Minnetrista’s Jeff Hagen believes that a wine cellar is essential for the dedicated wine drinker. “It’s not like beer,” he says.

From Jen Ziemer’s perspective, the 1913 Tudor-style home for sale on Saint Paul’s storied Summit Avenue was a tabula rasa—a fresh canvas for the co-founder of Fiddlehead Design Group to wash in color and textured layers.

Since 1901, the Schmidt Brewery building has been a landmark on West 7th Street. During its years as a brewery, millions of bottles of beer from numerous brands were produced there.

Long gone are the days of ripping photos out of magazines to find inspiration for a living room makeover or bathroom renovation.

When lake-area residents Randy and Shelly Chesley first laid eyes on the home in the Casco Point neighborhood of Orono, they knew right away it was their dream house. 

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Greg and Marissa Frankenfield—the new owners of Old Log Theater in Excelsior—had vacationed to Playa del Carmen, Mexico, for years before purchasing oceanfront property in the community in mid-2011.

The large windows in the new kitchen now offer stunning lake views.

Stepping inside this beautiful Lake Minnetonka home, it’s hard not to marvel at the picturesque lake views from nearly every angle.

 The Musgjerd family in their living room: Scott and Melissa with Lucas (in green), Daniel (in stripes), Jake (in coral) and Tilley the dog.

Most people wouldn’t mention the table full of Legos, Star Wars posters on the wall or all-concrete sports room in the basement when highlighting the design features of their home. Maybe they should. The markings of a good home are that it’s a home—an extension of the family living there.