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Continued: Reworking the floor plan of a Minneapolis Dutch Colonial

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: May 2, 2014 - 3:37 PM

More family-friendly

In the combination family room and eating area, Wagner’s thoughtful modifications made the space a more inviting and attractive place where the family can snack, watch movies or work on a laptop.

Wagner tore out the ill-placed built-in storage and entertainment center. He designed two new 4-foot-deep bookcases that frame a niche for the couch, where Strand also displays groupings of her children’s artwork for pops of color.

“Rather than the couch feeling like it’s sitting in open space, we used the bookcases as a way to create a sense of enclosure, and lowered the ceiling plane by putting in an open shelf above it,” Wagner said. The family room has radiant in-floor heat and the couch now faces the TV, which was moved to another wall. “We didn’t redesign the whole room,” said Wagner. “We just shifted the center of gravity.”

At the back entry to the family room, Wagner knocked down two hulking coat closets and replaced them with free-standing furniture-style walnut cabinets that stop short of the ceiling to allow light to flow through.

Andreasen and Strand’s Scandinavian backgrounds drove many of the interior design details, such as an antique chandelier accented with candles found on a trip to Sweden, and Louis Poulsen’s Danish pendant lights. Strand displays and uses her collection of blue-and-white porcelain dishes on a daily basis.

The couple requested some modern design elements, such as sleek stainless cabinet pulls, but also wanted the home to feel connected to its 1920s provenance. Wagner matched the subway tile, hardwood floors and millwork to the originals and even put in old-fashioned push-button light switches.

“It doesn’t feel old and stodgy,” said Strand. “It feels modern and fresh, but still fits with the era of the home.”


Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619


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