One of our hauthaus favorites, Aaron Brand, is having a show at Moto-i in Uptown this Wednesday night!

He is a multifaceted artist that loves working with found objects and creating unique pieces of art from them.  He has a talented eye for using objects such as plastic hangers, driftwood, metal chain, even plastic toy cowboys and indians and turning them into something spectacular.

We have commissioned a couple of Aaron’s pieces for our clients and they have always been thrilled with the result.

If you haven’t seen his art before, you are missing out! You must go!  To see some of his past commissions and his custom lighting, visit his website at:

The show runs from 7pm – midnight. (if you’re up for a late night, happy hour starts at 10!)

See you there!

see local art

July 24, 2009

This week I got a chance to preview an art showing at Barbette in Minneapolis by three local artists. One of the artists, Aaron Brand, met me there to show me his latest pieces.

 He has very innovative material selections and remarkable composition skills. Aaron’s design is, as he calls it, “Sinatra meets Motorhead”. He thrives on contrast, old with new; nature with technology; and the like. This new show is all about that.

 Aaron used recycled materials for most of his pieces in the show. One might wonder what can be done with old computer circuit boards, tree bark, auto headlight bulbs, and plastic cowboys and Indians…. Aaron turns them into fabulous art; that’s what. He manipulates their original purpose and turns them it into something interestingly beautiful and unique.

 You can see 16 pieces by Aaron, along with art from two other local artists at Café Barbette at the artists’ reception and party this Sunday, July 26th from 3-6pm. Admission and parking are free.

 I will be there from 5-6. If you spot me, let’s chat!

 For more information:

 cheers, amber

Hauthaus is striving to be at the top of the ‘green game’. We are always learning about new products and features to help make your home more earth and family friendly. By using these products in our designs,we help make your space more healthy for you and make sure your space lasts a long time.

Here are some ways how we can implement green design into living spaces:

  • We  find fabrics, tiles, counter tops, and carpets that are made from recycled materials. We have several sources that offer products that are anywhere from 5-100% recycled.
  • We can specify durable materials. By doing this, your furniture will be around for a longer amount of time; nanotex is a great example of a  treatment to prolong the life of your upholstery
  • We use a furniture maker in Minnesota. They use all MN hardwoods in their framing for upholstery items
  • We support local art! By supporting local art, you are feeding into your local economy while getting some great pieces from people in your back yard!
  • We can shop vintage and recycled furniture and accessories. There are several great resources around the Twin Cities that offer great furniture… whether you are looking for a mid-century modern chair, a Queen Anne dressing table, or a vintage chandelier; we know where to go!
  • We can specify low or no VOC paint. Benjamin Moore offers Aura Paint which has low VOCs and Natura paint which has no VOCs. (VOCs are volitile organic compounds… the part of paint that gives it it’s odor and off gassing. The fewer VOCs the better!)

Here are some examples of living spaces we have designed… it’s great to have a green room that looks and feels luxurious.

Siitting area

Green items in this photo: 1) furniture is made in US… 2) peacock murals were done by a local artist… 3) paint in Benjamin Moore Aura paint… 4) Carpet is wool which is a renewable material… 5) fabrics are very durable

Living room

Green items in this photo: 1)sofas were made in MN …2) ottoman was made in US… 3)  Benjamin Moore Aura paint… 4) mirrors were made by local artist Aaron Brand… 5) dining chairs are seagrass which is a renewable material…

cheers, amber