Spring Fling

An old Tudor on Lake Harriet gets modern flair.

  • Craig Bares
    Color, Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon fabric in aquamarine offers pep, punch, and a very pretty color palette with which to work. Fabric ($224/yard), from Schumacher, International Market Square, 612-338-6434,
  • Craig Bares
    Whimsy, Eclectic finds such as these little guys handpicked by the homeowner give a room life, personality, and a little wink. Squirrel candleholder ($88), from Jonathan Adler, 1439 W. Lake St., Mpls., 612-353-5311,
  • Craig Bares
    Pattern, Geometrics are so right now. This textured wool rug offers a modern-traditional twist. Surya archive rug (price upon request), from Francis King, International Market Square, 612-604-0033,
  • Craig Bares
    Sculpture, The Eames rocker by Herman Miller (which, in white, was the starting point for this room) adds definition and style. Rocker ($549), from Anton Group, 226 Colfax Ave. N., Mpls., 612-341-3151

Where:  Lake Harriet
Designer:  Brooke Voss

To give an old Tudor modern flair, a young couple looked no further than Brooke Voss for help. The designer, who herself is young and hip, has a fresh, sophisticated approach. “I like to keep the shell of a room relatively neutral and add in color through art and accessories,” Voss says. “We tend to get a little anxious these days and want to tweak things like pillows—better not to lock a client in with patterned sofas.”

The homeowners were crazy for white Eames rockers, so Voss started there as inspiration and added two linen sofas with simple silhouettes, onto which she piled an assortment of pillows—creating a “domino effect” of color and pattern based off the Chiang Mai Dragon print. Voss added a textured rug and pops of glass—a chartreuse accent lamp and a coffee table by Hinson from Donghia Showroom at Chicago Mart—to give sleek, soft lines that can visually disappear into the room.

Since the couple shares Voss’s whimsy, it was easy to mix in their art finds, including a piece from Etsy of the state of Minnesota that says, “I’m so happy we both showed up here,” plus a bar cart from Arteriors Home and Jonathan Adler squirrel candleholders. “The room is designed but not too designed,” Voss says. “It looks effortless and reflects them.”