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Continued: DIY bloggers update their St. Paul home, with help from a TV design pro

  • Article by: LYNN UNDERWOOD , Star Tribune
  • Last update: March 15, 2014 - 4:30 PM

Craigslist finds

They scored many unique vintage pieces through Craigslist, including a campaign-style dresser for $100, which Bornsztein sanded and sprayed white. In the dining room, the Danish midcentury modern table, wooden slat chairs and credenza are also from Craigslist. A new modern bronze chandelier, with bars that can reconfigured in any shape, is suspended above the table. The conversation piece of the room is a gallery-like wall displaying different-sized family photos, inside Ikea frames, arranged on an “organic grid” by Henderson.

Henderson’s unfussy design scheme for the living room feels young and modern, yet it’s comfortable for a family with little kids. It’s anchored by a Room & Board tufted-back sofa with midcentury modern curves and a contemporary blue steel-colored area rug from Loloi. Bornsztein re-covered and restored two Danish modern chairs — one of which was passed down from his father.

The sunroom is long and narrow, so Henderson divided it into two spaces. On one end is a bright and cheery breakfast nook, with a Saarinen-style Ikea table, surrounded by vintage Bertoia chairs found on Craigslist, which Bornsztein sandblasted and painted. On the other end is the TV and play room furnished with kid-sized camp stools and a low table matching one in the living room. West Elm pillows and teal lamps add pops of color.

“Emily made the sunroom useful and pretty — not a dumping ground for toys,” said Bornsztein.

On the second floor, the vaulted master bedroom is a mélange of vintage modern, old Hollywood glam and airy styling. A navy velvet king-size headboard from Target adds a touch of luxury. “I couldn’t picture it at first; I thought it was over-the-top,” Bornsztein said. “But it really works.” The bed is flanked by campaign-style nightstands, found on Craigslist for $40 and painted gray, which is repeated in the Loloi area rug.

Although the couple worked 10-hour days and had to finance and furnish four rooms all at once, they feel lucky that they connected with Henderson and had the chance to work with her.

“We saw this home on a cold winter day and had an idea to make it into a dream place for our family,” Bornsztein said. “It’s really awesome that we were able to get it done.”


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Lynn Underwood • 612-673-7619


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