Three time a year, the creative people at Bachman’s here in Minneapolis open up their “ideas house” for the public. It is a great opportunity to get new decorating ideas, and many of the items featured in the house can be purchased in the Bachman’s store. I went last fall with my aunts (check it out here), and last weekend I went with a girlfriend. They did something a bit different this time by creating a narrative of the people who “live” in the house – a mom who works from home as an event planner and her daughter.
Spring Ideas House 2013
Here are some of my favorite ideas from the house.
Lots of yellows and grays on the main floor of the house. Love!
All yellow flowers were arranged in nice glass vases with rocks in the bottom. Such a great natural element to incorporate. Also, they wrote the menu on the mirror. What a perfect way to display the menu for a special brunch using something that you probably have hanging on your wall already.
There were some very cute jars and buckets decorating the kitchen shelves. How cute are the sayings on the tins – “This and That” and “Bits and Bobs.” You could easily paint those words on any jar or box. And I am truly loving this herb planter hanging in front of the window. This would be a perfect solution for an apartment dweller with a less than stellar view or wanting just a bit of privacy. You can block the view without blocking the light.
This stairwell would have to be one of the most inexpensive and most simple DIY projects. All you would need: giant paper flowers, painted lattice, and mirrors glued onto spray painted serving platters.
This home office had just a soothing feeling. It is a bit more shabby-chic than my taste, but there are definitely some elements worth showing. Birds were another element found throughout the house. Check out the giant bird shelf hanging behind the desk. The calendar would be such an easy DIY – just mount a piece of plexi-glass to the wall with trim. There were squares of paper on the wall behind the glass to mark the days of the month.
I loved all of the paper flowers hanging on the wall to make a head board. And you could do this in any color you want. This desk are would be perfect for a tween – painted owl lamps and three framed cork boards for all of her doo-dads.
Things to Make
I snapped a picture of this coffee table because of the white tiles laying under the glass. This got me thinking that you could change out the tiles with the seasons. That would be too easy.
And finally – the project that I AM going to make this summer. These lamps were in the master bedroom, but I want to make them for my back patio. Basically, they took a wooden pillar, nailed some wood trim to the bottom for a base, ran an electrical cord through the middle and put a small light bulb inside the vase at the top. To make an easier outdoor version, I plan on using a heavy-duty vase with a citronella candle inside.
Despite the miserable cold and rainy weather, I really had a wonderful time. I even managed to buy something at the Bachman’s store, but you will have to wait for another post to see how I decide to display it in my house!