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Coffee shop and bakery owner Greg Martin kept baker’s hours to whip this chimerical Minneapolis building into a modern confection.

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  Despite the drastic changes within, the exterior of Martin’s home has remained intact throughout the years.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    Despite the drastic changes within, the exterior of Martin’s home has remained intact throughout the years.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  A few carefully chosen furnishings punctuate the light-filled living area that sits adjacent to the kitchen, like Buttercup Chairs by Blu Dot, a lightbox and screen print by artist John Vogt, and a kelly green vintage couch.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    A few carefully chosen furnishings punctuate the light-filled living area that sits adjacent to the kitchen, like Buttercup Chairs by Blu Dot, a lightbox and screen print by artist John Vogt, and a kelly green vintage couch.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  One of three separate seating areas.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    One of three separate seating areas.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  The kitchen and dining area is furnished with a salvaged timber table designed by Matt Eastvold, white Panton chairs, and a Glo Ball pendant lamp.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    The kitchen and dining area is furnished with a salvaged timber table designed by Matt Eastvold, white Panton chairs, and a Glo Ball pendant lamp.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  Martin and daughter, Eve, whip up a chocolate cake.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    Martin and daughter, Eve, whip up a chocolate cake.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  In a portion of the living area, a graphic screen print by John Vogt hangs next to a Buttercup Chair by Blu Dot.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    In a portion of the living area, a graphic screen print by John Vogt hangs next to a Buttercup Chair by Blu Dot.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  The bedroom is decorated minimally by another Vogt screenprint, and a strand of green Algue.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    The bedroom is decorated minimally by another Vogt screenprint, and a strand of green Algue.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  The master bathroom departs from the cool tones used throughout the house in favor of warmer, neutral-toned marble tiling, which wraps around a large soaking tub.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    The master bathroom departs from the cool tones used throughout the house in favor of warmer, neutral-toned marble tiling, which wraps around a large soaking tub.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  Eve works at the desk in her double-height bedroom. Vogt’s mythically aquatic-themed mural reflects both the taste of a young girl and the pared-back aesthetic of any modern enthusiast.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    Eve works at the desk in her double-height bedroom. Vogt’s mythically aquatic-themed mural reflects both the taste of a young girl and the pared-back aesthetic of any modern enthusiast.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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  White Algue, a web-like plastic hanging element conceived by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, breaks up the living space without taking away from the open feel of the room, while idiosyncrasies like exposed piping and polished cement floors add texture.  Photo by: Cameron Wittig
    White Algue, a web-like plastic hanging element conceived by Ronan & Erwan Bouroullec, breaks up the living space without taking away from the open feel of the room, while idiosyncrasies like exposed piping and polished cement floors add texture.

    Photo by: Cameron Wittig

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