Lucky Lady: Anna Kohler

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{Anna Kohler sits at her refurbished childhood desk in her Minneapolis apartment. I love her gallery wall!}

On Sunday afternoon, I picked up the latest issue of Renovation Style after my friend, Sally Wheat shared the most gorgeous apartment with me that she knew I would love. The Spring 2010 issue features the most drool-worthy home a girl could dream of! It belongs to a very lucky lady named Anna Kohler. Caitlin posted about this on her blog earlier this week, but I couldn’t resist sharing the space with you. If you’ve already seen it, chances are you won’t mind looking at the beautiful rooms again, and if you haven’t, then you’re in for a treat.IMG The 940 square foot apartment is filled with feminine touches. Anna purchased the apartment in the 1948 building back in 2007.

renovation style6Architect Laurel Ulland designed a traditional millwork window bench to hide the radiator. The window seat features a metallic, faux-leather cushion and pillows upholstered in fabrics by David Hicks, Kelly Wearstler, and Jamie Drake. The girl has excellent taste!

renovation style5 The living room features traditional furnishings in neutral colors accented with bold touches like fuchsia pillows and gilded mirrors.

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I absolutely adore the contrast of the dark wood flooring and the bright, white walls and mouldings. I also like that the chandelier blends into the room so seamlessly. It has an ethereal quality. The dining chairs remind me of Katie Lee Joel’s dining rooms (one of my favorites).  Notice the frosted glass door which leads to the utility room.

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How gorgeous is this kitchen? Custom white cabinetry, vintage-inspired lighting (from Circa), carrara marble (she chose polished rather than honed), and lucite Ghost Stools by Philippe Starck with Kelly Wearstler fabric… sheer perfection!

IMG_0002 Marble, Marble Everywhere…

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Is this not the most amazing, feminine bedroom? Anna balances all of the pink with clean lines and masculine details such as Thomas O’Brien Selecta Desk Lamp from Circa Lighting and the upholstered headboard with nailhead trim. I am honestly in love with every fabric in here from the ikat to the David Hicks’ La Fiorentina drapes!renovation style4The nickel washbasin is in keeping with the original time period of the building. Anna did a wonderful job of staying true to the buildings original details while bringing them up to speed for the present day.

The article doesn’t say what Anna does for a living, just that she spent last summer studying design at Parsons in New York. Anna, if you’re out there, I’d love to interview you sometime!


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  1. AHHH- I literally just scanned these all in to post tomorrow!!! 🙂 Great minds think alike! I died when I saw this place. it’s perfection. I want to know what she does for a living!

  2. Love the Osbourne and Little paper in the bathroom…but O & L can do no wrong in my book;) Thanks for sharing, a very well appointed space, love the frosted door panel too!


  3. Anna’s taste in fabric is divine, but I think I actually love her kitchen and bathroom the best (but you really can’t go wrong with Carerra marble, can you?).

  4. Erin, I’m sorry!! That was totally how I felt when I saw it on Caitlin’s blog the other day knowing I had planned to blog about it today. I’m not surprised that everyone loves it, though. I think it’s one of those spaces that will make the rounds for a long time. Please don’t feel deterred by me to post it. By all means, please do. I would love to hear your thoughts on the space. 🙂

  5. SO beautiful! So much pink – but not in a super, girly way. I would looove to live there. That bed looks just like the new grey nailhead option at West Elm. I wonder if that’s what it is? Of course that bed just came out… hmm… interesting.


  6. Hard to believe that you have all that gorgeousness packed into under 950 sq. ft. Anna’s home is incredible and such a delight to take in; plus she lives in beautiful Minneapolis!

    Thanks for the fun Paloma, it was my first encounter with her amazing style.

    x deb

  7. I agree that the bedroom is a gem. And I think the piece that subtley ties it all together is the rafia/nailhead trim nightstand. Bungalow 5, I believe. One of my all time favorite finds. Adorable.

  8. I died when I saw these pictures, absolutely spectacular! I hope you have the opportunity to interview the subject, I would love to know what she does for a living. Thanks for sharing!

  9. Do you know where that upholstered bed is from? I have been looking for that shape forever! Please let me know if the magazine lists sources. Thanks!

  10. Ok, I have exciting news! Anna contacted me after I posted this to let me know that she reads La Dolce Vita! Yea! To answer a few questions, she is currently a student at the University of Minnesota. The gilded branch lamps were purchased at Z Gallerie in 2007 and her bed is the Dakota from Oly Studio.

    She will be doing a “10 Things” post on LDV very soon, so keep an eye out for it! 🙂

  11. I have to work some of these ideas into my home. I love this apartment! The colors are so warm and inviting.

    I’ve signed up to receive postings and am now a follower. I look forward to reading the interview!

  12. Is that a wool blanket on the bed? The drapes and the fuschia blanket are amazing but then again I am a pink girl! If Anna reads this I would love to know where I can get that bed cover…..beautiful apartment.

  13. I have all of Kelly Wearstler design books so I was thrilled to read about Anna’s chair fabrics! I had to purchase the magazine issue thanks to this post! Wish Anna lived close to me to help me design my home plus find me a great desk for my office similar to her’s, I cant find nothing girly but business like!