Location: Northeast Minneapolis, Minnesota
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: 2 years
Minneapolis's northeast neighborhood is one of those charming places where you'll find a bike and a cat in nearly every home. Merrick Mayer's apartment is no exception. But what you'll find at Merrick's that you won't find in those other homes is a collection of beautifully restored Mid-Century modern furniture and bold, colorful art that make the space really come alive.
The vibe at Merrick's is relaxed, welcoming and very Midwestern. Nothing's pretentious, but everything has a meaning. The foo dogs are a hand me down from his mother, and there are great travel pieces throughout the home, courtesy of his roommate Curt.
Arthur, the house cat, adds plenty of personality too. He's friendly until he's not — he too seems to embrace the Midwestern sensibility.
Our Style: Mid-century, casual, modern.
Inspiration: Design blogs (The Brick House by Morgan Satterfield is a favorite), Dwell Magazine, mid-century shops in Minneapolis, cozy coffee shops, my grandparents' furniture.
Favorite Element: Houseplants and my cat, Arthur. I think living things make any space feel homier.
Biggest Challenge: My biggest challenge is taking it slow. When I moved into this apartment 18 months ago, I didn't have enough furniture or art to fill the place. I'm not very patient. I have to constantly remind myself that it's ok to take my time. My wallet appreciates that mantra.
What Friends Say: "Your place is so 'adult.'
Biggest Embarrassment: A stack of my friend's calculus and chemical engineering textbooks currently supports my couch. Fixing it just hasn't been a priority.
Proudest DIY: The Danish fur-covered chairs in my dining room. To be honest, my friend's mom reupholstered the cushions, but I cleaned up the chairs and sourced the materials.
Biggest Indulgence: The fur chairs, again. They were a steal, but the fabric and upholstery job upped the total bill. I think they turned out great. Initially I was nervous that they might end up resembling some sort of Muppet.
Best Advice: Collect pieces you love without overthinking your goal style. The best spaces I've been in are filled with items that reflect the collector's personality and interests. Chances are, the space will turn out cohesive and unique.
Sources: Forage Modern Workshop, Room & Board, Blu Dot.
- Big Jambox by Jawbone
- Macbook Pro
- M-Audio studio monitors
- Ikea Karlstad couch with metal legs
- Ikea metal and laminate bookshelf
- Plant tray – Target
- Plants /pots – Bachman's
- Red diamond drum candle – Target
- Various Ikea lamps
- Mid-century walnut and stainless steel table lamp
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