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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.

I absolutely love terrariums and I think spring is the best time to welcome them into the home. Here are five reasons to get some terrariums ASAP:

They’re Gorgeous 

How to Bring in Some Spring

Friday, 14 March 2014 by

This is the most invigorating time of the year, which is a great excuse to revive your home. It’s time to put away the dark, winter colors and bring some life to your new springtime home! Here are some really simple ways to do that without breaking the bank:

Fresh Flowers

Being an interior designer, I absolutely love to see dull spaces and pieces of furniture be transformed into something beautiful. DIY projects are fun, inexpensive and generally pretty easy, especially with dressers. I collected some great before and after photos from Pinterest to show you just how fabulous you can make a drab dresser. Note the paint jobs – bright colors are very in right now! Be sure to click on the images to be taken to the website the images are from, each of which describe the transformation process.

Fall is full of bright colors, pumpkins and lots of earthy items, and if done right it can look great! But it’s easy to get a little too gaudy, so I collected some examples of natural fall décor that I loved and that would be easy to make. Hopefully you can be inspired by some