{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.

{get your pink on}

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 Happy Valentines Day!

What better day to showcase one of my favorite colors, “PINK.” Enjoy the eye candy and have a grand day. Read the rest of this entry »

{bits & pieces: apartment therapy and casey fritz reunited}

Reunited and it looks so good
Reunited ’cause we understood
There’s one perfect fit
And, sugar, this one is it
We both are so excited
‘Cause we’re reunited, hey, hey

 Remember this Minneapolis loft when it was featured last year in Apartment Therapy’s Loft Life Tour?

Play it forward,  and Casey is back with his new space which was featured last week in Apartment Therapy’s House Tour. Love, love, love, the Ralph Lauren paint colors he used in the space. Any thoughts?

{friday finds: again with the grays}

Benjamin Moore Smoke 2122-40

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Benjamin Moore Harbor Gray AC-25

Trim is Deep Caviar 2130-20 Wall color Silver Lining 2119-60 Looks like a glaze may have been used.

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Smoked Oyster 2109-40

Silver Fox 2108-50

Ralph Lauren Forde Abbey  TH06

Anchor Gray 2126-30

Gray Owl 2137-60

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 So you still haven’t had your fill of gray? I can tell by the continued popularity of the black and blue and gray all over and gray, grey, greige posts on the blog. I put my curator’s hat on and pulled more room settings and comments from designers and everyday folk on the color gray.

 Jill, at our Edina location, said over the past couple months there has been increased interest in grays, particularly with purple and brown undertones…the chameleon colors. She mentioned Benjamin Moore’s Smoked Oyster which appears in the current Pottery Barn catalog and is shown above. Kim, from our Coon Rapids store, said gray is not as popular with her customers. One reason is that her customers’ base board trim and cabinetry colors often do not work with gray colors. Nate, from Apple Valley, said grays with brown undertones is the most popular at his store.

The colors I listed in this post are Benjamin Moore and Ralph Lauren paint colors. I’ll showcase the lovely Hirshfield’s grays in another post.

Wow! We have Silver Fox on 3 walls in our bedroom. The 4th wall is Sienna (a deep brown). I love the combination and Silver Fox is a favorite of mine.

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We just got back from France, where I couldn’t help noticing that everything is painted what I call Avignon taupe — that flaxy natural color that’s a little on the gray side.” -Gerrie Bremermann

“We just finished decorating a bungalow where we struggled picking paint colors because the owner had just stripped all the wood trim and didn’t want to paint it. All the colors we picked changed totally in the presence of that orangey light brown wood. A contractor finally told us about Benjamin Moore’s November Rain — it’s a putty color, warm but not too warm, and it looked great everywhere we put it.” -Sharone Einhorn and Honey Walters
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Our new grey is Ralph Lauren’s Artist’s Studio. LOVE it. Has more of a blue undertone than brown.

Silver Fox is a quiet classic.

…BM grey cashmere (not cashmere grey) it looks green grey on the paint sample but its really more a blue grey. However, if you are putting into a room with lots of direct sunlight it can be more blue. I have it above my wainscotting in a room that has lots of natural light not direct sunlight so it cast more blue grey.

Gray Owl is a good choice for all color schemes – a refined alternative to light blue. Very adaptable.

...tested out a couple of colors on poster board, the BM 2116-60, Touch of Gray was too light, and too pink. The 2118-50, Excalibur Gray, is nice, purple undertones, certainly not the Hollywood “Gravender” look, but it certainly looks more “modern” and current. I also liked Sweatshirt Gray (2126-40), this one doesn’t give me the gravender look but it does look nice and warm.

I just painted my sleeping alcove a Regent Metallics Ralph Lauren paint called Wadsworth Grey. I absolutely love it….

… Ben Moore color called Winter Solstice. Completely neutral gray color. On the paint chip the color looks a bit pale. However on the walls it came out a very nice midtone gray.

Any color can be a neutral if it is grayed off with a touch of black and used all over a room, without any other color interrupting it. I particularly love greens as neutrals: moss, sage, stone, hunter. I like to use many different tones.” -Stephen Sills
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Abalone is my favorite grey. It is has the slightest bit of pink in it which makes it feel warm and inviting. Loved it next to my red dining room.

Is one of your tests “Ashley Gray”? We have painted our whole home with this colour. The reason … it goes with everything and we can accent each room with different colours. We also have an amazing view from our home and this colour made the view seem even more spectacular.

You still have time before graduations and confirmations to freshen up your home with new colors for your walls. No need to feel overwhelmed, stop by this weekend and let our staff assist you with paint colors. We got you covered.


Images:  DecorPad, The DIY Showoff, Happy Hermit, Happy Hermit, Benjamin Moore Flickr, Bossy Color, Pottery Barn, Apartment Therapy, Ralph Lauren?, Apartment Therapy, Apartment Therapy, Pottery Barn

{bits & pieces: national tartan day}

Ralph Lauren

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Cole & Son wallcovering

Scottish Fair -Macalester College

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Lomond Plaid -Nina Campbell

Painted house from Dornob

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A little Scottish love coming your way in honor of  National Tartan Day. April 6 is the day designated for Scots in the United States and Canada to observe and promote their Scottish heritage. Let me know if you spot any kilts out and about. More information on National Tartan Day can be found at http://www.tartanday.org/

Here in Minnesota, the Minnesota Scottish Fair and Highland Games are held this year on May 14, 2011 at the Dakota County Fairgrounds. Guaranteed a fun field trip for the family.

The wallcovering and fabrics shown in this post are available through my favorite Scottish design studio, “Hirshfield’s Design Resource.”

{friday finds: gray, grey, greige}

Benjamin Moore Revere Pewter HC-172 – DecorPad

The color gray is a gray area. It is a complex color. “That’s not gray, that’s…”

The shade of gray that is “in” right now is a brown gray. It looks good with the warm tones that have been trendy the last few years. When asked about customers’ preferences, Michelle from the Edina store, agrees, ” people usually shy away from the cooler grays and gravitate to the brown grays.” When selecting a gray paint color, pay attention to the undertones. Are you seeing a blue-gray, a purple gray, a green gray? Pearl grays can be iridescent and have purple and pink in them. A good charcoal gray is closer to black, but much softer than black. So many choices.

I pulled some reader comments on grays from Apartment Therapy postings. If you are searching for a gray you may find these comments helpful.

… my dining room is Benjamin Moore’s Metropolitan AF-690, from their Aura paint line. It’s a nice bluey grey as well…

…Ralph Lauren Soft Earth UL29 is a nice grey that would still look good with golds…also, Forde Abbey TH06 is a great color…

A few years ago I painted the entire inside of my house BM’s Balboa Mist 1549. It’s a soft grey that changes with the light. Decorator white woodwork and black doors with brushed silver knobs. Loved it every day. Very fresh….I’m addicted to gray!

I recently painted with Benjamin Moore Feather Gray 2127-60, and it’s gorgeous. Depending on the light, it can look sort of blue or silver, and it’s just such a soft shade, like a bird’s wing…

I love gray and found BM Stonington Gray HC-170 here on Apartment Therapy. Everyone said it was the most neutral gray and did not take on purple, green or blue the way some grays do. Oh, how right they were…

Benjamin Moore Coastal Fog 976 is a color offers a wonderful chameleon-like background for other colors. I had it with a white sofa and chair and smaller accents of bright, light green — also had deep brown. It also looks fabulous with red and with black…

Our new grey is Ralph Lauren’s Artist’s Studio VM 157. LOVE it. Has more of a blue undertone than brown.

Currently, my bedroom is Gray Owl 2137-60 and OC-52 (Benjamin Moore). It’s really subtle, with a hint of green. (I also have a bathroom painted Pigeon Gray 2133-50 (BM). That’s a nice deep gray with purple undertones.

We’ve got you covered with the warm and cool grays found in this wallcovering – Ideal Home

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Chelsea Gray (HC-168) is the background in Brooke Shield’s NY living room.

Can’t commit to grey on your walls? Image from Vtwonen found on Decor8

Metallic wallpaper from Graham& Brown – Ideal Home

Benjamin Moore Nightingale AF-670 – Pottery Barn

Cow Parsley wallcovering by Cole & Son

Benjamin Moore Whale Grey 2134-40 and Deep Space 2125-20

For more photos of this space visit Cheeky Living.

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Benjamin Moore Kendall Charcoal HC-166

Benjamin Moore Abalone 2108-60 (The lighter grays are hard to see in photos)

This is a work in progress from china shepherdess.

Love the gray and black accents – Ideal Home

When looking for paint colors remember to bring in fabric samples, flooring, or whatever you have available, so Hirshfield’s sales staff can assist you with your paint and wallpaper selections. If you can’t see the difference in a purple gray vs. a green gray, not to worry, that’s when our sales staff can be of assistance. They work with color every day, all day. Grab some samples and audition them with your finishes, your lighting, your husband (not really), in your home. Need more one-on-one assistance, think about a color consultation.

Check out the paint coupons on the Hirshfield’s website and this last link to gray.

{twin cities design scene shares the loft love}

One of the more popular searches on this blog is lofts. We have one posting, loft living tips, and it receives a fair amount of views. Realizing viewers would like to see more, lofts have been at the top of the “need to find” list for a while.

Last week, Jennie came to my rescue with a posting on a Minneapolis loft featured on Apartment Therapy. Twin Cities Design Scene will give you a proper introduction to this now famous loft.

Thanks to Jennie and Casey (owner of the loft) for allowing Hirshfield’s to share. Image from Apartment Therapy.

P.S. Hirshfield’s carries Benjamin Moore and Ralph Lauren paints.

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