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A family of four entrusted Vujovich Design Build to elevate their stately 1936 St. Paul home along the Mississippi River to its full modern potential. Building on the property’s original Colonial elements and working within the existing 4,500-square-foot blueprint, the design team focused on optimal flow and tailored storage.

The outdated great room was thoughtfully reimagined with wall-to-wall built-ins, nickel gap paneling, new hardwood floors and two large Marvin Ultimate Sliding Doors to connect the property to both the front and backyard. Its fresh color palette, plush furnishings and modern amenities collaboratively curated with Renae Keller Interior Design not only fit right into its 1930s bones but also provide the family with an ideal haven for winding down together after busy days.

“Our clients worked with us to transform this unused space into an easy, airy room that is flooded with light,” notes Vujovich Sales and Design Director Lori Balestri. “It’s now the family’s favorite area to gather and connect at the end of each day. The updates make this room feel more connected to the rest of the house as well as the adjoining patios. This was such a rewarding project to work on!”

Featuring new sliding glass doors, the back of the residence is full of natural light and charm, and drew a lot of positive attention from Fall 2023 Artisan Home Tour visitors. The lower level was also revived with a fresh look while preserving unique artistic features, like the hand-painted glass panels that are now part of the kitchenette. The area is primed to be both fun and functional with a game table, arcade games, fireplace, off-season sports gear “locker room” and laundry room.

The clients wanted to bring a touch of their Irish heritage to the home and the lower level powder bathroom was the perfect place to do so. The unique wall covering was paired with a dark, modern hexagon tile, a vintage vanity, and lighting with brass fixtures to give it that lucky green and gold pop.

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