During the rainy weather is the best time to just stay home and take care of the house. This is what I did over the last several days. The cleaning and de-cluttering resulted in a box for the Salvation Army of kitchen wares and clothes, a full trash bin, a full recycling bin in addition to a half-full green bin full of dying orchid plants with leaves and roots and soggy bark that I know I’ll never be able to revive.
The focus on all three levels of our home was on the “Wealth & Prosperity” (W&P) section of the feng shui “ba-gua”, which is what we call the layout shown here. What I did was make room for W&P by getting rid of stuff that serves no purpose in our lives but can be used in someone else’s life. So, in a sense, we “shared the wealth” to make room for more.
On the top levelof our house, the W&P section is where our bathroom shower is located. I took the time to deep clean the tile walls and tile ceiling of the shower enclosure and will replace the fading clear shower curtain with a new one soon. Also, I found some areas between the tiles that need to be re-grouted, so I put that on the Wish List for the bathroom, which I know my Caveman will handle.
Intended Result: Re-grout to keep the W&P “in” the home rather than allow it to leak through. The clean/cleared space will allow W&P in!
On the main level, the kitchen is located in the W&P section. What I did there has me floating on air, mentally! I organized the spice rack, cleared out and organized the baking cabinet, recycled yukky plastic bowls, etc. and also went through multiple cabinets in that kitchen and said bye-bye to a bunch of pot and pans we don’t need. I also replaced the “junk food” cabinet with cereal to subconsciously train myself out of wanting the junk and preferring healthy cereals instead. (Gotta try!) Also, I replaced the soap dispenser and put a cover over the resulting hole. The hot water dispenser is leaking, so we’ll work on having that removed or repaired.
Intended Result: Stop the leak from the hot water dispenser, which is indicative of allowing W&P to slip through. The broken soap dispenser was removed to allow space for W&P.
On the bottom level is where what we call the “kids room” is located. This is the room where the bunk bed, chest of drawers and desk that I had since I was a kid is located. It’s also where we store “extra stuff”, like bedding, extra bows and wrapping paper, etc. I took the time to de-clutter this room and donated the wrapping and packaging material, some of which was brand new/never been opened!
Intended Result: Allow more W&P into the home as a result of donating the additional items we don’t use.
We had our home feng shui’d in December of 2010, a few months after we were married. The feng shui consultant said we’d experience a shift immediately. Indeed we did! I look back and laugh about this now, but the hubby and I fought for three full days after the feng shui was completed. Let’s see what happens in these next few days due to the changes in the “wealth” section of our home…
Wow, this was a heck of a party! Allison and Michael got married and celebrated their reception at our home. The space was TRANSFORMED. I couldn’t believe it was the same house! CLICK HERE for more photos of this incredibly heart-warming event. Might you have ideas on how versatile YOUR home can be?
There’s that old saying that we “are what we eat”, and our homes also say a lot about us as individuals. The owners of this home are warm, creative and have quite a “zen” energy around them. There is an immediate feeling of peace when you walk inside their home. Stop by our OPEN HOUSE this Wednesday August 20th from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. and see for yourself! CLICK HERE for more photos and property details.
For savvy and very busy sellers, hiring a “pre-hab” consultant or architect is wise. In recent months, two of our sellers’ listings enjoyed the services of a “pre-hab consultant”. The pre-hab consultant offered services ranging from simply providing a list of recommended items to fix, replace, or restore all the way to the full service option of managing contractors for a full top-to-bottom home “pre-hab”.
Yes! It IS a made-up term! The concept of “pre-habbing” is similar to getting dressed up for a party. We clean up, put on our best clothing, accessorize, accentuate our best attributes and GO. Sometimes we do it ourselves; others of us have an entourage helping us look our best and attract attention and suitors.
Our current Rolling Ridge listing is an example of a home that was “pre-habbed” at the behest of a savvy seller. We had other such sellers in recent months who hired the same “pre-hab architect”, as I like to call her. Between her, our photographer and our own “Art Director” skills, we put on a show when we list properties for sale.
I have to say, we thoroughly enjoy working with folks who take their craft seriously. Our photographer Lory Hawley and pre-hab architect Musette Profant make us and our listings look good in the eyes of our seller clients. We are lucky to surround ourselves with wonderful team members. They are kind, they are diligent, they are trus artists and they are FUN.
The year 2013 started off with my stepson Taylor visiting from Atlanta for the weekend. The first thing he said when he walked into our house was, “There’s no life in this place. You need a dog!”
We responded by visiting the animal shelter with him the next day. A quiet little white and pink pit bull terrier gently crawled into Taylor’s lap, curled up and laid there, as if it was his very own lap-bed. The little guy manipulated us into adopting him! We named him Piglet, after a lot of negotiation with my husband about giving him such a name.
Piglet helped get us started with our home improvement projects for the year. He started by going spider-hunting and tearing up the white linoleum that my husband hated because he always felt compelled to clean it. I deliberately chose that floor because I like walking around barefoot and wanted to know when it was too dirty to do so. Piglet fixed that for us and we now have beautiful tile. It is NOT white and my husband Greg still feels the constant compulsion to make sure it gets cleaned.
We also had roofers, solar installers, electricians, landscapers, and installed a new stove and exhaust fan in the kitchen. The exhaust fan was installed after more husband-and-wife negotiations about putting in a microwave vs. exhaust. The wifey won again. CLICK HERE for a photo of this accomplishment.
The caveman of the house also did some patching & painting, which came as a surprise to me the talent he has. I am a lucky woman!
This year has some interesting things in store for us, including more home improvements to be completed in time for a wedding reception we’re hosting for good friends of ours.
We’ll keep you posted as the improvements take place this year. Happy 2014!
Photographer Pam Esau is a long time Hayward resident and retired from Cal State East Bay after spending many years in Accounting. After retiring she started working with shelter dogs and has been a volunteer at Hayward Animal Services for eight years. Photography has been her passion since she was thirteen and decided to encompass her love of animals and photography together.
She has found, when allowed, that shelter dogs tell a story with their eyes if we just pay attention. When some of them have to go to the big dog park in the sky, she photographs them to solidify their existence. They mattered and at least at the shelter were loved unconditionally.
She thanks you all for your willingness to support these amazing dogs.
Pam Esau’s photography is being displayed through December 2013 in honor of SantaCon Hayward 2013, a fundraiser in support of the Hayward Animal Shelter.
Slap a little make-up and color on it, scrub it clean, polish it up and voila! You have a goddess!
A couple weeks ago, we threw a party that started at 8 p.m. because everyone looks better in the dark! We figured that after 8 p.m., our guests wouldn’t be able to tell we needed a paint job.
The week before the party, however, the husband AKA “Caveman” did make time to paint. Why? I asked him if he was making an excuse to stay home while I slaved away at work. He insisted that he needs to be surrounded by beauty and that our work is what makes our home life worthwhile.
No argument from me! Let him paint, scrape, patch, plant, tear up, put back together, cook those tomatoes in the bowl before they go bad, etc.
In the last month, our goddess has had a new interior paint job, a new roof and solar and an electric car charger installed, new tile floor*, stove and exhaust hood in the kitchen and staining some of the wood and wood cabinets throughout the house.
There will always be more to do but better to do it now and enjoy it than do what many folks do and wait to sell before making improvements…
The Realty World Neighbors Gallery Wall now features original photography from local student Eileen Syrop. Now 14 years old, Eileen grew up in the east bay. “I try my hardest to find the beauty in simple things, and when I find it, I love to take photos to capture that beauty,” she says.
Beside photography, Eileen enjoys film editing, cooking, and playing the piano. One of her main influences is her mother, who was an art teacher in Taiwan.
Visit our downtown office to enjoy her photography for a limited time!