The Wine Cellar

  • Rendering by Rena Feldman and Kristen Veenstra
  • Photo by Becca Sabot
    Light fixture from The Collection on 5
  • Photo by Becca Sabot
    Flooring by Amtico from ProSource
  • Photo by Becca Sabot
    Chair Feldman and Veenstra were inspired by this chair from Room & Board
  • Photo by Becca Sabot
    Wall sconce from The Collection on 5
  • Photo by Becca Sabot
    Table from Restoration Hardware

“We love the abundance of old exposed brick and the natural barrel vault in the ceiling, as they marry perfectly with our more modern design features.”

~ Kristen Veenstra, Allied ASID

The Blessings, who share an appreciation for wine, wanted to create a space for displaying and sharing their collection with guests.

Interior designers Rena Feldman and Kristen Veenstra decided to eschew the traditional wine cellar look in favor of a rustic-modern look that blends perfectly with the room’s exposed brick and barrel vaulted ceiling, and other existing elements.

Challenged by a long, narrow floor plan, low ceilings, and uneven floors, Feldman and Veenstra designed a stunning wall with LED lights for storing and showcasing wine and illuminated the space with a chandelier and wall sconces. The result is a secret, speakeasy-style space that surprises and delights the Blessings’ guests.

What We Love

The unique wine wall, which functions both as storage and as a work of art.


  • Chair from Room & Board
  • Pillow fabric from AJ Maison
  • Side table from Andrew Martin
  • Bar table from Restoration Hardware
  • Chandelier by Visual Comfort, wall sconces by Troy Lighting, and LED lights by Diode, all from The Collection on Five
  • Flooring by Amtico from ProSource, installed by Above the Rest Floors and More/li>

Meet the Designers


Rena Feldman
Allied ASID
Inview Interior Design, 952-457-8023,


Kristen Veenstra
Allied ASID
The Woodshop of Avon, 952-927-8002,

The Blessing Family

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