Do you ever look at your yard and think something is missing? And no, we’re not talking about a built-in pool or an outdoor kitchen (although, you know who to call if that’s the case). You might think you just need more flowers, trees, lights or furniture, but what you’re probably overlooking is an artistic touch.
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.
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.
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 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.
Summer is the best time to tackle any garage projects that may be on your mind. From upgrades to cleaning and organizing, there’s nothing like a fresh breeze and warm weather to kickstart your garage improvement efforts. Garages tend to accumulate a lot of stuff, so if you’re at a loss for ideas when it comes to tidying up, we’re here to offer you a few pieces of advice that will help you get started.
Curb appeal is an art. Whether you’re trying to sell your house or make all the dog walkers “ooh and awe” while walking by, we have all the tricks for you, specifically when it comes to all the fun and bold things you can do with your front door. The key? Make it memorable!
A quick tip to get started: remember, front doors are all about making a statement and boldness. Don’t be afraid when paying attention to that front door. It centers your home and it’s the first thing people focus on. If you’re going to be daring anywhere in the home, this is the place to do it.
As we all spend more time at home, whether in quarantine or due to the chilly temps outside, many of us are starting to think about the different spaces of our home and how we could improve upon them, especially high traffic areas like the kitchen! We have thoughts along the lines of, “If only my kitchen had new cabinets, an updated backsplash, more usable space,” the list goes on and on. However, considering a kitchen remodel can be quite daunting. Where do you begin? Do you start by setting a budget? Hiring a designer? Checking out a cabinet shop? Pursuing home improvement stores? Scouring Pinterest for inspiration? Or bing watching your favorite HGTV shows? While all of these will provide you with various bits of valuable information, your first step should actually be right where your train of thought began, in the kitchen!
Are you thinking about renovating your space? That’s so exciting! And, at the same time, there’s a lot to consider. Is your space ready for an entirely new (gut out the entire room) project? Or, are you looking for a more simplified refresh? We put together a little blog post to help you decipher which option may be best for you, answer some questions, and give options for the renovation process.
These clients wanted to connect their new kitchen bump out to the outdoors via a sheltered area that would block bugs and rain but not the view of the lake below. Senior Designer Heather Sweeney exceeded those goals with a design that actually makes the lake appear closer and seamlessly integrates the indoors and out. It even expanded cool weather use with strategically placed heaters and a large fire table. The project features an operable pergola with motorized screen walls and architectural columns over a bluestone patio.