{friday finds: favorite blog posts of 2011}

It’s hard to believe that we have entered into the final week of 2011. The year 2011 will be remembered as the year of the royal wedding, the year Gabrielle Giffords inspired us all with her heroic recovery and the year we said farewell to the Oprah Winfrey show.

It will also be remembered as they year of Benjamin Moore, wallpaper and sliding barn doors. Well, at least according to the Hirshfield’s blog! We took a look back at our most read posts of 2011 and wanted to take a moment to revisit them and reflect on the most talked about design topics of the year.

We’ll start with Benjamin Moore 2012, our most popular blog post of 2011. This post showcases some spectacular photos featuring Benjamin Moore’s 2012 trend colors. This post also announces wythe blue (HC-143) as Benjamin Moore’s 2012 Color of the Year.

Walls: Sharkskin (2139-30), ceiling: Wythe Blue (HC-143), trim: Battenberg (AF-70), stencil: Fresh Olive (2149-30)

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{adding color to your home : Tangerine Tango}

“Sophisticated but at the same time dramatic and seductive, Tangerine Tango is an orange with a lot of depth to it,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “Reminiscent of the radiant shadings of a sunset, Tangerine Tango marries the vivaciousness and adrenaline rush of red with the friendliness and warmth of yellow, to form a high-visibility, magnetic hue that emanates heat and energy.”

We’ve all heard that Pantone has selected Tangerine Tango as the color of the year for 2012. This energetic color has already made a splash amongst fashion designers and the cosmetics industry. Nanette Lepore, Tommy Hilfiger, and Elie Tahari have incorporated the vibrant hue into their spring 2012 collections, and Essie and OPI have released several Tangerine-esque nail polishes.

Tommy Hilfiger Spring 2012 Ready-to-Wear Collection


But how can you incorporate this color into your home? A bright color such as Tangerine Tango can be intimidating to work with, unless you know the tricks of the trade. Maryland-based interior designer Samantha Friedman shares her insight into decorating with this fresh and fun color, without going overboard.

Friedman recommends starting small. Pillows, throws, and accessories are the quickest way to update a room. But tread lightly, because one too many additions can have your home resembling a radioactive pumpkin. “The color has a lot of energy, so it needs to be toned down with neutrals and patterns,” she says. “It’s also important to spread it evenly throughout the space. You don’t want to oversaturate one area with the color.”

For a touch of glamour, Friedman suggests pairing Tangerine Tango with hints of gold, like shimmery picture frames, hardware, or trims.

Samantha Friedman

From How to decorate your home with “Tangerine Tango,” Pantones 2012 Color of the Year – The Washingtonian


Belle Maison

{friday finds: happy holidays}

Front window of Hirshfield's South Robert

Happy Holidays from everyone at Hirshfield’s!


{fighting the winter blues}

Now that winter has reared its ugly head it is time to prepare for the winter blues. The term winter blues comes from the fact that many people get depressed during the short days of winter. It is also referred to cabin fever since it is assumed that being stuck in your home for months on end causes us to be glum.

But the fact is that this morose mood is caused by lack of sunshine otherwise known seasonal affective disorder syndrome, S.A.D.S. This is most common in the northern climes as their days are shorter than those in the southern countries or those near the equator.

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{books to give to design lovers and DIYers: part 2}

Last year the team at Hirshfield’s got into the holiday spirit and compiled a list of some of our favorite books for design lovers and DIYers to share with our readers for some holiday shopping inspiration. We’ll we’ve decided to play the role of Santa’s Little Helpers again this year, as we bring you our employees’ favorite design and DIY books, part 2!

This book brings together the world’s top designers and leading decor experts including Kelly Wearstler, Amy Butler, Jonathan Adler, and many others to share over 1,000 tips, ideas, and solutions for every room and every budget. Written and compiled by Holly Becker, founder of the hugely popular design blog Decor8, and Joanna Copestick, acclaimed lifestyle writer.


Pantone: the 20th Century In Color
Pantone, the worldwide color authority, invites you on a rich visual tour of 100 transformative years. Longtime Pantone collaborators and color gurus Leatrice Eiseman and Keith Recker identify more than 200 touchstone works of art, products, decor, and fashion, and carefully match them with 80 different official PANTONE Color palettes to reveal the trends, radical shifts, and resurgences of various hues.


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{friday finds: kanthas}

An Indian Summer

Look what Greg brought back from market; beautiful, one-of-a kind, handmade throws called Kanthas.

Kantha refers to a running stitch, or stitched motif, on vintage cotton saris, or other pieces of worn cotton textiles which can no longer be used as clothing. The kantha is pieced, layered, stitched, and is very similar to a thin quilt. Kanthas are embroidered by women from West Bengal, India and Bangladesh; and like American quilts, they are made for special celebrations, such as a birth, wedding, and other special occasions.

A kantha is one of those versatile pieces that can move from room to room:

  • In the bedroom, it can be folded at the end of a bed
  • Use as a bed spread
  • I just saw a headboard and chair covered in a suzani;  you could do the same with a kantha.
  •  Draped on the arm of your sofa, chair, or pouf in a family room or living room
  • If your room is looking a little too matchy-matchy, a kantha would add that “unexpected”
  • Cushion covers for your patio furniture
  • Pillows
  • Perfect for napping.*

Stop by Hirshfield’s showroom if you’re interested in these one-of-a-kind originals; a great gift idea for a special person.

*TACTILE ALERT: Because the fabric is worn, the fabric hand, or the way the fabric feels to the touch, is so incredibly soft and smooth. If you’re a tactile person you know what I’m talking about.

{christmas colors : beyond red & green}

The holiday season is full of traditions – the traditional Christmas tree, the traditional Christmas cookies and the traditional Christmas color combination of red and green. And while we would never mess with the traditional Christmas tree or cookies, when it comes to colors, we like to bend the rules a little bit.

Being complimentary (opposite) colors on the color wheel, red and green create nice visual interest when used together. But we think this non-traditional color palette of candy apple green and chocolate brown creates a gorgeous, rustic holiday atmosphere.

Better Homes & Gardens

Better Homes & Gardens

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