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Zenith House Reveal: Part 1

House Reveal: Part 1

Main Level Design

Today we’re sharing part one of our latest house reveal that wrapped up this past winter/spring – it was hands down one of our favorite projects, and we’re so happy with the finished home.

Located in Edina, the original home was small – no more than a story and a half – and it was built in a typical 1950s style. So rather than remodel, the project was a complete knock down (though we kept the original foundation and then built the new structure off of that).

We partnered with a contractor from Bellin Construction Services who was super helpful and great to work with, always keeping us in the loop (which made the process smooth and easy). The build began with plans, then moved into the structure stage, and from there, we finalized selections, finishes, and details.

The final result? A beautiful open floor plan with a modern farmhouse style (but a little more on the classic side).

So, without further ado, let’s take a look at the main level…


For the mudroom, we wanted things to feel simple and classic. We opted for light gray on the upper shelves and bench base to give a bit of a color pop and contrast, and we paired that with a white shiplap wall to add texture and interest. The wooden bench seat brought out the hardwood floors, and the wooden crates in the upper shelves helped to connect it all to make the mudroom feel cohesive. Storage-wise, this space was perfect for everyday use - a few matte black hooks allowed for ample space to hang coats, and the open bench and upper shelves allowed for plenty of room to collect and organize items.

Powder Bath

Keeping things fresh and clean, we chose to stick to neutrals in this powder room. Hints of gray and silver gave the space a metallic pop while white accents in the countertop and décor helped to keep things bright and soft. We mixed our metals as well, pairing brushed nickel handles on the vanity doors (lower plane) with a chrome faucet, hand towel bar, and light fixture (middle and upper planes). To connect it all, the mirror combined both metals together while the cotton ball container added a bit of brushed nickel to warm up the chrome-heavy middle plane.

Kitchen/Dining Room

For this combined kitchen/dining space, we paired white cabinets and trim with subtle gray details in the subway tile backsplash and dining room wall color. We wanted to emphasize the open and light-filled room, so sticking to bright colors kept things feeling crisp and modern. Unlike the powder room where we mixed a few different metals, we kept things streamlined here, opting for a contemporary look with matte black light fixtures, hardware, and faucets, and sleek black stools and appliances to anchor the room visually. To top it all off, we incorporated wooden accents in the exhaust hood, the dining room furniture, and the countertop décor to keep the space feeling warm and connected to the hardwood floor.

Living Room

Sticking to neutrals in the living room as well, we wanted the overall vibe to be classic and cozy. Warm grays provided the base (on the mantle, cabinets, and walls), while whites provided pops of brightness. The trick to creating interest without a lot of color, though, was to play with texture. So, for this space we added hammered silver vases, an over-sized gray canvas print, and several gray books and pillows in different shades and fabrics. The whites added their own texture as well with herringbone tile surrounding the fireplace and a shiplap wall above the mantle.

We love the open floor plan and the neutrals at play throughout the house, and we can’t wait to show you the upper and lower levels. So, stay tuned for part two to be revealed next week – we’ve got a feeling you’ll fall in love as fast as we did.

By Megan Johansson, Contributor for Molly Howe Design

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