{window treatment wednesday}

Guest post from Jon Lovejoy, Hirshfield’s Edina and Eden Prairie

I appreciate my paint and wallcovering customers who also think of Hirshfields’s when it comes time to add window treatments to finish off a room. Hirshfield’s has a large selection of window treatments; from a “starter” shade to a custom drapery, and all price points in between. I enjoy hearing from customers, who thought we would be expensive, and they are pleasantly surprised when they receive my quote to see how competitively priced Hirshfield’s window treatments are.

Paint, wallcovering, and window treatments all go hand in hand to create a space you’re proud of and one that represents your personal style.

Wallcovering side note…I am surprised I still hear people in the store comment that wallcovering is not in style. Oh, so not true! I’m seeing more people finding the true balance of a beautiful home when a wonderful wallcovering is added; wallcovering really sets the mood for any space. With all the new marbles, beautiful ceramic and glass tiles customers are bringing in for us to work with, introducing wallcovering into the project adds the element which creates a true designer look.

Come see me at Hirshfield’s Edina or Eden Prairie with all your decorating projects or questions. If I don’t know the answer, I will certainly work on getting the answer for you.

Jon

P.S. Some of my co-workers and I increased our window treatment IQ and went through The Window Fashions Certification Program™ last year. Check out our credentials; I’m the good-looking one at the bottom of the page.

{made in Minnesota Monday: Graco}

As a Minnesota company, Hirshfield’s is proud to offer many Minnesota-made products! Besides Hirshfield’s paint, which is manufactured in Minneapolis and sold throughout the state, Hirshfield’s also offers a range of other products made right here in Minnesota! Each Monday we’ll take a closer look at some of these products, starting today with Graco!

Graco’s story begins on a cold winter day in Minneapolis in 1926. Russell Gray, then a parking lot attendant, figured there had to be a better way to lubricate cars than by using hand-operated grease guns. The temperature that day had dropped so low, the grease was impossible to move. So Russell developed a grease gun powered by air pressure, which was met with rave reviews.

By 1948 the company had moved into the paint industry with the introduction of its first paint pump. In 1957, the Gray Company (the name was changed to Graco in 1969) developed an airless spray gun, cementing the company as a market leader in spray coating and painting.

Hirshfield’s is proud to sell a variety of Graco’s Minnesota-made products in retail locations across the state!

Graco was one of the exhibitors at last year’s Hirshfield’s contractor show:

Hirshfield’s is your local Minneapolis-St. Paul paint retailer. The experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help you with everything from window-treatments to paint colors. Hirshfield’s manufactures paint right here in Minneapolis.

{friday finds: deck care products}

This is the weekend to buy. No, seriously, let me explain.

Memorial Weekend is the unofficial beginning of summer in Minnesota and Wisconsin. ‘Tis the season to be outdoors as much as possible, on either your deck or patio. I’m sure you’ve already determined if your deck needs refinishing; this is the weekend to buy your deck care products during the Hirshfield’s Memorial Day Sale.

Hirshfield’s is making your job easier with sales associates who are experts in deck care.  At Hirshfield’s, our experts are always willing to share their product knowledge and help guide you through the important steps to success. You’ll also find a great online video library on decks at this link.

Get all the details for the Memorial Day Paint Sale right here. Have a safe and fun weekend.

{window treatment wednesday}

Cote de Texas

 A couple of weeks ago, Liz (Hirshfield’s Woodbury) wrote a great post on using draperies and woven woods in your home. After reading this post by Cote de Texas, you’ll see Liz and Joni are of the same school of thought when it comes to hanging window treatments, layering, and using draperies in your design scheme. It is personal preference, but both posts have good suggestions to consider when the time comes to change your window treatments. Joni also shows us how to turn a big, ugly window into a window with an elegant and updated look.

An added bonus is you get a peek into her beautiful Texas home, and a peek at some very naughty, but cute, dogs. Enjoy Messes and More Messes over at Cote de Texas.

{five color myths}

1. Does this match?

Have you had someone show you a color choice and ask, does this match? I have been put in that situation dozens of times and can’t help but reply in all honesty;  “no it does not match, but it does coordinate”. In order for a color to match it has to be the same exact color whereas if it looks good next to its companion then it is a good coordinate.

2. Red will raise your heart rate

Red will only raise your heart rate if it is entire room of red that is highly illuminated and you have to spend a great deal of time in it for the color to make your heart speed up.

3. The best room designs are those that have coordinated fabrics in the same patterns

These “matchy, matchy “ rooms are out of style, it is better to have a variety of colors and patterns that look good together rather than using  the same pattern over and over again.

4. Red cars attract traffic police

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{win a $100 Hirshfield’s gift card!}

For some of us here in Minnesota, Memorial Day weekend is a time to welcome the start of summer. But for others, it’s a time to tackle some of those home improvement projects that have been staring us in the face all winter and spring!

So for those of you getting ready for a long weekend of painting, priming, staining and sanding, Hirshfield’s wants you to know that their paint and color experts are here to help! Plus, if you head over to the Hirshfield’s Facebook page, you can enter to win a $100 Hirshfield’s gift card! Click here to enter!

Use the gift card towards your purchase of paint, paint supplies, stain, anything you want from your local Hirshfield’s to make your Memorial Day home improvement project a success! And your gift card will go even further with the Memorial Day Paint Sale going on now at all Hirshfield’s locations!

Minnesota paint

{friday finds: bits & pieces}

Is this the summer you improve your home’s curb appeal? It is for this Hirshfield’s customer who is already giving his home a new coat of paint.

A Hirshfield’s colorist went out to his home and selected a color scheme she thought would work for his style of home and for the neighborhood. The homeowner had difficulty visualizing how the colors would look on his home from the color chips. Problem solved. The homeowner asked the painter to do a mock-up for him. He loved the color scheme once he was able to see how the paint colors looked on his home.

This homeowner is not alone. Having a mock-up done is an excellent solution to a very common problem. Hirshfield’s can help you out with a variety of sample options: pints, quarts, Hirshfield’s Big Swatch, and selected 2 0z.Benjamin Moore colors are available for test drives. It’s a DIY project or hire a professional to paint it out for you.

Paint colors shown are Benjamin Moore 1154 Dash of Pepper for the body of the house, 1547 Dragon’s Breath on the shutters, and OC-45 Swiss Coffee.

The ASID Showcase Home Tour kicks off Friday, May 18, 2012 and runs through Sunday, June 10, 2012. Located at 2002 W. Lake of the Isles Parkway, the home features 26 breathtaking spaces and showcases the talents of 30 Twin Cities interior designers.

A portion of proceeds from the Showcase Home event go to the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and The Women’s Foundation of Minnesota.

Tickets can be purchased at Hirshfield’s for $15 and $20 at the door. For additional information you can visit their site at MSP magazine.

Great savings on Hirshfield’s paints and deck care products thru May 31, 2012!

On Thursday, May 24th, 2012, Hirshfield’s is giving away a $100 Hirshfield’s gift card to one lucky winner. Here’s the link to enter the Facebook Giveaway. Good luck and have a spectacular weekend.

{window treatment wednesday}

Roller shades are the most basic of all window treatments; functional, yet still fashionable.  Don’t conjure up images of the shades of the past:  shades that curled on the edges and, often times, unexpectedly opened themselves as if by magic, noisily flapping and slapping at the top of the window.  Today’s roller shade features a flat panel of fabric that rolls up neatly into a tidy headrail; when lowered, roller shades provide varying levels of privacy.

Depending on your fabric choice, roller shades offer a variety of light control choices and options to maintain your view to the outside. For a look that’s both custom and classic, roller shades offer a clean appearance in a beautiful range of fabrics along with a variety of design options and lifting systems.

Roller shades minimize glare, block harmful UV-Rays, and help control the room’s temperature.  They complement just about any decorating style and can coordinate with many other decorative products.   They can be sheer and translucent to completely room darkening — and everything in between.  With hundreds of fabrics to choose from, you can select a fabric to fit your decor and personal style.  Whether it’s an elegant and tailored design, a natural grass cloth or a sophisticated silk-like fabric, today you’ll find a roller shade to suit any taste.

 

Roller shades can be installed in single, double hung or casement style windows and are most often used as a practical under-treatment beneath draperies or valances.

Take a look at roller shades again.  They’ve come a long way since grandma’s day.

Guest post from Lisa Gardner, Hirshfield’s Maplewood

{designer feature : Design by Lisa}

Lisa, Design by Lisa

The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great designers! With such a thriving design community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local designer and design blogger features. A few weeks ago we featured Kim from Lark Nest Design, and today we’re visiting with Lisa, the designer behind Design by Lisa.

Tell me a little about your background – what did you do before starting Design by Lisa? How did you get started in the design industry?
Before working in interior design full-time, I worked for several years as a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines. I have a degree in Textiles, but while I was a flight attendant I studied Interior Design at the University of Minnesota and for several years I worked part-time in design while still flying full-time. In 2000 I left flying and worked full time in design at a large firm. In 2005 I started Design By Lisa.

Describe the services you provide your clients through Design by Lisa…
Almost all of my projects are residential rather than commercial but they can run the gamut from helping someone select a paint color to getting involved in a new construction project and being involved in the entire process. Variety is a great aspect of this job and working on projects of all types helps to keep things interesting.

A recent project that Lisa worked on

Congratulations on winning Houzz’s Best of Remodeling Award for 2012! Can you share with us a little about that project? Was there a particular aspect or element of that project that you think made it exceptional or set it above the others?
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{friday finds: house parts}

Warline Painting

“You know that thing? No, not that thing next to the chimney, on top…” Are these snippets of conversations familiar to anyone? Whether it’s the name of a structural detail or design element you don’t know, here are a few terms to throw down while chatting with your contractor or you find the need to impress your neighbor.

Leewood Homeowners Association

Cricket – A second, small, pointed roof that diverts rainwater around something, such as a chimney, that projects out of a primary roof.
This Old House

Leewood Homeowners Association

Scuttle – A ceiling opening with a cover or hatchway.
This Old House


Home Tips

Efflorescence – The weathering on exposed bricks or stones that looks white and powdery. It appears when natural salts in the materials leach out and crystallize. This Old House

Leewood Homeowners Association

Gablet – The small gables often found over a single dormer window.
This Old House

Anatomy of a Door

Scuncheon – Any reveal between the inner face of a door or window jamb and the wall.
This Old House

You’re already sounding (and looking) smarter than the average homeowner. Head over to This Old House for additional House Parts You Didn’t Know Had a Name. Head over to Hirshfield’s if you’re interested in the dissection of a can of quality paint.

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