A Little Slice Of France In The Heart Of Minneapolis

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Moving to a new city can be daunting. If that city happens to be Minneapolis, and your only visit to the area prior to moving was in cold February, the prospect of transitioning can be a tough sell. This was the case in 2006, when accessories designer Talin Spring and her husband Arthur relocated from Marseille. Born in Istanbul, but having spent most of her life in France, it was hard for Talin to leave her dream home in Provence. Arthur chose the Minneapolis home, while Talin only saw it through photographs before moving. He said it was the closest one he could find that resembled their home in Marseille. It was close to water (Lake Calhoun), walking distance to the movies, cafes and restaurants — ostensibly as close as it could be to a European lifestyle.

Once they moved in, the couple set upon renovations almost immediately. “It took me [a] very, very long time to feel at home in this house, to really own it.” says Talin. The house had gone through a lot of cheap remodeling and had lost most of its character. They started with the basics, painting every room and getting rid of the popcorn ceiling. Two years later, they renovated the entire second floor, which contained two bedrooms, a family room, a sunroom/guest room, and on the exterior, a deck. New hardwood floors, cabinetry to display treasures collected from around the world, and a wood-burning stove provided a huge improvement. Out on the deck, the wood lattice fence now allows great air flow as well as complete privacy. A few years later, Talin and Arthur tackled the kitchen and the guest bathroom. They installed IKEA cabinetry and new hardwood floors in the kitchen. The guest bathroom was finished in Marmorino stucco (a plaster made with a mixture of crushed marble and lime putty), which is one of my favorite parts of the home. Talin learned the technique in Avignon, and it truly looks like a little piece of France transported to the Midwest.

There are still areas that they would like to renovate, but their main objective — to create a house that felt like them — has been met. Talin loves the multiple common spaces, whether she is reviewing prototypes for her accessories line, Spring Finn and Co., sketching out future projects, or planning the next big dinner or trip.

The aspect of her home she is perhaps most thankful for is that there is always a sunny room. A self proclaimed “sun animal,” Talin loves that there are multiple areas of the home where she can enjoy the sun. Since the couple’s daughters have grown and moved out, Talin added a table in front of the living room window, where she can bathe in the sun for lunch. A little slice of that Provence sunshine right in her own Minneapolis home.Shannon

Photography by Colleen Eversman and Mary Jo Hoffman

  1. Jessica says:

    That blue Russian tea set is lovely. I’ve seen it before somewhere. Where did you purchase it?

    1. talin spring says:

      Hi Jessica, It’s from St Petersbourg years ago (from the Russian imperial factory) but they are still making them and I know Mariage Freres (the tea company in France) sells the set.

  2. Catherine says:

    I love the look of the entire home. So warm and welcoming. Where is the living rug from? It’s beautiful.

  3. I loved this tour of one of my favorite homes, lit from without by gatherings from the entire world, lit from within by its creative and loving family. Just beautiful.

    1. Well said, Mary Jo! :)

  4. Aleanor says:

    Wow. Thank you.

  5. Melisa says:

    Beautiful space! May i ask what color gray’s are your walls?

    1. talin spring says:

      Thank you Kristin, yes we are not 20 something anymore, over the years we have gathered things all over and every piece has its story making it harder to change or get rid of. Just like most people (who dont inherit anything) we lived many years with ikea furniture in our first Paris apartment.

  6. Kristin says:

    What a perfect home. So beautiful! Every object and piece of furniture looks treasured and unique. You can really tell this is not the home of a 20 something couple…it’s the home of people who’ve spent some time collecting and traveling and really living in it. I love it!

  7. nana says:

    What is the color of the bedroom wall name/company? Home full of inspiration!

    1. talin spring says:

      Hi Nana, finally found it, the bedroom paint is called Mysterious by Benjamin Moore. Thank you for the kind comment!

  8. Maria says:

    I have all those balls too, as everybody else I know in my town in Greece. Migrants from former Soviet Union after its collapse used to sell them in open-air markets all over Greece. There were millions of them with those same patterns, produced in several factories I suppose. I don’t know why you call them Uzbek. Are they produced in Uzbekistan only?

  9. Laurie says:

    You have such a beautiful home.
    Can you tell me where you bought the rug in your living room?
    Thank you.

  10. Tamare says:

    Hi Talin,

    Just saw your amazing house, so nicely decorated, by combing old furniture bought from all over the world and basics, like element from Ikea. I understand now where you find your taste and inspiration for your bag lines Spring Finn & co.


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