Master Bedroom Makeover

We started a design project just before the Thanksgiving & Christmas holidays last year, and have had great fun working with a client who had just purchased a new home and wanted some assistance making it special.  She was relatively recently married and this was going to be the couple’s first “real” home together.  Plus, she found out she was already a few months pregnant shortly after they closed on the house.  Mama Mia!  We were on a deadline!

After spending some time getting to know her and what she wanted her house to feel like, we got right to work.  The main areas that needed to be primarily addressed were the husband’s office space, the family room, formal living & dining and the master bedroom; of course, there were the areas in between like the hallway, powder bath, and the eat in kitchen so the house was cohesive.  Really our work was to make her house a home.    

While the master bedroom wasn’t her highest priority, I believe everybody needs a sanctuary to come home to.  Yes, the entire home should be a refuge, but the master bedroom especially should be a place where the adults can close the door to the rest of the world and just BE.  Here is what my client and her hubs went to sleep in every night before we met:

 

Master Bedroom BEFORE

Master Bedroom BEFORE

 

Forgive me in advance, all of these photos were taken with my iPhone.  And I think the shot above had me a little shaken up with the bumblebee yellow on the walls.  NOT a peaceful environment!  Plus, what to do with that weird window above the bed?  This was the only position their king size could fit in so we had to make it work.

 

Master Bedroom IN PROGRESS

Master Bedroom IN PROGRESS

 

Contrary to popular belief and “reality” TV, a bedroom makeover can NOT be done  in one weekend.  I searched and searched for an upholstered headboard (and frame) that would fit under the window and finally found one with Stanley Furniture that was the right color and style – and was JUST the right height to fit under the window.   Since the soon-to-be-Momma wasn’t sure what to expect with a new baby, we opted for simple white bedding that could be bleached easily, and a blanket that aded just enough interest, but would also be machine washable.  You can’t really tell in this shot, but it’s a deep, delicious plum color.  

We also had to find some narrow nightstands, because the closet door opens towards “this” side and swings wide.  Plus she preferred something with drawers so her husband’s side didn’t collect stuff (“stuff” isn’t the word she used, but you know what I mean).  Problem was how to fit a lamp + alarm clock + anything else on the top of a 30″ surface without it looking cluttered?

 

Bedside Chandelier.  SO functional and SO glam.

Bedside Chandelier. SO functional and SO glam.

 

Brilliant!  And you can’t see it, but there is a switch behind the light fixture so just a simple stretch of the arm and POOF there is light.   Sorry for the tiny picture, I couldn’t get it right side up in it’s original size.  Operator error, yes.  I do design better than technology, thank you.

Back to the project, because that darned window above the bed is still an eyesore, right?  I’ve got just the solution….

 

Master Bedroom Curtain Install

Master Bedroom Curtain Install

 

 A wall of fabric behind the bed.  YUM YUM.  We sewed together 3 sheer panels and put them directly in front of the window so the room would still capture the natural sunlight when they wanted it, or they could close the blinds when they wanted a cozy little cave.  We then put silk panels on either side of the window, all the way to either end of the wall.  Be still my heart.  I am in love.  

Don’t forget, these are photos captured from my phone, so bear with me until the entire project is complete and we break out the fancy camera.  Well, actually Lance’s fancy camera – he is the professional photographer dude.  

Until then…drumroll, please….

 

Master BR AFTER (iPhone quality photo)

Master BR AFTER (iPhone quality photo)

 

TA DA!!!!  It’s a quick, informal shot but I couldn’t wait any longer to share.  Scroll back up and check out that first picture, remember the bold yellow walls?  Yeah.  I like this better too.

 

Need a bedroom makeover?  Give us a call and we can help transform your room into the a retreat that YOU dream of.

 

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.

 

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 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:

 

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 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.

                                           

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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!

Click HERE to contact us today!

 

Easy Living Room Transformation

This formal living room was in need of some pizzazz!  

It’s one of the first rooms guests see when entering the house and it does not have the same WOW factor as the rest of the house (we’ll get those photos up soon).  Our suggestion to the client:  purchase some shelving and place on either side of the sofa.  We could have suggested side tables with lighting, but she preferred the idea of shelving and plus, it gave some height to help balance the super high ceilings.

We then advised the client on what colors and styles of accessories to purchase for the shelves.   Throughout the project, she has proven to have excellent shopping skills – following our instructions “to the T”.  She may have a future assisting here at Michelle Lynne INTERIORS Group?  Hmmm….

Formal Living Before Transformation

Formal Living Room Before Transformation

 

                                                                                                                              

The next step?  We then went back and “merchandised” the shelves with the goodies she purchased.  

                                                 

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Formal Living Room After Transformation

 

…and Ta-da! See what happened by adding those shelves?  The accessories are placed in a manner to create balance now and the shelves flank either side of the sofa to create a cohesiveness and formality to the room setting.  

Our client is still looking for a floor lamp that will fit to the left of the oversized chair (left side of the photo…you can’t really see where it would go, but it will add lighting that isn’t overhead).  We’re suggesting something that allows a 3-way bulb, because function is still important – even in a pretty space.

Do you have a room that just needs a little “something something” but don’t know where to start?  We can provide you with a consultation and give you suggestions to do it yourself, or we can do it all for you.  

Click HERE to contact us today!

 

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.

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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:

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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 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….

 

 

 

 

Staging to DWELL “Street Cred”

Street cred.  Short for Street Credibility and defined by the Urban Dictionary as “Commanding a level of respect in an urban environment due to experience in or knowledge of issues affecting those environments.”  (It can also be defined by how many years in prison you’ve spent or how many tattoos you have, but we’re choosing this definition for our purpose today.)

So, street cred (as defined above):  We got it.  And today I’ll show you how we got it for our Staging to DWELL service:

Y’all know the little ol’ Texas baseball team, the Texas Rangers, right?  Yeah, that’s right, the 2 time defending American League Champions….tx-rangers

So I’m sure you’re wondering “how in the world does Staging to DWELL correlate with baseball??”   Well, I’ll tell ya.  We had the privilege of staging two of their town homes to DWELL for their new players relocating to Dallas.  Yeah, it’s only temporary housing and not a big mansion that they’ve purchased for their permanent residence, but if our staging is good enough for the Texas Rangers, shouldn’t it be good enough for you?

Here are some photos and if you want to see more of these spaces, as well as our other work, you can click HERE for our You Tube channel or visit our website at bymichellelynne.com.

Texas Ranger Townhome #1 Living, Dining, Kitchen View

Texas Ranger Townhome #1 Living Room Close Up

Texas Ranger Townhome #1 Dining

Texas Ranger Townhome #2 Living Room

Texas Ranger Townhome #2 Dining & Kitchen

Texas Ranger Townhome #2 Dining Close Up

Texas Ranger Townhome #2 Master Bedroom

The Color Wheel

I have been reviewing color psychology color by color and today I am going to interject some basic color theory, specifically in respect to the color wheel.  

Why?  Well, have you ever stood in your closet and wondered what color combos you could wear that day?  Or what accessories you could introduce into a room in your house that would work well with your existing and favorite items?  Enter the color wheel:

The color wheel is a visual representation of colors that are arranged in a manner that complement each other.  The primary colors of red, blue and yellow are at the 3 “points” of a triangle and their secondary colors (what you get when mixing the primary colors) are what are in between them:  green, orange and purple.  Can you see that above?

Taking it one step further, you get what are called “tertiary” colors when you blend the secondary colors with the primary colors:  yellow-orange, blue-green, etc…remember those crayons with two names?  Yeah, those are tertiary colors.

So in the most simple example, when you are looking for complementary colors to decorate with, you could choose colors that are directly opposite from each other on the color wheel.  Right now shades of blue and shades of orange are hot.  

 

Room Images via Chic Provence. Posted by Studio Six Eleven

 

 And analogous colors, according to Wiki, are colors that are adjacent to each other on the color wheel.  These work well together in decor as well:

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So when you are wondering what color scheme will work in any of your rooms, or your attire for the day, you can always pull up a color wheel on line and check out your options.  Of course, this post covered only the very basic details, and there are MANY other combinations you can define via the color wheel. So if you want more, check out and click through the WIKI page on the Color Wheel HERE.

 

LIFE IS BETTER IN COLOR!