{creating a safe home}

While it can be hard to protect our children 100% of the time when they’re out playing or at school, there are things we can do at home to make sure we are creating a safe environment for our kids.

Window Coverings
Windows serve more that just an aesthetic purpose in your home. They are also an important safety feature. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) recommends homeowners and renters replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products, including cordless window coverings. Hirshfield’s offers a variety cordless options for your home that will fit right into your home’s design and safety needs. The LiteRise system allows you raise and lower your shades or blinds with just the touch of a finger and eliminates any dangling cords in your home. LiteRise is available on several Hunter Douglas window fashions.

safe window coverings

Duette Top-Down Bottom-Up with LiteRise

Paint Disposal
Paint should be kept out of the hands of young children not only for safety reasons but also so you don’t end up with a mess! Store your paint well out of reach of children and follow these tips for proper storage and disposal of paint:

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{friday finds: benjamin moore hosts olioboard contest}

Think spring. Think paint. Think, I’m going to win this contest.

 Here’s an opportunity to put your finely honed Olioboard skills to use. Benjamin Moore has teamed up with Olioboard and is hosting a Spring Color Makeover Contest. Create a room, and include at least three Benjamin Moore paint colors, to be eligible for a chance to win 1 of 3 $450 prize packs.

Riddella's Olioboard for Benjamin Moore's Spring Color Contest

We wanted to create an app that would allow anyone to experiment with interior design, no matter the age or technical ability.
 Sheilah MacSporran, Olioboard

What is Olioboard? Olioboard is the Polyvore for interior designers and interior design enthusiasts. It is an on-line community where you create and share digital mood boards. You can upload, download, organize, drag and drop interior design products. It is free, but you have the option to upgrade to the Pro Plan Color Tool. Recently included in the Pro Plan are all the Benjamin Moore paint colors, and in honor of this great new addition, all members will have access to the color tool for the duration of the contest.

To get started you need to set up an Olioboard account, read the rules for the Benjamin Moore Spring Color Makeover Contest here, and start creating.

When you enter your board, let us know so we can all vote for you. Good luck!

Entries need to be received by May 10, 2012 at 12:00 EST.

{bits & pieces: bossy color goes yellow}

 Annie Elliot, an interior designer in Washington DC, spent seven years waiting, and wanting, to fall in love with her living room. Benjamin Moore helped seal the deal with Sunrays 343.

You can read more about her yellow living room and entire home on her blog, Bossy Color. Check out what the living room looked like a year ago; it gives me hope, as my rooms are always evolving.

What do you think of Annie’s yellow living room?

Here’s what you can do to find the perfect colors for your home:

  •  shop at Hirshfield’s
  •  take advantage of Hirshfield’s infinite color knowledge
  •  sample a color at home with the Hirshfield’s Big Swatch, color sample pints, quarts and selected 2oz. Benjamin Moore colors

Let Hirshfield’s help you fall in love with your home all over again.

{window treatment wednesday}

Silhouette with LiteRise® lifting system

Innovation, quality, functionality, beauty and style. The newest products from window fashions leader Hunter Douglas have it all, according to the just-announced results of the annual Window Covering Manufacturers Association (WCMA) Product Awards.  For the 17th consecutive year, the company has won more awards than any other manufacturer – an outstanding 27 out of the 50 conferred this year. In addition, Hunter Douglas captured the coveted Product of the Year for the 12th year as well as the prestigious Judges’ Award reserved for a submission selected by the panel that exhibits measurable benefit or standout aesthetic appeal to end-users.

Product of the Year went to Silhouette® window shadings with the LiteRise® lifting system. Soft, sheer Silhouette shadings, unrivalled in the industry for their beauty and performance, have another important feather in their cap. Silhouette® with LiteRise® features an innovative cordless operation that not only makes raising, lowering and tilting the shading for variable light control easy, but eliminates the need for cords of any kind. No cords makes it especially ideal for homes with young children and provides a clean, uncluttered look at the window. A soft-touch handle allows for simple, convenient operation. For taller windows, a pull tassel is easy to install and use.

This product was also awarded Most Innovative Overall Concept in the “Health and Environmental Safety” Green Category of the awards and Best New Technical Innovation in the Miscellaneous Products and Specialty Applications Category.

Congratulations to Hunter Douglas on being recognized as the industry leader in the world of windows. Hirshfield’s is proud to represent such an outstanding company to our customers.

The Silhouette® is on sale during Hunter Douglas’ Celebration of Light spring sale, now through, June 17, 2012. In addition to the Hunter Douglas savings, Hirshfield’s is offering a FREE LiteRise® cordless lifting system upgrade...that is a $60 savings.

Come in and see all the fabulous window treatment options Hirshfield’s has to offer or make an appointment with one of our Shop at Home designers.

{creating a stress-free home}

Ok, so maybe we’re over-promising just a little with the title on this one. Creating a completely stress-free home is a pretty big task, but not necessarily an impossible one. With April being National Stress Awareness Month we thought now would be a good time to share some of our favorite tips for reducing stress at home.

Pick soothing paint colors
Surrounding yourself with calm and relaxing colors can have a soothing effect on your mind and can help aid in concentration. Pat Verlodt, president of Color Services & Associates, Inc., says the most common calming colors are blues and greens because they remind us of calming things in nature – the ocean, the sky, a quiet field.

In our previous post, Calming Colors, Pat shares that popular calm colors include aquas, turquoises and blue greens. And don’t be concerned with “rules” when it comes to using calm colors. You could use them in any room of the house or in your office. They can be used in rooms that face the south and west to cool them off and because they are flattering colors they can be used in baths and powder rooms as well.

Hirshfield’s Cyan Sky 0681

Organize your home – What NOT to do
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{friday finds: redecorating on a budget}

April is National Decorating Month. And while I’m sure some of us would love nothing more than to do a complete overhaul of our home’s decor to celebrate, not all of us have it in our budget to do so! So to satisfy your inner interior designer without completely damaging your bank account, here are our favorite budget-friendly redecorating tips!

Think quality over quantity: You don’t have to reupholster your whole couch or buy all new bedding to make an impact. Find a fabric you absolutely love, and then purchase just enough to make curtains or cover a pillow or two. These small accents will bring big changes to the look of your space! Tip: It takes about a yard and a half for a short curtain or half a yard for a 16-inch pillow.

pillow fabric

Fabric by Kravet, available at Hirshfield's Design Resource

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{Hirshfield’s Earth Day giveaway!}

Earth Day is  April 22 – a day to celebrate Earth and support environmental programs. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities.  More than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year.

Hirshfield’s is helping to celebrate Earth Day right here in the Twin Cities with a giveaway of two of their favorite environmentally friendly products; Benjamin Moore Natura® Zero-VOC Interior Paint and Smart Strip™ Paint Removal System.

Benjamin Moore Natura® Zero-VOC Interior Paint
Ideally suited for residential applications. Unlike conventional zero-VOC paints, Natura remains zero-VOC even after tinting, which means it remains virtually odorless regardless of color.

Smart Strip™ Paint Removal System
This is a 100% biodegradable, water-based paint stripper that is extremely effective for removing multiple layers of architectural and industrial coatings from virtually all interior/exterior surfaces such as wood, brick, metal, concrete, stone, plaster, fiberglass, etc. Smart Strip™ does not contain methylene chloride, any caustics, or toxic chemicals. It is odor-free and safe for the environment.

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{window treatment wednesday}

Alustra® Woven Texture® Roman Shade without privacy lining

Alustra® Woven Texture® Roman Shade shown with privacy lining

Behind the scene with the Alustra® Woven Texture® showing the privacy lining on a Roman Shade

Alustra® Woven Texture Shade without privacy backing

If you are looking for something different and versatile, take a look at the Hunter Douglas Alustra® Woven Texture® line. The Alustra® Woven Texture® is available in a roller shade and roman shade, with 20+ different fabric options.

The roman shade has an optional liner shade in the back, that operates independently for complete privacy or room darkening. During the day you can enjoy the shade down and still have a diffused view, and at night total privacy.

The texture adds a natural and organic feel to your space, but the fabrics are much easier to care for than a traditional woven wood. The Alustra® Woven Texture®  stands on its own or looks great layered with side panels.

Check this product out next time you are in. You will be happy you did! Your style. Our expertise.

Guest post from Jill Henneberg, Hirshfield’s Edina

{friday finds: teachers’ lounge contest}

Dear Principal,

As a small business with strong roots in the Twin Cities metro area, Schneiderman’s Furniture would like to thank your teaching staff for all the incredible work they do for their schools and communities. One way we can say thank you is to help improve an area of the school just for them…an excerpt from a letter that went out to schools in March, 2012.

Schneiderman’s Furniture, ProSource Flooring, and Hirshfield’s Paint & Wallpaper are partnering in a contest to award one school a redecorated teachers’ lounge, complete with new furniture and finishes. Submit a short video telling us why your school deserves a new lounge.

All members of the school community are encouraged to participate. Videos need to be submitted by midnight, April 22, 2012. Spread the word in your school community. Maybe, you even know a student who can use extra credit points this quarter?

Details can be found at http://www.schneidermans.com/teacher_contest.php
Check the school district list to verify your district is eligible.

Hirshfield’s is excited to be a part of this project and thanks Schneiderman’s for including us.

{design blogger feature: Lark Nest Design}

The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great design bloggers! With such a thriving design blogging community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local design blogger features. A few weeks ago we featured Twin Cities design blogger, Jennie, from Twin Cities Design Scene. Today we sit down with Kim from Lark Nest Design.

Kim is a life-long lover of design, with a background in journalism -  so it’s no wonder the projects she chronicles on her blog are smartly written and truly inspiring. Kim says the blog began as a natural outgrowth of her website, LarkNestDesign.com, as a way to share her finds and illustrate the process of giving new life to old furniture. Although she does admit the blog also has a self-serving purpose – to indulge her passion for fabric, color, texture and design!

Not only do you blog for Lark Nest Design, but you also blog for Flea Market Style Magazine and Junk Bonanza and are a former writer for the Star Tribune, so which came first – your love of writing or your love of design?
Probably the latter, though I’ve been so fortunate to find a way to integrate so many of my interests. I’m trained as a business journalist, but my love of textiles, color, textures and decor won out! I am incredibly fortunate to spend each day searching out finds and fabrics for decor clients or for myself, for the projects I retail through Linden Hills Florist and the Piccadilly Prairie occasional sale. In addition to blogging for the Junk Bonanza and Flea Market Style magazine, I handle marketing for the former and build projects for the latter. So the writing/decor functions are fairly seamlessly intertwined!

How would you describe your personal style as it relates to home decor?
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