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.

local product: Cambria

July 28, 2010

Plain and simple: Here at hauthaus, we love Cambria!

There are many reasons to love the local, green product…

  • It’s maintenance free! Unlike granite, you never have to seal or polish it. Just a wash with warm water will do the trick!
  • It’s all natural, baby! Cambria is made from an extremely hard material; pure and natural quartz.  Did you know that quartz is the hardest non-precious stone found on earth? Well, now you know!
  • It’s food safe. Cambria has been certified as an excellent surface for food prep. Since it’s nonporous, liquids and chemicals cannot penetrate it.  It is also resistant against bacterial growth.
  • It’s local! Cambria is made right here in Minnesota; Le Suer to be exact. The next time you’re travelling down 169, be sure to check out the large facility and it’s large water fountain!

Here are some examples of hauthaus projects in which Cambria was used…

In this kitchen remodel in Minneapolis, we reused the granite from the existing kitchen on the new perimeter cabinets.  For the island, we used Cambria in the color: Sussex. It is such a nice, neutral grey, and it coordinated perfectly with the existing granite.

Inspired by Cass Gilbert and the rathskellar in the MN State Capital Building, we designed this lower level entertainment space in St. Paul. The bar called for a durable material and Cambria came to mind. We used the color Oak Hampton in this application. That color is a very deep brown that is almost black; which worked perfect in our space.

In this front porch on Lake of the Isles in Minneapolis, we used the brand new Cambria color: Waverton. We were very excited to see this new Cambria, as it has veining and looks like marble. We used an antique table found at Spinario Design for the base of the cocktail table and Cambria as the top. It adds a fresh pop of white to the front porch.

Cambria comes in many colors and looks. For more information, you can check out their website at www.cambriausa.com, or stop in their showroom at IMS.

cheers, amber

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!

Have you been to the ASID Showcase Homes yet? …Well? What are you waiting for?!

Holly and I designed the front porch at the Lake of the Isles home, and we are so excited for you to see it!

Here is a little sneak peek of what you’ll find.

This beautiful Weiman table was found at Spinario and outfitted with a brand new ‘Waverton’ Cambria top.  The red is a great pop of color in the room!

Fiddle Leaf Fig trees anchor the ends of the porch. They provide a sense of privacy from the house next door.

The fans are both beautiful and functional in the space.

 

 

 

 

Also to note: an unexpected flooring material that is used on the ceiling, original Douglas Fir flooring, various antiques from the homeowner’s collection as well as a number from Spinario, and new Grange outdoor furniture. 

Stop by and create some origami on the porch at the large Nazareno wood table!

cheers, amber