There Are Only A Few Types of Houses in MN I Haven't Been Asked to Stage....

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As a Home Stager and Redesigner I am asked to stage and decorate many types of homes. Starter homes, massive homes, ramblers, two-stories. But, I have not yet been asked to stage one of MN's most popular houses. Well......okay maybe not that popular.


But three months of the year they are fairly popular creating entire cities of houses!

 Remember the movie "Grumpier Old Men"? Yup...that was Minnesota! We love to Ice Fish! We meaning 'they'.....not we including me. :)









 There is the starter house:


The small but whimsical house:



The 'sticks out in the neighborhood' house: (every neighborhood has one)



The very cozy house:


The big boy on the block house!!!



And Aahhh.....the "Frosty The Snow Man House" - hurry up it's warm outside:



I am hoping one day to be asked to stage one of these 'houses'. I will let you know! Those of you in your hearts out!


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Sharon Tara
Sharon Tara Transformations - Portsmouth, NH
New Hampshire Home Stager

Not that I see as many of these houses as you do, but I have not yet been asked to stage one either!  And....that's just fine with me!  I HATE walking on ice, LOL!

Jan 18, 2012 11:40 AM #7
Kathy Streib
Room Service Home Staging - Delray Beach, FL
Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224

Shar- you stage one of those... we want pics!!!!! And yes I remember the movies and couldn't believe people actually had those little houses to ice fish!  

Jan 18, 2012 01:02 PM #8
Cathy Tarrant

So cute and colorful!  Some people go through a lot of work to ice fish!

Jan 18, 2012 01:21 PM #9
Sally Weatherley
Vancouver Home Staging, Home Stager Vancouver, B.C

Shar - Seriously?  People build houses to go ice fishing?!!!  I had no idea.  I'm not sure I ever saw the movie, so this is definitely news to me, but the photos are very fun! 

Jan 18, 2012 01:53 PM #10
Tatyana Makarov
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - South Windsor, CT
Your Greater Hartford Area Realtor

Hello Shar, this is so cute!!!! I love these little houses...

Thanks for sharing.


Jan 18, 2012 02:10 PM #11
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I'm with you Sharon, I don't like walking on ice more than 3" thick.

Yes, the movie was real Kathy. It's a MN thing.

Oh, it is like a religion to some Cathy!

Sally you have to rent the movie! There is a Part 2 which is good too but the original is hysterical. Walter Matthau, Jack Lemmon, Ann Margaret, Burgess Merideth, Daryl Hannah....  I think part two is "Grumpier Old Men".

Some of them are so cute, some so ugly Tatyana. Ha

Jan 18, 2012 03:05 PM #12
Peg Barcelo
Fluff My House! Home Staging Inc. 250.486.6369 - Summerland, BC
The FlufftasticStager from Summerland, BC

Shar, no way would I be in one of those this week! It's -27 celsius here! But if you do one, pix are a great idea! The only time I'm on a frozen lake is for ice racing school!

Jan 18, 2012 03:08 PM #13
Ellen Caruso
Daniel Gale Sotheby's International Realty - Glen Head, NY

Shar, so fun and creative....and thats what your staging job would be too, I'm sure!

Jan 18, 2012 03:47 PM #14
Lisa Von Domek
Lisa Von Domek Team - Dallas, TX
....Experience Isn't Expensive.... It's Priceless!

Good morning Shar,

Fun post, brought back a ton of memories of my ice fishing years.  And, the end of season contest - betting which house would be left out too long and go in the lake.  Thanks for the smile!

Jan 19, 2012 12:23 AM #16
Kim Gaston
RE/MAX Advantage Realty - Colorado Springs, CO
Colorado Springs REALTOR®, CNE (719)661-6987

Wow, pretty creative you Minnesotans... :) Great pics. Thanks for sharing.

Jan 19, 2012 12:45 AM #17
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Ice racing school? Seriously Peg? Now that deserves pictures!

It would be a hoot Ellen wouldn't it?

Cold ones Richard......bada bing bada boom...

You were an Ice Fisherwoman Lisa? Cool! There are always a few that get left out too long every year.

Us MinneaSOtans are so fun aren't we Kim!

Jan 19, 2012 06:55 AM #18
Maureen Bray Portland OR Home Stager ~ Room Solutions Staging
Room Solutions Staging, Portland OR - Portland, OR
"Staging Consultations that Sell Portland Homes"

What a fun post and photos, Shar!  I like the cozy log cabin and could imagine being in front of a warm fire there ... no ice fishing though, thanks anyway  :-)

Jan 19, 2012 08:08 AM #19
Janice Ankrett
Janice Ankrett Home Staging - Burlington, ON
Staging Professional

Shar, that last one looks like it is about to sink LOL. I remember Grumpier Old Men! I just can't see the appeal of sitting in a shack freezing for a fish! I remember a Fraiser episode where they went ice fishing with their father ... hilarious!

Jan 19, 2012 10:31 AM #20
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

The hole in the ice freaks me out Maureen. I always feel I will step into it and be trapped until Spring!

Oh but the houses aren't freezing Janice. The have propane or something to keep them toasty warm and some sleep in their house. Not sure why but they do. Oh....and that last one is about to sink. Happens all the time here when it warms up and the owner hasn't taken their house off the lake.

Here is what the insides may look like: some have stoves! You can play cards and man all your 'holes in the ice' at the same time. LOL


Jan 19, 2012 10:50 AM #21
Gene Riemenschneider
Home Point Real Estate - Brentwood, CA
Turning Houses into Homes

Ice fishing always struck me as the ultimate guy get away.  I understand some have TV to watch football on.  I want one.

Jan 19, 2012 03:06 PM #22
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Some do have TVs Gene. I think you need an Ice House! They were the first 'man caves'.

Jan 19, 2012 03:38 PM #23
Brian Doubleday
Brian Doubleday - IML RealEstate - Orange County, CA Broker - Ladera Ranch, CA
Ladera Ranch, Foothill Ranch, Lake Forest, Mission Viejo

Shar, now that looks like a serious challenge, you could really warm one of those places up

Jan 19, 2012 07:26 PM #24
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

I think I could Brian!

I don't really get the going out on the frozen lake to stare into a small hole either Valerie but some don't understand my hobby of two sticks with yarn. LOL

Jan 22, 2012 09:52 AM #26
Michael S. Bolton
Michael S. Bolton,Inc. - Zimmerman, MN
MN Appraiser

Shar~That's quite the collection of fish houses, it's ironic that I'll be heading up to Leech Lake for four days of fishing, and I'll be looking at fish houses in a different light.

Have an awesome day!

Jan 24, 2012 10:55 PM #27
Shar Sitter
Rooms With Style - Minneapolis, MN
Home Staging and Redesign Minneapolis/ St. Paul, M

Have a blast Michael....and be safe!

Jan 25, 2012 12:54 AM #28
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