2019 Lakes FM & KSUM Spring Expo Home Show April 5–7

By Deb Williamson

New Location & VendorsDeb Williamson

Thinking about updating your kitchen or bathroom? Starting an outdoor landscaping project? Looking for new ideas to improve your home? Then you should come out and visit the 2019 Lakes FM & KSUM Spring Expo home show coming our way April 5th–7th at the Martin County Arena in Fairmont. With a new location and new vendors, we are expecting this show to be the best show yet! Let me give you a few reasons to attend….

Home Expo Shows are Educational

Starting a home project can be a difficult task especially if you’re not sure who to talk to or where to start. Home expo shows are a great way for homeowners to get to know local contractors, material suppliers, cabinetry specialists, interior designers, landscapers, realtors and more! With over 70 vendors at the 2019 Spring Expo, the show is a great chance for you to stop by and visit with professionals in your area about questions you might be having pertaining to your home improvement projects.

Home Expo Shows are Inspirational

Often, exhibitors have samples of the products they have to offer for your viewing at the show. From landscaping displays to cabinetry and countertops displays, building materials, flooring, and interior decor will all be on display at the 2019 Lakes FM & KSUM Spring Expo. It’s a great opportunity to see what’s new in your area and get ideas for your home projects.

Home Expo Shows are Economical

Admissions to home shows are minimal so it’s a great way to visit with professionals who normally charge for consulting. You can also save money as many times venders do give-a-ways or special discounts offered only at the show. Admission to the 2019 KSUM & KFMC Spring Expo is FREE so mark your calendars for April 5th–7th and take the guesswork out of your next home improvement project.

Visit Inspiring Interiors

Inspiring Interiors will be one of the vendors at the spring expo again this year and will have an exciting give-a-way for you to enter to win. Inspiring Interiors is a local full-service interior design business that focuses on creating beautiful, functional spaces that reflect you! Stop by and visit with me and other local professionals and get your project started. See you at the expo April 5th–7th!

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Innovative Storage Solutions

By Deb Williamson

Use the Winter Weather to Get Organized

Kitchen Storage SolutionsThe bone-chilling, miserably cold weather has arrived! Even though the calendar disagrees, February always feels like one of the longest winter months. For many homeowners this is a great time to get organized, while others struggle with organization because of home limitations. Today I’d like to share with you some clever home storage solutions for every room in your home.


One of the most important solutions to bedroom organization is adequate closet space. These days creative shelving systems inside closets like shoe shelves, hanging rods and cubbies turn even the smallest closets into efficient, multi-purpose storage solutions. Don’t forget to take advantage of the backside of the closet door by using it to attach a mirror or hang hooks or rods for storing scarves, belts or jewelry. Storage boxes or totes also come in handy when organizing and maximizing closet space. Opt for transparent containers so you can see what’s inside. Don’t forget to go through the contents of your closet and repurpose or donate items you no longer use. Finally, lighting options inside closets allow homeowners to easily find what they’re looking for and neatly return items back into their designated spot.


Bathrooms are notoriously small and lacking in closets and storage options. One storage solution is wall shelving or cabinets that can house a variety of toiletries while maintaining an organized look. A new vanity with storage drawers can also offer solutions to clutter in the bathroom. Linen closets are a must in new construction and remodeling projects. If you have the space, incorporating a storage tower or ladder bookcase might just be enough to get organized. Peg rails and hooks are a couple simple storage solutions that can have a big impact on organizing your bathroom.


One of the best organization options for mudrooms is incorporating locker systems into the space. There are so many different configurations that can customize the space to your needs. From benches and open cubbies to concealed cabinets, drawers, shelves, and hooks, the options for locker areas are endless and can turn your mudroom into an organized area filled with functional storage.

Kids Play Areas

Kids spaces are always in need of organization. If you don’t have a designated play room try to find a nook or space to allocate to kid’s toys—think outside the box, like under the staircase. Once you have a space pinpointed, try to round up all the toys and keep them in this space. Bookshelves, cubbies, totes and containers, desks and toy chests can all help in the organizing of kids toys and allows you to keep the rest of your home free from the clutter of toys.


My favorite room to organize is the kitchen. Top on my list for every kitchen is a garbage and recycling center. Kitchen pantries are a close second. Pantries are great for storing oversized items or thinks you like to stock up on. Pantries can be added with cabinetry or construction. If your kitchen lacks a pantry think about options for adding one.  Other ways to add organization to the kitchen include cutlery divers for drawers, vertical tray dividers for small unusable cabinets, spice racks, open shelving, wine racks and more.

There are so many ways to add organization to your life. Cold temperatures outside are a great excuse to stay indoors and get your home organized by decluttering and adding storage solutions that will make organization easier to maintain.

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2018 Minneapolis Parade of Home Trends

by Deb Williamson

If you had the opportunity to visit Minneapolis last month you may have noticed bright yellow ‘Parade of Home’ signs all over town. Maybe you were even fortunate enough to tour a few of those homes, where you would have seen some beautifully designed spaces, efficient floor plans and current home trends. If you didn’t make it up for the tour, I’d like to share some of the highlights with you today.

House by Sustainable9

House by Sustainable9

Floor Plans

Floor Plans were magnificent! Open, airy and functional come to mind when describing the homes on the Minneapolis Parade of Homes. Most front doors opened into inviting foyers showcasing oversized light fixtures leading into great rooms with sprawling fireplaces stretching to the ceilings and large picture windows framing water views, wildlife and beautiful landscapes. Vaulted ceiling with beams or trays were standard in these amazing homes. Oversized kitchens, main floor master bedrooms with adjoining spa-like baths inspired well-thought-out plans. Staircases were unique and eye-catching as you made your way to different levels containing wet bars, workout rooms, home theatres, offices, guest suites, and typically multiple laundry facilities.

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