Every home maker puts in a lot of love, effort, and money to arrange and decorate the house according to their needs and choices. In addition to this, a well-decorated interior adds up to the value of the house while selling it. But for this homeowner, her unconventional decorating of interiors has left $3,30,000 cottage unsellable.
Mary Rose Young is an artist who owns a beautiful country home in Lydney, Gloucestershire since 1987. Back then, she purchased the property for just $38,000.
From the past 30 years, she has been putting her touches to the cottage and turned it into a “life-size dolls house.” After 27 years, when she put the house on sale in the year 2014, the estate agents told her to expect at least $3,23,000 from prospective buyers.
But her hopes of selling the cottage and to open a boutique hotel nearby was smashed when only one person could be persuaded to view the house. But Mary said that he left pretty quickly.
Even though the décor has left Mary and her husband stuck in the home, the 61-year-old artist refused to paint over her life’s work and says she still loves her home, which she uses as a workspace or gallery too.
She said, “I made this house around my own life and I wasn’t thinking about it being sellable.”
The couple lives like two children in a doll’s house and in retrospect. For them, it is like a playhouse. The lady thought that some mad collector of her work would be interested in buying it but unfortunately, nobody was interested.
According to the lady, only one person came to look at the house in a year and they did not remain in the house for long. She thought he had come only out of curiosity and to look at the decoration and was never interested to buy it in the first place.
She further added, “I love my house and the house really works for me. I’m a colorful person and I even have pink hair. I like it more and more as I get older”.
Even though her dream of running a hotel had shattered into pieces, she has doubled down and put extra effort into putting her mark on the property, turning the courtyard into a bright pink painting studio last year.
When she bought the house in 1987, it comprised of two knock-through cottages. She painted the entire house white in a bid to bring more light in, but when it failed, she started drawing patterns inspired by her colorful pottery on the walls.
At first, she did one wall orange with red dots which helped distract from the fact that there was ‘hardly any natural light’ and it went on from that point.
It became a really fun project for the lady on the side of her pottery business and it excited her so much that she started neglecting her pottery sometimes.
Mary has incorporated her pottery pieces in her home’s features. She has added a pottery chandelier in the sitting room and handmade pottery tiles in the bathroom.
The lady thinks that since she has lived there for so long, she has stopped noticing how colorful it is.
Mary said that lots of people are self-conscious and don’t say much about the decoration but the right reaction according to her is to laugh and say “wow.”
She further said, “It should make you feel like a child walking into a sweet shop. I want people to feel like adults can have lots of fun too.”