{friday finds: the best of high point market}

Powerful colors, pretty pinks, mixed metals and luxurious velvets are some of the trends to watch after our Hirshfield’s team visited the High Point Market Spring 2016.

Kathy, Greg and Taylor represented Hirshfield’s Design Resource at the Market, which is the world’s premiere home fashion event. Here is a look at some of the latest designs, ideas, and innovations they saw during  Market.

Power Clashing

High Point Spring 2016

High Point Spring Market 2016

Strong colors and strong patterns pushed the envelope at Market Week. In the past, you would see a single design element, say a fabric or piece of art, as the power player in a room.

Prevalent at spring market were entire rooms filled with saturated colors from the wall to the floor, to the fabric used on a sofa, all the way up to the ceiling. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: hunter douglas premieres event}

What’s new in Window Treatments? To help us appreciate their exciting new innovations and product enhancements, Hunter Douglas puts on their Premieres event each year for dealers around the country.

Hirshfield’s sent key window treatment personnel to this year’s regional get-together for special training classes along with an up-close look at the latest product updates, upgrades, and enhancements, including new fabrics, hardware, and operating systems.  Here are some of our designers’ favorites:

Silhouette® Duolite Window Shadings

Silhouette Duolite

Silhouette® Duolite

Cindy  from Maple Grove and Becky from Design Resource singled out the Silhouette® Duolite. The all-in-one window shade/room-darkening roller shade looks like a Silhouette during the day, with a room-darkening shade for sleeping. The Silhouette® Duolite was actually named the 2015 Product of the Year by the Window Covering Manufacturing Association, but it was just released to showrooms for the Spring of 2016.

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{DIY season is here: the best projects to do yourself}

Spring is the start of DIY season. After a long Minnesota winter, it’s natural to start your spring cleaning and start dreaming of home improvements, as well. But don’t forget the low-hanging fruit, the easy-to-do inside projects that can make a quick impact. These are a half-dozen DIY inspirations that you can do right away, or wait until you run into a rainy day.

Paint the Front Door

Like we’ve always suggested, painting your front door and adding a few accessories is one of the fastest changes that can completely transform your curb appeal. And if you want to experiment with something like this yellow, it only takes a little more paint to change it to a less springy color for fall and winter.  Click on this link to see the proper way to paint a door.

Makeover the Front Porch

A simple porch makeover can create an outdoor hangout for the whole family. Add some pillows, hang some curtains for privacy, throw out a rug, and voila! The perfect place to read a book.

Credit: Country Living

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{friday finds: how to create the perfect home office}

Home offices are certainly popular. After all, working from home is convenient and efficient. But creating the right kind of workspace can be tricky. So, if you’re looking to carve out some office space at home — or improve what you’re already using — here are our tips to create the perfect home office.

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Scribner Desk from Vanguard Furniture | Hirshfield’s Design Studio

  • First, find the perfect location. Repurpose an unused room in your home, but make sure you are aware of what’s nearby. If you know you need peace and quiet to work, then the guest room next to the playroom may not be the best spot. Be aware of your working style and go from there.
  • Don’t have an extra room? Try claiming the space under your stairs. A pretty chair, a work surface attached to the wall, and a cork board for pinning inspirational images are all you need to create a fun and functional home office.

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{8 tips to maximize your storage space}

Spring has sprung and spring cleaning has begun for many of us. It’s an enjoyable rite of spring, but cleaning up your home and putting  away your big, bulky winter clothing can have a side-effect (or benefit) — revealing your home’s storage limitations.

So, as we start spring cleaning season, here are some helpful tips to maximize your storage space and minimize the clutter.

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{friday finds: new wallpapers with classic inspirations]

What’s “old” is new again in wallcoverings. New collections from York and Thibaut both draw inspiration from classic, old towns — York’s latest WILLIAMSBURG collection and Thibaut’s Bridgehampton. Both books display a timeless style and elegance, with contemporary colors and grace.  Here’s a look at our favorite designs:

WILLIAMSBURG II by York Wallcoverings

York recently launched its second “Trend Meets Tradition” collection with WILLIAMSBURG, the licensing division of the not-for-profit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Like York’s first WILLIAMSBURG collections, each of the 16 patterns in the new wallpaper book is inspired by an antique object, design, or motif found in Colonial Williamsburg’s archives.

Brazanga | WILLIAMSBURG II by York Wallcoverings

Brazanga | WILLIAMSBURG II by York Wallcoverings

Reflecting the colonial-era interest in patterns derived from Asian and particularly Chinese art and décor, the new collection includes several chinoiserie-inspired patterns, including Brazanga (above), and Chinese Peony (below). Read the rest of this entry »

{we found a better painter’s tape: it’s called ‘SnotTape}

If you’ve been struggling to find a painter’s tape that actually works on difficult, textured surfaces, we have the answer. It’s ‘SnotTape — as in, “it’s not tape.”

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‘SnotTape is actually a paper strip that features a specially formulated polyurethane gel that acts as both an adhesive and a barrier — filling in the gaps on textured surfaces and eliminating paint bleed, leaving behind a crisp, perfectly straight paint line.

A guy from Wisconsin invented it, and Hirshfield’s is proud to be carrying it. Read the rest of this entry »

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