Lake Escape



Architect: Peterssen/Keller Architecture
Builder: Streeter & Associates — Renovation Division
Photos: Spacecrafting and Karen Melvin Photography  

When the homeowners acquired a classic lake home, they commissioned Engler Studio and team to untangle a mish-mash of additions and other suspect remodeling projects, expand lake views, merge the inside and outside—and make it all look effortless! Challenged to create interiors that were charming, collected, unexpected and other compelling attributes, Linda Engler and Jenn Taft envisioned an intriguing balance of new and old, traditional and modern, organic and refined, masculine and feminine. Starting with a quiet, neutral shell, Linda and Jenn used a limited palette of patterns and colors enlivened with splashes of wit and whimsy. Guided by Engler Studio's signature mix mentality, they combined vintage Murano glass chandeliers with hefty industrial light fixtures and nautical accoutrements and custom furnishings including a flock of modern chairs lacquered in electric yellow, three tables and one porch swing. Mixing antiques from northern Minnesota with original contemporary art and photography and colorful rugs, Linda and Jenn gave the house a singular, modern vibe.