Midwest Living

January/February 2022

Midwest Living celebrates the unique and surprising Midwest region through its food, travel destinations, lifestyle, homes and gardens. Like visiting with a best friend, it unveils the authentic flavor of this region through inspiring photos, inside tips on best places to visit, and family-favorite recipes that simply taste great.

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editor’s note

At the start of a year, it’s tough to resist the idea of change. New fitness routines, new ways of eating, doing more of this, doing less of that. The turn of the calendar provides the kick—and winter, the downtime—to experiment. In this issue, we share tips for new hobbies, like baking bread (page 82), painting furniture (page 13) or indoor climbing (page 30). We also debut Studio Session (page 16), a new column that peeks into the creative processes of celebrated Midwest designers. The first edition journeys to Kansas City, Missouri, where Bridgett Cochran and Kelly Porter create painterly wall coverings that look like fine art. Sometimes, though, the best change is one of perspective—embracing what we have in front of us. That’s the spirit of Color the Wind, a…

home + garden

Spectrum Wall Planner Calendar. $52. mutualadoration.com Talk about big plans! I spotted this calendar at one of my fave Detroit stores, Post.DOROTHY HERNANDEZ, MWL WRITER FOLLOW CANDACE MARY INTERIORS Designer Candace Griffin recently moved from Michigan to the Chicago area. Follow her at @candacemaryinteriors for inspiring sneak peeks of recent projects—including the ongoing renovation work at her own new home, plus occasional snaps of her dog, Dilla. DO-IT-YOURSELF FLOWERS BY MAIL Stylish flower arrangements for you and transformative donations for local communities—a win-win. Flowers for Dreams, a floral shop in Detroit, Chicago and Milwaukee, contributes 25 percent of net profits to charities supporting social justice and mental health. Now they’re bringing the shops to you, with DIY flower-arranging subscriptions. Receive a weekly, biweekly or monthly box of fresh blooms, plus how-to videos from their pros. The first…

say yes to the dresser

PAINTING OLD FURNITURE is a good gig these days. Just ask Meg Piercy, owner of ever-expanding refinisher MegMade in Chicago. “I think people are really starting to put personality back into their homes again,” Piercy says. “For a while, there was a wave of neutrals and minimalism. Now family heirlooms and one-of-a-kind pieces are starting to become the statements.” There’s also emotional satisfaction in turning a cast-off item into something beautiful, an eco appeal to upcycling, and the benefit of saving money. That’s how Piercy got into it. Too broke to buy a changing table for her newborn, she repurposed a vintage dresser found in an alley, learning DIY on the fly—“I remember staying up all night and watching YouTube,” she says. That led to painting more furniture and selling…

good on paper

KELLY PORTER AND BRIDGETT COCHRAN met at a Kansas City coffee shop. Porter is a fine artist, Cochran an interior designer. They bonded instantly, recognizing a shared zeal for hard work and creative risk-taking. Within a year, they launched Porter Teleo, a hand-painted wallpaper company. A darling of designers and the luxe stuff of Pinterest fantasies, their work has redefined the wall covering category. HA So, why wallpaper? KP Not long after meeting, we were looking through my portfolio, and Bridgett was asking me about different kinds of printmaking—intaglio and etching and lithographs. I had an art perspective, and she had a product and interior design perspective. We realized we had skill sets that were different but could combine to create something to meet both of those worlds. HA What makes Porter Teleo…

in the zones

When a Chicago family tasked designer Amy Storm with overhauling their 1904 home’s kitchen, she expanded the space by annexing a small office. That gave her room for the dedicated baking area and strategic storage her clients wanted, plus the merger capitalized on the office’s corner windows. Stain-resistant quartz counters and subway tiles in light hues bounce all that new sunlight, but Storm made sure to mix in wood and charcoal paint, granting the family’s final wish—go bright, but not all white. “Taking out the walls exposed windows that were in the office area, giving the kitchen so much more light.”AMY STORM designer Designer’s Notebook Learn about the materials Amy Storm used to achieve the desired eclectic look. CEMENT TILES Strikingly patterned and a greener choice than porcelain, matte-finish cement tiles have soared in popularity.…


SOUL PROPRIETOR In a tiny filling station in Courtland, Kansas, you’ll find a big dream. At Soul Sister Ceramics, Shanna Lindberg sells jewelry made of Flint Hills clay, plus other goodies. Her on-site painting events and quick-selling stock have inspired other local entrepreneurs. “There is a huge ‘rural by choice’ movement happening in Courtland,” says Lindberg, “and I’m thankful to be a part of that.” Northern Kansas too far to drive? Check out Soul Sister’s monthly jewelry subscription. soulsisterceramics.com ERIN KEEFFER, ASSISTANT ART DIRECTOR @ASAHINAGATA Full of colorful flowers, food and animals, the cheerful Instagram feed of Minneapolis illustrator Asahi Nagata brightens my dreariest winter days. Born in Japan, Nagata says vintage children’s books inspired her highly pigmented style. GIVE BACK SINCERELY YOURS Even at age 13, Jacob Cramer recognized the power of kindness. After his grandfather…