As a lover of old and used treasures it is hard not to become a hoarder, as you would imagine. It is so easy to become attached to things that are ours or those that you have unburied at a yard sale like some lost artifact. Either way, they come with memories attached, which is the hardest to let go.
Recently, I found it hard to let go of one of my biggest, most expensive, most prized possession ever. My home. It was the first house I ever owned. It was where I raised my son, and watched him grow up. It was where we had many family holidays, celebrations and gatherings; happy or sad. It was the place I started a home with the love of my life.
Although we moved from this house over 5 years ago, when we became empty nesters, we kept it as a rental. When the most recent renters decided to move on, we decided it was time to sell. What I had not expected while preparing the house for sale, dressing it for someone else to love, was how hard it would be to let it go. With every touch-up of paint, cleaning of floors, fixing of a screens, came memories.
Because I didn’t want anyone else to stage the place that held so many memories of us I decided to do it myself. Every piece that was to be used to dress this house had to be perfect, it was like bringing it back to its former self, one piece at a time. Since I literally had access to all the beautiful pieces we buy for the shop, it wasn’t hard. Keeping it simple was hard!
After a few weeks of preparation it went on the market today. She is a beauty, not a mansion, not palatial, but a home where happy lives were made. We have a different beautiful home now, with new wonderful memories in the making. With all the pieces I pour love into and then sell at the shop, this is no different. It is time to let this house go. A new family will love it and make it their home.
I have learned along the way, it is true what they say. When one door closes another opens. The door on 3840 Spinel Circle is closing, but the door to “Staging by Melange” is opening a whole new adventure for us at the shop. As always, there is more to come!