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  1. **Sponsorship Note: This post is brought to you by Levi’s. We receive compensation to produce, style, art direct, and promote this digital content. All opinions and thoughts about the products are my own.** Candles flickering. A chicken roasting in the oven. Our house smells of Fraiser fir as Louis Armstrong floats into the living room. No holiday …

  2. The holidays are always a great time to catch up on reading. Not necessarily during the flurry of activity that happens when you’re packing the car to drive to Iowa with an infant whose “must have” baby travel ephemera takes up twice as much space in the trunk as your and your significant other’s luggage combined. Or …

  3. I’m a big fan of fewer, more meaningful gifts during the holidays. Here’s my current wish list, featuring a few forever pieces and a couple items that won’t break the bank. 1. Kitmen Keung LD1.0 $420: Simple. Beautiful. Playful. 2. Polished Horn Salad Servers $49.95: A beautiful addition to our serving items. 3. Handmade Hanging Copper …

  4. I could stare at these all day. Read more about Martín Azúa’s work on Design Boom.

  5. What’s on your nightstand? If you’re anything like me, there’s a stack of 5 different books you’ve started and stopped, started then stopped. In an effort to get myself to start again (and because reading is cool) we’re going to share a few book reviews here and there from editors I admire. First up, is guest …

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  7. I’m really enjoying this new project by Jessica Walsh and Timothy Goodman, where they breathe new life into the objects we use, abuse, and discard. “We all use so much shit. We collect shit, buy shit, steal shit, trade shit and then throw shit away. So what happens with all this old shit? Is there a …

  8. I’ve been simultaneously fascinated and repulsed by pop culture’s representation of the afterlife and supernatural for as long as I can remember. Vampires? Cool. Skeletons who takeover Christmas? Go on, I’m listening. Dudes with chainsaws and hockey masks? Sure, if it’s on cable. I guess you could say I’m into “horror lite.” It started with Edgar Allan Poe’s The Masque of the Red …

  9. “I’ll have what she’s having.” That’s what people say after they meet my friend Dahlia Brue. Dahlia’s energy and positivity is contagious and effortless, and so is her sense of style. Admittedly a novice in the business of retail, Twin Cities patrons can now have a little piece of Dahlia’s POV through her artfully curated women’s …

  10. It’s been a big year for my friends at Cuyana, a direct-to-consumer brand that asks what most retailers won’t: to buy fewer clothes and accessories– choosing better pieces that last longer. They landed a huge partnership with Real Simple (set to launch May 2015), opened a flagship location in the heart of San Francisco, and launched …

  11. It’s been a while since I’ve put together a round up of my own. Given how often I verbally recommend the products I try (or would like to try) to friends, I thought we’d get back to sharing them here. Feel free to share your thoughts and recommendations as well! If there’s a category you’d like …

  12. Can you believe an entire year has gone by since the launch of the Madewell store in MOA?? It’s been a good one, and we’ve hosted some GREAT parties with some of the Twin Cities’ favorite local influencers. So why not throw another one to celebrate? Join me and the Madewell team this Wednesday, October 8 …

  13. Homeownership has a steeper learning curve for those who’ve spent the past decade paying rent. I practically went spelunking to find our water meter, had no idea how to turn the boiler on, and almost burned the house down when we realized a light switch turned on the space heater in our basement. Thank goodness for Google. …

  14. I have to admit, I’m feeling a little irresponsible for writing such long-winded introductions to more reading in every post. I’m still trying to come to grips with the best way to get everyone in, shall we say, the right mood to sit down and enjoy a few hundred words that have nothing to do with Monday’s …

  15. I’m very excited about this collaboration! I’ve partnered with @Shopstickapp to host my first-ever charitable auction on Instagram. Click on the link in my profile (@witanddelight_) to bid on one of my favorite pieces of furniture, the Toro Leather Chair designed by Minnesota-based @Bludot. All proceeds will benefit the Brain and Behavior Research Center, leading research in understanding causes and improving treatments …

  16. Our Wit & Delight for Target collection has launched! From casual beer tastings to an elevated craft brew social, the collection was designed to cater to many types of hosts and party throwers. To kick the party off, I’m sharing how I’d style my personal Wit & Delight for Target party, including additional decor pieces from current Target collections. If your …

  17. Good food. Good people. Good times. This Tuesday, we celebrated the launch of Wit & Delight for Target with close friends and family at 514 Studios, here in Minneapolis, MN. I was really excited to share a little peek at the collection, which will be in stores and on line this Sunday, September 14! The space was designed …

  18. It’s finally here. Labor Day weekend. The time of year we’ve all secretly dreaded since the snow melted (for Minnesotans, that was some time in April) and we were reminded of how good it feels to sit outside with a frosted glass of pretty much anything and just be. For many of us, it is the last real weekend …

  19. I can’t believe the Wit & Delight for Target launch is almost here! The product line will be available in stores and on line Sept 14, and over the next couple weeks, I’ll be sharing product features, recipes, DIY tutorials, and behind the scenes images. Eek! Before we get to all that, I wanted to share a little bit more about …

  20. It’s 9pm and I’m seated at the back of the #6 bus. The air, stale; the seat, sticky. Between two ears pulses Death Cab for Cutie, and I rest my head on the window, body swaying as urban life blurs by. Alone on a train aimless in wonder An outdated map crumbled in my pocket But I …

  21. We had so many great entries for the Julia Kostreva giveaway, and our five winners are listed below. We will be following up with emails shortly. Thank you to all who participated! Will you please share photos of your prints in their new home with me? Thanks 🙂 On that note, we are looking to broaden our …

  22. **This Giveaway is now Closed** Chances are you’ve come across Julia Kostreva’s work before and not even realized it. Julia burst into the spotlight a couple years ago with a line of planners that had graphic designers everywhere saying “I wish I’d designed that.” Most of us then immediately went out and purchased one for ourselves. Since …

  23. I must have sat for three hours with my laptop open, trying to figure out a way to introduce this column, this idea. Simply put, I want to share a handful of curated links to give all of us a break from the continuous stream of celebrity click bait and sartorial how-tos. That is not to say I …

  24. This night, these women, those flowers. What an incredible time we had at the Munster Rose Floral Workshop last month. I’ve just now had the chance to sort through the beautiful photos Melissa Oholendt captured from the event! Look at these beautiful blooms. Everything you see here is in season in Minnesota at the moment. Jackie …

  25. What can I say, we’ve got florals on the brain! Thanks to everyone who signed up for the workshop this week. For those of you who have asked, we’ll have details on the next workshop in the coming weeks. These floral letters certainly have the creative wheels turning… via Upper Case Magazine

  26. The first Wit & Delight x Munster Rose workshop is only 6 days away! We’re so happy to hear excitement around workshops at The COMN. In fact, we opened up a few more spots for the Wit & Delight x Munster Rose workshop next week, and wanted to provide you all with a few more details …

  27. I’m so excited to share this news! On Wednesday, June 18, we are hosting our first-ever workshop at The COMN with our talented new floral contributor, Jackie Reisenauer of Munster Rose. This is the first (of what we hope to be many) workshops focused around skills that enhance life at home. Jackie will be with us to …

  28. Crafting a truly special experience for people to enjoy is all about anticipating what they want before they know they want it. It is essential to building communities, improving experiences, and creating entirely new ways for people to come together. This mindset is at the heart of what Josh Michnik and his wife set out to …

  29. Architect Joseph Dirand’s minimal Paris apartment leans towards function over form when it comes to decorating. Beautiful home aside, I could listen to him talk all day. 

  30. It’s that time of year in the midwest, folks! The weather is getting warmer and pretty soon it will be Cabin Time USA! For those not familiar with the ritual, it’s quite common for us Minneapolis folk to jet off to lake homes in Northern Minnesota and Northern Wisconsin for summer weekends filled with boating, camp …

  31. So much inspiration to be had from Electric Feathers F/W ’14.

  32. Today’s mixtape is brought to you by my Doug Allen. Our friendship began shortly after making our respective debuts on Earth; John Arends (my father) and Dave Allen (Doug’s father) have been best friends since elementary school, so Doug and I spent childhood running around barefoot with our siblings, fishing for bluegills at the Allen’s cabin. …

  33. Surprise! Minnesota received a lovely “dusting” of snow last night– a total of 4″-9″ in some areas of the state. I think that calls for a day in bed. Alas, I pulled myself together, and sit here with a nice pot of ginger tea at Spyhouse, sharing some of my favorite links from around the internet …

  34. While Kate is relaxing it up beachside in Mexico (lucky lady), that doesn’t mean we can’t listen to some jams that help us feel like we are near the ocean sipping on an adult beverage (even if that is far from our reality). –ALECIA You can listen to this spring break inspired playlist over on my …

  35. For all the jackets hanging in my closet, I didn’t own one that could withstand some serious wear and tear while maintaining a flattering silhouette. This, is that jacket. I’ve so enjoyed watching Bridge & Burn grow their assortment as they continue to show a real talent for translating the best of menswear into silhouettes tailored …

  36. Mushimegane Books chronicles the work of Misa Kumabuchi’s ceramics and porcelain vessels. So beautiful. via This is Paper.

  37. Stunning work by Allied Maker. These pieces are a dream. Allied Maker is a contemporary lighting design studio with heavy influences in geometric simplicity, serious craftsmanship, and high-quality materials. We craft beautiful pieces of metal, wood, glass, and fabrics into minimalist yet expressive lighting fixtures. Our studio began as the artful woodworking practice of Ryden Rizzo, …

  38. I’m so excited to share this news with you all: Wit & Delight for Target will land in stores September 2014! Target contacted me in September last year to invite W&D to be part of a collaboration with top pinners on Pinterest. There are three of us – Oh Joy, Poppytalk, and myself! We’ve each designed …

  39. It’s an exciting time for Hackwith Design House. You may remember the first little feature I shared about Lisa’s new website and clothing line, and since then her business has taken off. Because each Hackwith Design House item is designed and made by hand in Minnesota, Lisa is releasing her spring line piece by piece. And …

  40. Loving this hilarious project by Brooklyn-based artist/illustrator Hannah K. Lee. Haven’t we all been there? via The Jealous Curator

  41. Remember when I use to post playlists and stuff? Yeah, me too. The past year, I’ve lost what faint pulse I had on the music industry. My job in communications and marketing has left me writing emails and tracking 9 different social media accounts at once (not including W&D’s accounts), and the days of sitting at …

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  43. Amazing work from Maura Grace Ambrose: http://www.folkfibers.com/

  44. Once again, Cuyana is my one-stop shop for holiday gifts this year. Just before Joe and I got married, we were gifted monogrammed overnight bags from Cuyana, and they’ve already traveled with us to the North Shore, Chicago, and New York City. You can read #myperfectgift story here. I’ve also included some of my favorite items …

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  46. Dwell magazine recently visited Mad Men star Vincent Kartheiser at his tasteful Hollywood home. It’s a small space; a converted 580 square foot cabin that feels surprisingly spacious and airy. I love the clean lines, and the bed that descends from the ceiling is one of the coolest features I’ve seen! More details over on Dwell.com. …

  47. Stressful week, you guys. These gems made me laugh. via sfgirlbybay, via +

  48. I stumbled upon these beautiful pieces by Andy Denzler today, and was particularly drawn to how he plays with photo realism and abstract expressionism. I love the haunted nature of his portraits, too. On his bio page, his technique is described as “a wet-on-wet technique, and it is through this fluid physical process that he achieves …

  49. I mean, how ideal is this. Note to self: black wood flooring is the bee’s knees. The Danish always get it right! Via.

  50. Now in the shop: Pre-Fall selections from Need Supply, Parc Boutique, Myth & Symbol, Mohawk General Store, Mille, and more.

  51. Loving the personality of this sleepwear line… check out Sleepy Jones here. I’m excited to see how this brand develops.

  52. On one of the hottest days in Minneapolis, Capture Studios shared this video short featuring Minnesota’s Northwoods, frozen lakes, a little Bon Iver remix, a few local companies and even some local talent, whom some of you may recognize as my boyfriend. Joe MIGHT be a tiny bit embarrassed I’m sharing this with you all, but …

  53. Hot August night. Hot live music. Chilled crayfish and ice-cold aquavit. Hope to see some local W&D readers August 3rd at

  54. They have yet to open, but 33 Acres Brewing Co. has my full attention. This small, visionary group of craftsmen are documenting the building process so beautifully, the attention to detail shown leads me to believe the same level of craftsmanship will be going into their beer. I’m excited to follow the Vancouver-based entrepreneurs as they …

  55. Need Supply Co. will become the newest retailer to carry Warby Parker this week, offering an in-store showroom with roughly 60 styles on display. It’s no secret that I’m a fan of both brands, and when two big names in the e-retail world get together in this fashion, it’s a safe assumption that amazing things will …

  56. Motown moodiness. That’s what I’m talking about, kids. Listen here, review here.

  57. Beautiful and conceptually fantastic. More at www.jasonbooher.com

  58. Every trip has a musical accompaniment. Throw back songs blaring from the radio of your rental car, at the bar, from an iPhone in your hotel room, a new song heard at a concert. This Nashville trip was no exception, and music punctuated some of my favorite moments. From hearing George Michael’s “Careless Whisper” within the …

  59. “If you don’t know what you want, you end up with a lot you don’t.” – Chuck Palahniuk, Fight Club

  60. This tumblr concept is pretty interesting! The Material List is full of inspirational images sorted by material. This site has been a handy concept development resource and I figured you guys might enjoy it, too.

  61. If you’re a regular Wit & Delight reader, you’ve probably heard me squawk about the awesomeness of Cuyana in the past. Every few months, Cuyana rolls out a line of products produced in a specific part of the world. The design and theme of the products are influenced by the culture and manufacturing expertise of the region, which …

  62. TREEHOUSES. I want this book so hard.

  63. This post was written for Minnesota Monthly’s TC Style Blog. I love winter. I honestly do. I love the scarves and hot chocolate. The extra wool blankets, thick socks, and tall boots. I love winter in Minnesota, especially. As a Chicago native, I’m still amazed how active and vibrant the Twin Cities remains with events like …

  64. Leave it to the Japanese to create a furniture line that manages to balance simplicity, ingenuity and beauty. It doesn’t get much better than this.

  65. I’m really enjoying this series by The Minneapolis Egotist called “What I learned in 2012. The series focuses on sharing wisdom from top ad and design people in the Twin Cities. Alan Colvin, who happens to be my boss, contributed a bit of his own wisdom this year. To say I’ve learned a lot from Alan …

  66. All the cuteness, none of the corny. Gemma Correll has a new Valentine’s Day card that let’s you fill in your level of adoration.

  67. This summer, my friend Collin Hughes stopped by to shoot some proper head shots and general apartment photos for an e-zine interview that ended up falling through. I loved the pictures, so I thought I’d post some of my favorites here. Because the e-zine focused specifically on design and music, we shot my “freelance studio” (that …

  68. One of my favorite bloggers, Sarah Tolzmann of Note To Self fame, launched a new print shop this weekend. She’s known for picking the best quotes from artists, style icons, authors, and historical figures. The sentiment is great and so is the design. Congrats Sarah! Now head over to her Society6 page and take a gander.

  69. If you’re a fan of Steven Alan’s men’s and women’s apparel, you’re going to love their newest selection of home good items.

  70. A laptop bag that doesn’t scream “I’M A  LAPTOP BAG”. By Spring Finn & Co, $510

  71. We’ve all made purchases based on a recommendation from someone we trust and/or admire. Luvocracy is a new social shopping site based on that idea. In short, it’s a one-stop site that allows you to curate collections, shop collections of those you trust, and earn credit towards future purchases. Luvocracy acts similarly to Amazon. They host …

  72. Three incredible designs for the home: Shower | Dress | Sleep

  73. Have you finished your holiday shopping yet? If not, check out the gift guide I put together with this really amazing company called Cuyana. They search for quality materials made in different parts of the world. They then work with local craftsmen to help transform textiles and metals into unique, limited-edition accessories. Not only do I …

  74. One of my favorite artists (and fellow Kate), Katherine Sandoza, is hosting a discount on her boutique, www.sandozia.com until 12/15/12. 50% every bit of inventory: paintings, large and small! The coupon code is listed on the banner at the boutique. after the 1st of 2013, she will be updating the shop with super fresh new work. …

  75. What’s a style post without a little musical accompaniment? Here are a few jams I listened to before, after and during the shoot. You can get a true grasp of my nerdy dance moves with the GIFs below. For those of you who know me, you’ll recognize these. Listen Here: Spotify | Rdio | 8Tracks 1. …

  76. Love how Elephant Ceramics can be both rustic and modern. via Emily Henderson

  77. A stunning example of how a building’s site and purpose can influence materials and aesthetics. The Antinori Winery was designed to blend into the land, yet juxtapose the earthiness in various subtle ways. The functional and aesthetic choices all stem from the relationship between the man and the environment, vital to the wine industry. All of …

  78. Young Frankk is hands-down one of the biggest inspirations of mine these days. Christine Young, the creative mind behind the jewerly line, is so much more than just that. Her Pinterest boards are the best around and her tumblr will have you scrolling for days. The girl’s got so much swag (read: AMAZING TASTE) it’s no …

  79. This weekend was spent with my eyeballs glued to the computer screen, which absolutely requires musical accompaniment. After the umpteenth time through the XX albums, a few chair dances to the disco flurry that is the new Late Night Tales: Friendly Fires and RED by Taylor Swift (I’m not saying I hated it), I needed to …

  80. When it comes to classic leather bags, buying a bag that will last for decades is important. The quality of materials, timeless style, and impeccable craftsmanship aren’t cheap, but imperative for getting your money’s worth. Enter Lotuff Leather Goods. For decades, the leather goods company has passed it’s eye for craftsmanship and classic New England style …

  81. Spent entirely too much time over at Dream Collective. Totally worth it. A few enviable object available: rose colored glasses, organic gold ring, snake bangle, and simple leather shoes. Landed at Dream Collective via ESB and this amazing ring.

  82. One of Louis Kahn’s famous homes, The Norman Fisher House, was up for sale for the first time this summer. And for a mere $600,000! How amazing would it be to live here? While some argue Kahn’s aesthetics felt too cold and lifeless to translate into domestic structures- The Fisher house is very livable. The interconnected …

  83. I’m moving into a silver phase, something that seems to happen every couple years or so. It’s always hard to find something simple that you can throw on and wear with nearly everything. So I was thrilled when an email from Lumo found its way into my mailbox today. They’re based out of California and have some …

  84. Whenever I visit the Chicago-based shop Uusi, I’m reminded why I started W&D. Best known for their wildly popular Moderne Wooden Animal designs, Uusi unites crafted design and quality materials with a playful sensibility that humanizes the modern aesthetic they’re known for. They remind me that good design not only solves problems that are pleasing both …

  85. Jetting off for a week of travel requires a new playlist. Hoping to find some time to play a bit in LA and Austin, then headed to Chicago for a friend’s engagement party. Action packed 7 days ahead! Spotify | 8tracks | Rdio 1. Doused, DIIV 2. Cannons, Youth Lagoon 3. On Tour, Kurt Vile 4. …

  86. Much to my loved ones dismay, I am a chronic user of the repeat button. So when I lost a bet that resulted in the surrender of my laptop and the contents of my “most played” iTunes tracks, not only was the severity of my condition was revealed, I was totally outed. To all those closeted …

  87. I tip my hat to book cover designers. It’s not an easy task. In my opinion, it requires the designer to strike the perfect balance between conceptually intriguing visuals and clearly communicated information, while considering the author’s vision and intent. So you can imagine the fit I threw over this killer project by designer Jenny Volvovski …

  88. Friends- Here are a few summer tracks for your listening pleasure. I’ve had this playlist on repeat for weeks now and I’m still loving it. Lots of oldies here, so I hope you enjoy a few blasts from the past. Rock on! Listen: Spotify | 8Tracks 1. Black, White & Blue- LADYHAWKE 2. Bad Thing- King …

  89. Have you guys gotten the men in your life something special for Father’s Day? If not, I’m sharing my gift picks from my favorite menswear brands & stores including Hasso, MartinPatrick3 and Jack Spade today! Get the gift guide and recommendations over on TC Style.

  90. Chicago design student Kelly Pratt is eating her way through all 50 States by way of their iconic sandwiches. She started a blog called Stately Sandwiches to document the ingredients and story behind each sandwich. How great is this!? Wish I was buddies with Kelly so I could get in on this sandwich action. Images & …

  91. There are days are like Werner Knaupp’s painting. Dark. Moody. Unrelenting. Beautiful, still.

  92. Impeccable craftsmanship and design by Japanese chair maker, Miyazaki Chair Factory.

  93. How amazing is this home in the May issue of Dwell. Dreaming of a home like this someday! via Bliss via Dalhia Brue

  94. Summer trips are being planned, plane tickets booked, and I’m Napa-bound this Friday. Traveling is certainly on the brain. Music is the next best thing to the perfect travel companion and I never leave for the airport without a mix made specifically for the trip. Here’s my west coast flight mix. Enjoy! Listen: Spotify | 8tracks …

  95. A mix reserved for spring thunderstorms & rainy weekends. Listen on Spotify | 8tracks Playground Love | Air Main Man (T. Rex Cover) | The Cinnamon Band The Friendly Sound | Lemaitre Golden Cage | The Whitest Boy Alive Brooklyn Stars | Matt Pond PA Sacrilegious | Schoolboy Q halo | ceo I Wonder Who She’s …

  96. This has to be the coolest tumblr blog EVER. Tydepool collects the best Amazon & Etsy has to offer and displays them in a gorgeous layout. My Amazon cart is loaded with affordable designer-y things thanks to them! Filter by retailer for a seamlessly beautiful way to shop.

  97. Just think of the adorable UK-based shop Mungo & Maud as Pottery Barn for your pet! They care premium goods for cats, dogs and the people who care for them. So cute!