{friday finds: hirshfield’s virtual painter}

Does fear of commitment keep you from experimenting with color in your home? Does the risk of going “bold” keep your home in the “beige”? What if you could take a bold, new color for a test drive – no strings attached, no commitment necessary. Hirshfield’s visual painting tool lets you unleash your creativity, experiment and have fun – without ever having to dip a paintbrush!

Virtually paint any of the interior rooms or house exteriors from the Hirshfield’s image library. Or use your own image – a digital photo from your camera or phone – by uploading it to the Hirshfield’s site.

These rooms and more are all just waiting for your colorful influence…

Living rooms

Bedrooms

Kitchens

Bathrooms

Corridors

Exteriors

Choose paint colors from the Color Is, Devine and Historic palettes. The color combinations are endless!

Once you’ve selected your color palette, stop in to your local Hirshfield’s retail store and let the paint professionals help you get set up with everything you need.

Happy painting!

Hirshfield’s is your local Minneapolis-St. Paul paint retailer. The paint experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help you with everything from window-treatments to paint colors. Hirshfield’s manufactures paint right here in Minneapolis.

{friday finds: benjamin moore chalkboard paint at hirshfield’s}

Chalkboards aren’t just for the classroom! With Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint, available at select Hirshfield’s locations, you can create your own erasable, washable chalkboard wherever you need it – at home, at the office or in the kids’ room. And don’t assume that your blackboard has to be black. Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint can be tinted to any Benjamin Moore paint color (except the Color Stories collection).

Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint, available in any color, lets you turn virtually any interior surface into an easy-to-clean chalkboard. It goes on smoothly, just like other paints and is formulated to minimize lingering odors.

Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint

  • Available in any color
  • Easy to apply
  • Washable
  • Quick drying
  • Best used with Prang Hygieia Chalk (available at office supply stores and educational stores) and a quality eraser

Here are some of our favorite ideas for using Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint:

Kids’ Activity Center

Minneapolis paint

Benjamin Moore

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{American colonial design}

The colonial history of the United States covers the history from the start of European settlement until 1776 when the Thirteen Colonies declared their independence as the United States of America on July 4th. This was a period of great transition for our country and a time when styles were blended together to create American colonial design. So this 4th of July week, let’s celebrate our country’s history and style!

Building styles in the 13 colonies were influenced by techniques and styles from England, as well as traditions brought by settlers from other parts of Europe.

In New England, 17th-century colonial houses were built primarily from wood, the most widely available resource, following styles found in England. Brick, the other most widely available construction resource, was used primarily in the Hudson River Valley, Long Island, and northern New Jersey.

Colonial style homes are stately and distinguished, which some say reflect the solid, traditional values of the time. Most Colonial style homes are symmetrical, where each side is a mirror image of the other. Decorative elements are minimal and drawn from Greek and Roman classical architecture. The entry is generally the focal point, with a large door, transom, sidelights, hood, or even a portico.

colonial home style

Antique Home Style

Southern homes

Stunning architecture! I snapped this picture while in Savannah, Georgia a few years ago.

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{friday finds: getting your home ready for summer}

Summer doesn’t officially start until June 20, but it’s pretty much understood here in Minnesota that Memorial Day is the “unofficial” start to summer! And with the warm temps we’ve been having here in the Twin Cities and across the state, it seems as if Mother Nature is just as anxious for summer to arrive as we are!

So let’s welcome summer into our homes with open windows and fresh decor! Here are some tips to help get your home in shape for the season!

Let the fresh air in: Welcome the warm summer weather into your home with open windows! Not only does a nice breeze help you enjoy the outdoor weather even when you’re stuck indoors, it also  just makes your home feel fresher. You can even filter the outdoor air that comes through your house with plants. Some of the best air-cleaning houseplants are snake plants, spider plants, English ivy, and small-leafed rubber plants.

summer home Minnesota

Examiner Home & Living

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