The style and feel of this house is maybe the closest I’ve ever seen to exactly what I’m trying to do to mine. I discovered it while thumbing through the Summer 2011 issue of Midwest Living while visiting my parents last week. It’s a family summer home in a suburb of Minneapolis and I think I would have a hard time trying not to live in it year-round.

The whole house is very light and looks perfectly comfortable for the summer. It manages to capture the best of vintage and mix it with the best of modern as well. The use of neutral blues, whites, and creams for the non-vintage furniture and wall colors helps all of the vintage finds add color and really stand out in the rooms.

The family also mixes a lot of different eras of vintage and does so very successfully. You find primitives, industrial furniture, and the brilliantly repurposed items like a vintage grocery scale turned into a hanging fruit basket or this 7up cooler turned into a bathroom sink.I think the 7up cooler is probably the most exciting part of the house for me. What’s your favorite detail?

(The full home tour is available at

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3 responses to “Paul and Becky Walser’s Wazata Summer Home”

  1. […] This antique grocer’s scale really caught my eye, especially after just seeing a grocer’s scale used as a fruit basket in the home tour I mentioned earlier this month. […]

  2. Karen Aslakson says:

    I am most interested in the vintage feed sack featured in Becky Walser’s summer home. My grandfather was Albin Dahlman, and was I ever surprised to see his seed corn bag that had been made into a pillow. I was surprised to see that sack as most of those sacks were destroyed in a fire. I would be interested in that pillow, and would appreciate if you could get back to me. Thank you

    • Jess says:

      I actually don’t have any connection to the Walzers or any way to contact them. We just featured the home tour that was in the summer issue of Midwest Living. Perhaps Midwest Living could get you in touch with them? Good luck!

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