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The Bachman's Summer Ideas House 2011

Time for the Bachman's Summer Ideas House 2011 tour!   For those of you who are just learning of this inspiring house...Bachman's is a well-known floral, gift, and garden business in the Twin Cities area.   The house is a historical family home on the flagship store property and is now used to showcase ideas and products, as well as raising money for the Children's Home Society and Family Services.  It is always full of wonderful ideas.  There are links to previous houses on my sidebar, if you'd like to see more!  And the Spring 2011 Ideas House is here.  I'll break this tour into four posts.
I had a wonderful girls' day out there with my sweet friend, Suzanne, of  Privet and Holly !  We toured the house, shopped the store, and had a leisurely lunch at the great Patrick's Bakery and Cafe at Bachman's!  A perfect day!
The tour starts in the front porch.  The theme this time is "New Naturals Celebrate the Outdoors."  The porch features a dining and serving area, and lots of plants and garden ideas!  These fun lockers provide storage next to the door...

I love the vintage beverage crate used as a bar...

and the garden rake used as a wine glass holder!

Chicken feeders were used in many places for plants...lots of succulents!

Vintage garden fencing, with a glass top makes a fun table...

The dining room features more natural elements...

Mirrored cake pans hang above the salvaged wood wine rack...

Aren't these placecard holders cute?

Here's a lovely beverage serving bar...

and plants displayed in test tubes...

The light fixture used twig garden fencing for an unusual chandelier...

The cheery kitchen is next!

I love this wooden spoon chandelier...

and this great vintage garden gate repurposed as a pot and display rack!

A large breadboard was painted to serve as a chalkboard!

The colors in the open shelving are charming~ and don't miss the wooden spool cabinet door handles!

Look at this!  A vintage shopping cart provides more storage!

Isn't this a fun cookbook rack?  Chicken feeders are wall mounted on a burlap background...

And it's magnetic, too!

Well, that's it for part time we'll tour the Living Room, Sunroom, and Bathrooms!

Until next time...


  1. What a fun visit for you and me! I got the biggest kick out of the old rake glass holder! That actually gave me an idea! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Wow, it just seems like you were posting the spring idea house and it's already time for the summer one! You know I love these many great ideas. Thanks for taking the pics!

  3. I just love when you post about the idea house! It's my favorite..I wish I lived there so I could go in person..but this is the next best thing! Thank you! So many wonderful and creative ideas!

  4. My SIL and I had lunch at Bachmann's when we saw the Christmas house last November. How I wished I lived closer so I could go every season. I'll just have to live vicariously through your visits. Can't wait to see more!

  5. This place doesn't fail to inspire.
    The little vintage market cart is adorable.

  6. Wayyyyy to cute Linda. You know I always get so much inspiration from the Bachman house. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful Memorial day.

  7. Hi Linda,
    I didn't think they did a summer one...guess I missed it! Glad you take awesome photos. Sounds like a great day.

  8. Lots of inspiration here. I love the garden gate.

    Have a great holiday!

  9. Wow, this came around fast. Seems like you just shared the spring house. Love all the unique ideas and I see they used a lot of succulents.

  10. I love these house tours, they have so many fabulous ideas!!!
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. Wow! I love you doing this Linda.

  12. Oh I am loving the upcycling, repurposing designs here.
    that spoon chandi is a must!!!
    I just love the vintage grocery cart full of supplies. too adorable!!
    Thanks for sharing such great stuff

  13. As usual, love it! That shopping cart is darling!
    Thanks, Lezlee

  14. All of this is so cool Linda! I LOVE the vintage lockers especially even though they remind me of the ones we use at work. LOL Sounds like you had a fun day.

  15. Linda,
    That is so cool. I love naturals. Not for me but for others who do them well. Sometime I will make it there. Is it really summer? I am in San Francisco with Jud for a wedding and I feel like I have been gone forever. We left last Thursday. We are having a great time with old friends from Rapid City, where we lived for nine years. Jud is feeling pretty good (thank God) and I have a terrible cold. I keep trying to put you on my blogroll and I can't get it to work but I will not forget you.
    my favorite item is the spoon chandelier. So fun!
    Big hugs,

  16. I'd love to visit here but your posts are the next best thing!

    How do you drag yourself away.

    So much here to be inspired by.... I love the ferns in the lockers and the testtube flower holders.... and everthing else!

    Thank you for sharing!


  17. I love taking these tours with you!! Can't wait for part 2!!

  18. They did again, didn't they! Another fabulous idea house! What were those placecard holders made of?

    Slow going on the wedding ideas. We better get busy!

    Hope your long weekend is a relaxing one!


  19. This house is just brimming with ideas! Thanks for the tour~

  20. What great ideas! I love all the kitchen stuff! The gate is wonderful!
    Hugs, Lisa

  21. OH WOW, you know how I love your visits there!! I hope you had a great weekend!

  22. Love the pictures of the Bachman's Idea House. I can't wait to see the second installment. I will be in Minneapolis June 8th and plan to meet a couple of friends to visit the Idea House and have lunch there!

  23. The summer house already! Thanks Linda for showing us all these great ideas! I always love these posts. Ann

  24. OH i am so glad you have done another post on this fun, fantastic place!!! Unbelievable!
    I would love to see it in person.
    I love that wooden spoon light!
    The chicken feeder for plants is so cool. I love everything and can't wait to see more!!!

    Pamela xo

  25. Linda, your pics
    captured it all just
    perfectly. I'd already
    forgotten all the zillion
    little details. What a
    fun day we had!!
    xx Suzanne

  26. I really enjoyed the tour...thanks Linda! Sounds like you two had a nice time on your day too.

  27. Followed the link from a photo on Pinterest - what a fascinating and creative blog you have. I pinned the wooden spoon chandelier, and it should give you credit. If not, I'll edit it.


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