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.

kitchen design trends

June 23, 2011

Here is a spotlight on a few European kitchen design trends… sometimes it’s good to know what our neighbors are doing!

  • Smaller, yet well designed. Kitchens are getting smaller and smarter. You can certainly have a personalized, ‘small’ kitchen while retaining high function.
  • Smart storage. Pull outs and customized storage solutions are everywhere, helping you better utilize the nooks and crannies of your kitchen.
  • Thick counters. Putting a 6″ slab of granite on cabinets might not be the best idea in terms of stability, but you can get the look of a thick counter by having two sheets of Cambria or wood mitered together.
  • Kitchen cabinets have legs. Most Europeans treat their kitchen cabinets like they do furniture… also when they move, they often take the cabinets with them and that’s easier to do when there are legs!
  • The washer & dryer are in the kitchen.What a smart idea! The kitchen island is the perfect place for folding and ironing clothes.  They can even be tucked behind cabinet doors and no one would ever know they are there!

    This picture, from http://www.cambriausa.com, shows a thick Cambria counter top with mitered corners and clean-lined cabinets.

Stay tuned for finished pictures from our current cabin remodel up on Clearwater Lake! We’re just putting together the final touches…

Here’s a sneak peak at the kitchen bench that we designed to fit seamlessly in with the cabinetry, along with the fabric pillow selections…

When choosing these fabrics from Kravet, we kept the scale of the three fabrics in mind so they would all jive together.

Because they are all at different scales (one is a large scale pattern, one is a medium stripe, and one is a small pattern) they all work and create a cohesive look.

Check back in a few weeks for finished pictures from this project!

Happy Thursday, everyone!

In this blog we’ll highlight one of our powder rooms… enjoy!

Inspired by our “Asiatic Prairie” design concept, this powder room showcases a very pretty Muted Prairie color scheme. The colors are all very earthy and warm which creates a very inviting and homey feel; which is great for a powder room since this is the bathroom guests will most often use.

The inspiration color chips are all Benjamin Moore:

  • 2163-50 Burlap
  • 2164-40 Serengeti Sand
  • 2170-40 Coral Spice
  • HC-119 Sherwood Green
  • HC-105 Rockport Gray

Tips on the design of this bathroom:

  • Using a framed mirror vs. a large frameless mirror provides the opportunity for a little personality and gives the powder room a more custom feel.
  • The granite we used on the counter has a lot of pattern and a lot of movement. A powder room is a perfect spot to use something a little more bold like granite, paint or wallpaper.
  • Our vanity cabinet was built to look and feel like a piece of furniture, rather than a full built in cabinet.
  • When you do have guests over, gather a bunch of fresh flowers in a fun vase, this will make the guests feel invited and special.

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.

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.

And now… for the rest of the story…

To conclude our wrap up of blogs from the past year, we’ve noted a few entries from the last part of 2010.

In July, we posted the  ‘after photos’ from the 2010 ASID Showcase Home  where we designed the Front Porch on the Lake of the Isles home. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/07/06/showcase-home-porchafters/

In August, we highlighted three of the main color trends for fall: Magenta and Chocolate, Yellow, Grey and White, and eggplant. See the fresh combo of yellow, grey and white here: https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/08/03/color-trends-yellow-grey-and-white/

In September, we showcased three themes for table top decor ideas for hosting fall dinner parties. These themes can translate easily to parties throughout the year. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/09/09/fall-dinner-parties/

In October, we posted a few pictures from a custom window installation. We used the same fabric on the cornice board and to upholster a wing chair in this lovely music room. https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/10/14/hauthaus-installation-day/

In November, we showed you how to make a feather wreath with Holly. Did you make one? If so, we’d love to see pictures! 🙂 https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/11/22/make-a-holiday-feather-wreath-with-holly/

In December, we showed you how to create a fabulous holiday table using things you might find in your kitchen cabinets and your front yard! https://hautblog.wordpress.com/2010/12/09/holiday-table-decor-with-hauthaus/

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!

Design and lifestyle books are fun to page through for inspiration on a rainy day… here are some of our favorites that would be fun to give (or get) this holiday season. Get out your pens and be ready to mark these on your wish list!

(from top left to bottom right)

  1. Lotta Jansdotter: Handmade Living; A fresh take to Scandanavian Style (love!)
  2. Tricia Guild: Pattern Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan: Apartment Therapy Presents… (inspiring photos of real homes)
  3. Sophie Uliano: Gorgeously Green (good tips for everything from yoga to grocery shopping)
  4. Rebecca Yaker & Patricia Hoskins: One Yard Wonders (cute how-tos)
  5. Erin Bried: How to Sew a Button; and Other Nifty Things Your Grandmother Knew
  6. Todd Selby: The Selby (photos of real homes all over the world)
  7. Mark Montano: The Big-Ass Book of Crafts (great ideas!)
  8. Paolo Saltari: A Matter of Syle; How 10 Famous Women Changed Fashion

This holiday season we are definitely seeing a lot of ethereal, white decorations – they are everywhere! Here at hauthaus, we love creating things from scratch, whether its our favorite cookie recipe, sock monkeys (Holly made 4 last year for her cute, little ‘wolf pack’ of nephews!), or handmade holiday decorations and gifts. Now you can follow along with Holly as she creates a beautiful feather wreath in a few quick, easy steps!

  1. What you need: a metal wreath form, scissors, craft paper, ribbon, boas (we used six that are 6′ long)
  2. Get started!
  3. Fill in the wreath form with the craft paper to make it more full.
  4. Start wrapping the boas around the form. To secure each boa, tuck it into the wire form and craft paper.
  5. Continue this with each boa all the way around the form.
  6. Cut a nice long piece of ribbon (about 4′) to hang the wreath from.
  7. Tie the ends into a pretty bow.
  8. Hang up on the wall, door, or window.
  9. Enjoy!