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Window Treatment Wednesday: PVC-Free Window Shades

If you’re trying to keep chemicals out of your home or business, one item to consider is your window shades. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is used in a number of household products, including furniture, housewares, and a few particular styles of blinds, such as vinyl horizontal blinds, which are not sold at Hirshfield’s.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), even short-term exposure to high levels of PVC may lead to headaches or dizziness.

Hirshfield’s own Shannon Scarrella says that the roller shade industry has changed greatly since roller blinds that operate via a spring roller were common (those were vinyl). Now, many blackout roller shades are made out of polyester, although some are made out of blends that include a vinyl product.

For homeowners who are concerned about PVC exposure, there are a number of PVC-free window coverings. Scarrella’s favorite PVC-free window shade is the Alustra Woven Textures. “You have the appeal of a natural shade with some of the strength of a screen shade, without vinyl or PVC,” she says.

Scarrella warns homeowners that when it comes to faux wood, they are not all created equal—many of the faux woods on the market contain a form of PVC. However, Hunter Douglas has its own line of PVC-free faux woods called the Everwood collection.  These are made using a technology that’s exclusive to Hunter Douglas.

“If you’re looking for PVC-free products, you can also look at fabric treatments, such as roman shades, Silhouettes, or honeycomb shades-something made of a more pliable, natural material.”

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Whether you’re concerned about PVC products or not, Hirshfield’s has a variety of window coverings, including PVC-free window shades, to fit your home and your style.

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.

{what your windows say about you}

Window Treatment Wednesday: What Your Windows Say About You

“Personal style is not something that is just in the air. It is something you have and that you apply to yourself.” – Paloma Picasso

Our individual flair also permeates the atmosphere of homes—from furnishings to color. Minneapolis window coverings expert Shannon Scarrella says that almost everything we put into our homes is a reflection of us, more so if a home is new construction. “If you move into a home that was built per someone else’s specifications, the finishes and selections may not be 100 percent you,” says Scarrella. “By adding custom window treatments, you can control the look that you want to achieve.”

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{fall 2013 junk bonanza}

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The Fall 2013 Junk Bonanza countdown has begun!

This time next Thursday, Hirshfield’s will be at Canterbury Park peddling “junk enhancing” products to junk enthusiasts from all over the North American continent. How lucky are we to be hangin’ with kindred spirits for three fun-packed days? Thousands of people who “get it” when it comes to curbside finds, and the joy a piece of peeling, corrugated metal brings. Can I get an “Amen?”

Junk Bonanza highlights:

  • With 150 vendors, JB is expanding and moving on up to the second floor
  • On-going Cottage Paint demos and “formal” classes at 10:00 and 1:00
  • Flea Market Style magazine signings
  • Lucky Friday (September 27)  Junk Bonanza vendors give away coupons worth $25 or more for use in the vendors’ booths
  • The Art of Junk Contest
  • Ki Nassauer Shop
  • Inspiration overload from the incredibly talented vendors
  • Junk Bonanza general information
  • You can check out JB activities right here

At the Hirshfield’s booth you’ll find:

Cottage Paint –  56 colors available in 8oz. containers. Cottage Paint is a “chalk” style, dead-flat decorative paint finish used to bring new life to old pieces of furniture. Also, glazes, waxes, stencils and brushes.

 Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint – forget the black chalkboards. Choose from one of 3,000 awesome chalkboard paint colors available.

Benjamin Moore’s Molten Metallics™ – a high-gloss, hammered-metal finish available in six ready-mixed colors. Molten Metallics™ is a great complement on the Mid Century Modern pieces.

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Looking for Early Bird Tickets? Enter the Hirshfield’s Pinterest Contest for a chance to win a pair of Early Bird Tickets – it’s an easy-peasy contest and your chances of winning are excellent! You have until Monday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m. CST to enter.

Fall Junk Bonanza hours:

Thursday, September 26th: 10 am to 5 pm
Friday, September 27th: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 28th: 9 am to 5 pm

Rain, Snow or Shine (Bonanza is an indoor event)

{bits & pieces: Oronoco Gold Rush Days}

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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.

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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.

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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: lark nest design show-and-tell}

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Kim, from Lark Nest Design, posted one of her lovely furniture makeovers which I want to share with you. She started out with a thrift store find. Note the very cool circle detail on the arms.

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 She used Slate and Bimini from our Cottage Paint line, paired with a gorgeous fabric. It turned out so good-looking, it was scooped up immediately. It’s living the good life in Ohio! Here’s the link to all the details on the Lark Nest Design blog.

(decorating with washi tape)

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Washi tape is a style of Japanese paper tape that started in Japan but manufacturing has now spread throughout the world. Washi tape is commonly made using fibers from the bark of the gampi tree, the mitsumata shrub (Edgeworthia papyrifera), or the paper mulberry, but it’s most commonly made using bamboo, hemp, rice, and wheat. Washi comes from wa meaning Japanese and shi meaning paper, and the term is used to describe paper made in the traditional manner, regardless of where it’s manufactured. – Wishy Washi Tape

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Over the past few months I’ve finally started experimenting with washi tape: taping photos on the wall in my daughter’s room, adding rows of washi tape to a framed print, and attempting a cross-stitch mini-mural on my bathroom wall…epic fail, but I’ll try again.

 What’s been holding me back from jumping on the washi tape band wagon is how addictive it could become. Thousands of gorgeous patterns and colors and they’re so small and cute; what’s the harm with buying another couple rolls? Am I right?

The beauty of washi tape is there’s just enough tackiness so it sticks, but isn’t permanent. Give kids a few rolls of washi tape and this “arts and crafts” project could keep little hands busy for hours.

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Recently introduced by MT Casa is a wider size tape for making a washi tape statement in your home. What a treat for people who are renting and can’t paint or hang wallpaper, but want to add color and their own sense of stye into their space. Washi tape adds an air of whimsey and fun to any project. Non-permanent flair for your walls, floors, furniture…and cars.

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Apartment Therapy has some inexpensive and creative ideas for washi tape and kids rooms here and here. I touched on washi tape in the home, and I can only imagine what the scrapbooking crowd can do with a roll of washi tape.

If you have any washi tape projects send us a photo – it would be fun to see what people can do with a roll of tape. If my bathroom wall turns out I’ll share a photo.

(2013 bachman’s spring ideas house)

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Where did the time go? This is the last weekend for the Bachman’s Spring Ideas House! Remember you need a ticket to go through the house. Your $5 ticket includes a coupon good for $5 off a Bachman’s purchase, with 20% of ticket proceeds benefiting Art in Bloom, the principal fundraiser of the Friends of the Minneapolis Institute of Arts.

Visit the Spring Ideas House to see a hip take on ideas for spring entertaining and home decor from the perspective of a busy event planner and gardening enthusiast. After being buried under the Minnesota snow piles, this Ideas House rendition encourages getting out and getting together. Bachman’s designers are applying modern elements and clean design with infusions of bold patterns to the 100s of creative home décor and entertaining ideas. Expect to see an on-trend mixture of grays and yellows infused with crisp whites and plenty of natural elements. Plus many rooms will be themed around unique gatherings, giving you ideas for the upcoming party season.

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Yellow kitchens were the big winners in the September 2012 issue of House Beautiful’s “America’s Favorite Paint Color.”

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The living room coffee table is built from 6×6 cedar posts and decorative tiles. I also liked the idea of using a water feature in the fire-place during the months when the fire-place is not in use. Imagine that soothing sound of trickling water.

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Drama Queen? An appropriate name for the wallpaper in the sun room, don’t you think? Loving the oversized scale of the vine – reminds me of Jack and the Beanstalk.

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The headboard wall is covering in paper flowers and the light pendants are made from hanging baskets.

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 Being an Event Coordinator,  three chalkboard walls are a necessity. The chalkboard paint went straight on the wall and was framed out with molding.

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Once again the Bachman’s design team did a lovely job. It has to be difficult to keep it fresh and new with every Idea’s House. We’re very appreciative to Bachman’s for choosing Hirshfield’s paint colors. It’s an excellent venue to see the paint “in action” and according to Nancy and R.C.W. it’s a great product.

For more photos, Hammers & High Heels, has an extensive montage of the Idea’s House. Have a great day - the sun is shining.  Enjoy!

Hirshfield’s paint colors used in the house:

Front Porch
Trim 0012 Bunny Cake
Floor 0211 Light Lichen
Entry
0806 Sweet Angelica
Living Room
0219 Camel’s Hump
Accent wall above fireplace 0806 Sweet Angelica
Sunroom Wallcovering
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Dining Room
0217 Oak Tone
Kitchen
0806 Sweet Angelica
Main Bathroom/Back Hall
0806 Sweet Angelica and 0218 Drifting Sand
Stairwell 
0217 Oak Tone
Event Coordinator Office
0462 Resting Place
Event Coordinator Workshop
Walls
0391 Crispa
Chalkboard Paint:
Benjamin Moore 529 Sweet Daphne, 627 Spring Break, 683 St. Lucia Teal
Girl’s Bedroom
0211 Light Lichen
Master Bedroom
0462 Resting Place
Upper Level Bathroom
0211 Light Lichen

 

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