Details and Registration for august lAB Talks is coming soon!

LAB Talks is a free monthly event where we set the stage to hear from those in our community and their compelling stories and insight. A panel of passion pursuers share their stories that offer different perspectives on making things happen IRL. Be surrounded by other like-minded individuals and take advantage of this energy to jumpstart your day - and your own passion. Join us every month to be inspired, learn from others, stay curious and gain access to resources, tools and strategies to help you make things happen. Learn. Indulge. Apply. Repeat. BONUS: You will leave fueled from conversation as well as the complimentary coffee from Parallel Cafe! 


Moderated by Kate Nelson (Artful Living) with Chris Plantan, Kate O’Hara (Martha O’Hara Interiors), Amy Hendel (Hendel Homes), Lea Johnson (Creekwood Hill) and Andrea Swan (Swan Architecture).

We've been spending a lot of time at home lately, and our homes now need to do double duty as workspaces, workout studios and sanctuaries. Now more than ever, it's vital that our abodes are designed around our individual lifestyles. This robust conversation with acclaimed local architects, designers and tastemakers will provide plenty of inspiration as well as tangible tips and tricks for designing for life.

Kate Nelson is the editor-in-chief of Artful Living, an award-winning independent luxury lifestyle magazine with national appeal. A storyteller through and through, she grew up in a small Minnesota farming town before making her way to Minneapolis. When she's not busy interviewing interesting personalities or uncovering untold stories, she enjoys horseback riding, traveling and scouring the Twin Cities' vintage shops. Earlier this year, she was named a Folio: Top Women in Media.



Real world entrepreneur, creative director and product designer with experience in leadership, brand creation, product development and compelling go-to-market strategies. From concept to commerce, Chris strategized and leveraged her entrepreneurial skills to create world-recognized consumer brands, innovative ventures and segment growth opportunities for large startups and established retailers/brands, leveraging her design, consumer awareness and retail prowess. She transformed existing consumer product categories into multi-million dollar business segments, building pilots, prototypes and physical testing formats. While developing marketing strategies for products, sales strategies for organizations and brand lives for businesses, she also managed a multi-person design team and spent time leading in the classroom and speaking engagements. 

Her work has been featured in many consumer publications, including Martha Stewart Living, Newsweek, Time, Fast Company, InStyle, Glamour and Better Homes & Gardens.



Kate is the CEO + creative director for Martha O’Hara Interiors where she pioneered the interior design firm’s expansion to national markets and international clientele. Today, MOI is one of the most well-known interior design studios in the country whose award-winning work has been featured on The Today Show, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens and beyond.

Named one of Austin’s Social Influencers and Minnesota’s Top 32 Under 32 Marketing Professionals, Kate is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from social media, to women in business, to online branding.


As head of marketing and a designer with award-winning Hendel Homes, Amy’s design expertise and experience, passion, hands-on approach and constant communication with clients create a trust and personal connection that ultimately lends itself to “peace of mind” during the process. Known for the depth of commitment and detail that each team member gives to every project, living and breathing it, is just part of whoHendel Homes is.

Hendel Homes has been published nationally and locally in a variety of publications: Better Homes and Gardens, Architectural Digest, Beautiful Kitchens and Baths, Kitchen and Bath Ideas, Artful Living, Midwest Home and Garden, Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Dream Kitchens and Baths, Country Living, and Lake Minnetonka Magazine.



Andrea's passion for Architecture began at a young age while spending summers in Europe - her parents immigrated from Slovakia, and her family still resides throughout Europe. Swan Architecture specializes in all things residential with the objective of understanding your vision, so that your home reflects your spirit and personality, not ours. Above all else, when the project is finished, they want you to LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE. Andrea believes that authentic design transcends fashion and trend, drawing upon rich traditions of the past while modernizing them to suit the way we live today. Devoted to authenticity, Andrea's work is a spirited balance of modern sensibilities with traditional order.







An interior stylist, who loves to mix old and new and curate spaces to reflect a well lived-in and bespoke home and lifestyle. Lea has been featured multiple times on Style by Emily Henderson as well as Apartment Therapy, Schoolhouse Electric and others. In addition, Lea curates an online shop full of one-of-a-kind and vintage finds.






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Kate Nelson is the editor-in-chief of Artful Living, an award-winning independent luxury lifestyle magazine with national appeal. A storyteller through and through, she grew up in a small Minnesota farming town before making her way to Minneapolis. When she's not busy interviewing interesting personalities or uncovering untold stories, she enjoys horseback riding, traveling and scouring the Twin Cities' vintage shops. Earlier this year, she was named a Folio: Top Women in Media.



Real world entrepreneur, creative director and product designer with experience in leadership, brand creation, product development and compelling go-to-market strategies. From concept to commerce, Chris strategized and leveraged her entrepreneurial skills to create world-recognized consumer brands, innovative ventures and segment growth opportunities for large startups and established retailers/brands, leveraging her design, consumer awareness and retail prowess.




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Kate is the CEO + creative director for Martha O’Hara Interiors where she pioneered the interior design firm’s expansion to national markets and international clientele. Today, MOI is one of the most well-known interior design studios in the country whose award-winning work has been featured on The Today Show, HGTV, Better Homes and Gardens and beyond.

Named one of Austin’s Social Influencers and Minnesota’s Top 32 Under 32 Marketing Professionals, Kate is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from social media, to women in business, to online branding.


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As head of marketing and a designer with award-winning Hendel Homes, Amy’s design expertise and experience, passion, hands-on approach and constant communication with clients create a trust and personal connection that ultimately lends itself to “peace of mind” during the process. Known for the depth of commitment and detail that each team member gives to every project, living and breathing it, is just part of whoHendel Homes is.

Named one of Austin’s Social Influencers and Minnesota’s Top 32 Under 32 Marketing Professionals, Kate is a sought-after speaker on topics ranging from social media, to women in business, to online branding.


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Andrea's passion for Architecture began at a young age while spending summers in Europe - her parents immigrated from Slovakia, and her family still resides throughout Europe. Swan Architecture specializes in all things residential with the objective of understanding your vision, so that your home reflects your spirit and personality, not ours. Above all else, when the project is finished, they want you to LOVE WHERE YOU LIVE. Andrea believes that authentic design transcends fashion and trend, drawing upon rich traditions of the past while modernizing them to suit the way we live today. Devoted to authenticity, Andrea's work is a spirited balance of modern sensibilities with traditional order.







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An interior stylist, who loves to mix old and new and curate spaces to reflect a well lived-in and bespoke home and lifestyle. Lea has been featured multiple times on Style by Emily Henderson as well as Apartment Therapy, Schoolhouse Electric and others. In addition, Lea curates an online shop full of one-of-a-kind and vintage finds.






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