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Easy Tips to Transition your decor from Summer to Fall

The leaves are starting to change, the temperature is dropping, so it is time to change from bright sunny colors to embracing the warm, coziness of fall. Don’t worry there is no need to go all out at hobby lobby to get a whole new bucket of decorations. A simple change in color palette from brights to neutrals and adding some simple changes will help you achieve the cozy fall feeling.

Layer Textured Decor

One way to achieve this fall feeling is by layering textures. This will provide a sense of warmth in your home and achieve that cozy feeling we are all trying to acheive in our home. There is no need to go overboard, something as simple as adding a throw blanket onto your couch or leather chair will do the trick. What’s great about decor is that you can add and subtract; moving things around from one place to another gives you the freedom to design what YOU want.

Switch out Fabrics

So instead of buying brand new furniture or getting that one chair that would be great for fall. Incorporate the fabric of your accent decor, such as your pillows, throws or even rugs. Instead of cotton, switch to velvets and knits. These fabrics allow for that welcoming feeling we associate with fall. In addition, this is also an easy way to adjust your color palette from summer to fall. Switching the fabric of your pillows also gives you the chance to incorporate those fall colors!

Add Soft Light

The perfect setting for a cozy fall night always includes candles! Any kind of candle that allows that flickering of soft light will definitely create more coziness! Adding plain white candles is simple and will last you through to late fall combined with your neutral color palette. They also go great with other small decorations to make a center piece for your coffee table or dining table.

Add Soft Whites

Another plus of having a neutral color palette is that it is easy for you to transition from one season to the next. Adding elements of soft whites will allow you to transition from season to season while still having an on trend look in your home. Adding soft whites could go anywhere, dining room chairs, throws over the couch or a table runner! Anywhere you can add this neutral color will allow for other decor to pop against this soft white.

Now that you have all of these tips to transition your home from summer to fall, you will definitely have the coziest and welcoming home on the block! If you are interested to see the home featured within the photos, click on the link below to be brought to our website where this home is for sale!

7 Reasons to Buy New


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New homes typically offer higher ceilings, 2x the bathroom space and up to 3x the closet and storage space! If your family is growing. Buy something you can grow in to, rather than out of!


Newly built homes are up to 30% more efficient than homes built only 10 years ago. The savings that efficiency yields is worth it.


So far in 2020, used homeowners have spent over 1 billion dollars more in home maintenance and repairs than owners of newly built homes.  


New homes are built with your lifestyle needs in mind. Let the huge backyard, porch, or outdoor fireplace be apart of your own home! 


You’re much more likely to get a home warranty through a home builder as opposed to an existing home seller. In particular our company Midwest Design Homes provides a custom care and warranty. We pride ourselves on the quality of work we do and the continued service we perform, making the customer Number One!


Many new home builders offer special financing opportunities when working with their preferred lenders. 


At Midwest Design Homes, we understand that everyone has a different lifestyle and taste; which is why we enable you to customize your home to your needs and wants!  

Now you know the benefits to buying a new home vs. a used one. If you’re interested in doing speaking with us about buying new, mention this blog post for a free consultation! We would love to help you build and customize your dream home.

5 Reasons To Buy vs. Rent

Wondering whether you should buy or rent? Here are a few reasons why buying might be a better choice for you.

1. Creative Freedom

Owning your home means you can do anything you want with the property, like paint your kids room yellow, replace the carpet with hard wood flooring or just completely remodel the kitchen to the style you love.

2. Financial Incentives

Homeowners can deduct their mortgage interest and property taxes on their tax returns each year. This savings can often make the cost of owning equal to (or often less than) renting.

3. Predictable Payments

With renting you might be subject to annual rent increases, but if you get a fixed rate on your mortgage payment, the amount of your payment can never change.

4. Forced Savings

Paying your mortgage every month is liked a forced savings account. Every month you owe less as the value in your home goes up. Making it a better investment. Rent payments go directly to your landlord and there is no investment or asset for the renter.

5. Investment Potential

Appreciation is based on your homes total value, so it can outpace the gains you might see from investing your downpayment dollars elsewhere, like the stock market.

Now that you know these five reasons why it might be better to buy new then rent, give us a call for a free consultation on a custom or semi custom home to get your questions answered!

2020 Outdoor Living Trends

When summertime rolls around, where do you spend most of your time at home? OUTDOORS! Having an outdoor living space allows you to enjoy the outdoors but also feel comfortable right outside of your home. In 2020 outdoor living reflects the same expectations you have for your home interior. Comforting, cozy and stylish. The latest trends of outdoor living include these four as well as outdoor furniture, string lights, and decorative plants are just some simples ways you can make your backyard stylish but also comfortable!

1. Warm outdoor accents

Many retailers are using warm tones within their 2020 outdoor accessories, whether that pop of color comes from decorative lighting, outdoor rugs and outdoor furniture, it can be anywhere! Some of these warm toned colors include yellow, orange, green, and pink. Even though outdoor living spaces are for relaxing and kicking your feet up, a little brightness of color never hurt anyone! 

2. Aluminum Railings

Now when designing your backyard or outdoor area, the railings of your deck are not what first comes to mind when designing that area. But if you think about it they are actually one of the first things you see when walking onto your deck or from below it. An aluminum railing painted with a black finish caters to many styles like farmhouse, or modern. In addition to the overall look of aluminum railings, they are very durable and low maintenance, which is a plus! 

3. Biophilic Design

Now I know wat you’re thinking, what kind of fancy word is this. Trust me, it’s really not that fancy and can add more dimension to your outdoor living space. All this really means is integrating a purposeful inclusion of nature, not simply relying on being outside to decorate within your yard. An example of Biophilic design would be integrating a trellis fence, decorative plants or a deck made from natural wood and wood looking finishes that will work well with your outdoor spaces and its surroundings. 

4. Unique Outdoor Lighting

Not only do these string lights make your outdoor area super inviting and honestly super cute, they also allow better lighting for all your outdoor activities! Whether its grilling, sitting by the fire making smores or playing outdoor games. It is the perfect way to make your outdoor living look inviting as well as illuminating the area!  

Now that you’ve learned the latest 2020 trends for your outdoor living area, you can design the most stylish and comfortable outdoor area in the neighborhood! Contact Midwest Design Homes today for a free consultation to implement all of these awesome 2020 outdoor trends into your new custom home!

Are you ready for summer?

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Now through June 30th build your dream home with us and receive up to $3,000 dollars towards your lawn!

 At Midwest Design Homes, our Mission is to be the “Builder of Choice” for the finest custom and semi-custom homes in Northeast Wisconsin (Appleton, Green Bay, Oshkosh).  For more than 30 years, we have been providing our clientele with innovative home design, united with great value. 
 Make us your Builder of Choice or Purchase one of our ready to move in Homes by 6/30/2020 and receive up to $3,000 towards a Lawn!  Call us today to schedule an appointment with our Design Team and get your Dream Home started.  WE CAN’T WAIT TO HEAR FROM YOU! 

Gallery of Homes Event

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Join us from May 16th to May 29th for our Gallery of Homes Event! 

For our event this year, we are doing things a bit different with these three great options that will still allow you to see these beautiful homes. 

       ~ Live FaceTime Videos 

       ~ Virtual tours/Vidoes 

       ~ Self-Guided on–site tours of our available homes 

If you have any questions, please email Also, if you would like a digital gallery book with all the home info and floor plans please email the address above. Once you have looked at our gallery book and have chosen how you would like to see the homes from our three options, we will help you accordingly! 

Stay safe and stay healthy! 

Focus on Energy with MDH

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Reduce energy waste in your home and save money, with Midwest Design Homes!

Looking to save energy and money and don’t know where to start? 

Let us help you in the right direction. 

Midwest Design Homes is the best place to begin if you’re looking for top home comfort and maximum savings. When working with us you’ll receive a full energy assessment, to ensure your home is as efficient as it can be. 

Thinking of building a New Home?

Consider working with MDH a certified Focus on Energy Builder to do just that. Focus on Energy new homes are built to be anywhere from 15% – 100% more efficient than homes that just barley built to code. Not only can you have monthly savings on your utility bills and have a more comfortable home, you can also enjoy the peace of mind knowing that Focus Energy homes often result in a higher resale value. 

Click here to learn more about building with MDH, a certified Focus on Energy Builder. 

For more information click here for Focus on Energy’s new home site!


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Ten things to escape the boredom of being stuck inside your home. We hope these ten things keep you entertained and help you reach out to a friend or take some time for yourself that you didn’t have before. 

  1. Complete a puzzle: The more pieces the better!
  2. Start to journal: Express what you are feeling through words!
  3. Watch: one of those really long movies that you have been avoiding.
  4. Self-Care: Treat yourself to a skin care routine you usually don’t have time for. 
  5. Write letters: to family and friends: let them know you are thinking of them. 
  6. Organize: junk drawers you have been dreading to clean. 
  7. Bake, Bake, Bake! Bake that one recipe you have been dying to try. 
  8. Coloring Books: Not just for kids! 
  9. Try: reproduce something you have seen on Pinterest.
  10. Take time to reflect: What have you accomplished in the last year? What goals are you setting for yourself in the next year? 

If you decide to do anything of these things during your time of quarantine, post about it and tag Midwest Design Homes with the hashtag #escapingboredomwithMDH