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Summer is my favorite time of the year. I’m a “lake” person—and I relish my trips to our family cabin, which is only a few hours away. It gives me time to rest, relax, and enjoy peace and quiet. My husband and I also like to entertain friends and family and share our little slice of heaven. Life seems simpler there. Our cabin is pared back to the basic necessities, and it has a vintage vibe. We spend our time outdoors, in and on the water. Dining is more relaxed and often takes place on the porch by candlelight. In this issue, I asked my fabulous team of feature contributors to share their best ideas that the words “cabin and lakeside living” evoke. Jen and Andréa at Fiddlehead Design Group and Carter Averbeck of Omforme Design pulled together an eclectic and beautiful selection of products and inspiration. Some of their suggestions are seasonal accents that look good anywhere, not just in homes with views of the water. As Minnesotans, we are blessed with our 10,000 lakes, so even those who live in the city limits might be lucky enough to find ourselves with a lake or water view. Lakes provide several opportunities for warm-weather recreation: paddleboarding, kayaking, swimming, canoeing, or a bike or run along one of the many fabulous paths that connect our waterways together. Access to this kind of active lifestyle is one of the features of the Buettner home on Lake of the Isles. It was recently renovated to integrate the spirit of the Blue Zones lifestyle into the home’s design. Panoramic views are a main attraction of the Goulet residence on Rainy Lake in Northern Minnesota. The juxtaposition of thick stone walls, North Woods timbers, steel, and walls of glass, with elegant furnishings, is done to stunning effect. The Dayton Lodge features rustic and earthy elements, along with reclaimed materials. An expansive porch and the pool provide all the features necessary for relaxed living and entertaining. The rustic finishes and lodge-style architecture of these homes feel somewhat Western-inspired. Still, they are entirely at home in our beautiful state. Summer is also about easy living and gracious entertaining. Our very own graphic designer Sheba Fideler and her husband, Darren Ennis, love to entertain. They share a couple of recipes that are sure to get a party started. Andrew has some ideas for making guests feel comfortable and appreciated. Carole Hyder reminds us of the vital Feng Shui principles that tie it all together. Scent is part of the summertime scene, as the lilacs and peonies bloom and fill the air with marvelous aromas. Highcroft Fine Linens & Home is now a destination for exploring scent, for the home, and for the individual. Molly MacDonald and Emma Swanson have created a beautifully curated selection not to be missed. May these pages inspire each of you to live your best life. I remain grateful for your readership and support. lake society magazine








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The timeless design of this lakeside family home takes full advantage of the panoramic views and stunning natural beauty of the area.


Carter Averbeck’s selections are proof that going to the cabin doesn’t mean that you have to forego style.


Highcroft Fine Linens & Home is now a destination for experiencing and exploring the wonderful world of scent.


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Relaxation and ease are the vibes that Jen and Andréa’s summertime selections evoke.


Gracious living is a bit of a lost art, but Andrew has some suggestions for ways to get started.


Restaurant owners Darren Ennis and Sheba Fideler elevate entertaining at home with a bit of glitter and glue.


This Lake of the Isles home was reimagined to promote vitality and longevity.

74 FENG SHUI EVERYDAY Connecting to nature is one of the principles of Feng Shui, but tried and true adjustments for inside spaces are still relevant. SUMMER 2022



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EAGLE’S NEST The timeless design of this lakeside family home takes full advantage of the panoramic views and stunning natural beauty of the area.

written by ellen olson, photography by scott amundson photography




“Each space is detailed and balanced by light-colored,

yet rugged materials, natural light, and modern elements.”



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“Every room in the home has a

stunning view.”


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The rugged and rocky shorelines of lakes in Northern Minnesota are spectacular and awe-inspiring. When Lindsey and Marty Goulet purchased a property on Rainy Lake, they knew the panoramic views would become one of the home’s main attractions. The house, perched on a cliff, was designed to maximize the sunsets, sunrises, and natural beauty of this exceptional piece of property. Rainy Lake is a freshwater lake with a surface area of 360 square miles that straddles the United States and Canada border. The early French inhabitants gave it the name Lac La Pluie because of the mist-like rain present at the falls where the lake flows into the Rainy River. Ranier, a quaint little village, is located on the shores of Rainy Lake, where the river begins. Lindsey Goulet was born and raised in Ranier and returned 11 years ago as a family with their eldest son, Jasper. “We decided to trade taillights for the Northern Lights at the end of the workday,” she remarked. The existing structure on the property was razed. To get a large enough footprint for the home, the pool, and the sports court, 200 yards of granite rock had to be blasted. Most of the stone was hauled off-site and used to provide structural stability for a recently developed RV Park on Rainy Lake. Some remained onsite to construct retaining walls and landscaping on the property. The Goulets wanted to build a home that would exude effortless and timeless beauty with a casual refinement befitting a young family. They engaged Peter Eskuche, AIA, Eskuche Design Group, to create a “blueprint” for the home that is highly personalized to Lindsey and Marty’s style. “Although the home is large, we tried to make it as light-footed as possible,” said Peter. “After we sketched out the initial floor plan, we spent hours on the property to determine the home’s proper placement and ‘fit’ on this magnificent site and how to minimize the removal of trees,” said Peter. “We matched the stone on the home’s exterior to the granite onsite and stained the siding to match the surrounding tree bark.” The roof material, flecked with green, helps it blend in with the tall trees, and, for the most part, the roofline of the home sits below the tops of the trees. A bridge leads to the home’s entrance and preserves the natural drainage flow. It seems to float above the white pines that grow right out of the granite. Studio M Interiors designed the interiors of the home. “The guiding principle of this project was to create a home whose interior would be as beautiful as the magnificent, unobstructed surroundings,” said Lead Designer Annie Graunke. “The home is a study in opposing themes that are magical when combined in this environment: graceful rooms with thick stone walls, classic North Woods timbers, and steel, dappled with elegant furnishings and finishes.” The main rooms are multifunctional gathering spaces where the family can entertain and spend time together. The home’s foyer features a lush and unexpected combination of metallic leather and pony on wing chairs, with a double backdrop of contemporary artwork layered on French limestone. The effect is ancient and modern at the same time. Gilded gold and acrylic bar stools in the kitchen soften and lighten the oversized island and deep wood tones. Over-sized sliding doors from the hearth room make the outdoors a natural part of everyday life. “Each space is detailed and balanced by light-colored, yet rugged, materials, natural light, and modern elements,” added Annie. The 225-degree panoramic view from the home’s main level showcases the best of the history and beauty the area offers. “Every room in the home has a stunning view,” said Lindsey. “To the East, continued on page 42 38

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continued from page 38 we look towards Ranier, to the North, we look towards Canada, and to the West, we look at the entrance to Voyageur’s National Park.” Lindsey’s personal sanctuary is the owners’ bath. The windows meet the tile floor and frame views of the lake and surrounding wooded areas. “In the summer sunshine, you feel like you are in your own private outdoor shower, with all the luxuries of modern plumbing,” she said. The spirits room is one of Marty’s favorites. It is well stocked with the finest spirits from the Cantilever Distillery. Stone walls and custom wood details create a feeling of antiquity and age. A custom cabinet features a replica of the famous Cantilever Bridge. “I’ve set aside three very special barrels of whisky for each of the kids’ weddings,” said Marty. “I enjoy sharing the latest creations from the distillery with friends and family.” “Active outdoor enthusiasts” best describes the Goulet family. Jasper (11) and his brother, Isidore (7), love to fish (walleye and bass), wake surf, mountain bike and jump off cliffs into the lake. Little sister Vivian (4) is a little more predisposed to singing and hosting fancy tea parties. She hosts performances on the stage in her toy room next to her bedroom, with a secret passageway into her closet for quick costume changes. The entire family downhill skis in the winter months, and they are avid hockey fans. Occasionally the warmer climates beckon, and they head to D.T. Fleming Beach in Maui. The home’s remote location required its design include some features that you would typically find at a community center or athletic complex. On the home’s lowest floor, the sports court hosts the “unofficial” World Mini Stick Championships every winter for boys 6–12 years of age on the synthetic ice surface. “It’s home to many epic family battles,” said Marty. “The boys are savage competitors, and the parents have never been declared the winner of any game!” The property is connected to a 1.5-acre private island with a boathouse, tackle shack, and a protected cove for boat parking. Currently under construction is a sauna building designed by Cedar & Stone, built using modified wood developed by Arbor Wood. It sits on a small cliff and will feature a diving platform and a 20-foot rope swing for backflips and hanging swings over the water. The pool by Signature Pools is one of the most distinctive aspects of the home and is perched high above the lake and island. It is built-in and surrounded by a massive formation of natural bedrock. The pool has a free-form shape that reflects the natural beauty of the surroundings. “We had to digitally template the pool to create the custom stone coping pieces needed for the pool’s surround,” said Adam Jones of ORIJIN STONE. “We cut the Ferris™ Limestone at our custom fabrication shop in Minneapolis and shipped the pieces north where they fit perfectly together.” The views from the pool area are incredible. You can swim to the edge and watch a boat arrive at the private island dock below. During the summer, this is where the Goulet family lives. “Every day!” said Lindsey. The pool area has a furnished outdoor living room, ping-pong space, and a newly installed wood fire pizza oven. The entire Goulet family loves the colorful history of Ranier and how it continues to evolve. Their spectacular home anchors them in the community, a gateway to many incredible adventures in the surrounding area. The 2021 ASID Interior Design awards named this project the winner in two categories: 1st Place for Entire Residence over 6,000 sq ft, and Best in Show, Annie Graunke, Studio M Interiors. • • • 42

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“We spent hours on the property to determine the home’s proper placement


and ‘fit’

on this magnificent site.” –PETER ESKUCHE, AIA, ESKUCHE DESIGN GROUP





Nobody ever said a cabin had to be rustic. Sometimes, going against the norm can make one appreciate nature without having to go full “Grizzly Adams”. This down to the essence cabin, beautifully designed by BIG - Bjarke Ingels Group, is a tiny home that makes use of striking form to create a modernist’s delight for a cozy pared down cabin where the forest stands in beautiful contrast to the stark structure. More modernist touches that blend right in to nature without taking over are the obelisk chiminea by Napa East and chopping your own modern split log bench from a felled tree. Mornings are made for leisurely sips of coffee from a vintage coffee pot set over a fire while wrapping one’s self in the colourful luxury of a wool blanket from Bronte Moon. The organic modern dinnerware by Tamara Bryan Pottery sets the scene at a stunning dining table of wood and resin.

1. Cabin Design: Bjarke Ingels Group: Photo by Matthew Carbone:

So next time you say you’re going to the cabin… no one has to know you’re doing it in style.


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Highcroft Fine Linens & Home has long been a destination for those craving luxurious bedding, towels, and items for the home. Owner Molly MacDonald opened the finely curated boutique in 2016, but she’s been selling fine linens since 2006. “We have always had a luxury linen focus, but we have expanded to offer several lifestyle brands, including cashmere throws, pajamas, bath, and body,” said Molly. “I encourage my customers to spend money where they spend their time, and for most of us, that’s in the bedroom.” Although fine linens can come with a high price tag at the onset, they will last for years to come and they get better with each laundering. Sleep can be a luxurious experience. Scents for the home have long been a part of Molly’s offering. Trudon candles are a favorite, as are the Coqui Coqui room diffusers, and the Alora Ambiance diffusers, a local MN business. But recently, Molly and her store manager/buyer, Emma Swanson, decided to expand their scent offering to include fine perfumes and colognes. They have dedicated a pretty jewel box section of the boutique to a perfumery that dazzles the senses. Wallpaper from Christian Lacroix provides the backdrop to beautiful brushed brass and glass cases. A vintage French showcase from H&B Gallery, with its curved glass dome, creates a stunning display of the products. “We used to share a lot of customers with La Petite Perfumerie in Wayzata,” said Molly. “The store closed a couple of years ago, yet clients continue to ask about the owner. Emma and I decided that we’d like to create a more updated, contemporary version of that store.” The duo anchored their collection with their personal favorites and branched out from there. For Molly, Fleur Nocturne from Isabey, a Parisian perfumer, was her favorite. Emma always loved Moonmilk from the Swedish line Stora Skuggan. “That’s where we started,” said Emma. “We sampled and chose lines from all over the world but gravitated to scents with a story. We also selected some lines that are newer and not as well known.” Both Molly and Emma have learned how to communicate with customers about perfume. “Perfumes and scents have their own language,” remarked Molly. “It requires a little patience to learn, but ultimately, scent is about making the wearer happy. You wear it for yourself, as much as for those around you.” Like the rest of the boutique, the perfume selection has been carefully curated to appeal to a broad range of customers, including younger people. The Maison Matine line is fresh and clean and is super wearable for everyone. The scents are playful and youthful, and the price point is affordable. The bottles feature art that makes them a perfect gift. Molly, Emma, and the rest of the staff can guide customers to the ideal choice through conversations about the recipient. “We do have a few crowd-pleasers that we recommend,” said Emma. “The Original from Eight & Bob, with historical ties to JFK, can be worn by men and women and is a great selection. Papyrus Moléculaire from Maison Crivelli is another great choice. We have something for everyone.” “We want to get people to get over this idea that they need a ‘signature scent,’” said Molly. “We like to encourage customers to create a ‘scent wardrobe’—something that changes with the seasons, day-to-night, or your mood. With more accessible price points, this becomes possible. Scent can be very personal and a lot of fun.” Highcroft’s perfumery was unveiled in mid-March, and customers have responded with enthusiasm. Molly and Emma have already made commitments to expand the lines they offer. Exploring the world of scent in this fabulous environment is an experience not to be missed. lake society magazine



DAYTON LODGE Rustic and earthy elements, along with reclaimed materials, are the mainstays of this Western-inspired, lodge-style family home. written by ellen olson, photography by troy thies photography


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“The overall aesthetic of this project is disctinctive – big and chunky,

raw and real.” –MARK D. WILLIAMS, BUILDER





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project team credits: · builder: mark d. williams custom homes · residential design: ben nelson, nelson residential design · interior design: mary daly wozniak, shadow falls design & martina willegalle, asid, ncidq, designs by martina · architectural metal fabrication: bauer metalwork · landscape design: nrd landscape designs

Rolling green fields and stands of lush trees surround an expansive family dwelling that could look like it belongs in Montana’s Big Sky country or the Rocky Mountains of Colorado. The homeowners had a concept sketch realized and refined by residential designer Ben Nelson. Mark Williams and his team at Mark D Williams Custom Homes were tasked with bringing the dream to fruition. “I’m the conductor,” said Mark. “I don’t play any instruments. I coordinate all of the resources necessary to bring a project like this to life.” The lodge-style home features quintessential Western design elements - extensive wood, stone, and metal details, soaring ceilings, and large windows that flood the home with natural light. The massive Douglas Fir timbers that form the trusses in the main living area arrived from Montana by train. Big River Timber fabricated the trusses and assembled them on-site. A crane set them in place, and the home was framed around them. The trusses feature steel straps that were crafted to enhance the effect. That detail is echoed on the fireplace mantle in the living room. A blend of Colorado and Montana stone was used throughout the home. It is dry-stacked which is a tedious process that requires patience and skill. Interior designers Mary Daly Wozniak, Shadowfalls Design, and Martina Willegalle, Designs by Martina, made the careful selections of stone to create a beautiful palette of soft earth tones. They were brought into the process early on to ensure that details were authentic to the Western-style the homeowners desired. The main living area features an open floor plan with lots of room for the family to spread out. The flooring is circle-sawn reclaimed white oak from Manomin Resawn Timbers in Hugo. Knotty Alder was used for the custom cabinetry. A custom metal backsplash behind the stove incorporates the same steel strapping as the trusses. Hand-forged metal railings with a hammered finish, fabricated by Bauer Metals, are found on the stairways. Reclaimed timbers and trusses were used in the owners’ suite and in the lower level, which serves primarily as an entertainment center for the young family. In-floor heat and polished concrete make it cozy on the coldest winter day. The wood slab counter features a live edge. Every detail has been thoughtfully considered. In the owner’s suite, the box vault ceiling in the bathroom features reclaimed barn wood laid in a herringbone pattern. A combination of barn wood and tile that resembles barn wood finishes the space. The home has a low-key, family-oriented vibe, and the material choices will take a lot of wear and tear. The outdoor porch is a favorite gathering spot for family and friends and features another imposing stone fireplace. Pella Architectural Series Windows with high T mullions make the tranquil view a part of the experience. An arched window above the sink in the kitchen opens to the fresh, clean air of the countryside. A pool is the focal point of the outdoor living area and is one of the largest in Minnesota. The home took almost two years to build. “The overall aesthetic of this project is one that you don’t typically find in the metropolitan areas of the Cities,” said Mark. “But I love it – it’s big and chunky, raw and real. It’s a distinctive home, and many talented artisans and craftsmen came together to make this a reality.” Mark D. Williams Custom Homes was named Builder of the Year in 2021 by Housing First Minnesota. SUMMER 2022




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“It’s a distinctive home, and many talented

artisans and craftsmen came together to make this a reality.” –MARK D. WILLIAMS, BUILDER


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Gracious living is a bit of a lost art, but Andrew has some suggestions for ways to get started. photography by spacecrafting I decided to take a bit of a break from my usual format and just share some thoughts that have been top of mind for me lately. I spend endless hours designing home interiors for clients and their families. Most of my projects also involve the creation of dedicated spaces to welcome friends and family. Lately, I have found myself thinking: What does it take to be a gracious host? What can you do to ensure that guests have a good time and feel comfortable in your home? It’s just about being thoughtful. There are simple things you can do to let them know they’re special and you’re glad they are there. It doesn’t have to cost anything at all. Upon arrival, it’s always nice to offer your guests a beverage. It can be a sparkling wine, water, or, in these warm summer months, lemonade or iced tea. Use a pretty pitcher and glasses with a garnish of lemon, lime, or mint. Leave a pitcher of ice water on the counter, so guests can serve themselves. Set a fun and festive table. Cloth or linen napkins elevate the game a bit, as do individual votive candles and low bowls of fresh flowers or groupings of small bud vases. I like to place small salt and pepper cellars at each place setting, which eliminates passing and keeps the conversation flowing. Condiments should be located where people can easily reach them. Often, that means setting out more than one. Use pretty bowls instead of bottles and jars. I love to entertain by candlelight—everyone and everything look better in that soft glow. I also find that cabins are a great place to assemble your collection of vintage glassware, place settings, and silver. It’s okay if things don’t match; that adds to the charm and keeps things casual. It’s also not a catastrophe if something breaks. Summertime calls for fresh and flavorful foods that can be served at room temperature. Big salads are always a hit. If there is still prep to be done after guests arrive, let them help if you are comfortable doing so. Everyone likes to feel useful, and cooking together can be fun. As summer approaches, many of us entertain overnight guests in our homes, cabins, or lakeside retreats. Use lovely linens on the beds, and set out stacks of fluffy towels. Some handpicked wildflowers in a bud vase by the bed or small basket of individual toiletries is a nice touch. I like to share my favorites: soaps, lotions, sunscreen, shampoos, or even a small candle. A bottle of water or two is also essential, along with some snacks. These touches will make your guests feel special. At the lake, it’s always nice to have some nice, large beach towels for guests. That’s a beautiful hostess gift idea, too! The best gift you can give your guests is organization and planning so that you can relax and enjoy their company. A little forethought and preparation can make all the difference. If you’re the guest, don’t forget to send a hand-written thank you note! I’m off to plan my next gathering — I hope you have found these suggestions helpful. If you have a design question that you’d like me to address, please send it to editor@lakesocietymagazine and I’ll do my best to answer it. A portfolio of my work is available on my website: SUMMER 2022


CHEFS’ KITCHEN Restaurant owners Darren Ennis and Sheba Fideler elevate entertaining at home with a bit of glitter and glue. written by nancy monroe, photography by spacecrafting


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Power couple Darren Ennis and Sheba Fideler are an entertaining duo, so it only makes sense that when they actually do entertain at home, it’s, well, entertaining. Their four-story townhouse in the Lake of the Isles area lends itself to multiple levels of mingling with family and friends, from the front stoop to the shotgun kitchen to the upstairs living area, where you’ll find two over-sized stacked “fishbowls” overflowing with wine corks. “They’re from The Sample Room,” Darren explains with a grin that intimates that they just may have contributed a few of their own corks. Their eclectic restaurant, The Sample Room, in Northeast Minneapolis serving small plates of designer food is just one of their many endeavors. Sheba, who is a talented brand strategist with her own firm, Sheba Concept & Design (she’s the graphic designer for this magazine), also has a business with a friend, BIG LOViE, which sells comfy blankets on a mission. Darren’s focus, Sheba Productions, produces splashy, one-of-a-kind events, such as the ASID Showcase Homes, Pink Carpet, Magic 8 Ball and the US Bank Skyway Open to name a few. Since they share many collaborations, they also share an office, wedged behind the kitchen, filled with their awards, stacks of artwork—some hung, some leaning against walls—and the world’s tiniest, and maybe cutest, bathroom. Their entertaining style is born of their big personalities. Darren, dressed for the photo shoot in a plaid sports coat and mustard-colored hightops, is a moving picture of storytelling, while the elegant Sheba expresses less emotion—and motion—but just as much charm. For the two, hospitality is a blend of Darren’s background growing up in the restaurant business, thanks to his father, and Sheba’s parents who meshed two different tastes into one. “Sheba’s mother had a great mix of antiques and modern décor and taught Sheba how to mix the two styles for maximum benefit,” Darren explained. “Her dad was the glue and her mom, the glitter.” For instance, Sheba’s food takes on a fusion bent where she tops hash browns, her father’s favorite, with her mother’s bling: smoked salmon, caviar and crème fraîche. Deviled eggs, another of her father’s favorites, have to meet her mom’s glitter standards, so the eggs are pickled in beet juice for that lovely shade of radish red that appeals to the eye as well as the palate. Sheba describes the signature cocktail they like to serve guests as “old school.” A Corpse Revival No. 2, it combines lemon juice, orange bitters and Curacao, served in a vintage glass rinsed in absinthe (that adds a hint of anise). A large dining room table eats up most of the front room, but Sheba prefers stand-up dining with appetizer-sized noshes displayed on family dinnerware on the two-level counter, so people can grab and circulate. “It’s the way we eat at The Sample Room,” she explained. The vertical home is a museum of the couple’s life. The noncabinet kitchen wall is decorated with a long, 150-year-old wooden sign saying Langdon, Darren’s hometown in Iowa. It’s topped with a row of small cans of tomato paste—for no particular reason, except they look cool. There’s an antique Coke machine; another Langdon sign in the entry, this one advertising Charlie’s Super Service & Pinochle Palace; a garden window that gets the same seasonal treatment as any tony department store window; and an ornate antique cash register rescued from the warehouse district. Everywhere you look there’s eye candy. And as far as entertaining, guests can expect Sheba’s glue and glitter in the kitchen and Darren with a stick to knock down a pinata-filled shower of reminiscences and banter. lake society magazine

CORPSE REVIVER #2 8 servings INGREDIENTS: • 1 cup gin

• 1 cup Dry Curacao

• 1 cup Cocchi Americano

• 1 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice

• 1 1/2 teaspoons Fee Brothers Orange Bitters • Absinthe

• lemon twists for garnish DIRECTIONS:

1. In a large pitcher, combine gin, Dry Curacao, Cocchi Americano, lemon juice and orange bitters. Stir and chill. 2. Just prior to serving, fill pitcher with ice.

3. Rinse coupe glasses with Absinthe.

4. Strain cocktail into glasses, garnish with lemon twist. 5. Share and enjoy!


• 1/2 cup shredded potatoes • 1 egg

• 2 tablespoons olive oil

• 4 ounces smoked salmon • 1/4 cup crème fraîche

• 2-4 tablespoons red onion • 2-4 tablespoons capers • 2-4 tablespoons caviar DIRECTIONS:

1. In mixing bowl, beat egg and stir in potatoes. Heat olive oil in large skillet over medium high heat. Drop silver-dollar size potato/egg mixture into skillet, press down to flatten. Fry until golden brown, flip and cook through until golden on second side. Remove to serving platter. 2. Top with slices of smoked salmon, dollop of crème fraîche, sprinkling of red onion, capers and caviar.

3. Share and enjoy!

5 BED | 5 BATH | 4,243 SQ FT ON LAKE OF THE ISLES Fabulous opportunity to live on Lake of the Isles. This home has great space for casual living and entertaining.

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Serenity BLUE

This Lake of the Isles home was reimagined to promote vitality and longevity. written by andrew j. ramirez, photography by spacecrafting


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“This home exemplifies a number of

Blue Zone Principles for Well-Being.”





As a National Geographic Fellow and Explorer, Dan Buettner has traveled the world over, unlocking the secrets to living long and healthy lives. In his New York Times Best Selling Book, The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer from the People Who’ve Lived the Longest, he reveals 9 lifestyle habits shared by the longest living communities in the world. In recent years he renovated his East Isles residence to integrate the spirit of the Blue Zones lifestyle into the design of the home. He selected a team of architects and interior designers led by Lars Peterssen of Peterssen/Keller Architecture. Careful consideration was given to preserve the original architectural details, including leaded glass windows, elaborate natural oak millwork, five panel doors, built-in bookcases, and cabinets. The very intentional renovation won the American Society of Interior Designers Home of the Year Award. If a house could exemplify well-being, this home would be it. Set on the eastern shores of Lake of the Isles, this house offers panoramic views of all the happenings at the lake. With the lake right across the street, you are encouraged to Move Naturally. Whether walking, paddleboarding or ice skating, the prime location of this home encourages its residents to stay active year-round. The property is in a very desirable and walkable location with farmers markets, coffee shops and cafes nearby. This home would be ideal for an active person or family. One of the most beloved amenities is the welcoming community chess set on the parkway enjoyed by passersby. The blue stone sidewalks, stack stone walls, pathways and native perennial gardens complete the lakefront lawn. Today, his brother Nick Buettner, a Vice President at Blue Zones currently owns the property. “This home exemplifies a number Blue Zones Principles for Well-Being,” explained Nick. “Centenarians put Loved Ones First,” he remarked, “this home was redesigned with family and friends in mind.” Any chef would appreciate the large, sunlit kitchen with high-end finishes and professional grade appliances. Guests can gather around the oversized quartz island and share a lively conversation over great food. “The home exudes livability and warmth,” remarked listing agent Sue Westerman of Coldwell Banker Realty. The interior is adorned with treasures from the brother’s world travel, including hand-knotted Tibetan and Nepalese rugs, carved Chinese stone statues and Edward S. Curtis Native American photographs. Downshift is another Blue Zone principle. Stress is a large factor in many endemic health issues. The home features many peaceful spaces including an inviting front porch room that can be lived in year-round. It currently features a dining table for six and a lounge seating area with prominent lake views. Recently this room has proven the ideal workspace for professionals who work from home. This home is filled with contemporary amenities for the most discerning buyer. Many windows have been upgraded to beautiful historic reproduction windows from Marvin. The home also offers five generously sized bedrooms to accommodate family and friends. All the bathrooms have been modernized, featuring designer plumbing fixtures, tile, and stonework. Few homes of this era feature modern owner’s suites. This one is a haven in the trees with exceptional lake views. The space is completed with a private balcony, generously sized walk-in closet, and a luxury ensuite bathroom. “What makes this house most spectacular are the southern and western views of Lake of the Isles from all three floors,” remarked Sue Westerman. This home is truly in a beautiful setting for all seasons. 2691 E Lake Of The Isles Pkwy Minneapolis, MN 55408 is offered for sale by Sue Westerman of Coldwell Banker Realty.


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A person who is serious about integrating the principles of Feng Shui in their home understands the impact a space can have on those who live there. What about a second home? Or a cabin? What about a place that is seasonal—used often during summer months? Do they have to have any Feng Shui done? The answer is still “yes,” but it will be different. A cabin is more about recreation, outdoor activities, water activities, night-time bonfires—activities that may not occur in or around your main residence. Being in a space where you have a closer connection to nature is always beneficial. In fact, connecting to nature is one of the principles of Feng Shui. So just being there can have a positive influence on your life. However, just because the outdoors is the focus at a cabin, you don’t want to neglect some tried and true Feng Shui adjustments for the inside. Here are some suggestions: · Keep clutter to a minimum. Just like at home, try to avoid storing stuff under the bed, if possible. It can interfere with a good night’s sleep. Put things away (like games, books, swimming gear) so you can focus on other aspects of being at the cabin—like relaxation and conversation. · Make sure everything works and nothing is broken or worn out. This is a place where you do not want to spend your time being frustrated because the bathroom door doesn’t shut properly or the step heading down to the lake is broken. · Be clear which door is the front entry, that it works well, and you use it frequently. Determining the front door can be challenging if you can’t decide if the cabin faces the lake or faces the road. Ask yourself which one is the most pleasant entry—that will be your front. · Just because it’s a cabin, it doesn’t mean keeping things clean isn’t important. Windows, floors, bedding, towels, curtains—all need to reflect to you a message that this is a perfect “home away from home.” · Have a routine for when you first arrive in your cabin. This could be opening the curtains and windows, bringing in fresh flowers, lighting a candle. This will awaken the space to your presence and enable you to settle in with little or no effort. After a dark and solitary spell, this will help to alleviate any musty or “closed up” feelings. · Name your cabin. It can clarify your intention about how you will use it. Would you like it to be a respite from your normal life? Perhaps an appropriate name would be Happy Haven. If you want family and friends to be part of the experience, then look for something that underscores that: Peterson’s Party Place. · Finally, having people coming and going in your cabin can create some energy issues that you might not anticipate. Look for a way to mark the transition besides just changing the sheets. A different blanket or airing out the current blanket and pillow can clear anything that might be left behind. Put in fresh flowers in their space; spray some lavender over the bed to cleanse past energy. You want your guests to appreciate the cabin as much as you do. Cabins can be a wonderful addition to someone’s life. Make sure that the time you spend at the cabin isn’t spent doing all the chores you typically do at home: mowing, weeding, and continually fixing things. Unless you truly love those activities, find someone who will assist with these tasks so that you can enjoy the reason you have a cabin in the first place—to be a part of nature and absorb its therapeutic benefits. lake society magazine

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