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...

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...

Manomin Resawn Timbers Reclaims History—One Plank at a Time

Photos by David Ellis Growing up in central Wisconsin, Sarah Londerville wanted one thing: to end up in Minneapolis. In the early 1990s, that dream became reality when she accepted a job with Knott’s Camp...

Mercury Mosaics’ Mercedes Austin Talks Tile

Photos by David EllisSporting a cheerful smile, perky pixie cut, and plastic safety glasses, local entrepreneur Mercedes Austin takes us on a tour of her tile manufacturing space, pointing out where clay is formed...

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...

Minnesota Maker | Solid Manufacturing Co.

Portrait by Mariah Brink, product shots provided Dan and Alex Cordell launched Solid Manufacturing in 2012 knowing that quality handmade products could be manufactured in the United States and built to last. The couple makes...

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...

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....

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...

A Peek Inside Erin Francois’s Remodeled 1930s Tudor Duplex

Photos by Wing TaAt the tender age of seven, Erin Francois would bunker down in her basement, throwing hot glue and dried flowers onto anything she could get her hands on from her mother’s...
Jarrod Dahl. Photo by Woodspirit Handicraft.

Home Essentials Handmade with Heart

Written by Sheila ReganPhotos by Woodspirit HandcraftJarrod Dahl and Jazmin Hicks-Dahl of Woodspirit Handcraft do things the slow way, and that suits them just fine. Based in Ashland, Wisconsin, the artisans use pre-industrial methods...

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...

Minnesota Makers: Nathalie Carrigan of Wool + Timber

Nathalie Carrigan is one of those makers who loves the process as much as the finished product. As a trained photographer and letterpress designer, she made her first wall tapestry only three years ago,...

The Fox Approach

Photos by Wing TaBrad Fox says he met his wife Heather at a concert on New Year’s Eve, then quickly admits it was actually a bar. “A dive bar,” Heather points out, laughing. “It...

Minnesota Maker: Anthony Siewert

Photos courtesy Kona's Custom LodgingAnthony Siewert knew no regular bed would do for his beloved Weimaraner and company namesake Kona, so he did what any great maker would do: He used his metalwork talents...

New Architecture Book & Exhibition Celebrates Minnesota Modernism

“Lisl Close was born to modern architecture,” explains architectural historian and author Jane King Hession. The daughter of culturally savvy parents, Elizabeth (Lisl) Scheu grew up in Vienna in a strikingly modern home designed...
Portrait of Jamie Reich

Q&A with 5th & Malcolm’s Jamie Reich

Jamie Reich, a local designer, business owner, and collaborator, pulls his design and business philosophy from his extensive background in theater: The show must go on. Reich and his team work diligently to apply...

Intentional Style

Photos by Wing Ta"I just think guys can do better,” says biology professor and sartorial influencer Paul Buttenhoff. “Less pleats, fewer Crocs.” The current program director for St. Catherine University’s liberal arts and sciences...

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...
Shayla Owodunni, founder of the Plant Penthouse

The Plant Penthouse Is Open

Photos courtesy Shayla Owodunni When Lakeville native Shayla Owodunni was younger, she wasn’t known as a plant person—but her parents were. “Their Birds of Paradise were their pride and joy,” she laughs. “We had a...