The Upstairs Kitchen

  • Rendering by Mary Maney, ASID
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Fabric from Pindler & Pindler
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Light fixture from Creative Lighting
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Light fixture from Creative Lighting
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Hardware from Pipeline supply
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Chair from Room & Board
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Rug from Legacy Looms
  • Photo By Becca Sabot
    Countertop from Cambria

“The built-in buffet cabinet to the left of the window is my favorite element. I love the way it tucks up under the sloped ceiling.”

~ Mary Maney, ASID

The Blessings’ home has a kitchen on the third floor, near the children’s bedrooms. Interior designer Mary Maney wanted to create a space that hints at the age of the house while feeling young, friendly, and homey.

Challenged by the small room with a sloped ceiling, two doorways, and the need to incorporate a full-size refrigerator, range, and microwave hood, Maney designed built-in cabinetry to make the most of the limited space. She painted the walls in a fresh blue to create an element of youthfulness and designed a coordinating Roman shade in a classic floral fabric.

In keeping with the vintage style of the room’s exposed radiator and aged wood floor, Maney designed a herringbone-patterned backsplash to complement the vintage-style white fireclay single bowl sink and porcelain-handled fixtures.

What We Love

Maney’s herringbone tile design, accented by the marble and stone mosaic.


All products from Gabberts:

  • Cabinetry by Eull Woodworks
  • Hardware by Top Knobs from Pipeline Supply
  • Countertops from Cambria
  • Table from Wood from the Hood
  • Appliances from Warners’ Stellian
  • Chairs from Room & Board
  • Flush mount light by Access Lighting, from Creative Lighting
  • Pendant light by Capital Lighting from Creative Lighting
  • Rug from Legacy Looms
  • Roman shade fabric by Pindler & Pindler
  • Roman shade created by Drapes by Janice
  • Backsplash tile by Royal Mosa from Rubble Tile
  • Sink and faucet by Rohl from Pipeline Supply

Meet the Designer


Mary Maney, ASID,
Crystal Kitchen Center,


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: 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: 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.