amber signing off…

March 23, 2012

My journey in interior design with hauthaus (and Holly) began way back in 2006 when Holly hired me as an intern straight out of The Art Institutes… It’s hard to believe it’s been six years since that day we met at the coffee shop in Hopkins!

I have had so many great experiences on projects large and small, I met and got to know fabulous clients, and I developed relationships with vendors, other designers, and craftspeople in the industry that I really value and hold dear to my heart.

It’s after these six wonderful years that I am opening up a new chapter in my design life. I will be joining the design team at Modern Design Cabinetry next week, starting Monday. This is a new and exciting time for me and I hope to grow and learn there just as I have at hauthaus.

I want to say thank you to my wonderful clients, Facebook fans, blog readers, and everyone else that has supported me over the years! It has really been great!

Signing out of the hauthaus blog for now…

Amber ūüôā

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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! ūüôā

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.

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!

DID YOU KNOW:

When¬†you spend your dollars at an independent, local business, you keep¬†more money in your town by supporting your community‚Äôs¬†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‚Äô 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!

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 РGrand 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

Q & A with Amber

May 3, 2011

Q & A with Amber! 

The CityPages¬†came out with their ‚Äėbest of‚Äô list a couple weeks ago, so why can‚Äôt we do the same thing?¬† When Amber was asked, ‚Äúwhat‚Äôs your favorite…‚ÄĚ Here‚Äôs what she had to say‚Ķ

A few of Amber's faves...

1. Artist  Mondrian. I love his use of bold color and black lines to distinguish space.

2. Bar for unique cocktails Bradstreet Crafthouse in the Graves Hotel.

3. Color Red. The color red makes me happy; it adds a snappy pop of color to any outfit!

4. Chair My favorite is an orange mid century modern chair I got from my grandma. I love the shape and the color. My grandma has great taste!

5. Design period Mid Century Modern. I love the clean lines and innovative use of materials.

6. Flower Gerbera daisies and Spider Mums… they remind me of springtime.

7. Gift shop Patina; they have something for everyone. 

8. Guilty pleasure¬†watching Glee… shhh don’t tell anyone! ūüôā¬†¬†

9. Hobby Being crafty; I am in a ‚ÄúStitch N‚Äô Bitch‚ÄĚ club ‚Äď we get together once a month and create everything from candles to sock monkeys!¬†

10. Jewelry anything vintage ‚Äď usually found at Hunt and Gather in Edina or other thrifty places.

11. Museum Milwaukee Art Museum; designed by Eero¬†Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava. It even has ‘wings’ that open and close during the day!

12. Musical Artist Dessa Рshe is a lyrical acrobat!

13. Restaurant of the Moment I’ve been really digging Urban Eatery. They took over the old ‘View’ restaurant in Calhoun Beach Club, and it’s run by the Crave guys. They have yummy food, a sexy atmosphere, and a great happy hour!

14. Summer Activity Spending time at the lakes. Depending on your mood, you can bike, play volleyball, have a picnic, or just relax and people watch. I love it.

15. Spot for retro furniture and accessories Spinario Design in Northeast. They have it all!

16. Spot for new and trendy home accessories Roam on Glenwood in Minneapolis. 

17. Winter Activity Seeing the British Advertising Awards presented at the Walker Art Center; they are always so interesting. I’m not much for the cold outdoors!

What are some of your favorites? Stay tuned for Holly’s answers…

made in the usa

February 8, 2011

As you know, it’s important to support local business. Well… how can we do that when it comes to our homes? Here’s how!

Here are 15 furniture and home furnishings companies with products that are made in the USA, and some (even better yet) made right here in Minnesota!

  1. S & K Furniture. Custom upholstery furniture. (Chatfield, MN)**ÔĽŅ
  2. Hubbardton Forge Lighting.  Lighting specializing in hand forged iron. (Vermont)**
  3. Bon Ton Tile.  Local tile with artistic flair. (Golden Valley, MN)**
  4. Sonoma Tilemakers. Custom tile and stone. (California)**
  5. Nordic Ware.  Kitchen bake and cookware. (St. Louis Park, MN)
  6. Gel Pro Cushy kitchen mats. (Texas)
  7. Century Furniture. Fine furniture,upholstery and case goods. (Hickory, NC)**
  8. Clay Coyote Beautiful handmade pottery. (Hutchinson, MN)
  9. Red Barn Reclaimed. Reclaimed Midwest barn wood made into furniture. (Brooten, MN)**
  10. Cambria. Quartz surface with no maintenance. (Le Suer, MN)**
  11. CR Currin Fine furniture; jewelry for your home. (North Carolina)**
  12. Kindel Upholstery and case goods furniture. (Michigan)**
  13. Room and Board.  (90% of their pieces are made in the US and some in MN)
  14. Caldrea Beauty and cleaning products. (Minneapolis, MN)
  15. Kohler Kitchen and Bath plumbing fixtures. (Wisconsin)**

**purchase to the trade only; available through hauthaus -(give us a call if you see something you like!)

And now… for the rest of the story…

To conclude our wrap up of blogs from the past year, we’ve noted a few entries¬†from the last part of 2010.

In July, we posted the¬† ‘after photos’ from the 2010 ASID Showcase¬†Home¬† where we designed the Front Porch on the Lake of the Isles home. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/showcase-home-porchafters/

In August, we highlighted three of the main color trends for fall: Magenta and Chocolate, Yellow, Grey and White, and eggplant. See the fresh combo of yellow, grey and white here: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/color-trends-yellow-grey-and-white/

In September, we showcased three themes for table top decor ideas for hosting fall dinner parties. These themes can translate easily to parties throughout the year. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/fall-dinner-parties/

In October, we posted a few pictures from a custom window installation. We used the same fabric on the cornice board and to upholster a wing chair in this lovely music room. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/hauthaus-installation-day/

In November,¬†we showed you how to make a feather¬†wreath with Holly. Did you make one? If so, we’d love to see pictures! ūüôā https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/make-a-holiday-feather-wreath-with-holly/

In December, we showed you how to create a fabulous holiday table using things you might find in your kitchen cabinets and your front yard! https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/holiday-table-decor-with-hauthaus/