The Collective: Wettrock Co.

Photos providedKevin Whetstone’s admiration of all things made by hand began with watching his grandfather cast tools in his workshop. Today, Whetstone’s own work incorporates all five elements of the industrial age: glass, reclaimed...

Catch the Balloon Bug With Balloon Installations by Minne Merriments

Photos by Natalie Snyder PhotographyEllie Dhar was a new mom with a 7-month-old baby when she first caught the balloon bug. She had just installed her first balloon art for her best friend’s wedding...

The Collective: Landscape Paintings by Douglas Ross

Photos providedThe words of Henry Miller—“To Paint is to Love Again”—have served artist Douglas Ross throughout his career and life. Behind great work is great inspiration, with his being the love of his life...

Room & Board Founder John Gabbert Inducted into American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame

Photos providedThe American Home Furnishings Hall of Fame Foundation Inc. is an industry organization founded in 1988 meant to preserve the history of the home furnishings industry, inspire generations of innovators, and celebrate leaders...

Joanna Craw Finds The Balance of Form & Function Through Pottery

Photos by David EllisJoanna Craw grew up fascinated with art but had no idea where it could take her. Now, looking at the detailed etchings and thoughtful coloration on the ceramic works she creates...

Eyenga Bokamba Mixes Media to Create Colorful Canvases

Photos by David EllisEyenga Bokamba, a visual artist and designer, modestly insists, “I have an art career because people reach out to me, so I’m like, ‘OK, let’s do this.’” And it’s true—but only...

Artisan Insights: Kristi Abbott

Photos by David EllisAfter a sold-out exhibition at Gamut Gallery in 2018, collage portraitist Kristi Abbott opened her own highly successful studio and gallery in downtown Minneapolis. But the COVID-19 pandemic and riots following...

Brianne Boettner of Timber & Tulip Talks 2022 Trends in Wood

Photos by Chelsie LopezSince Brianne Boettner started Timber & Tulip in 2016, the Minneapolis furniture designer and business owner has been creating custom furniture for her clients with originality and flair. “Not only do...

Jamie & Morgan Molitor of construction2style Are Anything But Ordinary

Photos by Wing TaDespite the disappointment that accompanied a layoff in 2011, carpenter Jamie Molitor’s ambition didn’t allow for downtime. Instead, he bought a bank-owned foreclosure in Andover with the sole intention to renovate...

Artisan Insights: Todd Randall of Sanborn Canoe Co.

Photos by David EllisGrowing up with an arborist grandfather and a mother who lived her life on the lakes, Todd Randall has water—and woodcarving—in his blood. At a family reunion in 2009, Randall’s grandfather...

Marian Parsons’ New Book Guides Readers to Create the Home of Their Dreams

Photos and styling by Marian ParsonsMarian Parsons, aka Miss Mustard Seed, has written books before—as well as created fine art, refinished furniture, crafted a beloved blog, innovated product design (including her own line of...

Master Ojibwe Bead Artist Jessica Gokey Reveres Beadwork as Fine Art

Photos by David EllisJessica Gokey was only 16 years old when she had her first run-in with beading. Her aunt doled out a daunting task: Take apart a beaded hair barrette and reconstruct it....

Catch A Copy of B. J. O. Nordfeldt: American Internationalist

Let the seascapes, portraits, and still lifes of B. J. O. Nordfeldt decorate your walls and your coffee table. This 160-page catalogue explores the Swedish-born American printmaker and painter's modernist works—from oil paintings and...

Stylemaker Christopher Strom Seeks a Place to Sit

Photos by Wing Ta“I never thought, ‘Let’s live next to a stadium,’ but it’s pretty fantastic,” says Christopher Strom of his south Minneapolis home. Located on a corner lot across the street from a...

Eden Prairie Topiary Designer Competes in High-Stakes TV Competition

Photos courtesy of discovery+Will she make the cut or get clipped? That’s the question for contestant Meghan Petricka as she competes against six other competitors for the $50,000 prize in the new discovery+ show,...

Amy Matthews’ Modern Barnhouse is First Midwestern Idea House

Photos providedThe long-time, trusted home-improvement brand and media company “This Old House” is currently building its first Idea House in the Midwest. After eight houses elsewhere in the country, “This Old House” has teamed...

Artisan Insights: Tia Salmela Keobounpheng

Photos by David Ellis“I’ve always been in the art realm,” says Tia Salmela Keobounpheng (who also goes by the moniker Tia Keo), even though she has long practiced design and architecture. A high school...

Vintage Dealer Gladys Tay’s Eclectic, Maximalist Design Style Turns Heads in Shoreview

Photos by Wing TaThe moment Singapore-native, vintage dealer, and social media maven Gladys Tay picks up her camera, her “little monsters”—three miniature schnauzers and one Pekingese—know it’s time to strike a pose. When scrolling...

Photographer Cynthia Yang Takes Passion for Home Décor to Social Media

Photos courtesy of Cynthia YangThe ongoing pandemic affects each of us, along with our productivity and creativity, in different ways. For Minneapolis-based photographer Cynthia Yang, boredom led to creating a TikTok account that’s racked...

Mrs. Minnesota America Keeps Giving with a Bowling Alley in Her Andover Home

All photos courtesy of Gregory Strom“We’re entertainers. We love community. Our house is always a hub, so 2020 was difficult for sure,” says Mrs. Minnesota America Jessica Koehler, a married mom of three, health...