{patterns in small spaces}

Friday Finds: How to Play with Patterns in Small Spaces

It might seem counterintuitive—but if you have a small space, pattern can actually make it come alive and seem bigger, not smaller and cluttered as you might expect. Using patterns in small spaces can offer you a chance to show your personality and take risks. Since it’s a small space, it’s less of an investment in time and materials.

Let’s take a look at how you can play with patterns in small spaces to add pizzazz to your home.

  • Incorporate wall coverings.

Today’s wall coverings are nothing like the wallpaper from back in the day. New versions are like pieces of art with amazing colors and design. You can use wall coverings with bold patterns on an accent wall to give a small space an artistic feel or unexpected feel of luxury.

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{friday finds: thibaut graphic resource}

 

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Thank you, Thibaut Wallcovering for bringing us back. Back into the world of color with the new Graphic Resource Collection and out of our winter wonderland of white. Graphic Resource got it right with great patterns and equally appealing colors. A little something for everyone.

Introducing the shape of things to come. Graphic Resource is a collection of wallcoverings that range from bold patterns to fun novelties and graceful geometrics. Thibaut’s newest wallpaper collection offers a variety of perfectly scaled and upbeat designs in exciting and also subtle color combinations.

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A chunky Chevron is available in 11 colorways with four neutrals filling out the mix.

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{friday finds: as seen at Hirshfield’s}

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It’s always exciting when paging through a magazine to come across a product that Hirshfield’s carries in our retail stores or design studio. It’s that same feeling I have when designers and their clients leave the design studio smiling because they found what they were looking for at the showroom, or overhearing a H’s employee share his or her paint expertise with a retail customer. I guess it’s about validation. We DO have great employees and great product offerings.

Hirshfield’s Design Studio accessorized the cover of the new Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design magazine. The hide-on-hair rug, gold, spiky stars, flat antlers, and vine ball in the lower right corner are available at the design studio.

Also showcased in the Mpls.St.Paul Design 100 article, are stunning wallpapers from Hirshfield’s and other local papering purveyors. Whether you’re a hipster or hipster grandma you’ll find at least one paper to your liking on page 50.

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On the magazine cover you can barely see the vine ball tucked away in the corner and this piece is too cool to miss. Here’s a photo showing how the piece is displayed in the Hirshfield’s showroom.

When the vine is still alive, it’s manipulated into a circular objet d’art and left to dry. Voila! Vine balls. It’s a complementary piece for just about any design style. Personally, if I can move a piece of furniture or artwork from room to room I feel it’s money well spent.

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The bowl of Chinese calligraphy brushes caught my eye in this photo from Heart to Home magazine. These Chinese calligraphy brushes are hand-made in Asia, duplicating the age-old process of brush making. The handles are made from natural products such as:  jade, bamboo, cow bone, ceramic and coral. The bristles are made from sheep or goat hair. You could do some “super sized” calligraphy or use them as decorative accents in your home. The photo below shows a few of the brushes available at Hirshfield’s Design Studio.

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Hirshfield’s Design Studio

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Back in the day when the women folk made bread, the dough bowl was the appliance that took up space on their counters…and was actually used on a daily basis. Today we see these hand-carved, antique wooden bowls used as a tabletop centerpiece, repurposed into a sink for a bathroom vanity, or like Veranda magazine shows, a one-of-a-kind accessory holding throws and blankets.

You can see in the photo below that Hirshfield’s Design Studio took a page from Veranda magazine and use their dough bowl as a catchall for throws, kanthas, and suzanis.

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(Psst – the design studio only has one left)

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Irish-born fashion designer Orla Kiely brings her distinctive look to our homes with her wallpaper line. The line consists of her graphic patterns, fabulous color combos, and coordinating neutrals. Orla Kiely as seen in House & Home June 2013. Most H’s stores have her wallpaper book on hand, but call first to make certain it’s not checked out.

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Orla’s papers are often paired with Mid-Century Modern pieces, but in this photo the expanse of the stairwell and larger scale of her patterns work well together.

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  I wasn’t surprised to see Minnesota-based Martha O’Hara Interiors featured in the September issue of HGTV magazine. The award-winning designers at MOI consistently turn out stunning interiors. It was a nice surprise seeing a Hirshfield’s paint color (Techile 0533) featured alongside the national “heavy hitters.” Hirshfield’s paint is manufactured right here in Minneapolis.

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When Flea Market Style magazine asked for plaid wallpapers, I thought for certain the wallpapered dresser would be the shining star.

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  Not the case when there’s a cute pooch involved in the shoot.

If you love “the plaid” then turn to page 96 in the FMS magazine for 16 DIY projects. The wallpapers featured are from Thibaut and Ralph Lauren and available at most Hirshfield’s locations.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{friday finds: thibaut wallpaper sale}

Thibaut Wallpaper is on sale starting Monday, September 16 thru Monday, September 30.

Thibaut has it all. Grasses, florals, toiles, geometrics, textures, funky novelty patterns to historic reproductions. Great coloring combined with distinctive patterns and great price points makes Thibaut a popular choice. Established in 1886 Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) is the nation’s oldest continuously operating wallpaper firm.

We’re super excited to have a Thibaut Wallpaper sale. Two weeks only! The wallpaper sale is 35% off the retail price on all Thibaut  Wallpapers, plus freight  from the factory.

Not all Hirshfield’s locations carry Thibaut books, so make a call before you make a trip to the store. Also, if there is a particular book you want to look at, call  the store and make certain the book hasn’t been checked out.

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The South Sea pattern in Resort was taken from an old Thibaut chinoiserie pattern called Monte Carlo, and simplified in silhouette. The images are from 18th century French artist Jean Baptiste who created drawings of fantasy, far east, scenes of pagodas, palms and Asian scenes.

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{monterey wallpaper collection by thibaut}

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Thibaut’s limited edition collection, Monterey, offers a variety of fresh patterns with a bohemian vibe. Strong yet comfortable colors ranging from vibrant coral to peacock-blue round out this unique wallpaper and fabric collection. Versatile patterns flexibly coordinate to create a collection that has a hip new take on traditional style.

Color or colour? Either way you spell it, Thibaut’s newest wallpaper book is filled with fabulous color combinations and patterns. I know, no need to state the obvious. Doesn’t it seem like the patterns are crying out, “look at me, I’m more gorgeous than the pattern next to me.” In addition to wallpaper, the Monterey book carries coordinating and complimentary fabrics.

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Okay – if you’re thinking that red sofa doesn’t look good with the wallpaper, I would concur. And that dog? The home of Britt Van Deusen is where the Thibaut team set up the photo shoot for the Monterey book. Being a wallpaper geek, I loved Britt Van Deusen’s blog posts on the weeklong photo shoot. Read all about it on her blog Design Omnivore. Britt is a fine artist who shares her love of art, life, and all that is design on her blog -  it’s an entertaining and informative read.

Thibaut books are available at most Hirshfield’s stores; call first before you make a special trip.

Happy Easter everyone!

{bits & pieces: thibaut’s faux bois wallpaper}

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I planted the seed a couple of weeks ago. In passing, I mentioned to my husband, ” Think about horizontal (painted) wood planking on the headboard wall in our bedroom.” Audible groan, and then, “what are YOU talking about?” In our house, my ideas = husband doing a lot of the work.

That was before I saw this wallpaper in the new Neutral Resource book from Thibaut. The Hirshfield’s Design Studio staff first showed me the paper, and then a couple of the stores mentioned it. Everyone’s in agreement. It’s an excellent faux bois paper and all around great book. That extra layer of texture gives a room more character and added interest. What do you think?

A wide array of natural tones comprise Thibaut’s Neutral Resource wallpaper collection. Designs range from traditional classic patterns to novelty contemporary prints. A variety of metallics paired with colors such as soft fawn, stone, and charcoal enrich the neutral color palette. Specialty papers like cork and raffia enliven the collection with dimension and vitality.

The majority of H’s stores have the Thibaut books, but call first before making a special trip.

Enjoy your week! Spring is almost here.

{friday finds: wild about wallpaper}

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Another colorway of the Nasrid Palace Mosaic

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Pattern from Pip (totally Anthropology looking)

Pip – get use to seeing seafoam…again!

Pattern from the  Suzani book

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Pattern from the Suzani book

There are so many rockin’ wallpapers available right now it makes my head spin. Traditional, European, retro, flocked, classic, vinyl, hand blocked, screen printed, transitional; wallpaper is very much in vogue.

The staff at Hirshfield’s Design Studio tell me naturals are trending: grasscloths, linen looking papers, bamboo, or silhouettes of nature, like trees and flowers. Also, for a single wall application (focal wall) geometric patterns and damask motifs are customer favorites. The wonderfully exotic Moroccan influence has been emerging over the past year and is now starting to appear in the wallpaper industry.

 Hirshfield’s carries an extensive wallpaper library in the majority of our stores. We offer wallpapers at all price points and have the most diverse selection of high-end or “to trade only” books in town. Our sales staff are wallpaper savvy and knowledgeable with every aspect of the world of wallpaper.

No other decorating product offers so much color, design and coverage to suit any mood, taste and need. Stop by your neighborhood Hirshfield’s and see for yourself all the exquisite wallcovering options.

{wallpaper week: jubilee wallcovering by thibaut}

Ingrid wallpaper & Cayman fabric

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…the Jubilee Collection by Thibaut is chic gathering of patterns and colors sure to inspire.  Painted in pastoral hues, worldly motifs are translated upon sleek, tactile grounds in a great array of textures, shapes and styles.

Jubilee Collection is Thibaut’s newest wallcovering (and fabric book) hot off the press…so hot, it is not due into our stores until next week.

The color palette offers a wide range from neutrals to refreshing brights. You’ll find classics like the ikat, trellis, and an updated antique crewel pattern. Throw a monkey into the mix and you’ll have a chinoiserie wallpaper gracing your bathroom walls. Read the rest of this entry »

{bits & pieces: style at home high/low}

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This “high/low” post over at Style at Home caught my eye because I recognized the wallpapers. When a customer requests “bird wallpaper” these  two patterns are often pulled by the staff to show to the customer.  The papers have a lot in common; variety of color ways, quality paper, both good-looking patterns; the price point* is what sets them apart. Is it worth more money to the customer to have a more stylized, block or screen printed pattern shipped from the UK?  Or is the customer happy with the Thibaut paper, made in the states, less expensive, but less stylized pattern?

There is a $4,300 price difference between the two rooms. I know. Sometimes it’s hard to settle for the low, when the high is so perfect. Head on over to Style at Home for the breakdown. Would you settle for the “low” room?

Both “bird papers” are available at most Hirshfield’s retail locations, call first before making a special trip.

*The pricing on the wallcovering is misleading. The $250 bolt of Cole & Son is equal to a little more than a double roll of paper. It is priced at $250 a bolt, because you have to purchase in full bolts. The Thibaut paper is priced out per single roll at $84. A more “apple to apple” comparison would be $168 for a double roll of the Thibaut paper.

{thibaut + alpha workshops = the artisan collection}

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The wallcoverings shown here are a few of the offerings from the new The Artisan Collection by Thibaut. This collection is a collaboration with Alpha Workshops and Thibaut. The Alpha Workshops is the only not-for-profit organization in the country that trains and employs people living with AIDS/HIV, in the field of decorative arts. How cool is that? Their areas of expertise are wallcoverings, tables, lamps, faux finishes, gilding and restoration. The quality products and finishes from the Alpha Workshops are found in residential and commercial settings, including Gracie Manor, the residence of the mayor of New York City.

For Thibaut, the license with Alpha presented an opportunity to work hand in hand with the creators of Alpha’s designs to shape their new interpretations. The Alpha Workshops recognized that in Thibaut, they had a partner who could capture the handmade quality of their designs and make them widely available.

This sounds like a win-win situation for both parties. The best thing about their collaboration is a percentage of the sales for the licensed designs will be paid to Alpha Workshops Studio School.

You are thinking about putting wallcovering in your home this year, aren’t you? Please consider the papers in the The Artisan Collection.  For your viewing pleasure, click here for a peek at the new book. The books should arrive in our stores next week.

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