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Inside this open and inviting lake house with serene Minnesota lake views

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Mark D. Williams Custom Homes have built this inviting lake house nestled along Christmas Lake in the western Minneapolis suburbs of Shorewood, Minnesota. This welcoming haven was designed for hosting family and friends, with thoughtfully considered details throughout its spacious layout of 6,112 square feet.

After a day of swimming on the lake, the homeowners and their guests can seek solace in this beautiful retreat. Oriented to the south, the house is illuminated with natural light, enhancing its welcoming ambiance.

DESIGN DETAILS: ARCHITECT Ben Nelson BUILDER Mark D. Williams Custom Homes INTERIOR DESIGN The Sitting Room Studio

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Refined details can be found in every corner of this classic-styled lake house—from the extensive wainscoting in the foyer and stairwells to the crown molding on the main level and coffered ceiling in the great room.

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The area rug in the living room and throughout the interiors was sourced from Dash & Albert.

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What We Love: This Minnesota lake house provides its inhabitants with furnishings and details that are family-friendly, durable, and ultra-inviting. There are so many spaces in this home that inspire family time, from the cozy upstairs reading nook to the wonderful lower-level recreation room, there is something for everyone to enjoy… aside from the incredible lake views!

Tell Us: What do you think of the overall design aesthetic of this home? Please share your thoughts in the Comments below!

Note: Check out a couple of other amazing Minnesota lake house tours that we have featured here on One Kindesign: A Minnesota lake house with the most beautiful and sophisticated interiors and An irresistible Minnesota lake house that encourages indoor/outdoor living.

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High-tech touches such as remote-controlled shades provide a sleek, streamlined aesthetic that is free of cords and strings. The double-hung windows are Pella Reserve with integrated Rolscreen technology — a retractable screen that goes up and down like a shade on casement windows and goes side to side on sliding patio doors.

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The kitchen features custom inset cabinets with white oak accents that beautifully complement the white oak floors that are found throughout the interiors. The countertops are Vicostone quartz.

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There is a concealed speaker system built into the sheetrock ceiling of the kitchen.

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Above: A cozy book nook at the top of the stairs for the kids to hang out.

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All five of the bedrooms in this timeless styled home with traditional lines feature the most stunning lake views. The blanket on the bed is heirloom quality, from Faribault Woolen Mill Co. 

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On the second level is a bonus room that can easily be tailored to fit the homeowners’ needs. A cleverly hidden bookcase door opens into a secret room where the possibilities for this space are limitless. To access, one tips the spine of the classic book, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone”.

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There is an outdoor shower that enables owners and their guests the opportunity to rinse off the sand and lake water before entering into the lower-level entry and into the recreation room that offers a wet bar and game area. The rec room comes complete with a handcrafted shuffleboard table by McClure Tables.

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Wishing to pay homage to the site the home was constructed on, a fireplace mantle in the screened porch and a custom tabletop in the rec room were fabricated out of heritage oak trees that existed on the property when the owners purchased it.

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The screened porch offers four-season enjoyment courtesy of a cozy wood-burning fireplace, in-floor radiant heating, and infrared heaters. On the ceiling is cedar shiplap.

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PHOTOGRAPHER Landmark Photography; Troy Theis Photography

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