How To Remove Common Odors from Your Home

How To Remove Common Odors from Your Home

Have you ever walked into a home and smelled something funky? More likely than not, it has happened to you at least once. The truth is, we all get accustomed to the smell of our own homes, and sometimes that smell isn't so pleasant. If you occasionally cook curry, or maybe enjoy smoking a cigar in your man cave, there could be lingering smells that would…

Pros and Cons of Banquette Seating

Pros and Cons of Banquette Seating

When you go to a restaurant, do you request a table or a booth? We are booth people. There is something so cozy about sitting in a somewhat enclosed space where you aren't having anyone bump into your chair or walk past and listen in as you have a private conversation. Banquette seating refers to benches and other furniture that is often tucked against a wall and may…

Must-Have Toolkit for the DIYer and Savvy Homeowner

Must-Have Toolkit for the DIYer and Savvy Homeowner

The rising popularity of HGTV and DIY projects has homeowners everywhere searching for ways to save money on their home improvements. While we don't advocate that just anyone tackle home remodels - especially without construction knowledge or experience - we can all agree there are loads of basic home maintenance and DIY projects…

Create the Perfect Entryway for Under $350

Create the Perfect Entryway for Under $350

The entryway of our home is an area we seem to often overlook. We go through it multiple times a day, heading out in the world to live our lives, welcoming guests into our home to celebrate holidays, and lots of running in and out with pets. It may be one of the most used, yet under appreciated areas in the entire house. Luckily, a few small tweaks to the design in that space can make a world of difference! 

My formula for the perfect entryway, no matter the size, is….

What is Enameled Woodwork and Why is it Better?

What is Enameled Woodwork and Why is it Better?

I like to think of myself as a realist. I know we all want to keep our homes perfectly clean and plan to be careful in how we navigate our space. I also know that realistically we all have dirty hands at times, forget to remove our shoes, or accidentally bump into walls. With white woodwork being so popular, it can be easier to see the imperfections…

Coordinating Cabinet Hardware for a Delta Champagne Bronze Faucet

Coordinating Cabinet Hardware for a Delta Champagne Bronze Faucet

True Story: I have been planning a fabulous wet bar for our current project for months. I love the look of black and brass, so when I saw an opportunity to do exactly that combination in an upcoming project I was beyond ecstatic! While designing the bar space, I found this beautiful Delta Faucet in Champagne Bronze that…

How to: Select a Fantastic Freestanding Tub and Faucet

How to: Select a Fantastic Freestanding Tub and Faucet

Right now I am lucky enough to be in the process of selecting finishes for a brand new house with five bathrooms. That's right, FIVE! As fun as it can be, there are also so many things to consider like the style, function, and most importantly- the budget. With so many items to purchase, I am always on the lookout for stylish, high quality items at great prices…

What Are Linear Drains... and Why You Will Want One!

What Are Linear Drains... and Why You Will Want One!

Linear drains have been at the forefront of our minds a lot recently. Although linear drains have often been used in commercial settings, their application was previously more limited in typical home remodels. Recently we have noticed a…

Fabulous Fandeliers - Dressed Up Ceiling Fan/Lights for Every Room In Your Home!

Fabulous Fandeliers - Dressed Up Ceiling Fan/Lights for Every Room In Your Home!

A beautiful combination of a ceiling fan and chandelier- can these really exist? As a realtor and a designer I meet with a lot of clients and see a lot of homes. The one thing that has stuck out to me recently is the trend of clients putting ceiling fans at the top of their "must-have" list. I'm guessing this comes as the weather gets warmer and people are reminded of how much they like a breeze as they go about their…

How to Easily Add Privacy to a Window

How to Easily Add Privacy to a Window

We are always looking for the simplest ways to solve problems. When we were dealing with a small bathroom and trying to figure out the best way to layout the space, we knew we had to put the shower along the window. Although it offers great light and ventilation, this is less than ideal from a privacy standpoint…

How to Get An Accurate Estimate for a Home Remodel Project

How to Get An Accurate Estimate for a Home Remodel Project

One thing all people have in common when requesting an estimate for a project is knowing they want something to be different. The difference between people is that some know more clearly than…

Our Favorite Kitchen Sinks Under $300

Our Favorite Kitchen Sinks Under $300

Remodeling is expensive and even when you are on a tight budget you still want all the bells and whistles. We know we do! If you're looking for a great deal on a great sink…

Kitchen Sink Series, Part 3: Choosing Between Stainless Steel, Copper, Composite, Cast Iron, and Fireclay Sinks

Kitchen Sink Series, Part 3: Choosing Between Stainless Steel, Copper, Composite, Cast Iron, and Fireclay Sinks

What is the best material for your kitchen sink? Below we offer the basics of what you need to know about the pros and cons of the most common materials we see client's choose…

Kitchen Sink Series, Part 1: The Difference Between Undermount, Drop In, Dual Mount, and Apron Front Sinks

Kitchen Sink Series, Part 1: The Difference Between Undermount, Drop In, Dual Mount, and Apron Front Sinks

You need a new sink, I get it. The old one just isn't working out anymore. There's not enough room, its scratched or stained, it just doesn't match the "look" of the kitchen you dream about and it's time to say goodbye. Now you have started down a path where the options feel endless and you need a little guidance. You are ….

Best Gifts for the Handy Man In Your Life

Best Gifts for the Handy Man In Your Life

With Father's Day quickly approaching you are probably starting to wonder what to get Dad that he doesn't already have in his toolbox. Finding creative gift ideas for the handy man (or woman) in your …

Choosing the Right Material for Your Deck

Choosing the Right Material for Your Deck

As the weather begins to warm up it is natural to start dreaming of summer days spent outside and barbecues with friends and family. In Minnesota, we take advantage of every minute of the nice weather when we have it! We all want to extend our living space outside……

What To Do Before You Finish Your Basement

What To Do Before You Finish Your Basement

Finishing your basement can add a lot of value to your home. The additional livable square feet along with a bedroom, bathroom, or...