Copper Counter Tops?

Selling a home today is a challenge.  Selling a home with custom details is EVEN MORE a challenge.  Today people prefer to keep things simple and run with the crowd.  HGTV say’s ” Granite” is the way to go.  The crowd buys Granite and all MOST buyers look for it in a home or think how they can add it.

Picture how I felt when I received a text from a client in a fabulous home, but had a high quality laminate counter.

Client: “I’m changing my counter tops”

YES-YES-YES

Client: “I’m going with a copper. I’ve always wanted this”

NO-NO-NO

Copper Counter Tops? I must admit, I have never seen then. I have two pictures of copper in my mind. The picture of the old fashioned shiny posts and roster shaped baking pans hanging on a great grandmothers kitchen wall, and the second NOT so pleasing. The ugly pennies stuck to the bottom of the cup holder in my car. Either way- this does not feel good to me.

I did a bit of research trying to brace myself for the review of her home this week, and found THIS site to be helpful. I even like some of the finishes. But which did my client do?

Stay tuned….

Small Cool…

I think my house is too big.
I know I could never imagine thinking this, when I was in my smaller ranch home but, while sweeping the upstairs hall and discovering dust balls in places I haven’t been in weeks, I felt drained.
Not drained from the amount of work I had to do to keep the house in order, but drained in the creativity department.  Is there such a thing as having too much space for “stuff” that it actually stifles our creativity?
I don’t know, but I’m feeling it.  When I was in the ranch home, I remember being bold and daring.  I painted the dining room a deep chocolate-brown, I used baskets for storage and seats.  I recreated shelves and turned nooks into libraries.  In the living room, I painted one wall aqua  and on the other  white with a huge freehand aqua flower.
I hung curtains all over and weekly rearranged furniture to give each room new life.  The bold YELLOW kitchen always felt spicy and my red bathroom fun. I miss the ME, in that home.
Now with a little over 3,000 sq. ft, I feel…afraid!
I’m afraid to make any paint decisions that may stand out and not flow with the “theme” of the home…?? What theme? I still have yet to define my “theme” but don’t’ want to make any moves out of fear of potentially messing whatever it WILL BE, up.  Insanity!
I know and always tell clients, “Painting is the easiest, most affordable way to make a change. If you don’t like it- paint it AGAIN!”
So why am I not following my advice?
Today, I had to revisit a few good websites and books that always inspire and motivate me.  (http://www.apartmenttherapy.com) Apartment Therapy’s “Small Cool” book top’s the list.
I really miss my small cool home viewing this site http://www.apartmenttherapy.com/big-book/ ..now, how to take these ideas and be brave enough to incorporate them on a larger scale?

Great things happening in the West End

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Marshalls had there grand opening today,and as you can see the turn out was great! A bit too early for me to shop but I noticed a lot of cute shoes and home decor! I’ll be back to pick up 2 its today-glasses at 7.99(can’t beat that ikea) and some sneakers for my daughter-Nike at $24!
See you there…

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