You just can't manufacture character in a few days. This is the layering of a home that takes years and often decades to produce. It's the peeling paint on the side of a barn, the worn footsteps on a front porch and the pencil markings on a door post marking the height measurements of little children. You can't buy character, it's acquired.
2. Is it Timeless?
Will the home look just as beautiful in ten years as it does today? Does it have qualities that never go out of style? Does the homeowner choose pieces that fit the home and the way their family lives? Does it remind you of a time long ago?
Does the location feel alive? Can you sense movement and the reality that people actually live there? Are there tattered books and logs near the fireplace? Do the windows showcase the beauty of natural light? Are the outdoor surroundings celebrated indoors?
4. The Wow Factor
We all know this when we see it...it's the incredible furniture choices and their unique placement that stops you in your tracks. Or it's that one piece you've never seen before. It's the choice of rich colors, textures and fabrics. It's usually indescribable but you know it has it...Wow!
Does the home reflect a unique sense of style? Nearly all homeowners are influenced by others design aesthetic but does their particular home still have something unique that is all their own? Maybe it's the way family photos are displayed or the mix of kitchen cabinets or even the way certain rooms are used in unexpected ways. A home truly needs to have unique qualities to give it that extra pizazz.
This is the quality that I love the most...does it make you want to sit down and have dinner with the family? Do you want to come over and wander through the garden and play with their children? It's the home that, in an instant, makes you feel as though you've dropped by a hundred times. And believe me...this shows through in the images. How many times have you looked at a magazine spread and felt completely comfortable. Like you could move in that very day? Welcome home!
FYI, this great location belongs to Ki's friend, Jane Hall, owner of Mustard Moon.