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A Visit to the Bachman's Spring 2011 Ideas House...

A visit to the Bachman's Ideas House in Minneapolis, is always fun and full of inspiration!  If you've been following my blog for awhile you may remember the posts I did on the four Ideas Houses from 2010.  There are links farther down on the sidebar for those.   The theme for this house is European Romance!  Be sure to click on any photo you'd like to see enlarged!  The charming umbrella arrangement above is on the door into the main house...feels so much like spring!

Decorative spring arrangements are everywhere...

The house numbers are done on saucers...

The three season porch is the first room you enter.  This old workbench holds a sweet vignette...

An old cast iron bathtub holds flowers and when topped with a board, serves as a coffee table, too...

Watering cans are planted with flowering's a restful room!

The dining room is ready for spring, too!

I love the ironstone tureens with moss and the individual arrangements at each place setting!  Vintage embroidered table runners are layered across the table to serve as placemats...

these sweet little bird picture frames, in nests, sit in stemware and serve as place card holders...

Look at this beautiful side table arrangement!  Lit from below, it is made with an old metal fencing piece topped with glass and filled with plants.  Above it, the charming wall arrangement is made of decorative plates..some with mirrors added!  So lovely!

Vintage sugar bowls are turned into fun hanging planters...

The kitchen is light and cheery!  Above the stove, old drawers are hung as useful display shelves!

There are Easter decorations...

I like how old wood corbels are used to hold herbs...

 and children's chairs are used as dog dish holders,

and the back of a vintage metal child's chair was even turned into a blackboard!

There are so many fun ideas in every room!  On the next part of the visit, I'll share the living room, sunporch, and the scrapbooking room!

Until next time...


  1. what a wonderful post of ideas.
    Love the chairs with the food bowls
    the chalkboard of course!!!
    How I wish we could have lush plants as these all around the house.
    Oh to dream
    Thanks for sharing this sweet home.

  2. I can't wait to see more! Those saucers as numbers are fantastic. I love this tour. So many great ideas!

  3. I always enjoy this tour Linda. The Bachman house does a fabulous job of decorating and giving some neat ideas...hey tell them I said so:) Cute plate idea, love the table setting too.

  4. Oh how I appreciate you taking us along to the Bachman House! So much inspiration!

  5. Thanks Linda for the wonderful photos for Bachman house , the ideas are blooming everywhere . I love the house number plates .. I must do that Hugs wendy

  6. I love it when you visit this place! So many great ideas.

  7. How beautiful. Lots of ideas in this house. Thanks for sharing. 8>)

  8. So much inspiration! Love the old workbench.Thanks for the tour.Warm Blessings!~Amy

  9. I love it when it's time for you to show us the Bachman's Ideas House! So much inspiration and eye candy. You do give us a great tour. Can't wait for the rest of the tour! Thanks Linda

  10. I love it that you take us along with you to the idea house, Linda...thanks!

    That bathtub table is genius!


  11. I love these posts you do on this great house! Some really cool ideas!
    Thanks for sharing!
    Tammy :-)

  12. Hi Linda, know how I love these posts!! Thanks so much for sharing these pics with us. I loved seeing the boxes hung on the wall for shelves. Just this weekend I pulled out several old boxes and was playing around with something similar. I never thought to layer one over another.....great idea. So many wonderful ideas. Look forward to the next installment.

  13. Oh I always miss this. They do such a great job of decorating. I think I would want to buy many things there.


  14. I've never been here. Is it downtown? They sure have a lot of cute ideas, don't they? I love all the little plates with the mirrors...I'm thinking that might be a good idea for my daughter's room.


  15. Thank you for sharing your visit in photos. I love all the ideas and can't wait to see the next installment of posts.

  16. Oh wow. I am in love with that entire house. Love the idea of a parasol on the front door and that planted easter basket and the plates... Thanks for sharing those great ideas.


  17. Thanks for sharing! So much inspiration in one post!!!!

    I love the sweets and rabbits in the glass display domes and everything else!!!!!

  18. Wow, lots of eye candy here, Linda! I would love to visit this home, thanks for taking us along1 My favorites are the bathtub, and the umbrella. Love it all!

  19. I love to visit that house! So many amazing display ideas! Those bunnies are so cute! I love the draw shelves! X

  20. what great ideas. so much inspiration. Love the dog dishes but the metal chair chalkboard stopped me in my tracks. I got a flashback. Just strange to see things from our past and how they remind us of days gone by from my childhood.
    thanks for sharing

  21. Oh my gosh, how gorgeous! I love the little chairs for dog bowl holders! and the address on plates.

    I had gotten pictures of plates in a store here to post for Blue Monday and I hope to have them up soon...I think it's an adorable idea!

    I love how you get pictures of this house--it's so fabulous!!!


  22. Thanks for sharing such a sweet shop. Great ideas and inspiration for Spring. In case I don't get a chance. Happy Easter!
    xxx Liz

  23. Thanks for sharing for those of us too far, love the vintage white metal chair/chalkboard!
    happy week=)
    ps...we got snow today, and it stuck for an hour or two!!=)

  24. Lucky you - thanks for sharing this. Those house numbers on vintage plates are so clever!

  25. I'm getting old and my memory isn't what it used to be, but is Bachman House where designers come in and do different rooms? Love all the imagination shown.
    P.S. Thanks for dropping by. Always a joy to meet new folks.

  26. What a great house full of so many creative ideas!!
    This was a great house tour Linda!
    I love the saucers with the numbers on them. So many fantastic ideas!

  27. I can't get enough of that house. I love the house number idea and the chair made into a blackboard. I think it's amazing how much things change each time you show the house!

  28. Thanks Linda, this is one my favorite things that you highlight on your blog! Ann

  29. So pretty-love the cloche at each place setting and that fabulous centerpiece!


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