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Chip, Chip, Cheerio!

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  Chippy, vintage galvanized exudes great allure! I am drawn to it like a magpie! I found this cool, architectural corner pediment while browsing recently at Shop 501, one of my fave vintage haunts in Chaska, MN. In was in the space of  talented vintage dealer Betty Sorensen. For me: textbook love at first sight! […]


Giveaway! Win a Color Inspiration Notebook!

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Remember that swell Color Inspiration Notebook in which Lark Nest Design piece was fortunate enough to have a piece included? (Here’s the post, in case you don’t!) To celebrate this gorgeous guide — compiled by Debbie Dion Hayes, a rockin’ decorative painter and blogger in North Carolina – I am giving away one copy! To enter, just leave a “like” […]


Mary’s Home Office: In Progress!

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Frequently, when Lark Nest Design enters a project, the homeowner is partly into the project before deciding to call in more hands. That’s the case here, where the client had already removed a standard builder’s floor and added gorgeous hickory planking, and had painted the walls a pale version of robin’s egg blue. He wanted to put […]


When the Weather Outside is Frightful…

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…we hardy Midwesterners turn to more positive thoughts! Because the scene outside my window this morning looks like this (deceptively sunny, but only10 degrees): I thought I would share this, just last weekend, when it was significantly warmer. Decorating at chez Lark Nest has been late and haphazard lately, thanks to a huge workload and post-Junk […]


Dynamic Duo Do-Over!

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Well, autumn in Minneapolis was nice while it lasted! It’s Tuesday, in the ’20s, and I’m headed out to International Market Square on a fabric hunt for a new client. Yes, we’re in the market for some hot pinks (which will warm up her living room, freshly painted in cool gray.) She used Mythic paint 139-2, Calla […]


SLP Office Reno: Before and After!

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This project, for a home business office in St. Louis Park, was a challenge and a pleasure! It was done in a little more than a month’s time, on a $1,000 materials budget, and as a surprise for one of its occupants! Linden Hills Florist co-owner Anne Schultz wanted to redo this office as a surprise […]


Basement Project Update 2!

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So, that’s not an arty angle, just my particular take on the world these days. Home from the Junk Bonanza with a bodacious head cold, so everything is tilting somewhat! But… Look what has gone on in the last few weeks! You’ll remember what it looked like during the last update! And what it looked like […]


Inspiring Color in an Inspiring Reference Guide!

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  Talented friend and decorative painter Debbie Dion Hayes of MyPatchofBlueSky.com has compiled “Color Inspiration Notebook for Creating Gorgeous Painted Furniture.” The name says it all! Lark Nest Design is honored to have a piece included in her color reference guide! You might remember this periwinkle and jade coffee table from my website, in the Interiors/Refurbished […]


Another Reclaim Piece Gets Started!

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Each new custom piece is an adventure! There’s a lovely process that spans from the client’s first fond wish, spoken aloud, to a tangible result. In between comes lots of talking, planning, dreaming and the work of skilled artisans. (At Lark Nest, there is usually a fair amount of scavenging involved as well!)  Today’s post documents the start […]


Bookshelves for Baby!

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This beautiful nursery is standing at the ready for Leslie and Jamie, who await impending parenthood by the day! Lark Nest was honored to finish this sweet bookshelf for the nursery, which is done in cool gray, white trim, and, for an accent, “Belafonte Yellow.” Here’s what it looked like just a few days ago, […]


UPDATE: Retro Chairs at Home!

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Ah, Labor Day! While many Minnesotans are getting in their lake time, this seemed like a good time for a lake-themed update!  When I first wrote about this “Durachrome Do-Over” for Retro-Loving Client’s vacation spot at Loveless Lake, I promised an eventual photo of the revamped and dressed chairs, above, “in situ” ! Here they are! Happily ensconced, RLC’s ’50s Durachrome dinette set […]


Basement Project Update 1!

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Here’s  a quick update on the basement storage room project that is getting the great LooseLay flooring, as chronicled earlier in the New Take on Tile post!  All of the pipes on the back and side wall of this former laundry room are now buried or recessed. The suspended ceiling has been replaced with a real ceiling. Recessed can […]


Carolina Collaboration!

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Love the look of this footstool? It’s proof that long-distance collaborations do work! Here’s the “Before” — a rickety footstool unearthed from my garage stash. Its leather upholstery job was fairly shot. It needed regluing, some tightening, and a total redo from the stuffing on out. Enter Debbie Dion Hayes, a fab faux finisher from […]


A New Take on Tile!

Summer continues to rampage forward — I liken it to having my arms around the neck of a speeding cheetah: Exhilarating ride, but really, moving way too fast! All of those ongoing Lark Nest projects have made for a dearth of blog posts. One of those projects is  an experiment of sorts in my basement! We’re […]


Reclaim Cabinet 2: The Console!

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 Remember my earlier post on a reclaim entertainment cabinet for a Minneapolis client? That project is still on the workbench, but this one — a family room console — is another reclaim project for the same client. And it was finished first! The client’s family/sunroom is long and narrow, and has an oversized coffee table […]


Annie Sloan Does it Again!

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English entrepreneur Annie Sloan, the designer behind Chalk Paint® and other decorative finishes, has just introduced a home fragrance line, named for European cities and containing some rockin’ combinations of swell-smelling botanicals, herbs and essences! I have a soft spot in my heart for Annie, one of the most humble success stories one could hope to meet. Our […]


Guthrie Wedding, PART 2: The Event!

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As promised, here is the second installment of the post about the Guthrie Theater wedding! Lark Nest Design and Linden Hills Florist teamed up on this July production, which took place on the 9th and 4th floors of the Guthrie, using the Amber Box for the ceremony, the Black Box (Dowling Studio) for the reception […]


Guthrie Wedding, PART 1: The Prep!

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Summer weddings are beautiful, and this one — in the storied Guthrie Theater on the Mississippi River — was no exception! Lark Nest planned the decor of this July wedding, partnering with Linden Hills Florist on the flowers! The ceremony took place in the theater’s “amber box,” cantilevered out over the rest of the building. Our bride’s colors […]


Another Bathroom Begins!

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A lot of the fun in starting a new decor project is pulling samples! I always start with some ideas (and homeowner preferences!) in mind, but the selection process rarely fails to surprise me — that’s because the materials and finishes in the marketplace are constantly evolving! These are some of the pieces that are headed […]


Rachel’s Bedroom Makeover: The After!

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When we last left this project, we had just found a suede headboard and finished the grommeted window coverings! To recap, this job entailed turning a childhood bedroom into a comfortable guest room. Its former occupant, now a young professional living in San Francisco, still bunks here when she visits her parents’  Edina home. You’ll […]


Headed to the Junk Bonanza in Style!

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This Meadowlark is taking flight today, headed to Canterbury Park to prep for the Junk Bonanza, opening Thursday, April 10, for a three-day run! Every Bonanza teammate needs a piece of utility clothing, and I’ll be clad in this rockin’ carpenter’s apron — a special custom job by Karla Cunningham of Remixed Stitches! Does any […]


Belgian Linen Arrives!

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Check out this beautiful Belgian linen! A five-yard roll arrived last week during the great Minnesota melt, so it was delivered to a mostly dry front porch. (Yes, it IS time to remove the expired holiday decor of birch branches and pine garland!) The beautiful herringbone pattern in this linen is subtle, but perfect. This fabric […]


Reclaim Project 1: The Entertainment Cabinet!

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Every decor project has elements that make it unlike any other, and a three-room project I’m working on in Minneapolis is a great example! Specific challenges required us to go custom for a small entertainment cabinet that needed to house a woofer and other stereo components! Our floor plan calls for placing this cabinet beneath […]


Warming Trend On A Cold Day!

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The Winter Without End has begun to wear a bit. I sat down to post about a chaise lounge project, and found myself thinking about one of my favorite upholstery fabrics instead,  simply because I wanted to look at something bright and happy. I’ve used this fun Richloom”Wizard” fabric before — I love it here […]