What to do with an extra hall space? Take a restaurant-style cue from Steven Streeter of Streeter & Associates who created a 12-foot wine cellar wall in his Lake Minnetonka home, complete with a walnut-stained interior, floor-to-ceiling shelving, and Rimadesio doors. “Rather than hiding away our wine storage in a lower level, we decided to create an artistic wine wall display for our collection,” Streeter says. “It was another opportunity to create an interesting light source and a more visual pathway as you pass to and from the powder room and rear entrance to the garage and outdoor side patio.”
This Lake Nokomis concession stand walks the sustainability walk in its menu and design. Locus Architecture made preserving the building’s history an important factor, while updating the building with a modern twist. “The coloration of the siding is interesting,” Locus co-founder Paul Neseth says. “It gives off a different look depending on the time of day, and if you’re further away, it looks blue, and as you get closer, there’s more complexity—just like in nature.” 4955 Nokomis Pkwy. W., Mpls., sandcastlempls.com
This studio is truly a slice of Europe in the North Loop from the charm—low doorways, handwritten notes, wooden ladders—to the fabrics and linens from Italy, France, England, and other lovely global destinations. Owner Talin Spring has exclusive fabrics you won’t find anywhere else in the state (and often the country) and makes upholstery projects a dream. Open to all by appointment. 125 N. 1st St., Mpls., 612-245-7861, maisonspring.com
Zero Energy (Never looked so good!)
Ah, a life without utility bills. DiGiacomo Homes is trying to make it a reality. The “Zero Energy Package,” featured in this home designed with Petersen/Keller Architecture, includes green building and engineering via insulation, Integrity windows, solar panels, geo thermal, and tax credits. “It’s not sexy,” says owner Rocky DiGiacomo. “Most clients get more excited about picking out tile and finishes, but these systems pay for themselves. Savings are immediate.” Looks pretty sexy to us.