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Charming lakeside farmhouse nestled on a wooded site in Minnesota

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This lakeside farmhouse was designed by Fluidesign Studio in collaboration with builder Structural Dimensions, located in Mahtomedi, a city in Washington County, Minnesota. Nestled on a half-acre wooded site, this beautiful residence encompasses 2,400 square feet with five bedrooms and three bathrooms. Designed for a family with three children, the home’s idyllic lakefront setting provides the opportunity to enjoy summer activities… and winter too when the lake is frozen over!

Lush gardens and a wraparound porch welcomes visitors to this charming home, whose design approach was to appear as if it had always existed on the property. Additional farmhouse style characteristics on the exterior facade includes dormers on the roof, custom designed corbels on the gables and cutout shakes. On the interiors, the design team put an emphasis on quality over size, focusing on comfort, beauty and details.

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Cedar was used for the porch steps and front entryway, adding a rustic warmth that is very welcoming. Due to extremely harsh weather during the winter months, the architects decided on the use of engineered wood siding on the exterior facade. The materials offers incredible durability and moisture protection.

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What We Love: This lakeside farmhouse was designed for casual living, brimming with personality and small details that makes this house a home. The beautiful earth tones on the walls and pops of color in the accessories creates a feeling of tranquility. This home’s color scheme successfully draws on its surroundings for inspiration. Our favorite space? The screened-in porch, the an ideal spot to spend lazy summer days and enjoy nature during the cold winter months.

Readers, what are your thoughts on this charming dwelling, could you picture your family living here? Let us know why or why not in the comments below!

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Above: In keeping with the farmhouse style aesthetic, shiplap was installed on the walls, while the flooring features 6-inch white oak. The staircase leads to an unfinished basement level below, offering 1,000 square feet of living space. Future plans are to convert part of the space to a guest bedroom and bathroom.

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Above: A sophisticated living room offers a neutral color palette, with a stone clad fireplace and gas insert (True Series by Heat & Glo) that appears similar to a wood-burning fireplace. Built-ins provides functional storage space, while a tall built-in cabinet to the right of the fireplace conceals a swivel mounted television. The wall color is Abingdon Putty HC-99 | Benjamin Moore.

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Above: Honed granite countertops grace the island and perimeter cabinetry (Color: Jet Mist; Source: Stone Source). They have the appearance of soapstone, yet are much more durable. The backsplash consists of handmade clay tiles with a crackle finish.

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Above: The center island has a craftsman’s vibe, exuding an authentic older home. The material is stained, quarter-sawn oak, featuring large drawers and an integrated microwave.

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Above: Off the dining room, a wraparound porch faces the lake. It was designed so that screens can be installed between the columns, making it an all-season porch.

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Above: The mudroom features Montauk black slate flooring and a bench sourced from Joss & Main. The space was designed so that each of the three children has their own space to store gear and hang coats. Love the sign hanging from the hook!

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Above: The shower features subway tiles and Carrara marble flooring.

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Above: The wall color in the master bathroom is Mindful Gray SW 7016 by Sherwin-Williams. The vanity was purchased at Home Depot and made more rustic by applying a glaze and adding hardware. The floor tile has a barnwood aesthetic.

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Above: In the master bedroom, a woodsy, organic theme adds a serene aesthetic to this space. The bedding is from Ralph Lauren.

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Above: The children’s bathroom was designed to have a classy aesthetic yet practical design features. The vanity is from Home Depot, while the flooring is Montauk black slate. Subway tiles were used in the bathtub/shower.

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Above: The children’s grandfather custom crafted beautiful log beds for each of their rooms! The desk and chair are from Pottery Barn, while the curtains were sourced from Bed Bath & Beyond.

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Above: In the son’s bedroom, the custom log bed is crafted from an old barn from his grandparent’s farm.

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Photos: Seth Benn Photography

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