May 7, 2015 by Sarah
The MSP Home Tour 2015 was a couple of weekends ago.
Touring homes has to be one of my most favorite things of all time. The MSP home tour is one of the best home tours of the year for two very good reasons: 1) It features homes only in Minneapolis or St. Paul, so you know at least half of them are good 😉 and 2) The majority of the homes are remodels, so they are old and super cool.
There were some nice specimens this year.
Now on to the eye candy:
My absolute favorite home was a very stunning Victorian mansion on the West Side of Saint Paul. 3 stories of absolute gloriousness. The house was only half renovated so it left plenty to the imagination. The ceilings in the attic alone had to be at least 10 feet tall. It had everything an old house lover could want: original leaded and stained glass, woodwork galore, fireplaces, coffered ceilings, heavy solid wood pocket doors, butlers pantry, built-ins, clawfoot tub, and old gas light fixtures. This house was enormous. The exterior was beautiful and was fully landscaped as well. When can I move in?!
And some more random things that I liked:
This next house was a real charmer in Dayton’s Bluff, and it was also one of my favs from the tour. Totally finished from top to bottom with help from professional designers. I loved every bit of it. Good mix between old and new, even if they did paint the trim white (I strongly dislike when people paint all their woodwork white–it’s a complete travesty!). Original charm everywhere with an updated feel. The was drooling over all the light fixtures in this house which is why there are so many photos of them. Also, the attic was amazing. It featured a light and airy white painted subfloor with several little nooks. I really enjoyed the stainless steel countertop on the kitchen island and the salvaged bar. The bath tub in the master suite was interesting.
One of the bestest parts of the tour each year is the surprisingly large amount of cat-relating home décor. Old home lovers and feline lovers are one-in-the-same no doubt. We were lucky enough it even see a live one that was, no less, super annoyed by the whole tour.
If you are interested in having your home on the tour next year you can apply until January. More info can be found here.
If we ever live through this renovation, I hope to have our house on the tour. One day, but only after I sharply increase the amount of cat chotchkies around the house.