{color of the month: spacebox 0493}

Hirshfield's Spacebox 0493

Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for December is Spacebox 0493, a green-blue-gray, depending on the light. Think of eucalyptus, the little berries on spruce tops, and the blue-green rosemaling color of years past.

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My Scandinavian Home shows Spacebox 0493 as an accent color warming up an all white  interior.

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{trendwatch: how to create a hygge home}

Have you heard of Hygge? It’s a Danish word that doesn’t have a direct translation — although coziness and hominess are close — and it’s certainly becoming a big thing in the states.

Huffington Post says, “Hygge is about feeling calm, feeling connected to your own sense of wellbeing, and above all feeling cozy.” There are even two new books devoted to the Hygge lifestyle: The Book of Hygge by Louisa Thomson Brits and The Little Book of Hygge by Meik Wiking.

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What is Hygge?

It’s pronounced “hoo-ga” or “hue-ga,” and it’s the style and lifestyle that helps the Danes get through their long, cold winters (yeah, we can relate).

According to the Observer, Hygge is best described as “a living room where the fireplace is roaring, candles line the room, no one is looking at their phone and you’re all under blankets eating home-baked cookies and drinking mulled cider.” Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house 2016}

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2016

Guest Bedroom – I’d love to see this at night with the overhead light turned off and the headboard lights on.

Visiting the Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House is a perfect zen way to ease into the holiday season. A mixture of old, new, and repurposed, the Bachman’s design team brilliantly transforms the family home with the change of seasons. The Ideas House offers all kinds of inspiration from gift ideas, table settings, and decorating ideas for inside and outside of your home. An added bonus for me was a room painted in my new favorite color – pink.

The Holiday Ideas House 2016 theme  is “Winter’s Frost  & Glow” with the following key trends:

  • Glowing Lights – Illuminate the season with a magical glow of string lights, candles, and lanterns.
  • Birch – Embrace the beauty of nature with birch details found throughout the house.
  • Mixed Metals – A mix of galvanized metals, gold, and silver find a perfect match to add elevated sophistication.
  • Plaid Patterns – Cozy layers of buffalo plaid pillows and accents transform the home into a welcoming space.
Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2016

Ceramic deer off to the left add a bit of whimsy to the table.

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{hirshfield’s color of the month: 0913 angel food cake}

Hirshfield's Angel Food Cake 0913

Cozy up any interior with November’s Color of the Month: Angel Food Cake 0913. With a nod to fall, the staff at Hirshfield’s Design Studio chose Angel Food Cake for its versatility as a neutral. It goes with so many colors:  blues, browns, grays, and reds.

Pantone Fall Colors 2016

The Pantone Fall 2016 palette shows their gold (Spicy Mustard) with a red and orange color combination that we’re use to seeing as the leaves turn colors. That’s comfort food for Midwesterners. Read the rest of this entry »

{benjamin moore 2017 color of the year: shadow 2117-30}

Benjamin Moore Color of the Year 2017 Shadow 2117-30

Shadow 2117-30 | Benjamin Moore

The reaction to Benjamin Moore’s 2017 Color of the Year has been a bit of surprise and delight. Shadow 2117-30 is a deep, dark, subtle mixture of charcoal and purple.

House Beautiful called it “anything but neutral,” and Architectural Digest discussed the versatility of the “moody, amethyst hue.”

“I love it. It’s sophisticated, warm, and fresh. I can see it in a library or a small office. It would make a room feel cozy,” says designer Ally Banks of Ally Banks Interiors in the District, who is using the color on chairs, accent pillows and stools in a current project. – Washington Post

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{product spotlight: hirshfield’s platinum ceramic paint}

When you think of ceramic tile — or anything else for that matter — you probably think of high quality, easy cleanup, and a long-lasting finish. And “ceramic” paint is no different.

Hirshfield’s PLATINUM CERAMIC™ with Ceramic Stain-Release Technology is a premium acrylic latex interior paint that helps walls maintain that just-painted look in homes, schools, health care facilities, offices and more — thanks to the power of tiny ceramic microspheres.

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What are ceramic microspheres?

Hirshfield’s PLATINUM CERAMIC™ paints contain ceramic microspheres which are manufactured exclusively by 3M. The ceramic microspheres are tiny, microscopic beads that look like a fine white powder.  The ceramic beads combine with a high quality, 100% acrylic resin to create a hard, smooth surface that is extremely resistant to stains, burnishing, and abrasion. Plus, because of their smooth shape, the paint applies with improved brushing and rolling qualities.
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{window treatment wednesday: national window covering safety month}

 

Cute laughing baby standing in a white round bed. White nursery for young children. Little boy learning to stand in his crib. Toys for infant cot. Smiling child playing with toy bear in sunny bedroom.

We expect parents to cover electrical outlets, put gates on stairs, and childproof their doors and cabinets, but we often forget about the hidden danger of the cords from window coverings.

Yet the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says corded window coverings are one of the top five hidden hazards in American homes, with infants and children accidentally becoming entangled in window cords.

Safety Month

That’s why the CPSC and Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) are urging parents and caregivers to check their window coverings for exposed and dangling cords as part of National Window Covering Safety Month.

The CPSC, WCSC, and safety advocates all recommend using only cordless window coverings or window coverings with inaccessible cords in homes with young children. “As a result of industry innovation, consumers have more choices than ever to purchase cordless products or those with inaccessible cords,” said WCSC Executive Director Peter Rush. Read the rest of this entry »

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