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Rocking Your Rug Purchase

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One of the more “adult” purchases you’ll make in your lifetime is a rug for your home.    This process can be overwhelming, especially if your realm of expertise has more to do with cutting a rug than actually purchasing one.  Due to costs involved, it’s wise to educate yourself prior to entering a retail environment where you may end up swayed by those with ulterior motives.  One of the biggest decisions you’ll have to make about a rug purchase is the material.  Here’s what you need to know before making a commitment.

Nylon: If you’re worried about your rug collecting dirt, nylon does an excellent job of shielding it.  It’s also resistant to mildew and insect damage.  However, thisa material is prone to staining and perpetuates static electricity.  It is less soft than many of the other fabrics on the market.

Silk: If you’re looking for a rug that exudes luxury, silk is a fantastic option.  It’s soft to the touch and a beautiful addition to your room.  It’s most often used in bedrooms because it’s more delicate than other materials.  If it needs to be cleaned, a professional will need to be retained to complete the work.

Animal Hide: These rugs are nearly indestructible, require minimal upkeep and are hypoallergenic.  They offer a timeless look because they are most often found in neutral colors, though they can be dyed to match your personal preferences.  Do know that animal hide rugs do not have a backing and if you place them on a wood or laminate floor, they can slide around.

Wool: Because of its consistency, wool soaks up dyes extremely well.  It’s lauded for being durable and flame resistant, making it an ideal rug for high traffic aareas.  Price-wise, wool rugs can get a little steep.  This is due to the labor-intensive processes associated with getting a sheep’s fleece converted to a state that can be used for a rug.  If stains are caught quickly, they oftentimes can be blotted away.  However, if they are allowed to settle, the rug can be ruined.

Cotton: If you’re looking for a bargain on a rug, cotton is often the route to go.  Smaller rugs can actually be machine washed without compromising their integrity, which is a good thing because cotton can be a dirt magnet.  However, cotton rugs do not hold up as well as other materials and often their color fades over time.

Bamboo: If you’re looking to protect your wooden flooring while giving it a layered look, a bamboo rug is just what you need.  While they aren’t as soft as other materials, they win favor for bringing a sense of Zen to a home.  It also wins points for being hypoallergenic.  Cons of bamboo rugs are that they are louder than other types and can also discolor if they are exposed to too much sunlight.

Lindus Construction / Midwest LeafGuard is a full service contractor specializing in LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation, Metal Roofing, Decking, New Construction & Home Remodeling. Call us at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at  Tune into WCCO 830 every Saturday at 9am for our Home Improvement Show with Denny Long & Andy Lindus.  

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Home Features on the Endangered Species List

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Home layouts, features and designs are continuously evolving.  New trends coming in signal the death of old ones and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.  We’ll let you be the judge of which of these home features you’re sad to go.

Mirrored Walls Unless, you’re practicing pliés, it’s quite unlikely you’re going to see a mirrored wall in a modern home.  However, when done properly, they can add layering to a room.  Many homeowners simply aren’t willing to try them anymore because of their dated look and the fact that changing out a mirrored wall is a tedious undertaking.

Popcorn Ceilings-Popcorn ceilings reigned supreme from the 1950s through the 1980s.  Some contractors even added extra sparkle by adding ceiling glitter.  However, a quick Google search for “popcorn ceilings” produces pages and pages of ways to remove them from your home.    

Carpeting on the Walls-This trend reached the height of popularity in the 1970s.  In addition to aesthetics, it was sought after because of the warmth and soundproofing qualities it brought to a room. However, nowadays, it’s rare to find a home that’s wall-to-wall carpet, much less one that actually has carpeting on the walls.

Laundry Chute-Transporting laundry from the top floor of your home to the basement laundry room was a breeze with this contraption.  They can still be found in older homes and kits are available to retrofit newer homes.  However, they have fallen out of favor with many homeowners because they can clog, small children can get trapped in them and they can assist a house fire in spreading quicker.

Ceiling Medallions- For decorative purposes only, ceiling medallions were often placed above ornate light fixtures.  They were popular in Colonial & Victorian style homes and were a status symbol for the upper class.  They are an uncommon find in new construction homes, but can beautifully compliment a room when the correct sized medallion is used.

Dumb Waiter-Manual models are moved through a combination of pulleys and tracks to move the dumbwaiters in between stories of a home.  Already existing homes can be retrofit with them and electrical ones are now available.  We just don’t see them ever being as popular as they once were.

Milk & Package Receivers- Long gone are the days of milk being delivered to your front door.  So too, are milk and package receivers.  These cast iron frames and doors were installed in the wall.  The delivery person would drop off items, on the outside wall and when the door was closed, it would lock automatically and was only able to be opened from inside the home.


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Psychology & Scents at Home

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You are 100 times more likely to remember something that you smell over something you see, hear or touch.  That’s probably part of the reason why the American candle industry is able to generate over $2.3 billion in sales annually.  The smells you choose to bring into your home can have an effect on your psyche and every scent brings something a little different to the table.  Here’s what you need to know about your favorite scents.

Vanilla-While the adjective “vanilla” placed in front of any word typically invokes a sense of blandness; the scent of vanilla has a different meaning.  Studies have shown that vanilla invokes feelings of relaxation and can assist in helping you fall asleep.  It is known to increase one’s appetite and can even boost memory.

Lemon-The smell of lemon can improve concentration, attentiveness and alleviate stress.  It promotes feelings of energy.  Being surrounded by the smell of lemon can also alleviate feelings of depression and nervous tension.

Apple- The scent of apple has been linked with the lessening of headache symptoms.  Because headaches are often manifestation of stress, being surrounded by an apple scent can assist in squelching the emotions of anxiety and stress.

PeppermintIf the Energizer Bunny had a scent, it’d be peppermint.  It has a subtle way of increasing one’s motivation and alertness.  Peppermint is a great scent to surround yourself with when you are overexerted and running low on stamina.

Cinnamon- The fragrance of cinnamon can be used to melt away stress and tension.  It can also assist in increasing mental focus, which allows for deeper creativity.  Folklore also suggests cinnamon brings prosperity and great achievements.

Lavender- Remember the scene in the Wizard of Oz where Dorothy, the Lion, the Tin Man and the Scarecrow fall asleep in a field of poppies right outside of Emerald City?  If you’re having issues sleeping, lavender will have the same effect.  Like the smell of apple, lavender fragrance can assist in alleviating headache symptoms.

Coconut- Tropical scents like coconut instantly transform your home into a relaxing oasis with this fragrance.  Coconut is synonymous with comfort, protection and stress relief.

Patchouli-Much like scotch, patchouli is an acquired taste.  However, this earthy/musty aroma does have its benefits.  They include: appetite suppression, stress relief, anxiety tamer and sedative properties.

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Trending in 2015

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Don’t hate us for pointing it out, there are only ten weekends left in 2014.  That’s right ten.  And while we consider it in poor taste to make New Year’s resolutions before Thanksgiving (more pie please!) it’s not too soon for us to share what our remodeling team projects to be the biggest home décor trends to watch out for next year.

Color: With the economy looking less fragile than it has in recent memory, homeowners are becoming bolder with the color choices of their walls.  Popular shades include vibrant yellows, greens  and blues.  Color, as opposed to accessories, is taking center stages in rooms.  Don’t write white off yet; it’s still being sought out for trim and cabinetry in order to play off the bold colors.

Tile: When it comes to bathroom & kitchen tile, bigger is better!  Not only is it more modern, but it also has the ability to make a small space appear larger.

Elaborate Bathrooms: Bathrooms in 2015 will become more embellished.  Bathtubs with shower surrounds will be installed less and less and oversized showers and free standing bathtubs will take over.  High end tile options are also to be expected.

Countertops: Granite countertops are so last season.  We’re noticing an uptick in homeowners opting for high end quartz countertops from companies such as Cambria®.  Cambria® countertops do not need repeated sealing and reconditioning like marble & granite counter tops and can be cleaned with warm water and mild soap, making your kitchen a space you’re not afraid to actually cook in.  (PS- Cambria® is a Twin Cities family owned company…even more reason to love them!)

Tech Savvy Homes: A recent survey found that more people would rather lose their wallet than their smartphone.  Therefore, it shouldn’t be a surprise that more and more homeowners are looking to their cell phone to run their homes.  Requests for appliances, garage doors, thermostats, light fixtures, security fixtures and stereo systems that can be operated from a smartphone have become commonplace.

Finishes: We’re obsessed with satin nickel and bronze finishes when it comes to light fixtures and hardware.

3 & 4 Season Porches: These spaces are excellent places to relax and entertain guests.  We’re finding that more and more homeowners are seeking them out.

Clean Lines: In everything from light fixtures to cabinets clean lines are taking over!



Wallpaper…Making a Comeback in 2014

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Rumors have been circulating since last week, that after twenty years, Pink Floyd may be teaming up for a new album, which is being cited as one of the biggest come backs of the year.  In the world of interior design, there’s another home feature making a comeback…wallpaper.  Believe it or not, this material that homeowners have a love/hate relationship with is back in the good graces of many interior decorators.  Like all resurging trends, it’s best to know how to work it in the present day so you don’t look like you’re stuck in a time capsule.

Commitment: Bear in mind that wallpaper is more time-consuming to change out than paint.   Be sure you love the design you’re opting for so you don’t experience buyer’s remorse.  If the thought of an entire room of wallpaper doesn’t appeal to you, it’s perfectly acceptable to apply wallpaper to a single accent wall.  This concept works especially well in bedrooms where you can wallpaper the wall behind your headboard and then paint the other walls a calming, complimentary color.

Room Size: Just as in the case with paint, it’s important to consider room size before committing to color and pattern.  In smaller spaces, it’s best to opt for lighter colors in larger prints, which deflect the room’s smallness.  Applying wallpaper to a hallway or inside a closet can add interest that otherwise wouldn’t be there.  Check for remnants for smaller projects which can save you money.  Hanging wallpaper on the ceiling, and painting the rest of the room a similar color, is another trend.

Print Pattern:  Love small prints?  They work well in larger rooms.  Larger prints work better in small spaces because they trick the eye in believing the room is larger than it is.  Another trip to making a small room look larger is wallpaper with a horizontal pattern. A room that has a low ceiling can benefit from wallpaper with a vertical striped pattern because it will elongate the space.  Bold, rigid patterns add zing to a room,while lines with soft patterns evoke a sense of calmness.

Avoid These Rookie Application Mistakes:

  • Not lining up the pattern correctly so it’s easily visible where one roll starts and another ends.
  • Applying wallpaper directly to drywall which will cause damage to the wall when it’s time to remove the wallpaper.
  • Placing a pattern upside down.


3 Secrets to Loving Your House Just the Way it Is

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This winter, TMZ featured an article about a domino real estate situation where Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco bought Khloe Kardashian’s home.  In turn Khloe turned around and bought Justin Bieber’s estate.  It’s interesting that even celebrities, who rake in millions each year, still get bored with their homes and put them on the market in order to purchase what
they consider to be a better property.  While it’s unlikely that most of us will find ourselves, in this situation, there’s nothing wrong with taking steps to ensure the home you have is one you love.  Here are some tips from us on how to achieve this.

Don’t Live in Someone Else’s Home: When one of our employees bought her first home she was excited at the prospect of not having to stare at the white walls of the apartments she’d rented for the past four years.  After hours of scouring paint samples and home improvement websites, she settled on lime green for the color of her master bedroom.  While her mother questioned the choice as they started applying it to the walls, she ultimately stuck with the color.  There’s a lesson to be learned from this.  While most realtors wouldn’t suggest paint in bold shades when you’re putting a home on the market, if you’re planning on staying in it for a few years, there’s no need to live in a home as if it’ll be put up for sale at any moment.  Make it your own and select colors that speak to you.

Decorate with Purpose: The below painting by famous artist Joan Miro sold at auction for $2.2 million.  We’re willing to bet that most of you could find a lot more fun ways to put that kind of money to use!  The point here is that just because something is valuable doesn’t mean it’s meaningful.  When choosing your home’s décor, regardless of what your budget is, take the time to carefully consider whether or not what you’re adding is truly something you want to be surrounded with on a daily basis or if it’s simply something that the retail world is saying you need.

Banishing Clutter: In addition to collecting dust, clutter also has negative effects on your psyche.  A study by Princeton University found that the more disorganization in your life, the more stressed out you become.  Make an effort to donate, discard or sell items you no longer use and notice instantly your level of stress decrease.  While the prospect of tackling an entire house can seem daunting, break the task into smaller bits to make the feat more achievable.


Unconventional Colors in Your Home-Thinking Outside of the Walls

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Let’s face it-the “b” in beige stands for boring!  And boring is the last thing your abode should be.  (By the way-did you know that different colors evoke different feelings?  It’s true check it out: There are lots of tasteful ways to add splashes of color to your home without being tacky.  Allow us to offer a few suggestions:

Blinds & Window Treatments: Colored blinds & window treatments, or those in bold patterns can transform an average room into a masterpiece.  Opt for something that coordinates with other pieces in the room and that reflects your style.

Doors: It’s not uncommon to see a home’s front door in a bright color.  This trend can be carried over to interior doors which can be painted in bold hues as well (something much less time consuming than painting entire rooms).

Ceilings: The majority of ceilings are white.  Add some pizazz to your home by painting the ceiling a complementary color to the adjoining walls.  Ignoring this advice can leave the room looking incohesive.

Comforter: An incredibly cost effective (and not to mention paint free!) way to change the tone of the bedroom is to swap out your current comforter with something that makes a statement in either bold colors or patterns.

Trim: Whether it is your baseboards, fringing on your couch or edges of your curtains, adding a splash of color adds style and will give your home a custom look.

Fireplace: Does the brick surrounding your fireplace look dated?  Update the color with a few coats of paint and transform the entire look of the room.  (Consult your local home improvement store on the best type of paint to use if the fireplace is still in working order.)

Entryway: Your home’s entryway is the thing guests see when they come into your home.  Opt for something bold in order to make the first impression a great one.

Throw Pillows: We can certainly understand the hesitation in dropping a few months’ salary on an overly trendy couch in an audacious color choice.  However, this doesn’t mean that you can’t elect for some funky throw pillows to give the room some personality.

Rugs: Brightly colored rugs come in lots of different shapes and textures.  Pick something that speaks to you to breathe new life into a tired room.

Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at to schedule a free in-home estimate.






Home Improvements That Attract Generation X Homebuyers

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Every generation has its own set of unique characteristics and values.  Understanding this information can give you a leg up against the competition in a housing market that still favors the buyer.  In a recent blog, we discussed how to position your home to the millennial buyer and this week, we’ll take a look at home improvements that can attract buyers from Generation X.

Who is Generation X? Those born between 1965 & 1977 (currently 48 to 36).

Generation X Key Features:

  • 75% have children and most of those children are currently living at home
  • Most work full-time and are part of a dual income household
  • 82% are currently homeowners

Attracting Generation X Home Buyers:

Move in Ready: Generation X is drawn to something that’s move-in ready, preferring to allocate their precious time to their families and their careers, rather than fixing up a home.

Modern Kitchens: If there’s one improvement you can make for this generation, it’s a high end kitchen with stainless steel and energy efficient appliances, generous counter space and high end countertops.  Generation X sees the kitchen as the nucleus of the home and considers a high end kitchen a point of pride.

Size Matters: This group, in particular, is prone to buying the largest home their money will buy.  Make your home appear larger, and more functional, by staging rooms that can serve multiple purposes (think of a current playroom that can later be converted into a fitness room).  Eat-in kitchens, rather than formal dining rooms appeal to this demographic for this reason.

Fireplaces: In a recent survey performed by marketing company, GFK Roper, Generation X listed fireplaces rounded out the top 3 home amenities that they seek out in a home.  Fireplaces provide warmth and aesthetic appeal.  A fireplace can evoke a feeling of warmth and comfort and for a generation that cherishes family, a room with a fireplace promotes congregating.

Decking: Decking provides a place for a family to enjoy the outdoors together.  Score extra points with Generation X by having a deck that is compromised with low maintenance materials that are surrounded by a pool (another major must for this demographic).

Storage: Having come to age in the days of Madonna & “Materials Girl”, this generation values their possessions.  Whether it’s usable attic space in the home or garage, built-in closet shelving, walk-in closets, not having enough storage can be a factor that allows other homes to get chosen ahead of yours.

Maintenance Free Living: Generation X places a premium on their free time, preferring to spend it with their family, rather than on household chores.  Feeling content with the amount of time they spent on them as a child, they’re attracted to household features such as: composite decking, durable siding and clog-free gutters.

Lindus Construction is a full service construction and remodeling company boasting LeafGuard Gutters, GAF Asphalt Roofing, SeasonGuard Windows/Siding/Insulation & decking just to name a few. Give us a call at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out at to set up a free no-obligation estimate. Tune into 830 WCCO every Saturday from 9a-10am with Denny Long & Andy Lindus for our Home Improvement Show!






Rockin’ Christmas Trees

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Many of us celebrate holiday traditions without giving much thought to their origin.  Why is it that every December why we feel the need to chop down a tree, drag it from the furthest point of the
woods and strap it to the top of a car that is 2 feet shorter than the tree?  While the internet offers various explanations regarding the Christmas tree’s origination, we know that they’ve been around in the US since the 1700’s.  These days, Christmas trees serve as a focal point in the home during the holidays.  Looking for a way to make this year’s tree the biggest and baddest yet?  Here are some themed Christmas tree ideas to get your wheels turning.

Food Themed:

Candy canes are a natural fit for this type of tree as are mini kitchen utensils and cookie cutters.  Homemade ice cream cone ornaments can be made by wrapping a styrofoam ball in yarn and placing it on top of an ice cream come.  Lighting stands come in lots of designs including those that look like peppermint candies, M&M’s, Lifesavers, gum drops, etc.  For a classic touch string popcorn or cranberries.   Creative tree toppers can include a gingerbread man or candy canes arranged in a star formation.

Ode to the Outdoors:

Avid hunter or fisherman?  Used shotgun shells can be strung together and used in place of tinsel and bobbers & lures can double as ornaments.  A camouflage, hunter green or blaze orange tree skirt finishes off the look nicely.

Colored Christmas Trees:

Some homeowners are turning to colored artificial Christmas trees because if the tree isn’t real, why try and fake it?  Colored trees come in variety of colors including, red, pink, white and blue.  You can also find multi-colored artificial trees.  To decorate, select ornaments with graphic designs and bold colors like purple fuchsia & lime green.  You don’t have to embrace crazy colors in your normal home décor to decorate a vibrantly colored tree.


Go back to the basics with a traditional tree.  String with white lights and follow up with a layer of tinsel.  Traditional ornaments include red & silver bulbs, jingle bells and those made by family members.  Top with a star or an angel.


 Show your American pride with a patriotic tree.  Lights can be red, white or blue or a combination of all.  (Strings with all 3 colors are easily found around the 4th of July.)  The tree can be decorated with coordinating bulbs or stars in patriotic colors.  Wooden, tin or GI Joe figurines can also be added, as can camouflage ribbons.

If there’s a Red Rider bb gun under the tree and a leg lamp in the corner, a vintage Christmas tree is in order.  Utilize shiny glass bulbs, wooden figurines, felt & crocheted ornaments.  Use a traditional angel or star tree topper and incorporate an antique tree skirt and stand.

Charlie Brown:

Since the mid-1960s, Charlie Brown and his Christmas tree have been a favorite TV special for American families.  Embrace this tradition by making your own Charlie Brown Christmas tree.  Start by
picking a tree with several bare branches and limited needles.  Place in the stand so the tree leans to one side (but not so much that it will fall over and injure someone).  Sparsely decorate with ornaments (red bulbs if you want to stay true to the original Charlie Brown Christmas tree which had only a single red bulb.)  Wrap the tree stand in a light blue blanket to get the full effect.


For a more rustic feel, decorate your tree with a cabin theme in mind.  This look can be achieved by using wooden ornaments, pine cones, cinnamon sticks, raffia, and wooden beads.

Memories of Christmas Past:

Start a tradition of picking up ornaments that commemorate life events.  Some couples buy ornaments from every year of their marriage.  Let your children pick out an ornament every year that symbolizes their achievements (think mini pom-poms for making the squad or a mini electric guitar for their first rock concert.)  Picture frame ornaments are also a great way to display memories.


Let the kids have their own tree this year!  Fruit Loops can be strung in place of tinsel, as can paper chains or silly string.  Go wild with blinking lights in flashy colors.  Kids can make their own
snowflake ornaments.  Slinkys can also add a fun touch.  The tree topper can be a paper angel or a top hat similar to the one used in the Cat in the Hat books.  Allow kids to take ownership of the tree and don’t worry if it’s not something that would make the front cover of Better Homes & Gardens. 

Frosty the Snowman:

The concept behind this tree is to make it look like an actual snowman.  For the “body” use a white tree.  Use black bulbs as Frosty’s buttons and garnish with snowflake ornaments throughout.  Use silver branches attached to the mid-section of the trunk to create arms.  For feet, place black boots at the bottom.  Attach a head (papier mache bought from a craft store or made on your own) to the top of the tree and wrap a scarf around it to mask how it was attached.  Keep the lights to a minimum on this type of tree or it will look too busy.

Jolly Old St. Nick:

Much like the snowman tree above, you can design your entire tree to look like Santa Claus.  Again, this type of themed tree is going to work best when you’re working with a white base.  Start by wrapping the tree in white lights.  To replicate the bottom of Santa’s jacket, wrap the bottom of the Christmas tree in white boas.  For the red, in Santa’s jacket use shear fabric and wrap it around the rest of the tree.  In the middle, wrap a large black belt with a gold buckle.  Sprinkle red ornaments on various spots on the tree.  Black boots can be placed at the base of the tree.


Embellish your tree with elegant hand-blown glass ornaments.  Wrap strands of pearlescent beads around it.  Other items to include can be silver tinsel, ribbons, snowflakes and gold-colored pine
cones.  Small candles can be added but we do not recommend that you light them.  Handcrafted ornaments made from gingerbread, paper and lace can also be added.


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Home Design Dos & Don’ts

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Questioning if you or someone you know is in need of a design intervention?  Check out the following tips on how to turn your home from a “don’t” to a “do”.

Don’t: Match Everything.

Do: Coordinate.  Just because you have a cheetah print comforter doesn’t mean your whole bedroom needs to look like an African safari.  It’s okay to pick a statement item and then choose coordinating, not identical pieces to go with it to give your room a feel of unity.

Don’t: Overdo it on themes.  Do we love apples?  Yes!  Is carrying this theme out by having an apple patterned garbage can in your kitchen overkill?  Absolutely!

Do: Moral of the story, too much of a good thing, is not a good thing.  It’s okay to have accent pieces that mesh well together; it’s just never a good idea to center the theme of an entire room on a season, object or animal.

Don’t: Be a slave to trends (lava lamps, fire engine red rooms, avocado green toilets, etc.)

Do:  Stick to timeless looks on major purchases.  It’s okay to incorporate the latest looks in your home, just be mindful that home design is a constant evolution and that today’s “it” thing will be gone tomorrow so don’t devote a lot of time or finances to short-lived trends.

Don’t: Live in a museum.  Your home is meant to be lived in.  Don’t spring for furniture that you’re afraid to use because of the cost to replace it.

Do: Protect your furniture with stylish throw blankets,pillows or stain-resistant spray.  But select pieces that you’ll both love and use.

Don’t: Live in someone else’s house.

Do: Decorate on your own terms and select accessories, colors and fabrics that reflect your own style.  Anyone else’s opinion should be taken with a grain of salt.

Don’t: View your home as multiple rooms that have no relationship to each other.

Do: Make sure that your rooms have a flow to them.  Choose colors, fabrics, accessories, etc. that complement, rather than compete with each other.

Don’t: Take the cheap way out.  

Do: If budget is a factor, commit to furniture that is stable and timeless so that you’ll get your money’s worth.  It’s much better to spend a little more upfront and buy one couch than to buy the same type of furniture repeatedly because you didn’t invest in quality.

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Tune into AM 830 WCCO on Saturdays from 9:00-10:00am hosted by Denny Long and Andy Lindus to ask questions regarding your home improvement projects. Call us now at 1-800-873-1451 or check us out on the web at to schedule a free in-home estimate.