Carla Bast
Design Principal | Owner

Carla, the founder of Sneak Peek Design, is an award-winning designer creating distinctive and personalized living spaces in Minneapolis, St. Paul, and beyond. For over 19 years, she has been designing homes throughout the Twin Cities and nationwide. Carla’s work has been published in Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Spaces Magazine, Twin Cities Luxury + Fashion Magazine, and The StarTribune.
Her passion for architecture and interior design is reflected in the end result of her projects and her client’s delight. Her timeless designs emerge from the architecture of the home and the lifestyle of each client.
She has been nominated for and received awards from the American Society of Interior Designers (ASID), and Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine. As a member of ASID’s Minnesota chapter, she has served as the Programs Committee Chair, and served on the Board of Directors as Professional Development Director.
In her spare time, she enjoys her growing family, boating and traveling.

Awards & Accolades

ASID Minnesota Chapter

1st Place 2008, Showcase House Powder Room – Remodel

Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine

Peoples Choice Award 2009, Best Use of Color

Houzz Awards

Best of Design 2012, 2017, 2018,2019  Best of Service, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019

Publications

Spaces Magazine

Fall 2009, Cover Feature “Keys to the Cabin”

Twin Cities Luxury + Fashion

Feb. 2009, Feature Article “Life on Another Level”

National Cambria Ad

Featuring our ASID Showcase House, Butler’s Pantry 2008

Custom vanity in dark enameled finigh, white quartz top, brushed brass hardware, and pendant lighting.
We took out the cramped pantry closet and hallway creating a cute AND functional Butler's Pantry adjacent to the Dining Room.
Basement Bar

Testimonials

See what those who have worked with Sneak Peek Design have to say.

“We have many family dinners and large get-togethers which all end up in our kitchen. While our space was attractive it wasn’t really very functional. We called Sneak Peek and Carla came out to our home. She first laser measured the area and then we sat down for a chat. She asked what we do not like about our current kitchen and then what were the things we saw as the most wanted in a re-designed space. We shared some ideas (that I now see as “bush league ” that we were thinking. At our second meeting in Carla’s office I was amazed. It’s like we were whistling a tune that she turned into a symphony! I couldn’t believe her ideas were even possible but told her that if she could do that, we were all in. She brought over the contractor she worked with the most and who shared her passion for excellence. We reviewed the quote, signed it and the project began. Over the next several weeks during the project we would call her with ideas, questions or “what ifs” and Carla would share what she has seen work or not work. As we selected countertops , lights and faucets she would incorporate the exact choices in her 3-D renderings and email them to us. I can’t describe how valuable those pictures were in making decisions during the process. Tonight, we had some family over for dinner and we were flooded with compliments and OMG exclamations! Our kitchen is now huge, open, functional and attractive. Looking back, I cannot imagine undertaking this huge project without Carla and Sneak Peek. If you are even considering a remodeling project, your FIRST step should be to call Sneak Peek to see the possibilities!”  –  J. & M. Davis

“In one word, Astonishing! We hired Sneak Peek Design with R │House Design Build to help create a warm, inviting, basement for entertaining. The team of Sneak Peek Design and R│House Design Build went above and beyond our expectations. We are absolutely thrilled with the result and the endless compliments.

They walked us through every step of the project and were never satisfied unless we were happy. Carla combined our ideas, answered every question, listened and made suggestions that were in line with our needs and desires. All the while, keeping an excellent balance between design, budget and a 6-week timeline for our 2016 Family Christmas Eve celebration.

We recommend Carla and her amazing design for any job. We look forward to working with her for years to come… Cheers!”  –   M. & E. Sturm

“Carla was able to see beyond what was there and helped us to see what our space could be. Being able to see the plans in 3-D made a big difference – it’s hard for me to visualize a plan just by looking at a bunch of lines drawn on a piece of paper. She was mindful of our budget and steered us toward choices that would blend the old and the new. She was responsive and a pleasure to work with. We are really happy with our results.”  –   K. & D. Makey

“We worked with Carla at Sneak Peek Design to design our basement finishing. Not knowing exactly what we wanted, Carla brought our design to life. Being able to see our unfinished space in a 3D design template was amazing and exciting! We were able to meet just a handful of times to make the necessary design changes according to our preferences; to implement these changes in real time made the process so much smoother. What could have taken weeks and ultimately not have been exactly what we wanted in design, was settled in just a few meetings. Carla has also helped us further with design ideas and materials, which has been invaluable. We are close to the end of our project and we cannot wait to see the finished, collaborative product!”  –   M. Radaich

“Carla was great to work with on our basement remodel project. She quickly assessed our taste by exploring other areas within our home and came up with suggestions for a complementary design for the basement, while at the same time incorporating some unique features to add interest.

She was very flexible in scheduling selection appointments and was focused on helping us stay on budget without sacrificing the overall look and feel.

Overall a great experience and we look forward to enjoying our finished basement.

I would recommend Carla to anyone who is looking to create new space within their home, or update their existing spaces.”  –   M. & K. Fink

“As a general contractor, the most important tool I have is a quality design and plan and it has to be one that is developed in an environment of collaboration with the designer and client. I have used Sneak Peek Design exclusively for two years and couldn’t be happier. More importantly, my clients are thrilled with the results provided by a comprehensive design.

Sneak Peek Design had been an integral partner in allowing me to set expectations prior to construction, holding an accurate and timely schedule, as well as outlining every single finishing detail. I highly recommend Sneak Peek Design!”  –  Sound City Construction Management, LLC

“I am a first time homeowner and hired Sneak Peek Design to help me with my remodel project. I learned early on that I needed someone to help me. I had made a couple decisions that weren’t what I wanted them to be and it cost me to have them corrected. Sneak Peek Design was awesome to work with. They never made me feel like I had a bad question or too many questions. They were also willing to be available at a moment’s notice too. I always felt like my project was very important to them. The designer that I worked with was very knowledgeable and had great ideas for what I wanted. I loved the 3D feature so that I could actually see what my room was going to look like. The designer made me feel confident in the decisions that were made.”  –  K. Horn

“What stood out to me the most while working with Sneak Peek Design was the attention to detail in their plans. The more detailed the design/plan, the more helpful it is for us to build the project. While working with our clients, Sneak Peek presents their designs in 3-D. This helps our clients visualize what their space will look like and it also minimizes the room for error or surprises along the way. They are great coming up with a vision that represents what our clients wants and needs are. I would recommend Sneak Peek Design to anyone that is looking for architectural design and guidance through selections.”  –  R|House Design Build

“My husband and I worked with Carla at Sneak Peek Design to help us design the remodel of two bathrooms in our 1970’s home. Carla was friendly, courteous, approachable, organized and professional. She helped us keep our focus as we worked through the details. She listened closely to our wishes and incorporated them into creative design plans and very willingly made requested adjustments to the plans throughout the process. On completion of the final design plan, she met with us to select the finishing touches in tile, cabinetry, countertops, paint, etc. This is something that would ordinarily be overwhelming for us, but Carla again kept us focused and organized and made the experience quite pleasant.

It was a pleasure to work with Carla and we hope to work with her again in the future.”  –  J. Metelak