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    • Bengal
    • By Bengal 11th Sep 18, 3:27 PM
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    Are houses being dressed professionally?
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    • 11th Sep 18, 3:27 PM
    Are houses being dressed professionally? 11th Sep 18 at 3:27 PM
    I've been viewing lots of houses on rightmove lately - at the lower end of the market - and so many seem to have been dressed in a certain way. Not so much the strategically-placed colour-coordinated bed covering or vase that balances the curtains (though there is that), but I'm constantly seeing signs and stencils on walls - L-O-V-E - and short pithy platitudes about home and heart and so on. Is this a design trend that I've missed, or are estate agents/specialists putting these up in sellers' houses to make them more attractive?
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    • StumpyPumpy
    • By StumpyPumpy 14th Sep 18, 4:56 PM
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    StumpyPumpy
    Whatever happened to the 1960's equivalent; "Chinese Girl" graphic; aka GreenLady
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chinese_Girl
    Originally posted by AlexMac
    982,050 happened: https://www.bonhams.com/auctions/20617/lot/43/


    SP
    Come on people, it's not difficult: lose means to be unable to find, loose means not being fixed in place. So if you have a hole in your pocket you might lose your loose change.
    • SuperMoose
    • By SuperMoose 14th Sep 18, 5:05 PM
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    Originally posted by StumpyPumpy
    You mean the one I've got on my living room wall isn't real? That was a waste of 99p in the charity shop then
    Please put out food and water for the birds
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 14th Sep 18, 8:33 PM
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    I confess I have only ever read one TP book, "Wyrd Sisters" but it almost made me incontinent with laughter. I had to keep stopping to mop my eyes so I could read further. I do have just about everything !!!! Francis has ever written, though and what is life without the Lord of the Rings? I am sorry, the films are a travesty, imho.

    Sorry for the completely off-topic post; I do have an addition, though: "Feature walls" which look as if they have been papered with shiny, metallic gift-wrap, often deep purple with silver, gold or red motifs... In the absence of a vomit icon, this will have to do -
    Originally posted by Smodlet
    Lord of the Rings is what introduced me to Fantasy, I read it when I was 11, I remember getting into serious trouble because I was so far into it I didn't hear my parents calling me for dinner I went from that to 1984, then read my way through the sci-fi/fantasy section of the school library in less than a year.

    I have an e-reader, but there is nothing quite like the smell and feel of a real book , and we have several signed first editions of various books, the pride of my collection is a signed first edition of Stephen King's Lisey's Story, I was in Oxford Street for about 7 in the morning for that one
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • TamsinC
    • By TamsinC 14th Sep 18, 9:29 PM
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    I am that weird person that has an almost full set of TP first edition hardbacks {some signed) and normal softbacks.
    • CarrieVS
    • By CarrieVS 14th Sep 18, 10:09 PM
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    I am that weird person that has an almost full set of TP first edition hardbacks {some signed) and normal softbacks.
    Originally posted by TamsinC
    I don't think I'd dare read signed first edition TPs. And I've never been one for getting books purely to have them (I will admit I love to look at and touch my leatherbound gilt-edged hardback Lovecraft collection, but while it's nice it's not too valuable to read.)

    I'm not dissing your book collection - whether they're an investment or just make you happy, that's cool. Just not my thing. On the other hand, I'm genuinely sorry to say that I have to inhume you for mixing round and curly brackets.
    • Enterprise 1701C
    • By Enterprise 1701C 14th Sep 18, 10:20 PM
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    Enterprise 1701C
    I am that weird person that has an almost full set of TP first edition hardbacks {some signed) and normal softbacks.
    Originally posted by TamsinC
    When I got my signed Stephen King I then went and bought another of the same book (in a cheaper shop) to actually read.
    What is this life if, full of care, we have no time to stand and stare
    • calleyw
    • By calleyw 14th Sep 18, 11:23 PM
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    My mum and I went to the Ideal Home Exhibition last year and apart from the odd decent exhibit there were a few of stalls selling this tat. I wandered around in awe, looking at the terrible pictures of champagne bottles spewing glitter and wondering why anyone would buy this stuff. Tomorrow's landfill!
    Originally posted by Estheroid

    Can you imagine what archeologists will think we all had in our houses in hundreds of years time.



    God awful tat


    Yours


    Calley x
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    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 14th Sep 18, 11:27 PM
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    I've spent the day looking through houses for sale as I'm selling, so have to find one to buy too .... and I finally closed my browser, tired of it all, when I spotted that one house had a neat basket on the floor of the bathroom that contained identically sized, neatly rolled, handtowels - all in different/coordinating modern colours.

    I wonder how long she spent looking at towel colours, putting together a little collection ... then finding the perfect basket where they'd fit ... then rolling them all and putting them in the basket, mulling over the order of the colours and which to put where.... not to mention the cost! And that was just one item, on one little floor.

    It's got beyond a joke in some of the houses you see....
    • -taff
    • By -taff 15th Sep 18, 12:40 AM
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    -taff
    On the other hand, I'm genuinely sorry to say that I have to inhume you for mixing round and curly brackets.
    Originally posted by CarrieVS

    Gold star quote of yesterday
    • PersianCatLady
    • By PersianCatLady 15th Sep 18, 1:02 AM
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    I've been viewing lots of houses on rightmove lately - at the lower end of the market - and so many seem to have been dressed in a certain way. Not so much the strategically-placed colour-coordinated bed covering or vase that balances the curtains (though there is that), but I'm constantly seeing signs and stencils on walls - L-O-V-E - and short pithy platitudes about home and heart and so on. Is this a design trend that I've missed, or are estate agents/specialists putting these up in sellers' houses to make them more attractive?
    Originally posted by Bengal
    I don't think that houses are being dressed in the style that you describe.

    I have noticed that the sort of people who live in homes at the lower end of the market seem to have a real passion for cheesy signs about "a house isn't a home without love" and the like.
    • tori.k
    • By tori.k 15th Sep 18, 8:18 AM
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    I've spent the day looking through houses for sale as I'm selling, so have to find one to buy too .... and I finally closed my browser, tired of it all, when I spotted that one house had a neat basket on the floor of the bathroom that contained identically sized, neatly rolled, handtowels - all in different/coordinating modern colours.

    I wonder how long she spent looking at towel colours, putting together a little collection ... then finding the perfect basket where they'd fit ... then rolling them all and putting them in the basket, mulling over the order of the colours and which to put where.... not to mention the cost! And that was just one item, on one little floor.

    It's got beyond a joke in some of the houses you see....
    Originally posted by PasturesNew
    Im guilty of that one I roll the facecloths that sits on a small drawer unit, that and the handwash and hand towel is the only thing I allow on display in the bathroom. We each have our own coloured towels and they end up scattered on the floor if certain people have to root in a folded pile so rolling stop this, Im even sad enough to stack them in the usual order that people do there ablutions. beats the ell out of scrubbing the bathroom everyday due to clutter when a quick wipe over will do. Its working smarter not harder....maybe I should make that into a wooden sign
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    • -taff
    • By -taff 15th Sep 18, 10:44 AM
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    Its working smarter not harder....maybe I should make that into a wooden sign
    Originally posted by tori.k

    Can I have one of those? And can you get the words live, love, laugh, moon and back, hunni and special snowflake in there somewhere as well?
    • TamsinC
    • By TamsinC 15th Sep 18, 11:15 AM
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    I don't think I'd dare read signed first edition TPs. And I've never been one for getting books purely to have them (I will admit I love to look at and touch my leatherbound gilt-edged hardback Lovecraft collection, but while it's nice it's not too valuable to read.) I do read them as they are for me and not for investment you can pick up a hardback 1st edition (not signed) for around twenty quid - my daughter will have them when I die and will read them too.

    I'm not dissing your book collection - whether they're an investment or just make you happy, that's cool. Just not my thing. this is fine, each to their own On the other hand, I'm genuinely sorry to say that I have to inhume you for mixing round and curly brackets.
    Originally posted by CarrieVS
    Lol - my computer keyboard is being erratic and sometimes the round brackets work and sometimes they don't, so ended up mixing and matching - I apologise
    • Smodlet
    • By Smodlet 15th Sep 18, 12:10 PM
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    Smodlet
    Can I have one of those? And can you get the words live, love, laugh, moon and back, hunni and special snowflake in there somewhere as well?
    Originally posted by -taff
    Here you go: RattytatRUs
    What is this life if, sweet wordsmith, we have no time to take the pith?
    Every stew starts with the first onion.
    I took it upon myself to investigate a trifle; it had custard, jelly, soggy sponge things...
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 15th Sep 18, 12:34 PM
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    Whatever happened to flying ducks?
    Originally posted by GaleSF63
    I have 3 ducks on my wall!

    Not the classic style, these from etsy:

    https://www.etsy.com/uk/transaction/1287429517

    My house was built in the sixties so its a bit of a nod to that, and I actually love them.
    • Red-Squirrel
    • By Red-Squirrel 15th Sep 18, 12:35 PM
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    Red-Squirrel
    .

    I've just bought a house with what I describe as a four-poster avocado bath.



    Imagine a bath in a corner, with the roof over the bath lowered and a column of tiles in the open corner. The end of the bath has an arch of tiles.
    Originally posted by Nebulous2
    If the listing is still visible on Zoopla stick it on the 'have a look at this' thread!
  • Andalya
    I wouldn't have bothered. Although it seems to be generally accepted wisdom that adding ornaments, pictures etc to a house with minimalist furnishings and decor will make it more saleable, I personally don't think it makes the slightest difference.
    Originally posted by NaughtiusMaximus
    When I was trying to sell my place, most of the feedback on this forum focused on how sparse the place looked and how I needed to make it look more homely and lived in (i.e. ornaments, throws, decoration). I don't have a lot of this stuff because I can't stand clutter and tat for the sake of tat, but bought some bits on this advice and it did seem to make a difference to viewers' feedback..

    Of course it all went straight to the charity shop when we moved
    • Leothecat
    • By Leothecat 15th Sep 18, 1:45 PM
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    Huge canvas photos of grandchildren, children, pets etc etc tc......
    • Nebulous2
    • By Nebulous2 15th Sep 18, 2:33 PM
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    If the listing is still visible on Zoopla stick it on the 'have a look at this' thread!
    Originally posted by Red-Squirrel
    Estate agent photos weren't very good. Mine aren't much better, but are here and here.

    This is in a 280 year old listed building.


    Apologies that google photos links didn't work. I've now uploaded photos to imgur and redone links.
    Last edited by Nebulous2; 15-09-2018 at 5:40 PM. Reason: redo links
    • PasturesNew
    • By PasturesNew 15th Sep 18, 2:46 PM
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    PasturesNew
    To all those on this page linking .... we can't see anything.

    Etsy: that link is to login and would only show your account
    280 listed: Google says no can do.
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