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Tuesday, May 21st, 2013
the perfect cabin
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Wednesday, April 24th, 2013
A Dale Mulfinger Project
n. pl. Gran-a-ries
1. a building for storing grain
2. a region yielding much grain.
Over the past several months I’ve been incredibly fortunate to be involved with the design of a cabin in Fergus Falls, Minnnesota, created by one of my favorite Architects, Dale Mulfinger. Dale was raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota and is a master of design for rural landscape and vernacular architecture.
This little cottage began its life as a farm granary on the other side of the lake. The owner’s great-grandfather bought it from the farmer in the 1890s and had a team of horses drag it across the ice in the winter to its current lakeside property, then built rooms around it for living. During the course of this project, it has been picked up and repositioned, attaching it to the new cottage via an open breezeway. The new home will be used for the homeowners—the attached granary, for guests.
Dale’s design (below) shows the old granary on the left and the new construction on the right.
Original granaries had suspended floors that protected the grain from rodents and provided air circulation. I love that the homeowners had the vision and have taken the time and effort to keep this historic structure in their family. Is there something beautiful your could do with these?
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Monday, January 28th, 2013
Tale of a Minnesota Grain Elevator
Got old growth wood?
Don’t know what to do with it?
It’s okay, you’ve come to the right place.
In Duluth, Minnesota a gigantic grain elevator, dating back to 1887, is slowly being dismantled by Wisconsin Woodchuck. Approximately 6 million board feet of Eastern White Pine, along with the iron hardware that holds it together, is coming down, board-by-board, in hopes that this beautiful material will stay in circulation. The story aired Sunday night on the History Channel’s Ax Men.
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Monday, December 31st, 2012
Thank you 2012
I won’t lie, I was thrilled to see two of my projects in print this fall. Lake Country Journal did a beautiful spread on my cabin. I keep every issue of this publication, so it was fun to see something of mine in there.
Also scattered all over my home are stacks of old, dog-eared MSP Magazines that we refuse to throw away. Never know when I’m going to have to refer back to something I saw by Jennifer Blaise Kramer or find a restaurant review. This fall they were kind enough to include me in their series Trade Secrets.
In 2013 some of my projects will appear in national publications and you know for a fact that I’ll tell you where you can pick up a copy (and perhaps give you a sneak peek).
If you are still reading this, I cannot believe it. I’m almost done.
To my customers who have let us invade their homes for photo shoots, I thank you from the bottom of my heart. I am truly fortunate that lasting friendships have spun out of so many of my projects. And there’s always room for more. This year I will begin working on some fabulous homes, both Home+Away, and cannot wait to share the photos with you in 2013.
And last, but not least, this year I will be coming to you from a new location at the International Market Square building in Minneapolis. Ready for some change and a little elbow room.
So c’mon 2013. Let’s do this.
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Monday, October 1st, 2012
the basement bedroom
At the beginning of summer I decided to take advantage of a home improvement project at my cabin. I conducted a little experiment to see how closely the look of a finished room resembles what is in my head when I start the process. The photo below is the starting point on the build-out of this basement bedroom.
Never underestimate the power of visuals in the design process. Whether photos, sketches, or computer software drawings, images are the best way to communicate the desired look and feel of a space. I worked up this layout on my computer to show my builder friends what I was hoping to see in the room. I show stained wood ceilings, horizontal boards on the walls (high gloss white, nickel spaced), and ivory patterned carpet. I also added sconces at the head of the bed and a ceiling fan. Below is Phase I.
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Tuesday, September 4th, 2012
I'll show you mine, if you show me yours
Want to see what’s on my floor today? I’m trying to make a room work around these wallpapers and I’m digging deep for fabric. Something for the windows, chairs, window seats and maybe some pillows. I won’t use them all at the same time, but at some point each of these will resurface in one of my projects. It always happens that way and it’s almost never intentional. What do you think?
I’m struggling a little here. Back to it. Thanks for coming by.
P.S. For more of these wallpapers and fabrics go to:
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Friday, June 29th, 2012
Declan and I just returned from our tour of Charleston, where we absorbed sweet Southern hospitality, the sights and stories of our country’s history, and some seriously good eats . One of our excursions led us to the gardens at Middleton Place, settled along the Ashley River. Dating back to 1755, this National Historic Landmark embodies historical Southern plantation living and was, by far, the most memorable part of our trip. C’mon in and have a look.
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Thursday, May 31st, 2012
...& pretty, pretty, pretty
I love all stages of building homes, but I have to say the reward to the “pretty” part (fabrics, wallpaper, furniture, etc.) is especially great. If you walk into my office at any given time, you will find small piles of swatches and samples all over the floor. I like to call them mini-shrines to my projects. It makes me feel better than just calling it a mess.
There is purpose behind the chaos though, as I try to make patterns work together and find ways to pull new color in to a room. Give it a try below. In the left column, I’ve set up some wallpaper prints, in the right, coordinating fabrics. You can do this. Who goes with whom?
Click here to see what I would do. Continue reading “Paper & Fabric” »
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