Have a heart
Fans of vintage home decor, repurposed furniture and salvaged finds can help a worthy organization by shopping at the Urban Cottage on Valentine's Eve. Cheryl Ohlin opened the occasional sale store last spring at 5157 Bloomington Av. S., Minneapolis. She's a longtime volunteer for the Greater Minneapolis Crisis Nursery and will donate 10 percent of proceeds from the "Have a Heart for Kids" fundraiser from 5 to 9 p.m. Thursday.
The event includes a Cupcake Social and prizes donated by local businesses. For more information, visit www.urbancottage.biz.
Design within reach
Midwest Home magazine's Design Week is a chance to binge on design. The event taps local designers and architects with expertise in a wide range of projects, including kitchen and bathroom makeovers, freshening interiors, enhancing your landscape and even building a new home.
Design Week kicks off Feb. 16 with a Design Boutique, featuring a talk and book-signing by Los Angeles interior designer Kathryn M. Ireland of Bravo's "Million Dollar Decorators." There will also be interactive seminars by local design pros, lunch, a marketplace and cocktail hour, all at the Weisman Art Museum. Tickets are $40.
"Designing From the Coasts In" explores how to translate design trends into your everyday spaces, 11:30 a.m. Feb. 18 at International Market Square. The $25 cost includes lunch and wine.
Free events at different venues throughout the week include "Turning Your Dream Home Into Reality," 6 p.m. Feb. 17, and "Food, Wine and Design for Thought," with cooking demonstrations, wine-tasting and a Cambria seminar by designer Billy Beson, 5 p.m. Feb. 20.
Design Week closes with a free kitchen and bath show from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 22, and "Speed Design," a 15-minute session with a kitchen and bath expert. To buy tickets and for a schedule, visit www.mhmag.com/designweek or call 612-371-5800.
Thinking about building a new patio surrounded by a colorful perennial garden? The Minnesota Home and Patio Show's experts and exhibits can help turn your dream projects into reality. The show includes 300 home improvement-related exhibits, DIY workshops and gardening seminars by Don Engebretson, the Renegade Gardener. The Kitchen and Bath Design Center will showcase the latest trends in finishes and materials. Spring makes an appearance at the Outdoor Living and Garden area created by local landscapers. Hours: 2 to 8 p.m. Feb. 13, noon to 8 p.m. Feb. 14, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Feb. 15 and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Feb. 16. Admission is $10 for adults, $2.50 for ages 6 to 12. Go to www.homeandpationshow.com.
A century ago, middle-class workers dreamed of owning a bungalow and a Model T. "The Bungalow in the Age of Mass Production," an illustrated talk by architect Brian McMahon, explores the technological, social and cultural context surrounding the bungalow period and what it was like to live in the Twin Cities in the early 1900s. The Twin Cities Bungalow Club event is 2 to 4 p.m. Feb. 9 at Bethlehem Covenant Church, 3141 43rd Av. S., Minneapolis. Cost is $3; free for members. Call 612-724-5816.