Home for the holidays
Discover how to mix metals, nature’s greenery and bird motifs with festive flair at the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House. Every room in the historic family home has been dressed up by Bachman’s designers with a lavish blend of traditional, contemporary and vintage furnishings and accessories. Copy design tips from outdoor containers overflowing with spruce tops and other embellishments. The Ideas House “Dressed in Christmas Greenery” is open from Nov. 9 to Dec. 17 at 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Tickets are $5 for self-guided tours. A part of proceeds benefit Hats & Mittens. Order online at bachmans.com or call 612-861-7311.
Finding holiday gifts for friends and family members can be a challenge. Spice up your naughty and nice list and get ideas for home decor at the Holiday Boutique inside U.S. Bank Stadium. Peruse unique items from local artisans including jewelry, gourmet foods and gifts. Twin Cities designers will create four rooms showcasing different themes. Twinkling lights will glow in the festival of trees. Each decorated tree will be auctioned to benefit Operation Warm: Coats for Kids. The event also includes DIY project workshops led by local experts. 10 a.m.-9 p.m. Nov. 10-11; 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 12. $10-$12. 900 S. 5th St., Mpls. minneapolisholidayboutique.com.
Winter greens workshops
With outdoor gardens now dormant for the winter, it’s time to bring the greenery indoors. In just two hours, you can create a spruce-top planter centerpiece or window box. With the help of a designer, add your own flair to your lush masterpiece. Noon-8 p.m. Nov. 10; 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov. 11. $20. Heidi’s GrowHaus, 7555 County Road 116, Corcoran. To register, call 763-420-2909.
Growing native plants
The Prairie Edge Chapter of Wild Ones meets this week with a presentation by Bob Dahm, aka Organic Bob. Following a short social period, the soil conservation activist will discuss the topic, “Restoring Native Soil Microbes to Support Native Plants.” 7 p.m. Nov. 8. Free. Eden Prairie Community Center, 16700 Valley View Rd., Eden Prairie. prairieedge.wildones.org.
Music in the bungalow
When the first bungalow homes were built, the modern diversions of internet and TV did not exist. The Twin Cities Bungalow Club turns back time to when families had to be a bit more creative to stay entertained. The club hosts an evening of music, from vaudeville to operetta. Learn about popular instruments and musical styles of the time, and view vintage sheet music by presenter Randy Rowoldt. 1:30-3 p.m. Nov. 12. $3, free for Bungalow Club members. St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 1895 Laurel Av., St. Paul. 612-724-5816.