{friday finds: what project are you working on?}

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We love seeing what projects our customers are working on and if we’re lucky they’ll remember to send us a photo or two. Enjoy these photos taken by “everyday people” sans stylists and expensive cameras.

A customer from our Edina store purchased 16 empty paint cans. Inquiring minds wanted to know what he was working on. Kudos to the customer for coming up with this brilliant custom-made coffee table. Doesn’t it look like it belongs in an expensive modern design catalog? Read the rest of this entry »

{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: radiant orchid: pantone color of the year 2014}

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Duralee’s Maestro/color 618 is a great representation of Radiant Orchid

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Last week was a big week for all us color geeks. Pantone made their always-anticipated Color of the Year announcement with Radiant Orchid declared the color for 2014.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” 
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Are you feeling the Radiant Orchid love? You soon will be as Pantone not only influences the interior design industry, but the world of fashion, product packaging, graphic arts, and industrial design. I hope Radiant Orchid can live up to the high expectations that come with being crowned Color of the Year.

Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource, shared with the Star Tribune how she sees Radiant Orchid playing out in the home:

She’s noticed pink ascending in popularity, especially among trend-savvy customers. “People in the know — they’re asking for pink in wallcoverings,” she said. Not just orchid shades, but pinks of all description, from brights to pales. “Whenever you start to see the range in a color, you can tell it’s coming.”

Basil also expects orchid to take a limited supporting role in home decor. “I don’t really see it as a wall color,” she said. “It can’t be matte or flat. It has to have depth, like a fabric or a leather. It won’t take center stage like emerald,” last year’s Pantone pick for Color of the Year, she predicted.

Now that Radiant Orchid is on your radar, seeing the color will register in your mind – aah, the color of the year, in all its royal tints, tones, and shades.

 

{bits & pieces: hirshfield’s lake street is closing}

lakestreet copyShe did eighty-three years on an ever-changing main drag in Minneapolis.

Cobblestones and street cars (and probably a horse here and carriage there) in the Thirties gave way to the fast cars and drive-in malts of the Fifties and the myriad ebb and flow in the last half of the past century brings us to the final days of this paint and wallpaper edifice on the cross street of two great cities.

Our Lake Street store served the company well, and its bricks and memories will live on even as new development breathes fresh and different life into the neighborhood.

Lake Street Hirshfield’s doors will close on Wednesday, November 27th.

Hirshfield’s Uptown location is ready to help you with new and current projects.
2741 Hennepin Ave. (take Lake to Hennepin, right 3 blocks)
Minneapolis, MN 55408 Phone: (612) 870-0200
Store Hours: Mon – Fri 7:00AM-6:00PM Saturday 9:00AM-4:00PM
We appreciate your support these many years.

 Happy Hanukkah. Happy Thanksgiving.

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 holiday ideas house 2013}

“A Cozy Contemporary Nordic Celebration”

This season’s home makeover is all about simplicity in design, presented in a fabulous way. Starting with a clean white or ivory slate, our designers have layered fresh greens and traditional reds plus antique elements and wood accents for a modern take on a classic, warm holiday home.                 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s all about wood tones and wood accents in the Bachman’s Ideas House this holiday season. See the wood stacked in the glass-front cabinets? That’s fabric printed with tree cookies, giving you the illusion of stacked wood. So clever. Salvaged wood candle holders and the teak star complete the holiday picture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I like how the design team chose books with red covers and spines for a color coordinated backdrop against the gorgeous natural wood side table. Looks like this chair’s been accessorized with a Scandi table runner. One of the living room’s five vignettes!

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A woven hamper turned night stand has a magical mini-garden peeking thru the glass top. Creating a mini-garden sounds like a fun arts and crafts project for kids and adults.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIY close-up of canopy frame. You can do it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMoving on up! Going vertical with live plants in the gardener’s room. Living wall art.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore vertical with an old bed spring used as a pot and utensil holder.

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Cedar shakes, framed out as a headboard in the master bedroom, make a nice background for the live greens and white antlers. Bachman’s chose to go au naturel with the shakes, but imagine how a coat of paint would change the room’s mojo.

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 The bench at the foot of the bed is made from salvaged wood and ceramic garden stools. Loving the color of the garden stools.

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 Old school Christmas tablescape with reds, greens, and Santas. Bachman’s dedicated a room to tablescapes in this Ideas House. The two other themes are Winter Wedding and Happy New Year. Bachman’s knows how to throw a party!

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 Freshen up your holiday season repertoire with tons of ideas from the Holiday Ideas House which has multiple entertaining spaces, tablescapes, and three or four decked out Christmas trees.

I enjoy seeing the new trends, DIY projects, and creativity of the Bachman’s design team. But, the Bachman’s Ideas House is where I get to see Hirshfield’s Paint colors up on the walls versus in a fandeck. Our customers always ask about the paint colors used at the Bachman’s houses and we are so appreciative to Bachman’s for choosing a “Made in Minnesota” paint to grace the walls and halls of the family homestead.

Before your schedule starts to book up, make a reservation and visit the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House to see what this holiday season has to offer. The house is open through December 15, 2013 – seven days a week. Here’s a link to all the details.

Photos from present and past Bachman’s Ideas Houses on Hirshfield’s Pinterest Boards:
Hirshfield’s Paint Colors 
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Hirshfield’s paint colors used in the house:
Front Porch
Trim 0012 Bunny Cake
Floor 0211 Light Lichen
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0006 Little Dove
Living Room
0189 Delicate Honeysweet
Accent wall above fireplace  Martinque paper
Sunroom Wallcovering
Martinque, Cream
Dining Room
0189 Delicate Honeysweet
Kitchen
1096 The Ego Has Landed
Main Bathroom/Back Hall Closet
1096 The Ego Has Landed
Back Hall 
0189 Delicate Honeysweet
Stairwell 
0190 Village Crier
Gardener’s Room
0400 New Foliage
Tablescapes Ideas Room
0189 Delicate Honeysweet
Girl’s Bedroom
0686 Outerspace (wall color)
0685 Dillard’s Blue (accent)
0687 Stillwater (accent)
Master Bedroom
0455 Favored One
Upper Level Bathroom
0455 Favored One

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.

{made in minnesota}

Minnesota Manufacturers Week

Made in Minnesota.As a Minnesota company, Hirshfield’s is proud to offer many Minnesota-made products! Hirshfield’s offers a range of products made right here in Minnesota, in addition to manufacturing our very own Hirshfield’s paint! Gov. Mark Dayton has declared this week to be “Minnesota Manufacturers Week,” an annual event designed to educate the public about the role manufacturing plays in the state’s economy. Hirshfield’s is proud to be a part of the week, and to be made in Minnesota!

Hirshfield’s is a Minnesota-based, fourth-generation, family owned company. The company has been selling paint since the late 1800′s, and has been making paint right here in Minneapolis since 1982. Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing is now the largest manufacturer of trade sales paint in Minnesota. The facility also produces paints, stains and specialty finishes and coatings.

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{expert advice: matching undertones}

Choosing color based on undertones.

Paint color can transform and revitalize your home. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color realizes this and uses color to engage and create welcoming home environments. The undertones in color are an important aspect in paint selection that should not be ignored. Kate advises on how to match undertones when painting a room. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: 2013 asid showcase home tour}

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The American Society of Interior Designers and Mpls St. Paul Magazine crossed the river to St. Paul’s Historic Hill Heritage Preservation District for the 2013 ASID Showcase Home Tour.

This historic Queen Anne-style Victorian home features the work of 39 designers and the transformation of 22 rooms. Some rooms are part of the homeowner’s private residence while others are part of the St. Paul Bed & Breakfast. Updating the house, yet remaining true to  Victorian design elements, sounds  like a challenge. It will be exciting to see the end result. I can’t imagine how much hard work must go into pulling all the pieces together.

THE FACTS:

May 18, 2013 – June 9, 2013
The house is open to the public Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 AM – 4 PM
325 Dayton Ave. St. Paul, MN 55102
Tours are self-guided
Closed  on Saturday, June 1 for a private event.
Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 at the following ticket outlets:
Hirshfield’s, ASID MN, Intersource @IMS, Bachman’s, D’Amico & Sons, Patina, Rubble Tile, and The Bibelot

For more information on the Special Events at the ASID Showcase House you can go to this link to Mpls. St. Paul Magazine.

{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!

{learn from the master…cottage paint class give-away}

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Linda Lock

 In addition to her hands-on demonstrations of Cottage Paint at the Junk Bonanza April 18-20, Canadian painter and refurbisher Linda Lock is teaching a CP master class Monday, April 22, at Hirshfield’s Plaster Center in downtown Minneapolis!

Click HERE for the link to the details…Read more about this very talented painter in the Q & A featured on the Junk Bonanza blog.

Thanks to Drew Beninati of the Plaster Center for this fantastic giveaway.
More about Cottage Paint at Hirshfield’s.

Best of luck to everyone!

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