The Parlor & Powder Room

  • Rendering by Karen Soojian
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabric from Schumacher
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Light fixture from Southern Lights
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    New quay from Cambria
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    The way that artist Tristan Thiel translated Soojian’s modern Victorian vision into a custom dining table
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    A detail of the hand-painted ceiling by Crista Maree
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Settee by Julian Chichester

“It’s unusual to hear the words ‘Victorian’ and ‘fresh’ in the same sentence, yet in this modern, memorable space, they go together perfectly!”

~ Karen Soojian, ASID

When interior designer Karen Soojian first walked through the Showcase Home, she was enchanted by the opportunity to help the Blessings create their own family traditions. As she considered all the many facets of the Blessings’ busy life, Soojian reimagined the traditional parlor to serve a myriad of purposes.

She created a comfortable seating area where guests of the B&B can relax, and another, more intimate seating area near the fireplace for private conversations. A custom banquette and dining table on casters can be moved around as needed for afternoon tea parties, baby showers, cocktail parties, and other events.

Soojian selected a fresh, modern palette of whites and off-whites with splashes of aqua to imbue the room with light, while warm cognac and sienna tones retain the elegance and honor the storied history of the Blessings’ new home.

What We Love

The way that artist Tristan Thiel translated Soojian’s modern Victorian vision into a custom dining table.


  • Sofa by Patricia Edwards from AJ Maison
  • Settee by Julian Chichester from Tapis Décor
  • Ottoman by Belle Meade from Tapis Décor
  • Banquette by John Lester Ltd. from MillerRossum Ltd.
  • Dining table by Tristan Thiel
  • Occasional chairs by Dino Home Collection from Tapis Décor
  • Chandelier by Savoy House Lighting from Southern Lights
  • Lights and sconces by Murray Feiss from Southern Lights
  • Rugs from Legacy Looms
  • Sofa fabric by Schumacher
  • Drapery by Harlequin from AJ Maison
  • Banquette seat fabric by Brentano from Blended Blue and Zoffany from AJ Maison
  • Pillow fabrics by Zoffany from AJ Maison and Schumacher
  • Custom wall and ceiling finishes by Crista Maree
  • Tile from Rubble Tile
  • Countertops by Cambria
  • Cabinetry by Eull Woodworks
  • Window treatments by Seams-at-Home
  • Plumbing fixtures from Pipeline Supply
  • Antiques from HISTORIC Studio
  • Accessories from Tapis Decor and Frances King Ltd.
  • Fireplace from Twin City Fireplace & Stone Co.
  • Art and custom screen by Tom Harsevoort, framing by Art Resources

Meet the Designers


KSID Studio, LLC,

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: 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.