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Photographs of my Bathroom

November 6, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bathroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

Little House Design: Bathroom with hex tile and hanging crates Little House Design: Bathroom with hex tile and hanging crates Little House Design: Bathroom with hex tile and hanging crates Little House Design: Bathroom with hex tile and hanging crates

All photographs are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

This is the exterior and entryway of my house as of September 2013, enjoy!

Little House Design: Dark grey and white historical bungalow Little House Design: Dark grey and white historical bungalow Little House Design: Dark grey and white historical bungalow Little House Design: Dark grey and white historical bungalow Little House Design: Dark grey and white historical bungalow Little House Design: Dark grey and white historical bungalow Little House Design: Entry way with paint stripe and starburst mirror Little House Design: Entry way with paint stripe and starburst mirror Little House Design: Entry way with paint stripe and starburst mirror Little House Design: Entry way with paint stripe and starburst mirror Little House Design: Entry way with paint stripe and starburst mirror

All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Photographs of my Bedroom

October 24, 2013 — 1 Comment

This is my bedroom as of September 2013, enjoy!

Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser Little House Design: Bedroom with bold blue walls and campaign dresser

All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Kitchen Photographs

October 23, 2013 — 2 Comments

This is my kitchen as of September 2013, enjoy!
Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors Little House Design: Kitchen with black walls and cork floors

All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

Living Room Photographs

October 22, 2013 — 5 Comments

This is my living room as of September 2013, enjoy!

Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room Little House Design: Eclectic, vintage style living room

All photos are courtesy of Ashley a. Photography, thanks Ashley!

I’ve talked about buying stuff on craigslist quite a bit (here, here, and here) but I’ve never talked about how I sell things on craigslist. In order to remedy that one-sidedness here is how I sell things (not people) on craigslist. I think it might work too because I put three items up for sale on Friday at 6:00 pm and all three items sold in 24 hours!

1) Take good pictures.

I’m not talking about the quality of the camera you use, I mean take pictures of the furniture or items while they are still in use. For example, here a picture of the white glass coffee table I just sold:

And here’s a picture I took after I’d moved it to another room with the intent to sell it:
See the difference between the two images? I think it really helps for people to see the piece you are trying to sell when it’s in use. The top image is also much more eye catching which is beneficial when you are trying to sell something. I also include multiple pictures, usually about three. One or two of the item in use and one or two detail shots (or of defective areas which I’ll talk about in a minute).
2) Be descriptive and personable in your ad. 
Yes, you are only selling a piece of furniture but it doesn’t hurt to make your ad interesting. Here is the ad I wrote for the coffee table above:
I have a round white glass coffee table on wheels. It is the IKEA STRIND coffee table which retails for $99 (here). This coffee table is in great condition and I have been very happy with it I’m just changing my living room around. It is 30″ in diameter and 16″ tall. If you want more info or pictures please email me! $50 cash.

 
Here is the information I always include in my ads:
 
A) A description of the item. If the piece you are selling is a name brand or from a famous store include that. If the item is still for sale include a link. 
B) Information about the condition of the piece. The coffee table was actually in great condition so I didn’t have to talk about defects, but when I sold the red chair I included this picture:
 
And explained that there was a small amount of fraying that was happening. The point is that you want to be open about the condition of the piece. It doesn’t benefit you to take a picture that hides a major flaw of the piece because when someone comes over to see it they will notice the crack or long scratch and they either won’t buy it or they will ask for a major price reduction.
C) Say why you are selling the piece. This is the personable part of the ad. I always say why I’m selling something. Of course I could just lie but I try to be honest. For the coffee table and the red chair I said that I was changing up my living room but that I liked each piece. For the red chair I said it was the most comfortable chair ever and I meant it!
D) Even though it takes a little more work I always measure a piece and include the dimensions. If I’m looking to buy something and dimensions aren’t included I always ask for them so you might as well provide them at the start.
E) Price and contact info. I always include how I want to be contacted. Some people will include their phone number but I prefer to just use the anonymous email they provide. Then include your price and I always say ‘cash’ just to be clear even though I think it’s obvious. Sometimes I’ll put OBO (or best offer) but not always. Pricing is totally personal decision. If you want to just get rid of something you can price it really low. If you want to sell it quickly but also get a good price it doesn’t hurt to search for similar items on craigslist and see what they are going for. If I’m selling a piece that is still for sale at a store (like the table above) I generally say about half the original price. And if your item doesn’t sell in a week you can always lower the price.
3) Wait for a response.
If you are selling a decent piece of furniture with good pictures and thorough description at a good price it is pretty likely that you will sell it. Like I said, I sold three large pieces of furniture in 24 hours so I’m kind of awesome at this haha. When you get a response you can proceed from there. Some people will offer you a lower price and you can either negotiate or say the price is firm. If they want to come look at it schedule a time for them to come over. I have only had safe and pleasant craigslist experiences but if you are nervous make sure you aren’t home alone. I also don’t give out my address until they are on their way, I know it doesn’t make much of a difference but it makes me feel a little safer. For example, if they email me on a Friday and say they’d like to look at it on Sunday I’ll say, “Great, email me when you are ready to come over and I’ll send you my address.” I’ve never had anyone complain about that.
I’ve purchased a lot more from craigslist than I have sold (I’ve purchased about 18 things and sold 6) but I think it is a great way to sell your furniture too. It takes maybe 15 minutes to set up an ad, a little time emailing back and forth with the interested buyer, then a 15 minute pick up appointment, and you’re done. Much more efficient than a garage sale and I think you will make more money too. Though I am no expert, (but I probably could be if there was such a title as ‘Craigslist Expert’) I am happy to answer any questions you have.
Good luck!

Boutique Shopping on a Budget

September 11, 2012 — 2 Comments

Sometimes I have this fantasy that I live in Manhattan and on the weekends I go shopping at all the amazing boutiques in SoHo and Nolita. But then I wake up and remember that it’s half off day at Goodwill and I rush out the door.

The reality is I live in Indiana and I don’t make 500k a year so I have to improvise. Here are some ways that I try to get the boutique experience for less.

1) TARGET. This should be obvious, but I’ll say it anyway, Target is like the best store in the world. I’m a huge fan of their designer collections that come through. I still remember when Isaac Mizrahi was the first collection they had. I was 17 and it changed my life 🙂 Two years ago when they had Liberty I was in heaven and I really enjoyed Missoni last fall. The newest incarnation of the designer series there is call The Shoppes at Target (so boutiquey). Just yesterday several new “shoppes” opened up at Target. The Curiosity Shoppe is one of the shoppes that just opened up. I love this store, it’s so quirky and it’s a great place to buy gifts. I went yesterday to get the thing that I have always needed and didn’t know it:

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A cutting board shaped like the United States! You didn’t know you needed that either did you? It’s amazing. The shoppe (I feel like a tool spelling it like that) also has other cute stuff:

Arrow salad tongs! Cute tea towels! So much to get excited about!

One of the other shops that opened is Patch NYC. Here is a peak at their collection:

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If any of this interests you, you had better hurry this stuff usually doesn’t last long!

2) Designers for specific products. That is a very ambiguous sentence but what I mean is when designers design a line of a specific product… uh, still doesn’t make sense. Okay, let me give an example. There is a designer named Orla Kiely that does very beautiful prints and recently she collaborated with Method hand soap.

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You may not be able to afford a $28 Orla Kiely tea towel, but you can have one of her beautiful patterns in your home via a $2.99 hand soap. There is actually a $1 off coupon for Method at Target right now so I got mine for $1.99!

Another great example of this is when Jonathan Adler did a collection for Cottonelle. I love Jonathan Adler but there is no way I can afford anything he does so I got one of these (yes it’s totally random) toilet paper covers he designed. I got mine for free because there was a limited time offer a few months ago.

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3) Shop local. I always just assume I can’t afford to shop at little cute stores, but when I do visit them I am often surprised at how reasonable their prices are. The bonus being that you are supporting the local economy. There are several cute shops in my neighborhood and in downtown Indy that I should go to more often. A good source to find these shops in your town is a local paper or if you search ‘local shopping (name of city)’ you will come up with all kinds of sources for finding cool stores nearby.

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One of the things I hope to accomplish here on this blog is to bring information to you all. Yes, I just gave you a lot of information but it’s a little late (the shoppes opened yesterday, Adler’s collection is no longer in circulation) so my goal for the future is to bring this information to you a little sooner.