A quick little outing

Yesterday I spent the day in Dunedin looking at town homes. My feelings about town homes are well documented in this space, so you may know they aren’t my go-to when I’m helping folks make their living decisions. What I do love is fake food (also well documented here). So I obviously squealed with delight when we opened the door and what do I see? IMG_6440IMG_6427


I love that the lemons in the tea have seeds. It’s this attention to detail that makes fake food so fabulous. While I was there, I snapped some pics of the tchotchkes I liked, so enjoy!

First up-lighting. Industrial/Steampunk is still having a moment and so is that horrifying macrame that we tried to kill in the 70’s. Sometimes things die because they are supposed to. So the little guy in the center, bottom row, has that jute stuff wrapped around it and frankly, all I can think about is how to dust it.

It was a quick trip, so I only have a few more. This table makes me swoon. I took a pic from the top, but the detail didn’t translate.

Pineapples are one of my favorite decorating elements and I use them whenever I can. Pineapples mean you are welcome and how can that be bad?

So, like I said, a quickie. It’s a porn site, after all.



Coming Around Again

That’s right. Another one. What? You don’t like town homes either? Well, strap in, because it’s here. This one is an interior unit and is 1690sf (?). 3/2.5/1 again. This little nugget was mostly yellow and gray which I’m already completely sick of. It’s not an interesting enough color palette to become a “thing”, you know? This one is a C, but only because I like the big ass mirrors.

I really don’t care for the piece on the wall in the kitchen. It’s just too bland and that wall is fantastic. Also, she did a sports themed room for the boy, and even though it’s my alma mater, I don’t care for “school” rooms. We’ve seen much better boys rooms here on this blog, so the bar is high. Speaking of bars, the bar stools are some of my favorite and I’ve seen another builder use these. I love the metal things on the sides of the living room window. They have nice texture and hopefully you can see that in the pictures. Overall, nothing special.

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Townhouse in Wesley Chapel

There were three today, so if you are binge reading, you have that to look forward to. This one is 1688sf, 3BR/2.5BA/1. This one gets a C+ but only because I really liked some of her color choices. Not the purple on the entry wall (too much!) but she had some very nice accents of it in the rest of the home. I can say with certainty that no good can come from a purple wall. Just, no. She also relied heavily on the wainscoting here, so she’s consistent. And fake food! There was fake food! That always makes me happy!! A couple of things especially caught my eye-the round coffee table, the dimensional wall thingies, and the girls room. Oh and I love the shape of that Parson’s chair in the living room. Delicious.

Interesting choices, but she could have done better.

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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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I’m here for you

As you know, I’ve been trying to source some of these delicious finds and sometimes they come to me by accident. This is an accident. A while ago, there was a townhouse, which you can find here, and I wasn’t super crazy about the house itself, but it had some fantastic details. I found the table at Pier 1.


It’s $119 which I think is a good price, but it doesn’t include the glass. You can score this baby here. You’re welcome.

It’s raining town homes

By now you must be thinking I only go to town homes. Well, you’d be wrong, but I do go to quite a few. To wit: this baby at 1885 sf, 3 Br, 2.5 Ba, and 2 car garage. Like most town homes, this one is uninspired but the size is pretty good. The layout is not as awful as most, but you can decide if you like it or not. Sadly, the decorator didn’t rise to the challenge. It’s not horrible, but it has no Wow, no Zhush, no Ah. There is liberal use of Ikea stuff and she picked the good stuff, so that. Overall, this is a C. Seems harsh, but with a challenging floor plan, it’s a perfect opportunity to really show your stuff. The furniture is awful and looks super cheap. I just think there are some missed opportunities here. So I stand by the C.

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Well, Well, Well

I know you’re thinking I hate town homes and you are right. But today. Today may have shifted things for me a bit. I found one that I love! Not like, LOVE! It’s 1900+ sf, 3/2.5/2. It has that god awful granite, but it still managed to charm me. It’s an end unit, which means there’s a lot of light, and it is really laid out nicely. I accidentally stopped the video half way through, so there are two videos for this one. Also, there’s another white iron bed. Love! The upstairs has a split plan with a loft in the center. Good layout, nice design, a solid A.

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Oh my god, another townhouse.

Wtf? Another one. But, this one wasn’t so bad, really. It is 3/2/5/2. The decorator is modern, but I’ve seen her work before (whoever she is). I know that sounds weird, but you can tell after a while. The crown moulding and the wainscoting make all the difference in this townhouse. It would be not great without it. I really like the flowers she put over one of the beds. There is a picture below of the detail. She did the girls room in pink, but only the linens. She managed to really get some cute details there, too. This one gets a B-. Mostly because I really think she could have been a little more creative and there was also liberal use of lacquer.  Ew.

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Another townhouse

It seems like all there is lately are town homes. This one isn’t so bad, though. it’s laid out nicely at least and has 1657 sf, 3/2.5/1. The color palette on this one is gray and yellow (again) but at least this one isn’t overdone. The girls room is orange. Finally! And I love that the decorator chose a white iron bed. i took a picture of the curtains because I love the fabric. The boys room was my favorite, though. No sports (finally) and it feels a little more unisex, which is a refreshing change. Overall, this was a little too modern for me, but the decorator softened some of those hard edges nicely. This gets a solid B. (Plus, there was fake food!) The mirrors behind the bar are from Ikea and so are the wine holders. This decorator used these in another town home right here. On this very blog.

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A teeny tiny, but cute townhouse

This little guy is part of a quadplex, something you really only see in Hyde Park. There is another floor plan, but it’s not decorated, so we only have this one to stalk. This little nugget would be a good entry-level house or for the down-sizer. Maybe a single parent with one child. There’s just no room for anyone else. There’s no storage at all, except a closet under the stairs, and there’s no garage. It’s like a little apartment. I like the decor, though. She chose light blue, brown, and sand as the color palette and it works very well here. I personally would have taken out the can lights over the bar and gone for pin lights, but eh, she went another route. I do like that she used the same lamps in the two bedrooms and also, downstairs, the framed little mirrors are over the tv and in the half bath. I guess I enjoy continuity. This one gets a B- for the fantastic use of limited space and consistency. In fact, the grade took a big hit because why? Granite, that’s why. I’m dying to see a model house without it. Anyway, enjoy.

I wanted to point out this detail. In the extra bathroom upstairs, there is a shower curtain and there is also a half-curtain. I took pics of it but I also took a picture of the inside of it so you could see how it was hung. Nice touch, nice detail.

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