[LMB] OT: home decor rant
louann at millerdome.com
Sat Sep 29 19:56:22 BST 2007
Kevin Kennedy wrote:
> OK, I'm listening to NPR and personal finance show has a segment on 'staging' or doing a temporary stage set sort of decorating job to make a house look better, when it's for sale. Using the host's house as an example, the decorator got all his paperbacks out of the way, and brought in some coffee table art books. Paperbacks are just too messy and untidy looking. I could just SPIT. Sure they'd be messy if they're scattered all over the place to trip over, but what's wrong with a stack of current reading on the end table? And the rest in bookcases, the way I keep mine.
Fix-up-your-house shows are a guilty pleasure of mine. The good ones
emphasize the difference between 'staging to sell' and the way you
actually live in your house. It's sort of parallel to the difference
between a book cover that sells the book and a book cover that
accurately illustrates the text.
It's not just books they're down on. They also tell people to pack up
family photos and any other personal "mark your territory" items. Also
the television. The ideal they're shooting for appears to be Midrange
Hotel Room -- bland enough not to upset anyone at all, but with touches
of comfort. They also want you to end up with about 80% of normal
furniture density in most rooms, so the buyer subconsciously thinks the
place is bigger than it really is.
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