Sunday, September 25, 2011

Bachman's Fall Idea House: A Transition of Seasons and Styles

Well, if I didn't have enough fall decor inspiration before, I have a TON now!!!  It's time Bachman's Fall Idea House!  Get ready for an overload of inspiring ideas!

I have covered their Spring, Summer and Holiday Idea Houses before (click the links on each season to see those posts).  This is my first time seeing what their Fall version held and it certainly didn't disappoint.  Here's some info about Bachman's Idea House (from my Holiday post):

Bachman's is a Floral and Gift Garden here in Minneapolis. Their Idea House was their original founder's house built in the 1920's (very similar layout and details as our house!). The company now uses the house for their seasonal Idea House creating entirely new rooms for each of the four seasons. Everything about each room is different for each season's idea house, right down to the paint on the walls. When you enter the house you get a brochure that lists all the details for each room including the paint color and 'ideas'. The cool part? Everything in each room is for sale!
I tried to do a sort of photo collage of each room so that this post won't be as long as the past Idea House posts (hope that helps!).  I will show the room, then list the ideas shown after each grouping of photos.

Time to get inspired! Ideas Away...
The Porch

Repainted salvaged wood dresser with hand-painted storage labels;  Four chairs turned into a storage bench;  Vintage daybed turned into a sofa, Industrial cart repurposed as a coffee table;  Garden fence and test tube garland used as wall decor;  Salvaged nautical lights repurposed as table lights;  Chandelier made from glass jar candle holders

The Living Room

Table runners and salvaged metal fence pieces used as wall decor;  Glass tubes filled with flowers and hung with ribbon; Photo frames tied with wheat and ribbon; Salvaged wood and windows turned into a coffee table, filled with vintage print blocks; Vintage ironing board used as a sofa table;  Vintage trunk top and industrial base turned into a side table;  Floor lamp made from garden shepards hook and pendant light;  Vintage books used as shelves;  Oversized lanterns filled with lit Chinese lanterns and leaf stems

The Sunroom

Vintage grain cleaner transformed into a wine bar;  Whiskey barrels turned into shelves;  Print blocks used to spell out wine names;  Bottles topped with candle holders;  Corks used as cheese labels;  Wine glass charms made of buttons; Vintage butter churn used as a planter; Tree rounds used as cheese and fruit serving platter; Wine sample station using fabric wine bottle covers and chalkboard signs

The Dining Room and Kitchen

Dining Room: Salvaged wood used as a side table and wall decor; Botanical book pages hung with upholstery tacks; Chairs decorated with burlap, napkins, wheat, and silks; Vintage glasses and candle holders; Fall harvest ceramic candles used as place cards; Wine bottles used for curtain finials
Kitchen: Garden hoes fashioned into shelves; Vintage postal sorter used as organizer; Wallpaper made from cookbook pages; Vintage shutter used as recipe cardholder; Mason jars with painted chalkboard labels

Bathrooms (Lower and Upper)
Salvaged vintage buffet tops used as mirrors and shelves; Yardsticks turned into ledges; Insulators repurposed as towel holders; Chair backs turned into shelves; Wood worker box turned into wall organizer; Shutter used as a valance


Wall decor made from burlap, salvaged windows, picture frames and glass drawer pulls

Boy's Bedroom

Vintage scooters as shelves; Salvaged, repainted dresser with flash card and building block accents; Metal pail organizers with license plate letters; Store checkout light turned into floor lamp; Headboard created with tin number wall art; Soda crates hung on wall as shelves; Toy truck used as a planter

Girl's Bedroom
Vintage picture frames turned into shadow boxes; Freestanding mirror turned into organizer with earrings used as tacks; Magazine wall mural; Old armoire upholstered with fabric; Salvaged metal building trim used as curtain rod; Painted glove molds (hands) used as jewelry holders; Dress form turned into a lamp; Headboard made from salvaged decorative wood, ribbon, and fabric shower curtain

Master Bedroom

Table repurposed as headboard; Fence gate, wood plinth and metal letter as wall decor; Salvaged scrap wood turned into armoire; Salvaged ceiling tin turned into mirror; Trunks as table and suitcase wall decor

Office/ Media Room

Poultry crate repurposed as coffee table; Herb drying racks used as newspaper holders; Bike wheels turned into cardholders; Roof vents used as lights; Worktable made from wooden beehives; Salvaged schoolhouse chalkboards mounted on wall; Tractor seat turned into stool; Picture frames used to spell out "news" and newspaper

Attached Garage
(Fall Harvest Party)
Bench seats made from straw bales and braided rugs; Salvaged wheel and tabletop turned into a table; Cork coasters turned into beverage labels; Vintage colanders lined with leaves and used as bowls; Utensil holders made from burlap covered candle holders; Vintage buckets used as planters; Breadboards decorated with Indian corn; Wall decor made from colored burlap, napkins, clothespins and clothesline; Braided rugs used as placemats

(Haunted House)
Vintage Christmas tree stands with ornamental branches and fake crows mounted to the roof; Table made from a casket cart and glass door; Glove molds (hands) used as mummy hands; Colored water in glass bottles labeled with sinister potion names; Lighted branches potted up as a tree; Spooky refrigerator magnets used as wine charms; Containers filled with creepy fruits and veggies

Amazing right?  I'd have to say, my favorites were the Office/ Media Room (love that worktable and paint color of the room- Hirshfield's 0574 Shark Fin) and the wine/ cheese tasting themed Sunroom.

What were your favorite ideas???

I hope you enjoyed a look at Bachman's Fall Idea House.  I know I have a few DIY projects in mind after my visit!  I've got a lot of the fall decor finished up in our house, hope to share later this week!

PLEASE NOTE: In case you didn't read the top of the post, I just want to reiterate that this IS NOT OUR HOUSE and I am not employed or affiliated with Bachman's in any way (which means I did not decorate the rooms shown). I am a HUGE fan of the Ideas House and love sharing it as long as they allow people take photographs when they visit. It seems some people have been confused about that and I would NEVER want to take credit for something I did not work on. There, I feel better now :)
Hope you found some inspiration, thanks for stopping by!


  1. Wowee!! That's a LOAD of ideas crammed into one post! I am left reeling!! I love that decorated heart the best, I think....but they are ALL catching my eye, leaving me feeling utterly lustful!!


  2. Wow! Jam packed with ideas - I'm going to steal a few!

  3. Oh my goodness....there are an absolute ton of amazing ideas here! Your mind must go a million miles a minute...I am truly wowed and will now be your newest follower! FYI visiting from centsational girl today...

    Cathy @ Room Rx

  4. lots and lots of clever ideas to take away. I really liked their lighting ideas and was of course struck by the collection of clocks and books. I'm starting to amass a little collection of clocks too, sort of by accident. Nice to see that it can work instead of just looking strange :) Found you via modern country style - so nice to meet you!! -Diane @ home sweet homemade

  5. Wow- amazing! I want to go there and take days to tour each individual space. Thanks for sharing this!!! I found you via Pinterest and I'm a new follower.

  6. Love, love, love!! New follower!!

  7. LOVE!!! New follower via Pinterest.

  8. Lots of things that had not thought about, LOVE LOVE these..

  9. I would love to find out what the paint color is in some of those rooms. Any way to find out?

    1. The brochure you get when you walk through tells you the colors, sadly I didn't keep my copy :( boo! Sorry I can't be more help, I know they are all from Hirshfields though.

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  13. wonderful !(stupenda)

  14. Oh wow...there is soooo much stuff here!

    I love your blog! It's too cute :)

    Following along !

  15. Dang girl you are good! I can't put stuff together like that. Amazing!


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