Lakeside Cottage Living Room


One of our latest living room designs was in a home that really wasn’t lakeside, but the design team wanted to make it feel as if it was.   Nothing too themed or literal, but a refined, yet relaxed, lakeside cottage feel.

We love the way it came together.

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Sliding Barn Doors – Still Trending!

You don't always need to use two sliding barn doors - love this one!Jyland Construction, Wayzata MN – Artisan Tour | Photo: Schneidermans

When it comes to ways to add a design “moment” to the architecture of a space, sliding barn doors have to be one of my current favorites.

They’ve been big for some time now and, from what I keep seeing, will continue to be.  They’re everywhere – homes, design blogs, social media, this year’s recent Artisan Home Tour, and now in furniture design.   We all seem to be more than happy to keep the trend alive.

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Black Walls – 8 Ways to Make Them Work For You

DIY Black and White Kitchen with Butcher Block and Open Shelves
We Are The Brauns

I’ve had this post in draft form for quite a while now wondering – would black walls still be sticking around?  Do we really like them, or are there just a few infatuated designers using them?

Here are my conclusions (would love to hear yours in the comments).

  • Yes, they still seem to be more than a passing fancy.
  • No, they’re not for everyone.
  • Painting a wall or a room black may not be as drastic a step as you think.  After all, it’s paint – one of the easiest things to change in a room.

If you’re debating about whether or not to try black walls, here’s some inspiration and ways to make them work:

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