The Laundry/Craft Room

  • Rendering by Ariel Rice
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabric from Traditions Classic Home Furnishings
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Lighting from Creative Lighting
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Faucet by Rohl, from Pipeline Supply
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Hardware by Rohl, from Pipeline Supply
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Hardware by Rohl, from Pipeline Supply
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Design Transformation
    Here’s what the laundry/craft room looked like before Sheikh worked her magic!

“Your laundry room doesn’t have to be boring. Even a small, awkwardly shaped space can become a fun and functional room.”

~ Kristen Sheikh, ASID, IIDA

Homeowner Whitney Blessing wanted a room for doing laundry, crafting, sewing, and managing the myriad tasks required to run the family’s B&B. Interior designer Kristen Sheikh envisioned a fresh, youthful space with a little bit of quirkiness to help inspire creativity.

Challenged by the small room with three angled walls, Sheikh embraced the uniqueness of the space and its fantastic window feature. She designed a laundry zone, a craft/sewing zone, and a zone with access to the roof, and selected durable, long-lasting finishes that perform well in wet environments.

She painted the cabinets white, the walls in a luminous gray, and accented the pipes in black, and commissioned decorative painter Crista Maree to create a one-of-a-kind hand-painted floor.

What We Love

The hand-painted floor. It packs a quirky visual punch, yet it’s durable enough for the hardworking environment.


All products from Gabberts:

  • Track lighting by WAC lighting from Creative Lighting
  • Inspiration board fabric by Lillian August from Traditions Classic Home Furnishings
  • Laundry sink hardware by Rohl from Pipeline Supply
  • Cabinet hardware by Amerock
  • Decorative finishes by Crista Maree
  • Countertops by Cambria
  • Appliances from Warners’ Stellian

Meet the Designer


Kristen Sheikh, ASID, IIDA
Bruit de la Mode,


The Blessing Family

Blessings on Cathedral Hill

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

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The Front Porch

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

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

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Parlor & Powder Room

The Parlor & Powder Room

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Dining Room

The Dining Room

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Farrington Suite

The Farrington Suite

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

The Powder Room, Hallways & Stairs

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Kitchen

The Kitchen

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The Breakfast Room & Mudroom

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

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The Living Room

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2013 ASID Showcase Home: Cathedral Suite

The Cathedral Suite

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The Library Suite

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

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The Storybook Suite

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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: 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.

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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

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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.