What a great year it has been so far for ASID Twin Cities designers. One of the highlights of the year began with the Art in the Home Exhibition at Artistry, the theater and visual arts nonprofit located in the Bloomington Center for the Arts. The exhibit, which is designated to become a biennial event, was held from February 16 to April 13 and curated by our own ASID designer Lisa Peck, owner of LiLu Interiors. Located in the Inez Greenberg Gallery, five of our designers collaborated with some of the Midwest regions most gifted artisans and created five residential rooms which showcased new ideas to the public, emphasizing how working with an ASID designer can make a world of difference in creating beautiful and unique spaces in the home. The central message of the exhibit was to highlight for visitors that bringing art into your home did not need to be an overwhelming experience by showing them realistic rooms filled with art in a thoughtful and edited design. The event included an opening reception, panel discussion for the public and participation in the Bloomington Home Improvement Fair.

The five participating designers were Colleen Fox of Fox Interiors (Artisan Dining Room), Sheree Vincent of Fushion Designed (Bedroom Hygge), Martina Willegalle of Designs by Martina (Sunroom Sitting Area), Jean Hoffmann of Chester-Hofmann and Associates (Craft Cocktail Library) and Christine Frisk of InUnision Design (The Modern Salon). The designers shared great advice and inspiration during the panel discussion, which well attended by clients, friends and folks from the Bloomington area.

Comments from the Designers about the experience and their spaces:

Colleen Fox: It was a whirlwind experience pulling together a vision for the vignette, sourcing local artists and furniture vendors, and installing the exhibit in less than two months. As we all know, designing for a client is a different experience than designing for yourself. In comparison, designing for a fictional client within the constraints of using primarily regional vendors was a stimulating challenge and a great way to showcase my design personality without some of the real world budget and style restrictions. I was thrilled with how it turned out and loved seeing how differently each designer approached the directive.

I really enjoyed the process of discovering new local makers as well as getting to work with makers I’d followed for years and hadn’t had the right client for yet. By pulling together all my pieces within a month’s time I gained not only a database of artists and makers for future projects, but also experience with how quickly one could update a room with unique pieces that can’t be found in major retailers. Participating in the exhibit was a new challenge for me, and I’m so glad I jumped in with both feet as I gained priceless exposure in a market I don’t advertise in, and I learned a lot about different homeowners’ perspectives on design from meeting and talking with visitors during the Bloomington Home Improvement Fair and the panel discussion event.

Sheree Vincent: What an honor it was to be selected as one of the five designers to participate in this very unique exhibit. The Art in the Home exhibit is a wonderful opportunity that shows how to incorporate art into your home. We are so fortunate to have a talented and vibrant art community here in Minnesota to collaborate with on our projects. The whole idea of Art in the Home is designer created rooms featuring local artist-crafted furniture and home accessories. I took that challenge whole-heartedly – with about 80-90% of the items in “Bedroom Hygge” were made by local, Minnesota artisans. I believe that anytime we have an opportunity to show our work, our business is enhanced- be it a new client, new resource or an opportunity to express our point of view.

The Inez Greenberg Gallery is a beautiful venue. Art in the Home was open free of charge to the public and Artistry was able promote/pull this exhibit together in part through the Minnesota Legacy Fund. It was a wonderful experience and would do it again.

Jean Hofmann: The experience for us was positive. While planning our space we were provided the unique opportunity to partner with various local artists to create an inviting space. It also allowed us to help support to the local creative community. If not for this event, we may not have otherwise had such an enriching opportunity to get to know each of the participating artists on such a personal level.

Martina McBride: Becoming unbusy is a lifestyle desire we hear more and more about from our clients. They are making the choice to slow down, live with less, and love all they live with. This sunroom sitting area radiates a relaxing, do what calms you vibe, while showcasing energy in the mix of light colors and natural, handmade, elements. The space provides a zest to refill, rejuvenate, and enjoy your down time freely. Focusing on life balance, we’ve worked with artists to mix materials and make a cohesive approachable room. All elements being showcased here speak to becoming unbusy, so please sit and make a concise list of less to do. You’re welcome!

The overall consensus was this was a valuable experience to both the design community and the public.