Photo by Caitlin Abrams
The Burn Room at Illume Candles
NO. 92 | THE BURN ROOM
Every morning at Illume Candles in Bloomington approximately 600 wicks are lit in the company's testing facility, The Burn Room. It's a beautiful lab, filled with flickering lights and a potpourri of fragrance, as candles of all heights, shapes, and colors melt under careful observation before they make it to store shelves. The height of a flame how hot a vessel gets, how well a wax consumes—it all matters to the makers at Illume who don't let a batch go out the door without meeting the marks.
"There's more science behind a candle than people realize," says Illume's president Liz Barrere. "We make our own formulations here; it's about optimizing the combination of wax, wick, and fragrance." In the highly competitive candle market, Illume has risen to the top for this attention to quality and detail. In the past five years, the company has produced close to 1,000 candle SKUs annually, and is responsible for the private labels you see at Target, Anthropologie, and West Elm. What Barrere and her team know is that consumers are becoming more educated about fragrance and style, and expect as much sophistication from their candles as their furniture and fashion choices.
NO. 93 | LOWELL INN
It's all deep breaths and high tea at Stillwater's Lowell Inn, where time seems to stand still in the prettiest way. Local photographer Wing Ta, whose Instagram account was recently named one of the top to follow by Glamour in France, captured it perfectly one summer afternoon. lowellinn.com
Courtesy Explore Minnesota, IMS, Guthrie Theater
WE ASKED: THREE MOST INSPIRING TC SPOTS
NO. 94 | SUMMIT AVENUE
Marianne Buckman, CocoBelllo, LLC.
NO. 95 | INTERNATIONAL MARKET SQUARE
Talla Skogmo, Talla Skogmo Interior Design
NO. 96 | GUTHRIE THEATER
"Nothing can beat the ninth floor Dowling Studio lobby at the Guthrie for views of he river and cityscape—it's the best way to experience the city of Minneapolis." —David Heide, David Heide Design Studio
Photo by Steve Henke
NO. 97 | THE WATERS
Not many retirement homes have lacquered antler decor, to-the-trade upholstery, and nostalgic black-and-white artwork. But not many retirement homes hire designers like Renee LeJeune Hallberg, who puts a little tailored pep into every project she does, including the massive undertaking of the Waters Senior Living buildings, such as this one in Edina. "RLH Studio was hired to bring in a 'residential' aesthetic," Hallberg says. "While each building is different and unique to its neighborhood, we deliver fresh, comfortable, and stylish backgrounds and furnishings to create a community can come and thrive."
Photo by Eliesa Johnson
NO. 98 | THE ST. PAUL ATHLETIC CLUB
Earlier this year we used this downtown St. Paul space to style a poolside opener and we couldn't get over the stunning architecture. Designed in 1917 by Allen Stem, the same architect who did New York's Grand Central Station, the club truly is an urban oasis. The room, with its wall of windows, has fought wrecking balls and won a restoration that made it all the more stunning. For members, it's a quiet step back in time and about the most glamorous aquatic setting for those who really need to get away from it all and channel their inner Olivia Pope.
NO. 99 | HOTEL BROZ
In 1898 Hotel Broz was erected in New Prague under the careful eye of architect Cass Gilbert, who also designed the Minnesota State Capitol and Supreme Court building in Washington, D.C. After a glory run, the hotel went vacant for decades until recently, when owner Caroline Amplatz decided to take on a full-scale historical renovation. Since Hotel Broz is on the National Register of Historic Places, a team has been trying to restore as much 1890s as possible, while building other components by hand onsite, using traditional methods by blacksmiths, stained glass artists, and wood-carving experts. Opening soon, the hotel will include four dining rooms, more than a dozen hotel rooms, a billiard room, and restaurant and bar.