July 24, 2024

The 2023 ASID MN Interior Design Awards

The 2023 ASID MN Interior Design Awards
The 2023 ASID MN Interior Design Awards
Design by Lucy Interiors

Photo by Spacecrafting

Interior design begins with a dialogue, one where designers’ curiosity piques and prods to get to the bottom of their clients’ deepest needs, values, and desires. The American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) local association members consistently engage in these critical conversations, devising innovative plans that surpass client expectations by thinking two steps ahead: How will the client inhabit and interact with this space? How will they infuse it with their own essence, creating moments of joy and laughter within its walls? The designers featured on the following pages both asked and answered with award-winning projects that speak for themselves. Here, we get up close and personal with the 25 first-place projects of the ASID MN’s 2023 design competition.

Commercial Institutional + Best in Show, Commercial

Project Name: University Blues
Firm: PureAlchemy Design
Designer: Stephany Eaton, ASID

Designer’s Note: This renovation of a university-owned student apartment
complex exemplifies smart design solutions that elevate the student living experience without breaking the bank. One of the key challenges was updating the tired oak doors and base without a complete overhaul. To address this, a hybrid flooring material was used to seamlessly blend with the existing trim, creating a cohesive look throughout the complex. Meanwhile, the lobby was transformed into a welcoming space with a striking deep-blue wall and clean architectural elements, establishing a strong design statement. Durable materials were selected for high-traffic areas, ensuring longevity and easy maintenance. The final product is a modern, well-maintained space that meets both design and budget goals, pleasing residents and management alike.

Commercial Corporate (small) (15,000 square feet and under)

Project Name: Chippewa Valley Contemporary HQ
Firm: Shelter Architecture
Designers: Jackie Millea, ASID; Lisa Antenucci, Allied ASID; Jackie Colpaert, Allied ASID; Kersten Decker, Allied ASID; Piper Donlin, Allied ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: When a commercial client decided to trade their suburban office for a vibrant, walkable locale, they knew their team needed more than just a change of scenery. The vision? A space that not only welcomed employees and clients but also nurtured well-being and community ties. The design team rose to the challenge, crafting a lounge reminiscent of a cozy coffee shop, seamlessly blending indoor and outdoor elements with a touch of biophilic design. Natural materials, abundant sunlight, and picturesque outdoor views were strategically incorporated to create a serene, health-focused workspace. The result is a dynamic, culturally rich office space that not only meets but also exceeds expectations—fostering a happier, more connected workforce.

Commercial Retail

Project Name: Radiant Boho
Firm: Shelter Architecture
Designers: Jackie Millea, ASID; Lisa Antenucci, Allied ASID; Jackie Colpaert, Allied ASID; Kersten Decker, Allied ASID; Piper Donlin, Allied ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: A jewelry maker turned business owner sought a shop design that could accommodate growth and reflect her warm, neutral aesthetic. The concept centered on organic materials and sunlight, incorporating arched and circular shapes inspired by nature. Opening the floor plan and adding transom windows flooded the space with natural light, creating a sense of airiness. Custom elements like the peach-hue tile (made from tile waste) and a unique semicircle door handle (reminiscent of the sun) add character. The design team ensured the project met budget and code requirements by collaborating with local vendors and retrofitting the building, reducing costs and the carbon footprint significantly.

Residential Bathroom (150 square feet and under)

Project Name: Plaisance Bath
Firm: Kate Roos Design
Designers: Kate Roos, ASID, and team

Designers’ Note: The renovation of the second-floor bathroom in this 1916 home is a project that combined functionality with classic style. Designed to accommodate the client’s teenagers and occasional guests, the project culiminated in a space that provides privacy while maintaining the home’s aesthetic. Challenges such as working around original windows and staying within the existing footprint were met with creative solutions. Tempered glass sashes were added to preserve the windows, nearby closets were incorporated for storage, and separate toilet and shower rooms were created. A frosted glass door maintains light and openness, while special features like the large soaking tub, handmade hex tile floor, and Schumacher’s Citrus Garden wallpaper add practicality and style to the space.

Residential Bathroom (151 square feet and over)

Project Name: Woodland Oasis
Firm: LiLu Interiors
Designers: Lisa Peck, ASID; Laura Shikowsky, Allied ASID

Photo by Chad Holder

Designers’ Note: The renovation of the clients’ secluded home, designed as a sanctuary from their demanding work life, focused on updating the primary bathroom to create a warm, intimate, and serene space. With the goal of daily stress relief in mind, the clients desired various amenities and a seamless connection to the home’s surrounding nature. The design challenge was to achieve intimacy without major structural changes. Solutions included creating a small laundry zone and large linen cabinet to reduce the cavernous feeling, using warm tones and textured materials, and optimizing lighting for both task and ambient purposes. The final product is a cozy, serene bathroom that offers a peaceful retreat and connection to the natural surroundings— providing the clients with a much-needed respite from their busy schedule.

Residential Bedroom Suite

Project Name: Inspired by View
Firm: David Heide Design Studio
Designer: David Heide, ASID

Photo by Rich Michell

Designer’s Note: The transformation of this family cabin’s ’90s-style primary suite into a contemporary, yet woodsy retreat—inspired by its scenic surroundings—presented several challenges. Despite restrictions on structural changes and plumbing locations, the space was renewed through furniture and fixture reorientation, as well as material upgrades. One key challenge was determining bed placement for a view of the lake, solved by positioning the bed in the room’s center and designing a custom walnut headboard with integrated features. Horizontal design elements throughout the room contrast with the vertical forest view, avoiding cliche cabin aesthetics. The tranquil bathroom features oak and Japanese mosaic tile, with a sleek soaking tub and custom solutions for functional and aesthetic enhancement—all of which contribute to a peaceful, nature-connected experience.

Residential Kitchen (250 square feet and under)

Project Name: Connecting Nature to the Modern World
Firm: Habitation Design
Designer: Karl Peltier, Associate ASID

Photo by Ryan Stadler

Designer’s Note: The homeowners of this 1972 midcentury modern home in Bloomington have spent the last five years transforming it into a unique, current-day oasis for their growing family. The goal was to retain the home’s original charm while updating it for functionality. They started by redesigning the kitchen (initially hidden behind a large wall) to be open and functional, incorporating warm walnut tones and modern features. They also expanded their living space by removing a leaking solarium. The new design incorporates architectural lighting and design elements that pay homage to the home’s midcentury roots—resulting in a space that blends modern convenience with its original character.

Residential Kitchen (251-400 square feet) + Best in Show, Kitchen & Bath

Project Name: Nicollet Kitchen
Firms: Kate Roos Design & Partners 4, Design
Designers: Kate Roos, ASID; Nicole Sirek, Allied ASID

Designers’ Note: This riverside property underwent a remarkable transformation to enhance its views and modernize the interior while maintaining a soft, feminine sensibility. The design focused on opening the heart of the home to the living area, transforming both the kitchen and flooring while blending modern elements with warm tones. Challenges included addressing existing mechanicals, creating a defined kitchen layout, and achieving symmetry in an asymmetrical space. The accompanying solutions ran the gamut of rerouting mechanical runs, adjusting the kitchen work aisle, and creating symmetry with a range hood and painted cabinetry. Special features include a hidden walk-in pantry, double islands, and partial waterfall countertops to create a modern, functional, and inviting space.

Residential Kitchen (401 square feet and over) TIE

Project Name: Cottage Red
Firm: David Heide Design Studio
Designers: David Heide, ASID; Michael Crull, Allied ASID; Elizabeth Mueller, Allied ASID

Photo by Rich Michell

Designers’ Note: This family cabin underwent a significant expansion and transformation to accommodate large gatherings while maintaining a rustic aesthetic. The kitchen redesign features custom details and distinctive materials, balancing a substantial scale with warm, enveloping materials. It serves as a hub—connecting the dining room, living room, deck, and scullery— with spaces for gathering. A large island, complemented by white cabinetry with vertical V-groove detailing, conceals a wine refrigerator and provides ample serving space. Custom elements include a stainless steel and wrought iron hood, passthrough serving window with red shutters, and custom-designed open shelving—achieving a balance between grandeur and cozy cabin vibes.

Residential Kitchen (401 square feet and over) TIE

Project Name: Lakeside Retreat
Firm: Shelter Architecture
Designers: Jackie Millea, ASID; Lisa Antenucci, Allied ASID; Jackie Colpaert, Allied ASID; Kersten Decker, Allied ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: The clients of this project aimed to create a modern lake home on their existing cabin site that emphasized lake views while preserving the surrounding trees. They favored large timber construction and a strong indoor-outdoor connection for their family, with ample space for entertainment and gear storage. The design strategically positioned windows and spaces to maintain privacy and maximize views, all while respecting the existing trees. The main area features a dramatic kitchen, with custom timber and steel trusses for vaulted ceilings, as the focal point. The kitchen includes a “back of house” concept with a working pantry (showcasing high-end materials like handmade Moroccan tiles and quartz countertops), while a large sliding door blurs the lines between indoors and out.

Residential Vacation Home

Project Name: Woodland Fairy-tale Cabin
Firm: Lucy Interiors
Designers: Lucy Penfield, Allied ASID; Ryan Welters, ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: Nestled deep in the woods, this fairy tale-inspired cabin is a delightful, petite guest retreat designed for a growing family. Its storybook-like exterior, complete with brown-stained board and batten siding, white trim, and a charming green roof, effortlessly blends into the forested surroundings. Inside, the Goldilocks Kitchenette exudes more charm with its cottage-style cabinetry painted in Dayroom Yellow, complemented by a handcrafted marble-mosaic backsplash and soapstone counters. The Wildflower Bedroom, Forest Bath, and Café Au Lait breakfast bar add to the cabin’s whimsical allure. Crafted by skilled craftsmen with local materials, this cabin—complete with a wood-burning fireplace and Douglas fir flooring—is a nostalgic getaway destined to be cherished for generations.

Residential Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence (1,000 square feet and under) + TIE for Best in Show, Residential

Project Name: Preserving a Gem
Firm: Lucy Interiors
Designers: Lucy Penfield, Allied ASID; Ryan Welters, ASID; and team

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: Reviving a neglected 1960s home for a conservation-minded couple meant preserving its essence with a modern twist and vibrant hues. A corner fireplace was restored with a custom mantel and walnut slats. The kitchen, in dire need of a refresh, was revamped with elegant walnut cabinetry, durable soapstone counters, and a striking emerald backsplash. Lighting received a significant upgrade as well, including a sculptural ceiling fixture in the lounge. The sunroom received larger windows and lively wallpaper, while the dining area was enlivened with bold red chairs. The hallway now features terrazzo tile and a custom enameled armoire and coffee bar, blending function with style.

Residential Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence (1,001-3,000 square feet)

Project Name: Hilltop Estate
Firm: Partners 4, Design
Designers: Lisa Pope, ASID; Nancy Baker, ASID

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: After a quarter-century in their home, the client sought a sophisticated update to their first floor to elevate the entertaining experience. The designers faced challenges with circulation (as two islands disrupted traffic flow), and the finishes felt dated and lacked distinction. The solution involved a complete reimagination of the floor plan, including the addition of a scullery and laundry behind the kitchen, the relocation of mudroom closets, and the incorporation of a large single island with ample storage. High-performance appliances, a decorative hutch, and an open bar area with visual separation are key features. The transformation was completed with floor-to-ceiling tile, elegant lighting fixtures, and carefully selected finishes—resulting in a modern, timeless space.

Residential Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence (3,001-6,000 square feet)

Project Name: River Serenity
Firm: InUnison Design
Designers: Christine Frisk, ASID; and team

Photo by Scott Amundson

Designers’ Note: Desiring a spacious kitchen, dining area, screen porch, private getaway, and bedrooms for their grown sons, the owners of this St. Croix River home sought an abode with a deep connection to nature that was also maximized for family gatherings. The design features long, low-slung architecture along the river, with cabinetry at the main entry subtly breaking up the space while maintaining sight lines. Natural textures and finishes create peaceful interiors. With walnut and white oak prominent throughout, the main level—anchored by lighting and furnishings—flows seamlessly. Outdoor spaces blend with the interior, emphasizing the natural surroundings for a relaxing retreat.

Residential Multiple Rooms/Entire Residence (6,001 square feet and over)

Project Name: Forever Farmhouse
Firm: KASA Interior Design Inc.
Designer: Bonnie Kespohl, ASID

Photo by Alyssa Lee

Designer’s Note: This new-construction family residence was designed to accommodate frequent entertaining, out-of-town guests, remote work, and an active lifestyle. Challenges included balancing amenities with intimacy, blending a casual farmhouse feel with modern comforts while managing details remotely amid pandemic-related delays. Solutions embraced meticulous space planning, a warm and inviting color palette, and adaptable spaces for evolving needs. The design exudes casual sophistication, featuring entertainment areas such as a bar, TV lounge, and sport court. Despite its challenges, reselections were expertly managed with industry partners to maintain the integrity of the original design and budget.

Residential Singular Living/Special-Purpose Space (300 square feet and under)

Project Name: Project Lovely LL Bar
Firm: Home Design by Annie
Designer: Annie Tropple, ASID

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designer’s Note: The clients of this project envisioned a space that exuded warmth and a welcoming atmosphere, with a specially designed wet bar as the standout feature. The designer collaborated on a custom metal door, nestled within a rustic wood shiplap wall—crafting a snug alcove that sparks conversation. The wet bar’s rich, masculine textures and earthy tones create a “mountain retreat” ambience, infusing the lower level with coziness and character. It’s an ideal setting for hosting gatherings or catching up on sports, fulfilling the clients’ wish for a functional and inviting space highlighted by a unique design element.

Residential Singular Living/Special-Purpose Space (301-600 square feet)

Project Name: Artful Living
Firm: InUnison Design
Designers: Christine Frisk, ASID; and team

Photo by Scott Amundson

Designers’ Note: The client of this project envisioned a living room that embraced a sense of welcome and simplicity while emphasizing natural textures. The focal point is the breathtaking view of the river, seamlessly blending with a screened porch to evoke an outdoor ambience. Abundant natural light enhances the room’s connection to the surrounding nature, and the space is accented by touches of green that harmonize with the lush trees outside. The room is designed for family gatherings and features a grand piano, fireplace, and integrated storage solutions. Timeless furniture pieces like the Pollock armchair and a Chet Baker painting—reflecting the family’s passion for jazz—are complemented by organic textiles and bespoke metal elements.

Residential Singular Living/Special-Purpose Space (601 square feet and over)

Project Name: Rhapsody in Blue
Firm: Ellington & Co. Design
Designer: Carrie Ellington, Allied ASID

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designer’s Note: This residence received a remarkable makeover to suit the lifestyle of a young family, with an overall objective of crafting a captivating and inviting area that was contemporary, comfortable, and suitable for children. The room showcases a blend of formal, funky, and chic elements, with ample seating and secluded nooks for intimate conversations. Luxurious fabrics and finishes like velvet sofas, tufted leather chairs, and an array of eclectic tables introduce texture and warmth. This room, accommodating up to 20 guests, has quickly become the family’s go-to spot for both relaxation and entertainment.

Residential Specialty

Project Name: Secret Haven
Firm: Lucy Interiors & TDM Designs
Designers: Lucy Penfield, Allied ASID; Tim Mohnkern, Allied ASID; Ryan Welters, ASID

Photo by Spacecrafting

Designers’ Note: A 10-year-old boy, living with cystic fibrosis, desired a backyard treehouse to escape his daily health routine. In a heartwarming collaboration, a team of creatives and donors came together to make his dream a reality—providing all materials and labor as a not-for-profit effort. The treehouse, designed to promote well-being, boasts a dark, courageous aesthetic with his favorite colors: blue and green. It includes personalized elements like a crest, interactive games, and a secret room accessed through a pivoting bookcase. This special space offers him a retreat to simply be a kid, enjoy outdoor activities, and socialize with friends—providing a healing and empowering environment.

Residential Children’s Bedroom/Youth Space

Project Name: Children’s Space/Basement Remodel
Firm: Color Pop Interiors
Designer: Kashai Zupancich, ASID

Photo by Alyssa Lee

Designer’s Note: Underneath the staircase, a colorful retreat calls children into an imaginary wold—complete with a charming Dutch door, soft cushions, and fun patterns perfect for reading or play. In the kitchen area, a beverage cooler, popcorn machine, and child-size table (ideal for crafts and projects) await. An insulated subfloor ensures warm feet, while ample recessed lights illuminate the basement. This remodel masterfully blends functionality with a vibrant aesthetic, showcasing eye-catching wallpaper and custom storage built-ins that infuse the space with color and creativity. Every element is thoughtfully designed to cultivate joy and growth for the young adventurers who inhabit it.

Residential Use of Color – TIE

Project Name: Gastronomic Glamour: Deep Hues Loft Kitchen
Firms: Spencer Design Associates & Partners 4, Design
Designers: Shane Spencer, Associate ASID; Nicole Sirek, ASID

Photo by Scott Gilbertson

Designers’ Note: Mixed metals, luxe finishes, industrial-style concrete and brick, and light bronze elements all complement the classic color palette within the kitchen of this urban loft in Minneapolis’ Mill District. Shades of deep blue, intertwined with soft grays and pure whites, were chosen by the homeowner, who has a love of culinary artistry and exquisite wines. The details are equally luxurious: The kitchen’s custom hardware is crafted by English artisans, while a climate-controlled wine cellar fabricated in California is the pièce de résistance in the traditional, yet on-trend space.

Residential Use of Color – TIE

Project Name: Stairway to Heaven
Firm: InUnison Design
Designers: Christine Frisk, ASID; and team 

Designers’ Note: The clients of this project envisioned a home on the Mississippi River that would blend with their active lifestyle and offer spaces for outdoor activities, family gatherings, and future expansion. The first step involved constructing an attached garage with a studio apartment, where the family intends to reside until the main house is completed. The staircase connecting the spaces emerged as a central feature, designed to be visually striking and durable. Portholes in the shower offer glimpses of the staircase mural and the river beyond, while thoughtful use of color and texture throughout the staircase adds vibrancy and character to the space.

Custom-Designed Object/Detail

Project Name: East Town Stairs
Firm: Albertsson Hansen Architecture and Interior Design
Designers: Christine Albertsson, ASID; and team

Photo by Wing Ho

Designers’ Note: The East Town Stairs project in downtown Minneapolis aimed to replace a circular staircase with a safer, more efficient design for accessing a roof deck-level bedroom suite. Crafted with reclaimed Douglas fir, Glulam stringers, and steel, the new staircase seamlessly harmonizes with the loft’s original warehouse construction. Open risers and strategic landings enhance safety and flow, while steel and cable railings add a light and elegant feel. The staircase now feels like an integral part of the space, making the daily journey between floors effortless.


Project Name: Connection to Nature in a Modern World
Firm: Habitation Design
Designer: Karl Peltier, Associate ASID

Photo by Ryan Stadler

Designer’s Note: Over the past five years, the clients of this Bloomington abode have been gradually updating their unique 1972 midcentury modern home to create an oasis for their young family. With a 2-year-old son and another baby on the way, they aimed to modernize the home while preserving its original charm. The residence’s interesting floor plan, including a round staircase and catwalk, posed design challenges. Rich walnut tones and black contrasts were used to complement the era of the home, while architectural lighting highlighted its unique lines. Adding biophilic design elements, such as texture, color, and artwork, enhanced the entire home and its outdoor spaces as well.

Student Commercial

Project Name: Oakley’s Dog-Friendly Cocktail Bar
School: University of Minnesota – College of Design
Designer: Caitlin Drews, Student ASID

Rendering by Caitlin Drews

Designer’s Note: Oakley’s Dog-Friendly Cocktail Bar in St. Paul’s North End neighborhood offers a luxurious experience for both humans and their four-legged companions. The bar boasts a grand wood ceiling with a dog bone feature, sealed concrete floors for durability, and a layout that accommodates events and training classes. The design includes an indoor play area tailored to different dog sizes, a blue and yellow color scheme visible to dogs, and furniture selected for style and practicality. The outdoor space includes an off-leash dog park and a terrace overlooking the Great Northern Railway. Oakley’s provides a unique and upscale experience that celebrates the bond between pets and their owners.

Congratulations to the 2023 second-place winners!

Special Award Winners