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BEAT THE WINTER WEATHER… Take a Positive Step and Tackle those home improvements!

Don’t let the winter blues get you down, instead take a good look at your home and consider how you can improve and ultimately enjoy your space more this year with friends and family.

Michele's Decor Tip

Denim Blue is going to be a new 2017 colour trend.

Is your bathroom falling apart or lounge looking tired and out-dated, paintwork jaded and needs re-freshing with contemporary colours, kitchen splashbacks need updating, then use these dark days to brighten up your home, feel energised and love your home all over again.

Considering selling?

Global and European political uncertainty has caused the City property market to become very sluggish especially for mid to high priced properties, so don’t sit back and be complacent that your property will sell, you have stiff competition.

My advice is to make sure your property is in tip top condition and gorgeous, to entice those buyers to part with their hard earned money.

Be prepared and do any work before you invite the agent round. 
 Now is the perfect time to get the work done in readiness for Spring – a prime selling time to catch those busy buyers.

Get your Estate Agent excited by your property. Make sure your property stands out from others at the same price.  Yes, you might be making their job easier, but it will work if you want them to prioritise your property.

Finally, style your home – dress to impress.  You really need to do this, to obtain fantastic photography and create a lifestyle for your purchaser.  Don’t forget the internet is used to narrow down a selection of possible homes to purchase, only then do purchasers decide which property to physically visit.  Styling and photography should never be under-estimated.

Michele's Styling Tip

Resting an interesting object on a couple of books, always works.

Use a Property Styling Company like Haynes Interiors

My clients receive a “Home Style Report”, which highlights on a room by room basis their properties strengths and weaknesses and offers working solutions.  Armed with the “Report” my clients then decide whether to tackle the works themselves or alternatively use my expertise to project co-ordinate all or some of the works; such as re-painting, lighting, fitting new worktops, splashbacks, total bathroom renovation or just the styling/dressing element on their behalf.

Clients are often advised by the Agent to put their property up for a higher value than originally envisaged after the works and in my experience receive offers within the month.


  • De-Clutter – personal effects.
  • Spring clean – clean all cupboards inside and out.
  • Consider your walls – repaint or change to new colour schemes if they are tired.
  • Colour schemes – Neutrals are good. But beware – don’t make it all beige!
  • Store – unwanted items and excess furniture.
  • Consider the ergonomics of each room – show purchasers how to utilise each space
  • Style throughout – use new bed linen, cushions, fresh flowers or plants and make it welcoming.

mirrorWhy not reap the benefits of someone else’s candour?

Haynes Interiors as Interior Designers and Property Stylists can provide you with an invaluable and unbiased opinion.

We provide hire furniture, art and physically style properties, which may be particularly useful if your property has been rented and is now standing empty.

Many people find de-cluttering incredibly difficult on their own or choosing paint colours overwhelming and stressful, so don’t worry about asking for help as we are approachable, know the Barbican and The City well, and use reliable tradesmen.

Contact Michele Haynes on // 07984 884408 //


Barbican Life: Christmas Shopping Home Gifts

This year I wrote a piece for Barbican Life showcasing some of my favourite pieces found during numerous trade show visits, featuring established as well as emerging designers, many of them Brits and Londoners, which is great because I’m all about using local designers when it comes to property styling in The City. Read the article, feast your eyes, and let me know what you would put on your list of seasonal must haves and dearly wants.

Click here to read article (PDF).

Grey and yellow are in this year…unless you’re my builder…or my client. But not if you’re a House & Garden reader!

It’s been a while since my last post, but for good reason, as I am currently in the middle of an interesting house doctoring project. So interesting (that I never go to sleep), that I thought it merited a post of its own.

This particular project is situated by the Tower of London (which could do with a bit of doctoring too after all these years – no, just kidding!). We’re looking at a two bedroom flat, with a very compact bijou kitchen/lounge/diner. All a bit on the dark side, with not great lighting. Whilst magnolia is good, too much is definitely not a good thing. This apartment really needs bringing up to date, and colour being injected gently. My clients have lived in this flat for many years, which has now become quite dated.


So currently, this flat is not on the market, and I have been called in to turn this around in six weeks. No pressure!

Three weeks in, and I have demolished their two bathrooms (don’t worry, it wasn’t by accident, it was by agreement), boarded up the old fashioned tiles in the kitchen, taken off door handles and light fittings, and ripped up all the carpets. Not bad, for three weeks of work! The only problem being, that sometimes design vision doesn’t always mesh with the client’s expectation.

Now the clients are lovely, but that doesn’t mean things always go to plan. In this case, we agreed upon colours schemes throughout the apartment, including a lovely retro yellow (very in right now) wall for the kitchen/dining area – just one wall. The clients okayed the samples, but weren’t so keen on the yellow wall once painted.

But that’s okay!

Despite my own vision of how to weave that yellow wall into the overall scheme, the mellow yellow had the opposite effect on my client (and the builder, who hates yellow with a passion!). As I could see my clients becoming distressed, I reassured them that at the end of the day, they are paying for this service, and I want them to be more than happy with the results. A wall can be repainted – business relations are harder to recover.

I am, of course now slightly revising my colour scheme (though I will be sneaking in some yellow via accessories and cushions). Hopefully, we will all be happy, and this flat will finally find a new owner. Who may even paint one of the walls yellow!


Alternatively, I could end up banished to the nearby Tower of London.

For more images of the completed project check out the gallery.

Barbican Life Winter 2016 Edition

Who would have thought it, but the uncertainty due to Brexit has given me more opportunities! It’s been a busy six months for Haynes Interiors, so it was almost relaxing to sit down and write this article.