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Carmen Peota

Carmen Peota is a Minneapolis freelance writer who, with her husband, has renovated three old houses and is contemplating the redo of their 75-year-old cabin. She writes about health and public policy as well as architecture and design. She recently lived and taught in Colombia, South America.

Tastefully Traditional

Photos by Spacecrafting The owner had specific notions when he approached interior designer Bruce Kading about his master suite. He wanted something more masculine, dramatic,...

A Historic Kitchen Reimagined

Photos by Chad HolderSarah and Andrew Jewell knew a kitchen renovation was in their future when they bought their 1880’s house in St. Paul’s...

Design Matters: The 2019 ASID MN Interior Design Awards

Interior design starts with a conversation, with designers asking their clients, “What do you need? What do you like? What do you value?” Our...

A New Build on Maple Lake is Perfectly Practical

Photos by Spacecrafting With four kids, four dogs, and a cat (not to mention the chickens), Kelly and Rob Pribyl were feeling the need for...

An Elevated Modern Farmhouse Turns Heads in Edina

Photos by SpacecraftingThe challenge for Eric Zehnder, president of Zehnder Homes, was to ensure this new build would fit in with its Edina neighborhood...

A Modern Lake Elmo Rambler Maximizes One-Level Living

Photos by SpacecraftingWhen navigating the long list of decisions that come with building a custom home, the key is to start with the exterior...

Creative Neighboring Leads to a Public Piazza

Photos by Tracy WalshThe pig is the first thing people notice when they walk by Vince and Kathy DiGiorno’s yard in St. Paul’s St....

A Massive Makeover for a Minnetonka Mansion

Photos by SpacecraftingNo question, the house was already fabulous. With its stone exterior, ornate balustrades and balconies, two staircases, pillars, and arches, the 9,000-square-foot two-story...
Designed to seamlessly blend in among its historic neighbors, the new home’s exterior features double-hung windows and a front portico topped by a balustrade. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.

Timeless Designs

This stately new build takes traditional design cues from its historic neighbors while offering all the luxuries of modern living
Inspired by mountain lodges commonly seen in the western United States, this new Lake Elmo home features high ceilings, reclaimed beams, and metal railings. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.

Golf Lovers’ Retreat

Inspired by expansive mountain lodges, this modern-yet-rustic rambler’s open design is meant for a recreational lifestyle
The kitchen, great room, and master suite of a home all look out onto an outdoor living space that serves as an extension of the house. Stone steps lead down a terrace to the backyard, which contains a patio, fireplace, and grilling area ideal for entertaining. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.

Mountain Modern

This sleek new model mingles contemporary lines with warm rustic accents for a perfect balance of natural style.
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A Fresh Take on a Lake Minnetonka Home

When the Regan family of Regan Brothers Bakery fame (a one-time Minneapolis institution) built their summer getaway on Lake Minnetonka’s Crystal Bay in 1905,...