{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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{what color should i paint my room?}

Benjamin Moore’s Design by What Matters Inspires Color Selection

You’re painting a room in your house and you’re not sure what color or colors you should use. You’ve read magazines, spent hours on Pinterest, friends and relatives have opinions and your head is swirling. You’re stuck. So you head to the paint store to ask the experts, “what color should I paint my room?” The question is impossible, because paint color is so personal, even emotional. You ultimately take home some paint chips to imagine what they might look like in your space. This too is a dicey proposition. Maybe the actual color looks terrific splashed up on your walls, maybe it’s a nightmare. Well, painter, the folks at Benjamin Moore have made it easier with a new online personality quiz designed to help you pick colors that agree with your preferences and lifestyle.

Courtesy of designbywhatmatters.com

Courtesy of designbywhatmatters.com

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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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{benjamin moore: highest in customer satisfaction with interior paint}

 

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Congratulations, Benjamin Moore! This is the fourth year in a row that Benjamin Moore is ranked highest in customer satisfaction with their interior paint products, according to J.D. Power and Associates.

Benjamin Moore is thrilled to once again receive this prestigious award of Highest Ranked Interior Paint by J.D. Power,” said Mike Searles, President and CEO of Benjamin Moore & Co. “Customer satisfaction, brand loyalty and delivering best in class products are the hallmark of Benjamin Moore. We’re constantly focused on meeting the needs of the most discerning customers and contractors with a suite of interior products and colors that can only be delivered through our network of independent dealers.”

J.D. Power bases satisfaction with paint brands by evaluations from customers who purchased and applied interior paint during the past year. It measures six key factors: application, product offerings, durability, price, design guides, and warranty/guarantee. In addition to paint brands, J.D. Power also ranks paint retailers across five key factors: facility, merchandise, staff, services provided, and sales/promotions.

From the J.D. Powers 2014 Paint Satisfaction Study:

  • Application, specifically, adequacy of paint coverage, is the most important driver of customer satisfaction with interior and exterior paint (34% each).
  • Seventy-eight percent of paint customers who purchased interior paint apply it themselves, and 74 percent of those who purchased exterior paint did the same.
  • More than 90 percent of customers who purchased interior or exterior paint indicate the new color covered the previous color (94% and 93%, respectively).
  • Approximately one-half of customers do not use primer or paint with primer mixed in for their interior or exterior paint jobs (52% and 50%, respectively).
  • On average, customers apply two coats of paint for both interior and exterior projects. (1.67 times each)
  • Customers paint the inside of their homes for a variety of reasons, including remodeling (28%), changing the color (27%), or repainting due to previous paint condition (26%). Exterior painting projects typically address existing paint in poor condition (65%).
  • Less than one-fifth (15%) of customers who purchased interior paint used the Internet as an information resource to help with their project, while a higher percentage (20%) of those who purchased exterior paint used the Internet for information.

The 2014 Paint Satisfaction Study is based on responses from more than 8,690 customers who purchased and applied interior and/or exterior paint within the previous 12 months. The study was fielded in January through March 2014.

The above information is from the 2014 Paint Satisfaction Study and Benjamin Moore.

 

 

KEY FINDINGS

  • Application, specifically, adequacy of paint coverage, is the most important driver of customer satisfaction with interior and exterior paint (34% each).
    • Seventy-eight percent of paint customers who purchased interior paint apply it themselves, and 74 percent of those who purchased exterior paint did the same.
    • More than 90 percent of customers who purchased interior or exterior paint indicate the new color covered the previous color (94% and 93%, respectively).
    • Approximately one-half of customers do not use primer or paint with primer mixed in for their interior or exterior paint jobs (52% and 50%, respectively).
    • On average, customers apply two coats of paint for both interior and exterior projects
      (1.67 times each).
  • Customers paint the inside of their homes for a variety of reasons, including remodeling (28%), changing the color (27%), or repainting due to previous paint condition (26%). Exterior painting projects typically address existing paint in poor condition (65%).
  • Less than one-fifth (15%) of customers who purchased interior paint used the Internet as an information resource to help with their project, while a higher percentage (20%) of those who purchased exterior paint used the Internet for information.

- See more at: http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2014-paint-satisfaction-study#sthash.E8jkTpFu.dpuf

  • Application, specifically, adequacy of paint coverage, is the most important driver of customer satisfaction with interior and exterior paint (34% each).
    • Seventy-eight percent of paint customers who purchased interior paint apply it themselves, and 74 percent of those who purchased exterior paint did the same.
    • More than 90 percent of customers who purchased interior or exterior paint indicate the new color covered the previous color (94% and 93%, respectively).
    • Approximately one-half of customers do not use primer or paint with primer mixed in for their interior or exterior paint jobs (52% and 50%, respectively).
    • On average, customers apply two coats of paint for both interior and exterior projects
      (1.67 times each).
  • Customers paint the inside of their homes for a variety of reasons, including remodeling (28%), changing the color (27%), or repainting due to previous paint condition (26%). Exterior painting projects typically address existing paint in poor condition (65%).
  • Less than one-fifth (15%) of customers who purchased interior paint used the Internet as an information resource to help with their project, while a higher percentage (20%) of those who purchased exterior paint used the Internet for information.

Interior Paint Brand Satisfaction Rankings

Benjamin Moore ranks highest in customer satisfaction with interior paint brands for a fourth consecutive year, with a score of 815, which is a 15-point increase from 2013. Benjamin Moore performs particularly well in three of the six factors: application, durability and product offerings. Following Benjamin Moore in the interior paint brand ranking is Sherwin-Williams (808) and BEHR (802). Overall customer satisfaction with interior paint brands is 795 (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2014, an increase of 16 points from 2013.

- See more at: http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2014-paint-satisfaction-study#sthash.E8jkTpFu.dpuf

  • Application, specifically, adequacy of paint coverage, is the most important driver of customer satisfaction with interior and exterior paint (34% each).
    • Seventy-eight percent of paint customers who purchased interior paint apply it themselves, and 74 percent of those who purchased exterior paint did the same.
    • More than 90 percent of customers who purchased interior or exterior paint indicate the new color covered the previous color (94% and 93%, respectively).
    • Approximately one-half of customers do not use primer or paint with primer mixed in for their interior or exterior paint jobs (52% and 50%, respectively).
    • On average, customers apply two coats of paint for both interior and exterior projects
      (1.67 times each).
  • Customers paint the inside of their homes for a variety of reasons, including remodeling (28%), changing the color (27%), or repainting due to previous paint condition (26%). Exterior painting projects typically address existing paint in poor condition (65%).
  • Less than one-fifth (15%) of customers who purchased interior paint used the Internet as an information resource to help with their project, while a higher percentage (20%) of those who purchased exterior paint used the Internet for information.

Interior Paint Brand Satisfaction Rankings

Benjamin Moore ranks highest in customer satisfaction with interior paint brands for a fourth consecutive year, with a score of 815, which is a 15-point increase from 2013. Benjamin Moore performs particularly well in three of the six factors: application, durability and product offerings. Following Benjamin Moore in the interior paint brand ranking is Sherwin-Williams (808) and BEHR (802). Overall customer satisfaction with interior paint brands is 795 (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2014, an increase of 16 points from 2013.

- See more at: http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2014-paint-satisfaction-study#sthash.E8jkTpFu.dpuf

  • Application, specifically, adequacy of paint coverage, is the most important driver of customer satisfaction with interior and exterior paint (34% each).
    • Seventy-eight percent of paint customers who purchased interior paint apply it themselves, and 74 percent of those who purchased exterior paint did the same.
    • More than 90 percent of customers who purchased interior or exterior paint indicate the new color covered the previous color (94% and 93%, respectively).
    • Approximately one-half of customers do not use primer or paint with primer mixed in for their interior or exterior paint jobs (52% and 50%, respectively).
    • On average, customers apply two coats of paint for both interior and exterior projects
      (1.67 times each).
  • Customers paint the inside of their homes for a variety of reasons, including remodeling (28%), changing the color (27%), or repainting due to previous paint condition (26%). Exterior painting projects typically address existing paint in poor condition (65%).
  • Less than one-fifth (15%) of customers who purchased interior paint used the Internet as an information resource to help with their project, while a higher percentage (20%) of those who purchased exterior paint used the Internet for information.

Interior Paint Brand Satisfaction Rankings

Benjamin Moore ranks highest in customer satisfaction with interior paint brands for a fourth consecutive year, with a score of 815, which is a 15-point increase from 2013. Benjamin Moore performs particularly well in three of the six factors: application, durability and product offerings. Following Benjamin Moore in the interior paint brand ranking is Sherwin-Williams (808) and BEHR (802). Overall customer satisfaction with interior paint brands is 795 (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2014, an increase of 16 points from 2013.

- See more at: http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2014-paint-satisfaction-study#sthash.E8jkTpFu.dpuf

KEY FINDINGS

  • Application, specifically, adequacy of paint coverage, is the most important driver of customer satisfaction with interior and exterior paint (34% each).
    • Seventy-eight percent of paint customers who purchased interior paint apply it themselves, and 74 percent of those who purchased exterior paint did the same.
    • More than 90 percent of customers who purchased interior or exterior paint indicate the new color covered the previous color (94% and 93%, respectively).
    • Approximately one-half of customers do not use primer or paint with primer mixed in for their interior or exterior paint jobs (52% and 50%, respectively).
    • On average, customers apply two coats of paint for both interior and exterior projects
      (1.67 times each).
  • Customers paint the inside of their homes for a variety of reasons, including remodeling (28%), changing the color (27%), or repainting due to previous paint condition (26%). Exterior painting projects typically address existing paint in poor condition (65%).
  • Less than one-fifth (15%) of customers who purchased interior paint used the Internet as an information resource to help with their project, while a higher percentage (20%) of those who purchased exterior paint used the Internet for information.

Interior Paint Brand Satisfaction Rankings

Benjamin Moore ranks highest in customer satisfaction with interior paint brands for a fourth consecutive year, with a score of 815, which is a 15-point increase from 2013. Benjamin Moore performs particularly well in three of the six factors: application, durability and product offerings. Following Benjamin Moore in the interior paint brand ranking is Sherwin-Williams (808) and BEHR (802). Overall customer satisfaction with interior paint brands is 795 (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2014, an increase of 16 points from 2013.

- See more at: http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2014-paint-satisfaction-study#sthash.E8jkTpFu.dpuf

KEY FINDINGS

  • Application, specifically, adequacy of paint coverage, is the most important driver of customer satisfaction with interior and exterior paint (34% each).
    • Seventy-eight percent of paint customers who purchased interior paint apply it themselves, and 74 percent of those who purchased exterior paint did the same.
    • More than 90 percent of customers who purchased interior or exterior paint indicate the new color covered the previous color (94% and 93%, respectively).
    • Approximately one-half of customers do not use primer or paint with primer mixed in for their interior or exterior paint jobs (52% and 50%, respectively).
    • On average, customers apply two coats of paint for both interior and exterior projects
      (1.67 times each).
  • Customers paint the inside of their homes for a variety of reasons, including remodeling (28%), changing the color (27%), or repainting due to previous paint condition (26%). Exterior painting projects typically address existing paint in poor condition (65%).
  • Less than one-fifth (15%) of customers who purchased interior paint used the Internet as an information resource to help with their project, while a higher percentage (20%) of those who purchased exterior paint used the Internet for information.

Interior Paint Brand Satisfaction Rankings

Benjamin Moore ranks highest in customer satisfaction with interior paint brands for a fourth consecutive year, with a score of 815, which is a 15-point increase from 2013. Benjamin Moore performs particularly well in three of the six factors: application, durability and product offerings. Following Benjamin Moore in the interior paint brand ranking is Sherwin-Williams (808) and BEHR (802). Overall customer satisfaction with interior paint brands is 795 (on a 1,000-point scale) in 2014, an increase of 16 points from 2013.

- See more at: http://www.jdpower.com/press-releases/2014-paint-satisfaction-study#sthash.E8jkTpFu.dpuf

{friday finds: ASID Showcase Home}

ASID Showcase Home 2014

The Hills are alive with the sound of hammers…Tyrol Hills in Golden Valley is the oh-so-geographically desirable location of the 2014 ASID Showcase Home Tour.

The tours are self-guided with an ASID Showcase Home designer on hand each day to answer your questions. The home showcases the work of 27 interior designers, all members of The American Society of Interior Designers Minnesota Chapter.

THE FACTS:

  • May 17 – June 8, 2014
  • The house is open to the public Wednesdays – Sundays, 10 AM – 4 PM
  • Tours are self-guided
  • Tickets are $20 at the door and $15 at the following ticket outlets:
    Hirshfield’s, ASID MN, Bachman’s, Patina, Rubble Tile, The Bibelot Shops, and The Hope Chest for Breast Cancer
  • Designer-led tours are every Monday from 10-11:30 am. May 20 is already sold out. The cost of these tours is $35.
  • Go to this link for information on all the Special Events at the ASID Showcase House.
  • The paint used throughout the home is courtesy of Benjamin Moore Paint and Hirshfield’s Wayzata location.

This year’s ASID Showcase Home belongs to Jayne Haugen-Olson, editorial director for Mpls.St.Paul Magazine, her husband, two daughters, and their dog Guthrie. It will be interesting to see what “relaxed luxury meets modern family” looks like in 2014.

{friday finds: colorful curb appeal}

Color Up Your Curb Appeal

If you want to add some pizzazz to the outside of your home, whether for your own satisfaction or because you’re thinking of selling, consider using color. You can update your home’s exterior to give it a fresh look or to incorporate trends that you enjoy. When it’s done well, adding a pop of color can also increase your home’s curb appeal and help your home stand out in the crowd.

But how do you add color the right way? Here are some tips to get you started on using paint to your home’s best advantage.

  • Remember the constants. When you decide to change your home’s color, first think about its unchangeable features—brick, stonework, roof—and its era and architectural style. That will help you narrow down options.

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{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.

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. 

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