Category Archives: Home Design

Home Improvement: DIY or Call a Pro?

When you’re ready to start the process of updating your home, you have an important decision to make: DIY, or hire a professional? You don’t necessarily have to make this decision just once; you can pick and choose which home improvement projects you feel up to the task of tackling yourself, and which you think would be better left in the hands of a professional. Professional home renovations can cost a pretty penny, and while the primary deciding factor in the DIY vs. professional decision... view article »

Real Estate Report: Home Re-Do

Daniel and Julie were part of a great show yesterday on Twin Cities Live. With a new project on the horizon, we will be able to follow along with the process of doing a tear down and rebuild. Twin Cities Live has shown you a lot of ways to improve your home.  Landscaping, room make-overs, advice from an interior designer, to name a few.  Sometimes things are so bad that the only thing you can do is start over!  We are following Julie and Daniel... view article »

Ikea Loft Makeover

Desrochers Realty Group’s condo listing in downtown St.Paul was the perfect challenge for Ikea to come in and create their transformation. Julie Desrochers makes an appearance on Twin Cities Live to check it out. Ikea Loft Makeover Loft living can be chic. You’re downtown, in the hustle and bustle. But one thing that could be challenging is actually making those high ceilings and the open concept feel like home. It was a project the design team over at IKEA wanted to tackle. So we found... view article »

Design a Custom Parade of Homes Experience

The semiannual Twin Cities Parade of Homes kicked off a couple weeks ago on February 20, but you still have plenty of opportunity to make your rounds before it comes to a close on March 20. With 458 new homes and 57 remodeled homes to see on the spring circuit, taking part can be an overwhelming prospect. Here are a few tips for how to get the most out of your 2016 Spring Parade of Homes experience. Create a strategy First thing’s first. For an... view article »

Tips for Enhancing Winter Curb Appeal

Winter can be a challenging time of year to try and sell your home. Not only are fewer people shopping the market, but winter weather conditions can make it more difficult to maintain the kind of pristine exterior that makes an impactful first impression on potential buyers. That doesn’t mean your home’s curb appeal is a lost cause, though. Here are just a few ideas for how you can enhance curb appeal during the winter. Pop of color – Paint your front door a bold... view article »

5 Holiday Host Gift Ideas

Organizing and hosting a holiday gathering is a significant undertaking. Whether you’re staying with in-laws for a weekend or attending a coworker’s holiday soiree, express your gratitude for their hospitality by presenting them with a host gift a little more unique than a bottle of wine or a box of chocolate truffles. There are dozens of boutique vendors around the Minneapolis/St. Paul area where you can find elegant, thoughtful gifts for all your generous hosts this holiday season. Here are some of our favorite picks.... view article »

Tips for Hosting Holiday Parties

The holiday season is such a whirlwind of parties and family gatherings that sometimes it feels like we spend the whole month of December either planning, attending, or cleaning up after an event. In our years of hosting holiday parties, we’ve learned a few tricks to help keep the whirlwind from spinning out of control. Plan ahead. Tried and true advice for any time you play host. Make a list of everything that needs to get done before the party. Then schedule which things can... view article »

Best Places for Home Furnishings

Home is in the details. The polished wooden picture frames on your mantel, the first duvet you bought as a couple, throw pillows on the couch that tie the whole living room together—a new house doesn’t become a home until you fill it in with these decorative details. Some you inherit from family or previous residences, but some you’ll need to find specially to suit your new rooms. In those cases, we have a few favorite stores we rely on when we’re looking for something... view article »

Simple Home Improvements with Drastic Results

When it comes to sprucing up your home, you don’t need to spend a lot of time or money. If you are in the midst of spring cleaning or are preparing to sell your home, here are some simple home improvements that deliver drastic results. The easiest improvement (and one that is always on our list) is updating lighting fixtures and hardware throughout your house. This includes knobs, handles and outlet covers. You can even go so far as to give your home a unique... view article »

Home Staging Tips from Professionals

Successfully staging your home is key to selling it quickly and at the best price. There are many high-impact cost-affordable ways to highlight your home’s strengths and downplay its weaknesses. From cleaning to styling and the often overlooked, here are some essential staging tips to get the most out of your home. Clear the clutter. All of it. It’s not going to be easy, but you have to do it. All surfaces, cupboards, closets, floors, mantels, you name it. Cluttered homes simply do not show... view article »