{spring home makeover: front porch edition}

The return of warm weather means it’s time to get outside in Minnesota! Spring is the perfect time to open up your windows and revamp your front porch so you can enjoy the outdoors for the months to come.  But time is wasting, so here are some decor tips  for a quick and easy front porch makeover.

Paint the Front Door

Front door Whyte Blue Benjamin Moore

Minnesota ASID Showcase Home 2015

For the biggest impact, add some bright, inviting color to your door and accessories. Whether you go bright or light the key is using complimentary colors. For every blue, green, or violet, choose an orange, red, or yellow.

Richmond, 1930

Credit: Hannah Brown

If you’ve got warm brick or siding, try a cool color like spring green, teal, or turquoise. If you’ve got white siding, no color is off limits — not even this canary yellow.

Miller

Credit: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Plant Your Flowers

Flowers and planters are another quick fix, but you need to be thoughtful for maximum impact. These planters are a great choice because they are similar to the chandelier in shape, but opposites in finish — traditional warm metal compared to a contemporary cool plastic.

Renovation: Senoia Farmhouse

Credit: Historical Concepts

Turn On The Lights

Adding new lights will give new life to your porch. It will make your entrance bright for all those late-night comings-and-goings if you’re looking for safety and security. Don’t forget about scale. People often make the mistake of not buying large enough outdoor fixtures. Looking for the soft glow of porch ambiance? Welcome your guests with a string of decorative twinkling lights.

Private Beach Residence

Credit: JS Interiors LLC

Add More Furniture

If you have enough space, consider adding more furniture to create a room with a view. Whether it’s conventional wicker furniture to create a three season sitting room, or the right rug, and chairs, you’re sure to enjoy the warm breezes all summer long.

front porch Great Neighborhood Home 2015

Minnesota ASID Showcase Home 2015

Give it a Swing

And if there’s one look that’s made for any porch lover it’s the porch swing. This updated swinging sofa completes a classy yet comfortable porch combo – perfect for enjoying a late night in the still summer air.
Great Neighborhood Homes 2015

Minnesota ASID Showcase Home 2015

Whether your goal is extra color or extra comfort — or both — the right choices can add to your curb appeal and the enjoyment of your home. So, now that you’ve been inspired, how will you make over your front porch?
Check out Benjamin Moore’s photos for an inspired exterior. Paint is your best friend when it comes to upping your curb appeal!

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.

{wallpaper wednesday: add’l savings on york wallpaper}

York wallpaper

Whether your personal style is contemporary, shabby chic, traditional, or transitional, York has a wallpaper for you and a sale for you. Everyday pricing is 25% off retail and York is offering an additional 10% off during the month of May.

York collaborates with top names in the design community and these designer collaborations are just a handful from over the 190 wallpaper books available thru York. Disney, DwellStudio, Stacy Garcia, Magnolia Home, Candice Olson, and Ronald Redding are brands that may be familar to you.

Sure Strip®

Don’t forget about York’s Sure Strip®. This high-performance paper is prepasted to go up easily and come down in one piece – guaranteed. Sure Strip® is available in many of York’s most popular collections, from Disney to Williamsburg and everything in between.

Magnolia Home Wallpaper

 

coastal Calm wallpaper book

Coastal Charm

 

Stacy Garcia Wallpaper

Stacy Garcia Wallpaper

 

York Wallpaper

Serendipity

If you’re intrigued by the possibilities, you can check out York wallcovering at any of our Hirshfield’s locations in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

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.

{the buzz on bud’s bees}

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December 2016 – Winterizing the hives with waxed cardboard boxes

“How are the bees?” is a question Hans Hirshfield gets a lot.

In March, the U of M Bee Squad stopped by for a “Well Bee Checkup” and told us the Hirshfield’s Hives were healthy and happy. We lost two hives over the winter of 2015 and the University of Minnesota’s Hive to Bottle program lost 50% of the hives they managed. Fingers crossed  the winter of 2016 sees a lower bee hive failure.

Hirshfield's-Hives

This will be the fourth year Hirshfield’s has participated in the U of M program. Last year Bud’s Bees produced 170 8oz. jars, plus enough honey to feed the bees over the winter. Can you see the “H” in the honeycomb? Custom label design by Julie B. in H’s Marketing Dept.

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Bud, Hans, and the Bee Squad back in 2014

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Spring 2016

One thing that you can do to help the bees is to buy plants that are neonicotinoid free. Check with your local garden center and see what they carry in neonicotinoid free plants.

The next time you’re stopped in traffic on 94 heading east, a block south of International Market Square, look to your right for the rainbow H on our building and you should see the tops of the Hirshfield’s Hives. Living the good life in the Harrison neighborhood.

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.

{hirshfield’s color of the month for april}

Hirshfield's Paints Lemon Zest 0840

Goodbye winter and a warm welcome to a new season of fresh palettes and color inspiration.  April’s Color of the Month, Lemon Zest 0840, is the happiest and brightest of colors adding energy and life to any space.

 

British Vogue January 2017

British Vogue January 2017

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{summer house wallcovering by thibaut}

Summer House Wallpaper by Thibaut

The past few dreary days has me longing for sunshine and a bright blue sky. Thibaut Wallpaper to the rescue! Escape to Summer House, Thibaut’s newest collection of coordinating wallpaper and fabrics. The flowers, simple shapes, paperweaves, and retro batik patterns will satisfy your longing for the return of the warmth of summer!

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{bachman’s spring ideas house 2017}

Bachman's Spring Ideas House 2017

Photo credit MSP Magazine

Urban Farmhouse

Each year the Bachman’s Spring Ideas House marks the end of winter and welcomes  a season of warmer weather and beautiful spring colors.

The theme for the 2017 Spring Ideas House is Urban Farmhouse. This transformation from season to season takes place in the historic Bachman family home on Lyndale Avenue. Truly an urban farmhouse.

A neutral background palette allows the colorful spring florals and accessories to be  focal points throughout the home. If you’ve never been to an Ideas House the design team does an amazing job creating charming vignettes with new items, up cycled pieces, and vintage pieces.

Look for these key trends for 2017:

  • Fresh contemporary meets vintage permanence
  • Shades of grey against farm fresh white to create warm contrast
  • Floral Patterns and Ditsy Prints add dimension to our simple farmhouse decor
  • Galvanized metal and reclaimed wood used for accent and function
  • Botanical greens from dominant fiddle leaf figs to refined ferns

Barn door Bachman's

Photo credit MSP Magazine

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{NuWallpaper by Brewster Home Fashions}

NuWallpaper

Playroom goals from @terrimchugh

Peel and Stick Wallpaper

NuWallpaper is the latest innovation in wall decor. This peel and stick wallpaper collection has all of the beauty of modern wallpaper styles while being easier than ever to apply and remove.  NuWallpaper goes up in minutes and comes down in seconds!

Printed on a premium substrate that is completely removable and will not damage walls, this new peel and stick solution saves you both the time and money of ordinary wallpaper. Simply peel and stick on any smooth, flat surface.  You might recognize some of the patterns from traditional wallpaper books. Read the rest of this entry »

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