{hirshfield’s designer feature: meet julia!}

Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis is home to not only some of the most delicious eye candy the interior design world has to offer, but it is also home to some of the most experienced and creative design professionals in the Twin Cities. Those design professionals being Kathy, Greg, Julia and Meropi. All of them are more than happy to answer your design questions, but we thought it would be fun to turn the spotlight on them and ask them a few questions!

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Julia

Today, get to know Julia, who handles sales and administration at Hirshfield’s Design Studio. Julia has been with the Hirshfield’s Design Studio team for about 15 years, and, as you’ll learn, she’s all about mixing it up when it comes to design!

How did you get into design? Is this an industry you’ve always known you wanted to work in?
I have always been interested in interior design and creating ambiance. I started going to auctions, junk shops, and antique stores at a young age with my mom and I think that’s what got me started. I was always interested in surrounding myself with interesting things. I love art and good design.

How would you describe your personal design style?
Very eclectic. I like to mix it up and change things often. Moving the things that you surround yourself with makes you see things differently and it keeps things from becoming static or boring. It is very liberating. I like to de-clutter and pack things away for awhile and get them out again later. I think people don’t realize that you don’t have to have everything you own out all at once. Rediscovery is fun. I love hand crafted, found objects, and vintage stuff.

Do you have a favorite design book or magazine that you draw inspiration from?
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{hirshfield’s designer feature: meet greg!}

Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis is home to not only some of the most delicious eye candy the interior design world has to offer, but it is also home to some of the most experienced and creative design professionals in the Twin Cities. Those design professionals being Kathy, Greg, Julia and Meropi. All of them are more than happy to answer your design questions, but we thought it would be fun to turn the spotlight on them and ask them a few questions!

Today, get to know Greg, one of the talented clerks at Hirshfield’s Design Studio. Like Kathy, Greg’s name has also shown up in a few of our blog posts (check out 50′s Revival and What’s New at Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis). Greg admits that he somewhat “stumbled” into the design industry, but after having been here for 22 years we think his stumbling was pretty accurate!

How long have you worked at Hirshfield’s Design Studio?
I’ve been at the Design Studio for 22 years but I’ve been with Hirshfield’s for a total of 25 years. Although it doesn’t feel like it has been that long!

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{hirshfield’s employee feature: megan veit}

There’s no denying that Hirshfield’s employees are passionate about their work! There’s a reason why we refer to our team members as experts in paint, stain, window treatments and design – because they are! They love what they do and the products they work with. So when you ask their advice on painting, staining or any other DIY project, chances are they can speak from experience.

Today we want to introduce you to one of our employees who shows a true passion for her job and for the craft of refinishing furniture. Meet Megan:

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Tell us a little about you:
I grew up on a farm in Millstadt, Illinois, a tiny town about 20 min southeast of St. Louis, MO. As a senior in high school, I had a very hard time deciding “what to do with my life,” but through a series of learning experiences and guidance and advice from others I have found my true passion as a furniture finisher.

How long have you worked at the Hirshfield’s store in Shakopee?
I’ve been with Hirshfield’s since June, so about a month and a half now.

Tell us a little more about how you discovered your love for finishing furniture?
Two years after enrolling in a four year university, I decided that that setting just wasn’t right for me. So I enrolled Read the rest of this entry »

{employee feature: Andrea Mandel}

We’ve got more employee spirit coming your way! This week we’re featuring Andrea Mandel, a member of our Shop At Home team. Andrea has been with us for 24 years! Get to know her a little better in today’s feature! You can check out the other employee features here.

Andrea Mandel
Designer
Hirshfield’s Shop At Home

What is your favorite part about working at Hirshfield’s: Family atmosphere among the employees. Also the loyalty the company has to our customers.

What is your favorite Hirshfield’s product: The variety of window treatment options we offer and the great decorative fabrics.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work: Camping, scrap booking and trying new recipes.

Do you have a favorite home improvement memory: When I was 14, my mom and I redecorated my bedroom. I was given the opportunity to select a theme. Since the red shag carpet was not going to change,  I  created a rainbow room. We found rainbow bedding, added rainbow ribbon to the bottom of plain white roller shades and made fabric balloons to hang on the wall. It was  my first adventure in a room makeover and led me to a career in interior design.

Best advice for someone thinking of tackling a home improvement project: Carefully crafted home improvement projects can be exciting and satisfying. However, it is important to match the scope of the changes to the resources available without sacrificing quality. Working with a designer provides the advantage of experience that enables the homeowner to realize improvements that will provide long-term satisfaction within their budget.

What is something your coworkers might not know about you: I played a form of hockey for girls called Ringette. I even had the opportunity to travel to Canada to play in a tournament.

How would you describe the “Hirshfield’s spirit”: My goal is to provide service and products that will ensure long term trusting relationships with my customer. The Hirshfields Spirit has encouraged me in achieving this goal.

{employee feature: Ronald Chock}

We’re still showing off our employee spirit!!! March, National Employee Spirit Month, is about halfway over and so far we have met Neil and Mike. Today we want to introduce you to Ronald, a valued member of Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing. Did you know Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing is the largest manufacturer of trade sales paint in Minnesota and produces paints, stains and specialty finishes for residential, commercial and industrial markets??? Yup, Hirshfield’s manufactures paint right here in Minnesota and Ronald is a big part of that!

Ronald Chock
Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing
Purchasing

How long have you worked at Hirshfield’s? 18 years and 4 months

What is your favorite part about working at Hirshfield’s? The crew I work with

What is your favorite Hirshfield’s product? Platinum ceramic, all lines

What are your hobbies outside of work? Golf, fishing, partying!

Your favorite home improvement project? Building my first deck at my new house

Best advice for someone thinking about taking on their own home improvement project? Think it through before you start!

What is something that many people might not know about you? I’m an auto mechanic by trade

How would you describe the “Hirshfield’s spirit”? Work hard, smile and laugh!



{employee feature: Michael Trowbidge}

As National Employee Spirit Month continues, we travel to Baxter to visit with Michael! Mike has been a member of the Hirshfield’s team for 10 years, and was recently featured in the Brainerd Dispatch for his involvement in foster parenting. Let’s get to know a little more about Mike!

Mike and his wife, Tamra

 

Mike Trowbridge
Store Manager
Hirshfield’s Baxter

What is your favorite part about working at Hirshfield’s? The people! The co-workers, the contractors… I need people! Some say I’m a Chatty Cathy!

What are your hobbies outside of work? Football, basketball, kickball, soccer. Anything to get outside and be with my family.

What is your favorite home improvement memory? When I was about 10 years old, we moved from a two bedroom, one bath home into a six bedroom, two bath home. We actually had to move it, put it on to the basement and completely gut it. We redid the roof and the electrical. It was a long process but we just did one thing at a time and even though I was young I still learned a lot about construction. Some other time I’ll tell you the story about how I got a whiffle ball stuck in the sewer pipe. :)

Best advice for someone thinking of starting a home improvement project? Try not to do too much at once. That is the quickest path to discouragement.

Something many people might not know about you? I love to cook!

How would you describe the “Hirshfield’s Spirit?” It’s all about fun! I worked for another company and dreaded coming to work everyday for 1 1/2 years. I never want that feeling again. Now, I enjoy coming to work – it’s a “go get ‘em” attitude with a side of humor!

Mike admits he did not catch any of these halibut!

 

{employee feature: Neil Cowdin}

March brings us the final day of winter, the madness of college basketball and National Employee Spirit Month! Each week this month, we will feature one of our employees so you can get to know the Hirshfield’s team! Today we start with Neil from Hirshfield’s in Roseville.

Neil Cowdin
Paint Manager
Hirshfield’s Roseville

How long have you worked at Hirshfield’s? 16 years

What is your favorite part about working at Hirshfield’s? The friends you make over the years, including both customers and employees.

Favorite Hirshfield’s product? Hirshfield’s Platinum Ceramic Paint – Matte Finish, which is manufactured right here in Minneapolis at our paint factory.

What are your hobbies outside of work? I like to play the guitar, harmonica, mandolin and banjo. I also like to play cards, dance and watch movies.

Best advice for someone thinking of tackling a home improvement project? Make a list of everything you’ll need so you don’t have to run back and forth to the store!

What is something many people might not know about you? I sing and play music for nursing homes. I was also a star wrestler in high school and college.

How would you describe the “Hirshfield’s employee spirit”? Hardworking and fun!

Thanks Neil! Be sure to say “Hi” the next time you stop in at the Roseville location!

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