Sunday, September 12, 2010

Moving forward

As I mentioned, I very recently put my house up for sale, and today is the first open house. (If you want to take a peek, you can actually go on a virtual tour with music!)

I've lived in this house for seventeen years, and have spent the past several months paring down and carefully editing my possessions. Coincidentally, this has been a hot topic on several blogs I follow, as well as on the French Chic group posts. It seems like everyone is seeking a life with less stuff.

A well-edited life is a topic I want to explore in future posts. But for today, let's just say that living a life with less "stuff"--clothes, furniture, objects--can be liberating.

What are your thoughts on this subject?


  1. A. - You are by far the most advanced editor I have ever seen. This home is so beautiful and clean. I love so many things about it. The bathroom with the marble tile is magnifique! I can't imagine anyone coming to your open house and not being overcome with a sense of calm and serenity. I'm gushing now, but really it's so open and uncluttered that just looking at the photos relaxed me. I love the music too! You have completely inspired me to push on with my editing. You know how I feel about it, but this really is the best example I've seen of what I'm striving for. Lovely!


  2. Stephanie, thanks so much. I have to confess, I had help from the house stagers that work with my realtor; they had me take out several pieces of furniture and area rugs (which are currently in my garage, as seen in the pic!)

    I had the bathrooms renovated over the summer; I selected the marble, and the greys for a clean, uncluttered look.

    It's been a great experience and I've learned a lot and plan to share it here, on my blog.

  3. Wow, impressive. I'm glad to hear you did take a few things out, since I was a bit intimidated at the cleanliness and well edited-ness of it! I am sure with it looking for perfect it will sell soon!

  4. Yes, I took out a chair and an antique server, both of which are sitting in my garage. I also swapped out two oriental rugs for the sisal rugs you see in the pics.

  5. A,
    Your home is absolutely beautiful. Good luck in selling it, although I hope it sells quickly-I also wish you the best of luck in moving forward though this part of your life. Hang in there :)

  6. Looks amazing!! Good luck in selling.
    We downsized recently, and I still am editing the stuff... still have 2 kids and a husband at home, so complete editing is out of the question.

    It is much easier living in a smaller place with less stuff.

  7. This is the most picture-perfect cottage I think I have ever seen and your decor is so stylish. I have home-envy. You have great taste!

    Good luck with a speedy and prosperous sale.

    I'm on the decluttering/editing/streamlining/paring down bandwagon too, and loving it.