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Just like how kitchens tend to be the center of the home when you entertain, the fireplace is the gathering spot in the wintertime, especially if you live in Minnesota like I do. Because people tend to gather around the warm, cozy fireplace, it’s important to make it the real focal point of whatever room it’s in. Typically fireplaces are found in living and family rooms, but you’d be surprised at how many dining rooms are popping up with them!

Here are three tips I have for turning your fireplace into the focal point:

1 – Jazz it Up

One way to do this is to update your fireplace (if it isn’t already) to gas. The image below gives you a little idea of how sleek a gas fireplace can look.

Baby showers can be done really well, but they can start to look a little tacky, too. Having a baby is such a big deal and the event should be celebrated with style. I’ve seen many great ideas for throwing an elegant baby shower, and here are 10 of my favorites: 

Whether you have a New Year’s resolution you’re committed to following or you want to do a remodeling project, January is the absolute best time to take on a big change like this. Here are three big reasons to consider starting something new next month:

1. Designing Takes Time

The designing and planning process take much longer than many anticipate, so if you start working on something now you might be looking to start your project come spring. If that’s the case, you can execute and potentially finish your project and potentially be entertaining by summer or far. It depends on the size of the project, of course, but it’s important to carve out ample time! Renovations and home projects are a big deal and you don’t want to rush, so if you plan to entertain in the warmer months, January is the perfect time to take on a project.

The holidays are officially here and many of us will be hosting friends and family. If you’re having guests over it’s important to make sure they are properly taken care of. Plus, who doesn’t want to be the best host around? Here are five tips that I think will make you shine as a host or hostess:

The holidays can be stressful enough without having to worry about decorating. But since decorating is so much fun I thought I’d post a blog with three easy tips for beautiful holiday decorating. 

Tip # 1: Bring the Outside In

Mother nature produces some of the most magnificent holiday decorations, like fruit, eucalyptus, branches and wreathes. Bringing the outdoors inside provides a great natural air freshener and evokes a nice organic feel.

It’s not too late to plan the perfect table for Thursday’s big meal! Some trends for this year’s Thanksgiving table are paper tablecloths to write names on for seating purposes, the menu painted on a pumpkin and cute little jars to prompt giving thanks. If you’re still looking for ideas to spice up your dinner table, read on my friends!

10 Innovative Backsplash Ideas

Tuesday, 18 November 2014 by

Nowadays backsplashes come in virtually every size, shape, color and texture. There are so many cool concepts out there for backsplashes that I found 10 I want to share with all of you. From pressed stainless steel to swanky translucent agate, there is definitely a unique, innovative backsplash idea out there for you.

New Window Treatment Styles

Wednesday, 12 November 2014 by

While the rest of the world is turning digital, why wouldn’t something like window shades do the same? It turns out roman shades with digital images on them are really trendy right now, and you can see why! Also on the trend radar are curtains with natural materials and fabric roman shades. Let’s take a closer look at them.

Roman Shades with Digital Images

Digitized shades may seem counterintuitive, but they’re pretty cool. Whether you want something soft like the beautiful daisies in a kitchen, or sports-laden shades for your man cave or basement, roman shades with digital images can really fit any room. Half of the images below are from Sarasota Draperies & Blinds and half are from NH Blinds. You should check out both websites if you want to see some other amazing digital shades.

Upholstered walls are a really fun way to add depth to a room while making it dramatic, serene and quiet. My favorite rooms in the house for upholstered walls are the dining room, the bedroom and the library (or office – whatever you call it!) Better Homes and Gardens has some good information on how to tackle this DIY project, which you should definitely check out if this is something you’re interested in doing.

In the meantime, let’s take a look at how lovely upholstered walls can look in the dining room, bedroom and library: 

Kitchen Trends

Monday, 06 October 2014 by

We spend a lot of time in our kitchens eating, cooking and entertaining, so we might as well make the most of it, right? Some trends hitting the kitchens next year include live slab center islands, big, bold appliances and lacquered cabinets. You can really take these in any direction, but I searched for some examples to show you just how cool these trends are looking.

2015 Pattern Trends Part II

Friday, 26 September 2014 by

Like I said in my first 2015 pattern trend post (, next year is going to be a treat for the eyes! Tribal, aquatic and microscopic prints made the list on that post. This time around I’m talking about watercolor, floral and high definition nature prints. They are all colorful and they blend together magnificently. As you’ll see in the coming images, some of the floral pieces are also watercolor; some of the high definition nature patterns are floral; and some of the watercolor pieces are of nature!

These patterns can be used on walls, pillows, paintings, bedspreads, furniture and much, much more. Here are some ideas to get you thinking:

Three Outdoor Elements for the Fall

Wednesday, 17 September 2014 by

Fall is such a lovely time to spend time outdoors. Even if you’re not entertaining, it’s nice to have a great outdoor setup for you to enjoy some personal time – be it for reading, taking a nap or enjoying a glass of wine. Since fall is (unfortunately) so short, it isn’t essential to re-do an entire outdoor area. Instead, incorporate a few popular materials and your outside space will feel like a fall getaway. Three great autumnal elements are copper, reclaimed wood and rugs.

Let’s take a look:

We all know that attics make great storage spaces, but they have so much more potential than just a home for boxes! With some good styling and a little work you can transform your attic into any number of rooms. There is a plethora of ideas out there but I rounded up some fun examples for a guest bedroom, a creative art studio, a kids’ playroom and a home office. 

2015 Pattern Trend Watch

Wednesday, 03 September 2014 by

2015 is set to be a treat for the eyes, as the trends are leaning toward tribal and ethnic patterns, microscopic prints and dreamlike aquatic scenery. Even the fashion world is incorporating these trends into the runway. Countless are the ways you can bring these themes into your home, but here are some of my favorite for these three hot trends:

Tribal & Ethnic

Each year Pantone forecasts the color trends for the following year. Since fall is rapidly approaching it is already time to start looking at what to expect next year for color.

Here’s a Pantone report with nine different color schemes that we’ll all be seeing in homes next year. Each of the color combinations in the report are great, but I want to focus on the one called Serendipity (seen below). As you can see in the image, serendipity translates to “a pleasant surprise” or “a happy accident,” and the mixing of these colors has a serendipitous effect.