MN Brands For Good, Meet Co-Founder Gina Moore

What made you decide to open this business? AJ and I are friends, business partners and Minnesota moms.  We were inspired by the types of fundraisers our kids were bringing home and found ourselves rarely satisfied with the quality or appeal of existing pressure-filled programs.  We set out to transform and elevate the long-standing platform…

Giving Back

When I made the decision to join Engel & Völkers, their commitment to the community was a major reason. The company supports individual advisors in philanthropic efforts. We believe that our business operations are inextricably linked with a duty to act in a socially responsible way. All around us, there are compassionate actions giving back…

Home Design Shifts Post-Pandemic

In addition to drastically changing daily life for many Americans, the pandemic lockdowns may also lead to a long-term shift in how we think about home design. Extended time at home exposed the shortfalls of some floor plans and increased the urgency to have practical, multifunctional spaces. Look for an increased interest in the following…

Outdoors and On-Trend

An inviting outdoor living space makes time spent in the fresh air even more appealing. Whether you’re supervising kids playing in the yard, enjoying dinner on the patio or talking with friends late into the night, you want a space that’s both attractive and comfortable. Consider these trending designs for outdoor furnishings. Pastel colors: These soft,…

Make the Most of Your Home Gym

Due to gym closures and social distancing, many people have come to enjoy the convenience of working out at home. If you’ve recently acquired new exercise equipment, consider these tips to help you maximize your home gym. Choose your location wisely. If possible, set up your gym in an area of your home where you’ll actually…

On the Horizon: A Dynamic Housing Market

While no one knows what the future may hold, many experts are predicting that COVID-19 will accelerate some housing trends that were already taking place. Here are three possibilities that could result from staying at home. More millennials enter the market. In spite of the current economic uncertainty, millennials are eager to own first-time and move-up…

Meet Ann Marie Grocholski, Owner of AMG Photography

Ann Marie did our family photo session last fall and I can’t say enough good things. Very caring and generous, she is able to capture real moments in such a beautiful way. What made you decide to open this business? I have always had a passion for photography and art and serving others.  My background…

Streamline Your Home Office

Set yourself up for success by decluttering your at-home workspace. Split the room. Whether your home office is its own room or a corner of a larger living space, sectioning off the area can help you cut down on clutter. HGTV.com suggests setting up the desk as your “work center,” a bookshelf as your “reference center” and a…

Spring Cleaning for Your Yard

As the weather warms up, it’s time to focus your spring cleaning efforts outside the house. Prepare your lawn and landscaping for the upcoming summer months with these simple steps. Lawn Pick up debris such as twigs, litter and pet waste. When the grass is dry, rake up lingering leaves and thatch (matted dead grass)….

Interior Design Trends to Watch

With a new decade comes a refresh in home decor. Check out some of the trends designers predict will gain traction this year. Color in kitchens: While white cabinets remain timeless, designers are warming up all-white kitchens by adding wood accents, colorful tile, and navy or black cabinets. Wood or steel range hoods: Move over microwaves –…