April 13, 2018 Colleen Bursaw


April 2018


PROJECT FEATURE: Mid-Century Modern Kitchen to be featured in 2018 Castle Educational Home Tour


Mid-Century Modern Kitchen Project 1322-20 Rendering

Still a work in progress, it takes some imagination to picture what this demolished Northeast Minneapolis kitchen will look like once completed… although renderings do help!


Loren Schirber, an owner of Castle Building & Remodeling, is known to favor Mid-Century Modern design and is not only excited to have his kitchen back, but eager for it to finally match the rest of his home (and personality)! He and his wife have been making updates throughout the years, but a remodeled kitchen is always the most rewarding once completed. After all, most of us use our kitchens every day, use them to entertain and find them central to our home lives… so while living through a kitchen remodel can be inconvenient, the finished result is so worth it (if done correctly, that is)!
























Like many Twin Cities homes built in the 1950’s, this house was ready for some updates. Rather than updating with merely the most contemporary design features, Castle has been working to restore this kitchen’s original character, while ensuring it lasts another 60+ years. How do we do this? Planning and quality craftsmanship.


Some locally-made upgrades the Schirber family chose were recycled glass countertops from Dakota Surfaces and accent tile from Mercury Mosaics.


Castle Carpenters and trade partners have been working day in and day out, making every detail perfect. We encourage you to come see the final result during this year’s Castle Educational Home Tour, September 29th and 30th, 2018.


April mid-century modern kitchen schirber during photos minneapolis


Create the Look: Mid-Century Modern Style and Tips

Mid-Century Modern style is IN… and no wonder! The simple, sleek lines appeal to the masses and it is easy to incorporate into almost any home! Largely influenced by Ludwig Mies van der Rohe (known for the Barcelona Chair) and Le Corbusier, Mid-Century Modern design offers a relaxing, open atmosphere with a hint of nostalgia. And this “trend” isn’t going anywhere… rest assured that if you create a timeless Mid-Century Modern style in your own home, you’ll be diggin’ it for years to come!


april mid-century modern create the lookHere are some characteristics of Mid-Century Modern style to keep in mind when creating this look in your home:
  • Lots of natural wood (not just floors, but also go for cabinets, furniture,walls and even ceilings!)
  • Floor to Ceiling windows and sliding doors
  • Warm, neutral color pallets with pops of bright color
  • Geometric shapes and patterns
  • Minimal knick-knack décor and ornamentation to accentuate clean lines
  • Functionality is key- form follows function in Mid-Century Modern design
  • Furniture: Low-standing furniture with shorter backs, tapered legs (wider at the top and narrower at the bottom) at an angle. Understated or absent drawer knobs and handles.
  • Lighting: Bubble Pendants, Sputnik Chandeliers, Overarching floor lamps
  • Fabrics: Tweed, orange/brown leather, the occasional use of velvet
  • Art: Abstract Expressionism in simple frames


PRODUCT FEATURE: Mercury Mosaics – Mod Mosaics



Come to any Castle showroom to check out our latest handmade tile samples from Mercury Mosaics: Mod Mosaics!

Featured in the Schirber project above, this Mid-Century Modern-friendly tile adds a playful element to any design and comes in a variety of colors. Let’s start planning your Mid-Century Modern remodel today!



April 28th: Exclusive Talk with Larry Millett!












Please join us for this free event (on April 28th at our Longfellow Showroom) where award-winning author and historian Larry Millett will talk about his book Minnesota Modern.


Don’t forget to bring a copy of his book for signing!


Please RSVP in advance on our website.





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