Bigger is better

So today I saw (another) town home. This one was over 2000 sf (with only a one car garage??), 3BR/2.5BA/1GA. It’s located in one of our neighborhoods here that did very well during the downturn. The prices stayed fairly stable and there weren’t very many distressed properties in this subdivision. So, I like the community even though it feels vaguely step-fordish.

Let’s get to the good stuff. This one gets a B. I liked it, it was pleasant, and had a soothing cover palette, mostly turquoise and gray. The downgrade is mostly because of the window treatments, which have still shots below. There’s a weird puckering thing that just put me off. IMG_1189 IMG_1188 IMG_1187

See? It’s weird. And it was on all of them, so this wasn’t some kind of oversight. She did this on purpose. One full grade off because of this. Remember, it’s all in the details. I do this for you.

The rest of it was good. There were some items I recognized from other homes I’ve been in and that’s a first. Usually the decorators do a really decent job of not repeating, particularly in the same selling market. But not here. The decorator in this home seemed to rely heavily on the decorated wainscoting, which should really be done sparingly. It was here in abundance, so she really likes that stuff. Anyway, the girls room was too pink and the downstairs office was off-putting. It had an accent wall that looks like it’s trying too hard. It’s something I see frequently in real estate when I look at the pictures. People use paint instead of good taste to try to dress the room up. I’m not opposed to a good paint color, but if it’s a strong color, maybe you should consider a pass. That gets old really, really quickly and just starts to look shabby. So don’t do it. Otherwise, the main paint color was a pleasing “greige” which I’m starting to like. At first it seemed somewhat dull, but it’s a good neutral and I encourage it’s use. It’s probably better than gray, because regular people can never seem to get that ‘just right’ shade and they overdo it. Usually too dark. But, judge for yourself.

There were some awesome lamps and take a look at the headboard in the master bedroom. The detail is wood and leather. I love those two together. The flooring was good, too, but she broke it up with tile in the foyer and the kitchen and I really think the flooring should be the same throughout the house, if possible. It makes it look bigger and dresses it up. I also like the way she hung the curtain over the shower. Good job there, but still only a B. Take a look:

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