For a true-blue Texan, Dallas-based interior designer Kara Adam has a deep loyalty to the North Woods. In fact, having spent many childhood summers with her parents and sister in Bemidji, Minnesota, she feels at home in this piney, lake-spangled setting. “It’s so different up here,” Kara says. “So relaxing and secluded. You can escape and forget about all the worries of the world.”
Perhaps that’s what continues to draw her here. Or perhaps it’s the family retreat—a sophisticated version of a classic log cabin where she and her extended family gather each summer to enjoy the slower pace these deep woods have to offer.
“It started out as a simple log cabin and evolved from there,” says Kara, who was enlisted by her family to design the home. “It became a clean-lined, updated version of that log cabin, but it still feels like it belongs in the woods. It’s like living in a very sophisticated tree house.”
Though it’s a separate structure, the screened porch’s style is consistent with that of the main house.
Photography: Werner Straube
Produced by Hilary Rose
Architect: Craig Stiteler, Craig Stiteler Design, 77 Post Road Lane, Houston, TX 77056; 713/850-7788.
Interior design: Kara Adam, Kara Adam Interiors, 6611 Hillcrest Ave., Suite 310, Dallas, TX 75205; 214/234-0077, karaadaminteriors.com.
Builder: Jim Knutson, James A. Knutson Construction Inc., 6723 Lavinia Road N.E., Bemidji, MN 56601; 218/751-5323. OR 7626 Power Dam road N.E., Bemidji, MN 56601; 218/759-7255.
Landscape architect: Coen + Partners, 400 1st Ave. N., Suite 210, Minneapolis, MN 55401; 612/341-8070, coenpartners.com.