2013 ASID Showcase House
Built in the 1880’s and located in the Cathedral Hill District of St. Paul, MN, the design goal for the kitchen and butler’s pantry in this historic home was to both honor the past as well as create a space that is functional, offering all the modern conveniences for this busy young couple and their family.
- To honor the history of the home, we installed custom cabinetry featuring inset doors and drawers with style and rail construction, bracket feet, bin pull hardware, seeded glass, and crown molding details.
- Modern touches include state of the art appliances, solid surface countertops and updated lighting options that have a vintage appearance – but with a modern chrome finish.
- The tile backsplash over the sink combines classic white subway tiles with a beautiful arabesque inlay. The arabesque motif is repeated in the ceiling detail and valance fabric. This motif was inspired by ceiling molding found in what is believed to be the original dining room space elsewhere in the home.
It is no coincidence that the accessories, dishes and artwork feature peacocks. By the late 1800’s the use of peacocks in design was becoming more popular throughout Western Europe to the United States. Peacocks were incorporated into fabrics for furniture as well as accessories. Often acting as symbols of wealth and beauty, it’s no wonder why they were popular within the Victorian era.
“After” photos by Page Photography