Category Archives: Home Design

The Best Bets of Smart Home Tech

As the deals roll in for Black Friday and holiday shopping, don’t be lured by fancy price persuasion. What are the coolest and best bets for smart tech innovations in your home? We’ve rounded up some of the “best of” in the smart home category. Best Basic Smart Home Investment Ecobee SmartThermostat This smart thermostat sets itself apart with a remote sensor in the box of the thermostat, allowing you to adjust the temp based on the conditions in another room. Not to mention this... view article »

5 Home Design Questions Answered

As realtors, we hear questions every day on home design updates and trends. What are the most common questions on home design we are hearing now?  Julie Desrochers of Desrochers Real Estate Group shares the answers to 5 common questions she’s been hearing in 2019. Q: I’m remodeling and wondering, should I get black or white windows? Which is better for resale? A: The good news is both black and white windows are “in” as a trend. White windows are a classic and never go... view article »

Top Pinterest Inspirations for Holiday Entertaining

It’s officially time to plan for celebrations and salutations, and along with making a list and checking it twice we’re all in need of inspirations to spruce up our holiday home. Lucky for us, Pinterest has rounded up the very best holiday ideas with their 2018 holi-YAY report, giving us the most popular and stylish inspirations for hosting gatherings, creating delicious dinners, and looking and feeling festive. Here is a selection of the top ideas Pinners are searching for this year. Tried and True Holiday... view article »

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 »