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COVID-19 may have curbed interior designer Linda Engler’s product-sourcing trips to Los Angeles. But as it turns out, the time to stay at home couldn’t have been better. California was on her mind every step of the way as she remodeled the 1956 Edina rambler she shares with her husband, Dave. “I’ve always been intrigued by the architecture, the landscape, the color palettes, and the material use of the West,” Engler says. “It’s more relaxed and more organic, with more modern forms. It’s more me.”

The look takes shape in the home’s clean-lined envelope, which the designer filled with personality and pops of color. “It’s midcentury, but it’s got my riff on it,” Engler says. That riff includes a pair of bold orange table lamps found at Retro Wanderlust in Hopkins a decade ago. “If my house were on fire, I’d save my husband and dog and those lamps,” she says.

Those lamps may be one-of-a-kind, but Engler has plenty of other California-inspired design tips to share. Here are her top five.  

Interior Designer: Linda Engler, ASID, Engler Studio Interior Design, 3948 W. 50th St., Ste. 204, Edina, 952-564-6488, // Architecture: Kristine Anderson, Associate AIA, and Tammy Angaran, AIA, PKA Architecture, 2919 James Ave. S., Mpls., 612-353-4920, // Builder: Telos, 7148 Shady Oak Rd., Eden Prairie, 763-334-5050,