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A "Relaxing Renewal" & Plenty of Decor Ideas at Bachman's Spring 2013 Idea House

Kayd Roy10 Comments
It's time to get some major decor inspiration with a look at Bachman's Spring 2013 Idea House!  This time, a "Relaxing Renewal" celebrates the fresh energy that Spring brings.  It's all about relaxing, organizing, getting together with friends and watching things grow!  As expected, it was full of great ideas and I am sure you will find at least one of your own after seeing these pictures!

Just in case you are familiar with the Idea House, here is the background information:
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!

Now let's get to it!  I will show photos from each room and then list the 'ideas' after....

Living Room
Living Room Ideas: Bird magnets added to decorative metal screen; 3-tier glass serving piece filled with rocks as floating candle holder; Terra cotta pots painted white and stacked as floor lamp base; Vintage cubbie unit as sofa table and magazine holder; Lanterns used as terrariums; Coffee table built of 6x6 cedar posts at difference levels with decorative tiles; Lights added to ceramic vases in cabinets to create light fixtures; Salvaged architectural grid as backdrop to wall art

Dining Room
Dining Room Ideas: Slate tiles and paint-able wallpaper used as table runner; Bird vases in clear bases as candlestick holders; Names written in dry erase marker on bird vases as placecard holder; Assorted candle holders stacked on each other to create holistic centerpieces; Floral vase as tea holder; Rattan balls spray-painted as chandelier accents; Foam ribbon, fabric and permanent botanicals as window treatment, Salvaged mirror serves as menu board; Ceramic memo boards with dry erase markers serve as food markers; Salvaged iron panel spray-painted layered on top of vintage wallpaper as wall art

Kitchen Ideas: Aluminum mesh panels as decorative background in cabinets; Aluminum mesh panels line interior of chandelier; Dish towels hung with magnetic burlap flowers as window treatment; Hobnail vases as candle holder; Metal rack as hanging herb planter; Vintage scale as planter; Outdoor bistro table and chairs for in-kitchen dining; Kitchen utensils hung as wall art

Sunroom Ideas: Vintage peanut shell rollers placed in planter and turned into floor lamp; Birdcages turned into miniature garden planter; Infinity candle holders added to planters transform into lanterns; Vintage trough used as miniature garden planter; Suitcase turned into miniature house; Watering can turned into miniature house; Tree for made of metal tray and assorted objects

Lower Bathroom & Stairwell
Lower Bathroom & Stairwell Ideas: Dishtowels hung with clothespins as window treatment; Dishtowels hung as sink skirt; Mirrors, aluminum mesh panels, and flowers layered as wall art; Grain scoop as toilet paper holder; Mesh wall cubbie and coat rack serves as towel organizer; Outdoor lantern turned into ceiling light fixture; Paper placemats used as wall art; Salvaged architectural grid layered with metal flowers as wall art; Salvaged iron railing as screen at top of stairs

Event Coordinator Office
Event Coordinator Office Ideas: Wall stripes made of burlap and ribbon; Card table turned into bulletin board; Glass terrarium as mail holder; Salvaged porch posts affixed to wall and greeting cards hung from lines between posts as wall art; Decorative notepad paper, Plexiglass and molding turned into giant wall calendar; Chandelier made of peek-a-boo baskets; Glass added to salvaged table bases create a desk; Glass table lamp filled with tree branch and bird sun catcher; Trio planter as pencil/pen holder; Coat racks used as window valance; Twig wall hooks as curtain tiebacks; Birdcage turned into a planter

Master Bedroom
Master Bedroom Ideas: Area rug as headboard; Birdcage lamps decorated with burlap ribbon, rocks and pearls; Ceramic birds as wall art in a cascade; Vintage doorknobs as finials on curtain rods; Wall mirror as vanity tray; Floor lamps made from 6x6 cedar posts and hanging light pendants; Rattan cubes turned into wall shelves; Flower pattern drilled in boards as light-up wall art; Wind chimes as ceiling chandelier

Upstairs Bathroom
Upstairs Bathroom Ideas: Handing birds as shower curtain decor; Birdcage wall shelves as towel rack and bath organizer; Molding added to windows to create interior window boxes; outdoor garden stakes as sun catchers; Garden trellis as wall art; Metal shelf as toilet paper holder; Printed bird as toilet tank decoration

Girls Bedroom
Girls Bedroom Ideas: Flowers as headboard; Light pendants made from hanging vases and metal baskets; Outdoor planters as nightstands; Salvaged fence, grapevine, florals and LED string lights as window valances; Cork added to vintage picture frames serve as bulletin boards; Owl lamps embellished with chalkboard markers; Ceramic memo boards as picture frame; Mason jar vases as makeup brush and candle holders; Ladder as a scarf rack

Event Coordinator Workshop
Event Coordinator Workshop Ideas: Chalkboard paint, moldings and bedsprings to create inspiration boards; Inspirational quotes written on chalkboard paint as wall art; Bracelets used as curtain tiebacks; Party theme ideas shown- Summer Family Reunion BBQ, Ladies Afternoon Tea, Spring Fling for Audubon Society, and In the Garden

Porch Ideas: Vase as silverware holder; Salvaged garden trellis as wall art backdrop; Wood trays as wall art; Birdbath as serving dish; Chairs adorned with swag as spoon rest and tied with burlap ribbon; Coffee mugs as planters; Miniature trellis with ribbon as placecard holder in mug with embellished garden rocks as favors; Ribbon and decorative clip as napkin ring; Flower bulbs hanging from curly willow as centerpiece; Candle holders added to planter boxes as lanterns; Birdcage turned into floor lamp; Faucet wall hooks as curtain rod holders; Grapevine wreath layered with permanent boxwood wreath and glass ornaments as valance adornments

Outside Peace Stake Garden
Outside Peace Stake Garden Ideas: Letters stenciled on terracotta pots to create inspirational quotes

- That's a wrap! -

Which ideas where your favorites?!?! I think mine included all the ways you can hang little glass planters along with the more modern looking decor in the Living Room.  I was nice to see that they are starting to move away from some of the vintage-y upcycled stuff and into some fresher looks.

If you need more spring decor ideas, click on the links to check out their 2011 or 2012 Spring Idea HousesHope you found some inspiration, thanks for stopping by!

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 and I don't have information on the DIYs.