Bachman's Ideas House

Each season, our 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.

Schedule a self-guided tour to see trendsetting décor and creative concepts firsthand. Welcome inspiring ideas for the change in season.

The Holiday Ideas House is open seven days a week, November 10 through December 18, 2016. Self-guided tours ($5) are sold in 30-minute increments during the following times: Mon.-Wed. 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Thurs. & Fri. 9:30 a.m.-6:30 p.m., Sat. 9:30 a.m.-5 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.

Key Trends

  • Glowing Lights – Illuminate the season with a magical glow of string lights, candles, and lanterns.
  • Birch – Embrace the beauty of nature with birch details found throughout the house.
  • Mixed Metals – A mix of galvanized metals, gold, and silver find a perfect match to add elevated sophistication.
  • Plaid Patterns – Cozy layers of buffalo plaid pillows and accents transform the home into a welcoming space.
Room Themes
Porch – Welcome to Christmas at the cabin, made to feel like a north woods retreat. Kick off your boots and enjoy a relaxed, festive atmosphere among comforting hues of grey, black, and red.

Dining Room – Our handsome tabletop accents usher in sophisticated holiday dining, alongside a whimsical touch of artistic plates adorned with woodland friends.

Living Room – Get guest-ready with the shimmer and glimmer of the north woods. Galvanized tin and natural elements set the tone for this rustic, yet refined decor.

Sunroom – Birch tree wallpaper transforms this space into a winter wonderland full of nature’s beauty and luxurious accents.

Kitchen – Honor a traditional style of red and green with a new, botanical twist. Festive dishware patterned with vibrant amaryllis puts one in the holiday spirit.

Master Bedroom – This room pulls together a mix of metallics, feathers, patterns, and natural elements of the southwest. 

Sports Den – From football to baseball, this tribute to Minnesota sports teams is a sure win! Faux tin wallpaper creates a casual atmosphere to play a board game or cheer on your favorite team.

Guest Bedroom – Layer cozy accents and infuse warmth into your space with glowing lights. Buffalo plaid adds a touch of comfort next to a white frosted tree and birch branch canopy bed.

Girl's Bedroom – Made to feel fabulous, colors of rose gold, accented with white and gold for a style that is sophisticated and on trend.  

Warming House – Sure to be the neighborhood hangout – warm up with a cup of hot cocoa after playing in the snow.

Outdoors – Walk through a winter wonderland of spruce tops, decorative accents, lush greens, and glowing lights.

As Seen in the Ideas House
Nearly every item in the Fall 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 October. 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 Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota. Admission is free for children 12 and under. Tickets are not refundable; see our Returns and Exchanges page for details.

About Our Holiday Charitable Partner
Our nonprofit partner to the Holiday Ideas House, Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota, is the only health system in Minnesota to provide care exclusively to children from before birth through young adulthood, and is an award-winning health system, regularly ranked by U.S. News & World Reports as a top children’s hospital. Learn more about the Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota

*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.

Ideas House Photo Galleries
View photos from past Ideas Houses on our Facebook page.

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Holiday 2013 Ideas House Photos
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Fall 2012 Ideas House Photos
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Holiday 2011 Ideas House Photos
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Fall 2011 Ideas House Photos


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