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Home & Design | Storied Style

Chelsea Ganino is rarely without stacks of bracelets lining her forearms. “I never take them off; each one has a story,” she says, singling out several to recount who gifted it to her or where she found it. Her

stylish statements—fashion icon Iris Apfel is an inspiration—seamlessly translate to her home. Just about every piece has a story, from the ornate Italian salt and pepper shakers (a nod to her husband’s family roots) to the piano-lacquered wardrobe near the entry (scored from an antiques shop in New Orleans).

“I’m a collector and am always bringing in little treasures to add here and there,” says Chelsea, a sales representative for Kravet. “My dearest friend, [designer] Carrie Valentine Stearns, says my style is maximalism—I always want more!”

Chelsea’s husband, James, describes his look as a bit more streamlined, a vibe he infused in the kitchen of the couple’s renovated rambler in Plymouth.

James credits his experience managing the WD Flooring showroom in the North Loop for feeding into his design chops, but his family also had an impact. “Having visited my family in Italy, I knew how well Italian marble ages and patinas, so we incorporated that into our kitchen backsplash and countertops,” he says. Leather pulls and cabinet hardware from The Knobbery finish off the sleek cabinets.

Throughout the house, which the couple shares with their four dogs, Chelsea mixed her estate sale and thrifting finds with heirlooms she inherited, such as the guest room’s suite of furniture, which first belonged to her great-grandmother, then to her grandmother.

In other places, she’s happily inherited original parts of the house, such as the pink and black tile in the bathroom. Similar to how she layers up her bangles, she punched up the bath with “some funky Christian Lacroix wallpaper,” she says. “I love that ’50s vibe, and I never wanted to really do much to it. It makes me happy every time I’m in it!” 

“I’m a collector and am always bringing in little treasures to add here and there. I have a love for lamps and have a boatload in the basement just waiting to light up a cozy little nook.”


— Chelsea Ganino, homeowner


Builder: L and K Design Build, 612-226-8880, landkbuild.com

Kelly Ryan Kegans

Kelly is a southern transplant who has been covering news and lifestyle for national, regional, and local publications for more than 25 years. She’s the Home and Design Editor at Mpls.St.Paul Magazine.

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May 3, 2022

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