{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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{bits & pieces: why men fear painting wood paneling}

 

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The Decorologist

It’s been four years since The Decorologist dug deep into the male psyche attempting to figure out Why Men Fear Painting Wood? I don’t think mens’ attitudes about painting wood have changed since then. Every day Hirshfield’s sales people hear, “my husband doesn’t like painted wood,” or “why did we put in oak trim if we’re just going to paint it?” Hmm…

Whether you’re pro or con on the issue of painting wood paneling this post will make you smile.

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.

{bits & pieces: censational girl talks wood trim and paint colors}

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Kate from Censational Girl posted a long-awaited piece on rooms with wood trim and what to do with them when it comes to paint colors. White trim has been so popular as of late, it feels like wood trim is considered out of favor in the decorating world. Painted or stained trim? Surround yourself with what makes you happy.

These beautiful rooms are for our customers with wood trim… and I know there are a lot of you out there.

Here’s the link to Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotters which is where you’ll find the rest of the story…

Centsational Girl continues to be one of the top rated Home and Garden blogs on the web with an average of 1.5 million pageviews per month. Kate is crazy with the DIY projects and I often wonder when that girl sleeps. Check out her blog for inspiration overload.

{bits& pieces: painting and papering at hirshfield’s design showroom}

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Kew wallpaper from RomoWith new pieces arriving weekly at Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom, the staff thought it was the perfect time to freshen up the showroom with new paint and wallpaper. The mini makeover starts with the feature wall on the first floor which is now home to this lovely digitally printed magnolia pattern. It will be interesting to see how digital printing is used with other interior design products.

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On the second floor, the stenciled wall is now painted over with this dark and mysterious teal from Hirshfield’s Paints. The “moody” colors have been popping up with more and more frequency in magazines and decorating blogs. Are you ready to welcome the moody blues, greens, and even pinks into your home?

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Hirshfield’s 0669 Frozen Stream

That’s it for the design showroom’s mini paint and wallpaper makeover. Thanks to Dennis Anderson for his paperhanging and painting expertise. The showroom has Dennis’ contact info if you’re in need of a good professional installer.

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.

{bits & pieces: name this color contest from house beautiful}

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This is for all you people who say, “I think it would be fun to name a paint color.” Here’s the contest for you.

In 50 words or less House Beautiful wants you to capture the essence of this “Pretty in Pink” paint color. The first-place winner will receive a $500 American Express Gift Card! Three runners-up will receive a copy of HB’s book, Color: The Perfect Shade for Every Room.

 Click on the link below for details. You can also enter with your mobile device by going to page 24 of the House Beautiful February issue. The contest ends next Thursday, February 6, 2014. Let us know if you win.

P.S. I’m not saying, I’m just saying… some wine in the house may come in handy for naming a paint color.

{bits & pieces: penguin library wallpaper}

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Penguin Library wallpaper

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Introducing PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper, produced with the kind permission of Penguin.

Just a little something I ran across at the H’s design studio which tugged at my bibliophile heartstrings. A wallpaper featuring Penguin book covers! The Penguin Library wallpaper is from the English company Osborne & Little, if you couldn’t already tell by the civilized phrase…with the kind permission of Penguin.

The PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper is a collage of front covers of those iconic early paperbacks from this famous publishing house and includes Ariel, the very first Penguin paperback published in 1935. The book covers were chosen for their diversity of colour and to illustrate the breadth of Penguin’s publishing backlist. Great care was taken in the design to truly represent the original paperbacks in all their, sometimes well-read and a little worn, glory. The resulting PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper is a glorious colourful ‘conversational piece’ which we hope will be received with as much affection as the books themselves.

 Here’s the press release Osborne & Little provided when the paper was introduced in April. It’s an interesting read.

 

{bits & pieces: hirshfield’s lake street is closing}

lakestreet copyShe did eighty-three years on an ever-changing main drag in Minneapolis.

Cobblestones and street cars (and probably a horse here and carriage there) in the Thirties gave way to the fast cars and drive-in malts of the Fifties and the myriad ebb and flow in the last half of the past century brings us to the final days of this paint and wallpaper edifice on the cross street of two great cities.

Our Lake Street store served the company well, and its bricks and memories will live on even as new development breathes fresh and different life into the neighborhood.

Lake Street Hirshfield’s doors will close on Wednesday, November 27th.

Hirshfield’s Uptown location is ready to help you with new and current projects.
2741 Hennepin Ave. (take Lake to Hennepin, right 3 blocks)
Minneapolis, MN 55408 Phone: (612) 870-0200
Store Hours: Mon – Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM Saturday 9:00AM-4:00PM
We appreciate your support these many years.

 Happy Hanukkah. Happy Thanksgiving.

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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