Spring has Sprung!

April 26, 2012

Last weekend my mom’s family gathered to provide a clean sweep of Grandma and Grandpa’s basement.  Ranging in age from 1.5 to 87 years old, we picked up, cleared out, found treasures, bugged each other and also laughed; a lot.  It was a great success and the old adage, “many hands makes light work,” was uttered more than once.

My grandma, Lucille, has been a source of inspiration since the birth of my first son, eleven years ago.  Inadvertently, I started paying attention to the things she was cooking, what she was planting, calling her for recipe and laundry advice; often.  Each time the season changes, as it’s been doing here in the Midwest for a month, I watch to see what she’s up to.  Without knowing it, she puts rhythm into my calendar and it’s a wonderful, grounding, heart-happy thing. 

In design, we look at color to inspire the seasonal shift.  Pastels arrive, this year with neon mixed in, soft neutrals providing a base for these brighter shocks of color.  When I try to combine what Grandma’s doing out in Stearns county with the latest on-trend happenings, I see a happy woman in a vintage shirt dress with neon rubber boots out in the garden.  There’s mud on her boots, clean laundry on the clothesline and the grass is the most vivid shade of green!

If you’re itching for inspiration I recommend calling your Grandma, hopping on Pinterest -where I pin five inspiration images each morning- and visiting our 2012 ASID Showcase Home on Lake of the Isles.  Let me know what inspires you!  This year’s home is another example of how designers transform space, for the good of the house, its occupants and the earth.  That’s right, you’ll see all kinds of environmentally-kind solutions.  Like Grandma Lucille, the homeowners are avid gardners… in fact you’ll find them too, in the garden.  See you at the house!


xo, hb

spring is here!

March 21, 2012

We are in the mood for spring!

It officially hit yesterday, and just like that, the grass is getting greener by the day!

Let’s celebrate all things fabulously green!

1. Chandelier Earrings (Stella and Dot). 2. Villa Dress (J. Crew). 3. Playhouse (Crate and Barrel). 4. Luck Side Table (CB2). 5. Leather sandals (Aldo). 6. Green Rock Bench (Francis King Showroom).

7. Picnic silverware (West Elm). 8. Marimekko bowl (Crate and Barrel). 9. Green floral wallpaper (KDR Showrooms). 10. Glass pendant (Francis King Showrooms). 11. Green and gold bracelet (Anthropologie). 12. Green maxi skirt (J. Crew). 13. Window panels (Anthropologie).

look what holly found!

March 6, 2012

Holly and her brother Jon... at about the age she was playing with her (very sophisticated) doll house!

Last night Holly found something special from one of her very first toys she can remember… an Eero Saarinen Tulip Table and Chair set from her first Fisher Price  doll house!

It seemed she was destined for great design stardom from an early age…

How cute!

Holly's vintage Tulip Table from her dollhouse.

Did you watch the Oscars red carpet coverage last night? If you were like me, you were glued to the TV noting the disasters and the beautiful dresses.  Today we are wondering… “what if Oscar dresses were light fixtures, what would they look like?” Well wonder no more… here is our take on some of the fashions…

Which fashions made your hits and misses lists?

Classy and Sparkly, Octavia Spencer wears a Tadashi Shoji gown / Currey and Co light.

Tiered and Bold, Michelle Williams dons a Louis Vuitton gown / DWR light.

Metallic and Simple, Stacy Keibler wears a Marchesa gown / Troy Lighting light.

Bold and Detailed, Jessica Chastain wears an Alexander McQueen / Minka Lavery light.

Styled and Modern-Classic, Rooney Mara dons a Givenchy dress / Robert Abbey light.

Elegant and Classic, Maria Menounos wears a Maria Lucia Hohan dress / Currey and Co light.

resolutions: for your home

January 3, 2012

This time of year nearly everyone is thinking about how they can make 2012 better than 2011.  Some people join a gym or commit to a new exercise routine, they vow to eat healthier and make more ‘me’ time. Some people say they will get around to all of the household projects that were on last year’s list.

Well here are some suggestions for resolutions your can make for your home:

  1. Get Organized! Stores are going to have all of their organizing bins, baskets, and boxes on sale or clearance now thru the next two weeks. Be sure to grab up a bunch and organize a closet or storage room. Having a rhyme and reason to your storage spaces really helps put your mind at ease… and not to mention, it’s great to know exactly where to look when you’re trying to find something!
  2. Save on energy bills.  Now is a great time to switch out your bulbs for energy-savers, turn down your water heater a degree or two, and program your thermostat. These little changes don’t seem like much, but over time, they are a great way to save a little green!
  3. Clear out the clutter.  Set aside an afternoon and sort through your clutter. There are lots of places around the Twin Cities that accept donations; Bridging can pick up your donations, while  Goodwill locations, Arc Value Village locations, The Reuse Center all accept drop offs. Clear out your cabinets and closets and help make a difference to someone less fortunate!
  4. Refresh your linens. New sheets and towels make a world of difference. After you donate or recycle your gently used items, stock up on new linens. A crisp set of white sheets and some fluffy towels might be all your bedroom and bathroom needs to feel refreshed!
  5. Get out your paint brush. New color on the walls breathes new life into a space. Color theory is an interesting thing – you can control the feel and energy of the room just by the color on the walls.

What other resolutions are on your list for 2012?

shopping local with Amber

December 21, 2011

Hi there! Amber here… I tried something new for my Christmas shopping this year and I would like to tell you all about it! (Well, not ALL, about it… some of my friends and family read this blog and I want them to be surprised when they open my gifts!)

I decided early on in November that I would only shop LOCAL and USA-Made this season. And boy oh boy, did I challenge myself! At first, it was really quite frustrating to go to a store and flip over a product and read “Made in China”. Did you ever notice how most things that surround us are made somewhere else!? Next time you’re out and about, take a peek at what’s in your cart and where it came from – you might be surprised!

After making my list and narrowing down where I would go and who I would shop for at which store, it really became fun and more like a treasure hunt. It was so exhilarating looking under my tree and knowing that ALL of my gifts came from independently owned shops OR that they were made in the USA!

Shop local this holiday season!

Some things I learned while shopping…

  • Even big box stores have USA made products. When I would check out, the employee would ask if I found everything ok, and I’d usually respond with “I found this product made in the USA, but I wish you had more USA made products”. Even putting a little bug in their ear is good. My hope is that they will hear that a couple times this holiday season and make the case known that people are interested in USA made products!
  • Locally owned shops have things Made in China… I did buy a game at Creative Kidstuff that was made in China, but since they are owned locally and only have stores in MN and IA, I still supported the local economy and kept my money here vs. elsewhere.
  • Shopping online doesn’t keep any of my dollars in the community or even the state! So that option was completely out!
  • By shopping at small, family owned stores like PaperHat, Patina, Vintage Glam, and The FlowerMill, I am helping the community be unique and keep creative, local businesses here! And they are so fun to shop at!
  • Most products that are made somewhere else have “Made in China” or “Made in Vietnam” in teeny-tiny print on the back of it. Products that are made here, proudly have the “Made in USA” logo on the front!

It was fun and very rewarding knowing that I did my part of shopping local. Not only did I stay on budget and support local businesses, my friends and family will all get something fun and unique this year!

I made some of my gifts this year too... my little niece will LOVE her play food I made out of felt!


When you spend your dollars at an independent, local business, you keep more money in your town by supporting your community’s social services, schools, your public library and local non-profits… How so?

Locally-owned businesses return about 80% of each dollar to their community (whether it’s to their employees, accountant, lawyer, local handymen, graphic designers, local artists…etc.). And each dollar spent at a local business will return up to five times that amount within your community through city taxes, employees’ wages, and purchases of materials, supplies and services at other independent businesses.

On the other hand, chains and franchises give back around 20% to the community. hmm…

Overall, it was a great experience and I’d really like to do it again next year. I’m hoping there will be even more shops and places to try!

Happy Holidays!

color poll!

October 21, 2011

Let’s have some fun on a Friday!

Now through next Friday vote for your favorite fall color and the following week we’ll profile the color with the most votes!

We’ll put together a color collage to tell you our ‘hauthaus picks’ for paint colors that look stunning on your walls, furniture and accessories to jazz up your home, and fun colored fashions for your closet!

It’s going to be fun to see the results, so pass this on to your friends and family so they can vote for their favorite colors too!

Comments welcome!

our favorites for fall

September 23, 2011

Happy first official day of fall!

Every season we gather our favorite things to do, scoop them up, and serve them to you piping hot on our blog… this season is no different! Here are some of our musts!

1. Sever’s Corn Maze & More! This is the ultimate place for kiddies (and grown-ups)! There is truly something for everyone: corn maze, exotic animal petting zoo, pig races, corn pit, HUGE bouncy pillows, magic shows and more! Now – end of Oct. http://www.severscornmaze.com/index.php

2. Taste! The Twin Cities Wine and Dine Festival at TCF Bank Staduim is THE event for food and wine tastings, along with demos and classes by renowned chefs and wine experts. September 30th and October 1st.  http://www.mspmag.com/promotions/wherewe’llbe/taste11/default.asp

3. Emma Krumbees Apple Orchard and Scarecrow Festival. A fun place to visit during the apple-picking season thru October. They have berries and pumpkins too, along with pony rides and petting zoo. Stop at the general store while you’re there to pick up some homemade goodies! Now – end of Oct. www.emmakrumbees.com

4. Cowles Center for Dance & the Performing Arts. The newest theater to open downtown has performances and classes in all things dance. It’s only been open for a couple weeks and it’s already generating buzz. Check out their calendar of events for upcoming shows. http://www.thecowlescenter.org

5. Restaurant Week. October 23-28 you can try bunches of new restaurants as they put their best menu forward for quite a deal. It’s fun to go out on the town and try something new!  To see participating restaurants and their Restaurant Week menus, visit: http://www.mspmag.com/promotions/wherewe%27llbe/RestaurantWeekFall11/RW_Fall2011.asp

6. Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Autumn Harvest day on October 9th. See dance performances and story telling all about the harvest season, see art inspired by fall crops, create your own landscape art and more! Free admission every day! http://www.artsmia.org/index.php?section_id=9&ev_id=4246

7. See live music. We live in a city full of theaters and stages… get out a see live music this fall, it will jazz you up! A couple of ideas: Madeleiene Peyroux at The Guthrie or St. Vincent at the Cedar Cultural Center perhaps!

8. Art Attack. The Northrup King Building is opening up its doors for it’s annual fall art festival. See the works of painters, sculptors, jewelry makers and much more! Enter in a drawing for a chance to win $500 in Art Bucks. It’s a perfec time to get out and enjoy the Minneapolis art scene and the crispy fall weather. Novemeber 4th-6th. http://www.northrupkingbuilding.com/artattack

9. Pick up the Sept-Oct issue of Midwest Home. In it, you’ll find one of our hauthaus master bathroom remodel  projects highlighted, along with interior design tips to better utilize your bathroom. Found at magazine racks near you!

10. Take an art class! There are tons of fun classes offered at the Textile Center on University in Minneapolis. They have everything from stitching to dyeing from felting to quilting! Grab some friends and have fun together while learning a new craft (or perfecting an old one). http://www.textilecentermn.org/education.asp

August is probably one of my favorite months, it might have a little do with the warm, sunny weather, there are plenty of things to do and see in the city and it’s also my birthday month! Let’s take a look at some of the reasons to love the month of August like I do…

  1. Summer Music & Movies in Loring Park. Every Monday in August at Loring Park. Free. 7-11pm
  2. Uptown Art Festival. Hennepin/ Lake Street. Free. August 5-7.
  3. Roof top and patio Happy Hours. Various hot spots around town.
  4. Mini Golf at the Science Museum in St. Paul. Learn about landscapes as you play 9 holes.
  5. MN Fringe Festival. August 4-14th. Indulge your inner movie maven!
  6. Macy’s Glamorama. Orpheum Theater. August 5th.
  7. Victory Neighborhood Annual Garden Tour. August 7th. 1pm – 4pm. Go visit the pretty side of North Minneapolis!
  8. Pizza Luce Block Party. Music and fun in the street! August 13th noon-10pm.
  9. Farmers Markets. At a location near you! Lots of yummy fruits and veggies are in season this time of year. Go shop local at your farmers market!
  10. Martinis and Manicures. The Lounge. August 18th 4:30 – 8:30.
  11. Glass Art Appreciation at Foci Glass Arts. Glass blowing demos and more!August 27th 3-9pm.
  12. Adele in concert at the Xcel Energy center.
  13. Rockin’ for Music Ed Block Party at West End in St. Louis Park. August 20th noon- 10:30.
  14. MN State Fair.
  15. Walker Art Center.  Get in to the museum for free every Thursday! Bring your sketch book and hone your drawing skills.
  16. Loring Park Art Festival. August 6th 10am-6pm.
  17. Twins games at Target Center. Various days in August.
  18. 46th & Grand Block & Summer Art Party. August 14th.
  19. Brit’s outdoor movies. Downtown at Brit’s Pub on Nicollet Mall.
  20. Powderhorn Art Fair at Powderhorn Park. August 7th 10am – 5pm.
  21. Activities on the Chain of Lakes. Paddle boarding, canoeing, running, or swimming – I love it all in August!

Whew! What a list! What are some of your favorite August activities?

Cheers! 🙂 -amber

it’s june!

June 3, 2011

Wondering what to do this month? As we’ve done before, here are some hauthaus approved June activites:

June 3-5 – Edina Art Fair. Free. Get out and enjoy one of the first art fairs of the summer. More that 300+ artists will be showing and selling their creations, along with face painters and food vendors. It’s fun for the whole family. Fri 10-7pm / Sat 10-7pm / Sun 10-5pm. More info: http://www.edinaartfair.com/

June 5th – Grand Old Day. Free. The yearly festival is happening this weekend, Sunday 8-5pm. Bring the whole family or a group of friends out to enjoy the festivities, music, parade, food and drinks! More info: http://grandave.com/grandoldday/index.php

June 18th – Rock the Garden. Sold Out.  The biggest summer concert, put on by 89.3 The Current, is sold out, it’s true. But you can still catch an ear full of great music by Neko Case, My Morning  Jacket, Tapes N’ Tapes and Booket T Jones if you head out the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden that day. Great idea: bring a cooler and make a picnic out of it! More info: click here.

All of June – Farmer’s Markets. Free. What is summer without famer’s markets? Heading to the market is a great Friday afternoon or Saturday morning activity… what a great way to spend a couple hours! For a farmer’s market near you, click here to see the markets in Minnesota.

Weekends in June – Canterbury Races. $5. Switch it up and head out to the race track! Races take place Fri-Sun all of June and Thurs – Sun starting June 16th. Sunday they have pony rides, a petting zoo and face painting for the kids. June 24th is Craft Beer Day. If you’re looking for something different to do, this might be it! More info: http://www.canterburypark.com/

All of June – Landscape Arboretum. $9 non-members. Visit the beautiful landscapes, drive or hike the 3 Mile Drive, or take a class. The Arboretum has something for everyone. Spend a couple hours or a whole day exploring the grounds. More info: http://www.arboretum.umn.edu/default.aspx