The B&B Foyer, Grand Staircase, Snuggery & Hallway

  • Rendering by Melissa Monroe
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Roman shade fabric From Robert Allen
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Staircase runner from Louis A. Dabbieri
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Light fixture from Filament Lighting
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    The spectacular Thibaut wallcovering from AJ Maison. When Donahue saw it, she instantly knew she’d found the perfect pattern for the space.
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Light fixture by Crystorama, from Filament Lighting
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Light fixture by Crystorama, from Filament Lighting
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Foyer floor tile from Rubble Tile

“Getting the design right for the arrival area of the home is critical. First impressions count today as much as they did in the 19th century!”

~ Codie Donahue, ALLied ASID

When interior designer Codie Donahue was researching Victorian design traditions, she realized that comfort was often secondary to design. Fortunately, times have changed, and for Donahue, comfort is as important as great design. For the foyer of the Blessings’ B&B, the grand staircase, the snuggery, and the hallways, the designer updated the spaces with a fresh color palette and modern comfort and functionality, while paying homage to the Victorian character and charm of the home. Donahue selected a wallcovering with a dramatic, large-scale damask pattern that harkens back to the 19th century and carefully arranged a selection of period antiques. To illuminate the spaces, Donahue found crystal light fixtures and chandeliers that soften the abundant woodwork and add an element of romance to the B&B experience.


  • Light fixtures and chandeliers by Crystorama from Filament Lighting
  • Stair runner by Louis A. Dabbieri from INTERSOURCE
  • Roman shade fabric by Robert Allen from Hoffsommer et Cie
  • Wallcovering by Thibaut from AJ Maison
  • Decorative paint finishes by Crista Maree
  • Custom upholstery by JP Furniture
  • Custom soft furnishing by Home Beautiful
  • Furniture and accessories from Francis King Ltd.
  • Wallcovering installed by Hokr Painting
  • Chair and pillow fabrics by Kravet
  • Tile from Rubble Tile

Meet the Designers


Allied ASID
Codie Donahue Interior Design,

The Blessing Family

Blessings on Cathedral Hill

How one young family turned a grand old house into a Showcase Home.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Porch

The Front Porch

Come in, relax, and enjoy the spectacular view from the front porch, designed by Gabberts.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Parlor & Powder Room

The Parlor & Powder Room

A fresh and flexible parlor is a modern update on the Victorian space.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Dining Room

The Dining Room

Bonnie Birnbaum and Keri Olson strike a balance of traditional and contemporary styles in the dining room.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Farrington Suite

The Farrington Suite

Angela Parker transforms the historic B&B room into an accessible, refined suite.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Powder Room, Hallways, & Stairs

The Powder Room, Hallways & Stairs

A sense of continuation spans three levels of rooms decorated by Becky Kohout.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Kitchen

The Kitchen

Functional was the key idea for kitchen designers Sheree Vincent and Letitia Little.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Breakfast Room & Mudroom

The Breakfast Room & Mudroom

Designers from Indicia elevate the hardest working spaces in the home.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Living Room

The Living Room

Cozy and warm, the Charlene Ackley-designed living room is a welcoming retreat from the B&B.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Cathedral Suite

The Cathedral Suite

A bright, inviting, and luxurious suite by Desi Interior Design is a treat for guests of the B&B.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Library Suite

The Library Suite

Twist Interior Design takes on the library suite, creating an intriguing backdrop for intellectual pursuits.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Storybook Suite

The Storybook Suite

Tailored bedding provides a custom touch to one of the B&B's suites, created by Designs By Martina and Brooke Voss Design.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Master Sitting Room

The Master Sitting Room

A serene and sumptuous prelude to the master bedroom is the creation of Linda Gerace-Skinner.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Master Suite

The Master Suite

The Blessings' bedroom gets an organic and geometric union of elements by Kimberly Herrick.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Children's Bathroom

The Children's Bathroom

A bathroom full of whimsy and character arose from the partnership of Lori Handberg and Diane Lumpkin.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Upstairs Kitchen

The Upstairs Kitchen

The homey effect from a sloped ceiling is extended through vintage-style decor by Mary Maney.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Laundry/Craft Room

The Laundry/Craft Room

“Your laundry room doesn’t have to be boring." Kristen Sheikh designs a fun and funky task room.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Freya's Bedroom

Freya's Bedroom

Jodi Mellin and Katie Radcliffe mix sophisticated colors, fabrics, and textures for a one-of-a-kind baby room.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Family Room

The Family Room

The family room becomes a private retreat with intriguing angled ceilings, designed by Ethan Allen.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Weston's Bedroom

Weston's Bedroom

Earth tones and some fun fox fabric by Rob Edman and Laura Engen welcome young Weston to his room.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Gwyneth's Bedroom

Gwyneth's Bedroom

A sweet space for the Blessings' oldest daughter (and an amazing view), designed by Katie Lewis and Angie Picotte.

2013 ASID Showcase Home: Wine Cellar

The Wine Cellar

The wine cellar becomes a place for tasting and drinking thanks to Rena Feldman and Kristen Veenstra.

Andrew Nelson, Andy Blessing

Meet the Showcase Home Builders

The master carpenters behind the scenes of the 2013 ASID Showcase Home.

What the Designers Say

What the Designers Say

Get the behind-the-scenes scoop from the designers who worked on this year's Showcase Home.

Cambria stone

Get to Know Cambria

The longtime sponsor of the ASID MN Showcase Home are a perfect fit for the program.

Junior League of Saint Paul and Cathedral Hill Montessori School

Room for Giving

The Junior League of St. Paul and the Cathedral Hill Montessori School are community partners of the ASID MN Showcase Home.