{window treatment wednesday: celebrity style}

Window Shades of the Stars

When we’re thinking of redecorating, remodeling or changing something in our home, sometimes we need a little inspiration. At times that comes from magazines, home remodeling shows, our favorite furniture store, or online—maybe even stargazing at celebrities’ homes via photos on the Internet.

Here are some celebrities’ former homes and lessons we can take from their window treatments. Shannon Scarrella, a Minneapolis window coverings expert at Hirshfield’s, has some insight to share about these stars’ windows.

#2 Katy Perry. Scarrella liked that the window treatment was darker than the walls and added some drama to the room, but thought the drapery rod should have been either extended or made shorter to line up with the window. Read the rest of this entry »

{home design trends: outdoor kitchen}

Decorating Your Outdoor Kitchen

Bobby Flay outdoor dining

Outdoor dining at Bobby Flay’s Hampton home

It’s cold outside now, but this weather won’t last forever. Before we know it, spring will be here, and then glorious summer—the reason we endure these single-digit days. While you’re snuggling down and stuck indoors, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas for your home. Don’t forget the outdoor spaces, too, including outdoor cooking and dining areas.

Summertime is when we want to be outdoors as much as possible. One way to encourage your family to be outdoors more is by spending time now thinking about your outdoor kitchen and how you can make it more comfortable and appealing. Here is some food for thought.

Consistent Style. When you’re decorating your outdoor kitchen, you want it to flow with the style of your home. If you have a traditional home, you may want your outdoor kitchen to feature a stone fireplace, brick oven, wood components or other traditional materials. If your home is contemporary, sleek lines, stainless steel and simplicity may shine. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: warm up your home with window coverings}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Warm Up Your Home with Window Coverings off-center window treatments

It’s the time of year when snow boots, hats and mittens get put back into the outerwear rotation. Some mornings you might have to warm up your car before driving. Daylight hours are fewer and the house is chilly in the morning. Is there a way to help your house stay warmer—can Minneapolis window coverings help?

According to Hirshfield’s expert Scott Anderson, window treatments can make a big difference in keeping your house warm. “Windows are the weakest link on your outside walls,” Scott says. “They’re where the warm air goes to escape and the cold air tries to get in. Any window treatment will slow down that exchange, and some are much better at it than others. The slower the rate, the more heat you’ll retain in your home.”

Scott says that the best insulators are Honeycomb Shades. They’re versatile and efficient—the air pockets they create keep the sun’s hot rays out in summer and insulate the window in winter. Hirshfield’s carries a number of styles from various manufacturers.

If you love your current window treatments, there are accessories you can add that will help them trap in warmth.

“One accessory that can be ordered with Hunter Douglas Honeycomb Shades is called the Literise Trimkit,” says Scott. “It’s a pair of tracks that mount on either side of a window frame—for an inside mount. The moving rail of the shade actually travels inside the track to create a very snug seal. When combined with the Hunter Douglas Duette Architella Honeycomb Shades, it creates a strong enough barrier that the federal government has ruled it eligible for a federal tax credit until the end of 2013.” More details on the tax credit can be found at www.hunterdouglas.com/tax-credit.

As you look at your windows and their coverings, make sure that your windows are locked shut. If they aren’t latched properly, they aren’t completely interlocked to keep out the cold. If they’re locked but you can still feel a draft, you may want to consider using an insulator kit. That’s where you apply a plastic film and use a blow dryer to shrink it for a tight seal. Also make sure your window is adequately caulked around its frame.

When you live in Minnesota, your window coverings can make a big difference in the efficiency of your home. It’s a good thing to consider, especially when the cold weather hits.

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{customize your furniture}

Create your custom-crafted Vanguard Furniture at Hirshfield’s.

Vanguard Furniture available from the Hirshfield’s Design Resource gives you the opportunity to truly transform your home. Vanguard Furniture’s artisans hand-apply all finishes in the USA; taking careful steps to make sure that each piece has the care and attention that is required to enhance the natural character of your furniture. No two pieces are the same – every piece of furniture is truly unique.

Make any Vanguard upholstery or case piece identified with a paintbrush icon uniquely yours. Simply select your wall paint. Then choose from three distress levels and complementary sheen choices. There is even a base stain choice! Vanguard will paint your piece to that exact color specification, distress level, sheen choice and base stain selection – it’s that simple. There are hundreds of colors to choose from, and now Vanguard and Hirshfield’s can make any of them YOURS. The possibilities are endless. Read the rest of this entry »

{expert advice: matching undertones}

Choosing color based on undertones.

Paint color can transform and revitalize your home. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color realizes this and uses color to engage and create welcoming home environments. The undertones in color are an important aspect in paint selection that should not be ignored. Kate advises on how to match undertones when painting a room. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: emerald & gold color combinations}

Hirshfield’s Design Resource brings together trends, designs, and inspiration to transform any room from drab to fab. The professionals in Hirshfield’s Design Resource lend their expertise to architects, interior designers, contractors and building professionals with a wide variety of quality wall finishes for hospitality, health care, corporate interiors, tenant finishes and commercial spaces. Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Resource shares her favorite finds to keep your rooms on trend.

Emerald and Gold

Emerald green evokes simultaneous feeling of energy and the tranquility of nature, making it a diverse choice for Pantone’s Color of the Year. This rich hue can be found everywhere from the runways to rooms. The color can be livened up by mixing with various shades of green or a stark white. For the glamorous look though, gold is the go-to accent.

Emerald and gold has the power to transform an outdated room into instant sophistication while feeling fresh. The metallic and matte combination creates eye-drawing drama that anyone can emulate. This duo isn’t reserved for the luck of the Irish anymore.

Green, Gold, and Grey

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Grey is the perfect neutral to tone down this powerful color combination, while remaining elegant. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: 5 simple home upgrades}

No matter the year, painting remains the easiest and most affordable way to get your home on trend and feel refreshed. This do-it-yourself transformation adds personality to any room. Whether you’re starting from the bottom up and reworking the whole house, or changing one room at a time, here are five ideas to inspire you. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: pallets project}

Wood pallet project ideas embrace the inner do-it-yourselfer. They range on any level of expertise and the ideas never run out. From chic and elegant to country rustic, wooden pallets accentuate decorations and room color. These often discarded pieces can easily be attained. As they say, one person’s trash is another person’s treasure! Read the rest of this entry »

{books to give to design lovers and DIYers: part 2}

Last year the team at Hirshfield’s got into the holiday spirit and compiled a list of some of our favorite books for design lovers and DIYers to share with our readers for some holiday shopping inspiration. We’ll we’ve decided to play the role of Santa’s Little Helpers again this year, as we bring you our employees’ favorite design and DIY books, part 2!

Decorate
This book brings together the world’s top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others to share over 1,000 tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer.

Decorate

Pantone: the 20th Century In Color
Pantone, the worldwide color authority, invites you on a rich visual tour of 100 transformative years. Longtime Pantone collaborators and color gurus Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker identify more than 200 touchstone works of art, products, decor, and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different official PANTONE Color palettes to reveal the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues.

Pantone

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{mexican design}

In honor of Cinco de Mayo, we’re going south of the border to look at Mexican design. This is a style known for its love of vibrant color and rustic elements.

The feeling of Mexican design is one of joy – as well as being welcoming and friendly. This is not a style for someone who doesn’t want color in their home. Bright vibrant yellows, reds and blues will bring the fiesta feel to your home.
Terracottas and browns can work as accents. Muted and dusky colors also work well in this palette. You really just want to stay away from pastels if you’re going for Mexican design.

Natural, hardwood flooring are a perfect fit for a Mexican-inspired home. Clay or ceramic tiles can also bring the the feel of Mexico to a kitchen or entryway. If you want something softer underfoot, look for woven rugs.

A mosaic backsplash in the kitchen would inspire a batch of fresh salsa.

Mosaic Tiles

The furniture you choose can also evoke a sense of Mexican style. Look for wood in pine or a warm wood like cherry.  You can update a piece by adding rustic, iron hardware.

Devine Paint, available at Hirshfield’s, has multiple color palettes that lend themselves nicely to a Mexican color scheme. These colors enhance the wood in your home, everything from  flooring to furniture to trim, for a warm, rustic feeling. You can see all the Devine color palettes here.

Devine, Desert Lights

Devine, Sweet & Hot Beans

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