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Laurie Junker

Laurie Junker
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Laurie Junker writes about home design, real estate, and trends and has been contributing to Midwest Home since 2015. She lives in Minneapolis where she's still trying to figure out how to style her bookshelves.
The bar with people sitting at it in the Poplar Haus on the Gunflint Trail.

Poplar Haus Promises Visitors a Northern Getaway with ’70s Vibes

What happens when four city slickers with a shared love of good food, ‘70s music, and the north woods of Minnesota get a wild idea?
Jen Biswas of Paisley + Sparrow, with her rescue dog Chloe, sitting pretty on a custom upholstered bench from Anthropologie.

A Fresh Family Home

Jen Biswas of Paisley + Sparrow shows off her bright and cheerful Minneapolis house
As a lifelong collector of art and objects inspired by the natural world, Jeff Bengston has filled his home with collections of carefully curated pieces.

A Naturalist’s Urban Retreat

Jeff Bengtson’s mid-century home celebrates a lifelong appreciation of the natural world
Dry-stack stone wall and old wood dining table in Minneapolis garden

A Wabi-Sabi Home and Garden

Interest in wabi-sabi, a Japanese aesthetic that embraces impermanence and imperfection, is growing as homeowners strive to create more authentic spaces.

Measuring Up: Living Room Design

Talk ergonomically to me

Planters With Punch

Show your houseplants to advantage with one of these stylish vessels.

Small Kitchen Confidential

Not bigger—just better. Tips for designing a chic and efficient small kitchen.
Taxidermy and lamp lanterns decorate a darkly painted fireplace.

A Look Inside Patina Owner Christine Ward’s Lake Harriet Home

Christine Ward at home among her collectibles and curiosities

Trendspotting: Unpainted Kitchen Cabinets

After decades of enameled kitchens, unpainted wood cabinets are back in a big way. But the new interpretation is more refined, and really, a breath of fresh air.

Suess Inspired Style

Theodore Geisel would've turned 115 this month but his whimsical creations live forever. Here are some home accessories that capture the spirit of Suess.

Dining Room Office

An underused dining room can be a smart place for a home office. Here are some tips on how to do it.

Shoreview—Steady Suburban Stewardship

Shoreview is an established suburb that prides itself on stability—careful planning, development and continuity.