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From the Publisher In September 2017, I launched Lake Society Magazine, the culmination of 25 years in the publishing business. My goal was to create a magazine that would reflect the City Lakes neighborhoods and the people who live in the community. I wanted it to be something special and committed to excellence and quality, right down to the paper used to print the magazine. I assembled a small team of talented individuals to bring you the best we can find in architecture, design, photography, art, editorial, and lifestyle features. Although some features have changed over the years, it has been fun to see the publication evolve. I am so grateful for all the professionals we have collaborated with over the past 5 years. Each of them made a significant contribution. I’m also incredibly thankful for all of the advertisers who have supported this vision of mine. You make the publication possible in many ways, and I appreciate each and every one of you. The City Lakes area is diverse and full of interesting people from every walk of life – each with a story to tell. It’s so rewarding to meet them and their families. It’s a privilege to tell their stories. Our neighborhoods are graced with many historic homes that are now being reimagined to reflect modern life. We try to showcase the diversity of the architecture in the area. Occasionally, we travel outside the area to show where people spend their summers. We have such a vibrant and talented design community in the Twin Cities. We sometimes take them for granted. We love featuring their work. It’s also important to remember how blessed we are to be surrounded by so much natural beauty in our city. People often ask me how I arrived at my vision for Lake Society magazine. It was an idea that evolved over many years. I’ve always loved print publications – both magazines and coffee table books. I have quite a collection of both. I grew up on a farm in Iowa, and my mom subscribed to magazines like Better Homes & Gardens, McCall’s, and Ladies Home Journal. They were my connection to the outside world, and I loved poring over them. As a teenager, the mix of magazines changed, but they provided a glimpse of fashion, lifestyle, design, and popular culture. I’ve always had a passion for design, whether architecture, interiors, or fashion, and a print publication seemed an excellent way to explore those interests. Each issue of LSM is an expression of my fondness for the City Lakes community – a “love letter” of sorts. I appreciate all of you for your support. Know that I always love to hear from you. Lastly, a big thank you to all the people who tirelessly help me get the magazine to print every two months. As they say, “It takes a village.” Here’s to another 5 years! 26

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WINTER 2018

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Spring 2424 W Lake Of The Isles Pkwy, MPLS $3.8M

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2212 W Lake Of The Isles Pkwy, MPLS $3,499,000

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ON THE COVER CELEBRATING 5 YEARS PUBLISHER KAREN T. STOECKEL GRAPHIC DESIGN SHEBA CONCEPT & DESIGN, INC. ART DIRECTION KAREN T. STOECKEL MANAGING EDITOR ELLEN OLSON SOCIAL MEDIA JACOB PIERRE LOUIS III CONTRIBUTING WRITERS CARTER AVERBECK ANDRÉA DIXON ANDREW FLESHER CAROLE HYDER NANCY MONROE ANDREW J. RAMIREZ JEN ZIEMER CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS JOE DAMMEL, DAMMEL PHOTOGRAPHIC WORKS DYLAN GARRISON, PRESS PLAY MEDIA CHELSIE LOPEZ PHOTOGRAPHY SPACECRAFTING

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With this Autumn issue, we celebrate 5 years of publishing Lake Society Magazine. As we began our planning, we enjoyed a look back at where we started and where we are today. From the beginning, we wanted to present our readers with the area’s finest homes and designs and acquaint you with neighbors in the City Lakes area and present other lifestyle features. Everyone has a story, and we appreciate those who have welcomed us into their homes to meet their families. It’s been an honor and a privilege. We gave our contributing designers a little reprieve in this issue. We hope you will enjoy a look back at the collections they have curated and the advice they have shared. Our collaboration with Carter, Jen & Andréa, and Andrew has been a wonderful experience. We are grateful to be associated with such a fine group of talented professionals. Patti Wagner shared her incredible life story for the Lifestyle feature. She is brave beyond words. You, too, will be humbled by the story of how she and her family made their way to the United States. She is another talented design professional who has created a loyal following for her fresh approach. For our Design at Home feature, we visited Christine Frisk in her lovely home. It reflects her personality and her commitment to good design and sustainability. She was ahead of the curve on using commercial products in residential design. Beth Dooley invited us into her kitchen, where she gave us an update on her myriad of projects. They all relate to food, and she is one busy woman! Her cookbook with Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef ’s Indigenous Kitchen, won the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook. The historic Humboldt Lofts building was transformed into condominiums in 2003 and features timeless details like the arched windows. Shane Spencer of Coldwell Banker Realty invited us to visit a listing that he has in the building. The unit has been transformed into a chic entertaining and living space on one floor and, on the other, a private sanctuary. It could be an excellent option for those who desire a more urban living environment. A new build from Mark D. Williams Custom Homes is the realization of a young family’s dream. They wanted a gathering place for the young and old. The home features traditional elements that “go modern” through the use of color. Celebrations are the topic of Carole Hyder’s feature. Changes in our homes deserve to be celebrated, just like important life events. Martin Patrick 3 showcased their fall collections at 7 Vines Vineyards & Winery. It was an evening of fashion, friends, and fun. Five years ago, my sister, Karen, the publisher of LSM, asked if I could help her as she launched her vision for a new kind of City Lakes publication. I wrote an article about Carol Kunkel’s family home on Lake of the Isles. Five years later, I’m still collaborating with Karen and the rest of the team on a project that is dear to my heart. I’ve met so many wonderful people and am so proud of the publication we have created. Thanks to all of you for your incredible support! lake society magazine


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CONTENTS AUTUMN 2022

26 A LETTER FROM the publisher.

30 A LETTER FROM the editor.

36 DESIGN AT HOME

Christine Frisk’s home is clean, modern, and full of personality.

40 THE TASTEMAKER DIARIES Jen and Andréa, Fiddlehead Designs, always manage to tempt with their finely curated collections.

42 ANDREW ON DESIGN

Andrew Flesher answers readers’ questions and offers useful advice about interior design.

44 SUSTAINABLY CHIC

Carter Averbeck shares his passion for stylish and sustainable interior design.

46 LIFESTYLE

As a child, Patti Wagner escaped a war-torn nation and has made Minneapolis home.

50 HOME

Classic, clean, and modern describes the transformation of a condominium at the historic Humboldt Lofts.

58 HOME

A young family builds the home of their dreams – a gathering place for their children, friends, and family.

68 CHEF’S KITCHEN

Beth Dooley has authored several award-winning cookbooks, and covers the Northern Heartland food scene as a writer, television guest, and educator.

70 SPOTLIGHT

Luxury retailer Martin Patrick 3 hosted a preview of their fall collections at 7 Vines Vineyard and Winery on August 17th.

74 FENG SHUI EVERYDAY

Carole suggests that celebrating changes in our homes is as important as celebrating changes in our personal lives. 32

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“Congratulations Lake Society Magazine for showcasing our creative community with impeccable taste. Bravo!”

“Congratulations on Five Impressive Years to Karen & Ellen and all at Lake Society Magazine! Thanks for celebrating the rich diversity of design in our beautiful Cities!” –David Heide, David Heide Design Studio

–Sandy LaMendola, ASID, Twist Interior Design

“There’s a dream team at Lake Society Magazine and Highcroft is thrilled to be part of it!” –Molly MacDonald, owner of Highcroft

“I am thrilled to receive each issue. LSM really is a must-read for all Twin City cosmopolitans.”

“As an advertiser in Lakes Society Magazine over the past 5 years, I have enjoyed seeing many of my clients featured. It shows how LSM brings our wonderful City Lakes community together in an informative and classy way!”

–Bradley Meier, Reader

–Laurie Kottke, Laurie Kottke Fine Jewelers

WHAT PEOPLE “Lake Society Magazine is the only publication in line with my brand. The quality of the content, paper, and the people associated with the magazine are unlike any other shelter/lifestyle magazine in the Twin Cities. Attention to detail and aesthetics are critical attributes of my brand, and they are reflected in each issue of this stunning publication.” –Andrew Flesher, Andrew Flesher Interior Design “I appreciate the value I get from this publication. The quality is superb! People stop me on the street. They recognize me from the magazine, and enjoy the properties that I feature in LSM.” –Shane Spencer, Coldwell Banker Realty

“I look forward to the arrival of each issue of LSM. It’s simply beautiful. The commitment to the quality of production values is impressive. Congratulations on a job well-done!” –Charlie Simmons, Charlie & Co. Design, Ltd.

“Lake Society Magazine is always beautifully done, excellent photos, and of local interest, of course!” –Jennifer Lisburg, LaLa Homemade Ice Cream

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“Karen has a vision for creating the most remarkable Design/Lifestyle magazine in the Twin Cities. Her tireless support of small businesses to lift them up and create an atmosphere of success is apparent the very first time you meet with her. I always look forward to collaborating with Karen.” –Carter Averbeck, Omforme Design

“These past five years with LSM have been a stylish and successful run. Congratulations on building a first class publication from all of us at BBG!”

“Lovely publication. Very well done.” –Deborah Damian, Goodnight Moon

“Lake Society Magazine is a gem! I love the weight of the paper, the beautiful contents, and the way it showcases our amazing community. Happy Fifth Anniversary LSM! Cheers to many more!” –Hollie Blanchard, ART GIRLS

–Bruce Birkeland, Bruce Birkeland Group

“This is a stunning publication. Done with beautiful content and exquisite visual and tactical materials. I absolutely love Karen’s work. This is a very special magazine that honors our beautiful part of the city.”

“Happy Anniversary Lake Society Magazine! Your publication is an honor to be a part of. Congrats!”

–Evelyn Hill, Gluek Mansion

–Spacecrafting

ARE SAYING “Strong Minnesota publisher! I recommend her.”

–David Barrett, Holy Grail Writing “Publisher Karen Stoeckel produces a smart, beautiful magazine that is always a pleasure to read. Interesting articles with artful photography. I was honored to be featured in this publication several years ago and proudly feature the link on my professional website.” –Susan M. Wagner, Artist & Consultant

“Karen’s publications are the first thing you grab out of your stack of mail when it arrives…because people truly like reading about their neighbors.” –Lisa Edevold, Lucky Street Thai Street Food & Sushi

“It’s always a pleasure to work with the ‘A’ team at LSM to feature one of my interior design projects. It’s a beautiful publication that showcases the best of City Lakes architecture and design.” –Christine Frisk, InUnison Design

“Great magazine. Very Informative.”

–Joel Dumphy, Kenwood Cleaning Systems

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DESIGN AT HOM

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Interior designer Christine Frisk pioneered the use of commercial products in residential projects. Her early career, homed in commercial design, exposed her to products and materials she continues to use today. Christine came to love the honesty of the designs, and the way they were engineered – pieces you’d hand down to your children rather than dispose of them. In her practice of more than 30 years, this approach to furniture, textiles, and other materials is driven by this approach. “I love the cross-over and blurring of the lines between the two worlds – we now call it resimercial,” said Christine. Her business today is a vibrant mix of residential and commercial projects. “I applaud the commercial industry’s commitment to sustainability and good design. To be clear, they have been pushed in that direction with the myriad of certification initiatives. Residential design will eventually get there. For now, I choose to incorporate ‘green’ in all my designs, whether my clients request it or not.” The home that Christine shares with her husband, Ron, is a reflection of these values. The ranch-style home, located in the Kenny neighborhood, was built in 1959. Originally they were going to buy the house with friends and flip it, but when that didn’t work out, they decided to buy it and remodel it for themselves. “It had that clean, simple ranch look, which gives you so many options for the interiors,” said Christine. “In design school, I fell in love with the simplicity of rectangular forms and the mid-century modern designers. I’m drawn to having the outdoors be part of how you experience interior spaces.” The front walkout home has a view of a small lake and a relatively small footprint, which contributes to the natural greenness of the house. “All of our primary living space is raised above the lower level, so we are removed from the cars on the street and people walking by,” said Christine. “Single-level living is perfect for the two of us.” The couple plans to add solar panels next year. They will also update all of their HVAC to more environmentally friendly units so they are aligned with the goal of protecting the environment over the long term. Art is an essential element of Christine’s home. “Our house would look very different without it,” she suggested. “Art has always been a big part of my life and brings me such joy.” Her taste is eclectic but leans toward modern and abstract. She especially loves pieces that are more graphic but also appreciates a traditional still life. The art form mixes well with the contemporary furnishings that grace her home’s spaces. At the end of the workday, Christine and Ron decompress by spending time outdoors. They love to bike and hike together. Christine collects old art, history, and picture books and loves to find them used. She took up painting a couple of years ago. “I can not think about anything else when I’m painting,” she mused. “It’s almost like a ‘spa’ for my brain.” Since then, classes at MCAD have provided her much enjoyment. Christine grew up on an acreage in Iowa where her mother had a beautiful garden. “I got used to having natural, pesticidefree foods,” she said. “We had fresh food all year, as canning, freezing, and preserving were part of the household chores.” Carving out a small vegetable garden in the backyard of their home was a priority for her. “Ron and I plant it every year, and for a short while, we reap the rewards of our labor,” she added. “It’s a reminder of Mother Nature’s power. She always knows what to do.” www.inunisondesign.com lake society magazine


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THE TASTEMAKER DIARIES Andréa Dixon and Jen Ziemer, Fiddlehead Design Group, are always on the hunt for the area’s finest fashions, gifts, accessories, housewares, furniture, and destinations. Their selections tempt even the most disciplined reader!

ANDREW ON DESIGN Andrew Flesher, Andrew Flesher Interiors, has been answering readers’ questions about design since our Winter 2020 issue. He has generously shared his best advice and experiences, both personal and professional.

SUSTAINABLY CHIC In each issue of LSM, Carter Averbeck, Omforme Design, shares his passion for stylish, sustainable design and curates a unique collection of the industry’s finest home and lifestyle furnishings.

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andréa Dixon of Fiddlehead Design Group have a signature play of pattern, color and texture that stands out in the local interior design circuit. These Twin Cities tastemakers share what’s on their wishlist this holiday season.

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Santa’s got his bag, and we’ve got ours! This festive hand woven St. Bart’s bag is a whimsical standout you’ll want to pull out year after year! Instead of a water cooler conversation, this baby will spark a little dialogue over the eggnog. Adding this one to the very top of our holiday wish list! shopbop.com

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andréa Dixon of award-winning Fiddlehead Design Group pull together some of their favorite Fall finds for home, office and fashion, all supporting local Twin Cities’ businesses. And if you’re in need of a quick getaway, head to La Crosse, WI and book a room at the Charmant Hotel for a welcome change of scenery!

We’ll be putting a toque or two under the tree! These handmade luxe toque hats are made with repurposed sweaters of the finest cashmere. A portion of the proceeds are donated to organizations that protect, defend and rescue wildlife.

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Wasy Bag Isabel Marant, Grethen House; grethenhouse.com

Pajamas Rosalind, Mille; shopmille.com Quarantine Correspondance 1 Canoe 2, Highcroft Home; 1canoe2.com, highcrofthome.com

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Cure Mittens will warm your hands and your heart. Created by a Minneapolis family whose daughter was diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes, a portion of every sale is donated to charities that help those impacted by diabetes.

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We’re signing off with a toast to good tidings and cheer! See you next issue! Enjoy this recipe from our friends at Norseman Distillery:

TASTEMAKER Holiday Martini 2 dashes Orange Bitters 30ml Dry Vermouth 60ml Norseman Gin

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If you love color and pattern as much as we do here at Fiddlehead, then you will adore La Double J. Check out this whimsical, silk Swing Dress and many other silhouettes. You will be addicted!

Stir with ice until desired taste and decant into a martini glass. Garnish with These Twin Cities a lemon coin. tastemakers share What’s not to love about a locally curatedwhat’s puttingStay in touch: custom gift box from Minny & Paul? Thesea bounce in @fiddleheaddesigngroup custom gift sets make great gifts for clientstheir step now that Spring has and colleagues! sprung!

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If you have to work, you may as well do it in style! Poppin offers colorful and functional desktop accessories that will allow you to corral that mess on your desk so you can brainstorm your next big idea! containerstore.com

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Put your life on display in one of Spring’s hottest trends. But remember, what’s on the inside is just as important as what’s on the outside.

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This cheeky beach bag is the perfect conversation starter. Pair it with our new favorite cover up by Poupette St. Barth that looks good on every body and is great thrown over jean shorts when you head to dinner. Nordstrom, Poupette St. Barth

INSIDE OUT Christopher Farr is known for pattern and color and his new outdoor palette is no different! Family friendly and what we are reaching for when designing spaces for heavy use. Blended Blue IMS

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Spring Cocktail: Eagle’s Dream Egg white 4mL Norseman Creme de Fleur 8mL Rich (2:1) Simple Syrup 30mL Fresh Lemon Juice 60mL Norseman Gin Shake with 3 good ice cubes until you can’t hear them anymore and strain into a coupe glass.

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Blanket: Wrapped in Love faribaultmill.com

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Journals: Quarantine Diaries islesstudio.com

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Summer Cocktail: Fitzgerald 3 dashes Angostura Bitters 15ml Rich (2:1) Simple Syrup 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice 60ml Norseman Gin

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Now you can enjoy summer’s favorite Rose All Day in a can. It makes for a cute instagram post,too!

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Got a little too much sun? Fade those unwanted dark spots with this fast-acting “miracle” serum that will return your skin to it’s bright and best self.

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GIFT GIVER Looking for the perfect gift? These vintage upcycled necklaces are on our hot list right now. Great on their own or heavily layered up, these one of a kind statement pieces will make any outfit shine. Be sure to follow @shayneandcoco on insta where new goodies are posted often.

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andréa Dixon of award-wining Fiddlehead Design Group are known for their signature use of color, texture and pattern play that stands out in the local design circuit. Their clients and friends also have them on speed dial for everyday lifestyle advice. These Twin Cities tastemakers share what they’re cozying up to this winter!

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Cheers! Enjoy this recipe from our friends at Norseman Distillery Late Summer Cocktail: Premier

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How many coats is too many coats?? This gorgeous number by Bazar Deluxe breaks any rule, if there is one. It’s like three outfits in one! The combo is killer, the vest can stand alone, and don’t forget to roll the cuffs for another pop of pattern!

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of award-winning Fiddlehead Design Group pull together their favorites for a muchanticipated Spring. Color and whimsy are the name of the game this season, both for your home and wardrobe! Don’t forget to shop local whenever possible!

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HOLIDAY HUSTLE Need some humor to get through the stress of the holiday season? This cheeky sweater by Lingua Franca will put a smile on your face. Another reason to smile? The softest cashmere sweater is sustainably sourced and hand made by women locally in the US.

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Winter is the perfect time to hibernate in our homes. This palette of luxe fabric and flocked wall-covering from our friends at Scherping Westphal at IMS is sure to keep you warm and cozy as our temps drop. Why not swap out a few pillows or add that accent wallpaper. A little goes a long way.

GIVING WINTER THE BOOT Ready or not, the time has come to pull out your boots. Winter can be tough on footwear so you need multiple pairs to make it through. These fashionable lace ups by Sorel are weekend ready and are comfy to boot!

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of award-winning Fiddlehead Design Group share their picks for a fun filled cabin season in MN....from a couple of lake girls. Don’t forget to shop local!

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Decorating for the holidays doesn’t have to be complicated or fussy. Adding just a few pieces here and there can get you into the holiday “spirit”. Mix it up with a glam brass tray and decanter set contrasted with rustic wood coasters and green accents. Your look is collected, not staged. Zachary and Tapis - IMS

KDR showroom at IMS is filling us with all kinds of happy with new collections from some of our favorite lines. Pattern and texture and pom poms, oh my!! We can’t wait to incorporate them into our next project!

Late summer brings cooler temps to MN especially in the evenings. Time to add some sleeves and warm up the palette. This flowly number from Warm will take you right into Fall fashion. The woven mini bag is still trending so why not try an unusual shape? Guaranteed to turn heads.

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If Christmas had a scent it would be this Nest candle. It truly is the perfect gift to give and receive.

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It’s time for back to school and shopping for new gear! Moms don’t have to feel left out of the fun. This trendy MZ Wallace backpack is the perfect carryall for the gym and beyond.

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Fiddlehead favorite, Schumacher, has launched their collaboration with Williams Sonoma and we can’t get there fast enough to set our summer tables. You won’t go wrong with any of the pieces in the collection so pile on the personality and don’t be afraid to mix it up.

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These colorful summer slides are a Fiddlehead Fav and certain to garner tons of compliments. How can you not smile with these on your feet? Fling this cooler over your shoulder and you’re set for a picnice with your pals. Stylish and functional.... you catching on?

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Family owned Burntside Lodge in Ely, MN is the perfect place to relax and unplug.

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andréa Dixon of award-winning Fiddlehead Design Group pull together some of their favorite cold weather finds, all supporting local Twin Cities’ businesses.

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Who doesn’t love a summer maxi dress that can go from the beach to dinner? This bold retro print checks all the boxes. Eat too much guac? No worries with this easy breezy silhouette!

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SPRING REFRESH Pillows and window treatments no longer bringing you joy? Replace them with lighter, brighter colors and fun patterns that will make you smile every time you step in the room.

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Layer your outdoor table with plenty of pattern and tons of texture! Roudy guests? No need to hide the dishware. Melamine is durable and easy on the checkbook if you need to replace one or two.

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Enjoy this recipe from our friends at Norseman Distillery

Books are a must for these Fiddlehead girls and we love the curated reads in Reece Witherspoon’s book club. You may find us stalking the aisles at Target for her latest pick. Stay in touch: @fiddleheaddesigngroup

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Unleash your unruly side and gather up Wild Flowers & Weeds, the limited edition collection from Jo Malone, celebrating nature’s rebels with combinations like Nettle & Wild Achillea and Hemlock & Bergamot.

You’ll actually look forward to rainy days so you have a chance to wear these Pendleton rain boots, each pair embellished with our National Park stripes and vintage logo. And don’t forgot this cheeky umbrella by Kate Spade to keep your “do” from having a bad day!

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Paper, tape, scissors, boxes, ribbons and bows! We aren’t getting tangled up in all that mess this holiday season. Wanna know our secret? Call Gift Six Wrappery and they’ll bring their mobile wrapping services right to your door! A gift certificate could make a great gift for someone on your list too!

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The only kind of cart we like more than a shopping cart is a well-stocked barcart! Layer in just one or two festive accessories to give your cart a spirited feel, without the holiday hangover.

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andréa Dixon of award-winning Fiddlehead Design Group pull together our favorites for not just surviving MN winters but thriving in it. Whether you are freshening up your home or practicing a little self love, we’ve got you covered. Be sure to give our local friends a follow and help support small businesses!

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Pendant Lighting filamentlighting.com

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Lounge Chairs blendedblue.com

Zoom Approved... Waist Up~ Savannah sweater from Atelier Delphine highcrofthome.com Another Covid Friday Night Nileta pj’s, True Hue candle, Above Lake Minnetonka puzzle highcrofthome.com

A Heavenly Design Collaboration Sister Parish for Country Floors tilexdesign.com

Drink Up Hidrate Spark with built in tech that even reminds you to get those ounces in! hidratespark.com

Bucket Hat & Tote pumpzco.com

Spring Break at Home Fresh new wallcovering and fabrics bring the outside in when we really need it! rootcellardesigns.com tapis-decor.com

Vintage Charm You never know what treasures await at one of our local favorites. shopvictory.com

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Comfort Food Without The Fuss Weekly heat and eat meals just like mom made. Made with love. noshandgather.com

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of award-winning Fiddlehead Design Group share how they are treating themselves and finding joy during this bleak mid-winter.

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“She wasn’t scared of the fire. She was the fire.” –unknown

”Fragrance is the first layer of dressing.” –Donna Karan

“Conformity is the only real fashion crime.” –Simon Doonan “Being happy never goes out of style.” –Lilly Pulitzer

“I’ve always thought of accessories as the exclamation point of a woman’s outfit.” –Michael Kors

Purse, Necklace: Vintage Luxe juliamossdesigns.com Hotel: Close to Home omnihotels.com

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of award-winning Fiddlehead Design Group share what they are falling in love with as summer fades into autumn.

80’s Flashback Grethenhouse.com

The Great Cover Up Touch up your grays on the go. It will be our little secret.

Happy Hour The brand new O’Shaughnessy Distillery is the perfect place to sip and socialize with its cozy vibe and standout interiors.

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Vintage Vibes Blendedblue.com

Update your prep school uniform with this reimagined loafer from Freda Salvador. Grethenhouse.com Mad for Plaid

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Osbourne and Little’s new collection puts a modern spin on a classic. Not your grandma’s plaid.

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Carry On Classic Handbag. Killer color. Enough Said. Pumpzco.com

Pumpkin Spice Make a statement with this beautiful piece showcasing the artistic colab between Rubinksi Works and Celina Kane.

This time of year, is about layers. We love this pop over coat for its versatility and unexpected Fall palette.

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ASK ANDREW Andrew Flesher gives advice about mixing periods and styles in your home. photography by john lauenstein

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My husband and I found a beautiful old Victorian style home that is in need of some TLC. We fell in love with some of the architectural details of the house, but we are a bit stumped as to how we might furnish and decorate the space. Our tastes lean toward modern, clean and simple. Can we make it work?

Andrew walks one of our readers through the considerations for replacing upper kitchen cabinets with open shelving.

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The short answer is “yes.” There are so many beautiful old properties in the Twin Cities that make wonderful homes, regardless of your style preferences. First of all, if you are purchasing a home that has strong architectural details and a “sense of place”—you need to honor it. I always advise my clients to keep the architectural details pure. Some older homes went through nightmare remodels in the 70’s and 80’s. If you have the budget to remove and redo those elements, go for it! But if your budget is tight, you still have options. Paint is an inexpensive fix and can do a lot to camouflage “ugly.” For example, if one of the rooms contains an unsightly cabinet—paint it the same color as your walls. It will recede. If wood details aren’t particularly special, don’t be afraid to paint over them. Flooring can create a cohesive backdrop for your furnishings and unify your home. In short, make the shell of the home as architecturally consistent as possible, but when you decorate—have some fun! You do not have to match the furniture to the architecture of the home; anybody can open a history book and copy it. Use a combination of periods and styles to reflect your own personality and style. You want to create balance. For example, in an old Victorian, you might have an amazing period antique, but offset that with clean, modern and tailored furnishings. Give each space it’s own identity—but find ways to tie the house together with consistent elements so that it flows. Have a color palette that connects each of the rooms, but use tone, value and texture to mix it up, so each room has it’s own personality but the house is still cohesive. Take some risks and stay true what you love. Most of your decisions won’t be life altering. If you are serious about an investment piece, consult a professional before you purchase it. Classic, well-made pieces will always stand the test of time and will fit in almost any setting. I wish you the best of luck on your journey!

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Andrew Flesher provides suggestions for making your dining room space functional and beautiful. photography by karen melvin photography

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My outdoor living spaces are underutilized. How can I make them more inviting and functional?

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First of all, congratulations on your new home! Take a few minutes to think about your lifestyle and how you would like it to function. How big is your family? Will you use the dining room on a daily basis? Do you like to entertain? Do you typically host large family gatherings? Do you have small children? The answers to these questions will guide your decisions for creating a dining room that is functional, as well as beautiful. I have a few “rules” that I find helpful in laying out a dining room. Ideally you want to have 3 feet, 6 inches – 4 feet from the edge of the table to a wall or an obstruction, such as a cabinet or bookcase. That gives you ample room for guests to pull out chairs comfortably, as well as to have someone walk behind the chairs if a meal is being served in a more formal manner. The standard width of tables is 42”, although if you want to create a more intimate setting, 36” will work. If you decide to go narrow, think about where you will place side dishes, as you won’t have a lot of room. Sideboards or a bar cart that can be rolled up next to the table would work well. Lighting is another consideration. A chandelier typically hangs 60” from the floor to the bottom of the light. Scaling the diameter/height of the chandelier/light fixture is an intuitive process. Have someone hold up a tape measure for you to get a sense of how it will look in the room and in relation to the size of the table. Dining rooms are often filled with hard surfaces. I like to have fabric on the dining chairs to add softness. Rugs are another option. If you have small children, you will need to consider the durability of the fabrics you choose, as well as options for stain treatments. Ideally you should have at least 24” from the edge of the table to the edge of the rug so that it anchors the space. Measure the width of the dining room chairs to make sure they will photography by paul raeside fit between table legs; that also determines how many chairs you can fit around the table. A pedestal base will eliminate someone straddling the legs. Extra chairs can sit at bay in the room to give you more room at the table day-to-day, and they can be pulled over when needed. If you do entertain large groups, particularly at the holidays, consider folding chairs that are narrow and can be used when you want to fit in more people. I tend to like darker, cozier finishes for dining rooms, as they are typically used during the evening hours. My preference is to eat by candlelight; if that’s too far of a stretch for you, consider having your dining room chandelier on a dimmer, so you can control the ambiance of the room. My last tip is this: make sure that your dining chairs are comfortable! Especially if you like to sit back after the meal and continue conversations over coffee or after dinner drinks. A sign of a well-designed dining room and good conversation is how long your guests linger at the end of the meal. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com HOLIDAY 2020 35

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I’ve long been a fan of open shelving in kitchens. To be honest, I’ve been using this strategy in my own homes for many, many years. I love the ease that open shelving provides. Everything is within reach and accessible. You don’t have to open a door to get things out or put things away. It’s easy to find things. It’s a very functional and cost-effective solution, but it’s also an aesthetically pleasing choice. You can create a strong and highly personal statement in your kitchen with open shelving. You can use it as an opportunity to create a 3-dimensional still life or vignette to showcase your dishes and glassware. Art, small potted plants, and vases add interest. You can hang plates or small artwork between the shelves. It’s best if your dishes match or are color coordinated. You have to be thoughtful about materials and design. Open shelving will require that you carefully edit and curate your display so that it doesn’t look disheveled and messy. Don’t crowd things too much — think of it as a still life that you are creating. Open shelving can break up the expanse of a wall and create a lot more visual interest in the room. Using shelves will also make your kitchen seem bigger because you see another 12 inches of space that is normally hidden behind doors. Typically, I like to keep open shelving to one wall. That makes it special and interesting. Shelves work in most styles of architecture. It’s all about the materials you use and how you style it. Materials for shelving can be wood, glass, stainless steel, or black/colored steel for a more industrial look. You must use sturdy materials that will support the weight of the dishes and glassware and the brackets must be attached to the studs. It’s worthwhile to enlist in the help of a contractor or builder to make sure that your installation is sturdy and safe. Another consideration for your project is the choice of material that is behind your shelves. It doesn’t just have to be boring painted drywall. You can use tile, marble, aged mirrors, paneling, or even a mural. The materials can create a more formal or casual look. Make sure to use whatever is in keeping with the overall architecture in your home. The only real downside to open shelving is that you have to take everything down and dust or wipe down the shelves once in a while. As you can tell, I’m enthusiastic about your choice to install shelving in your kitchen! It’s an economical, practical, and functional solution — and it can be a wonderful expression of your personality and lifestyle. Have fun! If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com.

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Since COVID, all of us are longing for human connection, and outdoor living areas provide a good option for gathering small groups safely. Whether at your primary home or a cottage at the lake, here are some things to consider. Try to think about outside areas as another room in your home. The overall aesthetic should be harmonious with the exterior architecture of your home, including the paint colors, such as body, trim, and awnings if you have them. Choose a color palette that plays well with the view from the interior of your home. Most outdoor furniture consists of a frame made from wood, wicker, aluminum, or woven material, with seat and back cushions. I prefer matching furniture when possible, and I like to keep fabrics simple and unified. You want the area to look uniform and neat. You don’t want it to compete with the architecture or plantings. Mix organic patterns with solids and geometrics. I tend to favor patterns and prints for accent pillows, and keep the cushions a solid color. There are so many terrific options for maintenance-free outdoor fabrics. They are water-resistant, stain-resistant, and some provide UV protection to keep them from fading. They are also beautiful; I even use them in indoor applications where carefree maintenance is the gold standard. They’ve come a long way. They’re not your typical shiny, synthetic-looking fabrics anymore. Some are washable, and if they are solution-dyed, you can use bleach to clean and brighten them. Be sure that your cushion fillers are intended for outdoor use. It’s worthwhile to pull your cushions inside during inclement weather to extend their life and keep them looking their best. If your cushions can no longer be cleaned, or they have a musty odor, it’s time to replace them. Many manufacturers offer replacement cushions, and some even allow COM (customer’s own material), giving you a wide range of options. Use a rug to define and anchor a seating group and create a more layered and interesting look. I like to use them in porches or covered spaces. The technology used to make today’s rugs is remarkable, and cleaning them is as simple as hosing them off. They are durable, beautiful, and less expensive than indoor rugs. Another important consideration is lighting. You want to make sure that your spaces are well lit, especially your dining table. Battery-operated outdoor lights are a good option, and strings of outdoor patio lights with globe bulbs create a fun and festive ambiance. When choosing LED lights, make sure you select a 2700K or lower number to give you a nice warm glow. Anything higher than that will create a harsh, office-like effect. Have fun creating your outdoor living area. Make it welcoming, inviting, and relaxed. Enjoy the long summer days and warm nights and time with friends and family. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com. SUMMER 2021

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I just purchased a new house that needs work, and it’s big enough that I need to do the work over time. How do I make sure that when I’m done, it’s cohesive and it works? Congratulations! Buying a new home is an exciting process. Before you start swinging a hammer or ordering furniture, take a step back and take the time to develop a solid concept for the design. Do you like contemporary or traditional? Do you prefer to blend styles? Getting clarity on this will create the foundation for your work. You will need to follow this through on every decision you make, regardless of how long the project takes. Whenever you make a move, you should ask yourself, “Does this fit my design concept?” At the start of every project, I create a color palette for the home. Color inspiration can come from a favorite painting, photograph, or nature. I’ve even been inspired by a favorite piece of clothing. Make sure your palette includes some neutrals. I tend to use neutrals on large upholstered pieces and save those “big” pops of colors for accents, like pillows, an ottoman, or a side chair. If your palette is primarily pastels, cut the sweetness with an unexpected choice of a bold or earthy color. Consider the view to the outdoors, especially if you have large expanses of windows. The colors in your palette show up throughout the house in wall and window coverings, paint, fabrics, and other soft furnishings. You create excitement by varying the proportion of color in each room. A color’s value can change from room to room. You don’t need to use the exact same shade to create visual continuity. Another critical aspect of design is to vary texture. Visually, texture provides variety and interest. Right now, many of the furniture showrooms feature sumptuous velvets, velveteen, mohair, and boucle on their upholstered pieces. I personally love to use big, chunky rugs in a neutral color to anchor a room. Balance the proportions of hard and soft or crisp and luxurious. If you are mixing furniture styles, use that same concept when choosing pieces. Don’t fill a room a single style – all traditional or all modern. Keep a balance of styles in each room. If this feels too overwhelming, an experienced designer can guide you through this process. I have worked on many projects that took place over an extended period of time. With a strong design concept, including a palette for color and materials, you can create a beautiful, cohesive look in your new home over time. If you are mindful to make classic and timeless choices along the way, by the time you’re done with the project, you won’t have to start over again! If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com.

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My partner and I just moved into a home with a very long and somewhat narrow living room. There is a fireplace at one end of the room, which I’d like to be a gathering space, but I don’t know what to do with the rest of the room. Help!

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It can be a little intimidating when you’re faced with a space that doesn’t conform to your idea about how a room should be organized. First of all, stay away from any preconceived notion that there is some rulebook that you need to follow. Forget about the things you think “should be.” For example, if you organize the room with the fireplace as the focal point, you are likely going to end up with some spaces that leave the room feeling empty and unfinished. Start by thinking about your lifestyle and how you plan to use the space. Do you have a large family? Do you like to entertain or is it just you and your partner? If you have large parties, you probably already know that the group rarely gathers in a single conversation; people usually break into small groups. Consider creating groupings of furniture that will facilitate good conversation and connection for your guests. When you are home alone, or with your loved one, you want spaces that feel intimate and cozy. Let your instincts be your guide and let the space speak to you. Sectionals and sofas with cut out backs are a great way to give you some flexibility in seating options. Daybeds are another good choice; they allow people to sit in either direction or back-to-back at large parties. Pull-up chairs can be moved around to create small groupings. An ottoman can extend a sectional, or can be pulled apart to make another area for conversation. Cubes that can be used for seating or as a table add versatility to the mix. Remember, your guests need a place to put their food and drinks! Break up the room and have some fun with it. I like to use tables that can straddle the open section of the ottoman, like the Plexiglass one in this photo. It can create a decorative element with the placement of books or flowers, or it can become a table for food, beverages or homework. You have probably heard that “form follows function.” It does, but I believe that you can have it all and you don’t need to sacrifice a thing. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com.

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For any project, I always start with the question: “How are you going to use the space?” Do you entertain a lot, or are you going to primarily use the space for time with family? What’s going to happen in that space day by day? Answers to these questions will set up the criteria for how the room needs to work. Think 62 about the activities you and your family enjoy and make sure the room can accommodate them. Next I create a floor plan that addresses those needs. Not all of the furniture in a room has to have the same orientation to the view. If space allows, I like to create groupings and seating areas. A room may have a place for conversation and a glass of wine at the end of the day, or a place for family relaxation and TV/movie time. Place the TV opposite the view, and run the furniture perpendicular to the TV and the view, so you can enjoy both from the same place. Think outside the box. Don’t rule out things like back-to-back sofas or light scaled chairs that can move around a room throughout the day, as your needs change. I like to create quiet places for lounging, napping or reading a book. That can be accomplished in a corner with a chaise, small side table, and a lamp. Game tables are another clever way to create a space for a specific task. They can double as a place to do work or an intimate dinner. In general, if you have a view, all of the furniture and fabrics can’t be “look at me.” Busy patterns and ornamentation will detract. Anchor the room in natural, neutral fabrics, and texture. Think about where you want the eye to travel, and where you want the eye to land. Consider the colors in the landscape, and remember our icy, cold winters, when the landscape is white and grey. Green is a nice neutral that will warm up a room in the coldest months when natural sunlight is at a premium. Choose colors that harmonize with the exterior views. Another consideration is what happens after dark? Landscape lighting, whether illuminating a walkway, or a favorite tree, can create pools of light that give depth to the view, and create a sense of safety and security. Window treatments can also create a feeling of warmth and coziness across large expanses of glass that tend to look like big, black holes. Even if you don’t have a fabulous view, these are helpful tips. Remember, function and utility are at the heart of every successful design project. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com. SPRING 2022

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People like to have things around them that remind them of people they have known and places they have been. Collections can tell a story about your life, and when done well, they infuse a house with personality. You get a sense of who people are and the things they care about. They are also great conversation starters. Resist the temptation to break up your collection and scatter it about your home. It loses impact and can start to look a little messy or unkempt. If space allows, consider displaying things en masse. When you group things together, they make a stronger statement. Maybe you want to install or build shelves to display the items. Think of them as an art installation where the composition is everything. Bookcases are an excellent location for displaying collections. They can break up the monotony of using just books, and items can be layered to create depth. Nothing needs to be lined up in a row or arranged in a straight line. If you have disparate items, think about your collection as parts of a whole. Identify something that ties them together. Family photo walls are a good example. They work best when they are all framed in the same colored mats or finish, and the frame’s size, shape, and texture are different. Remember this – just because you have an extensive collection, you don’t need to display all of it at one time. You can curate and edit a group and rotate items seasonally or when you want a change. Some things are rather personal and are better suited for a private place in the home, such as a library, office, or back hallway. Sometimes the collections don’t fit with the style of your house. For example, some vintage items might seem out of place in a contemporary home. Yet, if displayed in a Lucite cube or a modern bookcase, they take on a different personality. I once designed a coffee table made of Lucite, which allowed my client to display her Broadway playbills, tasting menus from her favorite restaurants, and other ephemera from life in New York City. It’s a dynamic display that is artful and beautiful, and she changes things out regularly. Consider using things in a new way – painting an item or recovering a well-loved traditional chair in a modern fabric. Things do not always have to stay in their original state to be beautiful and valuable. Lastly: have fun. These are things you love, so display them in a way that you can enjoy them and share them with your friends and family. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com.

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element of a room’s design. They can be expensive, so they often get relegated to the last line item of a budget. But, they can really finish a space and make it feel complete. Not only do they function as light and privacy control, they layer and add depth, dimension, and softness to a room. If done well, they can make a room sing. Functionally, window coverings provide a number of benefits. They control light and privacy and can help to set the mood in a room. They provide sound control in a “live” room filled with hard surfaces. They also provide UV protection and will help preserve your expensive fabrics, furniture and art. If you have a house with a lot of windows, at night they can look like big black holes. Window coverings will give you texture and warmth, especially in the long winter months. Window coverings come in many different forms: draperies, blinds, roller shades are just a few options you have to consider. Each of them comes in a number of different types of materials. If you choose fabric draperies, remember that they take a lot of fabric, so understand your yardage requirements and cost per yard before you get your heart set on one particular fabric. When they are pulled back, you want them to have enough visual weight to balance out the window. You may choose to line them, which adds to the expense of the lining as well as the labor. Many different pleat treatments are available, so they can be formal/traditional or very architectural/modern. For example, a ripple-fold pleat just serpentines back and forth and creates a beautiful shadow line. I love using wood blinds. They’re clean and have the look of shutters, but you don’t lose as much of your view with the frame that shutters require. Woven grass shades are wonderful way to let filtered light into a room and they help preserve your view, if you have one. They also bring texture into a room, if you are trying to achieve a more casual look in your space. You have a broad range of choices for sourcing window coverings. Many online resources allow you to enter your window dimensions and they will estimate the cost and send you swatches. You also have to consider hardware – rods, pulls, and covers for roller shades and installation. Make sure you have a good tape measure and a sturdy ladder if you decide to tackle it on your own. As always, a design professional can guide you through the process. They can be very helpful in making fabric choices and creating a cohesive look throughout the home and with their resources, they can make installation a breeze. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com. SPRING 2021 43

My family lives in a 1920’s house on Lake of the Isles. The kitchen and breakfast areas are very open. Adjacent to those spaces is a long, skinny “sliver” of a room that we want to use as a family room. We need comfortable seating that is attractive and conducive to family movie night. We can’t seem to find a configuration of furniture that will work and is family friendly. Can you help? Approaching challenging spaces for the non-professional can be daunting. They require thinking a bit differently; a lot of traditional approaches and furniture styles may not work. Sectionals or modular seating can be a great solution for odd spaces because they’re so flexible and can be broken up by arm, armless and corner pieces. A moveable piece like an ottoman that can double as a coffee table is another good option because it allows the seating area to be fluid and divide a room without visually breaking it up. If you’re still stumped, involving a design professional can be a worthwhile investment when dealing with unusually shaped spaces. They will take measurements, create a floor plan, and make suggestions made specifically for your home. They can put you in touch with furniture manufacturers that will make modifications to their basic designs. You choose a frame style and go from there to customize your piece. I recommend a commitment to choosing quality (my golden rule). Even with an active family that might be hard on the furniture, quality will always end up being a prudent decision. Your pieces will last longer and ultimately you will save money. Another suggestion? Consider using an outdoor fabric for covering the pieces. There are so many terrific choices available in the market today. Gone are the stiff and shiny outdoor fabrics of yesteryear; today’s choices are beautiful and have a lovely hand. In addition to looking great, many can be cleaned with bleach. Cushions can be unzipped and put in the washing machine. These fabrics are resistant to fading, and many of them have very high abrasion factors. They will take a lot of abuse before they start to show signs of wear. Water and liquids bead up on these fabrics, so if someone spills a juice box or glass of red wine, you have a grace period to clean it up before any damage is done. Remember, good design can be beautiful, yet functional and family friendly. You can have it all. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com AUTUMN 2020

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I often get asked how I got started in the interior design business. My dear mother, recently deceased, was a powerful influence in my life. My family always jokes that her wedding vows were to “Love, honor, and redecorate every three years.” Even as a young man, she would find ways to involve me in the process. When I was in junior high, she allowed me to choose the paint color for our family dining room. I chose blue, and she honored my decision. It was just awful, but she kept it for three months before she had it repainted. That speaks to the kind of encouragement I received from her. When I went to college, I studied architecture. I stuck with it for four years, but my heart wasn’t in it. Too much math and science! Good architecture is a critical design aspect, so I am grateful to have that training, but I wanted more freedom and creative license. I resisted interior design for a while, as I thought it was kind of a “fluffy” thing. However, my mother always said, “Andrew, men can be interior designers, too.” During those years of figuring things out, I happened to see a Peace Corps volunteer speak at a local event. She described the despair, devastation, and incredible human suffering she saw every day. She was ready to give up and return to the States when she stumbled into a peaceful garden that transported her a world away. There she gathered the strength to go on with her service. It became a safe haven where she was able to regroup and recharge. That’s when the light bulb went on for me. I realized that design is really important. It’s more than paint chips, fabric swatches, and furniture choices. It’s a thoughtful process. I help my clients design spaces that create a respite from the outside world’s pressure and noise. Creating beautiful interiors is essential work and, when done well, can enhance an individual’s or family’s well-being and enjoyment. Function is an integral part of the discussion, but most important is how you feel in a particular space. Do you enjoy having loved ones hanging out around the kitchen island? Or do you love the solitude of a chaise lounge in a quiet corner to read a book? These are the things I try to understand as I begin work with new clients. One of the first questions I ask is, “How do you want the space to feel?” along with “How do you want to feel in the space?” The things that go into creating a home that feels safe and restorative are different for everyone. It takes a little self-reflection. People often gravitate to something they like, but they don’t know why. That’s my job – to crack the code on what’s important and how it should all come together. I like to imagine our homes as our sanctuary. They are a place to rest, recharge, seek solace, and have fun. A home can help give us the strength to go out and face the world the following day. It is also a creative expression of our personality and the things we value. I take my work very seriously because I know how much a home can impact how people feel. Joy and happiness are the goals. I’ve come to realize that interior design is a little bit like creating fine art. All of the elements combine to create beauty and elicit a particular emotion or feeling when you are in the space. Balance and composition matter, as do color and texture. Guiding clients through the process successfully is one of the great rewards of my career. Andrew Flesher Interiors is an award-winning design firm with offices in Minneapolis and New York. A portfolio of his work is available at andrewflesher.com.

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A lot of my first time clients ask this question. For whatever reason, the industry has created a bit of mystique around how things actually work. I’ll share my process in hopes that it gives you some ideas. First, I start with a budget. Most clients have some idea of what they want to spend—or what they are able to spend. That initial number gives me some idea of the level of finishes that would be appropriate for the project. Then I work up a furniture plan and I identify every single item that is going into a room— pillows, carpet, furniture, lamps, wall coverings, artwork, etc. I also inventory existing items in the home that might be reused. A high quality chair or sofa with good bones can be given new life if it is reupholstered. I give clients a range of prices for each of the items; and that is our starting point. I find that most clients end up in the middle of the range. Product can be sourced from a number of places, including retail stores. Once selections are made, I negotiate my best price and charge a facilitation fee of 35%, a number that is pretty typical for the industry for experienced designers. The other part of the budget that is a little bit less straightforward is estimating the fee for design time especially if you are a first time client. Most designers charge an hourly rate. Some are higher than others. This is where experience comes into play. I charge a higher rate but I can turn around a project quickly and I will save you from making costly mistakes— like ordering a sofa that is the wrong size. The last remaining items that make up the budget are freight, usually 10 – 15% of the cost of the goods, and sales tax. I will not start a project until I have an agreed upon budget from my client. Although some of this sounds a little drudgy and painful, it really isn’t. It’s necessary. It’s best for everyone if we get expectations set and you have a realistic picture of what the project is going to cost. That way there are no surprises and the fun begins!

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I decided to take a bit of a break from my usual format and just share some thoughts that have been top of mind for me lately. I spend endless hours designing home interiors for clients and their families. Most of my projects also involve the creation of dedicated spaces to welcome friends and family. Lately, I have found myself thinking: What does it take to be a gracious host? What can you do to ensure that guests have a good time and feel comfortable in your home? It’s just about being thoughtful. There are simple things you can do to let them know they’re special and you’re glad they are there. It doesn’t have to cost anything at all. Upon arrival, it’s always nice to offer your guests a beverage. It can be a sparkling wine, water, or, in these warm summer months, lemonade or iced tea. Use a pretty pitcher and glasses with a garnish of lemon, lime, or mint. Leave a pitcher of ice water on the counter, so guests can serve themselves. Set a fun and festive table. Cloth or linen napkins elevate the game a bit, as do individual votive candles and low bowls of fresh flowers or groupings of small bud vases. I like to place small salt and pepper cellars at each place setting, which eliminates passing and keeps the conversation flowing. Condiments should be located where people can easily reach them. Often, that means setting out more than one. Use pretty bowls instead of bottles and jars. I love to entertain by candlelight—everyone and everything look better in that soft glow. I also find that cabins are a great place to assemble your collection of vintage glassware, place settings, and silver. It’s okay if things don’t match; that adds to the charm and keeps things casual. It’s also not a catastrophe if something breaks. Summertime calls for fresh and flavorful foods that can be served at room temperature. Big salads are always a hit. If there is still prep to be done after guests arrive, let them help if you are comfortable doing so. Everyone likes to feel useful, and cooking together can be fun. As summer approaches, many of us entertain overnight guests in our homes, cabins, or lakeside retreats. Use lovely linens on the beds, and set out stacks of fluffy towels. Some handpicked wildflowers in a bud vase by the bed or small basket of individual toiletries is a nice touch. I like to share my favorites: soaps, lotions, sunscreen, shampoos, or even a small candle. A bottle of water or two is also essential, along with some snacks. These touches will make your guests feel special. At the lake, it’s always nice to have some nice, large beach towels for guests. That’s a beautiful hostess gift idea, too! The best gift you can give your guests is organization and planning so that you can relax and enjoy their company. A little forethought and preparation can make all the difference. If you’re the guest, don’t forget to send a hand-written thank you note! I’m off to plan my next gathering — I hope you have found these suggestions helpful. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: andrewflesher.com.

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From fashion to furnishings, the design industry is literally bursting with the energy of the sun; shining down on a depleted planet that has been through a year of strife. It’s time to bring joy back into the arena; it’s time for Spring to emerge.

Brightly coloured mash-ups of prints, florals, and blocky configurations are showcased everywhere and there’s never been a time when all this tonal saturation was more needed. It seems happiness, or the pursuit of it, is on the rise. Are you going to partake? Here are some serious modes of style that go beyond trend and let the happiness shine through all year long.

Sustainability has never looked so chic!

The Mahjong sofa by Roche Borbois has been an iconic item for decades with an ability to morph through time with designers like Kenzo giving a bright reinterpretation to this modular piece. Pair that Omforme’s luminous dichroic chandeliers, which are sure to mesmerize with their ever shifting colours as one moves around them. Need a pop of the eternally fresh? Try these luxury pillows with cheeky florals reminiscent of the mid century style yet updated for the sophisticated tastes of today. Those itching to get their green thumb moving will like these modern era planters by Bella Vista Canyon. Finally, the scent of fresh flowers is irresistible with these dried flower scented candles from Moon Line Co. Enjoy the happiness that lies within your grasp! Autumn is arriving and with the crisp weather, it’s time to settle into the season with a dose of glorious colour. One of the hottest colours of the moment is also a perennially stylish one: Wine. The deep, saturated tones are everywhere from fashion houses to revived vintage furnishings such as this chair draped in cabbage roses and blush toned velvets. Need some romance during the chill? Try out these aromatic candles made from eco-friendly soy, packaged in upcycled liquor bottles by Candleholic, or add new ambiance with this gorgeous Mandeville Linear chandelier by Visual Comfort & Co. Turn a cold room warm with the addition of a custom overdyed rug by Omforme. Are you already buying gifts for the upcoming holiday season? Try out these adorable handmade creations that are all the rage by Marian Deegan for Esprit de More using scrap fabrics from Missoni, Christian Lacroix and other luxury fabric houses. As winter approaches; bringing its many layers of white and grey to Minnesota, it’s comforting to know 1. Mahjong Sofa by Roche Borbois rocheborbois.com 2. Dichroic that colour doesn’t have to disappear with the season. Chandelier by Omforme omformedesig 3. Luxury Pillows by Omforme omformedesign.com n.com These sustainable products are just what is needed to be 32 conscious as we fill our lives stylish and environmentally with the things that matter most. Carter Averbeck is an interior designer specializing in stylish, sustainable design. For More information: Info@omformedesign.com AUTUMN 2020 49

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Under Winter’s blanket lies the soul of us all; determined perseverance to generate a lambency that will warm us all the way to Spring. A happiness expressed in fireside chats, cozy surroundings and a mug of warm libations. Such is the future of these next few months…if you believe in a HYGGE lifestyle. The very definition of this Norwegian word is a quality of coziness that engenders a feeling of contentment. Since the notion Spring in Minnesota is seemingly, and famously thought of as far off distant thought, here is a way to experience a little bit of hygge now, as well as into the the future. HOME STYLE TREND: WARM TEXTURES AHEAD!

Sputnik Chandelier Zepelin | Siamese Sofa by Pietro Franceshini Gueridon Table Memphis Milano | Grosfeld House Goth Chair Dali. I made a promise to myself in my twenties to only collect original artwork that would enhance my home. These precious items represent me in the same way any collection represents its owner. It is a badge of honor, a materialistic telling of a personality, and the key to knowing one’s hidden passions. Being in the business of sustainable design, I come across collectible items daily: stunning, rare pieces that are worth the pleasure of having. They routinely make it into the homes of my clients. Here are a few faves, along with things that are worth having.

Nothing beats a roaring fire in the dead of winter. This one by Arada Stoves is perfect for lounging at by way of a streamlined vintage rocking chair restored by the artisans at Omforme. An authentic Danish Rya rug from the mid century never loses its style while keeping tootsies warm. Need more glow? A pair of sleek mid century modern lamps may be the ticket, and finally Luciana Frigerio’s enchanting upcycled old leather bound books into origami masterpieces have major appeal when perched on a shelf of the books read during those long winter nights.

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“It is Spring again. The earth is like a child that knows poems ~ Rainer Maria Rilke by heart.”

great MN hibernation. Handmade Pakistani rugs from Green Front Rugs are made of the softest wool yet wear like iron underfoot. Having a library is essential if you’re an avid reader, especially if it’s filled with items such as a wood-burning fireplace or woodsy, yet elegant, furnishings such as chair or coffee table from Omforme Design. the vintage Amazing Threads, a local favorite, has an enormous stock of specialty yarns, classes for the knitter, along with the ability to make custom blankets for the discerning individual. Finally, who doesn’t associate pinecones with the turning of the s e a sons?

This stunning wood-carved light fixture will do the trick to keep things illuminated in a unique way. Hygge is upon us!

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As if we needed an excuse to see colour again by warding winter. Yes, winter has it’s beauty, but like all cyclical off the last vestiges of a cold grey things in nature, there is but to move forward onto no choice the fresh and new. The design industry is still gaga over colors that represent earth’s evolution greener planet through to a more sustainable design practices: soft blues, aquas, green at the forefront. The new and golds are neutrals are bone, chalk, champagne and the palest replace taupes, grey and of blush to beige. “Millennial Grand” is the new style on a mission to lower our carbon footprint older pieces into unmistak by reviving able style. Never has a design movement had a purpose on global climate and manufact that takes uring before, but here we and get Z for the effort are and we can thank millennia - not to mention a huge ls dose of style. A vintage Adrian Pearsal gondola sofa invites Sunday afternoon naps easily mixes 18th century Baroque side with an table in the true millennia l grand style. Blond wood a welcome reprieve from is back as all the dark that’s been happenin floor lamps of a grand scale g for the past few years. Tapered helps bring in the light as well as an innovative reinterpre of a vintage chandelier in dichroic glass by Omforme Carter Averbeck is an interior designer specializing in stylish, tation . Oh, and did you know colored curtain tassels are big beautifully sustainable design. For More Information: Info@omformedesign.com. back? The shell tassel is a favorite of mine. The design still favors a tight colour industry palette to encompass a room in keeping with the crave in this world, but now peace we all it’s not just limited to neutrals only; analogous colour schemes make way in this abstract rug as if to lift our moods out of the wintery doldrums into Spring on a permanent basis. Oh, to have the warmth of the sun wake up nature again,…it is indeed Spring after all. All items available through Omforme Design.

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This down to the essence cabin, beautifully designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, 27 is a tiny home that makes use of striking form to create a modernist’s delight for a cozy pared down cabin where the forest stands in beautiful contrast to the stark structure. More modernist touches that blend right in to nature without taking over are the obelisk chiminea by Napa East and chopping your own modern split log bench from a felled tree. Mornings are made for leisurely sips of coffee from a vintage coffee pot set over a fire while wrapping one’s self in the colourful luxury of a wool blanket from Bronte Moon. The organic modern dinnerware by Tamara Bryan Pottery sets the scene at a stunning dining table of wood and resin. So next time you say you’re going to the cabin… no one has to know you’re doing it in style. HOLIDAY 2021

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CABINTOPIA Cabin-time: The great MN retreat to another place close enough to get to in a day but far enough away from the usual daily grind. A delusion of seclusion where we’re supposed to turn off our cell phones, catch up on our book list and partake in a nature that doesn’t include mowing the front yard. A place where we are supposed to, uh, unplug, relax! But not all cabins are built for the Grizzly Adams types; some cabins can be fun, quirky and lively. It’s whatever floats your boat in the pond, whatever get you to unwind and have a good time. Here are a few great items to get your cabin-glam going strong.

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upper midwest. The sustainable movement has really taken off in the realm of the outdoors offering products with such simplicity of form and function that it is a pure joy to sit away those languid days with a cool drink in hand. Stepping onto this soft outdoor rug, one would never know it was made from recycled plastic meant to survive the elements for decades. A parametric sofa is as sleek as it is comfortable, using discarded plywood sheets to create the form. Tables made from tree roots give reassurance that nature has its own beauty while the stout rounded form of another recycled wood and resin table offers hidden storage within. Planters made from recycled plastics in sculptural form make for interesting visual stimulation. Finally, when the sun starts to set, slim modernist rechargeable LED lamps made from recycled aluminum will light your way beautifully. Sustainability, as you can see, is growing up. God bless summer days, enjoy them while you can.

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“My mother woke us in the middle of the night and said we are in danger and need to leave now,” recollected Patti Wagner, who was about 4 years old at the time. She was born in Laos, a small landlocked Asian country on the Indochinese Peninsula. The Communist Party seized control of the country. They began rounding up members of the Lao Royal Family and anyone connected to the current government. Instructions arrived for them to escape at nightfall. They would meet a man with a boat at the Mekong River who would smuggle them into Thailand. Her mother told them they must be quiet. They boarded the boat and hid under banana-like leaves, laying in silent terror, so they would not be spotted by the armed guards. Over the next few years, they lived in refugee camps in Thailand and The Philippines. They lived in squalor, and she recounted a childhood where she and her brother would rummage through trash cans at restaurants to feed themselves. “This is how we hustled as little kids to not starve,” Patti wept as she recollected the story. Eventually, at age seven, her family resettled in the United States, where her whole family lived in a small apartment. Patti excelled in art during school. She was approached by her teachers, who learned that she had no plans to attend college. Patti told them that her family didn’t have enough money and could not afford college. The teachers encouraged her to apply for scholarships and grants. She was accepted into the School of the Arts program at Virginia Commonwealth University, where she majored in Interior Design. After college, she moved to Minnesota and was hired as a product coordinator at Target Corporation and, soon after, as a product designer on their trend team. She designed textiles, rugs, floral arrangements, and lighting. She was out with some friends when she met Brian Wagner, an astute commercial banker. If there is one thing that Patti loves, it’s Southeast Asian food. Her favorite is Pho, a Vietnamese soup with rice noodles in broth, fresh herbs, and meat. Growing up in suburban Wayzata, Brian had never experienced such exotic cuisine, but he was always open-minded. He gladly ate everything she put in front of him. The young couple began searching for their first home in Linden Hills. The only way they could afford a house in that neighborhood was to find a fixer-upper in dire need of a major renovation. “We put a lot of love and sweat into this house,” explained Patti. “It’s a house we hope can be our forever house.” She offers these helpful tips on designing your space. Design must feel personal. You can go to Target, where you could buy something you like, or you could save your money to buy that one-of-a-kind piece at an antique shop. Good design is a slow process, and spaces evolve over time. Patti and Brian’s children are their world. Oldest daughter Ava is artistically talented, inquisitive, and opinionated, while Livy is the sweetest young girl. She wants to brighten your day by giving you compliments. Jack is the goofball—the hilarious younger brother. All they want are blank pages and notebooks. They love to create books for people based on things they have done or yearbooks with their stuffed animals. “People who see me from the surface have no idea how hard my life has been. I have overcome so much, and now I have a beautiful life and family here in Minneapolis,” expressed Patti with tears of gratitude. patticakewagner.com • @patticakewagner 48

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When a client decided to sell her Humboldt Loft condominium, listing agent Shane Spencer, Coldwell Banker Realty, saw an incredible opportunity to showcase the property and create an experience for a potential buyer. “This property deserved more than a typical staging,” said Shane. “I wanted to show the property’s potential and how it could live.” He partnered with Jim Snustad and David Wehrspann at Abitaré Design Studio to furnish the property and install a collection of stunning contemporary art. Shane’s client purchased the property in 2015, and completed two renovations of the space. The first renovation was architected by Dawn Chapman of Tala Studio. She helped create the additional bedroom spaces both on the lower level as well as on the main level. She designed the pearlized panels that allow sunlight to stream into the lower level. This added contemporary architectural interest to a property with original brick walls dating back to 1878. In 2021, the transformation of the kitchen and bathroom spaces and updates to the main level were completed. Lisa Pope, ASID, of Partners 4, Design, reimagined the kitchen spaces, including the butler’s pantry, to create a modern aesthetic. “Our client wanted to elevate the functionality of the space for cooking and entertaining,” said Lisa. “She wanted to get small appliances off the countertop, create better storage, and improve the workspace.” Lisa’s design eliminated a wall in the kitchen, which allowed the kitchen island to be extended, improving the workspace and allowing guest seating to be added. A Wolf steam oven was selected, as it offers the healthiest way to cook. The gas cooktop was replaced with an induction cooktop and relocated to the island. A butler’s pantry is cleverly hidden behind a glass pocket door, keeping the main living area free from the clutter of small appliances. It includes a beverage bar for wine and coffee. Sleek cabinetry solutions provide designated storage. The custom cabinetry is a carbon stain that picks up the color of the maple floors in the light of day. The countertops are made of Dekton, a carbon-neutral material that is virtually indestructible. It is a sophisticated mixture of more than 20 minerals extracted from nature. New hardwood floors were installed on the main level and extended into the kitchen to create a more cohesive look. The fireplace, now wrapped in black porcelain, adds visual weight in the space and creates a logical separation between the living room and the dining room. The modern furnishings juxtaposed with the historic brick walls create an interesting play between old and new. The main floor of the condominium is well suited for private life and entertaining large groups. The primary bedrooms on the lower level create a personal sanctuary. Lisa added a soaking tub to the primary bathroom. The wall between the shower and tub was replaced with a glass panel, which opens up the space and captures light throughout. Once again, sleek cabinetry, minimal hardware, and a single selection of stone keep the room clean and modern. The Humboldt Lofts building, formerly a mill, was converted in 2003. Shane has long been a fan of the building and the neighborhood. “I love the history of the area,” he remarked. “So many of the buildings have such historical significance, as well as interesting architectural details.” The location near the Mississippi River keeps residents connected to nature and beautiful views from the rooftop deck, a shared space for the Humboldt Lofts homeowners, delight. The Guthrie Theater, designed by Jean Nouvel, is next door and is home to world-class theater productions. On weekends, the Mill City Farmers Market is a favorite destination from May – October. As Shane will attest, it’s a fabulous place to live. For more information about this property, contact Shane at Shane@cbrealty.com or 614.256.8500. • shanespencer.com AUTUMN 2022

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When a young family began their search for the ideal place to raise their children, patience became imperative. They looked for several years but refused to be rushed into a decision. Eventually, their patience paid off. They found a lot that offered them the privacy they desired and the expansive spaces to build their home, a pool, pool house, and screened porch for entertaining. “My clients wanted to build a home that would be a gathering place for their children, friends (both young and adult), and family,” said Mark D. Williams, Mark D. Williams Custom Homes, Inc. “The home is within biking distance to the school and offers everything they need for entertaining, relaxation, and play.” He was responsible for suggesting the rock climbing gym and the loft area in a playroom where the children can climb up and lie in a net suspended from the ceiling. Mark assisted the homeowners with the site selection, and the team came together quickly on the architecture and design of the 7,500-square-foot home. The house’s exterior is clad in cedar shakes, painted a cool gray that gives the home an East Coast vibe. Bridget Chirigos, Chirigos Design, was brought in early to collaborate. “Working with this team made this project absolutely phenomenal,” said Bridget. “Everything was a resolution and a solution.” Although the home needed to stand up to the rough and tumble activity of her young family, the homeowner wanted the home to reflect her personality and have a little “sparkle.” Bridget translated that request into elegance and sophistication through her use of luxurious fabrics and finishes. The great room features a 26-foot vaulted ceiling and an open-hearth fireplace made of natural stone. The floor plan features distinct living areas, and rooms on the main level have a view of the pool. “We wanted to create a different experience in each room,” said Bridget. “Color was one of the tools I used to accomplish this effect.” Light pours into the room from the Pella Reserve Line windows and along with the 5” white oak floors, unifies the space. Color modernizes the traditional designs of the custom millwork and cabinetry. The homeowner was specific about her request for a white kitchen. It’s spacious, light, and bright. A glimpse of green from the kitchen reveals a stunning butler’s pantry and a home office. The basil green enameled cabinets and marble countertop create a spacious workspace. The backsplash is Zellige Tile, hand-cut and fired in a kiln over olive branches. No two tiles are alike, so they create a unique tapestry of subtle color variations and tones. Electrical outlets are hidden in the shelves above, keeping the surface clean, both in the pantry and the kitchen. The laundry room doubles as a craft room. It features dreamy storage spaces for supplies and resilient finishes, like the indestructible quartz countertop and tile floor. Drying racks for artwork and paintings are hidden beneath the counters. The robin’s egg blue enamel is unexpected and playful. The lower level of the home features a glass wine room, recreation room, a sauna, a guest bedroom, and an indoor hockey area for the children. “This house has a lot of range and a lot of color,” said Mark. “Every room is a gem. The finishes are all thoughtfully considered and top of the line.” The home is full of life and will surely be a favorite destination for family and friends for years to come. mdwilliamshomes.com • chirigosdesigns.com 66

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ROASTED BUTTERNUT SQUASH SALAD Serves 4.

Use just about any sturdy salad green for this recipe — kale, spinach, arugula or romaine — alone or combined. You may end up with more dressing than you need, but it will keep refrigerated in a covered jar for about a week. INGREDIENTS:

• 1 1/2 lb. butternut squash, seeded, peeled (if desired) and cut into 1-inch cubes • 1/2 c. extra-virgin olive oil • Pinch kosher salt

• A few grinds black pepper • 1 lemon, juice and zest

• 1 small shallot, minced

• 2 tsp. chopped rosemary

• 1 good-sized bunch, about 1/2 lb., dinosaur kale, spinach, arugula, romaine or a combination of greens

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• 1/2 c. chopped red onion • Pinch red pepper flakes • 1/4 c. pepitas

DIRECTIONS:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place squash into a large bowl and toss with a little of the oil (about a tablespoon) to coat. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Spread out on a baking sheet and roast until the edges are crisped and the squash is tender, about 20-25 minutes, shaking the pan occasionally and turning pieces with a spatula so they crisp on all sides. Remove from the oven and set aside.

While squash is roasting, make the vinaigrette. Combine the lemon zest and juice, shallot, rosemary and remaining oil in a jar with a lid and shake until well combined. Turn the greens into a salad bowl along with the squash and red onion and drizzle in just enough of the dressing to lightly coat. Season to taste with more salt and pepper and a pinch of red pepper flakes. Toss pepitas into salad before serving.

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space. The retailer has thoughtfully curated a wide range of timeless luxury apparel that appeals to all ages. The North Loop store is also a coveted lifestyle destination that features fine home furnishings, elegant interior design, and The Loupe, a collection of fine jewelry. The evening at 7 Vines Vineyards and Winery was a wonderful celebration. Who doesn’t love the combination of fashion, friends, good food, and wine? Martin Patrick 3 has a full lineup of events on the calendar. They will continue showcasing their products in unique and exceptional venues, including the retail storefront, especially as the holidays draw near. www.martinpatrick3.com • @martinpatrick3 lake society magazine


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During the pandemic, Beth Dooley’s middle son Kip called her slightly panicked: “Mom, I have nothing to eat.” “Yes, you do,” she replied, instructing him to give her an accounting of what was in his refrigerator. Channeling the “Stump the Cook” bit Lynne Rossetto Kasper did on her NPR radio show, The Splendid Table, Dooley showed him how to turn a bit of butter, a half bottle of Chardonnay, a handful of spaghetti noodles and an aging wedge of Parmesan into a delicious pasta with brown butter sauce. We should all have a cookbook author as a mother. The whole of Beth Dooley is summed up by her many parts. Her numerous cookbooks regularly receive kudos from the likes of The Wall Street Journal and Los Angeles Times (her cookbook with Sean Sherman, The Sioux Chef ’s Indigenous Kitchen, won the James Beard Award for Best American Cookbook), she’s a regular contributor to the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune’s Taste section and TV cooking shows, she guides food trips for Wilderness Inquiry via Taste of the Apostles, serves as endowed chair for the Minnesota Institute for Sustainable Agriculture at the University of Minnesota and she and Kip have started a new subscription service called Bare Bones Cooking where they produce short instructional videos on how to cook at home. “I’m a pretty good cook, but I’m a much better shopper,” she says. Growing up in New Jersey, her family bought their produce at farm stands, and she witnessed the farmland being scarfed up by developers. When she and her husband relocated to the Lakes of the Isles neighborhood to raise their three sons, Dooley gravitated toward farmers markets and joined one of the first CSAs (Community Supported Agriculture) programs, Red Cardinal Farms. She wrote its newsletter in trade. Dooley earned a master’s in English, but always wanted to cook, thanks to her grandmother’s tutelage. She’s one of those charmed people who were able to converge her passions into a single focus. She’s been an educator, newspaper reporter, and both edited and did PR for cookbooks before writing her own. Judith Jones, Julia Child’s editor, also edited Dooley’s first cookbook with Lucia Watson, a local pioneer of the farm-to-table movement. Surprisingly, Dooley didn’t remodel her small kitchen. “I love the triangle,” she says, about a row of cabinets forming an angle with the island. “I’m short, so everything is within arms’ reach.” Meals tend to be simple: roasted vegetables, wild rice, which she considers the gold standard. The recipe she shares here takes advantage of fall’s bounty. Dooley has a small herb patch in the one sunny area of her lawn, and she’s part of a community garden on Madeline Island, Wisconsin, where they have a cabin. Her recipes are simple: “I don’t want recipes with a lot of equipment.” What will you not find in her kitchen? “I hate garlic presses,” she says, as she slams the side of her knife down on an innocent clove. “After a hard day, who wouldn’t want to do this?” Dooley’s cooking is often an auction item. She estimates she’s helped raise $100,000 for organizations looking to solve environmental issues. There are still miles to go on that front, and cookbooks to write before she’s done. www.bethdooleyskitchen.com AUTUMN 2022

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