Smart Home contest, Danish modern furniture and blooming art

  • Updated: April 12, 2014 - 2:00 PM
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You could win the 2014 HGTV Smart Home in Nashville.

Smart Home giveaway

HGTV’s Smart Home looks like a traditional brick-and-stucco Tudor on the outside. But inside, the Nashville house is packed with cutting-edge, high-tech amenities. Tablets and smartphones control lights, security, heating and cooling. Automated window shades can be programmed to raise and lower at sunrise and sunset. For everyday living, the 2,500-square-foot home’s two-story great room is awash in lime green and navy blue, a modern chef’s kitchen is outfitted with upscale appliances, and a basement rec room boasts a performance stage and a 120-inch HD projection screen.

The grand-prize winner of the modern Tudor receives all the designer-chosen furnishings, as well as a luxury vehicle and $100,000. You can enter online, twice per day, at www.hgtv.com and www.hgtvremodels.com. The deadline is June 9.

Blooming art

Get inspired by the Japanese artwork “Flowers of the Seasons” and create a floral arrangement of blooming branches, hydrangea and other materials at a Bachman’s workshop from 6 to 8 p.m. Wednesday. The event is part of Art in Bloom, a four-day festival beginning May 1, featuring fresh floral arrangements inspired by fine art, presented by Friends of the Institute at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Bachman’s design experts will also share the 19th-century history of the artwork and give instructions on floral design. Cost is $50 and includes all materials. Bachman’s is at 6010 Lyndale Av. S. Minneapolis. Register at www.bachmans.com or call 612-861-7600.

Danish mod

If you’re keen on learning more about the history and designers of Scandinavian modern furniture, take a tour of Danish Teak Classics in Minneapolis. Owner Steven Swanson will explain how craftspeople transform vintage pieces during a free tour of the store’s showroom, warehouse and workshop, 6 p.m. Wednesday and 6 p.m. Thursday (waiting list only) in the Northrup King Building, 1500 NE. Jackson St. The event is part of the “Danish Modern: Design for Living” exhibit at the Goldstein Museum of Design at the University of Minnesota, continuing through April 27. Reserve a spot by e-mailing gmd@umn.edu or call 612-624-7434.

LYNN UNDERWOOD

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