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Modern Halloween Décor Hunting 2019

Modern Halloween Décor Hunting 2019

We are super stoked that the spooky season is upon us, and we wanted to share a few Halloween décor ideas to make your home eerie yet modern. That’s a thing right? Let’s make it a thing. Today I’m going to take you around some of my favorite places to find ways to amp up your space with subtle décor that still gets you in the fun Halloween spirit. GO TEAM (by “team” I mean me; I am the team).

October is the best month ever because the traditions are too much fun: the wacky décor, yummy smells and the first signs that winter is coming. I like to think of October as a present for us all because we deserve a gift before we’re stuck being cold for 6 months. 

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I was on a mission this year to find a way to make my home have a touch of the fun spookiness that Halloween is all about, but still be clean and modern. I’d say I hit a slam-dunk; thank you Trader Joes and Target!

I do appreciate fun, crazy Halloween décor so much, but I find in my own home I want to be in the ghostly spirit but mainly through colors and smells and not so much scary faces or spiders (I can’t be the only one, right?). So, I went on a hunt to find ways to make your house fit for a ghoul or a skeleton, but in a modern design way, you know? I call it Halloweeny Modern or Spooky Modern Time. I shouldn’t be in charge of naming things, period.

Making your home Spooooky Modern

(Can they make this a section at Target?)

We think bringing festive décor inside will get you in the ultimate fall mood. Today, I’ll give tips on how to decorate your home with some not so scary décor but scary cooooool décor per se?

The first step would be to come up with a simple color scheme based on your current home design that will be staying for the holiday. I stuck with the classic black, orange and brass. Opting for black décor will give a masculine and modern look while also giving you the spooky feel (boom!).

Let’s start with the Halloween and fall favorite: the pumpkin. The pumpkin is wonderful because it comes in all shapes and sizes, it can be (painted) any color, you can eat it, and you can carve out its insides for fun? (This is a Halloween blog so I’m allowed to say things like this right?) 

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Anyway, my favorite pumpkins are the fairytale pumpkins at Trader Joes (above). They are so stinkin’ cute and they come in these larger sizes as well as mini ones. The possibilities are endless when it comes to styling with these guys. 

A few of my favorite ways to decorate with pumpkins would be the classic front door scene: maybe you have one or maybe you want as many as possible without creating a tripping hazard (both are accepted and loved). 

As far as in the home, a cute idea would be to have a lot of them spilling out of your (nonworking) fireplace. Your own at-home pumpkin patch! An idea for the kitchen would be using a large clear jar and filling it with the mini fairytale pumpkins creating a cute display.

Another way to incorporate pumpkins would be to have them as a “centerpiece” on your dining table- to style this in a modern way would be to space them out along the middle of the table lengthwise, placing them in a straight line.  Easy. Modern. Festive. Boo!

I found some incredible black plates and bowl sets at Target that would be perfect for Halloween AND reusable for other days throughout the year. I couldn’t find the matte black silverware and black stemware at Target that I was imagining with this table but Amazon has plenty of options.

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When entertaining (or not) I would set the table with these black plates and put a mini pumpkin in the middle for the perfect fall touch. In this case, you could use a mix of black candles and some of these $1 faux black mini plants (pictured with the black plates above) for the centerpiece. 

I found these black candles and thought they would be brilliant since they are simple and they can be used in so many different ways. Black or brass candle holders would look great with these and you can place them on your mantel, bookcases or as centerpieces on tables. Lighting the candles would create the ultimate Halloween atmosphere.  

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To balance out all of this mysterious black… I would add a few pops of fall colors like orange and yellow. You can incorporate these colors through pumpkins or adding texture through faux plants, which is my personal favorite. I found these textured bright yellow plants and thought they were great for fall and something that could easily balance out the black décor. Adding these bright colors with black really makes the colors of fall pop. I found more faux stems, a black pot and stand, and put together a tall statement piece that would look awesome beside a fireplace or even service an end table. 

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My favorite spooky styling items I found were these fairly large black faux plants!!! You can replace your fresh plants (put them in another room besides the common areas) and stick these guys around! They are so cool and I thought they hit my mission head-on for modern spooky décor. 

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Another way to add color would be with these orange vases. I love that they are the perfect Halloween orange but they are also see-through so they aren’t so visually heavy. You can add flower stems in here (black would look cool) or black candles. I would place these guys on bookshelves, any tabletops, centerpieces, or mantels. The black candlesticks next to the vases were another one of my favorite décor items I found. I would go black on black with these. They would look good grouped with the orange vases or literally anywhere around the house. 

My last modern Halloween décor item that I found on this adventure is this black faux fur sheepskin, which you can place on a bench, ottoman, sofa or chair and now you have a stylish piece for your home that can be used any time of the year. But for now it’s an extremely spooky black fur throw and you should be very scared. 

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Holiday decorating should be as least stressful as possible; it’s all about enhancing your living and embracing this fun time of year. If you are finding Target to be out of your budget (because going into Target for anything is already dangerous enough), you can get crafty at home and spray paint old vases you don’t use anymore, end tables, or even branches. Black branches are one of my favorite Halloween décor items because they add so much height and texture. You should basically just spray paint everything black and boom, your lovely home is now spookified

Another paint color you could buy would be a metallic gold color- spray paint old vases and candlestick holders that you don’t use anymore. If you don’t have these things around the house go to the thrift store and you will find a million vases and knick-knacks. You have to get your creative juices flowing and see all the possibilities- all with just a little spray paint without breaking the bank. This is the perfect Halloween craft day you were looking for, whether you’re with friends or kids. Family paint day! (That should go over well—kids? black paint?) Here’s some inspiration for that metallic gold spray painted thrift store vase and black branches from outside…..

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So there you have it, my take on modern Halloween decorating. I hope you enjoyed the Halloween décor hunt 2019. It involves Target and thrifting- the two best things on earth. Don’t let the fun-loving spirit of Halloween pass you by this year- embrace the holiday fun- it only comes once a year anyway! 

Now put on your scary movie (I can’t stress this enough: Halloween Town + Hocus Pocus), light your-dare I say it- pumpkin spice candle, and wear a plaid onesie with a fat pumpkin on the back. And now I will be Googling ‘plaid onesies with a fat pumpkin on the back’ and possibly purchasing.  

I will end with my favorite quote that I heard recently which holds true, “I love that we live in a world with Octobers.”

HAPPY DECORATING, HAPPY SPOOKY MODERN HALLOWEEN!!!! 

Created By: Elena Esters @lena.esters

How to Stage Your Home to Sell ! On a Budget!

How to Stage Your Home to Sell ! On a Budget!

Staging your home to sell can seem like an expense you don’t particularly want to endeavor, however it can increase the value of your property and get it sold faster…pretty brilliant aye? Well, this is all possible after a little process of decluttering, depersonalizing, deep cleaning and decorating. (Say that 3 times fast) Helping potential buyers fall in love with your home takes more than your average home cleanup day, BUT it’s a practice worth completing and we’re here to help make it easier + budget friendly. *Hand Clap*

Most sellers have mixed feelings about changing their home to sell, why change when it’s already decorated perfectly by them, the masters themselves?! It’s important to not take into account your personal style and to be open to show off your home in the best light to the masses.

Declutter, Depersonalize, Deep Clean, + Decorate

Declutter

Typically the most time consuming, yet essential task to this process is decluttering your home. This can feel overwhelming if you’ve lived in your home over a long period of time. BUT, don’t assume buyers won’t take a peak inside that drawer in the very back corner that gets opened once a year. Yes, this means it might be time to consider cutting down your 359 kitchen gadgets to your top 340.5 *Gasp* In all seriousness, it is hard to detach yourselves from the items that you consider possibly needing one day. However, a clean and emptier home= a bigger home where homebuyers can imagine their life and personal items in it. A good rule of thumb is to go through every drawer and every closet and try to reduce about half of what is in there. Go room-by-room and start by clearing everything off the floor besides basic furniture; this includes toys, baskets and anything living under the sofa, bed or end table. Next, remove everything from all surfaces, from your kitchen counters to your end tables. Then move to the treacherous insides of drawers, cupboards, and closets. You want homebuyers to notice how roomy these storage areas are so they will see the potential room for their own items. Lastly, if there’s furniture in rooms that don’t have a specific purpose, relocate them to a more useful spot or set aside for storage.  

Depersonalize

Homebuyers want to feel like it’s their home when they walk in and though the family pictures from Disney World and your taxidermy collection are lovely, they might have to be set aside in this phase… Depersonalizing is broadening your audience, so sticking with neutral and universal décor is always a win.

Deep Clean

A deep cleaning may come naturally to you and if not, you might want to consider hiring a professional cleaner for help. You can expect homebuyers to be eyeballing everything from baseboards to the creepy depths under your sink, so every detail must be accounted for!

Decorate …while keeping your personal style out of it

You should be extra minimal with furniture and accessories throughout the home to let the new homeowners have the mental space to visualize their own items in place. A budget friendly tip for staging your home to sell is simply utilizing your current furniture in a newway. Think about focal points in each room and what will sell the house, like that amazing brick fireplace or the stellar view outside. Place your furniture around these features to highlight them. As far as accessories, use what you already have like old books or pottery to add texture and color. Go flower picking in your back yard and place little bud vases around. If you are feeling stuck when it comes to decorating surfaces like bookshelves and tables, a good rule of thumb is to group items in odd numbers, especially groups of 3, with varying widths and heights. Accessories are the perfect opportunity to add a pop of color to make each room special and memorable for homebuyers. Add color with art, pillows/throws, or a beautiful rug. If your current items aren’t cutting it, run to IKEA for all the wonderful cheap knick-knacks. Another golden spot is the THRIFT STORE; there are so many treasures there for bookshelf and table staging

Paint

If your walls seem dingy or subpar, you may want to consider painting for a fresh new look! Painting the main common areas such as the living room, kitchen, dining room and hallways all the same color makes a home feel larger. Going with a neutral color, like white or light gray, creates a clean blank slate for the new family moving in. We recommend going with a bright white for baseboards, like Chantilly Lace, and a warmer neutral for the main walls. Here’s a list of our favorite neutrals by Benjamin Moore below:

Room-by-Room Guide for Staging

Living Room

If your current sofa could use a face-lift, a slipcover could be the answer, or if we’re only dealing with a small stain, try covering it with a colorful throw or pillow. The living room is a place that homebuyers envision how they’ll be spending their free time, so make sure the furniture sizes are proportionate for the area, and that it embodies a relaxing social environment. When it comes to accessories, start with a clean surface and add minimal colorful décor items- you don’t need much! Small vases, pottery, books, and plants are great for living room décor. If you need plants, check out Target for faux and Trader Joes for live. Other accessories such as pillows and throws should also add a little color and texture to the space. Play with groupings of 3 pillows on one side of the sofa, and throw a blanket on the other side for good measure. Place a couple of books and a candle on the coffee table for the finishing touch.

Kitchen

The kitchen should feel fresh clean and organized, so make sure all cupboards are clutter free and in an organized fashion. This may mean reducing the number of cups and other dishes down to one set, even though they are behind closed doors. Removing everything from the countertops including items like toasters and coffee makers help emphasize the more important features in the kitchen. A couple of wooden cutting boards, cookbooks, and a jar of bright fruit will do just the trick. 

Dining room

Experiment with your dining room table and chairs to make sure they are placed in the most practical way keeping in mind the flow of traffic. Typically homeowners are looking to entertain, so take advantage of the space if it’s available. To set the mood of a functioning dining room- set the table with colorful dishes, cups, and napkins along with a top of the line centerpiece (a.k.a. flowers from ya yard!!!)

Bedrooms 

Attempt to gender neutralize the bedrooms- ditch the princess bedding and monster truck posters and go for a spa-like mood to make these rooms feel like a sanctuary. You want these spaces to feel as cozy and relaxing as possible, so the fluffier the bedding and pillows, the better. Whites, blues and greens are great colors for the bedrooms, so keep these colors in mind when choosing bedding + pillows, too. Add a lavender candle and a good book to the bedside table and you’re set. Tranquility complete

Bathrooms

The bathroom should be SQUEEKY clean with almost everything put away. So, staging these rooms is a piece of cake. Keep all personal items and toiletries packed neatly under the sink, and stage the bathroom counter with fluffy white towels and a decorative bar of soap.

Office/ Extra Rooms

If you have extra rooms that don’t have a specific purpose- give them one! Whether it’s a guest bedroom or an office, give homebuyers an idea of what they can do with these spaces and how much potential they have. It doesn’t have to be decked out in accessories and furniture, but a known purpose is necessary so it doesn’t seem like wasted space.

Mudroom

If you have a mudroom, this area can be a big selling point for homebuyers, so make sure to highlight it! Remove all personal items that aren’t neatly packed away in a basket or closet, and have a few pairs of your favorite sharp looking shoes neatly placed. If you have hooks, hang a snazzy leather or denim jacket on them to set the scene. Functionality and organization is key!

Our Last Two Cents…

It is recommended when selling your home to have the best marketing for it. Getting professional pictures taken is a way to really sell your home and you need to show off all your hard work anyway! A couple of tricks to capture the best pictures and wow the crowds are to make sure every light is on and all the window blinds are up for optimum natural light, a high priority homebuyers look for. & Lastly, some yummy snacks and nice tunes for your guests can never go under-appreciated. Happy house selling!!

Created by the amazing Elena Esters – @lena.esters

The Art of DIY Flower Arranging

The Art of DIY Flower Arranging

Freshen up your space with easy, quick and inexpensive flower arranging

Key Elements to look for with flower design –>

 TEXTURE + COLOR + SIZE VARIATION

Grab some fresh flowers at your local grocery store, flower shop or YOUR BACKYARD!

Different types of flowers you should look for:

  • Bigger blooms: (ex. Hydrangea)
  • Smaller blooms: (any flower clusters)
  • Greens: (ex. Eucalyptus, Italian Ruscus, Palms)

Arranging

Step one: Find vases around the house- you can use pottery, mason jars, pitchers, basically a whole lot of stuff- get creative! The thrift store is a great option if you are coming up short- almost all the vases used here are from the thrift store. If you are looking for bud vases, Michaels always has a good selection.

Step two: Look around your home and see what you need- maybe your end tables are looking bare or you need the perfect centerpiece for your dining room… or all the above! These spaces may need color, height or texture. Simple bud vases with a pop of color are great to put on bookshelves, your bathroom vanity or around the kitchen.

Step three: Cut stems according to the height of the jar you’re using. If it’s a wider mouth, you’ll need a lot more flowers than if it’s the skinner mouth that most vases have. Keep in mind that you will want the flowers to have varying heights for depth. It’s all about balance!

If you’re doing a couple bud vases, they don’t need much! 1-3 flowers will add the perfect touch. You can put these little colorful guys anywhere around the house to add a little something extra.

If you’re wanting to do a larger arrangement for a centerpiece of some kind, and have no idea where to start- here are some guidelines: start with the bigger blooms, like the Hydrangea, and put the smaller blooms around it, keep doing this process until your vase is getting full but not too tight, then add the greens! You can manipulate the greens by putting them all around the bottom edge so they can hold up the flowers in the center.

Lastly, the trick to keeping fresh flowers fresh, is to change the water once a day! No “flower food” needed. Another top-secret tip is if you have Tulips, put a couple pennies in there and they will last longer than if you didn’t- trust me!

Bottom line- flower arranging is pretty forgiving. Play around with the colors, and heights until you find something you like. If you do it a couple times, it’s a piece of cake and having them around your home really adds a fresh and natural touch. So go hit the back yard and freshen up your spaces!

P.S- If you are wanting to add fresh greens to your home, and even if you aren’t, you should get fresh eucalyptus for your shower. Tie the branches around your shower head and the heat and steam will help activate the essential oils and it can help reduce stress. It’s pretty spectacular. You can get fresh eucalyptus at your local Trader Joes or flower shop. There’re also a couple subscriptions now that deliver fresh eucalyptus to you every month, so you don’t even have to go in public- SCORE!

Content Creator: Elena Esters

My new best friend, Euphorbia Trigona.

My new best friend, Euphorbia Trigona.

The time of year where the pasty skin that has been in hibernation for months is exposed to the rays of the sun. The first sunburn of the year is almost brag worthy. Whether that be a terrible farmers tan *Sam Isaacson* or bright red shoulders. We are proud of that first sunburn just like that nostalgic feeling of being proud to end that last day of school. Summer is here and oh we are so ready for it.

For most Minnesotans this means we are outside. Any chance we can get because we do not take this for granted. So let’s talk about how to bring that summer vibe into your beautiful home. There is a new shop in town that is a haven for desert vibes in the middle of industrial Minneapolis. An exceptional pocket of sunshine with a cement exterior that holds lush and prickly life inside. Mother (formally known as Madre) is exactly what Minneapolis needed. A smooth and eye pleasing interior that holds and houses multiple cacti and other plants. Each one with their own personality and attitude to match any homes interior decor. But, which one to choose?

It was a difficult decision. We found ourselves saying, “Oh, he’s so cute…Oh wow, she’s a statement!” It was a perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday in the heat picking out a cactus just right for the interior of the home we were purchasing it for. It had to have character, class, be a little funny and extremely tough.

Finally, we found it. A Euphorbia Trigona. Also known as an African milk tree. It was perfect. Planted in a terra cotta pot and standing upright with about 3 different stems. This guy was ours. Upon purchase you will receive a booklet on how to take care of your beloved new friend, no over watering. This is our kind of plant. This is a “non-planters” dream!  

Not only is this unique cactus a great addition to a home, but will be in your family for yours to come. Like a child, but not really, but kind of.  So with that, we left Mother with a new family member and buckled him in safely in the back seat and onto his new home.

Check out their instagram page @shopmother

Location: 2400 N 2nd St, Minneapolis, MN

Tues – Sat 11am – 7pm & Sun 12pm – 6pm

Content Creator: Leah Isaacson

BOO!

BOO!

BOO! Did we scare you? With Halloween weekend upon us, we wanted to list out our Top Three all-time favorite horror films. Not sure where it all began, but in the Isaacson household growing up, we loved our scary movies. Yes, we’ve pretty much seen them all. Hey, some of us were only 5 years old when we saw 1968’s Night of The Living Dead. Does that make us weird? Sure. But we have made it a family tradition by usually scoping out the newest Hollywood hub bub flick at our favorite theater in Minneapolis, The St. Anthony Main Theatre. We brainstormed and came up with our three favorites to share with you. We aren’t about the gore here, yes of course we all know to watch Friday the 13th or Halloween. But we’ve come up with three that you might’ve forgotten about, or never heard of. Don’t watch alone. These films will sure to spook you to your core. So cozy up in that beautiful living room of yours and lock the doors. Happy Halloween!

 

The Babadook (2014)

Don’t judge a film by its name. Yes, when this movie first came out, Director Jennifer Kent knew the name sounded silly. But that was her intention. She wanted it to have a name that was something that a kid could easily make up. The Babadook is no joke however. Even the director of the Exorcist, William Friedkin, said it was one of the best and scariest horror films he’d ever seen. Woah. The acting is absolutely phenomenal and the slow emotional build up in the film is what keeps you wondering and guessing what will have next. Watch until the end and you will be thinking about this film for months.  A widow who is sticken by the grief of the loss of her husband, is finding it hard to cope with her out of control son, whose behavior seems to be getting more out of control. When a book suddenly appears in their house called, “The Babadook”, the son states that he’s been seeing this Babadook at night. The Babadook may be a villain, but the film explores the difficulties of parenting and the emotional pain of grief.  https://youtu.be/k5WQZzDRVtw

 

The Shining (1980)

Based on Stephen King’s 1977 novel, The Shining. The film is about an inspiring writer and recovering alcoholic, Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) who accepts a job to be the off season caretaker of the isolated historic Overlook Hotel in Colorado with his wife Wendy and son Danny. Danny possesses the psychic ability to see the hotel’s horrific past along with the hotel’s cook. The film explores the slow build up to Jack’s insanity. This film has epic scenes that are burned into memory and not to mention the most famous line from the film, “here’s Johnny”. In which Jack Nicholson improvised while filming. This movie is an absolute classic in our family and yes, we have seen it multiple times, but something about watching a character slowly grow more and more insane is not only fascinating but also intriguing. Who wants to take a trip and stay in room 217? https://youtu.be/5Cb3ik6zP2I

 

The Witch (2015)

The Witch in no way relies on jump scares, gore, or any other sort of silly monster to keep you watching until the end. Instead it takes its time to meticulously stir the pot to build up to its demonic and monstrous end that will leave you saying that was the best ending to a horror film. The film takes place in 1630s New England when a family is banished from the Commonwealth because of a religious dispute, are forced to build a farm outside of a secluded forest. Even though the film is set in 1630 New England, it feels modern in its implications about oppression, misogyny, and distrust. Winner of the Best Director prize at the Sundance Film Festival in 2015, this will sure to become one of your top horror films of all time. https://youtu.be/iQXmlf3Sefg

Now your electricity bill has increased because you will sleep with the lights on now…

I will leave you with Tony the Vampire…

 

 

Content Credit: Leah Isaacson

ICE. CREAM.

ICE. CREAM.

It’s time Minnesota. It’s finally that time. Where we can finally feel the warmth of what is that? Oh yes, the sun! It’s officially summertime and we couldn’t be more ready. Every year we deserve an award for getting through those unforgiving winter months and then the tease that is called spring. What better way to treat yourself than to an ice cream? Even though we will for sure eat ice cream when its -20 degrees out, but it’s more fun when you can actually sit outside and enjoy it. We scooped out (punny!) two uniquely different ice cream shops in our beloved Twin Cities that will have you drooling by the end of this blog post.

The first stop on our ice cream escapade was to Wonders Ice Cream Shop in Saint Paul. Wonders Ice Cream Shop is Minnesota’s First Rolled Ice Cream Shop. Now if that isn’t special, I don’t know what is. Not close to Saint Paul? No worries. Wonders Ice Cream has shops in Blaine, Maple Grove, Burnsville, and Mall of America! Woah. Why did we pick the Saint Paul location? Rolled. Ice Cream. Taco. You read that right folks! At the moment these fiesta wonders of the world are only available at their Saint Paul and Maple Grove locations. The Rolled Ice Cream Taco has a chocolate waffle cone in the shape of a taco shell that is then stuffed with your flavor of rolled ice cream and the toppings of your choice. We chose vanilla as our ice cream and toppings included bananas and strawberries.

 

What is rolled ice cream? It is a popular treat in Thailand, Malaysia, Cambodia, and the Philippines. The ingredients are laid out on a surface that is about -20 degrees Celsius. Once all the ingredients are prepped and evenly distributed, it is pushed with a spatula that turns it into rolls. They are placed in a cup and topped with any ingredient you could imagine. We also tried the Cookie Monster one of their signature menu items. Topped with Oreo’s, chocolate chip cookies, and we added Teddy Grahams for good measure. Get on the bandwagon because rolled ice cream is the treat of your dreams this summer. Plus it makes quite the Instagram post. Check out their website HERE!

 

Our second stop was to MN Nice Cream in Northeast Minneapolis. I mean the name in and of itself should make you smile. This place is all about the toppings. Glitter people. Glitter! Edible glitter! This place is Instagram heaven. Not only is every scoop of ice cream Insta worthy, you have plenty of backdrop options to choose from, adorable pastel striped colored walls, a neon ice cream sign, and not to mention their ice cream trucks that sit outside in the parking lot.

 

We ordered the waffle cone with Trix, vanilla soft serve ice cream, and loaded on those toppings with glitter, sprinkles, and Fruity Pebbles. I guess you could call this a breakfast dessert, not to mention the size of this thing was as big as our heads. Scrumdiddlyuptious! Location is prime here being next to Able Seedhouse + Brewery. There are plenty of benches to sit on outside and parking is ample with having a parking lot right across the street. Go simple with the ice cream or load on the toppings. They also offer Vegan ice cream! There is something here for any ones taste buds. Check out their Facebook page HERE!

 

So get out there and treat that sweet tooth of yours! You deserve it. Happy summer folks!

Brotherly love…??

 

Content Creator: Leah Isaacson

Hip-Hop Easter Tips

Hip-Hop Easter Tips

If you’re anything like us, we are all feeling the aching need for spring. That crisp air that gives you chills but the good kind, like, “oh hey, I can get out my sweet white sneakers that I bought last year. “ We’re almost there. This period of time before spring can feel like the last haul of a work out when you’re feeling exhausted and just want to lie down. But you keep pushing and like true Minnesotans, we keep pushing through Sprinter. Sprinter: When it snows on the first day of spring. But during Sprinter a beautiful holiday occurs, Easter, a time to get together with family, eat delicious egg bakes, and celebrate the miracles of life. Whether you’re hosting Easter or just showing up with a side, we have some trendy ideas for a different take on your typical Easter décor. Whether you’re a millennial that wants to decorate your open airy apartment or a new homeowner who is hosting their first Easter, we have the ideas for you to keep your focus during this time of transition from winter to spring, to make the most out of this holiday.

Chalkboards are our love. For our Easter brunch we’re using it as a menu. We bought this particular one at a local antique store. However, you can find a chalkboard at excellent price points at Target, Hobby Lobby, or Michaels. Chalk can get messy, so use chalkboard markers for a clean look. As Vanilla Ice would say, “brunch brunch baby.”

Here is a modern take on the classic Easter basket. We feel that Easter baskets are bought every year but there is no use for them after one day. So why not purchase a “basket” you can use year round. We love this one from Carver Junk Company. After Easter, use this in your bathroom to hold soap and any other small toiletries. You could also use this as a desert tower. Place cupcakes, cookies, and cake for another hosting event. Or use it in your bedroom for plants, jewelry, or even your remote. The possibilities are endless.

Try this! Take any candle stick holders in your house and place an egg in each one. So easy.

We are obsessed with succulents. Succulents are easy to maintain and their colors and different shapes and sizes are perfect for centerpieces. For pots, take old bowls or other plant holders you haven’t been using. Fill with dirt and add small rocks or sand to fill it in at the top. We made ours at Carver Junk Company during their Succulent Bar.

Enjoy, friends!

Author & creator: Leah Isaacson

Super Bowl Extravaganza

Super Bowl Extravaganza

With all of the festivities here for the Super Bowl and you don’t know what to do?! Have no fear! The Isaacson Brothers are here to highlight FIVE things you need to do before Tom Brady and Nick Foles leave the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

One: ‘Sota Pop

Looking to up your Instagram game or take some amazing pictures with friends? This is dubbed the most Instagrammable spot in the Twin Cities during the Super Bowl, according to MPLS – STP Mag. It’s a really neat pop-up exhibit with many colorful murals and attractions. Who knows, you may be able to take a selfie with Tom Brady? – 500 Nicollet Mall.

Two: Prince Exhibit

Give us some purple snow and I will die a happy man. This is a must see if you are a Prince lover – 500 Nicollet Mall area

Three: Kitten Bowl

Sometimes all those crazy cat people get a bad rap. Tony and I wanted to take all these kittens home. Enjoy some laughs and watch some of the greatest feline athletes this world has to offer. You will be surprised that some kittens take the event more serious than others. One team is known to run the 3-4 defense.

Four: Music

Put on your dancing shoes (and maybe 27 layers of clothes) and watch some great outdoor concerts throughout the week. If the cold is not your thing, there are still tickets avalbile for Imagine Dragons, J-Lo (personal fave), and some more amazing bands. We encourage all of you to check out The Armory & First Ave, our favorite venues. For a complete lineup of music acts CLICK THE LINK BELOW.

Five: IDS Building Celebrity Watching

If you want to take a break from the cold, chill out in the IDS building. There are pop-up Super Bowl shops, many cafes and restaurants. You can watch LIVE broadcasts of ESPN and look for some famous people. *Randy Moss*

We will be downtown throughout the weekend enjoying the events, came hang with us and we’ll buy you a beer! It will be an exciting week and we are looking forward to seeing you there! PS (anything more than one drink and it will be charged to Sam…)

For the full lineup of Super Bowl events, check out the calendar HERE

HOLIDAY MARKET ROUND-UP

HOLIDAY MARKET ROUND-UP

We *love* this time of year! There is so much going on and everyone seems to be in a festive mood. Here is a round-up of just some of the markets you’ll find in the Twin Cities this holiday season! Merry everything!

HOLIDAZZLE MARKET

Where: Loring Park 1382 Willow Street, Minneapolis MN

When: Thursdays-Sundays until December 23rd

Thursdays from 5 p.m. – 9 p.m. | Fridays from 5 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Saturdays from 11 a.m. – 10 p.m. | Sundays from 11 a.m. – 7 p.m.

What: A holiday market with food and activities for the whole family!
EUROPEAN CHRISTMAS MARKET

Where: Union Depot: St. Paul

240 E Kellog St. Paul, MN

When: Friday-Sunday until Dec. 10th

Friday, Dec. 1: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 2: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 3: 12-6 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 8: 4-9 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 9: 11 a.m.-9 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 10: 12-6 p.m.

What: A free event that is based on the traditional Christmas Markets in Europe. There will be a variety of local vendors.

GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND

Where: The Norway House: Minneapolis

913 E Franklin Ave, Minneapolis, MN 55404

When: November 21st- January 7th

Monday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Tuesday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Wednesday’s – 10:00 AM – 8:00 PM

Thursday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Friday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Saturday’s – 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Sunday’s – 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM

What: Display of beautiful gingerbread houses for everyone to enjoy!
GRAND MEANDER

Where: Grand Ave St. Paul, MN 55105

When: Saturday,December 2nd

What:

Breakfast with Santa, 8:30 – 10:30am: Join Santa during a pancake breakfast provided by Tavern on Grand! Attendees are encouraged to bring a toy to donate to Toys for Tots.

Annual Art at Ramsey, 10am – 5pm: A juried holiday art fair of quality fine crafts and fine art. The event is sponsored by Saint Paul Public Schools Community Education in cooperation with Artists’ Circle.

Classic Trolley Rides, 11am – 4pm: Take a ride along Grand in style. Trolleys will stop at bus stops.

Holiday Petting Zoo, 10am – 3pm: Swing by Frattallone’s Ace Hardward, 650 Grand to visit some fun, friendly creatures.

Soup Tasting/ Competition, noon – 3pm: Get a taste of Grand ave and sample soups at participating restaurants (until supplies last).
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LOCAL MAKERS | ARTISAN MARKETS:

No Coast Craft-o-Rama: Friday, December 1 (3 p.m. to 8 p.m.) and Saturday, December 2 (9 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the Midtown Global Exchange building 920 E Lake St, Minneapolis, MN 55407

The Island of Misfit Makers: Saturday, Dec 2, 2017, (11 a.m. to 5 p.m.) at the FOOD BUILDING 1401 Marshall Street Northeast Minneapolis, MN 55413

A Handmade Holiday Market: Saturday, December 16 (12 p.m. – 5 p.m.) at Lakes & Legends Brewing Company 1368 Lasalle Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55403

Holiday Market: Saturday, December 16 (11 a.m. – 4 p.m.) at Studio 125 Mpls 1621 E Hennepin Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota 55414

 

Published By: Katherine Jensen

DESIGN HACK? $5 ART THAT LOOKS LIKE A MILLION BUCKS!

DESIGN HACK? $5 ART THAT LOOKS LIKE A MILLION BUCKS!

Here is a normal 4 step process for our clients:

Step 1. Buy a house. (YAY!)

Step 2. Buy furniture for said house. (FUN!)

Step 3. Buy things like a lawn mower, a snow blower and maybe a water softener.  (WAY LESS FUN!)

Step 4. Realize your budget for art and accessories is non existent.  (BOO!)

Oh, those poor walls.  They are usually the last thing to be thought about, but the right art can truly make a whole room!  Well, no worries.  We have a design hack to make your walls and wallet happy.  How do you feel about $5 art?  Purchase from the shops below and they will email you a high resolution image to print.  Easy enough?!

Hello Gorgeous Wall Art has a bit of everything, but we are in love with this photograph!  Most downloads are under $6.

We love the tranquility of water and this it works with most design styles.  Not digging blue?  Try the same option in black and white. OHFINALE shop has 217 downloads from $2-10.

Is modern art more your style?  Check out Paradigim Shop for some awesome options.  I love their hilarious quotes and prints too.  I don’t think there is a single option I don’t love.  Most options are around $6 and you can get 30% off if you buy multiple prints!

This is our favorite saying at Fox Homes and we love this print!  I Think You Ink has some great inspiration and hilarious quotes for $4.  Don’t love the options?  You can create your own quote!

Who doesn’t love baby animals?  We think they are the perfect fit for a nursery or kids room!  Lila+Lola has awesome downloads of baby animals and other stunning photography.  We figured the fox was a fitting example, but we love all of her animals!  The bunny front and back combo?  You’re killing us!  Most options are $6, but are currently 30% off!

All you need is a computer and a printer.  Seriously.

When it comes to framing, there are a millions of options!  Most people have a few unused frames hanging around.  Otherwise a trip to a Goodwill or a Target can be an inexpensive way to find a great frame. Maybe you’d like a more unique way to hang your art?  Stay tuned for another blog post about it coming up!

Published By: Heather Fox

Contact: Heather@FoxHomes.com