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Bridal Suite

Amanda and Jay Kautt • Owner of L’Atelier Couture and Planned Giving Officer

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  • Amanda and Jay Kautt family on porch
    Photos by Rau + Barber
    Amanda and Jay relax on the porch with daughters Audrey and Ava.
  • Amanda Kautt and daughter Ava
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    Amanda and Ava, who was born in October, spend the bulk of their time together in the nursery.
  • Amanda Kautt nursery with baby crib
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    A maternity portrait by photographer Adrienne Page hangs above the crib.
  • framed map dress
    Photos by Rau + Barber
    In Audrey’s room a framed map dress is from her travel-themed birthday party. Antlers, acrylic, and a mirrored side table add a layer of high design to the stuffed animals and storybooks.
  • Amanda and Jay Kautt Wreath on a door
    Photos by Rau + Barber
  • Amanda and Jay Kautt - coat hangers near the door
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  • Amanda and Jay Kautt shoes near the door
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  • Amanda and Jay Kautt Living Room
    Photos by Rau + Barber
  • Amanda and Jay Kautt living room
    Photos by Rau + Barber

It’s no surprise that the St. Paul home of Amanda Kautt is tailored, warm, and romantic. She is the owner of L’atelier Couture in Minneapolis, where dressing brides and working on impeccable store displays has taught her a lot about how to decorate her cozy three-bedroom, one-bathroom house. “I love white,” she says, “and I’m obsessed with gray; it’s a thread at the store and my house.” After looking at countless homes and condos, Amanda and her husband, Jay, who works in gift planning at the University of Minnesota Medical Foundation, fell in love with this bungalow’s old charm and character in the heart of Highland Park. In making it their own, Jay ripped up layers of linoleum and painted cabinets while Amanda mixed modern and vintage pieces with personal art and local accessories, such as Velvet Raptor pillows and Faribault Woolen Mill blankets. Decorating nurseries for their two daughters was where Amanda had the most fun layering color and texture. “Let the important statement pieces do the talking,” she says, “and use your lifetime to fill up the rest instead of going out and buying a bunch of accessories at once.”
 

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