The best way to reach Jaque Bethke of PURE Design Environments is on her cellphone. “I never know where I’m going to be,” she says, and this is no exaggeration.

Like many Minnesotans, Eden Prairie’s David and Gay Ludvig embrace lake life. The retired couple, who worked as school guidance counselors, have lived in a home on the shores of Mitchell Lake since 1984.

From the day she pulled up all of her shag carpeting in a fit of frustration, Eden Prairie’s JoAnn Moser jumped on the do-it-yourself bandwagon. Although at the time—this was in the mid-1980s—there wasn’t really a bandwagon yet.

Artist Katherine Lenius’ work doesn’t hang on a gallery wall. Instead you might find it on a cell phone cover or a kitchen towel. It lives in the everyday, experienced during daily moments.

If you ever wondered where the inventor of rollerblades lives, you probably wouldn’t look in Waconia, in a barn at the end of a long gravel road. But if you stepped inside the barn, you would quickly realize that there is no mistaking it is home to the inventor, Scott Olson.

We found an old bookshelf—destined for the junkyard—painted it white and challenged three local interior designers to create a room around it. Jane-Marie Bloomberg, Jessica Cook and Molly Gilbertson accepted our challenge, creating three unique “rooms” in the same corner of our photo studio.

If you’ve ever looked at options for filling a blank wall, you’ve learned that it’s generally not a cheap proposition. Whether you make a canvas from a picture you’ve taken or frame kids’ art, it can get expensive to make a statement.

Eden Prairie is lush with historic sites, including the J.R. Cummins homestead, the Smith-Douglas-More house, and the Riley-Jacques Farmstead. At one time, those sites made their debuts, perhaps marking a “first” in some way, shape or form.

When Rick and Laurie Drill-Mellum of Waconia decided they needed a bigger barn quilt, they ended up with a 7 foot tall and 28 foot wide mural from local artist Kathy Strahota.

When Eden Prairie residents Loren and Kristen Heeringa bought their Eden Prairie home in 1996, they never expected to live there for almost two decades. “The house wasn’t to our taste at the time we bought it,” explains Kristen. “It was odd that we ended up staying there for 17 years.”