City home search, Zen gardens and more

  • Updated: December 21, 2013 - 2:00 PM

The remodeled kitchen in a Minneapolis Arts and Crafts foursquare was featured on last spring’s Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour.

Inspirational home tour

Are you proud of your new kitchen or family-room addition? The 2014 Minneapolis & Saint Paul Home Tour is looking for homeowners and home-improvement professionals to showcase their projects at the annual spring tour, April 26-27.

Homes can be recently remodeled, expanded or simply well-preserved examples of their architectural period. Projects can range from one-room makeovers to whole-house renovations. Green, energy-efficient and historically sensitive remodelings and expansions will be highlighted in the tour guide. Contractors and other housing vendors also can nominate homes they have worked on.

“People attending the tour are looking for ideas on how to remodel or expand their homes,” said Margo Ashmore, who coordinates the event, which shows the benefits of living in the city. “Homeowners on the tour enjoy feedback and find it’s also a great promotion for their neighborhoods.”

For information, call Ashmore at 612-867-4874 or e-mail Go to for an online submission form or downloadable options. The deadline is Jan. 15.

Exotic threads

Fabric designer John Robshaw takes readers on a globe-trotting journey in “John Robshaw Prints: Textiles, Block Printing, Global Inspiration and Interiors.” Robshaw, known for putting an updated twist on exotic fabric designs, takes readers to India, Indonesia, Thailand and elsewhere to describe the evolution of his art and share an inside look at the traditional techniques used to create his high-end fabrics. In photos and words, he describes the painstaking processes involved in block printing, batik, indigo dying and ikat weaving. He also shares pictures of his designs and shows them used in room settings, many in his own home. “John Robshaw Prints” is published by Chronicle Books and sells for $40 in hardcover.


A calm new year

A Zen garden can help your home feel calm and serene in the new year. A floral design workshop at Bachman’s will show how to arrange fresh mums, orchids, river stones and other materials in a ceramic tray to create a mini Zen garden. Workshops are 6 to 8 p.m. Jan. 16 and 2 to 4 p.m. Jan. 18 at the flagship store, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Minneapolis. Cost is $50 and includes materials. Workshops fill up fast, so register early. Call 612-861-7600 or register at


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