Modern twist on a traditional cottage style home in Minnesota


This gabled cottage-style home designed by Peterssen Keller Architecture mixes traditional charm with modern details, located in a beautiful community of Kenwood, in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The property features a wooded backyard with a pathway that leads through a meadow and down to the Kenilworth Trail. To top it off, the home is only a block from Lake of the Isles and Cedar Lake not much further away… plenty of outdoor perks! The design of the home brings a fresh, clean-lined aesthetic to the traditional cottage typology. An open front porch invites you inside this traditional style home, which melds into its historic neighborhood.


Encompassing 3,936 square feet over two levels, design studio Martha Dayton Design, did a superb job of creating welcoming interior spaces. Warm materials of bright blue accents contrast beautifully with richly detailed enameled woodwork. At the heart of the home is the multifunctional great room, which has become the center of this young family of five’s life. A modern, open floor plan extends out to the wooded back yard, providing a sense of country living, which is rare in an urban location. The home also also provided the family with a spacious kitchen for cooking and entertaining. Completing the look, crisp white interiors with richly stained hardwood floors throughout the main living spaces.


What We Love: This cottage-style home is perfect for family living. A modern twist on a traditional cottage-style home, every detail is well-thought out by the designers of this project. The surrounding property is stunning, with the added benefits of woods and lakes nearby…. Readers, we would love to hear your thoughts on this family home, could you live here? Tell us in the Comments below!

Above: The area rug in the entryway is from Restoration Hardware.


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Above: A kid-friendly kitchen island topped with dark walnut is open to the dining room. The perimeters cabinets are topped with gray and white Carrara marble. A walk-in pantry was at the top of the homeowner’s wish list, which makes a handy prep space for social gatherings. A wall of windows helps to keep this space feeling bright and airy.


Additional Details: The family room features a 16-foot wall of double sliding glass doors, when open, its gives this space the feeling of a screened-in porch. This helps to blur the boundaries between indoors and out and extends the open floor plan outside. The second level was reconfigured to add a nursery, while a basement offers high ceilings to accommodate a relaxing media room and playroom with a kitchen.


Above: A mudroom features built-in storage and expanses of glass to bring in natural light and views of the wooded backyard. The vibrant orange of the barn door acts as a piece of art against the white walls. The best part, the homeowner wanted a barn door in her home after being inspired by one on Pinterest!


Above: Nine foot tall coffered ceilings in the great room adds to the traditional styling of this cottage-style home.


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There are a total of five bedrooms and four-and-a-half bathrooms.





Above: The roof shingles are an architectural asphalt shingle; the brand is GAF. 


Above: The front exterior facade features a cottage-style porch and a gabled roof with a window box full of flowers. The dwelling has an East Coast vibe, with board-and-batten-style siding made from fiber cement, which is a low-maintenance material. Painted white, the nautical blue front entry door really pops.

Photos: Paul Crosby Architectural Photography

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Jana Prendergast
4 years ago

Would you mind to let mw know the paint color of the front door? Thank you.