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Celebrating the States: The Midwest

by Lauren Chorpening Day

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I’ve lived in Iowa my entire life. It’s the definition of landlocked. It’s one of those states forgotten by the rest of the country — and it’s not uncommon to meet someone while traveling that asks if Iowa is the one with the potatoes (Idaho) or the one with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame (Ohio). Iowa and the rest of the Midwest might be known more for agriculture, plains and the Great Lakes, but there’s a rich culture in Middle America that a lot of people miss. Each state is unique with pace of life, terrain, history and industry, and that’s worth celebrating.

One of the things I’ve always loved about home and studio tours on Design*Sponge is how each one gives a glimpse of life in a different part of the country. We get to see the lifestyles and design tastes of people from big cities, small towns and every place in between. I’m proud to launch this new D*S regional series with the Midwest, my beautiful and sometimes unappreciated stomping grounds. Each post in the series will feature homes we love from the states of specific regions, along with notable people who live or grew up there and why they love it. –Lauren

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MINNESOTA Annika’s bright and welcoming Minneapolis home creatively displays all of her collections.

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Kate is the founder of Wit & Delight, a lifestyle blog and brand based in Minneapolis, MN. Find her gorgeous studio tour here.

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OHIO Colorful walls, rugs and furniture give Lauren and Rian’s Cleveland rental a deep sense of home.

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Dinara is a folk artist and illustrator originally from Tashkent, Uzbekistan before moving to the United States with her parents. Ohio became her home when she got married, and Dinara has embraced the state she didn’t think she would like.

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MISSOURI Unexpected color and style combinations make this Springfield, MO craftsman the home of Brittany and Justin’s dreams.

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Emily is the ceramic artist also known as The Object Enthusiast. Before moving back to Missouri, she lived in Omaha, Nebraska.

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KANSAS Rich color and eclectic design have given new life to this fixer-upper ranch in Wichita.

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After attending art school in Lawrence, KS, Grace decided to stay and pursue her artwork and activism in the Midwest.

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WISCONSIN Jamie and AJ’s home had to be completely gutted, but the end result is a gorgeous house perfect for this family of seven.

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Jenna is the entrepreneur/expert behind the Goal Digger Podcast and JennaKutcher.com. She has a deep love for her home state of Wisconsin and recently moved across the border to Minnesota.

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INDIANA The charming Indianapolis home of Natalie, Dan and their three sons is perfect for family time and fun.

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Ashley might live in New York now but her appreciation for her home state of Indiana is woven through her writings.

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IOWA Liz Lidgett transformed her Des Moines, IA home into an art collector’s haven.

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Fine art photographer, Anna Jones, calls Des Moines, IA home while taking advantage of its central location and low cost of living to travel anywhere and everywhere with her husband and baby.

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ILLINOIS Mindy MacNeil’s home in the suburbs of Chicago is layered with antique pieces, modern elements and every style in between.

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Glenda‘s use of color, tone and emotion in her mixed media work is brilliant. She grew up in Guatemala but now calls Illinois home.

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MICHIGAN Not only is Veronica Hamlet’s Michigan home stunning, it launched her career in interior design.

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Kelly Ventura’s paintings and surface designs are captivating. Her love for her state of Michigan is, too.

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SOUTH DAKOTA Oksana’s minimal and bohemian home in Sioux Falls, SD featured on Apartment Therapy reminds us that simplicity can be striking.

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Juliana Brown Eyes’ music, photography, artwork and activism depict the true beauty of the people and scenery of South Dakota. She’s based on the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation with her tribe, Olgala Lakota.

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NORTH DAKOTA Every space Jill Ockhardt Blaufuss photographs in North Dakota is as dreamy as the next.

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Molly Yeh is a talented baker, cook and author living in North Dakota. Get a sample of her incredible cook book here.

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NEBRASKA You’d never know this charming home in Omaha is a rental unit. Megan Pettipoole has turned it into a creative hub to share with her husband.

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Sarah is the writer behind the blog, Life on Virginia Street. The blog captures the pace of life in some of the fly-over states.

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Comments

  • Very cool series! As someone who was born and raised in (and is still living in) Atlanta, I’m excited to see the Southeast post too!

  • I love this series. I lived in the Midwest for six years (college + 2 years after) and I miss it so much. So much history and charm and really kind, good-hearted people. I am excited to see my home region, the Southeast, and the region where I live now, the Pacific Northwest!

  • it’d be great to see some of these states on D*S magazine tours, I see this one is coming to KC. In general it’s frustrating to live somewhere that is often overlooked on lots of book tours, sigh. I lived in Omaha for a while and now live in Denver (which you’d think would be skipped less than it actually is). Anyway, this is a great idea and I’m excited for more!

      • Wasn’t trying to call D*S out, just agreeing the Midwest gets overlooked (are we the West? Midwest? people have differing opinions on that…)

  • Love this new series!! I’m a Midwesterner at heart (Wisconsin born and bred, moved to Chicago for school, and then headed out East for my husband’s degree) and I can’t wait to get back to that part of the country. Thank you for showcasing all the beauty to be found in the middle.

  • I’m also a native Midwesterner and most of my friends back home have very unique flair–it isn’t all beige!
    These all are fantastic–really individual, lots of personality–but that teal living room in Wichita made my jaw drop. Gorgeous!!!!

  • Interesting that some of my favourite houses ever are on this Mid-West feature. As someone who lives outside the US I find it really interesting to virtually visit places I have never been. I have (albeit briefly) visited the US and cities such as LA, NY, Boston, Chicago, San Francisco, Atlanta and Dallas but there is so much more I would like to see but the reality is unless there is a compelling reason to go there I probably won’t. Also as a visitor I rarely get to actually visit people’s homes which is what blogs like D*S allow me to do albeit virtually.