Homeowner Katie Ohotto took the lead on finding art for her home. While living in Switzerland, she swiped a paper placemat from her favorite café and framed it. The panther painting is a 12-year-old find from Wayzata resaler Hope Chest For Breast Cancer.
Ohotto worked with the independent lighting designer Squint Limited from the United Kingdom on the custom cut-glass chandelier. (But when the fixture arrived, none of the electrical worked, so she had to have it rewired.)
“The rug was a serendipitous find from ROAM [Interiors],” Ohotto says. She had filed away a tiling sample for future inspiration, and seeing the rug brought that memory back. “I got it not knowing what I was going to do with it.”
Katie Ohotto’s vision for her home makeover was clear. She wanted an eclectic yet comfortable living space that reflected her love of European design, minus the high price tag. It seemed like a simple enough task, but when it came time to make her vision a reality, the self-proclaimed anti-shopper turned to designer Kirsten Hollister for help. “I know what I like when I see it, but I don’t want to go to 10 stores to get it,” says the chemical engineer with General Mills.
When she first met with Hollister, who also works as a creative consultant with HISTORIC Interiors and Products, the two connected immediately. “We were speaking the same language,” says Hollister. She quickly coined Ohotto’s aesthetic “bohemian-modern,” based on her array of sleek pieces from Jonathan Adler, an artistic-looking glass-cut chandelier Ohotto found while traveling abroad, and her assortment of inspirational photos. “It’s hard for a homeowner to articulate what it is they want,” she says. “But when someone comes with the clarity that Katie has, it makes it easy.”
Hollister set out to find items that would reflect Ohotto’s personality within a budget. “I’m a researcher at heart,” Hollister says. The designer also advised when it made sense to invest in pieces, such as high-end fabrics for window coverings, and when it was appropriate to look to retail stores for accent pieces, like side tables. “It’s just a matter of finding the pieces—things that are special,” Hollister says.Hollister advised Ohotto to splurge on things like window coverings, where it would make the most impact. “I love fabric and texture, so I couldn’t skimp on that at the end of the day,” the homeowner says. Hollister selected Christopher Farr Cloth curtains to bring a hit of whimsy to the room.“Katie was really good about high/low and knowing where to maximize her dollars,” says Hollister. The duo bought smaller accent pieces at retail stores like West Elm and Jonathan Adler, while Hollister sourced pieces that packed a more visual punch, like the window coverings and custom chairs.
The full-size, 12-light chandelier brings boho-chic to any room. Chandelier ($1,760), from Bellacor, bellacor.com
Get graphic with glossy, gold-hued porcelain coasters. Animalia coasters ($78), from Jonathan Adler, 1439 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-353-5311, jonathanadler.com
Inspired by the art deco period, this statement-maker adds a contemporary twist. Naomi brass end table ($1,099), from Arhaus, Galleria, 952-920-0463, arhaus.com
Using designer fabric on window treatments, like this Christopher Farr Cloth in the dining room, is an impactful way to mix in high-end style. Fabric (price available on request), from Blended Blue, IMS, 612-455-6132, blendedblue.com
Add an affordable pop of color with a chic blanket. Thacker throw blanket ($60), from target.com
The resilience of this hand-tufted wool rug is perfect for any high-traffic room. Rug (price available on request), by Gan, from ROAM Interiors, 2914 Hennepin Ave., Mpls., 612-377-6465, roaminteriors.com
The Macalester sofa is a stylish—and comfortable—focal point. Sofa ($2,499), from Room & Board, 7010 France Ave. S., Edina, 952-927-8835, roomandboard.com