{friday finds: revere pewter hc-172}

J. Hirsch Interior Design

The most-searched-for color on the Hirshfield’s blog is the Benjamin Moore color revere pewter HC-172. Which makes perfect sense, because that is the most-searched-for color on Benjamin Moore’s site. What makes it so popular?

A light gray with warm undertones, revere pewter (HC-172) is a great transitional color that works equally well on walls, ceilings, and trim from room to room. Described as the perfect “whole-house color,” this classic neutral is perfect for an open floor plan.

Dark enough to contrast nicely with whites and off-whites, but not so dramatic as to compete with bold colors, it can ground and balance a room with colorful décor, or create a serene vibe when paired with pale hues and other neutrals.

It feels like the color gray has had an amazingly long run in popularity. My first post on gray was done in the spring of 2009, and back then it had already been popping up on design blogs since 2008. From what I’ve been seeing, grays are still best sellers, but are warming up. “I can’t tell, is that a gray or a taupe?” Good old chameleon colors.

Two years, ago my neighbor used revere pewter in her lower level remodel, and with her lighting it leans towards a green undertone. It’s perfect for her space and her lower level looks fantastic. Kathy Basil (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) has found when there is a lot of natural light in a room revere pewter sometimes gets too purple. She said the Hirshfield’s paint color oak tone 0217 is actually a better color than revere pewter. It just works well in many different color scenarios. Read it and weep, Benjamin Moore.

If you think revere pewter is the color for your room, step over to the Hirshfield’s chip rack and pull a sample of Hirshfield’s oak tone 0217. Remember we sell pints and quarts so you can test drive your paint colors before you purchase paint for your entire room. You don’t have time to hide all those gallons of the wrong paint color (in the trunk of your car) and start all over. True story.

For more comments on revere pewter, here’s a link to Benjamin Moore. I always enjoy reading what “real people” have to say about their paint colors. Hirshfield’s partnership with Second Harvest Heartland ends on Monday, December 3, 2012. Save 20% on your paint purchase this weekend.

Happy painting!


{hirshfield’s designer feature: meet kathy!}

Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis is home to not only some of the most delicious eye candy the interior design world has to offer, but it is also home to some of the most experienced and creative design professionals in the Twin Cities. Those design professionals being Kathy, Greg, Julia and Meropi. All of them are more than happy to answer your design questions, but we thought it would be fun to turn the spotlight on them and ask them a few questions!

Kathy, Hirshfield’s Design Studio

Today, get to know Kathy, Manager and Buyer at Hirshfield’s Design Studio. You’ve probably seen Kathy’s name pop up in a few blogs as we’re always asking her for her expertise when it comes to design trends (check out Best Paint Colors for Accent Walls and Make Your Rental House Feel Like Home for just a few examples).

For this blog we didn’t ask Kathy about design trends (well, almost, we couldn’t resist throwing just one trend question her way!), instead we asked her about her own personal connection to design…

How long have you worked at Hirshfield’s Design Studio?
I’ve worked at the Design studio for 27 years.

Have you always known you wanted to go into design as a profession?
I can remember being about 8 years old and wanting to rearrange my bedroom… often. It just made me feel good. I think that is when I knew interior design was my calling.

How did you get started in the design industry?
My mom opened Hirshfield’s Design Studio back in the late 70’s. I came to work at Hirshfield’s for a summer job….. 27 years later here I am and I love it!

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{friday finds: hirshfield’s virtual painter}

Does fear of commitment keep you from experimenting with color in your home? Does the risk of going “bold” keep your home in the “beige”? What if you could take a bold, new color for a test drive – no strings attached, no commitment necessary. Hirshfield’s visual painting tool lets you unleash your creativity, experiment and have fun – without ever having to dip a paintbrush!

Virtually paint any of the interior rooms or house exteriors from the Hirshfield’s image library. Or use your own image – a digital photo from your camera or phone – by uploading it to the Hirshfield’s site.

These rooms and more are all just waiting for your colorful influence…

Living rooms






Choose paint colors from the Color Is, Devine and Historic palettes. The color combinations are endless!

Once you’ve selected your color palette, stop in to your local Hirshfield’s retail store and let the paint professionals help you get set up with everything you need.

Happy painting!

Hirshfield’s is your local Minneapolis-St. Paul paint retailer. The paint 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.

{bits & pieces: foxy finds}

Viscusi Elson Interior Design-House of Turquoise

Coral and Tusk-March 29

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Bloesem May 4

Julia (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) is my trends prognosticator. Emerging trends, on-trend, or trends where I’m the last one to the party, and the party was two years ago. Julia knows all.

Last year I asked Julia for her predictions on what design trends we would be seeing in 2012. Her prediction which totally caught me off guard was  foxes. I had not seen one fox, much less a skulk of foxes in the design world. I went back through my favorite design/decorating blogs and came up with nothing.

My  first fox sighting was January 17, on House of Turquoise. The elusive fox crossed my path a few times, but I came to the conclusion Julia was off-base on this trend. Then the November 2012 issue of Country Living came out. Ta-da! A whole page devoted to the crafty fox. Julia wasn’t off-base, I think it took the trend a little longer to gain momentum. Move over birds, butterflies, and other small creatures and let the fox have its day in design.

P.S. According to some comments on a post Apartment Therapy did back in February the fox has already had its day. Huh.

P.P.S. Who can forget the fox in Dr. DeSoto?

{design tips for creating a relaxing bedroom}

Desired by many, yet achieved by few – the ever elusive good night’s sleep! November is National Sleep Comfort Month, a whole month dedicated to the importance of sleep. Everyone has their own tricks and tips when it comes to getting a good night’s sleep – eat this, drink that, do this, try that – but did you ever consider that the secret to good sleep may be as simple as good design?

Design tips for creating a relaxing bedroom

Calming colors
Did you know that colors actually have sound? Pat Verlodt, president of Color Services & Associates, Inc., says the most common calming colors are blues and greens because they remind us of calming sounds in nature – the ocean, rustling grass, a whispering breeze.

Twin Cities design

My Home Ideas

Benjamin Moore paint

Benjamin Moore Mountain Laurel

Benjamin Moore paint

Benjamin Moore Scenic Drive Blue Paint Color

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{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house 2012}


Behind that wonderful black and white photo is a wall-mounted TV. Made from salvaged wood.  Love the wallpaper. A subtle, good looking plaid which reminds me of Ralph Lauren in design and color, but at a better price point.

This would be so easy to make!


Introducing our glamorous take on the rustic lodge. Get ready for an “alpine chic” touch on 100s of creative home decor and entertaining ideas for the holidays. Think “cozy, up-north cabin meets big city bling” as you tour this year’s Holiday Ideas House.

The Bachman’s Holiday House has tons of great ideas to inspire you. Freshen up your home for the holiday season! On this tour, we’re starting on the second floor and working our way down to the main level. Read the rest of this entry »

{reduce, reuse, recycle, repurpose}

November 15 is America Recycles Day – a wonderful reminder to all of us that we should be doing our part to help keep Mother Earth beautiful and healthy. So this week, and every week, just remember to reduce, reuse, recycle and repurpose!

Repurposing old and outdated furniture is a simple way to help reduce landfill waste and cut down on the carbon footprint required to make and ship new furniture. Plus, it’s just plain fun!

Kim Yeager, founder and principal of Lark Nest Design, refurbishes decor and furniture for clients here in the Twin Cities. She recently hosted some seminars for Hirshfield’s on best practices for refinishing furniture. Some of her tips include:

  • You can paint metal: You can paint metal, just make sure to prime the surface first!
  • The more you sand, the better you’ll get: The more you sand, the more you’ll pick up a technique. You don’t want to sand so deeply that you go beyond the top layer of wood. Learning how your sander handles will also help you when you “distress” painted objects.
  • Don’t take shortcuts: If a piece has hardware or drawers, remove them entirely for prep and painting. Because these areas get a lot of use, they are ripe for eventual paint flaking. Sand drawer edges carefully so the old paint is gone before applying new. Two coats of sealer should give the drawers “armor” for future use.

Read more of Kim’s tips here.

Now that you’ve got the basics, here are some of our favorite repurposed projects from around the web!

Old drawers as shelves via RemodelAholic.

repurposed furniture


Old door turned coffee table via DIY Network.

repurposed furniture

DIY Network

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{bits & pieces: Sarah’s before & after photos}

“Before” photo

You recognize this living room don’t you? It’s a typical living room of a certain era; large picture window with two side windows, front door off to one side, hardwood floor and fireplace optional. (I bet there’s a coat closet behind the opened front door) Check out the “after” photo and see how the new homeowners transformed this living room into a room right out of a home decorating magazine. Read the rest of this entry »

{Friday Finds: Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House}

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House: "Alpine Chic for the Holidays"

Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House: “Alpine Chic for the Holidays”

Dates: November 8 – December 16, 2012 (Open 7 Days a Week)

Theme: Alpine Chic for the Holidays

Color Canvas with paint by Hirshfield’s: deep, natural tones accented with a glitzy twist on traditional colors, patterns and textures

Location: Bachman’s Historic Family Home, located at 5936 Lyndale Ave. S., Minneapolis

Tickets: On sale now at bachmans.com and at 612-861-7311. Buy tickets now (Same-day tickets avaialble at the gift counter at Bachman’s on Lyndale)

Hours: Tickets are sold on the half-hour during the following times: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri: 10-5:30, Thurs: 10-6:30, Sat: 10-4, Sun: 11-4.

Visit the Holiday Ideas House to see our glamorous take on the rustic lodge. Bachman’s designers are applying an “alpine chic” touch to 100s of creative home décor and entertaining ideas for the holidays. Expect to see a mix of deep, natural tones and textures like wood, fur and antlers accented by a glitzy twist on traditional holiday colors and patterns. Think “cozy, up-north cabin meets big city bling” for this season’s update to the historic Bachman family home.

For the third year in a row, Bachman’s invites you to get inspired by our Holiday Ideas House. Each season, our designers transform the home by repainting, refurnishing and redecorating the house with their signature mix of new trend items, repurposed pieces and a touch of vintage.

Themes by Room
In addition to its overall design, the house’s many rooms showcase unique themes with dozens of creative ideas, big and small. Here’s a look at what’s planned for the 2012 Holiday Ideas House.

Porch: The perfect place to warm up after playing out in the snow, with bench seating for taking off boots and sipping hot cocoa.

Dining Room: Featuring an elegant dinnerscape with rustic accents, this room exemplifies the overall “alpine chic” theme of the home.

Living Room: You’ll want to settle right into a comfy leather rocking chair to admire the home’s statement Christmas tree paired with a creative holiday topiary “tree.”

Sunroom: Made for entertaining friends at a casual holiday party, this room’s centerpiece is an elegant wine bar surrounded by our glamorous take on traditional décor.

Kitchen: This cheerful room featuring traditional holiday reds accented by modern grays and updated Scandinavian patterns is perfect for cooking and baking.

Master Bedroom: The perfect blend of soft and feminine with rustic and masculine, this inviting room includes a coordinating Christmas tree.

Boy’s Bedroom: With sporty pieces like a backboard-turned-headboard and a basketball-rim nightstand, this room is designed for a tween boy obsessed with basketball.

Girl’s Bedroom: Perfect for the young bohemian teen, this room will be as colorful and free-spirited as her personality.

Den: We let lodge be lodge in this cozy, cabin-like room featuring lots of wood, leather and rustic charm—the perfect place to enjoy a hot toddy at night.

As Seen in the Ideas House
Nearly every item in the Holiday Ideas House is priced for sale. Items with blue dots on their price tags are one-of-a-kind items only available at the house. They can be purchased on a first-come, first-served basis. Buyers can pick up or arrange to have these items delivered after the house closes in December.

Items without blue dots are available for sale at Bachman’s on Lyndale, while supplies last. Look for “As Seen in the Ideas House” signs inside the store to find the items featured in the house.

Tour Details
The Holiday Ideas House is open 7 days a week, November 8 – December 16, 2012. Self-guided tours are sold in 30-minute increments during the following times: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday: 10-5:30, Thursday: 10-6:30, Saturday: 10-4, and Sunday: 11-4.

$5 Tickets
Tickets are available for purchase at Bachmans.com or by calling 612-861-7311. Your $5 ticket includes a coupon good for $5 off a Bachman’s purchase, with 20% of ticket proceeds benefiting the Children’s Home Society & Family Services. Tickets are not refundable; see our Returns and Exchanges page for details.

Buy tickets now (NOTE: Same-day tickets must be purchased at the gift counter at Bachman’s on Lyndale)

Ideas House Photos Gallery
Fall 2012
Spring 2012

{friday finds: trending – black interior trim and doors}

The color black has been steadily trending on the design scene. From dramatic touches of the dark color to entire rooms blanketed in it, black is back and it looks like it’s sticking around! One of the latest trends we’re seeing with black is using it to paint interior trim and doors. And we’re liking it…

minneapolis design

House of Turquoise

Twin Cities design


Dark trim gives a room depth and adds a sophisticated touch. Of course, there is a right and a wrong way to incorporate this trend into your home. Houzz.com recommends,

“For the most lustery sheen, use a high-gloss oil paint and apply it with a sponge roller for a smooth finish. Latex is fine for lower sheens, but even coating it with glossy polyurethane will not achieve the same luscious look as oil paint. Remember, high-gloss or low-sheen, paired with white walls, black casework is a perfect example of a timeless classic for the home.”

Minneapolis design

Burnham Design Project

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