Basket Case

May 18th, 2011 · 5 Comments

A tisket, a tasket, a whole mess of baskets.  50 cents each at the clearance bin in front of Michael’s.
Let’s turn this pile into gold:  Marketing idea:  The seller makes a gift basket for every buyer who visits her home.

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Windows Errors

May 17th, 2011 · 7 Comments

Four examples of ugly window coverings.

Foil, tape, and dust.

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Too much drama.

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The curtains match the bedspread and wallpaper border.  Dallas Cowboys pillow for extra flair.

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Three layers of curtains here, just in case.

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Yard Waste

May 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments

It’s a waste of a yard what with all that junk and abandoned car and fire pit, etc.

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Unique Home Lighting

May 17th, 2011 · 6 Comments

I’ve never seen this type of light or chandelier before.  It’s like turned up blades or paddles.  Glass and brass.

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From a 1984 Mesa, Arizona home.  This type of dining light was very popular back then (emphasis on back then).

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Domed light in Sun City West, Arizona.  They removed the opaque plastic that went across the ceiling line (as seen in the photo above) and added curved plastic with lighting behind.  Very popular in Sun City and Sun City West.

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Dolls & Fireplaces

May 16th, 2011 · 10 Comments

Hot new decorating trend in 2011:  placing dolls around fireplaces.  As seen at two Phoenix homes recently.

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Dolls create a homey feeling and cozy ambience.

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Bad Flooring

May 16th, 2011 · 4 Comments

Dirty, ugly, filthy carpet in Phoenix.

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Torn up vinyl flooring in Scottsdale.

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No flooring is better than damaged flooring?  From a Mesa, Arizona home.

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Three Cats On Alert

May 16th, 2011 · 12 Comments

The seller chose to take a close-up photo of her cat.  Unless she wanted to show buyers her floor and door trim and the cat just happened to walk by?

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Ready to greet buyers.

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Not sure what to do next.  How about get out of the photo?

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Help Needed With This Houston Home

May 15th, 2011 · 12 Comments

This is the back of the house.  Held up by giant toothpicks?

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The front of the house is accented by lattice.

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The bathroom is a true delight.

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Lots of storage in the bedroom.  Too bad the storage is out in the open.

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Pan right and see more clothes and stuff.  Motivated sellers.

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The dining room is under renovation.  They’ve already sponge painted the walls.

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Why put items behind a cabinet door?  It’s so much easier to grab things if they are readily available.

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The seller is admiring his living room.  Those are home staging books under the tables; he just hasn’t had time to read them.

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The home office.  The fans help cool down the computers.

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Pig & Bunnies In The Netherlands

May 15th, 2011 · 5 Comments

Porky the Pig likes to look out the window while his owner is at work.  From a home somewhere in The Netherlands.

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This Dutch home features gigantic bunny rabbits in a nursery.  Good thing they didn’t use the bunny from Donnie Darko!

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Houston Music Studio & Home For Sale

May 15th, 2011 · 9 Comments

Buyers that are into music are sure to love this Houston, Texas home.  A music studio has already been set up in a bedroom.

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The master suite is special.

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Chef’s kitchen.

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The only hope for this dining room is the wall hanging that reads “hope.”

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Uh, I think putting the baby chair on top of the window A/C unit might be slightly unsafe.

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