{friday finds: decorating with pretty pastels}

Painting with pastels in the spring.

For me, springtime brings to mind grass turning green, yellow daffodils unfurling, tulips blooming. The return of warm weather, blooming trees’ light petals and lilac bushes leave me drawn to springtime pastels and light, dreamy colors.

That’s my inspiration for this week’s blog—decorating with pretty pastels, whether the colors are found in prints, paint or accessories. How do you like to use pastels?

An important thing to keep in mind when decorating with pastels is balance and the “sometimes less is more” concept—you don’t want your home to look like an overgrown Easter egg. The neutrals or bright accent colors you use along with your pastels are critical to keeping the look sophisticated and on trend. If you’re painting and want to incorporate pastel blue, for example, how about using an intense green hue as an accent color?

Contemporary Bedroom by Atlanta Photographers Erica George Dines Photography

Can pastels dazzle? This lovely lavender foyer is perfection. The dark gray console is a nice contrast against the pastel walls and also ties in with the lighter gray carpet runner.  Soft lavenders and purples always look their best when paired with trim painted white.
Benjamin Moore Organdy 1248

Paint color is Benjamin Moore 1248 -Mandarina Studio

 If you’re using yellow, you can be bold and use a bright plum as a contrasting hue.

Contemporary Living Room by East Hanover Lighting Capitol Lighting EH Division, INC

If you like pastels but aren’t sure how to use it in your home, feel free to stop by your local Hirshfield’s for paint advice in the Midwest. Their paint experts will have great ideas for you, and you can get wet paint samples to try at home before you paint an entire room or wall.

Accessories can also satisfy your pastel partiality in smaller doses. You can use a row of pillows in a similar family of colors like this summer porch to make a statement.

As you can see by these photos, pastel doesn’t mean wimpy or washed out. Using pastels the right way can add great color and interest to your home while retaining an atmosphere of sophistication and comfort.

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{friday finds: benjamin moore neutrals for 2014}

Benjamin Moore New Neutrals

The New Neutral 2014

Benjamin Moore is seeing a shift away from gray to pastels and in a response, introduced a palette of 23 colors called The “New” Neutral Palette. These colors can be described as “…colors that can make a room happy…to lift the spirit…a lighter touch”

“This palette is a reaction to all the color cues that we have noticed popping up in the home furnishing industry… textiles, carpets, wallpapers, tabletops and pottery, as well as color schemes that emerge in landscape design, the auto industry, fashion, and graphics.

“As color rarely exists in isolation, we have designed a palette of 23 colors that work well together. There is harmony among the colors. There is an art to sequencing color from one room to another—hallways are the arteries of the house, rooms radiate off the hallways and this palette helps the transition because the colors flow seamlessly. – Ellen O’Neill, Creative Director, Benjamin Moore & Co.

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{williamsburg colors by benjamin moore}

Historic, Contemporary, Versatile Colors from Benjamin Moore


When you’re painting your home, oftentimes you want to stick with classic colors that have staying power and won’t go out of style any time soon. Benjamin Moore recently announced its new “Williamsburg” color line, inspired by Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia—American classic meets today’s style.

These colors are based on original pigments from 250 years ago that curators pinpointed and Benjamin Moore recreated. The paints are “historic, contemporary, versatile and pleasing as ever.” Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: color combinations for fall}

Decorating with fall colors.

The fall season evokes memories of burnt orange and warm browns that welcome us into the months of pumpkin pie, crisp days, and falling leaves. These fall favorites can be translated into color schemes that are fashionable year-round!

Fall Inspired Color Combinations

Color splash. Shades of orange and yellow make for wonderful room accents. Use muted fabrics to let the bold colors stand out.

Stone brown. Benjamin Moore describes their Stone Brown (2112-30) as comfortable as a favorite pair of stone-washed khakis, this warm brown adds an air of cozy warmth to any space. 

Dark yellow. This typically spring color takes on a fall flavor when it comes in a darkened hue. Match it with a rich gold and cream to add depth.

Forest green. A forest green is a bit more muted, boding well with chocolate brown. This look can come across as heavy, so partner with white to lighten it up.

Fall color schemes.

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{customize your furniture}

Create your custom-crafted Vanguard Furniture at Hirshfield’s.

Vanguard Furniture available from the Hirshfield’s Design Resource gives you the opportunity to truly transform your home. Vanguard Furniture’s artisans hand-apply all finishes in the USA; taking careful steps to make sure that each piece has the care and attention that is required to enhance the natural character of your furniture. No two pieces are the same – every piece of furniture is truly unique.

Make any Vanguard upholstery or case piece identified with a paintbrush icon uniquely yours. Simply select your wall paint. Then choose from three distress levels and complementary sheen choices. There is even a base stain choice! Vanguard will paint your piece to that exact color specification, distress level, sheen choice and base stain selection – it’s that simple. There are hundreds of colors to choose from, and now Vanguard and Hirshfield’s can make any of them YOURS. The possibilities are endless. Read the rest of this entry »

{fall 2013 junk bonanza}


The Fall 2013 Junk Bonanza countdown has begun!

This time next Thursday, Hirshfield’s will be at Canterbury Park peddling “junk enhancing” products to junk enthusiasts from all over the North American continent. How lucky are we to be hangin’ with kindred spirits for three fun-packed days? Thousands of people who “get it” when it comes to curbside finds, and the joy a piece of peeling, corrugated metal brings. Can I get an “Amen?”

Junk Bonanza highlights:

  • With 150 vendors, JB is expanding and moving on up to the second floor
  • On-going Cottage Paint demos and “formal” classes at 10:00 and 1:00
  • Flea Market Style magazine signings
  • Lucky Friday (September 27)  Junk Bonanza vendors give away coupons worth $25 or more for use in the vendors’ booths
  • The Art of Junk Contest
  • Ki Nassauer Shop
  • Inspiration overload from the incredibly talented vendors
  • Junk Bonanza general information
  • You can check out JB activities right here

At the Hirshfield’s booth you’ll find:

Cottage Paint 56 colors available in 8oz. containers. Cottage Paint is a “chalk” style, dead-flat decorative paint finish used to bring new life to old pieces of furniture. Also, glazes, waxes, stencils and brushes.

 Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint – forget the black chalkboards. Choose from one of 3,000 awesome chalkboard paint colors available.

Benjamin Moore’s Molten Metallics™ – a high-gloss, hammered-metal finish available in six ready-mixed colors. Molten Metallics™ is a great complement on the Mid Century Modern pieces.


Looking for Early Bird Tickets? Enter the Hirshfield’s Pinterest Contest for a chance to win a pair of Early Bird Tickets – it’s an easy-peasy contest and your chances of winning are excellent! You have until Monday, September 23 at 3:00 p.m. CST to enter.

Fall Junk Bonanza hours:

Thursday, September 26th: 10 am to 5 pm
Friday, September 27th: 9 am to 5 pm
Saturday, September 28th: 9 am to 5 pm

Rain, Snow or Shine (Bonanza is an indoor event)

{friday finds: the grays still have it in the midwest}


Chelsea Gray HC-168 – Benjamin Moore

I don’t know about the rest of the country, but here in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, the Peace Garden state, and America’s Dairyland, our customers are still loving grays. Warm or cool, they can’t get enough of the color.

You may recognize the gray bedroom from a recent post. Here are additional photos from this contemporary Lafayette, California home where the designer chose some of the best grays from Benjamin Moore to anchor the home’s color palette.

livingroomCumulus Cloud 1550 – Benjamin Moore

stonehearthStone Hearth 984 – Benjamin Moore

balboamist,jpegBalboa Mist 1549 – Benjamin Moore

This color can change quite drastically in different light – in this room it goes very gray. hope that helps!
 Holly Bender 

kitchenLondon Fog 1541 – Benjamin Moore

bedroomGray Huskie 1473 and White Dove OC-17 trim – Benjamin Moore

 I like how the designer and home owner mixed vintage pieces with modern pieces, or updated an “already owned” piece with a new and exciting fabric selection. Such luxurious fabrics used throughout the entire home. (A girl can dream, can’t she?) It makes a house feel like a home. A really fantastic looking home. Props to designer Holly Bender  and Scott Hargis Photography.


Hirshfield’s Labor Day Paint Sale is running now through September 3, 2013 with savings on interior and exterior paints and stains.

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


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.

{bits & pieces: boys’ bedroom in chelsea gray}


I’ve been ruminating about this room since I first laid eyes on it. No bells, whistles, or gimmicks and I’m still in love with it!

I asked Becky (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) to tell me what makes this room work? Here’s her take on why this room is so fabulous:

  • the combination of patterns do a good job of playing off each other
  • shades of gray work with the black and white
  • woodwork painted white makes for nice contrast against the walls and ceiling
  • the room is balanced with the window treatments so it doesn’t look bottom-heavy with the two beds

Holly Bender is the “creative” behind this room and Scott Hargis the photographer. Scott had this to say about Holly’s work…I work with many interior designers, but Holly’s work stands out because it’s so complete. There are never any discordant notes that have to be avoided or “fixed” later – every room she does is perfect, from top to bottom…

Holly’s paint palette for the rest of this stylish home consists of Benjamin Moore’s Gray Huskie, Stone Hearth, Balboa Mist, and Cumulus Cloud. To see more of this talented designer’s work click on this link and enjoy the tour.

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

The party’s over. Or is it? Mosquito bites and a flag plopped in the hallway are my reminders of the gorgeous Fourth of July we had in Minnesota yesterday. Thank goodness for no rain! As a tribute to the colors of Independence Day, here are some red, white, and blue rooms for your viewing pleasure.

sarahsmasterSarah Richardson’s Master Bedroom at her cottage. Read the rest of this entry »


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