{maintaining the integrity of your craftsman home}

Quaint, yet stunning. Simple yet, complex. A Craftsman style home is streamlined in its design while maintaining a keen eye for detail.

The Craftsman style house was the American response to the overabundance of heavy decorating typical of the Victorian period. Known for their simplicity, original Craftsman homes were built mainly between 1900 and 1916.

This Old House

This Old House

Usually built from materials native to the site or region, Craftsman-style houses emphasize the use of natural products. Stone or hardwood floors are common and exposed trim and woodwork are often left natural.

Arts and Crafts Homes

Many of the design elements of Craftsman style homes also serve a functional purpose. Built-in shelves and window are a large part of the Craftsman dual-purpose aesthetic. These homes often feature open beamed ceilings, which make the rooms seem larger and more open.

One of the major components of the Craftsman house is simplicity. Extra ornamentation is kept to a minimum. Instead, structural elements become the details – Joinery (where two beams meet) serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose. Carved stairway railings are common as are small carvings in wood trim. Stained glass windows are about the extent of ostentatious décor in a Craftsman style house.


To maintain the integrity of your Craftsman house, be mindful of your color and décor choices. Since Craftsman style homes are usually constructed from local, natural materials, stick with a natural color palette. Colors like green, beige, and brown will accentuate the natural beauty of the home.

The large, open floor plans typical with this style house can present some challenges when it comes to decorating. Make separation between different functional areas with area rugs, which can help break up large spaces and anchor furniture.


Accentuate windows with tasteful treatments and accessories. Craftsman style homes were designed to let in sunlight and to provide a large viewing area to nature, but to maintain privacy choose bold curtain colors to contrast the otherwise neutral palette.

{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house – part 2}



I promised paint colors from the Bachman’s House, so here they are along with a few more photos.

The built-in buffet is laden with baubles galore. Love the apple tree centerpieces. Remember, you can buy anything you see in the house. Vintage or new. What to do with the birch branches that fell during that heavy snow? How about a headboard like the one shown in the master bedroom. Keeping it phresh with painted canvases in the girl’s room. Favorite pages from magazines, artwork, photos, even calendar pages personalized the forgotten space behind a door.

I would like to go through the house (and store) one more time before December 12. I love, love, love that the store is mixing the old and new. Whose parents were cool enough to have that orange phone? We had the harvest gold one.

Paint Colors For Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House

Front Porch
Trim 0012 Bunny Cake
Floor 0211 Light Lichen
Entry HC-80 Bleeker Beige
Living Room 0478 Singing in the Rain
Sunroom Verve wallcovering
DiningRoom 0568 Cloudy Today
Wall Frame 0570 Grey Locks
Wallpaper Verve wallcovering
Kitchen 0407 Vapor
Trim and cabinets OC-68 Distant Gray
Lower Level Bathroom 0478 Singing in the Rain
Stairwell HC-80 Bleeker Beige
Boy’s Bedroom 0273 Sandstone Palette
Pegboard 1117 Siren
Girl’s Room 0281 Olive Gold & 1222 Grape Soda
Master Bedroom 0203 Whale Bone
Upper Level Bathroom 0536 Subway
Gift Wrap and Sewing Room 0007 Cottonball & 0701 Plunge (turquoise)
Wall Stripe 0008 Casa Blanca

{maintaining the integrity of your victorian home}

There are few eras that are more easily recognizable than the Victorian era. A combination of Italian Renaissance and Queen Anne inspired design, the Victorian era was characterized by feminine and romantic architecture.


Victorian houses are commonly referred to as the Victorian Style but this “style” is really a period in history. The Victorian era roughly corresponds to the time when Queen Victoria ruled Britain (1837 to 1901). During this time, industrialization brought many innovations in architecture.


There is a wide variety of Victorian styles, each with its own distinctive features. Types of Victorian style include Second Empire, Queen Anne, Stick, Shingle, and Richardsonian Romanesque.


Victorian houses are commonly identified by a steeply pitched roof of irregular shape (usually with dominant front-facing gable), textured shingles, partial or full-width asymmetrical porch, and an asymmetrical facade.

During the Industrial Revolution the middle-class was experiencing wealth unlike ever before. Unsure of how to begin this new style of living, this class chose architecture and furnishings that had previously been only for the aristocracy and the upper class.

An abundance of furniture, fabrics and knickknacks filled each room in original Victorians, as empty rooms reflected empty wallets.


During the first half of the Victorian era, walls were usually painted lighter colors, but the second half gave way to much more vibrant, rich colors such as vivid greens and mahogany browns. During this period, the general feeling was that deep, rich colors enhanced the importance of a room.

William Morris

In the early and mid-Victorian period, elaborate scrolled floral wallpaper patterns were very popular. Later in the 19th century, Gothic inspired trellises painted in rich earth tones with stylized leaf and floral work were frequently used in all rooms of the house. Embossed paper was used on ceilings to counterbalance the intricately patterned and colored papers. In many cases the chairs were covered in fabric to match the wallpaper.


Today’s Victorian home should maintain the same principles of the era. Rich, dark paint colors and detailed wallpaper make for an authentic backdrop to a room. Layered window treatments in luxurious fabrics and interesting artwork give bare walls a rich, Victorian look.

Homes and Gardens

Homes and Gardens

{friday finds: bamboo and cork fabric}

Bamboo and cork are two very popular finishes used in homes today. And adding to the mix are these fabrics that look exactly like bamboo and cork. I must clarify, they are synthetic, and not a natural fiber. The fabric is suitable for upholstery, pillows, and window treatments. A square ottoman with nailheads, upholstered seat cushions, or bar stools come to mind.

Gray, charcoal, yellow, camel, and orange; so many colors to choose from in one pattern. A great fabric to use, to pull a room together. Imagine an ottoman, made from the bottom fabric, sitting on charcoal gray carpet or paired with a beautiful camel sofa. Oooohhh. Such a unique look, and in this case, a good look.

The patterns shown here along with others are available at the design studio. Call or stop by for additional information.

Hirshfield’s Design Resource
721 Second Avenue North
Minneapolis, MN 55405

Phone: 612 374-8901
Open Monday thru Friday, 8:30AM – 5:00PM

{seasonal design}

Winter, spring, summer, fall – nature provides us with plenty of design inspiration all year long. From colors and textures, to proportions and scale, Mother Nature is the ultimate interior designer!


Here in Minnesota, I think we can all agree on what the official color of winter is – white! But you can add warmth to your winter-inspired room with luxurious fabrics and natural wood accents. Mirrored surfaces and crystal chandeliers make the white surfaces sparkle, like snow in the sun, making for a peaceful environment.

House Beautiful

House Beautiful


Bight colors and flowers are synonymous with spring, but when you are incorporating these elements into design try to look at them in a modern way. Do a bold pattern on your walls, then keep the rest of the design simple. Be thoughtful with your color choices, go for “pops” of color offset by clean neutrals for a sophisticated spring-time look.

Thibaut's Serendipity collection


Summer is all about being easy-going and natural. Materials like grasscloth and bamboo are great, natural alternatives to paint or wallpaper. Bleached wood and distressed furniture make your room feel like it has been soaked in the sun all day.

Design Sponge

Bamboo Wallcovering


Fall gives us earthy, rich colors. From browns and golds to deep oranges and purples, you can’t help but feel cozy and warm in a room inspired by autumn! The rug in this space makes the floor look like it is covered in fallen leaves.

House Beautiful

What season inspires you?

{harry potter at home}

This week we’re hearing a lot about Muggles, horcruxes and our favorite wizard, Harry Potter. The second-to-last movie in the series has us thinking of magical ways to decorate a child’s room.

One way to get started is to check out the RoomMates catalog at your neighborhood Hirshfield’s store. The company makes some incredible peel-and-stick artwork for a room.



Or, consider using paint and some unique furniture to bring the books and movies to life for a child. This room creates a fantasy with a dreamy purple color, car bed and suitcase dresser.

Design Dazzle

You can also consider adding accents of brooms, hats, books and owls to a child’s room to pay homage to the Harry Potter series.

How would you bring a little magic and fantasy to a child’s room? We love to read your comments!

{food drive}

Hirshfield’s is happy to be partnering with Second Harvest Heartland (find them on Facebook and Twitter!) to restock Minnesota’s food shelves! Now through November 28 drop off a non-perishable food item at any Hirshfield’s location and receive 20% off any Hirshfield’s brand paint purchase.

Check out how much we collected last year! We hope to bring in even more donations this year!

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