{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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{friday finds: register to win $3,000 worth of window treatments}

 

Window fashions contest Hirshfield's

Hirshfield’s is giving away $3,000 worth of Hunter Douglas, Premier Blinds and Shades, custom draperies or custom bed fashions.

All you need to do is go on line and fill out the registration form for a chance to win.

Here’s the link: http://www.hirshfields.com/win

 

HIRSHFIELD’S WINDOW FASHIONS PROMOTIONS!

SAVE $100 OR MORE ON select HUNTER DOUGLAS WINDOW FASHIONS starting September 16. It’s a saving celebration at Hirshfield’s with valuable rebates and upgrades on select Hunter Douglas window fashions, just in time for your holiday parties. Seven is your lucky number, because that’s how many different styles of Hunter Douglas window treatments qualify for the rebates.

Plus, get a FREE LiteRise cordless lifting system on Duette Architella, Silhouette and Vignette Modern Roman Shades. Click here for details.


Hirshfield's Premier Window Fashions

BUY MORE. SAVE MORE with Hirshfield’s Premier Collection! Stop by one of our stores and see for yourself all the new styles and colors in this competitively priced collection with additional savings good thru September 30, 2014.

Hirshfield’s window treatment associates are experienced and dedicated to helping customers purchase the window treatments best suited for their needs. They know all the right questions to ask and they have all the right answers to your questions.

Good luck if you entered your name in the drawing!

 

 

{friday finds: exterior painting tips for fall weather}

Goldsmith Painting

Goldsmith Painting

Things to know when painting in cool weather

Rather than endure the sweltering summer heat, many people prefer to take on exterior painting projects in cooler, more temperate fall weather. However, crisp mornings and warm afternoons often give way to cool evenings and when the thermometer drops, painters must take heed of special precautions. If you’re considering applying a new exterior paint color to your home this fall Hirshfield’s expert, Mark Masica, says the best time to paint is typically between 10:00a.m. and 3:00p.m. He also has recommends these exterior painting tips for fall weather:

50-degrees

Masica says, for best results you should not apply paint or stains in temperatures below 50-degrees. Not following these guidelines can cut years off the life of the paint job, before cracking and loss of adhesion set in. However, Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing has a complete line of premium 100% acrylic latex paints and primers that have been specially formulated to be used in temperatures as low as 35°F. Keep in mind, in ideal situations, the air and surface temperatures should not drop below 35° for 36 hours after application to allow proper drying and film formation.

Start on the sunny side of the house

In the hot and humid summer months, it’s common practice for painters to begin painting on the shady side of a house and working around the home to avoid the glare of the sun. In the fall, it’s the exact opposite. When possible start painting on the sunny side of the house and follow the sun around your home.

Be patient

Keep in mind that lower temperatures mean slower drying and longer curing times, which means be patient. Allow ample time between coats, generally 24-hours. Masica adds, “this is especially critical when you’re painting with darker colors, which have more colorant, or when applying a latex paint over an alkyd primer.”

Pay attention to the dew points

Here’s a thumbnail meteorology lesson, the dew point is the temperature at which moisture will condense on a surface. So, what does this mean for you painters? Paints, stains, or primers should not be applied unless the surface temperature is at least 5° higher than the dew point. Remember that all surfaces to be stained or painted need to be clean and dry. If dew forms on a painted surface that hasn’t had a chance cure properly, you may experience some water spotting or surfactant leaching problems, especially in darker colors.

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: exercise room design}

So you have a treadmill, but you currently get more of a workout schlepping it from one end of the room to the other so you can vacuum under it than you do actually walking on it. And you have a weight bench, but you’ve found that it is put to much better use as an extension of your closet, giving you extra space to hang and stack clothes. Admit it, it’s not hard to avoid exercising. But have you ever stopped to think that maybe it’s your exercise space, and not your motivation, that could use a makeover?

A well-designed home workout space can inspire you to dust off those free-weights and fire up the elliptical. Spend some time creating a workout space you actually want to workout in.

If you like to do high intensity workouts, try painting your room a bold color like red or yellow, which stimulate movement and increase adrenalin. If you are more into meditative workouts like yoga or Pilates, go with soothing colors like light green or blue. Studies have shown that weight lifters can lift heavier weights in blue rooms.

Mirrors are another important design element. Not only can mirrors make your space appear larger, but they also allow you to examine your form while you workout.

To limit the amount of distractions, separate your workout space as much as you can from the rest of the house; if you live in a loft or small apartment, use a partition screen to give you as much privacy as possible.

Exercise Room

 

Pattern glass in the doors eliminates distractions as you exercise, hides the equipment and adds another design element to your space.

Exercise Room

Houzz

So hit the gym, but before you do stop into your local Hirshfield’s and let their knowledgeable experts help you design your prefect workout space.

{friday finds: granny chic}

Yes, but not the Granny Chic I’m talking about… 

With each new fabric and wallpaper book arriving at Hirshfield’s Design Studio, more often than not, Julia exclaims, “Granny Chic.” What’s Granny Chic you ask? Here’s Julia’s definition of Granny Chic style:

A happy mix…What’s old is new…Granny Chic is a vintage look updated with fresh new colors, patterns and textures. Wholesome and pretty without being too precious or dowdy. Vaguely familiar from your past but it now feels fresh and new….a dash of the past mixed with the here and now. Looks best mixed with contemporary and modern.

granny chic

Heart Home Magazine May 2014

granny chic

Plate collection paired with a modern kitchen set – Source Houzz

Tilton Fenwick

Fabrics from Tilton Fenwick evoke a Granny Chic sense of style.

Granny Chic

Mixing the old and new with Eijffinger wallpaper and a vintage Granny Square patterned Afghan. Source Heart Home magazine

pom pom pillow

My grandma had pom-pom trimmed accent pillows in her living room. How about yours? Source Living Etc.

tilton fenwick

Tilton Fenwick Slipper Chair from Style Beat

 Kathy and Greg (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) were at High Point Market in April and featured were sofas and chairs covered in floral patterns, “just like your grandma had.” We’ll soon be seeing traditional patterns like chintz, cabbage rose, paisleys, and Jacobean florals. It’s always exciting to see what the style makers do to update color palettes and give traditional designs a modern twist, making them fresh and new to eye. Everything old is new again. Let the trend cycle begin.

Here’s a link to an article on How to Decorate Granny Chic if you’re interested.

{painted kitchen cabinets}

Friday Finds: Painted Kitchen Cabinets

Your cabinets may be too dark for your taste or too light, or just plain outdated. Painted cabinetry can give your kitchen that fresh and updated look. We’d like to share some of our favorite kitchens to inspire and spark that sense of creativity and design in you.

Cabinets painted gray

Gorgeous gray cabinets and island from House Beautiful

 

Kitchen cabinets painted green

A little Kelly Green goes a long way from Remodelaholic

 

Luigi Fragola

Luigi Fragola on Desire to Inspire

Pale avocado and Stratton Blue

Benjamin Moore gets all the color credit with a stunning color combo of Stratton Blue and Pale Avocado – from Studio Sarah Willmer.

 

Painted Butler's Pantry

Pantry Pride from Luigi Fragola

Kitchen cabinets painted mellow yellow

This gorgeous kitchen was pinned two years ago on H’s Pinterest boards, but it took a year before people paid attention to it. Source Unknown

Painted kitchen cabinets

Hand painted economical kitchen redo from Natural Calico

Kitchen cabinets painted green

Classic Victorian green paint preserves the original aesthetic of this 1882 home via BHG

After all, the kitchen is probably the most used room in your house, so you need it to look its best. For more inspiration and pretty pictures check out our Kitchen board on Pinterest. Look for a blog post next week where we’ll share tips on painting kitchen cabinets yourself.

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.

 

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