Interior Design Students Work on Mpls.St.Paul Magazine Showcase Home

Fourth bedroom of Lake Minnetonka chateau
Fourth bedroom of Lake Minnetonka chateau

Project features complete design of Lake Minnetonka chateau bedroom

Students in the Interior Design program at Dakota County Technical College are gaining notice for their work on this year’s Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home Tour. Organized by the American Society of Interior Designers Minnesota (ASID MN), the tour features a “breathtaking chateau on Lake Minnetonka.”

Anne Farniok

Anne Farniok

Led by their instructor, Anne Farniok, five interior design students created the entire design for the home’s fourth bedroom. Page 70 of the magazine’s October issue features Anne and her students: Christine Lapean, Robynne Johnson, Deb Soderman, Katie Chamberlin and Olivia Cicha.

The design project was built into the Interior Design program’s Residential Studio class curriculum. DCTC students work on real-world design projects every year, but this project gave them the opportunity to work on a well-publicized residence with real clients and a real budget.

Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID MN Showcase Home Tour

Step inside this modern chateau to see how classic style blends with unexpected design surprises during the annual Mpls.St.Paul Magazine ASID Showcase Home Tour built by John Kraemer & Sons. With stunning views of Lake Minnetonka, this 13,000-square-foot home spotlights 25 local designers who created extraordinary spaces, including:

  • Grand foyer
  • Great room with two-story fireplace
  • Wine-tasting room
  • Movie theater
  • Children’s climbing wall
  • Indoor sport court
  • And much more…

The home will be open for tours October 21–November 12, 2017

General Tours: Thursday–Sunday

Culinary Evenings: October 23, 2017 (sold out), October 30 and November 6

Wine + Design Nights: October 25 and November 1

Ladies Night Out: November 9



Please note: No parking at the home this year. All guests must utilize the tour’s shuttle service. Guests can park at Lord Fletcher’s and take a complimentary three-minute shuttle to the home. The shuttle will run for the general tour and all special events, excluding Culinary Evenings.

Chateau on Lake Minnetonka

Photographs by Caitlin Abrams

Anne Farniok and her students are serving as tour guides. The event is a fundraiser for Smile Network and ASID Minnesota. The entire staging was done through Hope Chest for Breast Cancer, a Minnesota-based charity that sells used furnishings with locations in Orono and Bloomington.

More about Interior Design at DCTC…

The award-winning program is a challenging course of study that prepares you to launch a career in the exciting and dynamic profession of interior design. Emphasis is placed on acquiring the hands-on knowledge and skills to design functional and aesthetically engaging environments. The curriculum is architecturally based and explores spatial design and its embellishment.

All aspects of space—scale, proportion, configuration and lighting as well as textures, materials and color—are studied in relation to their effect on human well-being. Technical skills are achieved in the latest computer-aided design (CAD), building information management (BIM) software, and 3D visualization and graphics. Current software includes: AutoCAD, Revit, SketchUp and 20/20 as well as Adobe Photoshop and InDesign. These skills allow you to produce professional presentations and construction documents.

You will work closely with other students in small groups along with your instructors and industry practitioners on projects that develop in size and complexity. Service-learning and inter-disciplinary projects provide a real-world experience.

As a graduate, you will leave the program with a solid technical foundation and have the skills to collaborate with fellow professionals and deliver sustainable interior environments matched to the specific needs of your clients. You will also have the option to transfer your Interior Design credits to a four–year university.

The Interior Design program is accredited by the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA).

To learn more about the Interior Design program at DCTC, contact:

Anne Farniok, CID, LEED AP
Interior Design Faculty

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