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2012 ASID Showcase Home opens to the public on May 19 on Minneapolis


There are few things greater than the mark a talented interior designer can leave on a home. So imagine how lucky homeowners John Larsen and Mike Stewart feel to have had 30 designers work on their 100-year-old home on the Lakes of the Isles in Minneapolis, Minn.

As owners of the 2012 American Society of Interior Designers Showcase Home, Larsen and Stewart agreed to work with Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine and a large team of designers and contractors months before moving in. In fact, a total of 30 ASID designers worked on the project, which includes an underground tunnel linking the house to an office, an artist’s studio, a meditation room, a gift-wrapping room and a full vegetable garden. Marvin Windows and Doors is one of the project’s sponsors.

Before Larsen and Stewart, the home was owned by Stanley and Martha Platte and was the grounds for many fund-raisers and events hosted by the civic-minded and politically active family. Its new owners are also known for their civic engagement and charitable efforts.

“We were really searching for a home that would appeal to local design aficionados and people with an appreciation for historic homes,” said ASID Showcase Home Committee Co-Chair Holly Bayer. “Not only is the home a perfect example of great design and beauty in the Twin Cities, but John and Mike’s passion for design mixed with their philanthropic commitments make them ideal candidates for this incredible transformation.”

The ASID Showcase Home at 2002 Lake of the Isles Parkway in Minneapolis will be open to the public from 10 a.m., Wednesday through Sunday, May 19-June 10. Tickets are available online at