Scottish Cottage in the City – Guest Suite Reinvention


Remodel Type: Bedroom

Design Style: Vintage

Clients Favorite Part: Heated Floor & New Bathroom


  • Guest bedroom in a dormer addition from approximately 1955
  • Toilet stuck in a closet in the carpeted bedroom
  • Vanity inset in the nook in the hallway from the original house
  • Semi-reliable radiator took up valuable real estate
  • No shower or true bathroom on the second floor
  • Sloped ceiling with dated acoustic tile
  • Unknown conditions behind the walls


  • Created a 3/4 bath from the bedroom’s original footprint
  • Converted nook in hall from vanity to linen storage
  • Added radiant in-floor heating throughout suite (under LVT in bedroom and tile in the bath)
  • Custom built-in nook around the bed with his and her dimmable lighting and storage, inspired by a B&B they visited
  • New slim, tillable recessed LED lights in drywall ceiling to allow for maximum ceiling clearance with improved insulation above (key for the tall homeowners)
  • Eliminated all the not-to-code and hazardous plumbing, electrical and structural issues that threatened the safety of the house. Just about everything they could find wrong in the walls, they found.


  • Salvaged stain glass window from Architectural Antiques in the new opening from landing brings in light and historic character
  • Custom recessed storage along bathroom wall using space discovered under the eaves
  • All new casings, crystal doorknobs, and vintage-inspired finishes chosen to match original details in home
  • Solar Tube and glass block “window” in bathroom bring daylight into a windowless room
  • Color palette and accessories inspired by homeowners love of violets and vintage accents collected on her travels, for a charming “Scottish Cottage” character
  • Repainted vintage furniture in sunny yellow that highlights their form and brightens the space
  • Homeowner baked cookies for the contractors almost daily


Remodel Type: Bedroom and Bathroom

Design Style: Vintage

Clients Favorite Part: Heated Floor & New Bathroom

Trade Resources and Partners

Photography: Alyssa Lee Photography

Contractor: The Whisker Group

Tile: The Tile Shop

LVT Flooring: ProSource

From The Client

“Rather than laugh at my many and varied decorating magazine clippings, Colleen incorporated some of the ideas and pointed out ways others could be improved upon. Plus, she came up with original techniques that were sheer genius. Her grasp of color is formidable, and her talent at spacial design is amazing. We can’t believe how she turned our former handyman special (from a previous owner) bathroom into a spacious and luxurious bath and still kept the bedroom’s dimensions comfortable. Colleen is vivacious, high-energy, and fun to work with. We truly enjoyed collaborating with her on our project.”

– Keith & Katharyn

About Colleen

I live in Minneapolis with my landscape architect/urban designer husband, my daughter who believes she’s my design assistant and sous chef, an independent Siamese, a feisty grey-striped kitten, and a menagerie of turkeys and other wild animals who visit our backyard for the free food. When I’m not designing, you’ll often find me cooking up a Paleo feast, cheering for my daughter's volleyball team, playing pickleball, or hiding in a corner with my nose in a book.