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End of the Tour...Bachman's 2011 Summer Ideas House...

Hope you all had a wonderful weekend!  We spent a long weekend at our family lakehome, finally getting good enough weather to put in the dock and boat lift!  It was a great family fun and work time! Today I'll share the last post from the Bachman's 2011 Summer Ideas House~ the colorful exterior buildings and gardens!  The garage was set up for a birthday party!

Look at these cute candy trees...

All the great colors give a cheery ambience!

There are lovely flowers and plantings...

and a fun garden party set up in the yard...

Look at this cute gnome/fairy garden created in an old wheelbarrow!  I really would love to have one of these!

There is fun yard art for sale ...

My favorite part of the tour is a building called "The Nook"~ an outdoor writing and reading room!  In other Ideas Houses, it was used as a potting shed.

It is decorated with lots of flowers and plants~ I love the succulent wreaths...

Inside, this is my favorite idea~ vintage plates with words, done with stickers...but they could be painted, stenciled, or transferred, as well.  They say "Either write something worth reading, or do something worth writing".  The wall behind the plates was covered with old book pages...

Such a fun way to use vintage I need to think of a favorite saying...

How about this vintage stepladder hung horizontally on the wall and used as a bookcase?

Or this charming hat window treatment...

The desk is decorated with flowers,

a vintage typewriter,

and I love this vintage cage with candles...

There are lots of decorative storage containers, too...

Well, that's it~ another great Ideas House!  Hope you enjoyed the tour!  The Fall Ideas House is scheduled for September 15th-October 9th.  If you are coming into town for Junk Bonanza or the Creative Connection, the Ideas House would make a wonderful stop!  You can get tickets and details online!

Until next time...


  1. Thanks for the tour Linda! I can't wait to see it in person on Wednesday.

  2. This was def. my favorite part of the tour this time, too. I have a quote I always put in the reading nook at school.

    The love of learning
    the sequestered nooks
    and all the sweet
    serenity of books
    Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

    thanks for sharing the tour with us, sure wish I could go there and the Bonanza!


  3. Wow! I really like all of this. The colors are amazing. Lots of good ideas here.

  4. Oh I love the cage, and old hats ,too Linda, thankyou for this annual tour, dear.

  5. i love the nook!!! i want one of those.

  6. I love all the bright colors.

  7. pics from your weekend at the lake house??? Love the pics from Bachman house! So fun and colorful! Hope you are doing well.

  8. I love this place! Those word plates are calling to me.

  9. Thanks for the tour since I can't get there...lots of great spaces!

  10. Oh I have enjoyed these Idea Houses so much! Thank you again for showing them to us, I could never get down to Minnesota to see them so this has been wonderful. I loved all of the ideas today as well, my brain is reeling, I want to try so many of those great ideas.
    Hugs, Cindy

  11. There have been so many great ideas in this house! It's definately some to refer back to more than once. I really like the laddar with the books!

  12. I used our garage for a birthday party one time. It sure didn't look like this one!!!! Do you adore the reading nook or WHAT??!

  13. Loved touring with
    you again, Linda!
    And of course, my
    heart went
    over that NOOK, which
    I'm still drooling
    Hope you are staying
    xx Suzanne

  14. You know I adore that wheelbarrow!

  15. Sure enjoyed the tour and seeing lots of great ideas..
    Stay COOL!!! Way too HOT for ME!
    deb :)

  16. Soooo adorable! Loved those wreaths. And the gnome garden. And the table out on the lawn. I'm going to have to go see it in person one of these days. Mimi

  17. I loved the tour...someone has a serious imagination that works on all those vignettes! I LOVED the reading nook! Oh my!
    I was reading your birthday wishes to me very early in the morning and had to shush myself from laughing when I read the part where you put your ring on the wrong finger! (I almost woke up the whole house by laughing out loud! poor thing and your precious little ring! oh dear!) I laughed cause it sound like something I would have done! :)
    Love ya girlie

  18. Hi Linda,
    Just getting caught up here. Loved seeing the rest of the tour. The outdoor space was beautiful but I'm really loving the bedrooms and media room in the previous post. LOVE the oar headboard. I think that would look great in your lake house. The media room had so many fun ideas too.
    Thanks again for sharing this with us.

  19. Linda,
    I love it but can you imagine the hours it would take t set up for tat birthday party? I also think the vintage plates are the best and love the idea of stickers. There is a woman on Etsy that does the seven deadly sins (refired in the kiln) and I have always been attracted to them but have wondered what kind of a nit people would think I was!). I need to think of some quote I love and put it down in my craft room. I love script on old china. Now to look at what I have missed. Thank you for doing this!!!

  20. Don't you wonder if the people that design these houses ever sleep at night? They really do a wonderful job coming up with some clever ideas!! Thanks for the tour!!

    XO Julie

  21. So many great idea! I love the fairy garden in the wheelbarrow and the plates!

  22. What a fabulous tour and great pictures!! I love the plate idea. Oh, I can't wait to have a house and be able to try all these fun things ;)

  23. Who would think flowers in a drink can would look so pretty :)

    I especially loved the 'candy' trees - they would work well for Christmas too!!!

    Thanks for sharing (again)


  24. I love that ladder idea! There are so many fun ideas~thanks for sharing.


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