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Head Over Heels Friday: Bachman's 2012 Spring Idea House

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It's an extra special Head Over Heels post!  Why?  Well, I was super excited to share it and I feel bad that I didn't get posts written for our Guest Room and Master Bedroom project as promised.  But I am sure you will forgive me after you see all the pretty images in this post :)

Get ready, it is time for Bachman's 2012 Spring Idea House!   This Spring's house is a "Relaxing Renewal" celebrating spring energy and renewal.  As expected, the house was incredibly inspiring so it had to be in this week's Head Over Heels spotlight.

I think by now you know the drill with the Idea House but just in case:
Bachman's is a Floral and Gift Garden here in Minneapolis, and their Idea House was their original founder's house built in the 1920's. The company now uses the house for their seasonal Idea House creating entirely new rooms for each of the four seasons. Everything about each room is different for each season's idea house, right down to the paint on the walls. When you enter the house you get a brochure that lists all the details for each room including the paint color and 'ideas'. The cool part? Everything in each room is for sale!

We'll start in the Dining Room, I will list all the Ideas at the end of each room. I tried to keep this post a little more simplified than the ones in the past, hope you still enjoy it!

Dining Room

Hand-carved Hungarian dough bowls hung as wall art and planters
Napkins and metal flower clips used as chair decor
Envelopes as guest place cards
Craft tags as wine charms
Striped wallpaper made from tree wrap
Window valance made from table runner and clip-on tablecloth weights
Hanging glass bottles with jewels added to lampshade to create a chandelier


Newspaper as wallpaper and cupboard decor
Swinging restroom doors used for wall decor and organization
Bin scoops as wall shelves
Wire baskets and plants as window valances
Lighting added to permanent vine ball to create chandelier
Radiator turned into shelving unit
Wicker baskets with decorative forks as utensil storage
Table runner used as a window valance
Planted mason jar mugs and seed packet party favors
Wood drawer turned into wall shelf

Living Room

Statement wall piece made from vintage ceiling tins and medallions with mirrors
Coffee table made from a roof vent cover and mirror on a laundry basket base
Side table made from salvaged wood
Milk can as container/ vase
Salvaged buckets and pails used as planters
Decorative tin panels, fabric and lights added to built-in cabinets


Church pew used as a table bench
Tall, frosted glass vase turned into a table lamp
Twine balls used as curtain finials
Crates used as rustic vase holders
Oversized metal paperclip used as a napkin ring

Lower Level Bathroom

Metal bin drawer used as toilet paper holder
Collage of vintage-inspired mirrors
Iron grate and table runner used as window treatments
Twine holders as towel racks

Front Porch

House numbers cut out of sheet moss
Metal sink used as a potting bench
Clothespins as plant markers
Egg shells as seed pots
Toothpicks and page flags as plant markers
Artwork made from seed packets and springs
Vintage theater seats decorated with burlap letters to spell "GROW"
Seed pots turned into light shades
Suncatchers made from marbles and wood planks
Permanent moss orbs and discs as ceiling art
Lawyer's cabinet used as storage unit


Wall decor made from framed birch poles, permanent stems and canvases
Curtain panels made from oversized shutters
Vase mobile made from bundled birch
Radiator drip pans and doorknob plates used as wall art with coat hooks

Master Bedroom

Headboard made from a wall painting and garden trellis
Salvaged tin nightstands
Writing desk made from sawhorse legs and salvaged wood with postcards under glass
Window frame as standing mirror
Vases and book pages turned into floor lamps
Fireplace screen and vintage photos as wall art
Floral pins as drapery tiebacks
Vase trio as pencil holder
Jewelry organizer made from wall frames and iron twigs
Ceiling light fixture made from garden orb and permanent floral stems

Boy's "Jungle" Bedroom

"Grass Hut" bed loft made from scrapped wood and thatching
Light string made from coconuts
Bamboo pieces cut into dresser handles
Bamboo made wall canopy with permanent green plant accents
Permanent green plants and stems as window valances
Monkey-shaped vinyl decals applied to boards as hanging decoration
Tree stump and grass mat as a table and chairs
Floor lamp and table lamp made from coco basket liners, bamboo & tree rounds
Turtles with magnets as tic-tac-toe wall game
"Grass Path" floor rug to bed made from grass mat
Tiki torches with tissue paper flames

Girl's "Garden" Bedroom

Window valances and light shade made from garden fence
Storage bin labels made from floral candle rings and stenciled fabric
Hardware cabinet as nightstand
Garden gate with metal flowers as headboards
Quilt hoops as wall frames and bulletin board
Children's chairs used as wall shelves
Baby bathtub used for toy storage
Spools used as drawer pulls
Magnet boards made from cabinet doors

Upstairs Bath

Wine bottle holder as towel rack
Keys hung as shower curtain embellishments
Wall case trio used as toothbrush holder
Permanent greens fashioned as window valance
Wine bottles filled with colored water and permanent floral stems placed in window & toilet tank
Wicker vase and wall hooks used for toilet paper storage

Inspiration Den

Barn door hung on wall slides to hide TV
Hand-painted window drapes made with decorative paint roller
Wall shelves made of books
Wheelbarrow cart as coffee table
Windmill base turned into floor lamp
Windowpanes turned into decorative bulletin board
Decorative papier-mache globes
Hand painted table lamp and shade
Wire baskets as DVD & magazine storage
Coin purses as wall mounted storage pockets
Lamp shade frame embellished with keys

Lastly, take a look at these cute ideas in the hallways.  Bachman's did have them listed in the brochure, but I thought they were so clever!  I loved the antique clock in the laundry chute and the lantern near the backdoor entrance along with rustic hooks.

Too many great decorating ideas right?!? Which ones were you Head Over Heels for?

I thought they came up with a lot of fun window valance ideas, but my favorites were the collage of vintage mirrors in the lower level bath and the chandeliers made from the lampshades with hanging glass bottles.

What did you love?!?! What are you inspired to add in your own home?
 The Idea House will be open until April 15th, if you are local make sure you stop by!  It's hard to miss the big pink house :)

If you want more inspiration, here are the links to past Idea Houses: Holiday 2011, Fall 2011, Summer 2011, Spring 2011, and Holiday 2010.  


PLEASE NOTE: In case you didn't read the top of the post, I just want to reiterate that this IS NOT OUR HOUSE and I am not employed or affiliated with Bachman's in any way (which means I did not decorate the rooms shown). I am a HUGE fan of the Ideas House and love sharing it as long as they allow people take photographs when they visit. It seems some people have been confused about that and I would NEVER want to take credit for something I did not work on. There, I feel better now :)

Hope you found some inspiration, thanks for stopping by!

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