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March 2010
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Julie Ann Headshot This year has been full of fun and excitement for Metropolitan Interiors!  I just completed a basement makeover for the Nealon residence.  This was such a rewarding experience, having put a space together to satisfy the design aesthetics of a 13 year-old, but have enough sophistication for dad.  To read the whole story and see before and after photographs, visit the article below!

I was also recently in Las Vegas at the new World Market Center viewing the most current home furnishings which was truly inspiring.  In addition to the great finds highlighted in this newsletter, I enjoyed myself at the Wynn Hotel. The design in the hotel is like candy for the eye looking at the many detailed drapery treatments, mosaics worked into the marble floor, and a multitude of bright, uplifting colors. I was also lucky enough to win a little jackpot in their casino!

The new Aria Hotel was pretty incredible too. I loved the design of the candy store pictured below. They had an assortment of gourmet gelato, sorbet and other unique candies. I Aria Hotel also was able to connect with a childhood friend I had not seen for decades thanks to the magic of Facebook.

Finally, please take a moment to look over the details of my upcoming Feng Shui Workshop.  It is the only one of this kind that I am holding this year, so you won't want to miss out!  Space for this class is limited and filling fast, so please contact me at to reserve your space!

Warmest Regards,
Julie Ann

Nealon Residence
Translating the desires of a 13 year old, successfully creating a space that satisfies both dad and daughter.
Nealon BeforeI was approached by John Nealon who was looking to transform his under-used basement.  With a daughter who was just entering her teens, he wanted a place that she (and her friends) would be comfortable spending time in, so he left the design decisions all up to her!

When I first got started on this project with Sarah, she said she wanted a space that would be great for her to hang out with friends, have sleep overs, play games, and maybe even a pool table. She was inspired by the color purple, so I used a muted purple on the wall, as well as the sofa, breaking up the color and adding a touch of sophistication by lining the room with a creamy white bead board.  We worked together to find the perfect accents for this room.  I have to say, this is one 13 year-old with great taste!  Sarah even picked out the fabric for the bar stools,
which at first dad rose his eyebrow at, but they ended up being the perfect piece to tie the room together.
Nealon After
We had a console table custom painted to flow with the contemporary art work and pillows, added the pool table they were hoping for, and even managed to fit a beverage counter in an unused corner. This project was a complete success. Sarah loves it, saying "Its amazing!  I love it!  It turned out so much better than I could have even imagined!"

To see more before and after photographs of the Nealon residence.  Visit my before and after gallery at

Las Vegas Market
New and Great Finds!
I came across three GREAT findings at this year's market in Las Vegas!  One vendor, Art & Frame, I have worked with, but I also found two new vendors; Kathy Ireland's Omnia Leather and Hometexco!

Art & Frame Source
Art & Frame is an art source of over 9,000 copyrighted proprietary images, reflecting transitional, contemporary and traditional styles. The artists hand-embellish their meticulous recreations. Each work is a unique endeavor, with artistic expression characteristic of art gallery findings. The company is also environmentally concerned, using treeless paper cotton for their art as well as recycled products and water based paints. 

See the side bar for some my featured Art & Frame pieces.  To order one for your home, or for more information, contact Julie Ann at!

Omnia Leather
OMNIA Furniture is designed by European and American designers to create the finest detail, comfort and style. OMNIA offers exceptional quality:
  • Sumptuous comfort
  • Hardwood frames (lifetime warranty)
  • Sinuous Spring seating suspension (lifetime warranty)
  • Solid padded backs, arms and frames
  • 100% leather (no vinyls or splits)
  • Buckled removable seat cushions
  • Zippered backs and arms for removal or re-stuffing
Omnia Leather

Home Texco
Hometexco is an importer and leader in the design and manufacture of quality bed linen, duvet sets, table linens, quilts, decorative pillows, covers, runners, curtains and handcrafted home accents.  Decorative pillows add texture, color and pattern to the home decor. 

The samples, colors, patterns, fabrics, and sizes are all pressed into service at Hometexco to prove infinite possibilities and combinations for every occasion and style!

Home Texco
Decorating the "Fun" Shui Way
Create a Positive Energy Flow in Your Home!
If you are interested in decorating your home with the 5 elements, this workshop will give you the tools and knowledge to get started.  By balancing the elements in your home, you can achieve a harmonious living space.

Bagua Map

Cost:             $99
Time:            Sunday April 18th, 2010 from 1:00 - 4:00pm
Location:       Metropolitan Interiors
                     721 Second Avenue North, Suite 3
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Bring a copy of your floor plan or a room layout to work with during the seminar for a hands on, learning experience!
  • Determine the bagua of your home or room in your home
  • Learn what is needed to adjust the energy of your home
  • Guidance with wall colors
  • Guidance with furniture arrangement.
This upcoming workshop is the only one we will be holding this year! Space is limited, so reserve your spot today!  Pre-payment is required for reservation.

Call Julie Ann at 952.920.2827 or email
Have nothing in your homes that you do not know to be useful, or believe to be beautiful.  --William Morris
metropolitan interiors
Julie Ann Segal
(952) 920-2827
Nealon Residence
Las Vegas Market
Feng Shui Workshop

Art & Frame Prints
To order or for more information about the featured prints;
contact Julie Ann at


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Decorating the "Fun" Shui Way - Create a positive energy flow in your home

April 18th, 2009
1:00pm - 4:00pm
At Metropolitan Interiors

Cost $99
Space is limited, so reserve your space today!  This is the only time this class will be running this year!

(952) 920.2827 or

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