David Heide

Design Studio

The kitchen, with it's cream walls, abundance of cherry woodwork, and white subway tile backsplash, is a warm space. The glimpse of office walls in a slate blue harmonizes with the veiny stone counters in greens, grays, and browns The built in buffet features not only art glass, but also ripply specialty glass that plays with light and reflection.

Summit Avenue Spectacular

When we approached the remodeling of this 1913 Craftsman bungalow, several governing principles were immediately established. First, the pedigree of the house obligated us to be good stewards of its history and to respect its careful detailing and relative scale of spaces. Drawing on our extensive experience in decorative arts, we incorporated fine details that make this project completely unique to its location and owners.

We designed the art glass panels with inspiration from original pieces in the front of the house. The lighting, fashioned from unlacquered brass, hand-blow glass, and cherry to match the cabinetry, were designed by our studio and fabricated locally. Unfinished attic space above allowed the creation of a tent ceiling that defines the middle of the room, augmenting the expansive feel of the space. A hand-painted stenciling on the cherry frieze subtly completes the composition of details.

The owners, a part-time rancher and an accomplished artist, gave us plenty of inspiration. Custom cutouts, mother-of-pearl inlays, and a handmade copper hood pay homage simultaneously to both the original aesthetic of the house and our clients’ artistic sensibilities.

Finally, one the most important goals of this project was to make sure the house was suited for modern life. When buildings become incompatible with modern living, they are in danger of obsolescence, even demolition. While successfully maintaining the proper historic aesthetic, all the desirable modern amenities have been thoughtfully incorporated. Rather than an island, we designed an Arts & Crafts-styled table that can be moved out of the way during large gatherings. Modern, stainless steel ovens and cooktop serve as understated indications that while this kitchen gives the spirit of 1913, it’s ready for today’s demands.

The beautiful chandelier in this project won the 2018 ASID Award First Place for Custom Designed Object/Detail.

The graceful, artisan-made pendant light fixtures hang from a display shelf running around the room at top-of-cabinet height.
The matching chandelier includes mother of pearl detail and harmonizes with the delicate stenciling that runs around the kitchen on the wooden edge below the tent ceiling.
The dining room is separated from the kitchen by a peninsula, and also features a wide band of windows with a view of trees.
The built-in buffet with it's decorative cut-outs acts as a bar, with storage for bottles, refrigerator drawers, and pull-out cutting boards.


Saint Paul, MN


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