{top tips for deck care}

Keep your deck looking great.

Home improvement projects extend to the outdoors now that sunshine and warm weather have become regular occurrences again. Take advantage of the great outdoors by investing in a new deck, but also invest the time and resources to keep your deck looking great for summers to come. Here are Hirshfield’s expert tips and tricks to keep your deck looking great. 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 3}

What does the design and DIY lover in your life want to see sitting under the tree come Christmas morning? We’re willing to bet any one of these design books will do just fine in eliciting squeals of excitement and joy! So here it is, our third annual round-up of the best books to give the design lover and DIYer on your list (click to read Part 1 and Part 2):

Dazzling Design by Amanda Nisbet
In her first book Dazzling Design, New York interior designer Amanda Nisbet presents a dynamic selection of work drawn from fifteen years of practice, taking readers on a journey through her bold explorations of color, texture, pattern, and other indelible elements that comprise her distinctive style. Nisbet reminds readers that home is for living in, and a designer’s job is first and foremost to answer a client’s needs, wishes and dreams.

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Young House Love: 243 Ways to Paint, Craft, Update & Show Your Home Some Love by Sherry Petersik and John Petersik
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{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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{bits & pieces: o’verlays}

Have you seen these very cool fretwork panels called O’verlays? Attach a fretwork panel and turn a plain piece of furniture into the focal point of any room. They are made of a lightweight composite and are paintable. They can be used on windows, doors, mirrors, furniture, and more.

To see more patterns and to read about this product go to O’verlays website.

{tips for removing painters’ tape}

The new paint color you’ve chosen for your room has dried and looks great on your walls. Job well done! Now it’s time to remove the tape protecting your woodwork and floorboards. This may sound simple – but there really is a “right” way to take off painters’ tape. Bob from 3M shows us just how it’s done in our latest video.

Bob’s also shown us how to choose the right tape and how to put it up correctly. Have you completed a project  recently? We’d love to hear about your experience and see your finished work!

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