Here’s a quick wrap up of some of the entry highlights from our blog throughout the year.

We covered everything from the 2010 ASID Showcase House to tips on what you can do to give your home a mini face lift. And from the latest projects we’ve worked on to the latest and greatest in lighting design. 

Read our highlights below and click on the links to go back and visit the previous posts! 

In January, we gave you some quick and easy tips on how to re-fresh your home after the holidays: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/01/12/january-tips-for-a-quick-pick-me-up-for-your-home/

In February, we highlighted some of the custom furniture pieces we have designed for our wonderful clients: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/02/18/custom-furniture-designed-by-hauthaus/

In March, we posted some lovely detail shots from a home furnishings project we completed in Plymouth: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/03/12/design-in-the-details/

In April, with the spirit of the Twins’ first season at Target Field in mind, we highlighted some sassy products in red and blue: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/04/14/red-for-me-blue-for-you/

In May, the 2010 ASID Showcase house was in full swing and we posted pictures and the story of how the hauthaus front porch came to be: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/05/24/story-of-a-hauthaus-porch/

In June, we showcased some of the new lighting trends for 2010: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/06/28/whats-new-in-lighting-design/

Happy New Year! Please stay tuned for the wrap up of July – December to come later this week!

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Take a peek at how we decorated Holly’s holiday table using creamy white, gold metallic, and splashes of cheery orange!

1 -2.  For the centerpieces, we gathered three glass pieces with varying heights and grouped them in the middle of the table. In the tall pitcher, we placed clipped  branches from a tree in the front yard to add height and texture; in the clear vase we put a collection of small silver & white bulb ornaments; and we filled the round cookie jar with bright orange bulbs.

3-4. We wanted to see more texture on the table, so Holly went outside and snipped a few evergreen branches and arranged them around the glass pieces.

5.  For the place settings, we stacked gold chargers, creamy white Eva Zeisel dinnerware, and linen napkins wrapped with metallic leaves. The vintage Red Wing Pottery Orange Ball Pitcher really adds a fun pop of color to the table.

6. A view from above!

7.  A beauty shot of the dining room and Holly’s smart and saucy, patterned chairs!

This holiday season we are definitely seeing a lot of ethereal, white decorations – they are everywhere! Here at hauthaus, we love creating things from scratch, whether its our favorite cookie recipe, sock monkeys (Holly made 4 last year for her cute, little ‘wolf pack’ of nephews!), or handmade holiday decorations and gifts. Now you can follow along with Holly as she creates a beautiful feather wreath in a few quick, easy steps!

  1. What you need: a metal wreath form, scissors, craft paper, ribbon, boas (we used six that are 6′ long)
  2. Get started!
  3. Fill in the wreath form with the craft paper to make it more full.
  4. Start wrapping the boas around the form. To secure each boa, tuck it into the wire form and craft paper.
  5. Continue this with each boa all the way around the form.
  6. Cut a nice long piece of ribbon (about 4′) to hang the wreath from.
  7. Tie the ends into a pretty bow.
  8. Hang up on the wall, door, or window.
  9. Enjoy!

The 2010 ASID Showcase Home Tour has come and gone. What a great 4 weeks it was! Thank you to all who came to support ASID, the four beneficiaries, and great interior design!

If you didn’t get a chance to go take a peek inside, here are some of our after shots from the front porch at the Isles home…

photo by Mark Ehlen Photography

photo by Mark Ehlen Photography

Porch highlights:

  • We sanded down the floor, which was covered in paint, and found Douglas Fir flooring that was original to the home, built in 1908.
  • To add color and texture, we applied a navy vinyl floor covering to the ceiling.
  • Since the homeowner is a world traveller, we incorporated many of his own pieces into the design.
  • We specified furniture from Grange’s new outdoor line from KDR Showrooms.
  • All of the fabrics in the space are indoor/outdoor from KDR Showrooms.
  • Palm leaf ceiling fans were installed to circulate fresh air.
  • Antique furniture pieces and accessories were found at Spinario Design in Northeast Minneapolis.
  • A new Waverton Cambria top was fitted to an existing antique Weiman table in the seating area.

What are some of your favorite design features? We’d love to know!

cheers, amber

hauthaus tabletop ideas

June 16, 2010

This afternoon Holly and I will be on the Kare 11 News at 4:00!

We will be demonstrating three wonderful and fresh tabletop  ideas for summer entertaining. 

 Be sure to tune in for a fun, hauthaus segment!

the porch: before hauthaus

Once upon a time, there was a front porch in a beautiful home on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis. It needed some love and care. The floors were painted a cement grey color, and the beadboard ceiling needed a little bit of updating.

The new, large windows boasted a breathtaking view of the lake and running trail, which made this porch an ideal place to gather with friends and family.

the porch: the transformation

Enter hauthaus. Holly and Amber used the concept “Gentleman in the Jungle” and ran with it. 

They crossed their fingers as the crew from Vujovich Design Build sanded the grey paint off of the floor. It was a pleasant surprise to find the original Douglas Fir wood flooring from 1908 intact.  What a sight to see! It was a shame that such beauty had been covered up for so long under all those layers of paint.

The floor was stained to a pretty fruitwood finish and a navy vinyl floor covering was installed on the ceiling to add color and texture to the space. Furnishings were sourced at Spinario Design and KDR Showrooms in Minneapolis. Some of the homeowner’s own pieces were used in the final design of the porch.

the porch: almost

Just as the opening day of the showcase home was nearing, the furniture was delivered and finishing touches were put in place.

The curvy Teak chair and ottoman and “Purple Heart” wood table were built by an Italian furniture maker. The homeowner, Dan Beuttner, found these pieces of reclaimed wood while on his travels through South America. 

It seems as though every piece in this home is special and has a fun story.

We hope that you can stop by the houses in the next few weeks to see the finished hauthaus porch and to view other brilliant designer work!

Tickets are available online at www.mspmag.com or you can stop in at a ticket outlet such as Lunds, Bachman’s or Patina for discounted tickets today!

hauthaus news…

December 2, 2009

On November 12th, the 2009 ASID MN Awards were announced. Holly and Amber, along with Suzanne Goodwin and Laura Paulson, won First Place in the residential category for Model Home/ Showcase House Room for design work in the Mid Mod Family Room.

We are all very excited about our first place award, and we congratulate the other winners of the night!

Winners and photos of their projects can be viewed at: http://www.asidmn.org/awards_member/2009_member/asid-mn-awards-2009.cfm