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Staying on Theme in Home Design

Staying on Theme in Home Design

Introducing a few “rules of design” created by designers themselves who are known for “breaking said rules of design”

Ever get super excited about decorating a room and start binge buying a bunch of things that you think will work but when you put it together it all falls flat? That’s heartbreak. You were once on top of the world an hour ago in CB2…and left defeated.  This is a common setback people have when designing their home. It can be so frustrating that you might decide to give up and live with it anyway…BUT, us rule-breakers are rooting for you to power through and see the light at the end of this blog.

There aren’t rock solid rules when it comes to decorating; it’s a lot of trial and error honestly, whether you’re an interior designer or a secret spy (my second preferred career).  Rules can be broken and spaces can still look good, sometimes even more unique than ever. BUT these guidelines are typically 95% successful. So instead of rules, here are some guidelines to follow if you are that person sitting in a room that is just not working and you can’t put your finger on why

Guidelines →

If we could sum up how to stay on theme in a room it would be with balance, variety and repetition through colors, textures, scale and shapes. This is the condensed version of the million principles of design you learn in design school. The core of designing in my opinion. So, if you are considering redoing a room completely, or simply making a few adjustments, keep this thesis handy for reference as you carry on with my top-secret research paper (& feel free to give us an A++).

Organize your thoughts →

First of all, to begin this process we recommend organizing your overall game plan. It’s actually crucial for a great design. Reimagine your space and completely clear your mind of everything in it: the wall colors, the furniture and décor. Let it be an open-minded blank canvas, a fresh breath from the existing items that are battling with each other. Secondly, we recommend taking measurements and drawing out the room to scale so you can play around with a furniture plan. We know you might not be a professional artist or floor plan master, but a pencil, paper, tape measure and mediocre handwriting skills are all you need.

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Developing the aesthetics of your soon-to-be-designer-room is the fun part. Go to Pinterest and start a new board with saving various interior design pictures that you’re attracted to; this could be art, or just simply a picture that represents a color scheme that you like. Creating this will give you a visual language to understand what exactly you want to achieve as far as color and style. Give yourself some time during this step, and come back to it a few times with a fresh mind. If you’re anything like us there might be 10 different styles you’re attracted to, and you can’t seem to marry one. BUT, after pinning your socks off, note what specific things you like about each picture, and what colors you seem to be drawn to the most. Make a decision based on which style and shades you kept coming back to. These pictures sparked your interest, gave you excitement and happiness so why not implement that in your home? Create a space that makes you feel happy. DUH. Happiness rocks. I would choose 3-5 colors including neutrals and stick to those for your color scheme. This visual representation will be great to reference back to if you ever feel like you’re getting off track from the initial design down the road. If you find yourself at a garage sale or a flea market googly-eyed at a vintage piece that doesn’t go with the theme of this room, don’t force it! Stick to your roots, cover your eyes and run out of there. Do you know how many times we’ve fallen in love at a vintage market? At least 1,000 times. There are more sofas in the sea…

If you’re not quite starting from scratch and already have a piece of art or furniture that you’re smitten over and it represents your underlying style and inspiration- pick 3-5 colors from it and there’s your color scheme. (Stick with it friends!)

Find your focal point →

You should pin down a focal point for your room and base the entire design around it.  This will have the majority of the colors you chose for your color scheme. It could be a rug, a piece of artwork or furniture. This is the hard part because you’ll want to try to add all of your favorite pieces but letting the one steal the show, is the way to go! Let that statement piece shine and compliment it with the remaining furniture and décor, always leading your eye back to the focus point. Having too many points of focus calls out for your attention and it can leave a space feeling busy and overwhelming. Opting for one is clear and purposeful.

VARIETY

Variety is so important when decorating and without it, a room will be left feeling drab. When it comes to color, you can create variety by using lighter and darker tones of the 3-5 different hues that were chosen for your color scheme. Spreading these colors around will give you more design freedom and it will offer depth, leading the eye around the room. These colors can be displayed through small décor items on a bookshelf, side table or a pillow, and it will always match the rest of the room since it’s coming from the same hue family that was chosen. You can play with color pairings and go for monochromatic, complementary, analogous or triadic combinations.

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Texture is also crucial when it comes to variety, without it a space feels like it’s missing something… and it’s typically texture. Providing different sources of texture with finishes, textiles, knick-knacks and other décor items the mystery will be solved. Texture typically adds the perfect natural touch whether it’s through plants, woven baskets or a sheepskin throw. Which are all my favorite things. 

Additionally, you’ll want to provide variety through scale and shapes. If you have a lot of squares from architectural details or if your furniture is on the boxier side, make sure to add some other shapes in the room so squares with distinct lines aren’t the only shape that’s being registered. Adding some curves with a couple of sculptural and modular shapes will play with the squares well, providing diversity. When it comes to scale, you’ll want to make sure when you’re decorating and grouping items together that they differentiate in height and width so the different forms can work together in an interesting way. 

BALANCE 

Balancing with color can be just simply contrasting an object with another object and pairing them together. Colors combos that work for this are: black/white, warm tones/cool tones, and shiny finishes/matte finishes. If you have a room that is overwhelmingly white and dark blue, you should add some warmer tones like a camel brown leather ottoman and wood tones throughout. If you’re crazy for the cozy woods, oranges and reds (raising our own hand here) add white, black, or navy to balance out those warmer tones. When it comes to balance we’ve also learned to never forget to add shine in a room. Add brass, silver, black steel, and glass to even out the solid colors and textures. If you find your room is looking heavy or you have a smaller room, opt for a glass top table instead of a colored one so it’s not so visually heavy.  

Making sure you have enough texture in a room is one thing, but balancing it out in the right spaces through textiles and décor will add so much togetherness to a space. If there’s a solid sofa lacking texture, add fuzzy pillows or a sheepskin throw. If you are noticing your bookshelves are mainly solid and smooth vases, add some interest through plants or add a small wicker basket. If you have a velvet or mohair accent chair go for a leather or wood footstool to balance out the textured fabric. If your bookshelves are a sophisticated black metal you can add whimsy décor, organic shapes and funky plants to balance out the simplistic modern lines.  

As far as scale and shapes, balancing the big furniture items with each other is crucial to make the room work. Double-check that your furniture isn’t too big in scale because you don’t want you or your guest to feel crammed by large furniture.  Negative space is good and not something to not be afraid of. If possible, sofas shouldn’t be directly placed on the wall. Either float sofas or at least pull them a couple of inches off the wall. Paying attention to the corners of rooms is often overlooked you can make a room feel perfectly balanced if you have the corners filled out; If there’s a floor lamp on one end put a tall plant on the other, or vertical art pieces. Recognizing the shapes of your furniture so you can counter the accent pieces next to it in the opposite shape. Pairing different shapes next to each other like a contemporary boxy sofa with a round ottoman, compliments the space well. 

REPETITION

Our brains love repetition, especially in design. It registers as something familiar so recurring colors, finishes, textures, sizes and shapes are always pleasing to the eye.

Spreading out these elements thoughtfully, while working in rhythm with balance and variety is what really creates a cohesive space that you will not want to leave. 

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Bottom line, following these so-called ‘rules’ will create movement and equilibrium throughout the room you are designing and, throughout your home. Noting these details will steer you away from the common speed bumps that come into play with home design. Reevaluating your space doesn’t always issue a new reno project, but making sure your home is on theme and captures your preferred aesthetic is worth investing your time with minimal costs. You spend a lot of time at home. You should feel relaxed and the most comfortable in your own space instead of ignoring rooms that need extra love. We are all about being thrifty; Thriftier than the norm, but you know what’s great about finding amazing things for your home?…Finding amazing things for your home from the thrift store that’s $3. You’d be surprised what you find! GO THIS WEEKEND! WE MIGHT SEE YOU THERE!                   ————————————–

Creator and Designer: 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

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

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

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

HI! WE ARE THE ISAACSON BROTHERS

HI! WE ARE THE ISAACSON BROTHERS

The Isaacson Brothers will make it their goal to build a long-lasting relationship with you through an exciting and unconventional process. With our tailored method to buying and selling in the Greater Minneapolis/St Paul area, your interests will always come first.

Meet Sam

Growing up in the Great State of Minnesota, I have a strong knowledge of the Twin Cities market. Combining an educational foundation in legal studies in business, years of experience in the banking industry, and a genuine dedication to clients makes real estate a true passion. In an industry crowded with special interests and transactional mentalities, I attempt to bring back the human element to the home buying, selling, and renovation process.

A home is a true blessing. My brother and I will pair you with the best designers, contractors, and financial consultants. What’s my favorite thing while I am not engulfed in real estate market?  Being Uncle Sam to my beautiful twin nieces – Hayden & Harlowe.

Meet Tony

I have built my real estate foundation with a background in finance, residential mortgages, and banking. Growing up in the Twin Cities certainly sparked my passion for real estate. Now living in Downtown Minneapolis with my fiancé, we enjoy all of the amazing things this city has have to offer. Having earned my MBA, I will provide you with knowledgeable guidance for one of the most important decisions you and your family will ever make.

My brother Sam and I have realized our dream by representing a real estate company that stands out by truly valuing and putting the client first. We will be with you every step of the way from buying and selling to renovating and design.

BATHROOM MIRRORS ARE GOING FULL CIRCLE

BATHROOM MIRRORS ARE GOING FULL CIRCLE

I’ve had bathrooms on the brain lately as I’ve been working on an update to our guest bathroom. Part of that process has been choosing a new mirror to replace the builder-basic version that had been gracing our wall before. Just adding a large, round black framed mirror added some much-needed energy and character to the room.

Just because a mirror is functional doesn’t mean it can’t be unique and beautiful, too! Consider swapping out your current mirror for a new, round model. It’s a fun way to inject some personality into your bathroom – and much quicker, easier and less expensive than replacing a vanity or tile. The curved mirror softens all the straight lines and square edges found in a bathroom, and it’s a fun, low-effort change that makes a big impact. Here are some ways you can use a round mirror to breathe some new life into your bathroom.

1. Pair a round mirror with sleek wall sconces or hanging pendant lights on either side.

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2. Feature two round mirrors over a double sink vanity. Below, Heather opted for two round beauties with leather straps to add more height visually and coordinate with the industrial lighting.

From our Fox Homes Stoneybrook project

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3. Or, instead of two smaller mirrors, opt for one giant round mirror over your double vanity to add some drama to your morning routine and reflect more light into your bathroom.

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4. If you’re wondering whether or not your existing centered light will work over a round mirror – fear not! Whether you have a single light or a multi-bulb bar light, a round mirror can not only work but add some style and impact.

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Now, circle back and imagine these same bathrooms with square or rectangle mirrors instead of their beautiful round versions. Not as interesting, right? Could your room benefit from a round mirror? Here is a roundup of some of our favorites that will fit any wall and any budget. Choose from warm woods, metal finishes, or sleek black frames. Sources are linked below!

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Sources:  Threshold 27″ – Brass $50   |  Umbra 36″ – Black $150  |  CB2 40″ – Acacia $300  |  Rejuvenation 30″ – Walnut $300

West Elm 48″ – Rose Gold, Brass or Nickel $400-$500   |  West Elm 30″ – Bone Inlay $350