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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.
A great room with geometric-patterned windows, fireplace, large red sofa and spiral staircase.

Luxury Super Bowl Rentals

Listed for up to $8,000 a night are a variety of Twin Cities homes from an 8,000 square foot geodesic dome home to a condo within shouting distance of the stadium.

Measuring Up: Dining Rooms

Dining room spacing basics to maximize comfort, function and aesthetics.
Poinsettia plant from the top.

Poinsettias

A little history and a few ideas on how to style this ubiquitous holiday plant (spoiler alert: it involves removing the shiny foil wrapper).
Creative Holiday Garland

Ten Great Garlands

Fun and creative garland ideas that look fresh for the winter holidays.
Minnesota cocktail glasses

Stock The Bar, Local Style

The local craft spirits market is flourishing and a bottle of their best makes a fun gift, especially when paired with MN themed glassware.
houzz 2018 trends vintage lighting

Houzz 2018 Home Design Predictions

This online design and remodeling community is predicting a shift from white kitchens, subway tile and stainless steel towards more color and pattern.

St. Louis Park—Energized And Affordable

How St. Louis Park is staying relevant, healthy and attractive to current and new residents.
Fruit and Vegetable Centerpieces

Fruit And Vegetable Holiday Centerpieces

Gild your table in farm-to-table style that only requires a trip to the grocery store.
stylish trivets

Trivet Pursuit

A sampling of stylish trivets to dress up and protect your holiday table.
vintage portraits

Trendspotting: Flea Market Portraits

Vintage portraits can add gravitas, history, mood and a little something unexpected to spaces.
Magnolia at Target

Magnolia Launches at Target

Popular designers Chip and Joanna Gaines have created a home accessories line exclusively for Target.
upcycled design

Upcycling

Upcycling is going beyond simple reuse into the realm of beautiful design.