Design Challenge

By |December 18th, 2012|

by Ally Evander, Allied Member ASID Do you ever watch those Designer's Challenge shows on TV where they give the designers a space, a bunch of restrictions and demand great design? Well occasionally, our clients ask the same of us. A project we're working on right now is a home where the client wanted us to create a [...]

How to stay warm this fall

By |October 10th, 2012|

by Ally Evander, Allied Member ASID Fall weather is officially here and the weather reports don't anticipate any unexpected warm ups, so this post is about staying warm in style! If you have a fireplace in your home, you have the perfect place to cozy up to on a cold day. But we work with [...]

Gone Wild!

By |July 30th, 2012|

by Ally Evander, Allied Member, ASID   All of Minnesota has gone Wild for the newest members of the State of Hockey's team. Minnesotans are eagerly anticipating the start of the new season with the exciting news that the Wild have officially signed two of the best players in the Nation Hockey League, Ryan Suter and Zach Parise. [...]

An Interior Worthy of a Standing Ovation

By |April 11th, 2012|

by Lauren Setum, Allied Member ASID I recently attended a performance by the Houston Ballet as part of the local Northrop Dance Season. Every year, Northrop brings in a variety of dance companies from all over the world to perform right here in the Twin Cities...it makes for a fabulous Friday night out, I definitely recommend looking [...]


By |March 21st, 2012|

By Christina Winter, Allied Member ASID If you read the blog on Monday the peek at a project was about phasing and implementing  your project.  There are several different reasons why people need to stage their project.  It can be because of Budget.  It can be for sanity purposes.  Do one room at a time, [...]


By |February 8th, 2012|

By LuAnne Silvia, ASID In the LiLu Studio we look inward for inspiration. People wonder if designers spend time looking through design magazines for ideas. All of us at the LiLu studio enjoy the beautiful photos published in magazines but the truth is we rarely make the time to sit down and page through them. [...]

A Question of Quality – Tailoring

By |November 17th, 2011|

By Emily Anderson, Allied Member ASID This week we are looking at the question of quality and what makes a furniture piece worth the investment. Our criteria so far as been construction and finish. Today we are considering one of my personal favorites - the tailoring of upholstery. I love it because a finely upholstered [...]

A Question of Quality – Construction

By |November 15th, 2011|

By Emily Anderson, Allied Member ASID This week we are focusing on the key elements of quality furniture and I'm starting the week off with construction. There is a lot to know and understand about furniture construction. I can throw out words like eight-way hand tied, solid hardwood frame, motise and tenon joinery, sustainable materials, spring down [...]

Custom Process: The Design

By |October 26th, 2011|

By LuAnne Silvia, ASID How the process of a custom piece is developed...after the idea, comes the design. Once we had our idea for the bar cabinet we worked out all the details on paper. The dimensions, the shape, the door style, the hinges, the interior function all had to be designed and communicated for [...]

Custom Process: The Idea

By |October 25th, 2011|

By LuAnne Silvia, ASID How the process of a custom piece is developed...starts with the idea. Our client had limited storage space in her kitchen condominium and needed a place to store her barware and wanted an inviting casual experience for her guests. Our client's mix of worldy antiques, casual inviting entertaining style and open floor plan sparked the [...]