{friday finds: solar panels bring color and power to hirshfield’s}

Hirshfield's Paint Manufacturing Plant

Keeping in line with a commitment to sustainability, there’s a colorful new addition atop our Hirshfield’s Paint Manufacturing facility in Minneapolis. But the pink and blue panels aren’t there for the color, they’re there for the power. Solar power.

Hirshfield’s partnered with iDEAL ENERGIES, a Minneapolis commercial solar developer, to install a 20kW solar energy array utilizing Xcel Energy’s “Solar Rewards” rebate incentive program.

pinkpanels_hirshfields

The program provides financial incentives to businesses that utilize solar panels that will help offset its energy consumption with clean, reliable, renewable energy. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: window treatments from the artisan home tour 2016}

We love to track design trends, and few places are better than the annual Artisan Homes Tour. It’s one thing to see a trend mentioned online or in a magazine, but the Artisan Homes Tour by Parade of Homes gives us a chance to see how they look — up close, and in person — and also see what interior finishes Minnesota and Wisconsin interior designers are using.

We shared an overview of the entire tour earlier this month, but this blog will focus on window treatment trends as seen by Cora and Judy from Hirshfield’s Shop At Home.

“Standout for me was the use of pattern in the drapery panels,” said Judy Ciacura, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home designer. Some of her favorites included: “Neutral background with navy or gray design, and the Moroccan pattern still seems to dominate.”

“A few things that stood out for me were the amount of woven woods featured in the homes,” said Hirshfield’s designer Cora Asp. “There were a couple of homes that had shutters in the bathrooms,” Cora noted,” and we saw lots of side panels as well.”

Hendel Homes 2016 Artisan HOme Tour

Hendel Homes 2016 Artisan Home

Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: how hot is too hot? advice for exterior painting in a heatwave}

With temperatures way over 90° this week, you might not even be tempted to leave the air-conditioned confines of your home or workplace, let alone work on house projects outside.

But these high temps beg a pretty common question — how hot is too hot for painting?

The ideal temperature depends on what type of paint you use.

We recommend 100% acrylic paint for most exteriors, and these latex paints work best when applied in temperatures between 50° and 85° Fahrenheit. However, if you decide to use oil-based paint, their ideal range is slightly broader — 40° to 90° Fahrenheit.

High temperatures bake paints.

At best, a too-high temp will cause the paint to dry too fast. With too hot of a surface, the paint never gets a chance to adhere and possibly leaving you with a cracked, peeled, or blistered exterior (below).

IMG_0160

But we Minnesotans know that temperature isn’t everything when it comes to working conditions! When painting the exterior of your home, you also have to consider precipitation, humidity, and wind speed.

Don’t work in wet or humid conditions.

You probably know that you shouldn’t apply fresh paint during, before, or after rain — but did you know that high humidity can lead to almost as many issues? The paint wants to dry but it can’t dry. Humidity causes condensation, which affects adhesion, which can result in streaks or faded spots.

The wind is no friend to paint.

Windy conditions blow debris into your paint and can lead to uneven drying. If the wind is blowing more than 15 miles per hour, it might even blow you off your ladder! The best wind speed for painting is anything under 8 mph — which is basically a gentle breeze.

Consult weather forecasts before scheduling time to paint.

Check your forecast for:

  • Temperatures between 50° and 85° Fahrenheit
  • Mild humidity between 40 and 70%
  • A stretch of time that will avoid precipitation – 24 hours before and after application

If you’re looking for a reliable weather report resource, forecast.io aggregates several different predictions together to give the most likely weather possibility.

Consider the house and the painter.

For best results, paint opposite the sun.

Painting between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on a mild day will:

  • Ensure you have plenty of light to see what you’re painting
  • Let the house dry off any morning condensation
  • Give the exterior time to warm to the right temperature
  • Allow the paint to dry before the cool night comes

Remember, even if the weather is too hot for painting, you can still stock up on paint in our air-conditioned stores, located all over Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. We’re having a too-hot-to-paint-outside sale on our Platinum Ceramic™ interior paint thru Sunday, July 25. Check your email if you’re a Color Club member!

paint sale

And if you have additional questions about painting conditions, ask the experts in our paint department. They love to help!

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.

Save

{farrow & ball at hirshfield’s edina}

Farrow & Ball Paint

We are thrilled to announce that Hirshfield’s Edina location now carries Farrow & Ball paints and wallpaper.

How’s that for big news? Farrow & Ball does have a bit of a cult following when it comes to their colour palette. People who use Farrow & Ball paints, consistently talk about the depth and richness of their colours which Farrow & Ball says is due to their use of the highest quality ingredients. The light refracting qualities of their paint promote that depth of colour and also enhances the way the appearance of their colours subtly change in different lights.

Cromarty Farrow and Ball Paint

Inspired by swirling sea mist, and named after the Cromarty Firth estuary, a place mentioned daily in The Shipping Forecast. This colour brings a muted softness to any room. A lighter version of Mizzle, it works beautifully when paired with Light Blue, or grouped with Blue Gray and Pigeon.

A little Farrow & Ball history: The company was founded in 1946 by John Farrow and Richard Ball and is located in Dorset England. Farrow & Ball wallpapers and paints are made in England. Fast forward, today Farrow & Ball distributes its paints and wallpapers to 67 countries around the world including Edina, Minnesota.

Farrow & Ball Inchyra blue

Farrow & Ball update their carefully edited colour palette once every three years, but still keeping the magic number of colours at 132. Catch up with the highly anticipated new 2016 colours released in February over at decor8. If you’re a Farrow & Ball follower you know every colour has a special story or meaning which is reflected in its name.

The Edina store stocks an assortment of colours and sheens based on the recommendations of Farrow & Ball. Not all colours and finishes are stocked at the store. If you select a non-stocking colour it takes 2-3 days to bring into the store. Farrow & Ball paint is pre-mixed at the factory so there’s no tinting involved at the store.

Sample pots (3.38 oz) are available in the entire range of Farrow & Ball colours in their signature Estate Emulsion finish.

Farrow & Ball Paints

Living Room walls in Dix Blue No.82 and woodwork in Wimborne White No.239 | Estate Emulsion & Estate Eggshell

Stocking finishes at Hirshfield’s Edina:

Estate® Emulsion – This high quality chalky matt emulsion defines the Farrow & Ball look. It is designed for use on walls and ceilings, with an unrivalled depth of colour and 2% sheen.

Modern Emulsion – This low sheen (7%), high performance, washable wall and ceiling paint is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, children’s rooms, hallways and other high traffic areas.

Estate Eggshell – An extremely robust and durable eggshell finish. Ideal for all interior woodwork and metal, including radiators. Easily wiped and washed clean with 20% sheen.

Stop by and see why the luxurious colours of Farrow & Ball appeal to so many people.

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.

Look for a future post on Farrow & Ball wallpaper.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

{friday finds: 7 fresh ideas for using up leftover paint}

Your freshly painted room is looking gorgeous. In fact, you love the color so much, you don’t want any of it to go to waste! Have no fear, we’re here with some great ideas for using every last drop.

1. Freshen up a lampshade with a wash of color.

Emily Henderson calls painting a shade with watered-down house paint “the simplest, most genius upgrade to a fabric lampshade that you can do.” She suggests a ratio of 1/3 water-based paint to 2/3 water.

Credit: Emily

Credit: Style by Emily Henderson

2. Paint the back of your built-ins.

Painting the back wall gives shelving an added dimension — and gives you an excuse to use more of your favorite paint! Are you noticing more bookcases and built-ins featured in room sets, or is it just me?

Transitional Wellesley

Credit: Jamie Keskin Design

Read the rest of this entry »

{wallcovering wednesday: brewster’s beautiful new books}

Why limit yourself to one new wallpaper book when three will do? Brewster Home Fashions has three new collections, featuring three completely different takes on modern design: Mirabelle and Geometrie from A-Street Prints, and Azmaara from Kenneth James.

Which one is right for you? It depends on your design aesthetic, but with a wide array of prints and colors, these collections have wallcoverings for every home.

Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: trend takeaways from the 2016 artisan homes tour}

It’s now July, which means the 2016 Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes has officially ended. Made up of 31 homes located in two different states, it’s understandable that you may not have made it to as many of the homes as you would have liked. Well, you don’t need to worry – we sent a team of Hirshfield’s employees to the tour, and took note of the decor trends we saw throughout the tour. From wallcoverings to flooring, here’s what you need to know:

wallpaper Great Neighbor Homes

Great Neighborhood Homes Artisan Home Tour

Wallcoverings

Wallcoverings were everywhere this year at the Artisan Home Tour. Kid’s bathrooms, guest bedrooms, and even ceilings – all were fair game for wallcoverings. Grasscloth and Tone on Tone Damask stood out in particular, but we also noticed multiple colorful wallcoverings.

Window Treatments

2016 is a year of natural textures, and window treatments of unlined woven woods and grasses made a definite appearance during this year’s tour. Fabric roman shades, shutters, and stationary side panels with short decorative rods also made the cut. Keep an eye out for our blog on these window treatment trends later this month!

Flooring

We noticed multiple trends when it came to flooring. Mid to dark tones dominated the wood floors, and patterned tile popped up in bathrooms and back entryways. Patterned carpeting also made an appearance on stairways and into bedrooms. The carpet was coordinated, but did not stay the same throughout the house.

Great Neighborhood Home Artisan Home Tour 2016

Great Neighborhood Home Artisan Home Tour 2016

Beds

With the exception of a few wood or painted frames, all bed frames on this tour were upholstered. Colors ranged from neutrals to bold blue and white checks. The bedding itself was usually layers with neutrals, and had splashes of color layered with pillows and throws.

Note: From neutrals with cream and gray to bold checks in navy and white, checks and plaids were everywhere this year!

Stonewood LLC

Stonewood LLC Artisan Home 2016

Finishes

As far as finishes go, we saw a lot of mixed metals, wood floors, and painted trim throughout. Antique brass, silver, and brushed bronze all made an appearance, and they were mixed and matched throughout the house. The bathrooms featured a mixed metal design – the faucets didn’t match the towel bars or light fixtures.

Colors

This year’s tour was filled with light neutrals, warm grays, cool grays, and almost whites. Splashes of color appeared off the main areas – accents in back entryways, laundry rooms, and offices were common.

This was also the year of blue, blue blue! On the exteriors, we saw blues ranging from a smoky gray to dark blue. Some interiors carried soft turquoises and rich, Delft blues. In others, we saw pale lavenders and rich plums everywhere from the laundry room to the guest bedroom.

Be sure to stop by any Hirshfield’s location for help with your decorating projects.

Thanks to the following builders who used Hirshfied’s products in their homes: Lecy Bros., Bob Michels Construction, Denali Custom Homes, Stonewood LLC, Highmark Builders, City Homes, Oslo, and Hendel Homes.

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.

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

Join 189 other followers