Inspiration: Mechanical Walls

I ran across this great idea on LOOMstudio’s flickr website: mechanical walls! It is a creative way to separate rooms in some of the open loft spaces for those wanting to create individual spaces. On their webpage, LOOMstudios describes their inspiration:

“Seven doors were designed for four openings in a loft overlooking the Mississippi River on the north edge of downtown Minneapolis. Each set of these doors takes advantage of a different mechanical operation. Four shoji inspired doors are suspended by rollers on a wide flange, separating the master bedroom from a sitting room. The various orientations of these doors transform the relationship and circulation between the two spaces they define. A monumental pivoting door/wall provides entry into the master suite. In its open position, the door disappears and only comes into view obliquely as one approaches it down a long corridor. Two sets of doors allow the space of the kitchen to be closed off from the dining and living spaces of the loft. One door, employing hidden sliding mechanics that counter balances the forces on the door, cantilevers in two directions, one in the open position and one in the closed position. The final door, situated over the countertop of the kitchen, utilizes a series of pulleys, shaft collars, hinges, cables and a gear reducer, to transform a curved place into a three dimensional sculpture that is best described as the open mouth of a whale shark.”

To check out more of LOOMstudio’s work, go to

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Weekend Event: Art a Whirl

For those looking for a great event this weekend, check out Art-A-Whirl this weekend in Northeast Minneapolis. Art-A-Whirl is a weekend long open studio and gallery tour that brings together local and regional artists. More than 500 artists participate in the tours and there are a ton of events going on throughout the entire weekend. You can check them out at Art-A-Whirl’s event page. The event is going on Friday May 15, from 5-10pm, Saturday May 16, from noon-8pm, and Sunday May 17, from noon-5pm. It is a great place to explore some artwork and pick up something unique to adorn your home.

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ASID Showcase Home

The ASID showcase home is coming up and the latest home to be renovated is an Edina residence on East Sunnyslope Road. The tours start on Saturday, May 16 and will run through June 14th. I recommend getting discounted tickets from the participating outlet dealers. Information on the tour runs as follows from the Minneapolis Style Examiner’s website:

ASID and MPLS ST Paul Magazine are co-producers of the 2009 ASID Showcase Home Tour to feature. Check out for before and afters of this home renovation.

  • Mid-Century Modern
  • Green Renovation
  • Sunnyslope Neighborhood in Edina

Dates: May 16-June 14
Open: Wednesdays-Sundays
Hours: 10am-4pm

4904 East Sunnyslope Road
Edina, MN 55424

Audio Tours
Again this year, the Showcase Home will feature complimentary audio tours. Access this information system from a hand-held device and hear detailed room information at your own pace.

$20 per person – at the door

$15 per person –purchase discounted tickets at participating ticket outlets (Available April 15)
ASID Office at IMS
Bachman’s Floral, Home & Garden Centers
The Bibelot Shops
D’Amico & Sons
International Market Square
Jerry’s Food-Edina and Eden Prairie Locations
Macys-Southdale & Rosedale Home Stores
Patina Stores

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Spotlight: Casa Verde

Casa Verde is a relatively new face in the local design scene. Opening in November 2008, Casa Verde is the invention of Rosemary Merrill, Susan Brunn, and Susan Jacobs. While focusing on sustainable kitchen and bath design, the designers use the showroom to show that sustainable design can still have a luxurious look by using local resources, eco-friendly materials, and energy-efficient appliances. The showroom located at W 50th St and Bryant Avenue also sells furniture that is under a Casa Verde label that is manufactured in Chicago. The showroom is also a great place to pick up artwork, linens, and other kitchen furnishings. My favorite piece of furniture of the entire showroom was this chair:

Walking into the showroom, the first impression is how light and airy everything in. One’s attention is immediately drawn to the giant ceiling fan, from the manufacturer appropriately named, Big Ass Fans. When rotating, the fan pushes air not just under the fan, but it also quietly covers the space around the fan, up to 20,000 square feet. The fans provide a very industrial feeling to a room, but they can take on different looks after applying a coat of your favorite Benjamin Moore paint color.

Using kitchen and bath vignettes that feature cabinetry by Minnesota craftsmen provides an opportunity to show some local pride to the space. The design team shows an array of contemporary to classic contemporary styles.

One particularly gorgeous vignette includes a farm style table made entirely out of wood that was reclaimed from a 150 year old Finnish cabin. To see the transformation from the original pieces of wood on the cabin to the rich red hue of the table is stunning.

The showroom is open at 911 W 50th Street in Minneapolis from 10am to 6pm Monday-Friday and 10am to 4 pm on Saturday. Take some time to stop by whether for inspiration, or to talk with the friendly staff about how to think about starting your next kitchen or bath remodeling project.

All images from the Casa Verde website

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Awesome Adirondacks!

Image by Steven Mitchell

After what seems like a very VERY long cold winter, lilacs are beginning to bloom, pasty legs are finally starting to emerge under shorts, and everyone is starting to drag out their summer furniture. One of my favorite classic summer chairs is the Adirondack chair. Nothing screams summer like sipping a nice cold lemonade while lounging in one of these chairs. Besides the traditional style, there are new emerging designs that bring a new twist to the old. My favorite is Loll Designs‘ chairs. This is a company that is out of Duluth, MN and is one of the most sustainable outdoor furniture companies. Made out of recycled high density polyethylene, the furniture is durable to leave outside in the coldest of Minnesota winters.

This is the 4 slat Adirondack chair made from 400 recycled milk jugs retailing for $550. You can find other variations of Loll designs, such as Room and Board’s Emmet Chair and Design Within ReachsAdirondack chair. I also saw one at Twin Cities Green.

Another great twist on the classic Adirondack chair are the chairs from

They all come in different colors and shapes. This one has a little rooster up near the top. It is currently retailing for $350. You can see a castle version and a chair with a topiary at their website or you can talk to someone at Designers Furniture Warehouse at 7876 Portland Ave S in Minneapolis.

Another gorgeous chair ottoman combo is the Lakeside Adirondack chair and ottoman set from Crate and Barrel:
The set is made from all weather wicker resin. I love the summery, updated style on this one. This works well with both contemporary and updated traditional styles. It retails for $499. You can find it at Crate and Barrel’s website.

Not to forget the kiddos out there, Land’s End has some adorable designs. Heck, even I am wishing that some of these came in an adult size. Check them out: This butterfly chair was running $139.99 and is now $99.99 at Lands End

This Ladybug chair was also $139.99 and is now $99.99 at Lands End

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Happy Mother’s Day!

Mother’s day is this weekend, and I know there are plenty out there who are still searching for some gift ideas. I am dedicating this post to some gift ideas for the last minute shoppers.

Patina is always a great place to start. There are locations across the metro and the store is chalk full of doodads and trinkets to make any mom happy. Here are some of my favorites:

A Great way to spend time with mom is to pack a picnic and take her to one of the local lakes with this Apple Green Picnic Tote: $42.00

I’ve always love learning stories that my mom has to tell me. Why not record the memories in a special book? This Interview with My Mom book is only $9.95 and it is something you will love looking through. Maybe you will even get mom to divulge something about her crazy college days!

For environmentally friendly gifts, head over to Twin Cities Green at 2405 Hennepin Ave S in Minneapolis. One of my favorites is the license plate purse. There is a purse for most states and they are made from 100% reclaimed license plates:

There are also a bunch of places you could take mom out to celebrate the day.

-At the State Fairgrounds, the annual Friend’s School Plant Sale is going on, selling a over 2,000 varieties of plants and flowers.
-If you want to splurge, you could take her to go see Tony Bennett at Mystic Lake Casino. The concert starts at 7 pm and tickets are on sale from $65-76 dollars.
-Some lower priced alternatives are to take a walk around the lakes, go to some of the art museums, the Farmer’s Market.

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Twin Cities Free Market

Most everyone has heard of Craigslist, but the Twin Cities has its own unique twist on trading one man’s trash for another man’s treasure. Eureka! Recycling has a site called The Free Market that allows users to post and view others’ postings for free stuff. I have so many people asking me all the time what to do with their old furniture. This is a fantastic solution to get rid of that old 1970’s sleeper sofa with the paisley print that you don’t need anymore

Eureka! Recycling put the website together in an effort to reduce the amount of reusable goods being thrown into the trash. In addition to furniture, one can exchange everything from electronics, home renovation, to musical instruments. Maybe it is time to finally find that used theater organ you have always wanted and start playing!

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Cool DIY Project: Pen Vases

This has made its way around the web, but I had to share a fun Do it Yourself project. Behold! The pen vase:
This awesome vase is created by heating a clear BIC pen until it is soft and then blowing into the pen as one would blow glass. Be careful not to inhale! Ooooh. That would just be a bad scene. Now the pen is ready to hold a single daisy. Cool, huh?

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Привет! The Museum of Russian Art/The Izba

Tucked in the corner of Stevens Ave and West Diamond Lake Road at 5500 Stevens Ave South in Minneapolis, MN lies The Museum of Russian Art. Here is a cozy museum that houses some beautiful works of art by many prominent Russian artists. The history behind each painting provides each work of art with an even greater vibrancy and sense of intrigue.

While scoping out the fantastic art on the upper level of the museum, I stumbled upon the
ir gift store, The Izba. Seemingly small from the exterior, when I walked in, I was greeted by the large, spacious store.

The Izba has a lot of beautiful gifts, books, and jewelry that is all inspired by or has some Russian background. Some of my favorite items are in the following:

Footed Birch Box- $19.95

Venetian Goblet- $34.95

The Izba is the perfect place to stop by and pick up some beautiful home goods while enjoying a day looking at the Russian art.
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