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Fabric by the Yard May 7, 2009

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Many people don’t realize it, but we offer fabric by the yard.  You do not need to order your window treatments, upholstery, furniture or fabric accessories through us – many people are handy with a sewing machine and don’t need professional help in making those things!  But, if you are looking for a great source of fabric, without having to cross the river, stop on in to see what we have!  Most fabrics are 54″ in width, with some fabrics as wide as 118″ wide (sheers).  If you find a designer  fabric on line, we can order it for you, and have it shipped anywhere.

Right now, order fabric for your home projects and receive 20% off the regular retail price!  We will be open until 8 pm Thursday, until 6 pm Friday, and from 10-5 on Saturday – during the Hudson Huddle events.  Feel free to come in and browse – we’d love to meet you!

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Custom Tile Murals April 27, 2009

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Hi, all!  I just met with Eric from Aamodt Companies in Spring Valley, WI, and WOW do they offer some unique options for tile!  Check it out at http://www.aamodtcompanies.com/index.cfm?event=oakdalegallery.

  They can offer a custom tile mural for any application – from kitchen backsplashes to showers to partition wall glass – with amazing resolution and durability.  The photos, of course, do not do it justice, but serve as a starting point.  Check it out!  If you would like a photo mural of your beloved pup, we can do that.  Would you like to install glass floor tile with photo-realistic grass (so you can enjoy that spring-time, grass-between-your-toes feeling year round) we can do that, too.  Or, how about tile “wallpaper” in your shower.   Very cool process and product.  Let me know if you would like further information, or would like to see samples!

 

Design Trends 2010 Survey April 10, 2009

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If you attended either one of our Design Trends 2010 seminars in March, please use the link below to complete our survey.  We would love to know your thoughts!

http://www.polldaddy.com/s/64BC87B95EDF07F4/

 

Interview Posted April 9, 2009

Filed under: Announcements and Accolades,Fun Stuff — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 10:46 am

I need to toot my own horn a little – if I don’t, who will, right?  See the Ava Living website for an interview with me!  And, let me know what you think – I’d love to hear your comments!

http://www.avaliving.com

 

Greenwashing? April 6, 2009

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What do you think of the “green design” movement sweeping the country?  Do you feel the changes it brings are helpful?  Are you willing to pay extra for a product if it is “green”?  Do you have a hard time sorting through what things are helpful to the environment and which are not?  Many companies seem to be “greenwashing” their products to make them look green, when they are not.  Does this anger you, or do you simply ignore all the hype?  I would love to hear your thoughts about Green; leave your comments here!

 

Art Along the St. Croix

Are you searching for the perfect piece of art to grace your mantle?  Waiting to run into a vase the exact size and color you need to fill that huge void above your entertainment center?  Look no further!  The Hudson area has some fantastic art resources to take advantage of.

Seasons on St. Croix is located on Second Street in Downtown Hudson, and represents dozens of local and regional artists in all media.  From textiles to pottery, glass to paintings, you will find it here.  They have a brand new gallery, and an artist reception event on the first Friday of every month.  Visit their website at http://www.seasonsonstcroix.com/ for more information.

Kelley Galleries and Framing is located a little further down Second Street in Hudson.  They offer a gorgeous array of original works, as well as reproductions, furniture and home accessories.  To finish off your art selection, they offer framing services, as well.  Check their website at http://www.kelleygalleries.com/ for more information on their upcoming events, new artists and more.

Bonnie Rubinstein, of River Falls, is a fused glass artist.  She is amazing, and works on a very large scale.  Sinks, countertops, tiles, light fixtures, window panels – she can do it all!  View her portfolio and contact her to discuss your custom project:  http://www.rubinsteinstudio.com/.

Another local glass artist, Laurie Wilson, offers works in both stained and fused glass.  She is well-known for her custom architectural window panels, as she has worked with many builders in the area.  See her work at http://www.ilwacoglass.com.  I have had the pleasure of working with her on several past projects, and my clients have been thrilled with the results!

For a little something old, check out Abigail Page Antiques, also on Second Street in Hudson.  You never know what you may find; that perfect piece for your home may be hiding in the corner!  http://abigailpageantiques.com/

A wonderful array of home accessories, furniture, artwork and more awaits you at Etcetera on Second Street in Hudson.  I love browsing through their beautiful displays looking for a gift for someone special.  http://etchudson.com/

If you want to take an afternoon drive, head east to Roberts.  Color Crossing specializes in fiber arts.  Whether you weave, knit, crochet, felt or spin, they will have just the yarn, fiber or supplies you need.  They also just added a gallery, featuring pottery, rugs and more from local artists.  Check out this fun little shop at http://www.colorcrossing.com

Just another few minutes east, you will find a little gem of a gallery.  Stone Soup in Hammond is a great resource of local artwork.  Owner Jane Nicol features different artists than you will find in Hudson, making her shop well worth the drive.  I have found so many inspiring pieces there – check it out at http://www.stonesoupart.com.

Whether you are looking for an original piece of art, or a more affordable print, or something small or large to decorate your home, the Hudson area has everything you need!  You don’t need to cross the river to find high-quality, affordable gifts and artwork.  And, of course, stay for something to eat – it’s hard to beat the restaurants in Downtown Hudson!

 

Building or Remodeling? March 31, 2009

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Are you considering a remodeling project?  Or, maybe building a new home?  Now is a great time to take on a project like these, since interest rates are low, and contractors are looking for work!  How do you go about selecting a builder to work with?

The most important thing is to find a contractor or builder that you feel comfortable with.  You need to have a level of trust with this person, as you will be seeing them a LOT!  Research their process, and how you will be charged.  For example, does the builder have an interior designer on staff to help you with selections?  Do they charge you to design the home or addition?  Will they work with plans designed by an architect?  By meeting with several builders, you will find answers to your questions, and will see who you are comfortable working with. 

Visit http://www.landsted.com for one great remodeling or building contractor in the St. Croix River Valley area.  As an added bonus, you get ME!  I work with all of Landsted’s building and remodeling clients, to make sure all the interior and exterior selections come together. 

I also work with other builders; don’t hesitate to contact me for design consultations on your new home or remodeling project.  I’m happy to help you get the look you desire – the first time!