Homes

A bar of soap from Laketown Soap Company.

As you plan for houseguests over the upcoming holiday weekends, remember to make their guestroom extra special.

Amy Rottunda, House Language Studio, interior design, furniture restoration, reupholster

House Language Studio’s mantra is “pairing salvaged goods with authentic materials producing a one-of-a-kind belonging.”

Carver County Historical Society, National Register of Historic Places, historic homes, National Historic Preservation Act

You found a house you love, but it is on the National Register of Historic Places, or maybe your house is already on the register and you want to make changes. What changes are you allowed to make?

“Winter in Minnesota [causes] a significant part of the deterioration of chimneys … The biggest problem comes from the water penetration that gets in to the chimney system." —Joseph Robarge

Designers are wizards of sorts—summoning beauty with pops of color and texture, statement pieces and a vast knowledge of classic designs and current trends. The magic comes when ordinary spaces are transformed—offering beauty, functionality and sanctuary to homeowners.

It’s happened to many of us, that interior or exterior house-painting experience when the color goes up, and the panic sets in—what were we thinking? The fact is, color is complicated.

Betsy Gall is quick to point at a furry source of inspiration and levity in her sometimes-crazy existence. “Liberty. She’s the light of my life!” says Gall of the golden retriever. “She reminds me to just live life, and that it doesn’t have to be perfect all the time.”

Lowell Campbell remembers driving around the “middle of nowhere” as a boy with his parents, looking for a bucolic spot for a cabin. After they bought some land in the 1950s, Campbell helped his parents build their northern Minnesota getaway. He’s been tinkering with it ever since.

While they appear to be slumbering this time of year, natural elements still provide vibrant touches to decor, ideal to incorporate into winter and holiday milieu. Invite guests and the outdoors into your home for entertaining during the holidays.

When Mike and Becky Nyberg of Chanhassen started looking for a new home to better fit their family’s lifestyle, they found a house in nearby Shorewood. “It just seemed like it was a good fit in terms of location and the style of the house,” Becky Nyberg says.

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