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!

 

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

Why Should I Stage My House – Part II (SELLERS)

If you’re wondering if investing the time or money into staging your house for sale, here are more points of what is in it for you as a seller:

  • Packing / donating / selling the items you don’t want to take with you NOW will alleviate stress when you’re moving because a lot of the work will already be done.  And a de-cluttered, expansive looking house will provide your potential buyers with more room to see their own stuff in the space instead of trying to peer around your excess.
  • The faster the home sells, the fewer mortgage payments the homeowner will have to make – especially if you’ve already purchased your new home.  Check out a home staging calculator HERE and do the math for yourself.
  • The internet is the new “first impression”.  Your listing will look better than the competition and will move your home up in the list of “must see” properties.

 

Here is an example of a real MLS photo before and after staging…which would get YOUR attention better?

Original MLS Photo
MLS photo BEFORE staging
MLS Photo AFTER Staging by Michelle Lynne
MLS Photo AFTER Staging by Michelle Lynne

Why Should I Stage My House? (SELLERS)

I’m often asked this question by sellers:  “Why Should I Stage My House?” and it usually has to do with the investment.  Come on, you know we’re all pinching pennies when we’re selling our homes…wanting to get the most money offered and give the least amount of allowances.  But let’s walk through a couple of reasons that impact your pocketbook in a positive way:

  1. According to the National Association of Realtors (NAR), the averaging staging investment is 1-3% of a home’s selling price, and generates a return of 8 – 10%.  Do the math:  $350,000 listing would cost roughly between $3500 – $10,500 and yields $28,000 – $35,000.  Now, I’m not a math whiz, but that makes pretty good sense to me.
  2. Did you know the cost of staging may be a tax deduction?  Of course, check with your tax professional but you can point them to IRS Publication 523 to determine if you qualify.
  3. The more organized & attractive the home shows, the more desirable people will perceive it to be.  For example, a well organized pantry isn’t going to sell the house alone, but it does contribute to the confidence level the potential buyers will have in the care & maintenance of the house while you owned it (“gee, if their pantry is THIS organized, I’ll be they really maintained the HVAC system, watered the foundation regularly, blah blah blah).
Staging isn’t just about making a house pretty.  Staging includes the preparation and the merchandising of a property and should be done prior to listing a home.  Stay tuned, we’ll be back with some more reasons why you should stage your house, but in the meantime, here what could have been an MLS photo (before staging) and what actually was the MLS photo (after staging)…which would attract YOU to visit the property?
Formal Living Before Staging
Formal Living After Staging by Michelle Lynne

Top 10 FREE Staging Tips

Staging’s Top 10 Tips That Cost You NOTHING – but Make You MONEY

Here are some easy pointers that you can implement without having to spend any money in the preparation of your home.  Is this list all inclusive of the free things you can do?  Absolutely not, but they definitely have some good impact on your goal!

10.  Excess Furniture:

  • Dated, out of style or shabby looking pieces should be removed.
  • Furniture should sync with price point,
  • Fewer furnishings actually make rooms feel more spacious.

 

9.  Kitchen Cabinets and Pantry:

  • The psychological impact on a buyer is as such, “Gee, if they are this organized, their HVAC system, foundation, and preventative maintenance must all be in great condition too.”

 

8.  Two Thirds Rule:

  • Store seasonal clothes and clean out the closets to approximately 2/3 full. 
  • This showcases the space. The seller is going to have to pack the stuff anyway…start sooner than later!

 

7.  Windows:

  • Take down worn out or out-dated window coverings. Bare is better than ugly. Sunshine sells.

 

6.  Start at the Street Curb:

  • Clean up the yard.
  • Edge the walkway, plant seasonal florals and add dark mulch.

 

5.  Entry:

  • Scrub / repaint the front door.
  • Remove cobwebs around the entry
  • Clean the porch light glass.

 

4.  Clean clean clean.  Dust dust dust. 

 

3.  Personal Effects:

  • Pack up SOME personal effects. Don’t remove all photos, a house still has to have heart. 
  • Keep the “good life” photos on display.

 

2.  Clutter:

  • Remove all clutter including stacks of magazines, mail, toys, collections, and such.

 

 1. Freshen Up:

  • Air your home out. Make sure it smells good, but avoid synthetic air fresheners that may bother buyers with allergies or make them wonder what you’re trying to cover up.

Lease Your Missing Piece

Lease Your Missing Piece

Ever walked into a listing and the homeowner had a great sense of style or the house presented well, but it just needs that missing piece? There are times when listings are presentable and would appeal to many buyers, but one room may have an oversized sofa or may be missing a badly needed dining table. It is very difficult for many buyers to see a property beyond its esthetics and focus on the bones of the property. It is even more difficult for a buyer to see oversized or undersized furniture in a space, and understand that the space is sufficient for them. Therefore, lease your missing pieces for each room to help buyers see the full potential of that property.

Real estate is all about selling square footage. If buyers can’t see it, they can’t buy it. Getting that optimal missing piece is then key to selling that listing. There’s nothing like having a huge sectional in a room that barely has sufficient walking space or having a large formal dining room that has a small kitchen table in it. Buyers also love to buy a lifestyle! So, sell them a lifestyle! Lease the missing piece that will add value to each space. Make the buyer fall in love with the idea of living in that space with that furniture.

So, what do you do when you need that missing piece? You contact us! We have furniture for lease. That’s right! You can get the best sofa or table from us. Just visit our showroom and pick out what’s missing in your listing. It’s that simple! Don’t leave your listings with missing pieces. Lease today!

Lease Your Missing Piece

 

 

Lease Your Missing Piece

So, you’re house is all ready to be placed on the market. You’ve cleared the clutter. You’ve removed personal items. Your furniture presents your house in the best possible way to potential buyers. But, there’s a missing piece! Your dining room doesn’t have a table because you used it as a play room instead. Or, maybe your family room had a huge sectional to seat your family, but it really is too large for the space. This happens all the time because the way you live in a house is not the same as how you sell your house, and that’s ok. It’s ok because you can lease your missing piece!

What you need to do now is focus on getting that missing piece! Having the appropriate furniture for each room helps buyers know the purpose for each room without guessing. If a buy has to guess, then you’ve probably lost that buyer. So, make it simple. Fill in the missing piece and get your house sold! Real estate is all about selling square footage. If buyers can’t see it, they can’t buy it. Getting that optimal missing piece is then key to selling your house.   

Buyers also love to buy a lifestyle! So, sell them a lifestyle! You can lease your missing piece, which will add value to each space. Make the buyer fall in love with the idea of living in that space with that furniture. So, what do you do when you need that missing piece? You contact us! We have furniture for lease. That’s right! You can lease the best sofa or table from us. Just visit our showroom and lease your missing piece. It’s that simple. Just ask us for the details and we’ll get you setup. 

Storage with Style

 Storage with Style

Just after the new year comes time for spring cleaning. What are you doing to prepare for organizing your home? It is very possible to have storage with style. Once you decide on a color palette then you can play with design. Here are a few tips for various rooms in your home:

Kitchen – Maximize shelves, cabinets and your pantry by grouping like items and removing items you don’t use or like very much. Find a place for everything, and grouping helps you do this and reduces the look of clutter.

Office/Family Room – Add boxes to bookshelves, which allows you to group like items and hide items, but in a very cute way. Show your style and personality in the colors and patterns of the boxes while creating practical storage solutions.

Bedroom – Utilize the space underneath your bed. Flat, rectangular plastic bins are perfect for under-the-bed storage.

To get storage with style, remember to group like items to give a stylish, cohesive look to your collections, and to add shelving where possible to increase storage space.

Holiday Decor Lifts Your Spirit!

Ever walked into a home that was exquisitely decorated for the holidays and felt immediately envious (even if it was just for a second)? Ever wanted your home to look just like that? Ever wished you had the time or the talent to do it yourself?

Decorating for the holidays lifts your spirits in more ways than one. Decorations bring about feelings of nostalgia, warmth, love, happiness, and the list goes on. When you open your front door, wouldnʼt you want to feel these feelings as well as all who entered your home? If so, then choose to start with this holiday season. Now is a great time hire professionals to get the look you desire, and to add a special flare with the tiniest details.

Itʼs the details that do-it-yourselfers often get hung up on. The details, frankly, can drive you CRAZY! You can spend way too much time wondering which items to buy, how to put them together, and if the finished product looks the way you intended. Many times people have too many items; and other times, they donʼt have enough, which both situations can make your holiday decor fizzle rather than pop! But, itʼs the little details that make homes homier during the holidays.

Ok, let me let you in on a little secret! What many people donʼt tell you is that they donʼt decorate their homes themselves! Instead, they hire professionals to decorate for them. By far this is the easiest option. They know itʼs easier to put holiday design in the hands of professionals than to actually decorate themselves. Thatʼs one less thing to handle during the holidays, which is typically filled with errands, shopping, traveling and entertaining. With all of this going on, there is little time to devote to the details.

Holiday decor lifts the spirits of all who see its splendor. So, take the time now to make your home beautiful. Donʼt fear decorating. Start small. Or, hire professionals to add that oomph to your holiday decor!