Monday, January 5, 2009

Nantucket De Novo Style

Here is a spectacular home designed by De Novo Architects in Minneapolis. They design gorgeous new residences with old world detailing, as well as phenomenal renovations. I lived in Minneapolis for seven years and was lucky enough to see some of their work in person. All photos are from their website.
The family room is a gem! Look at that unusual ceiling - It is curved and beadboarded.

It does not mention who the builder was, but the craftsmen should be congratulated for executing such a challenging but beautiful design. I can only imagine the difficulty in building that ceiling and the months to complete the trim moldings and fireplace surrounds.

Enter into the lovely Dining Room. Notice the high wainscoting and the built in china cabinet that is made to look like furniture. I like the mirrored back in the china cabinet which reflects the windows and the outdoors. I also like the mixed chairs and the bench seating at the head of the table. Lighting plan includes sconces and a chandelier for the perfect lighting at night.
A classic kitchen - Christopher Peacock inspired, except for the backsplash tile, which is hard to make out. I like the pendants lights over the island -I especially like three. I am a fan of things in threes. I also like the interior window over the doorways, this adds such openness and light into the space.
What an unbelievable library. Notice how the curve of the window is mimicked by the curve of the opposite bookcase. I love the softness that the hanging light adds. Notice the ladder on the brass rail.
Another curved ceiling in the porch - yet another room which demonstrates excellent in design and workmanship. Not only is ceiling a work of art, but also notice the detailed moulding on all the posts between the screens. You can see the entire house including the beautiful exterior and learn more about De Novo Architects at


  1. wow, that is gorgeous! thanks for sharing all those great ideas!

  2. Love the clean lines and attention to details. Like the arched ceiling too.

  3. oh my goodness! being from Minnesota, I am especially grateful for the time you took to post this. I think the ceiling is phenomenal!! I will check them out.

  4. My gosh, that ceiling is gorgeous! I can't even imagine how much it would cost. I'm trying to just get crown molding and faux beams and it's expensive. That home is absolutely fabulous. Thanks for giving us a "tour".

  5. A beautiful home.
    I love all white homes with dark wood floors.
    The library is gorgeous.
    Very nice detailing throughout.
    Thank you for sharing.


  6. Now that's a house. What a beautiful find. I love that ceiling.
    Ness xx

  7. what an amazing space !!!
    i have never seen a house like it.
    that ceiling !!! and the windows !!!
    and the paneling !!!
    if i could, i would buy it in a second.
    i would be very happy in those rooms !

    BTW, thanks for commenting


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