Open House 3 to open doors this weekend
HERON LAKE -- Since she was a little girl, Jeanie Rasche has had a passion for creating interesting living spaces.
On Saturday and Sunday, she will be turning her hobby into a business and opening the doors of Open House 3.
"If you have something you're really passionate about, you sometimes know at an early age," she said.
While Rasche pursued a career in sales most of her life and doesn't have a formal background in interior design, she has always loved decorating and has talked about opening her own store for years.
"My husband was the final push," she said. "We built the building as storage and were just going to do something small upstairs, but he was really encouraging me to go all the way with this."
Rasche works three days a week with hospice care and spends the rest of the week finding and refurbishing inventory.
"So now I'm working seven days a week, and I'm like, what was I thinking?" she said with a laugh.
The name, Open House 3, comes from very personal reasons for Rasche.
"I'm a really open person, so it's meant to be just lots of openness. So 'Open House' just made sense," she explained. And the three -- three is just a number I've always associated with my whole life. The three represents a lot of things in my life."
Not purely thrift, antique or vintage, it's difficult to place Open House 3 in a neat category. Instead, it is a reflection of things Rasche finds beautiful or interesting -- pieces that have been given a second life or that have an interesting history.
"It's a lot of vintage things, but I also pick up things that I think have great lines or art work that I think is really unique, and then I will have it reupholstered or reframed," she said. "It's not that each piece is necessarily rustic; it's just that I think it's really unique."
For the past six months, Rasche has been treasure hunting, collecting, refinishing and refurbishing things she has found.
"I find them at auctions and savage yards and garage sales and thrift store and people's barns," she said.
She even has a piece that she found in a pasture. After adding shelving to the rustic metal frame, the piece has a new life.
"I like the idea of reinventing things from the past," Rasche said. "I think it's so unfortunate that we are in a society of totally disposable furniture and surroundings."
When adding inventory to her store, Rasche follows her heart and only uses things that she would use in her own home.
"I won't put out things if I don't really love it," she said. "If it's bad, I'm not going to give someone else the opportunity to buy it. I'm really picky about what I have out."
Located outside of Heron Lake, Open Houses 3's merchandise is arranged to help customers envision how the pieces could be used in their own home. The children's room, for example, is full of bright colors and whimsical decorations.
"A lot of these rooms are set up around one piece that I really, really loved, and then I just went from there creating the whole room," she said.
Rasche said she loves helping people incoperate pieces they love into their homes and express their own style. She is also starting a line of pillows made out of vintage fabric that she has found.
"I will have some pillows inserts here, but for the most part people can just go home and slide them over their pillows," she said.
She will have two different sizes of pillows available, as well as a lounge area with a neutral couch where people can experiment with different pillows and imagine them in their own home.
A supporter of small communities and independent artists, Rasche hopes to collaborate with others in the future.
"If someone is really passionate about what they do, I would love to sponsor an art opening for someone," she said. "I hope to collaborate with other people who will want to get something started, too, and have the same vision of offering things to the community. I don't want to feel like you have to go somewhere far away to get something great."
Rasche admitted she doesn't know what the future has in store for the Open House 3 building and suggested ideas for hosting wine tastings, book clubs or other fine arts events.
"I am so open to many types of avenues for this building to be used. I don't know how it will grow," she said. "You don't know what God has planned, so I'm sure what I have in mind isn't what it will be."
Open House 3 will be open from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Following Mother's Day weekend, Open House 3 will be open occasionally, as inventory allows.
"I have a lot of others plans for the rooms for day two," she said of the opening weekend. "I have some things I'm saving for day two, either a new color combination or something that doesn't fit into the setting right now.
Open House 3 is located at 90537 370th Ave., Heron Lake. For more information, contact Rasche at (507) 381-7262.
Daily Globe Reporter Alyson Buschena may be reached at 376-7322.