Organic Conversion

Tue 10 2008

This owner’s bathroom went from lackluster to wow in Lori Jo Krengel’s hands. Working within the construction restrictions of a Minneapolis high-rise condominium, she kept the vanity and toilet in place, and replaced the tub with a walk-in shower. Modern clean lines contrast with the deep, organic hues of the stone and wood to give the new bath its masculine, yet sleek aesthetic. Lori Jo Krengel 

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Sunnyside Up

Tue 10 2008

Can’t you just see yourself enjoying a cup of tea in this cheery Minneapolis kitchen? We could. Designer Susan Palmquist added more than bright white cabinets, subway tiles, and green granite counters. She improved the room’s flow and added new windows in the dinette cove to center the table and flood it with natural light. Compared with the dingy, disorganized room it replaced, this remodeled kitchen is truly transformed. Susan Palmquist

Serene Scene

Tue 10 2008

Everyone, even a newlywed, appreciates personal space. This includes a couple in St. Paul that asked Paul Knutson to create more elbowroom in their compact 1939 bath. The compact, flat-topped sink and toilet provide additional surface areas. Italian wall tiles with vertical accents add height, while mirrored cabinet doors project light and spaciousness. A glass-block window over the new soaking tub invites dappled, natural light into the space. The result is streamlined and spa-like. Paul Knutson

Belle Kitchen

Tue 10 2008

This project turned a 100-year-old basement into a lower-level entertainment area. To make the space inviting, the designer integrated glazed cherry throughout, including an “entrance” of clad archways and glass built-ins. A simple kitchenette allows guests to help themselves and supports a nearby outdoor kitchen and patio. Tricia Bayer

Swapping Success

Tue 10 2008

Rebecca Lindquist preserved the best of this 1917 owners’ bathroom, new Carrera marble-topped vanity, with cheery glass knobs and polished chrome finishes. An under-utilized linen closet was replaced with more period-style custom built-ins. Lindquist did away with the uninspired shower for a marble steam version with partial glass walls, and added classic mosaic tiles in a windmill pattern to the floor. Underneath, luxurious in-floor radiant heat more than compensates for the missing radiator. Rebecca Lindquist

Mastery in the Mix

Tue 10 2008

For Lynne Stryker, designing this vibrant kitchen was like reconfiguring puzzle pieces to create a smarter, more beautiful fit. Tucked at the back of a lovely Art Deco-inspired home, the old kitchen was terribly cramped. A lively mix of materials, including chunky stainless steel shelving and frosted-glass cabinet doors, keeps things interesting. Horizontal elements in the upper cabinets, sleek hardware, and a mesmerizing blue glass-tile backsplash add glossy movement and a linear effect to the room. Lynne Stryker

White Magic

Tue 10 2008

Very homeowner deserves a kitchen that prompts a smile. But with multiple doorways, minimal lighting, and outdated cabinetry, this Minneapolis kitchen mostly evoked traffic headaches. Several minor yet effective changes allowed Susan Palmquist to conquer the homeowner’s lengthy wish list. By eliminating a doorway and relocating a broom closet, she increased kitchen space and streamlined movement through the room. The white-on-white color scheme also provides a clean visual canvas for the owner, a budding artist and designer. Red appliances and accents give her kitchen its bold strokes. Says the homeowner with a smile, “I love my new kitchen!”Susan Palmquist