We’re Neutral On This Listing Until We’re Totally Not

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neutralTwo things about this house: One, click on the continued line of this column gingerly, dear readers; and two, can you go too neutral when decorating and staging your listing?

We frequently tell people (or, when we say we, we mean Karen Eubank, our stager extraordinaire) that you should make sure you don’t have anything uh, unusual or taste specific in your listing so that people don’t get fixated on something and completely forget to buy your house.

Today we’re going to look at this Midcentury Ranch that, once again, looks completely normal. Totally normal.

And then we go inside, where we enter a decorating scheme I’d like to call “beige on beige on beige.”

By now you should know that this isn’t the thing you should worry about as much as the thing that will probably come after you click “more.”

I mean, I’m for a neutral palette, but this much beige says, “I’ve done nothing wrong, but I’ve done nothing right either.”


But then … this.

Yeah, so I showed this listing to a select preview audience without warning them about what would appear, and all of them are a little mad at me now. If you’re mad at me too, or just really disturbed, I’m not sorry, because this is Wednesday and by now we all know what happens on Wednesday.

Anyway, apparently this is not a real live almost naked pregnant woman taking a snooze during a photo session for a listing. It’s an oil on resin sculpture called “Mona Lisa” by Carole A. Feuerman. And it’s just uh, dropped in the corner of this incredibly beige house.

I guess that if you’re going to have a Very Beige House, you’d want to punctuate it with some color and art. And lord knows Feuerman isn’t the only artist making incredibly lifelike sculptures, so I have zero issues with that, either.

But it is a bit jarring to see it dropped in such a very neutral space. What do you all think? Would you have advised the sellers to perhaps secure this art somewhere else (if nothing else because of the likely cost — Feuerman’s work can sell for upwards of $25,000)?

Sound off in the comments. Want to see more of the house? Click here. Want to see more of Feuerman’s work? Click here.

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Bethany Erickson

Bethany Erickson lives in a 1961 Fox and Jacobs home with her husband, a second-grader, and Conrad Bain the dog. If she won the lottery, she'd by an E. Faye Jones home. She's taken home a few awards for her writing, including a Gold award for Best Series at the 2018 National Association of Real Estate Editors journalism awards, a 2018 Hugh Aynesworth Award for Editorial Opinion from the Dallas Press Club, and a 2019 award from NAREE for a piece linking Medicaid expansion with housing insecurity. She is a member of the Online News Association, the Education Writers Association, the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences, and the Society of Professional Journalists. She doesn't like lima beans or the word moist.

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  1. bjf says

    Hahahaha! Instead of spreading their taste around the house the sellers decided to condense it into a single item. I mean, I forgot all about the house after seeing that! Hahaha!

  2. Traci says

    Hmm, maybe I’d encourage my seller to leave it, in the hopes my listing would be picked up by a blog or social media and go viral.

  3. Katie says

    I’d advise them to leave it. It makes a statement. In a beige, beige world it adds some… color. It makes the house memorable when it otherwise wouldn’t be. I dig it.

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