Letter from the Editors
Oh, the lazy days of summer! Don’t we all dream about the weekend away – a trip to the North Woods or to one of Minnesota’s 10,000? Lake living, in the woods, all part of summer time’s allure.
In this issue we’ll visit three getaways, two lake side and one in the city, each beautiful, and unique. They offer a place of refuge for the homeowners – time away from cell phones and computers, and the incessant clamor of a busy metropolitan area. They draw us in with the promise of a swing in the hammock, time to read a good book, or connecting with friends and family on a warm summer night. We spoke with the architects, designers, and homeowners to get their perspective on what goes into making each place special.
We were lucky enough to catch up with Twin Cities’ media icon, Robyne Robinson, who shares her thoughts on what is invigorating about her CARAG neighborhood. We visit with Bryce and Donna Hamilton, who have created a magical venue to support a number of creative arts projects. Teresa and Raphael Schneider invited us into their expansive Lowry Hill East home, which also houses their newly launched business, Gentlemen’s Gazette. Raphael’s passion for vintage men’s accessories guided our fashion shoot for this issue.
Laurie Kottke invited us to preview her new location for her exquisite fine jewelry boutique; we managed to resist several sparkly temptations within. Sara Ryan Duffy shares one her favorite getaways, a ranch in Montana that offers luxury – and plenty of outdoor experiences. Stylist Jay Nuhring shares his tips for creating that quintessential cabin atmosphere – at home or at that weekend getaway.
On the social scene we attended the Nourrier Bloom Spring Fashion Revolution Showcase, which celebrated rising female-focused and eco-friendly brands; and was punctuated with a performance from Vie Boheme. The Girls, Glamour & Giving event raised a record-breaking sum of money for local families in need; the evening was a fun-filled celebration of fashion, food and philanthropy.
We are lucky to live in the Twin Cities. During the summer months, we have our own version of lakeside living available to us every single day. During the week, we may have time to walk around Lake Bde Maka Sa/Lake Calhoun or Lake of the Isles, go for a quick bike ride, a paddle on a board or in a canoe, or spend an evening at the Lake Harriet band shell.
We appreciate your readership – and always welcome your comments and suggestions. We hope you will find, within these pages, inspiration for your own summer retreat.
Have a wonderful summer!
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