I scouted this home, set on a beautifully meandering lake in suburban Minneapolis, a few weeks ago. The owner, interior designer Brian Ellingson, bought the home about 10 years ago when it was a forgettable one-story rambler in a positively unforgettable setting. Talk about vision! Brian raised the ceiling height on the first floor, added a second story, designed an incredible addition with a soaring kitchen and great room, and meticulously transformed the interior with, among many gorgeous details, new parquet floors and Francophile decor.
One of the things I love about being a location scout is having so many opportunities to be inspired by real-life homes. Chances are I will never oversee a renovation to this scale (or even close) on my own dwelling, but I can take itsy-bitsy pieces of what I see in this or any other location—a flower box, a wall color, a powder room mirror—and incorporate them into my own home. Or at least add them to my "maybe someday" file.