Tuesday, December 18, 2012

color of the year

The Pantone Color Institute announced the 2013 Color of the Year:
17-5641 Emerald.
Pantone describes the choice as:
"Lively. Radiant. Lush… A color of elegance and beauty that enhances our sense of well-being, balance and harmony."
This vivid green replaces last year's color, Tangerine Tango.  The energetic orange was 2012, now we have the color of prosperity and growth for the upcoming year.

"For more than a decade, Pantone's Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in multiple industries, including fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design," the news release said.

The bold emerald color has been growing in popularity recently and I'm looking forward to seeing more of this fresh green hue throughout design.  What do you think of the new "it" color for 2013?

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

white or white

This week 15" inches of snow fell in Minneapolis.  A winter-wonderland remains the backdrop for many months.  The season shifts to unique outdoor sports, snowmen, warm comfort foods, hot drinks, and cool winter accessories! 
Everything is white outside…hundreds of tints and shades.  

Clients often request "white" for architectural finishes and details, not realizing that there are so many options.

Some tips:  Modern interiors look dramatic in pure, crisp whites with bright contrasts.  In traditional spaces, antique whites best match the period.  For a casual atmosphere, shades of cream and neutrals create a relaxed vibe.
Start with the perfect white...then bring on the color!

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

wine + canvas

A Wine and Canvas event!  We had so much fun creating our Georgia O'Keefe-style paintings while sipping wine and socializing.  And our paintings coordinated with this fancy red & blue room...

Friday, November 9, 2012


A custom reception desk was the finale in the new office space.  The three-dimensional, carved front panel is much more dramatic in person!  See close-up detail below... 

Wednesday, November 7, 2012


During Construction:


The newly branded office!  Sienna Lynn Studio incorporates tailored, transitional details, with modern accents.  Perimeter glass carries natural light into the space, half-height walls create an open-office atmosphere, and flat screen monitors become focal points throughout.  

Tuesday, November 6, 2012


"If you put yourself in a position where you have to stretch outside your comfort zone, then you are forced to expand your consciousness."
-Les Brown

Expand (acrylic on canvas by sienna lynn studio)

Monday, November 5, 2012

b4 and after

Many of you have asked to see more of our 'before and after' photos on this blog.  Here are a few from the urban office project.

I had the opportunity to design a new office build-out in the Minneapolis North Loop neighborhood. Two non-profits merged together to form a new organization with new requirements and a much larger space. 

Sienna Lynn Studio worked with the client to integrate the diverse brands and work styles of two merging organizations.  The new space provides a dramatic entrance into the reception area, private offices, open workstations, bike racks, locker room, large and small conference rooms, and cafe that supports valued cultural influences.  Maintaining environmentally friendly, sustainable materials and technologies is also a main concept captured throughout the space. 

(More photos seen here: http://www.siennalynnstudio.com/gallery.html )

During Construction:


During Construction:


Wednesday, October 31, 2012

orange bands

"Orange is the happiest color."
 - Frank Sinatra

Friday, October 26, 2012

schematic design phase

 The annotated plan and design board ignited excitement and direction for the Edina renovation!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012


Sienna Lynn Studio takes on an interior design renovation in Edina. 

Look at the current flooring and unfinished walls.  Time to get to work! 

Monday, October 8, 2012

a color high

Fall bliss
in the Midwest.

Monday, September 24, 2012


...Visiting the job site during construction is always exciting for me!  Watching everyone's vision + hard work come together, the construction plans become reality. 
The final completion date soon approaching: mid October.  We can't wait to see the fishished space!

Monday, September 17, 2012

all in the name

Can you guess what the favorite base color is around here?

Thursday, September 13, 2012


Busy working on another large office build-out, complete with a warehouse and mezzanine above. 
Phase I includes implementing the company's programming needs into a schematic plan for pricing. Construction planned for Spring.

Stay tuned for a new productive, efficient (and beautiful) space for 25+ employees!

Friday, September 7, 2012


Vivid colors! 
Fresh locally-grown produce and flowers at an outdoor market.  You can't help but feel happy...and inspired.

Market-inspired paint colors:
Blue Plate/SW6796
Garden Spot/SW6432

Wednesday, August 22, 2012


bold.  blue.  
tailored transitional.
fifth floor interior design in progress.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012

lite brite

"What you are comes to you."
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

Friday, July 27, 2012

urban suites

  A couple snap-shots showing the North Loop urban lofts remodel. As the main floor transforms, there will be more 'before and after' pics to share!

Monday, July 23, 2012


"To think creatively, we must be able to look afresh at what we normally take for granted."
-George Kneller

Wednesday, July 18, 2012


Working on furniture, finishes and equipment (FF&E) selections for a corporate office.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

sls field trip

The sculpture garden,
a great spot to hang out in Minneapolis!

Friday, July 6, 2012


< This pale clinic needs some cosmetic changes to the interior! 

Sienna Lynn Studio loves working with local businesses to create interiors that reflects their company brand.  In this case, "a more comfortable, richer feel" is desired for the clinic.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012


"Always leave enough time in your life to do something that makes you happy, satisfied, even joyous. That has more of an effect on economic well-being than any other single factor." 
-Paul Hawken

Wednesday, May 23, 2012


Such a cool event!  Art-A-Whirl is the largest open-studio tour in the country. It’s a great opportunity to tour private artist studios and galleries, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork.
Open to the public, Art-A-Whirl is free and takes place annually in Northeast Minneapolis, the third weekend of May.  Visit studios by foot, trolley, or taxi bike. Stop at local restaurants and listen to live music between buildings. 
Fun times!  http://nemaa.org/art-a-whirl 

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

loft building

The interior remodel for Phase I of the Minneapolis lofts building is underway!


Levels 2-4: Remove ceiling grid, lighting and doors, add new paint color-scheme, custom sconce lighting, custom signage, elevator remodel, new graphic carpet tiles, metal base, espresso chair rail and doors. 
Next, some accents, decor items, and professional photos. 
Phase II will kick-off soon with dramatic updates to the first floor and lobby. 

           AFTER: (sneak peek)...

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

view from the studio

Right outside my studio window: a rainbow x2!