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!!! 🙂

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.

 
 
 
 

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.

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.

friday quip

February 11, 2011

Here’s a lovely, short quip for a Friday…

We LOVE Ian Grant over at Bjorling & Grant in Minneapolis. Check out one of his latest creations!

See more of Ian’s work at:

www.bjorlinggrant.com

Space planning is a very important part of what we do.  I like that it involves critical thinking and piecing everything together; like fitting together the pieces of a puzzle.

When we are designing any room in a house, it’s important for us to know how you use the spacewhat your needs are, and what can change and what has to stay. Here is an example of three ways we space planned a main level living space. The homeowner wanted to have space for the kitchen, a seating area, and a dining room. See how what we came up with…

When you’ve lived with your living room, kitchen, master bedroom or any other room set up the same way for 10 years+, it can be hard to imagine it a different way. All you need is a fresh set of eyes and a creative hauthaus designer!

Have you ever wondered what we could come up with for you? Give us a call – we’d love to show you!

www.hauthaus.com

design tips: pillows

September 21, 2010

At West Elm, you can find these fun pillows made from Mongolian lamb's wool. Add them to your sofa for instant drama!

Pillows are a fun and easy way to spruce up a room.  And we’ll all be in need of a little ‘sprucing’ here in a bit as we enter the grey months of winter!

But… we’re not there yet, so to get your idea wheels turning, here are some fun pillows and tips to go with them… enjoy!

Custom pillows, like these made from Romo fabrics, are a great way to get the exact look you are going for. They are an easy way to add a pop of color, and it's easy enough to switch them out when your style changes.

Go for stripes! Stripes work well in traditional, transitional, and modern space alike. Try looking for added details like piping or trim on the edges for a custom look.