2017 ASID Showcase Home


We are thrilled to be sponsoring the 2017 ASID Showcase Home again this year. This year’s home is located on Lake Minnetonka in beautiful Orono. Come visit this modern chateau to see how classic and modern styles blend with exciting 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 features 25 local designers who created extraordinary spaces including a grand foyer, great room with two-story fireplace, wine tasting room, movie theater, a children’s climbing wall, an indoor sports court, and so much more.

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Tickets can be found online here or purchased at the door for $10.

Please refer to the mspmag.com website for driving and parking directions for the home.

A Platform Bed and Built-in Night Stand Transform a Master Bedroom

We recently had an interesting request from a client that lives in a condo unit in downtown Minneapolis. They wanted to have built-in nightstands and upper cabinets to surround their bed as well as a new platform bed with hidden storage underneath it. We also added lots of LED lighting to the unit to make night time reading easier for them.

The client chose a Hard Rock Maple finish to match the cabinets in the rest of the condo. We made the side nightstands deeper to give enough space for their alarm clocks, phone chargers, and photos. The platform bed has 6 push to open drawers as well as a hidden compartment at the foot of the bed. An EcoResin panel, made with thatch fiber, was used to provide the finishing touch to bring the whole project together.

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A New Closet For Him Makes Space for Both in Wayzata

When a couple moved into a new home in Wayzata ran into one big problem. The master closet in the bedroom wouldn’t be big enough to fit both of their wardrobes in it. Luckily there was a guest room in the basement that wasn’t being used for anything and was the perfect candidate for a closet makeover. It was big enough to fit an  island and had ceiling tall enough to accommodate double hanging his extra tall shirts and pants. He also had lots of ties, belts, and watches that needed to be organized. Continue reading

6 Questions to Consider when Planning a Kitchen Pantry

1. Which way will the door open?

Custom Closet in Orono, MN

When in the planning stages its extremely important to think about accessibility and how you will enter your pantry. Sliding or barn doors will allow the most amount of space both inside and outside the pantry. Having an outward opening door will give the most amount space for shelves in the pantry but you’ll have to be sure you have enough clearance for the door to open. If you opt for an inward opening door just be mindful that you will lose some space inside the pantry to give the door enough clearance. Continue reading

Case Study: Garage Makeover in Minnetonka

Garages have become the catch-all storage place for the home. When something doesn’t have a place inside the home then it usually finds it’s way into the garage. Everything from tools and sports equipment, to memorabilia and off season clothes gets stored in the garage. With so much being stored in the garage its easy to become overwhelmed if you don’t have a sufficient storage solutions  for everything. A family in Minnetonka decided enough was enough and set out to remodel their entire garage. They contacted us to design, build, and install all new garage cabinets as well as Garage Floor Coating of Minnesota to have their concrete floor resurfaced and refinished. They also had new sheet rock put in to give the garage a more finished look. Continue reading

Traditional Style with a Twist: 2016 ASID Showcase Home

We were thrilled to work with Mpls/St. Paul Magazine and ASID MN Designers for this year’s ASID Showcase Home Tour. This is our 3rd year being a part of the ASID Showcase Home Tour and each year is a little different and each home brings exciting challenges with it. This year’s home is located in Edina on Knoll Drive South, right by the lovely Bredesen Park. Dario and Jeanne Anselmo live here with their three children. The Anselmo’s wanted their new home to have a traditional flavor but with a modern twist by using modern textiles, fabrics, and textures to liven up more traditional European style furniture. We worked with ASID designers Peggy Augustine and Teresa Antonneau of Augustine Interiors on the mudroom and every closet in the house to help the Anselmo’s achieve their goal.
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Case Study: Penthouse Closet in Bloomington Rises to the Occasion

What could be better than having gorgeous mile long views of the Minnesota Valley Wildlife Refuge? Why having a fully decked-out and organized closets to go along with it. When our clients asked us to design the closets for their gorgeous penthouse in Bloomington, they only had one stipulation. Make the closets as clean and beautiful as the view is. What would have normally been the master closet wasn’t big enough for both of their clothes, so they decided to use an extra room on the second floor as a second master closet for his clothes. The view from this second master closet is breath taking and we can imagine how incredible it must be to get changed every morning with a view like that. Continue reading

A Stylish Men’s Wardrobe in a Downtown Loft

With the amount of  old warehouses and factories being re-purposed as new condos and apartments downtown, especially in the north loop area, urban living has never been hotter. If you are moving into a newly renovated apartment or condo that use to be an old warehouse or factory there are some things to be aware of. Since these buildings weren’t used as residential buildings originally they will likely have minimal or even no closet space. The contractor renovating the building might have only added enough space for a reach-in closet in the bedroom. Continue reading

Transforming a Reach-in Closet to a Luxury Wardrobe

This customer was fed up with the closet in her master bedroom. Two medium sized reach-in closets with plain track sliding doors; it was time for a change. She wanted something that looked like it had belonged with the rest of the room and wanted those doors gone but there wasn’t any room to build a free standing wardrobe unit. It was decided that we would remove the existing doors and place the wardrobe unit inside the existing space in the closet. The client wanted to make sure the new unit blended in with the traditional style of the room so she selected her own oil rubbed bronze handles for the wardrobe.

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Before: the unflattering track sliding doors didn’t mesh with the rest of the room’s decor.

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After: The new unit blends in with the rest of the room and adds beautiful raised panel fronts to cover her clothes.

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After: To maximize hanging space the original hanging rod was left in place and a pass through was made between partitions.

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After: Fluted trim pieces were added to finish it off and make it seem like it had always been part of the room.

Awkward Angles Turn into Spacious Dressing Room – Eden Prairie


We recently completed a beautiful dressing room in Eden Prairie for a client that had recently purchased a beautiful new home in the Edenvale Highlands neighborhood. She wanted to create a spacious master suite complete with a large walk-in dressing room. The closet area was large but awkward angles and duct work for the floor below made utilizing the entire space a challenge. Our designer came up with a solution to hide the unsightly duct work beneath the hanging section and covered them up with full size shaker doors in an antique white finish. The awkward angled walls on the opposite side of the room had plenty of space to serve as shoe storage. Finally the client wanted a hutch unit with drawers to hold her jewelry collection. Continue reading