by Claire Davidson It's too soon to tell whether March will go out like a lion, but one thing is certain: by April, most of us are beyond ready for spring. For any bride newly engaged over the last few wintery months, Bachman's Spring Ideas House can provide fresh ideas on the many gatherings centered around your upcoming nuptials. From engagement get-togethers and bachelorette parties to the actual wedding itself, more brides are finding inspiration (and motivation) to tackle DIY projects and save a little cash when planning a bash. The Spring Ideas House offers affordable, creative solutions to designing centerpieces, tablescapes, and of course, floral arrangements. Hosted at the historical Bachman family home on Lyndale, Bachman's Ideas House series brings a fresh coat of paint, color pallete, and theme to the changing of each season. For this spring, the theme is "The Gathering Place," and will be chaulk full of ideas for the many gatherings planned during this special time in your life. Colors for the 2013 season include fresh yellows, clean whites, and soft grays. [caption id="attachment_2824" align="aligncenter" width="300" caption="This year's color pallete"]
[/caption] Sarah Pitts, marketing manager for Bachman's, notes that several new trends will be on display throughout the house, including mini gardenscapes and out-of-the-box centerpiece ideas. "This year's house is full of modern elements," Pitts says. One of them is permanent stems. "These are not your grandmother's permanent stems," she notes, "and the house is full of unique, out-of-the-box ideas on floral arrangements." [caption id="attachment_2825" align="aligncenter" width="400" caption="Last year's living room design"]
[/caption] Each room is styled by Bachman's team of designers, and will include inspiration boards and ideas to help you think of fresh new designs for any of the gatherings in your life. Pitts tells us that the inspiration boards will be very "Pinterest-friendly," with guests able to put together their own inspirations from the different looks featured in each room. Almost all the items in the Spring Ideas House are priced for sale on a first-come, first-served basis, and the house is open everyday from April 4–28. Self-guided tour schedules and tickets (which are just $5) can be found here. Each ticket includes a coupon for $5 off a Bachman's purchase, with a portion of the proceeds benefiting Art in Bloom, which raises money to benefit the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Bachman's Historic Family Home, 5936 Lyndale Ave. S., Mpls.