SmugMug Appreciation Sunday — No. 067

In brief, these posts serve to introduce new readers — and reintroduce regular readers — to photos from the early days of this blog and, occasionally, to photos from days before this blog came into existence.

Today’s photos are from THIS SmugMug Gallery, and they’re not documented in any post. Wait . . . a few have appeared in various posts for a variety of reasons, but the entire galley used to be marked private, accessible only via a direct link.

A little background . . . in 2015, while living in Colorado, we became concerned about the water situation, the fire situation, and the large influx of people in the area. In preparation for possibly listing the house (it would happen a year later), I snapped a portfolio for an eventual listing.

Don’t be misled; we loved Colorado, and were happy with our house, but felt a change was needed because of said issues. Or, perhaps, subconsciously, we were keeping with our pattern of moving shortly after getting the house just like we wanted, or eleven years, whichever came first.

That shot is from the great room, looking back toward the kitchen area with the dining room visible to the right of the front door and my office door visible to the left.

This next shot offers a different angle showing the breakfast nook and a better view of the awesome island. We miss it because it was useful for many projects, both for Melisa (quilting) and me (photography).

Here’s a better view. The original island (LINK) had a straight line where you see the two chairs, but when we redid the counters, we wanted a functional space for anyone using the chairs, so we curved it.

Next is the view from the foyer into the great room . . .

Keep in mind that everything you see in these photos (and stuff you don’t see), was sold before our move to Hawaiʻi. This next photo is not in the gallery but shows the sum total of what we kept.

. . . it was a heady and sometimes heartbreaking experience.

But, in those hectic last few months before we left, I lost eleven pounds, and since I’m now above my preferred weight, maybe we should do that again.  

I said heartbreaking because many of the things we owned we’d done so for twenty years or more. We still miss some of them, especially the teak furniture and other unique pieces that are impossible to replace.

Here are photos of my then-office that have previously appeared on this blog.  

Some might remember Bob.

You see a few of the books I had . . . and that was part of the heartbreak, getting rid of literally hundreds of books, again, some irreplaceable.

Here’s the bedroom. I was especially pleased with the paint job since it took a fair amount of time due to the features in the room. And, again, notice the teak furniture.

As a reminder, most throws, pillows, bed covers, comforters, curtains, etc. were all the products of Melisa’s sewing efforts.

This was the downstairs level . . .

A quick pause. While most of the photos have the funky border/frame, the photos that were submitted to the realtor were more traditional. This was my first (and only) effort dabbling in real estate photography.

I rarely like the photos I see in listings, and I tried to show what I would want to see if looking at a house listing. And, yes, not all the photos in the gallery were included in the actual listing, as some are just me playing around.

Next, are the two downstairs bedrooms and the Jack-n-Jill bathroom.

Yes, everything you see fabric-wise was made by Melisa.

For the outside, I used photos from a rare rainy day . . .

You might get the idea we maintained a lot of flower beds . . . because we did. Lots and lots of photos in SmugMug are of flowers. For them interested, here is a bonus LINK to a post about those flowerbeds and how I constructed them.

Anyway, that’s a short tour of the house we had in Colorado.

Here’s the slideshow

Note: the transition is set to 2sec. If it’s too fast, move the cursor anywhere within the photo — you’ll see a pause button on the lower left, and, once paused, you can use the left and right arrows on both sides of the photo to navigate the slideshow.

You’ll exit the slideshow and find yourself in SmugMug if you click anywhere in the photo instead of the pause button. You can then scroll through the photos or interact in other ways.

Slideshow of the Photos for Listing Gallery — (46 photos)

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