such great feedback! You will find though (at least we did!) that you can't please everyone!! And people seem to want it all, but are not willing to pay for it!! I hope all goes well, and that Terry lands a job that he loves, in an area that you both will be happy with!!

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  72. Kris, I know that it is hard for you to pack up so many of your pretties, but your home is still charming and I think it will sell quickly. Hope that thing fall right into place for you and Terry. Look at this as a new adventure. And I know that you will relove a new home some day soon.
    hugs,
    Jann

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  73. I can see how hard it is for you to envision leaving this house, which you have made into such a lovely home for your family. I was struck by your words as you always use "home" instead of "house". Only a suggestion, but it might make it easier to leave if you started thinking of it as a house and started making a list of what your future "home" would have in it...example: Separate laundry room? three bedrooms or four? Formal dining room? The best book I can recommend for you is The Power Of Your Subconscious Mind by Dr. Joseph Murphy. It will literally change your life and your mindset. Good luck.

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  74. I wouldn't be surprised if the new owner ends up decorating just like you did. I'm hoping you'll be unpacking all your treasures and starting a new adventure decorating your new home real soon.

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  75. My, that must have been a little hard to do. I'm afraid I kept thinking, What? Can't you see that this is a magical home? Silly buyers!

    I've never understood that fairly new thought about removing your personality when selling a house. Personality is always what sold me on a house we bought. Of course we did skedaddle out the door of a house we once looked at that had a nazi flag hanging over the sofa. A little too much personality there.

    I know you hope that a family will buy it that will love it as much as you have.

    Dewena

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  76. I'm always surprised by the lack of imagination of buyers. When I visited my cottage, it was not my style at all, but I could see past it. I understand how some people can not be in love with your gorgeous shabby style, because tastes are different for everybody, but your house is wonderful even without your decor and they should see that.

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  77. what a beautiful home.. I say that every time, I know..but your special touch is just so stunning, Kris.. I"m glad that you can view the change as positive. When I read the title of your post, I was so surprised and saddened. I guess on the bright side, it will lighten your packing job for later :) Your hard wood floors are so beautiful and all the upgrades that you've done will pay off. Anyone looking at your home will be able to tell how much loving care that you and Terry have poured into it! It's wonderful to see all of the comments and support that you have! Praying for you and wishing the best for the days ahead.

    Hugs,
    Tamara

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  78. Hi!!!! I can't believe you are moving! Where to? This post has been fascinating to see the depersonalization. I know I would have to do the same if we sold. Your house still looks pretty though! If it was in Arlington Heights, I'd buy it! ;) Good luck with the selling!!!

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