{wallcovering wednesday: florals that never go out of style}

Can there be too much of a good thing? When it comes to florals, some designers say no. It seems that flowers never go out of style – it’s just the way they’re presented. Check out these ways to mix florals in your own home, from easygoing to a bit more daring.

Flowers to match floral wallpaper:

If you love flowers, why not go with more? The live bouquet blends beautifully with the watercolor flowers in Brewster’s Claressa Blueberry pattern — from the Catalina Watercolor collection.

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

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{fearless trends: how to pull off interior color blocking}

If you loved it when we discussed color blocking a few years ago, we have good news: the trend is back and bolder than ever. Color blocking returned to fashion last season, and it has funneled back to interior design this year. So, here are 6 tips to fearlessly add color blocking to your decor, plus a few extra ideas from Benjamin Moore.

1. Pick one color to emphasize unique architecture.

Accent walls are a basic kind of color blocking, but you can do so much more. Advance a level by highlighting some interesting architecture or painting around a corner or two.

Credit: ArkPad

Credit: ArkPad

Credit: Remodelista

Credit: Remodelista

2. Use painter’s tape liberally.

If you want geometric, modern lines, grab an armful of painter’s tape and a friend, and tape your walls before you begin painting. Here’s a yellow outlined block filled with pink. Read the rest of this entry »

{ 2016 asid showcase home highlights}

ASID Showcase Home 2016

The “before” exterior of the Mpls. St.Paul Magazine’s MN ASID Showcase Home 2016

It’s that time of year again – the Mpls.St. Paul Magazine’s 2016 ASID Minnesota Showcase Home Tour is up and running. This year, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers have chosen a 5,600 square foot, 1950s Edina rambler to redesign with their 22 person team of professional designers.

“This is our kind of dream home. It’s simpler living, more modernist, and more long-term. I felt like we could stay here when our kids are gone, because it’s not too much upkeep. This was our idea of a dream home, more modest living.” -Jeanne Anselmo, Homeowner

The theme of the home is “50 Shades of Greige” – the mix of gray and beige that everyone currently wants in their home. Using textured fabrics, repurposed antiques, and glamorous finishes, it’s quite the home to see.  Paint used throughout the home is supplied by Benjamin Moore and available at Hirshfield’s. Read the rest of this entry »

{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 »

{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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