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The Bachman's Holiday House Part 1...and a Fun Giveaway Kitty Win...

I recently visited the Bachman's Holiday Ideas House!  If you aren't familiar with Bachman's- they are a large Landscaping, Nursery, Floral, and Home Store Company in the Twin Cities!  They are celebrating 125 years in business this year.  The Ideas House was a family home built in the 1920's on the flagship store property and is showcasing fun design ideas and products.  You can find links to the three earlier idea houses this year, on my sidebar.  You've probably seen other bloggers posting about this house, so I'm going to show some of the ideas I loved.  I'll break it up into three posts!  Lots of eye candy and inspiration!
This bench looked great with the red blanket and accent pillows!

I loved this idea- they turned glass insulators over battery operated votives for fun lighting!  I have to try this!

Apples at the base of the trees are so colorful, and look at the creative tea strainer ornaments...

How about this toboggan-top table?

 and little trees...

This wall in the dining room used vintage casserole stands backed with mirrors!  I see these all the time at thrift stores~ such a fun idea!  You could probably make bulletin boards and chalkboards, too!  And the framed wallpaper piece behind them could be used for many displays!

I love how they used this vintage sugar bowl...

and this pitcher makes a great wine bucket...

Wouldn't you love to have a wall of pretty stained glass windows?

And look how they added the little shelves and restaurant ware cups for plants!

The chandelier is covered with vintage cookie cutters...

and a cookie cutter serves as a tieback for the cute curtain, too!

The curtain was hung with clothespins...

They backed the shelves with fabric~ easy to change for the season!

This old gate is decorative with skates...

 and an old drawer is given a top board to creative a charming shelf!

I really love the look of this vintage sled coat rack, against the crisp white paint,

these snow shovels artfully displayed on the wall,

and the old tree stands and antlers!  On my next post, I'll show you the living room and some of the upstairs!

Also, I wanted to share a fun giveaway win I just received in the mail!  I won this absolutely wonderful Halloween Kitty from Lorraine of Paper Bird !  Isn't this the best kitty?

She also sent me some Christmas goodies, too!  A charming Santa chocolate bar, and some fun cards she made!  I love how she wrapped them...

and aren't they cute?  I just love the little girl with the pig!  Lorraine is a very creative, artistic person and her blog is full of creativity, inspiration, and eye candy!  I hope you will stop by her blog and say hi!  There is also a special auction of kitties on her blog for the Haiti Gospel Mission on Wednesday December 15th!  Thank you SO much Lorraine...I love my new kitty and goodies!

Until next time...


  1. so many things to inspire me! thank you for sharing!!!

  2. You are so welcome Linda.
    Thank you so much for posting about our kitty auction that was so very sweet of you. Take care of your kitty and enjoy these sweet days of December.

    ps. I love your wall of mirrors- so cool!

  3. Linda, I love these ideas! The little clothes pins holding up the curtain. ADORABLE!
    Have a pretty day!

  4. Congrats on your prize! I always look forward to your posts on the Bachman's house. It is so great! I think I've liked the spring deco the best. Thanks for posting. Lezlee

  5. What a great place, love the apples at the base of those gorgeous trees!

  6. What a FUN place with great ideas...LOVED those candles! I am your newest FOLLOWER, I see we have LOTS&LOTS in common!!! I would love to have you Follow me to, if you'd like!
    Have a wonderful FUN week,

  7. Linda,
    i can't wait to see the other posts-waaay too much fun in one house!!! I adore the silver sugar bowl. And the picture of the girl with the pig is absolutely priceless.
    How are you holding up with your winter storms?

  8. Hi Linda,
    Wow--this house is so amazing!!! Are they friends of yours?

  9. And the kitty is just precious too!!! WOW!

  10. What fun Holidays ideas! Of course they never disappoint me. I loved the skates on the old window frame!

  11. This is a fabulous way to start my day. There's so much beauty here, I don't even know where to start.

    I see insulators everywhere and I always wondered what people do with them. I love the idea of using them for holiday lighting.

    Those "JOY" pillows are fabulous, too. I can't wait to see Part II.

    Stay warm, my friend. La

  12. when we were there for junk bonanza we went to the store, but not the idea house. we will have to find that next year. wow. i love the wall of stained glass windows and the sled/clothes rack. so cool.

  13. Such talent these decorators have. That's why I'm not one. Everything is so lovely--thanks for sharing. I'm looking forward to the next round.

  14. What a great place to get ideas from! I love your kitty too, so cute.

  15. What great ideas, thanks for sharing love the curtains!

  16. I love it all! It's too hard to choose what I like best. Thanks for sharing all the wonderful ideas!

  17. Hi Linda,

    Thanks for this post. I'm way behind on my holiday decorating, so I need all the inspiration I can get.

    I really love the chandi with the cookie cutters.

    Stay warm and cozy.

  18. There is so much to love here, and so much to take inspiration from! I especially love the drawer on the wall and the mirrored casserole great! Thanks for sharing these.


  19. Yeah! More Bachman's Tours. You know how I love many great ideas. I really like the battery operated candles under the insulators. It's a great look.
    Thanks for always posting the pictures of the changing seasons at the Bachman House. It's almost like being there.

  20. Hi lovely lady Your home is just Beautiful for the Christmas Holidays !
    I love your old gate with the ice skates sweet. You are one of my follower and Im one of yours, did you see my new Tablescapes on my blog ? May be you can take a look Thanks so much sweet lady.

  21. I would so love to be able to walk thru Bachman's...thanks for making it possible, virtually! The skate gate is my favorite.

    Love your prizes from paperbird wonderful they are!


  22. Thanks for showing my favorite house again! The chandelier w/ cookie cutters is adorable and reminds me that I have some old cookie cutters around here somewhere. The curtains with the deer on them are very cute also. Can't wait until your next post.

  23. Linda, thank you for sharing this. I always look forward to seeing The Bachman House trough your eyes. I love the arrangement of the stain-glassed windows and how they illuminated them. I have always wanted some of those! One day... And you know I love kitties, so your Halloween kitty is primitively sweet to me! Ann

  24. Linda I love it ALL! What great ideas. Great win too from the kitty auction. How fun! Staying warm?

  25. Thanks for sharing much to see...can't wait for your next post!!

  26. O.k... LOVE the insulators, I almost got rid of mine last week and then decided against it, so glad I kept them! The cookie cutter chandi is so cute too, really so many wonderful ideas! I loved this visit to the idea house, thank you for sharing! Theresa xoxo

  27. I wanted to see the
    Idea House, but just
    couldn't squeeze in
    one more thing....
    Thank you for the tour!
    I'm headed for part 2,
    xx Suzanne

  28. Oh my, I love the apples in the big tubs to hold the trees!!


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