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Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION- Vintage Kitchen Part 5


The design vision for this historic renovation kitchen and butler’s pantry has come to life and the clients love it. It has a vintage feel so it fits right in to the old Victorian home, yet it has updated elements which make  it functional and fresh.IMG_3347 - Copy

The kitchen island is set for 3 but it will seat 4 comfortably. The range with its warming shelves is ready to work hard.

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The  custom made valances with their light and airy arabesque pattern  are elegantly casual, and the vibrant peacock prints add just the right amount of color to the gray and white color scheme.

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Another view of the completed kitchen with door into the storage pantry.

IMG_3384 - CopyWhat could be more enticing than the glass front, custom vintage cabinets and arabesque tile “picture”. The original wood floor cleaned up beautifully and looks fabulous in a dark furniture stain.

Photos by Page Photography.

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Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in Minneapolis ,MN. more info www.letitialittle.com.


Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION- Vintage Kitchen Part 4


We are nearing completion of the interior design for the  Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry of this historic Victorian home in St. Paul. Sheree and I are excited to see our design come to life.IMG_2167 - CopyThe wainscoting has been installed and walls and trim have been painted. Now the cabinets are being installed in the kitchen.

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Its time to discuss the design of the faux finish detail on the ceiling with the custom painter/artist, Crista.

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Bob is installing the custom valances for us. And the polished nickel pendants are in over the island.

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Quartz counter tops by Cambria have been installed and so have the appliances. Gas range is by Capital, fridge is by Sub Zero. Cabinetry is outfitted with bin pulls and bracket feet for charm. Center island has been stained in gray for a soft finish. Original  wood flooring has been cleaned up and polished. Wow!

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The arabesque tile “picture” over the sink enhances the vintage cabinetry so perfectly.  We love it all!

designall[7] - CopyNow we are going to add a touch of color to the gray and white color scheme of the kitchen and butler’s pantry (see more of it in the next post). The peacock is a perfect compliment not only because of its vibrant greens, blues, and teals, but because it was an important symbol of wealth and prestige during the Victorian era. So we have a bit of history to add to our vintage kitchen.

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This dinnerware by Edie Rose from Macy’s was too perfect to pass up, so it will have a prominent place in the new kitchen. Watch for the finished design of both spaces in my  next post.

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Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. www.letitialittle.com.

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION-Vintage Kitchen Part 3

                                 ASID  SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013-KITCHEN/PANTRY-DESIGN PROCESS cont.

The design process continues for the interior design of the kitchen and butler’s pantry  in this historic home in St. Paul.

See below for more design selections for both spaces.

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Elevation rendering of the kitchen wall showing the arabesque tile medallion above the sink.

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This elegant cut glass pendant with glass crystals is the perfect statement for the small butler’s pantry.  It fits the period with out being gawdy.  We love it! Celia by Crystorama.

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The  Cambria counter tops in the butler’s pantry and kitchen are Devon, a deep gray solid which will look beautiful with the Cloud White cabinets.

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The gray wash finish of this delightful counter stool will be the perfect compliment to the gray and white color scheme.Vivian Counter Stool by Gabby.

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I love glass knobs in a tradtional kitchen and this one by Emtek will look fabulous with the glass pendant in the butler’s pantry.

Watch for the next post as we progress thru the installation stage of our project.

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Letitia Little, Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer  In Minneapolis, MN. www.letitialittle.com.

Before & After HISTORIC RENOVATION-Vintage Kitchen Part 1

                                          ASID SHOWCASE HOUSE 2013-KITCHEN/PANTRY-DESIGN PROCESS

I am once again doing the interior design for a room in the ASID Showcase Home Tour which will run from May 18 to June 9, 2013. This home is located in the Historic Hill Heritage Preservation District of St. Paul, MN and is being extensively renovated into a B & B and private residence. My good friend and fellow ASID designer Sheree Vincent and  I are working on the Kitchen and Butler’s Pantry. I will be sharing our design process on this interesting and exciting project in ensuing posts. So stay tuned for lots of details.

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The house was built on Historic Cathedral Hill in the 1880′s  by Frank and Anna Shepard in the popular Victorian style. Frank and his father David Shepard built the Great Northern Railway for James J. Hill.

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Before shot of kitchen stripped down to the bare bones of what used to be a kitchen and bathroom. The ceiling will be lowered to cover up sprinkler pipes and the back room will be a breakfast room.

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Another view of the kitchen looking towards what will be the butler’s pantry.

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The Victorian style window trim is original to the home and will be given a fresh coat of white. Traditional wainscoting  will be added to the walls to help bring back much needed historic detail.


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Every inch of this 320 sq. ft. kitchen is designed for maximum space and function. It has to accomodate a large range and refridgerator,warming shelves, wall oven, garbage/recycle center, center island and pantry as requested by the clients.


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The design goal is always to honor the history of a home.  To do that here we added details like bracket feet and crown moulding to the cabinets as well as some glass fronts. Subway tile backsplash lends itself to historic style and  modern sensibilities. Cabinets will be painted white with nickel bin pulls.

Watch for the next post on Design Process.

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Letitia Little Allied ASID, CID is an award wining interior designer in the Minneapolis, MN. More info www.letitialittle.com.



1980′s Kitchen Remodel- Before and After

                         1980′s KITCHEN REMODEL/SMALL HOUSE TRANSFORMED

This not –so –big house was built in the 1980’s and the interiors needed some updating. The kitchen was small, cramped and lacked importance. The living room furniture layout was awkward and the space was not being utilized to its full potential. The client did not want to add on to the house, so we remodeled using the existing footprint. This interior design project is a good example of what can be done within existing  space to make it more comfortable, functional, and stylish.

 The living room at this point is awkward, but there is lots of potential. The fireplace can be refaced to update it, and a gas insert installed. Let’s add some bookshelves for storage and interest. I really like the leather chairs and sofa in this deep rich color: a good starting point. New carpet in a tan color would add warmth.

To open up this dated kitchen we’ll get rid of the hanging cabinets over the pennisula and remove the soffits.  New, taller cabinets will go to  the  ceiling. New counter tops,  appliances  and tile backsplash will be a big improvement.

We can get more out of this dining area: bigger table and more storage.

New custom cabinets in a rich cherry are installed. Upper cabinets go to the ceiling with a handsome crown molding added.

Dark Cambria counter tops add contrast and richness while the cream colored porcelain floor tiles and the travertine tile backsplash add brightness. Energy saver appliances, Cambria counter tops, porcelain tiles, and low VOC paint are all sustainable, eco-friendly elements of this interior deisgn.

The fireplace has been refaced in natural slate tiles and complemented by the new sleek gas insert. Custom bookshelves and cabinets are done in the same cherry as the kitchen. Now the fireplace wall is the focal point of the living room and provides a much needed anchor to the space. 

The new kitchen is open to the dining room and feels much more spacious.  The dining table seats 6-8 and the buffet provides storage and balance to the space. The black and cherry color scheme is coordinated with kitchen ( and living room) and provides a real sense of flow….great entertaining space.

The completed kitchen feels twice as big.  The different  materials create contrasts in texture and color. The updated pendant lights add the finishing touch to this handsome new kitchen.

These classic subway tiles are travertine.  Their nubby surface contrasts beautifully with the glass and stone mosaic  border tiles and the black and brown colors pull the whole kitchen together. Its a new look in tiles.

The completed living room repeats the traditional interior design style established in the kitchen and dining room. Great for entertaining yet comfortable for evening T.V. watching.  This design project is a good example of the importance of a well thought out design plan. The entire remodel and redesign are one Master Plan. Because no kitchen should be an island, it and the surrounding spaces should be designed all at once in order for the finished interior to be harmonious.

Black and cherry color scheme defined. For more info on kitchen and bath design, or remodeling visit www.letitialittle.com.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN.


                                                          CASUALLY ELEGANT NEW HOME IS ECO-FRIENDLY

 I recently completed an interior design project for a client’s newly constructed home. I started working with my client at the blueprint stage of the building process, creating a Complete Master Plan for the entire home. Selecting furniture, fabrics, window coverings, floor coverings, tile, counter tops, finishes, paint, plumbing and lighting fixtures etc. They wanted a casual traditional style that was relaxed and welcoming, with a  bit of cottage flavor. Eco-friendly, sustainable products were selected throughout the home.


 Large open great room and kitchen in tans and pale greens, has a great view of the woods and lake.  The sustainable furniture is made in the U.S. Carpet is by Shaw which is a company devoted to eco-friendly manufacturing practices and the pad is made from recycled materials. The wood flooring came from maple trees on the property that had to be cut down for construction. The wood was then milled here in Minnesota. New maple trees were planted to renew the wooded lot. Great sustainable story for this elegant yet casual home.

Fireplace wall with accessories and custom framed artwork. I always think  the right accessories are essential to any interior..they are the frosting on the cake.

Dining room with custom area rug and sheer linen window coverings. All interior paint in the home is low VOC by Benjamin Moore.

Linen white cabinets with large crown moldings, and sage green center island for contrast. Cottage style pendants and granite counter tops.

Appliances are energy efficient.

These small scale subway tiles in stone caught my eye and I paired them with the mosaic border for a newer look.

Powder room with “slate” porcelain floor tiles and dark faux finished walls creates a romantic feel.

Watch for the next post on bathrooms in this house.    For more info on  my Design Process visit www.letitialittle.com                 Page Photography


                                                                  EUROPEAN KITCHEN REMODEL IS ECO-FRIENDLY

  This kitchen is a good example of a remodel that successfully kept cost and waste down while improving function and updating the look in true eco-friendly fashion. The house is a 30 year old Tudor style.  The kitchen was dated and not as functional as the clients would like. Yet they did not want the expense of ripping everything out and starting all over again.


I designed the kitchen to coordinate with and be part of the adjoining great room which I redesigned at the same time.  The “bones” of the kitchen are classic with the cherry cabinets and raised panel doors but it needed to be opened up and redefined. It felt dark and dated. We wanted a new kitchen with European styling which would stay true to the home’s design. It is always my goal to design interiors that fit the architectural style of the home.


The cherry cabinets were in good shape but all were stained in the dark finish and the floor and counter tops were small ceramic tiles. We decided to remove the center island but keep the periphery cabinets. The island was Z shaped and awkward to use so I redesigned it in an L shape with the sink at one end and a 2 sided breakfast counter (with storage underneath) at the other. This allowed for better traffic flow and function. Details like pilasters, corbels and raised panels were included. The island was glazed in soft off white to contrast with the cherry finish on periphery cabinets. This opens up the whole kitchen.  All counter tops were replaced with Cambria in “Nottingham”, a wonderful brown/black.


A new cook top hood was designed with same detailing as the island but stained to match existing cabinets and new wall tiles were added. A new larger crown molding was added to all the cabinets to improve their status. And under cabinet lighting was installed.


The original mirrors and bi-fold doors in the coffee bar were removed and replaced with  stone wall tiles.

Old wallpaper was stripped and the walls painted. New window coverings were added in the breakfast nook. The French Country dining table and chairs were kept as part of the overall re-design and European style. The chairs were recovered with fabric that coordinates with the great room furnishings. New 18″ porcelain floor tiles were laid on point in the kitchen and cut into a herringbone pattern in the breakfast nook to give the effect of an area rug. The porcelain tiles look like stone at a fraction of the cost and are easy to maintain.


This kitchen remodel is a good eco-friendly example of less waste: the center island cabinets were given away and the floor tile was covered up with the new tile eliminating tear out. Cambria counter tops are a sustainable product made in La Seur Minnesota. Some of  the existing appliances were kept since they were only 5 years old and in good condition. A new dishwasher uses less water. And the periphery cabinets and coffee bar cabinets were kept in place and embelished while the  new island was designed to fit in. 


The end result is a beautiful new kitchen done in a traditional European style that is functional and more elegant than before and still fits the architectural style of the home.

Watch for my next blog which will discuss the adjoining redesigned Great Room. For more info on Master Plan Design and Project Management visit my website at www.letitialittle.com or go to Main Website at upper right of this blog.

Letitia Little is a licensed,award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN


GLAZED FLOOR AND WALL TILES are coated with glass-forming minerals and ceramic stains. Can look like real stone, marble and slate without the expense. Suitable on floors and walls.

PORCELAIN TILE COLORBODY™ is the densest of all tile types and has a color-through body. It has <0.50% water absorption. Porcelain can withstand temperature extremes, heavy foot traffic and may be used indoors and out. Has the look of natural stone and is easy to clean. Needs no sealing.

MOSAIC TILE is usually 3×3” or smaller and is available in glazed ceramic, glazed porcelain, unglazed ColorBody ™ porcelain and glass. Provides the use of  two or more colors in a tile design.

NATURAL STONE is beautiful , durable and enduring. Stone naturally lacks uniformity and contains wide variations in shade. These aspects enhance it’s natural appeal.


Field Tile makes up the bulk of a tile application. Generally offered in neutral colors.

Accent Tile provides a color accent to Field tile. Comes in bright , vivid colors.

Decorative Tile is coordinated with field tile featuring colors and relief.

Trim Tile matches field tile and comes in special shapes for special purposes ie: corners, floor and wall transitions.

Letitia Little is a licensed, award winning interior designer in Minneapolis, MN. Visit www.letitialittle.com for more info.

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