{hirshfield’s designer feature: meet kathy!}

Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis is home to not only some of the most delicious eye candy the interior design world has to offer, but it is also home to some of the most experienced and creative design professionals in the Twin Cities. Those design professionals being Kathy, Greg, Julia and Meropi. All of them are more than happy to answer your design questions, but we thought it would be fun to turn the spotlight on them and ask them a few questions!

Kathy, Hirshfield’s Design Studio

Today, get to know Kathy, Manager and Buyer at Hirshfield’s Design Studio. You’ve probably seen Kathy’s name pop up in a few blogs as we’re always asking her for her expertise when it comes to design trends (check out Best Paint Colors for Accent Walls and Make Your Rental House Feel Like Home for just a few examples).

For this blog we didn’t ask Kathy about design trends (well, almost, we couldn’t resist throwing just one trend question her way!), instead we asked her about her own personal connection to design…

How long have you worked at Hirshfield’s Design Studio?
I’ve worked at the Design studio for 27 years.

Have you always known you wanted to go into design as a profession?
I can remember being about 8 years old and wanting to rearrange my bedroom… often. It just made me feel good. I think that is when I knew interior design was my calling.

How did you get started in the design industry?
My mom opened Hirshfield’s Design Studio back in the late 70’s. I came to work at Hirshfield’s for a summer job….. 27 years later here I am and I love it!

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{design trends : what we saw at High Point}

Founded in 1909 in High Point, N.C., the High Point Market was formed to provide the region’s furniture makers and retailers a convenient venue to conduct business and discuss design trends. It’s where the who’s-who of the design industry meet, mingle and shop! Greg and Meropi, of Hirshfield’s Design Studio, recently attended fall Market and have returned to Minnesota inspired and energized by all of the new design trends they saw!

Here’s what the Hirshfield’s design experts, Greg and Meropi, saw at High Point:

Colors
Blue is still a dominant color and the driving force behind many color palettes. Neutrals and grays with accents of orange, yellow and emerald green are trending colors going into 2013.

Vanguard Furniture

Fabrics
Menswear fabric was a huge trend at High Point. Glen plaid and plaid fabrics in general were showing up everywhere.

Calysat Gourd fabric by Vanguard Furniture

Geometric fabrics continue to be on trend.

Stanford Furniture

Stanford Furniture

Furniture
We saw lots of painted furniture – bright paint colors, satin finish. We didn’t come across many pieces of painted furniture with the distressed look, almost everything we saw was clean and chic.

Stanford Furniture

Stanford Furniture

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{fall design inspiration from twin cities design experts}

Here is Minnesota, we are lucky enough to get to experience the uniqueness and beauty of each of the four seasons. Winter is glittery and glamorous, spring is all about fresh, bold colors, summer means carefree living and design and fall … sigh … fall is all about coziness and comfort!

So what’s new in fall design for 2012? Let’s see what the experts are saying…

The Minneapolis design experts over at Hirshfield’s Design Studio – Kathy and Greg – are predicting bold, graphic wallpaper will be a huge design trend this fall. Wallpaper just gives a home a “finished” look, that something extra that sets your home apart from any other.

Minneapolis wallpaper

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon

minneapolis wallpaper

Eijffinger

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