She Visits Old Homes!
Minnesota was the new frontier in the 1800's. Lots of people made big fortunes in lumber, rail travel, publishing and shipping here. We are fortunate that many of these successful business men built large and ornate mansions to advertise their success and impress their friends.
Even better, many of them left their grand mansions to organizations to turn into museums! Their generosity is now this Twin Cities Home Stagers joy.
Today I am going with a friend to the American Swedish Institute. The museum is housed in a beautiful castle like mansion located in Minneapolis. The home was built in 1908 and was the private residence of the Turnblad family that made their fortune in publishing.
Hands-down, this is the prettiest home I have ever toured. And that is saying alot because I have toured many homes. As a home stager I see lots of properties. When I am on vacation I tour properties including haciendas in Mexico, castles in Germany, farm houses in Kansas. And it probably goes without saying that I have toured every mansion open to the public in the Twin Cities, and most of the properties in Minnesota.
This weekend the American Swedish Institute has a special program called A Nordic Christmas. They will be having story time for the kids, music for the adults, and the mansion is decorated in all its holiday best. Many rooms in the mansion are still decorated as they were originally used by the Turnblad family in the early 1900's. Other rooms have been converted to museum display areas.
I can't wait to go. Maybe I will pick up a decorating tip that I can put to use in your home or your clients property. If you have a property in the St Paul or Minneapolis metro area that could use some love, give me a call.