By Taylor Selcke Earlier this year, local designer Peg Malanaphy packed her bags for Washington, D.C. However, this wasn’t your typical leisurely vacation. Instead, the Interiors of Stillwater owner was headed east to work on the creation of a new eatery as part of the American Dream Team. Started by Maggie O’Neill of O’Neill Studios, the American Dream Team is a collaboration of 17 designers and artists from across the country. The group comes together to complete a variety projects in the Washington, D.C. area, their most recent being Teddy and The Bully Bar.
When Malanaphy was called into action to help complete this particular project in March 2013, she didn’t think twice about seizing the opportunity. “It was fun to work in a large group and get everyone’s perspective,” she says. “We would carry out some of the design that [Maggie and her team] had in mind and took a little direction from them, but then broadened it with our own twist on things.” For Malanaphy and the other Dream Team members, that meant stepping outside of the box to bring this Theodore Roosevelt-themed watering hole to life. The bathroom, for example, was inspired by Alice, the 26th president’s oldest daughter, who is said to have been a little unconventional. But the chance to express her own creativity was not the only aspect Malanaphy loved about the project—it was also the opportunity to work with others outside of the Midwest. “It was a fun jaunt to go out there and see how people think in another part of the country,” she says. “I just wanted to be a part of Maggie’s creative process, see how she worked, and hopefully bring some of that back to the Twin Cities.” While there are currently no Dream Team projects planned for the Minneapolis-St. Paul area, Malanaphy hopes that will change in the future. In the meantime, check out her—and the rest of the team’s—work!