Jennifer Blaise Kramer

Jennifer Blaise Kramer

Jennifer was raised among sawdust with a family immersed in construction and development and she’s been writing about home and design ever since. A native Californian, Jennifer received a master's degree in journalism from Boston University, fell in love with a New Englander, and then moved to Minneapolis—twice. In addition to working as a senior editor for Mpls.St.Paul, she’s written for national and regional publications including Boston, Sky, and Coastal Living. She lives in Linden Hills with her husband, two kids, and black lab. You can usually find them all covered in paint, knee deep in some home project or escaping the mess at her happy place: Hunt + Gather.

Homework: Painted Clawfoot Tub

I've been spinning the wheels about redoing our master bath. After giving our kitchen a makeover a la Julia Child, I'm inspired to do the same for the bathroom, although I know this one's going to take a whole lot more than a coat of paint.

Mad For: Indoor Gardens

Call it cabin fever, but I'm feeling pretty starved for sunshine these days. 

5 Minutes with the Queen of Shabby Chic Rachel Ashwell

 Listen up all you flea marketers! Rachel Ashwell's Shabby Chic Treasure Hunting and Decorating Guide, considered by many the "Flea Market Bible" hits shelves July 2 in paperback, perfect for toting around in your bag to all those summer sales. 

Minnesota in Maine

I spent last week in Maine, visiting family and taking in a bit of that classic New England Americana, which goes on high over the 4th of July.

Creative Canopies

The summer displays at Creative Kidstuff remind us of all that's in a name. 

Pop-Up Alert!

If there's anything I was more excited about than Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton, it was the royal baby.

Win Flowers For a Year!

One of our favorite flower shops is turning 12. 

Mad For: Honeyshine Glasses

Last week I stopped in Honeyshine to browse and fell in love with these sturdy little drinking glasses by Roost, a brand that Honeyshine co-owner Daisy Mitchell informed me was started by former Pottery Barn people.

Mama's Happy...In the City
Occasional Shop Adds City Store

There's a new sign in Linden Hills with a familiar name. Mama's Happy, the occasional shop in Independence opened a six-day-a-week (closed Mondays) outpost in Minneapolis called Mama's the City.

Genevieve Gorder
Genevieve Gorder for Royal Caribbean

Cruise ships are in a position these days to reinvent themselves and Royal Caribbean had the bright idea to enlist an expert celebrity advisory board for the areas of design, sports and fitness, and entertainment.

Jonathan Adler chandelier
Hot Lighting Sale

Quick tip: Jonathan Adler is having a major lighting sale starting today.

Elephant sculpture at Historic Studio
Historic Home Sale

Here's one of the ones we wait for!

Luxury lifestyle maven Aerin Lauder
Mad For: Aerin at Victory

Aerin, the much anticipated home line from luxury lifestyle maven Aerin Lauder, has arrived in the Twin Cities at Victory. Shop owner Kerry Ciardelli says she's been looking forward to the arrival since High Point market last year and is carrying Aerin candles, fabrics, and accessories . . .

The Frank P. and Anna Shepard House, located in the Historic Hill Heritage Preservation District
Wanted: ASID Showcase House!

Here's a super cool opportunity: we're on the search for a showcase house for 2014. 

Holiday Floral Open House

Last weekend we had our annual Perfect Parties event at the Women's Club where several experts hold seminars between all the shopping, eating, and drinking.

Pantone Color of Year 2014 Radiant Orchid
The 2014 Pantone Color of the Year Is...

Move over Emerald, here comes the 2014 Pantone Color of the Year: Radiant Orchid!

Flowers from Spruce Home & Garden, vase from Jonathan Adler / Photo by Becca sabot
Resolution: Fresh Flowers

Dear Santa,

Please bring me fresh flowers each week in 2014.

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