Interior shot of a home gym space with equipment, weights, balls. Room is surrounded by windows and well lit.

Learn how to create a quiet home gym or court from the custom builders at Gordon James

Maintaining an active lifestyle through exercise and sports is a great way to improve your mood and longevity. Trudging to the gym, especially during Minnesota winters, on the other hand can be less than ideal. Not only that, but even the nicest gyms can have dangerously high noise levels. Over the last several years, in-house fitness has become a booming industry. Today, home gyms and athletic courts are a must-have for people renovating or building a new home. Providing convenience, custom design and huge value for homeowners, a home gym is a great idea. But like all great ideas, it’s important to execute it the right way. Because gyms and athletic courts create a lot of noise, that means building with sound in mind. 

At Gordon James, we build home fitness and recreation facilities that are attractive, effective and quiet for your family and neighbors. Here’s how we do it.

Interior shot of a home gym. Closed space, no windows. Various equipment including weights, medicine balls and a standing bicycle.

 1. Build Quiet From the Ground Up with Acoustic Flooring

Whether you’re running on a treadmill, dribbling a basketball or playing a game of pickleball, the impact vibrations on the floor create a significant amount of noise. This doesn’t just impact your ear drums, but can irritate your family members and neighbors. It’s important to minimize this impact noise by using sound absorbing materials in your flooring. When building a new home, install mass-loaded vinyl between the subfloor and gym or court flooring. This will sharply mitigate the amount of vibrations caused by impact, and make your home gym or athletic court much quieter. If you’re renovating a space, particularly in the basement, as a home gym, acoustic mats can be installed over the existing flooring to achieve the same results. 

Interior shot of a home gym space with equipment, weights, balls. Room is surrounded by windows and well lit.

 

2. Add Acoustic Panels to Your Walls and Ceilings

Echo and reverberation are also major culprits of unwanted noise in home gyms and athletic courts. Hanging acoustic paneling on your walls and ceilings will greatly reduce noise by absorbing sound waves that would otherwise bounce around. If you have high ceilings, acoustic ceiling clouds add a strong aesthetic touch while providing the noise-minimizing functionality you need to keep the peace. If your custom home gym or court design includes natural light, it’s a good idea to install soundproof or double pane windows and skylights to prevent noise from escaping.

Interior shot of a living room featuring a sofa, a comfy chair, a table and lamp. Sound-proofing materials hang from the wall behind.

3. Build Outdoor Courts with Sound in Mind

A game of tennis in the summer is one of life’s greatest pleasures, so outdoor athletic courts are an excellent addition to your custom home design. To keep outdoor courts quiet, positioning is key. Build your court so that it is 50 yards away from nearby homes and set up so that gameplay is directed away from neighbors. If your housing association or neighborhood allows, stone or brick fencing provides a sophisticated and beautiful sound buffer. Sound absorbing curtains can also be installed over chain link to reduce reverberation. Large landscaping features can also create a gorgeous sound barrier. 

A shot of a traditional gym space with various weights and machines.Build a Quiet Home Gym with Gordon James

Building a new home is a chance to create a space that doesn’t just meet your needs, but satisfies your wants. At Gordon James, we love having the opportunity to transform your custom home design ideas into a reality. We partner with expert craftsmen, carpenters and suppliers to execute your new construction or renovation with the award-winning luxury home experience we’re known for. If you’re dreaming of a state-of-the-art home gym or athletic court, or have another custom amenity in mind, partner with builders you can trust. To learn more about building your home with Gordon James, contact us at info@gordon-james.com, or call us at 763-469-3117.


A living room with an entertainment center featured in a Gordon James custom home in Minnesota featured in Gordon James February 2022 blog.

These Interior Design Trends are Captivating the Custom Market

Building a custom home allows homeowners to transform their imagination into reality. With control over layout, design, materials and idiosyncratic elements, the possibilities are endless. With your wildest dreams at your fingertips, narrowing down what you want can be challenging. Inspiration can come from many different places, from childhood memories to our favorite vacation destinations. Another tremendous source of inspiration is looking to the current trends that are enchanting others in the custom home market. As we settle into the new year and make our way into the prime season for building, custom builders Gordon James share some of their favorite interior design trends to inspire your own custom home. 

 

Image of dining room with vibrant house plants for Gordon James February blog These Interior Design Trends are Captivating the Custom Market  A modern bathroom with a thriving house plant in a Gordon James home in Minnesota for Gordon James February blog

1. Take Cues From Nature

As indoor plants gain popularity along with a renewed appreciation for nature, the custom home market is finding new ways to incorporate these passions into design. For homeowners with a green thumb, carefully placed windows and built-in plant stands can help maximize beneficial light and seamlessly incorporate your passion for indoor gardening into the flow of your interior design. Even if you’re not skilled with horticulture, large picture windows create an unobstructed view of natural surroundings, making them a part of your interior. Additionally, reclaimed wood and other natural or repurposed materials are making a comeback in 2022, as many homeowners seek sustainability in their custom builds. 

 

2. Revive Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts-inspired homes have been gaining popularity over the last year, with more open floor plans and spaces designed to encourage interaction with people and nature. They also boast an appreciation of skilled artisans and craftsmen. As this trend gains speed, custom builders are seeing more requests for libraries, studies, walk-in pantries and vestibules with built-in shelving. Handmade and custom ceramic tiles are popular for backsplashes and bathrooms. Wainscotting, crown molding and other craftsman finishes showcase elegance and a celebration of skill. Look for inspiration in old world arts and crafts like pottery, weaving and candle making when seeking decorative elements. 

 

A living room in a luxury home designed by Gordon James  A living room with an entertainment center featured in a Gordon James custom home in Minnesota featured in Gordon James February 2022 blog.

3. Put an Emphasis on Joy

As the last few years have given us more use of our homes, Gordon James finds that homeowners are seeking more opportunities for joy in their spaces. Gaming rooms have become a must-have for many custom homeowners, while pet-specific rooms with wash stations are also on the rise as people seek to include the furry new additions to their families in their design. A dedicated room for grooming, pampering and training gives pets a safe space and keeps you from sullying the bath with a wet pooch. More homeowners are also seeking quirky spaces like whimsical reading nooks, butler’s pantries, dreamy dressing rooms and even secret rooms masked by moving bookcases. One of the benefits of working with Gordon James is that whatever brings you joy can be manifested in your living space. 

 

Imagine Your Custom Home with Gordon James

One of the most rewarding aspects of custom home building is working with clients on the design of their dream home. Consulting with Gordon James from design through completion, you have the ability to manifest the house you dream of, folding in inspiration as it strikes. Gordon James works exclusively with leading suppliers, architects and craftsmen, providing the best materials and expert execution, right down to the finest details. With our premier partnerships and client collaborations, we’ve been able to create award-winning homes that bring a lifetime of delight to their dwellers. To learn more about starting your custom build with Gordon James, contact us at info@gordon-james.com, or call us at 763-469-3117.


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Seasonal Decorating Ideas Between Holidays

Humans have found joy in post-harvest seasonal decorating since ancient times. In the modern day, decorating our homes for Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and other holidays has become a popular way to keep our spirits up when the weather gets chillier and the days grow darker. Home decorating is a great way to connect with our kids, show pride in our homes, and build community with our friends, family, and neighbors. So why wait for holidays to do it? Keep reading to find seasonal decorating inspiration for between the holidays from the luxury home builders at Gordon James. 

 

1. Celebrate Fall with Natural Decor

As we get deeper into fall, we start spending less time outside. After a summer of outdoor adventuring, this can be a jolt to the system. By bringing natural elements into your home decor, you can stay connected to the outdoors. Incorporate dried flowers and branches, gourds, and decorative grasses into your existing home decor. Celebrate autumnal color and texture with woven baskets and seasonal curtains, blankets, and pillows made from natural fibers. 

 

2. Embrace the Danish Value of Hygge 

Warm up your home this winter with Hygge (pronounced ‘hue-gah’) inspired decor. Hygge is the Scandinavian value of comfort, coziness, togetherness, and simple pleasures. Pack away clutter, and choose simple, thoughtful design elements that promote connection for between and after winter holidays. Using plush, fur-inspired and wool blankets, soft pillows and candles will make your home a wintery wonderland where your family can play games, sip cocoa, and connect.

 

3. Celebrate Unusual Holidays

A great way to mix up your decor between and beyond the big holidays is to celebrate holidays we don’t tend to commemorate. Add American flags and yellow ribbons for Veteran’s Day. Use silver and gold to celebrate the New Year. Honor Martin Luther King Jr. by decorating your home with white roses. 

Build Your Dream Home With Gordon James

We decorate our homes to connect with our living spaces. When you build a custom home, that connection starts from the ground up. Gordon James custom home builders collaborate with you to create one-of-a-kind homes you’ll love to decorate throughout the seasons. Our luxury homes are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality, taste, and lifestyle. The Gordon James team coordinates the entire process, working with trusted suppliers, designers, and craftsmen to make your dream home a reality. 

For more information contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-469-3117 today!


This Gordon James home features a chalet inspired living room. The stone fireplace and luxury furniture set create cozy cabin vibes perfect for fall.

How to Create a Cottage Feel with High Style

Sometimes thought of as a second home or a vacation retreat, a cottage-style home is quaint, cozy, and most importantly, charming. When you imagine a cottage-style custom home design you may imagine wooden beams, fireplaces, gable roofs, and bay windows. If the thought of a luxurious cottage-style home is what you envision for your next home, we have listed high-style elements to consider incorporating in the custom home design.

 

 

1. How High Can Your Ceilings Go?

Quaint, or cozy design elements that make your artisan home have the cottage-style feel do not mean that the spaces have to be small or closed off. One way to create more space in a high-style cottage home is to raise the ceilings. Raised ceilings add space, dimension, and even provide the opportunity to introduce other natural design elements, such as wooden beams.

 

 

2. Focus on Dimension

Throughout the artisan home, focus on incorporating dimensional design elements. Cottage-style custom home designs should incorporate many natural and warm elements to create the cozy feel, yet the main goal here is to beautifully feature those luxury home elements. To add dimension into the home’s design, try including rich, dark wood paired with light neutral walls. Dimension could also be incorporated with texture, such as a stucco wall with a custom-designed tiled fireplace or carpeted stairs next to wooden floors in the entryway.

 

 

3. Rustic - But Not Too Rustic

The cottage-style custom home design does not have to resemble a cabin. Throughout the artisan home, focus on the shapes of the windows, the style of doors, and even the trim. Small details like this allow the design to create a warm, yet contemporary home for your family to enjoy for years to come. Create your cottage-style artisan home with these elements in mind to create a timeless luxury home that will be an inviting, warm and cozy space for your family to enjoy for years to come.

 

Bring Your Dream Home to Life with Gordon James

Gordon James custom home builders create artisan homes that suit your style and incorporate contemporary elements. Our luxury homes are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce the perfect results – your dream home!  

For more information contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-469-3117 today!


This cabin themed kitchen features exposed wooden beams, hanging brass light fixtures above a central kitchen island. Black matte wooden frame and straw barstool seats surround the white marble kitchen island. The eggshell white subway backsplash paired with the white cupboards create a distinctly modern cabin vibe typical of Gordon James luxury homes in Minnetrista, Minnesota.

Style Trends for Finishing Touches on Your Custom Home

Building a custom home is an exciting process that enables you to make your dream house a reality. You get to work with designers, architects, craftsmen and more to make sure your space looks and feels luxurious and uniquely your own. With the right finishing touches, you can bring even more style and luxury to your new home. In this blog, the custom builders at Gordon James explore some of the latest style trends to complete your dream home. 

 

1. Embrace Minimalism 

Minimalism has been on the rise, and is a hallmark of today’s luxury design. Streamlining your home decor for an uncluttered and clean look adds sophistication to a home and highlights the architectural features you’ve included in your custom build. And minimalism doesn’t have to feel cold and sterile: by selecting your favorite pieces to showcase, you draw attention to your own personal flair while maintaining a clean aesthetic. In creating functional pieces of furniture, you’re able to further declutter your space. Consider smart furniture pieces like sleek speaker tables to reduce cords and clunky extras. 

 

 

2. Bring Nature Inside

During the last year, many people have embraced home gardening. Now, indoor plants have become a beloved and enduring style trend. Not only do plants bring color and style to your home, they improve air quality, mood, and productivity. Take advantage of natural light in your custom kitchen with herb gardens and small citrus trees. Add tranquility to living spaces with palms and ferns. In addition to plants, many people are bringing nature indoors with natural materials like reclaimed wood and bamboo, and large glass doors to marry indoor and outdoor spaces. 

 

 

3. Add Round Finishes

Another style trend that’s taking off is round finishes. Circles symbolize softness and harmony: with circular couches and tables, or round mirrors and framed art, curves add a sense of welcome to your space as well as provide an interesting visual juxtaposition against the sharper edges of your construction. 

 

  

4. Opt for Bold Bathrooms

Don’t overlook style when it comes to finishing the more private areas of your home. Bringing bold wallpaper into small lavatories will stun guests. Soaking tubs, serene colors, and darker colors are trending for master baths, offering serenity and luxury to your morning and evening routines. Look for natural bamboo bath mats and LED backlit vanities for an eco-friendly and sophisticated finish. 

 

 

5. Be Industrious

Adding industrial elements to your interior design brings urban elegance to your custom home. Achieve a glamorous look with salvaged metals and distressed leather in your living spaces. Metal accessories and exposed piping are especially popular in kitchens and bathrooms. Copper lighting fixtures, polished concrete or wood flooring, and stone accents come together to create an elegant and sophisticated space. 

 

Bring Your Dream Home to Life with Gordon James

The custom home builders at Gordon James create luxury homes that suit your style. Our artisan homes are designed by architects with direct consultation with our clients to ensure that their unique personality and taste shines through. Working with Gordon James, you’ll be able to incorporate finishes into the design of your home so that your decor will fit seamlessly into your new dream house. With our team, your imagination will be untethered while we work together to bring your luxury home to life. For more information contact us at info@gordon-james.com, or call us at 763-469-3117.


This rustic modern living room of a Gordon James luxury home in Minnetrista, Minnesota features bold artisan furniture.

3 Design Ideas for a Modern Home

When planning your custom home design or remodel, it can be difficult to balance lasting design elements with what is trending right now. Gordon James knows how to create timeless, modern designs that look as good tomorrow as they will in 20 years. Read on to review three elements to keep in mind to help give your custom home a modern element, while still establishing style that will stand the test of time.

  

Incorporate Outdoor Living Spaces

Expand the interior living space of the home by adding cozy outdoor spaces. Outdoor spaces are now more functional than ever before with TVs, fireplaces, kitchens, pools, and saunas. Patios, decks, or screened in rooms add living space to the home without extending the square footage. Blended living spaces are particularly becoming a must-have in modern, luxury homes. A blended living space is created by separating two areas with a large window from floor to ceiling that, once removed, creates a seamless space. No door is needed to move from one living space to the other.

 

   

Include Natural Light

Natural light invites a warm and energetic energy into every room. No matter what specific style of luxury home you’re renovating or custom building, natural light can give your home an open air feel. Adding natural light to your most frequently used living spaces creates an aesthetically pleasing warm glow that can boost the mood. When designing the home office, consider adding natural light into this room as well to boost productivity. Natural lighting can be easily created by incorporating large and numerous windows.

 

  

Focus on Functionality

When you imagine building a luxury modern home, you may picture a home that has tall windows, sleek design, and beautiful views. Another important element to a modern home that will stand the test of time is functionality. Design your custom home with this one question in mind: will I spend time in this room? Modern homes are filled with spaces that are comfortable, inviting and functional. Gone are the days where homes were filled with rooms that only served the purpose of being “pretty” or “for show”. At Gordon James, it is our goal to build a home that serves your needs and keeps your family comfortable for many years to come. Design your home with that in mind by focusing on what truly matters in each and every room.

 

Add Modern Elements to Your Next Luxury Home with Gordon James

Gordon James is here to add modern elements to allow home renovation or custom home design to meet all of your needs. Our luxury homes are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce the perfect results – your dream home!

For more information contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-469-3117 today!

 


Spacious kitchen designed from Gordon James

4 Design Ideas for a Rustic Luxury Home

Rustic (ˈrəstik), meaning to be made in a plain and simple fashion. Luxury (ˈləkSH(ə)rē,ˈləɡZH(ə)rē), meaning to be made for extravagance.

And, as the saying goes, opposites attract. Where your luxurious home offers comfort and elegance, adding natural tones and design elements brings a sense of calm that can only come from nature itself. Tastefully unique and artfully simplistic, incorporating rustic luxury design will bring comfort, relaxation and a fashionable functionality to every home. Read more for design ideas and inspiration from the professionals at Gordon James to begin adding a touch of rustic luxury to your own custom home renovation.

  

Wood-Work It

Rustic design is all about taking designs, materials and concepts from nature, highlighting them in their truest forms. Using different forms of wood throughout your home lays a neutral yet elegant foundation for your home renovation. Ceiling to floor, including an abundance of woodwork throughout the space carries a naturally intricate design from room to room. Plus, with the durability and adaptability of some woods, these design elements really do get better with time.

 

  

Mixing Materials

With that being said, Mother Nature has quite the variety in her jewelry box, meaning that you have tons of materials and canvases to choose from. One of the most fun aspects of incorporating rustic design elements into your luxury home renovation is the immense amount of possibility. The simplistic vibe gives allowance to mix and match your favorite neutral materials and textures into one custom home design. Try switching things up with a wood-layed backsplash over a granite countertop in the kitchen for an unexpected yet stylish twist.

 

  

The Call of the Wild

Feeling a bit animalistic? For those of you looking for something a bit bolder, including design and decor elements related to different animals walking around in nature is sure to liven things up. While I say this with caution, as it should definitely be used with discretion, including a variety of faux animal furs, skins, etc. is a great way to add a subtle accent to your custom home design.

 

  

As Big As the Sky

One of the major appeals to incorporating rustic design elements into your luxury home renovation is the openness it brings to any room. By mimicking the grandeur of natures open air through strategic architecture and design, you begin to remove the barrier of outdoor versus in. Include high vaulted ceilings and large open rooms to your custom home design to create both the freedom of nature and the comfort of luxe.

 

Start Designing Your Dream Home with Gordon James

Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce the perfect results – your dream home!

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


Spacious kitchen with wood theme from Gordon James.

3 Renovation Ideas to Update Your Home’s Aesthetic

After 2020, do you feel like breathing some fresh life into your home for 2021? Then you may want to consider some luxury home renovations featuring some current design trends. Here are three luxury home renovation ideas that will give your home a more updated look in the new year:

 

1.   Let the Light In

While windows often seem like a permanent fixture in a home, there are many reasons you might decide to replace them. To create a new look or feel many people change the style of their windows to update the design of their home. If your home feels dated, consider updating the frames throughout the house or widening a window to let in more natural light.

 Another way to modernize a home is to renovate or install statement light fixtures. An intricate lighting fixture not only breathes life into any room but also sets the tone for a room. You can install modern, industrial pieces, sleek metal pieces, or even retro-designed fixtures. The lighting in your home sets the tone for your space, so don’t overlook the power of windows or light fixtures in a home renovation.

 

2.   Reimagine Your Kitchen

Whether you realize it or not, family life revolves around the kitchen, making it a place where both beauty and function are more important than anywhere else. A dream kitchen renovation combines high-quality appliances, custom designs, and gorgeous materials to break up the room with warm and cold elements. A luxury kitchen is more than just functional, it’s a beautiful escape that meets all practical needs, suits your aesthetic taste, and welcomes family and friends.

Whatever the size of the kitchen, the overall elegance is a mix of various design elements: inviting lighting, sleek cabinetry, stone features, wood accents, stylish tile, and glistening appliances. Your kitchen is the heart of your home, so it needs to be stylish and functional; a place you can host company and hold intimate, family dinners.

 

3.   Create an At-Home Spa

The time spent in the bathroom is precious. So, if there's a room that deserves renovations that seek more attention, it's the bathroom. A bathroom should not only function well, but it should also be designed for optimal comfort and relaxation.

Invest in a state-of-the-art sound system to enjoy your favorite tunes in the morning or evening. Paired with new tiling, cabinets, and other luxury upgrades your bathroom will feel like an at-home spa.

 

Renovate with Gordon James

Partner with the professional Minnesota home builder, Gordon James, to start designing or renovating your dream space. Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


A living room in a Gordon James luxury home on Casco Point with a view of nearby Lake Minnetonka in Orono, Minnesota.

Creating Breathtaking Spaces in Your Custom Luxury Home

Creating a custom luxury home is an exciting adventure that, at times, can also feel overwhelming. Building a custom home means you have a completely blank slate to work with - you can design all the elements and transform the space into anything you desire. Here are a couple of ideas from Gordon James for designing breathtaking spaces in your custom luxury home:

 

Elevate with an Open-Floor Plan

The benefits of open-floor plans are nearly endless: the illusion of more space, convenience while entertaining or enjoying family life, and an abundance of natural light. To create a cohesive and captivating open-floor plan, maintain an aesthetic flow throughout different rooms with consistent flooring and complimentary color palettes. Add layers of texture and various hues for accents throughout the space to keep things visually vibrant.

 Hardwood floors in entryway by Gordon James in Twin Cities Mudrooms in dream home by Gordon James in Twin Cities, MN

Reconsider the Entryway

Your home’s entryway is your first chance to impress guests and introduce your home’s design. Whether you’re looking to create a grand space or something more subtle, you should utilize your available options to elevate the space into more than a mudroom. Consider a dramatic staircase, mosaic walls and floors, columns, and sweeping chandeliers to establish a lavish introduction to your home.

 Bathroom in lakehome in Medina mn Gordon James

Embrace Natural Light

Carefully examine the view from each window in your home and you’ll be able to create rooms with amazing landscapes for your family and visitors. Regardless of what lies outside the window, consider each as a picture frame for the outdoors. An eye-catching view makes the room feel larger, and the more natural light you add into your home the more inviting, natural, and airy your home will feel.

 Cozy up your custom home in Orono, MN by Gordon James

Express Your Style

The design of your dream home is personal, and it should serve the people living in the space - you and your family. How do you want to feel when you walk into your home - thrilled, relaxed, calm, safe, happy...or even all of these at once? The answer to this question should guide how you choose to design your home. Discover what design elements bring you joy and find ways to incorporate them into your dream home design.

 

Start Designing Your Dream Home with Gordon James

Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce the perfect result – your dream home!

Partner with the professionals at Gordon James in Minnesota to start designing and planning your dream home. For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.


The entryway in a luxury Gordon James home in Minnesota is decorated with holly and buffalo plaid pillows for Christmas.

Decorate Your Home for the Holidays

What's more welcoming than festive holiday decorations throughout your home? Set a merry tone with inspiring holiday decorating ideas from the custom home builders at Gordon James to make your decor as unique as your home. From the entryway to the great room, here’s everything to consider as the holiday party season approaches. Get every room in your home holiday-ready with these festive ideas from Gordon James:

   

Entryway

Your home’s entryway is your first chance to impress guests and introduce your holiday spirit. So gather together some of your favorite holiday decorations and recreate your entrance space. From trees and wreaths to cozy throws and holiday pillows, string lights, and glittering ornaments, impress your guests with your unique taste. One way to make a magical entryway is to decorate your banister in elaborate holiday decor with lights, bows, and garlands. The banister is also an excellent alternative to hanging stockings on the fireplace. There’s nothing more welcoming than a stunning entryway, so make this space a priority this holiday season.

   

Dining Area

From enjoying Christmas Eve dinner with your family to decorating cookies, the dining area is a high-traffic space during the holiday season. This year, consider giving your dining room the decor it deserves for the holidays. Try decorating your chairs with elegant ribbons and fir branches. Enhance the natural light in the room with wreaths and garlands surrounding the window. Assemble an eye-catching floral centerpiece for the dining room table. Embellish the look by surrounding it with all-white candles. Opt for a simple, faux tree in a corner of your kitchen to warm the space. Bring the warmth of the season into your kitchen and watch it transform from standard to exemplary.

 

 

Great Room

Your great room is the heart of your home all year long, but it feels especially important as the holidays roll around. Not only is it the backdrop for intimate family gatherings, but also the go-to location for your Christmas tree. And, if you have a fireplace, it’s also Santa’s primary entrance.  For these reasons, it’s especially important to fill this space with an extra dose of holiday cheer.

Of course, the large Christmas tree that we open gifts under is often found in this room. So it’s important to have one that not only suits your style but also stands tall season after season if you decide to invest in an artificial tree.

You could venture to the bolder side of the spectrum with an ombre tree or remain with a classic red-and-gold palette. Christmas holiday decorations are all about evoking that cheer and warmth the season brings throughout your own home. From traditional to modern, natural to glamour, your tree should reflect your taste and personality to fully embrace the season.

 

Prepare Your Home for the Holidays with Gordon James 

Partner with the professional Minnesota home builders, Gordon James, to start building your dream home. Our dream homes are architecturally exciting and structurally robust, with elegant interiors and refined exteriors. They are designed by architects to mirror each client’s personality and lifestyle needs. The Gordon James team orchestrates the intricate process through which a confluence of people, events, talents, and dreams will produce perfect results – your dream home! For more information, contact us at info@gordon-james.com or call us at 763-479-3117 today.