sneak peek: katherine and mac mcmillan

Growing up in Brooklyn Heights, Katherine McMillan was surrounded by a very classic East Coast decorating style. Now that she and her husband, Mac, are living with their children in this southwest Minneapolis home, they strive to achieve that old East Coast style mixed with modern functional pieces. They want a space that feels lived in and loved, without ever trying too hard to create a perfect space. Katherine and Mac run Pierrepont Hicks and Mrs. P. Hicks, which were founded on the desire to make the perfect tie and the perfect shoe, respectively. Thank you, Katherine and Mac, and thank you to Louisa Marion and Liz Banfield for the photographs! — Shannon

Image above: The wallpaper in this room is my favorite thing about it. Our Backseat Blanket is on the bed. We designed this in collaboration with Faribault Woolen Mills.

Image above: I found that picture of the stormy sea at a flea market for $14. It was massive, and I saw it from my car as I drove past one Saturday morning. I jumped out and bought it immediately. I have just started collecting old tennis racquets, so my Wilson is up there on the mantel at the moment. I’d like to see an entire staircase wall full of antique racquets someday in my next house.

See more of Katherine and Mac’s Minneapolis home after the jump . . .

Image above: This table was made by a nice older gentleman in Northern Minnesota. My girls love to crawl underneath it and play games while I cook dinner. The underside of the wood is red because it was from an old barn. The table’s cracks are filled with glitter from recent art projects.

Image above: Most of my children’s room art is from Etsy. I love Ashley Percival’s work. She has the right mix of humor, and yet it is really good art at that.

Image above: My dear, old dresser. This old thing was found on Craigslist when I was pregnant with my first daughter. We drove to Northfield, Minnesota, and picked it up for about $45. It was a wreck. I painted it white and then replaced the knobs with the bright blue ones. Those two top ones fell off and broke after a year. Luckily enough, I had these orange and white china ones in my junk drawer. I love giving new life to old pieces like this.

Image above: All I can say about this half-bath decor is that a dark wooden toilet seat makes everything look better.

Image above: We painted our house a dark olive green last year and had the fence put in. It’s not painted because, to be honest, I love the light gray color a seasoned wood turns after a couple winters. And there is a vine that covers it in the summer, as well.

  1. Would love the source for that wallpaper. It’s gorgeous!

  2. I love Katherine’s favourite thing about home…so true ;)

  3. how2home says:

    Love the wallpaper! Who is it by?

  4. Sara says:

    Can you tell me about the girls’ beds? They’re just lovely!


  5. Tamsin says:

    I’m another fan of the wall paper!

  6. Courtney says:

    So elegant and comfortable! I adore their dining room table, and of course the Pierrepont Hicks blanket.

  7. Julia A. says:

    I adore this house. It feels like a real home-not just a design space. That table is the best and so is her “favorite thing.” Washable markers help me keep my sanity.

  8. Robyn says:

    I am looking for a fabric like the one on your chair near the fireplace. Very simple and pretty. Any suggestions, please??

  9. Kathleen Snyder says:

    Love the wallpaper, too–what is source??? Please let us know!

  10. Katherine says:

    Hi guys! The wallpaper was done ages ago by a trade connection and they have told me it is no longer being made… Sorry to disappoint you.

  11. Love this space because it’s kid friendly and beautiful at the same time. And yes, wallpaper source please?

  12. Mel says:

    I smiled all the way through this sneak peek. You’ve done a lovely job, and it looks so effortless. Would you mind sharing where you found your area rug or suggestion of where I can find one similar?

  13. Judi Young says:

    Love it – thank you for sharing. And if someone would remake that wallpaper (or similar) it seems it would sell well!

  14. Kredit says:

    WOW. I adore this house. It feels like a real home-not just a design space.

  15. Katherine says:

    Mel… the living room rug is actually from a warehouse in Manhattan… just took some time searching out overstock oriental rug sales and found it. Thanks for the nice words… try ebay too.

  16. Jenn says:

    I LOVE the prints in your children’s room! Can you please tell me where you purchased the two of the little girls holding books? They’re dreamy.

  17. Jeanine says:

    I can’t get enough gray these days. Can you share the source for the headboard on your bed?! Love your blanket too!

  18. Katherine says:

    Robyn: The fabric on the chair came with it when I got it… it’s just stripe… should be easy to find.

    Jenn: Those prints are French Paper ad campaign posters my friends made for their company…

  19. Sue says:

    I love the wall paper in the bedroom. The large flowers remind me of the wall paper of the 50’s with large Cabbage Rose (?) flowers. I also love the dinning table and the big eyes girl pictures. Lovely, comfortable home all together.

  20. Kate says:

    would you happen to have the contact info for the person who made your table? We’re looking to have one made for our home and LOVE yours! (We live in the Twin Cities.) Thanks!

  21. Katherine says:

    hi kate – I only have a phone number… feel free to email hello @ and I can get it to you.


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