{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.

 

{bits & pieces: painted sinks and bathtubs}

 It’s always fun to add the “unexpected” to a design plan and have it work out. Painting the underside of the wall-mounted sink and outside of the clawfoot tub is “unexpected” and gives these vintage fixtures a fresh look. In my opinion, the paint colors make this bathroom and that’s why it was voted by Houzz readers as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Bathrooms in 2012. The accent colors featured on the sink and tub, Pale Avocado 2146-40, White Dove for the trim, and Summer Shower 2135-60 on the walls…all Benjamin Moore Paint colors.

For your viewing pleasure, here are a bevy of painted bathroom beauties.

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{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.

{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.

 

{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

Corona angle sash brush Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment solutions}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Hunter Douglas Technology

Do you have tall, beautiful windows that would be impossible to reach, but a loss to cover up with window treatments forever? Do you have a window right above the kitchen sink with an annoying cord that gets in the way of doing dishes and occasionally finds its way into your garbage disposal? Wouldn’t it be nice to have blinds and shades without cords that you could manipulate from wherever you are with the technology you already have?

Hunter Douglas is one step ahead with their Platinum™ App. You can easily operate your window coverings with any Apple or Android device and a sleek wireless remote control.

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