BEFORE AND AFTER Living Room

The old living room had an outdated picture window has a fireplace, and opens up to both the kitchen and deck. Sofas are from Hickory Chair, and a wood-and-iron coffee table is from Formations through Holly Hunt. The Tamarian carpet is through Woven Arts.

Sofas (“Sutton Sofa”/mahogany finish #321-88); sofa and pillow fabric (#2852-18); nailheads (#NS-09): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com. Blanket on back of sofa (“Avalon”/Ecru, Dark Blue): Hermès, 212/751-3181, usa.hermes.com/house/blankets. Pillows on sofa: Heinrich + Schultz, 952/920-2258, heinrichschultz.com. Orange throw (cashmere in Autumn Glaze): Williams--Sonoma, 877/812-6235, williams-sonoma.com. Coffee table (“Tavolino” #F-TB04): Formations, 310/659-3062, formations-usa.com, through Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com. Orange leather tray on coffee table (“Wrapped Handle Tray”/Coral Leather #9.91378): Global Views, 888/956-0030, globalviews.com. Vase on coffee table (“Corinth Rose Bowl” #1607): Simon Pearce, 800/774-5277, simonpearce.com. Area rug (“Pinepress”/Downing Stone,” Tibetan): Tamarian Carpets, 410/321-6222, tamarian.com, through Woven Arts, 612/370-4444, wovenarts.com. Sofa table (antique): Historic Studio,  952/933-9924, historicstudio.com. Mantel (custom): Casa Verde Design, 612/353-4401, casaverdedesign.com. Tall candleholders at right on mantel, short candleholder at left on mantel (“Turned Wood Pillar Holders); sleeve on short candleholder (“Hourglass Hurricane Sleeve”): Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507, potterybarn.com. Tall candleholders on mantel, left (antique): owner’s collection. Wooden horse (antique); porcelain vases (antique): Historic Studio, 952/933-9924, historicstudio.com. Benches (“Turned Leg Bench”/Ebony #6352-88, by Mark Hampton): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com. Bench fabric (#190054H-160, in Mushroom): Highland Court, 800/387-2533, highlandcourtfabrics.com. Side table (antique): Historic Studio, 952/933-9924, historicstudio.com. Mirror: owner’s collection. Lamp: Vivid Interior, 612/874-3282, vividinterior-design.com. Wall paint (“Stony Ground” #211): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com. Ceiling, trim, and cabinet paint (“Simply White” #OC-117); Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

BEFORE AND AFTER Kitchen

The kitchen needed a sturdier island that better fit the scale of the space. Appliances integrated into the custom cabinets by Casa Verde give the kitchen a furniture feel that blends with the adjoining living room. Wavy handmade glass imported from Germany and installed in cabinet fronts reflects light and adds character to the space. The island chandelier and the hanging lantern between the wall cabinets are from Dennis & Leen.

Cabinetry (custom): Casa Verde Design, 612/353-4401, casaverdedesign.com. Cabinetry paint (“Simply White” #OC-117): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com. Marble countertops (“Calacatta Gold,” Category A): Casa Verde Design, 612/353-4401, casaverdedesign.com. Tile backsplash (“Studio Moderne”): Walker Zanger, 713/880-9292, walkerzanger.com. Cabinet knobs (“Square Cabinet Knob” #CK-524 11⁄4-inch knob in W1 finish); cabinet pulls (“Thick Square Handle Cabinet Pull #CK-545  5-inch C to C square pull in W1 finish); towel bar (#TB-32TBC-WI with #P-925 Escutcheon in W1 finish): Sun Valley Bronze, 866/788-3631, sunvalleybronze.com. Fireclay kitchen sink (“Allia Single Bowl Undermount”/White #6307): Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com. Kitchen faucet (“Vir Stil Pull-Down Kitchen Faucet”/Brushed Nickel #P23065-00, by Laura Kirar): Kallista, 888/452-5547, kallista.com. Filtration faucet (“Designer Series”/Brushed Nickel): EverPure, 855/790-5318, residential.everpure.com. Counter stools (“Madigan Backless Stool”/Ebony #5750-05 ); leather seat (“Vacuma Seal” #946); nailheads (#NS-09, in Antique Nickel): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com. Chandelier over island (“Gothic” #DL-CD06); hanging lantern (“Paul Revere,” custom size #DL-LN05): Dennis & Leen, 310/652-0855, through Holly Hunt, 312/661-1900, hollyhunt.com. Wall paint (“Stony Ground” #211): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com. Trim paint (“Simply White” #OC-117): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

Sunny Spot

The new kitchen is bright and sunny.  

Breakfast Area

Drexel Heritage chairs and a curved settee covered in a Duralee fabric circle a Hickory White table. “I love island seating, but I didn’t want to always have to sit in a line,” Susan says. Ebony-stained floors replaced light maple.

Dining table (“Center Table” #303-29, 48 inches, in Maison finish #20): Hickory White, 828/322-8624, hickorywhite.com. Dining chairs (“Pasqualina”/Walnut #470-751, Dalliance Collection); banquette (“Pasqualina”/Walnut #470-779, Dalliance Collection): Drexel Heritage, 866/450-3434, drexelheritage.com. Chair and banquette fabric (#15318-15/Linen/Greystone, Wainwright Collection): Duralee, 800/275-3872, duralee.com.

BEFORE Dining Room

What was once a formal living room with a fireplace Susan transformed into a cozy dining room.

BEFORE AND AFTER Dining Room

Susan transformed what was once a formal living room into a cozy dining room. The spacious dining room is sun-washed during the day and warmed by a fireplace at night. Side chairs from Hickory Chair are covered in two fabric designs and partner with a Guy Chaddock table Susan had refinished. A chandelier from Ochre introduces a measure of glamour.

Cabinetry (custom): Casa Verde Design, 612/353-4401, casaverdedesign.com. Cabinetry and trim paint (“Simply White” #OC-117); ceiling paint (“Seashell” #OC-120; moire troweled on metallic plaster): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com. Wall paint (“Stony Ground” #211): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.  Two-sided fireplace (“Town & Country TC36 See Thru”): Town & Country Luxury Fireplaces, 250/748-1184, townandcountryfireplaces.net. Dining table (“Country English Double Pedestal Table with Radius Corners”/custom finish #CEO918): Guy Chaddock & Co., 828/584-7176, guychaddock.com. Dining chairs (“Marlboro Side Chair” #6172-11): Hickory Chair, 800/349-4579, hickorychair.com. Chair-seat fabric (“Alcazar”/Taupe #CD9003K311, by Fonthill); chair-back fabric (“Liege Tweed”/Sand #AL-0022CDA4, by Grey Watkins); nailheads (#NS-09, Antique Neutral): Stark, 212/355-7186, starkcarpet.com. Area rug (“Tibetan Wrought Iron”/Stone Blue): Tamarian Carpets, 410/321-6222, tamarian.com, through Woven Arts, 612/370-4444, wovenarts.com. Chandelier (“Light Drizzle Chandelier”/Rectangular): Ochre, 212/414-4332, ochre.net. Porcelain pitchers on mantel (Pillivuyt): Williams-Sonoma, 877/812-6235, williams-sonoma.com.

Wine and Music Room

The former dining room was converted into a wine and music room. Wine kept in walnut cubbies and two Sub-Zero wine chillers is easily accessible from both the dining room and the kitchen. Susan Brunn’s Steinway grand piano is showcased, illuminated by a glittering Pottery Barn chandelier.

Cabinetry (custom): Casa Verde Design, 612/35Cabinetry (custom): Casa Verde Design, 612/353-4401, casaverdedesign.com. Wine storage (#427G, 27 inches): Sub-Zero, 800/222-7820, subzero-wolf.com. Cabinet pulls (offset pull #1145/Black, 61⁄4-inch pulls); appliance pulls (offset pull #1150/Black): Ashley Norton, 973/835-4027, ashleynorton.com. Chandelier (“Clarissa Chandelier”): Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507, potterybarn.com. Wall paint (“Stony Ground” #211): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com. Trim paint (“Simply White” #OC-117); Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com. Ceiling paint (“Accessible Beige” #SW7036, with shimmer): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794, sherwinwilliams.com.

Easy Elegance

The appaoach to the music room is the epitome of elegance.

Sun Porch

The ceiling in the sun porch was vaulted and painted Sherwin-Williams’ “Accessible Beige” with a shimmer finish. Susan’s ottoman and sofa pillows were re-covered in an animal-print fabric from Lee Jofa. The sectional was updated with fabric from Kravet.

Windows (Architect Series): Pella Windows & Doors, 877/473-5527, pella.com. Sectional sofa; ottoman: owner’s collection. Sofa fabric (“Dazzling”/Shale #29876-106): Kravet, 888/457-2838, kravet.com. Ottoman and pillow fabric (“Cosma”/Smoke #PF50064.935, by GP&J Baker): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com. Pillows (“Waves Ombre”/White #GWF-2925.116, by Groundworks): Lee Jofa, 800/453-3563, leejofa.com. Blue textured pillows (“Lyra”): Crate & Barrel, 800/996-9960, crateandbarrel.com. Taupe pillows; throw (Peruvian): owner’s collection. Area rug (“Reflexions”/Clay, Tibetan, wool, silk, hemp): Tamarian Carpets, 410/321-6222, tamarian.com, through Woven Arts, 612/370-4444, wovenarts.com. Glass side table: owner’s collection. Table lamp (#251C): Zeugma Import, 770/270-2200, zeugmaimport.com. Floor lamp: Historic Studio, 952/933-9924, historicstudio.com. Large basket (discontinued): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com. Wall paint (“Stony Ground” #211): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com. Ceiling paint (“Accessible Beige” #SW7036, with shimmer): Sherwin-Williams, 800/474-3794, sherwin-williams.com. Trim paint (“Simply White” #OC-117): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com.

Mud Room

Fifteen-inch cubbies in the lower level mudroom are the perfect place to store out-of-season items.

Master Bedroom

A built-in cabinet with open shelving and closed doors that conceal a TV is the focal point of one wall in the master bedroom. A fireplace occupies the second wall, and a deck with a view occupies the third.  The king-size Henredon bed is upholstered in a Beacon Hill fabric and draped with an Eileen Fisher crushed silk coverlet from Garnet Hill.

Cabinetry (custom): Casa Verde Design, 612/353-4401, casaverdedesign.com. Hardware (“Metropolitan Drawer Pull, Large”/Polished Nickel #UA5113-L-H): Urban Archaeology, 312/527-4627, urbanarchaeology.com. Bed (“Rejuvenation Bed,” discontinued): Henredon, 800/444-3682, henredon.com. Bed fabric (“Rustic Dune”/Driftwood): Beacon Hill, 800/333-3777, beaconhilldesign.com. Pillow shams, back row (“Arista Palampore”/Blue): Pottery Barn, 800/922-5507, potterybarn.com. Standard pillow shams: Sferra, sferra.com. Duvet cover (“Italian Vintage Duvet Cover”): Restoration Hardware, 800/910-9836, restorationhardware.com. Quilt coverlet (“Eileen Fisher Crushed Silk Quilt Collection”/River Stone); sheets (“Eileen Fisher Lustrous Cotton Sateen Bedding”/River Stone): Garnet Hill, 800/870-3513, garnethill.com. Lamp (vintage): Historic Studio, 952/933-9924, historicstudio.com. Wall and ceiling paint (“White Down” #OC-131); trim and cabinetry paint (“Simply White” #OC-117): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com. Stack boxes on shelves (“Luxe Organizers”): Global Views, 888/956-0030, globalviews.com.

Master Bath - Shower

Calacatta Gold marble and Walker Zanger mosaic tiles line the walk-in steam shower outfitted with a rainhead from Jaclo and hand shower from Rohl.

Steam shower (“Steam Generator” #SM-9, temperature control #TC-150-PN, steam head #3199-PN): Steamist, 800/577-6478, steamist.com. Rain-head faucet (“Lorenzo”/Polished Nickel #S185-PN): Jaclo, 800/852-4133, jaclo.com. Hand shower set (“Palladian”/Polished Nickel #1330): Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com.

Master Bath - Tub

Wood panels and marble create a sumptuous surround for the Kohler whirlpool tub with a polished-nickel Rohl tub filler.

Tub (“Tea For Two” Whirlpool #K856-H2-0): Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com. Tub faucet (“Palladian 3-Hole Deck Mount Tub Filler”/Polished Nickel #A1984): Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com. Trim paint (“Simply White” #OC-117); cabinet color (“Creamy White” #OC-7); wall and ceiling paint (“White Down” #OC-131): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com. Custom finish on walls and ceiling (light plaster with metallic glaze): Aurora Decorative Finishes, 612/396-9295, aurorafinishes.com.

Master Bath - Vanity

Double sconces from Urban Electric light up the vanity designed by Casa Verde. A single bowl on the vanity maximizes counter space.

Cabinetry (custom): Casa Verde Design, 612/353-4401, casaverdedesign.com. Hardware (“Metropolitan Drawer Pull, Large”/Polished Nickel #UA5113-L-H): Urban Archaeology, 312/527-4627, urbanarchaeology.com. Towel ring (“Palladian”/Polished Nickel #A6885): Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com. Vanity countertop (“Calacatta Gold”): Casa Verde Design, 612/353-4401, casaverdedesign.com. Sink (“Ladena”/White #K2215-0): Kohler, 800/456-4537, kohler.com. Faucet (“Palladian”/Polished Nickel #A1908): Rohl, 800/777-9762, rohlhome.com. Sconces (“Lafayette Double Sconce”/Pewter finish, with Polished Nickel shade #DC2400WR-PW-ON): Urban Electric Co., 843/723-8140, urbanelectricco.com. Tabletop mirror on vanity: vintage. Tile floor (“Studio Moderne Regency Mosaic”/Calacatta Seagrass): Walker Zanger, 713/880-9292, walkerzanger.com. Mirror: owner’s collection. Wall and ceiling paint (“White Down” #OC-131, light plaster with metallic glaze); trim paint (“Simply White” #OC-117): Benjamin Moore & Co., 888/236-6667, benjaminmoore.com. Cabinets (“Stony Ground” #211): Farrow & Ball, 888/511-1121, farrow-ball.com.

Pretty Details

Pretty details enhance the bathroom and add color to the neutral space. 

Susan Brunn

Homeowner Susan Brunn says the woodsy setting is what she has always loved about her Minnesota home.

Great Spot For Entertaining

Even the yard has that casually sophisticated Hamptons vibe.  

Architectural Details

Architectural details add interest to the exterior.  

BEFORE Side Exterior

The once truncated back deck used to be engulfed in ivy.

AFTER Side Exterior

Layering lends interest to the architecture as well as the landscaping. Massive brackets support the new balcony. All-new doors, siding, and Pella windows update the house’s exterior.

Windows (Architecture Series): Pella, 877/473-5527, pella.com. Roof (charcoal shingles): Timberline, 800/766-3411, gaf.com. Stone (“Chilton”): Hedberg Landscape, 763/545-4400, hedberglandscape.com.  

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Before and After: Remodeled Ranch House

Big changes—and great style—for a suburban Minneapolis ranch house

Written by Amy Elbert
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BEFORE Side Exterior

The once truncated back deck used to be engulfed in ivy.

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