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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.
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Staging Your Home to Sell

Advice from a seasoned home stager on how to get your house ready to sell.
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North Oaks—Privacy by Design

One of James J. Hill's lesser known legacies is this private community located just 20 minutes north of the Twin Cities.
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Cleaning Products for Your Spring Clean

While the weather is still grey, why not tackle the mess under the sink and find some greener solutions to household cleaning.
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Luxury Home Blogs and Instagram Feeds

Some inspiration from luxury home blogs and popular Instagram feeds.
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And the Design Oscar Goes To….

Who will win the Production Design category—formerly known as "Interior Decoration"?
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Succulents—The Trend I Almost Missed

Succulent plants are showing up everywhere.
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Wood Floor Trends

Wood flooring trends for 2016.
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Affordable Home Style Blogs

Home design inspiration from bloggers who live in the real world.
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Romancing the Home

Valentine's Day may be corny, but the idea of taking time to recognize and honor your romantic union is worth doing. How about with a gift for your home?
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Five Signs That It Might Be Time to Move

Should you stay or should you go? Here are some things to consider.
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10 Reasons to Consider the Hills of St. Paul

The hill neighborhoods in St. Paul have rich history, gorgeous homes and friendly folks. Here are some reasons why it's a great place to call home.

Pack ‘Em In

Some ways to add more seating to your Super Bowl party without taking up a lot of space or borrowing your neighbor’s sectional for the evening.

Super Bowl Decorating

Some Super Bowl party inspiration from around the web.
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A Home Office That Works

Whether you're telecommuting, consulting, freelancing or running the finances, repairs and schedules for your family, you could probably use a home office of some kind and contrary to popular practice, the dining room or kitchen table is not the best place for it.
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A Better Basement

Modern basements have everything from guest suites and wet bars to fireplaces and surround sound. What to consider if you're thinking about an upgrade.
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Modern Country Style

American country or farmhouse style is hot again but it's more sophisticated than it's calico predecessors.
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Benefits of Single Story Living

Open spaces and practicality make one-level homes worth a look.
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Post Holiday Decorating

How to make your home a cozy winter nest after the Christmas decorations are packed away.
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10 Reasons to Consider Plymouth

Plymouth is Minnesota's seventh largest city. Here are some reasons why you might want to consider it for your next move.