Everybody’s talking. Everybody’s talking about “it.” Yes, it. The weather. It’s been a tough winter and everyone feels like they are “done” with it. We are right there with you. We thought we’d break the spell and get a jump on things. Within these pages are some of our sunniest inspirations of what spring might bring! In this issue, we feature three stunning homes that represent the wonderful diversity of architecture and style found in the Minneapolis Lakes region. Each of them respects the history of their surroundings and reach into the past for inspiration in their designs. Our LIFE series spotlights three vibrant and interesting families. The Heards are newcomers to the area; we got their perspective on the place where we live. Anne Stephenson and Drew Moratzkahavea penchant for older homes; they know how to make them fun and family friendly. Monique Maxwell and her daughter, McKenna, inspire change one word at a time. Our feature contributors have their own suggestions as to how we might “spring forward.” For Jay, it’s the wallpaper of every style, color, and pattern. Creating an accent wall is fun and definitely will chase the blues away. Jen and Andréafrom Fiddlehead share their latest finds–things that might take a day from dreary to wonderful. Laura Potter met with Hunt & Gather’s Kristi Stratton in her home, which she describes as “a meticulous collection of the unexpected.”
Kim Bartmann shares a favorite spring recipe and Carole Bruns Couture tempts us with her latest dreamy collection of floral fantasy. Our travel concierge, Sara Ryan Duffy, transports us to one of her favorite destinations in the world–Italy. The country offers a diverse set of experiences and unparalleled natural beauty. For those who feel like they spent a little too much time on the couch this winter, Calhoun Beach Athletic Club offers an efficient and targeted workout. Peter and Jessica Prudden are having a big impact on the real estate scene with their innovative approach. Todd Pearson, the owner of Filament Lighting & Home, has created a terrific resource for homeowners and professionals alike, for untangling the mystery of well-lit living spaces. Our cover art is by Charles Lyon; he’s also the subject of our Culture feature. His fantastical floral paintings almost look real. His body of work is diverse, and his garden a local treasure. Soon the city will be bursting with colorful blooms and leafing trees. We’ll be dusting off bicycles, rollerblades, skateboards, and running shoes. We all look forward to that first walk around the lake when the last vestiges of snow have disappeared. We hope you will enjoy our first glimpse of sunnier days–and we thank you for your readership and continued support.

The Editors