The Featured Designer for May is Annie Tropple of Home Design by Annie. Annie’s passion for design started as a kid, growing up she was always rearranging her bedroom and tearing pages out of home design magazines. Annie has had the pleasure of working for many notable firms in Minnesota and California but ultimately chose to start her own company in 2009.
Share your background
I have a bachelor of Science in Interior Design from the University of MN, Twin Cities. I started my career working at Marshal Field’s Interior Design Studio then William Beson Interior Design. I have lived and worked in La Jolla, CA at a high end kitchen and bath studio for almost 3 years and moved back to be closer to family. From there I got a job at Hendel Homes as a designer. In 2009 I founded Home Design by Annie. With a lot of hard work, some great clients, and a little luck, this year will mark my 4th year in business!
If you could live anywhere in the world, where would it be and why
This winter aside, I don’t think I would rather live anywhere but MN. My husband and I love traveling as much as we can but are very close to our families and friends here. It’s nice to have MN as a home base and get to explore other parts of the world when we can.
Describe your dream home in five words
Quaint, Coastal, Bright, Functional, Inviting
What are your hobbies
Anything out on the lake, being outside, spending time with family and friends, and currently getting the nursery ready for our first baby!
Five things you can’t live without
Health, Family, Friends, Our dog Sophie, and My iPhone
What are your favorite local shops and restaurants
Shops: Gather, Patina, Homegoods (not local but new in Edina)
Restaurants: I love Sakana Sushi in Wayzata, First Course on Chicago Ave, and Jerry’s Foods for their excellent Doughnuts
Describe one of your favorite projects
I’ve truly enjoyed all the projects I’ve gotten to work on. It is hard to pick a favorite, but if I had to, it would be one I am working on now in Stillwater. The client has a totally open mind and has let me run with the design. I’ve been able to really be creative and have had a lot of fun with it! It is a remodel and we’re bringing the house from standard late 90’s country style to fresh, bright and modern.
Featured Project: Nestled in a new Prior Lake neighborhood, this home was custom built for a young, growing family. They wanted a feeling of warmth and welcome in the home. It was important to make selections that were kid, dog and party friendly. The homeowners wanted a traditional kitchen with custom touches such as the transom windows in the back splash, a custom built wine rack and custom cabinetry designed especially for their family and style.
Who is your favorite artist and/or furniture designer
I don’t really have a favorite. I like to many different artists and furniture designers for different reasons.
What is your favorite room in your home, why
I would say the family room because it’s open to the kitchen and that’s where our comfy sectional is. There are great views of the backyard and it’s really peaceful. It’s where we spend most of our time.
Fill in the blank, No room would be complete without________
Art/ Accessories. They really make or break a room
Do you have “go to” paint colors, if so which ones
I have two favorite whites, depending on the style/colors in the house. Benjamin Moore Acadia White AC-41 and Simply White OC-117