One of my favorite ways to herald in the changing of each season is by attending the Bachman’s Ideas House. Bachman’s, a local Minneapolis company, has been a staple for gardening and landscaping supplies since 1885. Four times a year the original Bachman family home in South Minneapolis transforms to showcase the latest interior design trends and inspiring ideas. The Spring 2017 rendition was very on trend with its Urban Farmhouse theme. This season’s design had a few key elements. Whimsical patterns and finishes were set against simple gray and white backdrops. Details and accents were a mixture of metal and wood, as well as modern and vintage. And of course, there were lots of flower and plants incorporated. Below I have highlighted some of my favorite images and ideas from this seasons’ house. Room to room, there was a surprise around every corner.
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Immediately through the front door, you enter the porch area.Set up as an entertaining zone this season, the whole space was fun and fanciful. Cow and pig pillows on the settee were the first signs of the Urban Farmhouse theme. The light overhead is a DIY combination of string lights, a lampshade, and some faux greenery.
The table itself had a plethora of small details and surprises for guests. The settings were painstakingly beautiful.
Pulling focus to the exterior of the room the window sills were home to live flowers. The curtains were a mixture of sheers and dishtowels adorned with decorative birdhouses.
The living room is where I felt the Urban Farmhouse theme the most. Large reclaimed garage doors outfitted with reclaimed pipes and hanging funnels set quite the backdrop. The focus wall also included metal barn animal themed plates that eluded to a barnyard.
In addition, garden statues of a cow in the fireplace and ducks on the table also gave a very barnyard feel. The colorful flower arrangements throughout furthered the feeling of being in a pasture.
The end tables were a clever mixture of flowers and vintage themed items. The composition recreated the essence of simpler times.
Another nod to simpler times was the desk setup complete with a typewriter and wing-backed task chair. While not the most practical technology in today’s world, the design itself was excellent. A desk facing the front windows, surrounded by plants was a great idea for creating a peaceful work area within the main living space.
Bonus idea: Recognize the wall shelf? A historical reclaimed eave detail makes an excellent unique wall hanging that doubles a shelf.
The small kitchen with large white ceramic sink was a picture perfect addition to the “farmhouse.” Over the sink metal plates and dishtowels acted as curtains. The lighting overhead was in the form of a wooden lantern.
The stove featured a work area with repurposed garden tools for hanging hooks. The chalkboard paint walls were a nice backdrop for notes. And the sconces made from garden hooks and lighting kits were a beautiful touch.
Moving from the first to the second and back provided as much interest as anywhere else in the house. A reclaimed wooden ladder, vintage frames, metal garden words and moss details provided a lot of interest in an otherwise boring space.
A stone garden bunny rests on some moss as yet another member of our stone farm collection.
Did you catch Wilbur and Charlotte in the laundry chute? Another nod to the Farmhouse theme.
The master bedroom was very much a peaceful retreat for the urban “farmer.” Soft and subtle lighting and simple gray walls set the tone. Lots of mixed elements created a nice harmony in the room.Wood in the form of reclaimed doors adorned each side of the bed. Paired with a sheer curtain the doors acted as a headboard. Metal in the form of an old sewing machine base decorated with a limestone top formed a unique side table.
Additionally, pussy willows added some nature into the space without adding too much color. The bedding added some interest with a fun pattern, again in nice gray tones to keep from being too arousing.
The guest bedroom was a bit more colorful than the master bed. Yellows and teals created a colorful but soft setting.
The yellow in the bedding transferred to the wall art. Simple pages from a botanical book hung using binder clips did a lovely job bring some color to the gray walls. The nightstands, made from repurposed ladders, were my favorite part.
The nursery is always one of my favorite rooms of the house and this season was no different. A repurposed dresser with the addition of a box frame and pad to make a changing area was sheer genius. Above it was a gallery wall with great composition and content that personalized the room.
Across the room simple shelves allowed children’s books to double as an art installation. A chair placed nearby with a large houseplant next to it created a quaint sitting area. I would come here and read a book, child or not!
The bathrooms are never overlooked in this house. Flowers were the main theme this season. The valance, a repurposed table runner brought in a lovely floral pattern. The valance acted as a frame for the window décor of garden umbrellas.
To the left of the windows hanging lanterns filled with moss and candles added further whimsy. Floral vases attached to a wood board and hung under the vanity created a place for live stems. This bathroom was truly a garden fantasy. Backyard
Finally, the backyard was not exempt from the design.The simple white “chicken coop” was completely decked out for the season. On the back wall, a decorative bicycle hangs adorned with colorful flowers, fruits, and veggies.
On the side wall chargers, saucers and pots layered to create whimsical “flowers.” Repurposed fence boards furthered the cottage decor by acting as shutters.
Across the yard, a decorated arbor pulled you closer to the house. Birdfeeders doubling as candle holders hung from the arbor by chain wrapped in faux greens.
No corner of this house gets overlooked when it is redecorated and designed each season. The designers’ creativity and cleverness never cease to amaze and inspire me and I hope it has inspired you! The Urban Farmhouse trend is hotter than ever right now, and I hope you have gotten some ideas on how to bring it into your home.