This summer we transformed our clients’ standard white kitchen to a va-va, deep espresso place to cook, bake and gather.  The clients wanted to update their kitchen cabinets while keeping their granite. We saved the pretty granite and paired it with espresso stained cabinets, Tuscan bronze hardware, crackled ceramic back splash tiles, and a new paint job.

Here is the kitchen before we re-vamped the space with new cabinets, paint, and window treatments.

After the walls were painted and the cabinets were installed, the kitchen was missing something – window treatments! We designed panels to frame the tall windows that overlook the beautiful backyard in this wooden Minnetonka neighborhood.
In order to install these panels on the angled walls, our window treatment gal, Dawn, created a unique way to hang the treatments so we would get our desired look; pleats with a rosette as an accent on each panel.

Dawn built little platforms with holes so the hooks of each panel can hang from them.

After each panel was hung, we had a rosette installed to add a little interest at the top of the treatments. The rosette's finish ties in with the finish on the hardware in the kitchen.

Our installer, Phil, is carefully hanging each panel.

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When it comes down to all of the nitty-gritty details in your home during a remodel or if your building new, it’s great to have a qualified interior designer in your back pocket to study and go over all of these details both large and small.

For example… did you know that when installing a fireplace there are lots of dimensions, tolerances, and rules of what can go where?

One reason to hire an interior designer: there are LOTS of details that go into a home project!

 
 
This is just ONE page  from ONE of our graphic standards and interior codes books that has 550+ pages in it!
 
Now that’s a lot of details to go over!!!

zen color scheme

July 22, 2011

What makes this bathroom have a calming, zen feeling?
 

Earthy, zen color scheme.

  •   The soft, muted greens and blues create a calming effect.
  • River stones, incorporated into the floor design, are reminiscent of a zen rock garden. They evoke tranquility.
  • The curved back of the chair softens the straight lines of the tile and wood tub surround. Balance is key.

color inspiration

May 24, 2011

What do your walls say about you?

It’s the perfect time of year to get your home projects started (and finished!). If you’re yearning for a new color in your living room, kitchen, or bathroom, but haven’t found the right inspiration, look no further! Here are three fresh color schemes for your new space…

This bathroom starts with a pop of blue paint on the walls and is accented with white and grey marble. Black towels and deep turquoise act as accents.

 
 

This neutral color scheme is made fresh with pops of barn red, bright blue, and mustard yellow.

 
 
 

This Ruby bathroom features a black and white marble tile floor with a deep warm wood vanity and chrome fittings.

 
 
Which hauthaus color scheme do you take inspiration from? Stay tuned for more!
 
If you need a quick design color consultation, give us a ring – we’re happy to help you make selections and to help you make your home feel uniquely yours!

It’s not too late to get crafty for the holidays!

Making this card wreath is easy! To create one like this, all you need is: a quilting hoop (this one is 18″ across), wooden clothespins, decorative ribbon, and hot glue.

I saw this cute idea on Martha Stewart’s website some time ago and wanted to create one of my own, so I went out to my local craft store and got busy!

Start by gluing the clothespins on in an alternate order so some cards can be displayed in the middle and some on the outside of the wreath. Next, cut the ribbon to your desired length and tie a bow to hang the wreath from.

It’s quick and easy; and it’s a great way to display your holiday cards!

local holiday shopping guide

November 29, 2010

Black Friday, Cyber Monday, 2 Day Sales… crowds… ahh!!  Holiday shopping can get a little hectic.

If you’re looking for fun places to get unique, one-of-a-kind gifts for your loved ones, look no more! Here are some of our favorite local places…

For that person in your life that loves handmade and green gifts try… The Textile Center on University Ave in Minneaoplis. Last year Holly and I took a screen printing class there and afterwards scoped out their gift shop. They have beautiful, handmade items for sale now through Dec. 30th in honor of their Holiday Sale. Check it out! http://www.textilecentermn.org/shop.asp

For the art lover tryThe Walker Art Center gift shop for everything from funky serving pieces to books on Architecture to rings made out crayons. You’re sure not to leave empty handed and with some checks off of your list! You can even shop online… http://shop.walkerart.org/

For the foodie try… Kitchen Window at Calhoun Square. The have everything from spatulas to smokers!  Give a different kind of gift this year with their cooking classes. They are truly an exciting learning experience. www.kitchenwindow.com

For lady of the house try… La Petite Parfumerie in ExcelsiorIf you haven’t been here yet, you are missing out! They have the most wonderful selection of perfumes, bath salts, lingerie, and more!  The store was previously open as the Cherie Boutique in Wayzata, so if you haven’t been to the new store in Excelsior, check it out! http://www.lapetiteparfumerie.com/

For the man in your life try… The Art of Shaving Shop at the MOA.  This brand hits the nail on the head when it comes to all things shaving. Ther products are top quality and smell DIVINE!!! One of their starter kits or shaving sets would make the perfect gift.  www.theartofshaving.com

Do you have other suggestions? We’d love to hear them! Share them here…

design tips: vol. 1

July 22, 2010

Psst!

We would love to share 2 design tips with you to remember when finishing off a room…

1. Something black goes a long way…  In this bright sitting room, we took the existing marble tops from old bedside tables and gave them a new look with black steel bases made by a local company.  By doing this, we added a punch of black to the space, and freshened up the marble tops.

2. Something shiny is a must!  In this master bathroom remodel, we used classic, chrome fixtures from Rohl on the sinks, shower, and tub. They add a touch of elegance and shine.  The white marble countertop shines nicely, as well with the help of crystal chandeliers and sconces.

Stay tuned for more design tips in upcoming hauthaus blogs!

cheers, amber