March 19-April 19, 2015
Bachman's Historic Family Home
Experience a visual and visceral awakening at this season’s complete transformation of the historic Bachman’s home on Lyndale Avenue. Designers have painted, furnished, and decorated the entire house with their signature mix of new items, repurposed pieces, and a touch of vintage in order to tell a story of seasonal and spiritual renewal.
Capturing a love of life and connection with the living world (known as biophilia) throughout, explore distinct rooms with retreat, relaxation, celebration, and other enlivening in mind. Each room has its unique theme and story, but is tied together with energetic color, fresh floral, terrariums, and other live greens. Schedule a self-guided tour to see creative decoration and entertaining ideas firsthand, new trends in action, and get inspired for spring!
The Spring Ideas House is open seven days a week, March 19 through April 19, 2015. Self-guided tours ($5) are sold in 30-minute increments during the following times: March 19-April 12 Mon.-Wed. 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Sun. 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. and April 13-19 Mon.-Sun. 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Dining Room – Treat guests to a watercolor wonderland with this raspberry and green scene that’s elevated with fresh blooms layered over bright pinks and natural accents.
Living Room – Continue the rejuvenating color story into the shared relaxation space, where naturals meet exuberant pops of color, moss accents, candles, and floral features.
Sun Room – All hail the greens! In epic biophilia fashion, find a space creatively displaying live green plants and terrariums galore.
Kitchen – Get inspired to bring your own fresh herbs to the table and set spring scenes with botanical floral dishes, an herb garden, plus live herbs and moss accents.
Lower Bath – Pretty pastels, white picket fences and herbs continue the garden story just off the kitchen.
Yoga Room – Epic Zen is the name of the game in this calming space filled with an inspirational living wall, a water feature, yoga mats, and soft blue-green hues.
Backroads Den – Celebrate the ol’ red, white, and blue, plus lots of travels and nature’s wonders in this space covered in maps, vintage scenes, and plenty of space to reminisce.
Master Bedroom – Green plants pop off a black and white background with bold patterns and a punch of other color.
Upstairs Bath – The botanical feel from downstairs in boosted with black and white, natural, and chalkboard bases.
Guest Room – Visitors will enjoy a quirky space filled with pops of yellow and blues and unique bicycle prints among greens, set against a light, neutral backdrop.
Note: The shed and garage are not used during the Spring Ideas House.
As Seen in the Ideas House
*NOTE: Tickets are required for entry and may be purchased in advance at Bachmans.com or through our Call Center. Same-day tickets may be available only for purchase at the gift counter at Bachman's on Lyndale. If you have not pre-ordered, please call before you arrive. Tickets are limited, especially on weekends.About Our Charitable Partner
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Ideas House Photo Galleries
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