{customizable window treatments available at hirshfield’s}

Looking for options when it comes to purchasing window treatments in the Twin Cities area? Let us introduce you to the Horizon Collection of window treatments from Hirshfield’s.

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{friday finds: bachman’s holiday ideas house 2011}


“The Elegance of Winter” is the theme for Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House 2011.

  Expect to see creamy whites, cool blues, celadon, soft greens and shimmering metallic accents mixed in with botanical elements and natural textures. Vintage architectural pieces, such as repurposed porch posts and railings, will add historic charm throughout the house. Needless to say, it’s definitely not your traditional red and green Christmas! Read the rest of this entry »

{color trends 2012 – design trends 2012}

A new year means a fresh start – and a fresh look at interior design trends! I stopped in to Hirshfield’s Design Studio in Minneapolis to talk with Kathy Basil about the trends she is most looking forward to in the new year, including color trends for 2012 and interior design trends for 2012.

First, we talked about color, since color influence just about everything in design. Kathy says to still look for greys to dominate the neutral category, but other than that it’s all about the accent colors. Mustard, tangerine, plum and deep turquoise all stand out beautifully when paired with a grey neutral.

Hirshfield’s Color Is Paint; (0115) Sophistication, (0934) Lemon Essence, (0690) Blue Period, (1038) Jack-O-Lantern, (0211) Light Lichen
(*Colors may appear different on computer screen)

It’s clear that these colors are ones to watch in the new year, as they were popping up all over the Design Studio!

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{hirshfield’s: your full-line hunter douglas dealer}

Hirshfield’s is a full-line Hunter Douglas dealer. This means that if you are looking for the best window treatment options in the Twin Cities or greater Minnesota area, Hirshfield’s has just what you are looking for! Now is a great time to stop in to your local Hirshfield’s and ask them about the Hunter Douglas Celebrate the Season Sale, going on now through December 13. With Hirshfield’s and Hunter Douglas, you get both style and savings!

Shannon is here from the Hirshfield’s window treatment division to give you a tour of the fabulous Hunter Douglas window fashions available.

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{friday finds: lustron homes}

Interior of a Lustron home

Lustron home in Minneapolis

Lustron walls before assembly

Thank you, Twin Cities Design Scene, for turning me on to Lustron homes. Steve Date, with MinnPost, wrote a piece on these very interesting post – WWII  factory built, metal homes. The Lustron wall panels, interior and exterior, are similar to the enameled porcelain of a stove top (on the non-stainless stoves). Steve also shares a video clip of the interior of one of the Lustron homes here in town.

If you’re planning a Lustron field trip in Minneapolis, there are five homes along 50th & Nicollet and two homes on the 4900 block of Cedar Avenue. About 2,680 Lustron homes were built over the two years the company was in business and there are approximately 1,500 Lustron homes left in the country.

{nominate your favorite hirshfield’s employee!}

Have a favorite Hirshfield’s employee? Someone who is always willing to help? Someone who goes the extra mile? Someone who knows their stuff when it comes to paint and home improvement projects?

We want YOU to tell us who deserves some recognition!

Nominate your favorite Hirshfield’s employee over on our Facebook page and you will be entered to win a $100 Hirshfield’s gift card! Plus, the employee with the most nominations will also win a prize.

Simply join us over on Facebook, click on “Enter Now” and tell us who you want to nominate. The contest runs through November 30, so make sure your voice is heard and nominate your favorite Hirshfield’s employee today!

{contemporary, modern or retro?}

There is a blurry line between retro, modern and contemporary. Has retro become our equivalent of modern, if so than what is contemporary? The sleek styles of mid century modern are much the same as those found in today’s hottest designs or at least in the mainstream of current styles.

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{friday finds: the seamy side of grasscloth}

You have found the perfect grasscloth for your dining room. You’re ready to order, but first ask yourself if you’re able to embrace the idiosyncrasies of these natural beauties.

With grasscloth, natural or dyed, you will see seams when the paper is up on the wall. If the paneled effect bothers you then grasscloth is not for you. As we like to say in the business, “That’s the inherent beauty of grasscloth.” You won’t have as many seams with grasscloth, because it is 36″ wide compared to 20 1/2″ or 27″ wide standard wallpaper. Grasscloth is a natural fiber and there can be shading variations from roll to roll, even if it is dyed, you will see color variations.

With that being said, grasscloth is timeless and has been a favorite of designers for years. It brings another layer of texture, color, warmth, and in some cases, another pattern to a room. Grasscloth can be the rock star of a room or the back-up singer, the decision is up to you.

What are your feelings on grasscloth? Have you used it in your home? Do you prefer a natural color or a dyed version?

All papers are available at Hirshfield’s.

1. Palmer Weiss
2. Phillip Jeffries
3. Amanda Nisbet
4. House of Turquoise
5. Thibaut
6. Thibaut
7. Bryn Alexandra
8. House of Turquoise
9. Phillip Jeffries
10. House of Turquoise

{celebrate the season: window treatment sale at hirshfield’s}

With window treatments from Hirshfield’s, you get style for your windows and savings for you! Right now at Hirshfield’s, you can save $25-$300 per unit on select Hunter Douglas window treatments.

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{happy customer}

A note of appreciation to Dawn Feda, Hirshfield’s Shop At Home, for a job well done.

Good Morning Dawn,

I’ve been meaning to email you since my window treatments were installed–  I love them—you are amazing at walking in and determining just what my tastes are and then finding the materials and designs to compliment

Please pass my email on to your superiors or whoever—you are a real talent

And also—please note that your installer was careful and pleasant to have in my home as well

Thanks again and I will definitely recommend you and contact you on my next project



Thank you, Kathy, we appreciate your kind words and we appreciate your business.


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