Did you know that when you spend money at a local shop over 60% of it stays in the community, shopping at big retail stores and chains about 40% stays here, and if you shop online virtually NO money stays in your local community? Even if we all bought one gift at a local shop this year it would make a difference!

shop local this holiday season!

Some of our favorite places to shop locally for unique gifts:

support your local community while getting unique gifts!

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Q & A with Amber

May 3, 2011

Q & A with Amber! 

The CityPages came out with their ‘best of’ list a couple weeks ago, so why can’t we do the same thing?  When Amber was asked, “what’s your favorite…” Here’s what she had to say…

A few of Amber's faves...

1. Artist  Mondrian. I love his use of bold color and black lines to distinguish space.

2. Bar for unique cocktails Bradstreet Crafthouse in the Graves Hotel.

3. Color Red. The color red makes me happy; it adds a snappy pop of color to any outfit!

4. Chair My favorite is an orange mid century modern chair I got from my grandma. I love the shape and the color. My grandma has great taste!

5. Design period Mid Century Modern. I love the clean lines and innovative use of materials.

6. Flower Gerbera daisies and Spider Mums… they remind me of springtime.

7. Gift shop Patina; they have something for everyone. 

8. Guilty pleasure watching Glee… shhh don’t tell anyone! 🙂  

9. Hobby Being crafty; I am in a “Stitch N’ Bitch” club – we get together once a month and create everything from candles to sock monkeys! 

10. Jewelry anything vintage – usually found at Hunt and Gather in Edina or other thrifty places.

11. Museum Milwaukee Art Museum; designed by Eero Saarinen, David Kahler, and Santiago Calatrava. It even has ‘wings’ that open and close during the day!

12. Musical Artist Dessa – she is a lyrical acrobat!

13. Restaurant of the Moment I’ve been really digging Urban Eatery. They took over the old ‘View’ restaurant in Calhoun Beach Club, and it’s run by the Crave guys. They have yummy food, a sexy atmosphere, and a great happy hour!

14. Summer Activity Spending time at the lakes. Depending on your mood, you can bike, play volleyball, have a picnic, or just relax and people watch. I love it.

15. Spot for retro furniture and accessories Spinario Design in Northeast. They have it all!

16. Spot for new and trendy home accessories Roam on Glenwood in Minneapolis. 

17. Winter Activity Seeing the British Advertising Awards presented at the Walker Art Center; they are always so interesting. I’m not much for the cold outdoors!

What are some of your favorites? Stay tuned for Holly’s answers…

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/

hauthaus: out and about

November 18, 2010

This week we popped in to Hunt & Gather on 50th and Xerxes in Edina to see what fun, new things we could find…

Holly spotted some lovely cat eye glasses and a vintage leopard print hat and just had to model them!  What fun!
I found these classic tin thermos lunch boxes. (One of them even had a shoulder harness!)  Oh, how they made me long for warmer weather and picnics in the park!

fall dinner parties

September 9, 2010

Fall is in the air, but that doesn’t mean the summer fun has to stop quite yet! I’m sure there are a few more sunny days that would be perfect for a ladies’ brunch, a backyard picnic, or a late night dinner party with friends!

Here we highlight our ‘hauthaus table tops’ that we debuted on Kare11 earlier this summer…

Perfect for a ladies' brunch!

We have our ‘Ladies’ brunch table top’ in the stylish color combo, white, grey and yellow.  Wouldn’t it be fun to sit down at this beautful table to sip tea and eat scones?

  • Table cloth: KDR Showrooms
  • White round placemat, yellow square and round plates, napkin, napkin holder: Crate and Barrel
  • Grey tea cup and saucer, grey salad plate, antique silver vase: Spinario Design
  • Paris coaster, Eiffel Tower name card holder: Zachary Ltd.
  • White Peonies: Minneapolis Farmers Market 

 

 

 

 

Backyard BBQ

I love breezy, sunny fall days. They are perfect for a backyard BBQ before the big game. Get this tabletop look!

  • Tablecloth fabric: KDR Showrooms
  • Vintage tin tray, juice glass, “99” place holder: Hunt & Gather
  • Orange plate, striped plate: Crate & Barrel
  • Green goblet: Spinario Design
  • Lantern, flower pot: Zachary Ltd.
  • Gerbera Daisy plant: Minneapolis Farmers’ Market

 

 

Late night dinner party

After the autumn sun has set, turn up the jazz music and have a late night dinner party with friends. This table top setting is perfect for Spanish tapas…

  • Tablecloth fabric: KDR Showrooms
  • Teal charger, small black bowl, pitcher, glasses, antique wooden bowl: Spinario Design
  • Blue plate, napkin holder, napkin: Crate & Barrel
  • Purple plate, black square plate, silverware: Ikea
  • Buddah: Zachary Ltd.
  • Thyme: Minneapolis Farmers’ Market

 

When putting together a tabletop setting it’s important to remember to use antique or vintage items you might have in storage. Your Grandma’s antique silver vase might be just the thing your setting needs!  Don’t be afraid to use quirky items to add character! Go ahead, stack up your plates, use herbs as decoration, mix colors and styles!

It looks like this weekend’s weather is going beautiful! So please, go ahead; invite the neighbors, family, and friends and have a fun gathering of your own!