{friday finds: schumacher wallcovering}

House of Turquoise recently did a post featuring the Chiang Mai Dragon wallpaper pattern in blue. The aquamarine and lacquer colorways of this pattern are so stunning, I never paid much attention to the blue colorway. After seeing this bath redo I’m a believer in the blue. Having the millwork painted white makes the wallpaper all the more striking.

F. Schumacher & Co. ran a contest this past spring asking designers to submit projects showcasing Schumacher wallpaper. An honorable mention was bestowed on Renee LeJeune Hallberg, RLH Studio, Minneapolis. Gorgeous room, isn’t it?

My personal favorites:

  • wallcovering (of course)
  • wallcovering application at the ceiling
  • palest of pale blue/gray paint on the makeup vanity
  • vanity stool

Click here to view the work of the other talented designers selected by Schumacher.

Hirshfield’s Design Resource carries all the Schumacher books as well as some of retail locations. Call first if you’re making a special trip.

{friday finds: as seen in hirshfield’s design studio}

Julia (Hirshfield’s Design Resource) loves her design magazines and design books. She has a very keen eye and will dissect every inch of a room, pointing out pieces the showroom has on the floor, had on the floor, or a piece ordered by a customer. Here’s a small offering from the showroom as seen in some of Julia’s favorite magazines and catalogs.


This retro Duralee fabric, as seen in the Crate & Barrel catalog, arrived in the mail this week.

Recessed by Given Campbell

Recessed wallcovering as seen in House Beautiful, September 2011 issue.

Natural Curiosities artwork as seen in Lonny July/August 2011 and House Beautiful September 2011. I know, not the same piece, but both from Natural Curiosities. When you find the piece you cannot live without, and there are many, call Hirshfield’s Design Resource and they will be happy to assist you.

 Antlers as seen in Lonny July/August 2011. Every shape and size have been spotted in design magazines; ours happen to be gazelle.

Fresno 020

Benjamin Moore Fresno 020 as seen in House Beautiful September 2011.

In addition to Julia, Kathy, Greg, and Meropi work at the showroom. They are available to help designers and their customers, and the showroom is open to the public. One designer refers to the showroom staff as her “secret weapon.” That’s a nice complement, but we don’t want to be “a secret.” Spread the word. Stop in and check out Julia’s “as seen in” Hirshfield’s Design Studio. And while you’re there, put the very talented staff to work on your projects.

{thibaut + alpha workshops = the artisan collection}





La Gioconda

Alpha student printing wallcovering

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.

{friday finds: velvet}

It is classic and luxurious. Velvet is re-emerging as a popular selection for upholstery, bedding, accent pillows, and draperies. Has it ever gone out of style? I think not. For centuries, royalty could only afford the fabric and it wasn’t until the industrial revolution that the common folk could afford this glamorous and durable fabric. Cut, pile, tufted, silk or cotton, how do you like your velvet? Be inspired.

Hirshfield’s Design Studio is a great resource for velvets and they also offer a fabricated headboard program. Stop in and see the samples on display in the showroom.

If you’re interested, here is a link from Kravet Fabric on how the different variations of velvet are made.

Images: Thibaut Luxembourg Damask, Thibaut Tidewater Blue, Anthology magazine, Duralee ad, Lonny decorating, Thibaut Tidewater Brown velvet and Resource wallcovering, House to Home, Decorati Kravet Fabric, House of Turquoise, unknown, Velvet Gate Tuxedo, Kravet fabric.

{friday finds: eijffinger}

Welcome Eijffinger!

Finally. We have been waiting sooo long for you to come to Minnesota. Hirshfield’s is very excited to offer your Gracia and Belle de Jour books to our customers.

Eijffinger is a Dutch wallcovering and fabric company that caught my eye a few years back. Their wallcoverings and room settings have that European feel which always pulls me in. In addition to beautiful neutral designs, other patterns are big, bold, and bright.

Belle de Jour



Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour

Belle de Jour


The substrate on the wallcoverings from the Belle de Jour book is a 100% non woven which makes the papers easy up and easy down. Cindy, at our Maple Grove store, has hung and stripped non woven paper. She cannot say enough good things about it. “It is breathable, doesn’t shrink, very strippable, comes down in one big sheet. It is the greatest.” She also stresses, “preparation is still the key to a successful wallcovering job.”

Thinking about wallcovering, but are apprehensive? Ask to be directed to the non woven books at our retail stores. See what they look and feel like. Let Hirshfield’s staff help you find your personal style.

Thank you for your patronage.

Shop local…For every $1.00 you spend in a local business, 68¢ stays in your community. Spend that $1.00 in a national chain and 43¢ stays in your community. Support your local businesses.

{friday finds: thibaut’s damask resource volume 3}

Great looking wallpaper is what Thibaut is bringing to your home with the release of Damask Resource Volume 3. Thibaut is updating the look of their damasks with gold foil and cork peeking from the background, raised patterns, and heavy on the metallics. Perfect timing for the resurgence of all that is Victorian…with a 2010 twist. Enjoy the wonderful room settings that Thibaut always provides.

In London recently I saw wallcovering used in so many specialty shops, salons, and restaurants, that it made my heart sing. The English get “it” when it comes to wallcovering.

For additional eye candy from Damask Resource visit the Thibaut website. The new books should be available in our stores in a couple of weeks.

Shop local…For every $1.00 you spend in a local business, 68¢ stays in your community. Spend that $1.00 in a national chain and 43¢ stays in your community. Support your local businesses.

Thank you for your patronage.

{friday finds: imperial trellis by Schumacher}

House and Garden

First introduced in 2005, by designer Kelly Wearstler, Imperial Trellis has to be the overall best selling Schumacher pattern. A classic pattern, offered in a great array of colors, makes it well suited for any room in your home.

I thought I would have tired of the pattern by now, but it is as fresh looking to me now, as the first time I saw it. What are your thoughts? Still loving it?

Anna Spiro's office - Absolutely Beautiful Things

Gwyneth Paltrow - House and Garden


Unknown origin

Absolutely Beautiful Things

Wearstler stationery

Apartment Therapy also loves the trellis, and they are sharing the love in an “Ode to Imperial Trellis.” I don’t usually care for the yellow and grey combo but their “House Tour” images are the best looking of the group.

Hirshfield’s carries the Schumacher books, but just not at every location…call first…and as always, we appreciate your business.


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