{friday finds: easy decorating tips for the holidays}

7 Ways to Warm Up Your Home for the Holidays

Holiday gatherings and parties with family and friends are a sure way to warm up even the coldest winter nights in the Midwest. And, for a host, it can also mean an opportunity to highlight your creative side. Decorating for the holidays can be a fun way to express your personality as well as embrace the season.

With the holidays fast approaching, here are 7 easy decorating tips for the holidays.

 

Embellish A Wreath

A simple can of white spray paint can turn an old holiday wreath into a winter wonderland. Don’t be shy and spray the entire wreath in a well-ventilated area, of course.

spray painted wreath

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{using the color of contrast}

Decorating with Black and White

Color is such an important part of design that we sometimes forget the power of simple contrasts. Black and white is a classic design theme that refuses to go away, even in a world dominated by a full spectrum of color choices.

The simplicity of black and white belies its complexity. Without multiple hues to choose, shape and texture become more important. Patterns, silhouettes, and interplay rise to the forefront when decorating with black and white.

Black and White Decorating

House Beautiful

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{friday finds: color of the month}

Color of the Month: Souffle 0139

Today’s pastels are softer and more complex than their sugary predecessors.  Souffle 0139, a semi-sweet variation of pink, is our November Color of the Month.  With its subtle brown undertones, Souffle falls within the category we affectionately refer to as the Dirty Pastels.  Softly muted colors: think blush, dusty pink, dusty rose.  Neither feminine nor masculine.  But infinitely useable.  Hirshfield’s Souffle makes a great background color for walls affording accents of moody grey, blue, and green, to appropriately pop.

Souffle 0139

From Hirshfield’s Color Is fandeck

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{wallcovering wednesday: should I use wallpaper or should I paint?}

Design Decision: Paint vs. Wallpaper

Before there was Apple vs. PC, Coke vs. Pepsi, or red vs. blue, there was a primal conflict that drew sharp battle lines. When you wanted to make a change in your surroundings, which did you choose: paint or wallpaper?

If wallpaper sounds a bit old-fashioned, you may have missed a few rounds of that battle. While paint may be the wallcovering of choice in home improvement stores, specialists know that wallpaper is back, in a big way.

“I love wallpaper; I love what it does for a room,” says Beth Zentzis, a design consultant at Hirshfield’s Woodbury location. She’s seen an upsurge in interest, which she attributes to some powerful pulls.

Printed Wallpaper

Scion Spirit & Soul Wallpaper

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{friday finds: horizontal plank walls}

 

House Beautiful April 2010

My love affair with horizontal plank walls began in 2010 when I saw this House Beautiful Magazine cover. The width of the planks and soft whitewashed finish on the pine planks looked crazy good to me. The three blue paintings replicating the horizontal lines of the planks made this corner the pièce de résistance in this gorgeous home.

Four years later I’m still crushing on plank walls, but know (and accept) this DIY project will not be happening in my house. My walls are plaster and I won’t go there.

The DIY bloggers who’ve put up their own plank walls make it seem like a manageable project. Painted, stained, or whitewashed, plank walls add anther layer of texture and interest to a room. Enjoy the photos – they may even inspire you to try your own DIY project.

Bruce Knuston planked wall

Bruce Knutson – Edina remodel

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{wallpaper wednesday: reflective glamour for your walls}

Reflections by York Wallpaper

America’s oldest and largest wallpaper manufacturer, York has been making wallcoverings since 1895. Imagine how many times a wallpaper style has come and gone over 119 years! Can you guess from the photo montage which 70′s style is making a comeback? Referred to as mylar, metallic or foil these shimmering and shiny reinterpretations of past wallpapers bring instant glamification to any space.

Reflections of Personal Style from York Home shares a look at their new wallpaper book called Reflections. Perfect timing on York’s part with metals being the hottest ticket at High Point Fall Market 2014. Wallpapers from this lovely book will give your home the element of unexpected…in a good way.

The following Hirshfield’s stores have the Reflections book in their wallpaper library: Baxter, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, Roseville, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Wayzata.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

 

 

{friday finds: easy decorating tips for fall}

7 Ways to Spruce Up Your Home This Season

Fall is marked by loss of daylight, as we glide from the equinox to the winter solstice. Seasonal decorating can help take away the sting of that loss of sunshine.

Here are seven simple tips to brighten and lighten for fall:

Welcome the Season

Wreaths made of gourds, colorful leaves, squash, twigs, pinecones and bright twine set the tone for the season. Using ‘found materials’ adds a personal touch. Welcome the season, as well as your guests, in fabulous fall style with a homemade wreath on your door.

Fall Decorations

Paint Your Pumpkin

Turn your favorite seasonal squash or gourds into ghostly decorations with a few strokes of leftover white (or any light color) house paint. These look great on your front steps for outdoor use, or your fireplace mantle for indoors. Consider stenciling your house number on a large pumpkin as a fresh way to mark your turf. 

Painted Pumpkins

Frame It

Take fabric or wallpaper scraps and cut pieces large enough to fit a medium-sized frame. Find a location on your wall that needs a boost of light and hang it!

Make It Sparkly

Trace a leaf on the side of a large terracotta pot. Fill in the leaf outline with durable glue, and sprinkle with sequins. Voilà – bright, seasonally appropriate color! If sparkle isn’t your thing, you can easily paint designs onto your smaller pots for a warm welcome outside your home.

Fall Home Decor

Don’t Give Up On Your Porch

Add throws, blankets and plush pillows to your wicker furniture and you can extend your front porch season. Nothing beats a sunny but cool day for a refreshing nap. Choose earthy fall colors to add warmth.

Switch Out Your Table Coverings

Change it up by switching to fall coasters with leaf or pumpkin prints. Table runners and napkins can be mixed and matched in solid fall colors or prints. A subdued tablecloth becomes the background for a colorful fall feast.

Chalk it up

Wall-mounted chalkboards are great for quick notes or schedule reminders. Add a festive fall border and orange chalk, and see if there is an artist in the house.

Chalkboard Paint

Get crafty, soak up the season, and most of all, have fun with your fall decorating this year!

WARNING: Decorating can lead to entertaining. Proceed at your own risk!

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

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