Turn your cabin into a home away from home

Turn your cabin into a home away from home

Ah, the cabin life – so peaceful and quiet. As a Minnesotan, I know many people who own and vacation in their cabins throughout the year. It's as if their cabins are a home away from home. In order to create a homelike environment, of course, certain decorative decisions need to be made. Consider adding these five essentials to your cabin and enjoy that home-sweet-home atmosphere even when you're on vacation. Pictures It's very rare to walk into a home and not see pictures of family and friends. If there are photographs you love but don't have room for in…

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Decorate the natural way: A guide to natural-fiber rugs

Decorate the natural way: A guide to natural-fiber rugs

I've noticed more and more people choosing natural-fiber rugs lately. If you've read some of my earlier entries, you already know that I am a fan of natural rugs (although synthetic rugs have their place, too). Natural-fiber rugs are durable, stylish and depending on which fiber you choose, they can also be very affordable. If you're considering a natural-fiber rug for your home, use this guide to narrow down your options and choose the best material for your space. Wool: If you're searching for a soft, high-quality rug, wool is a great option. Wool rugs are soft, durable and stain-resistant, which…

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How to add style to a temporary space

How to add style to a temporary space

As a renter, you rarely stay in one place for very long. You consider each new apartment, house or condo to be only temporary and because this is so, you don't bother spending money on stylish, long-lasting decor. Wouldn't it be nice, though, to have a few personal touches here and there? It makes sense not to overspend on decor when you're likely to pick up your life and move again in a few years. You can easily add personality to your space, however, and do it without spending the big bucks! Here are just a few affordable ways to add elements…

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10 simple ways to reduce waste in your home

10 simple ways to reduce waste in your home

Lowering your impact on the environment by reducing waste in the home is easier than you think. Start by incorporating just a few of these 10 strategies into your home life and continue by adding more when you're ready. Before you know it, these waste-reducing tips will become second nature. 1. Buy in bulk whenever possible and you won't need to throw away as much non-recyclable packaging. 2. Illuminate your home with LED lights. They last much longer than alternative solutions. 3. Get creative and repurpose old furniture and household items. Using items in unique ways will give your home…

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5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom

5 essentials to design a stylish mudroom

  A stylish mudroom - can you imagine it? Probably not. After all, it's called the mudroom for a reason. Although the front porch or entryway tends to be the place in your home where family members dump their coats and track in dirt, you can strategically design the space so it attracts less mess with these five essentials. 1. Hall tree bench Hall tree benches are perfect for mudrooms because they offer a place to sit and take your shoes off, hooks for coats and storage for shoes. Plus, there are many stylish options available, allowing you to set…

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5 guest-bedroom essentials to create a comfortable space for company

5 guest-bedroom essentials to create a comfortable space for company

You may not run a hotel, but that doesn’t mean you can’t provide a comfortable space for visitors to enjoy. These five guest-bedroom essentials will ensure that your space is ready for company at any time of the year. 1. A lamp You’ve mastered the art of finding your bed in the dark, but your visitors are stumbling in an unfamiliar space. Help them out by placing a lamp next to the bed. A lamp is also nice for guests who like to read before falling asleep. 2. Blackout curtains If you want to give your guests the opportunity to…

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Get A Timeless Look with Luxury Items

Get A Timeless Look with Luxury Items

Keeping up with the newest design trends every couple years is a hassle and expensive. Save yourself some money and invest in a sophisticated look that is timeless instead. Designing a look that lasts is easy with the right selection of luxury items! Although homeowners want a luxurious home, they tend to shy away from “luxury” items.  Investing in a couple quality items, however, can instantly transform a room’s look. Plus, luxury items won’t become worn or need to be replaced right away like the cheaper alternatives. Try stepping up the style in these rooms with luxury items: Living room…

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Selecting an Area Rug

Selecting an Area Rug

With all the styles and colors available choosing an area rug that integrates with your decor is a breeze.  Consider the following factors when deciding upon your rug. Consider your room’s focal point •Choose a rug with a center medallion, if you need to create a dynamic focal point. •If your room already has a focal point, such as a fireplace choose a rug with an all over pattern. Consider wallpaper and upholstery patterns within your room •If your furniture has an upholstered pattern consider choosing a rug with a more subtle pattern, or pick out and accent color and…

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How to determine the perfect sized rug?

How to determine the perfect sized rug?

Determining the proper size for a rug is just as important as finding the right color and pattern.  The size and shape of your rug can help determine and define furniture groupings and living spaces.  Choosing the right size rug can mean the difference between a comfortable inviting space and a room where something seems awkward and a little out of place. The key to success is proper measurements. Under the coffee table •Depending on the size of your coffee table and accompanying furniture, choose a rug that accommodates all four legs of the table. •Area rugs should approximate the…

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