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Letter from the Editors Summer in Minnesota. The land of 10,000 lakes. For those of us in the Twin Cities, we live a particular version of lake living every day. With its interconnected trails and waterways, our beautiful park system provides incredible opportunities to enjoy the city lakes. However, the pull to a cabin or a resort in the Northwoods is tough to resist on the weekends. The promise of escape from the daily pressures, along with a desire for a simpler life, one that moves at a slower pace, is tantalizing. Our Summer issue is dedicated to cabins, cottages, boathouses, and the lifestyle that lake living evokes. Throughout this issue and on our cover, we feature photography by Karen Melvin. She reunited with Melinda Nelson, the co-author of the stunning coffee table book Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka for our photoshoot. There we spoke with Karen about her passion for these structures. Jon Monson and his team at Landschute designed and built the two Lake Minnetonka boathouses we feature. One resembles a cottage out of a Scandinavian fairy tale, and the other is a more modern but classic remodel of a boathouse on Saint Albans Bay. History and memories of bygone times are vital inspirations for many of our feature stories. The summer cottage on Crane Island, designed by David Heide Design Studio, takes us back in time and looks like it’s been standing for 100 years. Jon and Mary Monson’s charming Northwoods cabin is right next door to the resort where Mary and her family spent precious time together

each summer. A Minneapolis couple’s private year-round retreat in Northern Wisconsin, designed by Christopher Strom Architects, is a quiet, elegant respite that blends harmoniously into the surrounding landscape. Kaley and Matt Schliep invited us into their spacious, historic home to meet their sweet young family. They are in constant motion as they balance careers and family life. The team at Rabbit Creek shares photos of their collaboration with the artisans at JKath Design Build + Reinvent in the most recent Spring Parade’s Dream home. Our lineup of regular contributors has created a beautifully curated collection of items to capture the essence of inspired lake living. Carter opts for “cabin-glam” and some eye-catching choices. Jen and Andréa’s choices are relaxed, fun, and always classic. Andrew gives us tips on creating beautiful and functional outdoor living spaces, whether in your backyard or at that lakeside getaway. The Art Girls represent several artists whose work reflects a deep connection to the natural world. Any of these works would be stunning in a lakeside home, or anywhere, for that matter. For our color story, a splash of red spices things up. We are all looking forward to summertime celebrations as the temperatures rise. France 44 has everything you need for a spur-ofthe-moment picnic or grill gathering with family and friends. We had a blast putting together this issue. May it inspire you to connect with friends and loved ones in your own backyard or at your own memorable getaway. Have a terrific summer! a fresh approach to interior design 22

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Another exquisite coffee table book from architectural photographer Karen Melvin celebrates Lake Minnetonka’s most interesting boathouses.


Andrew has suggestions for creating beautiful outdoor living spaces that welcome family and friends.

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A summer cottage on Crane Island was designed to look as though it has been standing for 100 years.


Carter Averbeck has a unique and glamorous take on what makes a cabin cozy and interesting.


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The Art Girls represent several artists whose work reflects a deep connection and reverence for the natural world.


The team at Rabbit Creek collaborated with JKath Design Build + Reinvent on the Spring Parade’s Dream Home.


Classic details that echo elements of the primary home transformed this 1950s boathouse into a comfortable, modern retreat.


Fond childhood memories were the inspiration for the extensive remodel of Jon & Mary Monson’s Northwoods cabin.

A Minneapolis couple’s private lake retreat in Northern Wisconsin is a study in quiet elegance, harmony with nature, proportion, and balance.


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A spacious, historic home gives Kaley and Matt Schliep’s young family plenty of room to roam.


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LAKESIDE TREASURES written by ellen olson, photography by spacecrafting




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For fifteen years, interiors and architectural photographer Karen Melvin made a New Year’s affirmation: “I want to live on a lake.” She manifested that dream in 2001, when she and her husband bought a cabin on Cook’s Bay. That began her love affair with Lake Minnetonka, fondly referred to by locals as “the Lake.” The convenient location to downtown Minneapolis ensured that Karen had a lot of visitors and guests at her cabin, and she often gave them the lakeside tour of the beautiful homes in her motorboat. In 2003, Karen began photographing boathouses for an article that appeared in Mpls St. Paul Magazine in 2005. She was captivated by their charm, their stories and their history and she knew that some day she would come back to them. At the time she was in the midst of her collaboration with Bette Hammel on Legendary Homes of Lake Minnetonka (2009). That book offered a rare glimpse into some of the most spectacular homes around the Lake. Karen co-created additional coffee table books: Legendary Homes of the Minneapolis Lakes (2012) and published Great Houses of Summit Avenue (2013). Melinda Nelson, co-author of Great Houses of Summit Avenue, had her own special connection to the Lake so she was excited to work with Karen on the Boathouses of Minnetonka. Melinda, an accomplished and award-winning author, has a passion for architecture, design and history. She lives in the town of Excelsior, on the south end of the lake, so her knowledge of the area was a huge asset to the project. Karen and Melinda chose properties with a good story and a strong architectural presence. They tried to cover the Lake as best they could, although the Lake has more than 40 bays, so that was a tall order. “We also wanted to feature boathouses that had attractive interiors,” said Karen. “It’s fine to float by, but we take you inside for an intimate portrayal of life at the water’s edge, which makes the book very special.” Recipes for food and drink are included throughout, as entertaining guests and hosting special celebrations is a lot of what lake life is all about. Karen photographed the properties from the Lake as well their interiors, and Melinda crafted the stories from interviews with homeowners and extensive research. There are five historical societies around the lake and each is a treasure trove of information, photographs, and artifacts. Their existence is a testament to the beloved lake and how much people treasure its colorful and storied history. “I started with the photo files,” said Karen. “I wanted to see how people lived. There were humble stories of ordinary people, and there are also the stories of the big lives and big names – people responsible for building Minneapolis. We also were fascinated by the role that women played in lake life and the contributions they made to the area. Melinda and I were like a couple of architectural Nancy Drews, as we pieced together history, folklore, and visual clues for each of the properties.” The book took about 3 years to complete. “I photographed 7 boathouses in 2014 and 22 in 2015, and even more in 2016”, said Karen. “In 2014, the water level of the Lake was so high, that the speed limit was 5 mph on much of the lake. With fewer boats on the lake, calmer water meant fewer distractions, and the boathouse selection process unfolded.” A total of 35 boathouses are featured in the book. The structures needed to be photographed during the most ideal weather, and although summer days are long, the season is short. The Boathouses of Minnetonka is a stunning visual adventure and terrific way to journey through the history of the much beloved area. SUMMER 2021


ASK ANDREW Andrew has suggestions for creating beautiful outdoor living spaces. photography by steve henke studio


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


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: SUMMER 2021


TIME TRAVEL A summer cottage on Crane Island was designed to look as though it has been standing for 100 years. written by ellen olson, photography by susan gilmore 36

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“Places where you can stand and the experience there is timeless, that it could just as easily be 1921 as 2021, are very special indeed.” –DAVID HEIDE



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The preservation of historic treasures is a trademark and a passion of David Heide, founder and principal at David Heide Design Studio. When asked to design a new cottage on Crane Island in Lake Minnetonka, his clients’ primary objective was to build a house that would look like it was built 100 years ago. But, they also wanted it equipped with all of the modern amenities that are considered “essential” in today’s world. Crane Island is a historic district of vacation properties originally settled in the early 1900s by a group of Presbyterian parishioners. “The first thing that struck me upon arriving at the property was the sense of timelessness,” said David. “Places where you can stand and the experience there is timeless, that it could just as easily be 1921 as 2021, are very special indeed. A green space in the middle of the island, with an old dilapidated mess hall and tennis court, are remnants of a bygone era. The residents of Crane Island are keen to preserve the historic feeling of the island.” “My clients were involved in the project in a very meaningful way,” remarked David. “This was our fourth project together. We wanted to elicit an emotional reaction when you enter the cottage; one that would transport you back in time to a simpler time and place.” The challenge, and some of the fun, of the project became how to integrate the modern amenities into the design, but to hide their mechanics. A large wrap around screened in porch is spacious and becomes the primary living area during the summer. The modern Marvin windows feature powered retractable shutters, which are virtually invisible. They also make it easy to close up the property at the end of the season. The imposing two-story field stone wood-burning fireplace has the appearance of a dry stack. “Our client didn’t want to see ‘marshmallows in pudding’ where there is more mortar than stone,” said David. “A television is situated to one side of the fireplace, but it is disguised with a wood panel that is raised and lowered with a vintage double hung window sash weight and pulley.” A tree is located at the base of the staircase, as well as on the second floor, and was inspired by a Japanese tradition. “We wished to introduce an element in the cottage interior that links the cottage to the environment in which it resides,” said David. “It also creates a more tactile experience as you round the corner to head upstairs.” The upper level houses three bedrooms and a sitting area equipped with built in bookcases filled with books and games. The client requested that no sheetrock be used in the project, so all of the walls are painted wood. Ceilings are shellacked bead board, a finish that would have been used during the early 1900’s. As it ages, the color turns more golden. The floors are reclaimed barn wood. The cottage interiors represent the collaboration between the design team at David Heide Design Studio and the homeowners. The clients were remodeling their home in the city so many elements were repurposed in the cottage. Furnishings and artifacts were carefully chosen to continue the vintage aesthetic. The oil lamp dining room chandelier was custom designed by a friend of the clients for the space and is lowered by pulleys in order to be lit. The natural glow of candlelight adds ambiance to evening meals and time with friends and family. The landscape has been kept very natural and the cottage blends in with the others on the island. “We like to leave a project so it feels as if we haven’t been there,” said David. “The greatest compliment is when a client says ‘it just feels right.’”


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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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High on a hill overlooking Robinson’s Bay, there lives a woman who is an aficionado of old things. She loves antique Persian rugs, vintage books with gold lettering on the spines, ancient English garden statuary and other timeworn treasures. In the spring of 1996, when she and her husband were looking for a house, their realtor took them all over the Twin Cities. On an April day, the trio drove out to Lake Minnetonka to see an old Colonial house on Robinson’s Bay. Slated for demolition, the home had once belonged to a storied Lake Minnetonka family. After walking through the house, the couple agreed, “This is it.” They bought the house but instead of tearing it down, they connected the utilities and moved in with their daughter in July. Shortly after moving in, they read the zoning ordinances and realized that a 10 ft. x 20 ft. boathouse no taller than 12 feet was permissible on their property. After receiving a permit from the city of Deephaven, the couple commissioned Jon Monson of The Landschute Group in Excelsior to design and build a boathouse on the shore. Jon had designed three homes on Robinson’s Bay and the couple were impressed with the quality of his work, his love of Lake Minnetonka history and his passion for designing buildings that are appropriate for the community. The boathouse, which took a year to design and build, is nestled against the sloping property and fronted by a curving stone sea wall. Like a cottage from a Scandinavian fairy tale, the boathouse has a Dutch door, wood plank floors, white painted paneling, a working stone fireplace, a pair of diminutive cabinet doors with their original blue paint and book shelves filled with vintage books. The interiors feature a mix of antiques and flea market finds, including a painted backgammon table with a needlepoint board, a wicker sofa and comfortable chairs for reading. After living in the house for seven years, the couple decided to design and build a new home with lake views from virtually every room. The house is furnished with antiques and found objects, including an old Colonial front door with leaded glass sidelights rescued form a nearby lake home. On several memorable occasions, history came full circle when the homeowner, who was more than 100 years old, visited her old property with her driver. The pair would drive up the hill and around the circular driveway, pausing to take in the views and greet a favorite maple tree that continues to thrive under the care of its new family. Reprinted from Boathouses of Lake Minnetonka with permission of the publisher, Karen Melvin. • SUMMER 2021


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This unique boathouse on Saint Albans Bay, Lake Minnetonka, echoes the beautiful materials and lines of the impressive primary home designed and built by Jon Monson, AIA, and his team at Landschute. “The original boathouse was built in the 1950s, and it was in a pretty serious state of disrepair,” said Jon. “We had quite a job on our hands to shore up the foundation and stabilize the structure. If you didn’t lose the grandfathering that allowed the structure to exist, a reasonable person might have decided to tear it down!” The site’s topography is severe, but that did not deter Monson and his team. After the engineering was complete, the structure was remodeled within the existing footprint. A fieldstone surround allows the boathouse to blend into the site with its large fieldstone and river rock retaining walls. The primary home’s design was a nod to Edwin Lundie, known for his Scandinavian design philosophy and the beautiful, classic homes he built on the North Shore. His work was often overlooked, but now he is known as one of Minnesota’s most prolific and significant architects. He worked until his passing in 1982. His cabins had a heavy Scandinavian influence with bold geometric patterns cut into large wooden beams, like those which inspired Monson to design for the Saint Albans boathouse. Other details, including the choice of materials and the ornamentation along the roofline, are elements that Edwin Lundie favored. Jon Monson has tremendous respect for Lundie’s work, and he aspires to incorporate the same sense of craftsmanship and integration of art and architecture into each of his designs. “The original boathouse was a bit more like a shed,” remarked Jon. “The roofline ran parallel to the hill, and the design lacked any real aesthetic. The ceilings had a very low clearance, the windows were aluminum porch windows, and the floors were rotting. We had to essentially rebuild it from the ground up.” The boathouse now features the same double sash windows as the main home, as well as the same exterior finishes and roofline. The greyed-out roof shakes put a little “age” on the structure. The transformation is remarkable. The lower level of the boathouse houses the family’s water toys and is a functional and utilitarian space. The upper level consists of a sitting area with stunning views of the lake. At the back of the boathouse is a small loft that provides an informal sleeping area. The interiors reflect a crisp blue and white nautical theme, and the furnishings are comfortable and cozy. It’s a perfect place for family and friends to gather on a beautiful summer day. The expansive decks on both levels of the boathouse provide enough room for alfresco meals or drinks at sunset. The lower deck offers a shady respite on the warmest of days. “I like to integrate the new with the old and apply contemporary geometry to my plans,” said Jon. “I then follow through with very classic, vintage, Eastern seaboard details.” The result is a boathouse whose design will stand the test of time – another classic on the beautiful Lake Minnetonka, designed and built by Jon Monson, AIA, and the team at Landschute.


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Fond childhood memories were the inspiration for the extensive remodel of Jon & Mary Monson’s Northwoods cabin. written by ellen olson, photography by karen melvin SUMMER 2021


“Our goal was to keep the history of the place living on.” – JON MONSON, AIA, LANDSCHUTE


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Fond childhood memories of family vacations were the singular reason for Jon and Mary Monson’s purchase of a charming lake cabin on Big Sand Lake. It is right next door to what used to be the Big Sand Lake Resort, where Mary and her family spent “one magical week a summer in a one-room cabin” during the ‘50s and ‘60s. Jon and Mary purchased the nearby cabin, built in the late ‘30s, from the original owner’s grandson. “It had the kind of historical significance we value,” said Jon. “Our goal was to keep the history of the place living on, but to update the cabin with a more functional layout and modern amenities.” Jon Monson, AIA, is probably best known for his company’s design, build, and remodel work on and around Lake Minnetonka, where he has completed over 100 custom projects. Mary is his chief design critic, she says with a smile, and together they have built Landschute into a very successful family business. The Northwoods project gave them another opportunity to create a peaceful getaway for the two of them, their children and grandchildren. As with many regulations governing lakeshore properties, the Monsons could not enlarge the cabin’s footprint, so they worked with what they had. They kept as much of the original structure intact as was feasible. “We remodeled the cabin to be useable all year round,” remarked Jon. “We opened up the interiors, including removing the ceiling to expose the original rafters. We had to add in a couple of supporting beams, but the vaulted ceiling helps to create a feeling of spaciousness.” They changed the roadside entrance, relocated the kitchen, and reduced the interior space to create a screened-in porch. They updated the kitchen with new appliances and new cabinets. “We previously owned another cabin on the lake that had three bedrooms and three bathrooms, so at times it was a little challenging to adjust to our 1 ½ bedroom space,” said Mary. “We came up with a kitchen cabinet storage design that maximizes the views from the kitchen sink. I learned to simplify and shed unnecessary possessions. The view is magical; the birds and the wildlife give me so much joy.” Jon and Mary purchased the cabin completely furnished, so part of their task was to sort through the treasures left behind. There were several old Hickory-style pieces that Jon repurposed: the dining chairs were cut into pieces and made into bar stools, and the dining room table was cut down and made into the coffee table. When they removed the carpet, they discovered the original fir wood flooring, which they sanded and refinished with an epoxy product that creates a bulletproof finish. Where possible, old windows were kept to retain the cabin’s charm. Although their original plan was to recreate the glowing, aged pine finishes they loved in their previous cabin, they made a significant shift: they decided to enamel the wood walls white. The ledge that eases the transition from the walls to the vaulted ceiling is filled with collectibles lovingly assembled by Mary. An old 12’ x 16’ garden shed on the property was remodeled and turned into guest accommodations with a pretty view of the lake. The Ivy Lodge features a small bedroom and bath, with a charming little screened-in porch. “We left the moss on the shingles intact,” said Jon, “and with the gambrel roof, it looks like it’s been there forever. We were committed to retaining the authenticity of the site.” Both Jon and Mary find their Northwoods retreat relaxing and restorative, and for Mary, it brings back so many happy memories. “This cabin reflects our personality,” she said, “and spending time here is soothing to our souls.” 64

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LAKE HOME ART The Art Girls represent several artists whose work reflects a deep connection and reverence for the natural world. written by kelly netishen


As we head to our summer hideaways this year, whether it’s by a lake or in the deep woods, we are all looking for rest and reprieve from the hustle of our everyday life. Peace and contemplation are hard to find when we are constantly on the move. It is not surprising that many great artists escaped to nature to do their best work, and today for many artists, nature is the inspiration for their work. There has never been a better time to collect art that calls upon the sanctity of our land, traditions, and elements of nature. The upcycling of materials and focus upon preserving our environment is reflected in much of today’s art. When these pieces are placed in a home surrounded by a natural environment, the beauty of the work is elevated. Having a collection of art that speaks to your soul brings about a calmness, and isn’t that what we are all looking for when “escaping” to that home away from home in the woods or at the lake? Pablo Picasso famously said, “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” It’s no secret that art can give

you a sense of renewal, and when placed in a rustic home or cabin, the art lends itself as restorative in nature because of its peaceful natural environment. Minneapolis artist Daphnae Koop uses castaway pieces of oak that she then carves, paints, and pours her creative genius into creating a striking wall sculpture. Her featured work “The Day Goes By” resembles the lines and features of the outdoors. The crevices are highlighted with painted upcycled glass, resembling the sparkle of water and sky. Artist Richard Merchán gives homage to the Native American people and their ties to the land through his recent collection. Their connection to the land is felt when viewing every piece. “Cheyenne Girl” resonates with strength and wisdom in his signature expressionist style. Cheyenne, meaning courage, and this courage can be felt through every inch of this piece. Mary Solberg’s wondrous art pays homage to the lakes, rivers, forest, and animals. In her piece “Lake and Sky,” the peaceful swim girl exudes a gaze of contentment and love for the water and nature around her. Solberg uses silver leaf to represent the sparkling lake 68

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waters. Her multiple layering on canvas brings an organic richness to the piece, representing the beauty of nature over time when it is left in its purest form. Artist Stephanie Dillon creates her work using upcycled materials, saving our landfills and environment from needless waste. Although her work is considered very contemporary, she draws upon her weekends away in Northern Minnesota for inspiration in her artwork. The rawness of her art blends seamlessly into rustic homes and cabins, her color choice and subject matter reflecting perfectly on the outside environment. Evan Abrahamson meticulously paints snapshots of our lakes and shores that creatively depict the beauty of a boat on complicated waters. He renders a deep connection to nature through his ability to capture every glorious detail of the sandy beaches to the sparkling waves. Nothing says lake house more than Abrahamson’s exquisite oil paintings of quintessential lake life. The artist Janella Fesenmaier draws her creative expression fully from nature. Inspired by spending time at her Grandmother’s northern cabin and the lyrics of music, her birch trees come alive with the detail of sheet music in

between the white bark. Her latest collection, 100 Painted Feathers of Migratory Birds, was a project that helped to inspire her to paint again after the pandemic and social unrest in Minneapolis. Fesenmaier says, “Feathers are the exquisite examples of the art of nature.” Kelly Netishen owns Art Girls MPLS, an art concierge service, with sister in-law Hollie Blanchard. SUMMER 2021



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A Minneapolis couple’s private lake retreat in Northern Wisconsin is a study in quiet elegance, harmony with nature, proportion, and balance.

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“We absolutely love our home, and each season on the lake is more special than the last.” –CHRISTOPHER STROM, AIA


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“Having constraints is a really good thing in design; each site has its own set of rules.” –CHRISTOPHER STROM, AIA


project credits: architecture: christopher strom architects principal architect: christopher strom, aia associate architect: eric johnson, aia builder: rps construction services structural engineer: bunkers and associates

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For years, Leslie and Tim Masterson dreamed of owning a cottage on a lake. But, as it often happens, jobs, careers, and life got in the way. In 2017 they began their search in earnest. They wanted something 2 – 3 hours from the Twin Cities, on a quiet lake with lots of privacy. Tim located a property on North Sand Lake that had been passed over many times. “As we drove down the long lane, the pines were simply magnificent,” said Leslie. “We stepped through the front door and knew immediately that this was it.” The property sits on 150 feet of shoreline, and to the south, an adjacent 700 feet of protected shoreline and four acres of protected wetlands, full of wildlife, which will never be developed. The easing of restrictions, which allowed for a teardown, was an important part of the deal. “We always knew we would build,” said Leslie. “We visited Denmark for a family wedding in 2015, and while biking near Gilleleje, a fishing village on the Baltic Sea, we fell in love with the aesthetic of the ‘Sommerhus:’ dark exteriors, clean, simple lines, and lots of windows.” `The next challenge was locating an architect who could help them realize their vision. They met with Christopher Strom, AIA, and Eric Johnson, AIA, with whom they quickly established a rapport. “Tim and Leslie had never built a home,” said Eric, “and we enjoyed guiding them through the process.” Christopher Strom Architects are known for their warm, approachable modern designs. The Mastersons were drawn to their creative approach to small spaces because of CSA’s deep experience with designing Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs). The site for Tim and Leslie’s retreat presented some challenges. “Having constraints is a really good thing in design,” said Christopher. “Each site has its own set of rules, and this one had plenty. We had to retain the footprint of the original structure, which was only 800 square feet. The wetlands are protected, and the water table is very high. The structure had to extend vertically. Because of the home’s proximity to the shoreline, we had to plan for pretty significant wind loads. The elevations were also tricky, as we wanted some of the deck railings to be at grade level and not just towering in the air.” The homeowners were open to corrugated metal for the exterior, which can withstand the elements. Chris and Eric specified the 24foot length so the corrugated metal could be installed as a single surface, without seams, on the tallest elevations. Dark green lap siding on the front of the home adds color and depth to the exterior. The entry for guests arriving from the lake is located where the old chimney stood. It’s covered with Richlite, a paper-based composite material that is dense, durable, and heat resistant. “When you do a monochromatic color scheme, you need some texture to add visual interest,” said Chris. From the lake, the home seems to retreat and blend in with the surrounding landscape. Inside the home, the space is light and bright. “I wanted it to feel like a porch inside,” said Leslie. Large expanses of windows and doors extend the living space to the wraparound deck, adding another 400 square feet to the floor plan. An RSF wood-burning fireplace is sealed and equipped with fans that pump heat back into the room and keep things cozy on even the coldest winter day. Tile that resembles concrete surrounds the fireplace and keeps the finishes clean. Luxury vinyl tile was chosen for the flooring in the main living areas, as it’s extremely resilient and capable of handling heavy indoor/ outdoor traffic. Blue kitchen cabinets extend the Scandinavian influences present throughout the project. “Working with Christopher and Eric was a wonderful experience,” said Leslie. “We absolutely love our home, and each season on the lake is more special than the last.”





France 44 has everything you need for a spur-of-the-moment picnic or grill gathering with family and friends. written by ellen olson, photography by spacecrafting


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“France 44 has everything you need (and want) to make delicious summer cheese boards. The cheese selection is an adventure everytime you visit the store. The cheeses are easily complemented with a vast selection of jams, honey, meats, crackers, and chocolates...the list goes on. The staff is insightful and always ready to help create something new each time you visit. A staple for Minneapolis cheese boards.” – JOSH

“Fresh, homemade options. It’s rare to find such caliber and flavors. The perfect summer afternoon is picking up meats to grill, fresh sides and housemade mozzarella. The knowledgeable staff is ready to help pick the perfect pairings. Love the seasonal and fun flavors and rotating menu.” – ISABELLE

“I love shopping at F44 because they have a variety of options across the board in all categories. I can always find something to please those that I entertain who all have different preferences.” – LILLEAH 80


As summer gets into full swing and thoughts drift toward picnics in the park, dining alfresco, less time in the kitchen, or firing up the grill, make sure that France 44 is on your list of destinations. Proprietor Rick Anderson and his knowledgeable staff have created a shopping experience that will satisfy the most discerning foodie. They offer an extensive array of options ranging from “grab and go” to picnic items, charcuterie platters, cheeses, deli items, pastries, and meat for the grill. The beverage section includes a dizzying assortment of wine, beer, and spirits. Rick and his team have thoughtfully sourced and curated items in every department. They have developed relationships with their providers to know where products are grown and produced. For example, the butcher shop only deals with a limited number of farmers, so they are familiar with each herd and know exactly what to expect. France 44 practices nose-to-tail butchery, a more sustainable approach: absolutely nothing goes to waste. “We offer more than the typical ‘glamour cuts’ that you find in a traditional meat market,” explained Rick. “You can order amazing cuts like bavette, coulotte steak, and the teres major. Although these cuts aren’t plentiful, they are so flavorful, and our customers love them.” The meat department offers beef, pork, lamb, chicken, and duck. They make their own brats and sausages using a unique process in which the filling is completely emulsified and allows flavors to be better married and mingled. Emily Marks was recently hired as the pastry chef, and a whole new kitchen was added to accommodate a much more robust bakery section. “I tend to lean on nostalgic desserts that people are familiar with and tweak them to present them in a different medium or add a little extra flavor,” said Emily. Check out Pie Fridays with freshbaked weekly selections available for pre-order or pickup while supplies last. Emily has expanded the bakery offerings with sweet and savory scones, turnovers, hamburger buns, focaccia, and their famous English muffins. Another unique offering in the shop is the fresh in-house mozzarella available on Friday and Saturday. In the wine and spirits section, Rick and his team have forged strong relationships with their suppliers. “We delve a little deeper into their inventory and offer products that you won’t find in other stores,” said Rick. “There are some tremendously talented brewers in the Twin Cities, and we partner with them to get feedback on market response and help fine-tune their offerings – sometimes even before they open their doors to the public.” The entire team at France 44 is passionate about their craft. They are knowledgeable, and they share their expertise with customers. The store’s website is full of great information, including menus of the complete range of offerings, a class and event schedule, and an informative blog. “We attract people that are excited about what they do,” said Rick. “We offer them a professional wage, strong benefits, and a work environment where they are treated with respect. We pay for continuing education, which gives employees the tools they need to provide better service. Happy employees create a happy shopping experience and a sense of community.” France 44 became a critical resource in the community during the pandemic. They increased their staff to accommodate the demand for take-out, “finish at home” meals, and curbside pickups. As restrictions begin to ease and time with friends and family becomes a possibility, let the staff at France 44 help you select what you need for that spur of the moment picnic, grill, or alfresco meal. The dining room and patio are also now open for your enjoyment. lake society magazine




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home gives Kaley and Matt Schliep’s young family plenty of room to roam. SUMMER 2021


“The walkability of the neighborhood is one of its plusses.” – KALEY SCHLIEP


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Kaley Schliep grew up just blocks from the home she shares today with her husband, Matt, and their three beautiful girls. Matt grew up in Bloomington. He and Kaley met about ten years ago when they were both living at the Calhoun Beach Club. One evening a friend convinced Kaley to join her for a drink downstairs, even though Kaley was already in her PJ’s and slippers. “There’s no one here,” said her friend. As Kaley arrived, she noticed a cute guy at the end of the bar. It was Matt. “He started giving me a hard time about my PJ’s,” said Kaley. “I noticed his Crocs and said, ‘Are you serious?’ That’s how it all began.” Kaley attended Denver University and graduated with a double major in Finance and Real Estate. With job prospects looking pretty dismal because of the recession, she headed back home to Minneapolis. Matt played baseball at Bradley University in Peoria, IL. After graduation, he first pursued a career in investment banking. After a couple years he joined Wayzata Investment Partners, a private equity firm, before starting his fund, Moir Park Capital, about four years ago. Kaley is now a stay-at-home mom. Before that, she enjoyed a career focused on raising funds for non-profits. “I just loved the charities I worked for,” said Kaley. “I have a special place in my heart for the Jeremiah Project, an organization that helps single moms who want to go back to college. Those moms are so motivated to break the cycle of poverty; they are such an inspiration.” The Schliep household is full of love, laughter, and activity. Ruby is 6, and she loves skiing, swimming, acting, and dramatic play. During the pandemic, Ruby began creating one-person shows for her classmates. She’s outgoing and a lot of fun. Avery is 4, and to strangers, she seems rather sweet and shy. At home, behind closed doors, she’s a little “spitfire.” She’s athletic and active. Penny, short for Penelope, just turned 5 months old. She’s an easy, happy baby and doesn’t seem to be bothered by all the activities around her. “We live across the street from a cute park, and it has been a saving grace for us,” said Kaley. “Our kids love to play there. We are close to Lake of the Isles, and the girls love to walk around the lake and look for ducks and other wildlife. They love a visit to Isles Bun & Coffee for puppy dog tails, and Sebastian Joe’s is a family favorite. The walkability of the neighborhood is one of its plusses.” Kaley loves to stay active with Pilates, strenuous workouts, and runs around the lakes. Golf and painting are two of Matt’s favorite pastimes. Both of them look forward to time with family and friends, dining out, and travel as the pandemic eases. Kaley and Matt’s East Isles Tudor is full of historical details that the couple has lovingly maintained, remodeled, and restored. Henry Parsons, a well-known “master builder,” built the home in 1909 for Eugene Tetzlaff, who owned Flour City Ornamental Iron Works Company. Mr. Tetzlaff’s company supplied wrought and cast iron to projects throughout the Twin Cities and Chicago, including his own home. John Scott Bradstreet is believed to have been involved in the home’s design. His interest in the art and culture of Japan is reflected in the carved orchids on the home’s exterior rooflines, as well as the wood in the sunroom, which was treated with a technique Bradstreet developed, jin-di-sugi. The stained glass doors are original; another design element favored by Bradstreet. Both Kaley and Matt love sharing the history of their home. “There are so many interesting stories about this house,” said Kaley, “and now we have added joyful stories of our own.”

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Use of the color red can feel like a bold choice, but it adds an element of excitement and playfulness as an exterior accent. It’s perfect for those Adirondack chairs on a cottage porch, a door, or window trim.


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