It’s never “just a house”

Lisa bids farewell to an old friend in San Francisco:

[W]e have to hand it over to the real star of the show: my little 1892 Queen Anne Victorian. She’s the Helen Mirren of houses. She’s done a lot of living and some of it shows in wrinkles and things that sag just a little bit. But she’s got great bones, more class than ladies a quarter of her age, and a lot of attitude. This staging is just a new dress for her and she’s rocking it — as she has through the decades. Vale, little Noe Victorian. I hope whoever buys you loves you and cares for you as much as we did. But you went through some horrendous re-muddles in the 70s and you survived that to be brought back to your former beauty. You’ve been through two of the most devastating earthquakes in U.S. history and you are still standing. You’ve seen fashions change and come around and you are still stylish.

Cue the Gloria Gaynor. You will survive.

The stupid locks, of course, will be changed.

At some point, someone — most assuredly, not I — will be called upon to dispose of my little Mid-Century Modern ranch (born 1948). I can only hope that its next occupant sees to it that its spirit is preserved, although zoning will help.


  1. Tatyana »

    25 May 2014 · 12:12 pm

    The link perfectly displays the attitude certain type of people have towards designer (in this case, a decorator). They have no idea how to do the job themselves; they realize they need an expert to help them; they even hired that expert – and then they feel entitled to mock, ridicule and complain about him publicly – despite him doing an excellent job of transforming their musty cave into an open, inviting, bright and cheerful space.

    I feel sorry for the decorator that has to deal with self-entitled assholes customers like Lisa ALL THE TIME.

  2. McGehee »

    25 May 2014 · 12:46 pm

    What I hear is, “As long as the check clears and they don’t trash us by name on [Angie’s List/Craigslist/Facebook/etc.], we don’t really care.”

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