Artist Annie Hejny Explores the Depth of Water

Photos by Nate Ryan When the Casket Arts Building in Northeast Minneapolis hosted one of its monthly open-studio events, people visiting Annie Hejny’s studio found themselves in a surreal environment, enveloped by calming hues of...

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...
Renae Keller perches on her newly reupholstered sofa, the first “big girl” purchase she ever made and a piece she’s kept for nearly 20 years.

Renae Keller Went from Barbie Dream House to Her Own

Photos by Wing TaInterior designer Renae Keller says the best present she ever received was a Barbie Dreamhouse when she was six years old. The gift may have been a clever move on her...
Another creation by Dan Hines of Barntiques Custom. Courtesy Barntiques Custom.

The Collective: Dan Hanes

Photos courtesy Barntiques CustomFor 28 years, Dan Hanes led a fifth-grade classroom, driven by passion to teach both art and the notion that the best work doesn’t happen while seated at a desk. Now...

Residential Design Firm Nguyen Architects and Resilience Following Fire

Photos courtesy Nguyen ArchitectsAfter George Floyd’s murder on May 25, protestors and rioters took to the streets in an uprising that brought international attention to police brutality and racism across the globe. In the...
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...
Ini Iyamba portrait. Photo by Wing Ta.

Ini Iyamba Defines the Modern Man

Photos by Wing TaThe vice president of merchandising for CircleRock, a local men’s apparel company that just merged with Faribault Woolen Mill Co., likes to stay sharp. Born and raised in Nigeria, Ini Iyamba...

Patti Wagner Dishes on Making a Home Meaningful

Photos by Wing TaPatti and Brian Wagner’s kitchen, once an attached garage, is famous. The two bedrooms the couple remodeled together are nice, but the kitchen still takes the cake. In the polished photos...
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...

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...

The Collective: Cait Courneya

Photos by Rachel Leigh Photo Cait is driven by the integration of art and life. After a decade in the luxury fashion industry, she returned to drawing and painting to create her first line of...

Industry Professionals Share their Workspaces

Despite the coronavirus quarantine we’re all currently enduring, residential architects and designers are staying positive—and maintaining both a sense of perspective and a sense of humor—as they continue working on client projects. We asked...

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...

The Collective: Woodworker TiAnna DeGarmo

Portrait shot by Elizabeth BergetProducts shot by Alyssa LeeTiAnna DeGarmo was called to her craft by the whiff of sawdust and the drive of her father. Now a parent herself (and an inspiration and mentor...

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...

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...

Cozying Up to Winter: Q&A with Founders of Hygge & West

Photos courtesy of Hygge & WestThose Norwegians. They endure the longest, snowiest, coldest winters and yet—as research done by Kari Leibowritz, a PhD student at Stanford University, recently showed—their mental health is just fine....

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,...

Kate & Tony Becker’s Northern-Inspired Home

Kate and Tony Becker have a lot of energy—creative and otherwise. But they have to, considering they own and operate three businesses. There’s Kate Becker Photography; Northerly Photo Campers, a fleet of five vintage...
A woman creates artwork using colored glass

Q + A: Bonnie Rubinstein Shares Her Passion for Fused Glass

Local artist Bonnie Rubinstein curates one-of-a-kind glass sculptures for residential and commercial use