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With their three older children settled into their places and their younger children off to college, Clint and Diane Blaser decided they were ready to make a change of venue. They contacted their best friend, Amy Lefferink, founder and principal designer of Interior Impressions, to design their new dream home, a two-bed, three-bath condominium located in Downtown St. I asked for her help regarding. .Pole.
The couple’s previous home, a traditional-style family house in the suburbs, was suitable for raising children, but its closed, compartmentalized floor plan made it unsuitable for spending time with friends. At 2,875 square feet, this condo was exactly what the Blazers were looking for, thanks to an impressive, large, open main space perfect for entertaining. Measuring 26 feet wide and 60 feet long, the room had huge windows that spanned the entire length of the room, overlooking the city skyline.
Once you have decided on a location, the next step is to create a design plan. “Since it was a city condo, we wanted it to be more modern than our previous home,” says Diane. “I like woodgrain and wanted wallpaper to set the mood, so I needed to heat the floor in the bathroom. Older houses had that. Once I got it, I can’t live without it,” she says with a laugh. Outside of these instructions, Leferink was given creative latitude and, having been friends with the couple for more than 15 years, knew exactly how to tailor their new home to their tastes.
“I wanted to make sure to incorporate their love of nature,” says Leferink, who chose a neutral, earthy palette of toasted caramel and cream for her condo color foundation. “They love to be outside and travel, so I wanted to create that organic feel indoors as well. We wanted to keep it elegant and sophisticated without being too formal. We wanted people to feel a sense of wonder when they walk in, but also feel comfortable just hanging out and enjoying a glass of wine and good conversation.”
In the entryway, a long panel wall made of black walnut serves a dual purpose. One is to create the aforementioned wow factor when the guest first arrives, and the other is to hide his two closets next to each other and the door leading to the flex-his room that the couple can use as an office. That’s it. , guest room, or exercise space. “We wanted a warm wood for the walls, and Diane found a photo of something similar online, and it was just amazing,” says St. Paul of Hall Studio says Leferink, who designed this element in collaboration with journeyman carpenter Michael Casler. I took that as an inspiration to Michael, and he took it and nailed it. ”
In the main space, the first task was to open up the kitchen (which was completely enclosed) to the rest of the room so it could take advantage of the expansive skyline views. Next, we painted the walls a soft white, removed the carpet and replaced it with wide white oak flooring, and repainted the existing factory with bright white paint to highlight the crown molding, trim, and baseboards. I made it. Referinck then focused on the design of the individual zones: living room, kitchen, dining room and family area. “We wanted everything to flow together, with each area having its own unique flair, yet maintaining aesthetic harmony,” says Leferink. “It was important to make that large, open area feel comfortable without feeling cramped.”
In the living room, a double-sided fireplace and adjacent driver take center stage. A smoky granite surround and delicate wall panel millwork make the fireplace a striking focal point, while a brass casket set above a photo from a trip to Italy (taken by the couple’s friend and local photographer Nancy Nafziger) Picture lights add a personal touch. “The bar was a real labor of love with all the attention to detail in this small area,” says Leferink, who worked with a local cabinet maker to complete the design with custom arched wood panels. “I remember saying to Diane, ‘This is going to be a fun party house. We should build a little bar!'”
The centerpiece of the newly opened kitchen is a massive 13-foot-tall island perched on the edge of a waterfall, large enough to seat six people, made from solid black stained oak and topped with sparkling Cambria. It is topped with quartz. The same quartz is used for the sink backsplash for a dramatic yet seamless effect, while the surrounding cabinetry is finished in a soft gray to blend in with the black island and white walls.
A large solid walnut dining table, located between the kitchen and a wall of windows, perfectly fills the gap between the formal living room and the end of the room where the family area is located. The highlight here is the media wall, which features elegant Philip Jeffries woven wallpaper. A cozy sectional sofa, patterned rotating glider, and thick textured rug make this area a comfortable and inviting hangout spot for everyone.
While the condo’s two bedrooms were easy to update thanks to their simple layout and clean-sheet design, the bathroom was a different story. A labyrinth of small rooms, unnecessary openings, and leftover space have been cleverly reconfigured to create two powder rooms, both with a shower room between them to allow guests to bathe. , also allowed the couple’s daughter (who lives with them when they don’t live together) to bathe. (at school) is also her own personal space.
During that time, the main bathroom suite was also gutted and the team designed a new vanity with two sinks, ample storage, wall-mounted light fixtures, and granite countertops. The spacious walk-in shower features multiple shower heads, marble mosaic floor tiles, and large porcelain wall panels that mimic the natural Borghese marble that the team originally fell in love with in the stone showroom. “We went bold! The shower slab makes a huge statement with its dramatic veins of black and gold,” says Leferink. “Go big or go home, right?”
With clean lines, contemporary style, and just the right amount of cozy textures and organic touches, this casual yet sophisticated setup is exactly what the couple wanted in their new home: a city-dwelling entertainer. We created a dream space. “I love everything about this condo,” says Diane. “I love cooking dinner as the sun sets, watching storms roll in, and watching the skyline light up at night, no matter what room I’m in or which window I’m looking out of. , everything is beautiful inside and out.”