Lake Society Magazine Holiday 2022

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MINNEAPOLIS CITY LAKES

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THE CITY OF LAKES LIFESTYLE & DESIGN PUBLICATION

Interior design, fine home furnishings, and beautiful men’s and women’s apparel. Experience the classic and contemporary, brought artfully together.

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ARTFULLY ACCESSORIZE

“Artfully accessorizing ‘your birds’ makes for a casual presentation and becomes useful for all occasions.”

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WEDDINGS & MORE

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“Our couples are picking out items to build their life together so it is important that they choose high-quality pieces that last a lifetime.”
– SARAH ECKERT, REGISTRY CONSULTANT
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11 Twin Cities Locations | KOWALSKIS.COM
10 lake society magazine Local Expertise in Fine Downtown Minneapolis and City Lakes Real Estate 612.327.5905 | betsylucasrealtor.com
HOLIDAY 2022 11 763.760.0761 123 FARRINGTON STREET ST. PAUL, MN 55102 ANDREWFLESHER.COM

Every home has a story.

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ARCHITECTURAL PHOTOGRAPHY & VIDEO
14 lake society magazine DAVID HEIDE DESIGN STUDIO ARCHITECTURE INTERIOR DESIGN RESTORATION Innovative, respectful & contemporary solutions for your home, old or new. DHDSTUDIO.COM | info@ DHDSTUDIO.COM | 612.337.5060

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c o n c e p t o f t h e c a b i n i s t o d r a w u s b a c k t o o u r r o o t s , l i v e m o r e s i m p l y. sel Architecture embraces the essence of cabin design with an intentional smaller e t h a t b r i n g s c o m f o r t , w h i l e i t n u d g e s u s t o g a t h e r a n d m o v e o u t i n t o n a t u re . I t ’ s n o t a m y t h . S i m p l e c a b i n l i v i n g i s r e a l a n d i t ’ s r i g h t h e r e .

T h e c o n c e p t o f t h e c a b i n i s t o d r a w u s b a c k t o o u r r o o t s , l i v e m o r e s i m p l y. Chisel Architecture embraces the essence of cabin design with an intentional smaller s c a l e t h a t b r i n g s c o m f o r t , w h i l e i t n u d g e s u s t o g a t h e r a n d m o v e o u t i n t o n a t u re . I t ’ s n o t a m y t h . S i m p l e c a b i n l i v i n g i s r e a l a n d i t ’ s r i g h t h e r e .

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From the Publisher

As the days grow shorter and the calendar year comes to a close, plans for family celebrations begin to materialize. For many of us, it’s been months, even years, since we have gathered with family and friends to celebrate the holidays. This year more of us are doing so with purpose and intention. We all realize how precious time can be.

The kitchen is often the heart of today’s busy households. As the holidays draw near, we find ourselves spending more time there with family and friends. The kitchen is often at the top of the list of priorities for remodeling. We have curated a collection of six kitchens we love. You will recognize the talented local architects, builders, and designers responsible for these masterpieces. Each of the kitchens is beautiful and unique. We enjoyed putting this feature together and hope it will inspire you. Interior designer Andrew Flesher adds his thoughts about good kitchen design in his regular column.

For the first of our HOME features, we travel downtown to visit a spectacular luxury condominium with amazing views of the city skyline. It’s the perfect home for someone ready to transition from a large family home to a more relaxed and luxurious lifestyle. A Spanish Revival home on Lake Harriet is a historical gem, and Carter Averbeck worked his magic on transforming the home’s interiors. Sustainable design was one of the key tenets of the project.

The Honorable Justice Alan Page is a well-known figure in the community. He is dedicated to fairness and the creation of educational opportunities for students of color.

R.F. Moeller has long been a destination for those looking for gifts to mark special occasions. The family-owned business has long been associated with exceptional quality, selection, and customer service.

We visited with personal chef Lauren Shapiro, whose popular charcuterie boards are at the center of her catering offerings.

Our regular contributors have once again outdone themselves as they share their favorite finds. Jen and Andréa’s selections are colorful and full of personality – a great way to kick off a festive holiday season. Carter is approaching the holiday season with gratitude. He has some suggestions for simple but thoughtful gifts. We spent some time at Ampersand searching for luxe tableware, serving pieces, and accessories that will make anyone’s holiday entertaining more enjoyable. We were not disappointed. The store features a broad selection of the finest in tableware, tabletop accessories, candles, gifts, and holiday décor.

We were able to join in the celebration of Tina Wilcox’s book “The Conscious Kingdom.” She collaborated with Carter Averbeck and Shelly Mosman to create a beautiful tribute benefitting the Animal Humane Society.

Holidays can be stressful. Carole Hyder has tips for ensuring that your holiday celebrations are full of joy. As the seasons of gratitude and giving commence, know how grateful we are for your continued support. May the blessings of the holiday season be yours!

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26 lake society magazine HOLIDAY 2022 THE CITY OF LAKES LIFESTYLE & DESIGN PUBLICATION HOLIDAY 2022 HOLIDAY 2022 PHOTOGRAPHY BY SPACECRAFTING KAREN T. STOECKEL GRAPHIC DESIGN SHEBA CONCEPT & DESIGN, INC. KAREN T. STOECKEL MANAGING EDITOR JACOB PIERRE LOUIS III CONTRIBUTING WRITERS CARTER AVERBECK ANDREW FLESHER NANCY MONROE ANDREW J. RAMIREZ CONTRIBUTING PHOTOGRAPHERS ALYSSA LEE PHOTOGRAPHY COREY GAFFER PHOTOGRAPHY EYELOVE PHOTOGRAPHY NORDY PHOTOGRAPHY Lakesocietymagazine.com Lakesocietymagazine@gmail.com @lsm_magazine 770 Lake St E, Wayzata MN | (952) 746-5826 www highcrofthome com
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LETTER FROM the publisher.

SPOTLIGHT Perfect your holiday entertaining and gift giving with these stunning selections from Ampersand.

THE TASTEMAKER

DIARIES Jen and Andréa, in preparation for the busy holiday season, have made their list and are checking it twice.

KITCHEN

DESIGNS

These kitchens created by local architects, builders, and designers showcase some of the latest trends in kitchen design.

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SUSTAINABLY CHIC

Holiday gifts of a sentimental nature are topping Carter’s list this season.

HOME A luxury condo’s dramatic two-story floor-to-ceiling windows frame sweeping views of the Minneapolis skyline.

70 LIFESTYLE

Throughout his lifetime Honorable Justice Alan Page has been a warrior for fairness and education. 72

CHEF’S KITCHEN

Personal Chef Lauren Shapiro career is aligned with her bohemian mindset, which suits her spirit and fuels her endless stores of energy.

75 SOCIAL EVENT

Tina Wilcox showcased her collection of humanely procured taxidermy at The District’s Nine Mile Gallery.

76 FENG SHUI EVERYDAY

Carole Hyder has some terrific suggestions for ways to enjoy the holidays to their fullest.

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2022 60 SPOTLIGHT For over seventy years, R.F. Moeller has been a part of Twin Cities family celebrations of life’s most important milestones. 63 HOME Original fixtures and finishes add to the charm and personality of this Spanish Revival home on Lake Harriet.
HOLIDAY 2022 29 3033 Excelsior Blvd Suite 200 | Minneapolis, MN 55416 (612) 825-9898 | lauriekottkefinejewelers.com Pear shaped Natural Emerald 2.04 carats, Square Step Cut Natural Emerald 0.46 carats, Round Brilliant Natural Diamonds 2.12 carat total weight 18 karat yellow and white gold RareBeauty
Photography by Jim Hughes | jimhphoto.com
30 lake society magazine 1. Match Pewter. Serving Set $449. | 2. Andrew Pearce. Hand Carved Walnut Salad Bowl. 12” $250. | 3. Kim Seybert & Juliska. Placemats $23.-$67. | 4. Ikat Blue Napkin $27. Chain Napkin Ring $15. | 5. Juliska. ‘Country Estate’ Delft Blue. Dinner $58. Salad $48. Bamboo Charger $98. Bamboo 5pps. $215. 6. Ginger Jars $275, $475. | 7. Napkin $20. Match Napkin Ring $49.50 Match Pewter 5pps. $334. | 8. Together at the Table Book $50 Luxe 7. 2. 3. 5. 6. 4. 1. 8. ENT
HOLIDAY 2022 31 1. Jan Barboglio Votives. $95. | 2. Match Pewter Trays. $622. $1153. | 3. D.O.F. $92. Jigger $126. Bar Pitcher $200. Stir Stick $78. 4. Claude Dezorme. Set of 6 Steak Knives $515. | 5. Andrew Pearce. Charcuterie Board $130. 6. Alaskan. Cashmere Throws. 50”x 70”. Fringed $479. Reversible Stripe $695. | ampersandshops.com 6. 2. 3. 1. 4. 5. ERTAIN Ampersand Shops of The Galleria Edina curates the finest in tabletop, accessories, and home entertainment.

THE TASTEMAKER Diaries

Fiddlehead shares their favorites for a Festive Holiday Season.

French Dinnerware islesstudio.com

St. Paul Hotspot apostlesupperclub.com

Seasonal Scent islesstudio.com

Crystal Chandelier, Modern Brass Pendant Rabbitcreekmn.com

Tsavorite Garnet & Diamond Stud Earrings, Green Onyx Bracelet Filigreejewelers.com

Metallic Fabrics, Wallcovering Blendedblue.com

Metallic Bomber Jacket grethenhouse.com

Mini Croc Embossed Handbag pumpzco.com

Lacquered Nightstand AJ Maison

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Crystal Buckle Pumps pumpzco.com

so • ci• e •ty:

companionship or association with one’s fellows: a group of people involved in persistent social interaction, or a large social group sharing the same geographical or social territory

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Kitchens We Love

As we begin another holiday season, the kitchen will become a place where family gathers, meals are prepared, and memories made. These six kitchens were designed and built by some of our favorite local architects, builders, and interior/kitchen designers. We curated a selection that is beautiful, functional, and features a variety of styles and finishes. May these pages inspire each of you!

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Creating a large island for gathering family and separating the workspace from circulation required widening the kitchen by two feet and relocating a basement staircase. Large windows frame a view to the backyard.

WELCH FORSMAN
HOLIDAY 2022 37 DARK GRAY LACQUER PROVIDES A DRAMATIC FINISH FOR THE BUTLER’S PANTRY AND BAR. THE KITCHEN BACKSPLASH FEATURES HAND-PAINTED TILE BY ANN SACKS IT COMPLEMENTS THE CERUSED AND STAINED RIFT SAWN WHITE OAK CABINETS AND “NOIR SULLY” STONE COUNTERTOPS FROM BELGIUM. project credits: · architect: christopher strom · builder: welch forsman · interior designer: christopher orput interiors · photography: alyssa lee photography
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VUJOVICH DESIGN BUILD

This not-just-for-show kitchen can fire-up chef-level meals. With keen attention to artistry in its features, it also provides greater views of the backyard and creek below.

OLD WINDOW LOCATIONS

MAINTAIN CHARACTER, AND THE ENTIRE HOOD WALL WAS WRAPPED END-TO-END WITH LATTICE MILLWORK PANELS THAT SET THE STAGE FOR GREAT KITCHEN ENTERTAINING!

THE SIGNATURE SCALLOPED BACKSPLASH DESIGN MIMICS THE FURNITURE-LIKE CABINET FEET BELOW IT WHICH WAS ALSO INSPIRED BY OTHER MILLWORK DETAILS OF THE ORIGINAL HOME. project

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interior
credits:
in collaboration with brooke voss
design · photography: alyssa lee photography

PARTNERS 4, DESIGN

A family created an ideal home by adding a new wing to a classic mid-century modern home. Materials and finishes were carefully selected to complement the clean, modern design, filled with art, natural light and views to nature.

HOLIDAY 2022 41 THE NEW ADDITION ALSO ALLOWED FOR A WINE ROOM ON THE LOWER LEVEL, ALONG WITH ADDITIONAL STORAGE AND ENTERTAINMENT SPACE. BEAUTIFUL CUSTOM WALNUT DRAWER INSERTS THROUGHOUT THE SPACE THOUGHTFULLY OPTIMIZE STORAGE. project credits: · architect: sandra abenstein · builder: robert gill builder · interior designer: lisa pope, ckbd
photography: spacecrafting
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DAVID HEIDE DESIGN STUDIO

Like each carefully placed petal in the mosaic backsplash, every detail of this kitchen was thoughtfully designed. From the beveled panel cabinetry, to the luminous quartzite, each element shines.

CREATIVE HIDDEN STORAGE IS A HIGHLIGHT OF THIS KITCHEN. THIS CLEVER DROP-FRONT DESK OFFERS A QUICK PLACE TO JOT A SHOPPING LIST AND STAY ORGANIZED.

THE CIRCULAR SEATING NOOK IS ENVELOPED IN SUNLIGHT. CUSTOM SWIVEL CHAIRS ALLOW FOR VIEWS OF THE LANDSCAPE OR CONVERSATIONS WITH THE COOK.

project credits:

· builder: hagstrom builder

· interior designer: david heide design studio

· photography: corey gaffer photography

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FIDDLEHEAD DESIGN GROUP

Removing a wall and reimaging spaces created a more spacious kitchen with island seating and an informal breakfast room. The space now functions perfectly for a family of four and their busy lifestyle.

HOLIDAY 2022 45 BEAUTIFUL AND FUNCTIONAL CUSTOM CABINETRY PROVIDES AMPLE STORAGE AND ACCOMMODATES ALL OF THE HOMEOWNER’S CULINARY NEEDS. A CUSTOM-BUILT BANQUETTE UTILIZES EVERY INCH OF THE CORNER IN THIS SUNNY AND CHEERFUL BLUE AND WHITE BREAKFAST ROOM. project credits: · builder: pheasant run construction · interior design: fiddlehead design group · photography: alyssa lee photography
THE SITTING ROOM

With sweeping views of Lake Minnetonka, this open floor plan kitchen designed for the modern entertainer offers all of the amenities of a chef’s kitchen while maintaining its sleek and minimal facade.

WINE CONNOISSEURS’ WALK-IN CELLAR FEATURES FULLY AUTOMATED DOORS THAT OPEN WITH A SIMPLE WAVE OF A HAND AND SOPHISTICATED TECHNOLOGY TO ENSURE COLLECTED BOTTLES ARE KEPT IN PRISTINE CONDITION.

THE SMALLER, SECONDARY SINK IN THIS KITCHEN INCREASES EFFICIENCY FOR PREP WORK AND CLEAN-UP.

project credits:

· architect + builder: ma peterson designbuild

· interior designer: the sitting room studio | megan jackson meder, senior interior designer

· photography: spacecrafting

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ANDREW DESIGN on

Dreamy kitchens are a priority for homeowners, and Andrew has thoughts on making them beautiful and functional. photography by spacecrafting

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DESIGN

FFor many of my clients, the kitchen is the hub of family activity, so it’s crucial that the space function exceptionally well. It’s also the centerpiece for entertaining family and friends. So, when I begin work with a client on a kitchen, we spend a lot of time discussing their specific needs and requirements. Sometimes, I recommend bringing in a kitchen planner or a cabinet maker specializing in kitchen design. There are so many available accessories that make storage spaces more functional and keep things more organized. It’s helpful to work with someone well-versed in the latest technology.

As an interior designer, I ensure that the kitchen’s aesthetics fit with the rest of the home. I select materials and finishes and focus on the big picture. In a large-scale remodel or new build, it’s essential to create that “work triangle” in the layout – the sink, refrigerator, and range. The workspace should be as efficient as possible and eliminate trips across the room to get ingredients or cookware.

I like a more collected kitchen. I have several furniture pieces in my home that function as cabinets and storage for dishes. It’s more of a European look, where they actually take their kitchens with them. They rely less on having everything built in. Once I see the elevations in a modern kitchen, I group things. I like to bump out the base cabinet and create a break at the crown of the uppers, to create a “furniture-like” effect. I also like the open shelving trend, which keeps dishes accessible and adds visual interest to the room.

The kitchen island has become a mainstay of kitchen design. I like the island to be made of different materials from the perimeter cabinets. I often use additional countertop material to create interest. Although I resisted having seating at the kitchen island for years, I know it works for how families live today. People love to see what’s going on in the kitchen, and most of us aren’t interested in eating our Cheerios at the dining room table.

Lighting over the kitchen island is critical, and in the 2000s, the trend was to install three small pendants. They tended to be under-scaled, and they needed to be more functional. I suggest opting for something gutsier with the appropriate scale for the room. A more linear fixture will work well. It would be best to have the “workhorse” lighting for cooking and food preparation in an open kitchen. After the meal, you want the space to look pretty, so you can use recessed and under-cabinet lighting to create washes of light throughout the room. Putting lights on dimmers will expand your options. Think about lighting as having layers that serve different purposes.

For my clients who have larger kitchens, we create two islands. It’s one way to keep people out of the primary workspace but still involved. Installing a vegetable sink or a bar sink allows family members or guests to participate in meal preparation. And, when entertaining, the second island is the perfect place to set up drinks and appetizers or even a buffet.

Butler pantries are another popular trend. Small appliances and the espresso machine move from the countertops to the pantry, creating a clean, uncluttered look. Narrow shelving is ideal for food storage, so you can easily see what you have.

Some clients are getting rid of upper cabinets and adding windows. Good natural light is a bonus in the workspace, and the view outside can add to a homeowner’s enjoyment. Many of us spend quite a bit of time in the kitchen, so making the space beautiful and functional is what I aim to achieve.

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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SUSTAINABLY Chic

“Oh Wintery Frost, your intricate veil suddenly appears upon my window, as if by magic. It has become the season of indoor warmth and comfort.” As the post pandemic thaw brings the notion that life is best spent with those you love, so is the season of the Holiday Spirit to bind us with gifts to give of a more sentimental nature. Oh sure, there will be fantabulous holiday parties and shiny decorations, but the hark of a different tune in attitude is settling in to the minds of many as the realization that gifts given from the humble heart has more meaning than anything else. Time spent with a neighbor drinking extraordinary teas, a holiday candle carousel to delight the young and all those cozy gifts such as Frasier Fir scented candles, alpaca blankets and a modern firewood rack let others know you wish them a warm and content season. Family activities such as building your own winter scene within a glass bowl can bring new memories into the fold. Yes, this year, the holidays seem to be about connecting with others in thoughtful, lasting ways. These sustainable gifts and activities should be just the thing to divulge the tenderheart from within and make someone’s season. Happy Holidays!

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For More Information: Info@omformedesign.com.

Carter Averbeck is an interior designer specializing in stylish, sustainable design.
Note: All items can be purchased through Omforme.

A luxury condo’s dramatic two-story floor-to-ceiling windows frame sweeping views of the Minneapolis skyline. written by ellen olson, photography by spacecrafting

Luxury

VIEWS

“I’ve never seen a more spectacular view.”
LUCAS, COLDWELL BANKER REALTY
“You get the full history of the Minneapolis Riverfront just by looking out the window.”
– BETSY LUCAS, COLDWELL BANKER REALTY

project credits: · architect: paul udris, u+b architecture · builder: austin homes, llc

BBetsy Lucas of Coldwell Banker Realty has helped several clients transition from their stately homes in Kenwood and the City Lakes to condominiums and lofts in Downtown Minneapolis. After the family is grown and gone, a more relaxed lifestyle is appealing. Easy access to cultural venues, sporting events, and a vibrant food scene is a big draw, as is the promise of simplified home maintenance.

When her clients purchased the two-story penthouse at The Phoenix on the River, they faced an extensive remodel project. The former owner, Horst Rechelbacher, the famous hairdresser and founder of Aveda and Intelligent Nutrients, combined two penthouses into a single 12,000-square-foot space. After his passing, the space was converted back into two penthouses. The views were fabulous, but there was no kitchen, functional lights, or guest bathrooms!

The homeowners did much of the design, although they utilized floor plans and drawings from Paul Udris, a Partner at U+B Architecture, who did the original remodel for Horst. The kitchen features Italian glass cabinets from Valcucine, with a kitchen island finished with a walnut panel that warms the space. In addition to a dream kitchen outfitted for the avid chef and baker, the butler’s pantry features additional storage, prep space, a refrigerator/freezer, dishwasher, and wine bar.

The home is designed for entertaining on a grand scale. Jeff Austin and his team at Austin Homes finished out the unit in its entirety. A custom Lutron system allows the lighting and electronic window treatments to be controlled remotely, or by Alexa.

The homeowners were able to retain the black ash herringbone floors on both levels, as well as the sweeping staircase, which is illuminated at night. The dramatic Italian chandelier made from recycled Ferrari headlights was also original to the home.

The homeowners created several inviting and gracious seating areas on the main floor, which foster intimate conversation, whether hosting 6 or 60 guests. Antiques, grand piano, and other traditional elements are a beautiful juxtaposition to the modern structure. A main level veranda on the corner extends the living area, and recessed balconies to the east provide for glorious sunrises. A large guest suite is on the main floor, including a spacious ensuite bath, laundry room, and private balcony.

The second floor of the home features a large den with custom bookcases. An outdoor deck spans the southern exposure of the unit and offers breathtaking views. Light fills the condo during the day. At nightfall, the sun sets to the west behind the city skyline. The elegant primary suite is also located on the second floor, as is a second guestroom – perfect for grandchildren or other young guests.

The dramatic two-story floor-to-ceiling windows in the main living area create sweeping views of St. Anthony Falls, the Mississippi River, and the downtown Minneapolis skyline. On a clear August day, the Ferris wheel at the State Fair is visible. “You get the full history of the Minneapolis Riverfront just by looking out the window,” remarked Betsy. “I’ve been selling property along the riverfront for 20 years, and I’ve never seen a more spectacular view.”

The Phoenix on the River offers a full range of amenities. The front desk is staffed 24x7. Indoor guest parking, a sixth-floor party room with a large outdoor terrace, a fully equipped fitness room, and excellent private storage round out the offering. A well-appointed wood shop, workroom, and separate craft room can be found on the garage level. A private, secure elevator, accessed from the unit’s four parking spaces, opens directly on the penthouse level at the home’s entry foyer.

“This home offers luxury, privacy, security, beauty, exquisite views, and space for entertaining guests or family,” said Betsy. “It meets every need for both formal and informal entertaining. It’s a unique and one-of-a-kind property that shows Minneapolis to its best advantage.” For more information about this property, please contact Betsy Lucas at 612.327.5905. | www.BetsyLucasRealtor.com

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FAMILY

For over seventy years, R.F. Moeller has been a part of Twin Cities family celebrations of life’s most important milestones. written by ellen olson, photography by spacecrafting

RR.F. Moeller Jeweler has long been associated with exceptional quality, selection, and customer service. The family-owned and operated business was the vision of the late Robert F. Moeller. When he returned from service after World War II, he used the G.I. Bill to attend Watchmaking School. His first job was at the Emporium in downtown Saint Paul, but before long, he was ready to strike out on his own. He searched for the perfect opportunity. In 1951, he purchased Harmon Jewelers in Highland Park from owner and operator Jake Harmon. Gifts from R.F. Moeller have been a part of Twin Cities family celebrations — engagements, anniversaries, retirements, graduations, birthdays, and “just because” — for over seventy years.

Robert F. Moeller and his wife, Bernice, owned and operated R. F. Moeller Jeweler until 1991, at which time their son, Mark, became the owner. Mark was the first Certified Gemologist Appraiser in Minnesota. The business was housed inside the Power department stores in Highland Park and Knollwood for several years, but ultimately, Moeller realized that a standalone store was the best way to accomplish his vision of a fine-quality, full-service jewelry store. In 1971, the business transitioned into a standalone store at Ford Parkway and Cleveland, and, in 2001, settled into the current location. R.F. Moeller expanded into the West Metro in 1994 by purchasing another familyowned jewelry business, Korst and Sons. Today, R.F. Moeller is located in a modern new showroom just off the corner of 50th and France.

Both R.F. Moeller Jeweler locations are owned and operated by the second and third generation — Robert (Bob) Moeller II and Mark Moeller’s two sons, Bryan and James. They are committed to the Moeller legacy of exceptional quality, superior service, and stunning displays of jewelry and watches.

When Mark Moeller took over the business in 1991, R.F. Moeller began carrying Lazare Diamonds, which, with their perfect blend of fire and light, are considered the most beautiful in the world. R.F. Moeller has grown to be the largest Lazare dealer in the United States. Offering the most beautiful diamonds at the best prices remains a cornerstone of the business.

With 11 Certified Gemologist Appraisers on staff, customers have access to the expertise and education that will allow them to make informed decisions about their fine jewelry purchases. R.F. Moeller also carries a curated selection of designer jewelry from Italian designers Marco Bicego & Roberto Coin, John Hardy, and the classic Mikimoto pearls. Another option is custom jewelry design and creation, as R.F. Moeller has a dedicated designer on staff. Six on-site goldsmiths are incredibly skilled at their craft and specialize in complete jewelry repair and restoration. Given that the late Robert F. Moeller was first a watchmaker, it’s no surprise that the stores carry a stellar lineup of fine Swiss watches, including Rolex, Tudor, and Tag Heuer.

“Jewelry is personal and sentimental value can far outweigh financial value, so we happily work on anything, and everything — from large diamond rings to fun fashion jewelry,” said Bob Moeller, the store’s President. “We take great pride in restoring family heirlooms and also have a great selection of jewelry that is worthy of being passed down for generations.”

The family business is also committed to giving back to the local community through non-profit involvement and donations to organizations important to their clients and neighbors. R.F. Moeller annually donates to more than 400 Twin Cities area charities, nonprofits, and schools. They are also actively involved with the Greg Marzolf Jr. Foundation and annually participate in Children’s Cancer Awareness Month with Children’s Cancer Research Fund. rfmoeller.com

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Sustainably UNIQUE

Original fixtures and finishes add to the charm and personality of this Spanish Revival home on Lake Harriet. written by ellen olson, photography by amy jeanchaiyaphum

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“A home’s architecture always tells a

story of its history.”

HOME

HHomes with a history speak to Carter Averbeck, Omforme Design. When given the opportunity to update the interiors of a 1920’s Spanish Revival home on Lake Harriet, he was ecstatic. His clients had long admired the house on their neighborhood walks, so when they spotted the “For Sale” sign on the property, they went to the front door and made an offer.

Getting to know his clients well and understanding how they would live in the home was the first step of the design process. Carter also spent time getting to know the space. “A home’s architecture always tells a story of its history,” says Carter. “It is then my job to honor that history and infuse the new owners’ ideas into it. This home is a true gem with great bones.”

Preserving the existing finishes, especially the vintage terra cotta tile flooring glazed in shades of cobalt blue with mint green borders, was a priority. The home features a grand entrance with a sweeping staircase. The home was designed for entertaining.

“When I walk through the home, I imagine elegant parties with women in full taffeta skirts and men in tuxedos,” said Carter. “My clients love to entertain – big groups of 30 to 50 people! The rooms had to accommodate a lot of seating, with flexibility in the configuration, depending on the occasion.” He wanted the home to look like the client had acquired pieces over many years. “When you pull together things from every era, you get a timeless room,” he added. Bold accents, like the wall covering in the powder room, work with the original fixtures and create a bit of fantasy.

The living room is long and narrow and is usually configured with two seating areas. A curved 1990’s sofa, found online at an auction, faces the fireplace and was reupholstered with luxurious steel blue velvet. The swivel chairs feature a tuxedo stripe along the back, a detail added as they were reimagined. The rug is new, as is the artisan-crafted coffee table inlaid with bone and shell in a scalloped pattern, a modern interpretation of an Indian design. The oversized 1990’s floor lamps add a whimsical touch to the room.

300-year-old corbels from France, with the 24K detailing still intact, were used to create a shelf along one wall, with sling stools underneath. Near the living room windows, white chairs from the 1940’s shimmer in the light. A gold thread runs through the new tweed upholstery, and metallic paint fills the acid patches in the cowhide rug.

A grand vintage Lucite table is the centerpiece of the dining room. The original Art Deco flooring in blue and mint terracotta tile made finding a rug a challenge. A vintage mint green Persian rug was obtained with a specialty “spot dye” technique used to obscure the rug’s original pink border. “We turned that pink into a steely blue grey to better blend in with the flooring,” commented Carter. “The 1930s chandelier features glass rods - a bit of Art Deco that works beautifully in the room.” Sumptuous deep rose velvet was chosen for the vintage dining chairs.

The wallpaper in the breakfast room was there when the owners purchased the home. In keeping with Carter’s philosophy of “do no harm, work with what the house gives you,” the wall covering became an asset. A vintage table and new chairs keep the room light and bright. The coral porcelain chandelier simply glows.

“Throughout this project, I showed my client how to transform older pieces into something totally unique and glamorous,” said Carter. “Something truly magical happens when you reimagine vintage pieces.” The Spanish Revival home now feels elegant, regal, and ready to embrace its new owners.

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AAmongst blocks of architecturally distinctive houses in Lowry Hill, a legend lives. During his football career, Honorable Justice Alan Page was an award-winning defensive tackle on the infamous Minnesota Viking Purple People Eaters lineup. While playing in the NFL, he earned a law degree from the University of Minnesota.

For Alan, there has always been something extraordinary about Minnesota. He met his wife, Diane Sims, when she worked at General Mills, and it’s where he and his wife chose to raise their four beautiful children.

One of the couple’s most notable civic accomplishments was founding the Page Education Foundation thirty-five years ago. The nonprofit organization provides scholarships to students of color in the State of Minnesota to pursue post-secondary education at trade schools, community colleges, and universities. Grant recipients, Page Scholars, are encouraged to mentor younger students of color about the values of continued learning.

“Education is freedom, and it creates opportunities,” remarked Justice Page. Since its inception, the organization has given over 16 million dollars to over 8,000 Page Scholars. Another initiative Alan Page respects is a group of students at the former Alexander Ramsey Middle School in South Minneapolis who led a campaign to change the name of their school to one that better reflected the community and its values. The educational institution now bears the name Justice Page Middle School. Kamie Page and her father have also written several children’s books featuring characters of African heritage on topics including family tradition, connecting with others, and resilience.

After an illustrious career in private legal practice, he served the public in the Office of the Minnesota Attorney General. In 1993 he was elected Associate Justice on the Minnesota State Supreme Court. Page was the first African American to hold that position.

For 25 years, Alan played his sousaphone as his wife cheered on runners at the corner of Douglas and Knox Avenues during the Twin Cities Marathon. Diane passed away in 2018 after losing a battle with breast cancer. “All of my success and all my good fortune would not have been possible without Diane. She was and continues to be my partner. We are a team, and you couldn’t ever possibly have asked for a better teammate,” emphatically declared Alan.

The Diane and Alan Page Community Cheer Challenge was established to honor Diane’s memory and encourage others to support runners along the 26.2-mile marathon. The course weaves around lakes, along the Mississippi River, and down tree-lined parkways in Minneapolis and Saint Paul.

Spry and upbeat at age 77, Justice Page has lived an accomplished life. He was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor you can earn in this country. This proclamation is reserved for the most distinguished Americans, recognizing meritorious service, generous contributions to the culture, and advancement of the values and ideals of the United States of America.

These days, Alan likes to be present on the first day of school at the newly built Justice Alan Page Elementary in Maplewood to read stories on the grass to the students. “I was fortunate enough to greet the kindergartners on their very first day of school. And it doesn’t get any better than that,” recalled Justice Page.

When asked about his proudest accomplishment, he said, “What I’m going to accomplish next.”

To donate to the Page Education Foundation or purchase books authored by Honorable Justice Alan and Kamie Page, visit www.page-ed.org.

Throughout his lifetime Honorable Justice Alan Page has been a warrior for fairness and education. written

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Chef ’ s

KITCHEN

Personal Chef Lauren Shapiro’s career is aligned with her bohemian mindset, which suits her spirit and fuels her endless stores of energy. written by nancy monroe, photography by spacecrafting

LLauren Shapiro’s multifamily residence in the Lake Harriet area is a surprise a square foot. Take, for instance, the two vintage China cabinets in the dining room, overflowing with ceramic figurines of cats. When we stated the obvious: “You must really like cats,” she responded with the unexpected, “No, not really.”

The China cabinets, along with the massive collection (including a mummified cat she keeps discreetly in the bottom drawer), were a gift from her grandfather who assumed she’d want them since on childhood visits she always played with one particular cat.

Her entry hall is lined with large sepia-toned portraits of former presidents, specifically George Washington. Lauren’s mother taught her to shop estate auctions, where “for 50 cents you can get a dead president,” she said in the guise of an explanation.

Another surprise: The proliferation of children’s artwork is not from grandchildren. When asked why she’s kept her adult childrens’ art all these years, her answer is unarguable: “I love my children.” Recently she’s taken to cleaning out some of their tangible memories, and now sends her 40-something kids birthday wishes on their grade school report cards and practice writing pages.

In the kitchen are the original cabinets, which would look more at home in a law firm than a kitchen. In one of the deep drawers is a treasure trove of handmade treats for her catering gigs: chocolate-dipped red licorice, an upgraded Girl Scout Thin Mint cookie, chocolate-covered dates stuffed with peanut butter that convincingly imitate a Snickers bar.

Lauren’s cooking career started in earnest when she escaped a failed marriage in 2009 and retreated to her family’s island off the coast of Canada. “I had visited there every year of my life except during Covid,” she said. With no plan on how to support herself, she stumbled upon a private chef job, while putting gas in her boat. Cheffing became her summer job; winters she found other cooking opportunities, such as a ski resort in Lake Tahoe and cooking at a ranch in Colorado that once belonged to Director Oliver Stone.

Most of her personal chef gigs come from word of mouth. She was recruited to Northern Minnesota to feed the crew of Andrew Zimmern’s new TV show, Wild Game Kitchen, where she cooked over open-pit fires. This was a treat, she said, because crew meals usually consist of someone picking up Jimmy John’s.

On the day we visited, Lauren had covered her dining-room table with several different versions of her popular charcuterie boards. When catering parties, she likes to encourage “grazing” which leads to free-flowing conversations as opposed to sit-down meals. Thanks to Covid, she said, grazing has new protocols. Veggies and dip, for example, are individualized with dip at the bottom of a shot glass with carrot or celery sticks peeking out. Cheese needs to be pre-sliced, rather than everyone grabbing the knife and cutting off a hunk for themselves.

Lauren’s bohemian mindset not only suits her free spirit, it sustains her. “I’ve been blessed with lots of energy,” she said, and lots of avenues to expend it.

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BUTTER BOARD

A Butter Board is the perfect hors d’oeuvres for a last-minute get-together, because you can quickly build one from what you already have in your fridge, says Lauren Shapiro.

Start with a wooden or marble board. Let a pound of high-fat butter, such as Kerry Gold or French-style butter, soften, then spread it thickly on the board.

Top with any combination of:

• Fresh herbs, such as thyme, rosemary and chives. In a pinch, dried herbs will also work;

• Candied pecans or walnuts;

• Seeds, such as pepitas;

• Bits of bacon;

• Edible flowers;

• Dried fruit, especially apricots and dates.

Once you’ve been creative with your toppings, drizzle with honey and sprinkle coarse salt over it.

The final ingredient is key, Lauren said. Grate lemon zest generously over the butter board for a tangy kick.

Serve with a basket of crackers and/or sliced baguette.

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It was a wild night at The District Edina as owner Gregory Rich welcomed Tina Wilcox, who showcased her collection of humanely procured taxidermy at The District’s Nine Mile Gallery.

Friends and fans joined the party to witness the joint project between Wilcox, Carter Averbeck, who painted the backdrops, and Shelly Mosman, who photographed the subjects to celebrate the release of Wilcox’s book “The Conscious Kingdom.”

A portion of the proceeds from the book will be donated to the Animal Humane Society to help them continue to shape the way our world cares for animals.

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FENG SHUI

Every Day Tips for the Holidays

The holidays provide a great opportunity for people to understand the concept of Feng Shui and how a space can change your outlook. Most people decorate their space during this time of year, whether celebrating Christmas, Hannukah or Kwanza. Based on the premise that “your house reflects your life,” changes made during the holidays can correspondingly reflect changes in a person’s life. So be mindful of what you bring out to help you celebrate your holiday.

Here are some Feng Shui tips to help you enjoy the holidays in a way that is comfortable for you:

• Love your decorations. Use decorations that you absolutely adore and have meaning for you. Get rid of the items you no longer like, never liked or are not functioning properly. If any decorations are from a past and troubling relationship, they are no longer appropriate.

• Concentrate on the front door. If time is an issue, the front door is where to focus because your front entry represents opportunities coming into your life. Hanging an attractive wreath and/or lights may attract an amazing outcome.

• Keep holiday “clutter” under control. Cards, candy, mistletoe, gifts— they can all contribute to holiday turmoil. Have a way to deal with these items such as baskets or decorative containers so you feel in control.

• Not every room has to be decorated. For some people, the holidays are exhausting, and they’re relieved when it’s all over. In this case, keep the bedroom as your sanctuary. It will provide balance for you during an otherwise energetic time. Plus you will sleep better without the vibrant holiday reminders.

• Keep holiday items current. Replace candles as they burn down and remove live boughs before they start dropping needles. Tend to burned out tree-lights and get rid of anything that is broken.

Typically, the holidays involve friends and family coming over to visit and to eat together. Here are some Feng Shui ideas for creating a harmonious time around the table:

• Eat at a round table. A round table signifies equality and supports conversational moments. If you aren’t using a round table, position a round or oval centerpiece in the middle to bring about harmony.

• Avoid arguments. If you anticipate raucous and argumentative conversations, avoid using red as your table décor. Red represents fire in the 5 Feng Shui Elements and can be a set-up for “hot” discussions. Green and gold are better options. If your guests are typically friendly and mellow, then red table décor may not be a problem.

• Watch the seating. The hosts of the dinner should sit in such a way that they can see who is entering their home and/or their dining room. If they have their backs to either of these entrances, they will feel less in control of the event. Someone who is argumentative or boisterous would do well with their back to the door as they will be less inclined to speak out.

Each year after the holiday has passed, it is wise to consider which decorations and traditions are still important to you and which ones no longer bring you joy. If you’ve outgrown your fondness for something, dare to release it.

The holidays should be a time of celebration as well as thoughtfulness. Allow some quiet time for yourself to offset the excitement that comes with family, visitors, gifts and commitments. Feng Shui is all about balance—in your space as well as your own life. Find that private space from time to time which will enable you to enjoy the festivities all the more.

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