The Saloon’s Fire Bar

In response to the Minnesota’s smoking ban, plenty of bars in the Twin Cities have been creating patios of sorts to generate some business that they have lost to the ban. Read MPR’s article: Bar Owners Respond to Smoking Ban by Building Patios.

One of the most beautiful patios is the Fire Bar and Restaurant at the Saloon Bar in Minneapolis. Designed by Cy Winship Design, the room is a departure from the other rooms of the bar and creates a cozy intimate atmosphere complete with warm red hues, fireplace, and cushy seats to relax and eat some of the fish and steaks. The room cost nearly $500,000 to complete and it looks slick. Go check it out at the Saloon Bar 830 Hennepin Ave in Minneapolis.

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Twin Cities Luxury Home

This weekend I just came back from staffing one of the homes on the Twin Cities luxury home tour and I am so amazed by what 2 million dollars can get you: private theater, 5 bedrooms, sauna, secret rooms…

I encourage anyone who wants to take a look for inspiration for their own home, or just to see what exactly those big mansions look like on the inside to check out the Twin Cities Luxury Home Tour. It is going into it’s second of the three weekends that it is running. You have to buy tickets to view all the homes in the Twin Cities. On certain days, there are also events that the homes are hosting, such as wine tastings and chef demos. One of the events that looks especially interesting is a tour of the Aulik and Associates house as to how to incorporate the green elements of the MN Green Star home into your own home.

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Renter’s Tips

I seem to be on an Apartment Therapy kick today, but I live in a rental and I know a lot of others out there who also want to make their homes look pretty but may be limited to the things they can do to their space. Check out the following link to tips on how to beautify your apartment: 10 Good Tips for Renters to Feel Good at Home

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Cool DIY Project: CD Cube

I found this over at Apartment Therapy. It is a great DIY project for a photo CD cube that can hold a candle. Just make sure to have it be a battery operated candle to prevent fires! Find out how to create this project by following this link: Create your own CD cube.

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Herman Miller Sale

It is time for the bi-annual Herman Miller event. This time, all Herman Miller products are 15% off. A great time to pick up that Eames Lounge Chair that you have always been dreaming of. You can find Herman Miller products at both Room and Board and Design Within Reach. The event lasts through June 20.
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Room and Board on Luxury Home Tour

I came across these pictures of the North Oaks home on the Luxury Home Tour. Supplied entirely by Room and Board, my favorites were the bedrooms. The little girl’s room above is so classic that she will be able to grow with the furniture.

I Love, love, LOVE the Belmont bed from Room and Board. so gorgeous, don’t you think?

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Great Gear to Gear Up for Picnic Season

Even though it is currently freezing in Minnesota, (can we please have a June where the average temp is above 70 degrees?) I can’t help but think about how much fun picnic season will be. Whether in your own backyard, or travelling of the chain of lakes, here are some essentials to take along:

This black wine cooler sleeve from the Kitchen Window has two gel packs to keep your wine cool or you can also chill the wine to serving temp. Retail is $15.00

Another way to keep one’s wine cool is this bottle and cheese tote available at Patina for $32.00. It includes a cutting board, cheese knife and corkscrew. It is also PVC free and environmentally friendly.

A great idea is this table in a bag from Crate and Barrel. All you have to do is collapse the table, roll it up, and put it in its bag. Regularly $44.95, now it is on sale through the end of June at $32.95.

Rick Rack is a great little place in Edina that has a range of great furnishings and gifts. I found this basket on their website and thought the bright colors were really fun.

Instead of using plastic disposable plates and cutlery, Twin Cities Green carries reusable party and picnic silverware. Made from 100% recycled plastic, including plastic yogurt cups, it can be recycled in communities with No. 5 recycling. They are also strong enough to put into the dishwasher for washing. $6.79 for a pack of 8 knives, 8 forks and 8 spoons.

$8.95 for a pack of 8 plates are Twin Cities Green

A fantastic accessory to your picnic are these portable mp3 speakers. Weather resistant, all you do is zip your mp3 player into the pocket and plug it in to listen to your favorite tunes. Available at Patina for $24.00.

If you want to go deluxe, then splurge on this awesome picnic trunk from Design Within Reach. You can keep everything organized and then fold out the table to serve your feast. Available at $200.

This smaller picnic for two set from Patina has all the necessary utensils to enjoy your next picnic with your hunny. Available for $65.00Simple and stylish, the Crate and Barrel wire picnic basket shows off your fancy food in style. Regularly $19.95, it is on sale through June for $14.95

I found these wine glass holders at the Kitchen Window for $11.99 for a set of two. Stick them into the ground and you can dig into the rest of your food.

For dessert, why not play around a little? This Play and Freeze Ball from the Kitchen Window allows the players to fill up one end with rock salt and ice, and the other end with ice cream mixture, and then you toss it, roll it, and shake it to make the ice cream! Retails at $44.99

Available at Crate and Barrel, this Grill on the Go is a great tool for your spontaneous barbecues. It is $34.95, on sale for $24.95.

Finally, at Bibelot, you can find this Jane Jenni tote featuring her cheeky artwork. It is made of recycled plastic and available for $11.95.
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New arrivals from Urban Outfitters

Some might love Urban Outfitters for their clothes, but when walking into the store, check out the selection of home furnishings. Affordable and ecclectic, they are a great way to add an element of interest to the home. Here are a few of the latest introductions to their collection that are cool:

Domino Arc Lamp (web only)-$158

Coming and Going Coat Rack-$68
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Cool Cause: Blue Jean Insulation Donation

Natural Built Home is now hosting a denim donation drive to collect old and used blue jeans that will be used to help insulate homes that have been damaged by hurricanes, tornadoes and other natural disasters. The blue jeans are recycled into UltraTouch Natural Cotton Fiber insulation. It takes about 500 pairs of jeans to recycle to be able to insulate an entire house. It is Natural Built Home’s goal to get enough jeans to insulate an entire home. As incentive, they are offering a $5 coupon for your next purchase at Natural Built Home when you bring in your jeans.

Natural Built Home is located at 4020 Minnehaha Ave, Minneapolis, MN, 55406.

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Event Happening: ID Design Party

ID design is having their summer kickoff party to their summer fun events this Saturday, May 30 starting at 8pm. This is a great way to check out the latest trends while enjoying grooving to a DJ, sipping a martini and enjoying the summer breeze. ID Design is located at 211 N First Street in Minneapolis.

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