Decorating with Books

I came across a blog today that really captured my attention.  (The link is below.)   It’s a story of decluttering by giving up what you love most.  The goal is of course a simpler, cleaner life.  The theory is good; in fact generally speaking I subscribe to it.  I’m not a collector so I don’t […]

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Is Brass Back?

I was at IMS in Minneapolis the other day and a new trend caught my eye.  (Well actually I was looking for it.)  Brass!  It is no longer called brass, probably because homeowners are still taking shiny brass doorknobs out of their homes and no manufacturer wants to cut off a potential sale, but the […]

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Original Art for All!

We are big advocates of accessorizing spaces with art pieces which have meaning for the people who live there.  When we are helping a client finish a space with art and accessories, we always start by asking about the things throughout the home that are special to them.  Many times people will hesitatingly say something like… “Well, I […]

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Mark Your Calendars! The Remodelers Showcase is Here Again

For almost 30 years the local Remodeler’s Showcase tour has helped countless people envision possibilities for their kitchen, bathroom, or their whole house.  Being able to see a remodeling project in a house like yours, in a neighborhood as old as yours, or in the same architectural style gives ideas for an existing home that a tour of […]

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St. Paul Adirondack Ski Chair

I live in a family of skiers –snow and water both-so when I passed this adorable Adirondack chair in a St. Paul front yard I had to snap a picture.  With a little ingenuity, a décor really can tastefully and inexpensively reflect who lives there!  Check out other ideas with leftover/outdated ski equipment.  And just […]

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The Gift of the Crane

  We’ve been working on a really fun project, turning what once served as a walk-in closet into something completely different:  a kind-of retreat space for our client to relax in, but also to spread out craft projects, catch up on reading or work that is brought home, and be surrounded by personal treasures that […]

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Creating a Light Filled Interior

We all love rooms filled with light.  Certainly we also have our days when we crave the coziness of a dark paneled library, a good book and a glass of red wine, but maybe that’s why homes need balance.  I was inspired today by a photo in the Minneapolis Star and Tribune of a remodel […]

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What a Little Trimwork Can Do!

We recently completed a project in St. Paul…  we would call it a “face-lift”.  It was a master bedroom update in a big, old, grand house on Summit Avenue.  The master bedroom surely had been updated several times in its 100-year plus history, but not lately.  The room had a large bay with a window […]

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Wicker vs. Rattan

  It’s a hot summer day – finally and I’m thinking of porches and lemonade!  This got me thinking about the difference between Wicker, Cane and Rattan.  I did a little digging and here is what I learned: Wicker: Wicker is the type of weaving we often see on porch furniture, usually woven with cane, […]

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