{friday finds: easy decorating tips for the holidays}

7 Ways to Warm Up Your Home for the Holidays

Holiday gatherings and parties with family and friends are a sure way to warm up even the coldest winter nights in the Midwest. And, for a host, it can also mean an opportunity to highlight your creative side. Decorating for the holidays can be a fun way to express your personality as well as embrace the season.

With the holidays fast approaching, here are 7 easy decorating tips for the holidays.

 

Embellish A Wreath

A simple can of white spray paint can turn an old holiday wreath into a winter wonderland. Don’t be shy and spray the entire wreath in a well-ventilated area, of course.

spray painted wreath

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{using the color of contrast}

Decorating with Black and White

Color is such an important part of design that we sometimes forget the power of simple contrasts. Black and white is a classic design theme that refuses to go away, even in a world dominated by a full spectrum of color choices.

The simplicity of black and white belies its complexity. Without multiple hues to choose, shape and texture become more important. Patterns, silhouettes, and interplay rise to the forefront when decorating with black and white.

Black and White Decorating

House Beautiful

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{friday finds: color of the month}

Color of the Month: Souffle 0139

Today’s pastels are softer and more complex than their sugary predecessors.  Souffle 0139, a semi-sweet variation of pink, is our November Color of the Month.  With its subtle brown undertones, Souffle falls within the category we affectionately refer to as the Dirty Pastels.  Softly muted colors: think blush, dusty pink, dusty rose.  Neither feminine nor masculine.  But infinitely useable.  Hirshfield’s Souffle makes a great background color for walls affording accents of moody grey, blue, and green, to appropriately pop.

Souffle 0139

From Hirshfield’s Color Is fandeck

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{friday finds: horizontal plank walls}

 

House Beautiful April 2010

My love affair with horizontal plank walls began in 2010 when I saw this House Beautiful Magazine cover. The width of the planks and soft whitewashed finish on the pine planks looked crazy good to me. The three blue paintings replicating the horizontal lines of the planks made this corner the pièce de résistance in this gorgeous home.

Four years later I’m still crushing on plank walls, but know (and accept) this DIY project will not be happening in my house. My walls are plaster and I won’t go there.

The DIY bloggers who’ve put up their own plank walls make it seem like a manageable project. Painted, stained, or whitewashed, plank walls add anther layer of texture and interest to a room. Enjoy the photos – they may even inspire you to try your own DIY project.

Bruce Knuston planked wall

Bruce Knutson – Edina remodel

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{wallpaper wednesday: reflective glamour for your walls}

Reflections by York Wallpaper

America’s oldest and largest wallpaper manufacturer, York has been making wallcoverings since 1895. Imagine how many times a wallpaper style has come and gone over 119 years! Can you guess from the photo montage which 70′s style is making a comeback? Referred to as mylar, metallic or foil these shimmering and shiny reinterpretations of past wallpapers bring instant glamification to any space.

Reflections of Personal Style from York Home shares a look at their new wallpaper book called Reflections. Perfect timing on York’s part with metals being the hottest ticket at High Point Fall Market 2014. Wallpapers from this lovely book will give your home the element of unexpected…in a good way.

The following Hirshfield’s stores have the Reflections book in their wallpaper library: Baxter, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Edina, Maple Grove, Roseville, Rochester, St. Cloud, and Wayzata.

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.

 

 

{benjamin moore 2015 color of the year}

Benjamin Moore Identifies 2015 Color Trends

In mid-October, Benjamin Moore revealed its 2015 Color of the Year: Guilford Green HC-116, described as a stunning silvery green that complements both modern and traditional styles in a seamless manner.

“We chose Guilford Green as our 2015 Color of the Year because it can be the hero or the highlight in any room, enhancing the architectural identity of a space,” said Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director at Benjamin Moore. “Guilford Green is the perfect thread to connect nature, spaces and interiors with color schemes that signify fresh energy and growth.”

At the same time, Benjamin Moore also unveiled Color Trends 2015, featuring monochromatic color designs and saturated hues for a balanced home. These trends include a curated palette of 23 colors featuring four gorgeous color families – green, blue, blush and berry.

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{friday finds: affinity® color collection by benjamin moore}

 

Tempest and Nightingale by Benjamin Moore Affinity

Tempest AF-590 and Nightingale AF-670

AF-260 Affinity Benjamin Moore Paint

Affinity Proposal AF-260

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Cloud Cover OC-25 and Anjour Pear AF-425

 

The color experts at Benjamin Moore know color and how to make it work in your home. The Affinity Color Collection (144 colors) will make your life easier when it comes to selecting paint colors. How, you ask? Affinity’s claim to fame is that all colors in the fandeck go with each other. This sounds like the perfect color collection for homes with open floor plans. Pick a color, any color, they all work together.

Here’s what Benjamin Moore has to say about the Affinity collection:

We have taken the guesswork out of selecting colors by carefully creating a palette where all of the colors share three basic traits which are attributed to color. Our Affinity Collection has taken 144 harmonious hues that were designed specifically to make it easy for you to create beautiful, perfectly balanced paint color combinations for every room—and create color flow throughout your home!

Begin your exploration of Affinity with this curated palette of 28 of the colors from the full collection.

It’s in everyone’s best interest to “test drive” your paint color with a sample pint or quart. Paint out an area and live with it for a few days to make certain this is “the color.”

Hirshfield’s carries the following Benjamin Moore fandecks:  Classic, Color Preview, Affinity, Williamsburg Color Collection, Color Stories, Candice Olson Designer Picks, and Perfect Pairings. Benjamin Moore’s historical colors appear in the Classics fandeck.

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