for the love of … COFFEE

February 23, 2011 Leave a comment

Welcome, EMILY LITTLE, to the Collective!  Today, she shares her love for coffee in the Twin Cities.

Clean or cluttered it’s always there. My #1 favorite source of coffee is a beloved coffee system located conveniently 20 steps from my desk in the showroom. This whole bean machine never lets me down … espresso, coffee, cappuccino.




Feeling more social?

Swing by Peace Coffee. Have a drink & pick up some more beans for your machine.


In desperate need of a fix. THEY DELIVER! WHERE have you been all my life?


West Side? The Depot

A renovated train depot in Hopkins that was planned and opened by area students in 1998 to create a chemically-free environment for teens.

Today it serves as a coffee house, youth community project and trailhead for area bike paths.

2sdayspotlight 8/52

February 22, 2011 Leave a comment



Le Petit Connaisseur de la Mode is a fashion blog focused on the local fashion & model industries of  Minneapolis-St. Paul from freelance writer & stylist Jahna Peloquin.

Rescued    …   Then   …   Revamped


A Green Affair – Sol Inspirations {Finalist #2}

February 21, 2011 Leave a comment




Designers Will Create Three Eco-Friendly Looks Using Non-Traditional Fabrics, Recycled Materials, Sustainable Fabrics. One Look Must Include Solar Panels

Sol InspirationsIgnite Models IncLIMEgreen Events and the Global Eco Organization have announced the 6 talented finalists who will compete in the Sol Inspirations Design Challenge. Each designer will create three looks that will be worn during the Eco-Fashion Gala & Fundraiser on Saturday, April 23rd at The Depot



Ra’mon-Lawrence Coleman was a finalist and fan favorite on Season 6 of “Project Runway” and has a BFA in Fashion Design from SAIC in Chicago. He is constantly inspired by the world around him and his interactions with others. He translates emotions received from artwork, music, architecture, literature and nature into his designs. He is committed to domestic production of all goods he works with as well as utilizing either recycled or sustainable fibers in the materials he uses in his designs. In his custom designs, he repurposes as many materials for details as possible.




Let it Snow – Warm White Interiors

February 20, 2011 1 comment

Who would have ever guessed, today, that it was in the 50s last week?  Well, we ARE from Minnesota, so we know the drill, right?  It is only February after all.

Let’s embrace ALL of this white with a Twin Cites designer who knows how to warm it up!

I came across Charlie & Co. Designs in my search for local talent.  Let me just say, if I wasn’t a designer myself, I would hire them!  GORGEOUS. Classic. Quality.



Urban Lake House - Minneapolis

Urban Lake House - Minneapolis


Lake of Isles Remodel

Lake of the Isles Remodel

Edina Residence - Mirror Lake

Shingle Style Residence - Edina

The Color Bar – Relaxation {revisited}

February 19, 2011 4 comments

People usually link the color “gray” with sadness, and this is true if used in excess without balance. Gray is a non-color and the emotional response is rather neutral, but when crisp white or a splash of bold color is added to the color palette, the dull gloomy, gray mood is transformed into a relaxing oasis.

Gray calms the eye and makes the other colors in a room standout – whites are crisper and bold colors are rich and dramatic.

Here are some fabulous examples from a few Twin Cities designers!

Casa Verde

Casa Verde

Eminent Interior Design

Gunkelmans Interior Design

Herrick Design Group

Martha O'Hara Interiors

Martha O'Hara Interiors

RLH Studio

Walsh Design Group

Samantha Cobos of Pure Inspired Design is a regular contributor to the Twin Cities Design Collective.

Guest Blogger Profile – Stephanie Weber

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Stephanie Weber – Art Consultant/Gallery Owner

Stephanie Weber utilized her degree in Environment, Textiles and Design, as well as her previous 12-year career as an art consultant to co-found Artful Décor in 2000. The corporate office and framing facility, located in the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area, now includes Artful Décor Gallery. The gallery opened in 2009 at the Minneapolis Design Center at International Market Square.

Stephanie’s concentration is on art that evokes an experience through an emotional connection. Color, line and the other elements in artwork evoke different emotional response from calming to awakening and from contemplative to whimsical.

Guest Blogger – Emily Little

February 18, 2011 Leave a comment

Emily Little, Senior Designer – Valcucine Minneapolis

Twin Cities native, Emily J. Little has been serving the clients of Valcucine Minneapolis for 7 years. Emily is full of moxie & imagination with projects stretching across the country.

Her projects have appeared in Midwest Home and Garden, METRO, Mpls/St. Paul magazine, Trends, Twin Cities Spaces, Residential Architect & the Minneapolis Star Tribune. She has also been a part of several award-winning collaborations.

Get Published … Spaces Twin Cities Magazine

February 17, 2011 Leave a comment
We love it when we can share opportunities with our followers!
If you are a professional designer, contractor or just have a really great outdoor space….SPACES Twin Cities Magazine wants to know about it!

for the love of … THROW PILLOWS

February 16, 2011 Leave a comment


Relaxation should be done with style!

An easy way to spruce up your bed, sofa, bench or floor is by adding a throw pillow. They are fun, personal & you can lay your head on them.

The Twin Cities have some creative “Pillow People” on Etsy. We are seeing a trend in digital prints & felt applications. What do you think?


Alfred Hitchcock Silhouette Pillow – Regan Saunders

Thumbs Up Hand - Maverick June

Foxy Chic Pillow - Sabrina Dalman

Help Fight Hunger 2010 Pillow - Regan Saunders

Red Berry Throw Pillow - Studio Tart

Beach Grass Throw Pillow - The Snuggery

Blue Floral Bird Pillow - Regan Saunders

2sdayspotlight 7/52

February 15, 2011 Leave a comment






















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