Michele Van der Veen

  • Michele Van Der Veen, host of Good Day segments including Flip It, Decorate Like A Designer and Stage To Sell, started her career in real estate investing over 30 years ago. A published author herself, she has also been recognized and featured in international magazines for her unique approach to interior design. Acquiring a formal education from the Interior Designers Institute of California, Michele’s experience stems from building custom homes to flipping over 100 homes and working in commercial real estate development alongside her father at a young age. Not afraid to push the limit on her own designs/investments, she will often be heard reassuring her team about her decisions by saying “Don’t worry we are the comps!” For more on Michele’s work or to contact her go to iHeartHomescorp.com.

Door Design Decision

Door Design Decision

Your choice of cabinet doors will have a big impact on the overall design of any kitchen or bathroom design. Shaker? Raised panel? Recessed panel? It may feel like cabinet door styles are endless, but choosing the one that ties your overall design together is a vitally important design decision ...
Make Your Next Renovation a Real Splash!

Make Your Next Renovation a Real Splash!

Whether you're building a new kitchen or renovating an old one, you will enhance any kitchen design with your choice of backsplash. With kitchens earning upward of 70%-80% of ROI when selling a home, making sure your next kitchen renovation is a splash is a real must! That’s “splash” as ...
Top It Off!

Top It Off!

Countertops can make a statement in any kitchen or bathroom remodel, but remember to balance looks with functionality. With so many solid stone slabs on the market to choose from, making your countertop selection for a kitchen or bathroom remodel can be overwhelming. Countertops can be expensive and can make ...
Creating the “Wow” Factor with Your Home Renovations

Creating the “Wow” Factor with Your Home Renovations

To achieve a dramatic before-and-after feel, consider these five tips. Everyone loves to see the great before-and-after photos of homes. Even major networks like HGTV, DIY, and the new Magnolia Network have made millions off the fact that everyone loves a great “before and after. Witnessing the makeover of an ...
Take It Outside!

Take It Outside!

With so many potential buyers looking for outdoor amenities on the properties they are considering, think about how you can “take it outside” with your next renovation. With the popularity of outdoor living spaces on the rise, it’s no wonder more buyers are looking for homes that provide outdoor amenities ...
5 Ways to Give Your Investment Property a New Look

5 Ways to Give Your Investment Property a New Look

With remodels on the rise, you want to give your property an updated look without breaking the budget. With whole-house flips slowing down, remodels are becoming more common. Kitchen and bathrooms are usually the focal point of these remodels. But the problem with trying to give any property a new ...
Cultivating Your Creative Ability

Cultivating Your Creative Ability

Everyone knows that for the design side of any renovation, the sky’s the limit when it comes to what one can spend! Becoming familiar with creative alternatives allows you to design eye popping renovations without busting your budget. Turning a great profit is, after all, the end game! Getting Comfortable ...
Extreme Makeover: Creativity Is a Must!

Extreme Makeover: Creativity Is a Must!

Almost all extreme makeovers require one thing: creativity. How creative you can ultimately be determines whether you can pull off a project as large and as complex as an extreme makeover! Getting creative means more than coming up with great designs, however. It also means being able to work outside ...
Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Interior Designer?

Do You Have What It Takes to Be an Interior Designer?

Have you ever thought about being an interior designer? With HGTV and the Magnolia Network making design such a hot topic, it seems a lot of people are asking, “Do I have what it takes to be an interior designer?” Let’s answer that by asking a few more questions: Do ...
Understanding the Power of Color

Understanding the Power of Color

Any time you take on a renovation, remodel, or flip project, the one inevitable question everyone will ask is “What color do we use?” Certainly, you will need to make color decisions related to your project. Even if you’re simply staging a home to put up for sale, the question ...
Home Design Is Everywhere

Home Design Is Everywhere

Taking on the challenge of flipping or remodeling an investment property can be daunting when it comes to the design side of it. Whether it’s your very first investment project or your hundredth, being creative can be a challenge. Luckily, we live during a time in which home design ideas ...
The Stage and Sell Partnership

The Stage and Sell Partnership

Preparing a house to sell takes teamwork to do it right! With all the “Home Buying Televisions Shows'' having such a big influence on how people view homes now, it’s no wonder more real estate agents are teaming up with staging companies to help market their clients’ homes better. However ...
Heart of the Home

Heart of the Home

Renovating homes for a living is of course a numbers game. Buy low, have a reasonable renovation budget to work with, and hope to turn a profit in the end. The buying and selling are reasonably simple. It’s the in between part that can get tricky for investors! What, where, ...
Connecting Past and Present Through Design

Connecting Past and Present Through Design

Every state, every city, and every small town has a past or a history in which a potential home buyer may perhaps be in love with enough that they are considering moving there. Why not capture that history in the design of your next investment? Designing a beach-themed home at ...
Investment Treasures

Investment Treasures

Sometimes that next great home to renovate may just be the home other investors are passing up. Often these are the homes that have bigger problems than kitchen updates or a new roof. It may take creativity to solve these more difficult investment property problems. As a real estate investor, ...
Hidden Profits

Hidden Profits

As a real estate investor, I am always in search of homes to renovate with potential for added profit! As a designer, I am also always in search of investment homes with great repurposing potential. These types of homes are often just the projects that offer greater opportunity for more ...
California Ranch

California Ranch

| Design Guide | Operations
From the Designer Growing up assisting my father building and investing in strip malls, it was clear at an early age that real estate investing was a natural path for me to take. I received a formal education in design from the Interior Designers Institute of Newport Beach, California, and ...
French Country Kitchen

French Country Kitchen

| Design Guide | Operations
From the Designer Growing up assisting my father building and investing in strip malls, it was clear at an early age that real estate investing was a natural path for me to take. I received a formal education in design from the Interior Designers Institute of Newport Beach, California, and ...
Country Chic Exterior

Country Chic Exterior

| Design Guide | Operations
From the Designer Growing up assisting my father building and investing in strip malls, it was clear at an early age that real estate investing was a natural path for me to take. I received a formal education in design from the Interior Designers Institute of Newport Beach, California, and ...
DesignGuide_CraftsmanKitchen3

Craftsman Kitchen

| Design Guide | Operations
From the Designer Growing up assisting my father building and investing in strip malls, it was clear at an early age that real estate investing was a natural path for me to take. I received a formal education in design from the Interior Designers Institute of Newport Beach, California, and ...