I live in a mixed neighborhood. There are some homes that go for over a million dollars (no not ours) and some smaller homes that look more like cottages. Ding, ding, ding!
Right now there are several for sale. One is around the corner from us. It’s a very large home with a huge circular staircase (think Gone with the Wind) inside the front door.
However (and there always is one) the people who live there are sort of gaudy in their decorating tastes (not that there is anything wrong with that!).
An example – last summer they repainted the shutters and front door. The first color was a bright cherry pink-red. I love color on a house but this was more suitable for a toddler’s outfit than house trim. It would also be a great color for sneakers for a 5K.
They had it repainted in the fall to tone it down.
They are not outdoor people so the landscaping is Wal-Mart style. With weeds.
We went to the first open house. Aside from a purple toilet, the house was tasteful although slightly dated. The colors weren’t over the top (but there were no neutral walls either) and the window treatments were professionally done.
I relayed my surprise to a neighbor who rolled her eyes. She explained that they had silk grape vines with clumps of plastic grapes that hung over the top of their kitchen cabinets and up the staircase. Lots of tchotchkes, all of which they had to remove to prepare for sale.
She also told me the story of the orange toilet and vanity that was replaced because it was…well…ugly. The purple one was a light color although they should have replaced that one too.
Homes are a window into people’s lifestyles. Some are more colorful than others.