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Before + After: Riverfront Loft

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This historic riverfront loft redesign was a thoughtful collaboration between the homeowners, contractor (Joe Janetka), architect (Rehn Hessell of Yunker Associates) and interior designer (Judy Cornelius).


Judy Cornelius reflected on the design process:

"The clients were clear about the objectives and allowed us to start with a clean slate. The new owners wanted a comfortable and intimate living space with the ability to easily entertain large groups.

Almost everything was updated. Walls were moved, materials were updated, spaces were rethought, and creative storage solutions maximized livability. The floor plan was changed, and new stairs allow easy access to the private roof top deck.

With an expansive riverfront view second to none, the interior design palate reflects the important connection to the Mississippi River. 


The end result of this collaboration is a very sophisticated, peaceful environment for the happy new owners.

If you have a great before and after project for your home or condo, let us know - we would love to feature your stories!

Project Interior Designer: Judy Cornelius • jcornelius9444@mac.com • 612-362-9444

Project Contractor: Joe Janetka, Janetka Construction Consultants, LLC

Project Architect: Rehn Hessel, AIA, Senior Associate, Yunker Associates Architecture rhassell@yaarch.com

Design goals:

  • Create comfortable and intimate living spaces
  • Ability to entertain large groups
  • Keep expansive views of the Mississippi River 

 

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Before + After: Bridgewater Lofts

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From a great start, this loft redesign built on a solid foundation and added in customization galore to reflect the new owner's artistic style in a thoughtful and budget-minded way.

With the help of professional interior designer Lynn Barnhouse, our client transformed her space into something just perfect to showcase her collections. From Lynn's website: "Overlooking the Mississippi River, a residence for discerning clients whose previous home Lynn Barnhouse had also designed, some years earlier. Moving into larger quarters with a fine collection of art and ethnic artifacts, they wanted to keep most of the furniture and accessories Lynn had helped them choose for their former home, but to be able to display their collection of objects in a more dramatic and meaningful way. Keeping to a modest budget and minimizing disruption from construction of the new space, Barnhouse has created a fulfilling setting for clients who appreciate the process of design and have a discriminating eye for interesting and beautiful things."

If you have a great before and after project for your home or condo, let us know - we would love to feature your stories!

Project Designer: Lynn Barnhouse, Principal, Barnhouse Office, LLC  https://www.barnhouseoffice.com/residential

Design goals:

  • Maximize display impact for objects
  • Customize design elements to reflect owner's personal style
  • Small-scale budget and disruption while still updating design elements 

 

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Before and After: Washburn Lofts

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Often, when a buyer moves into a new condo, they like to make updates to personalize the space. We have seen some exciting transformations in our day! 

Today, we are happy to feature a residence we sold recently at the historic Washburn Lofts. This homeowner enlisted the help of a professional architect, Thomas Whitcomb, and the excellent contractors, Branson Builders, to make their home design dreams a reality. Laurie from Fix Design Haus added the finishing touches to make this home sing! Perhaps you can use some of these ideas when planning your own renovations?

If you have a great before and after project for your home or condo, let us know - we would love to feature your stories!

Project Architect: Thomas Whitcomb www.aia-mn.org/firm/thomas-whitcomb-architect-inc

Builder: Branson Builders bransonbuilders.com

Staging: Laurie Fleming, Fix Design Haus fixdesignhaus.com

Design goals:

  • Open up the layout
  • Simplify paint and lighting to create a cohesive feel 
  • Reveal the historic bones of the unit creating a more serene space

Solutions:

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  • Painted ceiling darker to enhance the visual height of the entry
  • Removed plaster to reveal original concrete columns
  • Painted walls, doors and trim in white to feature artwork

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  • Moved to the center to encourage socializing
  • Added up-lighting to feature the tall concrete ceiling
  • Color matched the cabinets to the countertop
  • Hidden storage added
  • Work center wired for media
  • Backsplash added to match concrete column texture
  • Updated appliances to match industrial feel

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  • Updated wooden sliding door to translucent glass sliding panel doors
  • Raised suspended track lighting up to ceiling and updated to LED
  • Repositioned and updated dining room chandelier to center over table


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  • Rebuilt wall to open up space
  • Added glass to sliding doors to increase light
  • Enclosed guest bedroom

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  • Added heated floors
  • Eliminated wall to open up space
  • Added tall glass and mirrors to brighten
  • Added white cabinets and counters to lighten
  • LED fixtures added 

For more photos of this unit before the renovation, visit our sold page!

 

 

 

Gratitude & Giving

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Thanks to all of our friends, professional partners, and Very Important Clients, for joining us at our Gratitude & Giving party, at the Hewing Hotel! We are thrilled to announce that our guests raised over $30,000 that night alone, for People Serving People! Thanks to Rick Fitzgerald, and his generous colleagues at Alerus Mortgage, for a very unexpected donation of $23,000! We are also so proud to have received $7,525, plus LOADS and loads of gifts and diapers, at our office, for the children at PSP.


Happy Holidays to our friends at PSP and all our favorite friends and clients whom we have been so fortunate to serve this year.

Interest Rates: Post Election 2016

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Video Highlights with Rick Fitzgerald, Alerus Mortgage and Cynthia Froid, Keller Williams Integrity Lakes:

Rates went up 1/2% this week and are anticipated to continue going up.

Why?
1. Anticipated rate hike was already built in to the market conditions.
2. With the outcome of the election, increases are expected because:
      a. upcoming tax cuts b. fiscal spending causing inflationary pressure. 

How does this affect the interest rates?
Rates are still low - where we were a year ago. 

Let's go by an assumption that rates will increase by 1%.
We have a $400,000 loan.
Your payment savings would be: $235/mo; $2,900/yr; $29,000 over 10 years! 

With the change factors listed above, we see rates going up in the future. If you are considering selling, today's savvy buyers are out there ready to take advantage of continued low rates before they increase.

Gorgeous Kitchens

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6/15/2016

This year Midwest Home magazine and the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) hosted complimentary panel discussions on Tuesday, April 5, and Thursday, April 14 to kick off the ASID Designer Kitchen Tour on April 16 and 17.

We wanted to share some good tips we learned from these two panels.

On Tuesday, April 5, talented local designers shared ideas on “Designing a Timeless Kitchen." The panelists—creative local design professionals—included Catherine Harrington of Catherine Harrington Designs, Dan Juedes of Filament Lighting, and Donna Tasto of Rubble Tile, with Midwest Home editor Chris Lee moderating. 

On Thursday, April 14, panelists discussed “Trends for your kitchen that match your lifestyle." Talented area designers shared how different lifestyles affect how our kitchen should come together. On the panel were Rena Feldman of In Unison Design, discussing the gourmet cook; Jayme Meyer of Martha O’Hara Interiors discussing the homeowner who likes to entertain; Sheree Vincent of Fusion Designed talking about sustainable living; Kimberly Herrick of Herrick Design Group discussing the active family lifestyle; and Angela Warner of Warners’ Stellian sharing information about appliances that fit each of these lifestyles. 

Our takeaways? We have many to share:

  • Placement of lighting matters. You want bright light over the cooking area, but you may want to be able to control your lighting above the eating area. 
  • Kitchen materials determine what type of lighting you need. What you need for lighting depends on how the light bounces of the color of your walls, your cabinetry and your counter tops. There is no one size fits all.
  • Your preferences are always in style. It doesn't matter if its the trendiest thing to have three sets of lights above your counter tops if you prefer five. You live there and a good designer will help you incorporate your tastes into the design of your kitchen.
  • When the budget is tight, focus on cabinetry. The one thing that withstands time are the actual cabinets. It's easy to change out the counter tops or to get a fresh coat of paint. The one item that is a permanent fixture are your cabinets. Make sure you focus on this when trying to decide on one element to splurge on in your kitchen.
  • Think sustainable. It didn't occur to us until we heard it in the panel, but your kitchen is the one room in your home with the most chemicals. Think of all the sealants, varnishes etc. that have to be applied in every nook and nanny to ensure that everything is sealed for safety. A lot of these protection efforts also comes with their fair share of chemicals. Nowadays, our homes are also better sealed than in the past which means we trap all these chemicals inside our home. Working with a designer that understands these elements could help you live in a healthier environment!
  • Designers can ultimately save you money. Let's face it, we all love to think we know what we're doing. However, someone who has spent their profession studying kitchens probably knows it better than you. It could save you a lot of time and money in mistakes by sharing your goals with an expert. They can help devise a plan that suits your style and budget.

If you're thinking of remodeling your kitchen, you're in luck! The Cynthia Froid Group will be hosting an event in the coming months on this very topic. Like us on Facebook or contact us to get on the invite list!

borough scotch tasting dinner

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6/2/2016

Those of you who know us at CFG, know that we love food. Especially at our local gems in the North Loop. Now, did you know that other than lunch and dinner options at Borough, you can also sign up to get notified for their special event dinners?

We signed up for Borough’s Scotch Dinner and had a fabulous time learning about eating seasonally and locally. Borough sources their ingredients from local farmers where they can. As the crew explained the dishes, they also presented us with Scotch cocktails to pair with each course.

We have to note the perfectly flaky and buttery pastry that really tasted as beautiful as it looked. 

The bar manager curated the following: 

  • Oban Distillers Edition
  • Lagavulin Distiller’s Edition
  • Talisker Storm

Here’s a look at our menu from that evening:

Amuse
Salmon, beet, horseradish, tarragon, trout roe
Islay, lime, honey, tarragon

Haddok
Smoked, potato, garlic, parsley
Tasting: Oban Distillers Edition

Squab (pictured)
Five ways, pastry, root vegetables
Islay, lemon, punt e mes, Scottish tea

Intermezzo
Caramelized pear, peat

Lamb
heart, liver, shoulder, soured vegetables, turnip
Tasting: Lagavulin Distillers Edition

Dumpling
dried fruit, walnut, carrot, scotch caramel, coconut ice cream
Tasting: Talisker Storm

The creative crew:
Executive Chef Drew Yancy
Chef de Cuisine Kelly Merry
Pastry Chef Karyn Tomlinson
Bar Manager Bobby Moss

Get on their e-mail sign-up now to learn about future tasting dinners or to encourage them to do more of these events!

Essential Home Staging Tips

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Details make a difference! We especially have been personal fans of #1: Declutter. Look to Marie "Konmari" Kondo for some inspiration to get your home ready for the spring market!

 

Article below from the New York Times, By TIM McKEOUGH

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According to the experts, spare, modern decor helps sell homes.

The practice of staging homes for sale has evolved over the past decade. Some ideas have changed, while others remain the same. The following is a list of current staging tips from the pros:

REDUCE CLUTTER Long considered one of the most vital aspects of preparing a home for sale, it may be more important than ever to tidy up and sell, store, donate or dispose of unnecessary goods.

CLEAN OUT CLOSETS The advice to declutter extends to your closets. Having space to spare makes them look larger.

A NEW COAT OF PAINT It makes a place look clean and fresh. Meridith Baer, a stager, said it’s the best money you can spend on staging.

EMBRACE THE ACCENT WALL While most walls should be painted neutral hues, some stagers now use a bold color or wallpaper on a single wall.

EDIT PERSONAL PHOTOS Stagers used to recommend removing all personal photos. Now, many say it’s acceptable to leave some photos if they are pleasant or evocative images in handsome frames.

NIX THE STAGE SET Setting the dining table with plates, cutlery and glasses, or placing a breakfast tray at the foot of the bed appears too contrived to savvy buyers.

REPLACE TRADITIONAL FURNITURE Rent or buy inexpensive contemporary furniture to stand in for pieces that appear dark, heavy, old or ornate.

NEW TOWELS AND LINENS Fresh, fluffy towels and crisp white bed linens are an inexpensive way to suggest luxury.

AVOID SCENTS Smells that are pleasing to you may be off-putting to potential buyers. Avoid scented candles, fragrant flowers and baking or cooking right before showings.

A version of this article appears in print on January 24, 2016, on page RE11 of the New York edition with the headline: A List of Tips . Order ReprintsToday's Paper|Subscribe