{maintaining the integrity of your craftsman home}

Quaint, yet stunning. Simple yet, complex. A Craftsman style home is streamlined in its design while maintaining a keen eye for detail.

The Craftsman style house was the American response to the overabundance of heavy decorating typical of the Victorian period. Known for their simplicity, original Craftsman homes were built mainly between 1900 and 1916.

This Old House

This Old House

Usually built from materials native to the site or region, Craftsman-style houses emphasize the use of natural products. Stone or hardwood floors are common and exposed trim and woodwork are often left natural.

Arts and Crafts Homes

Many of the design elements of Craftsman style homes also serve a functional purpose. Built-in shelves and window are a large part of the Craftsman dual-purpose aesthetic. These homes often feature open beamed ceilings, which make the rooms seem larger and more open.

One of the major components of the Craftsman house is simplicity. Extra ornamentation is kept to a minimum. Instead, structural elements become the details – Joinery (where two beams meet) serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose. Carved stairway railings are common as are small carvings in wood trim. Stained glass windows are about the extent of ostentatious décor in a Craftsman style house.


To maintain the integrity of your Craftsman house, be mindful of your color and décor choices. Since Craftsman style homes are usually constructed from local, natural materials, stick with a natural color palette. Colors like green, beige, and brown will accentuate the natural beauty of the home.

The large, open floor plans typical with this style house can present some challenges when it comes to decorating. Make separation between different functional areas with area rugs, which can help break up large spaces and anchor furniture.


Accentuate windows with tasteful treatments and accessories. Craftsman style homes were designed to let in sunlight and to provide a large viewing area to nature, but to maintain privacy choose bold curtain colors to contrast the otherwise neutral palette.

{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house – part 2}



I promised paint colors from the Bachman’s House, so here they are along with a few more photos.

The built-in buffet is laden with baubles galore. Love the apple tree centerpieces. Remember, you can buy anything you see in the house. Vintage or new. What to do with the birch branches that fell during that heavy snow? How about a headboard like the one shown in the master bedroom. Keeping it phresh with painted canvases in the girl’s room. Favorite pages from magazines, artwork, photos, even calendar pages personalized the forgotten space behind a door.

I would like to go through the house (and store) one more time before December 12. I love, love, love that the store is mixing the old and new. Whose parents were cool enough to have that orange phone? We had the harvest gold one.

Paint Colors For Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House

Front Porch
Trim 0012 Bunny Cake
Floor 0211 Light Lichen
Entry HC-80 Bleeker Beige
Living Room 0478 Singing in the Rain
Sunroom Verve wallcovering
DiningRoom 0568 Cloudy Today
Wall Frame 0570 Grey Locks
Wallpaper Verve wallcovering
Kitchen 0407 Vapor
Trim and cabinets OC-68 Distant Gray
Lower Level Bathroom 0478 Singing in the Rain
Stairwell HC-80 Bleeker Beige
Boy’s Bedroom 0273 Sandstone Palette
Pegboard 1117 Siren
Girl’s Room 0281 Olive Gold & 1222 Grape Soda
Master Bedroom 0203 Whale Bone
Upper Level Bathroom 0536 Subway
Gift Wrap and Sewing Room 0007 Cottonball & 0701 Plunge (turquoise)
Wall Stripe 0008 Casa Blanca

{maintaining the integrity of your victorian home}

There are few eras that are more easily recognizable than the Victorian era. A combination of Italian Renaissance and Queen Anne inspired design, the Victorian era was characterized by feminine and romantic architecture.


Victorian houses are commonly referred to as the Victorian Style but this “style” is really a period in history. The Victorian era roughly corresponds to the time when Queen Victoria ruled Britain (1837 to 1901). During this time, industrialization brought many innovations in architecture.


There is a wide variety of Victorian styles, each with its own distinctive features. Types of Victorian style include Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick, Shingle, and Richardsonian Romanesque.


Victorian houses are commonly identified by a steeply pitched roof of irregular shape (usually with dominant front-facing gable), textured shingles, partial or full-width asymmetrical porch, and an asymmetrical facade.

During the Industrial Revolution the middle-class was experiencing wealth unlike ever before. Unsure of how to begin this new style of living, this class chose architecture and furnishings that had previously been only for the aristocracy and the upper class.

An abundance of furniture, fabrics and knickknacks filled each room in original Victorians, as empty rooms reflected empty wallets.


During the first half of the Victorian era, walls were usually painted lighter colors, but the second half gave way to much more vibrant, rich colors such as vivid greens and mahogany browns. During this period, the general feeling was that deep, rich colors enhanced the importance of a room.

William Morris

In the early and mid-Victorian period, elaborate scrolled floral wallpaper patterns were very popular. Later in the 19th century, Gothic inspired trellises painted in rich earth tones with stylized leaf and floral work were frequently used in all rooms of the house. Embossed paper was used on ceilings to counterbalance the intricately patterned and colored papers. In many cases the chairs were covered in fabric to match the wallpaper.


Today’s Victorian home should maintain the same principles of the era. Rich, dark paint colors and detailed wallpaper make for an authentic backdrop to a room. Layered window treatments in luxurious fabrics and interesting artwork give bare walls a rich, Victorian look.

Homes and Gardens

Homes and Gardens

{friday finds: bamboo and cork fabric}

Bamboo and cork are two very popular finishes used in homes today. And adding to the mix are these fabrics that look exactly like bamboo and cork. I must clarify, they are synthetic, and not a natural fiber. The fabric is suitable for upholstery, pillows, and window treatments. A square ottoman with nailheads, upholstered seat cushions, or bar stools come to mind.

Gray, charcoal, yellow, camel, and orange; so many colors to choose from in one pattern. A great fabric to use, to pull a room together. Imagine an ottoman, made from the bottom fabric, sitting on charcoal gray carpet or paired with a beautiful camel sofa. Oooohhh. Such a unique look, and in this case, a good look.

The patterns shown here along with others are available at the design studio. Call or stop by for additional information.

Hirshfield’s Design Resource
721 Second Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Phone: 612 374-8901
Open Monday thru Friday, 8:30AM – 5:00PM

{seasonal design}

Winter, spring, summer, fall – nature provides us with plenty of design inspiration all year long. From colors and textures, to proportions and scale, Mother Nature is the ultimate interior designer!


Here in Minnesota, I think we can all agree on what the official color of winter is – white! But you can add warmth to your winter-inspired room with luxurious fabrics and natural wood accents. Mirrored surfaces and crystal chandeliers make the white surfaces sparkle, like snow in the sun, making for a peaceful environment.

House Beautiful

House Beautiful


Bight colors and flowers are synonymous with spring, but when you are incorporating these elements into design try to look at them in a modern way. Do a bold pattern on your walls, then keep the rest of the design simple. Be thoughtful with your color choices, go for “pops” of color offset by clean neutrals for a sophisticated spring-time look.

Thibaut's Serendipity collection


Summer is all about being easy-going and natural. Materials like grasscloth and bamboo are great, natural alternatives to paint or wallpaper. Bleached wood and distressed furniture make your room feel like it has been soaked in the sun all day.

Design Sponge

Bamboo Wallcovering


Fall gives us earthy, rich colors. From browns and golds to deep oranges and purples, you can’t help but feel cozy and warm in a room inspired by autumn! The rug in this space makes the floor look like it is covered in fallen leaves.

House Beautiful

What season inspires you?

{harry potter at home}

This week we’re hearing a lot about Muggles, horcruxes and our favorite wizard, Harry Potter. The second-to-last movie in the series has us thinking of magical ways to decorate a child’s room.

One way to get started is to check out the RoomMates catalog at your neighborhood Hirshfield’s store. The company makes some incredible peel-and-stick artwork for a room.



Or, consider using paint and some unique furniture to bring the books and movies to life for a child. This room creates a fantasy with a dreamy purple color, car bed and suitcase dresser.

Design Dazzle

You can also consider adding accents of brooms, hats, books and owls to a child’s room to pay homage to the Harry Potter series.

How would you bring a little magic and fantasy to a child’s room? We love to read your comments!

{food drive}

Hirshfield’s is happy to be partnering with Second Harvest Heartland (find them on Facebook and Twitter!) to restock Minnesota’s food shelves! Now through November 28 drop off a non-perishable food item at any Hirshfield’s location and receive 20% off any Hirshfield’s brand paint purchase.

Check out how much we collected last year! We hope to bring in even more donations this year!

{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house}

Last night was the first time I have been to a Bachman’s Idea House and it was so much better than what I thought it would be. What took me so long?

I am a fan of Ki Nassauer (original Junkmarket owner) who is the Vintage Consultant for the house. I was excited to see what the “junk whisperer” had in store for us. Also, Hirshfield’s provided paint and wallpaper and I was curious to see what colors were picked for the Holiday Idea House 2010.

Here is one view of the decked out living room. This room looks so good, but my photos do not do it justice. The paint color is 0478 Singing in the Rain. I consider it a chameleon color as it can go green or blue. Garage Sale Gal has a great photo of the Christmas tree in the living room. The striped ornaments on the tree are the inspiration for the colors used throughout the house.


Vintage casserole holders, an old frame and wallpaper, make this wall one of the focal points in the dining room. H’s paint colors 0568 Cloudy Today, Frame is 0570 Grey Locks, and wallpaper is from the Verve book.


Aprons used as supply holders, broom handles as curtain rods, and curtain rods made into gift wrap holders. The valance constructed out of a sewing pattern totally rocks. This lively space is aptly named the gift wrap and sewing room. H’s paint colors 0007 Cottonball, 0008 Casa Blanca, and Plunge 0701.

We are not a hockey family, so furniture made out of hockey sticks is brand new to me. Sticks, jerseys, pucks, and skates all repurposed in this boy’s room. The pegboard running around the room is the icing on the cake for me. This is a good-looking room. H’s paint colors 0273 Sandstorm Palette and Siren 1117.

There are a total of 15 spaces designed with the special Bachman’s touch of new and vintage. The lovely smell of fresh lilies floats through the upstairs with magnificent arrangements placed through the home. Gather inspiration and ideas to freshen up your home for the holidays.

Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House will be open Nov. 11 – Dec. 12th. Tickets are $5 each with 20% of all proceeds benefiting Children’s Home Society & Family Services. In addition, all guests will receive a coupon for $5 off their purchase of $25 or more at Bachman’s Floral, Gift and Garden Stores.

Call 612-861-7311 for tickets or order online.

{colors for your kitchen}

Kitchens are great places to explore using color in your home. But it’s also a space that can be overwhelming – where do you start when you also have floors, cabinets and countertops in the mix? And, don’t forget the finishes on your appliances. Are they white, black or stainless? Those finishes will really impact how a color transforms a space.

Interior Design Ideas

First – start with how you want your kitchen to feel. Do you want it to be relaxing? Energizing? Classic or trendy? Narrowing down the feel for your space will help you take the next step in deciding on your colors.

Triple H Renovations

Then – head to the paint store! Pick all of the colors you like and then narrow them down to two or three. Cindy at Hirshfield’s in Maple Grove says warm colors like browns, darker reds and golds are really popular right now because they go very well with the newer granite countertops. Cindy says if you can bring in a sample of your countertop and even a wood sample for your cupboards or a floor sample they can really help you narrow down a color to choose. And, she says don’t forget to let them know about the other colors in your home – especially if you have an open floor plan.

Consider natural elements – quartz, stone, granite, wood – when you’re looking at paint. Colors in these tones can really help tie all of the finishes in your space together. This gray and brown kitchen is anything but boring.


Jewel tones really pop against the dark cabinets in this space.


If you have white cabinets – the color you choose for your walls will really stand out. This is a great space for color like the brick red featured in this modern, Asian-inspired kitchen.


If you want to stay neutral on the walls or cabinets – use your countertops, island or backsplash as places to make an impact with color.

Home Designing


Modern Decors

Bon Appetit!

{guest room design}

The holidays are fast approaching and for many people that means an abundance of overnight guests. While you don’t necessarily want your guests to stay too long, you do want to make them feel comfortable at their home away from home.

Not everyone has the space to allow for a dedicated guest room, but that doesn’t mean your guests have to sleep on an air mattress in the kitchen. Take your home office for example – adding wall shelves and file cabinets can help take some of the clutter off the ground and allow space for a multi-functional day bed. A file cabinets can even serve double duty as a nightstand.



Don’t have a lot of time and money to invest in your guest room? That’s Ok – instead of painting every wall, just pick one wall and do an accent color or wallpaper.

House Beautiful

Instead of investing in a large art piece, save some money and do a “grouping” instead. Create an arrangement of framed photographs, postcards and quotes to add personality and interest.



Or throw the budget out the window and create a posh room that would rival any master bedroom. A large, comfy bed with dramatic, luxurious fabrics will make any guest feel like they are staying at a five-star hotel.






House Beautiful

No matter how much money you spend or don’t spend, the most important thing is for your guest to feel comfortable. Be sure the linens on the bed are fresh and inviting. Tuck a dryer sheet under the pillows between visits to eliminate musty smells.

House Beautiful

Simple indulgences like fresh flowers and candles will show your guest that you are pleased to have them visit. It’s also a good idea to have extra bathroom essentials (toothbrush, shampoo, etc…) just in case!

Make sure your guests have a place to sit and unpack their belongings. A small bench, chair or end table should do the trick.

House Beautiful

Enjoy time with your friends and family this holiday season – just make sure they have a checkout date in mind when they come to visit!


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