Category Archives: Home Design

Remodeling: Do it Yourself or Hire a Pro?

You’re ready to invest in updates to your home, but can you save more by doing it yourself? Reality is that some updates will leave you worse off wallet-wise than hiring it out if you make costly mistakes. Here’s some advice to help you weigh the pros and cons. Bathroom remodel We recently had friends who needed to completely renovate their bathroom and master bedroom layout, which required drawings, new walls, plumbing, etc. For a project like this, we definitely recommend going with a trusted... view article »

6 Ideas to Enhance Your Outdoor Entertaining

In Minnesota, we cram as much outdoors into May through October as we possibly can. If you’re looking at your outdoor space and wondering how you can transform ho-hum to an entertaining oasis, we’ve gathered 6 must-haves to turn your outdoor entertaining spot up a notch, along with inspiration on how to make it happen. 1. Fire Fire is your obvious first step, as nothing compares to setting the mood when your entertaining transitions from daytime to night. A fire provides the dual purpose of gorgeous... view article »

Pinterest’s Top Home Trends for 2018

Every December Pinterest publishes the Pinterest 100, a list of emerging trends in categories like style, beauty and home decor. We honed in on the top trends in home décor, naturally, to give you a sneak peek at what’s going to be trending throughout 2018. What will you incorporate? Resort Style at Home According to Pinterest, saves for “spa bathrooms” were up a whopping 269% in 2017, and products with rattan and frayed edge pillows reminiscent of travel are inspiring home interiors. This tells us... view article »

10 Tech Devices for a Smart Home

  The era of the Smart Home is upon us, and 2018 may be the year you make your home a smart connected home as prices drop and options abound. Whether you’re tiptoeing in with app controlled lighting or you’re a full-blown tech junkie looking for the next hot product, below are 10 devices to smarten your home. 1. Google Home  The hub of it all.  Get answers, play songs, tackle your day, enjoy your entertainment and control your smart home with just your voice. Google Home works... view article »

Julie’s Picks for Affordable Home Decor Accents

Winter is the perfect time to nest and freshen up your home decor. We’ve rounded up some affordable and on-trend options to add updated flair to your space with minimum effort. This winter we suggest adding touches of blush, golds, and greens. Emerald is a color of the moment, and adding fresh greenery is always in style. Mountainside by Sadie Holden. $206.00, price changes on frame and size, Minted.com 6 ft. Fiddle Leaf Fig Tree. $106.55, Homdepot.com Brass Wall Sconce. $59.00, Etsy.com Snow Capped Candle. $28-$42.00, Anthropologie.com Color-block Throw. $39.99,... view article »

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 »