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What to do with a Church Pew

A church pew that I found. For Sale $350

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Found the First Week of May

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Lunch at Cheryl’s

Cheryl invited me for lunch yesterday.  Back door guests are best.

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Lunch at the island that was created by marrying an Ikea base with two throw away pieces of furniture.

Lunch at the island that was created by marrying an Ikea base with two throw away pieces of furniture.

Yes, a replica of the lamp from A Christmas Story.  Do your kids have the move lines memorized?  Mine do.

Yes, a replica of the lamp from A Christmas Story. Do your kids have the movie lines memorized? Mine do.

The view as I looked out the kitchen window into the yard.

Ed is a master carpenter.  He made the sled.  If you read Abigale's Ashes, you will see the mock baby grand piano he made - Cheryl calls it The Schreadley.

Ed is a master carpenter. He made the sled. If you read Abigale’s Ashes, you will see the mock baby grand piano he made – Cheryl calls it The Schreadley.

Starting from the top and working my way down.  I do not have any before’s of the upstairs.  Cheryl and Ed created one large master bedroom by taking down the wall between two smaller bedrooms.   It is like being in a Paris apartment.

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This table/desk is gorgeous. It is an old drafting table

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Remember this lamp – you will see it again.

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The TV stand is made from salvaged corbels.  Look close, Ed needs to put them the way Cheryl wants them – they need to be flipped up – but that can wait until after Christmas.

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Ed built two closets and a window seat.  And Ed also hung the wallpaper.

I didn't take a picture of the closet to the right of the window seat.

I didn’t take a picture of the closet to the right of the window seat.

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The headboard is as fabulous as any that can be found in a Pinterest image.  It is a fireplace surround.  (Antique frame salvaged from the Innovasion workshop.)

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Time to head downstairs.  I shot these pics quickly while Cheryl was getting lunch ready.  The home that Cheryl lives in was built in the 1800’s.  It is an old salt box, that may be about 1,500 s.f.  It was old and tired and worn when Cheryl and Ed decided that they wanted to live in it.  They spent a couple of months spitting and shining, and like magic…..

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Cheryl wanted me to move Zeb’s crate out of the way, but that is part of living in a home – this is reality blogging, not a magazine shoot.

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Zeb – and the floors are amazing!

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I don’t have a pic of the base cabinets, but they are now painted white, and just the frame was left on the top cabinet doors, and glass was inserted.  Here is the island again.

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The cabinets on the right were taken out and replaced by an antique cupboard that was given to Cheryl as a gift from her sister Lisa.

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And because Ed is a master carpenter, and one day I said to Cheryl – Ed could make that couldn’t he?  And he did.  For more fabulous Innovasion inventory, you can read This Is Not the Paris Fleamarket.

A replica of an antique cabinet made by Ed and finished by Cheryl

A replica of an antique cabinet made by Ed and finished by Cheryl

Oh – and here is The Schreadly that we took to the festival with us – we did the set design for The Music Stage.

They made such a mess

They made such a mess

So…back to Cheryl’s – moving into the dining room that Cheryl made the family room.

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I didn’t get an after of the full wall – but the window now has shutters on it.  Check out the TV stand and the vintage suitcases as a stand for Santa.1463145_10152074407098158_1231896540_n (2)

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Cheryl’s treasures are on this treasured dry sink.  Pictures of children and grandchildren.  I didn’t take a close up of Ed’s picture of Santa – but the one of Cheryl looks like the set of a movie.

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There’s Zeb again. Gracie lets him take center stage.

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Moving from the family room into the living/dining room.

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One long empty wall is now decorated for Christmas.

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One long empty wall

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Remember the lamp I said to pay attention to that was in the bedroom?  Here it is on move-in day.  And notice the tray – that is in the family room on the treasured dry sink.

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Let’s take a look at transformation.

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I don’t have a long shot of the after – but close up’s of what takes up this space.

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Oh! Look – I found the pair of art deco lamps I gave Cheryl one year for Christmas.

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This fabulous Victorian planter is on the other side of the room.  I ran back to get a pic of it.

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After dessert and a little more chatter – it was time to leave.

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What we didn’t know when Cheryl and Ed moved into this cute little house was that it is a perfect model for taking a house and making it a Bluefield Home – even including the front door.

Long story short - this is a home that I already own, and can be considered the first "Bluefield Home."  Color selection by Cheryl - another long story

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Shopping on Black Friday

And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth.   John 1:14

I traveled to South Carolina for Thanksgiving to visit my newest grandbaby Aletheia Grace.  She is four weeks old today.  Aletheia is Greek for Truth….and her parents reference the above Scripture verse for her name.

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Aletheia Grace

In between her naps yesterday (Black Friday), I thought about a home that is for sale back in New Jersey in Woodbury Heights.  I haven’t gone to visit it yet, but I have already started to think about the possibilities and what if’s.

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Woodbury Heights, New Jersey

This is the room I am using for inspiration.

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Inspiration Room – Image – Classiccasualhome.com

OK – so this is what the living room looks like.

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View into the dining room

View into the dining room

The gas fireplace

The gas fireplace

If we take a look again at the inspiration room, there is a small alcove painted an accent color with shelves.  I see no value in the gas “fireplace.”  The first thing I would do is haul it out of there, paint the space that beautiful color blue, and add shelves.

Then I did some cyber Black Friday shopping to see what I could find to give this room the essence of the inspiration room.

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Joss and Main

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Joss and Main

A design goal is to meld the old with the new.  Whenever I can, I will do this….so an alternative to a new Joss and Main table is a table I found on Etsy.

Benhall Meadow on Etsy

Benhall Meadow on Etsy

In the pic that shows the front door and the window to the right, this is a cute bench that could go under that window for extra seating……instead of the lounger.

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Joss and Main

I couldn’t find window treatments that were close to the inspiration room…these were the best I could find.

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The inspiration room has a white wicker basket with a table lamp.  I found a lamp at Joss and Main.

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Joss and Main

The basket wasn’t as easy.  I couldn’t come up with anything I liked….this is from Ballard Designs….they are a bit pricey.

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Ballard Design – $299.00

Then there is what I found at Aletheia’s home.  Her parents forget where they got it….Marshall’s, TJ Maxx?  “One of those.”  My son was becoming suspicious when he saw me staring at it and taking pictures.  He’s afraid I will try to sneak it out when they are not looking.

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Needs to be spray painted

It won’t be hard to find a place for this mirror.

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I love all of the pillows I went shopping for on Etsy.

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CariJoy Designs

CariJoy Designs

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CariJoy Designs

CariJoy Designs

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What about the dining room and kitchen?  And the rest of the house?  I was very limited in the time I had to cyber shop yesterday….so this is as far as I got.

View into the dining room

View into the dining room

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I found this dining table at Joss and Main.  It can serve a dual purpose.  It is a beautiful table to dine at, and it can serve as a desk to work at.  Depending upon the layout, it may go lengthwise in front of the window.

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Joss and Main

I love these chairs on either end.

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This rug isn’t bad – it’s the best I could do in a pinch.

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Joss and Main

There is a hutch on the right wall as you step into the dining room.  This is what can up-date the look.  It’s a Nona Hall Table – I’m a Nona.

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Joss and Main

A view of the kitchen

A view of the kitchen

What to do?

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This look can be achieved on the wall to the left in the kitchen.

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Here is a link to the Pinterest board that links to all of the cyber shops that I visited.

http://www.pinterest.com/innovasionstyle/woodbury-heights/

This is Nona and Aletheia Grace signing off.

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Aletheia’s Birthday – November 2, 2013

Best, Theresa

A Mid Twentieth Century Girl Doing Business in a 21st Century World

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Why the Name Bluefield Home?

Long story short - this is a home that I already own, and can be considered the first "Bluefield Home."  Color selection by Cheryl - another long story

Long story short – this is a home that I already own, and can be considered the first “Bluefield Home.” Color selection by Cheryl – another long story

To those who reside in the real estate profession, there are identifying words in the industry that describe a certain type of development.

Greenfield references land that has never been used (e.g., green or new), where there was no need to demolish or rebuild any existing structures.  Greenfield development usually occurs on semi-rural land, and are sites that expand urban development.

Brownfield is land previously used for industrial or commercial use.  The land may be contaminated by low concentrations of hazardous waste or pollution, and has the potential to be reused once it is cleaned up.

Grayfield is a term that is applied to formerly viable retail and commercial shopping sites (such as regional malls and strip centers) that suffer from lack of reinvestment and have been “outclassed” by larger, better designed, better anchored malls or shopping sites.

So….why not a field of blue development?

Bluefield – homes that are geographically separated, but are harmonized through similar characteristics and consistency in design elements.  All Bluefield Homes will be stamped with Bluefield “Preserve and ReNew” Standards.

Prior to the bust of the real estate economy, there was an over-all concern that there would be no green left in the country because of greenfield development.  Since 2007, there is no more complaining.  The newly built housing industry came to a stand-still, and still isn’t going anywhere fast.

The real estate economy has not recovered and I don’t know how long it will be before greenfield development becomes a concern again.* (My personal opinion is, it is going to be a long while.)  I hope I am wrong.

*Redevelopment as it pertains to urban living, I believe, will continue to rise.

In essence, Bluefield Homes are the “redevelopment” of residential homes located in what are known as “inner-ring” suburbs.  Inner-ring suburbs are the communities that were the first to be developed in the early to mid-20th century.   These homes exist as a result of  families moving outward from urban areas.

These are the homes that are now worn, torn and weary and they will be recharged with love through style and design.  The homes to be targeted for investment will be homes that have fallen into disrepair through either lack of money for up-keep, an aging owner occupant, absentee ownership (rental housing) or foreclosure proceedings.

What is a unifying design feature of a Bluefield Home?  The front door.  I haven’t even started to look at paint chips, but I had fun wandering around Pinterest for color inspiration.  All computer screens are different – but the color I am thinking aligns itself with robin egg blue, duck egg blue, or tiffany blue.

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Image – Still Life Blues by Design-Seeds

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Benjamin Moore Peacock Blue – maybe a little too green.

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Cheryl’s “old” house front door

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I love how a blue door looks on the inside

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I won’t take the color up the steps – that is a bit much…but I do like it.

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So……I need to find the right house and the right color

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    AND I KNOW IT IS NOT GOING TO HAPPEN BY CHRISTMAS

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BLUEFIELD HOMES

WREC (Women’s Real Estate Club) is being formed for the purpose of creating an opportunity for women to come together and invest in a residential property.  The group of ten women will be equity partners as a result of sharing equally the amount needed to obtain financing for the purchase/rehab of the home.

The opportunity for women to learn while they invest is a primary goal in this joint venture. Women learn the process of short term real estate investment through informational meetings and blog posts.  The blog posts will be the primary tool to educate women of the steps necessary to create value in a distressed residential property through rehabilitation and its preparation for re-sale.

The South Jersey region has a significant number of “diamonds in the rough,” that can be efficiently and economically rehabilitated into housing that will appeal to a diverse market.

Homes that will be targeted are those that need to be cosmetically rejuvenated – they are worn, torn and weary and they will be recharged with love through style and design.  Candidate homes for investment will be homes that have fallen into disrepair through either lack of money for up-keep, an aging owner occupant, absentee ownership (rental housing) or foreclosure proceedings.

A low risk factor will be the foundation of determining the sale price of the home. The strategy employed is with an eye to minimizing the risk of the investors’ dollars through a quick sale of the rejuvenated home because of the property being “priced right.”

BLUEFIELD HOMES – REDEFINING GREEN

A marketing strategy to be employed to sell the revitalized home will be the creation of a brand that will designate the home as a “Bluefield Home.”

What is a Bluefield Home?

Bluefield Homes are homes that are geographically separated, but are harmonized through similar characteristics and consistency in design elements.  All Bluefield Homes will comply with Bluefield “Preserve and ReNew” Standards.

Bluefield Home characteristics will include, but not be limited to:

Age – 50 plus years

Cosmetic changes and some minor systems up-dating

Architectural interest

“Outside” living environment (front, side or back porch, or outside living area created in a yard through hardscape and/or landscape).

Bluefield Homes will provide housing which appeals to a wide pool of potential homebuyers – first time homebuyers, single or divorced mothers, active adult couples electing to downsize, young singles and those who comprise America’s workforce.

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I will not be doing a visual design of this home today, because I should be getting ready for hosting my family’s annual pre-Thanksgiving dinner tomorrow.

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This is NOT what they will be seeing when they arrive tomorrow.

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Best, Theresa

A Mid-20th Century Girl Doing Business in a Twenty First Century World

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WREC – Our First Gathering

 

My premise for bringing ladies together has a two-fold purpose:

1. Create a group of ten women to form an LLC to purchase a residential property with the intent of up-styling it for placement back on the market at an increased value.

2. Educate this group of women of the steps taken to accomplish the purchase, financing, budget, cosmetic restoration, marketing and resale of the home.

Initially, WREC will consist of nine women investors, plus me, as an equal equity investor.

LTD, Unlimited, will be the entity that is the Project Manager (yes, that is also me).

I have placed certain dollar parameters and tolerances around the initial project home. I have done this with the intent of minimizing everyone’s exposure to a financial risk.

The first home will not exceed a purchase/construction loan dollar amount greater than $150,000. In order to receive 80 percent financing on a $150,000 loan, we will need to invest $30,000 (20 percent), into the equity of the purchase/construction of the property. Each lady’s equity “buy-in” will be $3,000.

A home will only be considered for purchase if the projected Return on Investment is twenty percent or greater. For example, if $3,000 is the equity buy-in, than upon sale of the property, each investor receives back their initial $3,000, plus at least $600.00. (As with all investments, nothing is guaranteed, but my commitment to the group is to work as hard as I can to make every decision that supports a 20 percent ROI.)

Strategies that I will employ to make our property a success:

1. Once I have targeted a home, a pro forma will be created that includes what the selling price will be when the home is placed back on the market. I will be confident that it is the right investment when I can support that the home is comparable to homes sold in the prior six months that have sold in the same price range, in the same community, and that we will get the 20 percent ROI.

2. The homes to be invested in fall into the category of “market rate affordable” homes. The anticipated selling price of these homes is anticipated to appeal to a niche market; i.e.,

First time homebuyers

Singles (men and women)

Newly or soon to be married

Divorced women (with one or two children)

“Active” adults looking to downsize

3. I will begin to cultivate real estate agents who work with client’s in this niche market.

4. I will also begin to cultivate a relationship with real estate agents for them to alert me of potential homes that are good candidates for investment.

5. IMAGE – Let’s take a look at some pics to see why someone may not even want to do a walk through.

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What’s my plan?

Look for the potential and work towards making it a reality.

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The potential

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Eat In Kitchen – After?
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OK – I’m tired of writing, so you must be bored with reading. I have at least one or two more posts to do. In the next post, I will again share my thoughts on a “Bluefield Home.” Bluefield Homes form the basis of what I hope will really sell the homes that I will target for investment. My goal is always to see the end from the beginning – and with that in mind – who is going to buy the house and why?

So….because I am writing this on the 50th anniversary of the death of John Kennedy, it gives me the opportunity to tie our 35th President into design – I know….it is a bit shameless. Here is what is in my possession at Turner’s Corner – IMG_1593 (3)

Who knows what this country lost 50 years ago today.

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Ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.

Best, Theresa

A 20th Century Girl Living in a Twenty First Century World

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