New FAV home reFRESHer

Ok, so I’ve been a HUGE fan of Febreze fabric refresher for a LONG time now.  In fact, I often spray the entire house before my husband gets home so he thinks I’ve been cleaning all day! wink wink! (For those interested, I do have LOTS of tips like this!) haha.  So now that I have 2 boys, and the endearing “boy smell,” I’ve had to try several different things.  I want to share my current favorite for my bathrooms, because this would be an easy thing to do when selling/showing a house! 

It’s Febreze SET & REFRESH! Love this thing! I usually buy the Gain one because it smells like fresh, clean laundry.  I’m looking forward to trying out some of the other scents available!

Some of the other scents are: Sweet Citrus & Zest, Linen & Sky, Meadow & Rain, White Orchid & Bloom, Mediterranean Lavendar,  Holiday Bloom & Cheer, Sandalwood & Soothe, and Falling Leaves & Spice! Can’t wait to try them!

Have you tried these? What are your favorites?

~Erin

Organizing a Move-PRINTABLE

Ok, so whether you’re a home owner selling your home, or a realtor walking your home owner through each step, moving can be STRESSFUL!  However I’ve done all of us a favor, searched Pinterest for hours, and found a printable that takes some of the edge off! hahaha Plus, I LOVE organizing sheets like these that are absolutely FREE!! (except for a couple sheets of paper & some ink) ;)

Speacial thanks to www.giftsweuse.blogspot.com, we have a moving calendar, packing supply list, moving prep list, box categories and count sheet, recommended packing order, checklists for moving day, and more!  Great for yourself or others, share the love!

Check it out here –> Printable – Moving Planner!!!

Are you using this for yourself? Your clients? Let us know!!

Candy Corn Creations!

I have never ever changed out my entry table for the holidays.  I know – hard to believe.  It’s not because I’m not brilliantly creative (hee hee), but rather because by the time I’m done working on other people’s houses and making them beautiful, my energy for my own home has waned….  Heck, it took me almost 4 years to get my own curtains up.  So without further ado, here is my Halloween creation, and it’s so fun and easy!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Here are what is in the jar thingies:

1. Candy corn, duh!

2. Coffee beans with branches from my front yard with candy corn hot glued onto the branches

3 . Old potpourri with acorns from the front yard and candy corn.

And yes, I will be changing these out for Christmas…stay tuned!!

Here are some other inspiration ideas for candy corn decor, thank you Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

Whooaah… Wait! That last one is a candy corn Martini!!!  Beverage of choice, while working on these awesomely creative creations! Enjoy! ;)

Candy Corn Martini

1½ ounces milk

1½ ounces cream

1 ounce Candy Corn Infused Vodka

½ ounce Honey Syrup 

Add ingredients to a cocktail shaker with ice and shake, shake, shake!  

Honey Syrup

1/4 cup honey

1/4 cup water

Place honey and water in a small saucepan and stir until dissolved. Bring to a gentle boil over medium-high heat. Reduce heat and simmer until syrup is slightly thickened, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and let cool.  Thanks http://www.fashionablybombed.com!!

Home Stager vs Interior Designer

 A Home Stager… 

has the responsibility of transforming your home to sell fast and at the best possible price. They package your home into a marketable product and make every attempt to work with the furnishings you already own. A well-staged home will grab the attention of the greatest number of potential buyers. At the end of the staging process, you have a home that suits the personal preferences of your target market. 

 

 

 

 

An Interior Designer…

has the responsibility of making your home functional and comfortable. They consult with you to get an understanding of your behavior and then develop a game plan that meets your specific needs and desires. To accomplish this the designer will bring in new home furnishings and change the layout of your home. At the end of the design process, you have a home that you love that suits your personal preferences.

 

 

 

 

 

Important Note: A Home Stager is your best option to sell your home quickly and cost effectively.

CERTIFICATION

An Interior Designer can choose to be certified by the National Council for Interior Design Qualification (NCIDQ).

The NCIDQ is an independent non-profit organization. They are completely objective and their mission is to protect the public. They establish the standards for required skills of an Interior Designer.

Home Staging is a growth industry and is an unregulated field. There is no organization comparable to the NCIDQ that sets rules for identifying qualified Home Stagers.

Some Home Staging courses do offer certification to their students.  As a result, there are many types of certificates out there. It is not necessary nor required by law for a Home Stager to have any of these certifications. Some Home Stagers are self-taught and others may get training. An individual’s level of expertise in Home Staging is dependent upon their motivation and devotion to mastering staging techniques.  My personal fave is The Academy of Home Staging…but as an instructor, I’m probably a little biased.

Stay tuned for the difference between an Interior Designer and a Re-Designer / Decorator / Interior Stylist….

 

 

 

 

FALLing for Curb Appeal

Make sure your listings make people FALL in love with their new home.  Too many “fall” puns for ya?  Ok, I’m done.  But seriously, look at some of my faves from Pinterest:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Actually if you are selling make sure the front is not TOO cluttered with fall items, but these beauties just make me want to go bake a pie! (or maybe not)

Here are 5 EASY, and FAST {if you hire someone ;) }  things you can do to spruce your home’s curb appeal, to get the most viewings this season!

  1. Check and have a contractor fix any cement cracks.  Cracks in anything will scare potiential buyers!
  2. Powerwash walks, brick and siding, and have windows cleaned (at least front, side as well if corner lot)
  3. Trim all hedges, pull any weeds (or dead things), and have lawn cut once a week.
  4. Clear beds and put in fresh mulch. My personal favorite is black!  This makes the property look well maintained and the colors really POP against the dark.
  5. Frame the door by adding 2 pots on both sides, and add some color!  My personal favorite for fall; orange mums.  Make sure if the patio is too small, to place these on the OUTSIDE of the patio to make the area appear larger.   

 

 

    

 

 

 

Fall Bucket List

Greetings!

Hope this post finds you well!  I’d like to introduce myself, I’m Erin, and I’m the newest addition to the by Michelle Lynne family!  Wanna know a little more about me?  Click HERE - but don’t forget to come back!

I want to share so much fun stuff, and I have so many ideas for this blog so make sure to stay tuned!  We are going to add some fun categories, and if YOU have any ideas or want us to focus on something special, please let us know!  

For Fall, I usually have SO much I want my family to do! The weather is more pleasant, my kids adore being outside, so that’s where we spend most of our time!  I’ve started by making a “bucket list,” and will share the outcomes next month.  Some of these I’ve started, and am already posting pictures! {knuckle bumps} 

These are in no particular order:  ;)

  • Start Fall decorating!!  {CHECK!}
  • Go to a Pumpkin Patch with family {pray for kids to participate & get amazing pictures}
  • Write down things we’re thankful for, and make a banner  {CHECK!}
  • Take a drive in the country
  • Try some Fall recipes from Pinterest
  • Take pictures of leaves changing
  • Bake a pie  {Pray the crust doesn’t burn!}
  • Paint my nails a fun fall color
  • Have a scary movie marathon
  • Carve pumpkins
  • Roast pumpkin seeds
  • Rake up leaves and jump in the pile
  • Go on a Fall bike ride
  • Take sleeping bags out and look at the stars
  • Make a Fall wreath  {CHECK!}
  • Enjoy a Fall picnic
  • Simmer a pot of Fall smells!

 

Next month I’ll be posting our adventures as we check things off our bucket list. 

What are your must do activities this season?  Please share in the comments below!

XO

Erin

Are Outdoor Living Areas Important in Home Staging?

Outdoor living areas ARE a luxury, especially as these cooler temperatures arrive, and by staging these spaces, you increase the perceived square footage & value of a home.  This means higher offers and more money in everybody’s pocket.  Here are a few things to keep in mind when staging the outdoor living areas to sell:

  • Integrate the interior with the exterior design by keeping the color palette cohesive to make both areas feel bigger.
  • Stage the exterior so it can be viewed from the inside – inviting the buyers step outside and spend more time envisioning themselves living there.  
  • Consider hanging a chandelier instead of a ceiling fan outside, for added elegance and higher perceived value.
 
Each area of a home for sale is important to create the story of the lifestyle that is being sold along with the property.  Outdoor spaces offer the possibility of leading a desirable lifestyle filled with friends, family and fun.
 
If you would like help preparing your listings for their best showings, please give me a call – you can find my contact information HERE.

 


 

Using Mirrors In Home Staging

MIRRORS

A well placed mirror can visually expand and brighten a room.  We use mirrors regularly and in all shapes and sizes:  square, round, oval, rectangular & decorative shapes such as a sunburst.  We both lean them against and hang them on walls; however it’s imperative that wherever mirrors are used there is an attractive reflection.
  • In a dark hallway, hang multiple small to medium sized mirrors to lead the eye down the space…just make sure there is no reflection of an ugly closet door.
  • Lean a mirror against a wall in the master suite to make it look bigger and brighter – plus it’s actually functional when getting dressed.
  • In a formal living or dining room, hang a large rectangular mirror horizontally to reflect the lovely front yard landscaping.  
  • Lean a mirror against a fireplace mantel – so long as it doesn’t reflect the uh, ceiling.  You have to be strategic with this option.
Mirrors should assist you in directing the buyer’s eye to what you want them viewing…and not distracting them from what they are actually buying:  The Property.  Need help?  Click HERE to call us!  
 
 
 

 

 

The First Step In Home Staging: REPAIRS & UPGRADES

REPAIRS & UPGRADES
 
Staging is not just about making a house pretty – first you need to address the needed repairs & upgrades.  So before you go all HGTV-star and making the house look fancy, start by looking behind the scenes.  Here are a few common fixes:
  • Plumbing: ensure the hot water tank doesn’t leak and then don’t forget the seldom used shower & toilet in the guest room.  
  • Foundation & Roof:  hire a professional to take a look if you have any questions about a shifting foundation or a leaky roof.
  • Kitchen cabinets & countertops:  bring them up to date within the decade.  Painting wood cabinets is much cheaper than replacing! 
  • Bathrooms:  ditto the cabinets & countertops work in the baths (especially in the master suite). Use molding to frame out the large, square bathroom mirror instead of replacing it.
  • Windows:  repair any cracked or fogged windows, check the framing around them too – then get them professionally cleaned.
  • Flooring:  clean it, repair it, or replace it.  Period.  
We don’t suggest offering an allowance for these types of items based on the seller’s argument of “I don’t know what the buyer will want to choose so I’ll just give them an allowance”.  It’s almost always less money out of pocket to repair / replace than to negotiate an allowance…and of course, you can always enlist a stager if you need help deciding what color carpet / cabinet / countertop to choose.  Have questions?  Contact us HERE.
 
 

 

 

 

Michelle Lynne Featured in Dallas Morning News

We got some good local press recently when we were featured in the Dallas Morning News in their Home section (first page too!).  While we’re not FAMOUS, we did about triple our website visits the following week so let me know if you want an autograph before the paparazzi rushes our front door here at the office (ha ha).  Seriously, we’re pretty excited and hopes it brings more attention to the value of home staging.  Here is how it went down:

Carin Hughes called me about 2 – 3 months ago, inquiring about our services for herself…more as a Staging to DWELL (re-design) client than a Staging to SELL client.  She got our information from Angie’s List (yay Angie!).  We chatted on the phone for a while, I explained what we did, how we worked, etc. etc. and she said something along the lines of “great, I’ll figure out what I want to do with my space and give you a call back”.  Well, she DID call back but this time it was not as a client but as a writer for Dallas Morning News, wanting to put together an article on Home Staging.  Of course I was excited to assist in her endeavor.  Free advertising?   Yes, please!

What do you think?  Pretty exciting, huh?

Michelle Lynne featured in Dallas Morning News