Bachman's Spring Ideas House: CLOSED FOR THE SEASON
March 17 - April 17, 2016
Bachman's Historic Family Home

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Spring Ideas House

Each season designers transform the historical Bachman’s home on Lyndale Avenue by painting, furnishing, and decorating the entire house with their signature mix of new items, repurposed pieces, and a touch of vintage. Refreshing bursts of color are a welcomed sight against a backdrop of soft, muted tones and natural elements. Find inspiring ideas to help welcome spring into your own home.

Schedule a self-guided tour to see creative decoration and entertaining ideas firsthand.

The Spring Ideas House is open seven days a week, March 17 through April 17, 2016. Self-guided tours ($5) are sold in 30-minute increments during the following times: Mon.-Wed. 9:30 a.m.-2:30 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.

Please note: you will not receive a ticket in the mail. On the day of your visit, pick up your ticket(s) at the gift counter in our Lyndale store. If you have difficulties placing your ticket order online, contact our Call Center at 612-861-7311 and we will be happy to assist you in placing your order.
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Key Trends
  • Shades of Grey – Provides a sophisticated backdrop for colorful accents.
  • Floral Patterns – Offers a tribute to spring through fun and whimsical patterns.
  • Terrariums – Gives room a fresh look with a living, botanical creation.
  • Coral Color – Revives energy throughout house with refreshing color.

Room Themes
Porch – Enter into a spring awakening of bright and cheerful floral patterns. Decorated with garden accessories, find inspiration for the season ahead. Plant Features: Calathea, Asparagus Fern, and Rieger Begonia.

Dining Room – This room has been rejuvenated with elegance and sophistication. Pops of coral color and hydrangea blossoms bring a fresh breath against a backdrop of white and shades of grey. Plant Features: Selaginella and Rieger Begonia.

Living Room – A multi-chromatic palette splashes vibrant color across shades of grey and a mix of industrial metals. Soft floral patterns, natural wood elements and botanical accents give the room detailed focus. Plant Features: Dieffenbachia, Pothos, Kalanchoe, Philodendron, Bamboo Palm Chamaedorea Seifrizii, Azalea, Ivy, Aglaonema, Candy Corn, and Philodendron. 

Sunroom – This room is ready to burst with spring blooms and color. Adorned with bright, floral patterns and vintage flair, find yourself nostalgic to gather here for a good ol’ game or puzzle. Plant Features: Neanthe Bella Palm Chamaedorea, Carnations, and Candy Corn. 

Kitchen – Shades of pink pop brilliantly against shades of light charcoal and the texture of well-worn wood. Playful peony prints in tabletop accents add a whimsical touch. Plant Features: Schizanthus and Azalea.

Master Bedroom – Find renewal and balance in this tranquil mix of soft muted tones. Elements of natural woods and green plants combine with galvanized metals to create a space of relaxed luxury. Plant Features: Majesty Palm.

Girl’s Bedroom – Perfect for a girl coming into her own style, this room evokes inspiration as dreams are revealed. A soft color palette is complemented with white and grey accents, along with a polka dot pattern for a design that is playful and yet sophisticated. Plant Features: Philodendron Selloum and Jade. 

Guest Bedroom – This room is brought to life through whimsical imagination. Ivory walls draw a feeling of enchantment, while a coloring book paper border is ready for creative inspiration. Plant Features: All Artificial.

Garden Room – When passion for planting and gardening just keeps growing, it needs its own space inside the home. Complete with a workspace for potting plants and mini gardening, find everything you need to inspire your green thumb. Plant Features: Ivy, Fern, African Violet, Philodenron, Spath, Bulb Gardens, Terraiums, and Succulents.

Upstairs Bathroom – Rough-hewn stoneware, worn and weathered as if it's spent a dozen seasons braving the elements, yearns for a sunny indoor perch to cradle fresh herbs and aromatics. Plant Features: Philodenron and Spath.  

Outdoors – The garden shed is decorated with springtime treasures. Artful accents in brilliant colors inspire a playful attitude in the garden.

As Seen in the Ideas House
Nearly every item in the Spring Ideas House is priced for sale. Items with blue dots on their price tag are one-of-a-kind item, available only at the house. They can be purchased on a first-come basis. Buyers can pick up or arrange to have these items delivered after the house closes in April. Items without blue dots are available for sale at Bachman’s on Lyndale, while supplies last. Look for “As Seen in the Ideas House” signs inside the store to find items featured in the home.

$5 Tickets
Tickets are available for purchase online or by calling 612-861-7311. Each ticket includes a coupon for $5 off a $25+ Bachman's purchase, with 20% of ticket proceeds benefiting Friends of the Institute. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Tickets are not refundable; see our Returns and Exchanges page for details.

*NOTE: Tickets are required for entry and may be purchased in advance at 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 Spring Charitable Partner
Friends of the Institute is a volunteer organization of members of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts dedicated to supporting, enhancing, and sustaining the collections, programs, and influence of the MIA. Learn more at

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