Design Weekend in Minneapolis… Well Almost

I shared with you a few months ago that I registered for AB Chao’s Design Camp in Minneapolis over Memorial Day. So after we packed up the babies and drove seven hours, we arrived in Minneapolis to learn that the camp had to be postponed due to the design leader being hospitalized.  So, the good news is that the leader is in good health and the camp has been rescheduled for August, but unfortunately it meant no exciting design camp taking place. It was probably a good thing as I was struck with bronchitis and a sinus infection so I don’t know that my best design juices were flowing. But it left me with a design itch that needed to be fulfilled and I took the opportunity to help my parents with a little design work in their new home where we were staying for the weekend.

My parents purchased a beautiful home last Fall that is traditional with a touch of craftsmen and contemporary cabin (yes I made that up).  It has a large great room where the living, dining room and kitchen all converge. Here is a picture of the room as it was decorated by the previous owners.

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This decor, although well-fit to the space, is more traditional than my parents were looking for.  So we wanted to select some pieces that were a little less formal and more transitional.  They had already selected a great sofa, the Brae Sofa from HOM furniture. They aren’t using the pillows it comes with, but the sofa itself is great. It’s a perfect mix of traditional with nailhead details and ornate foot, but a more modern approach with the square back and box pillows. It’s also plenty large which is important when designing for such a grand space.

We took a trip to Arhaus, a gem of a furniture store at the Galleria in Minneapolis.

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Sorry Kansas Citians, but the closest Arhaus location is St. Louis. I love the store because it has pieces with a ton of character. Beautiful woods and textures that look like they could have been picked out at an antique market or foreign furniture bazar. Our main goal was a pair of chairs to anchor the room and introduce some pattern and color.  We found the perfect chair to fit the bill, this beauty, the Abigail Chair.  And at nearly half off and an extra 5%, we were excited to score a deal.

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We also found a great upholstered ottoman that is also super functional piece.  It has two large trays that pull out when you want the ottoman to act like a coffee table and a nice shelf for storage underneath. We are still working on a design plan, taking everyone’s tastes and requests into play, but I whipped up a quick design board with how I envision some of the colors and textures playing together.

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Should be a fun challenge working with such a beautiful and ornate space.

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