We’ve added a Q&A episode on our previous “off” weeks, so there’s a new podcast for ya every Monday! These episodes are shorter (we’re shooting for under 30 minutes) and still have all the same fun and banter, but we answer YOUR questions! Although these are specific questions that come from real listeners, they are either questions we get a lot or we think can be applicable to many homes and situations. If you have a question you’d like us to answer, you can send it to email@example.com.
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Here are the four we tackled this week:
1. How to balance over-improving your home for someone else and making it perfect for you.
Hey guys, I’m loving the podcast! My husband and I are renovating our 1960’s traditional-style home, and in making choices lately (everything from finishes to appliances), we have found ourselves focusing on whether we’re “over improving” the place, from both perspectives of the neighborhood and the length of time in which we intend to stay in the home. For instance, I really want to install a higher end French range in the kitchen, but we wonder whether this is the right home in which to do so, given that we don’t plan on being here more than 5 years and we’re already in the higher price per square foot range of homes in our hood (though we bought one of the smallest homes so our overall value is at the lower end — see, it can get tricky!). And at what point is it okay to say, “I want x and can afford x, and I think it’s worth having for the time we’re here even if we don’t get every cent of our investment back”? Anyway, I wondered if this is something y’all have ever encountered or debated when making changes to your home. Thanks guys!
Dear Julia, Chris and Preston,
I would love to hear about how you choose the art that you put up throughout your house!
How you choose the pieces and the framing, how you compose them next to each other considering the colours and the type of art (photography, poster, fine art etc) and all the things I am sure you consider that I cannot even think of!
I have a couple of paintings that I love individually, but I am struggling to choose the right frames, passepartouts and the way to hang them throughout our apartment that makes it look natural and not overloaded.
Thank you for this amazing podcast!
Josefin (from Hamburg, Germany)
Hi Julia, Chris, and Preston,
I am with you on the art colors! My mom has worked at a fancy art gallery for 20 years, and I’ve been able to get a few excellent, well framed pieces through her. Recently we moved to a house that has great views and demands an airier, softer palette. One of my favorite pieces simply doesn’t work where I wanted it – it is too bold and brash and yanks the eye away from the expansive view. I put it in the entryway where it works much better, though I still may need to reframe it down the road and found something that doesn’t detract.
I guess that begs another question – what do you do when your once-loved art isn’t doing it for you anymore, or there just isn’t a place where you’re happy with it in your home? I feel guilty buying disposable poster/print art because of my mom’s influence, but I sure would rather lose a mere $50-100 down the road if I need to say goodbye to a piece.
As the new homeowners of super high 2 story walls we have struggled with what to do and love gallery walls but wanted to do something different. After many discussions with my husband we think we have decided to do a wall of large clocks. So a gallery but on a different scale. What do you think of this idea? Our walls are painted Edgecomb Gray so it is a neutral pallet.
Hi! Been following you two for a while now and you have totally inspired me. Just started the podcast thing and can’t figure out how to submit a question. If you or your new assistant ( great idea btw) could let me know that would be wonderful.
You mentioned in this podcast that you don’t expect to stay in your current home for more than 5 additional years. I’m curious what would make you move? You’ve both made such amazing improvements to the home (and still going)! It appears you have enough room (bedrooms, etc) for your family. Would it just be for a new project/additional blog content?
Another thought for Jen… You could always take the range with you when you guys move. Just replace it with a less-expensive version before the listing photos are taken, and keep the nice one for yourselves as long as you’d like!
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