In a historical home you expect to see lots of classic original woodwork . Perhaps what you don’t expect is the modern touches added during the renovation.

But that’s what you will see on this home tour.

Living room with white brick fireplace and modern chairs

Amanda Kessel and her husband found this home while taking a walk through a St. Paul, Minnesota neighborhood.

It was a fixer-upper in every sense of the word. They knew there would have to be lots of renovating and time spent making this house their home.

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Coffee table decor display with hydrangeas in colorful floral vase

On the coffee table is a wicker tray with books. A pretty glass box holds bohemian-style beads and a colorful floral vase holds white hydrangeas.

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Wood stairs in historical home

They renovated this historic home to make it brighter and lighter, but they chose not to paint over the wood accents.

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Entryway in charming historical home

They loved this historic neighborhood where they walked their baby and dog down the tree-lined streets.

Neighbors were friendly and called out to them from their front porches as they walked past.

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Traditional dining room in historical home

This home highlights its history with the homeowners’ devoted care while remodeling.

In the above photo the dining furniture is classic and traditional. The chairs are upholstered with gray fabric seats.

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Traditional chair with modern decor

Amanda’s design style is mostly traditional. She likes things that are classic and enduring. And that’s what this house is to her.

A blue wingback chair in the living room beckons you to take a seat and rest awhile. A modern standing lamp and side table stand in contrast to the more traditional style of the chair.

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White kitchen with wood bar stools

The lantern-style lights hanging above the island make the space feel elegant.

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Modern white kitchen with black counter tops and vintage decor

The appliances are stainless steel. And the cabinets are white with silver drawer pulls, while the countertop is a contrast in black.

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Mudroom with black wood cubbies and shelves

The mudroom has black built-in cubbies and drawers made of wood. The floor is a black and white pattern with a touch of gray.

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Bathroom with white claw foot tub and white decor and walls

This bathroom has a beautiful claw-foot tub with silver feet. There are narrow shelves on the wall for decor and such.

The window covering is a beige wicker roll-up style shade.

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White vanity with gray and white wall paper in bathroom

The vanity is white, and gray and white floral wallpaper grace the walls. This wallpaper evokes a feeling of times past.

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Vanity with gray and gray upholstered stool with orange piping

There is a small built-in dressing table with a mirror and black light sconces. Underneath is a stool upholstered in gray with orange piping.

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Entryway with house plant and console with gray upholstered tools

The entryway has a modern wood console-style table with gray upholstered stools underneath.

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{Photos & home details from The Everygirl website}

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  1. I think they’ve done a wonderful job of mixing the old and new together. Well done. Really pretty to look at and practical too.

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