MPLS & St. Paul Prints from Albie Design

A recent favorite find are these beautiful prints of Minneapolis and St. Paul by Kim Sly of Albie Design. I love the the use of a mostly neural color palette mixed in with a few splashes of color!  They are available for purchase in 3 different sizes. To view and buy these and other prints from Albie Design, head over to her Etsy shop!

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Hirshfield’s Design Studio

Hirshfields is known for their amazing selection of paints and wall coverings, but did you know that they also have great accessories, fabric and furniture options for your home? I recently stopped by Hirshfield’s Design Resource and took a few snapshots around the showroom. Be sure to stop by and visit! They are super friendly and always happy to help you with design advice or paint consultations. They even have a color call consultation service. Click here to watch the video to find out more! Hirshfields Design Resource is located at  721 Second Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55405. Click after the jump to see the showroom in photos! Continue reading

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Company Profile: Style Architects, LLC

Style comes in a lot of fashions. Luckily Style Architects LLC knows how to work with all types of style. The boutique lifestyle services company assists both businesses and individuals to create beautifully executed events, branding, styling, and PR.  I had the opportunity to talk with Style Architects’ President, Christina Holm-Sandok, about her business and how her team helps make good companies even better. Read on to see the full story! Continue reading

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Sales! Two is Always Better Than One

I love beautiful, locally designed furniture. Nothing makes me more proud to call Minnesota my home state than when I see the graceful curves of a beautiful chair from Rapson Inc or the bright colors of Blu Dot’s Strut Table.

This must be my month because both local companies are hosting sales!

Rapson Inc. is hosting their first ever sale. All furniture is 15% off. The sale has been going since the 1st of the month, and it lasts until October 31st. You can find Rapson Inc. furniture at:

Danish Teak Classic
1500 Northeast Jackson Street  Minneapolis, MN
Forage Modern Workshop
4023 East Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN

The chic, modern furniture design company, Blu Dot, is also having a sale! Their 20/20 sale started on 10/20 and lasts 20 days, ending on November 8th. You can find Blu Dot furniture at:

2914 Hennepin Avenue  Minneapolis, MN

Now if only I can get someone to get me this desk as an early Christmas gift! Isn’t it lovely?

Help Janelle from Bloomington Win Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color 2012 Contest

Photo from Apartment Therapy

The other evening I was reading my favorite eye-candy Australian blog, Desire to Inspire. Then I saw this photo appear:

Photo from Apartment Therapy

I had to stop myself and think, “What is a Minneapolis poster doing on an Australian blog?” It turns out the stylistas over at Desire to Inspire are rooting for our hometown gal, Janelle of Bloomington, to win Apartment Therapy’s Room for Color 2012 contest! Judging by the beautiful use of green, white, grey, and blue tones, Janelle has a great eye for color and design. Head over to Desire to Inspire to see all of the photos from Janelle’s Bloomington home, then go to Apartment Therapy and click “Favorite” to vote for her place! Way to go Janelle!

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Urban Collection Gallery Opening at Motto Boutique

Have you had the chance to stop by Motto Boutique in Minneapolis’ Uptown neighborhood? Not only does the lifestyle boutique carry chic, one-of-a-kind fashion, but the store also sells home furnishings and accessories. This Wednesday, October 10th is a perfect opportunity to stop by and see the beautiful merchandise for yourselves. Shop owners Maria Walker and Maryn Bulygo are hosting Urban Collection, an art gallery opening from 5-8:30pm, featuring collected work from emerging artists for over the last 20+ years on sale at prices below their usual value. Most artists have since “emerged” including Shannon Kennedy, Christian Holstad, Peter Houser, Erinestine Ruben, & Ramon Muxter to name a few. The collection also includes several local MCAD grads and locals like Sarah Wooster, Matt Franzen & Jennifer Davis.

Be sure to stop by! Motto Boutique is located at 3105 Hennepin Ave South, Minneapolis. There will also be plenty of treats and refreshments served at the opening. See you there!

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Nate Berkus: Fall line at Target October 21


Video from Target

Nate Berkus, local homeboy done good, is getting ready to debut his home accessories line at Target this October 21st. Using Berkus’ classic contemporary style, the line features bath towels, curtains, pillows, frames and the like. Click after the jump to see a few more items from his fall collection. What do you think of the collection? Will you be buying anything from the line?

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Docomomo US/MN’s Modern Homes Tour

As you might know, I’m a sucker for mid-century architecture. Are you? If so, please join me this weekend for Docomomo US/MN’s modern homes tour. As a full disclosure, I am on the board of directors for this nonprofit, whose mission is to document and conserve buildings and sites of the modern movement.

The tour is this Saturday, October 6th and includes a morning tour of homes designed by architect, Robert Cerny and an afternoon tour of homes on Cedar Lake. The best part is that not only do you get to admire the outside architecture, but you actually get to go inside the homes and appreciate the interiors. The above photograph is a sample of all of the homes on this year’s tour. To learn more information on how to purchase tickets, visit

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New Pieces at findfurnish

I love this movie that the crew at findfurnish put together! Sway with a little Sinatra and get familiar with the vintage modern furniture in the video. You may remember the post from last year where we got to know the store a bit better. I can’t believe it has nearly been one year since their store opening! Congratulations! Stop by this weekend and see what you can find, or just say hi to lovely owners, Marie and Brian.

Open today 2-7, Saturday 10-7 and Sunday 10-7 at their store in the Casket Arts Building. 1720 Madison Street NE, #10, Minneapolis Minnesota, 55413


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New Store Profile: Andrew Martin

In the unassuming Edina strip mall, Rue de France (my winner for fanciest strip mall name), resides the new home furnishings store, Andrew Martin. Hailing from England, the company was founded in 1978 and has grown to be an internationally recognized brand. Andrew Martin’s main aesthetic is fusion style, mixing pieces influenced by cultures around the work with antiques with a bit of a retro vibe. The result is a beautifully staged store which makes you feel like you have stepped into a vintage James Bond movie. The store also sells beautiful fabrics and wallpapers. Click after the jump to view more photos from the Edina store, located at 7101 France Ave S. Edina, MN.If you are on Twitter, their handle is @AndrewMartinMN. Check back for an update on their grand opening party slated for October.

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