This past year has marked another exceptional period for Midwest Home. In the spirit of tradition, we once again successfully organized our coveted Luxury Home Tour and presented the third-annual Midwest Home Design Awards. Throughout the year, we also highlighted an array of stunning building, remodeling, landscaping, and design projects spanning Minnesota and the surrounding Midwest region. Our outreach has expanded significantly, with an ever-growing audience on Instagram demonstrating unwavering loyalty and enthusiasm for the talented home professionals featured on our platforms. Here, we showcase the top 10 projects of 2023—selected based on the highest level of engagement—that our followers loved most.
10. Adorned Homes’ White Bear Lake Studio & Showroom
What was once a major eyesore is now a jewel of White Bear Lake. Our 10th place post celebrates not only the opening of Adorned Homes’ studio and showroom but also its award for “Traditional Independent Showroom” in the KBIS | NKBA Innovative Showroom Awards. Read the full story here.
9. Alexander Design Group Inc., John Kraemer & Sons, Redpath Constable Interior Design, and Yardscapes Inc.’s Lake Minnetonka Legacy
Coming in 9th is this East Coast-inspired abode on Wayzata Bay. The seven-bed, 10-bath gem boasts a cozy and comfortable feeling that also works well for entertaining. The jaw-dropping exterior is a true masterpiece, including gorgeous landscape design, multiple outdoor living spaces, a pool deck, and more. Read the full story here.
8. Charlie & Co. Design, L. Cramer Builders + Remodelers, & Martha Dayton Design’s Edina Colonial
In Edina’s Rolling Green neighborhood rests this 1941 Colonial-style home. Remodeled to adhere to the lifestyle of a family of six, the historic home was updated to improve function and flow while keeping the integrity of the structure intact. Read the full story here.
7. Anna Christian’s Scandinavian Sanctuary
In 7th place, influencer Anna Christian’s simplistic style made a bold statement with our audience (boasting the highest number of comments as well). By prioritizing simplicity in both her home and her lifestyle, Christian is able to slow down and spend time with her family—in turn creating meaningful memories to last a lifetime. Read the full story here.
6. Timber & Tulip’s Extraordinary Wayzata Showroom
In November, furniture brand Timber & Tulip launched its first brick-and-mortar location in the heart of Wayzata. Our Instagram audience was heavily invested in the story, with this post gaining traction among potential customers, local designers, and new Wayzata neighbors who were happy to welcome the brand to the city. Read the full story here.
5. Hendel Homes, Eskuche Design Group, Vivid Home, and Yardscapes Inc.’s Pleasant Lake Paradise
In 5th place, this popular Pleasant Lake abode was well received for its unique and inspiring qualities. The appeal of this kitchen is truly all in the details. Looking to achieve a dark-and-light color palette, a deep green shade adorns the cabinetry, while geometric gold wallpaper and matching gold hardware incorporate sparkling touches throughout. Read the full story here.
4. Blue Pencil Collective’s Staycation Innovation
This outdoor fire pit space is a favorite among our followers, snagging the 4th spot on our list. Keeping nostalgia top of mind, this outdoor entertainment space mimics the feelings of a weekend at the cabin. With goals of blurring barriers between indoors and out, the fireplace lounge is built for gathering, roasting marshmallows, and making memories. Read the full story here.
3. The Tile Shop’s Thoughtful Tile Trends
Coming in at No. 3 is a dramatic shower wall, which graces the space with rich color. These tiles provide a handmade look, meaning each installation forms its own pattern and artful design. This sort of bold style is just one of five tile trends from 2023. Read the full story here.
2. Chirigos Designs & Mark D. Williams Custom Homes’ Beautiful Butler’s Pantries
This year’s runner up for most popular story is an award-winning butler’s pantry that teems with green hues and hidden storage throughout. Bridget Chirigos, lead designer at Chirigos Designs, shares valuable tips for designing butler’s pantries that not only look beautiful but also remain functional for various lifestyles. Read the full story here.
1. EHR Construction’s Modern French Tudor
Finally, our most-loved story of 2023 is this Linden Hills abode. With its stately gables, sleek aesthetics, and hints of French influences, the one-of-a-kind home stands out on its city block. Paying homage to its unique style, the project has since been dubbed “Stupéfiant,” or “breathtaking” in French. Read the full story here.