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  • …so, we have that going for us.

  • I guess one person’s “ornate decorations” is another person’s “lots of crap to trip over.” It definitely LOOKS cool, but it’s also a wee bit busy.

  • I really like it– once you get all that stuff out of there, remove the wall paper in the kitchen, and swap out the dining room table for an island (to start). I love the original details.

    • Don’t forget having to plaster over all the holes in the walls! But yes, looks like a great house overall. Judging by the volume of patio furniture the backyard must be huge, as well.

  • I Dont Get It

    Mr. Liberace you’re on in 5 minutes.

  • SouthwestDC

    A Victorian that’s decorated like a Victorian! It would stress me out to live amongst so much stuff, but I appreciate what they were going for.

  • Wow, they certainly do have a lot of crap. I like it, though. The house, I mean. Not the crap.

  • samanda_bynes

    like living in a Wes Anderson movie – i can dig it

  • Bloomingdale Jim

    Obviously, one of my people lives there! Just sayin……

  • I like it. That chaise is absolutely amazing.

  • So who do you think currently lives here? Some of the elements scream elderly couple, like the computer workstation, while the funky chandelier makes me think it’s a young person.

    • While I think it’s rather obvious from the overall decor, there’s strong hints on the wall in slides 15 and 16.

      • A gay man, you’re saying?
        A lot of the artwork is East Asian, as is the large cabinet thing near the door. There’s also a rug with the kind of geometric designs that I’ve seen on rugs in some Chinese-Americans’ homes.
        My guess is that the people who live here are either East Asian by ethnicity or are really into East Asian art and design.

        • The art/furniture in this house is old fashioned white people interpretation of the orient. A classic design.

        • I’m 90% certain it’s a gay couple. I’ve known people who decorate like this. And there are male nudes on the wall, usually a dead giveaway.

  • I appreciate a house in DC that doesn’t look like page 32 of a Martha Stewart magazine.

  • justinbc

    I think the most funny thing in there is the mirror above the kitchen sink.

  • This person loves gallery walls and 4-posters like I love judging other people’s interior decor

  • regardless of your take on the decorating sensibilities (not my taste personally), this is a terribly staged house to sell. They’d have a tough time selling the wallpaper and rococo touches to many buyers, but they’d be advised to put something out there with less visual clutter. I can’t get my head around what’s otherwise probably a decent property. Some of the elements worth changing are not that drastic.

    • Agreed. Its distracting to the point that it makes one suspicious of what it’s all trying to hide. If anything it tips me off to a clueless seller and agent.

    • Agreed. I think part of the reason you don’t see such ornately decorated houses in real estate listings is that with that much stuff on the walls, that many patterns on the floor, that many items of furniture, etc., it’s really hard to envision how one’s own furniture would look in the house. People pooh-pooh beige walls and blah furniture, but it’s a lot easier to imagine turning a conventionally staged house into your own than it is to imagine it wth this one.
      I like many of the individual pieces, but overall it’s what an Oscar Wilde character would call “de trop” (“too much”). Especially the stairs, with so many pictures crammed into the wall space AND a patterned carpet runner.

    • It’s DC, there could be a dead body on the floor and it would sell.

      • that’s a good one. can I use it 🙂

        … and in this neighborhood there very likely WAS a dead body on the floor at some point in time

  • Is that shack in the back where they hide the dead bodies?

  • My OCD is telling me to call my agent to go see the place so I can straighten out all the pictures on the walls.

  • Count me in the yes category. I’m over the beige pottery barn look. A least this reflects some personality.

  • Yes, you don’t see this much anymore in real estate listings, though many people live like this (some who are older, and some who have inherited a lot of old furniture and stuff) because real estate agents who have any brains tell people to remove about 2/3 or more of this amount of stuff so people can see the house behind it, and to remove the rugs so people can see the condition of the floors. Some people don’t listen to the real estate agent even when told this. I think they figure they don’t have to in order to sell in a hot market. But the better-staged place will sell faster and for more money than the one full of stuff. So they do themselves a disservice. Unless the furniture is hiding holes and cracks in the wall and the rugs damaged floors – it happens, really, sometimes done intentionally.

  • Whether to stage a house such as this or not depends very much on the seller’s goal. Some people are not necessarily in a hurry to sell and recognize that they are aiming to sell a period home to like-minded people who will be enthralled to find such a “Victorian” treasure, and who can immediately recognize how their own antique belongings can fit into such a home. Granted, there is the possibility that people will come to look at the home whose idea of good taste is to take a beautifully maintained period house and gut it back to the studs and transform the interior into something ultra contemporary . . . I hope that those people walk in and are immediately repelled from all the “clutter” so that the home can eventually go to someone(s) who will appreciate it for what it was and historically is.

    • It doesn’t need to be staged with staging furniture, but the house would have profited from having a few items of furniture put temporarily in storage, taking some of the pictures off the walls, maybe putting non-patterned duvet covers on the beds, and putting some of the patterned rugs in temporary storage.
      It’s hard to tell from the interior photos whether the house is in fact a Victorian treasure, because there’s so much STUFF that you can’t get a good look at the floors, walls, etc. It seems like you’ve set up a false binary — “people who appreciate this house with all decor as shown” vs. “people who want to knock everything down and have an open-plan first floor with ultra-modern minimalist furniture.”

    • The rugs are gorgeous.

    • This already seems to be a compromise between period and contemporary. Clearly the home was opened up on the first floor since it’s one great room until you get to the kitchen. Originally it would have been the typical series of smaller rooms connected by pocket doors. Upstairs there is exposed brick in at least two rooms and a few transoms have been painted over. It is beautiful, but it’s not straight period.

      • Indeed, I looked at the pictures again and it is clear that there were “modernizing” steps taken with this home. The wall that would have separated the entry from the living room is gone and a support beam has been added/incorporated in its stead . . . I doubt that the space that is the kitchen now was the original kitchen given in Victorian times kitchens often were in the basement . . . the entry way into the kitchen clearly was widened . . . and yes, there is now exposed brick upstairs. The pictures do not show the basement/cellar but we do see a door leading downstairs so there apparently is such space. Anyway, all of this goes to show that the look here was very deliberate, and based on updates to the home itself and I truly believe that there are many, many people who would walk in and smile with appreciation and not gasp in horror because they too are either long over the stagers belief that to sell a home virtually all furniture must be removed and all the walls painted some shade of beige or gray. (I am sooo sick of gray in homes!!). This house is fun, eclectic and shows some independence of mind. I hope that the sellers get someone who is equally imaginative consistent with the home’s history and buy themselves a bigger home where they can incorporate their furniture, paintings, rugs, etc. within a larger space.

  • I toured this house recently. It’s a real gem owned by a kind man who’s lived there for a long time and rightfully is proud of his home. He hand sanded the balcony, matched the original mill work to the various renovations through the years, added a gorgeous doorway, etc. The decor and need for a bathroom reno is the only thing keeping the price down. It’s a real steal for someone.

  • I think one of the reasons I can appreciate this is that it isn’t a flip job.

    When I bought my house it was a rental and the tenant was a LOT of stuff though it was tidy much like this one. I am glad I was able to look past here stuff and her taste. Someone will be able to do so and get a nice house. Thankfully it doesn’t look too outdated in the kitchen area (except the wallpaper) which is good. I see they don’t show the bathroom (the floor is some old school tile from that one pic) so that and all the wallpaper/paint mediation will be sweat equity for the next buyer (hopefully not a flipper).

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