Paints From the Pros
by Benjamin Moore
“It’s a safe color, but it transitions beautifully with every time of day.”
—Nadia Haddad, NH-ID
by Benjamin Moore
“Always and forever. It’s the purest white without any undertones.”
—Andrew Flesher, Andrew Flesher Interiors
by Benjamin Moore
“It’s great for a lacquered piece of furniture or a dramatic powder room!”
—Rob Edman, edmanhill interior design
by Benjamin Moore
“It is perfectly on point— not too cool, not too warm.”
—Lisa Peck, LiLu Interiors
“I am currently in L.O.V.E with blushy pink. It’s the color inside of my puppy’s floppy ears!”
—Brooke Voss, Brooke Voss Design
Ever stumble on something unexpected—a cool light in a restaurant, for example—and wonder where they nabbed it? Here’s your answer.
Photos by Caitlin Abrams
Lights from Kit and Ace:
Hennepin Made, 612-345-5445, hennepinmade.com
Shelving at Wilson & Willy’s:
D&B Custom Woods, 612-788-1648, dbcustomwoods.com
Light fixture at Heyday:
Available through etsy.com (search “silverware light”)
Shelving at Mille:
Lack series, from IKEA, MOA, 888-888-4532, ikea.com
When two of our local favorites team up, the results are picture-perfect. Wind & Willow Home and Woodchuck created a modern magnetic wood frame that makes it easy to hang textile art, kids’ projects, calendars—almost anything! The pair of wood strips are $32, and they’re reversible—light birch wood on one side, rich walnut on the other. windandwillowhome.com
Senn & Sons Nursery Art
Kimberly Senn’s bright, happy illustrations attracted national attention by making The Wall Street Journal’s gift list last December. Now we’re stuck on the Edina mom’s adorable kid prints. She starts with simple objects—a truck, a whale—and spreads one drawing across three canvases for a modern statement sure to suit any child’s room. Set of three canvases starts at $150. sennandsons.com
Photo by Caitlin Abrams
Locally made mod furniture using natural woods was all the rage this year, warming up rooms with cozy chaise lounges, sleek side tables, and the occasional pop of color.
Engineered for deep contemplation, Woodsport’s walnut chaise lounge is ideal in a home office or sunroom. ($9,800), 755 Prior Ave. N., Ste. 201, St. Paul, 612-802-9006, woodsport.net
Scott McGlasson’s endtable, available with a whitewashed or blackened-ash base, adds a handsome finish to the bedroom. ($1,400), also from Woodsport
Blu Dot’s acacia wood Turn coffee table is said to make even a bowl of Cheetos look good. ($679), 1321 NE Tyler St., Mpls., 844-425-8368, bludot.com
Built by hand from Constructed Matter, this Moderondack comes in maple, walnut, or teak. ($650–$1,295), 612-222-5068, constructedmatter.com
The favorite three-legged milk stool just got even better: a style boost with dipped legs, available in nine accent colors, from Solid Manufacturing Co. (Prices vary), 952-334-7282, solidmanufacturingco.com
Ian Grant of Björling & Grant makes custom pieces, like this drum table. ($650), 3250 Gorham Ave., 612-827-3000, St. Louis Park, bjorlinggrant.com
Highlights From High Point
Contributing editor Jason Oliver Nixon and his Madcap Cottage design partner John Loecke are headquartered in the furniture capital of the world—High Point, North Carolina. The design duo say the furniture market recently showcased plenty of earthy colors and layering. “It’s all about creating looks that read anything but head to toe,” Nixon says. “Instead, spaces are looking accumulated and curated.” Here are a few market picks.
Highland House’s chic Abby loveseat with clean lines and delicious nailhead detailing updates a classic silhouette ($4,680). Available through The Sale Room at IMS, Ste. 196, 612-877-4173, thesaleroom-ims.com
Century Furniture creates luxe furnishings that are instant classics, such as this sleek Phoenix coffee table in Lucite with a crotch mahogany top ($3,875). Available through Gabberts, Galleria, 952-927-1500, gabberts.com
CR Laine’s Marguerite armless orange sofa ($3,395) with acrylic legs and brass nails by designer Tobi Fairley is a stunner. Available through At Home and Co., 3924 W. 50th St., Edina, 952-922-0111, athomeandco.com
No one channels Hollywood glam better than Barbara Barry. It’s no wonder that her Madison Square stool (prices vary) was a market blockbuster. Available through Baker Furniture, IMS, Ste. 335, 612-341-2906, bakerfurniture.com
Inspired by the 19th century classic wing chair, the design duo at Hable for Hickory Chair debuted the curvaceous Bird Wing Chair (from $3,003). Available through Hickory Chair, IMS, Ste. 363, 612-354-7102, hickorychair.com
Industrial meets chic with the Moorsgate Multi Pendant fixture ($1,940), made from wrought iron and recycled glass, by Currey & Co. Available through Traditions, 4245 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park, 952-285-2777, traditions.com
Add Wilson & Willy’s to your list of go-to furniture resources. The indie retailer is collaborating with several cutting-edge furniture makers on pieces only available at this new North Loop store. Three stunners:
Stephen Kenn. Industrial meets comfortable in a steel welded frame sofa with leather straps to hold cushions covered in Faribault Woolen Mills fabric. It’s a softer look than Kenn’s usual canvas, yet true to his contemporary/rugged aesthetic.
Garza Marfa. Designed by a Texas couple and inspired by the deserts and plains. For Wilson & Willy’s, they’ve covered the steel frame of their oval chair and ottoman with saddle leather from the SB Foot Tannery in Red Wing.
Concrete Pig. When it came time to dream up a dog bowl sturdy enough for Lamont, the loveably massive Leonberger shop dog, Wilson & Willy’s went to this Minneapolis-based furniture maker, which designed a thick, concrete top on a steel frame. The result is a sleek piece you’ll want to display, rather than hide in the pantry.
Wallpapers That Wow
From art deco–inspired prints to subtle-yet-striking graphic prints, our trend specialist Jennifer Blaise Kramer shares which of this season’s wallpapers are popping up as must-haves on her radar.
55) Dog Park ($140/roll), by Hygge & West, hyggeandwest.com 56) Miami, by Cole & Sons, available through Hirshfield’s, 721 2nd Ave. N., Mpls., 612-374-8901, hirshfields.com 57) Jaipur ($300/roll), from Jonathan Adler, 1439 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-353-5311, jonathanadler.com 58) Oxidized Leaf, by Phillip Jeffries, available through Holly Hunt, IMS, 612-332-1900, hollyhunt.com 59) Brighton Pavilion, by Miles Redd for Schumacher, available through Schumacher, IMS, 612-338-6434, fschumacher.com 60) Otomi Yellow ($140/roll), also by Hygge & West 61) Prism, also by Cole & Sons, also available through Hirshfield’s 62) Glass Paneling, also by Miles Redd for Schumacher, also available through Schumacher 63) Bloom, also by Phillip Jeffries, also available through Holly Hunt 64) La Cite, also available through Schumacher 65) Ethan Tartan, by Ralph Lauren, available through Kravet Fabrics, IMS, 612-321-9122, kravet.com 66) Wish Upon a Star ($198/roll), from Anthropologie, several locations, anthropologie.com
Heidi Libera Paintings
When we happened upon artist Heidi Libera’s landscape paintings at this year’s ASID MN Mpls.St.Paul Showcase Home, we were inclined to stop and enjoy the scenery. Libera uses bold brushstrokes and exaggerated perspectives to reduce her compositions to simplified shapes and complex layers of color. The result is a warm and welcoming visual break for all to enjoy. heidilibera.com
Landscape Structures’ Calming Colors
Have you seen those jaw-dropping playgrounds where even mom and dad are excited to take a turn on the swing? Landscape Structures, a decades-old company, spent the last year working with chemists to develop color formulas that help calm children and enhance their focus. The resulting collection of seven proprietary colors, inspired by nature, science, and art, are offered in more than 20 palettes. The company’s playgrounds are all over the Twin Cities, including at the Wabun Picnic Area at Minnehaha Regional Park.
Pro Tip: Mixing Eras
“I love mixing vintage modern furniture with antiques. It’s one-stop shopping when I visit Claire Steyaert Antiques and Spinario. They’re right across the hall from each other; it’s like a treasure hunt—you never know what you’re going to find.”
—Andrew Flesher, Andrew Flesher Interiors
Claire Steyaert Antiques,
3338 University Ave. SE., Ste. 210,
Mpls., 612-339-7396, clairesantiques.com
Spinario, 3338 University Ave. SE, Mpls.,
Cambria’s New Surface
Le Sueur–based Cambria dominates the local countertop business, and two recently released styles from the Marble Collection are a breath of fresh air in the stone quartz market. Playing off neutral white and gray notes, Brittanicca and Ella deliver on delicate, creamy countertops that are both modern and timeless. cambriausa.com
Minnesota in the Middle
When Joseph and Tanya Ballard, the husband and wife team behind Constructed Matter, started selling this custom Minnesota Alphabet print, Minnesotans rejoiced at the seemingly obvious homage to their state. The design firm is now on its sixth edition of the print, with more than 500 prints sold. Each series is printed or foil-stamped in quantities of 100 or less. “I chose to do this to give supporters a limited piece and something to be proud of,” Joseph says. Available through Ciel Loft & Home, 4416 Excelsior Blvd., St. Louis Park; D.Nolo, 219 N. 2nd St., Mpls., constructedmatter.com
“Light fixtures have always provided art in our spaces, but light fixtures as furniture is ramping up.”
—Christine Frisk, FUSE Showroom owner & ASID MN President-Elect
Color Trends for 2016
Paint conglomerate Valspar shares its color forecast for 2016.
Belle Grove Aloe Green 3004-7C - Soft, muted mid-tones allow you to create a space to unwind and recharge.
Blaze Orange 1008-1A - Zingy, bright hues with a pop of personality will encourage expression and individuality.
Moon Shade 4006-4C - Rich, artisanal tones create a space that reflects what matters most to you.
Rocky Bluffs 4003-1C - Pare down to a versatile and reliable gray that looks good with everything.