{window treatment wednesday}

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House of Turquoise is an excellent resource for inspiration. Whether you want ideas for paint colors or just want to see what other people are doing in their homes, House of Turquoise is a site to check out. Erin works very hard at curating all that is turquoise, and the majority of what you see on her site is the result of Erin’s hard work. She finds all those lovely homes to share with her thousands of readers.

I chose some window treatment photos from her site, and asked Shannon Scarrella (Manager of Hirshfield’s Shop at Home) to share her window treatment expertise. It’s all in the details.

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A great picture to show the effects of layering. Hardwood shutters, while they provide a handsome look with nice privacy, the top treatments and draperies softened the feel.  The tassel fringe breaks up the linear lines of the shutters and the stripes in the drapery fabric.

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The roman shades on the doors provide privacy when lowered and the valance provides uniformity, when the function of a shade isn’t needed. In this case, the custom roman shades and valance bring in the needed pattern and color to a neutral kitchen.

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This is one lucky girl! The honeycomb shades are neutral, to disappear, but also providing privacy and light control when needed. The drapery panels, tie backs, and trimmings give the room a classic feel. The layering of pattern, texture, and color help to keep the room age appropriate and fun.

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Custom Shutters with Pinch Pleat Draperies provide a clean backdrop to the teal and green table combination. The pleating on the draperies helps to add fullness and depth to the neutral drapes.

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My favorite! Upon first glance this appears to be teal drapes, but look closer…..it’s actually a sheer with a soft stripe over a teal colored fabric. The header at the top is sewn to create the illusion of one piece, when it’s actually two materials sewn together. The layering of the sheer over the top softens the fabric underneath and the stripe in the sheer adds another dimension. The fluted detail in the rod mimics the custom molding beautifully, while the metallic matte finish compliments the accessories in the room.

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More shutters with side panels….must be a trend! The white on white provides a classic, clean look, while the darker rods pay respect to the other furniture pieces in the room. 

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People see our windows from the outside too. The chevron patterned fabric is attached to the rod with rings and clips; this allows the soft fold and less serious look to them. They are outside after all. The fabric framed windows also make a great backdrop for the skirted bar or buffet.

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Natural Roman Shade with blackout lining and coordinated cotton edge banding gives the bathroom something more organic, yet structured. The color of the shade ties the color of the bedding into the bathroom.
Wasn’t that a treat? It’s like looking into houses on your nightly walk, without having to worry about being busted.

Here’s a link for more information on Hirshfield’s Shop at Home Division. And to see what’s on sale in the window treatment world at Hirshfield’s, you can click right here!

Erin also runs the shopping blog, Everything Turquoise, jammed packed with turquoise goodies for sale. We’re very proud of our Minnesota girl.

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{design blogger feature: House of Turquoise}

The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great design bloggers! With such a thriving design blogging community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local design blogger features. First up, Erin of House of Turquoise!

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Erin, the blogger behind House of Turquoise

If you’ve spent some time on our blog, it will come as no shock to you that we adore House of Turquoise. This is our go-to source for all things turquoise! Erin’s blog has served as the inspiration for many of our own blogs and she has even helped us out as a guest blogger, picking her favorite shades of turquoise from the Hirshfield’s and Ralph Lauren paint lines.

But there is more to Erin than just her love of this tranquil color. For example, did you know that when it comes to decorating she actually prefers a neutral background? And that she is a self-proclaimed burger and pizza connoisseur? Let’s get to know Erin a little better…

When did you start House of Turquoise?
I started House of Turquoise at the end of 2007. I actually started it as a way to organize inspirational photos of turquoise rooms that I’d run into. I was often using different computers, and more often than not, forgetting where I had seen pretty pictures. Instead of downloading them and saving them, I thought it would be a good idea to just put them up on a blog where I could appropriately tag them to make them easy to find. Plus, it would be pretty to look at!

Where does your love of turquoise come from?
I’ve loved turquoise for as long as I can remember! The color just brings me happiness, it’s so soothing and peaceful, but rejuvenating too. The first time I went to Mexico when I was 20 or so, I remember looking out over the water and turquoise filled my eyes as far as I could see. The way I felt, the power that color had over me, was something I’ll never forget! I think I’m drawn to turquoise because I’m drawn to water (or maybe it’s vice versa, I’m not sure!).

How would you describe your personal decor style?
As for my own personal decor style, I’d say it would be Modern Coastal. I love a neutral background, filled with clean-lined furniture and rustic, natural touches for texture. And loads of color and patterns in accessories!

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{friday finds: bold and beautiful paint colors}

Bright Lime 2025-10 Benjamin Moore

Grappa 1393 Benjamin Moore

Venetian Plaster

Venetian Plaster via House of Turquoise

Benjamin Moore 1601 Hearthstone, 2028-30 Tequila Lime, 2124-10 Wrought Iron, 1307 Geranium

Benjamin Moore 2169-10 Racing Orange

Benjamin Moore Lucerne AF-530

Benjamin Moore 2083-10 Raisin Torte, HC-46 Jackson Tan

It’s all about color today. Strong colors. Can you see any of these colors in your home? Get your eyes use to Raisin Torte; it’s like the color of the candy, Boston Baked Beans. I’m starting to see that color appearing in different fashion blogs, which means it will show up in home fashions down the line. Kathy, from Hirshfield’s Design Resource, had a customer use that color just yesterday. Okay, it might take two years to reach Minnesota, but it’s coming.

As soon as the angels go back to school, are there any paint projects you want to start? Right now I’m finishing the touch up in my newly painted family room, and still pondering the interior barn door idea. And I want to get started painting a Union Jack flag, on canvas, to hang on the side of the shed. I can’t get this pink flag out of my mind. We’ll see.

Hirshfield’s Labor Day paint sale starts next week, so keep us in mind when it’s time to start (or finish) your painting projects.

If the Venetian plasters piqued your curiosity, check out The Plaster Center in Minneapolis. Fun, fun colors, and many variations of the plaster look.

May the force be with you, until school starts.

Images: Elle  Decor magazine, Elle Decor magazine, Elle Decor magazine, House of Turquoise, Benjamin Moore, Dabble, Benjamin Moore, Benjamin Moore

{house of turquoise: birthday giveaway}

It’s a party! Erin is turning 30 next week and she is sharing some turquoise birthday love with her readers. She is tying in her other website, Decor By Color, as part of the giveaway. It is easy, easy to qualify and the winner will receive some very lovely gifts.

Happy Birthday, Erin!

{wythe blue over at house of turquoise}

Erin always has the best photos over at House of Turquoise and her latest posting on Benjamin Moore’s Wythe Blue does not disappoint. Enjoy.

{friday finds: guest post from erin of house of turquoise}

We asked Erin if she wouldn’t mind picking out her favorite turquoises from the Hirshfield’s and Ralph Lauren paint lines. Who better than Erin to get you started in the right direction if the color turquoise is in your future. A little or a lot of turquoise, you’ll find gorgeous rooms on her blog, House of Turquoise. Thanks again, Erin.

I’m so excited to be blogging for the Hirshfield’s Color Club! Thanks for allowing me to spread my passion for the best color ever: Turquoise! It’s not just me that loves it; Pantone chose turquoise as the color of the year this year. What better time to head over to my nearest Hirshfield’s and select my favorite shades, especially now that they are carrying Ralph Lauren paint again! I have to say, picking my favorite shades was so tough! I’ll go through my top 6 favorite colors, three from the Hirshfield’s line, and three from Ralph Lauren. What will my number one favorite be?!

In no particular order:

Ralph Lauren Bali Turquoise IB84This lovely shade belongs to Ralph Lauren’s Island Brights collection. Rightly so, the saturated color conjures up feelings of a tropical vacation! I just love the bold, vibrant shade, and how it went with pretty much all of my home decor!

Hirshfield’s Cyan Sky 0681

How pretty is that?! I love this shade because it reminded me of the ocean. The color, especially combined with the cheery yellow, just made me happy!

Ralph Lauren Sunwashed Blue IB82

Another tone from the Island Brights collection, this one reminds me of a beach house out in the Hamptons. I love it because it’s peaceful but also invigorating!

Hirshfield’s Andes Sky 0680

I’ve never been to the Andes, but I’ll pack my bags tonight if its sky looks like this! This aqua shade reminded me of a certain little blue box. A very refreshing, cool color…I think Martha would dig it too!

Ralph Lauren Faded Seafoam VM125

Part of the Vintage Masters collection, this shade seems timeless, definitely a sophisticated shade I’d never get tired of! It’s a color I’d recommend to anyone wanting a pretty turquoise room that’s not overwhelming.

Hirshfield’s Everest 0679

This color gave me a robin’s egg vibe…a perfect shade that’s not too light, not too dark. It’s such a fresh, soothing color. I love it!

Ok now which was my favorite?

Honestly I love them all for different reasons. But if I had to pick a favorite it’d be Hirshfield’s Andes Sky! It’s just the prettiest, most perfect shade!

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{house of turquoise and thibaut}

This roomset is from Thibaut's Serendipity book

The lovely Miss Erin, from House of Turquoise, did a compilation of Thibaut wallpapers a few weeks back….and since we have Thibaut papers on sale for the month of April I thought I’d take advantage of Erin’s hard work

Erin helping out with "Name that Color Contest"

If you are not familiar with Erin’s site, it is all about her love of turquoise. Her site will soothe your soul on those crazy days when all your worlds collide. She hails from Minnesota and is an international star in the world of decor with House of Turquoise. Her site will not disappoint.

Now back to the business of the Thibaut sale:

  • In addition to Thibaut papers, Blue Mountain, Norwall, and Washington papers are on sale for the month of April
  • on top of everyday pricing, which is less ? off retail, receive an additional ? off
  • free freight on your order if it is shipped via UPS ground

I was contacted by one of the wallpaper vendors and was asked to remove the sale discounts, as it goes against their policy. Please contact one of our locations or send me an e-mail with any questions. In a whispered voice, “it’s a really good sale.”

As always we appreciate your patronage and your support of a local business.

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