Homeowners Get Creative With Interior Decor


In one of my recent posts I featured a home where the designer really got creative in some of the theme rooms. Well, I was equally impressed by a vacation home I photographed this month where the owners themselves added some very unique touches to the home. Take the New York City inspired loft complete with a taxi-cab pool table, subway signs, brick floor and full-sized wall mural of the skyline.

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Then there’s the outer space room. I don’t think I’ve ever seen silver sheets!

Space Room

In the bathroom, the cabinets look like control panels made by adding computer parts.

Cabinet

 

This is the “Around the World in 80 Days” room. Notice the sandbags on the bed to complete the hot-air balloon motif.

Hot Air Balloon Room

Then there are the treehouse and drive-in movie rooms with artificial grass.

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And finally, who doesn’t need a boat in their room?

Master Bedroom

 

It’s fun to shoot rooms where a designer or owner has clearly put thought into the details of the decor.  From what I’ve seen in recent months, more vacation home owners are making an effort to get creative and have fun with their designs.

 

After Nearly 8 Months, Photos Help Sell Home in 8 Days


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See this house? It languished on the Orlando market for 224 days.

It’s no wonder; with a photo like that who would want to come see it? A new realtor took over – one who understands the importance of professional photography for his listings. I shot it on February 28 and delivered the images the next day on March 1. On March 10 he told me a buyer had made an offer. So by my calculation, I believe the contract came in sometime between March 1 and March 9. To put it another way, after almost 8 months on the market, the home was under contract within 8 days after I took new photos.

Now I can’t say the photos alone sold the home; credit must be given to the Realtor. But I have no doubt the photos helped. Take a look at some before and after shots:

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Living Room Before

Before

Living Room-1

After

For the living room shot, my original composition was a little tighter. The realtor asked me to pull back a little to show the hallway. I took his suggestion and I liked it. It opens up the room and  gives you an idea of the space.

Before shot of kitchen

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Kitchen-2

After

Dining Before

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Dining-2

After

This is the second angle of the dining room. The first was a head on shot but this one shows you the foyer and room off to the left.

Master Bed Before

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Master Bed 1

After

Bathroom Before

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Master Bath 1-2

After

Bedroom 2 Before

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Bedroom 2

After

Isn’t it clear how having good images can attract more potential buyers? I am always amazed how most Realtors refuse to pay for professional photos. It’s something I’ll be writing about more in a future post.