Celebrity Style: Angela Wicka is a stylist extraordinare

  • Article by: CYNDI YOUNGER NIGHTENGALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 16, 2000 - 11:00 PM

A little bit of this and a little bit of that can add up to a lot when you're decorating your home.

This is a formula that works well for Angela Wicka, owner and stylist extraordinare of Casabella in Edina.

Wicka's style is eclectic - she mixes something old with something new, then gives it a pinch of something off-the-wall for a comfortable yet interesting look.

You're never bored in a Wicka-designed room.

"I love mixing vintage with new," said Wicka, a former international fashion model from St. Paul who opened her home furnishings and accessories store about four years ago.

"In a room you should have what's important to you."

And no room is more important to Wicka than the one she has designed for her 1-year-old son, Nash.

In this ooh-la-la of a nursery are a few patterned fabrics, a few flea-market finds and a dash of panache.

The nursery exudes romance, but it takes on a classical feel in the custom crib and painted walls. For the unexpected Wicka touch, one need only look up to the chandelier (yes, chandelier) that hangs like a mobile above the crib, just out of Nash's reach.

While she was pregnant, Wicka knew all along how she would put together the nursery. The only catch? It had to work for either sex, since her husband, Tom, was adamant about not knowing the sex of the child until birth.

Not to be creatively put in a corner, Angela Wicka crafted her dream nursery, element by element, finishing the task in about four weeks.

"I wanted the chandelier [a found piece] to be the focal point," she said. "I also drew out the design for the crib," which was built by a New York firm.

She chose the muted tones and cherubs for the walls, which were crafted by Wanda, a local painting firm.

The oval mirror was a flea-market find and the changing table cover and bedding she designed through Casabella.

Because the Wickas are tall (Tom is over 6 feet), the furniture was adjusted for their height.

The floor covering in Nash's nursery is a needlepoint rug. While designing the nursery, Wicka also knew what she didn't want. "I didn't want a glider," she said. "I wanted a big comfy chair that I could use later in another room."

Wicka has always been a designing woman. In her bachelorette days, she used all her money for the down payment to buy her first home. "So with no money, I had to shop garage sales to furnish my home," she said. "I used anything I could find."

Of course, that's nothing new for Wicka. As a teenager at camp, she stacked crates next to her bed so she would have a place to store her belongings.

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