Several years ago, I was fortunate to be able to visit France with my two daughters. We spent our days wandering the streets of Paris, enjoying the museums and cafes, in search of the perfect magasin d’antiquité for a souvenir that would capture the memories we were making. Although the shops were beautiful, and the bobbles charming, we just couldn’t find our forever treasure that reflected the cities ornate architecture and les gens chics that surrounded us on the Champs –Élysées.
Our luck changed in the flea markets of Nice. Hidden among gem colored flowers, old iron keys, and dusty cracked mirrors, a stack of earthen tiles called to us. We rubbed years of dirt off of them and immediately knew we had found our grail. The scene depicted a man mounted on a steed reminiscent of Don Quixoté—or that’s what we thought at the time. We were enamored! Wrapped in newspaper, and carefully packed among tee shirts and socks, our vision of France traveled back to Denver.
Fast forward a few years, and we were in the final phases of a complete renovation of a 1906 Denver Square located in Washington Park. An area of the kitchen, directly over the range, needed something special to anchor the room and give it a unique touch that was in keeping with the age of the home. As you might have guessed, our French prize was the perfect fit! At this point, we knew that if we ever sold our home, we would want to bring our horse and rider with us, so we had the tile installed loosely, so they could be removed if that were to happen.
Sure enough, in 2013 I became an empty nester and decided to downsize. When I realized there were many people that wanted to buy my house, I had my tiles removed, and new tiles placed in the area where they had been. By doing this, I was able to show my home without worrying about someone wanting to keep the pearl my children and I had discovered so many years before.
The moral of the story is—when you sell your home, you can take it with you. If you have Grandma’s crystal chandelier hanging in the dining room, or an antique mirror you have placed in a powder room, remove them and replace them with similar items before you have photos taken, or show your home. You’ll save yourself a lot of heartache and will be able to keep your treasures when you leave.
French Tile – Before
French Tile – After