Author Archives: 2013

Minneapolis Art Fairs

Its summer and besides the season of road construction it is also the season of art fairs.  My husband and I spent Saturday strolling around Loring Park and perusing the multitude of amazing pieces.  I have a creative job and I love using the right side of my brain but if it weren’t for CAD […]

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Less Noise!

Last week I wrote about the best home environments for sound using style elements to enhance how sound moves in and through a room.   This week I’m going to continue the noise theme but this time by exploring how products can make a difference. We all know about acoustic panels; sound experts recommend a 1-inch […]

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Noise, Noise, Noise!

We are in the process of putting hardwood floors in our living room.   This is a long overdue improvement that will help that room catch up with the rest of our main level! The project, of course, means emptying all the rooms, not just for safety from dust, but to allow a buff and refinish […]

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Front Doors

  We’ve been thinking about front doors lately-one of our clients has a uncovered entry  with a south facing exposure, a painted door and a storm door that is left on all year (as opposed to swapping out the glass panel for a screen panel).  In our tough climate, storm doors are very popular for […]

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Stencils

Back in the early 1990’s, I stenciled basketballs, baseballs and footballs around my young son’s bedroom. It was cute, kind of country-homey and survived until his pre-teen years. I have pretty much dismissed stencils since then. Now they are popping back up but not in the cozy country way of last century. The new stencils […]

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Minneapolis Star Tribune

Check out the article about one of our favorite kitchen projects in Sunday’s Minneapolis Star Tribune. Of course, the truth is that all our projects become a favorite! Read it at StarTribune.com

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Flat Weave Rugs

  I’ve noticed a lot of design photos recently featuring flat weave rugs. These rugs are often colorful with interesting patterns and really tie the elements in the picture together. Since I am by no means a rug expert, I thought it would be helpful to learn a little about them. Here’s what I found […]

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New Countertop Options

We all know there are a plethora (I love that word!) of countertop materials out there.  Granite, quartz, butcher-block, laminate, glass and recycled glass, concrete and even recycled papers have become materials we’re used to hearing about.  But I came across three more than seem intuitively obvious but were new to me. First up, bamboo.  […]

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Little Free Libraries

Last summer, my husband and I were eating ice cream cones from Grand Ole Creamery and walking down the neighborhood streets.  We walked past what looked like a large mailbox that was full of books – a neighborhood library it seemed.  I was enchanted.  This winter, Sparrow & Stoll was working on a project in […]

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