Ann Wood and Dean Lucker have been creating art, both together and separately, since graduating from art school in 1987. Specializing in mechanical sculptures and mixed media objects, their collaborative practice, WoodLucker, has seen them work on everything from public art displays and originals for private clients, to craft shows and exhibits, to galleries and shops. Not only do Ann and Dean share a professional practice, studio, and Instagram account, but they share a love for one another and a charming family home in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota.
Ten years ago, when they were searching for a house to call home, the process was long and tiring. They saw dozens of spaces, and even lost out on a few offers they made, but in hindsight, the wait was well worth it. When they found this 1940s bungalow in the heart of Saint Paul, MN, they knew it was meant to be — especially because of their shared soft-spot for art from that era. Despite the large, urban locale that they live in, their home is nestled in a quiet neighborhood that allows Ann and Dean the pleasures of small-town living, with all of the amenities and conveniences of a larger city.
Upon buying their home, there wasn’t much work to be done as they preferred the home’s original features, such as the cabinetry in the kitchen, so making the space theirs was as simple as moving in and doing some light weekend projects and DIY fixes over the years. After filling the rooms with as much artwork as the walls and surfaces could handle, a mix of rustic and glamorous furniture pieces were crafted and sourced from far and wide to fill and add function to the remaining space — all with comfort top-of-mind.
Of course, like anyone who owns an older home has experienced, over the years they’ve had to replace the roof, update the electrical, buy a new water heater and appliances, and consider all of the other not-so-glamorous expenses. But every ounce of work they’ve put into the home has made the space feel proudly theirs. Though the size of their home is just shy of 850 square feet, and though finding furniture small enough to fit each space was a challenge, the coziness that their charming, tiny abode offers makes those cold, long, Minnesota winters just that much more enjoyable. –Sabrina