Homes

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.

Que Será founder and design extraordinaire Mary Lauer knows a thing or two about interior decoration. She founded her first shop at the Mall of America in 1994 and draws her inspiring flourishes from Minnesota nuances.

When Dr. Barb Leppke decided to move her veterinary practice to a new, remodeled space, she was focused on the nitty-gritty details of a busy clinic. “We were looking for elbow room,” she remembers. “And good heating and cooling.”

It took Ken and Amy Pucel almost 10 years to get started on their dream home, but it was worth the wait.

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