ch-ch-ch-changes

March 5, 2012

Changes are a-happening outside and we don’t mean with the weather!

Exterior changes have been taking place at our Mendota Heights project. We have snapped some pictures of the progress so far…

Below, the top pictures shows the existing exterior in December 2010 when we came to the project. The front door is currently hard to distinguish, so we wanted to redesign the front of the house to make it feel more balanced and more pronounced.

The middle picture shows the progress shot from April last year with the trees in full leaves; you can see a shoot was placed in the upper floor window to make removing the debris easier.

The bottom picture was snapped last week (before the snow!). You can see the new front of the house taking shape.  The screens from the loggia are removed and one of the arches was brought forward to make the front door stand out. The windows on the second floor were repositioned to be centered over the front door.  And all the way on the left side of the picture, you can see the second garage stall that was added.

We’re expecting the full remodel to be completed this spring!

Stay tuned for updates as we snap pictures of the interior…

What are you doing with your Leap Day today?

If you had your very own rathskeller, you might think of spending the day down there cuddled on a comfy sofa with a blanket and a pint and perhaps a movie! A ‘rathskeller’ is the German word for a bar or restaurant located in a basement or lower level… well we are in the midst of designing and building one of these delightful in-home pubs for some of our lovely clients!

Take a look at some of the progress…

It all started with an idea, and then a drawing... here our drawing shows the wall of the stairs and the door to the wine cellar. It shows horizontal plank paneling along with a custom built-in tufted bench.

Here the guys are working on the ax-hewn posts that will find their new home as support posts in the family's new lower level rathskeller.

Top: Ax-hewn posts in waiting. Middle: A close up 'beauty shot' of the aged and labored wood. Bottom: One of the posts installed under the barrel vault with a peek-a-boo shot into the wine cellar.

In progress! The space is on its way to be something spectacular!

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.

ways to dress your windows

February 22, 2012

Have you ever wondered how you can dress your large, two-story windows? There are a couple different ways to do it. We have seen our share of window challenges over the past 10 years…

Here are some of the solutions we have come up with…

These tall windows are dressed with flowy sheer panels. We added a detail of shell trim towards the top to bring your eye up. The family wanted privacy but wanted light to still be able to filter through so we selected this subtle striped trevira sheer - it's beautiful AND durable to stand the beating sun.

This large two story hearth room needed some privacy and sophistication. We designed silk panels that open in the center, so the clients can take advantage of the great views. By bringing the panels down to the second tier of windows it makes the room seem more cozy. Since the fabric is silk, we had the panels interlined so the silk fibers will be protected.

In this large two story living room, the client wanted a way to soften the windows and still have privacy. We designed and installed four stationary panels on a long rod along with some honeycomb Hunter Douglas shades. By mounting the rod under the 1st set of windows, we brought the visual ceiling of the space down to make the tall space seem more cozy. The stationary panels feature an exotic pattern to bring in some attitude.

hauthaus is 10 years old!

February 20, 2012

Did you know… last week hauthaus turned ten! According to tradition, Aluminum or Tin are appropriate gifts for a ten year anniversary, but we would gladly accept the more modern gift suggestion of… Diamonds! 🙂

Here is a quick look back at 10 years of hauthaus!

2002– Holly opened the doors to hauthaus.

2003– Holly’s work was featured in Window Fashions magazine, a national publication.

2004– Holly, along with Bonnie Birnbaum, won 2 ASID awards for her work on the Showcase House that year.

2005– Holly won the ASID Emerging Professional Award.

2006– Holly, along with Purcell Construction won a Coty award for bathroom design.

2007– Amber started full time at hauthaus.

2008– We started the hauthaus blog.

2009– Hauthaus, along with Laura Paulson and Suzanne Goodwin won a People’s Choice award for our work on the ASID Showcase House design.

2010– Our website got a facelift.

2011– Holly was acting Chair of the ASID Showcase Home committee and Amber was acting Co-Chair of the Awards Gala committee.

2012– Our blog readership passed 44,000 views!

Ten years of hauthaus designs.

Welcome to our analysis of Pantone’s color trends for spring, 2012.

We’ve taken the colors that Pantone picked to be hot this spring and matched them up with new fabrics and furnishings to show you how you can incorporate these new colors into your home.

The first color scheme features pinks, blues and neutrals.

The items from this color scheme can be found at: fabric at Schumacher showroom at IMS, blue table and pink vanity at KDR Showroom at IMS, and blue chair at Room and Board.
The second color scheme picked from the spring colors features the new color of the season, Tangerine Tango, along with olive, grape and navy.

The Items from this color scheme can be found at: fabric at Schumacher showroom at IMS, chair from Design Within Reach, lamp from Francis King at IMS, blue chest from KDR Showrooms at IMS.

 

More color examples to come…

It’s Valentine’s Day.  The roses, chocolate, and handmade poems are in full swing, it’s true. Here are some lighting, furniture, accessories, and more pulled together with this day of love in mind.  These pieces could add a splash of color (and love) to your home everyday!

1. Fuchsia chandelier from Francis King; 2. Kissing Giraffes Rug from Jonathan Adler; 3. Red lacquer bench from Bolier; 4. Mr. & Mrs. Salt and Pepper shakers from Jonathan Adler; 5. Red painted chest from Francis King; 6. Magenta pendant from Francis King; 7. Poppies floral tile mosaic from BonTon Tile at Rubble Tile; 8. Red cocktail table from Francis King; 9. Pink indoor/ outdoor stackable chair from Rich Rosenberg; 10. Flamingo writing desk from KDR Showrooms.