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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.

Powder Rooms That Pack A Punch

Powder rooms are an ideal place to indulge your wild side, in decorating.

Clever Kitchen Storage

How to make the most of corners, walls and other kitchen spaces to maximize storage and efficiency.
A living room furnished with a couch, footstools, and two pink chairs to add a pink design element.

Trendspotting: Pink

Pink is trending— these five spaces might inspire you to give it a try.
A geometric fire pit with a family roasting marshmallows.

Five Fire Pits

These fire pits by Campfire Bay, Hayneedle, Curonian and more make it easy to enjoy a campfire from the comfort of your backyard.
VRBO for Super Bowl 52

Super Bowl VRBO?

Renting your home to 2018 Super Bowl fans can be lucrative, but there are a few things to consider.
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Chanhassen—Prosperous And Growing

Once home to little more than rolling farmland, Chanhassen has grown into a thriving suburb that doesn't seem as far away as it used to.
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Kids’ Room Trends

A recent survey reveals homeowner preferences as it relates to childrens' bedrooms.
An entryway with hanging clothes and cubes stocked with shoes.

A Better Back-To-School Entryway

Like it or not, summer is almost over and it's time for a more structured approach to each day.
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A Black Tabletop

Dishes are making a bold move off the color spectrum.
A home with a lit up front porch.

Front Porch Revival

Less isolated and friendlier than the back, front yards with spaces for socializing are becoming more common.
Samsung The Frame TV

A TV Masquerading As Art? About Time.

Finally, a TV that doesn't look like a TV.

Trendspotting: Shiplap

Shiplap paneling is trending. Call it the “Chip and Joanna” effect owing to the popularity of HGTV's Waco, Texas-based show, Fixer Upper.
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Kingfield—Cool and Collective

The Kingfield neighborhood in southwest Minneapolis has a cool vibe, affordable housing and a fun and progressive community spirit.
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Countertop Beverage Dispensers

Countertop beverage dispensers that keep hydration beautifully top-of-mind during the hottest days of summer.
backyard food forest

Backyard Food Forest

Increasing interest in what's being called “food forests” may inspire homeowners to create their own edible backyards.
rooster home motifs

Rooster Revival?

The rooster is making splash in Minnesota. Could interest in rooster motifs for home decor be far behind?
cerused wood

Trendspotting: Cerused Wood

Rustic except when it's refined. Modern except when it's old-world. Cerused wood is versatile and chic.
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Home & Garden Subscription Boxes

Home subscription boxes are a gift that keeps giving either for yourself, or someone special.
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Golden Valley—Established and Fresh

One of Minneapolis' oldest suburbs, Golden Valley is being rediscovered by people who appreciate its location, architecture and space.

Five Graduation Gifts That Aren’t Cash

Cash is king when it comes to graduation gifts but if you want to be a little more creative, here are a few ideas.