{spring home makeover: front porch edition}

The return of warm weather means it’s time to get outside in Minnesota! Spring is the perfect time to open up your windows and revamp your front porch so you can enjoy the outdoors for the months to come.  But time is wasting, so here are some decor tips  for a quick and easy front porch makeover.

Paint the Front Door

Front door Whyte Blue Benjamin Moore

That door! Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore at the 2015 ASID Showcase Home | Photography by Spacecrafting via House of Turquoise

For the biggest impact, add some bright, inviting color to your door and accessories. Whether you go bright or light the key is using complimentary colors. For every blue, green, or violet, choose an orange, red, or yellow.

Richmond, 1930

Credit: Hannah Brown

If you’ve got warm brick or siding, try a cool color like spring green, teal, or turquoise. If you’ve got white siding, no color is off limits — not even this canary yellow.

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{friday finds: bright lights from high point}

If one theme dominated light fixtures at High Point Market for Spring 2016, it was gold. “Lots of gold, larger in scale, and somewhat organic,” said Kathy Basil, part of our three visitor team from Hirshfield’s Design Resource.

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In fact, Kathy saw so many of the glamorous gold/organic combos that she tried to coin a term for the new look in light fixtures. “Maybe we’ll call it orglamic,” she joked, “or maybe not.”

All kidding aside, Kathy said statement pendants were the top lighting trend at High Point. “Larger scale statement pendants,” that definitely fit that glam/organic theme. “Gold was definitely the finish we saw the most — many embellished with rose quartz, alabaster, and a variety of agates.” Read the rest of this entry »

{5 tips for updating or freshening up your entryway}

The entryway creates your guests’ first impression of your home. But it’s also one of the smallest parts of your home — usually too small for much furniture or many accessories.

So, how do you freshen it up when  you want to make a different impression? It’s all about the finishes. Here are 5 great ways to give your entryway a facelift.

2014 Parade Home

Credit: Joe Carrick Design

 Keep it Light and Bright

Elsie Larson took her entryway from drab to fab by painting her door a happy pastel and adding a bright metallic wallpaper on the walls. Since the wallpaper is mostly white, her hallway feels airy and open rather than dark or cramped.

Credit: A Beautiful Mess

Credit: Elsie Larson | A Beautiful Mess

Note: Bright and white walls look best in sunny rooms. If your entry is more of a hallway than a foyer, grab some medium tones or shimmery samples, too — they might look better in your lighting. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: the best of high point market}

Powerful colors, pretty pinks, mixed metals and luxurious velvets are some of the trends to watch after our Hirshfield’s team visited the High Point Market Spring 2016.

Kathy, Greg and Taylor represented Hirshfield’s Design Resource at the Market, which is the world’s premiere home fashion event. Here is a look at some of the latest designs, ideas, and innovations they saw during  Market.

Power Clashing

High Point Spring 2016

High Point Spring Market 2016

Strong colors and strong patterns pushed the envelope at Market Week. In the past, you would see a single design element, say a fabric or piece of art, as the power player in a room.

Prevalent at spring market were entire rooms filled with saturated colors from the wall to the floor, to the fabric used on a sofa, all the way up to the ceiling. Read the rest of this entry »

{DIY season is here: the best projects to do yourself}

Spring is the start of DIY season. After a long Minnesota winter, it’s natural to start your spring cleaning and start dreaming of home improvements, as well. But don’t forget the low-hanging fruit, the easy-to-do inside projects that can make a quick impact. These are a half-dozen DIY inspirations that you can do right away, or wait until you run into a rainy day.

Paint the Front Door

Like we’ve always suggested, painting your front door and adding a few accessories is one of the fastest changes that can completely transform your curb appeal. And if you want to experiment with something like this yellow, it only takes a little more paint to change it to a less springy color for fall and winter.  Click on this link to see the proper way to paint a door.

Makeover the Front Porch

A simple porch makeover can create an outdoor hangout for the whole family. Add some pillows, hang some curtains for privacy, throw out a rug, and voila! The perfect place to read a book.

Credit: Country Living

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{8 tips to maximize your storage space}

Spring has sprung and spring cleaning has begun for many of us. It’s an enjoyable rite of spring, but cleaning up your home and putting  away your big, bulky winter clothing can have a side-effect (or benefit) — revealing your home’s storage limitations.

So, as we start spring cleaning season, here are some helpful tips to maximize your storage space and minimize the clutter.

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{bachman’s spring ideas house 2016}

Bachman's 2016 spring ideas house

Hello (channel Adele) and welcome to the Bachman’s Spring Ideas House 2016!

Each season designers transform the historical Bachman’s home on Lyndale Avenue by painting, furnishing, and decorating the entire house with their signature mix of new items, repurposed pieces, and a touch of vintage. Refreshing bursts of color are a welcomed sight against a backdrop of soft, muted tones and natural elements.

Key Trends to look for in this season’s Holiday Ideas House:

  • Shades of Grey – Provides a sophisticated backdrop for colorful accents.
  • Floral Patterns – Offers a tribute to spring through fun and whimsical patterns.
  • Terrariums – Gives room a fresh look with a living, botanical creation.
  • Coral Color – Revives energy throughout house with refreshing color.

Let Bachman’s Ideas House help you forget that it snowed today here in town.

Bachman's Spring Ideas House 2016

Wallpaper that looks like old tin ceiling tiles grace the sunroom walls. Spring has sprung with coral accents which always look fabulous with gray.

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