Timeless Designs

This stately new build takes traditional design cues from its historic neighbors while offering all the luxuries of modern living
Designed to seamlessly blend in among its historic neighbors, the new home’s exterior features double-hung windows and a front portico topped by a balustrade. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
Designed to seamlessly blend in among its historic neighbors, the new home’s exterior features double-hung windows and a front portico topped by a balustrade. (Spacecrafting)

With its lap siding painted taupe and trim olive-brown, this Colonial revival whispers rather than shouts its presence on the 800 block of St. Paul’s Fairmount Avenue. Its builder, Detail Homes, didn’t want the house to be a jarring addition to the neighborhood of 100-year-old Victorians and Four Squares.

To help ensure its Crocus Hill neighbors would welcome (rather than resent) the new five-bedroom two-story, Detail enlisted help from Krista Gibbons, senior designer at Kipling House Interiors. “Our goal was to keep the traditional features of the street in mind but pare things back to create an interpretation of the rest of the street,” she says.

All agreed the “bones” of the house should feel historic. Thus the home is tall and narrow, with double-hung windows and a front portico topped by a balustrade. And all agreed the house should fit lifestyles today. To help focus her thinking, Gibbons imagined a family of five—New Yorkers from the Upper East Side, who would appreciate historic details but also edgier design choices.

The attention paid to historic detail is on full display just inside the front door, where there’s a built-in paneled bench. To the left is a formal dining room and butler’s pantry. The 9-foot-high walls are topped with cove molding and anchored with 8-inch-high baseboard. The dark wood floors are narrow oak strips with parquet inlays. Three-panel interior doors are a lofty eight feet tall. A bank of windows nearly two stories high floods the open staircase with light.

The home pushes the edge design-wise with touches such as an overly large baluster, elongated swing-arm lamps over a banquette, and a sleek black stone fireplace in the great room. And Gibbons’ color choices and application of them lend sophistication. In the dining room, both walls and trim are painted an almost-black hunter green. The master bath is awash in a hazy blue. Cabinetry and built-ins are a putty color, rather than white.

That the home was designed with a family in mind is obvious. There’s a main-floor mudroom with built-in cubbies. The open kitchen is both beautiful and practical. Countertops are an easy-to-maintain composite that looks like marble. There’s a farmhouse sink. Cabinets extend floor to ceiling, allowing for plentiful storage. The second floor boasts a laundry room as well as four bedrooms. A “Jack and Jack” bathroom connects the boys’. The girl’s and the master baths are ensuite, the master with a pedestal tub and walk-in shower. The lower level features a family room with a wet bar, an exercise room, and guest room.

It all adds up to a home that is, as Gibbons puts it, “handsome, classic, and somewhat edgy.” And while it straddles old and new, beautiful and practical, it does one thing more. Hidden in three stacked closets is the structure to support an elevator, so its owners can age in place. This is a home that nods to the past, embraces the present, and has its eye set on the future.


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Builder

Detail Homes

Home location

St. Paul

Square footage

4,495

Interior designer

Kipling House Interiors

Sponsors

Southern Lights Inc.
Traditions Classic Home Furnishings


A sleek black stone fireplace acts as the focal point of the home’s great room, while an overhead mirror, flanked by twin sconces, accentuates its simple elegance. Part of Midwest Home's Luxury Home Tour 2018.
A sleek black stone fireplace acts as the focal point of the home’s great room, while an overhead mirror, flanked by twin sconces, accentuates its simple elegance. (Spacecrafting)
 In the kitchen, modern light fixtures hang over the marble-like island, which includes a large farmhouse sink. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
In the kitchen, modern light fixtures hang over the marble-like island, which includes a large farmhouse sink. (Spacecrafting)
The open-concept kitchen also features a farmhouse-inspired banquette-and-table combination large enough to seat the entire family. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The open-concept kitchen also features a farmhouse-inspired banquette-and-table combination large enough to seat the entire family. (Spacecrafting)
A paneled bench that greets guests when they walk in the front door. Part of the Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
A paneled bench that greets guests when they walk in the front door. (Spacecrafting)
An antique, English campaign chest used as the vanity in the main-level bathroom. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
An antique, English campaign chest used as the vanity in the main-level bathroom. (Spacecrafting)
The stately dining room is a study in traditional elegance; a dark wood, glossy-finished oval table parallels the wood floors, while dark green walls and trim accentuate the room’s dramatic hanging lights. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The stately dining room is a study in traditional elegance; a dark wood, glossy-finished oval table parallels the wood floors, while dark green walls and trim accentuate the room’s dramatic hanging lights. (Spacecrafting)
Designed for serenity, the master bath is painted a hazy blue, complementing the putty-colored cabinetry. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
Designed for serenity, the master bath is painted a hazy blue, complementing the putty-colored cabinetry. (Spacecrafting)
The master bedroom continues the home’s palette of rich colors, with accents of turquoise offsetting the deep warmth of the taupe walls. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
The master bedroom continues the home’s palette of rich colors, with accents of turquoise offsetting the deep warmth of the taupe walls. (Spacecrafting)
Built-in cabinetry in the upstairs hall provides useful storage space. Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
Built-in cabinetry in the upstairs hall provides useful storage space. (Spacecrafting)
the bathroom connecting the two boys’ rooms features a unique, inlaid black marble “rug.” Part of Midwest Home's 2018 Luxury Home Tour.
the bathroom connecting the two boys’ rooms features a unique, inlaid black marble “rug.” (Spacecrafting)

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