Bachman’s Features Ideas and Inspiration for Minnesota’s Outdoor Living

Outdoor living spaces were all the rage even before the pandemic. Now they have become indispensable.

They also migrate from the back of houses to the front, to foster neighborliness and connection in a disconnected time.

“We all starve for interaction,” said Karen Bachman Thull, Marketing Director at Bachman’s. People are adding “chat seats” for small groups and fire pits in the front yard so they can see and greet their neighbors and visit them informally. “Even a wave, an acknowledgment, can help us all connect,” she said.

This year, Bachman’s annual Spring Ideas House focuses on “all the beautiful ways you can make time to enjoy the outdoors,” Bachman Thull said.

Due to the pandemic, the event was moved from the historic Bachman family home to inside the Lyndale Avenue store to better allow for social distancing.

Visitors will see six porches showcasing different ways to decorate the front door and use seating and container gardens to create an inviting space.

“We built this little neighborhood – it’s Disney-esque,” Bachman Thull said.

The Spring Ideas House also features other exterior room vignettes and a few interior pieces, demonstrating a new look in seasonal interior decorating.

Neutral colors remain in style, according to Bachman Thull, with beige or gray as the base, then layering textures via distressed woods, wicker and rattan and chunky knits. “It creates that feeling of comfort that everyone is looking for, in a modern way,” she said.

Indoor plants and ways to display them will also be a focus, given their renewed popularity during the pandemic. “Plants add something to the four walls where we all live and work,” she said. Hanging plants, plants on pedestals, and pedestal planters will present a variety of ways to incorporate greenery into your home.

The event will also include resources for those looking for gardening know-how, like tips on when and how to start seeds. “Our conservatory pays homage to digging,” Bachman Thull said.

COVID safety guidelines include a one-way walking path through the vignettes, socially distanced spacing, and limiting the number of people at any time. Customers are encouraged to pre-register for a timeslot on bachmans.com.

Bachman’s expects a lot of pent-up interest to get out and tinker in the garden after the pandemic winter, Bachman Thull said.

“It’s a celebration of a new season, and everyone is excited to reconnect with nature and the outdoors,” she said.

Celebrate Spring: Ideas and Inspiration

What: Self-guided tour of interior design trends, outdoor rooms and plants.
When: 9:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday to Saturday; 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday until April 11. (Closed April 4 for Easter Sunday.)
Or: Bachman on Lyndale, 6010 Lyndale Ave. S., Deputies.
Cost: $5, which includes a $5 coupon off an item of $25 or more at Bachman’s; 20% of proceeds will benefit Tree Trust, a Minneapolis organization that educates people about careers in agriculture and horticulture, and beautifies the city by planting trees. Pre-registration for a time slot at bachmans.com.