design tips: vol. 3

September 30, 2010

Greetings to all!

It’s time for another installment of our hauthaus design tips for your home!

FRONT ENTRY TIP:  A bright, colorful console or coat rack, a favorite piece of artwork and/or  fresh flowers will energize your entry and express who you are.

Your home should welcome you at the front step and project your design style with gusto!  Make a statement and make sure it carries through from one room to the next.

(Pictured on top: This fun console by Grange furniture was sourced through the great gals at the KDR Showroom at IMS)

HOME OFFICE TIP:  Be sure to have the supplies you use regularly organized and in abundance.  A well stocked home office and a comfortable desk chair will encourage you to go in and sit down for a bit. 

Task lighting and a paper recycling bin or shredder will make you even more efficient at managing your correspondences. 

(Pictured in the middle: These cool, contemporary desk chairs were sourced through the Rich Rosenberg showroom at IMS)

FAMILY ROOM TIP:  Make this gathering space purposeful.  Are there games nearby?  Cozy blankets within reach and stain resistant fabric on the sofa?  Coasters and good reading material close by? 

The TV doesn’t have to be the only source of entertainment.  If there are alternatives handy, like a deck of cards, they will likely be used!

(Pictured on the bottom: These vintage bingo coasters are perfect for a family room or game room. They were found at Zachary, Ltd. at IMS)

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!