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The Perfect Minnesota Staycation

Though this time of year can give us all feelings of restlessness as we await spring, it’s also the perfect time to take advantage of the “staycation.” After all, just a few hours’ drive away, there are incredible weekend getaways just waiting for you to enjoy. Whether you’re planning a romantic weekend with a loved one or want something a bit more active for the whole family or a group of friends, there’s nothing quite like a cabin escape in northern Minnesota where you can take in the snowy winter views from a cozy perch. This week, we’re showing you our favorite Minnesota staycation finds, and we have a feeling that once you get a glimpse, your next getaway will be booked in an instant.

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Megan Johansson
Floating Shelves: Where & How to Use Them

There’s a certain lightness and simplicity inherent in floating shelves, which is why we love to incorporate them into our designs. By nature, they help to open up a space visually, and when used in collaboration with other intentionally-placed elements, they can serve as focal pieces with highly-functional and space-saving uses. Whether added to a kitchen, bathroom, office, or bedroom, floating shelves are a design staple that can help to transform your space into that relaxing and organized getaway you crave.

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Megan Johansson
Biophilic Design and Wellness: Visual & Non-Visual Patterns

To continue our series on biophilic design and wellness, we’ll be taking an in-depth look today at the first two principles: visual and non-visual patterns. Together, these help to create a space that encourages a multi-sensory experience and establishes a key connection to nature. As we know, there are extensive benefits to this type of design, and by incorporating these elements, we can actively exchange stress triggers for calming and energizing effects within our interior environments.

We believe that the spaces we inhabit should not only be beautiful and functional, but should also positively impact our psychological and physical health. Imagine coming home to a space that naturally lowers your blood pressure and brings your mind and body back into balance via visual views of greenery and animals, or non-visual elements of texture and scent. Considering the positive outcomes of a work or home environment that emphasizes such components, we can say with certainty that biophilic design is a must for productivity, self-confidence, and overall health.

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Megan Johansson
Best Last-Minute Holiday Getaways

In the midst of the stress of the holidays, from choosing the perfect gifts to baking endless cookies and hosting family events, it can be difficult to find time for yourself. As magical as this time of year is, the bustling energy can feel overwhelming. Why not consider spending Christmas abroad instead?  

We love the idea of embracing new traditions, so we’ve gathered together a list of our favorite luxury European vacation spots to celebrate the holidays. Your dream getaway is only a click away, and when it comes time to choose between overcrowded shopping centers and strolls along cobblestone streets, we’ve got a feeling you’ll opt for the latter.

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Megan Johansson
Biophilic Design and Wellness: An Introduction

If you’ve never heard the term “biophilic design,” you’re not alone. But while its name isn’t commonplace knowledge for everyone, its effects and benefits certainly are. This week, we’re introducing you to the concept on a broad level, and in future posts, we’ll take a deeper look at each element and why it is so critical to creating a space that promotes both health and sensory exploration.

If you’ve ever felt a pull or connection to nature – to heal, explore, or relax – then you’ve experienced the idea behind biophilic design directly.

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Megan Johansson
Unexpected Statement Art

While finishes are essential, and furniture is important, art is what brings life to a room. Yet, too often, we resort to what is typical and replicable in every other space. We crave individuality, so why not choose art that is unexpected? It’s the best way to bring your personality out and to keep your space feeling exactly as you like. From wall murals to multi-dimensional art, we’ve collected our favorite statement pieces to give you a starting point. Because nothing’s better than finding a piece that stops you in your tracks and makes you swoon.

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Megan Johansson