Catlan McCurdy and Sanjiv Laud fell in love in, and with, Minneapolis nearly a decade ago, when they met at the University of Minnesota’s law school. After graduation, job opportunities took them to the D.C. area, but after visiting friends in the Twin Cities a few years ago, they knew they had to return for good. “We were riding bikes around the lakes, eating ice cream, and we just looked at each other and said, ‘What are we doing here?’” Catlan says.
They rented an apartment in Minneapolis’s Mill District and within a few days started touring homes for sale—landing on a home on East River Parkway, near the Mississippi River. The 1930s home had been lovingly restored by a previous homeowner, but the couple knew they wanted to add more life into the space. Interior designer Sandy LaMendola, founder of Twist Interior Design, worked within the existing walls to refresh the main level’s living and dining rooms. “Our thought was: How do we express their personality through this house and still be able to live a modern lifestyle?” LaMendola says.
New furniture, rugs, and wallcoverings revived the once beige rooms and unified modern and traditional styles. “Most families these days don’t want to throw all their weight in one direction,” LaMendola says. “It’s nice to express that sense of self in your belongings and furnishings.”
Interior Design: Sandy LaMendola, Twist Interior Design, 811 Glenwood Ave., Mpls., 612-338-1588, twistinterior.com