MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Ever get overwhelmed by all the choices you have, when it comes to decorating for the holidays? Check out the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House, which right next to the South Minneapolis store on Lyndale Avenue. It’s all decked out to show you what’s possible.

If there’s one thing to take away from the holiday house, it’s that no corner of your home has to be drab this holiday season. The house this year is showcasing an “alpine chic” theme, with lots of natural colors, textures and shimmer.

“We start with base of table being extremely natural, using wood rounds and a bark table runner, and antlers securing the centerpiece,” Susie Bachman said. “Then we tried to go with some metallics for the glitz and glamour.  A lot of silver and white and sparkle. The metallic centerpieces with white flowers, bringing back the natural with the winter berries and pine cones.”

The sheets of bark can also be cut in strips that go on the walls.

Then there are the dazzler candles. The flames look real, but they are battery-operated.

“They were invented by Disney for their Haunted Mansion,” Bachman said. “The wick actually moves, not just the light flickering. That what gives it a real look, authenticity.”

You can even dress up your chandelier. Bachman showed off artificial stems and antlers accenting a number of other ornaments.

“You can change the look of your chandelier with the seasons. You don’t have to live with your everyday chandelier,” she said.

If you want to take a tour of the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House you can do that through Sunday, Dec. 16. Tickets are $5, with 20 percent of the proceeds benefiting the Children’s  Home Society and Family Services.


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