Personalizing and decorating your house might just be the most exciting thing you’ll do in your home. One of the challenges of decorating your home is making it look beautiful, be warm and inviting, and still feel like you. When you only live in your home part-time because you’re splitting the year between locations, you don’t want to spend a lot of time or money decorating. Here are 5 tips to save you time and money when decorating your seasonal home.


Picture Frames

There’s really no easier way to turn a house into a home than lining the walls with framed pictures. Whether they’re images of friends and family or just framed pictures that mean something to you, this is an inexpensive way to add a personal touch to your home. Plus, photos are fairly budget-friendly to reproduce so if you really love a picture you can have one in each home.



Books are just something we seem to accumulate as we navigate through life. Whether you’re an avid reader or not, bookshelves can add a cozy element to your home. You certainly don’t need to fill your shelves with first editions or rare collections; even hobby books or books of photography add a dimension. Books make great gifts so chances are you’ve received a few over the years. You can always visit a great second-hand bookstore or a garage sale to find books at a low price. Find books that tell a story about you and then find some that guests may enjoy perusing. In this electronic age, seeing a bookshelf full of actual books is almost a statement art piece.



Create Color

Add colorful touches around the home in different ways to add a fun spin to your surroundings. If you spend half the year in a Sunbelt state and your summer in Minnesota, you might want to bring some of the colors you see in each place into your home space. The combination of colors and textures will add an eclectic feel that will be uniquely yours. Try colored vases, throw pillows, tapestries, or wall colors. You’ll be able to find fun items at many second-hand stores too.


Tell Your Travel Story

You live in two locations or maybe you travel half the year and spend your summer at home, either way, you’ve been places and seen things; use that to decorate! Maybe you have shot glasses from every place you’ve been, or you found some beautiful art on your travels, fill your space with mementos! They’re conversation starters when you have guests and it’ll bring a smile to your face when you walk past the porcelain elephant you lugged across the country with you.


Area Rugs

Add layers to your décor with area rugs. They definitely give the space a homey feel and you can decorate around them. Try different rugs of varying size and use more than one in each room. Rugs bring all the elements in the room together.


Things to Avoid:

  • House plants—when your time is divided between two locations it’s unlikely the plants will survive your absence and they’re tricky to travel with if you’re trying to bring a plant with you to both places.
  • Big Renovations—again, when your time is divided you may not want to spend half (or more) of your summer taking on huge renovation projects. Small updates are often more manageable.
  • Large Décor Pieces—chances are your seasonal home is going to be a little modest in size because you’re either renting or you own another house somewhere else. Don’t clutter the space with huge decorations and giant pieces of furniture.


Choosing a house to make into your home can be a stressful process. When you’re trying to find affordable seasonal living, it adds another element altogether. The endless opportunities for water recreation, affordable housing, and the beautiful spring, summer and early fall that you expect and love from the Midwest is why Minnesota is the perfect place for seasonal living. Still not convinced? Here are some great things about Minnesota and why it’s the best place for affordable seasonal living.


Water Recreation

Whether you’re floating on the Mississippi River or boating/fishing on any of the many lakes, Minnesota has plenty to offer in the way of water recreation. Enjoy a day in the sun with swimming or catching that night’s supper with some great fishing. You’ll catch plenty of smallmouth bass, walleye, and northern pike. You’ll catch more than fish as you enjoy sunning on the water so pack some sunscreen! Minnesota is known for its beautiful watery landscapes. You can also enjoy the beauty of the nature around you with hikes along the shoreline. Hit some bike trails then cool down with a swim—there’s so much to do here you’ll wish the summers were longer! You’ll fall in love with Minnesota summers and the summers will love you right back!


Affordable Seasonal Living

With a relatively low cost of living and a high median household income, Minnesota is a great place to call home—even if it’s just for part of the year. With the abundance of waterfront properties, Minnesota is also a great place for seasonal living. Many seasonal living facilities have extra amenities that are included in your association fees so, even if you don’t want to go out on a lake or the river, you’ll have plenty of activities to keep you busy! Traveler’s Country Club on the Mississippi has a 9 hole executive golf course, Pickleball, heated swimming pool, among many other activities, that’s free to residents.  As a result, you don’t have to spend extra money to do a lot of fun things. Minnesota’s strength in terms of low cost of living and affordability, low poverty rates, and high education really prove that it’s the best place to live—seasonally or otherwise.


Minnesota Magic

Whether you’ve lived in Minnesota all your life or you’re new to the state, most everyone can agree that there’s something magical about living here. Minnesota is a place to grow up and grow old. Part of what makes it so special is the people and way of life. We enjoy rural living here but we also have culture in the Twin Cities. You’ll be hard-pressed to find a friendlier atmosphere; imagine actually liking and becoming friends with your next door neighbor!? That’s not so strange in Minnesota.


If you’re looking for the peace you’ll find in nature, plenty of fun water activities, affordability, and great people, Minnesota is exactly what you need. You may come for seasonal living but you’ll never want to leave!