Sneak Peek: Chris & Dave Plantan


Chris and Dave Plantan have lived in their Minneapolis, Minnesota, home for the past 15 years. It has survived two children, two dogs and loads of entertaining. Even with their children off in California now, it’s a place they’ll always call home and a comfortable space to recharge. Chris describes their style as whimsical traditional and full of things they hold near and dear, and with two working fireplaces, the house is “like a big hug.” Chris was founder and creative director of Russell + Hazel where she worked for 12 years. Currently she’s in a “what’s next” phase of her career, moving beyond work/office supplies and into the realm of home decor and personal accessories. We’re looking forward to what she cooks up next. Many thanks to Chris and Dave and to Vickey Weiss for the photos! — Anne

Image above: The dining room side table holds my collection of small perpetual calendars. I found the table in a flea market in Paris, discarded because it didn’t have a top. So lovely . . . but could not imagine it with a wood or stone top. So I decided to top it off in glass, even though it is unfinished on the top.

Image above: I love desks. I love office products. This is a beautiful partners desk and home to puzzle solving, modeling building and book reading. And it makes a great surface to host cocktails and small plates. Just like buildings are crowned at the top, I like to cap off my stacks of books with finials I find.

See more inside Chris and Dave’s home after the jump . . .

Image above: The sunroom with our moss giraffe! It’s one of those things I just couldn’t live without. After attending architectural school in England, I fell in love with formal gardens and topiaries. The children in the neighborhood call it the “giraffe house.”

Image above: The living room. The mantel is a collection of family-generated art work: My son created the framed work after studying Keith Haring in primary school, my daughter’s black and white self portrait, my husband’s wire sculpture of himself from 3rd grade and a clock I found at a flea market in Paris. I heard this beautiful chiming sound in the back of a stall and couldn’t leave without it. Hand-carried it on the plane! The paint color in the room is Igloo from Behr Paints.

Image above: Books and bookmarks everywhere

Image above: Living room. I love pillows. Always changing and adding more, depending on the mood, or the season.

Image above: I love rulers. I love numbers. Some of my favorites are displayed on a vintage drawing table where I decided to use a glass top instead of the wood top. The construction and function of the table are too intriguing to cover up.

Image above: The top of the stairs between the children’s rooms. The sign identifying it as “Michelle and Stephen’s floor” still hangs proudly on the mirror.

Image above: The sunroom is the favorite room of the house. Duchess reigns over the room and has a view of the backyard. I found her in the back of an old shop, on the floor, and felt so sad. I just had to give her a new home. She was in our design studio for years, and I brought her home last year and like to think she is in retirement.

Image above: The dining room is simple; a painter’s canvas tarp tops the table with table legs as candle holders, topiary trees and a grand finial in the center. This changes monthly!

Image above: We love to entertain, so we always have small forks and picks ready and waiting!

Image above: Ahhhhh! My favorite small, delicate and demure martini glasses. I just love the color and the blend of contemporary giving context to the antiques.

Image above: My office at the top of the stairs. I need a big work table and love this one by Kartell. The toy ducks make me laugh.

Image above: Office supplies can be so beautiful. I like to have them at the ready! Not hidden or discarded in drawers.

Image above: The kitchen is charming. Because it is the gateway to the rest of the house, we went with a slate floor to keep up with the traffic demand. And the island is perfect for food prep. The scale holds our dish and hand towels and was a gift from my husband. I love numbers!

Image above: Stephen’s bedroom under the eaves. I painted stripes on the walls when he was young to make the room feel bigger and visually lift the ceiling a bit. The stripes are still there! He is now over 6′ tall but still fits.

Image above: Our bedroom is an oasis. Our house is small, and I wanted a retreat when the kids loaded it up with friends. It really is a lovely space, great architectural bones. We painted it a warm taupe/gray: Aspen Gray from Valspar. And another desk and more books!

Image above: The back hall. I love small spaces, and this was where the boots, umbrellas and lacrosse sticks ended up. The window always made the space feel more special than it was.

Image above: Our Folly! The treehouse and storage shed I built for the kids. The top functions as the fort and sleeping loft. Access by ladder and ropes! It has hosted sleep outs, private club meetings and now keeps the time for us. Beans, our Jack Russell terrier, loves playing by the gardening supplies and hides his ball in the pots.

  1. Christine says:

    Do you have any more photos (interior or exterior) of the treehouse/storage shed you built? We are looking to build something very similar, but with a slide from the deck balcony!


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