February 8, 2014

How to Stage Your Home for Sale: Free Botanical Prints Download

Well, I guess it's finally time for me to 'fess up.

Over the next few months there will be some big changes coming my way,

 namely, a M-O-V-E.  

moving house Sometimes you need more than Monopoly to keep the family unit functioning.


As in "we're moving." 

As in "we're putting our house up for sale." 

 As in "Help!"   
 
I haven't mentioned it here although I've known it for quite some time.  Mainly because it's been a bit heartbreaking.  It wasn't a planned move.  It was a life-just-kind-of-happened-and-now-we-have-to-move move.  Life is funny that way.  One day it decides to throw you a curve ball and you find yourself in the position of having to keep the household running while your husband is working two and a half hours away in another state.  You find yourself having to vet realtors (both here and in the new state) to find the best ones for your family's needs. You find yourself having to get the house ready for sale while continuing to homeschool your youngest child. And the list goes on.

But you know what? 
At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what state we're in. 
It doesn't even matter what house we're in.
All that matters is that we're together. 


 
That's exactly what we told the kids as soon as we knew that moving was our new reality.  It's been a while coming, as my husband has been living near his new job and coming home on the weekends for over a year now.  But it's time to get this party started and get us all together under one roof again.  And I hope you'll come along with us for the ride.

I must say that as a DIY home d├ęcor blogger I've been feeling a bit out of sorts throughout this whole process.  The goal is to de-junk the house so that it is clean and uncluttered.  But what if you're a thrift store junkie who loves picking up old things by the side of the road like me?
 
The "stager" {read: person who comes in and critiques your decorating style} has been here and has shared his expertise about how we should decorate the house if we want it to sell.  I have to be honest and say that I was pretty pleased with myself when he basically said that I had already done an excellent job and that he had only minor suggestions.  But then I got to thinking, wondering if he tells that to all his clients so that they won't be really mad at him when he ultimately suggests totally rearranging the living room {or family room, or den, etc.) somewhere down the line.

But either way, this will be our third big move as a married couple with children.  And I can tell you that the decorating advice has not changed one bit from what they told us before our first move in 2000:

Less is more.

So. 

We have not one, but two storage spaces.

In addition, our very spacious basement storage room is busting at the seams.

All this, even after I have culled, and sold, and thrown out and donated.

It's enough to drive you crazy.  But life goes on.



Moving forward I'll be sharing little tidbits here and there about this whole moving process, but today I wanted to share some really beautiful, FREE botanical print downloads. I stumbled across them while frantically searching for free artwork to put in our upstairs hallway.  Yes, I did this the day before the professional photographer was scheduled to arrive and take the listing photos of the house.

The frames used to be filled with our three children's school photos and original artwork.  Why change them out?  Because I was told to take down anything "with eyes."  Translation: take down all your family photos.  That, to me, is just plain sad.  In a way I get it (let the new people picture themselves in the house, not you and your umpteen children).  But on another level I think you should be able to leave your family photos on display.  The same family photos that tell the story of a happy family, a happy life that's been cultivated in this very house.

Despite my personal preference, the stager won out, at least with regard to these particular family photos.  And you know what?  I'm actually loving the new look!



Aren't they fabulous?  I admit I clearly need to restyle that old bookcase. It's had children's books in it since, well, since we've had kids!  (Fourteen years.)  But otherwise I'm thrilled with the outcome.

 
The frames were an inexpensive find many years ago, I think at Michael's.  You can "pop" the acrylic out very easily and insert whatever you want inside it.  They've done a great job holding Disney portraits (think: Nemo, Princesses, etc.) as well as the kids' school pictures and artwork over the years. But for now, I think these botanical prints look marvelous.



It's amazing what free artwork is out there for the taking.  I found these beauties by googling "free botanical print download."  The search results led me to The Crafty Nest Blog.  Hop on over there to get the skinny on how to download this beautiful, four volume German book entitled Kohler's Medizinal-Pflanzen, published in 1887.  According to The Crafty Nest, Botanicus.org scanned the nearly 300 drawings and made them available to download for free!  Yay!



Note:  I was unable to download individual pages, so I just downloaded the whole book and then went through it page by page, printing whatever caught my fancy.  It was fun scrolling through and seeing all the incredible vintage drawings.  I hope you have fun with it!    
 
Once I've restyled the bookcase completely I will be sure to post an update.

 Since moving will be the main focus of my life over the next couple of months, my blog posts will be a reflection of that.  I'm so happy to be able to share the experience with you.  I mean, it's always nicer when a friend comes along for the ride, wouldn't you agree?
    
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12 comments:

Betsy@ coastal-colors said...

Kathleen, I know this move isn't an easy one! Any move is difficult even when one wants to move! I remember getting a storage unit too when we sold our last house. It was like Christmas to unpack at our new home because all our items had been away for a while. Our house sold quickly and we moved into a condo to wait for our new one. Then, my Mother passed away from cancer. Whew! Sending best wishes your way for a quick and easy sale! Your prints are lovely; thanks for the source! So happy your stager loved your decor! What a blessing!

(un)Deniably Domestic said...

Kathleen - Your blog is so nice! Moves are difficult, but some more than others. We have made a move a few months ago and I am still in boxes. It is likely going to take all summer to unpack and sort through as it is nearly impossible during the school year and this move also came with emotional fallout. What I am saying is you are not alone and there are many of us who want to support you. ~Kelly

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must love junk said...

Oh, moving can be so stressful! But I'm sure you're excited to get your family under one roof, as you said.
Good luck!!
(And I love those botanical prints!)
Susan

Betsy@My Salvaged Treasures said...

It's going to be so much better to have your family all together again without the commute. This is going to be a very stressful time, but you know we're all here cheering you on.

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Yes, the most important thing is that you are all together again under one roof, Kathleen. Moving is tough. I know it was very hard for me moving from our home of 21 years. My children grew up in that house. I had a lot of memories! Throw in a deadline because, while we had put the house on the market already to down size in our area {Long Island}, a job opportunity through the company my husband works for in another state made things hit the fast track.

These pictures are very pretty. Maybe you'll be able to use them in your new home, too. I took down a whole wall gallery of family pictures when we sold our house, but I still left out a few tabletop frames of family here and there. I mean, people do live in the house, so I think a few are fine. Ultimately, it comes down to price {if there isn't potential work that has to be done}. Once we dropped the price on our house to something realistic for the market at the time, our house sold.

Good luck with your sale and search, Kathleen. Just remember to take a breather every so often!

Mara said...

Michigan bound???

Orked said...

Nice blog. Thank you for sharing.

Daniela @Frugal Aint Cheap said...

I am hoping for a FAST sale. I dread moving...I moved 11 times in 8 years...then we bought our home and have been here over 8 years...

The Polka Dot Closet said...

OK, I'm exhausted for you!! Well at least you have a lot already packed and in storage...That in itself was a ton of work! Now to get the little darlings to keep the house clean while you are on the market lol!! Hope it sells fast thanks for taking us along...don't worry about posting, we aren't going anywhere!

Carol

Glenda/MidSouth said...

We will be here to cheer you on. I know you and your family will be glad to be residing under the same roof again.
Enjoy your evening.

Grammy Goodwill said...

Good luck. It sounds like you have a positive attitude and that helps.

Tammy Killoough said...

I hate moving...but we will be doing this probably in late summer...dreading every min of it. One thing about moving...it forces you to go through your belongings and re-evaluate everything you own. Thank you for linking up with Twirl and Take a Bow on Tuesdays! ~Tammy

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