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Our Minneapolis-area Idea Home proves that a love of the environment and a love of great style can live under the same roof. Certified as ecofriendly, it's built in a housing development that...
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See what our Chicago-area house looked like before a top-to-bottom remodeling.
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We celebrated our 25th anniversary in true Midwest style: by helping our neighbors. For this year's Idea Home, we renovated the Ronald McDonald House right up the street.
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See how James Hardie products played a role in the overall look and feel of Midwest Living's 2007 Idea Home.
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Victorian elegance inspired this showcase home's formal areas, but there's nothing stiff or stuffy about the interiors that greet you warmly as you step through the front door.
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Throughout the house, you'll see the warm, true colors of Heartland landscapes: sky blue, sunshine yellow, leafy green and cherry red. (Originally published September/October 1998.)
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The Arts and Crafts Movement swept through the Heartland a century ago, leaving a legacy of craftsmanship and comfort. (Originally published September/October 1995.)
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Our 2008 Minneapolis-area Idea Home proves that a love of the environment and a love of great style can live under the same roof. Certified as ecofriendly, it's built in a housing development...
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While design details reflect the Midwest's Old World heritage, this house dazzles with all the comforts that families like yours demand today. (Originally published September/October 1997.)

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