From Campfires to Backyards: The Evolution of S’mores as an American Tradition

S’mores have become an integral part of American culture, evoking memories of summer nights, campfires, and family gatherings. As outdoor living specialists, we understand the importance of creating spaces that foster these cherished traditions. In this blog, we will explore the history of s’mores, their significance in American culture, and how Mom’s Design Build can …

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The History Behind the Yard Sculptures You Didn’t Know You Needed

When Minnesota’s nationally renowned sculptor, Paul Granlund, carefully crafted bronze yard sculptures seen around the world, it’s unclear if he knew they would land in the hands of Golden Gopher Football’s infamous “Cannon Man.” But alas, they did–and these sculptures have seen more than any of us can imagine. Learn more about the story behind how the unique, eye-catching and large yard sculptures went from the studio of Paul Granlund to the estate of the infamous Rodney Wallace. The best part? They’re up for sale.

Hosting Labor Day Weekend

September is right around the corner and for many that means it’s time to get back into the swing of things–work is getting crazy again and school is back in session, which means shopping for supplies, coordinating schedules and getting everyone ready for a smooth transition. I bet the last thing you’re thinking about is Labor Day Weekend festivities, but don’t let that stop you from celebrating the last summer hoorah! Here are some quick tips for planning the perfect Labor Day gathering:

A Home Bar For Any Space & Budget

Since the first beer was brewed and the first glass of wine fermented, legal adults around the world have enjoyed the tradition of sharing a good drink with better company. No matter if you prefer a dive bar or an upscale cocktail lounge, enjoying a beverage with friends and family is a popular way to celebrate milestones or decompress after work. Bar hopping on the weekends and supporting your local saloon for happy hour are fun excursions, but sometimes you just need a night at home, sipping your favorite beverage in your most loved pair of sweatpants. And occasionally, it’s exhilarating to host a party at your personal residence instead of outsourcing the festivities.

Let Nature Inspire Reflection

In addition to the many expertly placed rocks and boulders in our backyard water feature (Thanks Mom’s!) there are numerous hand-picked artifacts that add to the unique beauty. These are very special relics; not because of their monetary value or even their particular beauty, but because of what they represent.

Summer Food and Drink Pairings: 5 In Season Food and Drink Duos

Use these food and drink combinations to plan a perfectly paired summer barbeque

Summertime in the Midwest is an exciting, albeit fast, time of the year. As the long, sunny days, high temperatures, and humidity roll in (and out) so do many seasonal foods. And what better way to enjoy these brief summer months than with fresh, seasonal produce and by grilling in the yard with friends and family?

Small Backyard Necessities: How to Transform Your Small Backyard into an Entertainment Oasis

Summers in Minnesota are truly unbeatable, but also fleeting. Everyone here knows the importance of taking advantage of those hot summer days and cozy summer nights by spending as much of it outside as possible. Quality time with family and friends is must–but let’s be real, rallying the troops to meet at a crowded restaurant or grilling at the local public beach is getting old and you’re craving the comfort and convenience of stepping right outside your back door. The only problem is, it feels like you just don’t have enough space to make your backyard a place for people to gather.

Outdoor Lighting Trends

Outdoor lighting is a great way to boost the curb appeal of your home. With options including, but not limited to, mount lighting, table lamps, step lights, and fairy lights, generating a new aesthetic for your outdoor space is as simple as flipping a switch. Whether you’re looking to add some flair to the front yard or to brighten up the backyard, there are lighting options for every design taste and budget.

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