{friday finds: benjamin moore wins j.d. powers satisfaction award}

Benjamin Moore is the clear winner of the 2016 J.D. Powers Paint Satisfaction Study, receiving the highest ranking in customer satisfaction for interior paint and exterior stains in the J.D. Powers 2016 Paint Satisfaction Study. The study also shows that a customer service plays a significant role in customer satisfaction.

Best In Class

J.D. Powers measured satisfaction on a 1,000 point scale, and Benjamin Moore had the highest score for both interior paint (836 points) and exterior stain (814 points). Read the rest of this entry »

{ 2016 asid showcase home highlights}

ASID Showcase Home 2016

The “before” exterior of the Mpls. St.Paul Magazine’s MN ASID Showcase Home 2016

It’s that time of year again – the Mpls.St. Paul Magazine’s 2016 ASID Minnesota Showcase Home Tour is up and running. This year, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers have chosen a 5,600 square foot, 1950s Edina rambler to redesign with their 22 person team of professional designers.

“This is our kind of dream home. It’s simpler living, more modernist, and more long-term. I felt like we could stay here when our kids are gone, because it’s not too much upkeep. This was our idea of a dream home, more modest living.” -Jeanne Anselmo, Homeowner

The theme of the home is “50 Shades of Greige” – the mix of gray and beige that everyone currently wants in their home. Using textured fabrics, repurposed antiques, and glamorous finishes, it’s quite the home to see.  Paint used throughout the home is supplied by Benjamin Moore and available at Hirshfield’s. Read the rest of this entry »

{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

That door! Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore at the 2015 ASID Showcase Home | Photography by Spacecrafting via House of Turquoise

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.

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{deck cleaning and staining for spring}

Spring is here, which means it’s time to clean the decks in Minnesota – literally. “We have a lot of people wanting to freshen them up,” says Nate Sockness, manager of Hirshfield’s Woodbury location, “and also a lot of people wanting to get them done before high school graduation season.”

That deck work is happening right now. It’s prime time for deck cleaning and staining, he says, because you need two or three days of warm, dry weather to do it right. Keep your eye on the weather and use Nate’s tips for cleaning and staining your deck.

staining-your-deck

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{friday finds: bright lights from high point}

If one theme dominated light fixtures at High Point Market for Spring 2016, it was gold. “Lots of gold, larger in scale, and somewhat organic,” said Kathy Basil, part of our three visitor team from Hirshfield’s Design Resource.

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In fact, Kathy saw so many of the glamorous gold/organic combos that she tried to coin a term for the new look in light fixtures. “Maybe we’ll call it orglamic,” she joked, “or maybe not.”

All kidding aside, Kathy said statement pendants were the top lighting trend at High Point. “Larger scale statement pendants,” that definitely fit that glam/organic theme. “Gold was definitely the finish we saw the most — many embellished with rose quartz, alabaster, and a variety of agates.” Read the rest of this entry »

{5 tips for updating or freshening up your entryway}

The entryway creates your guests’ first impression of your home. But it’s also one of the smallest parts of your home — usually too small for much furniture or many accessories.

So, how do you freshen it up when  you want to make a different impression? It’s all about the finishes. Here are 5 great ways to give your entryway a facelift.

2014 Parade Home

Credit: Joe Carrick Design

 Keep it Light and Bright

Elsie Larson took her entryway from drab to fab by painting her door a happy pastel and adding a bright metallic wallpaper on the walls. Since the wallpaper is mostly white, her hallway feels airy and open rather than dark or cramped.

Credit: A Beautiful Mess

Credit: Elsie Larson | A Beautiful Mess

Note: Bright and white walls look best in sunny rooms. If your entry is more of a hallway than a foyer, grab some medium tones or shimmery samples, too — they might look better in your lighting. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: she shed ideas we absolutely love}

It’s no wonder “She Sheds” have become so popular – they are the ultimate personal retreat or workshops spaces, right in your own backyard.

Credit: Hometalk.com

Credit: Hometalk.com

The functions are endless. You can use one as a studio for art, crafts, or sewing, let it double as a guest house, turn it into an outdoor living room, or make it your office!

The forms are endless, too. Here are some of our favorite ideas for designing your own She Shed.

Letting the Light Shine In

Credit: The Painted Home

Credit: The Painted Home

To maximize light in a small space, swap out the barn doors with French doors (or leave them open), install a skylight or two, and paint the interior a bright white. The light will shine in, bounce off the white walls, and fill the space — no need for electric lighting on a sunny day! Add some color with accessories, furniture, and a bright rug.

Keeping It Country

Credit: The Painted Home

Credit: The Painted Home

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