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Modernizing Heena Gardner’s Tudor Revival

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Heena Gardner, stylist, DIYer and Parachute Brand Ambassador recently spoke with us about her Minneapolis Tudor Revival and how she was modernizing and personalizing it while protecting much of its original charm… along with the wins and challenges along the way.


How would you describe your home?

Tudor Revival meets earthy modern.


What do you love most about your home?

I love being able to blend the classic Tudor details with modern decor to highlight the historic charm. The original fireplace and arches throughout our home are just some of the things that make the experience unique.


How did you make your home your own?

After our big kitchen renovation, we’ve been slowly transforming the rest of the house one DIY project at a time. Accent walls are a great way to add personality into a room. We’ve tried everything from beadboard, slats, brick panel, stencils, wallpaper and colorblock.


How would you describe your design style?

Earthy, sculptural, modern. I gravitate towards greens, woods, sculptural details and brass accents.


What is your favorite room and what do you love the most about it?

The living room. It’s the heart of the home and functions as a sitting room, office or entertainment space depending on the time of day. It also gets the best natural light.


What has been the biggest design challenge in your home?

It’s always a struggle to find the right place for a TV in an old house. We made it work in a few spots in the living room but recently moved it to a spare bedroom we now use as a den.


Proudest DIY moment?

My favorite accent wall is the bedroom slat wall. The vertical lines help the small attic space feel taller, despite the awkward sloped ceilings. As for furniture flips, my favorite was the fluted marble table. MDF boards and half rounds completely transformed an old marble table we got from Facebook Marketplace.


How do you incorporate Parachute Home into your home?

I love my cozy Waffle Robe and our Linen bedding! I like keeping it simple with neutral bedding to complement our green accent wall. Linen is my go-to material.


How do you unwind at home?

Calming tunes, a scented candle and a cozy blanket are must haves after a long day of work.


What is the best decorating advice that you have ever gotten or can give out?

Don’t be afraid to experiment to see what speaks to you. It’s exciting to mix styles or to use something unexpected as a decorative piece.

Follow @homebyheena for more inspiration.

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