color cure

August 2, 2011

ROYGBIV. You might have learned that in school when studying color: Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo, Violet.

Here’s our hauthaus take on the color wheel with our projects plugged in as references…

Red: Master bedroom and bathroom remodel in South Minneapolis. Chrome, white marble, and espresso cabinets set the scene in this dramatic bathroom.

Orange: “Away Room” remodel in a home in Chanhassen. It’s the perfect spot to read the news paper, have some coffee or just get away…

Yellow: Showcase Home Kitchen in 2003 with Bonnie Birnbaum; located in St. Paul. Since the clients entertain a lot, a large gathering space was incorporated into the kitchen design. The complimentary color blue makes the yellow really pop.

Green: Master bedroom and bathroom remodel in Minnetonka. We used a warm green on the walls along with other hues of green throughout the master suite. A silky lemongrass custom duvet compliments the striped cream and green draperies. The black painted furniture accents the fresh green nicely.

Blue: Home furnishings project in Plymouth. The cool blue walls set the tone of the home and evoke a sense of the east coast and water.

Violet: Dining room remodel in Chanhassen. This smoky grey-purple makes the space seem warm and inviting.

Since it’s been a little grey and rainy lately in Minnesota, we thought it might be nice to add a little bit of a color cure to your day! We hope you enjoyed it!

What’s your favorite way to add color into your interior (and exterior) spaces?

cheers! 🙂

‘cool’ summer sales

July 20, 2011

Whew! It’s been hot, hot, hot in Minneapolis the past few days… but keep your chin up, we’re almost done with this heat wave! 

If you’re looking for ways to stay cool today (and thru the month of July) stop on over to Roam Interiors on Glenwood across the street from IMS. They are having a moving sale with 40-60% off their amazing home decor items! AND you’re in luck! They are one of our favorite places to go for accessories. Their stuff is so cool… (pun intended). Once their move is complete, you will be able to find them in Uptown.

Roam offers great kitchen products, gifts, home accessories, locally made jewelry and more! (A great place to get that one-of-a-kind gift for an upcoming wedding, birthday, or anniversary!)

Also, while over near IMS, you really should swing on over to the lovely Baker Showroom. They are holding their July “Clean Sweep” event with weekly deals. And yes, they are open to the public during this sale… 75% off retail pricing. How great is that?

At Baker you’ll find furniture, home accents, pillows and lighting. Who knows… maybe that one piece that will finish off your room is waiting for you at Baker!

One of the best parts about both of these sales, besides the amazing deals? AIR CONDITIONING!!! 🙂

Last week, Dianna from KDR Showrooms at IMS sat down with me and showed me the new Marc Alexander fabric collection… It is so stunning!

The muted colors, rich textures, and delicate prints blew me away. This collection is what is inspiring me this week. 

Here are some of my favorites from that showing:

From top left to bottom right: (chair) Artisan Colleciton, (striped fabric) Woodstock Collection, (textured fabric) Village Collection, (floral chair) Artisan Collection

The new collection has such a wide variety of styles and feels that, depending on how they are mixed and matched and what the application is, it could have a very elegant/ contemporary feel, or a delicate/ traditional feel.

It was so fun to get my samples in the mail and start playing with combinations of textures, stripes, prints and more! 

For samples and/or to find out how these gorgeous fabrics could work in your home, give us a jingle!  But for now, I hope that you enjoy these lovely pics and maybe find some inspiration of your own!
 🙂

This shows more from the Artisan Collection.

 
 
 
 

Before & After: sunroom

June 14, 2011

What a difference window treatments make!
 
 

Before: window treatments in the sunroom

 
 
 
This poolside sunroom needed a little help when it came to window treatments. We found a fabulous Kravet fabric that tied all of the colors in the room together. Our very talented workroom made our sketch a reality…
 
 

After: window treatments in sunroom

 The homeowners, who live on Lake Harriet in Minneapolis, were thrilled when the treatments went up! It really softened the windows and gave a finished look to the much used room.
 
For other projects we’ve done, check out our website: www.hauthaus.com
 
 

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.

color inspiration

May 24, 2011

What do your walls say about you?

It’s the perfect time of year to get your home projects started (and finished!). If you’re yearning for a new color in your living room, kitchen, or bathroom, but haven’t found the right inspiration, look no further! Here are three fresh color schemes for your new space…

This bathroom starts with a pop of blue paint on the walls and is accented with white and grey marble. Black towels and deep turquoise act as accents.

 
 

This neutral color scheme is made fresh with pops of barn red, bright blue, and mustard yellow.

 
 
 

This Ruby bathroom features a black and white marble tile floor with a deep warm wood vanity and chrome fittings.

 
 
Which hauthaus color scheme do you take inspiration from? Stay tuned for more!
 
If you need a quick design color consultation, give us a ring – we’re happy to help you make selections and to help you make your home feel uniquely yours!
 Since we are heading into the Easter Weekend, there are sure to be lots of egg dying and egg hunts taking place. Let’s take a look at the ‘egg’ in terms of interior design…
 
The Egg Chair is often considered on of the most recognizable icon chairs of the 20th century. You can find it on anything from totes to jewelry to post cards. It was designed by Arne Jacobsen in 1956 for the lobby and public areas of the Radisson SAS Hotel in Copenhagen. Jacobsen wanted to create a chair with a unique shape that, when sitting in it in a public space, it still gave you a little bit of privacy. The Egg Chair did just that. 
 
Photo #2 shows a pillow design paying homage to the iconic chair.
 
As you can see in photo #3, Jacobsen was meticulous about where the seams of the fabric would fall when designing this chair. He made sure that the dimensions of the chair were exact so that it could be upholstered with two cowhides without showing the seams.
 
Jacobsen took inspiration from another mid-century modern designed chair; The Womb Chair (photo #4). It was designed by Eero Saarinen exclusively for Knoll. Both chairs are designed to have matching ottomans.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

The finished commissioned art will be installed over the sofa in the front room.

Traveling is a favorite past time of many of our clients, not to mention both of us!

This winter when our clients Sherman and Becky returned from a new favorite locale, Cinque Terre, Italy, they were brimming with excitement.  They’d had a marvelous time and celebrated their tenth wedding anniversary.  We suggested they have a piece of art made to remind them of the experience.

They were hesitant at first to consider commissioning an artist, mainly because the term sounded like it might also come with an out-of-this-world price tag.  When we suggested getting a bid for the size, style and medium of their ideal piece, they agreed.  The two of them had purchased art from a variety of different shops and dealers in the past and felt it would be nice to be able to compare the costs associated with two very different ways of acquiring art.

We asked one of our favorite local artists, Candice Simpson, to consider Sherman and Becky’s concept for the piece and offer pricing.  They were surprised to find that commissioning Candice to create something for the two of them, with their personal taste in mind, could be so similar in price to purchasing art from a store or gallery.  They grinned from ear to ear.

And rightfully so.  They’ve had the opportunity to become a part of the art experience.  We’ve worked with Candice to incorporate all the lovely new colors, textures, tastes and sounds they felt while on their get-away and provided her with their design concept as a starting point.

The finished piece will be featured in their front room.  It’s a space they both use every day and the first wall they see each morning when they come down the stairs.  We can’t think of a better way to stay connected to each other than to have a daily reminder of a shared experience.

The following pictures are from a recent studio visit to check on the progress of the pieces.  Stay tuned in the coming weeks for pictures of the final piece being installed!

Candice shows Becky her progress on the artwork.

Candice is detailing the inspiration image and telling us about her next steps.

Candice hangs the inspiration images from Sherman and Becky so they are easy to reference as she paints.

Here’s what Becky had to say about the experience:  ” Having artwork commissioned by Candice has been such a magical experience. She has taken our memories and made them into something tangible that we will always cherish. We could have searched high and low but we would have never found a pre-existing piece that we would have loved this much. Not only will the artwork fit our space and color palate perfectly, but it will have an incredible amount of meaning to us. And the best part of all, it will always be one of a kind!
Where are YOU headed next?
-Holly

See how we took this main level living space from “cookie cutter” to a space filled with the homeowner’s own personality and style…

This builder-home needed a splash of personality!

After we got to know the delightful homeowners, their two little boys, and their dog, Jackson, we distilled down their ideas, favorite things, and design style into a specific design concept. (We do this with all of our clients, as it helps to keep everyone involved on the same track.)  All of our design selections tie back to the design concept, which makes a for a very unique and cohesive design.

First, we changed the paint colors. The clients prefer a cool palette… even just the new coat of paint made a world of difference in the feel of the home. Next, we brought in Minnesota-made sofas and chairs with clean, modern lines.  The window treatments soften the space while providing protection from the hot/ bright sun.

A photo wall in the living room features stainless steel frames from Room and Board. It’s a great place to display fun family photos – and it’s easy to change them up as the kids grow and new additions to the family are made.

We made sure to use kid and pet friendly fabrics and finishes. You might wonder how it works to have a family with little kids and a dog  with two large white sofas… we used a fabric with nanotex technology. This means that spills bead up on the fabric and can easily be wiped away. How great!

window treatment styles

February 22, 2011

There are many different ways to dress your windows. Oh let me count the ways: panels, shades, shutters… well why don’t we just show you!

Here are some of the ways we have treated some of our clients’ windows…

Stationary Panels: This softens the large window while adding some drama. Since the client didn't need these treatments for privacy, we were able to cut down on yardage (and cost).

 

Inverted pleats: This style allowed for us to show off the beautiful patterned fabric, and because they are lined panels, they block the hot summer sun and keep this dining room cool in more ways than one!

 

Roman Shade: we used this treatment in a 'top-down/ bottom-up' application for maximum privacy and light control.

Asymmetrical Valance: we added some fun and whimsy into this little girl's room by using fun dressmaker trim and a kick pleat in the corners of this valance.

Soft, shaped cornice: this top treatment uses embroidered silk and rich, black swagged cotton to soften the sound in this music room.

Pinch Pleats: this heading treatment on these lined, silk panels adds formality and elegance to the living room.