Interiorssneak peeks

North of South and East of West, an oasis of warmth and style in Minneapolis

by Shannon Grant

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Michelle LeBlanc and her husband Chris Riemenschneider have lived in their Minneapolis home for almost 12 years, after moving there from Austin, Texas. It’s a small house, but since they were sure they would move back to Austin sooner rather than later, they put off moving to a larger space. Over the years as their family size grew from two to four with daughters Lila and Louisa, it became apparent that they weren’t moving anytime soon and needed to adapt the space to their growing family. Thus, four years ago Michelle enlisted the help of her friend, interior designer Nadia Haddad, to re-vamp the space. Her email said something to the effect of “Ladies of the Canyon meets Austin, Texas, meets Sofia Coppola meets Kelly Wearstler meets Southwest”. Nadia went to work with that in mind and created a warm home with Michelle’s design food groups well-represented: texture, pattern, light, natural wood, plants and all things pink. The result is beautiful, but also very functional. Michelle owns the online shop MILLE (along with a communal, aesthetically rich studio space she opened last year) where you can see her discerning eye in action. Her finely curated collection of designers focuses on products made by women in the US. Her husband Chris is a writer and music critic for the Minneapolis Star Tribune, covering the vibrant local music scene as well as touring bands. Michelle may influence the aesthetics of the household but Chris supplies the soundtrack. Thank you Michelle and Chris, and special thanks to Melissa Oholendt for the photos, and Emily Saunders for the styling. Shannon

Image above: Color and light are so important when you have winter 5 months out of the year. This room always feels bright and cozy. Rugs are from my shop via Morocco. The sofa is from Restoration Hardware as are the roman shades. I’m not a big curtain fan and these feel so much less fussy. The hanging planter is Kelly Lamb, the baskets are Swahili Imports, and the light fixture is from Design Within Reach.

Image above: Open space is at a huge premium in our home so we nixed a coffee table in favor of two long handmade benches by Marvin Freitas. They are perfect for storage and display plus leave lots of room for our girls to run and play. Bookends by Marvin Freitas as well, baskets & hat from Mille.


See more of Michelle’s Minneapolis home after the jump…

Image above: This dresser was a mid century find from Golden Age Design and serves as a catch all for the daily clutter. The painting is Hadley Holiday and the gold leaf artwork by Siri Knutson.

Image above: The bench is Marvin Freitas and the rug is Mille.

Image above: The Thonet chairs were a Craigslist find. Nadia painted them and recovered the seats. I was, of course, originally pulling for a bright color but I’m glad I trusted her instinct to do a more subtle gray. The rope mirror is a recent addition and I’m a little obsessed.


Image above: Our kitchen is smaller than small…really a one person space. Putting in these open shelves a couple of years ago was a game changer. (and gave me a good excuse to toss the myriad of plastic cups and koozies that had piled up over the years)

Image above: I can never have enough of these Le Parfait jars. Teas by Bellocq and mortar & pestle by Herriott Grace.

Image above: Our upstairs used to be one big open room that served as a guest room/office but was really a hoarder’s paradise. When I was pregnant with Louisa we needed to convert it into a bedroom and office to make our little house work for 4 instead of three. Nadia along with Ryan Fall and Jake Zontelli completely transformed it and this area once headquartered my shop (although I now thankfully have a much more spacious studio space). Rug from Mille.


Image above: This is the second half of the space that became our bedroom. I love the built in shelf behind the bed. Bed and lamps by West Elm, the light is the Nelson Pear Pendant, vintage Bolivian blanket from Mille.

Image above: Hopefully one day my daughters will decide sleeping in is really where it’s at and I’ll get to luxuriate in my bedroom but for now it’s a comfy place to get a short night of rest…Bedding by John Robshaw, pillow from Mille, vase by Object + Totem, candle by Kelly Lamb, artwork by The Wild Unknown and my daughter Lila.


Image above: People always assume that because I own a store I must have a seriously kick ass closet…so here it is: one rack, one dresser. It works well for me though…I can’t get too carried away and nothing gets lost in the mix (at least when I actually put it all away!). Stained Glass by David Scheid.

Image above: Nadia, Ryan, and Jake most recently tackled a redo of our one little bathroom. It’s simple and clean – just what the space called for. No fuss, no muss. Shower curtain by John Robshaw, bath board by Marvin Freitas.

Image above: This summer I turned one room into a play room and moved both girls into the same bedroom. Somehow I’m hoping that growing up in such close quarters will make them allies instead of opponents? The curtain was made by my mother in law from a patchwork sari quilt and I made the paper flower mobile the week before I had Lila. Bedding by John Robshaw, pillows by Zid Zid.


Image above: My favorite part of our new bathroom is this long shelf which provides a perfect spot for pretty things and essentials.


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