Spring Farm remodel
Re-imagining an entire home, with a focus on modernizing an
outdated living room.
The Spring Farm property in prestigious North Oaks, Minn. had breathtaking interior details with expansive windows overlooking picturesque woods. “The bones were amazing, with the two-story ceiling and the fireplace with high windows on each side as a focal point,” said Katie Kurtz, principal designer. “It just needed a facelift!”
Katie’s vision was inspired by Restoration Hardware showrooms in Chicago, think “Old-World mixed with modern, luxurious furnishings and décor.” She first added beams to create a more intimate atmosphere while maintaining the majestic proportions of the steep ceilings.
Upgrading the fireplace was paramount, so she energized the space by replacing the old wood-burning fireplace with a Heat & Glo® Escape I-35 FireBrick gas fireplace insert.
"A gas insert gives so much more ease of use,” Katie said. “I love the option to have the flame on or just the glowing ember lights for the ambiance you want, winter or summer. I wanted to create a space that is unique and beautiful in its own way but will also appeal to different people for future resale."
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As principal designer at her boutique firm, Adorned Homes, and a licensed realtor at Engel & Völkers, Minneapolis, Katie Kurtz strives to create a lifestyle for clients. One that promotes beauty in their surroundings and ease of daily living.
Katie’s first thought for any home she seeks to identify and design is envisioning how the property will lend itself to her client’s best life. With a philosophy inspired by the words of Coco Chanel, “luxury has to be comfortable, otherwise it is not luxury,” she looks to bestow function as well as aesthetics.
Recently voted one of Minnesota Monthly magazine’s “2018 Best Real Estate Professionals,” Katie brings combined experience and expertise to her clients in both Minnesota real estate sales and interior design. Multiple prestigious publications currently feature her design work.
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