The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great design bloggers! With such a thriving design blogging community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local design blogger features. A few weeks ago we featured Minneapolis design blogger, Erin from House of Turquoise. Today we are going to chat with Jennie from Twin Cities Design Scene!
Jennie, the blogger behind Twin Cities Design Scene
As a Minnesota native, Jennie has spent a lot of time learning and exploring the (excuse the pun) Twin Cities design scene. She started her blog in 2009 with the goal of creating an online resource for local design-related businesses, groups and individuals to showcase their work and connect to customers. Since starting the blog, Jennie has created an entire community of design enthusiasts who come together via her blog and Facebook page to share design-related ideas and events.
Now we’ll turn it over to Jennie and let her do the talking…
As a Minnesota native, what do you love most about living in Minnesota? Have you ever thought of living somewhere else?
It’s cliche, but I adore the Minnesota summers. Everyone seems to be coming out of hibernation and it feels like a big, happy community. There is so much to do in the summer! This summer, I am most excited to attend the Northern Spark Festival, Barbette’s Bastille Day Celebration and go to movies in the park. Although I love going to events in the summer, there is something to be said to going out in the winter. There is a great vibe when attending a concert when it is 0 degrees out, because you know everyone is committed to being there. No one is going to leave their homes in the winter unless they REALLY want to be somewhere!
Do you have a favorite place to visit or shop to find design inspiration?
Hands down, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. In order to understand current and future design trends , you have to have knowledge of our design past. Most of our current design trends give a nod to past designers. What is old, usually comes back as new in one way or another. The MIA has a great collection of not only paintings and sculptures, but furniture and home goods. Once you start looking through their collection, you can see how you can build an eclectic and beautiful room based upon the different eras of design.
How would you describe your personal style as it relates to home decor?
Speaking of mixing eras of design, I use a mixture of Mid Century Modern and 1930′s inspired pieces in my own space. I love the juxtaposition of the serpentine lines you find in the 1930′s furniture mixed with some of the clean, straight lines from the 1960′s.
You feature lots of local stories on your blog, is there a favorite story or person you’ve blogged about?
I’ve loved all of the people I’ve talked with for my blog and I am so appreciative of everyone who has taken time out of their days to share their stories. I love seeing the excitement people have to share their own stories. I do have to thank Swedish designer, Pia Amsell. She granted me my first in-person blog interview while she was in town in 2010 to talk about the accessories line she designed for IKEA with Barbro Wesslander. I spontaneously asked her to tell me her about her history after her public talk at the Bloomington IKEA store and she graciously took the time to talk with me for 20 minutes. You can read the interview here.
Through your current work at Spyder Trap and your past work at Room & Board and Gabberts, what have you learned about design?
What I have learned the most is good design can come in many different packages. We see all of these giant homes with expensive furniture showcased around town. Some of the most beautiful spaces I have seen are smaller apartments that have been thoughtfully put together with a combination of new, vintage and found items. While it is important to invest in quality furniture, not everyone can afford to do that. My biggest recommendation is to save up to buy quality pieces where you hang out for long periods of time, mainly your sofa, mattress and office chair. Make sure to shop around all of our locally owned stores across the cities and state to for great furniture and decor!
You can join Jennie’s community on her blog or Facebook page. Feel free to post your ideas and jump in the conversation!