The Front Porch

  • Rendering by Jill Cloutier
  • Fabric from Beacon Hill and Stroheim
  • Fabric from Beacon Hill and Stroheim
  • Metal finish by Brown Jordan
  • Trim from Lane Venture
  • Fabric from Fabricut
  • Teal yarn from Delos

“We invite Showcase Home guests to come in, sit down, relax, and enjoy the view of the cathedral and the park.”

~ Heidi Dockter, Allied ASID

Homeowners Andy and Whitney Blessing love their front porch because it connects them to the courtyard, the neighborhood, and the outdoors.

Interior designers Heidi Dockter, Christine Sutphen, Karlene Hunter Baum, and Lauradeen Potretzke wanted to create a space that welcomes guests, invites them to linger over a cup of coffee or a glass of wine, and reflects the grandeur of a lovely old mansion. Challenged by unsightly metal support posts behind the original wooden columns, the designers camouflaged the posts with flowing panels of fabric.

Using comfortable furnishings appropriate to the period of the home, they created a visual focal point with an imposing display cabinet and designed an array of seating options. To add architectural interest, the designers hung large-scale lanterns to illuminate the porch and create a gracious welcome.

What We Love

The inviting, soothing, and restorative color palette of robin’s egg blue, crème, and latte.


All products from Gabberts:

  • Sofa, rockers, and lounge chairs by Lane Venture
  • Italian sideboard, wall display, bench, door chest, drop leaf table, and side table by Guildmaster
  • Bistro table and armchairs by Brown Jordan
  • Tea table by Lexington
  • Lanterns by World Imports
  • Outdoor rug by Delos
  • Accessories by John Richards, IMAX, Allstate Floral, K&K Interiors, Gerson, Urban Trends, Park Hill, Jeanne Reeds, Go Home, Barreveld, and Guildmaster

Meet the Designers


Heidi Dockter
Allied ASID
Gabberts, 952-927-1578,


Christine Sutphen
Gabberts, 952-927-1538,


Karlene Hunter Baum
Allied ASID
Gabberts, 952-927-1562,


Lauradeen Potretzke
Allied ASID
Gabberts, 952-836-2876,

The Blessing Family

Blessings on Cathedral Hill

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

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: 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.