minnesota

siri knutson design studio

i had the pleasure of working with siri knutson to update her porfolio. in addition to creating gold leaf art and having a beautiful space of her own, siri works as an interior designer, specializing in both commercial and residential spaces. she is a proponent of using pieces that clients already own, arranging them in a way that is both beautiful and functional. she pairs existing items with found objects, new pieces, and natural elements to create layered environments with personality. as you can tell from the shots above, the spaces that result are inviting and full of character, finding moments of beauty in the imperfect... just the way a lived-in space should be.

Featured on Design*Sponge: A Minneapolis Home

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I am honored to have a Sneak Peek featured on Design*Sponge--  Rita of The American Edit has become a fast friend here in Minneapolis. She and her husband are currently living in a house that belongs to friends of theirs who moved overseas for a few years. It turned out to be the best of both worlds for everyone-- their friends get to fulfill a dream of living abroad, and Rita and Matt have the opportunity to live in a beautiful home and neighborhood while Rita gets TAE off the ground. 

Needless to say, their home is stunning. Light and bright with a focus on clean lines and American-made products-- and a touch of bold wallpaper to boot. What's not to love?

I thoroughly enjoyed working with Rita and Shannon on this shoot. I owe endless thanks to both of them for making this possible. See the full post on D*S here.

minnesota makers 05 | siri knutson

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over the winter, i had the true pleasure of visiting the home studio of siri knutson, a talented local artist and designer. i first encountered siri's art at the foundry, a favorite little shop of mine in minneapolis.  her abstract pieces made of faux gold leaf quickly caught my eye, and i was thrilled when she agreed to be a part of my minnesota makers series.  she has made a studio space in her home, which is minimalistic and bright, and filled with simple, personal elements. although it appears as though each piece in her space was chosen with intention, the collection comes together with seemingly no effort at all. she keeps an inspiration wall that brims with old photographs and postcards, and her own artwork from various points in her past. 

siri also works as an interior designer, and i couldn't help but take a few photos of her home while i was there. her bright, authentic spirit manages to shine through in every corner. (it's amazing how that happens, isn't it?) in this time of pinterest, social media, and general overstimulation, i felt so refreshed after talking with siri and spending time in her space. she has created a home that is a natural respite, and perhaps most importantly, has stayed true to herself while doing so.

you can see more of siri's work on her website. 

apples, a tradition

before the calendar flips and there is more talk of turkeys than apples, i am sharing some photos i took on a chilly saturday morning last month. it has become a tradition of ours to choose a fall weekend to devote to apples. it's never too spontaneous… this year, we did a bit of research ahead of time to find the perfect orchard, and smiled at each other when the farm wife asked if one bag would be too much. we ended up with three pecks altogether, making stops at two different farms to get the best variety… a healthy split between honeycrisp and cortland. we drove home along the straight country roads with happy hearts, and a car-filled aroma better than any candle-shaped air freshener could lend. apple bread, apple crisp, skillet apple cake, and two huge batches of applesauce later, our supply is depleted, and we are sufficiently happy with our seasonal intake. until next year.

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minnesota makers 02 : hennepin made

a few weeks ago i had the opportunity to visit this studio in northeast minneapolis. founded in 2011, hennepin made is an independent studio that creates lighting and other modern designs. although the team is small and the craft is careful, hennepin made is growing in a big way.

jackson schwartz, who shares my excitement about minnesota makers, gave me a full tour of the studio. just a couple of years ago, jackson and his partner joe limpert made the decision to pursue product design instead of fine art, and were outgrowing their rental studio. without a perfect plan, they moved into this new space, and paid themselves just enough to get by. today, the company is selling a line of products through room and board. more proof that there is a place-- and a need-- for artisanal goods. i have always been intrigued by glass blowing, so it was a remarkable experience to see these makers in action. 

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