fall colors

September 15, 2011

Cooling temperatures means that it’s my favorite season of the year!

Fall!

I love it: I love the cool, sunny weather… being able to wear my boots…the wonderful smells of crispy leaves… AND the beautiful fall colors!

We perused one of our go-to showrooms at IMS, Francis King, for furniture, lighting, and accessories in the warm reds, oranges, and yellows of the season.  Here’s what we found to inspire you on how to bring these fall colors into your home this season and year round…

(1- Francis King Warehouse. 2- Currey & Co. 3- Somerset Bay. 4- Lee Industries. 5- Somerset bay. 6- Malibu Loft. 7- Lee Industries. 8- Currey & Co. 9- Somerset Bay. 10- Somerset Bay. 11- Somerset Bay. 12- Francis King Warehouse. 13- Lillian August.)

Happy fall!

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Have you seen the latest colors that Cambria has come out with? I must admit when I walked through the showroom at IMS and saw the full slabs, I got a little misty. They are GORGEOUS!

Well done, Cambria! They have created a beautiful, no maintenance option to granite AND have kept that pretty, natural movement that we love about the natural stone.

Check out the new colors of their Waterstone collection here:

New Waterstone collection from Cambria.

 
 
From top left to bottom right:  Aberdeen, Bellingham, Braemar, Buckingham, New Quay, Praa Sands, Sharpham, Shirebrook, Torquay, Wellington, Westminster.
 
The movement of this collection is just amazing. Can you imagine one of these in your new kitchen or bathroom?
 
 

If you’re looking at your living room and thinking that it looks a little tired and needs a quick pick-me-up, we have the perfect solution for you… pillows!

Pillows are a great way to quickly change the look and feel of  your room or to add a pop of color where it’s needed.  They are easy to change in an out with the seasons and let’s face it, they are fun to shop for… all of the new colors, patterns, and textures… ooh! 

A tip for mixing and matching pillows: grab a couple in the same color family or that have colors that are repeated in a few. It’s good to make sure you have a variety of patterns: think maybe a stripe, an animal print or large floral, and a texture…  (And don’t forget to add in a solid velvet pillow or two – they are perfect for nap time on the sofa!)

(This is a collage of pillows from Anthropologie, CB2, Crate & Barrel, and West Elm. )

While we are knee-deep in selections this week, the construction crew at Fred Nordahl Construction is knee-deep in lumber!
 

One of our summer new-build projects is in full swing this month and this week we stopped out on the job site to snap a few pictures of the progress.

  

The new home from the end of the driveway. You can see the two garage stalls on the left, the large window in the dining room, and the two-story foyer.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Here you can see the crew hard at work. Andrew is lifting the plywood up to the second floor to be installed so the second floor walls can go in next.

Trusses in waiting. The roof trusses will go on after the second floor goes up at the end of this week.

View inside the kitchen. The large window by Holly is where the sink will be placed. This kitchen will feature wood floors, enamelled cabinets, and an eat-in table by the far window.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
This will be the new home of a family of four and the matriarch of the family, DD. It features a main floor master suite for DD as well as a complete ADA bathroom and laundry room.  The second floor master suite is home to a free-standing cast iron tub and walk in closet. The kids each have their own rooms with walk in closets and built-in window seats as well as a ‘secret room’ in the lower level.
 
Stay tuned for pictures of this home’s progress as well as after shots when it’s finished!

Let’s go down to the seaside…

This color scheme evokes the calm and serene feeling of being near the sea with its warm almost grey-almost violet walls, soft and gauzy fabric panels, and bright green paired with crisp white accents.

This palette is good for family rooms to create a calming effect in the hectic-ness that is our day-to-day life. Is also great for bedrooms for the same reason…  To create this look (first call us for a color consultation! 🙂 ) and then pair soft, nubby textures with hard ones like a fuzzy fern in a ceramic pot or a metal coffee table on a shaggy rug. 

It’s easy to imagine these fun, billowy window treatments blowing in the breeze on a day like today!

(the wall in this picture is Benjamin Moore’s Sweatshirt Grey paint 2126-40)

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!!! 🙂