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Since Joseph and Lisa Robbins opened their full-service architectural and interior design studio, Brick + Linen, the Stillwater-based firm has grown quickly. Locating the studio in a brick-and-mortar retail boutique in 2020 added to that growth. “We love our ‘Stillwater Shoppe’,” says Lisa Robbins, founder and principal designer. “It’s a postcard to what we do and shares our aesthetic, even if it’s secondary to our specialty: full-service design.”
On September 17, the design studio opened a second location in Wayzata. “A lot of people came to us in Stillwater wishing we had something on the west side of the cities,” Robbins says. “What we like for a shopping experience is a downtown feel. We found a great location on Lake Street. It all came together perfectly and we couldn’t be happier.”
The “Wayzata Shoppe” has “roughly 75 percent of the same inventory as Stillwater,” Robbins says, but stocks “more bedding and linens, as well as furniture and other unique items.” Brick + Linen’s aesthetic, she adds is “somewhere between Prairie and California Coastal,” she adds. “It’s Rustic Modern—very approachable and comfortable.”
The name Brick + Linen, says Robbins, reflects the “hard and soft of the industry, from construction selections through interiors and soft coverings. Brick and linen are two materials I really like. The studio works with individual clients who find us through the shoppe and social media, as well as builders we have formed relationships with. Both Joseph and I have been in the industry for more than two decades, which has given us a firm foundation for repeat clients and referrals.”
Working on projects in the Midwest and throughout the U.S., the studio and its retail boutiques continue to grow. “When you listen closely to clients and execute thoughtful design, you keep creating fans,” Robbins says.