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Since the renovation, the Melines have embellished the redesigned home with their collection of midcentury-modern and Art Deco furnishings. There are also memorable pieces from locales where they’ve lived, including Brazil, Korea and Africa, where they met. Eclectic finds — from a framed ancient map of Brazil to a bone-and-mahogany armchair handcrafted by a Kenyan artist — add one-of-a-kind character and color to every room. “We created a clean and quiet base palette that they can fill in with the elements from their life and give it a modern vibe,” said Anderson.
On the second floor, the Melines updated two bathrooms, including the master. It’s modern and comfortable with a heated tile floor and rift-sawn oak vanity against Carrara marble-tiled walls. Floating mirrors suspended in front of windows maximize the natural light. In the adjoining bedroom, David and Barbara can sip coffee on a balcony and watch the sun rise over Lake of the Isles.
The yearlong renovation was well worth it, said the Melines. Today they live in a grand older home that also reflects their modern sensibilities and international style. The walls of windows open to views of red foxes scampering across the snow and geese returning in the spring.
“It feels like we’re in the country,” said Barbara. “But we’re by the Walker [Art Center], great restaurants, and can see the downtown skyline.”
Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619