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Finnish Lines

Ben Horn and Lisa Goodman • Owner of FinnStyle and Minneapolis City Council Member

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  • Lisa Goodman and Ben Horn House
    Photos by Steve Hanke
    The rectangular-shaped house features floor-to-ceiling windows and red birch floors.
  • Lisa Goodman and Ben Horn on rooftop deck
    Photos by Steve Hanke
    On the rooftop deck, the busy couple relaxes with their dogs, Finn, a large Irish terrier, and Sadie, a golden doodle.
  • Lisa Goodman and Ben Horn kitchen buffet counter
    Photos by Steve Hanke
    The galley kitchen’s buffet counter is outfitted in Marimekko placemats and dinnerware. Clerestory windows brighten the kitchen while the dining space offers great views of the Minneapolis skyline.
  • living room with couch and chair
    Photos by Steve Hanke
    A lively color scheme of lime green, burnt orange, and powder blue is accented by Marimekko upholstery. Low open shelving holds collectibles and wedding gifts, such as a red glass heart designed by famous Finnish glass artist Oiva Toikka.
  • Lisa Goodman and Ben Horn on rooftop deck
    Photos by Steve Hanke
  • Lisa Goodman and Ben Horn on rooftop deck
    Photos by Steve Hanke
  • Lisa Goodman and Ben Horn on rooftop deck
    Photos by Steve Hanke

”This is our treehouse,” say newlyweds Lisa Goodman and Ben Horn, now celebrating their second year living in a custom-designed home in Bryn Mawr. Minneapolis architect Tim Alt, noted for his contemporary designs, built the mostly cedar house neatly into a hill immediately adjacent to Theodore Wirth Park. Lisa, a city council powerhouse who had lived in a fifth-floor condo downtown for years, now loves being so close to nature. Ben, who owns the Minneapolis home store FinnStyle, had always dreamed of having a contemporary wood house reminiscent of homes in Finland, which their architect happily supplied. As Ben wished, the main living space is upstairs, where the couple can fully enjoy the woodsy view from the living room, dining space, and kitchen. Above the garage is a green roof planted with sedum, decorative onions, and chives (which is fitting, considering that Lisa has been a major proponent of city green roofs, including the one installed on Target Center). Landscape designer Tom Oslund helped tame the rest of the wild natural environment, contributing to this slice of Finland in the heart of Minneapolis.
 

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