Nothing beats a good challenge to keep us busy.
We were contacted by a local agent who wanted to see if we would be interested in reviewing an upcoming listing that they might not have much use with. Never say this to an Aries, because this is just the thing to get our attention and we love a good challenge. (and hate to fail lol)
The listing happened to be an old church in the lovely little parish of Lavender, a hot spot for those looking to find peace and quiet at the fast pace of the city.
We walked into the room and to be honest I felt a little drained and thought this was more of a challenge than I was ready to take on. That feeling didn’t last long as there is always a way to make EVERY room beautiful and I was preoccupied with the things that I couldn’t change rather than the features of this amazing space that I could highlight.
Firstly, the entrance was in Poopy Brown, Yup Poopy, both on the floor and the walls, it was really a depressing shade of beige and a complete contrast to the inside of the front door which was a cheerful and bright red. I loved it! We were able to fix this.
Second, the floors were sloped towards the altar (now kitchen) and I felt that this would turn any potential buyer off. After putting more thought into it, I realized again that the type of person looking for a church to call them home would take the quirks of the church and probably wouldn’t phase them as I did . (As a total perfectionist, I am)
The dated kitchen left something to be desired, again nothing we could change, but we changed the things we could and added a dash of pretty.
As in most homes, the furniture layout revolved around the big screen TV I call the elephant in the room, and I knew that had to change. There was also an old bench (not original for this church) that stood outside the corner to create an office area. The bench was filled with THE most incredible album collection I had ever seen. I was sooo tempted to put one on the turntable only to hear what it sounded like in the fantastic room, which I bet was amazing. I decided to save the albums for staging and we put them in the old trunk that was there, leaving the lid open. We also left the turntable because we wanted people to imagine sitting in this amazing room and listening to their favorite music.
The TV was removed and we turned the furniture around to look at the open space, a much friendlier layout. We brought some fabulous teal chairs that were a perfect complement to the colors we had to work with. The bike was so cool on the wall and the ladder was perfect with its red flap and we just covered the rungs with magazines.
The most significant and by far the most important transformation was the entry. It took a while for the owner to be convinced as he was holding onto the “original” color and thinking it would be a mistake to change it. My job is to reaffirm the importance of first impressions and the importance of a change. He agreed and we painted the walls white and the floor a beautiful navy that looked really amazing. Now the red door slammed and we added a vibrant piece of art with lots of red to welcome shoppers as they open the front door.
Needless to say, this beautiful old church was blown off the shelf in 3 days and as difficult as it must have been for the owner to let go of it (it belonged to his father) he was extremely pleased with the results and went to two full weeks spend before he sucks the last bit of what he could. I bet he’s been listening to these albums all day!
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