Kristen Mengelkoch is the principal designer and a visionary leader of Daybreak Interiors. Her intuitive approach has made her a highly sought-after talent for luxury interior design projects in the Twin Cities and beyond. Here, Mengelkoch gives us a closer look at her personal approach to design and more.
What’s your approach to design when it comes to your own living space?
I have a very eclectic taste, and I love the 1920s style of my home. Generally, I like to keep the period style for the built-in elements and enjoy having a range of styles for the furniture, art, wallpaper and accessories. I have a bad habit of not wanting to touch a room until I can give it my full attention. This makes for a mix of both delightful and depressing rooms at any given time.
What are some of your favorite decor, design or architectural elements in your home?
Architecturally, I love the shallow arches and the combination of dark wood and white paint along the stairs and banister. I designed a built-in dresser in that style for the odd corners on the top floor.
What’s your process for finding pieces for your home?
I use new items from my wholesale sources and combine them with family pieces and items from vintage purveyors like 1stDibs, Chairish and local antique stores. If I can’t find what I’m looking for, then I just design it myself.
If you could add one design item to your home, what would it be?
Definitely some new art!
Do you have a favorite room?
Currently it is my art deco powder room, because it is brand-new and I love art deco.
What room do you spend most of your time in? How does this room serve you?
I spend most of my time during the week in my studio. It has great natural light and is a wonderful space for working with color. The light and views into the trees also keep me feeling connected to the outside world. My studio also accommodates a lot of space to lay out drawings and samples.
How are your personal spaces bringing you comfort or joy right now?
My home’s personal spaces feel good because they represent my husband and me, which is comforting during this uncertain time. They provide comfortable places to talk on the phone and to see people outside. Also, comfortable spots to read and to watch television, which have been my main substitutes for a real social life right now.