Photo ©Karen Melvin Photography
Bedroom by the Landschute Group and Mary Monson
A home situated on Lake Minnetonka’s Lower Lake shoreline and built in 1892 has received a striking makeover—from its owners. Jon Monson, who is president and founder of The Landschute Group in Excelsior, and his wife, Mary, work together as an architect-interior designer team. When they purchased the home in 2010, they redesigned it from top to bottom.
Jon Monson says the home, which was remodeled in 1941, had solid bones but was in dire need of a spatial rework. A major piece of the puzzle was creating a master suite that would capitalize on the lake views. To make it happen, the Monsons combined two lakeside rooms and one three-season porch into a master bedroom space. Custom built-ins house books, a television, and personal treasures. Large bay windows offer panoramic views of the lake in all its moods, and two white, leather-trimmed chairs nestled in the alcove serve as front-row seats. Crisp white paint, wheat carpet, and light blue accents echo the outdoor elements.
“We are empty nesters and love the opportunity of being able to have the lake play such a large part of the home’s aesthetic,” Jon Monson says.