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A Cheery Midwestern Home Dedicated to Keeping Spirits High

by Garrett Fleming

How many times have you come home from a long day, unlocked the door and let out a sigh? That’s one of those moments when you feel it: the loving embrace of a place that just gets you. At times like these, you feel just how grand of an effect your surroundings have on your state of mind. The past five years have taught me the importance of crafting my own cozy, welcoming nest. I do live in Chicago after all, a city known for its unseasonably chilly springtime. When I’m not too keen on venturing outdoors, I’m kept sane knowing I have a spot indoors to enjoy.

Two fellow Midwesterners who understand the importance of a comfy home are Avery and Kait Schroeder, the founders of Pink Linen Designs. Their 1950s, split-level house is located right outside Minneapolis, MN, another city familiar with chilly springs. That being said, the couple and their three girls are often cooped up inside with only their imaginations and each other to keep them occupied. Not a pair to let the winter blues linger around their home, Kait and Avery have gone out of their way to infuse color and light into the space. They’ve painted the walls a brilliant shade of white that bounces light around in spades and gives each room an open-air vibe that beckons the family out of their cozy beds. When they do finally throw off their warm blankets, the sleepy-eyed group follows the house’s new, white-washed floors past colorful decorations to the kitchen for breakfast.

This is an artistic group, and many of those punchy decorations are of the family’s own making. Kait and Avery are so dedicated to keeping their daughters’ wheels turning when they can’t get outside, they’ve even reserved two of the home’s four bedrooms for crafting and creation. And the girls don’t mind in the slightest. Sure, it means they have to share a bedroom, but thanks to its bunk bed, string lights, knick-knacks and the craft room next door, it feels like a summer camp. Click through to take a peek at the rest of their “camp” and, in my opinion, one of the freshest fireplaces we’ve ever featured. Enjoy! —Garrett

Photography by Bethany Catharine

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Now that the Schroeder family has moved to the suburbs outside of Minneapolis, MN, they finally have enough space to truly spread out and enjoy each other's company comfortably. Chairs refurbished in soft, Pendleton wool, Great-Grandmother's afghan, and windows that let in brilliant sunlight draw the brood here on the coldest of days.
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Avery, Kait, Reese, Quinn and Paige say their favorite room in the house is the bright-and-airy living room. They describe their style as streamlined and modern, "with a little eclectic thrown in for a little lightheartedness."
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Kait loves collecting books and games for the kids to read and play with while sitting here on this pretty rug from The Land of Nod. Avery and Kait have cleverly filled the nonfunctioning -- yet beautiful -- fireplace with wood from the home's surrounding grounds, adding a rustic touch to the streamlined space.
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Decorating the large wall behind the family's fun Room & Board sofa was a challenge. It's just so large! After some brainstorming, however, Avery and Kait decided to install this simple shelf and display the family's artwork across it.
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This special table is a one-of-a-kind creation. Avery found the top and legs at different antique stores and then put them together himself. The wooden deer head that hangs behind it is a piece from his and Kait's online collection. A Modernica fixture illuminates all of their handiwork.
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The flow of their home can't be beat. The kids can run in circles through the kitchen, into the living room and back again. This makes maintaining the white floors a challenge, but they do wonders for reflecting sunlight through the space. Sure, the floors have to be scrubbed weekly, but it's a small price to pay for the mood they set for the family abode.
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The kitchen's windows and doors make it the ideal spot for Kait to keep an eye on her three daughters when they finally do get to venture outside. The space is primarily outfitted in IKEA pieces, with some of her and Avery's favorite finds scattered throughout. "Our friends laugh because we never have enough of anything when we have people over. I guess I would rather buy shoes than kitchenware," Kait says with a grin.
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This simple hallway sits on the second level and leads to the bedrooms. "I love how open and connected the levels feel, and there [aren't] many steps to run up and down when you forget something," Kait says. She made the weaving that hangs at the end of the hallway while on a girls weekend getaway.
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The home has enough space for the three girls to have their own rooms, but Avery and Kait like keeping them together, and the girls love it, too. "They have never slept apart from each other, and I hope that from all this sharing they develop a bond that lasts forever," Kait says. Keeping them all in one spot also allows the family to have rooms dedicated solely to being creative and artistic.
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The IKEA bunk bed has worked out great for the family. Thankfully, it's constantly awash in light due to the giant window it sits below.
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Kait placed this vanity mirror closer to the ground at the girls' height so they can actually use it. There's something about seeing decor and furniture shrunk down and designed especially for little ones that immediately makes it adorable.
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Reese, Quinn and Paige have their own art room on the home's second level. "These kids have used and abused [this table], and that's what makes it special. It has always brought them and us together," their parents tell us. Art supplies are stored in this beautiful storage dresser, a garage sale find.
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Before they began painting their bedroom this brilliant white, Avery and Kait took off the closet's doors and have yet to put them back on. It has made it so easy to access their clothes, they actually can't see themselves ever reinstalling them. While practical, the style's also a natural fit for the minimalist, yet livable style they've brought to life throughout their house.
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The first level is one big circle. Their home's flow naturally guides the family and their guests from the entryway to the living room, then to the dining room and kitchen.
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The 2,000-square-foot home's second level.

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Comments

  • Love the colours in the kitchen! Can you talk about the sources for the countertop and the backsplash tile?

    • Thank you Cheryl! The countertop is a laminate from IKEA and the backsplash is a clear glassy tile that looks more teal actually from Home Depot

  • What a beautiful family home! I love how it seems to be set up to encourage family bonding and creativity.

  • I love your style! It so feels like a home and I really like how you ranged the girls´ room and the kitchen as well! There is so much light!!

    Aria

  • A light-filled house with a lovely, warm atmosphere. Oh and those girls and their wide smiles – a happy family! SUch beauty. The girls seem, in any case, be warm enough as they are barefoot :)
    Brilliant idea to fill the non functionning fireplace with logs – looks cool and natural… love it.
    re floors: We are only two (apart from the fact that living very nr Paris makes our house somewhat a hotel…. with the guests just coming and going) in a stone house dating to 1920 and even I have to wash the tiled floors of kitchen, entry hall & ground floor bathrooms at least once a week. We use it as a ‘go through’ between veranda (in UK you’d call it conservatory, in Europe it’s a ‘green house’, winter garden – you get it, in France it’s simply a Serre), kitchen, garden, and as much as we change shoes, it’s always messy. So you might as well go for your White although it DOES seem a bit daring with 3 children, but hey ho, it’s natural and utterly beautiful!
    All the best to the family and thanks for sharing your wonderful home with us.

  • I really like how the color in the rugs and the books gives the room an extra sense of liveliness, while the wooden logs and brick bring in the cozy factor. I love it!

  • Hi and thanks for sharing your lovely home – it’s wonderful to see the colour of life (family) and the colour of things shine out against that brilliant white. Which white is it? It’s dazzlingly perfect!

    • Hi Hillary, we got our rug from land of nod a few years ago. I don’t think they carry it anymore but it’s worth a look ;)
      Kait

  • Hi Kait! I love your space so much!! I’m curious about where you bought your flushmount lights. They are gorgeous.

  • What a stunning home!!!! So bright, happy and creative :)
    Could you please tell me the color of the white paint used?
    Thanks!

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