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Chris Lee, a longtime magazine writer and editor, has been a keen observer of the Twin Cities thriving design scene for more than a decade. As editor of Midwest Home, she combines her passion for all things home with her love of good story telling.

Pantone's Color of the Year

This just in: Pantone’s color of year is “Tangerine Tango,” a warm, happy shade that's not quite Hermès orange, but is a keeper nonetheless. Orange is a great, go-to color in a pillow, a...

Roam's New Home

It’s baaack. Finally, Roam is home. The purveyor of Alessi, Kartell, Blu Dot, Gus Modern and other mod design brands is open for business in its great new space at Hennepin & Lake. Roam now...

Homes by Architects Tour

One of my favorite tours of the year is coming up this weekend: AIA Minnesota’s annual Homes by Architects tour. The architects who designed this year’s 14 entries assembled Wednesday evening at Room &...

Trash to Treasure

St. Paul artist Sarah Kusa didn’t dive into a dumpster for this chair, but almost. She spied it in an alley and decided it had possibilities. After a coat of paint, caning made of...

Local Store Spotlight: Go Home

Do go to Go Home—it’s the kind of place that’s so packed with one-of-a-kind gems you walk in for a birthday card and leave with a teal sofa. Go Home has been a fixture...

Smashing in Schumacher

Kudos to Renée Hallberg, principal of RLH Studio in Minneapolis, for her win of honorable mention in Schmacher’s “Show off Your Schumacher” wallcovering contest. Renée’s design, a master bath in a local home renovation...

Tom Gunkelman, RIP

Sad news for the design community this week with the passing Saturday, May 21, of Tom Gunkelman, principal of Gunkelmans Interior Design and a truly wonderful gentleman. He was the first interior designer I...

Home Tour Season Continues…

If you began with the Parade of Homes earlier this month, continue on with the Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour, April 30–May 1. The 24th annual, self-guided tour, celebrating both cities and home...

Towering Flower Power

Flower towers were mostly complete, but the surrounding border plantings were still underway Thursday morning.Just in time to revive our winter-weary spirits: Macy’s spring flower show. I got a sneak peek...

Frigid Weekend; Hot Deals

Gus Modern GT Rocker, the chair inspired by a retro-car interior.I know: It’s cold outside. I don’t want to talk about it. Or think about it.Let’s talk sales instead: The North...