Edited by Kelly Ryan Kegans
With contributors Caitlin Abrams, Ashley Camper, Anni Caylor, Gina Czupka, Liz Gardner, Shawn Gilliam, Eliesa Johnson, Allison Kaplan, Jennifer Blaise Kramer, Yena Lee, Amanda Lepinski, Rebecca Lubecki, Ceciley Pund, Taylor Selcke
Guytano Magno, Gather Table
Life happens around the dinner table. It’s where we celebrate birthdays and holidays. Play Scrabble. It’s where we have the big talks and the ugly cries.
For Guytano Magno, an old German farm table epitomized his childhood. He took it with him to the first apartment he shared with his wife, and not long after, Magno, a St. Cloud–based commercial photographer, decided to start making tables. “It’s not that I love tables,” he says. “I love what happens at a table.”
Magno researched materials and design, hired a carpenter, and locally sourced the wood. Gather Table launched last year with the Genesis Table, a modern table with a solid tulip poplar top, an accent stripe of black walnut, and raw steel legs. The table is handcrafted in St. Cloud and sells for $3,000.
We’re “a hospitality company more than a furniture company,” he says. “We encourage people to host, to entertain, to gather. We’re selling an idea.” gathertableco.com
The team behind Hewing Hotel, opening this fall, seems to get its Nordic heritage–obsessed neighbors from beard to boots. The Hewing name is a tribute to the loggers who once worked in the building, and that also influenced the design: 19th century wood columns and masonry walls blend with new raw materials, like steel, glass, and custom mosaic tile. In the rooms, Northern sensibilities are reflected in the leather chairs, flannel blankets, brass tables, and deer print wallpaper. The rooftop Social Club promises some of the best views of downtown Minneapolis. 300 Washington Ave. N., Mpls., 1-866-501-3300, hewinghotel.com
Global Goes Local
After years of hunting textiles across Asia, Africa, and South and Central America, Twin Citian Gina Czupka is bringing her vintage and handmade finds home to share. Czupka recently launched a company selling home goods and accessories that showcase the crafts heritage of countries like Morocco, Guatemala, and Laos. caracoltrading.com
Heather Keena classic curving bar
St. Genevieve’s Creamy Cabinets
Heather Keena of the St. Paul design/build shop Machine Scenic, who gave Tilia its interior style, was back at it again this year, working with chef Steven Brown to give St. Genevieve in Minneapolis its French glow. After researching art nouveau bars in Paris—specifically Au Petit Fer à Cheval (the little horseshoe)—Keena landed on a classic, curving bar (that’s fortunately filled with Champagne), a statement wall covered in vibrant blue “Captain Smith” wallpaper from Brooklyn-based Grow House Grow, and lots of custom creamy white paint. To recreate a true high-gloss Parisian café wall, which she says looks exactly like cream, she started with Benjamin Moore Navajo White and added subtle opalescent notes of sea green and pink that are barely seen by the eye. “Being subtle is way harder that going for it,” Keena says. “If not done right it can look very ’90s, like the Olive Garden.” 612-986-3019, machinescenic.com
Illustrations by Kate Worum
the chill is on!
“Fall is just about coming back indoors and making things warm and cozy again, seeing friends, decorating our houses—all those things that don’t happen in the summertime.”
—Jeff Bengtson, Isles studio
Isles Studio, 1311 W. 25th St., Mpls., 612-999-4680, islesstudio.com
“Being able to cozy up your home. Bringing out the blankets, the wool—transitioning your home over.”
—Rena Lindberg, Burlap & Brass
Burlap & Brass, 5013 Ewing Ave. S., Mpls., 612-886-2870, burlapbrass.com
“It’s about visual and tactile layering. Especially for bedding, it’s the wool blankets, the plaid flannel, the down comforters. I just love pure materials—Egyptian cotton or Belgian linen, 100 percent wool plaids, a Pendleton blanket.”
—Brenda Westphal, The Boutique
The Boutique, 275 Market St., Ste. 287, Mpls., 612-822-2700, scherpingwestphal.com/theboutique
“Bringing in all the textures and warm colors with pillows, throws—there’s so many different options.”
—Chloe Lappen, Gray Home + Lifestyle
Gray Home + Lifestyle, 366 Water St., Excelsior, 952-474-9150, grayhomeandlifestyle.com
“I love the color palette that’s usually associated with fall. It’s a little bit richer, with jewel tones, and I love the layering of jewel tones and textures.”
—Christy Frank, Covet Consign & Design
Covet Consign & Design, 3730 Chicago Ave. S., Studio C, Mpls., 612-822-2038, covetconsignanddesign.com
Photo by Bruce Erickson
Of the roughly 2,000 Lustron houses left in the U.S., only about two dozen remain in the Twin Cities. That’s why, earlier this year, real estate agent Bruce Erickson launched into the listing of this south Minneapolis gem (left) with the line, “Rare opportunity to own a piece of architectural history!” And it’s why buyer Melissa Perry jumped at that opportunity. “I first saw the two on Cedar Avenue and then the ones on Nicollet Avenue probably 10 years ago, and I was drawn to them,” Perry says of the prefabricated enameled steel homes from the late 1940s. “I loved the square-paneled exterior and the clean lines. Then I stumbled across them on a midcentury-modern furniture website and found out they were Lustron homes, and I thought to myself, wow, I want one of those.” After 11 years of living in a North Loop condo, she closed on the house in August.
Cambria is going beyond countertops to the classroom, with a kitchen design class. “Dream. Plan. Do.” is a course from Cambria and The Big Know, which offers free online education from brands around the world. Taught by contractor Scott McGillivray and designer Jane Lockhart, the class features expert advice about home investment and design. Cambria also has plans for more classes in the near future. cambriausa.com
With the fate of Robbinsdale’s 1951 Terrace Theatre uncertain, preservationists are saying one thing for sure: Let this serve as a cautionary tale of what we should aim to prevent in the future. While the shuttered movie theater’s 57-foot tower, slanted windows, and sunken lobby may soon be history, preservation campaign chair David Leonhardt and his wife, who met while working at the Terrace in the ’90s, are finding new purpose traveling Minnesota to photograph other historic theaters, many themselves threatened—or, better yet, saved.
New View Synergy Products in Minnetonka has become the only midwest distributor that carries Brombal, the Italian window company known for its narrow steel frames that fit large spans of glass. Synergy-trt.com
Clothing designer Kathryn Sieve and her mobile design studio that she transformed.
At a time when handcrafted is hip and locally made sells, Minneapolis-based clothing designer Kathryn Sieve of Winsome Goods had the idea to build a mobile studio and create capsule collections in cities around the country. Like any savvy 21st century entrepreneur, she took it to Kickstarter, and raised $21,329 to buy a 1975 Airstream. Then came the made-for-HGTV project of turning the old rig (which came with mouse droppings, old slippers, used Band-Aids, and assorted other “terrible items”) into a working design studio/dwelling. “Every piece I uncovered revealed something else that was broken, rotted, or rusted,” says Sieve, who ended up tearing the Airstream down to the shell and building it into a modern studio with a bedroom, kitchen, bath, and sewing station.
Foxglove Market & Studio
Fall is the season to learn a new skill, like florals, weaving, or art arranging.
Foxglove Market & Studio - Christine Hoffman’s workshops at the American Swedish Institute (see her Midsommer Table Styling class, above) are full of tips to pull off some beautiful (and local) natural looks for the table. She’s got a full lineup this season at the ASI and at her studio, including autumn wreath-making and holiday greens for the table. See the full schedule at foxglovemarket.com.
Workshop @ Golden Rule - The upstairs of Erin Duininck’s Golden Rule has been buzzing this summer with classes on everything from jewelry making to caring for air plants. This fall, keep your eye out for styling workshops, such as how to create your own personalized gallery wall. goldenrulecollective.com
Ampersand Studio - Interior designer Mary Hickey’s seminars return this fall as Ampersand Studio. With a mission of “Learn, Create, and Be Inspired,” Hickey will lead a series of “conversations” about creating spaces for everyday living that feel comfortable and true, such as the changeover from summer to fall, entertaining, and, of course, the holidays. ampersandshops.com
LAB MPLS - LAB MPLS frequently partners with local makers to provide the expertise and guidance necessary to have you crafting like a pro in no time. For those who adhere to the “why buy home décor when you can create it yourself” motto, here are three workshops on tap for fall: watercolor painting with MaeMae & Co.’s Megan Gonzalez, weaving with Smoothhills Weaving, and photography with Melissa Oholendt. labmpls.com
photograph by Andrea rugg
A Room of His Own
It was during a renovation of Lou and Lindsay DiLorenzo’s 1938 Edina home that a lifelong dream of a “man cave” came to fruition. Already in the process of a major addition that included a kitchen and master suite, it was the ideal time to craft a space for the items Lou had been carrying around for 20-plus years. “I thought, if we are ever going to do something like this, we should do it now,” he says of their decision to knock out the garage and create a new space that connected to the existing basement. “So we dug out the room and it became a blank canvas from there.”
To help set the tone for the space, the family looked to interior designer Brooke Voss. “We got carte blanche permission from Lindsay to do whatever Lou wanted to do with the room,” she says. Pulling inspiration from Lou’s love of old pubs and country clubs, the walls were painted gray to bring a dimly lit ambiance to the room and wood floors add warmth. Lou’s favorite feature, however, is the secret door he crafted himself from a bookcase on wheels. “It has that ’50s or ’60s throwback vibe where people had cocktail parties in their house,” Voss says. “There’s this notion of getting together with friends”—which is how Lou loves to use the space most, hosting friends for a monthly poker night or to watch sporting events.
When it came to decorating and styling the room, Lou took charge. Hardly anything you see on the walls was a recent purchase, but rather a lifetime of collected items. There’s memorabilia from his favorite bar in New York, McSorley’s, paraphernalia from his dad’s West Point days, and mementos that represent his passions, like golf, maps, and history. “There is stuff everywhere,” he says. “It can be overwhelming for some, but that style resonated with me. I am able to enjoy the things that I have collected. They are not someplace where I never get to see them. You walk into the room and there are old friends here.”
Homeowner Lou DiLorenzo (right, at right) found the poker table for his man cave at an estate sale, which interior designer Brooke Voss says is a great way to find something unique and antique. But if you’re looking for some instant gratification, Peters Billiards is a good bet for game tables ranging from simple to luxurious, classic to modern. 6150 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls., 612-866-8433, petersbilliards.com
Tiny Homes. Big Difference.
Tiny houses are still making a large footprint in the Twin Cities, keeping local design pros busy creating ideas about how to live small. Earlier this year at the Minneapolis Home + Garden show, SALA Architects showcased its 269-square-foot Escape cabin (right) with the interior design by Lucy Penfield. Look for the tiny home village to return to the show in February. More recently, Alchemy Architects in St. Paul debuted the “lightHouse” at the Minneapolis Institute of Art. Alchemy’s Geoffrey Warner and University of Minnesota architecture students built the lightHouse from a shipping container as a prototype to showcase a new kind of urban hotel and the next evolution of sustainable living. homeandgardenshow.com; weehouse.com
Chef Alex Roberts is approaching the design of his forthcoming boutique hotel above Restaurant Alma the same way he would a good meal. “We want to make people feel something instead of staying neutral or indifferent by a design that is skillful, thoughtful, and, above all, humane,” Roberts says. “The furniture and objects in the rooms will celebrate the handmade, the artisanal, the natural world. It is our hope the textiles, wood, and art featured in the rooms will trigger emotions and delight our guests.” Much like Restaurant Alma, Roberts says the seven-room hotel will evolve each season with new works that reflect changing seasons and trends. Artist and designer Talin Spring of Spring Finn & Co. in Minneapolis is designing the hotel’s interior spaces (those are her sketches, above). The hotel is scheduled to open in November. 528 University Ave. SE, Mpls., 612-379-4909, restaurantalma.com
Empty the Nest
Empty the Nest
As a move manager helping seniors downsize into smaller homes, Sharon Fischman knew the burden of cleaning out a lifetime of memories, but it wasn’t until her own parents passed that she really felt the impact. “I wanted to donate my family’s possessions, I didn’t want it to all be thrown away,” she says. “But the nonprofits wouldn’t take it.” She created a solution: Empty the Nest, a home cleanout service and thrift shop. Families ready to downsize hire Empty the Nest to sort through their possessions. Whatever the family doesn’t want to keep is donated or put up for sale in the Empty the Nest thrift shop, with profits partially covering the cost to the family for the cleanout service. 8812 7th Ave. N., Golden Valley, 763-544-0106, emptythenest.net
Goldstine Museum of Design Ralph Rapson
This is 40: The University of Minnesota Goldstein Museum of Design celebrates four decades through January with a 40-piece exhibition that was curated from the museum’s more than 34,000-piece collection. Each object—ceramics, furniture (like the chair, above, by local legend Ralph Rapson, who for many years was the head of the U of M’s architecture school), garments, graphic design, products, and textiles—has its own story, written by a different writer. “[Seeing 40/40] encourages visitors to see the presence of design in our lives and how successful designed objects are at evoking time and place,” says Jean McElvain, associate curator at the Goldstein. Sept. 10–Jan. 17, 2017. Free admission, open to the public. Goldstein Museum of Design, 612-624-7434, goldstein.design.umn.edu
The greatest luxury in today’s non-stop world is sleep, and the new local bedding resources prove that we design what we dream. Start with the foundation of a restful night’s sleep: the mattress. Sleep Number (one of its latest local stores opened recently at 590 Prairie Center Drive in Eden Prairie) introduced the “it” bed in September, which tracks every aspect of your sleep including heart rate and breathing. It’s aimed at data-driven millennials, with a starting price of $799 for a twin. Meanwhile, the locally owned Natural Bed + Home (naturalbh.com), which opened earlier this year at International Market Square, is moving to the Ridgedale area this fall. Look for a brand-new store featuring American-made organic mattresses for baby through adult, as well as textiles and bedroom accessories. You’ll need sheets for your new mattress, so check out Colette Jaffe, a new Minneapolis-based bedding line available exclusively at MartinPatrick 3 (212 3rd Ave. N., Mpls.). Bringing a fashionable flair to the bedroom, Colette Jaffe sheets feature colorful, contemporary designs on the highest-quality Egyptian cotton. And when you’re ready to round out the bedroom with furniture and lighting, as well as more bedding options, check out The Boutique by SW (scherpingwestphal.com), an extension of Scherping Westphal, and the first at IMS to focus exclusively on the bedroom.
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