Tuesday, April 28, 2015

House Hunting Horrors // Please Put Effort Into Your Entryway

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We've been doing lots of house-hunting. So. much. house. hunting. I honestly never thought that the idea of going through multiple homes would send shivers of dread down my spine (I come from a long line of  architecturally-obsessed people and in our family real estate listings are generally referred to as "house porn") but the market in the Boston area is CRAZY and looking at houses means dragging your family from one house to another on weekends just so they can be jostled by hundreds of other frantic families doing the same thing. Because inevitably, all these houses will be under agreement by Monday morning. Or in a bidding war. Probably in a bidding war.

But this frustrating real estate shuffle (and some of the horrendous design choices I've seen) has cemented some design rules in my head that I feel that I should -- nay, MUST -- share.

First up? PUT SOME EFFORT INTO YOUR ENTRYWAY.  Really. It's the first thing that your guests see so it's worth putting a little time, effort (and yes, money) into it. So don't be like these people (note: while these are actual MLS photos, they are not houses we've seen. Though some are strikingly similar)...

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... because there's nothing welcoming about a sculpture in a foyer that has a strong resemblance to an enormous dog poo.

Instead, be like these people...

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... who used artwork to make their entry feel bright, airy, warm & welcoming (and not a turd in sight).

Not sure if you got that? OK then. Avoid this look...

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... because if that's what I think it is in the tank -- a pair of snakes coiled to strike -- 
I am, quite literally, looking at the stuff of my nightmares.

This however, says eclectic...
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... but not crazy. See the difference? Funky high-low mix = cool and interesting people live here. Live snakes at the entrance = effing terrifying. RUN!!!!

Still not sure? Well, this would be a "no"...
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... because while collecting is a good thing, hoarding is not. And this, my friends, smacks of the latter.

This however, with its highly-curated collection of momentos...
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... would be a definite yes. See all that open space? It's a good thing.

OK, last one. This would be a no...

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... because no one wants to be greeted into your home by an up close and personal look at your junk, your schizophrenic blinds and a whiff of your cat's seafood dinner (though I give them a couple of points for not having the litter box in there).

This however, is a yes...
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... Ahhhh. I'm sure all their junk is piled up behind those doors but their guests aren't being subjected to it. They are clearly good people. And I want to be their friend.

So ... can we all just agree to spend a little time on the way we say "hello" with our homes? Because my heart, my head and my eyes just can't deal with much more of this.

1 comment:

  1. It is amazing how different the entryways are. I'm sure they reflect the owner's personality. However, if your home is for sale, the foyer should look as nice as possible. The eclectic entryway was fantastic, except for the rug. I had to show friends the foyer with enormous statue. I wonder what it is supposed to be?

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