Store Photo Tour: Forage Modern Workshop

There’s a new store jazzing up the Longfellow neighborhood! Forage Modern Workshop blends “foraged” vintage finds with locally based furniture and accessory designers and pairs them together. The best thing about this store is that the furniture vignettes show how one can blend older pieces with new designs and create a beautiful room composition. I had the opportunity to take a few snapshots of the store. Make sure to stop by and check them out!

Rapson Rapid Rocker by Rapson-Inc., Luna Sofa by True Modern, Quiltodian Coffee Table by Squared Furniture, Oil Painting by Minneapolis Joinery, Palm Coat Rack by Squared Furniture

Prints by Aesthetic Apparatus, Paper Pendant by Folding Chairs, Vintage Headboard, Zig Zag throw by Happy Habitat, Live Edge Coffee Table by Norsk Valley

Dane Chair and Ottoman by True Modern, Pix Side Table from OCD Furniture, Vintage Eames Chair, Magdalena York Rugs, Minneapolis Joinery Oil Paintings

Rochelle Sofa by Gus Modern and Vintage Globe

Bookhive Book Case by Gary Moore, Vintage Italian Glass Head

Forage Modern Workshop is located at:
4023 E. Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN, 55406
(612) 886-3603
Tuesday-Saturday: 10am-7pm
Sunday: 10am-5pm


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Upcoming Event: Mad About Design on September 14th

Need an excuse to get dressed up and go to a Mad Men inspired party? Then book your ticket to the Goldstein Museum of Design’s upcoming Mad About Design benefit! The benefit will be held this Friday, September 14th from 6-9pm at the Phillip Johnson designed Winton-Davis-Nelson house located on Lake Minnetonka at 1780 Shoreline Drive, Orono.

The evening will feature tours of the house as well as the Nelson’s personal art collection. There will also be a live auction and hula hooping! I’m hoping that guests will have to hula hoop in order to make a bid at the auction, but we’ll have to see if the organizers take my suggestion! Tickets are $100 and although it’s close to the date of the event, they are still accepting reservations with payment on a first come, first serve basis. Please reach Barbara Lutz at 612.624.7434 or to reserve tickets. All proceeds will go towards preserving and archiving the Goldstein Museum of Design’s collection.


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Guerilla by Design-An ambush style furniture exhibition in downtown Minneapolis

What would you do if a group of 16 furniture designers invaded your space and replaced your items with furniture designed specifically for your site? Guerilla by Design is an ambush-style furniture exhibit by a group of local designers who are transforming the city’s design reputation by proving that smart and beautiful furniture design isn’t only reserved for New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Stylish furniture is being designed right here in the Twin Cities.


The show is happening Friday, August 10th from 2pm-7pm, Saturday, August 11th from 4pm-11pm with an opening party from 7pm-11pm, and Sunday, August 12th from 11am-3pm.  The space located at 25 N. 4th St. I had the opportunity of speaking with Maya Khaira, the show’s spokeswoman and local furniture designer about the inspiration behind the idea.

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Ad Hoc Art-Downtown Minneapolis Pop-up Art Gallery

Art by Lintu Art

All of us Minnesotans cherish the short-lived summer, but this year, we have another short lived event to enjoy. In the heart of downtown Minneapolis at 88 S 10th St. resides pop-up art gallery, Ad Hoc Art. The gallery is in its space only until the end of August. While you may visit the gallery during its normal hours of Tu-Fri 11am-8pm, Sat 10am-8pm and Sun 10am-2pm, they are hosting a free event tonight, Friday, July 20th from 7 to 10pm with music and cold treats! Read on to learn more about Ad Hoc Art and view more photos from the gallery.

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Living in a Nutshell Book Review

                                                                    Janet Lee from Living in a Nutshell

How many of you have had to live in a small space at one time in your life? I know I have had a few of my own. After you move in and settle, the next big question that might come up is, “How do I decorate and make everything fit in here?” TV producer, small space decorator and author Janet Lee is here to help! Lee recently wrote the book, Living in a Nutshell, which is based off of her blog by the same name. Lee will be in town tonight, Thursday, July 12th from 5-7PM at Corazon for a cocktail and craft evening and will be explaining how you can make the most out of your small spaces! I recently had the opportunity to read the book and loved it. Read on to see my full review!

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Living in a Nutshell: Small Space Expert Janet Lee

Small space owners, listen up! Former Twin Cities resident, Janet Lee, has a blog called, Living in a Nutshell and recently released a book from Harper Collins by the same name. The book focuses on Lee’s ideas on how to make a space-challenged room and turn it into a fun, organized area. Lee currently resides in New York, so she knows a thing or two about decorating for small spaces! Lee is going to be in town for a cocktail hour with a live craft demonstration this Thursday, July 12th from 5-7pm at Corazon Books in Minneapolis (4646 East Lake Street). Read on to see more photos from the book and hear about Lee’s experiences while living in the Twin Cities.

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The Bryn Mawr gift store, Honeyshine, likes to do things a little differently. When you walk into the shop, you are greeted by the store’s mascot, a dapper mannequin with a goat’s head, lovingly named Bruce. What really makes Honeyshine stand out is the unique and funky merchandise that owners Adam Braun and Daisy Mitchell have sourced from all over the world. If you love their fun design aesthetic, then they can also help you whip your home into shape with their design services. Read on to see more photos from the store and see their design work! Continue reading

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Want to party Mad Men style? Then you should come to DOCOMOMO US MN’s Mod Mixer this Thursday, June 21st from 6-8pm at the new furniture showroom, Forage Modern Workshop. The event is free of charge to the public. I am proud to be involved with Minnesota chapter of DOCOMOMO, which strives to document and preserve local architecture of the modern movement. This is the non-profit’s 4th annual Mod Mixer and this year there will be a live jazz band, wine and beer, a photo booth and a raffle with some great prizes! It is encouraged, but not required to wear your best vintage outfit. I know I will be channeling my inner Megan Draper! Let’s party like they did at Sterling Cooper, just make sure to leave all lawnmowers at home! Swing by and say hi!

This is event is free! RSVP is not required, but is encouraged to help with the head count. Please RSVP on Facebook or at Eventbrite.

Mod Mixer
Forage Modern Workshop
4023 E Lake St.
Minneapolis, MN
Thursday, June 21st from 6-8pm

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Adan Torres Fotografia

Image by Adan Torres Fotografia

How do you make a beautifully designed room or building look even more amazing? Hire a photographer! Well trained photographers can take a design project and make it look like it belongs on the cover of a shelter magazine. Locally-based photographer, Adan Torres of Adan Torres Fotografia specializes in architecture and interior photography and beautifully captures the essence of any room. Many local businesses have trusted Torres to capture their work, including Room and Board and various architectural firms across the Twin Cities. I had the opportunity to interview Torres (via email) about his love of photography and his inspiration behind his work. Read on after the jump to read the interview and see more photos of Torres’ work. Continue reading

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The Blu Dot Sale is Coming!

Forget Black Friday, Blu Saturday is the date you should mark on your calendars! Locally based furniture company, Blu Dot is hosting a sale this Saturday, June 9th from 9am -1pm at their Rogers warehouse located at 13098 George Weber Drive, Rogers, MN. Savings are up to 70%, so you have no excuse not to jazz up your home with their bright colors and minimalist designs.

Set your alarm clock early, because you won’t be the only one in line when the doors open at 9am. Even if you don’t have a big car to bring home your treasures, Blu Dot is offering local Minneapolis metro area curbside delivery. Come early for the free coffee and pastries, stay for the good deals!

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