It’s hard to believe 2022 is already coming to a close. I know people say this often, but this year really did go by so fast, and I’m certainly already missing the bright blue skies and longer days of summer. But as the holidays near and a new year welcomes us, let’s take a rewind back through 2022 and reminisce on our favorite homes of the year. Some of the homes you will see were also featured in Design & Living this year, so if you missed any of these gems, you’re in for a real treat as we highlight some of the most beautiful, spacious and unique dwellings in the Red River Valley.
Melanie Iverson, Mosaic Interior Design
First, we have a basement remodel project by Melanie Iverson of Mosaic Interior Design. The project featured a home theater and bar area for the ideal holiday or sports day gathering place. She also had a hand in remodeling and staging this downtown Fargo condo at the historic Ford Building at 505 Broadway. This condo offered the grandest views of downtown while offering an industrial yet modern feel from the historic building. The 2,787 square foot space boasted a $1.4M price tag and included two balconies and a four-stall garage.
Iverson is a key player in the Fargo-Moorhead community, in both the interior design world and the business world as a whole. In 2022, she founded the Mosaic District and also became the Executive Director of Ladyboss and Lotus Midwest.
Linda Birmingham, dw2
It’s always a special treat when I get to feature a home interior designed by Linda Birmingham and her dw2 team. This south Fargo home project was titled, “Contemporary Meets Classic” in Design & Living’s 2022 Summer Lakes issue—and for good reason. The clean, neutral tones of the surfaces, upholstery and art give a very classic, timeless feel, while also maintaining a contemporary mood with the wood tones. And the lighting! We can’t forget the lighting, where Birmingham’s expertise and creativity especially shine.
We also featured Kevin and Jean Moug’s home on Pelican Lake, another breathtaking project by Birmingham. “Light and airy with a beachy feel” was the goal for the Mougs, and dw2 came through, offering a final result that could only be described as a grand view with beach hues. Again, Birmingham kicked ass with the lighting design, and the natural golden-hour sunlight from across the lake only adds to the ambiance. The lasting impression is that when you stepped foot inside, you didn’t have to leave the beach to do it.
Mevold Studios x Century Builders
Nestled on the edge of Detroit Lake is a home, and yet “home” doesn’t do it justice. This place is art for dwelling, a place for epic summer parties. You may recognize this place, as it was featured on the cover of Design & Living’s 2022 Summer Lakes Issue. Properly titled “The Entertainer’s Paradise,” this home is an architectural masterpiece, thanks to the genius of both Mevold Studios and Century Builders.
“Modern, warm and timeless—yet approachable.” That was what homeowners Tyler and Melissa Brandt wanted to achieve in the final design of this home, and personally, I think their goal was exceeded. Boasting amenities like 18′ ceilings, a three-sided fireplace, a golf simulator, an outdoor kitchen and bar, a rooftop balcony, bars in both main and lower levels and much more, I stand by my claim that this is the Piazza del Duomo of Lake Homes.
Benjamin Custom Homes
Wrapping up our best-of home features is the Parade of Homes Fall 2022 feature home by Benjamin Custom Homes. Husband and wife duo Ben and Mel Anderson worked together to make this modern, Tudor-style, transitional-modern home in just 24 weeks. Earlier in 2022, Mel was featured in Design & Living’s The People Issue and continues to be a top-tier designer in the community.
The home was staged by the amazing Curated by Trever Hill, enhancing the life and charm throughout the home. Some of the features of this home included a large four-stall garage, a Costco grocery door to the walk-in pantry from the garage, custom cabinetry, quartz countertops and backsplash, vaulted ceiling in the dining room with beams, custom fireplace, built-in shelving, main floor office with french doors, open staircase, second-floor master bedroom and bathroom with open tile shower, free-standing bathtub, soapstone countertops and much more.
Thank you for taking a walk down memory lane as we recapped some of my favorite home features in 2022. If you or someone you know is interested in featuring their home, Airbnb or outdoor living space, please submit a request to firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to sharing more beautiful spaces and telling the stories of homeowners, designers and home professionals in 2023.