The owners of this South Minneapolis home wanted to punch up the design of their upstairs hallway, but didn’t want to commit to wallpaper or anything too permanent because they were planning on putting their house on the market.  We suggested hanging mirrors of different sizes and styles on the walls to create a dramatic, new effect. They were especially excited about this because they love French style furniture.

This was our little take on Louis XIV’s Palace of Versailles’ Hall of Mirrors

Tips for creating this look:

  • By keeping the finishes of the mirrors close, you can create a cohesive look
  • Vary sizes and shapes for more interest
  • Hang the center of the collage at about 60″ from the floor
  • You can find unique frames at vintage shops and paint them all to match
  • Rub n’ Buff works wonders to bring an old frame to life (usually found at craft stores)

By hanging mirrors in this hallway we were able to give the client a new look without breaking the bank or forcing them to make a permanent design decision. When they move, they can take the mirrors with them and use them in another collage or throughout their new house.

we love happy clients!

February 19, 2010

a testimonial from a happy hauthaus client…

“As a young couple, this was our first experience with an interior designer. We recently sold the very small condominium we enjoyed for 5 years to move to a larger, two bedroom condo. Admittedly, neither of our skills are in interior design. Following a move in November, we found ourselves living in a white-walled shell with an ‘eclectic’ mix of post-college furniture – with a limited budget to spare. We scheduled Holly for a consulation after seeing an ad at a local benefit event. Let’s be honest: we were reluctant. In a time where frugality is cooler than extravagance, was a designer really necessary?

Holly arrived at our condo on a December evening and we found her to be both approachable and confident, but most importantly, she listened. She used our initial meeting to understand our values and our vision rather than find a quick solution. Holly was fully transparent about the services Haut Haus could provide and set clear expectations about what the services would cost. We agreed that what we needed was: 1. Paint color, 2. Furniture,  and 3. A Budget!

Throughout the next few weeks, Holly and Amber worked with us to build a budget and a plan. They were able to incorporate many of the items we previously owned into the design, while providing us advice on both non-designer retail pieces and more expensive designer pieces. We worked through finding a perfect paint color (not as easy as we thought) while they patiently dealt with our changing decisions.

Today, we no longer live in a shell, but a home: a place where we can both find respite and extend hospitality. We were able to make wise financial decisions and through Holly and Amber’s efforts,  able to save many more dollars than their services cost. We will use and recommend them highly in the future!”

-Client in Minneapolis