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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.
Large Ceiling Fan

Ceiling Fans—A Stylish Way to (Literally) Beat the Heat

Today’s fans come in many sizes, styles and finishes and are chic enough to complement a variety of spaces.
Lynnhurst neighborhood

Lynnhurst—City Living At Its Best

The Lynnhurst neighborhood in Minneapolis is a place where graceful architecture, unique shops and restaurants, parks and friendly, community-minded residents come together to form one of Minneapolis’ most sought after communities.
outdoor rugs

Outdoor Rugs

Extend your living space with chic and comfortable outdoor rugs.
kid friendly treehouse and tire swing

4 Ways to Create A Kid-Friendly Yard

Parks and playgrounds are wonderful, but sometimes you need that good vibe a little closer to home.
Modern Luxury Patio

5 Ideas for your Patio

A few ways to make your outdoor spaces more enjoyable.

Cabin Trends

Yesterday's cabins were on the rustic side but today's lake getaways are more elaborate and varied in style.
Minnetonka mud run

Minnetonka — Thriving Naturally

Minnetonka is full of rolling hills, wetlands and woods—a beautiful natural setting just a stones throw from downtown.
coastal style

Coastal Style

How to create casually chic coastal style in your home.
Wooden frame of a new house under construction

New or Existing House—Pros and Cons

Charm or square footage? Lots of potential or a done deal? The choice to buy a new or existing home comes down to priorities.
New Neighbors Moving In

What Makes a Good Neighbor?

What makes a good neighbor? Things like friendly with boundaries, empathetic, open-minded, willing to occasionally lend a hand all come to mind.
rochester, mn

10 Reasons to Consider Living in Rochester, MN

10 reasons to consider living or moving to Rochester, MN. With parks & trails, the Plummer House, Mayo Clinic & IBM, Rochester has something for everyone.
Large house on golf course

Golf Course Living in Minnesota

In the Twin Cities there are a few residential areas with golf courses where you can live and play such as Bearpath in Eden Prairie and The Wilds in Prior Lake. In addition, you can find houses on or near golf courses throughout the metro in areas such as Wayzata, Edina, Hopkins and Blaine at a variety of price points.
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Arranging Spring Blooms

The surest & most beautiful sign of spring is the flush of color & scent from flowers coming into bloom—tulips, crocuses, hyacinths, & lilies of the valley.
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Recycle, Donate, and Sell Your Way to Clearing Out the Clutter

Tips from a home organization expert on how to clean up packed storage areas. Marcia Dolphin of Dolphin Organization has been helping people get control of their possessions.
City of Edina residents in front of fire truck

Edina, Well-Heeled and Welcoming

Edina offers excellent schools and valuable real estate but the icing on the cake is the welcoming community and diversity of neighborhoods.
Paris Style

Paris Home Style

Parisian decor is chic and eclectic with some recurring themes.
tile trends wood

Five Top Tile Trends For Your Home

Tile options have never been more abundant, versatile or beautiful. Here's what trending.
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5 Spring Home Accessory Trends

5 spring accessories that are popping up at design stores, magazines and web sites.
gallery wall

Gallery Walls – A Versatile, Fun and Accessible Design Trend

Gallery walls are a versatile, fun and accessible design trend. Here are a few beautiful examples and ideas on where to put them, courtesy of Instagram.
chaska, mn

5 Reasons To Love Chaska, Minnesota

Chaska is a western suburb with the heart of a small town. Rolling hills, prairies, woods, river bluffs, housing variety and more.