Absolutely the Cutest Nursery I Have Ever Seen

Real Estate Agent with Long and Foster REALTORS®, Gainesville, VA VA License # 0225089470

Absolutely the Cutest Nursery I Have Ever Seen

If you haven't heard, Dick Greenberg is hosting a photography contest this month.  Loving the photography aspect of listing and marketing in my job, you won't be surprised when I tell you this is my third entry into his contest.  And I'm sure it won't be the last.  This one is for the Real Estate/Interior subcategory.

What I found going through my listing photographs, that picking a favorite really had a lot to do with personal preference.  I've listed a lot of beautiful homes.  And somehow, I thought a kitchen would be the hands down favorite.  Even in the grandest homes, the interior photos didn't compare to the smile this one brought to my face.  Allow me to share with you the hand painted Dr. Suess nursery from one of the smallest homes I've ever sold.

Dr. Suess Nursery

This mural was hand painted by the mother for her baby girl.  She offered to paint over it before the listing, but I could not imagine covering up that adorable mural.  It was quite likely a family would buy the home that would continue to appreciate that mural in the nursery.  Honestly, I wanted the seller to come paint my office in a Dr. Suess mural after seeing this room.  There was more to it than this shot too.  Three of the bedroom walls were wrapped in these heart warming images.  And the older brother's room also had a mural with a train theme.

As it turned out, the Dr. Suess mural was a hit, particularly during the open house.  The one open we had was during a day when it was pouring rain.  Turnout was unbelievable, but probably because of the value of the home.  Yet whenever the kids came in and looked bored and shy, I would coax them upstairs to see the mural.  They would run back down the stairs, eyes wide with excitement, and start yanking on Mom or Dad's raincoat, begging them to go upstairs and take a look.  

Unfortunately, the family that bought the house didn't have little kids.  They were downsizing from a larger home.  At least they didn't make the seller, who had put so much hard work into the mural, paint them over.  They handled that themselves.



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Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Chris Ann- how cute is that!  I would think that for any buyer, seeing this would put a smile on their face, whether they had young  children or not.  

Nov 16, 2016 03:29 AM #1
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

From the time I was a kid and read my first Dr. Seuss book, "Bartholomew and the 500 Hats" I've been hooked on everything Seuss.  I love the nursery!

Nov 16, 2016 03:51 AM #2
Hannah Williams
Re/Max Eastern inc. - Philadelphia, PA
Expertise NE Philadelphia & Bucks 215-953-8818

Chris Ann Cleland  I was hoping you were going to say the buyers kept the mural

Nov 16, 2016 03:52 AM #3
Sheri Sperry - MCNE®
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Sedona, AZ
(928) 274-7355 ~ YOUR Solutions REALTOR®

HI Chris Ann Cleland - Lots of color and positive energy in that photo!  I love it.

Nov 16, 2016 04:01 AM #4
Ron and Alexandra Seigel
Napa Consultants - Carpinteria, CA
Luxury Real Estate Branding, Marketing & Strategy

Chris Ann,

What a great nursery.  And a wonderful photo to boot.  Dr. Seuss is such a positive influence.  A

Nov 16, 2016 06:09 AM #5
Gene Mundt, IL/WI Mortgage Originator - FHA/VA/Conv/Jumbo/Portfolio/Refi
NMLS #216987, IL Lic. 031.0006220, WI Licensed. APMC NMLS #175656 - New Lenox, IL
708.921.6331 - 40+ yrs experience

It may have been a small home, Chris Ann Cleland ... but it made a HUGE statement and impression with this painting.  I can't imagine you were the only smile awarded to it ...


Nov 16, 2016 06:21 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena Area Real Estate 818.516.4393

Hi Chris Ann --- the nursery was definitely a "feel good" space even for those without kids.   Nice photo.   

Nov 16, 2016 06:41 AM #7
Beth Atalay
Cam Realty and Property Management - Clermont, FL
Cam Realty of Clermont FL

Hi Chris Ann, I couldn't paint over that beautiful mural, at least you have the photos.

Nov 16, 2016 07:00 AM #8
Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Usually I suggest painting over murals, but I would have suggested leaving this one, as you did. Sad to hear it got painted over by the new owners.

Nov 16, 2016 08:46 AM #9
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

OMG that is adorable!  I can see why the kids would get so excited!! What a wonderful Mother to paint this for her little girl - awesome!

Nov 16, 2016 09:17 AM #10
Laura Cerrano
Feng Shui Manhattan Long Island - Locust Valley, NY
Certified Feng Shui Expert, Speaker & Researcher

Pretty much can't get any cuter than that picture and I totally love it!

Nov 16, 2016 03:53 PM #11
Inna Ivchenko
Barcode Properties - Encino, CA
Realtor® • Green • GRI • HAFA • PSC Los Angeles CA

It is adorable. Now with all those Pinterest boards, some parents go very creative.

Nov 16, 2016 03:58 PM #12
Dick Greenberg
New Paradigm Partners LLC - Fort Collins, CO
Northern Colorado Residential Real Estate

Hi Chris Ann - That would put a smile on the Grinch's face - it's a shame it wasn't kept. Thanks for another contest entry!

Nov 17, 2016 02:22 AM #13
Elizabeth Weintraub Sacramento Real Estate Agent, Top 1% of Lyon Agents
Lyon Real Estate - Sacramento, CA
Put 40 years of experience to work for you

Well, I like turtles but this thing just looks creepy to me. I think it would give me nightmares as a young girl, LOL. Sorry, Chris Ann. But it is cute!!!

Nov 17, 2016 03:39 AM #14
Rebecca Gaujot, Realtor®
Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker - Lewisburg, WV
Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate

ChrisAnn, what a beautiful mural and sad that the new family painted over it.  But, at least it was enjoyed by the previous owners.

Nov 17, 2016 04:52 AM #15
Gayle Rich-Boxman Fishhawk Lake Real Estate
John L Scott Market Center - Birkenfeld, OR
"Your Local Expert!" 503-755-2905

Boy, does this take me back in time! Dr. Suess--what an amazing man. This mural is so perfect, I'm kinda sad that the buyers painted over it. Damn. But, you got an absolutely wonderful capture for all time, thank goodness. I love this one. 

Nov 17, 2016 10:06 AM #16
Debe Maxwell, CRS
www.AtHomesCharlotte.com | The Maxwell House Group | RE/MAX Executive | (704) 491-3310 - Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Homes for Sale - Charlotte Neighborhoods

How cute is that, Chris Ann Cleland?!  I'm so happy that the buyers didn't ask the mother who had put so much into painting the mural, to paint over it too!  

Nov 19, 2016 05:21 AM #17
Kristin Hamilton CA Realtor
Keller Williams Realty - Redlands, CA
(909) 557-6966, GREEN, SFR, CHS-Redlands/Loma Lind

I love this photo and it is so cute. I am a new grandmother and can relate to adorable nurseries. Good luck on the contest Chris Ann Cleland .

Nov 20, 2016 03:53 AM #18
Lyn Sims
RE/MAX Suburban - Schaumburg, IL
Schaumburg IL Area Real Estate

Congrats & this is the cutest room.

Dec 06, 2016 10:41 AM #19
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