Home improvement events roundup

The Live Better Series’

Shelter Architecture in Lyn-Lake has launched a new monthly program called “The Live Better Series.”

The events, hosted at Shelter’s studio, 2913 Harriet Ave. S., explore how design can improve people’s lives. Shelter is an architecture, interior design and landscape design studio. (The firm was also referenced in the Bryn Mawr remodel story on B3).

Jackie Millea, an architect with the firm, said she hopes people get a broad range of wellness information. “I really feel strongly that our built environments enhance that,” she said.  

A flier for the event says: “In this lecture series we and our like-minded friends will share ideas and thoughts on sustainable design, using the term to connote the use of ‘green’ and recycled materials, passive-energy environmental control, design for all ages and abilities, and creating spaces that promote a healthier happier lifestyle.” 

The topic for the first event, “Organize for Life,” featured tips on designing mudrooms and home offices.

Topics for the next events, which are all held 6:30–7:30 p.m., are as follows: 

• (Oct. 13) “Ready for Life Indoors,” tips on designing indoor fitness, media and game room spaces and a healthy chili cook-off;

• (Nov. 15) “The Family Table,” a workshop on creating family interaction through design and kid-friendly cooking ideas;

• (Dec. 15) “Entertaining the Shelter Way,” a session on designing entertainment areas, an organic wine sampling and recipes for signature cocktails;

• (Jan. 15) “The Healthy Kitchen,” tips on designing a healthy kitchen and stocking a healthy pantry; 

• (Feb. 15) “Restore & Renew,” a primer on creating beautiful bathroom and meditation spaces with information on finding organic and natural personal care products;

• (March 15) “Remaking,” a class on remodeling and products that can help make your home easier to use; and

• (April 15) “The Great Outdoors,” tips on creating outdoor kitchens, landscape design and cooking local.

To reserve a space for the event or for more information, contact Shelter at 870-4081.

‘Skin and Bones — Building Materials for Life’ 

Katherine Hillbrand and Bryan Anderson of SALA Architects will lead a workshop for people interested in learning more about common construction materials and their impact on home and the environment.

The talk on Sept. 29 will focus on a materials used in a home featured in the 2010 Homes by Architects Tour.

The event is $10. It starts at 6:30 p.m. at SALA’s offices, 326 E. Hennepin Ave. RSVP to [email protected] or call 379-3037.

Bachman’s Fall Ideas House 

Floral, gift and garden specialists from Bachman’s have unveiled the Fall Ideas House in the historic Bachman’s home on Lyndale.

Guests who tour the home will get fun fall design ideas for indoor and outdoor living. The Fall Ideas House opened Sept. 16 and will be open Thursdays–Sundays until Sept. 26 and again Oct. 7–10.

Larry Pfarr, director of merchandising at Bachman’s, said more than 7,500 people visited Bachman’s Spring and Summer Ideas Houses. This time, the Lyndale house will have a more contemporary look.

“For fall, our theme is Modern Country with an urban twist,” he said. “Fall undertones of rich colors warm up the space. This house is very graphic in nature with an abundant use of woods and aged metals. Our Fall Ideas House will inspire people to see a traditional home in a whole new way through fresh, imaginative use of vintage, repurposed new accessories.”

Each room in the Lyndale House has its own unique design theme and nearly all items featured in the house will be for sale in Bachman’s stores. 

The 1,800-square foot Bachman’s Idea House was built in the 1920s where the original family farm was located. 

Tickets are $5 to visit the Fall Ideas House. A portion of proceeds from the visits will benefit the Children’s Home Society and Family Services. Call 861-7311 or visit bachmans.com for tickets.