Monday, October 17, 2016

Home sale update

Our next open house is this Sunday, October 23rd. We'll clean the house, stage it, and take our critters to a friend's home--again. We recently took down some trees that had outgrown their allotted territory and were shading out some of the back lawn. (Trees often grow taller and bigger than predicted here in Florida.) And we continue to sell our furniture and other belongings to dealers and at a yard sale. We even sold our dining room chairs, which we had planned to do anyway. Now we have to buy a new set. (I know that matched sets of furniture are considered passe by some designers, and I mix and match myself, but I would like my dining room chairs to match.)

Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Friday, September 16, 2016

When to clean your refrigerator (link)

From FoodNetwork: What and when to toss food from your fridge: 8 items you probably need to toss.

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Sink vs. Dishwasher (link)

Here's a list of things that you shouldn't put in the dishwasher from the FoodNetwork. Heed these warnings! You probably know that you have to be careful with plastic... Don't Put This in the dishwasher.

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Halloween fun

There are a lot of Halloween and pumpkin decorating ideas in current magazines, including Country Living and HGTV Magazine.  An idea I loved in HGTV Magazine uses pumpkins in a fun way: Make your pumpkins--carving and decorating--into fairy, elves, or gnomes' homes. Add doors, windows, landscaping and paths, etc. Or you can add your house number. Inserting a battery-operated candle inside is a smart tip, and protect from water if possible.

Tuesday, September 6, 2016

One-wall kitchens (link)

Here is a variety of one-wall kitchens from Kitchen ideas

Saturday, August 27, 2016

House sale update

No, we haven't sold yet, but we had another open house today (Saturday). Thursday we had a brokers' open house. People leave us critique sheets during these open houses sometimes. Hmm. Box the books?! (It's a good thing I've been culling them for months! And there's lots of open space--and sculptures, including Tang horses. I mean, I thought it looked like a magazine picture.) Put some furniture in storage? (Hmm. How about if we call a dealer and put the old but still good chair out by the curb and replace it with a smaller chair, and then we'll put the bench at the end of a bed in the garage and take some artwork off the wall and pack it; that will save us time later. OK, I have to admit the house does look bigger. [It's a big house, btw.] )

So, the dealer only wanted the pieces we plan to keep. We were going to have a garage sale some months ago, but that didn't work out. Frankly, I'd just as soon sell it all at a moving sale. I am considering one of those online websites... Oh, the chair at the curbside went pretty quickly. (I still miss it.) There is some interest, the realtor told us, and we have a house showing Monday.  We'll clean and stage again and pack up the critters, but at least we won't have to spend hours at our friend's house. (She has to lock her critters up when we come...)

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

The Little Free Library (link)

Here's a fun selection of The Little Free Library boxes from; they suggest using one to dress up your front yard. 'Course it has to be close to the curb: Front Yard Libraries with Curb Appeal.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

More open houses

We have two open houses upcoming--one for brokers with refreshments and one for the general public--and as we plan for them (cleaning and staging), we got a last minute email from our realtor telling us that someone wanted to see our house the next morning. So, we cleaned and staged (putting things away and getting new things out) that night and the next morning. We packed up the critters and lurked nearby. (I try to keep a look out out front so I can see when people come and go. Usually the realtor and lookers come in separate vehicles, but not always.) Anyway, they stayed for an hour, and they may make an offer. It's all part of the process.

Tuesday, August 9, 2016

Small kitchen ideas (link)

Here are some small kitchen suggestions from Some are cluttered; some are awfully white--or dark--or blue: Small Kitchen Design Ideas