When this home was built in St. Croix, Minnesota in 1854, it was the height of popularity for Greek Revival style in America. And while this home lacks the big front porch and “temple front” that was common to the style, it doesn’t lack anything in charm and character. The current owners purchased the home in the 1990s and have been renovating it ever since.
Out back is a nicely-scaled patio framed by a rock wall on one side and a “wall” of firewood on the other (they’ll need it in January).
Inside, the owners have maintained a very traditional style in the formal living room, and have arranged furniture around the fireplace, rather than the television.
Moving to the informal areas of the house, the colors transition from deep red to bright, sunny yellow.
This deep window sill is in the hearth room, just off the kitchen.
It’s in the kitchen where this house really shows off. The white cabinets and dark countertops contrast nicely with the sunny yellow walls. The open layout of the kitchen lets this room be the center of activity all day long.
We love how the stairway flows right into the kitchen – we’d love starting a cold, dark Minnesota winter day with a blast of cheery yellow!
Upstairs there’s a big family room with a fireplace, a big TV, a full bath and a small sauna.
In the main floor master suite, the color scheme from the living room trickles in. It’s a big bedroom, with a sitting area and a fireplace.
The master bath has a very traditional feel, with a patterned tile floor, and a light sage green paint on the walls. The finishes here aren’t expensive, but they’re enough to make a very pleasant bathroom.