{friday finds: exterior painting tips for fall weather}

Goldsmith Painting

Goldsmith Painting

Things to know when painting in cool weather

Rather than endure the sweltering summer heat, many people prefer to take on exterior painting projects in cooler, more temperate fall weather. However, crisp mornings and warm afternoons often give way to cool evenings and when the thermometer drops, painters must take heed of special precautions. If you’re considering applying a new exterior paint color to your home this fall Hirshfield’s expert, Mark Masica, says the best time to paint is typically between 10:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. He also has recommends these exterior painting tips for fall weather:

50-degrees

Masica says, for best results you should not apply paint or stains in temperatures below 50-degrees. Not following these guidelines can cut years off the life of the paint job, before cracking and loss of adhesion set in. However, Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing has a complete line of premium 100% acrylic latex paints and primers that have been specially formulated to be used in temperatures as low as 35°F. Keep in mind, in ideal situations, the air and surface temperatures should not drop below 35° for 36 hours after application to allow proper drying and film formation.

Start on the sunny side of the house

In the hot and humid summer months, it’s common practice for painters to begin painting on the shady side of a house and working around the home to avoid the glare of the sun. In the fall, it’s the exact opposite. When possible start painting on the sunny side of the house and follow the sun around your home.

Be patient

Keep in mind that lower temperatures mean slower drying and longer curing times, which means be patient. Allow ample time between coats, generally 24-hours. Masica adds, “this is especially critical when you’re painting with darker colors, which have more colorant, or when applying a latex paint over an alkyd primer.”

Pay attention to the dew points

Here’s a thumbnail meteorology lesson, the dew point is the temperature at which moisture will condense on a surface. So, what does this mean for you painters? Paints, stains, or primers should not be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. Remember that all surfaces to be stained or painted need to be clean and dry. If dew forms on a painted surface that hasn’t had a chance cure properly, you may experience some water spotting or surfactant leaching problems, especially in darker colors.

{window treatment wednesday: picking the right window treatment}

Shop at Home to find the Right Window Treatment

In the store or on the pages of a magazine they seem so perfect, so beautiful and ridiculously simple to install and yet like so many things, do-it-yourself window treatments are not always what they seem. There are so many variables to consider when selecting window treatments and there is no manual that tells you how to pick the right window treatment for your room. In the absence of professional advice, we increase our probability of selecting the wrong blind, installing it and then living with these window treatments, convincing ourselves each day that they’re not as ugly as we think!

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{bits & pieces: painted sinks and bathtubs}

 It’s always fun to add the “unexpected” to a design plan and have it work out. Painting the underside of the wall-mounted sink and outside of the clawfoot tub is “unexpected” and gives these vintage fixtures a fresh look. In my opinion, the paint colors make this bathroom and that’s why it was voted by Houzz readers as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Bathrooms in 2012. The accent colors featured on the sink and tub, Pale Avocado 2146-40, White Dove for the trim, and Summer Shower 2135-60 on the walls…all Benjamin Moore Paint colors.

For your viewing pleasure, here are a bevy of painted bathroom beauties.

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{friday finds: exercise room design}

So you have a treadmill, but you currently get more of a workout schlepping it from one end of the room to the other so you can vacuum under it than you do actually walking on it. And you have a weight bench, but you’ve found that it is put to much better use as an extension of your closet, giving you extra space to hang and stack clothes. Admit it, it’s not hard to avoid exercising. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe it’s your exercise space, and not your motivation, that could use a makeover?

A well-designed home workout space can inspire you to dust off those free-weights and fire up the elliptical. Spend some time creating a workout space you actually want to workout in.

If you like to do high intensity workouts, try painting your room a bold color like red or yellow, which stimulate movement and increase adrenalin. If you are more into meditative workouts like yoga or Pilates, go with soothing colors like light green or blue. Studies have shown that weight lifters can lift heavier weights in blue rooms.

Mirrors are another important design element. Not only can mirrors make your space appear larger, but they also allow you to examine your form while you workout.

To limit the amount of distractions, separate your workout space as much as you can from the rest of the house; if you live in a loft or small apartment, use a partition screen to give you as much privacy as possible.

Exercise Room

 

Pattern glass in the doors eliminates distractions as you exercise, hides the equipment and adds another design element to your space.

Exercise Room

Houzz

So hit the gym, but before you do stop into your local Hirshfield’s and let their knowledgeable experts help you design your prefect workout space.

{wallpaper wednesday: the latest & greatest wallpaper books}

thibaut Caravan wallpaper book

Tulsi Block from Caravan

Caravan Paper by Thibaut

Patara Ikat on the wall and Pongo fabric on the ottoman – Caravan

Hirshfield’s retail stores have received so many new wallpaper books in the past month, that it’s a great time to be looking for wallpaper. Florals, geometrics with a twist, embossed classic motifs to digitally altered designs. Papers printed in the United States and United Kingdom bring a good mix of colorways and printing techniques. In addition, there are price points for everyone’s budget. Don’t you have a guest bath that needs some wallpaper TLC? Exciting times in the world of wallcovering.

Caravan by Thibaut

Venture to a place where treasures await at every turn in the Caravan collection. Classically inspired designs and worldly motifs are enlivened with a fresh and adventurous color palette. This energizing collection of coordinating wallpaper, print and woven fabrics is full of surprising shapes and movement that embrace traditional design. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: granny chic}

Yes, but not the Granny Chic I’m talking about… 

With each new fabric and wallpaper book arriving at Hirshfield’s Design Studio, more often than not, Julia exclaims, “Granny Chic.” What’s Granny Chic you ask? Here’s Julia’s definition of Granny Chic style:

A happy mix…What’s old is new…Granny Chic is a vintage look updated with fresh new colors, patterns and textures. Wholesome and pretty without being too precious or dowdy. Vaguely familiar from your past but it now feels fresh and new….a dash of the past mixed with the here and now. Looks best mixed with contemporary and modern.

granny chic

Heart Home Magazine May 2014

granny chic

Plate collection paired with a modern kitchen set – Source Houzz

Tilton Fenwick

Fabrics from Tilton Fenwick evoke a Granny Chic sense of style.

Granny Chic

Mixing the old and new with Eijffinger wallpaper and a vintage Granny Square patterned Afghan. Source Heart Home magazine

pom pom pillow

My grandma had pom-pom trimmed accent pillows in her living room. How about yours? Source Living Etc.

tilton fenwick

Tilton Fenwick Slipper Chair from Style Beat

 Kathy and Greg (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) were at High Point Market in April and featured were sofas and chairs covered in floral patterns, “just like your grandma had.” We’ll soon be seeing traditional patterns like chintz, cabbage rose, paisleys, and Jacobean florals. It’s always exciting to see what the style makers do to update color palettes and give traditional designs a modern twist, making them fresh and new to eye. Everything old is new again. Let the trend cycle begin.

Here’s a link to an article on How to Decorate Granny Chic if you’re interested.

{hirshfield’s buys The Blind Factory in alexandria}

Alexandria The Blind Factory & Hirshfield's

 

Window Treatment Wednesday: Hirshfield’s and The Blind Factory Tie the Knot

After years of living together in Alexandria, Hirshfield’s and The Blind Factory decided to tie the knot, sort of. Earlier this year, Hirshfield’s completed the acquisition of the family-owned window treatment store after sharing space at 1010 Nokomis St. in Alexandria.

Shannon Scarrella who oversees the window treatment division at Hirshfield’s says the change has been fairly seamless for customers.

“We’re going from one family business to another,” Scarrella said. “We had shared common space for so long, our customers are used to us being under one roof.”

The store has 2,000 square feet and while there may be some reconfiguring of the store in the coming months, there are no plans to make personnel changes. Window fashion designers, Diane and Ros tend to customers in the store or they set up house call appointments and come out to your home. Patti is the fabricator – working on custom bedding, valances and custom draperies.

Alexandria shoppers will also have an added bonus with Hirshfield’s window treatments, as they add the Premier Collection by Hirshfield’s. This will offer designers and consumers a high quality, lower cost alternative to some of the more expensive window fashions.

Speaking about the previous ownership of The Blind Factory, Scarrella says little will change from the customers perspective.

“The previous owners did a nice job with the business and we look forward to enhancing some of the things they had in place. I know the Hirshfield’s family is thrilled to expand their offerings in Alexandria.

 

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