Celebrating American-made Style in a Minneapolis Home

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When I first met Rita Mehta at the end of last summer, she had just launched The American Edit, a website focused on celebrating American-made style. After lunch, we lingered in the street for a solid thirty minutes chatting about our favorite designers, with Rita recommending countless local boutiques for me (a Minneapolis newbie at the time) to visit. Her passion for small business and consciously-made products was palpable. Since its launch, Rita says the community response to her site has been very rewarding. More and more, people want to know the story behind the products they buy and connect with the makers. Since she obviously practices what she preaches, it was such a treat to peek into her South Minneapolis home. Even though she and her husband Matt are technically long-term house sitters for friends living abroad and the space was mostly furnished upon moving in, they have taken the time to meld their style with their friends’, by investing in one-of-a-kind rugs, bedding and even making a standing desk – all things that will endure and can go wherever they live next. Though this isn’t their permanent home, they live by the notion of consumption karma; by bringing products into their space that were made and sold thoughtfully and carefully, Rita believes this brings good energy into the home. After seeing her space first hand, I would have to agree. Thank you, Rita and Matt! Special thanks to Ashley Sullivan for the photos and Munster Rose for the florals. -Shannon

Image above: The entry way… in the mornings, the light kind of explodes in here and it’s just the happiest little corner. I typically hate pink, but this wallpaper is helping me change my mind. I came across the African basket at Mociun in Brooklyn and knew it would be perfect in this space – I guess I really am starting to like pink!

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Image above: The dining room is my favorite part of the house – there are few things I like better than having it filled with all of our favorite people. Matt and I tend to be overambitious in the kitchen and haven’t perfected the fine art of timing a meal perfectly just yet, so we always have plenty of wine on hand in case there is a bit of a wait between courses. The Moroccan rug from Mille is probably my absolute favorite piece in the house – the medallions make it feel even more special. However, they do fall off, and we find them all over…

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See more of this Minneapolis home after the jump…

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Image above: Living room – I love that the living room is airy and neutral – and then the entryway has the pop of color to add some energy and interest. Good taste and a little bit of vulgarity, right?

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Image above: John and Lindsay painted the fireplace black and the surrounding bricks white when they moved in. The plant stand is a vintage favorite from Forage Modern Workshop.

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Image above: I think someone said you aren’t supposed to hang personal photos in your living room – but we love this wedding photo by Max Wanger too much not to display it. (Also – that seems like a silly rule, right?!) Most people don’t even realize it’s a wedding photo until we tell them!

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Image above: We came up with the idea for this plant wall and table because it didn’t make sense to invest in the traditional console + framed art setup we would have wanted for this non-permanent space. Now it’s one of my favorite parts of the house – and the plants help to brighten up the place during our crazy Minnesota winters.

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Image above: I bought these Rebecca Atwood pillows from her very first collection and we’ve since become friends… I love how beautiful but also comfortable and functional they are. I’m always cold, so Faribault blankets have a permanent place on the couch.

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Image above: The kitchen is fairly large considering how old the house is… it’s nice and open which is helpful when we are trying to cook far too much food for our guests!

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Image above: We don’t currently use the breakfast nook that often, but when John and Lindsay and their girls are in town or our nieces and nephew are in town, this is where the kids congregate and it’s basically the cutest thing ever. John distressed the table top with an axe, hammer and chains and then stained and sealed it – the thing is indestructible and perfect for kids.

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Image above: Matt and I built my desk because we couldn’t find any affordable, aesthetically pleasing standing desk options. I write better sitting down but everything else – editing, googling, talking on the phone, emailing, etc. – I prefer to do standing. We love Lindsay Adelman’s work, so when John was visiting from Singapore, he and I spent a day making this chandelier. I’ve typically been more of a buyer than a maker, but that’s starting to change – I get such a sense of satisfaction every time I flip the switch for this light! I’d been in love with this Madeline Weinrib rug for years – denim is my favorite material – so I had to have it for the office.

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Image above: I spent the better part of my adult life in corporate cubicles, drowning in decks and financial reports. Now I try to keep my desk clean and simple, with just a few inspiring – but functional – pieces. The books tend to rotate based on my mood and the “Breathe. You are alive” print is from the Thich Nhat Hanh exhibit at ABC Carpet & Home. I read a lot of his work while I was “resetting” after leaving my corporate job – this is a nice reminder of what really matters.

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Image above: Before we lived in this house, I’d always been of the mindset that your bedroom was the last place you focused on when it came to decorating. In this case, the bedroom is the only room that is entirely our furniture, so we paid a little more attention to it. I commissioned Trilby for the wall hangings after finding her work online – we discussed colors and I sent her a picture of the space and I love what she came up with. The wall hangings, combined with our linen bedding, kind of make me feel like I’m at the beach or in our favorite room at Coqui Coqui – which is always a good thing!

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Image above: It’s funny to me how much money we spend on our clothes – and how little money we spend taking care of them or storing them so that they will actually last. I’m still not perfect when it comes to hanging things up right away after wearing them, but the cedar lined closet and our black velvet hangers help to keep our wardrobes intact and our closet neat. In The Happiness Project, Gretchen Rubin said something about having an empty shelf – I prefer to have a few extra hangers at all times!

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Image above: A typical weekend morning – some espresso (our N’espresso is a favorite kitchen tool) and fruit in a cobalt pour bowl by my friend Lindsay Emery of Suite One Studio – like Rebecca, Lindsay and I became friends after I profiled her on TAE. I took several ceramics classes in high school but never mastered the wheel – so I have an enormous appreciation for experts like Lindsay.

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Image above: The downstairs bathroom has gorgeous original tile and the previous owner installed black wallpaper with pheasants on it. John and Lindsay were planning to change this, but it eventually grew on them… and it’s a great conversation starter when we have new friends or guests over. Again, good taste and a little bit of vulgarity!

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Image above: I’m constantly seeking out products that are natural, effective, well designed and easy to apply – I’m not at all talented when it comes to makeup application! If the packaging is black, white or gold, I’ll probably try it. My regimen isn’t 100% natural just yet, but brands like RGB & Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics are raising the bar – for all brands – in terms of effectiveness and design.

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Source List

Entry Way
Graham & Brown wallpaper
Armoire
Woven African bowl from Mociun
Coqui Coqui candle
Mirror is vintage

Living Room
Room & Board sofa
John bought the Eames lounge chair and ottoman at an auction, but you can buy it new at Design Within Reach
Coffee table
Vases on the mantle are vintage
Fort Makers candle holders from Steven Alan
Ana Striped Candles
Wedding photo by Max Wanger
Vintage metal and concrete plant holder from Forage Modern
Rebecca Atwood pillows
Faribault blanket
White and gold canvas home plate (and sage) from Foundry Home Goods
Magazine Table
Rethink: The Way You Live – Amanda Talbot

Dining Room
Table Legs & Base
Table top is repurposed salvage bowling alley
Hans Brattrud for Hove Mobler dining chairs vintage and refinished by John
Moroccan rug from Shop Mille
Hanging planters – Boskke Sky planters from A plus R
Crumpled paper vase – Spruce MN
Vintage (mid-century) salad bowl from Motto
Matt’s extensive collection of glassware is vintage, Riedel, etc.

Kitchen
Dinnerware – Canvas Home from the foundry Home Goods
Dinnerware – Heath Ceramics
Coffee mugs – Intelligentsia LA
Woven Tea Towel
Acacia Cutting Board
Knife block is from West Elm, but ours is no longer available

Breakfast Nook
Heath Ceramics vase – by LA Design Director Adam Silverman
Fort Standard marble platter from Mille, but no longer available
Suite One Studio cobalt pour bowl
Stainless Steel espresso cups
Gold Spoon
John built the table using legs from an old table. He bought a pine table top and distressed it by hand (using hammers, axes, and chains!) and then stained it dark – this was meant to be an indestructible table for the kids.
Cushions are custom.

Office
Standing desk – we built it – white washed wood top, b12 legs from Hairpin Legs For Less
Madeline Weinrib Blue Note Denim Carpet
Lindsey Adelman You Make It Chandelier
Believe in Yourself & Your Friends Banner – Jimmy Marble
Biscuit Home tray
Doug Johnston pencil bucket
Hakusan by Mori Tiny Cup – Totokaelo

Bedroom
Trilby Nelson wallhangings – custom
West Elm rug – this is 6 years old at least
Restoration Hardware garment dyed textured linen bedding (the RH linen is by Matteo!)
Nelson bench is vintage
Heath bud vase
Lamp

Downstairs Bathroom
Kelly Lamb Planter
Coqui Coqui Candle
Photograph of Matt is a gift from a friend
Original tile
Pheasant wallpaper

Upstairs Bathroom
RGB nail polish
Coqui Coqui Perfume
Nars, The Multiple
Elizabeth Dehn for One Love Organics Vitamin D Mist
Oribe Surfcomber Spray
Tom Ford Lipstick

  1. Jane says:

    Do you know the name of the GRaham and Brown wall paper? I can’t seem to find it.

    Thanks

  2. Heidi says:

    Absolutely gorgeous! I try to only buy American and it’s frustrating sometimes and easy to get overwhelmed by the sheer number of imported pieces. However, when I see something like this I know I just have to be patient and I’ll be able to find options for every room.

  3. Emily says:

    Love the breakfast nook with the bookshelf cut-outs! Very cozy.

  4. beatrice says:

    Very nice photos of this lovely home and complete with references. Thanks

  5. Kerri says:

    Very nice! Paint colors please!

  6. Wow. Everything is so light- filled yet grounded with solid colors and wood tones. It is the perfect balance. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Natasha says:

    This house looks amazing. That upside down orchid is fantastic! A total must-try in my home.

  8. rita says:

    Thank you for sharing, Design Sponge team!

    @Jane – I looked and it is Linda Barker, Tempting Chocolate and Pink. I hope that helps!

    @Kerri – so sorry! I’m not sure I have all of the paint colors since our friends chose them, we did not. Is there a specific room you are interested in? I’ll do my best to figure it out for you!

  9. Leah says:

    Hi, I adore your home. It is a delight! Did I miss the reference to your living room rug?

  10. Vikey says:

    Very nice photos and decoration of Beautiful Home.

  11. Kate says:

    I love that first image. The wallpaper and furniture… Beautiful!

  12. Aidel.K says:

    Beautiful and inspiring!

  13. So many inspirational ideas and gorgeous pieces! x

  14. emily says:

    really love how respectful they are while they are living in a home that isn’t theirs. and, they did such an incredible job of making it fit their personalities as well. also…that brown wall color in the bedroom is so luxurious!

  15. I have always loved big flowery wallpaper, I love the drama. The eating nook is quite lovely too, great idea for a tiny dining area.

  16. Kay says:

    Dining chandelier source, please??

  17. rita says:

    thank you, everyone! so fun to share our home with you.

    @kay – the dining chandelier was picked up at a local lighting store, that is no longer open. We don’t have a name/brand for it, I’m sorry!

    @leah i missed that! it is actually this rug from RugsUSA. http://www.rugsusa.com/rugsusa/rugs/rugs-usa-moroccan-shag/ivory/200MTVS28A-26010.html I would not recommend it – we’ve had it for over a year and it is still linting everywhere.

  18. Meriwether says:

    Beautiful home!! I would love to know the paint colors for the living room, kitchen, and breakfast nook (as well as trim) if you can find them.

    Thank you!

  19. Brittany says:

    I would love to know what you classify your “style” as? I am trying, emphasis on the trying, to create a similar modern/eclectic/vintage home feel. I am curious as to your inspirations and how you choose your color palettes? LOVELY house and decor.

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