Spring Inspiration

One of my favorite shops in the Minneapolis area is Bachman's, a home and garden store with a great gift section. Bachman's is my go-to place when I'm spending my kids' college savings on plants for my garden and it's a fantastic place for eye candy, color and trend inspiration, and "market research" (I love calling it that). In the past couple weeks I got some great spring inspiration courtesy of Bachman's that I thought I would share - come along, it's field trip time! Every year the downtown Minneapolis Macy's partners with Bachman's for a spring flower show. Focused around a central theme, it includes elaborate horticultural displays and as both an artist and a gardener I just loved it. This year the display was called Art in Bloom and it used movements in fine art to influence the displays. There was a Cubist garden, a Modern garden, Abstract, Surrealist, and Impressionist garden among others. Sometimes the plants had been arranged in a grid formation, other times they were placed in a scattered, free-flowing way. Color themes went from mostly white to a kalediscope of bright colors and included a lot of my favorite spring flowers and shrubs: tulips, hyacinths, peonies, ranunculus, and azaleas. Unforunately since it's an indoor event my photos aren't the greatest but there were some fun color palettes.

About a week later I went to the Bachman's Spring Idea House. The original Bachman's store sits on a property adjacent to the old Bachman's family home and now they completely re-decorate the home every season and open it to visitors. They always have such great ideas and use unique materials - it always makes me want to come home and re-decorate my own house top to bottom. My impulse control is not so good. The color palette this season was mostly in pink, green, and cream in the main living area. There were a lot of botanical influences, geometric terrariums, moss, and aged wood. I love the rainboots filled with flowers (that's already inspired a new illustration I'm working on) and that awesome shower curtain. There was an upstairs bedroom with a bicycle theme that my 11 year-old daughter would drool over. The store itself was filled with even more colorful displays like the table setting on the lower right in shades of turquoise, coral, and yellow.

With the gardening season right around the corner I'm sure I'll be back at Bachman's soon and I always find inspiration there…and a plant…and another plant…and maybe one more plant...