3 Reasons Why You Can’t Afford to Miss the 2nd Annual Interior Design Business Success Summit

 

Maybe you’re on the fence about registering for this year’s summit. Perhaps the idea of investing in yourself sounds a little rich, or you’re just not sure it’s the right thing to do right now. Both of those reasons are valid, and I’m sure all of the other ones you have swirling around your brain are too, but please listen to me when I say you won’t regret the decision, and in fact, attending Summit 2021 might be one of the best decisions you make. 

I could probably do an entire Summit on the benefits of attending said Summit, but in the event of saving time, I’ve put together my top three best, most important, tip top reasons why you have to attend this year’s 2nd Annual Interior Design Business Success Summit. All five are coming up next.

 

You Get a BTS Sneak Peek of the Dallas Market Center

That’s right, THE Dallas Market Center, “leading wholesale marketplace in North America.” And you’re getting an up close and personal view of it all. During your tour you’ll be able to catch a glimpse of the newest collections from your tried and true vendors as well as those lesser known newbies that are ready to make an impression on designers like yourself

If you’ve ever wondered what five million– yes you’re reading that right, a five and six zeroes — square feet of marketplace looks like, you’re about to find out. This insider info will help set you apart from other designers. While you’re exploring the hundreds of new, cutting edge design products, you’re getting a major leg up on the competition. 

 

It’s a Vacation and Business Trip

You need a vacation, plain and simple. But let’s be honest, there’s always a touch of guilt when you’re sneaking off for some quiet time on your own, or spending money on yourself. Not this time, babe! This is a business trip, strictly for the most serious of interior designers… at least that’s what you’re going to tell everyone. 

Nobody has to know what happens outside of your 8:30-4:30 days spent listening to those badass speakers and doing all the design things. You don’t have to tell anyone that you’re also going to be joining your peers for a welcome cocktail hour, and experiencing a special cooking event at Ferguson’s. 

And those are just a few of the fun and fabulous experiences you’re getting on this “business trip.” Who said business has to be boring? Nobody, that’s who. A vacation/business trip is exactly what you need to reinvigorate your love of the design biz, and to gather new inspo for current and future projects.

 

 

Social Interaction… with Adults

Yes, those are angels you hear singing in the background as you read that. It’s finally time for you to get out of the house and enjoy some time with other adult humans doing the same thing. Not only will you be surrounded by like-minded designers wanting to grow their business (hello, networking) but you’ll also get to hear from, and bump elbows with some of the biggest names in the industry. 

Who are these big names, you ask? And how can these design gurus help put money back in your pocket? I’m not one to drop names… but for Summit’s sake, I’ll give you just a taste of who you can expect to see, and what they’ll be sharing:

  • Gage Edwards presents “Raise Your Profile and Grow Your Business Online”
  • Rick Campos on “Your Business By Design”
  • Maureen Mwangi’s “The Secret Ingredient to Being Your Own Brand”

… and again, these are just a few of the big speakers we have lined up for you. And each one has something new to share with you, so you can start building your own design empire. 

As the interior design industry continues to evolve and grow to the ever-changing marketplace, the need for outside the box thinking and coming together as a community is needed more than ever.

And after a year like 2020, we deserve an event where we can come together and discuss it all — and so much more! Between these three reasons and the impending FOMO you’ll have from seeing your designer friends’ social posts while they’re at Summit, I think you know what your next move needs to be. Click here to register, and I’ll save you a seat. 

 

8 Tips for Organizing your Kitchen

8 Tips for Organizing your Kitchen

We are all spending A TON of time in our kitchens lately because of COVID-19 and let’s face it, it’s not as organized as we want it. Here are your eight tips for organizing your kitchen during the quarantine!

1. Make a big mess

Yes, really. MAKE. A. BIG. MESS.

It’s going to get worse before it gets better. But you can’t really know exactly what you have unless you take it all out. Clear out every cabinet, open every drawer, lay it all on the counters, step back, and take it all in. 

Now let’s start organizing your kitchen.

2. Let it goooo, let it goooooo

Now that you’ve taken it all in, it’s time to channel Frozen and let it goooooo.

Look for expired foods as an easy starting point – if you haven’t used them by now you probably never will.

Take the same approach for your kitchen gear – do you really need that specialty egg slicer that still has the tags on? 

 

 

 

3. Get in groups

Think about how you actually use your kitchen and organize accordingly.

Does it make sense to categorize by function or do you have a lot of multi-purpose items? If you only use one set of glasses every day, you don’t need to use up prime cabinet space on your fancy crystal.

Try sorting by how often you use things or where in your space you’ll need access. Having coffee mugs near the Keurig will be a lot more efficient than trying to keep all your glassware together. 

Apartment Complex Community Kitchen | Dallas Interior Designer | Michelle Lynne Interiors Group

4. Try a splash of color

You might even try sorting by color!

This one is particularly effective for the visual folks and works surprisingly well for food. It might sound crazy to keep a jar of cherries and ketchup in the same bin, but hear me out…

When you’re moving fast, it might be easier to think that salsa is red instead of remembering whether you put it with sauces or snack foods. Plus the ROYGBIV approach is always a stunner. 

 

5. Think outside the kitchen

As you work on wrangling your newly categorized items, you’re likely going to need some help with the smaller items.

Clear bins and drawer dividers are great basics but don’t be afraid to venture outside of the kitchen section. Office organizers, media bins, and even closet accessories are all great options for corralling oddly shaped kitchen accessories.  

 

6. Function over form

If you’re anything like me, you’ve spent some time on social media ogling those perfectly color-coded celebrity closets and those individually arranged Oreos.

While that may work for the Kardashians, it certainly doesn’t for me. So if you’ve got enough on your hands without worrying about having a snack for each color of the rainbow, you’re in good company.

Do what works for you – Keep the Oreos in their package. This is YOUR space and you should be organizing your kitchen for YOU and your family to use.

Keller kitchen and living room design and remodel | ML Interiors Group | waterfall quartz countertops, white backsplash, wood shelves, black range hood.

Kitchen + Family Room Design

7. Or maybe form over function…?

The debate over open shelving rages on. Whether your camp can’t-stand-em or can’t-live-without-em, I think we can all agree that it’s nice to have a little bit of pretty amidst the practical. 

So order those colorful cookbooks (even if you never read them) or give grandma’s heirloom platter a place of honor on the shelf. A beautiful kitchen 

 

8. Label it

This is particularly helpful for those of us with messy housemates. Labels are the PERFECT way to organize your kitchen.

It might seem silly to label a drawer for silverware when that’s clearly the only thing in it. But when you’re not the one unloading groceries or putting away clean dishes, you’ll be grateful for the clarity. 

 

Interiors That Positively Impact Your Emotional Wellbeing

How To Create Interiors That Positively Impact Your Emotional Wellbeing

create interiors that boost your mood and positively impact your emotional wellbeing

Have you been wanting to give your home a refresh but not sure where to start or what makes the biggest impact on your emotional wellbeing? My friend, there is no better time than right now to improve your home (and mood) since we are all spending a little more time inside these days. There are a few things you can do to make the spring-cleaning list easier and help create an environment you feel at peace in and your best self.

Organized Interiors Promotes Your Emotional Wellbeing

So, what might you ask, helps make the spring-cleaning list easier AND promotes your emotional wellbeing? Getting organized!!! I know, not always fun but so rewarding!

(1) Make a List

Make a list of rooms in your home that need a little extra love like closets, kitchen cabinets, or your bathroom.

(2) Go For It! Purge. Purge. Purge.

Pick a room and just start purging! This will help you figure out what you don’t use anymore and what you need to help you stay organized. It’s amazing what cleaning does to your mental state.

(3) Make It Cute!

Here are a few storage bins to help you get organized and look good doing it. All from wicker baskets, clear organizing containers and don’t forget the cute labels to go with them!

(4) Give Back & Donate!

I’m sure you have a giveaway pile of everything you haven’t used in a few months or years… look to see who you can donate to or might need it in this time of uncertainty.

Yay, now your home is organized and clean!! It’s time for the fun stuff, here are a few things to help your home feel extra cozy!

A stylish and comfortable outdoor space with great design should feel like an extension of your indoor living areas. That’s why it’s important to use the same style inside and out. Think of it this way: You’re basically adding extra square footage to your home.

Add Some Greenery To Your Interiors

Boost your mood with some plants! Greenery (faux or real) plants in general, fresh flowers – anything that resembles the feeling of being outside or the happiness that spring brings!

There are local flower shops still open who deliver, nurseries you can pick up from while still being safe or the next time you go to the grocery store select a few bundles of flowers to make a beautiful bouquet at home!!

Here are a few of my favorite local DFW nurseries:

boost your mood with candles in your interiorsSet The Mood.

Candles, talk about mood setter… Not only are candles great for making your home feel more inviting but they are also decorative!

Layer. Layer. Layer.

Layer them on top of your coffee table books next to the new bouquet you created and boom, you have a beautiful coffee table arrangement!

Here are a few of my favorites:

Get Comfy With Pillows!ML Interiors Group pillow line featuring our maya pillow, knox pillow, summer pillow, blakely pillow. | ML Interiors Group

Pillows are a great way to add character and not break the bank, while also creating a huge impact on your emotional wellbeing!!

Rather you want to change the vibe of your space by either adding color, texture or keep it neutral and serene keep in mind to mix your patterns. For example, if you have a busy pattern layer it with either a solid pillow that has texture or minimal pattern. Also, mixing the scale of pillows up – 22 x 22 / 20 x 20 and 14 x 20 lumbar pair well.

Here are a few of my favorite small shop pillow boutiques:

Focus on Your Emotional Wellbeing

With everything going on right now, I hope this gives you some joy and motivation to help freshen up your home and give it some cozy vibes. It doesn’t have to take much but adding the small touches makes all the difference in your mood. Turn on a Spotify playlist, pour a glass of wine and treat yourself to something above because you deserve it!

Stay positive my friends, we will make it through this together.

Focus on improving your mood and emotional wellbeing during COVID-19

If you are looking for some FREE ways to enjoy your home during COVID-19, check out our last blog!

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Part II: An Interior Designer’s 10 Tips on How to Make a Small Bedroom Seem Bigger

Bedroom Design Tips Part II

Did you have a chance to read our first five tips on how to make your small bedroom seem larger?

If not, click here to get caught up!

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Just because you are working with a small room and large pieces of furniture, does NOT mean you have to sacrifice beautiful design. NEVER. SACRIFICE. STYLE. amen.

Keep reading for the rest of our tips…


6. Paint The Ceilings Darker or With a Bold Pattern.

This is one of our FAVORITES… In this technique, you are tricking the eye to look upward! Using colors or patterns on the ceiling will draw your eyes upward which gives the illusion of height in an otherwise small bedroom.

7. Use Rugs to Define The Spaces.

Area rugs will make your bedroom feel “pulled together”. They also create the illusion of more space in a small room!

8. Use Lamps to Spread Light

Utilizing lamps to spread light evenly around the room will make the space feel more expansive. Instead of relying on that harsh overhead light, add smaller lamps on your bedside tables like this cozy picture below! Can you say “mood lighting”, anyone?

Master Bedroom with tiled brick walls, wood accent furniture, all white bedding with taupe throw pillows and cream lamps for the bedside tables. | ML Interiors Group

9. Add Exposed Legs or Transparent Furniture

Buy acrylic furniture or furniture with exposed legs to make a space feel more open. Large chairs, sofas, benches, and beds can feel boxy – exposed legs create the illusion of extra room.

Michelle’s Bonus Tip: In a bedroom with a small desk area, try replacing your desk chair with an acrylic or lucite chair. This takes up the same amount of space but tricks the eye into feeling as if it’s not there.

10. Use Mirrors!

Our final tip: Place mirrors on dark walls that don’t get much natural light.

Mirrors are the ultimate illusion! Hanging mirrors in a small bedroom will bounce light from windows to create the illusion of more space.


Okay, friends, that’s all I have for you today! You can always contact us for assistance on your bedroom design or draw inspiration from our project images.

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Master Bedroom Design | White bedroom with shiplap | ML Interiors Group | Dallas interior designer

2020 Designer of The Year D Home Winners!

D HOME BEST DESIGNER LIST 2020 WINNERS!

D Home announced their 2020 Best Dallas Designer’s list last week and we were so honored to be included among such talented interior designers!

I have loved watching my interior design business grow and evolve over the years and needless to say, it’s been a wild ride…

BUT I HAVE TO SAY, what truly makes my job so much fun is my team of talented designers who are so passionate about creating such beautiful interiors for our clients!

It’s truly a pleasure to work with such talented women on a daily basis! So here’s a big THANK YOU to my MLIG team, our clients, and all of the amazing industry partners that we partner with.

Congratulations to all of my friends and colleagues that we also featured on the list! Congrats!

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What is the D Home Best Interior Designers in Dallas List?

Recognizing outstanding, local design talents in the North Texas area.

D Home is a prestigious lifestyle magazine that has been serving affluent Dallas readers for over 40 years. The publication shares ideas, inspiration, and resources for living a beautiful life in Dallas by sharing great design, architecture, art, antiques, gardening, and entertaining in North Texas.

Every year, D Home recognizes the area’s outstanding design talent with their Best Interior Designers awards by surveying local showrooms and designers, asking them to nominate up to ten design firms for consideration.

All winners are featured in the March/April 2020 issue of D Home so stay tuned for their issue this month!

Here’s a little peek at our team at the D Home Dallas Best Designers event last week at The Mason, a beautiful, historic venue in the Bishop Arts District! Again, we are so honored to be included in such an amazingly talented group of Dallas Interior Designers and it was so much fun celebrating with them.

Thank you to D Home and all of the amazing clients, showrooms, vendors, and partners that continually support ML Interiors Group.


About D Home

D Home was created to share with its sophisticated reader’s ideas and inspiration for living a beautiful life in Dallas. Published six times a year, they tell the story of great design, architecture, art, antiques, gardening, and entertaining in Dallas. D Home has won myriad national awards for editorial excellence.

“We challenge the stereotype of suburban sprawl, and instead cleave to a warm and gracious world of beautiful houses and gardens, whether they are classic or modern, two-story Georgians, or high-rise penthouses,” the publication says. “Our aim is to support the creativity of our local professionals, and in doing so influence the aesthetic conversation in our city.”

Thank you for being such a great resource to our interior design community!

2020 Designer of The Year D Home Winners!

D HOME BEST DESIGNER LIST 2020 WINNERS!

D Home announced their 2020 Best Dallas Designer’s list last week and we were so honored to be included among such talented interior designers!

I have loved watching my interior design business grow and evolve over the years and needless to say, it’s been a wild ride…

BUT I HAVE TO SAY, what truly makes my job so much fun is my team of talented designers who are so passionate about creating such beautiful interiors for our clients!

It’s truly a pleasure to work with such talented women on a daily basis! So here’s a big THANK YOU to my MLIG team, our clients, and all of the amazing industry partners that we partner with.

Congratulations to all of my friends and colleagues that we also featured on the list! Congrats!

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What is the D Home Best Interior Designers in Dallas List?

Recognizing outstanding, local design talents in the North Texas area.

D Home is a prestigious lifestyle magazine that has been serving affluent Dallas readers for over 40 years. The publication shares ideas, inspiration, and resources for living a beautiful life in Dallas by sharing great design, architecture, art, antiques, gardening, and entertaining in North Texas.

Every year, D Home recognizes the area’s outstanding design talent with their Best Interior Designers awards by surveying local showrooms and designers, asking them to nominate up to ten design firms for consideration.

All winners are featured in the March/April 2020 issue of D Home so stay tuned for their issue this month!

Here’s a little peek at our team at the D Home Dallas Best Designers event last week at The Mason, a beautiful, historic venue in the Bishop Arts District! Again, we are so honored to be included in such an amazingly talented group of Dallas Interior Designers and it was so much fun celebrating with them.

Thank you to D Home and all of the amazing clients, showrooms, vendors, and partners that continually support ML Interiors Group.


About D Home

D Home was created to share with its sophisticated reader’s ideas and inspiration for living a beautiful life in Dallas. Published six times a year, they tell the story of great design, architecture, art, antiques, gardening, and entertaining in Dallas. D Home has won myriad national awards for editorial excellence.

“We challenge the stereotype of suburban sprawl, and instead cleave to a warm and gracious world of beautiful houses and gardens, whether they are classic or modern, two-story Georgians, or high-rise penthouses,” the publication says. “Our aim is to support the creativity of our local professionals, and in doing so influence the aesthetic conversation in our city.”

Thank you for being such a great resource to our interior design community!

Part I: A Designer’s 10 Tips on How to Make a Small Bedroom Seem Bigger

An Interior Designer’s 10 Tips on How to Make a Small Bedroom Seem Bigger

Who else has struggled with a bedroom layout in a small room?

Whether it was your first apartment, your first home, or even trying to spruce up a guest bedroom… we have ALL dealt with trying to be creative with the few “essential” pieces of furniture in the bedroom – starting with the largest, THE BED.

Michelle Lynne's Favorite Things include the weighted blanket, which doesn't interrupt beautiful bed making | ML Interiors Group | Master Bedroom

How to Make Your Small Bedroom Seem Bigger 101

Just because you are working with a small room and large pieces of furniture, does NOT mean you have to sacrifice beautiful design. NEVER. SACRIFICE. STYLE. amen.

We have created our list of 5 tips for making your small bedroom look bigger (don’t worry, the rest of the 5 tips will be released next week)!

(Our first, hire ML Interiors Group…)

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1. Use Light Colors in The Bedroom.

Okay – so000 we are keeping this tip a little bit vague here BECAUSE you can apply this concept to paint, furniture, decor, EVERYTHING. Light colors reflect light, making it seem brighter and roomier. Darker paint will absorb the light which will make the room feel even smaller.

Michelle’s Bonus Tip: Use light colors with a few contrasting elements to create depth and illusion of a larger space! Example: Light walls, white comforter, and then add a black iron bed frame. BAM. CONTRAST.

How to create a welcoming guest room | ML Interiors Group | Dallas Interior Design

2. Use Monochromatic Paint.

We touched on this one in the first tip, but it deserves to be hammered home. Coordination and consistency are important in any design and the best place to start is with your paint!

Check out these 2020 Color Trends from Elle Decor. You’re welcome 😉

3. Hang Floor-To-Ceiling Curtains.

Adding long curtains just below the ceiling that sweep the floor instantly makes the ceilings look higher!

Michelle’s Bonus Tip: Remember how we just talked about using light colors? NO LARGE DARK DRAPES! This will make the tiny bedroom room seem dark and closed off. (Unless you like it that way, of course)

Create a guest bedroom that welcomes your loved ones | Include curtains over privacy windows for texture | Dallas Interior Designer | ML Interiors Group

4. Paint the Trim A Slightly Lighter Color

Here is a simple optical illusion that we thought was interesting: paint the trim a slightly lighter color than the walls. Shutterfly says that your eye perceives depth when you incorporate this simple trick in your small bedroom design. It will make the room feel as if the walls are further away, giving your bedroom a more open feel!

5. Be Creative with Storage Solutions Utilize hidden storage or multi-functional furniture.

In this tip, we are talking about space-saving furniture! Use hidden storage or multi-functional furniture in the bedroom. The less furniture that you have in your bedroom, the bigger it will look (it’s not rocket science, I swear).

Michelle’s Bonus Tip: *Think* storage bench at the end of the bed or built-in storage drawers under the bed. If everything can be tucked in a space-saving spot, you eliminate clutter and give the appearance of more space… MAGIC!

Custom barn doors, ship lap and a Palacek Woodside bed in natural create a welcoming Master bedroom design | ML Interiors Group | Dallas interior design team

 


Okay, friends, that’s all I have for you today… Stay tuned for next week for (5) more facts about making your small bedroom feel larger! You can always contact us for assistance on your bedroom design or draw inspiration from our project images.

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Our Team was Featured in The Scout Guide Dallas

Did you see? Did you see it?! Our team was featured in The Scout Guide Dallas which was SUCH an honor!

what is THE SCOUT GUIDE, you ask?

The Scout Guide (TSG) is a publication dedicated to living beautifully, living well, and living like an insider—wherever you’re located! TSG connects curated readers with inspiration, as well as with makers and experts who can help enhance life, elevate surroundings, and enjoy the community to the fullest.

In their print guides, they feature excellent independently owned businesses and business owners that both locals and travelers should know about in more than 60 cities. — LIKE US!!

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They share tips from their vast network of experts on everything from creating an inviting guest room to selecting personal stationery to planning a formal garden; offer inspiration for creating beautiful interiors, having a well-edited closet, giving thoughtful gifts, and entertaining in style; provide travel recommendations from in-the-know locals; and tell in-depth stories about talented artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs. (SOOO they offer a ton of amazing information!)

They also offer you access to our Scouted artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs through our extensive TSG Directory, putting our carefully curated network right at your fingertips.

Keep reading below to see our article that was published in The Scout Guide Dallas!

MICHELLE LYNNE INTERIORS GROUP – As seen in The Scout Guide Dallas

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Our Team was Featured in The Scout Guide Dallas

Did you see? Did you see it?! Our team was featured in The Scout Guide Dallas which was SUCH an honor!

what is THE SCOUT GUIDE, you ask?

The Scout Guide (TSG) is a publication dedicated to living beautifully, living well, and living like an insider—wherever you’re located! TSG connects curated readers with inspiration, as well as with makers and experts who can help enhance life, elevate surroundings, and enjoy the community to the fullest.

In their print guides, they feature excellent independently owned businesses and business owners that both locals and travelers should know about in more than 60 cities. — LIKE US!!

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They share tips from their vast network of experts on everything from creating an inviting guest room to selecting personal stationery to planning a formal garden; offer inspiration for creating beautiful interiors, having a well-edited closet, giving thoughtful gifts, and entertaining in style; provide travel recommendations from in-the-know locals; and tell in-depth stories about talented artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs. (SOOO they offer a ton of amazing information!)

They also offer you access to our Scouted artists, artisans, and entrepreneurs through our extensive TSG Directory, putting our carefully curated network right at your fingertips.

Keep reading below to see our article that was published in The Scout Guide Dallas!

MICHELLE LYNNE INTERIORS GROUP – As seen in The Scout Guide Dallas

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ML Interiors Group Showcases Smart, Stylish, Fun Aesthetic

As featured on CandysDirt.com: ML Interiors Group Showcases Smart, Stylish, Fun Aesthetic

I’ve known interior designer Michelle Lynne Pant, founder and principal of ML Interiors Group, for about a decade. She’s one of the smartest, kindest, most generous people I’ve ever met. She also has a thousand-megawatt smile that makes me wonder why she’s not starring in a national toothpaste commercial. Remember the Mary Tyler Moore song? “Who can turn the world on with her smile?” Well, move over MTM, it’s MLP.

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Smart. Stylish. Fun.

Game Room & Kids room decor | Michelle Lynne Interiors Group | Dallas Interior Design

A Playroom For All

The tagline for ML Interiors Group is Smart. Stylish. Fun. It’s not just because those words describe the entire team. It’s also because that’s the experience they provide to their clients. “It’s not just about delivering a design, Michelle said. “We collaborate with our clients and deliver more than they ever dreamed of. We make homes happier and more efficient.”

“The ‘Smart’ in our tagline is because we are smart with the process and with our client’s money,” Michelle said. “We’re smart at advising, we provide smart design, and we are smart about managing budgets. We are like a sherpa leading our clients on an expedition. We are telling them, ‘Don’t go here, or you’ll slide down the mountain. Don’t stop here or you’ll fall through the ice.’ It’s all about the client.”

“‘Stylish’ comes into play because I don’t want someone to look at our design and say that’s an ML Interiors Group design,” she added. “I want them to look at it and say that’s the client’s style. It’s not about me.”

What about the last part?

“And ‘Fun,’ well, we always have fun, and we make the experience fun for our clients,” Michelle said. “They are going to have a good time with us!”


A Third Act

Dallas interior designer and influencer, Michelle Lynne, contributes to Forbes.com as well as Texasliving Magazine.

Interior design is not Michelle’s first career. It’s her third. During her corporate America gig, she dipped a toe into home staging. She liked it so much she waded in full time in 2010. The real estate boom in 2013 meant homes were blown off the market before they could be staged. Staging is an ebb-and-flow business, and Michelle was not interested in waiting for the staging market to kick back into gear. Her company had always offered design services, but they only made up a small part of the business model.

“We realized we needed to pivot and move from a 10 percent focus on design to a 90 percent focus,” she said. It was time to step out of the staging pool and dive into design full time with the creation of ML Interiors Group. She’s never looked back, but it wasn’t a cake-walk.

“I was self-taught,” Michelle said. “I took my business skills from the two other industries I’d been in, applied them to my design business, and made it up as I went along!”

The first thing Michelle did, and what I think separates her business from most, is to develop processes and procedures. She also brought along Debbie Pratt from her staging company as her first full-time designer. It was not long before Megan Fornes and Lisa Morris found their way to the ML Interiors Group.

“I have a wickedly, talented team of designers. They are just the most amazing, kind, sassy, sarcastic women who love what they do,” Michelle said. “They change our client’s lives.”


Charting a New Course  

Apartment Complex Sitting Area Design | ML Interiors Group | Dallas Interior Decorator

Michelle has never been one to sit still for long and just enjoy the status quo. Not only was she running a successful design company, but she was also in the process of adopting a baby girl.

“I left my company in the hands of my company for a month when my husband and I flew out of town to adopt Gigi,” Michelle said. “Then I took two months of maternity leave. The business ran itself.”

That sparked an idea. With a talented team and those processes and procedures in place, the business ran itself seamlessly. So, she decided to create an interior design course.

“The inspiration for the course was a combination of seeing other women not have the confidence to charge what their services are worth, and a lack of transparency in the industry,” Michelle said. “No one shares information in the interior design business, and everyone does it differently. My goal and intention are to empower women to make a decent living doing what they are good at, while not exhausting themselves, and allowing them to be present to their children, their husbands, and themselves.”

That might be a tall order for some, but not Michelle. She launched Designed for the Creative Mind, a six week, five-module online class in November of 2019. The course is released only four times a year as the students have direct interaction with Michelle.

“There is an elite coaching program for graduates that takes a deeper dive into the business as well as advice on how you juggle, manage priorities, and design a life you love,” Michelle said.


Solutions for Everyone  

Apartment Complex Work Space Decor | MLIG | Dallas Interior Decorator

If you think you can’t afford an interior designer, ML Interiors Group has a solution. Not only do they offer full-service interior design, new construction, and multi-family apartment community design, they also offer e-design and a fabulous concept — Designer for a Day — which is a four-hour in-home consultation that solves your design issues on the spot.

Michelle is one of those designers to watch because no grass grows ever grows under her feet. She is always thinking, planning, and dreaming of the next best thing. One of those many next things is putting her touch on a superstar of a home we’ve written about. We can’t wait to see that transformation!

“The best part of the journey is the creation,” Michelle said. “I have built something from the ground up, that no one else has done. No one does it the same way. Creating something out of nothing has been unbelievable.”


Karen Eubank is the owner of Eubank Staging and Design. She has been an award-winning professional home stager and writer for over 25 years. Her love of all dogs, international travel, good chocolate, great champagne, and historic homes knows no bounds. Her father was a spy, so she keeps secrets very well!