booths in a coffee shop with wallpaper

For Tori Gerding, an ideal space is clean and modern, but with a welcoming, lived-in vibe.

It’s a mix she’s perfected, both in her Maple Bluff home and her three Ancora coffee shops. Her design combines backdrops of white and neutral tones along with light wood, subway tile, streamlined but comfy furniture, lots of plants and — her signature — pops of wallpaper.


Photo by Hillary Shave


Photo by Hillary Shave


Photo by Hillary Shave

Contributing Writer

Katie Vaughn is a Madison-area writer specializing in art, travel, family and features topics. Katie earned degrees in journalism and art history from the University of Wisconsin–Madison and a master’s in journalism from Stanford University and has spent much of her career at magazines, including eight years as managing editor of Madison Magazine. These days, in addition to writing, Katie loves traveling, painting, running and spending time with her family.