Don't use the towels... [When did I become my mom?]

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While on a recent visit to an occupied home, I was discussing the possibility of supplementing furniture and accents with the owners.  The opportunity was becoming less desirable by the moment as the owners kept telling me about their dog, who was probably born before Nixon resigned, and how he continues to soil any thing he is not familiar with... The thought of provided furnishings for the home was not appealing.  Luckily, they primarily needed accents.

Now, what does this have to do with my mom?  When discussing accenting the Master Bath, I mentioned adding matching towels. And I found myself saying, "These towels would be decorator towels, and not for your daily use..."

Wait a minute:  I just recommended to some one that they put towels in their bath room and not use them!  I can vividly remember rolling my eyes at my mother when she was complaining that "we kids" were using her towels in the bath room... And I can remember thinking, "Who puts towels in the bath room that aren't to be used?"

Fast forward thirty... er... twenty, yeah - twenty years, and here I am making the same comment.  OK - so may be Mom was right about this one.  A Master Bath definitely needs fresh towels.  And in a +$300k condo, they should coordinate with the bath accessories.  Which are also a must have! Plastic cups from a Longhorns football game are not acceptable!  How many college grads are buying expensive condos? Not many...

The owners decided to get their own towels, so I am OK with that.  They coordinated them well with their bath accessories.  All in all, they did a tasteful job.  Now if I could only convince them to hide their robes in the bath closet, and drop their morning towels in the dryer on the way out of the home in the morning...



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Ginger Foust
Certified Staging Professional - Oakhurst, CA
Home Stager Oakhurst CA, Dream Interior Redesign & Staging would smile at this.  I don't think that my family household had the luxury of two sets of towels but now mom loves her Deco. towels and when my brother visits he just sighs that he can't use them.  She has a towel hidden away, close by, just for his hands. 

Towels, dec. pillows and bed linens don't leave my inventory for occupieds except under very special circumstances.  We have many vacation homes here and my stuff can stay IF, (and it's in my contract,) when they arrived my items go into my bins while they are there.  So far no "fatalities" but it's bound to happen someday. 

Cute story!  

Jul 28, 2009 02:27 AM #1
Michele Rose
Rose-Colored Staging - Mount Holly Township, NJ
Burlington County Home Staging & Redesign

Funny post Michael and having recently staged the house I'm living in, I totally understand!  To live staged is a little on the OCD side, I know, but it works.  I have towels (both kitchen and bath) that have not been used, candles in the shower that only get lit for buyers, a storage bench that hides dog toys and beds, and I've been routinely wiping out the sinks and baths so they're not wet when buyers come through.  Even the kitchen cabinets got staged!  I vacuum the carpets and then walk around on them so that they don't look vacummed-- just naturally clean, which to me is friendlier.  (I'm careful not to leave obvious footprints) Crazy, isn't it?  Fresh flowers, table set, even window shades are set perfectly, all the while maintaining a cozy, welcome home feel!  Who lives like this?  I do for now!  The good thing is that when you live like this, the house usually isn't on the market for long!  And-- we had multiple offers and I'm drawing up contracts today because we have a sale!  The buyers told me that when they came into the house, they felt a sense of peace.  Mission accomplished!  And now I can relax :-)) 

Jul 28, 2009 02:40 AM #2
Michelle Molinari
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Oh Michael,

This is a hilarious blog. My mom was such a nut about stuff like that when I was a child. We absolutely had the embellished towels-not-ever-to-be used, and also, the novelty soap-that -was-never-to-be-used.

Mother had a fail-safe about the towels. She actually put t-pins in them to keep them looking perfectly positioned, so if you did grab them instead of the hand towel laying on the side of the sink, you got poked.





Jul 28, 2009 07:03 AM #3
Michael Fontana
Round Rock Home Stager Austin Home Staging - Round Rock, TX
@ The Stage Coach

Thanks for stopping by!

@Ginger: You're right - it's bound to happen some day.  Mine get used all of the time. Papertowels or not. I swear visitors mopped up beer with one set.

@Michele: Living in a Clean, Decluttered, and Staged Home can be very liberating. But in the end, we buy too much stuff.  Congrats on the sale of your home!

@Michelle: I thought I would share some humor - and I can still remember my mom's towels: they were an off-white, with raised "F"'s on them.  And the bathroom had brown shag carpeting (it covered red "brick" linoleum).  Funny how some things stick over time, where as others don't!

Michael Fontana - The Stage Coach - Austin Home Stager

Jul 28, 2009 08:26 AM #4
Durham, NC

Michael, we must be related.  My mom had hands-off towels too.  My brother used to unfold them, wipe his face with the underside, and then fold them back just like she had them.  I don't know what was funnier:  my mother discovering used towels or the fact that my younger brother could fold towels like a mother.

Jul 28, 2009 11:17 AM #5
Kathy Nielsen - Marietta, GA
Atlanta Georgia Home Stager

Your blog title made me laugh!  Thanks.

Here's a thought for the robes - have them hang them on a wooden hanger.  It really adds a level of "unexpected decor" and is well received.


Jul 28, 2009 12:41 PM #6
Cathy Lee
CL Design Services Home Staging - Danville, CA

You are a hoot!  My mom was not like this-but you made me laugh!!

Jul 28, 2009 07:21 PM #7
Michele Hess
Simply Staged Inc. - Rockford, IL
Home Stager Rockford - Simply Staged Inc

Too funny Michael!  Selling and living. . .

Jul 28, 2009 11:05 PM #8
Michael Fontana
Round Rock Home Stager Austin Home Staging - Round Rock, TX
@ The Stage Coach

@Holly: That story would make a great blog by itself! Thanks for sharing!

@Kathy: Thanks for the tip!  Glad you had a laugh!

@Cathy: Enjoy!

@Michele: Selling and living... how many times do we have to advise this...

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Jul 29, 2009 02:56 AM #9
Pangaea Interior Design Kitchen & Bath Design, Remodeling
Portland Oregon - Portland, OR

This made me think of a roommate I had who put a fluffy little rug down in front of the bathroom sink and told me not to walk on it. I told her if it was in front of the bathroom sink ... it was getting walked on! I think she moved it to her room. Can't believe that years (okay decades) later I am putting things in bathrooms and telling people not to use them.

Jul 29, 2009 06:45 PM #10
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