{bachman’s 2014 spring ideas house}

 

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According to the calendar spring is here. Hard to tell with all the snow still on the ground, but the 2014 Bachman’s Spring Ideas House can give you a much-needed color fix. “Aegean Oasis” will provide the antidote to Minnesota’s long winter by allowing visitors to bask in the sophisticated blues, greens, and diverse patterns of an overseas retreat.

 

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Bachman’s design team makes the “open cabinet” concept look so appealing.

 

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Love this vignette-the stenciled walls, dresser with a pop of orange, and the rope lighting behind the mirror. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: top 15 hirshfield’s paint colors 2014}

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 I’d like to introduce Hirshfield’s best-selling paint colors 2014.

Hirshfield’s customers are still loving their neutrals. Not an Emerald Green in the bunch AND seven paint colors from 2010 are best-sellers in 2014. Still the mid-tone neutrals but going pastel. With the popularity of gray, our customers are gravitating towards warm and cozy grays that lean towards the browns.

These Hirshfield’s neutrals are great colors for bridging warm and cool tones in a room. They can go in different directions depending on the other colors in the room; chameleon colors that take on the properties of the colors around it…is it gray or green? Customers like these “safe” colors. They’re familiar, inviting, and play nicely with existing pieces. A neutral palette makes a great backdrop for layering textures and colors, and when it’s time to freshen up your space with different accent colors, having a neutral background makes it so much easier.

What does the future hold for neutrals? Trends forecaster Michelle Lamb shares her insights from the Maison & Objet trade fairs held in September 2013 and January 2014:

Cool, clean mid-tones have been the workhorse of the gray story. This time, they lost ground in a big way. All but banished from the high-end, their most-obvious presence was in less-expensive, mainstream products. Even then, cool gray looked dated.

Meanwhile, the gray version of taupe warmed yet again, moving a step closer to brown. This shift, along with the advance of browns, confirmed that the tables have turned on neutrals popularity. Expect browns, not grays, to be the fashion leaders into 2015. - Trend Curve October 2013

Browns also conveyed an earthy message as they established themselves as the go-to neutral. saturated beige and paper-bag browns were seen more often than chocolate. However, chocolate was building, too. In some upholstery stands, there was a sense of looking over a sea of browns. All those browns made declining grays look even more dated. - Trend Curve February 2014

Time to repaint? This list of best-sellers is a great place to begin your neutral journey. Remember these are computer generated colors. Don’t judge. Stop by one of our retail stores and see for yourself why Hirshfield’s customers are loving their neutrals.

Click on the link to see what’s on sale this week. Also, Painting 101 class dates will be announced next week. Due to popular demand, the  “how to paint” class is coming back to town.

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: hirshfield’s best selling paint color: 3am latte}

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“Still The One”
We’ve been together since way back when
Sometimes I never want to see you again
But I want you to know
After all these years
You’re still the one…

 I feel the lyrics from this 70′s song describes the relationship H’s employees have with 3am Latte. Or maybe I’m projecting?

I sent an email to our stores yesterday asking for their 10 best-selling Hirshfield’s paint colors. I realized it’s been 3½ years since Hirshfield’s Top 15 Paint Colors appeared on the blog. I think it’s time for an update, don’t you? So far, six stores have responded and I was surprised to see 3am Latte on all their lists…again. With gray being such a color powerhouse in the design world and the “IT” neutral for wall color, I wondered why is 3am Latte still so popular with our customers?

I made some inquiries and here’s what Hirshfield’s color experts shared:

 “This is a color that gives you the intensity of a darker color without being too dark. It’s “Minnesota brown” all the way. A little gold, a little brown, it’s a color that goes with a lot of fabrics. A great neutral background that works with patterns and solids.”  Jon – Hirshfield’s Eden Prairie & Edina

“We live in Minnesota where some people think salt, pepper, and catsup are spicy. These customers don’t want anything “too spicy” on their walls. When customers come in asking for a neutral (with a little color) I show them 3am Latte. Sometimes it’s toooo much color. If they’re receptive to trying a sample at home, seven out of ten customers end up liking the color, and return to buy it. An all-around good neutral.” Nate – Hirshfield’s Apple Valley

“3am Latte can work in every room in your home. A darker color without being too dark-it gives you intensity. It’s a cozy, organic looking color. Masculine enough for a man cave, works with an “up north” color palette, and with just about any accent color. Crisp and classy looking against white enamel woodwork. A nice contrast with lighter colors like Little Dove 0006. If you want to work gray walls into your home’s color scheme, look at these grays: 0519 Baby Seal, 0568 Cloudy Today, 0504 Indian Tears. 3am Latte is a good compliment to the undertones in these (Hirshfield’s) grays.” Becky – Hirshfield’s Roseville & Design Studio

“We’ve had so many success stories with this color; for a lot of us, it’s our go-to color when customers come in wanting a neutral. I recommend 3am Latte for rental properties because it goes with everything: woodwork, painted trim, accent colors, carpets, and tile.” Aaron – Hirshfield’s Maple Grove

 Another color mystery solved. I misjudged 3am Latte; now I know why “It’s Still the One.” This color deserves an A+ for playing well with others. If you’re having difficulty finding a good neutral take a look-see at Hirshfield’s 3am Latte. Or is it too spicy for you?

{friday finds: as seen at Hirshfield’s}

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It’s always exciting when paging through a magazine to come across a product that Hirshfield’s carries in our retail stores or design studio. It’s that same feeling I have when designers and their clients leave the design studio smiling because they found what they were looking for at the showroom, or overhearing a H’s employee share his or her paint expertise with a retail customer. I guess it’s about validation. We DO have great employees and great product offerings.

Hirshfield’s Design Studio accessorized the cover of the new Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design magazine. The hide-on-hair rug, gold, spiky stars, flat antlers, and vine ball in the lower right corner are available at the design studio.

Also showcased in the Mpls.St.Paul Design 100 article, are stunning wallpapers from Hirshfield’s and other local papering purveyors. Whether you’re a hipster or hipster grandma you’ll find at least one paper to your liking on page 50.

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On the magazine cover you can barely see the vine ball tucked away in the corner and this piece is too cool to miss. Here’s a photo showing how the piece is displayed in the Hirshfield’s showroom.

When the vine is still alive, it’s manipulated into a circular objet d’art and left to dry. Voila! Vine balls. It’s a complementary piece for just about any design style. Personally, if I can move a piece of furniture or artwork from room to room I feel it’s money well spent.

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The bowl of Chinese calligraphy brushes caught my eye in this photo from Heart to Home magazine. These Chinese calligraphy brushes are hand-made in Asia, duplicating the age-old process of brush making. The handles are made from natural products such as:  jade, bamboo, cow bone, ceramic and coral. The bristles are made from sheep or goat hair. You could do some “super sized” calligraphy or use them as decorative accents in your home. The photo below shows a few of the brushes available at Hirshfield’s Design Studio.

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Hirshfield’s Design Studio

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Back in the day when the women folk made bread, the dough bowl was the appliance that took up space on their counters…and was actually used on a daily basis. Today we see these hand-carved, antique wooden bowls used as a tabletop centerpiece, repurposed into a sink for a bathroom vanity, or like Veranda magazine shows, a one-of-a-kind accessory holding throws and blankets.

You can see in the photo below that Hirshfield’s Design Studio took a page from Veranda magazine and use their dough bowl as a catchall for throws, kanthas, and suzanis.

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(Psst – the design studio only has one left)

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Irish-born fashion designer Orla Kiely brings her distinctive look to our homes with her wallpaper line. The line consists of her graphic patterns, fabulous color combos, and coordinating neutrals. Orla Kiely as seen in House & Home June 2013. Most H’s stores have her wallpaper book on hand, but call first to make certain it’s not checked out.

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Orla’s papers are often paired with Mid-Century Modern pieces, but in this photo the expanse of the stairwell and larger scale of her patterns work well together.

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  I wasn’t surprised to see Minnesota-based Martha O’Hara Interiors featured in the September issue of HGTV magazine. The award-winning designers at MOI consistently turn out stunning interiors. It was a nice surprise seeing a Hirshfield’s paint color (Techile 0533) featured alongside the national “heavy hitters.” Hirshfield’s paint is manufactured right here in Minneapolis.

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When Flea Market Style magazine asked for plaid wallpapers, I thought for certain the wallpapered dresser would be the shining star.

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  Not the case when there’s a cute pooch involved in the shoot.

If you love “the plaid” then turn to page 96 in the FMS magazine for 16 DIY projects. The wallpapers featured are from Thibaut and Ralph Lauren and available at most Hirshfield’s locations.

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.

{bachman’s fall ideas house 2013}

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It’s hard to believe this is a single car garage. What a great place to spend a Fall evening enjoying a great meal with your favorite people.

The Fall Ideas House is designed for a busy couple who are equally dedicated to careers and socializing, you’ll find rooms for both him, her, and groups. She’s an independent event planner; he’s a downtown business exec. They work hard, but also save time for relaxing and having fun. With multiple tablescapes for entertaining, this home is focused on celebrating fall with friends. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: it’s a paint sale this weekend!}

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Hirshfield’s is having a 5 day paint sale – now through Monday, July 29, 2013.

 

Have you used Hirshfield’s paint products? Give the paint that’s manufactured locally (Minneapolis) a try! Here are a couple comments from customers who tried our Platinum Ceramic paint:

Hello – I want to commend you on your Platinum Ceramic paint.  I am the worst painter in the world and it’s something I dread doing.  However, I recently decided to repaint a bedroom in my home and I used Hirshfield’s Platinum Ceramic paint. I was amazed at how great it was to work with.  No spatter, dried evenly, easy to cut in with, and on and on.  I have never used such a great paint. I may even live to paint another room or two!  Thanks very much for the great product.

Nancy from St. Paul

My husband and I just finished painting our entryway with your Premium Ceramic Eggshell paint. I wasn’t sure at first because I’d used something “advanced” and “new” from a different paint store and it was very unforgiving. However, I couldn’t be happier with the paint we just used. Yes, it was roughly the consistency of cake batter which was somewhat disconcerting at first but the coverage was amazing and the roller splatter was much less than the average paint. Plus, clean-up was much faster than usual – there was almost no bleeding under the tape. I will definitely use this paint again!

Posted on Hirshfield’s Facebook from satisfied customer R.C.W.

You can also save on these deck and siding products:

july25_sale_18Hope to see you in one of our stores this weekend, if not, have a fantastic weekend! It looks like the next three days are going to be cooler and no rain. If you’re in the paint business “no rain” is a very good thing.

{fourth of july paint sale}

Save up to 30 percent off paint this Fourth of July weekend.

Celebrate more colors than just red, white, and blue this Fourth of July weekend! Hirshfield’s is offering 30 percent off select paints until July 8, 2013. This is the perfect opportunity to undertake those paint projects you’ve been procrastinating on! The four day weekend leaves no room for excuses. Ring in Independence Day with paint bucket in hand!

Minnesota Paint Sale Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: what’s on sale}

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Hirshfield’s Paints are on sale through Monday, May 6, 2013.

Any graduations or confirmations coming up this spring? Take advantage of this great sale if some of your rooms need a fresh coat of paint or new window treatments. Don’t be like me and wait until the week before, and then decide to paint; you know when you have nothing else to do.

Have a fab weekend. I’m looking forward to the sunshine next week!

(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
Drama Queen GC0874
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

 

{kendall charcoal hc-166}

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The island is painted Kendall Charcoal – Designer Sandra Ericksen as seen on Houzz

When did this happen? Benjamin Moore’s Kendall Charcoal HC-166 has bumped long-time favorite Revere Pewter HC-172 out of first place as most searched paint color on the Hirshfield’s blog. I was surprised. Revere Pewter has held the first place spot for the past couple years as everyone’s beige/gray favorite.

“Rich, deep, and luxurious, kendall charcoal pops beautifully when paired with crisp white room accents and trim. A versatile neutral, it also works well with most color schemes.” Benjamin Moore

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Designer Jennifer Austin-McGrath from Gabberts – Houzz

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Sarah created an entryway in her apartment with this great oversized chevron pattern, painter’s tape, and Kendall Charcoal paint. With the high contrast of paint colors, charcoal and white, this small space makes a huge welcoming impact.

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How to determine which colors are popular with Hirshfield’s customers? Talking with H’s employees who refill  the paint swatches in the chip racks and mix up the paint. How’s that for a high tech, top secret, evaluation process?

Cindy (H’s Maple Grove) tells me she is constantly filling in Kendall Charcoal (and other darker grays) on the Benjamin Moore chip rack. She thinks customers like the idea of using darker grays, but when it comes right down to it, they back off, and order a lighter and safer paint color. They mix a lot of Revere Pewter and Hirshfield’s Oak Tone 0217 at the Maple Grove store.

She’s also seeing an increased interest in accent walls – here’s where the customer will choose a darker paint color, or use wallpaper, on that one focal wall.

We painted BM Kendall Charcoal on the wall behind our bed—and it totally changed the look of our master bedroom. I love it! It looks great with white bedding and accents of either orange, yellow, red, aqua, or red. I’m currently using lemon-colored accessories! It’s a dramatic neutral color. Reader from Houzz

Want more? Color Chats from Benjamin Moore showcased their 50 favorite grays in this June blog post.

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