special dining storage

December 27, 2011

Take a peek at a dining room we worked on…

We were inspired by the clients’ former home on Lake of the Isles. It has tons of character with the wide baseboards, door toppers, lots of built-ins and other pretty architectural details.  We wanted to bring some of that into the dining room at their new home, so we designed and drew  an elevation of a built-in that has wide drawers on the bottom, a mirror to reflect light, glass shelves for wine glasses and glass doors for displaying silver or colorful bowls.

The design of the cabinet changed a little from the time we drew it from when it actually was built by the cabinet maker. We ended up adding a door topper onto the built-in so it related to the main door into the dining room. Since we did that, the glass doors got shortened and we decided to eliminate the leaded glass detail and put seeded glass in instead. The end result is a pretty space for all of the clients’ dining storage needs!

Dining room built-in installed with a modified door topper.

Hauthaus drawing of the dining room built-in.

We were recently out at a site visit to one of our remodeling projects in Mendota Heights. They have made it past the demo phase and are framing out the new rooms and spaces. Check out the progress!

From top to bottom:

  • BEFORE: This picture shows the existing home, a farmhouse built in the early 1900s. In the living room, you can see the fireplace and the ceiling was in need a repair.
  • DEMO: This was taken from the same spot as the top picture. The fireplace mantle is gone, as is the ceiling and walls – we are saving the amazing wood floor. It has peg and bow tie details in it! You can see the walls have been opened up to the new dining room beyond the living room.
  • DEMO: This long shot is down the back hallway leading from back hall to the kitchen. The back door leads out to the back yard, pond, and pool.
  • DEMO: This view is from the kitchen looking into the dining room. The dining room will have windows and doors on 3 sides with beautiful views out to the patios, pond and pool.
  • DEMO: Here is a sneak peek through the existing foundation to where the new hallway to the lower level sport court will be. This is sure to be a room that gets lots of use during the long MN winters!

Stay tuned during the coming months as we finish completion!!! We’ll post pictures of our progress.

before & after: dining room

February 24, 2011

Before: Dining room from front entry


Before, this dining room was white and needed updating. After all, it is  one of the first rooms you see when you enter the home so it needed to set the tone…

(The before picture was taken from the front entry of the home, which can be seen in the ‘after’ picture.)

We painted the walls with a rich, warm gray, added a beautiful chandelier with glass detailing, installed long, silk drapery panels, and had a stunning custom dining table with an inlaid top made for the client.

After: Dining room and front entry

Space planning is a very important part of what we do.  I like that it involves critical thinking and piecing everything together; like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle.

When we are designing any room in a house, it’s important for us to know how you use the spacewhat your needs are, and what can change and what has to stay. Here is an example of three ways we space planned a main level living space. The homeowner wanted to have space for the kitchen, a seating area, and a dining room. See how what we came up with…

When you’ve lived with your living room, kitchen, master bedroom or any other room set up the same way for 10 years+, it can be hard to imagine it a different way. All you need is a fresh set of eyes and a creative hauthaus designer!

Have you ever wondered what we could come up with for you? Give us a call – we’d love to show you!


chairs, chairs, chairs

January 13, 2011

It’s a new year, and perhaps you’ve saved up for a new comfy chair, sofa, or dining table…

One thing to remember about purchasing furniture for your home is that it’s important that you LOVE each piece. Let’s take a look at four chairs that live in the same home… the homeowner loves each one and they all work together.

1. This chair was spotted at an antique shop in St. Paul – the purple fabric and petite size make it absolutely fabulous!

2. This little Danish desk chair was at Spinario Design and with a little re-upholstery job – it fits right in!

3. This is just one of a pair of woven Columbian chairs. They add texture and interest and are very comfortable!

4.  These retro dining chairs have amazing lines and a great sit. They were given a face-lift with snazzy, new fabric.

Let us take you shopping to our favorite spots around town – we’re sure to find something you’ll love!  To make an appointment email us at info@hauthaus.com.

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!

elements of feng shui

November 9, 2010

Where has the year gone?!

It’s already November and soon we’ll all be making turkey and stuffing, shopping for that perfect gift, and trimming the tree!   By using a little help from the elements in Feng Shui, your home can feel a little more zen… and who doesn’t need that this time of year?!

“So what are the elements and how can I incorporate them into my home?”

Easy! Here they are…

Earth: Earth is represented using square shapes and beige and yellow tones.

Wood: Wood can be represented with plants or with pieces made from actual wood; green and browns also bring in the element.

Fire: This element is represented with bright red, yellow and orange along with objects that have points or sharp angles.

Metal: Metal is represented by using metallics, circular shapes, and the color white.

Water: This element is represented using curvy and wavy lines, and the colors blue and black.

Here’s how we’ve incorporated the Feng Shui elements into some of our projects:

Family room and casual dining room in Plymouth.


"Away Room" in Chanhassen.


Master bedroom in Minnetonka.

cool color schemes

July 20, 2010

Calm and relaxing; words associated with a cool color scheme.

Cool colors include: blues, blue-greens, and purples.

Here are some examples of projects that we’ve done at hauthaus with cool color schemes…

cheers, amber

design in the details

March 12, 2010

Do you know what makes something ‘haut’? Details, my dear, details!

Holly and I are involved in our projects  from the very  beginning concept phase, to the end details. Details are what makes your house feel like your home.

Here are some detail shots from a project we designed up in Plymouth…

A shot of color is a great way to add an interesting detail. The patterned pillow and yellow pillow grab your attention in an unexpected way.

We LOVE fabric! By using an interesting fabric with subtle pattern, this chair really pops!

In the dining room, we selected a fabric for the backs of the dining chairs that had some fine embroidery details to catch your eye. The fine, white details add elegance and interest.

Adding oyster shell trim to these window panels really makes them stand out.

This bench has a special little detail: rouched trim along the edges. It really finishes off the piece.

cheers, amber

“There are painters who transform the sun into a yellow spot, but there are others who, thanks to their art and intelligence, transform a yellow spot into the sun.”  – Pablo Picasso

Color is a fantastic way to make a change on the interior and exterior of your house. When you work with hauthaus designers on a project, we  pull together a color plan for your project based on your design concept.

It is important to know what feel you are going for, if you prefer warm tones vs cool tones, what kinds of activities the room will be used for, if you want a calming space or energetic space, etc… It is also very important to take into consideration which type of light is coming into the space… northern and southern lights are very different and can play with how the colors look in the room.

color bathrooms

These bathrooms show two different schemes; One is a cool blue and white color scheme that feels very crisp and clean; while the other is warm red with dark wood that feels energetic and inviting.



dining room

This dining room has a very welcoming feel. The color on the wall is warm and earthy, which plays with the warm creamy tone on the ceiling. The dark wood tones add another layer to the palette.








Art is another way to bring in a splash or two of color. In this front entry, the paint colors and the floor tile is kept pretty neutral, while the orange and blue in the painting in the art niche speak for themselves.



cheers, amber