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Art Along the St. Croix April 6, 2009

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!

 

Free Consultations Offered March 24, 2009

Filed under: Announcements and Accolades — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 11:39 am
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House Calls is happy to announce the addition of FREE Saturday design consultations!  Our interior design intern, Lisa, will be offering free 20-minute in-studio design consultations on Saturdays until May 9.  These consultations are by appointment only, so please contact us to set up a time for your personal consultation.

During your appointment, you can cover numerous topics – paint colors, furniture arrangement, window treatment ideas – anything!  Bring your photos, room dimensions, layouts and inspiration ideas to your appointment. 

These sessions are a great jumping-off point; after your consultation, we are happy to schedule a full consultation at our standard hourly fee.  Your full consultation would take place at your home, where we can better assess your needs and existing conditions. 

Get a little taste of what House Calls can do for you!  Call or email today for your date and time.

 

A New Home for Furniture March 4, 2009

Filed under: Interior Design news — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 9:12 am
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Has your basement become something of a furniture graveyard?  Have you inherited more furniture than you can fit into your house?  Did you recently purchase new furniture?  I am often asked where my clients can donate their pre-loved furniture.  Thankfully, there is a local non-profit called We Do Feet!  They are a ministry of Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson, WI, and they have a warehouse to store and distribute used furniture to people in need within the St. Croix River Valley area.  Furniture is needed by people just coming out of shelters, abuse victims setting up a new home or apartment and current or new area residents in need.  As you can imagine, the need is even greater in these ecomonic times!  If you have a piece of gently used furniture taking up space in your home, please contact me.  I will put you in touch with We Do Feet, and they will arrange for pick-up or drop-off of your donated pieces.  They are willing to take on just about any type of furniture in usable condition – the only things they cannot accept are king-sized mattresses, sleeper sofas or appliances.  Especially needed are mattresses and sofas.  Give that old furniture a new home – there are many in the St. Croix River valley who will thank you!

Update: I have been informed by the people at We Do Feet that if you call Trinity Lutheran Church in Hudson (715/386.9313), they will put you in contact with We Do Feet. Pick-up or drop-off can then be arranged. They are very excited with the prospect of more donations – calls for furniture needs have outweighed what they have to offer! Thanks so much for your consideration.

 

Fabulous Fabrics February 24, 2009

Filed under: Interior Design news — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 4:25 pm
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Did you know that you can find fantastic designer fabrics online, and purchase just that fabric from your designer?  It isn’t necessary to have a design consultation, if you know what you want.  And, it isn’t necessary to purchase custom bedding and window treatments from your designer, if you are handy with a sewing machine!  If you find a fabric you like at a “trade-only” website, contact us for pricing today – we can have fabrics shipped directly to you.  Often, we can also offer swatches at no charge, so you can make sure the fabric you like online is one you will like in your home.  No hassle, no design fee.  Think of the possibilities – reupholstery, drapes, valances, cornices, bedding, pillows, even quilts!  Have fun browsing – you never know what you may find!

http://www.greenhousedesign.net

http://www.kasmirfabrics.com

http://www.robertallendesign.com

http://www.kravet.com

http://www.estout.com

 

Update on a Budget February 23, 2009

Filed under: Interior Design news — Teri Larsen, ASID @ 1:51 pm
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Who says redecorating has to cost a fortune?  This spring, invest in your home -without breaking the bank!

We all need a breath of fresh air in the spring.  After hibernating for the past 3 months, we tend to tire of our surroundings and yearn for something NEW!  Here are a few ideas to get you started on your spring-time spruce-up:

First, never underestimate the power of paint!  A bucket of paint and a weekend worth of time, and viola! you have a whole new look!  Not only can you paint your walls, but you can also look at your furniture in a new way.  Anything wood or metal can be painted; just ask your friendly local paint store manager for a recommendation on the correct type of primer, paint and method.

Next, use what you have!  Often, the stuff we have in our homes is great – we’re just sick of looking at it.  However, if you edit your accessories, rearrange your furniture, move things from room to room, you will find that your spaces will have a fresh look without spending a dime!  Try it – it’s amazing!

As we move ever-so-slowly toward spring, our thoughts inevitably turn to green grass, gardening and budding trees.  Bring that springtime feel into your home!  Give a houseplant a new home to add a splash of green life to your space.  Or, buy a bouquet of freshcut flowers and place them in a place you will see them often.  Not only will they add a breath of life to your home, they will life your spirits, as well.  Add bonus:  living green plants with take the toxins out of the air in your home; they are “green” in more ways than one!

So enjoy those spring decorating urges, and take advantage of ideas that won’t drain your bank account.  And, if all else fails, hire an interior designer to help you freshen your spaces for spring!  The investment of a few hours of design time can save you hours of time and the money of redoing a project gone wrong.  And, for a little more investment, House Calls can manage your project for you by hiring a painter or other contractor to get the project done quickly and professionally.  Happy spring!

 

What is your biggest design dilemma? February 13, 2009

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Take our poll to let us know what your current headaches are!