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Farm Road Main Level Reveal

When a homeowner in Long Lake, Minn., wanted to remodel the main level of her childhood home she knew they needed to find a designer who would take great care to remodel the home for modern family living. “We wanted to work with people we liked and trusted,” the homeowner said.

Together, designer Molly Howe and Mason Construction Services brought their decades of experience and signature collaborative approach to create a timeless space for this active family. As a first step in the process, Molly began with intentional listening to understand what was important, nostalgic, and non-negotiable. The original space was dark, and the flow no longer served the family. In the new space, the homeowner wanted to bring in more light and openness, while incorporating functional elements like an island and walk-in pantry.

With these requests in mind, Molly applied her design and planning expertise to create a space that reflected the family's needs and style, while pushing some elements beyond the homeowners’ comfort zone. The resulting space is bright and airy with a cozy sitting area, a moody dining room, and a spacious kitchen, which includes a walk-in pantry and an island that can accommodate everyday meals, family gatherings, holiday baking, and everything in between.

“Molly is patient and flexible, with impeccable taste and style,” shared the homeowner. This space’s design is truly unique and a reflection of Molly’s talents.



Molly began with mood boards to set the tone and renderings that help the homeowner see the space and make changes to the design before any demo begins.



In the kitchen, Molly adjusted the layout for better traffic flow and furniture layout. They shifted the patio door from its original location in the family room, took some angled walls out to create more storage, and incorporated display and storage solutions to minimize clutter. The oversized kitchen island has a rounded end that doubles as a kitchen table and provides flexible counter space for a variety of activities. The walk-in pantry features outlets for charging frequently used appliances and food storage space without cluttering cabinets or countertops. The chandelier over the island is one of the homeowner's favorite features – its organic feel is a statement piece that provides visual interest while accenting the warm tones of the cabinets and hardware.



The cozy, moody feeling of the dining room is set with dark wall color and cabinetry – a design nudge by Molly. The built-ins maximize storage and provide flexible options for display and serving.



The active family wanted a space where they could be together whether hosting guests or just relaxing on the weekend. The adjusted space plan and window relocation allowed for better furniture layout and clean, simple décor.



Molly and stylist Greta Petersen brought in furniture and decor elements that would stand the test of time. Durable furniture for real life, including leather chairs and a microfiber sofa. The décor includes new and vintage pieces that are meaningful and inspire memories. Natural elements like magnolia leaves and living plants make the space feel fresh. Stylist Greta also notes that you can rotate items seasonally and throughout the year to avoid overwhelming the clean design.


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