Monday, December 22, 2014

loft furniture

Remember this downtown view from the luxury loft project?
Well, the furniture is has been delivered.  Now the client can enjoy the gorgeous Minneapolis view from his classic modern furniture.  Barcelona table and chairs, Reed sofa, and that rug...!

Friday, December 5, 2014

2015 color of the year

It's here...the color of the year for 2015: 


For decades, Pantone's Color of the Year has influenced product development and purchasing decisions in fashion, home and industrial design, as well as product packaging and graphic design. Here's what they say about the color that will be appearing throughout fashion and retail design in the near future: 
“This earthy red has wine and a very warm brown underneath, which gives the feeling of groundedness, strength, and confidence,” says Leatrice Eisman, Executive Director of Pantone Color Institute. “It has a richness that lends sophistication.” 

A departure from the last few years of bright hues, we're seeing mixed emotions on this color choice.  What's your reaction? 

Monday, December 1, 2014


On this cold December morning -- coffee in my mugshots cup while working on the interior design for this new coffee shop build-out!

Monday, November 10, 2014

celebrate good times

This week we celebrated the little moments and the milestones. 

Another year older means accepting my food intolerance and enjoying a delicious dairy-free cake, real paper cards from family and friends, blowing out candles and making a birthday wish.

The celebration continued into the weekend of our anniversary with (non-alcoholic) champagne as I start my third trimester of pregnancy. Grateful for health, family, friends and clients that make this journey the adventure that it is.   

Friday, October 17, 2014

ambiance office

A few photos from the new Ambiance office build-out. We are loving it!  An office designed for designers.  Beautiful aesthetic and function. 

Break room details: 
Paint colors - Revere Pewter and Chelsea Gray
Custom built cabinets
Chalkboard wall
West Elm 5-Jar Chandelier 

Custom reception desk:
Reclaimed wood with metal surface on casters, built by County Tables
Oil-rubbed bronze and crystal pendants

Barn doors into conference room 
with custom reclaimed wood table and Ghost chairs

Monday, October 13, 2014

design in seattle

Interior designer's get-away to Seattle!  

Lots of walking and talking, site-seeing and Starbucks coffee breaks. 
Postcard views from the top of the Space Needle at sunset:

At the base of the Space Needle sits Chihuly Garden and Glass, an incredible display of the work of world-renowned glass artist (and Tacoma native) Dale Chihuly. AMAZING.

A couple of strolls through the iconic Pike Place Market to watch the fish throwing, and an abundance of food and flower displays.

A day trip with friends to Woodland and Duvall for the wineries and a farm-to-table culinary dinner.  

Such a great trip. Cheers to friendship and travel.

Friday, September 12, 2014

oooh la la

Gorgeous grays. Super excited for these design elements to come together: large barn doors, chalkboard wall, custom reception desk and conference table, unique light fixtures...oooh la la!

Monday, August 25, 2014


Back from a long weekend at the North Shore. Hiking, campfires on the beach, excellent food, and adventure.
Refreshed, full of energy and ready for a busy work week!

(Split Rock Lighthouse, Two Harbors, MN)

(Temperance River State Park, Schroeder, MN)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014


This space will transform into a creative, edgy, new office space in 1 month!

A very aggressive timeline and tight budget means fast-paced creativity.  
Excited to work on innovative design solutions with these great clients.  
So true...

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

the five

Sienna Lynn Studio stands by these 5 tips for designing cost-effective and creative office spaces:

1. Focus on your people
No matter what your budget, think about your culture. That means how you can provide a workplace for your employees that gives them choices in how they like to work, access to natural light and places to step away from work and recharge.

2. Maximize space use
Real estate is expensive. Use new workplace strategies to reduce your footprint and maximize use of available space. For example, consider new bench workstations that reduce the square foot per person and provide an open work environment. Or consider “free-seating,” which means employees are not assigned a permanent workstation but work in open stations.

3. Set a realistic schedule
Time is money. Sometimes not enough time is even more money. Avoid rush charges and overtime by having a realistic move-in schedule and creating a detailed program of needs and a realistic construction timeline at the start of the project.

4. Think outside the 'walls'
Be open to recycled materials and repurposed furniture. Not only are they often cheaper alternatives, they are also more sustainable. Create drama and uniqueness in the space with graphics and color.

5. Hire a good designer
Consider hiring a good designer, who will save you money in the long run and deliver a space that will provide real value to your business. Employees are at their most creative and productive when they feel valued and inspired.

Source: DallasNews Business by Ted Kollaja, Gensler, Hanah

Friday, July 11, 2014


Sienna Lynn Studio completed an office building renovation in Bloomington.  Quite a transformation.  Check out the before and after photos...
(a bird feeder, plastic plants, a wolf...😄)

(A sitting area with real plants, an angled wall to match the planter angle, new furniture, carpet, new neutral paint throughout and gray accent wall color)

Friday, June 6, 2014

behind the scenes

An office building renovation in progress.
Sketches, plans, floor and wall finish specifications, project management at the site, coordination, decor, plants, new furniture selections, and... original canvas painting by Sienna Lynn Studio for the lobby:

Friday, May 23, 2014

grey + tan

Reception area renovation.  With the exterior grey wall continuing into the interior reception area, the new furniture by Sienna Lynn Studio is a perfect match! 

Thursday, May 1, 2014

remodels, renovations, re-designs

Forget spring cleaning...think spring re-design!

Sienna Lynn Studio is currently working with clients in each project type:
  • new construction build-outs
  • remodels
  • renovations
  • re-designs
Which one is right for you?
Every project is tailor-made based for the client's budget, schedule, and style. The scope is determined based on the needs of the person or business.  For example, a new construction build-out or remodel suits a growing company.  Architectural plans are created and go out for bid by contractors.

For some spaces, a renovation or simple re-design can transform the interior. (Think: fresh paint colors, update layout, furniture, or decor)

During the design consultation, we determine the goals for the space and Sienna Lynn Studio provides a clear summary for the project.  The result: a custom solution to improve the aesthetic and function of your interior space.  

And the best part?  We handle all of it for you!  Space plans, architectural finishes, furniture selection and coordination, construction administration and project management... 

Check back soon to see:
  • New office build-out in Eden Prairie (new, efficient modern office space)
  • Remodel of large office building in Edina (gorgeous tile and focal wall)
  • Renovation of reception area in Plymouth (beautiful furniture)
  • Re-design of lobbies in Bloomington (this may be the biggest transformation yet)

Friday, April 25, 2014

warehouse district

During college I worked downtown Minneapolis at an artist supply store.  It was a cool gig for a design student -- surrounded by the best art supplies while working with professional artists and designers.  The location: the Warehouse District.  A run-down neighborhood of old factories and warehouses with a subtle hip vibe.   

Fast-forward 15 years and this place is THE place to be.  Now called North Loop, the scene consists of stylish apartments and condos capitalizing on the views of downtown and Target Field
(Smack Shack lunch crowd, patio seating)

An ideal hub for the creative agencies by day, microbreweries and pedal pubs by night.  And the restaurants...let me tell you about the restaurants!

(A little pub crawl, between Parlor and Marvel)

(Dinner at Borough)

These are my favorite spots to dine in the Warehouse District/North Loop: Click links below for websites and menus:
Bar LaGrassa
Smack Shack 

        Happy dining!

Monday, March 24, 2014

beauty bar

Brooke's Beauty Bar is lookin' great and opens next week.   
Working on translating her boutique brand throughout the new hair salon. 
Beautiful decor pieces will compliment the custom retail, beverage area, and hair styling space.  So fun!

Monday, March 17, 2014

boutique mood board

For the boutique Beauty Bar decor, Sienna Lynn Studio created this mood board for inspiration:

beauty bar inspiration
(Inspiration board by Sienna Lynn Studio 2014)

Wednesday, March 12, 2014


 It may be a lost art, but I love hand drawing and rendering plans. 
Happy to find the perfect prismacolor markers to match the design scheme.

...And done!

Monday, February 24, 2014

photo fun

Behind the scenes at the photo shoot...

Check out all of the professional photos on the Sienna Lynn Studio website and Facebook page.

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

"baking bright futures"

We had such a great volunteer experience yesterday!   

Cookie Cart is a non-profit organization providing amazing opportunities to Minneapolis youth. Check out their story here:
(Photomontage by the talented MoK Photography)

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

paint selection 101

One object that makes it to every design meeting: my paint color fan deck.  As a designer, I've memorized many of the colors by name.  I walk into restaurants or offices and find myself thinking, 'Oh that Portabello accent wall looks great next to Relaxed Khaki!'  I usually don't say that out loud...kinda weird.

Anyway, I absolutely love selecting the perfect color for a space.  I see many clients overwhelmed with the selection process, with paint samples taped all over, clearly stressed about the decision.  

 I'm offering some helpful tips:

...Still need help with paint color selection and specifications?  Contact Sienna Lynn Studio for a consultation:

Friday, February 7, 2014


Instead of a new year's resolution, I'm doing something a little different this year. 

My personal goal: getting out of my comfort zone as often as possible.  So far, 2014 includes a networking event, coordinating a volunteer event with inner city youth, experimenting with new cultural cuisine, taking zumba/hip-hop classes (and fitting in some naps).

What's next? I have no idea...that's the fun part!

What do you do to spark energy and creativity?  Any recommendations for events in the Twin Cities, let us know!

"Life begins at the end of your comfort zone."   

-Neale Donald Wasche 

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

happy 5 years

**Happy 5 Year Anniversary Sienna Lynn Studio** 
The perfect bottle of wine to celebrate... Siena wine, year 2009!