Monday, September 16, 2013

For Sale
Lovely 2 bedroom flat in Westmount, ( Montreal, Quebec )
Steps from Downtown center - walk to restaurants - theater - shopping !!!
Filled to brim with Victorian Charm - original plaster details
Exposed brick walls
Current owners thought they'd live there forever - but life changes - needs change -
financial situations change - and new chapters are forever being made.


We spent the whole of last week emptying out the house of excess furniture - made countless trips back and forth to our storage unit to get our home ready for the " FOR SALE " sign which will be placed on our lawn today - exhausting - absolutely exhausting -


The living room has been cleaned completely - John is not allowed to sit on the couch until we've sold

I painted the coffee table and the fireplace which was red brick

Pillows have been plumped


Extra lighting has been added ( row houses are dark - one of my biggest beefs )


The bookcase area has been organized



A throw was " thrown " on the bench/ottoman ( that's my ode to fall decorating lmho - and that's as far as it's probably going to get this year - selling a house and decorating for the season do not go hand in hand unfortunately )


Mirrors have been cleaned so that they sparkle


Surfaces have been decluttered to showcase the crumbling brick

I painted the secretary ages ago - time to change it up I think !!!

The original plaster moldings have been given a fresh coat of white paint


Even the Cherubs were lovingly painted ( 4 sets in each corner of the entry way - what a welcome )


The dining room's been cleared and all traces of paint have vanished


The shutters on the kitchen window have been painted ( they were embarassingly filthy I must say )


so were the kitchen cupboards ( peaking through the mirror )


as well as the kitchen hutch

I bought this from the Salvation Army a few years ago for 37.50 - it was horrid - but cleaned up quite nicely!!!
White and Duck egg blue

The hall way trim was all freshened up as well - beadboard painted -  lights have been cleaned to a sparkle


The bedroom has miraculously stayed pretty much the same as when I redid it in the winter ( except the bench has been removed - space is at a premium in this house so for selling purposes that extra 10 inches may be crucial lol )

EVERYTHING was painted in this room - including the floor lol

It's about as ready as it's ever going to be - and...............................

Suzan says - John there's a desk for sale that I think I could do something special with
John says - NO WAY - do you hear me???
John says - after all we went through clearing the house out - you now want to bring ANOTHER piece in?
John says - NO WAY - don't even bother asking again............
Suzan says - But I think this one could be a fast sell!!!
John says - and what if it isn't ???  how can we show the house with furniture all over the place?
Suzan says - what do you mean, furniture all over the place?  it's one desk - that's it - no more than that!!!
Suzan says - Here take a look


John says - I SWEAR TO YOU THIS IS THE LAST PIECE UNTIL THE HOUSE IS SOLD, DO YOU UNDERSTAND ME?
Suzan says - youdon'thavetoyellatme -
Suzan says - what if the house takes a long time to sell?  I'm still going to be redoing furniture you know
John says - Than God Help me - that's all - ...............................GOD HELP ME ...... I can't take much more of this.........

I've decided the next house needs to have an " atelier " ( workshop ) or I'm going to be a single lady who paints furniture!!!

AND THE WINNER OF SHERRY'S BEAUTIFUL CHRISTMAS ( PARIS THEMED ORNAMENTS IS...........................

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That's you Cynthia from Cloches and Lavender !!!!!!!!!!

Email me your details Cynthia :)

I have to thank all the ladies who participated in this 5 day Parisien Themed Giveaway - you're all so amazingly talented and I can't tell you how appreciative I am - ( but it's huge - believe me  )
and of course to all of you dear readers who took the time to go by and follow all of them!!!
Congratulations to all of the winners - and there may be a couple of more giveaways in the next 2 weeks for those of you who weren't lucky this time :)

Have a great Monday everyone!!!



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81 comments:

  1. The house looks amazing, Suzan....you could move to NC and share my atelier....

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  2. Looks great, Suzan ! Were I in the same country, you would already have received an offer - in writing!

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  3. The house is gorgeous! I'm certain it will sell quickly. Where are you moving to?

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  4. Suzan,
    Everything looks lovely, I hope you have a quick sell.
    Years ago after we built our first home and then put in on the market, I remember having to keep everything spotless for the just-in-case someone wants to see it today. At that time, I had 5 small children. Talk about a job. Luckily it sold in less than 30 days.

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  5. Your place is beautiful! You should have no problem selling it. I love the exposed brick, so much character! I am going to be going through the same process soon-decluttering and listing sometime in the spring/summer. I am not looking forward to that, as the garage is full of furniture and I will too will have to stop to sell. What's a girl to do? Good luck with the sale, I bet it goes quick!

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  6. It looks amazing, Suzan! I hope it sells quickly. And I hope your next place does have a workshop that you will LOVE working in. Everyone needs their own space.

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  7. It is lovely. Best wishes. Dianntha

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  8. Suzan, your house looks lovely and ready for the big sale... hope it goes quickly and you can move on to your atelier..... good luck and have an amazing week.....

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  9. Good luck, Suzan! I know this is very bittersweet for you. I am praying for you for some peace and serenity and a smooth sale. Now for the fun part-to start identifying a new home. Love to you-I am on the road this week-xo Diana

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  10. Suzan, I think this is the first I've seen your home and it is so beautiful. I love the oldness, the mouldings, wood trims, bricks etc. and your decorating is exquisite. I'm sure the right person will want to grab that up quickly. All the best!! Oh. That desk is gorgeous. Can't wait to see the remodel of it. Pam

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  11. Beautiful Suzan, best of luck on your new house search!! Hopefully it will come with a work space!! V

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  12. Okay...I wanna live there!!!! It looks gorgeous! Bonne chance!!

    xoxo
    -andi

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  13. I wanna live there too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Great house beautifully decorated - you've done well girl!!

    and congrats to Cynthia! Couldn't have gone to a sweeter person.

    Happy MOnday!

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  14. its beautiful, I think your home will sell very fast but you must hate to leave, it really is a treasure with so much character, special touches, I hope you don't mind me asking but how in the world did your dining room table escape the ever present paint job? lol, just kidding its beautiful every nook and corner, best wishes for a fast and easy sale, I would hate to see you lose your sparring partner,

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  16. Such a beautiful house, Suzan, who wouldn't want to live there? Those brick walls are gorgeous!

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  17. Suzan I knew from your posts your house was stunning but now I can see it properly it is STUNNING STUNNING STUNNING,I am sure it will sell fast but do you have somewhere to go or are you waiting for this to sell before you buy again,Hey I know move to Australia come on you could stay here till you find somewhere it would be great...But on a serious note your house is really beautiful-love dee x

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  18. What a lovely house you have. I'm sure you will miss it, but you also will enjoy the new chapter in your life... change is good! xoxo

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  19. Best of luck, Suzan! It looks fabulous and I am sure it will sell tr`es rapidement!

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  20. It's interesting how much sympathy 'stress' I'm feeling right now. This is a big step. Your next place HAS to have an area dedicated to your craft. You deserve it.

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  21. you do have a beautiful house. I love all the details. Hope it is a super fast sale! like selling today would be extra nice

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  22. I know how hard it is to leave a place filled with sweet memories. I hope it sells fast before you fall back in love with it. I don't understand where exactly you are going to work during the trying time of home showings. We were lucky our first home sold in four days and we never had second thoughts.

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  23. I just love going inside and seeing the way they decorate! Congrats to your lucky winner! HUGS!

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  24. With all the rain here in Colorado moving to Canada MIGHT be an option...home looks great! Just wait until the packing begins. Good luck with that!♥♫

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  25. Congrats to your winner!

    Your place looks so charming! I love the cherubs. :)
    Good luck w/the fast sale.

    And I'm looking forward to seeing the desk re-do. ;)

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  26. Dear Suzan. Your home looks so beautiful. Wish you all the best with the sale. Did you find a new house and where?

    Big hug from here

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  27. I don't know how you can leave that beautiful home. I think it will sell quickly - and then what?

    My only problem with selling a house is keeping it clean all the time for the realtors.

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  28. Suzan, your beautiful home should sell in a flash - it's staged stunningly (I'm a certified Home Stager). Good Luck!
    Marie@InteriorFrugalista

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  29. Your home is beautiful, I'm sure it will go fast! Good luck.
    Stephanie :)

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  30. Your home looks GORGEOUS!!!! I can't imagine it won't be snatched up very quickly!
    Mary Alice

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  31. Suzan, honestly, your home will be sold for sure pretty soon because of how beautiful everything is!!!! I love the details and the fact that you still managed to keep all your personal stuff neatly and beautifully displayed! Good luck with that gorgeous piece, can't wait to see what you do with it!

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  32. Oh Suzan I love every inch of your house. I think it is going to sell quickly with how magazine beautiful it is.
    I want those cherubs that are in your entryway. Those are fantastic. Love Love love them. Everything looks great good luck as you begin this new chapter of selling the house.
    Kris

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  33. the place looks stunning sure to sell quick my fingers crossed for you

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  34. It looks beautiful! I love the natural, brick wall. I agree with everyone else, and I hope the process goes smoothly.

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  35. What a charming home you have. Such lovely period details and love the exposed brick wall. You've furnished it so beautifully, so hope it will sell quickly for you!

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  36. Okay, this is THE 'I wanna live there' of all 'wanna live theres'!

    Who WOULDN'T wanna live here?! Your research has paid off, your talent is evident in the painting and staging and your spunk is what's going to get you what you want - selling this lovely house and choosing your next beautiful HOME!

    Best of luck, Suzan!

    xo
    Poppy

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  37. I'd be worried that it would sell too soon! Have you found another house? You must be exhausted but things look wonderful! I wonder what piece they will ask to keep?

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  38. It is just beautiful and the location is wonderful. You should have no problem selling. Good luck and do tell us what is on your horizon next!
    Lisa Rose

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  39. Suzan....your home is just gorgeous! I love the exposed brick and all your decor is beautiful. You should have no problem selling....:) Best of luck!

    Blessings, Vicky
    Life On Willie Mae Lane

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  40. Darn it...I forgot to throw a throw! LOL! Hang in there girl! It all looks beautiful and I'm keeping my fingers crossed for you to have a quick sale. Also, let me say congrats again on your thousand GFC followers and I really enjoyed your Paris-themed week of giveaways. Those girls were just awesome with their projects and etsy's!

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  41. It looks lovely. I bet it sells super fast!

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  42. Oh Suzan, what a beautiful home you have. I am sure it will sell in a couple of days. Where are you moving to? Good luck to you in your new home and future endeavors.
    Mary

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  43. Oh my! I predict a very quick sale. Your apartment looks gorgeous! I also love the desk. Glad you were able to sweet-talk him into it. Good luck with the sale of both. laurie

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    1. Thanks so much Laurie !!!
      I think it was kind of foolish for me to get that desk, now that it's here lol
      XOXO

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  44. Where have I been? I didn't know you were moving, Suzan! How exciting for you....I hope! lol Your flat is absolutely stunning and I know that you'll have no problem selling that beauty. Will you be looking for a house or another flat?

    xoxo laurie

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  45. Well it issss a really cute desk......

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  46. Wow That should be in your series "I wanna live there"!! You will definitely be moving very soon!! Simply Gorgeous.

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  47. Selling a house is NOT fun! Yours looks fabulous - good luck!

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  48. Such a cute post!!

    Love hearing how your hubby handles just ONE more thing that you "have" to have.... that story is the story of my life!!!

    Nice to cyber meet you, Found you through your visit to Andrea's blog at WWC.

    Hope you sell fast!
    Alison :)

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  49. Suzan...your home is beautiful!! I have a feeling that it won't be on the market for very long.
    ~Cindy

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  50. I wish you the best of luck selling your house soon. That desk is awesome too and having a workshop in your new future home will be PERFECT!

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  51. It looks beautiful, good luk ill be hoping for a quick sale or you, grrr I hate moving

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  52. You needn't worry - your house will sell fast! It looks stunning!

    And now the fun part! You get to look for a new home!!!! Lucky girl.

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  53. Your home is gorgeous! Boy, you've been working so hard, you deserve a break!

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  54. That brick wall is going to seduce everyone who visits the house. Have you found the next house? I'm dying to know.

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  55. Wow, Suzan, you have staged your home beautifully! If I didn't know better, I'd say a professional did the work. I don't think it will take that long to sell, your home is so warm and inviting. Great Job!!
    Debbie :)

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    1. Thanks so much Debbie - what a compliment!!!
      XOXO

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  56. Your place looks stunning. Have you thought about being a professional stager? I hope it sells very quickly so you can begin your next adventure.

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  57. Your home is so beautiful, decorated to perfection, and oh my, what a fabulous location! Best wishes for a quick and easy sale with another charming home (and a big work room) waiting on the other side of it all for you.

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  58. I'd buy it in a heartbeat! Every room is beautiful! Best of luck with everything. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  59. It's beautiful Suzan! I'd be surprised if it's on the market for long... gorgeous. And that desk? Amazing!

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  60. Gorgeous! I'll take it! Really Suzan, it is really pretty! I never knew you were from Quebec. I dated someone long distance who was from Quebec when I was very young. I loved it up there! Praying for a quick sale for you, I'm sure it won't be on the market long! XO

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    1. Thanks so much Christy - Montreal's such a beautiful city - filled to the brim with political unease :(
      XOXO

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  61. Your home looks gorgeous Suzan, I was going to say where are you going to work in the meantime. I don't think your place will be on the market long, don't worry. I can relate to the exhaustion, the movers are coming Monday. Because everything is going into storage until the life insurance companies stop holding me hostage, I had to wrap and box everything. I have plastic bins in every room of my house, its quite the maze. Hopefully in a week me and Maggie and my furniture will all be in Ontario. want to borrow some bins for you move lol hugs Tobey

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  62. What a wonderful home with great character and design! I hope it sells soon, Suzan! I'm visiting from Inspiration Monday.

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  63. You did an awesome job Suzan, it looks wonderful!! Be careful, my DIY projects are the main reason why I am now single. ;) I am starting to get our house ready to sell (he is no where to be found), so I am using your photos for inspiration!! :)

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  64. Wow, what a beautiful house you have! Love all the exposed brick and your decorating style is just beautiful!! :o)

    Tania

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  65. what a gorgeous house. Love the way it is decorated and you must have mixed emotions leaving. Godd luck on a quick sale

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  66. hi there... First let me say, that your home is beautiful!!!!! I love it just the way it is. I just sold my home this past June. I had it on the market a long time, almost two years. I also had to pack up a lot of my "decor". I packed at least 90 percent, clothes and all, so when moving day came, it honestly took me less than a day to pack up everything that was out(1700 sf home). I am telling you this, because even though I love the looks of your home, in my opinion, it has way too much of "you" showing...way too many of your things displayed. Too many book cases, too many things hanging on the walls, too many dishes in the china cabinet and too much furniture. The style is great, just take most of it out, your home will look so much bigger. I know there will be haters after me for these comments, but...I can look at your pictures with fresh eyes...and with my own experience. Good Luck with your sale, and I hope it happens right away!!!!! Kathy

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    1. Thanks so much Kathy - if I were staging someone's home I'd do the same things you suggest - but I have no space - absolutely none to do any of it - we have a storage unit and believe it or not it's been emptied out somewhat already LOL -
      I have to pray people can see past all of it I guess - no choice in the matter at all!
      XOXO

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    2. I know we aquire so many things...I moved into a rental, untill I find just the right home to buy, and I have a one car garage and a bedroom completely full of boxes...

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    3. Plus we downsized to move here - which in hindsight we never should have done - but I was not redoing furniture at the time so it seemed like an ok " fit "
      It wasn't. lol
      Good luck with finding the perfect home for you !!!
      XXX

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  67. Suzan, Your home is gorgeous and I bet it sells quickly. Love the brick wall!
    xx,
    Sherry

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  68. Oh I would dream of having this home!

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  69. It looks lovely.
    Praying for a fast sale for you.

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  70. Suzan I absolutely love your home. And I think your staging is amazing. If I walked inside I would want to stay and admire it all. But I hope your home sells quickly because I know it's unsettling to be in that situation. Everything must feel like it's on hold .And I don't think I've read where you're headed. Local? To a different kind of home? Keep us posted. :)

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