Twin Cities Design Scene Featured in Design*Sponge

I’m super excited to announce that I recently partnered with national design blog,  Design*Sponge to contribute a list by neighborhood of the best independently owned places to eat, play and shop in Minneapolis and St. Paul. Please take a look at this list and make sure to make a point of visiting and supporting these businesses. Of course, this is an ever evolving list and I would love to hear your comments on places to include for next year. Enjoy!

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Motto Boutique

Maryn Bulygo and Maria Walker are teaming up to open Motto on the corner of W 31st St and Hennepin Ave. The store specializes in men’s and women’s clothing, home furniture and gifts. They also offer wardrobe consultation, personal shopping and interior design services. Come stop by and say hi to Uptown’s newest neighbors this Thursday, June 7th at 6pm for their grand opening celebration!

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Hang Up from Vuur Design

This handy Hang Up wall piece in the above video is the brainchild of local company, Vuur Design. Its slim design works well in small spaces and behind doors. What do you think of the design?

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New Rapson Rocker for Loll Furniture

Photo courtesy of Rapson Inc.

Ralph Rapson accomplished a lot during his lifetime as an architect and furniture designer. Now the team at Rapson Inc. are ensuring that his ideas become eco-friendly furniture by teaming up with Duluth based Loll Designs. The new Loll Rapson Rocker is not yet for sale, but was recently previewed at the ICFF 2012 (International Contemporary Furniture Fair) in New York City. The partnership is perfect to combine Rapson’s stylish chair design with Loll’s recycled materials to bring the ultimate modern outdoor chair. I’m looking forward to start seeing it around town!

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New Business Omforme!

Picture courtesy of Omforme

How often is it that you find a piece of older furniture on Craigslist or at a garage sale that needs to be infused with new life? Carter Averbeck knows a thing or two about putting a new twist on older furniture. Starting as a hobby, Carter soon saw the demand for his transformed pieces increase and started his business, Omforme. I had the chance to interview Carter via email and learn more about his process. Read on after the jump!

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Minneapolis Jonathan Adler Store Opening Party Tonight, 4/19

Walking into Jonathan Adler store in Uptown, Minneapolis is like a designer’s version of walking into Candyland! There are tons of bright colors, fun patterns and items to make your life a little more chic. Tonight, 4/19, the store is hosting its Grand Opening Party from 6-8pm with 10% of all the evenings profits benefiting the Minnesota Aids Project. 1439 W Lake Street, Minneapolis, MN, 55408.

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The Sitting Room in Excelsior, MN

Image courtesy of The Sitting Room

Many times Twin Cities Design Scene features stores that are in the Twin Cities metro area, but if you go on a day trip, there are so many great shops to explore! For example, if you travel a bit out of the cities, you will discover that Excelsior, MN has a wonderful array of design resources. The Sitting Room is one of the beautiful finds you will discover when visiting Excelsior. Started by Kate Regan in 2003 as a small design studio in Minnetonka, she now has expanded the showroom and moved the design studio to Exselsior. The showroom features classic and chic furniture and accessories. I had the chance to interview Kate over email and learn more about her design services and gorgeous store! Read my interview with Kate after the jump and view photos from the showroom! Continue reading

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MN Architect Profile: James Dayton Design

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If you had Frank Gehry as your architectural mentor, your buildings are bound to be noticed in Minnesota. Local architect and Gehry protégé, Jim Dayton, is a master at combining unique building materials to create visually stunning contemporary architecture and interiors. Recently, I had the chance to sit down with Dayton in his NE Minneapolis office and learn more about his background and design process. Dayton heads up a team of 11 at James Dayton Design.  Dayton and his team are responsible for designing a number of acclaimed buildings that influence the Twin Cities’ architectural landscape. Such buildings include the MacPhail Center for the Music‘s Minneapolis location, the Highpoint Center for Printmaking, the Blake School‘s Wayzata campus and the Minnetonka Center for the Arts. Please read on after the jump for my full interview with Jim Dayton.

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Repost-From Shabby to Chic in Under $20



Photos from The Fast Horse Blog

Jenny Zanatta, designer at local marketing agency Fast Horse, recently posted about her crafty ways to take old-decor and re-purpose it into chic, colorful decor all for under $20! Take a look at her awesome work and then get outside to visit our many local antique shops to find your next prize to paint! Read about her process at the Fast Horse Blog.

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Profile: Forage Modern Workshop

There is nothing better than a great fresh, fun furniture store coming to the Twin Cities! That is exactly what Forage Modern Workshop promises when they open their doors this spring. Forage Modern Workshop is a collective of local furniture makers mixed in with vintage finds. The store is the brainchild of Mike and Heidi Smith, Rebekah Cook and James Brown. I recently has the chance to sit down with Rebekah and Heidi, store managers, to learn more about their store.

Located at 4023 E Lake St in Minneapolis, Forage Modern Workshop showcases the Midwest Modern aesthetic. Inspired by the style of Ralph Rapson and Close Architects, the store partners with local furniture designers to showcase their work in their assortment. Their goal is to have a different local furniture artisan designing a line exclusively at the store every few months.

One of the first designers on the roster is Matt Eastvold. Working out of Northfield, MN, Eastvold has become a hit on the coasts. His chic designs are in demand in both NY and San Francisco. Eastvold is designing a line exclusively for Forage Modern Workshop.

FMW will not only showcase artisan furniture, but also home goods including wallpaper and accessories. Vintage finds will also be abundant throughout the store. One may also visit the store and relax on the furniture while enjoying a cup of coffee from the coffee house located inside.

The store is slated to open very soon, so stay tuned! Their e-commerce site is opening soon at Forage Modern Workshop. Stay in touch by following them on their Facebook page, or emailing

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