European-inspired Kitchen featured in Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine

Designed & Made was recently featured on the cover of the Home & Design issue of MSP Magazine.

Home and Design Issue MSP Magazine

This turn-of-the century home features a European-inspired kitchen with a butler pantry that houses appliances. The highlights of this kitchen include a contrasting center island, rift-sawn oak cabinets, and upper cabinets with paned glass doors.

This project was done in collaboration with Prospect Refuge Studio and Linne Renovations.

Nightstand with Hidden Drawer

Innovation is a common theme at Designed and Made. The goal of this project was to take a common household item — in this case a nightstand — and incorporate custom features that make the furniture piece unique, and truly custom.

This nightstand with a hidden drawer features burl veneer inlays behind a CNC-machined walnut face with gold leaf trim that accentuates the detail.

“Mike Prom and I were able to build on the knowledge we gained on the original hidden drawer project to create a simpler hidden drawer mechanism with less parts that is easier to build,” said Brian Grabski.

The nightstand features:

  • CNC-machined walnut face
  • Burl veneer inlays
  • Gold leaf details on the trim

Built into the nightstand is a hidden drawer. To access the drawer, you pull on a lever hidden behind the frame of the top drawer. This activates a spring which pushes the hidden drawer out. The beauty of the spring is threefold; it’s inexpensive and readily available, it can easily be replaced, and the tension keeps the hidden drawer closed until it’s activated.

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Sketch and Parts Lists with Exploded View

Take a look behind the scenes at the drawings and sketches used to create this project. Includes:

  • Preliminary shop sketches of the drawer locking mechanism
  • CAD drawings in PDF format
  • Specifications and Dimensions for Components

Price: $8.99

Files available for download immediately after you purchase.

2015 ASID Awards – 1st Place Kitchen

ASID Minnesota Award Winning-Kitchen

Designed & Made Custom Woodworking was excited to be a part of an award-winning team that won 1st Place in the 2015 American Society of Interior Designers Awards in Minnesota. We worked with designer Annie Tropple, Peterson/Keller Architecture, and Hage Homes to create a transitional kitchen within a Lake of The Isles custom home.

View Award, 1st Place Kitchen under 300 Sq. Feet

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Designer: Annie Tropple, Blend Interior Design
Architect: Carl Olson, Peterson/Keller Architecture
Builder: Kerry Hage, Hage Homes
Woodworking: Designed & Made

2015 Luxury Home Remodeling Tour

Custom Kitchen on Upper Saint Dennis in St. Paul

Designed & Made is proud to be a part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Luxury Home Remodeling Tour.

Two Weekends: August 15-16 & 22-23.  Get tickets online by clicking HERE.

This 1950’s mid-century rambler situated in St. Paul’s Highland Park neighborhood underwent a full remodel.  Located at 2065 Upper St. Dennis Rd. the 6,300 square foot house offers custom cabinetry throughout.

2015 Luxury Home Tour

Star Tribune Cover - What's Trending in Kitchens

Designed & Made was proud to have one of its projects recently featured front and center in the Minneapolis Star Tribune’s article, “What’s trending in the Kitchen?”.

Designed & Made was proud to be a part of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Luxury Home Tour. The home located at 700 Osceola offers custom cabintery, a custom entertainment center, butler’s pantry, master bathroom vanity and bar.

Custom Kitchen at 700 Osceola St. Paul, MN

The Old World feel of the cobblestone street out front matches this Tudor-style home, reminiscent of a charming fairytale cottage.

Located in St. Paul’s historic Crocus Hills neighborhood, the home fits in with the character of other homes on the street, designated a national historic district. There’s a strong sense of community here, and builder Detail Design + Build and designer Charlie Simmons of Charlie and Co. were sensitive to neighborhood concerns about history and aesthetics.

Historic details can be seen in the steeply pitched cross gable, stucco exterior, archway to the front door, and stacked brick wall landscaping, and inside, in the coffered ceiling, butler’s pantry, hooded hearth, hand-painted tiles, built-in cabinetry, and back covered porch, complete with hanging lanterns.

The 5,000-square-foot home has contemporary details, too, with art niches, a powder room with an art glass feature wall, a private balcony with southern exposure off the master suite, a four-story stair tower with cascading light fixtures adding drama and natural light, bedrooms connected with a Jack-and- Jill bath, a beautiful master suite, and a separate driveway path to the mudroom entrance. There are a few tech surprises in the home as well, with technology hidden in unexpected places—like the cabinet doors that open and close automatically with a soft push.

A lot of time was spent perfecting details and paying attention to craftsmanship for the perfect balance of form and function. The end result? A home that is not only aesthetically pleasing, but incredibly versatile— features that will never go out of style.