The Living Room

  • Rendering by Charlene Ackley
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fireplace surround from Cambria
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabrics from Kravet and Baker Knapp & Tubbs
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabrics from Kravet and Baker Knapp & Tubbs
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabric sample from Hancock & Moore
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Grasscloth wallcovering from Kravet
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Gandt table from Baker Knapp & Tubbs

“I loved designing the fireplace, because it honors the history of the home, and brings such warmth and coziness to the room.”

~ Charlene Ackley, Allied ASID

In a grand house that does double duty as a family home and a B&B, the Blessings’ private living room offers a place for relaxing, watching TV, and entertaining close friends and family.

As interior designer Charlene Ackley was designing the space, she wanted to balance comfort and formality, creating a sense of warmth while giving the room a crisp, clean look. Using a sophisticated palette of caramel brown, light blue, cream, and tan, Ackley combined an array of textures and patterns with a selection of furnishings from Baker Knapp & Tubbs that play well with the room’s woodwork.

She also designed a fireplace with a custom mantel built by A-Squared Design/Build/ Remodel and a Cambria surround, accented by a copper medallion and Venetian plaster by decorative painter Stephany Eaton.


What We Love

The incredible selection of furniture from Baker Knapp & Tubbs that Ackley curated!



All products from Gabberts:

  • Ceiling light fixture by Crystorama from Filament Lighting
  • Drapery fabric by Kravet
  • Roman shade fabric by Kravet, made by Changing Scenes By Marcene
  • Wallcovering by Kravet, installed by Julie Fisher of Hang It Up Paperhanging
  • Window hardware by The Finial Company from Window Wares
  • Fireplace by Mendota Fireplace from Twin City Fireplace & Stone Co.
  • Fireplace surround by Cambria
  • Furniture by Michael S. Smith, Baker Upholstery, Laura Kirar Collection, Thomas Pheasant Collection, Hancock & Moore, and the Barbara Barry Collection, all from Baker, Knapp & Tubbs
  • Art from Griffin Gallery
  • Decorative finishes by Stephany Eaton, Painted Ambiance
  • Area rug from Legacy Looms

Meet the Designers


Charlene Ackley
Allied ASID
Charlene Ackley 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: 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.