Gathering Around the Table and Designing Intimate Surroundings

November is the month that reminds us to be thankful. It’s alarming that I often busy myself with more things than there are minutes in a day and sometimes it’s easy to take thankfulness for granted. Thanksgiving is one of my favorite holidays because it’s a time to slow down and express gratefulness for life’s many blessings. That…

VIDEO: Taste | Cindy’s Famous Spring Rolls

I’m sharing my recipe for my Famous Spring Rolls! Showhomes Minneapolis is about designing for ALL the senses, that certainly includes TASTE! Cindy’s Famous Spring Rolls Recipe: Yield: makes 125-150 spring rolls 2 lbs ground lean beef 1 small head chopped cabbage (approx. 3 1/2 C) 1 onion chopped 3 small zucchini chopped 4 C…

Rustic Elegance

When I design homes, I like to design with what I visualize to create an impact. Whether the home is for sale or not it is always important to invoke a reaction– a “wow” factor. Rustic Elegance is using textures that are rough, smooth, metal, cowhide– let’s take a look and I will take you…

DIY Network “Rehab Addict” | Before and After

Last month we (Showhomes Minneapolis and Cindy Montgomery) were featured on the DIY Network‘s “Rehab Addict.” Since then, I received many questions via email, private facebook messages and phone calls about the furnishings used in the home after the remodeling was completed.  In attempt to make this simple, I’ll go through room by room with photos…

Living on the Lake

When marketing a home for sale (especially one on a Minnesota lake), it is crucial to bring out what Minnesota is all about!  With more than 10,000 lakes to boast of, there is plenty of room to show off what you love. Lake Harriet, Calhoun, or Lake of the Isles for instance may be a…

Out With the Old, In With the New

In the 80’s and 90’s we were designing floral arrangements with silks and maybe some real elements of woods, greens and natural things. It was the thing to do! It is now time to retire old flower arrangements to the garbage!!! Have a peaceful transition of parting with those dust craving brass containers! Have you…

Sight Series | Details, Details, Details!

A wonderful soft contemporary home listed by Renee Hartmann with Coldwell Banker Burnet. 16418 Gladys Lane | Minnetonka, MN I call this the Marilyn Monroe Room – we added this new light fixture and designed the room in black, white and zebra. Lipstick and nail polishes add color to the little hutch. This master bedroom…