Is Your Sofa Talking to Your Chairs?

Recently Michelle Lynne was featured in a This Old House magazine article titled 11 Foolproof Decorating Ideas. Tip No. 3 is to Make Sure Your Sofa Talks to Your Chairs. Before you get freaked out by your furniture pieces talking to each other, let’s discuss what that means.

Group Furniture to Invite Conversation

This Old House asked us to, “Think of a nice hotel lobby: The furniture is arranged in groupings that invite conversation. When you place the furniture in your living room, aim for a similar sense of balance and intimacy.”

Lobby of the Hale Koa | Is Your Sofa Talking to Your Chairs |

Lobby of the Hale Koa

Close your eyes and imagine having a conversation with your best friends in this Hawaiian hotel lobby. Are you relaxed? Sipping an umbrella drink. Yeah, me too.

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Using Area Rugs In Home Staging

 Area rugs are a great tool in staging when used properly.  We have all shapes, styles and sizes in our inventory

(did you know we have 4500 square feet of showroom & warehouse space for our inventory?).  


Here are some tips to keep in mind when working with your clients:


goodrugplacementArea rugs should be used to create a grouping or “ground” a space such as the living room seating area or under a dining room table.
The space in the above photo was created by Michelle Lynne Interiors Group and is a great  example of this.



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Size does matter.  Make sure the scale of the rug is appropriate to the space it is being used in.  Do not “float” rugs in the middle of a room. 

This traditional room was staged by Michelle Lynne INTERIORS using our own inventory.


bamboo rugNatural materials such as jute or sea grass are a very easy way to use area rugs in most style homes.



 Area rugs can add warmth to an otherwise stark dining space.  Our photo showcases that point well.

This dining room was staged using a combination of our inventory & the client’s furnishings.


                        If you would like help preparing your listings for their best showings or you would like to check out our fabulous inventory of rugs available at our showroom, please give us a call.  

My contact information is HERE.






Differences Between Decorating and Home Staging

Decorating your home and staging your house are often thought of as being very similar when in reality they are HUGELY different.

When decorating, your personal design style tends to come out in the furniture, fabrics, colors and accessories that you place throughout your home. 

If you are staging your home to sell, you don’t want to “decorate”  to your liking – you want the buyers to be able to see themselves and their items in the space.


Below are some examples of the differences between home staging and decorating:



 Black and white photos are a great idea for decorating your home.  However even though these kids are cute, they won’t help sell your home. 

Personal touches are not appealing to a potential buyer so they should be minimized.



Themed rooms for children are creative and exciting when decorating your own home.  When staging to sell your home,  it is about the potential buyer,

not yourself or your family.  Try and keep furnishings and window coverings simple and universal.



Staging is all about showcasing the space's assets.  This kitchen staged by Michelle Lynne INTERIORS Group is a great example of how this can be done in a neutral, yet attractive manner.

 Staging is all about showcasing the space’s assets.  This kitchen staged by Michelle Lynne INTERIORS Group is a great example of how this can be done in a neutral, yet attractive manner.

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Less is more in most cases, but DEFINITELY  true when trying to sell your home. 

This kitchen staged by Michelle Lynne Interiors Group is an example of how all the clutter (including countertop appliances) is taken away and the space looks clean lined and “not lived in”.



I hope briefly going over  the major differences between home staging and decorating are helpful in your next venture!   However, there are so many more that I didn’t even get to mention, so please give us a call for your next project as soon as possible so you don’t make any mistake between home staging and decorating!

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Bridal Shower FOOD (and Decor) Michelle Lynne STYLE

Okay, last post had mostly decor, this post features the FOOD (which of course, was STAGED impeccably).

Michelle Lynne Bar


Michelle Lynne Dessert Table


Cake Balls loved by Michelle Lynne


YUMMMM Dessert at by Michelle Lynne


Cocktails and Cake Balls


Chalkboard Menu at by Michelle Lynne party


Food Table at by Michelle Lynne


Michelle Lynne Party Favors


Have an event that could use a little staging?  Call us.  We would love to help!

Bridal Shower Decor Michelle Lynne STYLE

Our sweet Lori Castellanos (get to know here HERE) is getting married this upcoming weekend so last week we celebrated with a bridal shower in our showroom.  Here are a few shots of the decorations…stay tuned, the next post will include the food & beverages!

Michelle Lynne Showroom Party Style


Decorating Details at by MIchelle Lynne


The happy couple


Decor Details by Michelle Lynne


Michelle Lynne Bridal Vignette

Okay, so that was the decor…stay tuned because the next post will feature the yummy FOOD we had at the celebration (and a little more decor!).  I’m already drooling just recalling the deeeelish dishes….  YUM.

Do you have an event coming up that needs a professional touch?  Call us for more information!


Social Media Strategies to Convert Time Into Cash – and Get Business Chasing YOU

Join the Real Estate Staging Association (Dallas Chapter) as we host speaker Jennifer Bagley and learn


Technology has fundamentally changed the way we communicate, market and connection to customers.  Business owners are required to change in order to successfully navigate a business’s direction.  This change has the requirement to perform, excel and compete in a rapidly changing marketplace which has evolved into active participation in the social metosphere.

During the session with Jennifer Bagley, you will learn how to leverage social media to accelerate your results.  We will focus on 4 critical areas:

  • Technology
  • Strategy
  • Mindset / Behavior
  • Collaborative Marketing Strategies
If you don’t like what you are getting, you must change what you are doing.  Jennifer will teach you comprehensive strategies to accelerate your results and convert your time to cash.  Through automation, content, education, branding and digital marketing you can develop a digital sales supply chain that produces compounding results over time.
Jennifer recommends you SHOW UP, SUIT UP, and be ready to PARTICIPATE!  Those serious about changing their results, increasing lead generation and overall sales through these advanced marketing strategies will take advantage of attending this session.   

DATE:  March 19, 2013

 TIME:  10:30am – 12:00pm

 PRICE:  Free for Realtors and $5.00 for all others


 Armstrong Relocation

 1405 Crescent Drive, Carrollton, TX

Snacks will be provided so PLEASE RSVP HERE so we have an accurate headcount.


Staging to DWELL: Entryway Apothecary (Winter Style)

Yes, it’s true.  This IS the second blog within a week.  It’s a modern day miracle but I’m diligently working on becoming a better blogger and providing some interesting content.  So if you have any requests or suggestions, don’t hesitate to note in the comments – I’m all ears!  In the meantime, let’s get down to business and get caught up on my entryway apothecary deco.  (If you missed it, the Halloween and Christmas deco were featured HERE and HERE.)

I wanted to find something that was winter-like, but real snow was out of the question as the hubs insisted we keep the heat on throughout the winter months.  I didn’t argue.  Instead I found some winter blue spheres, edited my Christmas potpourri to remove the overtly sparkly pieces, and added some eucalyptus.  Looking at this photo, I’m going to remove that cross on the wall and put it somewhere else as soon as I get home today, it’s throwing off the balance of the space.









So stay tuned…I’ll be back with what is hopefully something interesting.  And if you want some random updates in the meantime, you can always “Like” my Facebook page.  Check it out HERE.

Staging to DWELL: Aaahhhh Apothecary

OK OK…so I’m a little late with these photos. I’ve added apothecary jars to my entry chest and have had fun with various decor. I had some fun at Halloween to kick off the new pieces (did you see that post? if not, click HERE) and now that it is uh, FEBRUARY, I’m sharing what I had at Christmas. With a little luck, I’ll have my current photos up for you before say, Easter? :)

So without further ado, except to get your expectations in line that this ain’t no Architectural Digest photo styling, here is what we had at Christmas to welcome our guests:







Kind of fun, huh?  And super simple if you’re a D-I-Y kinda person.  But if you’re not, call me and we can come by and fancy up your space for the holidays (you can find contact info HERE)  Or, not for the holidays.  I promise to get today’s entry apothecary deco posted soon!

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!!

Tips for Living in a Staged Home

I’ll oftentimes hear from homeowners “I just can’t live in a staged home”!  But let me reassure you that first of all, it’s just temporary – the sooner we stage, the sooner the house will sell (you can download some statistics from the Real Estate Staging Association’s 2011 Consumer’s Guide HERE) and that the key is to simply contain & hide your personal items so you can easily access them…and so that your personal stuff is kept, well, personal.  Here are some of the tips I share with all of my clients who are going to live in a staged home:


Did you ever live in a college dorm?  If so, this may bring back good or bad memories, but nonetheless an effective practice while living in a staged home.  You must keep your bathrooms tidy, and no sign of “day to day life” occurring in this model home.  So give each member of the family a tote (you can get inexpensive, plastic shoeboxes at WalMart that are quite effective AND the kids can decorate with their names, stickers, etc.) and use it to store the items that normally live on the counter around the sink.  Just put your creams, sprays, gels, toothpaste, razors, etc. in it and place the whole caddy under the bathroom sink or in the bathroom cabinet…anywhere behind a closed door when not in use.  Pull it out, place it on your countertop, use your fancy creams & gels and then pop the whole caddy back behind the door and enjoy the tidy space you now live in.  Many of my clients have taken this uncluttered living practice to their next home, even though it’s not for sale!

Another tip for the bathroom is to take up the bath mats from the floor.  These scattered mats can make the floor look like it needs work, even when it doesn’t AND it breaks up the sight line, making the space seem smaller – and remember we’re selling square footage!  But don’t worry, this stager won’t let you slip & die when you get out of the shower!  The trick is if you have a standard tub, to place the bath mat over the edge of the tub and hide it behind the closed shower curtain when not in use.  And if you have a step in shower, then simply get a terry cloth bath mat (or even a bath towel) in basically the same color as your floor and roll it up at the base of the door when not in use.  Either way, no slipping on a wet bathroom floor!


Something my mom always told me was “no dirty dishes OUT”.  This meant dishwashing duty after dinner every night until thankfully, we got a dishwasher when I was in high school.  Regardless, Mom was right that dirty dishes on the counter or in the sink wasn’t a pleasant view – who really wants to see dried, crusty leftovers clinging to the dishes?  YUCK.  So rinse & put yours in the dishwasher, or do the dishes after every meal.  

Keep your pantry & cabinets tidy too…because yes, buyers WILL open the doors to catch a peek of the space they may be buying!  The kitchen cabinets should be roughly 2/3 full and that pantry should look like a grocery store display with all of the canned goods in one area, the dry goods in another, and so forth…with all of the labels facing forward.  

Finally, keep in mind that the aromas from your cooking may not be appealing to all people, especially if they are a day or two lingering….  Plan to neutralize the scents immediately by opening doors & windows when possible.  You can also leave out 2 – 3 bowls of white vinegar to absorb the scents & odors overnight.  I also suggest leaving out a bowl of whole coffee beans all the time, they absorb scents AND produce a subtle but welcoming aroma in the kitchen.


Most bedroom clutter is found on or near the nightstands, in closets and with dirty clothes simply left about.  A good solution for the nightstand dilemma is to get a decorative basket to consolidate the items and place in on the shelf of the stand, or place the items inside the drawers or doors, depending on what type of nightstand you have.  You can also get one of those plastic shoeboxes I mentioned using in the bathroom as a caddy and do the same for your nightstand items by slipping it under the bed….  

Closets should be approximately 2/3 full and have only 1/4 of the floor covered with any items.  Rotate your out-of-season clothes out of the closet and start packing them up – you’ll need to pack them eventually, why wait until you’re rushed to pack up the rest of the house too?  

And finally…put your dirty clothes in the hamper and make your bed EVERY DAY.  



This is where life happens and while it can be challenging, it can also be the most rewarding room to live in staged.  Start with what you have:  children’s toys & play items can go into an existing cabinet OR (even better) back into their bedrooms when not in use.  Storage ottomans are great tools for easy containment for a quick showing.  Keep your magazines and newspapers to only the most recent issue and stacked nicely with the remote control on the coffee table (or better yet, consolidate these into a decorative tray).  After you & your family enjoy some time in front of the television, be sure to re-fluff the sofa, put the pillows where they belong decoratively, and pick up any items that don’t belong out…all before you turn in for the evening because more than likely there won’t be time in the morning before you rush out the door to work – and hopefully The Buyer will be looking at your house that day.