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Carmen Peota

Carmen Peota
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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.
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,...
The great room’s comfy chairs are a favorite spot for viewing Lake Pepin.

Lake Pepin Farmhouse Made for A Crowd

This Lake Pepin farmhouse is made for a crowd
An all white kitchen with green chairs surrounding the center island.

Play House

Interior designer Andrew Flesher helps a family with three young boys give their home a playful update, making it all their own.
A clean-lined and modern kitchen that features a center island, stainless steel appliances and light wood in both the flooring and ceiling.

Edina Home Transformed for a New Era

SALA Architects, Erotas Building Corp., Talla Skogmo and Keenan & Sveiven Landscape give an Edina home a modern update while still retaining its charm.
The blue home's exterior gives a lodge feeling that meshes well with the natural surroundings.

A Luxury Lodge in West Lakeland by Divine Custom Homes

Surrounded by red pine, this Lodge style home built by Divine Custom Homes could be an up-north escape, but it’s close by.
The exterior of a Mediterranean-styled home on the Mississippi River in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Detail Homes Brings the Mediterranean to St. Paul

Detail Homes brings a slice of the Mediterranean to the Mississippi River shoreline in St. Paul with a home that offers the latest in amenities.
A remodeled living room by Peterssen Keller Architecture and KOR Interior Design at a cabin in Luck, Wisconsin.

Remodeling a Happy Getaway Cabin in Wisconsin

A cabin remodel in Luck, Wisconsin transforms a '70s split into a rustic contemporary using repurposed and invented items.
A seating area for entertaining is made up of a large sectional sofa with footstool, chairs and four TVs set in large entertainment stand.

An Edina Home Gets a Redesigned Lower Level

An Edina home redesign adds more elegance, versatility and livability to the lower level for a family after a watery mishap.
An Italian-styled kitchen shows off carved corbels, a heavily-veined granite, limestone hood hammered copper sink.

An Italian-Style Kitchen Makeover in Woodbury

An Italian-style kitchen gets a dream makeover complete with carved corbels, heavily-veined granite countertops, and a hammered copper-sink.