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This Cozy Minnesota Home Will Make You Want a Candelabra

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

Wendy and David Coggins have lived in their Minneapolis home for 41 years. They raised a son and daughter — and now their third child, a Bernese mountain dog — and collect books, art and even rocks from vacations. “Our house is very full,” she laughs. “Marie Kondo would have a fit.” Here, Wendy takes us on a tour…

LIVING ROOM:

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

On a “full” house: I don’t think we have much choice! We love our memories. David and I will travel and find this and that. When you have children, you gather things, and it just keeps escalating! But I think that everything is still considered; it’s just fuller than many people might like.

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

Artwork over fireplace: David Coggins.

On seasonal decor: Right now, in the middle of winter, we have lots of red and green around the house. Then, in the spring and summer, I put linen slipcovers on the chairs and change the pillows to lighter ones. I also take up all the rugs to reveal the hardwood floor. So, all of a sudden, it’s a much lighter place and feels more spare.

DINING ROOM:

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

Paint: Pink Ground.

On paint that glows: Most people carry lipsticks or pens in their purse, but I carry a Farrow & Ball book of paint samples. In museums, I’d pull it out and see which color they had on the wall. We chose Pink Ground for the dining room. We don’t have an overhead light, we just have a candelabra — plus candles everywhere on the table. The whole room really glows.

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

On unexpected artwork: We hung a painting on the back of the door. When you have a lot of pictures, you have to start hanging them wherever you can.

KITCHEN:

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

On a romantic traditions: For Valentine’s Day and Christmas Eve, David makes cheese soufflés. We cook lots of things on the grill in the summertime. In the winter, it’s time for soups. We love French and Italian food, and cookbooks by David Tanis, Yotam Ottolenghi and Alice Waters.

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

On a ceramics collection: Our daughter, Sarah, will say, no more pitchers! We get them on our travels here and there. We use them for milk, sauces, flowers, everything.

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

On a burst of Champagne corks: It’s funny, we had a little wall space between these two doors, so we squeezed in a spice cabinet. We keep Champagne corks from different celebrations! And David painted our first dog to hang up.

SON’S FORMER BEDROOM:

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

Paint: Skylight.

On sharing names: It’s tricky having my husband and son both named David. But it was a requirement from my mother in law, and you have to listen to the mother in law!

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

Chair: Frank Gehry.

On a childhood relic: Son David’s old bedroom is full of his childhood stuff. There are tennis rackets and a fishnet! He sleeps here when he visits — not necessarily happily in the twin bed.

On children’s books: At Christmas time, son David will pull out his picture books from childhood. Tiger Voyage is one that young David loved dearly. And I like to give books as baby gifts, so I choose ones that were my children’s favorites, like Make Way for Ducklings or Appley Dapply’s Nursery Rhymes, which are Beatrix Potter’s short poems. The size of the book is perfect for a pocket. We can all still recite them.

BATHROOM:

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

Paint: Borrowed Light.

On an airy bathroom: When guests come, even my kids, I always have flowers and extra toothbrushes and toothpaste, just in case. With this bathroom, I love the tile — they were done by hand, so there’s variation and little mistakes. We chose the pale blue paint to complement it.

GUEST ROOM:

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

Paint: Farrow’s Cream.

On a special bed: This is the guest bedroom, but it’s also the bed that Milo the dog sleeps on most of the time! He’s our third child. He’s very spoiled, but he’s just a love. He brings people happiness.

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

Butterflies: Deyrolle.

On choosing a book: We both love reading. When I travel, I choose mysteries because they’re so entertaining and easy to pick up and put down. I’ve been liking the Donna Leon series. I think about Venice when I read them and imagine walking through the streets.

MASTER BEDROOM:

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

On an old-fashioned bed: Our headboard is an old Dutch piece. In Europe, lots of times you’d have a bed in a cupboard; you’d climb in to get to the bed inside.

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

On marriage advice: My husband David and I met in college. Our 49th wedding anniversary is this year, and we’ve been together for 51. We know everything about each other. When it comes to advice, I’d just say, make sure you really listen to each other.

Wendy and David Coggins House Tour

On Marie Kondo having a heart attack: When friends come over, they say, It’s so full, how can you clean it? But it’s a very personal house. It’s layered because it has been done over time. To someone else it might look like a mess, but I would tell Marie Kondo, everything here sparks joy.

P.S. More home tours, including small living as a family and a skyrise in New York City.

(Photos by Wing Ta for Cup of Jo.)

  1. Lisa says...

    I am in love. I love the maximalist attitude when it comes to rugs, paintings and all other things that spark joy. That’s the kind of home I’d hope to create one day for me and my family!

  2. Mekhala says...

    I love how different this home is from your other home tours! While i love them all and my personal style is less stuff, this home feels “lived in” and well loved by its lovely inhabitants. I hope you continue to feature all kinds of homes in your future posts!

  3. it is a very full house but everything seems to be in the right place and it looks so beautiful.

  4. Ramona says...

    EVERYTHING HERE SPARKS JOY! This the best one yet. I don’t know how you found this woman but I love everything about her!

  5. Tania Barnes says...

    This is kind of random, but I really love how you feature older women (and men!) on your blog. I am 38, and I feel quite a bit of trepidation going into middle age (on the other hand, I’m oddly looking forward to old age, should I make it there!) But it gives me hope that you can be something other than sort of invisible as you grow older!

  6. Michelle says...

    I love how warm and personalized this home is! When I saw the photo of the beautiful kitchen with the worn in floors, it gave me the warmest feeling. My husband and I move a lot, never staying in the same place more than a couple of years, but this home makes me hope that one day we’ll have a place that grows with our life. Thanks for sharing, and very cute dog!

    • Noelle says...

      I loved the worn floors too. They say “so many memories were made here.”

  7. Iza says...

    It’s so funny, sometimes you can just look at the inside of a house and can tell that really interesting people live there. This is definitely one of those houses!

  8. Sandra says...

    I love this! I am a minimalist but this house is so full of personality and memories. It’s just beautiful.

  9. Anne says...

    What a lovely home! I lived in Minneapolis for 7 years and there is something so characteristic about this place it makes me feel warm and nostalgic. I hope to have a home as full and joyful as this one someday. Thanks for sharing!

  10. Emmy says...

    I love this house so much! You can tell it’s lived in and is loved and has so many stories. I love that about houses – they almost become who inhabits them if you let them. :)

  11. kati says...

    i love this – what a warm, welcoming, cozy house! it reminds me of the “full” house i grew up in. marie kondo would have a fit, but i think it is so much more inviting and human!

    • Sarah-liz says...

      I don’t know I have a feeling Marie would love this house. Sounds like a home full of things that spark joy!

  12. meaghan says...

    More like this!!! I’m tired of everything looking the same. This is wonderful.

    • Elise says...

      I agree. And I love seeing different ages. I imagine CoJ readership has a much wider demographic than one can imagine. That would be an interesting story. Also, homes in different parts of the country/world has interest, at least to me. We live in the absolute middle of the USA, and while I always thought growing up I would live in NYC, it never happened.

  13. Elena says...

    This house is such a gem… something charming in every corner! ❤️ Completely swoon worthy.

    I love it when I meet someone who also collects champagne corks. I date them, maybe write a note (like when my daughter said her first swear word with gusto ?) then toss it up to the top of the bookcase where they live in a piece of pottery. My husband and I have our ten year anniversary this June and I’m looking forward to looking through a decade of memories!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, that’s amazing, elena! they will be so much fun to look through!

    • Emily says...

      Two years ago I started writing events & dates on corks when we opened a bottle of wine for a special occasion (first night our new apartment, putting up our 1st Christmas tree, hosting a NYE party, etc!). It’s a fun way to more minimally collect wine corks and attach meaning to them. We’re 8 years away from our ten year anniversary but already looking forward to doing the same!

  14. Marlena says...

    Wow – I really loved this tour! It was great to see an older Midwestern home with patina and charm and character. I also love that you featured an older couple – we often only see a certain type of person on blogs and this was refreshing.

  15. Sasha L says...

    One more time, louder, for the people in the back, Marie Kondo doesn’t care how much stuff you have. She’s not trying to get you to get rid of it. She’s fine with you having 10,000 books (or hundreds of pitchers). She’s just hoping that every item, every thing in your home sparks joy for you, that all of your things are equaling a happy home. That’s all! Not a minimalist, not promoting any one sense of style or taste. She’s asking you to be true to yourself.

    Also, completely adorable dog! And looks like a very happy memory filled home. Congrats on a big anniversary!!

    • Alice says...

      I’m also confused as to why Marie Kondo gets a bad rap! I read her book before the show and I never got the sense she was trying to argue for a purely minimalist lifestyle. I think she’d love to see this home and all the happy memories and joy it has brought to the owners! Every object seems so thoughtfully curated and personal.

  16. Fiona says...

    I love this house tour! I live in a really old midwestern house, and sometimes I feel envious of friends who buy new builds or who live in condos – so much less maintenance required! But ultimately, I love how cozy my house feels, and how much it really feels like a “home” to me. I aspire to this, though!

    I also have a giant dog (and as some commenters have noted, the HAIR IS AN ISSUE), and he definitely makes the house even more homey and I don’t know how I would live without him!

  17. Talia says...

    What a lovely home! So welcoming, cozy and comforting. May be my favorite one yet!

  18. vava says...

    The house itself looks great! Personally I couldn’t handle having all that stuff around though, I’d clear a lot of it out.

  19. Elise says...

    There is a wonderful PBS chat with David Coggins that gives great insight into his work, vision and artistic sense.

  20. janine says...

    I love this house, and that dog… I have a friend with a Bernese mountain dog, and they are just the SWEETEST dogs. I have a house that’s not quite this cluttered, but definitely shows a lot of warmth/personality… likewise, I have a dog that’s not quite that big but is also adorable and sweet. People are constantly telling me looks/acts like a giant teddy bear, which is true.

  21. Tori says...

    To those making critical comments about Marie Kondo: did you actually read her book? It seems like her point is being lost/misinterpreted by many. If everything in your house brings you joy, then there’s no issue.

    This house is beautiful! Not my taste, and I would never want to dust all of that! But if you love it all and either don’t mind living in dust, dusting all the time, or hiring someone…it’s a lovely house!

  22. Hanna says...

    With no disrespect to my own lovely grandmothers, I want to sign up to be a grandkid who visits this house!

    Also, I’m dying to know the colors of the tile and paint in the bathroom. Such a lovely grey-blue.

    • Debbie says...

      I’d love to know the color (and source) of the tile too. We’re remodeling our kitchen and that looks like the perfect tile!

  23. Laurie says...

    I chuckled when I read how you carry your F&B cards with you because so do I…and my dining room is also painted in Pink Ground! Your home is just beautiful and thank you for sharing it with us. Love, your paint twin. :)

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Paint twins! Love it :)

  24. Mel says...

    “I would tell Marie Kondo, everything here sparks joy”…..your home sparks joy for me too. But a beautiful, collected, thoughtful home. I love it. (I’m also painting a room skylight now for sure thank you!). And going to start collecting champagne corks again.

  25. b says...

    I’m a minimalist to the core, but this house is so good. There’s a big difference between having a lot of things and having hoarding tendencies. Wendy and David have a lot of things and are living a very full life. I envy them that.

  26. Lane says...

    I’m not sure enough attention is being paid to Milo’s face in the first picture. I keep zooming in and laughing at it! He’s so wide eyed…. and that tongue! I have to know what is so captivating just out of frame?!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      Yes!!! Hahah he looks like a stuffed animal!

    • liz says...

      yes!!!! I was about to comment similarly. Love that doggo

  27. Marta says...

    that dooooog!! does he have an instagram account? we need more of him!

  28. liz friedel says...

    would love to see her featured in a wardrobe piece. she looks beautiful and stylish but still age appropriate and real shaped with clothes that flatter. her hair and make up are so pretty too.

    • Laura says...

      I second this! Would love to see a week of outfits with Wendy!

    • liz says...

      third this!

    • Third! I love everything about this house and her outfit in the first pic is just stunning and full of personality.

    • Jessica says...

      Outfits and what she’s up to. Just A Week with Wendy! <3

  29. Jessica says...

    This gave me so much joy and comfort. It was like a glimpse into the future I’d like to have one day. Also, I love when you feature house tours or beauty or clothing diaries from women at a different stage of life than me. I’m 29, so I fall probably about in the middle range of most of the tours (maybe 20-40). Even if we’re not quite the same age, their lives are recognizable to me in some ways, even if they aren’t what I can afford now. I didn’t realize how fresh this perspective was and how much I needed it. Thanks for always providing for us here :)

  30. Nora says...

    I really love this house and how each object has a story attached to it as that’s how I try to decorate my home. I get crazy with how people are so quick to jump on trends whether it’s Marie Kondo or celery juice. Do what’s right for you and not just to adhere to some fad. I love that their philosophy is the antithesis of that. What a beautiful way to live!

  31. May says...

    This is my kind of place! I often think, maybe I should par it down a bit. However that is just not who I am, I collect things constantly. Whether it’s a lovely stone one of my grandchildren hands to me as a treasure or a red feather from my parrots tail! I love cherished things and have to be surrounded by them, people and mementos. Beautiful home Wendy and David, bravo!

  32. Alyssa says...

    What a special home! In every picture my eyes are drawn to creativity, originality in art and arrangement. That beats a tidy home any day.

  33. Jean ann says...

    Love this! What a nice antidote to the rampant minimalism that lacks individuality. (Still love a minimalist room that conveys something beside minimalism for its own sake.). Yea CofJ!

  34. Marta says...

    I grew up in a house like this, which I didn’t always like because I worried about bumping into things. However, my house now looks like this with all of our treasures. I always joke to my husband that we may have to “Red
    Robin” and put items on the ceiling!

  35. Maggie says...

    This looks the setting for a great novel or film – so much charm!

    Thank you for doing a different kind of home tour.

  36. Krista says...

    Can you tell me the name of the paint that is used for the yellow room with green curtains that you can see when looking through the pink room? So beautiful!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      I will ask!

    • Wendy /Coggins says...

      It is Farrow & Ball Yellow Ground. It is a lovely yellow with depth…..not too vibrant. We have had it in the sunroom for many many years.

  37. K says...

    It’s such a treasure hunt. I’d like to have the dining room radiator cover for all of my radiators. I also like where they stopped the wall color in the bedrooms. The plaster walls don’t have a crisp edge at the ceiling and that was a neat choice to make it work.

  38. The last question was never answered: So how DO you clean it??

    • Wendy Coggins says...

      Carefully! A bit of dust or tarnish on the silver can be overlooked……think of it as patina! (Well….that is how I can rationalize it).

  39. Flo says...

    I am absolutely fascinated by this home! My personal preference is clearer space, but I can see here that every little thing is a treasure.
    The owners and the dog look so sweet, too.

  40. Petra says...

    What a lovely home! Makes me want to hug these two.

  41. calliope says...

    oh my God I love it! So cosy and hearty and warm and happy! I could never pull something like this (my home is mostly white with bare walls!) but this could be the house of my favorite aunt or grandmother that I would love to visit!

  42. Laurel says...

    I ran a housecleaning service in Seattle for years and this house….it reminds me of my favourite house. It looks very different, but that house told a love story of the couple that lived there, the husband’s battle with cancer, and her journey to live on after his death. In that house, there were so many interesting photos, lots of vintage pottery they’d collected, and everything had a story. And warmth. In her, as well as in the house, there was no negativity where there so easily could have been. Looking at these photos, I know they have a very different life of course, but that same warmth comes through. Thank you for sharing.

    • Sasha L says...

      Laurel, you might enjoy the book Maid by Stephanie Land. Your neck of the woods too! One of my favorite parts of the book was when she would give glimpses into the homes and lives of those she cleaned for, and what all of it meant personally to her. Very touching.

  43. Sharon says...

    What an absolute joy – firstly because I can relate to a couple you’ve posted of a similar age – more these please! And secondly a house full of memories and wonderful clutter! Love all of it.

  44. Beth says...

    Such artful clutter! To me, it’s a really interesting generational gap. I think our parents (generalizing here) have a different relationship to stuff. My mom is deeply uncomfortable with minimalism on some level, while it brings me happiness and peace. If you’re going to accumulate all the things, they may as well be as beautiful as these.

  45. Molly says...

    I also adore rocks and collect them from special places. I use them a lot in gardens as art and we have even coined a term for when we go collecting – we go rocking! Many friends know of my obsession (and my mum’s) and bring them home from all over the world when they travel.. very special that they make the effort to collect a rock or two on holiday! Very special ones I paint with a Matt clear vanish and display them on my side table.

  46. Oh thank you for that last comment. With all due respect to MK, my house is layer upon layer of joy, and while it could often do with a good tidy, looking at the busyness brings me to a calm & happy place. Your home is beautiful!

  47. Nina says...

    I LOVED this home! I would go a little bit crazy if it was my own, but looks like such a great place to visit friends for tea or dinner or a treasure hunt…

  48. Anu M says...

    LOVE this house. And candles for dinner.. brilliant!
    I’ve always found the Marie Kondo philosophy overrated and aggressive. To me a space should be as cluttered as you need it to be. In my own house I’m going to have things like this lovely place of the Coggins, and have just ONE room thats really minimal! Perfect combination.

    • Bonnie says...

      And that would be perfect for Marie Kondo, as well – no minimalism in her system.

  49. K says...

    Despite there being so many things, they all go together beautifully with the rich classic (old world?) colours in the home. Even their dog, Milo, matches! It’s the kind of home I’d love to sit in and gaze around at… though glad I don’t do the dusting!

  50. Sherry McLaughlin says...

    Well this is a *home* I would walk into and feel like it was mine. I am so in love with this home, not a house, a home for love and joy between 2 lovely people. What a treasure they are…..warm, cozy and full of love is how I see them and their home.

  51. Naomi H says...

    This home is so lovely, vibrant and full of stories and warmth! I grew up in a similar home and my grandmothers home was a treasure! I believe the MK kick that people are on right now is a backlash to people collecting stuff mindlessly. When you find treasures that are unique or inherit them these are not to be thrown out but passed down to the next generation with the stories! I am sure they are also wonderful storytellers, it would be a treat to meet them! Well done COJ!!

  52. Mathilda says...

    What a great house, I’m in awe! But the question how they keep it clean is really nagging on me. How could anyone keep such a house clean???

  53. J says...

    Dream house. I just love it!

  54. Erin says...

    Can I be Wendy when I grow up, please?!

  55. kim says...

    this is really lovely. it’s not my taste but I love and appreciate hearing how it is hers.

  56. Jen says...

    Live this house and love the interview 110%

  57. Courtney Peter says...

    That blue bathroom tile is dreeeeeamy! I hope our home looks this full of meaning when my husband and I get to our 49th anniversary.

  58. Love the seasonal adjustments…and dog bed…and marriage advice on listening!

  59. Karin says...

    Love seeing an older woman, love seeing the midwest, love this house. Reminds me of staying at my grandma’s where everything had a memory behind it…those layers of items on the dresser, ah….

  60. Owl says...

    I haven’t even finished reading it yet, but I have to comment! This house sets my heart a flutter. I just love these kinds of spaces – layered and fascinating. The textures, patterns, shapes, colours, the light! The meaningful personal history. Love!!!

  61. MelTown says...

    I love this home tour so much! There is so much life there. It reminds me of my grandparents’ house. Over the course of 50 years they raised four children in their home and they traveled to 62 countries. I thought their house was the coziest, most fascinating, and most magical place in the world.

    My parents got a Bernese Mountain dog when my sisters and I moved out of the house and they really are the biggest, sweetest babies. That dog is 100% my parents’ favorite child!

  62. Kate says...

    I’m not sure if anyone has said this but it reminds me of a house in a film, like a house that would be in a Nancy Myers film, where it was well lived in and well loved!!

  63. Emily says...

    This is my favorite home profile you’ve ever done. Having a home that full would make me anxious, but it really works here; and I would love to be a guest and explore every nook and cranny. There’s something so special about getting an up close and personal glance at someone’s treasures. I wish there were double the amount of rooms to explore!

  64. One of my favorite home tours yet!

  65. Kate says...

    How beautiful! So much heart, even this minimalist is charmed. Also my bedroom is Borrowed Light and my bathroom is Pink Ground. For anyone wondering if Farrow and Ball are worth it, they truly are. The colors have such depth, change with the light, and the paint smells like yogurt instead of toxic fumes when you apply. Love seeing them in a home so different than my own.

    • Shannon says...

      I was going to write a similar comment. We used this paint for our entire interior, even ceilings! I sometimes wonder if we are being duped by F&B’s amazing names and marketing collateral. But when you see a home like this, and how the color plays such a crucial role, it makes me feel 100% solid in the decision. Totally worth the extra investment and it’s honestly relaxing to pick colors when your selection is a little more limited than a HUGE fan deck.

  66. Jeannie says...

    I love this house! It is my hands down favorite of all the ones I have seen here! It’s so beautiful and tells a story of life well lived. Great reminder to take your treasures out and enjoy them!

  67. This home is welcoming, warm and cozy, and all kinds of inspiring and uplifting…all the feels, you guys!!! To that! Seems that some folks may have a misunderstanding about Marie Kondo…and it might be worth sharing…she’s frequently said the method is not at all about minimalism (though it can be). It’s about clearing your home of whatever weighs you down; which is often more about the stashes of excess stuffed here, there, and everywhere and things that no longer vibe with your soul (or whathaveyou). I’m pretty sure she wouldn’t have any issue with this home- so clearly filled with light, meaning, and joy:)

    • Bonnie says...

      AGREE! I think many jump to the conclusion that the Marie Kondo method is to clear a home of everything down to the bare minimum … Well said and I’m glad you pointed that out, Catherine! I wish it wasn’t referenced in the questions. (And mmmm, I’m gaga for Milo!)

    • catherine says...

      Bonnie, yes! And agreed…however amazing this home is (and, boy, is it ever) I think we ALL feel that Milo is the outstanding treasure♥

  68. Julie says...

    In defense of Marie Kondo (ahem), she and her method are there to help people who *want* it. She is so non-judgmental in her approach, I’m not sure why so many people take it personally! (Not the subjects of this tour, just generally speaking.)

    It makes me think of your “Good for you, not for me” Amy Poehler post a while back. Lovely home, good for you! All that dusting… not for me! But I just might have to start carrying the Farrow & Ball color card in my purse.

  69. Emma says...

    I’ve been reading Cup of Jo for almost a decade (!) and was so excited to see this post from Minneapolis. I grew up in St. Paul (and totally recognized the style of house from that tour) and now live across the river. Thanks for making your way to Minnesota!!

  70. Meg says...

    Charming house & family.
    Nice to see a Boomers home.

    So refreshing to see a different home. Everything is so hyper styled (white walls, fiddle leaf plant, MCM)

  71. RM says...

    Beautiful home! I love the trim work, and adore the butlers pantry! The bathroom is gorgeous. I would love to see the exterior, know when it was built (1920’s?), see the front entry… just see more of it!

    Question: i noticed that in 2 bedrooms the wall paint seems to end at the top of the window trim? What’s the reasoning for this? Design secret? personal flair? It intrigues me.

    • Shawna says...

      Hi RM! I think it is a cove ceiling, so the paint color stops where the ceiling starts. It’s a lovely older house detail instead of crown moulding! But I’m not 100% sure of this; maybe someone else knows more?

    • Kayla says...

      The ceilings are rounded so there is typically a edge where the wall ends and ceiling begins. :) What you’re seeing is the edge of the wall ending before the ceiling begins.

    • Sam says...

      Looks like the wall curves into the ceiling if that makes sense? It’s not a straight line as usually seen.

    • Charlotte says...

      I noticed that too! I figured it had something to do with the coved ceiling– where does the wall stop and the ceiling begin? If you paint it too high I’d imagine the room would look smaller, too low and the ceilings look lower? It seems like the window trim height must be the perfect medium! I obviously spent a bit too much time considering this as I looked at the pics.

    • Kendra says...

      The rooms seem to have coved ceilings, so the ceiling and wall do not meet at 90 degrees, but the wall curves into the ceiling, making it impossible to paint “up to” the ceiling. I can’t tell from the photo if there is a picture ledge that they painted up to, but frequently houses with coved ceilings do just what they did – paint to a bit below the ceiling “line”.

  72. CC says...

    I love this home! And it reminds me of something I’ve been thinking about a lot lately: visually–I really enjoy a minimal, streamlined home, especially from afar on the internet. But the homes I feel the happiest IN are ones like this one. So many stories, so much history and so much love. HOORAY you guys!

  73. Katie says...

    I love this house. It reminds me of my parents house, who also live in Minneapolis. I’ll have to remember when I go to their house and it feels full, that maybe for them, everything there sparks joy:)

  74. cappy says...

    I love everything about this house. It reminds me of a friend’s place in Stratford CT where even corners told stories. I could spend a week here and only get half the story of all the memories. Her style has it all pulled together and it all looks clean and neat albeit chaotic to some on the minimalist bandwagon. Great place! Feels warm and inviting. Pulls on the heartstrings,

    • Meg says...

      OH MY GOSH, I live in Stratford, CT! It’s a delightfully small world. :)

  75. this is all heart and soul!! the particularities of it, the fullness of it – it’s a beautiful reflection of a life lived well. thank you for sharing an un-manicured tour that truly feels like “home.”

  76. Colleen says...

    It’s gorgeous, I love it. Please don’t change a thing. It looks like interesting people live there.

  77. Meg says...

    Oh this house is giving me FEELINGS. I just bought an old house, and I love antique things, but I don’t want my house to feel like a museum of old stuff, I want it to feel new and modern while also homey, warm, and traditional. This house is spot on, so much inspiration for me here. Also if I could come back reincarnated for another life, it would be as that dog.

  78. Allegra LaViola says...

    Ah! David is a long lost friend! This house is amazing.

  79. KCC says...

    I would love to know the hallway paint color in the last photo with the pup on the stairs. It’s lovely.

  80. Judith says...

    I love this home! It is a record of a personal journey for these people….. there had been so much chat about a spare and minimized environment.I have a friend who renovated her home and added a garden type room . She and hubby purged to the extent that that didn’t have a single photo left of their two children or their family history….I felt guilty because I just can’t let go of all the items I’ve collected over the years that tell the story of my family and this 200 year old house. Thanks for this affirmation that it’s ok to let your home tell your story!

  81. Steph says...

    Love this home! It is very full of love.

    I must say, no, you do NOT have to listen to your mother-in-law.

  82. Judy Bowden says...

    Absolutely love this house. A real sense of history, and a reflection of a long and happy marriage. A wonderful unique house.

  83. Caraline says...

    This house! All the heart eyes for all the color and texture and love here. It is a house full of lovely treasure but I like that it feels very clean an put together. I like her tip for rolling up rugs in the summer! :)

  84. Anna says...

    My Dutch grandparents (who I adored) slept in a cupboard bed! I have a photo of them cozy inside it and it’s one of my favorite photos.

  85. I constantly waffle about our apartment. Minimalism versus maximalism, Marie Kondo versus this lovely couple. Books versus dust. Memories versus tidiness. Mostly, every couple years, I just throw a new quilt over the couch and add throw pillows on the chairs to match. I don’t want to give up living in my life, nor do I want to burden children with cleaning things out and hauling to the dump the joyful belongings my husband and I have surrounded ourselves with. Is this just a #FWP? I wonder. Sometimes life is so rich.

  86. Katy says...

    Enjoy that berner! 3 years a puppy, 3 years a good dog, 3 years an old dog. Just lost ours at 8.5yrs old. They are the absolute best companions.

  87. Rebecca says...

    This is such a dream house to me, one with many layers that speaks to a lifetime of memories. Love it. Plus I am a maximalist at heart so this is how I picture my own home looking in the future. I have a lot of thing too but I would say the same as Wendy, that they all spark joy.

  88. Sandra Kaye-Kjarum Seidel says...

    I so want a candelabra!!! What a delightful house : ) . We just moved to Minneapolis & it’s so fun to think I may meet them someday. It sparked joy in my day. Thank you.

  89. Lee says...

    This house feels very full; full of love, travel memories, sentimental objects and people that built their own paradise.
    Side note: I also loving reading Donna Leone books. That series transports to me to the narrow, mesmerizing and confounding calles of Venezia.

  90. Meg says...

    This is divine. It feels so cozy and purposely collected. Like through all the family vacations, experiences, events and activities their home was made. I love how she referenced it to feeling layered. And I’m taking notes on their artwork is hung and works so well together! I love how pieces compliment one another without it being a true gallery wall.

  91. Cynthia says...

    Looks so cozy! And their Berner is adorable

  92. sarah says...

    I love the use of “He’s such a love” to describe the dog – my friend from MN uses that a lot to describe people and I think it must be the greatest thing to be called “a love.” This reminds me so much of my parents house in MO, thanks for featuring it!

    • Maggie says...

      I was just thinking the same thing – I think “a love” as a descriptor has to be the highest form of flattery!

  93. Marki says...

    Bravo on those paint colors! I’ve been searching for the perfect pale pink and light blue, and there they are in the same house! I’m going to start carrying around Farrow & Ball paint samples to museums now. Favorite home tour ever.

  94. “Layered” is the word that came to my mind as I was reading this piece, so it was great to see it at the end of the article, too. Lovely! Charming! Full! Love the character throughout this home.

  95. Andrea says...

    This is one of your best home tours. I personally think the Marie Kondo thing is totally overrated! Sometimes more is MORE!

  96. Leah says...

    Hooray for more representation of the Midwest! I’ve been a reader of this site for 10 years—living about half that time in the Midwest—and the coastal tendency has been my only quibble. I know most of the contributors’ connections are on the coasts, but there’s a lot of wonderful, interesting stuff here in the middle of the country, too. I love seeing it in this post, and would love to continue to see more!

  97. Tami says...

    Goals…
    And, Milo the dog makes me happy just looking at him.

  98. Laura Valle says...

    Favorite house tour yet!

  99. Erica Hartman says...

    Love it. A true home.

  100. Hani says...

    I cannot describe just how much I love, love, love these ‘real’ feeling houses.
    It’s comforting, it’s homey, you feel like you’d actually like to live there and get to know the folks.
    Nothing against the typical style showcased, and I understand why people want to streamline and polish up before a house tour; just, it can tend to lose the heartbeat that makes ones like this so compelling. Love it. TY COJ!!

  101. Caroline says...

    I know Wendy! You should do a hair and beauty edition with her because her skin GLOWS and her braided hair is just stunning.

  102. Kile says...

    Homes like this are so magical!! They awake in me a feeling from being little and on a playdate and wanting to touch and pick up all the lovely things my friends had displayed on their dressers and windowsills, of wanting to understand another person through their treasures.

  103. Sara B. says...

    This home, and this couple (51 years?!), warms my heart! My mother and stepfather both passed away in 2009 and their house was full to the brim with antiques and treasures just like Wendy and David’s. After they were gone, I held on to as many of their most special belongings as I could and they most definitely “spark joy”. What a lovely reminder that sometimes things are so much more than that.

  104. Kelly says...

    Can we have a beauty uniform for their dog? He’s literally the cutest thing ever.

  105. E says...

    Wow what a great house. Some parts look straight out of a Wes Anderson movie!!

  106. Shannon says...

    Huzzah!!!! Love this home!! Down with minimalism! (Just kidding, but down with the fetishism of it.) Wendy and David’s place seems to me to be the sane younger sibling of Albert Maysles and Gillian Walker’s rowdy zen-fest on the Selby years ago (a home I also adored).

  107. hali says...

    She lives in a home-sized treasure chest, recites Beatrix Potter, and carries around a book of paint swatches. I love this woman!

    Her home is like an i spy book where everything is clean, sophisticated, and beautiful. “a hat on a globe-” “a massive sea shell-” “9 vintage chests-” “a french flag-” …SO much joy! She’s a master!

  108. Diana McNeill says...

    The dog!

  109. I want to visit their house and ask “what’s this?” “Where is this from?” “Tell me about the bucket of rocks!”

    • YES!!!

    • Katie says...

      The bucket of rocks caught my eye as well! We used to live in Seattle and I would pocket pieces of sea glass or very small interesting rocks on beach walks with my son. Many I have kept in coat pockets because feeling them is like a talisman but I love the bucket idea.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes! they collect rocks from vacations. she says they must have a cool shape or color to be considered :)

  110. Melz says...

    I too, am a Minnesotan! I’d love to do a soup swap with Wendy & David!
    The house is a perfect walk through memory lane! I’ll look for them next time I’m at the Co-op or bookstore!

  111. Jacy says...

    I know that spare is the look these days, but I had an old friend whose house was full like this — she had such a long and interesting life!

  112. M Soleil says...

    That dog!!!!!

  113. txu says...

    This home tour is such a treat! Wendy and David make an art out of living without being precious or pretentious. As a woman of a similar vintage (ahem!), I’d love to see a “Beauty Uniform” piece on Wendy. She radiates warmth and good humor and, from the glimpse we have of her here, has great sartorial style which reflects her personality.

  114. Elizabeth says...

    Love this house, love this couple, I can even tolerate the dog (I’m not a dog person). I love the handy tip of carrying a paint fan to museums and galleries.

    I have a couple of questions:

    1. Am I the only person who yearns for the revival of a butler’s pantry? So nice to have a transitional space for cleaning/clearing dishes and readying food for serving.

    2. Why is it that some people can display so many things and it achieves a unified whole (as this couple has done) and yet I know if I tried this it would look like a mess. Is the success of this look dependent on the scale of the rooms (high ceilings, window placement) or maybe the fact that when the *entire* house is a sensory overload (I mean that as a compliment) it works. In other words, you have to go whole hog to get this look.

    I’m going to have to think about all this…Thank you so much COJ!

    • Starla says...

      Re: your question #1, I, too, would love a Butler’s pantry. You aren’t alone.

  115. I love this, and the contrast with so many home features that are very empty/minimal. I love the love and joy that she shares from lived experience and travel that just flows into their space. Bravo for this!

  116. Michelle says...

    I would love to see a photo of their living room turned over for spring/summer as well! Lovely house! Captures the coziness of Minnesota so very well.

    • Allison says...

      Second this! I love the idea so much, and would love to see how the space transforms.

  117. Lisa says...

    Beautiful home and dog!
    I must ask about the window in the shower/tub, because we have an old home with a window in the same place. HOW do you keep it moisture/mold free?! My husband is often re-caulking parts of the window area before guests visit, because ours starts getting icky very quickly.

    • Kirsten says...

      This is very unglamorous, but we taped clear plastic over ours. Easy to change out when it gets nasty, and no more concerns about leaks and rot!

    • Lin says...

      We have similar situation in our 100 year old home. In our shower we have a wood framed window over our shower/tub, with a tiled wall. On the window side we have a tension rod for waterproof shower curtain. This way we can still open and close both the curtain and the window. On the other side we have a curved shower rod and both a waterproof and decorative curtain. It has worked well for us

    • Lisa says...

      Thank you both for your ideas!

  118. Sarah says...

    This house rules and Milo looks like a sweet gent but what I really want to know is how do they handle the dog hair on that dude?! Especially in a house so lovingly full. My in-laws have a Bernese and when she comes over I am vacuuming and wiping away hairs for days after.

    • Irina says...

      In a similar vein, how do people with so many possessions keep them, and the surfaces that they are displayed on, dust-free? I have a small house with not too many things in it but I really struggle to keep up with dust. It’s everywhere – on knicknacks, books, bookshelves, lamps, etc.

  119. Nicole says...

    What a beautiful home! It seems so full or love and warmth :-) Growing up, this is how I’ve picture my dream home: full of memories and treasures from my and my family’s travels. My husband and I just got married in October and also met in college; it’s lovely to hear about couples who have been together for so long, it gives me hope! :-) <3

  120. Victoria Vicary says...

    Utterly Charming! It’s so refreshing to see an online house tour with such originality, history, and character. It left me feeling inspired.

  121. Kim says...

    It’s beautiful but I’m just thinking about all the dusting! :)

  122. Mandy says...

    They make me SO HAPPY!!!

  123. Nancy says...

    My favorite home tour, hands down! I think I loved this one because it is about all of the layers that get built when you have been married a long time. Their home has an authenticity that can only come with years of adding pieces that are meaningful and loved; each onw tells a story.

  124. CaraM says...

    This house reminds me of the house I grew up in (and where my parents still love). Love is found in every corner! Also love seeing different ages represented in these house tours.

  125. Lindsey says...

    Oh, this makes me miss living in MN! This house is so snug and warm that it makes it seem like hibernating through winter would be just so cozy and fun. There’s so much to look at and do inside, you’d never be antsy to get out! Or is that just me? :)

    • Amanda says...

      Lindsey – agreed! My husband and I are looking at potentially moving to the Twin Cities area, and sometimes we’ll fall down a rabbit hole on Zillow. The other day after we looked at a couple of houses, he turned to me and said “all the houses there look so much cozier than the houses here!” (we live in Denver). And he’s right!

      I will say, Minneapolis/St Paul does a good Craftsman bungalow. I especially love the built-in wood buffets a lot of the dining rooms have. But man oh man are Midwestern kitchens atrocious. The one in this tour is the nicest MN kitchen I’ve seen!!!.

  126. Sarah says...

    OMG I though Marie Kondo *actually* had a heart attack.

    PHEW!!

  127. Stephanie says...

    This house is so lovely! And that dog!

  128. Lynn says...

    I see a vision of my future home and I pray it includes that dog. Thanks so much for the tips on ways to change it up between the seasons!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha THE DOG!

  129. ali says...

    I forgot to say, the dog’s eyes are hilarious.

  130. Anna says...

    Yea for full houses! I’m rather over the all white minimalism that’s de rigueur. This I love. I would love to spend a day look at all the thoughtful details. The attention to each object would hold your gaze in a era of visual overload. Beautiful home!

  131. ali says...

    What a treasure trove. I could get lost in there for days just looking
    at everything. It’s obvious that everything in it has meaning for them.
    What wonderful memories their grandchildren will have. Please adopt
    me……..;=)

  132. Claire says...

    I love this house. Thank you so much for sharing. Wendy and David seem like the loveliest people.

  133. Mk says...

    I love this house and the occupants. It’s beautiful and reminds me of my grandmother’s home. Full of beautiful and amazing pieces that spark joy. Thanks for sharing!

  134. Mimi says...

    …and you can feel the joy that fills this home. Truly lovely, warm and inviting.
    Also, I learned that the bed I dreamt up for myself as a young child has a name – maybe my mother’s claim to Dutch ancestry is actually true! :)

  135. MB says...

    You guys are killing it this week. Every post has been stupendous!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh my gosh, thank you so much, MB!

    • rachel says...

      I totally agree xx

    • Kimberley says...

      I was thinking the same thing!

  136. Audrey says...

    I’m usually quite minimalist in my preferences but I love everything about this house!! You can just feel the love and memories popping out of every corner. Although I’m not sure I agree with always listening to mother in laws ;)

  137. Diana says...

    Love this post and home; so “anti-decorator”, cozy and full of memories; glad to see people my age for a change.

  138. Stephanie says...

    I think I could now go down a rabbit hole looking at beds in cupboards

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      hahaha same

    • Heather says...

      Yes! I always wanted a bed like this as a child. Especially one with a little window inside – what a cozy world to climb into. https://www.pinterest.com/pin/315040936408969696/

      We built a reading nook in our bedroom with a similar feel (but very pared-down), and my son slept in it for the first year after he transitioned out of his crib.

  139. Cynthia says...

    I absolutely love it! It reminds me of our house, which I’ve lived in for 41 years and my husband for 44 years. We are only the second owners of the house, and my husband bought their dining room set when he bought the house. It’s Queen Anne style with a table and 6 chairs (we can seat 8), a china cabinet, sideboard, and a small serving cabinet. The house originally had a coal burning boiler, and we have the poker. The house was built in 1939, and they were able to build such a house because he worked for the railroad. We have family heirlooms, and things I’ve collected, but I love it all. We raised our two girls in this house. It is so wonderful that you showed an older couple who enjoys their things.

  140. Brie says...

    What a fabulous couple! Remembering all the joys I experienced while living in Minnesota. Thank you for sharing such a delightful story, on a particularly dreary Pittsburgh day :)

  141. What a wonderful house tour and the cutest dog! It’s true – your home is your own truth and it’s genuine to you. They seem like such wonderful people – there’s a lot of love in this home, you can feel it through the pictures. xx

    Lucy

  142. Love the happy outlook, love the dog, absolutely love this joyful maximalist house!

  143. Janine says...

    This house feels so jam packed with memories. It’s a life well-lived in house form.

    But dusting the place would be unimaginable!

  144. Cali says...

    What a beautiful home! Thank you for sharing it! I hope when my toddler is grown we’ll have so many memories waiting for him when he comes to visit.

  145. Caitlin says...

    With every new home tour, I find a new person I want to be when I grow up. This house is so full of life! I’m from a long line of stuff-on-the-walls, collecting-memories people and if I stay on the internet too long I feel like I’m supposed to get rid of all my stuff. But this house speaks to me and is such a nice reminder that minimalism can go pound sand (or more politely, as my grandma would say, “to each his own.”)

  146. Lauren says...

    love it!

  147. Megs says...

    So much love and joy in that house. I just want to move in! It’s cozy in an easy way that only authenticity and time can bring

  148. Charlotte Keys says...

    You have the best house tours. Real people in real houses. And somehow I always want to be friends with them.

  149. em says...

    can i please go antique shopping with you?!

    your house is eye candy with all of the little details. it’s clearly uniquely your own and so lovely

  150. hilary says...

    Favourite house tour ever. I love everything about it and aspire to have a home like this one day. <3