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Camille LeFevre has been writing about architecture and design for local and national publications throughout her career as an arts journalist. Her love of home as a place of sanctuary, inspiration, and community is profound, whether she’s teaching Pilates out of her home studio in Saint Paul or welcoming guests to her family house in Sedona.
A blue rambler features large bay windows, and a garage door made of non-transparent glass. A large front yard with trees and shrubs is in the foreground.

Midcentury Homes Get a Second Chance at Life

A collection of midcentury homes receive a creative remodel to better fit the times and the lives of the people who live in them.
Christine Albertsson stands smiling at the center island of a kitchen she updated in Minneapolis. Her dog, Bruno, is laying on the floor next to her.

2017 AIA Architect of Distinction: Christine Albertsson

Christine Albertsson takes home American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Midwest Home's 2017 Architect of Distinction award.
Jody McGuire stands next to white table with a model homes place on top of it in the middle of an office.

2017 Emerging Talent: Jody McGuire

Jody McGuire takes home the 2017 Emerging Talent award presented by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and Midwest Home.
The upper picture shows the exterior of a stack house, the lower left photo shows the living room inside the stack house, and the lower right photo is a portrait of Charlie Lazor.

Q+A: Charlie Lazor’s Modern Dwellings Evolve from Flatpak to Stack House

A Q&A with Charlie Lazor on his architectural style and the completion of his first Stack House near Cedar Lake in Minneapolis.

Design Porn on Stage: Theater Latte Da’s Six Degrees of Separation Showcases Local Modern...

Theater Latte Da’s new production of playwright John Guare’s Six Degrees of Separation, playing through April 15 at the Ritz Theater in Northeast Minneapolis.

Mia Exhibits Focus on Rooms: From Guillermo del Toro to Jane Austen

The galleries at Mia (Minneapolis Institute of Arts) have taken quite a turn lately—toward the spooky. The museum recently opened a new exhibition inspired by horror/sci-fi/fantasy filmmaker and collector Guillermo del Toro called “At Home with Monsters.”
Charles and Ray laughing together in the #Eames House living room.

Free Screening of Eames: The Architect and the Painter Illuminates the Couple’s Designs for...

On March 23, DOCOMOMO presents a new film, Eames: The Architect and the Painter, in Rapson Hall at the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis. Narrating the film is none other than the ubiquitous writer, artist, actor, producer and heartthrob James Franco.

Otogawa-Anschel Tackles Dayton’s Bluff Preservation Project

Otogawa-Anschel Design + Build in Minneapolis is set to transforms a property, which consists of two buildings (a two-story red one built in 1886, and a white-washed low-slung structure built in 1912 as a garage for the Schorenstein Grocery and Saloon), into a new home.
black box container studios

Black Box Joins the Growing Cargotecture Movement

In Minneapolis, Shane Schaaf is making his own foray into Cargotecture with BlackBox Container Studios. The owner of Earthscape Stoneworks, Schaaf just completed his first project for BlackBox: the Nordic Bungalow, made from two shipping containers. We talked with him about the appeal of steel boxes and his transformation of them into a home.
Abstract Instagram Photo

Binge-Worthy Netflix Series: “Abstract: The Art of Design” Explores the Creative Processes of Visionary...

We’re expected snowmageddon this weekend (maybe) or at least a return to February. Perfect timing for a deep dive into the creative processes of eight visionary designers. The new eight-part documentary series, “Abstract: The Art of Design,” now streaming on Netflix, is good stuff.

Goldfinch Blankets on Design Influences, Maker Culture, and Making It Through Winter

Q&A with Goldfinch Blankets founders Debra Herdman and Caroline Vaaler on design influences, maker culture, and making it through winter.

Q&A: Brianne Boettner of Timber & Tulip on Becoming a Wood Nerd and a...

Smooth, refined, luxurious, but with metal and wood grain to bring the designs decidedly down to earth. It’s possible that, under the capable hands and discerning eye of Brianne Boettner, industrial modern furniture has found new aesthetic expression.
The facade of a bungalow-style home in St. Paul on a sunny day accented by green grass and landscaping.

Newly Built Bungalow Feels Right at Home in St. Paul Neighborhood

A newly built bungalow fits seamlessly into its St. Paul neighborhood while still incorporating its owners' unique style.

Move Over “Mad Men”: The New Show Design Junkies Are Drooling Over

The premise provided the show’s production designer Andrew Boughton with both opportunity and challenge in creating a midcentury world that’s familiar, yet straddles a fine, disruptive line with the uncanny.

At the Walker Art Center: “Question the Wall Itself,” but don’t expect ready answers

 Large, decorative ceramic dogs with big bits chomped out of them. Oil-on-paper paintings of an opulent lavatory enclosed within in a white-walled box. An...
Goldstein Museum of Design Celebrates Ikat

Goldstein Museum of Design Celebrates Ikat

A favorite of designers, ikat appears on the trend radar every now and then. On Friday, January 27, from 6-8 p.m., the Goldstein Museum of Design will celebrate ikat—the process and the product—in a new exhibition on view through May 14.
BarnHouse in Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis

Alchemy Architects: weeHouse Enthusiasm Evolves into BarnHouse Love

Alchemy has been turning its attention to the rural barn. In 2016, the architectural firm completed four new residences it’s calling “BarnHouses.” Including one in the Seward neighborhood of Minneapolis.

Amy Rice Gets a “Bee in Her Bonnet” and Launches “A Nice Nest Press”

Amy Rice will showcase these craftier art projects in a pop-up shop in her studio on the top floor of the California Building. Her shop launch event coincides with the open studio event California Dreamin’ in the building in Northeast Minneapolis November 11, 5-9 p.m., and November 12, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.

“Tiny Homes” Exhibition Showcases Perspectives—From the Fanciful to Futuristic—on Our Concept of Home

Whether fantastical or real, the “Tiny Homes” exhibit—on view through Friday, October 21—at Light Grey Art Lab in Minneapolis, confirms and challenges all of our ideas about what home is and could be.

Money Magazine Selects Eden Prairie as #2 Place to Live in U.S.

Eco-friendly neighborhood leads to Eden Prairie's national recognition

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