bring the outdoors in

April 19, 2011

Here’s a quick photo reference guide on how you can bring the outdoors IN this spring and all year round!


a – Use a grass cloth texture on the ceiling. It brings the eye up, and adds another layer of texture to the space.  (We used flooring material on the ceiling, but wall paper or a faux finish painter could do the trick as well!)

b – Stop by Bachman’s or your local green house and pick up a large potted plant. We placed Fiddle Leaf Figs in the corners of this front porch. (Make sure to read the care tag on the plant to see if it’s suitable for your space!)

c – A really easy way to bring the outdoors in is to cluster a group of 3-5 small plants on a tray or in a bowl in the center of a table. Be sure to grab plants of varying textures and heights for the ultimate effect.

d – Large windows also help bring the outdoors in on this front porch. In the summer months, the windows can be opened to bring in the sounds and smells of the nearby trees and lake.

ASID showcase house

May 10, 2010

The 2010 ASID Showcase Houses are opening at the end of the week!

Be sure to get your tickets; you won’t want to miss the great opportunity this year to see TWO fabulous houses for the price of one! The homes are open for tours Wednesdays – Sundays from 10-4, and there are also special events …

Culinary Evenings: Wednesday and Saturday

Girls Night Out: Friday evenings

Designer Led Tours: Tuesdays from 11:00 – 3:oo pm

Blue Zones Day: May 22 10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Picnic on the Lake: June 6 12:00 – 2:00

Tickets are available online at’llbe/asidhometour2010/169806.asp

Or stop by these ticket outlets for discounted general tour tickets:

  • ASID office in International Market Square
  • Bachman’s
  • The Bibelot Shops
  • Byerly’s
  • California Closets
  • D’Amico and Sons
  • Gabberts
  • Galleria Guest Services
  • General Store on Hwy 7
  • Hirshfields
  • Kenwood Cafe
  • Kitchen Window in Calhoun Square
  • Lunds
  • Macy’s Home Stores
  • Patina Stores
  • Rubble Tile
  • Southern Lights
  • Twin Cities Green in Uptown

Be sure to tour the homes – you won’t want to miss it this year!