{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.

{wallpaper wednesday: the latest & greatest wallpaper books}

thibaut Caravan wallpaper book

Tulsi Block from Caravan

Caravan Paper by Thibaut

Patara Ikat on the wall and Pongo fabric on the ottoman – Caravan

Hirshfield’s retail stores have received so many new wallpaper books in the past month, that it’s a great time to be looking for wallpaper. Florals, geometrics with a twist, embossed classic motifs to digitally altered designs. Papers printed in the United States and United Kingdom bring a good mix of colorways and printing techniques. In addition, there are price points for everyone’s budget. Don’t you have a guest bath that needs some wallpaper TLC? Exciting times in the world of wallcovering.

Caravan by Thibaut

Venture to a place where treasures await at every turn in the Caravan collection. Classically inspired designs and worldly motifs are enlivened with a fresh and adventurous color palette. This energizing collection of coordinating wallpaper, print and woven fabrics is full of surprising shapes and movement that embrace traditional design. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: granny chic}

Yes, but not the Granny Chic I’m talking about… 

With each new fabric and wallpaper book arriving at Hirshfield’s Design Studio, more often than not, Julia exclaims, “Granny Chic.” What’s Granny Chic you ask? Here’s Julia’s definition of Granny Chic style:

A happy mix…What’s old is new…Granny Chic is a vintage look updated with fresh new colors, patterns and textures. Wholesome and pretty without being too precious or dowdy. Vaguely familiar from your past but it now feels fresh and new….a dash of the past mixed with the here and now. Looks best mixed with contemporary and modern.

granny chic

Heart Home Magazine May 2014

granny chic

Plate collection paired with a modern kitchen set – Source Houzz

Tilton Fenwick

Fabrics from Tilton Fenwick evoke a Granny Chic sense of style.

Granny Chic

Mixing the old and new with Eijffinger wallpaper and a vintage Granny Square patterned Afghan. Source Heart Home magazine

pom pom pillow

My grandma had pom-pom trimmed accent pillows in her living room. How about yours? Source Living Etc.

tilton fenwick

Tilton Fenwick Slipper Chair from Style Beat

 Kathy and Greg (Hirshfield’s Design Studio) were at High Point Market in April and featured were sofas and chairs covered in floral patterns, “just like your grandma had.” We’ll soon be seeing traditional patterns like chintz, cabbage rose, paisleys, and Jacobean florals. It’s always exciting to see what the style makers do to update color palettes and give traditional designs a modern twist, making them fresh and new to eye. Everything old is new again. Let the trend cycle begin.

Here’s a link to an article on How to Decorate Granny Chic if you’re interested.

{hirshfield’s buys The Blind Factory in alexandria}

Alexandria The Blind Factory & Hirshfield's

 

Window Treatment Wednesday: Hirshfield’s and The Blind Factory Tie the Knot

After years of living together in Alexandria, Hirshfield’s and The Blind Factory decided to tie the knot, sort of. Earlier this year, Hirshfield’s completed the acquisition of the family-owned window treatment store after sharing space at 1010 Nokomis St. in Alexandria.

Shannon Scarrella who oversees the window treatment division at Hirshfield’s says the change has been fairly seamless for customers.

“We’re going from one family business to another,” Scarrella said. “We had shared common space for so long, our customers are used to us being under one roof.”

The store has 2,000 square feet and while there may be some reconfiguring of the store in the coming months, there are no plans to make personnel changes. Window fashion designers, Diane and Ros tend to customers in the store or they set up house call appointments and come out to your home. Patti is the fabricator – working on custom bedding, valances and custom draperies.

Alexandria shoppers will also have an added bonus with Hirshfield’s window treatments, as they add the Premier Collection by Hirshfield’s. This will offer designers and consumers a high quality, lower cost alternative to some of the more expensive window fashions.

Speaking about the previous ownership of The Blind Factory, Scarrella says little will change from the customers perspective.

“The previous owners did a nice job with the business and we look forward to enhancing some of the things they had in place. I know the Hirshfield’s family is thrilled to expand their offerings in Alexandria.

 

{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.

 

{wallpaper solutions for your home}

Wallcovering Wednesday: Fabric-Backed Vinyl Wallpaper

Fabric backed vinyl wallpaper is a great solution to many common wallcovering problems. This wallpaper has durable fabric backing and a vinyl surface, which makes it almost invincible. They’re a superhero against dings, scratching, stains and standard wear and tear without being damaged. The benefits of fabric-backed vinyl are virtually endless. They come in many different textures that are just not achievable with paint, they can be easily cleaned with water, soap and even most household cleaning agents without ruining the wallpaper. If your home has wall damage, this wallcovering is great at covering up imperfections.

Fabric-Backed Vinyl

Thibaut’s best-selling fabric-backed vinyl is Bankun Raffia. It adds natural flare to a room in a wide variety of agreeable shades.

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{how to choose a paintbrush}

Friday Finds: What Paint Brush is Right for You?

Don’t suffer through beginner’s errors when it comes to painting; make an educated choice with your paint brush. You may not think about your paint brush 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 »

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