Josh and Amy needed a little more pizzazz and a little more function out of their kitchen in their condo near the Chain of Lakes. They decided it was definitely time for some improvements while, during a dinner party, one of their cabinet doors fell completely off its hinges! They called on the help of hauthaus and cabinet-makers-extraordinaire Modern Design. We, along with Contractor Brad, transformed the dated and non-functioning space into a beautiful space that works well for the couple.

Changes we made:

  • The half wall divider between the dining room and kitchen was removed to open up the spaces and to allow for a breakfast bar.
  • The kitchen was completely gutted; we added in new bamboo flooring, dark stained Alder cabinets, granite counter tops, stacked stone back splash, new appliances, hardware and plumbing fixtures, and a new coat of paint to the walls and the ceiling.
  • Adding new recessed cans and under cabinet lighting really improved the space by adding layers of light.

Now the space functions great for the couple, who like to entertain. Along with their kitchen we worked on their entry, living room, guest bathroom and master bathroom. more pictures to come, so stay tuned!

Josh and Amy's kitchen: after.

Detail shot of the stacked stone back splash; tile from Fantasia Showrooms.

Josh and Amy's kitchen: before.

Which of these four former hauthaus designs is closest to your own personal design style?

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2012 City of Lakes Loppet

February 1, 2012

Wondering what to do this weekend?  Getting outside and enjoying this unseasonably warm weather is just the ticket! Visit the City of Lakes Loppet!

The Loppet is held every year, but this year, due to the non-Minnesotan weather we’ve been having, it will take place completely in Theodore Wirth Park in Minneapolis. Every other year, there are festivities in Uptown as well, but the ice is too unstable.

There is lots to do – fun for the whole family!

Saturday, February 4th 9am – 11pm

Some of the MOA’s Family Day events include; snow sculpture contest, The Penn Cycle Loppet, Skijorling Loppet, the super carnival, sprints and the Luminary Loppet and it’s after party. For a detailed event page click here.

Sunday, February 5th 7:30am – 4pm

Some of the Sunday events include; Hoigaard Classic, Freestyle Loppet, Skijorling Championship, and the carnival.

There are many participants in the snow sculpture contest each year. It is fun to walk down the ally of snow art.

Each day, the Surly Beer and Vendor Village is open, serving up hot treats, cold beers, and more!

The most events are free to attend and watch. For detailed parking rules click here; and note that there will be a shuttle every 10 minutes from the Mortenson Construction parking lot. Biking and walking to the event are highly encouraged!

And last by not least, all visitors of the Loppet can enjoy free snow tubing at the park. Kids under 5 should be accompanied by an adult.

For more information about the event, visit their website at: www.cityoflakesloppet.com

Remember to bundle up!

Tile can add another layer of interest and texture to any space; bathrooms, mudrooms, kitchens, etc.

Below, you’ll see some Before and After pictures of a kitchen our clients’ condo Downtown Minneapolis where we added some pizzazz by adding in a tile back splash.  When we were sourcing the tile we needed to keep in mind that it needed to work with the existing granite counter tops and it also had to be neutral enough to work with the flow of the main living space of the condo since it features an open floor plan where the dining room, home office and living room area all connected.

We ended up selecting a beautiful  handcrafted tile made with 70% recycled glass in a brick pattern from Fantasia Showrooms at IMS for this project.

The finished result is quite beautiful!

Top: The sink wall before the tile went in. Bottom: After.

Top: Overall shot of the kitchen before. Bottom: After.

Before and After pictures of the corner of the kitchen.

Food trucks!

June 7, 2011

It’s food truck season!  Last week for lunch we visited the Food Truck Court in St. Paul at Kellogg and Wabasha. It is a summer MUST!

We got in line at our pals Kari and Amy’s Fork in the Road food truck and tried to figure out what to eat… with so many yummy things on the menu, it was hard to pick! 

They offer delicious lunch options such as Roasted Red Pepper & Mozzarella Rolls, Molten Meatball Sliders, Shrimp & Orzo Pasta Salad, and their famous BBQ Pulled Pork Grilled Cheese with Carmelized Onions. Yum! We both decided to have the grilled cheese. It was beyond delish!  Talk about melt-in-your-mouth grilled cheese and pulled pork- having one of those sandwiches is also a summer must!

You’ll be able to spot Fork in the Road a mile away with their happy bright, orange truck. Be sure to order their special Strawberry Lemonade too… it tastes especially good on these hot summer days. They scoot around from location to location throughout the year, so to be sure you know where they are (and where you can find the best lunch in town) ‘friend’ them on Facebook or follow them on Twitter since they post their whereabouts daily.

The food truck court is held every Wednesday from 11:30 – 1pm at the same location every week. Each week you can (and should) try a different food truck; as all of their menus change daily.

What a great way to spend your lunch hour… outside and enjoying amazing food! Try it next week!

 

Also.. a fun sidenote…Fork in the Road will be at Music in Mears Park 2011!   Thursdays from 6-9pm June 9th to August 25th in Mears Park, enjoy music, good food, and time with family and friends. For a complete list of dates and the line up check it out here:  http://www.musicinmears.com/index.html

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…

nice ride

June 24, 2010

Have you noticed green bikes popping up all over Minneapolis? It’s the new ‘Nice Ride MN’ bike rental program. You can go to any of the stations and rent one of 1,000 bikes to ride around the city, the lakes, and more!

I have been out and about and it seems like there is a station every couple blocks, which makes finding them (and returning them) pretty easy.

What a great way to get some exercise and be green!  Check out their RENT, RIDE, RETURN policy on their website, along with lots of other helpful information… http://www.niceridemn.org/

cheers, amber