By Emily Anderson, Allied Member ASID
Posts Tagged ‘interior design minneapolis’
By LuAnne Silvia, ASID
One of the most rewarding aspects of our work can be summed up in a single sentence “You changed my life!” We interact with our built environments on a daily basis and designing a space that works to support you in how you live at home has a great impact. My greatest joy in design, the element that is nearest and dearest to my own heart can be summed up in a single word: ORGANIZATION. I love all things organized! Thinking through the details and designing a space for everything makes my heart sing! We recently designed a home office for a client that includes wide drawer for gift wrap, a counter height work table for standing projects (including wrapping gifts!), a magnetic bulletin board, closed storage for the necessities, open shelves for the pretties, and a desk for her young daughter to grow into and sit along side her Mother. The best part of the whole experience was hearing our client say how having a place for everything, including her daughter has changed her home life. Here is a peek at the project.
by Ally Evander, Allied Member ASID
During all this cold weather, you may be looking for something to do indoors. Touring the Russian Museum of Art in South Minneapolis is a nice way to spend an afternoon. As someone who majored in art in college, I find looking at the rotating art collection to be of interest. But what I also love about this museum is the building itself.
The museum is housed in a former church, built in the 1930s in the Spanish Colonial Revival style. In the 70s, the church congregation had outgrown the structure and sold it to a funeral home. Then in 2004, the Russian Museum of Art worked with an architect to convert the church into a museum to display its collection to the public. The architect maintained much of the original structure and as a result, the museum visitor gets to experience the history of Russian art as well as the story of a Minneapolis congregation from many years ago.
At LiLu, we often find ourselves mixing styles thoughtfully to achieve an unexpected mix. So I am particularly drawn to the history of this building, and how a Spanish style architectural building came to be home to a Russian Art museum. I won’t go on and on about the history of the structure, you should check it out for yourselves! Here are some photos of the museum to pique your interest. More information can be found at tmora.org.
All photos from tmora.org
by Ally Evander Allied Member, ASID
At LiLu, we always say every project is different. But we commonly design built ins for a lot of our clients. Why? Built ins add storage and an architectural element that furniture case pieces cannot always provide. It’s easy to get stuck doing the same thing over and over, a simple door style, an ordinary toe kick… But one design does not fit all!
Designing custom built ins and furniture is one of my favorite parts of the job. There are so many things to consider and the possibilities are endless. Here’s a run down of a few things we keep in mind when designing:
-Amount of storage needed
-Depth of storage needed; what is being stored? will special items fit?
Design in the details:
-Do we want it to look like cabinetry?
-Do we want it to look like a piece of furniture?
-What do we want it to be made out of and why?
-Wood stain or painted?
-Decorative materials applied?
-What will the durability of this finish be? Will it last? Will it stand up to kids/pets?
It’s a long list! All of the answers to these questions are important and vary depending on the client and project. Now that I have droned on about the intricacies of the built in, (can you tell it’s my favorite thing to work on?) let’s take a look at some of the ways LiLu has applied these ideas….
A locally built, custom cabinet with applied hand made wallcovering
Here we created our own door style! These doors have patterned dimension for visual interest. And let’s not forget the custom toe kick- no detail was overlooked! No hardware on this piece- we used touch latch doors so hardware wouldn’t distract from the design.
Another wallcovering applied to a built in media unit. But this time with an extra thick wood top. No thick stile and rail on the doors, just a really thin bead.
We used really simple details for this contemporary residence. Kerf lined doors, a solid surface top instead of plain wood, and sleek hardware. Monochromatic finishes for a really architectural look.
by Ally Evander, Allied Member ASID
Here’s a peek at a project we did for a single lady on a budget to turn an unfinished looking, industrial loft into a fun bachelorette pad. We were on a budget, so we had to be smart about selecting furniture and fabrics while adding style. We started by making these mood boards to show two different directions to the client….
We agreed on this space plan….
And this is the mood board to show the furniture and fabrics we decided on. A pink textured fabric was chosen for the sofa to create impact in a largely neutral space. We balanced that with a small scale pattern in neutral colors for the chair. A funky floor lamp and neutral textured pilows fill out the scheme. Pretty simple, we didn’t want to over do it with and overwhelm the industrial finishes.
Simple, impactful, and economical!