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Alrighty, so how many of you watched the tour of the Spelling Manor on HGTV on Monday after New Year’s day? I did! Not because I am so fascinated by the size of the house, though I am a little fascinated at the thought process that goes into deciding to build a home that is 56,000 sq ft plus another 17,000 sq ft in the attic.
This French chateau style mansion called The Manor was built by the late Aaron Spelling back in 1991. Spelling made his fortune producing television hits, including Dynasty, Charlie’s Angel and Beverly Hills 90210. The Hollywood legend died in 2006, leaving his home and fortune to wife Candy Spelling. So, she decided to sell and downsize.
I have to admit that a big reason I watched is because of one of my guilty pleasures. I like her daughter, Tori. Not from her 90210 days. But from her more recent reality shows. I thought it may be nice to get some insight from the other side – her mom, as well as into her growing up.
Some of you will love Candy Spelling’s gift wrapping/ craft rooms. She had three in The Manor.
But, what I came away appreciating the most is how stinking organized she is!
She has a bunch of collections. As a non-collector myself, I find that collections can get overwhelming fast and appear more like hoarding. But, she managed to keep them orderly and organized. For instance, she had a room just for her doll collection. All shelves and cabinets – much like a very nice (and very large) closet.
From labeling her perfectly cataloged wine collection (that I cannot find a photo of), to the massive storage system in the attic, this home was impressively and meticulously organized.
Here is Candy’s 17,000/square foot attic just to give you an idea.
I mean, it’s like a real warehouse that has been inventoried. Really, it looks kind of like a Costco, which I’ve heard she studied when trying to come up with a system.
She says there is “too much of our lives up there to be stuffed, piled and forgotten” and she actually looks forward to going to the attic at least “four or five times a week, and sometimes every day.” How many of us can say that? Now, she admits, she is a bit of a hoarder in the sense that she rarely gets rid of anything. She still has most of the children’s childhood toys… and well, everything.
Most of us wouldn’t need quite so much space. Especially those like me who get rid of things way too quickly! Which end of the spectrum are you on?
Being a person who just finished moving (the first of two moves, the second happening when we find a home in Austin to buy), I had to wonder, how hard was it to move this huge house?!
Well, like the rest of us, she had to pack it up in thirty days. She had three moving companies and tens of 18 wheelers, but all was very organized.
I can relate to her first step – she labeled everything in each room with stick-it notes. D= Donate. A= Auction. C=Condo. S=Storage. And, so on.
Then… and this is the part I am jealous of… each box that was packed came with a photo of the contents, a number and a list of the contents, all inventoried so she could find what she needs. I do something similar when I pack myself, but the movers we’ve had just write on the box what room it goes in… not what the exact contents are… and now with having a few things we cannot find, that’s not good!
And, you guessed it. The warehouse that is holding her stuff until she moves into her new condo is just as organized as her attic – all 20,000 sq ft of it! How nice!
What are your thoughts on all of the Spelling Manor hype? Did you drool over the organization of it all, too?
Okay. I’ll just throw it out there. On the HGTV special, they touched on how she is decorating her condo that is currently under construction. I kind of gagged when I saw the forest green marble that she had picked out for the kitchen floor… and then green granite countertops. Eek! I guess it just takes me back to the 80s too much. Tori, help her! I know, we all have different taste… She did a great job on The Manor. I’m sure it will be beautiful in the end. But, seriously, Tori is actually a pretty darn good decorator/ event planner.