What’s the least awesome, must-work-around aspect of your space?
Aside from the sweet lil’ closet, there’s not a ton of storage space. And by ‘not a ton’ I mean, ‘absolutely none.’ But I’ve come to appreciate the snugness, because it forces me to think reeeeally hard about purchasing new ‘stuff’. When you (literally) don’t have any space to spare, you tend to adjust your consumption habits.
Tell us the story behind one of your favorite pieces in your space!
I’ve got a limited-edition WET magazine poster, which my parents let me take when I moved from Los Angeles to Minneapolis. It’s very avant-garde, kind of obscene, and completely perplexing. But it reminds me of my family. (That probably explains a lot.)
What are some of the DIYs you’ve tried here?
I am not . . . shall we say . . . the DIY Queen. But one time, I ‘artistically’ wrapped a string of fairy lights around a weird piece of white fence-like material that I found in the discount section of IKEA. It’s a night light, for reading! And someday, when I’m stupidly famous, I’ll sell it to a wealthy patron of the arts for 5 zillion dollars.
What’s the strangest place you’ve found stuff for your home?
There’s a local thrift store called SAVERS, which is chock-full of trinkets . . . and strange smells. And sadness. But several years ago, I found a magnificent pastel-colored Jackson Pollock-esque painting . . . for $17. Sold!
I think you’ll agree, it really ties the room together.
What are your top five sources for design inspiration?
Uno :: Karim Rashid. His book, Design Your Self, is my techni-pop Bible of Style. My favorite part is where he claims that women should only wear white — like an angel. Ba ha ha! Oh, Karim.
Dos :: Jonathan Adler! Jiminy Crickets. He’s got that disco-chic groove-a-thon look down pat. Walking into one of his stores feels like entering a special wing of Heaven, designed especially for ME.
Tres :: Victorian Dandyism. Even though I’m a ‘minimalist’ by nature, I’ve got a wild hedonistic streak. My space is full of ultra-soft textiles, fresh flowers, beeswax candles, magic crystals, and the occasional empty Prosecco bottles. I’ve learned that you can swaddle yourself in beauty, without cluttering up your space.
Cuatro :: The Walker Art Center in Minneapolis. Or more specifically, the Walker GIFT SHOP. (Everyone knows that gift shops are the best part of any museum. Let’s collectively admit it.)
Cinco :: Magic stores! You know, like that one in The Craft. I’m talking Tarot decks, smoking incense, mysterious orbs, and mystical oils. I’m getting increasingly woo-woo every year. And it shows.
If you were to name your home ala ‘Tara’ in ‘Gone With The Wind,’ what would you name it?
The FranzCube. Obviously.
Thanks so much for sharing your space, Alex!