{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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{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.

 

 

{the triumphant return of mauve}

Pop culture and paint colors return to the 1980′s

“Mrs. Johnson, the 1980s called and they would like their mauve colored wall back.” That’s right, like many other pop culture fixtures, colors are also coming back. “Ladies and gentlemen, please stand and join me in welcoming the triumphant return of mauve!”

Martha O'Hara mauve paint

Martha O’Hara Interiors

What do you think? Is it too soon for mauve to make a comeback? If you’re of a certain age you still may experience flashbacks from the 80′s and agree with the Facebook comment, “Too soon to bring that color back!” It will be interesting to see if a younger generation is as passionate about mauve as they were in the 80s.

I’m looking forward to seeing how the 80s mauve is used in 2014. In the above photo the wall color is unexpected and feels fresh and new and exciting. The 80s aren’t coming back — they’re already here!

flame stitch from the 80's

Flame stitch – 1980′s

Flame stitch design is another trend from the 1980s making its way back in 2014. Interestingly, many experts say flame stitching has a history that predates the ’80s significantly, reaching all the way back to the 13th century. There aren’t many trends from that period that are making their way back into popular design, however, flame stitch design is back on point.

Scion Spirit and Soul book

Flame Stitch – 2014

Raise your hand if you remember “Garanimals!” You may have been too old to wear them in the 80s however, the “matchy-matchy” way of the times came through in children’s clothes back then. It was also prevalent in design. Of course, today, the colors, fabrics and designs may be somewhat different, but the idea of matching design certainly seems to be on the way back.

Matching wallpaper and bedskirt

Matchy-Matchy – 1980′s

Hampton's Designer Showcase 2014

Designer Tobi Fairley does “matchy-matchy” in the Hampton Designer Showhouse 2014

There are some who might contend that Southwest design never went away – especially those who live in the Southwest! Today’s version adds vibrant color and daring patterns. The designs today may not be from your relative’s adobe in New Mexico, however, it is still distinctively Southwest.

Additional photos from this gorgeous home with interiors designed by Martha O’Hara Interiors can be found here.

Becky Harris, Houzz contributor, wrote a great piece, “Pop Culture Watch: 12 Home Trends from the 80s Are Back.” It’s a fun read with references to Facts of Life, Charlie’s Angels and Miami Vice!

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.

{friday finds: october color of the month}

Color of the Month: Glacier Bay H0054

Sophisticated, cool, clean and high-end looking. Today’s blue will add “pizzazz” to any room in your home and our Color of the Month for October is no exception. Meet “Glacier Bay” (H0054).

Historic Glacier Bay H0054 paint

Historic Colors of America

You could say that “Glacier Bay” is “peaking” right now in the trend cycle. Look around and you’ll notice blue in a number of different settings – in fabrics and paint color as well as wallpaper and floors.

Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Center has noticed the trend with her clients,”Over the past six months or so, more and more designers are requesting blue fabrics and wallpaper.” Basil cautions that blue can be bold and depending on its use, a little can go a long way, and yet, “blue is a color loved by many.”

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{spirit & soul wallpaper and fabric collection}

 

Scion Spirit & Soul Wallcovering

A whole lotta love from the Spirit & Soul collection.

axis_wallpaper from Scion

Axis wallpaper

 

Wallpaper Wednesday: Spirit & Soul Collection

The third Scion collection, Spirit & Soul, released in the UK this spring finally arrived in the states. Vibrant colors and strong patterns give this high-energy collection a 70′s hippy-hippy-shake vibe. This new collection has its’ own distinct look just like two previously released Scion collections Melinki and Wabi Sabi.

Spirit and Soul Wallpapers is a show stopping collection of statement wallpapers. As well as interpretations of a number of the fabric designs, it also incorporates the ever-popular Mr. Fox in a wide range of colours and two different scales.

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{wallpaper wednesday: the latest & greatest wallpaper books}

thibaut Caravan wallpaper book

Tulsi Block from Caravan

Caravan Paper by Thibaut

Patara Ikat on the wall and Pongo fabric on the ottoman – Caravan

Hirshfield’s retail stores have received so many new wallpaper books in the past month, that it’s a great time to be looking for wallpaper. Florals, geometrics with a twist, embossed classic motifs to digitally altered designs. Papers printed in the United States and United Kingdom bring a good mix of colorways and printing techniques. In addition, there are price points for everyone’s budget. Don’t you have a guest bath that needs some wallpaper TLC? Exciting times in the world of wallcovering.

Caravan by Thibaut

Venture to a place where treasures await at every turn in the Caravan collection. Classically inspired designs and worldly motifs are enlivened with a fresh and adventurous color palette. This energizing collection of coordinating wallpaper, print and woven fabrics is full of surprising shapes and movement that embrace traditional design. Read the rest of this entry »

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