When I was a 22 year old waitress in New York, every single customer I had would say, ‘You’re so friendly … what are you from the MidWest or something?’ and I would say (in a VERY friendly voice, I’m sure), “Actually, I’m from Oregon.’ And they would say in a ‘like I said’ voice, ‘Yeah … the midwest’. That was before Portland was cool when there were a lot less people from the Midwest in New York, I suppose. They literally thought that Oregon was the Midwest.
Well last week I went to the real MidWest, Minnesota even (super midwest) – possibly even for the first time. And yes, people there are VERY friendly. We ( and I) went to redesign the family’s house – a couple I had met at some Alt Summit parties the last two years. After meeting/hanging out with them I thought I liked them, sure, I like most people when I’m at a party if you know what I mean. But it was definitely a risk going there for 5 days without really knowing them. They could have been really weird, lame, have had really bad taste, or worse … really annoying. And despite being super friendly, (most people even say ‘bubbly’ much to my torture), this girl can be strangely easy to annoy. Ask, OH JUST ABOUT EVERYONE I KNOW. Except don’t because that sounds annoying.
Well i’m ecstatic to say that not only were these two friendly, but they were totally amazing in every way. In fact when everybody asks me how my trip was I say, ‘So great. It was actually the best case scenario possible’. That rarely happens, folks. Good people. Good design. Adorable kids. Satisfying work. Fun with Orlando. Just generally a GEERRAATTE week in the Twin Cities.
So welcome to the first part of a four part series documenting my The whole makeover was sponsored by shot by , produced by and art directed, designed and styled by me (and ).
So here’s a before:
I mean, great bones, but REALLY BAD SKIN. While a lot of people like their dark woodwork, I generally am not terribly into it. The burgundy and yellow/white however I love, if by ‘love’ I mean am by strongly repelled by.
So they totally renovated it (before I got there, obviously) and painted it this beautiful Aloof Gray by . And then we came in and decorated it so it looked like this:
The intention behind this room was to be warm, inviting, comfortable, family friendly and yet young and modern. The house was a classic turn of the century craftsman, so there needed to be some elements of traditional design in it so it wasn’t a jarring departure, but mostly they loved eclectic midcentury design so we needed to combine all those styles together.
I absolutely love how it turned out. Its so happy and bright, and yet warm and comfortable. I can’t decide what my favorite element is – I LOVE that rug from Loloi, I LOVE those two custom plaid wool chairs. And just generally I love how you want to sit in every chair/sofa because they are all so comfortable.
Here was our process: First we talked style and needs for each room, then they created a pin board, and after a few skype conference calls, we started curating items from Craigslist and then supplemented with new pieces from my favorite resources.
Wall Color: | Sofa: |Danish Chairs: Vintage/CL (free/$80, $400 in fabric and upholstery) | Rug:
That campaign dresser for instance was found painted a sad dark brown, and Bruno sprayed it white when we were there. The midcentury chairs were a combo of craigslist and a family hand-me-down that we had recovered and restored.
Laptop Side Table: | Lamp, Ikea |Desk/chair vintage | Rug:
Roman Shades: Laura Ashley Soft Fold Roman shades in Casualle Milk from Blinds.com | Windsor Chair: Vintage, (Craigslist): free with dining table | Dimply Vase: |
All in all a WILD transformation and one that I didn’t want to leave. Its low maintenance, unfussy, yet totally pulled together and intentional. Almost like it was designed ….
Stay tuned for the dining room transformation, complete with my favorite family photo gallery yet. 🙂
Meanwhile check out this resource list; they are all here, folks. Get to shopping.
Wall Color: | Sofa: |Danish Chairs: Vintage/CL (free/$80, $400 in fabric and upholstery) | Rug: | Kaleidoscope on man Vintage () | Porcelain Succulents on man | Majorette: Vintage ( | Pot for fern: | Candle Holder: | Bronze Bust: vintage () | Photo over man | Books: Vintage ($20) | Blanket Basket: Vintage () |
Poof: West Elm, discontinued (!) | Coffee Table: Blue Ocean Traders | Bar Cart: Blue Ocean Traders | Giraffe Decanter: Vintage () | Marble Top Side Table: Blue Ocean Traders | White Table Lamp: | Threaded House Art: | Wood triangular side tables: Vintage ($45) | Campaign Dresser: Vintage ($80) (painted with ) | Boy Painting: Vintage () | Blinds: Laura Ashley Soft Fold Roman shades in Casualle Milk from Blinds.com | Windsor Chair: Vintage, (Craigslist): free with dining table | Dimply Vase: | Flannel Pillow: | Gold Star Pillow: | Throw: | Laptop Side Table: | Metal Drum Table: Vintage ()
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