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High design with kids in mind


Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

For many years, creating family-friendly spaces meant sacrificing your design aesthetic. Thankfully, gone are the days when having children meant succumbing to a house full of bright-yellow bins and sofas wrapped in plastic. Today, new materials and technologies make it easy to create a beautiful, well-designed home that meets the needs of adults and children alike. The following tips may help you design a living space that satisfies your design goals and meets the demands of your youngest family members.

Invest in good furniture.

It may seem counterintuitive, but Erica Islas, interior designer and founder of EMI Interior Design, encourages clients with young children to buy high-quality furniture. “Some people are afraid to invest in living rooms and family rooms because they think kids will ruin everything,” Islas says. “But the truth is that you have to get things that will hold up to children.”

Children are notoriously tough on furniture; and the cheaper furniture you may be tempted to buy will likely break more easily and need to be replaced frequently. Instead, look for pieces that are built to withstand years of abuse and can be reupholstered or refinished once your children have grown. Furthermore, many furniture manufacturers and stores offer warranties. Consider those carefully and decide if the extra protection would be of value to your family.

Use color, pattern and texture.

Instead of creating a neutral, never-used formal area, use bold, textured fabrics throughout the rooms in which you spend the most time. Pieces incorporating color, a bit of pattern and touchable textures will not only create interesting focal points throughout your home, but will help camouflage spills. If complex patterns aren’t your thing, consider materials such as leather or vinyl that can be wiped clean. No matter your design aesthetic, make sure to protect your upholstered pieces with a stain guard.

Accessorize out of children’s reach.

Creating a kid-friendly space does not mean glass and art should go into storage. Instead, teach your family to appreciate beautiful objects by living among them and elevate the more fragile accessories so they are out of reach. Shadow boxes and enclosed shelves make stunning display cases for your most delicate decorative pieces.

Prevent a mess before it

happens.

Kids learn and explore th .....
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Heat up Minnesota helping people stay warm this winter

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

Lennox Industries is teaming together with the businesses that sell their products to give away 100 free furnaces throughout Minnesota. VIS Plumbing and Heating in Lanesboro and Harmony is part of that giveaway. Mike Willford, son of owner John W ..... 
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Tackling tile, loving a new look

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The pride and satisfaction derived from completing a home improvement project is realized each day - just by looking across the room. With a little sweat, hard work and some good design advice, an individual can save 30 to 40 percent of the cost ..... 
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New construction or remodeling?

Fri, Sep 7th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

In Fillmore County, the number of new houses being built has gone down a little in 2012. There are still people getting building permits for additions, garages, sheds, or farm buildings, but those numbers are also down slightly in 2012. In 2010, ..... 
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Recycling 101

By LaVerne C. Paulson

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

It is not too soon to start thinking about Fillmore County’s next Household Hazardous Waste event. As in the past, the fall event will be held on the first Tuesday of October. This year, the date is October 2. On that day, we will gladly accept yo ..... 
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On the look out for Japanese Beetles in Fillmore County

Fri, Jul 20th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

By Shelly Skindelien, Fillmore County Extension, Master Gardener intern The Japanese beetle has made its arrival in Minnesota. This is a serious pest of turf and ornamental plants. Grubs feed on the roots of grass and adults feed on the foliage of ..... 
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Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties seeking a family for home currently under construction in Harmony

Mon, Jun 18th, 2012
Posted in Harmony Home & Garden

Habitat for Humanity-Winona Fillmore Counties is now accepting applications for the home currently under construction in Harmony. To qualify for a Habitat home, the family must currently be living in substandard housing, be unable to obtain a conven ..... 
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“Growing Green” gardening workshop

By Jerrold Tesmer

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Home & Garden

The Houston County Master Gardeners and Caledonia Area Community Education would like to invite all experienced or budding gardeners to attend our second annual “Growing Green” Gardening Workshop to be held at the Caledonia Middle and High Schoo ..... 
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Harmony woman's garden is a labor of love

Mon, Sep 12th, 2011
Posted in Home & Garden

Lori Pfremmer of rural Harmony has been gardening her entire life. She has been working on her current garden since she moved to the country with her husband Fred six years ago, and it has grown and spread each year. And it still isn't finished.
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