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Laurie Junker writes about home design, real estate, and trends and has been contributing to Midwest Home since 2015. She lives in Minneapolis where she's still trying to figure out how to style her bookshelves.

A Minneapolis Home Stuns With Its Modern, Yet Traditional Mediterranean Design

Photos by Spacecrafting Transforming this lovely Lowry Hill Mediterranean for modern living while preserving its historical character wasn’t the easy path to take. But according...

This Lakeside Retreat by Livit Site + Structure is Where Fun Meets Function

Photos by SpacecraftingThe small lake abutting this award-winning landscape is a below-the-radar gem—a private, nonmotorized body of water surrounded by woods that affords its...

This Lowry Hill Townhome Channels Classic Ralph Lauren

Photos by Wing HoWhen Annie Waters was ready to refresh the interior of her townhouse, she drew inspiration not from Instagram or Pinterest, but...

A Blissful Escape on Balsam Lake

Photos by Alyssa LeeA cabin is as much a state of mind as it is a structure—a break from daily life where it’s OK...

A New Century-Old House by Kyle Hunt & Partners

Photos by SpacecraftingWhen a couple with three boys decided to move from their urban abode to a family-focused neighborhood in Deephaven, they selected an...

Tamara Waterston Showcases Southern Polish Inside Minneapolis Airbnb

Photos by David EllisTexas-born Tamara Waterston has the preternatural polish that’s a byproduct of being raised by strong women who take such things seriously....

Trestle Homes’ Owner Builds His Forever Home Near Lake Harriet

Photos by SpacecraftingPeter Crain, the owner of Trestle Homes, is in boss mode as he leads a tour of his new Lake Harriet house....

A Montana Lodge-Style Home in Dayton

Photos by Troy ThiesNothing says Montana lodge like a timbered ceiling, and this new home in Dayton says it emphatically. In fact, the Douglas...

Aülik Design Build’s Bespoke Beauty on Robinson Bay

Photos by Spacecrafting“Walking through our house is an experience,” says the owner of this contemporary home on the shores of Lake Minnetonka’s Robinson Bay....

Designer Heather Peterson’s Happy Kitchen Refresh in South Minneapolis

Photos by SpacecraftingThere are lots of opinions on the best kitchen layout, but most would agree that it’s pretty helpful if the refrigerator is...

Architect Joy Martin Brings a Fresh Perspective Into Her Minneapolis Home

Photos by Eric Mueller PhotographyEvery neighborhood has a house that seems to be for sale more often than others. A family moves in, lives...

Fresh Start, Old Soul: A Mill District Penthouse Receives New Life

Photos by SpacecraftingThe stately St. Paul home Tom and Kathy Awe had lived in for 20 years took a while to sell, which didn’t...

A Revived Mediterranean by Anne McDonald Design

Photos by Amanda Marie StudioThere’s something romantic about Mediterranean Revival architecture. Easily recognized by terracotta roofs, crisp white stucco, and wrought-iron details, these homes...

Modern Touches and Mountain-Style Flair Mix Effortlessly in this Afton Abode

Photos by Spacecrafting Pulling off a design that combined the rusticity of a traditional Montana home with the clean lines of contemporary architecture required a...

Mint Interior Design’s Lakeside Cottage Embraces the Nature of Water

Photos by SpacecraftingWater sparked the update of this Lake Minnetonka cottage—and not just the water along the shore. Alas, extensive water damage had necessitated...

Meet Victoria Amegno: Interior Design’s Local Up & Comer

Photos by Wing Ta We could all use a dose of Victoria Amegno. In fact, if her demeanor could be bottled, it would likely be...

Interior Designer Bria Hammel Creates a Soft, Sophisticated Master Bath in Edina

Photos by Spacecrafting“Eighties awesome” might best describe the old master bath on the chopping block in Meghan and Matt Letne’s Edina home. The vaulted...

Ground One Designs A Midwest Paradise in Minnetonka

Photos by Andrea Rugg“Vast” and “parklike” are words Ground One Landscape Design + Build + Maintain owner Pat Weiss uses to describe the backyard...

Open for Entertainment with Lake Country Builders

Photos by Chuck Carver Revamping an old home requires creativity, and this Wayzata two-story was no exception. “Our clients were a growing family of five...

An Innovative Solution to a Simple Request

Photos by Troy Thies The wish list of the longtime owners of this Stillwater home wasn’t unusual, but the circumstances were. They wanted to simply...