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The power of changing lives one gemstone at a time!

Laurie Kottke is traveling to Tanzania and Kenya this August to experience where gems come from, explore mines, and meet miners who bring them to light. Dedicated to responsible sourcing in gems and diamonds, this journey is a witness to her commitment to bring the finest gems to her clients. Learn more and how to purchase on lauriekottkefinejewelers.com and rogerdery.com

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PUBLISHER KAREN T. STOECKEL

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GRAPHIC DESIGN SHEBA CONCEPT & DESIGN, INC. CONTRIBUTING WRITERS ELLEN OLSON SARA RYAN DUFFY JANE MAIORANO JAY NUHRING LAURA POTTER MADILYN JUSTINE ROWE

ON THE COVER Home by Reuter Walton Residental Lakesocietymagazine.com Lakesocietymagazine@gmail.com

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Letter from the Editors

Summer. What does that word evoke for you? Is it an image of sailboats on Bde Maka Ska, or the Lake Harriet Bandshell? Is it a scent of BBQ grills being fired up in your neighborhood or lilacs in a garden? Is it blue skies, filled with puffy cumulus clouds—or walks around the beautiful City Lakes? One thing we know for sure. We are all ready for summer! Our HOME features give us a glimpse into two properties: each different, each with a unique sensibility. Both are beautiful. The farmhouse style property built by Reuter Walton is a wonderful and private urban oasis. Stephanie Shimp’s remodel of her Kenwood home is a loving tribute to a bygone time; she keeps it lively with some personal and surprising details. Laura Potter visits local sculptor Brad Meier who explores the idea of “wabi-sabi”—his art lives in the impermanence of what is. Jay Nuhring thinks about arranging flowers—and is immediately transported back to memories of his mother, and the blooms that were such a special part of her life. Our adventurous luxury travel concierge, Sara Ryan Duffy, just returned from Necker Island; she gives us a glimpse into what makes Sir Richard Branson such a success. The gals at Fiddlehead Design share their ideas for what could make this summer spectacular. Kim Bartmann shares her secret for serving up summertime family fun—with no fuss and no muss. We traveled to P.S. Steak at 510 Groveland for our fashion shoot. These ladies were dressed and adorned for an evening of fun—and glamour. For those warm summer nights, there is no better destination than La La Homemade Ice Cream in the Uptown area. Our LIFE features include an amazing array of people in the city, who make a difference every day with the work that they do. Fashion Meets Poetry founder Lisa Gedney Harris shares her passion for women and their stories—and gives us the opportunity to meet her beautiful family. Pam Mondale and her daughter, Berit, feed off each other’s energy—both create interesting and innovative work. Christina Bowers and daughter Ella live an intentional life, one devoted to creativity and social values. The last treasure in this issue is Interact, the only professional theater and visual arts studio in the nation for artists with disabilities. Their production of Hot Dog Daze will transport you back to those nutty 1950’s telethons. It could be a great way to spend a warm summer night. We continue to be grateful to bring these stories and stunning images into your home. Enjoy these lazy days of summer; and know that we are grateful for your readership and support.

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Interior Stylist & Real Estate Agent

Thinking about selling? Style is an attitude, not a designer label. You have nice things. I can make them look better. Jay Nuhring Stylist & Real Estate Agent Prudden & Company 909 North Washington Avenue Minneapolis, MN 55401 612 229 1854 www.jaynuhring.com www.pruddencompany.com SUMMER 2019

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18 THE TASTE MAKER DIARIES

Jen and Andréa’s choices are loaded with fun and they all say “Summertime, Summertime.”

22 CONCIERGE

Sir Richard Branson’s Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands was a recent destination for travel concierge, Sara Ryan Duffy.

24 HOME

Expansive modern spaces blend with traditional architectural elements to create a home that brings easy family living to the City Lakes.

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Laura Potter explores “wabi-sabi,” the Japanese worldview that embraces rather than shuns perfection, with creative sculptor Brad Meier.

32 LIFESTYLE

Christina Bowers and daughter Ella live a creative lifestyle that is anchored in simplicity, gratitude and an appreciation for the world around them.

36 SHOWROOM

La La Homemade Ice Cream transports customers to a simpler time and place—and delivers pure deliciousness.

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Fashion Meets Poetry founder Lisa Gedney Harris and her family embrace an active lifestyle in their Linden Hills community.

42 LIFE STYLIST

Lilacs and peonies, and their haunting scent, evoke tender memories of Jay Nuhring’s mother and his childhood.

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Pam and Berit Mondale inspire each other in their stunning Loring Park artist’s studio.

54 CUISINE

Kim Bartmann likes to keep meals at the lake cabin easy, fun and festive.

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Pops of color and surprise elements are the finishing touches on this extensive remodel of a Kenwood home.

62 CULTURE

Interact, a local treasure, is the only professional theater and visual arts studio for artists with disabilities in the entire nation.

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An evening of fun is inspired by fashions from Local Motion Boutique and jewelry by Milana Stile. SUMMER 2019

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Interior designers Jen Ziemer and Andrea Dixon of Fiddlehead Design Group have a signature play of pattern, color and texture that stands out in the local design circuit. The Twin Cities tastemakers share what’s giving them those sweet summer vibes!

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

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BEACH READS 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.

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Our favorite by Ulla Johnson is the perfect size and the shape has a vintage quality that is so charming. It looks great with a summery dress or just a tee and jeans. Nordstrom

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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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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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Enjoy this recipe from our friends at Norseman Distillery Summer Cocktail: Fitzgerald 3 dashes Angostura Bitters 15ml Rich (2:1) Simple Syrup 30ml Fresh Lemon Juice 60ml Norseman Gin

FIDDLEHEAD’S SUMMER MANTRA Now you can enjoy summer’s favorite Rose All Day in a can. It makes for a cute instagram post,too! Photo Credit: Jenna Mahr

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Very few have seen the success that Sir Richard Branson has in his lifetime. The English business magnate started his career by opening a record shop in 1971. In 1972 he launched his record label, Virgin Records. Virgin Records would go on to sign the Rolling Stones and Peter Gabriel, to name a few. His first taste of the airline industry came as a result of a canceled flight. He chartered a private plane and offered seats to the other stranded passengers for a nominal fee to aid in recouping his costs. Virgin Atlantic Airways was formed in 1984 and today is still a leader in the airline industry. Groundbreaking ideas that make flying more fun are the brand’s signature. In 1992 Branson sold Virgin records in order to keep Virgin Atlantic in the skies. He has also ventured into outer space with his project Virgin Galactic that will take passengers into suborbital space.

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My personal favorite of his ventures was his expansion into the luxury travel sector. Virgin Limited Edition is a collection of boutique hotels and retreats around the world. Each location was hand selected by Sir Richard Branson and the concept is to be your home away from home. I just returned from his 74-acre estate called Necker Island in the British Virgin Islands. The island can be rented in its entirety or on special celebration weeks, room by room. The island oasis includes a tennis court, multiple swimming pools and even an animal sanctuary with lemurs to feed. His seven retreats can be found in incredible and imaginative locations. The African properties in Kenya and South Africa are a perfect balance of local flavor and his unique style. In Kenya, Mahali Mzuri has twelve luxury tents in the Maasai Mara. Twice voted the favorite safari camp by Condé Nast Traveler Awards, it is a superb spot for year-round game viewing. In South Africa, you can experience a mix of sophisticated wine country living or a luxury lodge in the Sabi Sands Game reserve. Mont Rochelle is located in Franschhoek, South Africa, and is a brilliant counterpart to being on safari. The 26room hotel is ideally located to allow guests to partake of the local wines and gourmet cuisine. Rock Lodge at Ulusaba stands 800 feet above the bush below. Viewing decks with telescopes afford bird’s eye observation of the wildlife below. After a day of game drives, Aroma Boma will be your sanctuary for an array of spa treatments. Sir Richard Branson is famously quoted saying, “Luck is what happens when preparation meets opportunity.” His truly unique and thoughtful collection of hotels leaves his guests feeling lucky for having had the opportunity to have stayed in them. SRD International offers a unique approach to travel — one tailored to the individual. This luxury travel concierge offers traditional travel services as well as memorable, bespoke experiences for the adventurer, and those who desire highly personalized travel assistance. www.srdinternational.com

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Expansive modern spaces blend with traditional architectural elements to create a home that brings easy family living to the City Lakes. written by madilyn justine rowe, photography by spacecrafting 24

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“We wanted to create a home that belongs in the neighborhood, but embodies modern design, materials and building technology.” JOSH ORTMEIER, REUTER WALTON RESIDENTIAL

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When the design/build team for this project sat down to the table, they knew that they wanted to build a modern, urban cottage with good indoor/outdoor living—something that met the demands of a busy and active young family. “We wanted to create a home that belongs in the neighborhood, but would embody modern design, materials and building technology,” commented Josh Ortmeier, Director of Residential Construction, Reuter Walton. “The lot was purchased in the fall of 2016, the demo ensued in 2017, and the home was completed in July of 2018.” The beautiful farmhouse inspired dwelling was finished with the utmost care and painstaking attention to detail. Some of the inspiration for the design was derived from a spec house designed by Peterssen/Keller at 42nd and Zenith. “We wanted to take that design one step further—the lot was bigger and more expansive; and by definition, we had more options in terms of the layout,” said Ortmeier. “We were able to create a spacious urban oasis that is clean, elegant and timeless.” The home is located just off the shores of Lake Bde Maka Ska (formerly Lake Calhoun) and exudes a relaxing vibe of easy outdoor living. The home fits within the architectural vernacular of the neighborhood, but with modern embellishments and features that create visual drama. Expansive, open and modern glass voids that are visible from both the front and back elevations of the home. This allows the interior spaces to flow seamlessly to the exterior. The “horseshoe” shaped layout of the floor plan has most of the main living areas oriented towards the outdoor living area and the swimming pool/water feature at the back of the home. It creates a feeling of togetherness and privacy; and one can easily imagine long weekends of family fun in this setting. The outdoor living area is located under a cantilevered section of the home, so it is protected from the elements. A cozy sitting area and a large dining table makes it well suited for family gatherings and luxurious outdoor entertaining. The finishes on the outdoor fireplace echo those in the interior of the home. The design team of Peterssen/Keller and Martha O’Hara Interiors collaborated to select a simple, understated material palette that balanced with exciting contrasts in texture and color. On the exterior, nickel gap siding is paired with metal panels. Dark-texture stone is installed adjacent to blackened steel surrounds and traditional wood-clad windows are contrasted with expansive sliding glass doors. Key design elements include a traditional front porch and columns, a steep roofline, a double gable front façade, and dormers. The interior spaces in the home flow from one room to another; they are geared for luxe living and entertaining. The palette of creams and grays provides a soothing backdrop for the home’s contemporary furnishings. The home is luxurious and spacious, and designed for today’s modern family. It’s just over 5,500 square feet with four bedrooms, three bathrooms and includes a basement, garage and screened porch. In 2018, both the Luxury Home Tour and the AIA MN Homes by Architects Tour featured this spectacular home, which is the perfect blend of traditional and modern architectural elements. www.reuterwalton.com/residential 28

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During the day, Brad Meier operates as a professional banker. During the night, the dress shirt, shoes, and pants come off and the creative sculptor makes an entrance. Although his two worlds seem like they wouldn’t fit together, Brad exemplifies contradictory entities living in perfect balance. His apartment is less than 575 square feet but somehow, his home feels like it’s without limits. It’s warm and welcoming, certainly not cramped. The walls are crisp white and yield the perfect background for all the treasures, collections, books and artwork that define the man who lives there. Living in such a small place takes discipline, and the key to making good use out of a small space is keeping only the items he loves. A favorite quote of Brad’s is one from Dieter Rams, the famous German designer, who states, “Limit everything to the essentials. But do not remove the poetry.” Brad’s home reads like a sonnet where each piece of art and treasure is carefully considered for its importance and relevance in order to maximize impact and meaning. Brad sculpts beautiful white vases adorned with delicate rose buds. His sculptures occupy most of the cocktail table in the center of the living room. This is a lot of real estate in smaller quarters which illustrates how centrally vital his creations are to his well-being. Brad’s works of art can be described as “wabi-sabi,” the Japanese world view that embraces rather than shuns imperfection. His vases are kiln-dried hard with a rough exterior and simple metallic rivets but are adorned with imperfect roses on the lip. The flowers look as if they are wilting, caught in that place between a perfect bloom and the beginning of decay. His vessels are simple and understated, but not without the poetry. I must admit, the day that I met Brad I was having a rough start to my day. A client of mine was disappointed that a mistake was made and an insignificant piece of a larger project wasn’t perfect. He wanted everything ripped out and redone. I conceded, but felt like more was lost than just time and materials. Are we not missing the point about life and art? The poetry is in the errors and missteps. Embracing imperfection can be both beautiful and liberating, for life and art are beautiful not because they are perfect and eternal but because they are imperfect and fleeting. Is that not why we are cautioned to “stop and smell the roses?” It’s not quite poetry, but it’s simple and profound. laurapotterdesigns.com 30

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“Raising Ella in the city is not just culturally more interesting, fun and enjoyable, it also affords me opportunities to expand her frames of reference and to be more sociologically conscious.� CHRISTINA BOWERS

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Our visit with Christina Bowers begins with an airy and sunny quality, which is fitting, as that is the nature of the rest of our time together. It is a lesson in wisdom and simplicity. Green grass and buds are flourishing in this Dean Parkway neighborhood as we are greeted in the sunlit courtyard. She and her 9-year-old daughter, Ella, lead us into their amply windowed apartment. We are treated to lemon water and thin mints. Ella, a charming young girl wearing a dancer’s ponytail, helped us estimate how long the two have lived in the neighborhood. “Three years.” She paused, “Two Christmases and two Valentines.” A serendipitous event led them to this particular location and Christina couldn’t be happier. She recalls having driven along Lake Street from the suburbs hundreds of times during her teens to get to Minnehaha Academy, and thinking how fun it would be to live near Uptown. She always thought, “How cool would it be to live here?” So, when the opportunity arose, she acted on it. She and Ella love being close to the Lakes and Calhoun Beach Club. While Christina was growing up on Lake Minnetonka, she was encouraged to create and explore. “We were always immersing ourselves in the environment. Nature and simple joys were something my father would always encourage. Those lessons serve as a reminder for me to drink in and appreciate the world around us.“ She speaks of her father with admiration. “He was a world-class sailor and an Olympic sailing coach. He was super comfortable giving interviews,” she jokes. “Unlike me. I observed his passion for sailing. His love of nature always influenced me because I saw that it was the source of his joy. He had a passion for living that was unmatched by most people that I know.” “Money was not a driving force in our lives,” said Christina. “I’ve come to appreciate working within a budget as an artist. Our culture is asked to want many things that don’t truly make us happy. I don’t want to be like that, or teach that to Ella. To be aware is worth so much more, so we spend time with art, going to galleries and museums, and working on creative projects.” “I realize that this life is a luxury, getting to spend so much time together,” mused Christina. “But, by living simply, we can do it. Raising Ella in the city is not just culturally more interesting, fun and enjoyable, it also affords me opportunities to expand her frames of reference and to be more sociologically conscious.” “I like to collect art,” says Christina. “Things, places, and people inspire me. I would love to curate a show of my photographs and with the proper assistance I know it’s possible.” She thinks like a documentarian and would love to create a show that reminds us of our humanity. When Christina was asked what she would like people to know about her, she responded, “I want to be an example of how to live a creative lifestyle. What one does in their space and who they are, it’s all right there. Our home/studio/gallery space is ours to fill with things from which we derive pleasure and inspiration. If something in our environment no longer serves us or provides a certain level of interest, it is passed forward. This shared, almost sacred, space is like us—always evolving and growing.” ◊ SUMMER 2019

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UPTOWN COOL La La Homemade Ice Cream transports customers to a simpler time and place – and delivers pure deliciousness. written by ellen olson, photography by aj sundby

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Jennifer Lisburg opened up the first La La Homemade Ice Cream shop in 1993 near 48th and Chicago in Southwest Minneapolis. Over the years, the business has taken on a few different personas, most notably when Jennifer moved to Northwest Minnesota in 2001. She had a very small commercial kitchen, which was outfitted specifically for ice cream production. Her business focused on off-site events and wholesale accounts. In 2008 she had the opportunity to purchase the café in town, so she continued with the events and wholesale business, as well as serving ice cream in the café, which served breakfast and lunch. That chapter of La La’s history ended when Jennifer’s children completed school and moved from the area. Jennifer decided to return to Minneapolis, where she felt she’d find a more appreciative audience for her premium hand-crafted and flavor-forward product. La La Homemade Ice Cream is located on Hennepin Avenue, near Lake Street. Jennifer chose the location because there was no standalone ice cream shop in the area and the neighborhood still felt like home to her. (It’s where she lived prior to venturing to northern Minnesota.) “Although Uptown has undergone many changes over the years, I still like the mixture of homeowners and apartment dwellers, and the vibrant lifestyle promoted by the nearby City Lakes,” said Jennifer. Jennifer has always been fascinated by soda fountains and the history of ice cream in America. Nostalgia guided her selection of furniture for the store, as well as the marble and white décor. She decided to forego the trend of using 100% disposable products, and uses real dishes and flatware for customers who are “eating in.” These touches, along with the vast array of products—everything from a simple cup or cone, to a decadent ice cream sundae—create a memorable experience for the entire family. La La Homemade Ice Cream offers a range of flavors, none of them overly sweet. They include: elevated traditional (Real Vanilla, Fresh Strawberry, Cocoa Chocolate), unique (Raspberry Honey, Mocha Almond Crunch), the inventive (Sweet Basil Vanilla, Charlotte’s Web) and the boundary pushing (Parsley Mint Sorbet, Toasted Hay, Wasabi Vanilla). Non-dairy options are also available, as are baked goods, which include vegan and gluten-free options. Ice cream cakes can be made to order. All of the sauces are made in-house, as are most of the toppings. At the soda fountain, floats and sodas are made with house made syrups. “I want to provide a wider variety of flavors than is available from other ice cream companies,” commented Jennifer. She relies on local, fresh ingredients in the creation of her products; each batch is still made by hand. La La Ice Cream is available for private and public events. They can set up a canopy and roll in a dipping cabinet for customers to see and choose their flavor, just like in the store. The small ice cream cart can be brought anywhere, as it needs no electricity and holds up to 650 servings of pre-packaged items, such as cups and ice cream sandwiches. La La Ice Cream can be found at local farmer’s markets, as well as events in the Twin Cities and greater Minnesota. Although Jennifer, the creative force behind La La Ice Cream, does not have any formal culinary training, she has been in the food and beverage industry for almost 46 years—in almost every capacity. “The most satisfying aspect of my job is making something that gives people such pleasure,” said Jennifer. “It’s seems so simple—handing someone a cone that immediately makes them smile! It’s the best!” www.lalahomemadeicecream.com

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“Travel has proven to be the best way to spend quality time with each other away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.� LISA GEDNEY HARRIS

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Lisa Gedney Harris is a force with which to be reckoned. She is an author, poet, speaker, the founder of Fashion Meets Poetry and the visionary behind the brand, Unveiled Beauty. After over 18 years in corporate retail buying, retail business development and strategy for several Fortune 500 companies and nationally recognized brands— she published her first book, Unveiled Beauty: Handwritten Stories form a Poetic Heart. The book inspired an entire women’s empowerment platform, which is at the heart of Lisa’s business today. Lisa’s husband, Andrew, works as a Senior Director at Entegris where he leads a global team of engineers, marketers and product managers who develop and sell products used in semiconductor/ IC Chip manufacturing. Andrew travels throughout the world— engaging with his team and critical customers. Both of the Harris’s children attend Carondelet Catholic School. Their daughter finishes 8th grade this spring and will head to Southwest High in the fall. She has been a competitive gymnast for the last 4 years and will transition into high school volleyball as her primary sport. “We are also proud to say that she is the 2019 Cardondelet Catholic School ‘Rock, Paper, Scissors’ Champion. That takes some serious strategy,” said Lisa with a chuckle. “Our son is a 5th grader and after years of playing football, baseball and basketball, he has decided that basketball is his sport.” He also enjoys drawing and all things video games. Rosie, a fierce and protective Yorkie, is a beloved part of the family and is known for “strutting her stuff ” on their family walks around the neighborhood. Lisa and Andrew live with their two children in a quaint two-story home in Linden Hills—a home that was built almost a century ago (in 1921, to be exact). They love the old world charm that the house exudes and many of the original details remain in place— original hardwood floors, a fireplace and other elements. The home seems to keep this busy family grounded and connected. They have made a number of upgrades to the home which include finishing the basement with an additional full bath, tearing down a one-car garage to build a two-car garage with attic space, remodeling the kitchen to maximize space, and upgrading the windows to improve energy efficiency.

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“We moved to Minneapolis from the San Francisco Bay Area in 2002 and we fell in love with our house immediately,” said Lisa. “In fact, I actually refused to see any other house after we saw this one. I sat in the car as our realtor attempted to show us two other homes!” The family enjoys all the benefits of living in this urban setting— coffee shops, restaurants and retail shops within walking distance, easy access to the Lake Harriet Bandshell, lake pathways, and an abundance of parks. Aside from enjoying all that their Linden Hills community has to offer, the Harris family likes to travel during school breaks. “It has proven to be the best way to spend quality time with each other away from the hustle and bustle of daily life,” commented Andrew. The family has made their way across the country sightseeing to several big cities, national parks and monuments, museums, and beach vacations. “Our most recent trip was the most memorable,” remarked Lisa. “In April of this year, we took our children to the Philippines where my mother grew-up. It was a profound experience for everyone and lots of teachable moments.” www.fashionmeetspoetry.com

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“One slow-motion intake of breath through the nose and you will forever have a memory of spring and an indelible association with a certain scent.” JAY NUHRING

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Two of my mother’s favorite flowers were Lilacs and Peonies. I think that’s why she loved spring. Every year when the temperature was just warm enough to open the doors and the windows of our house, my mother would become this Super Hero version of herself. She would deep clean the house from top to bottom. Beds would get moved, floors scrubbed with hot sudsy water, rugs would get shaken outside, windows were washed, blankets were laundered and hung outside to dry, and sometimes she would get the urge to paint. It wasn’t uncommon for her to decide to paint a room and then choose a color, buy the paint and paint it that same day—usually before I would come home from school. Her friends and family knew this ritual involved rearranging our furniture as well. She was unstoppable. It was as if she had had enough of winter and it was time to open the house and let it air out. I was always surprised to see the changes. It was as if we lived in a different house. It was really amazing how the house could look so completely different by rearranging the furniture and painting the walls. I remember being excited seeing the changes and inspired not only by her boundless energy but also her creativity. This transformation of sorts always culminated with big bunches of fresh flowers—Lilacs and Peonies were her favorites. It was spring after all, and the flowers were always in bloom around that time.

The Lilacs themselves are beautiful, naturally, but it was my mother’s appreciation and sense of adventure that made having them in the house memorable. Lilac season is short. There’s a small window of opportunity between when the flower starts to bloom and when the flower ultimately stops blooming. And since we didn’t have lilacs growing in our own yard my mother would take any opportunity to go out of her way to cut branches from an abandoned farm or ask a neighbor permission to cut from their stock. She always had a plan and it involved a five-gallon bucket of water and pruning shears. I can still see my mother reaching for the nearest branch and carefully coaxing the flower close enough to smother her face. It’s the only way to fully experience the joy of smelling these lovely creatures. To say they’re intoxicating is not far from the truth, the fragrance is unmistakably Lilac. One slow-motion intake of breath through the nose and you will forever have a memory of spring and an indelible association with a certain scent. Purple ones were her favorite. The double headed deep purple variety. Ah, the smell, and with one firm snip, the branch is quickly cut and put into the bucket of water. I’ve heard that if you wait too long to put the branches in water the plant cells begin to close off at the point where it was cut and result in less water reaching the flower—just a little tip if you are planning on cutting some for yourself soon. photography by aj sundby 42

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There’s cool and creative energy whirling about in a snazzy Loring Park condominium owned by local art-enthusiast, Pamela Mondale. Pam lovingly shares the stunning eleventh-floor, Summit House artist’s studio with her youngest daughter, Berit Mondale, age 25. The beautiful duo complement and support each other with their respective imaginative disciplines—Pam designs one-of-a kind vintage-style jewelry and Berit’s concentrations include drawing with ink and color pencil, printmaking, and silk screen. Berit explains, “My mom always has a fresh opinion and encouraging words, so having her around is great!” Pam concurs, “I’m so happy to be able to share this place, with the views and good energy with Berit. Having her around, doing what she’s passionate about inspires me.” The banter and chiding between these two strong-minded, positive women is fun to watch, and their special bond and mutual admiration is obvious. Their mother-daughter artsy-shenanigans started years ago when Pam was raising her young family in a historic farm house on France Avenue, located across from the Minnekhada Country Club. “My fun with Berit here in this studio reminds me of times spent in our attic where we had our art room. It’s where I began making jewelry. The kids went up there to do school projects, and ‘do art.’ There was paint on the walls, on the floor, and on the ceiling—it was okay for them to be messy if they were making something. I allowed my kids and their friends to sign the wall whenever they finished a project —some signed the wall several times over a period of a dozen years. It was a special place.” Berit has been artistic since she was a young child. “With my drawings, I rely on my subconscious line-work to piece together a composition based on how I feel or what I am listening to while drawing. I have been mindlessly doodling since elementary school and it is my form of meditation. I am currently working on a piece using old framed paintings and covering them with coded envelopes that I receive daily in the mail­ —making something beautiful from such dreadful items such as an energy bill is poetic,” comments Berit. In Berit’s spare time she is mastering skateboarding and she is a volunteer/intern for Forecast Public Art, focusing on the upcoming Chromo Zone Mural Festival happening in St. Paul in September 2019. She loves living in Minneapolis after spending six years in Missoula, Montana (Berit attended The University of Montana for a portion of that time.) Berit’s available for original commissioned pieces and her prints can be viewed on her website. Pam named her jewelry company, Laurel Way Collection, after her great-grandmother, Martha Laurel, who taught her to have an eye for detail in life, and in art. “I’ve been a ‘creative’ my entire life. I’ve created retail stores, home décor, textiles, three grown kids, too—but always, always I’ve created jewelry,” explains Pam about her passion. “I approach my work as a painter or sculptor does theirs. Each piece has a story, the elements have been curated from different places and times, it’s unique and one-of-a-kind. I work when I’m inspired... fortunately I find a lot in the world to inspire me,” adds Pam. Look for her stylish and witty pieces at one of her jewelry trunk shows in the Twin Cities or, during the chilly months, in Miami. This summer, Laurel Way Collection will be showing at The Grand Hand Gallery in St. Paul. beritmondale.com • laurelwayjewelry.com

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Attired by Local Motion Boutique Adorned by Milana Stile photography by aj sundby and abraham renko location: courtesy of p.s. steak

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On Hanna Versace inspired Roman coin print dress from Papillon Blanc Enameled panther with Swarovski crystal bracelet Black onyx cocktail ring

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There are few things I love more than sitting in the sunshine with a glass of Grüener in my hand while watching the lake. Cabin life is as much a part of my story as my restaurants. And just like the restaurants, I make sure that what we eat while at the cabin fits the occasion. A good cabin meal has a lot to accomplish: minimize our time in the kitchen, offer enough variety so that everyone, no matter their food sensitivities, will end up feeling satiated, and feed the stragglers who might be running late for dinner. There’s one meal I turn to time and again that holds up to such demands—a spread of local meats, cheeses, and veggies. My first stop is Henry and Son, where I can pick up a bottle of my Grüener and an array of other beverages that’ll wet our whistles while we’re away. Lowry Hill Meats offers a robust assortment of local meats and cheeses, plus they’ll customize anything from salmon spreads to country style pate, eliminating that ‘homemade’ time without eliminating the flavor! For any spread that’s meant to eat like a meal, plan on serving at least three kinds of cheese; something soft like a brie or goat cheese, something hard like aged cheddar, & something bleu for extra flavor and color. Salamis, speck, pate, or rillette will satisfy the carnivores on your guest list, but we’re at the lake, so I always like to include a smoked fish. Blanched green beans, asparagus or broccolini, along with crisp radishes, carrots, and an aioli make it a vegetable-forward spread. Accompaniments like mustardo, olives, and pickles encourage guests to customize every bite. Here’s my homemade Refrigerator Pickle recipe; they’re quick and easy to pull together to have ahead of time for your platters and burgers too. In a small pot add a 1/2 c. maple syrup, 1 c. distilled white wine vinegar, 1 tsp. salt, 1 tsp. turmeric, and 1 tbsp. mustard seed (crack some). Bring to a boil, remove from heat, and let cool. While that’s happening, slice 1 English cucumber, 1 fennel bulb, 1 shallot, 1 mid-size carrot and place evenly in a quart glass jar, then pour the room temperature brine over veggies, screw on the lid, shake a little to make sure they’ve all gotten ‘wet’ and refrigerate. Pickles can be enjoyed a few hours later but are even better after a day or two. For a quick and delicious breakfast at the cabin, I like egg sandwiches. You can make them as people are getting going in the morning. And, because I like to support women in the food industry, I’d encourage you to pick up some local City Girl Coffee, Fast Mary’s Bloody Mix and some of HER vodka! You could make your own Bloody Mary mix, but the lake is all about relaxing—leave the homemade Bloody Mary Mix to your neighborhood restaurant. I hope this menu gives you more moments to enjoy at the cabin with family and friends—Cheers! Kim Bartmann, a professional instigator, spends her days & nights feeding people good food and drink at any one of her nine Twin Cities restaurants. Learn more about Kim and her restaurants at bartmanngroup.com. 54

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GLAMOUR REIMAGINED Pops of color and surprise elements are the finishing touches on this extensive remodel of a Kenwood home.

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Several things attracted Stephanie Shimp to the beautiful 1915 Colonial that she calls home. The Art Deco bones of the house, along with the circular floor plan, were intriguing. Details were glamorous, but it also felt like home. The Kenwood community was welcoming; and she made friends quickly. The schools were a good fit for her children and easy access to the Lake of the Isles. Although the home had plenty of square footage, some aspects weren’t ideal. The beautiful sweeping staircase at the front foyer was lovely, but treacherous. The family’s primary access to the upper levels was originally a servant’s stairway, barely wide enough for a laundry basket. The kitchen was cramped and crowded, and not very workable for a young family with two children, a dog, and a restaurateur passionate about creating close-knit family time. In 2016 Stephanie enlisted the help of Vujovich, a design-build firm known for exceptional craftsmanship and deep experience working on older homes in the neighborhood, to reimagine her lovely abode. After an initial meeting with Lori Balestri, one of Vujovich’s Design Directors, “things just clicked.” Vujovich’s approach is to take on the perspective of the client’s desires while guiding the decision-making process and keeping on track with time and budget. Stephanie wanted a kitchen that was spacious and functional—she wanted to be able to cook, while her children did their homework nearby—so they could discuss how their day had gone. The children, quickly approaching their teens, needed more storage space in each of their bedrooms, and a bathroom that worked. They all needed a place to drop their belongings, groceries, and dog necessities as they entered the home. Lastly, at the end of each day, Stephanie wanted a private oasis in the master suite to relax and unwind. The team at Vujovich worked their magic—and made some significant changes to the floor plan. Although the easy answer might have been to simply add square footage, they moved walls and opened things up. Vujovich optimized the existing square footage to meet the needs of the family. Lori Balestri, lead designer on the project, did some extensive research into the era in which the home was built, and used that 1920’s vibe from restaurants and clubs to design the three-tier kitchen island made of walnut and African mahogany. “I found a picture of a bartender in the 1920’s standing behind a similar bar,” said Lori. “It seemed the perfect centerpiece for the kitchen. It’s a showstopper and a conversation starter.” It fit with Stephanie’s style, which is a cross between Audrey Hepburn (black and white, and classic) and Sarah Jessica Parker (fun, unique and colorful). The tiered Art Deco chandelier is reminiscent of a great aunt’s cocktail ring. It is unexpected and creates the ambiance of a romantic restaurant. Light fixtures throughout the home are gilded, sparkly, and feminine. Given Stephanie’s profession, co-owner of the successful restaurant group Blue Plate Restaurant Co., the functionality of the kitchen was key to the design. She wanted a chef ’s kitchen that had all the bells and whistles along with the appropriate prep, cooking, storage and entertaining zones. The front staircase was reimagined. It looks like it was always there, and is now functional and usable. It features stained mahogany treads, enameled risers, a zebra print runner and a glass and gilded feather chandelier. The back staircase was removed. The kitchen doubled in size; and is now open to the music room and the living room. The palette is classic black, charcoal and white, with powdery blue walls throughout. Pops of fuchsia add an element of surprise in several of the rooms; and the flame orange front door welcomes visitors. ◊ 58

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“I felt like I was moving into a new home, except everything about it was familiar to me!� STEPHANIE SHIMP

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WORK YOUR QU Interact, a local treasure, is the only professional theater and visual arts studio for artists with disabilities in the entire nation.

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You say there’s a link between our Minneapolis Lakes and Saint Paul’s Creative Enterprise Zone? You’re right! You’ll find long-time Uptown resident Jeanne Calvit walking around Lake of the Isles in sun, wind, and snow—talking to friends like Kevin Kling about the next show at Interact Center for the Visual and Performing Arts.

Jeanne is Interact’s Founder and Artistic Director—the only professional theater and visual arts studio for artists with disabilities in the entire nation. She carved this dream out of North Loop warehouse space in 1996, and when a bigger warehouse opened up in Saint Paul, Interact crossed the river and kept right on creating groundbreaking work.

Living in Uptown since 1979, Jeanne has collected dozens of South Minneapolis actors, musicians, painters, sculptors, dancers, and just plain brilliant creators—all working with 40+ actors and 65+ visual artists with disabilities every day of the week. Curious? Interact has a show opening here in Minneapolis at the North Loop’s Lab Theater! Hot Dog Daze looks at those nutty 1950s telethons—seen through the lens of Interact’s own special fun house mirror. Take a trip down memory lane with people whose memories are failing. Relive those days when bomb shelters were all the rage. Interact’s motto—work your quirk—has never been quirkier. Directed by James Lekatz and Heather Bunch, “Hot Dog Daze” features original music by Ivey award-winning composer Aaron Gabriel, and side-splitting Emcees—Brave New Workshop veteran Shana Custer, and Blackout Improv founding member Kory LaQuess Pullam. Hot Dog Daze opens on July 12th and runs through July 27th. For tickets, visit www.interactcenter.org. Stay for drinks at the outdoor Beer Garden after the show and ask Jeanne about her own quirky creative life. Baton Rouge-born Calvit studied at the Reinhardt Seminar in Vienna, the Goethe Institute in Zurich, and the Dance Center of London. She performed with The Black Theatre of Prague, and graduated from the Jacques LeCoq School for Theatre, Mime, and Movement in Paris. Her Minneapolis aunt and uncle mentioned our arts scene so she settled here and got a day job creating theater for people with disabilities. When the inspiration to create Interact took hold, she never looked back. No wonder MPR calls her an Arts Hero for using her talent to make the world a better place. Interact’s mission is to create art that challenges perceptions of disability. We’ve been doing it for twenty-two years, and it just keeps getting better. If you’re just too curious to wait for the show, stop by anytime and visit the gallery! It’s free and filled with original art created in our own studio. There are a dozen ways you can bring a little bit of the Lakes to Interact—volunteer, visit the gallery, purchase artwork, see a show, contribute financially. Call Raleigh Wolpert at 651-209-3575 for a date to come and see us in action! interactcenter.org SUMMER 2019

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THURSDAY, JUNE 13 6:00 - 9:00 PM CALHOUN BEACH CLUB JOIN US FOR A MEMORABLE EVENING TO CELEBRATE 20 YEARS OF COLLABORATION WITH BELOVED ACTOR, STORYTELLER AND WRITER, KEVIN KLING. THIS MAGICA MAGICAL NIGHT WILL INCLUDE A COCKTAIL HOUR, DINNER, ENTERTAINMENT, SILENT AUCTION, ART AND SPECIAL GUESTS - PERFORMERS DAN CHOUINARD & SIMONE PERRIN!

For more information and to reserve your tickets, visit www.interactcenter.org/events “Worker Bee” by Mike Harris Jr.

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