Small Business Saturday

Everyone knows about Black Friday, but do you know about Small Business Saturday?  This year, it is Saturday, November 26th (always the day following Black Friday).

We’d like to highlight some of our favorite small businesses to get you thinking about how you can support small and local businesses this year:

Pretty Sunny Studio – Minneapolis, MN

Carly makes terrazzo handmade products in happy colors and patterns.

Olive Branch Baskets – Eden Prairie, MN

If you’re looking for hand-picked gift baskets for any occasion, Tehani is your gal!  She has great taste and does an excellent job curating something special for you.

Courage Craft Co – Beldenville, WI

Karissa makes handcrafted baby accessories in the cutest fabrics.

Thistles & Threads – Osseo, MN

Home decor, apparel, gifts & more.  This cute shop is run by Jess, a talented business owner and designer.  They are having a Small Business Saturday event 10am – 4pm!

Ellingboe Photo – Twin Cities, MN

Caroline does beautiful work and is so fun to work with to boot!

Koselig Candle Co. – White Bear Lake, MN

The quality is top notch and we love the look of the black or white vessel – it always looks good in your house no matter the season.

We hope you can find a way to support local businesses this year.  We know what it’s like to run a business, so we encourage you to show any small business owners some love! If you can, check out a few of these on our list or let us know of any you’d recommend!

 

 

2022 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Home

We’ve entered November folks, so that means thoughts of holiday gifting are upon us!

Here are a few of our favorite items For the Home:

The Polished Jar – Custom Soap Bottles

These elevate your bathroom or kitchen instantly they are so beautiful!  Pick your bottle, pump, and label to customize your own look.

Boll & Branch – Luxury Bedding & Towels

Do you need to splurge on yourself this holiday?  You will not be disappointed with this bedding or towel upgrade.

Crate & Barrel – Belgian Flax Linen Quilt

While we’re thinking about our bed, more layers are always good.  Here’s one of our favorite quilts – it’s warm without being hot.  Use it add a textured layer in the same color as your other bedding, or a contrasting color.

Magnolia – Holiday Wreaths

Wreaths can be used in so many places, not just your front door.  Layer one on top of a mirror in the foyer or dining room.  Add one to your mantle or above your kitchen range hood for the holidays!

Crate & Barrel – Salt & Pepper Mills

Upgrade your seasonings with new salt and pepper mills, like this marble and wood option.  If they’re pretty enough, we say leave them out on the counter like decor!

Magnolia – Gatecrest Metal Candlesticks

These are my go to candlesticks that work with any style decor.  They are simple yet beautiful.  Use all 3 sizes together for the best impact.

Joss & Main – Bubble Pots

We always say that plants are welcome decor in any home of any style.  Elevate your plants by swapping out the pot with one of these adorable bubble pots.  White is timeless and goes with any season, while the dots give off a playful vibe.

Gathre – Leather Table Runner

The cutest scallop table runner that’s also wipeable leather?  Yes, please!

Anthropologie – Flatware

Sometimes your table needs something different or that extra sparkle for the holidays.  Most people don’t think to swap out their flatware, but this can add a surprise twist to your hosting game!

We hope this inspired you as you begin making your list or shopping for loved ones this holiday season!

 

Small Refreshes to Enhance a Home

As we draw closer to the holiday season, you may be turning your attention toward hosting gatherings or decorating for the holidays.  Here are some small refresh ideas to change up your space and enhance your home for the season!

A Fresh Coat of Paint

Never underestimate a fresh coat of paint.  Even if it’s the same color as what you had previously, it will renew a space instantly.  If you’re looking for an updated paint color, think about the mood or feeling you want your space to exude and then go that direction with color.  If you’re needing the space to feel lighter and brighter, then a white or light greige is the way to go.  If you’re looking for a cozy, moody space, then it’s okay to go dark and rich in color.

One of our favorite light paint colors right now is Sherwin Williams Drift of Mist.  It has warm undertones, yet still falls in the light grey category.

Home Bunch

One of our favorite dark paint colors right now is Sherwin Williams Iron Ore.  It’s a soft black that won’t feel stark.  It has a depth to it with undertones of blue grey.

Sherwin Williams Blog

Updated Light Fixtures

This is our favorite update after painting.  If sellers have the time and budget within their target listing price, we recommend changing a few key light fixtures.  Similarly, if you’re moving into a new home, updating some light fixtures to fit your personality and style can go a long way into making the house feel like yours.  Again, this does not have to be expensive.  Start looking at a Home Depot or Amazon.  If you want more unique options and are willing to spend more, check out Serena & Lily or Pottery Barn.  Some local stores that can assist you in choosing lighting are Southern Lights and Muska Lighting.

Pottery Barn

New Hardware

Cabinet hardware can really set a time stamp on your home style-wise, just like lighting can.  Changing hardware is super easy to do and doesn’t have to be expensive.  Big box hardware stores like Home Depot and Lowe’s carry numerous styles and finishes these days.  Then you can get really fancy with hardware from places like Rejuvenation or Restoration Hardware.  If you’re looking for the quickest yet easiest change, look for something the same size/shape as your previous hardware so you don’t have to fill any holes or make new ones.

Norfolk Kitchen and Bath

Move Your Furniture & Decor Around

Last but not least, try rearranging your furniture within a room or moving pieces to a different area of your house.  You’ll be surprised at how fresh your spaces feel – almost like you got new furniture.  One of our favorite tricks is to move living room pieces to a lower level family room and then you can focus on a few new items for the main level living room which is typically more used and important than the lower level area.  Throw pillows are a perfect example of this.  Move primary bedroom pillows to a kid or guest room and only refresh with new in the primary bedroom for a new feel everywhere.

Rooms With Style Staging

Happy Refreshing!