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Viola Davis Delivers a Dream Home

Actress Viola Davis headed to Minneapolis to surprise Michelle, her acting school roommate and best friend of 30 years, with a home renovation. Viola worked with us to create a peaceful sanctuary where this caring mom can finally put herself first.

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wdt_ID Room Product Type STYLE Product Company Product Code
1 Kitchen Sintered Stone Countertop Arctic White Arctic White Neolith N/A
2 Kitchen Countertop Fabrication N/A N/A NVR Surfaces N/A
3 Kitchen Backsplash 8x12 Classic Statuario 8x12 Classic Statuario Tile X Design 15157
4 Kitchen Marvel Cabinetry N/A N/A Marvel Cabinetry N/A
5 Kitchen EMTEK Hardware Warwick Appliance Pull Warwick Appliance Pull EMTEK 18" C-to-C: 86712
6 Kitchen Sink Pescara PTX110-31 Pescara PTX110-31 Franke PTX110-31
7 Kitchen Light Fixtures Somerset 34087HB Somerset 34087HB Hinkley Lighting 640665340709
8 Throughout Trim 3 ½” Fingerjoint Poplar Casing 3 ½” Fingerjoint Poplar Casing Metrie 9832PRI
9 Throughout Hardwood Domenico Domenico DuChateau N/A
10 Throughout Light Fixtures Jane 3-Light Flush Mount Jane 3-Light Flush Mount Generation Lighting EF1023MWT

Before & After


We snuck in a home office for Michelle to give her a space all to herself. Her husband was in on it, filling the room with memories: pictures of her family, her old playbill, even a record player so she could sit and listen to old favorites. We have no doubt this quickly will become Michelle’s favorite room.


Michelle’s previous kitchen was pretty dated, so we opened up the shelving, hid the fridge behind custom cabinetry and provided this peninsula so she could hang out with loved ones. Michelle got so excited about us sitting around the peninsula that she promised to cook us her “specialty” … which she had not quite figured out yet! (Don’t worry, Michelle, we’re happy to come back for free food.)


Michelle’s dining space was a little small, which we quickly remedied by knocking out the wall separating the room from the kitchen. To make the space feel even bigger and more welcoming, we cut out large windows to let in plenty of natural light. And even though lots of light is coming in, we installed double-paned windows so that heat won’t go out on those cold Minnesota nights.

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Art Director: Victoria Tonelli
Construction Lead: Inspiri

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