Custom Craftsmanship Makes its Mark in this Minneapolis Home

Custom Craftsmanship Makes its Mark in this Minneapolis Home

Emma Fiala
Jul 30, 2017

Name: Leah and Thom Adair
Location: Powderhorn Park — Minneapolis, Minnesota
Size: 1,200 square feet
Years lived in: Own

Leah and Thom inhabit the first floor of a duplex they own in the Powderhorn Park neighborhood of Minneapolis. Duplexes like theirs dot the streets in almost every neighborhood of Minneapolis, but from the moment you step into the entryway of Leah and Thom's home, it quickly becomes apparent that this one is a little bit different. Thom, of Thomas Landin Furniture Co., has added a personal and completely custom touch to nearly every room of their home — from lighting and furniture, to the island and the cabinets in the kitchen.

The custom woodwork throughout Leah and Thom's home has added an organic and artistic element that they have complemented well with pastel and muted colors, minimal wall decor and a bohemian touch. Leah and Thom's home is both comfortable and polished in its decor and overall feel.

Apartment Therapy Survey:

Our Style: Modern and bohemian

Inspiration: I love walking through friend's homes and noticing spatial design, original art, and colors that complement each other. I've also always loved the colors of India (deep maroon, mustard yellow, teal, navy). My husband's family is Swedish and some of our home decor is inspired by his roots. Also, my husband is an artist and a woodworker. A lot of items in our home were designed by him.

Favorite Element: Wood

Biggest Challenge: Decorating a small bathroom space

What Friends Say: Friends always notice Thom's craftsmanship and the unique elements of our home.

Biggest Embarrassment: Our office. Even after reading "The Life Changing Magic of Tidying up" (The KonMari method) our office continues to be a catch-all of papers, books, and items to donate.

Proudest DIY: I'd say I'm proudest of my husband's butcher block island that he made for our kitchen. I also love how he redid our back porch. My proudest DIY would be the succulent terrarium that I made.

Biggest Indulgence: Our custom-made sectional.

Best Advice: Just like an artist's canvas has "white space" a home needs space between designs to allow for our gaze to linger on certain colors and objects.

Dream Sources: Local restaurants (Wise Acre, Hola Arepa, Blue Stem Wine bar) Patina, Contemporist, my sister in-law's, vintage shops, blogs and Instagram, my brain. :)


Kitchen — Butter from Hirschfield's

Adair name plaque — (given to us by a friend in Israel)
All you need is Love picture — (made by me)
Bed frame quote with Hafiz — from Cottage House
Bike picture — Adam Turman (local Minneapolis artist)
Table — Cottage House

Custom made sofa — made by a friend at Senders custom-designed furniture in Bloomington, MN
Pillows — Target and Home Goods
Table behind sofa — Thomas Landin
Rug — Target
Coffee table — Thomas Landin
Lamps — Thomas Landin
Side table — Thomas Landin
Magnetic wall hanging — Thomas Landin
Succulents — Pottery Barn and IKEA
Side table — made by a friend
Brave picture — Patina
Pictures — IKEA frames, prints purchased from Etsy from places we've traveled around the world.
Blue glass vases — Target
Rocking chair — Thomas Landin
Chairs — IKEA
Bike print — Adam Turman

Clock — refinished by Thom's paternal grandpa. He has given each grandchild a beautiful refinished clock.
Plant — passed on through several generations on my maternal grandma's side.
Basket — given to us by Thom's parents. It was a picnic basket that was given to them on their wedding day.
Book case — Thomas Landin
Dining room table — estate sale in Illinois
Pictures— Lark Collective (My friend Julie Oostra's Etsy site)
IKEA frames with paper and fabric from Paper Source and Crafty Planet
Letter "A" — Anthropologie

Swedish cutting board— our friend Danny Kahler, Kahler ArtHaus
Norwegian wall hanging — A Little Refind (a friend's shop in NE Mpls), sadly it has closed
Cabinets — Thomas Landin
Butcher island/bar — Thomas Landin
Succulents — Lunds & Byerly's
Swedish vase — from Thom's grandma, purchased at the Geneva Gift Box in Geneva, IL
Succulent terrarium — made by me
Salt and pepper shakers — Anthropologie
Eat, Love, and Be Merry picture — Pottery Barn
Plant — Mother Earth Gardens in Minneapolis
EAT letters — Michael's
Blue bird candy jar — Cottage House
Lighting — Home Depot

Headboard — Thomas Landin
Wooden wall hanging — Thomas Landin

Floating shelves — Thomas Landin
Illinois, Wisconsin and Minnesota pictures — I made them
Vermont vintage items — purchased at Antique shops in rural Vermont
Vintage camera — Cottage House
Chair — found on the side of the road a block away!
Side table — Cottage House
Wall hanging — Cottage House
Kegerator — Thomas Landin

Coffee table — Cottage House
Stool — on the free table at work!
Shelves — Thomas Landin
Wine twine bottle — DIY (made by me)
Pillows — IKEA & Bed, Bath and Beyond
Shutters — Cottage House
Coasters — made by Thom's aunt and my sister in law
Furniture — from family
Lanterns — Target, Crate & Barrel
Books — Flamingo vintage store
Vintage medicine bottles — antique store in Michigan

Thanks, Leah and Thom!

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