A personal museum
A work of art or two adorning your living room walls is always a sure-fire way to add life and color to your spaces, but a full art gallery—featuring a collection or pieces by one or more artists—shows your discerning side like no other miscellaneous. Even better? Go beyond that and source from a local artist, like this MA Peterson client did in his contemporary lakeside home. Handmade by collage artist Kristi Abbott, these works consist of thousands of hand-cut pieces of paper sourced from magazines, album covers, photographs and the web to create portraits of pop culture icons.
“Biophilic design creates a strong relationship between nature and the human-made environment,” explains Sheree Vincent of Fusion Designed. “Introducing biophilic designs into your home improves your physical and mental health, your productivity and reduces stress.” Vincent has been ahead of the trend for years and has five tips on how to incorporate more biophilic design elements into our safe havens and havens:
- Introduce more live plants and cut flowers
- Buy works of art that immerse you in nature
- Open curtains and windows to let in natural light
- Incorporate fabrics and furnishings made from natural fibers
- Introduce patterns, textures and accessories that reflect or replicate nature
Floral, chic and oh so unique
The “Grandmillennial style”, which is very popular among people in their late 20s and 30s, is defined by trends and design elements that are considered “outdated” by mainstream sources. From ruffles and embroidery to Laura Ashley prints, trims, chinoiserie and sofa covers, it’s a style you either love or could live without – and it could all depend on your age. However, Prospect Refuge Studio has the style in this Lowry Hill townhouse. Love it or leave it? Email your thoughts to our editor at email@example.com.
On the screen
Open shelving may have peaked in popularity in the past, but the way we design these surfaces is changing over time. In 2022, mixing new pieces with antique vintage items (even better if passed on or inherited from loved ones) is the strategy of choice to source what deserves a spot on display. Styling them, however, is an art: “I’m a proponent of mixing function and beauty, not the other way around,” says interior designer Victoria Amegno. “My basis for designing a beautiful open shelving unit is function. When the right balance is struck, an open shelf is a great way to show off your personality.” Here’s her guide:
- Start with the practical articles. In kitchens this should be some crockery and for bookshelves this should be books – and lots of them. Sort them by size and stack them neatly while keeping size in mind. Fallen books don’t look good, so use bookends.
- Consider the existing colors of the room and choose a complementary color. Stay consistent with the color palette chosen to create a cohesive and pleasing look.
- Be intentional and limit what you view. You don’t have to go for a total minimal look, but remember that less is more. (Bonus: There’s less dust, too!) Use trays, baskets with lids, and storage boxes of various sizes to accommodate smaller items. The aim is to avoid an overloaded appearance.
- Once the practical utensils are in place, the fun can begin. Select your favorite unique objects, artifacts and/or works of art to add to the arrangement. Go for a mix of medium sized pieces or one large item as they make a stronger statement than a grouping of smaller ones.
10 Local places we love
Are you looking for the perfect pieces to make your house a home? These Twin Cities destinations are worth a stop.
- Brick + Linen, bricklinen.com
- The Foundry Home Goods, thefoundryhomegoods.com
- Foxwell, thefoxwell.com
- Golden Age Design, goldenagedesign.com
- Golden Rule Collective, shopgoldenrule.com
- Gray Home + Collective, greyhomeandlifestyle.com
- Henri Home, henriinteriors.com
- Rose & Loon, roseandloon.com
- Stranger & Co., strangerandco.com
- Victory Vintage, shopvictory.com