This Minneapolis Home Has a Custom Rainbow Stair Runner, Quirky Art & Lots More

published May 2, 2018

This Minneapolis Home Has a Custom Rainbow Stair Runner, Quirky Art & Lots More

published May 2, 2018
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Name: Adam and Jessica
Location: Lynhurst, Minneapolis
Size: 2,600 square feet
Years lived in: 10 years, owned

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Nestled along a popular creek that snakes its way through Minneapolis is a two-story stucco house that resembles many of the houses in this stucco-rich city. Once inside, however, you’re greeted with a colorful array of art, furniture and knick-knacks that just feels, well, cool.

Jessica, Adam, their daughter and cat live and play here. And over the last ten years they’ve really made it their own. They did so with the usual personal touches like wall paint color, furniture and decor, but also with some major improvement projects that brought the home to an all new level.

This house truly is an eclectic collage, with carefully chosen and significant items placed strategically; the walls are treated like an ever-changing canvas. Jessica and Adam’s home evolves beautifully along with them and grows as their family grows.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Eclectic Collage

Inspiration: “Bits & pieces put together to present a semblance of a whole” –Lawrence Weiner

Favorite Element: The location—living on a creek in the middle of the city is a dream because we get to watch the seasons change out the front windows while still having all the amenities of the city close at hand.

Biggest Challenge: It’s not a huge house, and we’re collectors by nature, so it’s often hard to fit all the things we want into the spaces we have available.

What Friends Say: Hopefully they say our place feels like us—fun, stylish, and warm.

Biggest Embarrassment: Getting the living room couch wrong four times.

Proudest DIY: Jess made the headboard in our bedroom. Like The Dude’s rug, it really ties the room together.

Biggest Indulgence: The custom purple leather Eames lounge and ottoman

Best Advice: Don’t try to get everything figured out at once. Collect one perfect thing at a time. That way, eventually you’ll love all your things.

Dream Sources: People in Minneapolis have a secret weapon: the Room & Board Outlet. Beyond that, we’ve had luck at Anthropologie, Target, Jonathan Adler, Hunt & Gather (a vintage store nearby), Martin Patrick3 (an interior design store downtown), and the Blu Dot Outlet. For our photography collection, Weinstein Hammons Gallery, Jackson Fine Art, Morrison Hotel Gallery, Magnum Photos, and 20×200.


Grey leather couch, wood two-tier coffee table, leather and wood sling chair — all by Room & Board
Pink striped rug — Blu Dot
Octopus painting — local Minneapolis College of Art & Design (MCAD) student art sale
“Lusty Wives” photo — by Thomas Jackson from Jackson Fine Art

Purple Eames lounge and ottoman — Herman Miller
Green Togo loveseat — Ligne Roset
Large Cow Hide ottoman — Room & Board
Pair of Starck Gnome stools — Kartell
Table lamp (cream shade and walnut base) — Room & Board
Robert Allen for Dwell Studio linen curtain shades — Smith and Noble
Various white ceramics — Jonathan Adler
Two stacked paintings (blues and oranges, organic circle shapes) over the Togo loveseat by San Francisco artist Hang Nguyen
Twin Peaks embroidery art — by Alaina Varrone
Portrait of Jenny Lewis — by Autumn de Wilde from Morrison Hotel Gallery

Pink and brown nubby rug — Blu Dot
Deck of Cards side table — Jonathan Adler
Christmas tree, red bench, black wood stool — all from Target
“Victorian UFO Ladies” print — by Kirsten Sevig
Pink oil painting — by local artist Ashley Mary

Dining table — a flea market in Manhattan
Orange rolling dining chairs — Room & Board
Embroidered table runner, spirit animal wood carvings, black Dia de Muertos skull — all handcrafts purchased in Mexico
Hammered tray — Threshold at Target
Turquoise glass chandelier — Z Gallerie
White ceramics — Jonathan Adler
Tattooed prints of the Kennedys and Paul Newman — by Cheyenne Randall
“Hambuglars” photo — by Dorothea Lange from 20×200
Other small photos — Magnum Photos

Table and chairs — Room & Board
Hey LED sign from Pillowfort — Target
Nick Cave, Dolly Parton, and Jarvis Cocker embroidery art — by Alaina Varrone

“Lolie, Jumping on the Bed” photo by Winky Lewis from 20×200
Toulouse-Lautrec painting tribute — by Jess
Large abstract painting — MCAD student art sale
Orange weaving — purchased on our honeymoon in Argentina
“Huli Tribesmen (Drying Their Umbrellas)” photo — by Tim Walker
“Riverside Lounge, Shaw, 1986” photo — by Birney Imes (pool table) from Jackson Fine Art
Horse and Bus photo — by Alec Soth from Weinstein Hammons Gallery
“Laugh out Loud” — made from antique lace, print by Louise Saxton

Converted vintage marble dry sink and vintage mirror — Hunt & Gather
Sconces — FLOS

Burn painting — by David Greenhill
Duvet Girl in Iceland photo — by Isaac Gale
Natural History Museum photos — from MCAD student art sale

Walnut dresser and nightstand, stainless steel bookcase — Room & Board
Headboard and pillowcases — made by Jess from vintage embroidery
Vintage floor lamp
Vases on dresser — Missoni for Target
“Angela, Los Angeles” photo — by Alec Soth (woman with bird on shoulder)
Fur Hood in Iceland portrait — by Isaac Gale
Woman coming out of water photo — by Kenneth Willardt
“With Love” print — by Unskilled Worker (woman and children)

Bedding and pillows by Pillowfort — Target
Brown leather chair — Room & Board
Vintage dresser with bins — Hunt & Gather
Llama wall head — Pillowfort Target
Wool rug — Room & Board
Furry mini chair from — Pottery Barn Kid
Hanging cat quilt — by Jolynn Garnes
“Where the Wild Things Are” print — by Maurice Sendak

Leather bench — Room & Board
Misc personal art on right wall
Various photos — from Magnum Photos on left wall
Woman’s freckled face photo — by Kenneth Willardt
Tall Mirror — Ikea

Custom-painted runner on stairs
Low book case — Room & Board
Coffee table — Room & Board
Black Sheep bench — Phillips Collection
Pink striped flat weave rug — Anthropologie
TV stand and flanking floor lamps — Room & Board
Sectional couch — Macy’s
Embroidered pillows — Anthropologie
Vintage zoo signs — Hunt & Gather
“Powerpuff Girls” photo — by Amy Stein from 20×200
“For Like Ever” print — by Super Rural
Tortoise Shell — Nate Berkus for Target
Neil Young photo —by Ann Moses from Sonic Editions
Built to Spill concert posters — The Small Stakes
Misc personal art

Thanks, Jessica and Adam!

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