So I took everything out but another plant stand and started redoing it using what we have with one exception. The exception is a small outdoor table purchased for half price at RiteAid ($13). The stager had recommended a 2 chair cafe set for the courtyard but the least expensive one I found that we were willing to keep was $99 plus tax at Ikea. We have 4 outdoor chairs and a larger table and umbrella so 2 can go in the courtyard and 2 at the table on the patio.
I followed the recommendations to move the black bench in front of the soon to be replaced windows and decided to add two more chairs to make a conversation area. She said to have only 1 to 3 items on each shelf so that has been edited as have the 2 wind chimes we had up. I like it a lot more now myself so we will see what my husband thinks when he gets home from work.
I am finding that I want to follow the spirit/objective of her recommendations but do so in a way that works for us. One room at a time!