Summer Ideas House 2011

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Quick Facts

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Dates: Open Tuesdays–Sundays, May 26–June 12
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Theme: New Naturals Celebrate the Outdoors
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Color Canvas:Organic greens, earth-tones and natural textures, with paint by Hirschfield's
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Location: The Historic Bachman Family Home on Lyndale Avenue
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Tickets: On sale now at bachmans.com and at 612-861-7311

Overall Theme
The second Ideas House of 2011 kicks off summer with the freshest approach to casual living. Our designers are mixing clean lines, an organic color palette, earthy textures and natural elements with their signature mix of vintage and new pieces to create another unique experience.

To celebrate Minnesota's glorious summer weather, this house will feature more outdoor vignettes than ever before while bringing the outside in. Get ready for great entertaining ideas for your many outdoor gatherings and interior décor inspired by outdoor activities.

Tour & Ticket Details
The Summer Ideas House is open Tuesdays through Sundays, May 26–June 12. (Closed Mondays.) Self-guided tours are sold in 30-minute increments. Tickets are available for purchase at bachmans.com or by calling 612-861-7311, with 20% of ticket sale proceeds benefiting the Children's Home Society & Family Services.

Ideas by Room
Each room of the Ideas House has its own unique look with dozens of design ideas, big and small. Here's a sneak peek at what our designers are dreaming up for the summer house.

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Dining Room: A tranquil and relaxing place to gather with family, featuring bamboo accents, earth tones and succulent planters. Picture lots of sunshine and a refreshing breeze floating through the room from open windows.
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Kitchen: If summer were a fruit, it would be a strawberry. With hints of the fruit in the décor and a crisp green color palette, the kitchen will be as sweet and refreshing as a wild strawberry.
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Master Bedroom: The relaxed blues, greens and soft textures in this room express a peaceful retreat, the perfect place to rest after an active day outdoors.
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Boys Bedroom: A skateboarder's paradise! An extreme sports-loving teenager will feel perfectly at home in this room, where we'll be experimenting with different ways to decorate with skateboards.
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Girls Bedroom: For the aspiring young gardener, this room brings the garden into the bedroom. Picture flowers, butterflies and bright colors for the dreamy tween.
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Spare Room: A media room for the modern family, featuring creative ways to include game consoles, home entertainment systems and other technologies into the room's overall décor.
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Attached Garage: We're opening the garage door to reveal a summer birthday party set-up for 10-year-olds. They'll love the bright colors and fun activity ideas.
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Outdoor Seating Areas: The yard will feature two distinct outdoor seating areas, including a patio garden party for grown-ups.
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Shed: This outdoor building will be transformed into a writing/reading retreat for the amateur author and bookworm of the house.