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

Nothing could stop mint interior design from making this Lake Minnetonka cottage a lakeside lover’s dream

Photos by Spacecrafting

Water sparked the update of this Lake Minnetonka cottage—and not just the water along the shore. Alas, extensive water damage had necessitated repairs and new windows, which organically blossomed into a thorough interior refresh. While staying true to both the home’s history and the clients’ tailored aesthetic, Maureen Grace Haggerty, owner of mint interior design, used the lake as the inspiration for the color palette, opting for a curated selection of soft blues, grays, greens, and neutrals. Additionally, a custom waxed Venetian plaster finish applied to the ceilings of the living and dining rooms serves as the crowning glory. It mimics the fluidity and reflective nature of water. “Otto Painting Design elevated the spaces to a new level and connected each to the other in an unexpected and delightful way,” Haggerty says.

Furnishings include heirloom-quality pieces and new area rugs with watercolor hues that punctuate and define the areas. The project took eight months to complete—eight pandemic months with its attending pauses and delays. But the homeowners, who first worked with mint over 20 years ago, trusted Haggerty to provide a final result that would be well worth the wait. “My clients were beyond patient and thrilled with the outcome,” Haggerty says.

“The magical essence of this house isn’t easily captured in photos. In person, there’s a calming force within the tranquil, tonal interiors, and the water and nature surrounding the home.”

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