Outdoor living is and important part of Minnesota life. Whether we're warming up in the spring, sweating out the summer or cooling off in the fall, we Minnesotans take full advantage of our outdoor spaces. This was a space I designed for the MN ASID Home 2016. Each year the Minnesota chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers chooses one home to completely renovate. I have so enjoyed working on ASID Project Homes for the last three years and am excited to continue that work this year on the 2017 Home.
When you've got a den, take advantage of it! This family wanted to maintain the integrity of the original paneling in the room. In order to do that and update it a little, we went with a generally warm color palette and added a shock of warm blue to liven it up. We mimicked the Grecian fretwork on the fireplace in the pillows and window treatments and added more color to the walls with art work. An existing built in shelving unit on one wall added storage, function, and an opportunity to bring in a pop of warm color. Now this room is a warm, cozy den for this busy family to gather and be together.
Serenity is in the suds
Who needs a spa with bathrooms like these? This fabulous couple remodeled two bathrooms in their town home. They opted for neutral colors in the tile so that they could go with a little brighter wall color. The white vanities worked to brighten both bathrooms and really made the polished hardware shine.
a kitchen to handle the hustle and bustle
This was another complete remodel. They wanted the kitchen to fit into their traditional home but wanted to bring their kitchen into the modern era. In order to tie the kitchen in with the rest of the home, we carried the hardwood flooring into the kitchen from the dining room. Before the remodel, the two rooms felt very separate. The dining room was warm and inviting, while the kitchen had white cabinets, light flooring, light counter tops, everything seemed so sterile by comparison. This client really wanted to warm up the space and the wood cabinetry was the perfect answer. They opted for shaker cabinets that go up to the ceiling and simple trim around the top to update the warmer palette. The patterned mosaic tile on the back splash and modern hardware worked to make this into a perfectly transitional kitchen.
dinner for two or ten
This young family wanted to celebrate their old home and tame the darkness of their original dining room. The original woodwork was drowned out by dark colors and while they wanted it to be an interesting room, they were at a loss. The patterned walls allowed for big intrigue with a small color foot print. The table and new chairs are in sync with all the original details of the room but bring it up to date for this busy clan.
a room that is the view
Welcome home, Weston. With a foot print this small and architecture so big, a lot of fun was had while designing this room. This family had a very modern style in a Victorian home and was anxious to find some middle ground. A playful, transitional theme was adopted with nods to time gone by in the artwork and custom built in cabinetry around the window that hide the original radiators. Smaller accessories also harkened back to the days of yesteryear while other pieces came straight from the modern era. The lofted bed was requested by Weston and allowed for more play area. The striped walls also helped to make this room feel larger. This is definitely a room we could grow into!
Corners can be tricky spaces in kitchens. There are a multitude of solutions but in this case we opted for a cool corner drawer. It maximizes space while keeping everything at hand. There is nothing worse than losing a lid or a bowl in the back of a corner cabinet! This kitchen doubled as a mudroom and one complaint was that it was difficult getting coats and boots off with such a small entry at the back door. Storage was built in to make coming and going a little easier.