The Library Suite

  • Rendering by Sarah Leahy
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Dragon's Breath
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Light Fixture from Tapis Decor
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Faux Fur Throw from Design Professionals
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Emerson et Cie Daybed from Francis King Ltd.
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Statues from Zachary Ltd.
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Lamp from Tapis Decor
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fireplace Surround from Cambria in Laneshaw

“The palpable quietude and refined presence of each element are memorable components of Twist Interior Design’s work.”

~ Sandy LAMendola, ASID

For the library suite, interior designers Sandy LaMendola and Sarah Leahy created a serene, mysterious, and ethereal retreat. Inspired by a vision of guests enjoying music, literature, and other relaxing intellectual pursuits against an intriguing and beautiful backdrop, the designers developed an array of powerful visual elements that speak with a quiet aes-thetic voice.

When an absence of sufficient original bathroom tile challenged the designers’ vision, LaMendola and Leahy collaborated with homeowners Andy and Whitney Blessing to develop a thoughtful solution.

By combining clean forms with exquisite aged finishes, the designers highlighted the material and spirit combinations of the space to blur the distinction between past and present to create a one-of-a-kind experience for the Blessings’ guests.

What We Love

The distinctive mix of comfortable furniture, beautiful lamps, and unique accessories.


  • Daybed by Emerson et Cie from Francis King Ltd.
  • Side table from Hickory Chair
  • Accent table, chairs and ottoman, console, custom lamp, closet light, and hammock, all by designer
  • Accent table by J. Alexander from AJ Maison
  • Accent table by Century from Design Professionals
  • Statues by Unique Stone from Zachary Ltd.
  • Lamp and chandelier by Bradley-Hughes from Tapis Décor
  • Mirror by Glass Art Design and Nash Frame Design
  • Bookcase by Millcreek
  • Iron vanity by Architectural Iron
  • Rugs from Legacy Looms
  • Art by Bradley-Hughes from Tapis Décor
  • Sconces by Robert Abbey from Lappin Lighting
  • Decorative finishes by Aurora Decorative Finishes and 3D Interiors
  • Rice bin by Patio from C.W. Smith
  • Bamboo ladder from Indigo
  • Countertops by Cambria
  • Cabinetry by Eull Woodworks
  • Hardware from Pipeline Supply
  • Tile from Rubble Tile
  • Fireplace from Twin City Fireplace & Stone Co.

Meet the Designers


Sandy LaMendola
Twist Interior Design, 612-338-1588,


Sarah Leahy
Twist Interior Design, 612-338-1588,

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: 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: 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.