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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