{window treatment wednesday: clean your window treatments}

Get down to spring cleaning this season with your window treatments.

It’s time to tackle spring cleaning tasks, and depending on your routine and available time, you may clean your home from top to bottom, hit a few “must dos” or simply be too busy to even think about it!

If you do have spring cleaning plans, don’t forget about your window coverings. They can really collect dust and need a thorough cleaning periodically. To give us tips on methods and recommendations for cleaning window treatments is Hirshfield’s expert Shannon Scarrella.

  • Blinds, Plantation Shutters and Other Horizontal Products: “On the many horizontal products that are out there, the Swiffer works great,” says Scarrella. “I’m also a fan of the dust clothes that are available. For faux woods, I take a slightly damp rag and wipe it across the slats.”

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{spring break paint inspirations}

Paint Colors Inspired by Spring Break

It’s spring break season, and if my Facebook friends are any indication, throngs of Midwesterners are heading south to warmer climates and sandy beaches. When you’re at the seashore, it’s wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of dreary, blah, cold life here in the Midwest. The warm sunshine, sand between your toes, fresh ocean air—it’s an entirely sensational experience and pretty much the opposite of what we’re dealing with here at home! Even the décor at the beach is different, with bright colors of aqua to coral, and plenty of beach-themed accessories. If you love that vibe, you incorporate it into your décor once you’re home.

When it comes to paint, you can add some pops of “beach” colors into your space. This entryway is full of color and vitality. Perhaps the homeowner, who happens to be from Minnesota, was attracted to these colors after going to the beach?

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{bachman’s 2014 spring ideas house}

 

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According to the calendar spring is here. Hard to tell with all the snow still on the ground, but the 2014 Bachman’s Spring Ideas House can give you a much-needed color fix. “Aegean Oasis” will provide the antidote to Minnesota’s long winter by allowing visitors to bask in the sophisticated blues, greens, and diverse patterns of an overseas retreat.

 

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Bachman’s design team makes the “open cabinet” concept look so appealing.

 

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Love this vignette-the stenciled walls, dresser with a pop of orange, and the rope lighting behind the mirror. Read the rest of this entry »

{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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{window treatment wednesday: home atmosphere}

How Window Treatments Affect the Atmosphere in Your Home Long-Vue from the Sienna Honeycomb Collection

How do you want your home to feel? Warm and cozy? Polished and put together? Contemporary? Traditional? Once we know what we want for our home’s tone, we can put together components that support the desired atmosphere. You might not realize it, but window treatments not only improve our home’s privacy, energy efficiency and UV blockage, but they affect how our homes feel, too.

According to Hirshfield’s Shannon Scarrella, a window coverings expert, window treatments help create a certain mood in a room, as furniture, paint and accessories do. “Wood blinds tend to lend a cozier feel—think about your cabin up north—as do natural shades,” says Scarrella. “You can also create a cozy atmosphere with draperies in fabrics that are neutrals and have certain textures.”

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{preparing your home for family visits}

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The holidays are approaching and you may be having family members stay at your home. What are some things you can do to make their stay more comfortable, for them and for you?

Clean.
Start off with a basic housecleaning. It’s a good time to make sure that your kitchen is tidy and your refrigerator wiped out. Try to survey rooms with an impartial eye—so often we don’t really “see” the spaces we use every day! Next focus on the bedroom and bathroom that your family members will be using, making sure there’s extra toilet paper, plenty of soap and clean towels ready for your guests.

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{bachman’s holiday ideas house 2013}

“A Cozy Contemporary Nordic Celebration”

This season’s home makeover is all about simplicity in design, presented in a fabulous way. Starting with a clean white or ivory slate, our designers have layered fresh greens and traditional reds plus antique elements and wood accents for a modern take on a classic, warm holiday home.                 

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAIt’s all about wood tones and wood accents in the Bachman’s Ideas House this holiday season. See the wood stacked in the glass-front cabinets? That’s fabric printed with tree cookies, giving you the illusion of stacked wood. So clever. Salvaged wood candle holders and the teak star complete the holiday picture.

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA I like how the design team chose books with red covers and spines for a color coordinated backdrop against the gorgeous natural wood side table. Looks like this chair’s been accessorized with a Scandi table runner. One of the living room’s five vignettes!

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A woven hamper turned night stand has a magical mini-garden peeking thru the glass top. Creating a mini-garden sounds like a fun arts and crafts project for kids and adults.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADIY close-up of canopy frame. You can do it!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMoving on up! Going vertical with live plants in the gardener’s room. Living wall art.

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OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAMore vertical with an old bed spring used as a pot and utensil holder.

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Cedar shakes, framed out as a headboard in the master bedroom, make a nice background for the live greens and white antlers. Bachman’s chose to go au naturel with the shakes, but imagine how a coat of paint would change the room’s mojo.

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 The bench at the foot of the bed is made from salvaged wood and ceramic garden stools. Loving the color of the garden stools.

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 Old school Christmas tablescape with reds, greens, and Santas. Bachman’s dedicated a room to tablescapes in this Ideas House. The two other themes are Winter Wedding and Happy New Year. Bachman’s knows how to throw a party!

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 Freshen up your holiday season repertoire with tons of ideas from the Holiday Ideas House which has multiple entertaining spaces, tablescapes, and three or four decked out Christmas trees.

I enjoy seeing the new trends, DIY projects, and creativity of the Bachman’s design team. But, the Bachman’s Ideas House is where I get to see Hirshfield’s Paint colors up on the walls versus in a fandeck. Our customers always ask about the paint colors used at the Bachman’s houses and we are so appreciative to Bachman’s for choosing a “Made in Minnesota” paint to grace the walls and halls of the family homestead.

Before your schedule starts to book up, make a reservation and visit the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House to see what this holiday season has to offer. The house is open through December 15, 2013 – seven days a week. Here’s a link to all the details.

Photos from present and past Bachman’s Ideas Houses on Hirshfield’s Pinterest Boards:
Hirshfield’s Paint Colors 
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Hirshfield’s paint colors used in the house:
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Trim 0012 Bunny Cake
Floor 0211 Light Lichen
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0006 Little Dove
Living Room
0189 Delicate Honeysweet
Accent wall above fireplace  Martinque paper
Sunroom Wallcovering
Martinque, Cream
Dining Room
0189 Delicate Honeysweet
Kitchen
1096 The Ego Has Landed
Main Bathroom/Back Hall Closet
1096 The Ego Has Landed
Back Hall 
0189 Delicate Honeysweet
Stairwell 
0190 Village Crier
Gardener’s Room
0400 New Foliage
Tablescapes Ideas Room
0189 Delicate Honeysweet
Girl’s Bedroom
0686 Outerspace (wall color)
0685 Dillard’s Blue (accent)
0687 Stillwater (accent)
Master Bedroom
0455 Favored One
Upper Level Bathroom
0455 Favored One

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.

{window treatment wednesday: how to add privacy}

Add privacy to your home by using window treatments.

Your home is a place of solace and safety. You should feel secure in the privacy it provides. Shannon, the Hirshfield’s Shop at Home resident window treatment expert, shares tips on how to select these window treatments that will add to the privacy of your home.

Window Treatments for Privacy

Window treatments in a bathroom are a necessity, but the great thing is that they can be functional and good looking at the same time.  Most bathrooms typically have one window (above a tub or somewhere at the end of the long bathroom by the toilet). When I think of bathrooms, I think of wood tones, natural stones and a relatively neutral space.  There is typically a lot going on in a bathroom with vanities, toilets, flooring, showers, etc.  We try to create the walls as though they belong without breaking the space up more.  This leaves us to create a more dramatic window treatment.

Roman Shades in a bathroom are a perfect solution.  The liner allows for privacy and then we can be bold or graphic on the fabric.  With an outside mount Roman Shade you can create the illusion of a larger window, but installing it higher and wider than the actual window.  If pattern is too much, go for a neutral that complements your décor, but adds an element of texture or depth to the color.    Read the rest of this entry »

{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.

{bachman’s fall ideas house 2013}

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It’s hard to believe this is a single car garage. What a great place to spend a Fall evening enjoying a great meal with your favorite people.

The Fall Ideas House is designed for a busy couple who are equally dedicated to careers and socializing, you’ll find rooms for both him, her, and groups. She’s an independent event planner; he’s a downtown business exec. They work hard, but also save time for relaxing and having fun. With multiple tablescapes for entertaining, this home is focused on celebrating fall with friends. Read the rest of this entry »

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