Lakeland home receives a modern refresh.
From scope and design to install and pillow fluffing, remodeling part or all of a home can be made easier with an interior designer, especially one who also happens to be trained in marriage therapy.
Jordan Weitzel, owner and principal designer at Draper House Design Co. in Stillwater, says the key to any good remodel is communication. “How does a family want to use their space? What’s functional? Practical? We take that information and turn it into something beautiful and comfortable,” she says.
Weitzel recently worked with a family in Lakeland to turn their ’90s main floor living space into a welcoming retreat that brings in the natural feel of their wooded lot and the nearby St. Croix River. The goal: an indoor space that features classic elements with a fresh, coastal energy.
“Tera and Andy Peterson’s home didn’t have a lot of logical space. It was such a funky, disjointed design, so it made sense to create an open concept,” Weitzel says.
“We are a family of four,” says Tera, an educator with Stillwater Public Schools. “When we have friends and family over, we want a space that feels warm and inviting. My husband could help with some of the construction work, so we needed a hybrid approach: a designer and contractor who included projects we could do, too.”
Weitzel says the project focused on an intentional design that would still be usable 30 years from now. “It was an awkward, almost galley-like kitchen, which was very cut off from the living room,” Weitzel says, adding that the “chaotic roof lines and slanted ceilings” created a unique challenge for the cabinetry requirements. With a new deep blue island, custom built-in cabinets and storage spaces, the refreshed design employs natural light to contrast and add interest to dark focal points.
“We love it. I had drawn it out so many times in my mind,” Peterson says. The family researched, made Pinterest boards and embarked on many trips to Home Depot; Weitzel’s team helped them bring their ideas to life. “We all agreed our range hood needed to be a statement piece,” Peterson says. “From the first real drawing to what it looks like now, it is so cool to see. We invited our home into the 2000s.”