The Cathedral Suite

  • Rendering by Megan Doman
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    The vintage dresser, which Creswell transformed with a fresh coat of soft gray paint.
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Chandelier from francis King Ltd.
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Rug from Legacy Looms
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Tile from Rubble Tile
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Wallcovering from Blended Blue
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    The framed piece of wallpaper behind the bed, inspired by an Italian love letter written in 1904. Creswell loves the way the sentences flow in two directions to create a trellis of graceful pen strokes.
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Chandelier from Francis King Ltd.

“With views of the St. Paul Cathedral, this elegant B&B suite is a perfect place to sit and enjoy a cup of coffee or relax with a book.”

~ Desi Creswell, ASID

For the cathedral suite, interior designer Desi Creswell wanted the space to feel bright, inviting, and luxurious. To complement the room’s original tile around the fireplace, Creswell developed a color palette centered around a soft sage green, accented with light neutral colors.

She selected a wallcovering by Innovations with a bit of shimmer to help reflect the natural light that pours through the leaded glass windows and painted the moldings a crisp white to keep the space looking fresh. Creswell chose a carved mahogany headboard for the bed, a chandelier with graceful, sweeping curves, and silken fabric for the drapes to add a sense of luxury.

To provide B&B guests with a sense of the room’s historic past, Creswell fitted the bathroom with classic subway tile, and furnished the sitting area with a repurposed dresser, a tailored chair, and an accent table.


What We Love

The vintage dresser, which Creswell transformed with a fresh coat of soft gray paint.


All products from Gabberts:

  • Bed frame by Century Furniture from Design Professionals
  • Mattress from Today’s Beds
  • Nightstand from Pottery Barn
  • Chair and bench from Hickory Chair
  • Accent table by Gabby Home from Zachary Ltd.
  • Chandelier by Currey & Co. from Francis King Ltd.
  • Bath sconces from Restoration Hardware
  • Area rug by Legacy Looms
  • Bedding by Home Treasures from Scherping Westphal
  • Main wallcovering by Innovations from Blended Blue
  • Accent wallcovering by Weitzner from Blended Blue
  • Window treatments by Quality Custom Interiors
  • Hardware by Iron Art by Orion
  • Accessories from Francis King Ltd. and Zachary Ltd.
  • Dresser from The Cottage House/Desi Interior Design
  • Custom accent pillows by Desi Interior Design
  • Hardware from Pipeline Supply
  • Tile from Rubble Tile
  • Countertops by Cambria
  • Cabinetry by Eull Woodworks

Meet the Designers


Desi Creswell ASID
Allied ASID
Desi 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: Foyer, Grand Staircase & Snuggery

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

First impressions count. Walk into this stunning entrance by Codie Donahue Interior Design.

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: 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.