{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.

 

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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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{june color of the month}

Color of the Month: Frozen Stream | Hirshfield’s 0669

Now that warm weather is finally here, cooler color trends sound delightful to incorporate into your home. The color of the month this June is Hirshfield’s Frozen Stream, a rich slate-blue-green blend. This Hirshfield’s paint is versatile, sophisticated, and soothing. Blues and greens mingle to shape a feeling of calm, quiet retreat.

 

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Dennis Anderson painting out a wall of Frozen Stream at Hirshfield’s Design Resource.

Homeowners looking to incorporate this hue can be assured that it has staying power—it’s included in the 2015 color forecast issued from The Color Marketing Group. The colors shown in the in the 2015 color forecast are found in Hirshfield’s Color Is fan deck.

In the coming months, the home décor sector will continue to see a trend of Mother Earth-inspired tones that inspire a sense of peace and serenity. The blues and greens included in the color forecast are good companion tones to rusty reds and mid-tone oranges, as well as with coppers and gold shades.

 

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This moody blue is very similar to Frozen Stream – from Hannotte Interiors

When you’re thinking of adding a new color to your home, you may want to consider this month’s paint color: Frozen Stream. It has both a comforting vibe and visual interest.

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.

{thinking about painting your home’s exterior}

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There’s a home in my neighborhood with a beautiful, new exterior paint job. A fresh coat of paint totally transformed the look of their home, but the paint color they picked looks so bad with their brickwork it hurts my eyes. I want to ask them, “what were you thinking when you picked out that color?” This 2012 blog post replay shows what you need to think about before you pick a paint color for your home’s exterior.

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Hirshfield’s can help! Showing a little TLC to your home’s exterior can go a long way in upping its curb appeal and resale value. However, choosing the right paint color for your home’s exterior can be a daunting task. Lighting, landscaping and personal style are all factors that should go into your exterior color decision.

If you are looking for some advice or guidance when it comes to choosing an exterior paint color for your home, let the color experts at Hirshfield’s help! Hirshfield’s will send out one of their color professionals to help you choose the right exterior color for your home. Kathy Basil, one of these experts, specializes in choosing the right combination of colors to suit your home’s needs.

To see what actually happens on a Hirshfield’s exterior color call, check out this video:

If you are interested in scheduling an exterior color call with Hirshfield’s, click here to make an appointment.

Hirshfield's retail stores can help with color advice when a color call isn't part of your game plan. Our sales people have a few pointers for you before you make your first trip to the store:

  • Bring in a few shingles if you have them.
  • Do you have stone or brick on your home? Samples or photos of your home are helpful.
  • Drive around and find houses you like. Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery; ask the homeowners for the paint colors they used or take some photos.
  • Get inspiration and ideas from the HOUZZ website.

Painting the exterior of your home is a big investment and Hirshfield's color experts can help you get it right the first time.

Our Memorial Day Paint Sale is extended thru Sunday, June 1, 2014, with savings up to 30% off! Click here for details.

{storm system®: exterior wood care system}

 

 

Designed to strip away confusion and replace it with simple language and visual cues we all understand, Storm System® makes choosing exactly the right finish for your job easier than ever. And with each Storm System® category composed of only best-in-class formulations, you can rest assured no matter what you choose, you will be getting one of the most beautiful, long-lasting finishes available.

Storm System® offers retailers, DIYers and Professional Wood Care Contractors more than products that deliver a fresh, like-new appearance to exterior surfaces. The brand brings a fresh, new approach to the whole category – a freshness that is reflected in a simpler, more intuitive system; a more progressive, innovative personality; and a true focus on Independent Retailers.

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Category 1 finishes are the most transparent. They allow the most natural look of the wood to show through. Even with their transparency, they still provide a base level of CLEAR UV protection.

Category 2 features toners and semi-transparent finishes . They provide a hint of color while still permitting the texture and wood grain to show through. With more pigment comes LIGHT UV protection.

Category 3 is the semi-solid finish category. These finishes provide color that is a bit more opaque, yet still allows the natural character of the wood to show through. A MODERATE level of UV protection comes from additional pigmentation.

Solid color finishes make up Category 4. They provide a completely opaque, paint-like appearance. With their complete opacity comes the maximum level of HEAVY UV protection. For best results, start with one of our best-in-class primers in Category 5.

Category 5 features the primers of the Storm System. These amazing products are invaluable when either the surface that is to be refinished is in extremely weathered, distressed condition, or if the surface is going to be exposed to extreme weather or high traffic and wear. Using one of these unsurpassed, best-in-class primers will make the long-lasting finishes of the Storm System last even longer. After applying a Category 5 primer, choose a finish from Category 3 or Category 4 for a look and longevity that is second to none.

Prep and Maintenance – Versatile & powerful products to prepare and maintain exterior surfaces. Highest quality formulations. Exceptional performance.

This is the second year Hirshfield’s has carried the Storm System products and H’s sales staff tell me, “the customers seem to like it.” Coming from a Minnesotan is there any higher praise?

In addition to Storm System® our stores carry a number of deck care products: ABR X-100, Arborcoat, Cabot, Sikkens, Superdeck, and TWP. Click on this link for great savings and mail-in rebates.

Memorial Day marks beginning of summer, a long weekend, no worries about snow, and lots of great sales. But we can’t forget all the men and women who died while serving our country. We salut you.

{friday finds: be happy at home}

Ways to Be Happier at Home

HAPPY“Find joy in everything you choose to do. Every job, relationship, home … it’s your responsibility to love it, or change it.”

This quote from author Chuck Palahniuk is really great—and it speaks to me, especially when I think of home. I love my home first and foremost because of the people who are in it. When I reflect on my main goal for the house as a structure, the vibe I want it to emit, I want my home to be a respite from the world for my family, a place of belonging, love, joy, nurturing, and peace. But the truth is … it’s a nuthouse! Total chaos. Kids running here and there, homework undone, piano lessons, kids fighting, items lost, late for practice—you get the picture. Nuthouse!

How can I get my vision closer to reality? How can we all be happier at home? When I looked up strategies to be happier, here were the suggestions that I found most helpful.

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