{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house}

Last night was the first time I have been to a Bachman’s Idea House and it was so much better than what I thought it would be. What took me so long?

I am a fan of Ki Nassauer (original Junkmarket owner) who is the Vintage Consultant for the house. I was excited to see what the “junk whisperer” had in store for us. Also, Hirshfield’s provided paint and wallpaper and I was curious to see what colors were picked for the Holiday Idea House 2010.

Here is one view of the decked out living room. This room looks so good, but my photos do not do it justice. The paint color is 0478 Singing in the Rain. I consider it a chameleon color as it can go green or blue. Garage Sale Gal has a great photo of the Christmas tree in the living room. The striped ornaments on the tree are the inspiration for the colors used throughout the house.

Vintage casserole holders, an old frame and wallpaper, make this wall one of the focal points in the dining room. H’s paint colors 0568 Cloudy Today, Frame is 0570 Grey Locks, and wallpaper is from the Verve book.

Aprons used as supply holders, broom handles as curtain rods, and curtain rods made into gift wrap holders. The valance constructed out of a sewing pattern totally rocks. This lively space is aptly named the gift wrap and sewing room. H’s paint colors 0007 Cottonball, 0008 Casa Blanca, and Plunge 0701.

We are not a hockey family, so furniture made out of hockey sticks is brand new to me. Sticks, jerseys, pucks, and skates all repurposed in this boy’s room. The pegboard running around the room is the icing on the cake for me. This is a good-looking room. H’s paint colors 0273 Sandstorm Palette and Siren 1117.

There are a total of 15 spaces designed with the special Bachman’s touch of new and vintage. The lovely smell of fresh lilies floats through the upstairs with magnificent arrangements placed through the home. Gather inspiration and ideas to freshen up your home for the holidays.

Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House will be open Nov. 11 – Dec. 12th. Tickets are $5 each with 20% of all proceeds benefiting Children’s Home Society & Family Services. In addition, all guests will receive a coupon for $5 off their purchase of $25 or more at Bachman’s Floral, Gift and Garden Stores.

Call 612-861-7311 for tickets or order online.

{colors for your kitchen}

Kitchens are great places to explore using color in your home. But it’s also a space that can be overwhelming – where do you start when you also have floors, cabinets and countertops in the mix? And, don’t forget the finishes on your appliances. Are they white, black or stainless? Those finishes will really impact how a color transforms a space.

Interior Design Ideas

First – start with how you want your kitchen to feel. Do you want it to be relaxing? Energizing? Classic or trendy? Narrowing down the feel for your space will help you take the next step in deciding on your colors.

Triple H Renovations

Then – head to the paint store! Pick all of the colors you like and then narrow them down to two or three. Cindy at Hirshfield’s in Maple Grove says warm colors like browns, darker reds and golds are really popular right now because they go very well with the newer granite countertops. Cindy says if you can bring in a sample of your countertop and even a wood sample for your cupboards or a floor sample they can really help you narrow down a color to choose. And, she says don’t forget to let them know about the other colors in your home – especially if you have an open floor plan.

Consider natural elements – quartz, stone, granite, wood – when you’re looking at paint. Colors in these tones can really help tie all of the finishes in your space together. This gray and brown kitchen is anything but boring.


Jewel tones really pop against the dark cabinets in this space.


If you have white cabinets – the color you choose for your walls will really stand out. This is a great space for color like the brick red featured in this modern, Asian-inspired kitchen.


If you want to stay neutral on the walls or cabinets – use your countertops, island or backsplash as places to make an impact with color.

Home Designing


Modern Decors

Bon Appetit!

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