Modern Traditional St. Paul House Tour

Name: Kate Arends
Location: St. Paul, Minnesota
Size: 5,500 square feet
Type of home: Colonial rambler
Years lived in: 2, owned

Whether she’s transforming her kitchen, styling effortlessly chic outfits, or fielding questions about relationships and parenting, Kate Arends lives up to the name of her popular design and lifestyle company: Wit & Delight. Like your friend who always thrifts the coolest finds, Kate adds her relaxed and irreverent style to everything she touches.

That’s especially true of the sprawling Colonial rambler she shares with her family in St. Paul, Minnesota. The classic architectural style is a dream backdrop for Kate’s playful twists on traditional decor. But when the family first moved in, it was full of wild paint colors and a few questionable design choices. No matter! Kate has spent the last two years turning it into a home that’s unmistakably hers, from the pink-and-marble kitchen to the

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What does your home — your furniture, colors, art — say about you?

I have interviewed hundreds of designers over the years, and I often ask this same question: What makes you cringe when you walk into someone’s home? I expect them to say something like bad taste, too much clutter, no sense of proportion — but universally, their answer is this: lack of personality.

Our homes say a lot about us, and ideally, the goal is for our homes to reflect the best version of us, not the too timid, too busy or too boring version. So when a pitch from a publicist promised that her client, interior designer Margarita Bravo, could reveal “what the aesthetics of someone’s home reveal about their values and identity,” I was intrigued.

In 20 years of writing this column, I’ve never seen a pitch for a design psychic. I thought I would put Bravo to the test. Although she later conceded this wasn’t her idea, Bravo,

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Salone del Mobile 2022: The 12 Best Installations at Milan Design Week

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Milan Design Week is back in full force. After a year off and a scaled back version in September, creatives are back en masse for Salone del Mobile 2022, unquestionably the industry’s biggest event of the year. (Even Martha Stewart made the trip!) With too many events and cocktail parties to count, one design insider whispered to us: “There’s actually a big drama with glass rentals right now in Milan.” Not surprising in the least. 

Sticking to a jam-packed schedule, we’ve canvassed the city, from the actual Salone del Mobile furniture fair—which comprised 2,100 exhibitors spread across 20 halls in the Rho Fiera—to a string of installations and debuts across the city. 

Here, we’ve handpicked the best installations we saw this week, from Sabine Marcelis’s giant, pink marble

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Crowds returned to Milan Furniture Fair after 2-year hiatus | Lifestyles

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s furniture and design industry embraced the Milan Furniture Fair after a two-year pandemic delay with unapologetic, over-the-top statement pieces, multi-purpose furnishings adapted to small spaces, and sustainable creations by young designers pushing the industry toward a greener path.

After a surprising pandemic redecorating boom, the industry is looking to an uncertain future. There are raw materials shortages, higher transport costs and general economic uncertainty generated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Sales of Italian furnishings surged to 16 billion euros (about $16.7 billion) in 2021, a 16% increase over 2019 and 25% more than 2020.

Despite the murky outlook, the world’s premiere furniture and design fair, known in Italian as Salone del Mobile, kept the focus on innovation as it recorded a rebound in attendance during six days of previews that closed Sunday.

“Attendance was above expectations,” reaching some 400,000 at

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‘You Have to Make It Happen’: A Conversation With Maria Porro

This article is part of our Design special report previewing 2022 Milan Design Week.


Maria Porro, the president of Salone del Mobile, represents a break from her predecessors. She is the first woman to run the event, which is known in English as the Milan Furniture Fair, and at 38, she is bringing a much younger perspective, as well as a nontraditional education. Trained in set design at Brera Academy in Milan, she put her theatrical experience to surprising use over a nearly 10-year career that included helping to stage the pageantry of the Olympic Games in London and in Sochi, Russia.

But Ms. Porro is also an insider who was born into the world of Italian design. The scion of a notable furniture-producing clan, she now serves as the marketing and communications chief of the family company, Porro, founded in 1925. She grew up attending Salone, as

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Crowds returned to Milan Furniture Fair after 2-year hiatus

MILAN (AP) — Italy’s furniture and design industry embraced the Milan Furniture Fair after a two-year pandemic delay with unapologetic, over-the-top statement pieces, multi-purpose furnishings adapted to small spaces, and sustainable creations by young designers pushing the industry toward a greener path.

After a surprising pandemic redecorating boom, the industry is looking to an uncertain future. There are raw materials shortages, higher transport costs and general economic uncertainty generated by Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Sales of Italian furnishings surged to 16 billion euros (about $16.7 billion) in 2021, a 16% increase over 2019 and 25% more than 2020.

Despite the murky outlook, the world’s premiere furniture and design fair, known in Italian as Salone del Mobile, kept the focus on innovation as it recorded a rebound in attendance during six days of previews that closed Sunday.

“Attendance was above expectations,” reaching some 400,000 at both Salone and collateral events that

Read the rest