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Laurie Junker

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.
Friends at Dinner Table

Stylish Dinner Party Playlists

How to match your dinner party playlist to the style of your home.
Small home charm on wood background

A Checklist For Downsizing Your Home

A simple process to make moving from a large home to a smaller space easier. Use these 6 steps to get you moving in the right direction.
Aerial Sun on the Horizon over Farmland

City or Suburban Living? What are the trade-offs?

Choosing to live in the city or suburb involves trade-offs and it often comes down to personal priorities.
Interior of room with white chair and large window

5 Spring Home Decor Tends From Instagram

A roundup of what Instagrammers are loving for spring home decor.
Stillwater profile

7 Reasons to Scope Out Stillwater

Set on the banks of the St Croix River with a bustling waterfront and main street, Stillwater is a not too far place to visit and live.
Front door entryway

Front Door Impact

How to create a polished entryway that makes a strong first impression.
Kitchen bookshelf

Decorating with Bookshelves

Surround yourself with books in any room in the house.
Staging after closet

Staging Your Home to Sell

Advice from a seasoned home stager on how to get your house ready to sell.
North Oaks MN

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.
clean out the cleaners

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.
Interior bathroom

Luxury Home Blogs and Instagram Feeds

Some inspiration from luxury home blogs and popular Instagram feeds.
The Danish Girl Courtesy of Focus Films

And the Design Oscar Goes To….

Who will win the Production Design category—formerly known as "Interior Decoration"?
succulent plants for the home

Succulents—The Trend I Almost Missed

Succulent plants are showing up everywhere.
2016 wood floor trends

Wood Floor Trends

Wood flooring trends for 2016.

Affordable Home Style Blogs

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

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?
Is it time to move?

Five Signs That It Might Be Time to Move

Should you stay or should you go? Here are some things to consider.
Summit Hill Neighborhood

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.