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Shop Stories: Forage Modern Workshop

Shop Stories: Forage Modern Workshop

Shop Name, Location, Type of Goods Sold: Forage Modern Workshop / Minneapolis, MN / Curated Goods for the Modern Lifestyle

Tell us a little bit about how Forage came to be. Owners Michael Smith and James Brown own a design + build contracting company called Brownsmith Restoration, specializing in period design and restoration. Through this work, they became interested in modern furniture design made by architects – which a lot came out of the Midwest. So they wanted to create a space where local designers and makers could showcase their work, because good modern design still continues to come out of the Midwest. They felt that people needed to pay more attention to these designers, but also introduce the Twin Cities and beyond to amazing designs from all over the US and the world. They convinced me to quit my job and help them start Forage. Which I think is now this idea workshop. Sure, we sell beautiful things, but we also work to get people to think twice about their stuff – who made it, where does it come from, how long will it last. We have this crazy idea that craftsmanship and beauty can make the world a better place.

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Talk about your style. People are harping about the Midwest these days, but we love the Midwest! And, we are defining what we call Midwest Modern through the goods in our store. Scandinavian design, with Navajo design, with industrial design, with some fine art. Sounds like the Midwest to me!

Do you have a favorite part of your shop + why? Yes. The building that we bought where Forage now exists used to be an old Carpenter’s Union Hall built in 1951. It has amazing modern lines, but it was filled with cubicles and bad wood paneled walls. We kept the bathrooms exactly how they were – which means the men’s room is about three times the size of the women’s. And, we had our friends at Aesthetic Apparatus make a sign to hang in both bathrooms that reads “Carpenter’s Local Union 1644. Bathroom. Circa 1987. Meticulously Preserved by Forage Modern Workshop. It’s hilarious and some people get it and most people don’t. I love it.

Where does your inspiration come from? Honestly, I’m mostly inspired by stories. The designers themselves. What they do on a daily basis and what inspires them.

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Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Oh man, it’s hard to pick an achievement because I feel like every day there are new hurdles to jump over. When you’re doing anything creative and different, you’re constantly thinking about the next thing. Which I think is one of the biggest challenges. Keeping Forage true to what it is, while letting it morph into what it should become without just chasing trends. One of my goals is always to just be cool and not chase cool. Ok, but if I had to pick an achievement I’m really proud of, it’s probably hosting Martha Stewart’s Made American Made Minneapolis Meet-up event and getting a write up in Dwell in their “Shops we Love” feature.

Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Muuto Nerd Chair, Pendleton Los Ojos Blanket, and Adam Gruetzmacher ceramic mugs.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Here’s the thing. I try really hard to carry pieces that I think are super attainable. So everything we bring in the store, we think is totally worth the investment. But if I had to choose – biggest splurge: Stephen Kenn Inheritance Collection sofa in Black wool and brass and biggest steal: Dylan Design’s Retronaut Lamp.

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What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your space? If I told you, I’d have to kill you.

Any advice? Cheesy as it sounds, when it comes to small business, always stay true to who you are. Take a step back and look at every piece, every product and analyze it. And, you can never play too much ping pong or eat too many donuts.

Shop Stories: Forage Modern Workshop

Wishlist 17: Modern Touches

A few weeks ago my husband, brother-in-law, and I made our way down to IKEA to pick up a sofa for my boss. It’s a 3-hour journey one way and isn’t a trip we make often but I really do not mind since IKEA is chock-full of inspiration and wonderful displays – I could spend days there, really. Since we were making this special trip I made sure to bring a little list of wants, this lamp being one of them. As we made our way through the store I found myself being drawn to the more simple + modern pieces, which in the past, was not really my style but now, I cannot seem to get enough! West Elm, Urban Outfitters, and IKEA have been some of my favorite places to shop and pull inspiration from. We are pretty close to having our space near complete and I hope to show it on the blog sometime after the new year (still waiting on a few items for our living room and have one or two diy’s in the works), otherwise more to come real soon!

On a short side note, I wanted to let you all know that I will be taking a mini blog vacation for the remainder of the year to celebrate the holidays with my family + friends. The winner of the one year subscription to Kinfolk will be announced on Monday, so if you entered, be sure to check back to see if you are the lucky winner! And, if you haven’t had a chance to enter yet, there are many ways you can (you can view all of the details here). So friends, I will be seeing you all in the new year and have a safe + lovely holiday!!

At Home with Christie Tyler

At Home with Christie Tyler / room tour

Talk about your style My style is a serious mix of things; but vintage, indie, and bohemian are the main looks I strive for. I’m in love with rough woods, neutral, earth-tones, and tons of books with candles on top. I get heart eyes at the look of brick walls and old, winding staircases, along with balconies…but that dream will have to wait until I’m older and hopefully living in the city!

Do you have a favorite part of your room + why? I absolutely love my desk space; it has all my books and (sacred) laptop and disposable pictures. I also placed my record player right next to it so I can listen to some records while doing my work. With that said, though it’s a work space, I tried to make it as calming as possible. The window in front of my desk helps tons, too.

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Where does your inspiration come from? A lot of my inspiration comes from photographs. I’m a huge Tumblr addict. Free People is one of my major inspirations as well; I love their interiors they showcase on their blog. I pull a lot from different things though; people, places, magazines. There are bountiful ways to get inspiration!

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. One challenge was painting my walls from turquoise to pure white…lots and lots of primer, lemme tell you! The end result was so worth it though. My mom and I were unsure…it could go from cute, luxurious space to a hospital room real quick, but we were so pleased with how it came out. My achievement is actually the room itself, and how I was able to turn it into something I love coming home to. It took a lot of time, but time is what will make it wonderful in the end.

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. My hanger of hats is definitely something that defines me, as well as my clothing rack! Since I am mainly into fashion, I would say those items truly define me as a person. I also love my record player…I think it stands for those times when you feel nostalgic and yearn for the past…something I do a lot since I’m convinced I was supposed to be born in another era. Also, I think all the photographs (my own and the one’s in the frames) define me since photography is another passion of mine.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Splurge would have to be my bed frame; it’s a big piece and made of black leather cloth, so I would say that had to be an investment! A steal would have to be my beloved cow skull…I was looking for one for ages, and then that beauty popped up at Home Goods for around $20.

What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your room? Antique/vintage shops are amazing, especially when you want a special piece/nicknack to add to your space. But even IKEA, Home Goods, and Tjmaxx are lovely places to get candles and tiny things to spice it up.

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Do you have any DIY tips to share? It’s really easy to make your space something you want; you can go rummaging through your basement and start bringing up things you would have never thought about until you realize it has a character that really speaks to you. If you want pictures in your room, go to Home Foods and pick out a few frames and then print some of your favorite pictures out! You don’t have to go through the hassle of getting pictures developed and making sure they are a correct size. There’s just those little ways of thinking outside the box…don’t be afraid to try something. Worst thing that could come from it is that you tried…and usually that part is enough.

Any advice? Just have fun with it! Decorating your room shouldn’t be stressful; it should be an outlet for your creativity and yourself as an individual.

At Home with Maja Moliere

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Talk about your style. I think it would be a bit much to call it style. It’s more like a feeling I’m trying evoke, mainly of warmth and coziness, especially with the long dark winters here in our parts. I love natural things, wood, plants, lots of light neutral colors & fabrics and candles.

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? The living/dining room and our bedroom. Our bedroom is easy; we have nothing in there except our big bed, nightstand, and some greens & candles on the fireplace. There is almost nothing on the walls. It is my place of sanctuary, quiet and calm, after a day of visual and sensory overload that it almost a given when you work as a designer and/or have an online presence of sorts. The living/dining room is just super cozy with furry rugs, many pillows, and lots and lots of fairy lights and candles.

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Where does your inspiration come from? A big inspiration is my mother. She always knows how to get the best out of what you already have, let it shine in new ways or use it for a different purpose. I very much believe in up-cycling and going through your storage first, before going out and buying loads of new stuff, only because you saw it in a magazine. It is such a nice feeling to use “old stuff” you’d totally forgotten about and give it a second life in a new prime spot.

For ideas on “small-item-decorating” (how does everyone’s coffee table look so put together?) Pinterest is queen.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Turning my boyfriend’s old student pad into a warm, cozy and tidy living space, without him going totally nuts and not breaking the bank, I’d say that was the biggest challenge and achievement in one. It took me a good 3 years in total, but with that last coat of white paint we applied in the entryway, kitchen and living room last week (hence the white walls with no pictures hung yet), I am well on my way.

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. I don’t really feel defined by any of my furniture, but I sure do have some favorites: One – my Dad’s photographs. He was a wonderful artist and I love having his work around me to look at everyday. Two – lots of linen pillows, wool blankets and furry carpets, because coziness is key, always. Three – our dining table. It is from my boyfriend’s parents and he grew up having most of his meals at that table. It’s beautiful, full of marks and scratches that tell some of the history of his wonderful family. I absolutely love it, crooked or not.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Probably the biggest splurge was the bed, a beautiful custom-made wood piece. Although, it was my boyfriend’s splurge, not mine. Biggest steal: Oh so many, Amsterdam is a dream when it comes to finding furniture on the streets, ha. But if I had to narrow it down, probably our antique world map (Is it antique when it’s from the 1950’s?). I spotted it high on the walls in an old thrift store, although to this day, my boyfriend claims he was the one who spotted it first. There was pretty much only junk there, except for this map and at 40€ it was such a steal. It is a great conversation starter and wanderlust encourager.

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What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? Maarktplaats.nl, which is like the Dutch ebay and Hema.nl (another Dutch favorite). The streets of Amsterdam. Thrift stores and flea markets. Ikea for plants and candles. Sometimes the H&M home section.

Do you have any DIY tips to share? I’m only really into the super easy DIYs, honestly. But there is one simple tip: Paint stuff! Walls, chairs, shelves, lamps, frames; you name it, chances are, I spray-painted it :) Seriously though, nothing is more satisfactory than giving something a second life, that otherwise would have landed in the trash. Waste of money and energy averted! Also, old jam jars as candle holders and reupholstering chairs with new fabrics.

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Any advice? Plants make everything better. In every room. The more the merrier. Candles make everything better, too, at any time of the day. Also, fairy lights! Always and forever. In general though, take your time. I know it can be so tempting to rush out the minute you feel the redecorating itch, only to end up with an exact replica of an IKEA showroom. (I’ve certainly made that mistake too often). Write down your ideas and wish list items, and just give yourself some time to look for and find them and when you finally do, it will be so much nicer, and probably with a fun story to it, than buying everything off the rack.

Wishlist 16: Neutral Tones

wishlist 16: neutral tones

With Christmas right around the corner I thought I would put a little wishlist together for you. A few of these goodies have made their way onto my list this year as I’ve been in major nesting phase as of late. We recently invested in a really nice couch and slowly have been trying to update things as our budge allows. We’ve been sticking with a neutral color palette of creams, greys, and black in combination with patterns and texture (wood grain + sheepskin have been two of my staples on this journey of re-vamping our home). If see anything above that has caught your eye, you can shop for these goods via the links below:

Shop Stories: Hackwith Design House

Shop Stories: Hackwith Design House

Shop Name, Location, Type of Goods Sold: Hackwith Design House, online shop with a studio is in Minneapolis, MN, selling women’s clothing.

Tell us a little bit about how Hackwith came to be. I taught myself to sew after I graduated from college with an art degree. I took a year off to research MFA programs when I discovered my medium – designing and making clothes. Over the next five years, I sewed daily. I had some success with my Etsy shop and getting wholesale orders, but in order to make my business sustainable, something had to change. In February 2013, I took a few months off to re-work my business model; I re-launched Hackwith Design House in September 2013. The new model centered on my priorities: staying in Minneapolis, manufacturing all the clothing in the U.S., and making sure I love everything with my name on it. Thus the limited-edition model was born: 2-4 designs are released every Monday, no more than 25 pieces of each. Since September 2013, I have hired 3 seamstresses and have partnered with Erin Husted to run operations. In April, we moved into our current studio space, The CoMN, which we love!

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Talk about your style. I am drawn to clean lines, neutral tones, and pieces that are made with care and in a sustainable way. I am pretty minimalist when it comes to design, but I also want the space to be easy to work in and comfortable for everyone that works here.

Do you have a favorite part of your studio + why? I love that we share the studio with other small business owners. We call our space The CoMN, and it is invaluable to be surrounded by so many other hard-working, creative people. Sharing space encourages sharing ideas, along with sharing each other’s successes and struggles. It is so important to find a community that supports you as you attempt to do something as ambitious and a little crazy as running your own business. We have found that in Minneapolis, and we could not be happier.

Where does your inspiration come from? I am inspired by ways to make a space both functional and beautiful. Kate Arends of Wit & Delight is great at doing that, and her blog is often a source of inspiration. I’m also inspired by Martha McQuade’s space and studio; it is so stunning.

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Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. In early 2013, I realized I had to figure out a way other than wholesale orders and a small Etsy shop to be able to live off of designing and making clothes. Rather than quitting and going to grad school (and let’s be honest, who hasn’t thought about doing that?), I took time off to talk to people who were successful in the fashion industry, to read and research about fashion and retail, and to re-write my business plan. That patience and work led to my creating the limited-edition model of my business and helped me gain clarity in what I wanted Hackwith Design House to be. It was scary to basically start over, but I had great support in my husband, friends, and family, and it helped me create a business I am really proud to have my name on. Now that business is growing, and I have a business partner and three full-time seamstresses. It is exciting, and I’m thrilled to have come this far.

Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. Big windows providing natural sunlight, lots of sewing machines, and tasseltries!

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: We just invested in industrial sewing machines, and they are definitely the biggest splurge that we are the most excited about! For the space, I found a set of 4 chairs with great wooden backs that were quite a steal.

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What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your space? Ikea has been helpful in providing table tops that are clean and easy to work on. I also could not have such a great space without a handy husband and Home Depot. For cleaning supplies and great decorative pieces, I love The Foundry Home Goods based here in Minneapolis.

Any advice? When we got into the space, everyone we share it with had one thing that was really important to them that they were willing to invest in. Then we designed the rest of the space around those key pieces. It’s definitely worth investing in the things you care about and working around that.

Wishlist 15: Feeling Crafty

wishlist14: feeling crafty

With my birthday coming up in just a few short days, I decided I would share with you a few of the things that made it on to my birthday list this year. As I started gathering ideas for what I wanted, I started noticing how much of a nester I have become as I settle deeper into my 20’s. Although our current apartment is not permanent, I have been collecting things to make our little place more and more homey. Being a very crafty person from a young age, as an adult, that hasn’t changed much – as you can see from my current list of wants, which involve a lot of do-it-yourself projects. Woven wall hangings are absolutely beautiful and I have been dying to make one myself, so I am hoping to get my hands on a lap loom sometime soon because with fall right around the corner, it would be a nice inside project. The other project on my to-do list is this wonderful copper clothing rack as seen on Madelynn Hackwith Furlong’s blog – a great statement item and oh-so-fun! If you’re a crafter like me + you are interested in shopping the items on my wantlist, feel free to click on the links below:

At Home with Kirsty Gungor

At Home with Kirsty Gungor / home tour

Talk about your style. I have such mad love for that romantic vintage aesthetic. It’s the tufted chairs, the chandeliers, and the handmade quilts that get me. And my South African roots have undoubtedly influenced my love of bright color. I adore rich kilim rugs and pillows and love to hang colorful art on the walls. I really do see each space in my home as a canvas, and though I enjoy playing with color, I like to keep it all on a airy, white background. I’m a fan of that effortless modern – vintage mix but my take on this style includes a great big dose of “family friendly”.

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Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? My favorite room is currently the living area as it’s the largest and sunniest room in our home and it’s where we spend most of our time hanging out with the kids. I’m constantly rearranging furniture and playing with decor as inspiration hits me but really, any space that can squeeze in all 6 of us comfortably gets a thumbs up from me. Most of my favorite memories are made here and those giant windows serve as the backdrop to many of photo shoot.

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Where does your inspiration come from? I’m inspired by the beautiful and unique homes of families who live in other countries and the way their spaces reflect where they live. And I’m incredibly inspired by creative women, particularly moms, on the internet (blogs, Instagram, you name it!) who have created comfortable, unique and stunning homes without over-spending. I love seeing breath-taking spaces that feel realistic and achievable. They stir up all the creative juices!

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. It might seem a little silly to say but for me, our biggest achievements and challenges are one and the same. Keeping the house clean and welcoming, with white couches and walls remaining white and all precious nicknacks (which I lovingly refer to as “curiosities”) staying whole and undisturbed, well, that’s a great achievement in my home and also a constant challenge. (Besides that, we’ve been fortunate enough to not have to accomplish any awesome DIY jobs in our home. Just lots of painting.)

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. One – the rugs, I am a rug person and they bring in that world market influence that tugs at my heartstrings. Two – our dining table, it’s a large rustic farm table with a fantastic bench seat that seats all the littles in our big family for the hundreds of meals shared together. Three – our green velvet sofa, it’s ancient and quirky and has a funny story but I love it and can’t live without it. At least for now. :)

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Our dining set was probably our biggest splurge. And I think those Ikea shelves in our living room were a steal at $14 each. I have them throughout my home as they’re the perfect floating ledge for all kinds of pretties.

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What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? I’m a thrift junkie and love finding treasures for our home for next to nothing. So when I’m hunting for something I’ll head to one of our thrift stores first and then spruce it up. But I’m also a fan of Target and Ikea and if I really want to splurge, I’ll head to a local home store called August Haven to find the most beautiful pieces you can imagine. I love Etsy for artwork and all those special handmade pieces that add so much character.

Do you have any DIY tips to share? One of my favorite ways to create art for the walls is to purchase old floral prints, often under $1, and to paint over them sort of like a paint by number project. My favorite medium is oil and I simply paint directly onto the print (as long as it has a board backing) and liven up the colors, adding texture to bring it back to life. The results are usually really eye catching and a little gallery wall of “vintage” floral artwork looks so pretty.

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Any advice? Throws, afghans and sheepskin rugs are my home’s best friends. They freshen up tired couches and add oodles of charm to bedrooms. We don’t have anything in our home that we’d consider precious and that’s okay. Sometimes you just have to make the hand me downs look impossibly chic with a little bit of creative arranging and skillful placement. And a few clay pots of greenery and succulents can give a space a complete facelift. So inexpensive and easy to achieve!

At Home with Katie Hart

At Home with Katie Hart / home tour

Talk about your style. I really love mid century design – beautiful, clean lines, etc. But, I’m also a bit of a hoarder when it comes to art, knick-knacks, etc… so my home is a mix of mid century and a little bit of vintage. I love white walls, with pops of color – my current favorites being shades of corals & pinks, mint and gold.

Do you have a favorite room in your home + why? I love spending time in our living room, as our large windows with dark wood trim are probably my favorite thing about our house. I really enjoy just sitting on the couch with some chai tea and watching light stream through the windows.

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Where does your inspiration come from? The surrounding San Diego landscape! I love cactus, succulents, bougainvillea, etc.

Tell us about some of your biggest achievements and challenges. Designing on a budget has definitely been a challenge. There are times when I’ve probably stretched my budget a bit too thin, because I simply loved certain pieces… but I’m definitely happy with how we’ve filled our house and created a home (an achievement!!). The internet (while a delightful inspiration), can be cruel. It’s filled with flawless (styled) photos of interiors, and there are times when it can be a challenge to be content with what I have. At times I have to remind myself that I love our home and don’t need a new couch to continue loving it. ;)

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Name 3 pieces that define you + your space. One – hairpin leg end tables – they were a gift from our dad, purchased at the Renegade craft fair. I love that they fit seamlessly into our style and were made by a gentleman who is passionate about his craft.  Two – my desk – it’s where I do most of my design work, and the wall behind it has lots of inspiring tidbits (photos, prints, etc.). It’s another one of my favorite spots! Three – our dining room table – I built it myself! It may not be perfect, but I love the hairpin legs and the fact that it’s fairly big.

Biggest splurge and biggest steal: Biggest splurge – the mid century bench in our little nook area (bought it on ebay!) Biggest steal – our parent’s couch, which they’d had for ~30 years. And we got it fo’ free!

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What are some of your go-to places when it comes to shopping for your home? West Elm, Ebay, Craigslist, Ikea, local mid-century shops, & the Rose Bowl flea market.

Do you have any DIY tips to share? I built our hairpin leg dining table, and it was a pretty good experience! However, it is a little wobbly, ha. With that said, I think DIY can be great!! But I’d enlist the help of someone who knows what they’re doing (if you don’t already).

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Wishlist 14: Natural Aesthetic

wishlist14: natural aesthetic

So I’m slowly starting to find pieces that reflect the type of vibe I want for our apartment and it’s that lovely natural, earthy, and somewhat carefree aesthetic that I’ve settled on and have come to really, really love. I enjoy the simplicity of neutral items mixed with unique, fun pieces that add character and texture. It may take a little more time to get our little place exactly where I want it to be, but I’m slowly making my way there. Browse the items I have my eye on below:

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