{how to choose a paintbrush}

Friday Finds: What Paintbrush is Right for You?

Don’t suffer through beginner’s errors when it comes to painting; make an educated choice with your paintbrush. You may not think about your paintbrush as much as your paint color, but Roseville Sales Associate at Hirshfield’s, James Stoffel, believes you really should. So, what brush should you be using? It all depends on the project you’re going to tackle.

Exterior Painting Projects

Generally exterior paints are latex or acrylic based. An extra firm brush with man-made bristles will work the best. Stoffel explains that without a synthetic brush,“when it’s warm and humid the bristles will start to get soft and not follow your direction.” The cleaner line of a firm man-made brush will give you more control.

Detail Painting

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{color marketing group 2015 color forecast}

Friday Finds: Color Trends 2015

Mother earth once again dominates the color trends for the year of 2015. This is very understandable as solace and peace are linked in so many ways. We embrace new growth but also are drawn to the beauty of deterioration and the colors it reveals.

Jack-O-Lantern, Remaining Embers, Pleasant Stream

Once again blue green is in the forecast in a brighter and deeper value that is the perfect companion for rusty reds and mid-tone oranges.

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{friday finds: august color of the month}

Color of the Month: I’m a Local | Hirshfield’s 0863

August’s Color of the Month is a great looking yellow with a fabulous name: 0863 I’m a Local. This yellow has life and warmth; it’s bold but not glaring. A range of yellows:  mustard, goldenrod, and dijon,  brighten and relax a room without feeling chaotic. Not too bright, not too pale, it’s the perfect yellow.

This pleasant color goes well with the cool and warm shades of gray that are not going anywhere quite yet. I’ve seen it shown as a wall color, but it seems to be trending more as an accent color. Trim on a drapery, a splash of color in a piece of artwork, and on statement pieces like sofas or side chairs.

 

 

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Color of the Month

 

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Thibaut Geometrics

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{30% off hirshfield’s paints}

hirshfield's 30% off sale

Friday Finds: Paint Sale

Summer’s the time to tackle your outdoor painting projects and with our 30% off sale on all Interior and Exterior Hirshfield’s Brand Paints, you have no excuse not to git ‘er done.

WHAT? You don’t have an outdoor painting project? Is it inspiration you need?

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{hallway door makeover from the lettered cottage}

Friday Finds: Another awesome DIY project from The Lettered Cottage

The wife and husband team (why is it always husband and wife?) of Layla and Kevin Palmer are constantly changing things up at their home. Luckily, they share their totally awesome DIY projects on their very popular blog The Lettered Cottage.  They’re turning their house into a home, room by room, with their cottage style and personal flair. This hallway door project is a shining example of the flair I’m talking about…inspiring, fresh, and clever.

 

Old-Door

It started with a brilliant idea and this old door.

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Upstairs landing – the “before” photo.

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The “after” door

The project starts with an idea here and ends with the finished project here. Check out the links listed at the end of the finished post if you want to find out What is a possibilitarian?

A dynamic duo who are incredibly creative and handy with power tools, Kevin and Layla seem like good people. They’re in the process of adopting a son from Haiti and it sounds like a very long and drawn out business. Send a thought or two their way for a speedy “stamp of approval” on the adoption.

P.S. Here’s one more link with photos of the landing.

P.P.S. Am I the only who thinks their “befores” look like my “afters?”

Have a fantastic weekend!

 

{friday finds: tips for painting pvc trim}

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A few weeks ago we shared Tips for Painting Wood Trim and this week we’ll look at low maintenance products that look and feel like traditional wood, but are made from cellular PVC (polyvinyl chloride). Synthetic products are replacing traditional wood for both interior and exterior applications and one of the industry leaders in these products is from a company called AZEK®. These products are used primarily for exterior trim use, but also come in soffit materials, bead board, cove moldings, decking, etc. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: decorating with red, white and blue}

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Good Housekeeping

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Celebration, Florida

Happy Independence Day!

What comes to mind when you see red, white and blue? Patriotic, coastal or americana? We think this classic color combo is a good look year round.

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{friday finds: keeping the neighborhood colorful}

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UofM’s Bee Squad checking on the health of the hive. Do you see Carrie’s (H’s Lakeville) cute bee stencil on the boxes she painted up for the bees?

Keeping the Neighborhood Colorful

This Spring, Bud and Hans Hirshfield teamed up with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab and introduced two honeybee colonies to the environs just outside of downtown Minneapolis.  The Hirshfield’s Hives are managed by the UofM’s Bee Squad as part of their program helping promote the health of bee pollinators.  Beekeeping is no longer only a rural pastime.  Honeybees can be kept in a variety of places – from back yards to balconies to rooftops.  And yes, honeybees can live and thrive within city limits.

Starting with two boxes, the Hirshfield’s hives are growing. In just a month, we’ve had to add additional hive boxes to make room for the new pollinators. Hirshfield’s enlisted the able assistance of nearby Bryn Mawr Elementary School art class who put their talents to work painting the new hives.  In return, those bees are visiting flower and vegetable gardens in the Bryn Mawr backyards.

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The Queen is a tad larger than the other bees.

Name the Queen Bee Contest

Hirshfield’s will be asking our friends and customers to help us name our two Queen Bees.  Watch for details coming soon on Facebook and Color Club blog.

Until then, join us in marveling the fascinating work honeybees and other pollinators perform so tirelessly. We owe them so much.

And for our other furry and feathered friends. . .

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New patients today total 37 as of 6 p.m. and yesterday WRCMN took in 50+ new admits!

They Need Your Help.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville is one of the nation’s busiest wildlife hospitals.  They are in need of volunteers.  WRCMN is looking for adults to help raise orphaned and injured baby birds in their Avian Nursery.

The commitment is a weekly four-hour shift from now through September.

Care involves hand-feeding baby birds, providing fresh food and water to older birds, doing laundry and dishes and making sure the birds have a clean, healthy environment in which to thrive.

WRCMN’s biggest need is on weekday mornings/afternoons and weekend nights but other shifts may be available.

Without hundreds of volunteers, we would not be able to care for more than 8,500 animals every year. You can make a difference in the life of a wild animal!

Visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota at this link to find our how you can help.

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{patterns in small spaces}

Friday Finds: How to Play with Patterns in Small Spaces

It might seem counterintuitive—but if you have a small space, pattern can actually make it come alive and seem bigger, not smaller and cluttered as you might expect. Using patterns in small spaces can offer you a chance to show your personality and take risks. Since it’s a small space, it’s less of an investment in time and materials.

Let’s take a look at how you can play with patterns in small spaces to add pizzazz to your home.

  • Incorporate wall coverings.

Today’s wall coverings are nothing like the wallpaper from back in the day. New versions are like pieces of art with amazing colors and design. You can use wall coverings with bold patterns on an accent wall to give a small space an artistic feel or unexpected feel of luxury.

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{home office inspiration}

Friday Finds: Be Inspired by Color in Your Home Office

With telecommuting on the rise and more Americans working from home, either for their workday schedule or in addition to their office hours, it’s time to take another look at the home office.

Ideally, your home office should be a place where you can settle in, focus on the work at hand, but also have aesthetics that you enjoy. When it comes to home office décor, you have amazing paint options that can add pizzazz and visual interest.

Traditional Home Office by Los Angeles Interior Designers & Decorators Emily Ruddo

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