{tips for selling your home}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Strategies for Selling Your Home

The housing market is heating up and more homeowners are thinking of moving. When it’s time to sell, there certain strategies you can take when it comes to your window treatments to optimize views and give your home a finished, fresh look.

Shannon Scarrella, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home, says that realtors may recommend that blinds be raised all the way up and out of the way on the sides of the home where the view is best. “I admit that I’m not a big fan of this look, especially when it comes to aluminum blinds or wood blinds,” she says. “The look isn’t as clean when they’re raised. I would be more apt to leave them down but keep the louvers tilted open, especially if it’s a wood blind.”

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{world cup colors}

Brazilian Color Inspiration

There’s currently a lot of attention on Brazil, with the World Cup in full swing and the 2016 Summer Olympics on deck. Whether or not you’re a soccer fan, if you like things with a tropical flair, Brazilian colors might inspire you to add pizzazz to your home.

This entrance has a great feel with an accent wall in mango.

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{friday finds: keeping the neighborhood colorful}

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UofM’s Bee Squad checking on the health of the hive. Do you see Carrie’s (H’s Lakeville) cute bee stencil on the boxes she painted up for the bees?

Keeping the Neighborhood Colorful

This Spring, Bud and Hans Hirshfield teamed up with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab and introduced two honeybee colonies to the environs just outside of downtown Minneapolis.  The Hirshfield’s Hives are managed by the UofM’s Bee Squad as part of their program helping promote the health of bee pollinators.  Beekeeping is no longer only a rural pastime.  Honeybees can be kept in a variety of places – from back yards to balconies to rooftops.  And yes, honeybees can live and thrive within city limits.

Starting with two boxes, the Hirshfield’s hives are growing. In just a month, we’ve had to add additional hive boxes to make room for the new pollinators. Hirshfield’s enlisted the able assistance of nearby Bryn Mawr Elementary School art class who put their talents to work painting the new hives.  In return, those bees are visiting flower and vegetable gardens in the Bryn Mawr backyards.

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The Queen is a tad larger than the other bees.

Name the Queen Bee Contest

Hirshfield’s will be asking our friends and customers to help us name our two Queen Bees.  Watch for details coming soon on Facebook and Color Club blog.

Until then, join us in marveling the fascinating work honeybees and other pollinators perform so tirelessly. We owe them so much.

And for our other furry and feathered friends. . .

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New patients today total 37 as of 6 p.m. and yesterday WRCMN took in 50+ new admits!

They Need Your Help.

The Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota in Roseville is one of the nation’s busiest wildlife hospitals.  They are in need of volunteers.  WRCMN is looking for adults to help raise orphaned and injured baby birds in their Avian Nursery.

The commitment is a weekly four-hour shift from now through September.

Care involves hand-feeding baby birds, providing fresh food and water to older birds, doing laundry and dishes and making sure the birds have a clean, healthy environment in which to thrive.

WRCMN’s biggest need is on weekday mornings/afternoons and weekend nights but other shifts may be available.

Without hundreds of volunteers, we would not be able to care for more than 8,500 animals every year. You can make a difference in the life of a wild animal!

Visit the Wildlife Rehabilitation Center of Minnesota at this link to find our how you can help.

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{tips for painting exterior wood trim}

Paint Your Exterior Trim – the Right Way

In these crazy Minnesota seasons, the do-it-yourself homeowner knows that painting an exterior can be tricky. Let’s face it – we don’t want to tackle this project again until we get truly sick of the color. The majority of your home’s exterior trim is wood, which expands and contracts with temperature extremes and retains moisture once the paint film is broken. Unfortunately, this may cause your exterior paint to peel. Hirshfield’s experts Ron Clarin and Mike Adochio from West St. Paul give some stellar tips to make sure you have the least amount of maintenance as possible.Exterior Paint Peeling

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{window treatments for the lake}

Window Treatments with a View

There’s something about a lake view that’s good for the soul. Those peaceful mornings where the water is like glass. Hearing the call of a loon or the splash of a fish. Soaking in nature’s beauty.

When you’re lucky enough to have a lake view, you want to make the most of it. But you also want to have insulation in the winter or perhaps privacy from neighbors next door. How can you balance all of these factors? Diane Larson, is a window coverings expert from Hirshfield’s Baxter, and she says there are a number of products that will work for a lake home.

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{patterns in small spaces}

Friday Finds: How to Play with Patterns in Small Spaces

It might seem counterintuitive—but if you have a small space, pattern can actually make it come alive and seem bigger, not smaller and cluttered as you might expect. Using patterns in small spaces can offer you a chance to show your personality and take risks. Since it’s a small space, it’s less of an investment in time and materials.

Let’s take a look at how you can play with patterns in small spaces to add pizzazz to your home.

  • Incorporate wall coverings.

Today’s wall coverings are nothing like the wallpaper from back in the day. New versions are like pieces of art with amazing colors and design. You can use wall coverings with bold patterns on an accent wall to give a small space an artistic feel or unexpected feel of luxury.

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{pvc-free window shades}

Window Treatment Wednesday: PVC-Free Window Shades

If you’re trying to keep chemicals out of your home or business, one item to consider is your window shades. PVC, or polyvinyl chloride, is used in a number of household products, including furniture, housewares, and a few particular styles of blinds, such as vinyl horizontal blinds, which are not sold at Hirshfield’s.

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), even short-term exposure to high levels of PVC may lead to headaches or dizziness.

Hirshfield’s own Shannon Scarrella says that the roller shade industry has changed greatly since roller blinds that operate via a spring roller were common (those were vinyl). Now, many blackout roller shades are made out of polyester, although some are made out of blends that include a vinyl product.

For homeowners who are concerned about PVC exposure, there are a number of PVC-free window coverings. Scarrella’s favorite PVC-free window shade is the Alustra Woven Textures. “You have the appeal of a natural shade with some of the strength of a screen shade, without vinyl or PVC,” she says.

Scarrella warns homeowners that when it comes to faux wood, they are not all created equal—many of the faux woods on the market contain a form of PVC. However, Hunter Douglas has its own line of PVC-free faux woods called the Everwood collection.  These are made using a technology that’s exclusive to Hunter Douglas.

“If you’re looking for PVC-free products, you can also look at fabric treatments, such as roman shades, Silhouettes, or honeycomb shades-something made of a more pliable, natural material.”

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Whether you’re concerned about PVC products or not, Hirshfield’s has a variety of window coverings, including PVC-free window shades, to fit your home and your style.

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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