How To Create A Serene Bedroom & Bathroom Oasis With Earthy Hues

As a surface pattern and graphic designer, Kimberly Senn of Senn & Sons spends her days steeped in punchy colors and energetic patterns. But when it came to redesigning her personal sanctuary — a drab bedroom and cramped bathroom in her contemporary Craftsman home in Edina, Minnesota — her design instinct veered in another direction. “I needed a place to rest my eyes,” says Kimberly.

In swooped Victoria Sass, principal and design director of Minneapolis, Minnesota-based Prospect Refuge Studio. “It looked very… 2006. That is to say, dated and a bit dark,” says Victoria. “The wall paint was a dingy taupe, the frieze carpet had seen better days, and the fireplaces were clad in an applied slate tile that had no magic about it.” Yes, fireplaces – plural. Sort of. A two-way fireplace between the bedroom and bathroom provided a challenging opportunity for two complementary tile designs.

Together, the duo created two mellow, tranquil spaces for Kimberly and her husband, Marty – and occasionally their sons, Hugo and Freddie, and pup, Ruthie, too – to ease into each morning and wind down each night.

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10 Design & Renovation Features Every Home Needs in 2021

In 2021, a house is more than just a home base. Our dwellings have become a sanctuary for work, play and relaxation now more than ever — so it’s natural to want to invest our energy into customizing our living spaces. But what decorating trends are out (hint: here’s Scott McGillivray’s opinion), and which renovation ideas are the most practical (and pretty) to spend our precious time and dollars on right now? Whether you’re tackling a major house renovation or just want to know the home design trends that can give your living space a little boost, these are our picks for the top design and renovation features your home needs this year.

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10 Remodeling Trends for 2021 That Will Add Value to Your Rental Property

When it comes to home design, there are plenty of exciting ideas for 2021 — but some are better suited to a rental property than others. Whether you’re already lucky enough to already own a US vacation property (and you want to make the most of it) or you’re planning how you might update a rental property if you buy one this year, remodelling a rental property investment is a great way to enhance its value and attract more and higher-paying renters. From multi-functional spaces to hands-free upgrades and more, these remodeling trends can help make your rental property a must-book location — and a smarter investment — this year.

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Top Reno Ideas to Increase the Value of Your Rental Property

Could you benefit from a change of scenery? You’re not alone — and that could equate to a big financial opportunity. After many months of staying home, it feels like everyone is ready to start dreaming of the bright getaways on the horizon. If you own a US vacation property or are thinking of making a rental property investment across the border, now could be the perfect time to do a home renovation to create a must-rent listing for years to come. But what home improvements add the most value to a vacation property?

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Backsplash, Tile, Cabinetry: The 15 Top Kitchen Trends for 2021

When it comes to the kitchen, some things are timeless — you want it to be clean, you want it to be functional and you want it to be comfortable. With all that as a given, however, every year brings a new mix of kitchen ideas to make your space its most stylish. Whether you’re dreaming of a sleek new kitchen or you’re looking for some design inspo for a little spruce up, we’ve rounded up 15 of the top kitchen trends for 2021.

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