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


painted wood panel

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}

wood trim

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}


kew wallpaper from romo

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.


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?


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}


hb-logo-new copy

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}


Penguin Library wallpaper


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.

{bits & pieces: look at that front door!}


Don’t you just L.O.V.E. a good front door? I’ve been known to stop the car, gawk, ooh and aah over a good-looking front door many a time. Huffington Home is offering up some of their “seriously cool” front doors for your viewing pleasure. Which one is your favorite? Is it the color or style of the door that appeals to you? Or both?


If you can’t afford to spend thousands of dollars on a hipster front door, Mark Masica (Hirshfield’s Color Services) shares his tips for enhancing the front of your home with lighting, accessories, and color. Make your home just as inviting on the outside as on the inside. A house with curb appeal says “Welcome, we’re glad you stopped by.”

{bits & pieces: Oronoco Gold Rush Days}


It’s time to start your training for Junk Bonanza! Gold Rush Days in Oronoco, Mn, is the perfect venue to hone your junking strategies.

The show runs August 16-18, 2013, with 400 vendors offering up their wares. Details for the three-day event can be found here.  It looks like a well run show, staffed by Oronoco volunteers, with after-expense proceeds going to local not-for-profit groups. A great excuse to get out of the city for a day…for those of us who don’t have cabins.


Along with all the visiting vendors you’ll find Ki Nassauer and her Junk Bonanza gang on the main pathway at A015 and A022. Check out the Junk Bonanza Blog for the who, what, where and when. Stop by and enter your name in the drawing for Early Bird Junk Bonanza tickets.


HIRSHFIELD’S IS GOING TO BE THERE! Hirshfield’s is so excited to have an hour under the “Big Top” on Saturday at 11:00. Drew (Hirshfield’s Plaster Center) is demonstrating Cottage Paint. If you’re not familiar with Cottage Paint it is a clay-based paint, requiring no sanding, or priming, just a clean surface. Old furniture and Cottage Paint make for a colorful and happy union.

Time to round up your friends and plan your trip to Oronoco. I hope you find all sorts of goodies you have to sneak into the house.

P.S. I forgot to mention that Hirshfield’s will be at Junk Bonanza in September (26-28). We can’t wait!

{bits & pieces: dip-dyed furniture}



Anyone who’s ever wished that ombré and color blocking would fall in love and procreate will be very excited about the advent of a new trend in color-dipped furniture. – Jennifer Hunter on Apartment Therapy

Love, love, love the dip-dyed look! It looks super easy as far as DIY projects go. Dip-dyed pieces lend a playful feeling to a room and a fun way to add a touch of unexpected color to a room. The two chairs from Mobel Pobel (first photo) look so lovely; they’re like pieces of artwork on display.


These country baskets and bags turn modern with a dip in a bath of white paint. Pastels would look amazing against the natural reeds and grasses.


 The desk was painted black and the legs were left natural and unpainted.


Uncertain about dip dying? Chopsticks would be the perfect starter project.

pinkThe one and only wonderful Washi Tape imitates the painted dip-dyed look.


This table is painted with Cottage Paint and the legs are dip-dyed with Benjamin Moore’s Molten Metallic paint.

Hally's, Parsons Green, London                                         Dip-dyed pastels – über cool!

Soooo, what do you think? Are you in? I solemnly swear to back this trend to the best of my ability! Test the waters by picking up a small piece at the thrift store and see what happens. If you don’t like your first attempt, paint over it and try again. Happy painting!

1 & 2.  Mobel Pobel
3. Martha Stewart
4. DesignSponge
5. Poppy Talk
6. Poppy Talk
7. Hirshfield’s
8. thekitchn

{bits & pieces: boys’ bedroom in chelsea gray}


I’ve been ruminating about this room since I first laid eyes on it. No bells, whistles, or gimmicks and I’m still in love with it!

I asked Becky (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) to tell me what makes this room work? Here’s her take on why this room is so fabulous:

  • the combination of patterns do a good job of playing off each other
  • shades of gray work with the black and white
  • woodwork painted white makes for nice contrast against the walls and ceiling
  • the room is balanced with the window treatments so it doesn’t look bottom-heavy with the two beds

Holly Bender is the “creative” behind this room and Scott Hargis the photographer. Scott had this to say about Holly’s work…I work with many interior designers, but Holly’s work stands out because it’s so complete. There are never any discordant notes that have to be avoided or “fixed” later – every room she does is perfect, from top to bottom…

Holly’s paint palette for the rest of this stylish home consists of Benjamin Moore’s Gray Huskie, Stone Hearth, Balboa Mist, and Cumulus Cloud. To see more of this talented designer’s work click on this link and enjoy the tour.


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