{designer feature : Design by Lisa}

Lisa, Design by Lisa

The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great designers! With such a thriving design community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local designer and design blogger features. A few weeks ago we featured Kim from Lark Nest Design, and today we’re visiting with Lisa, the designer behind Design by Lisa.

Tell me a little about your background – what did you do before starting Design by Lisa? How did you get started in the design industry?
Before working in interior design full-time, I worked for several years as a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines. I have a degree in Textiles, but while I was a flight attendant I studied Interior Design at the University of Minnesota and for several years I worked part-time in design while still flying full-time. In 2000 I left flying and worked full time in design at a large firm. In 2005 I started Design By Lisa.

Describe the services you provide your clients through Design by Lisa…
Almost all of my projects are residential rather than commercial but they can run the gamut from helping someone select a paint color to getting involved in a new construction project and being involved in the entire process. Variety is a great aspect of this job and working on projects of all types helps to keep things interesting.

A recent project that Lisa worked on

Congratulations on winning Houzz’s Best of Remodeling Award for 2012! Can you share with us a little about that project? Was there a particular aspect or element of that project that you think made it exceptional or set it above the others?
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{friday finds: house parts}

Warline Painting

“You know that thing? No, not that thing next to the chimney, on top…” Are these snippets of conversations familiar to anyone? Whether it’s the name of a structural detail or design element you don’t know, here are a few terms to throw down while chatting with your contractor or you find the need to impress your neighbor.

Leewood Homeowners Association

Cricket – A second, small, pointed roof that diverts rainwater around something, such as a chimney, that projects out of a primary roof.
This Old House

Leewood Homeowners Association

Scuttle – A ceiling opening with a cover or hatchway.
This Old House

Home Tips

Efflorescence – The weathering on exposed bricks or stones that looks white and powdery. It appears when natural salts in the materials leach out and crystallize. This Old House

Leewood Homeowners Association

Gablet – The small gables often found over a single dormer window.
This Old House

Anatomy of a Door

Scuncheon – Any reveal between the inner face of a door or window jamb and the wall.
This Old House

You’re already sounding (and looking) smarter than the average homeowner. Head over to This Old House for additional House Parts You Didn’t Know Had a Name. Head over to Hirshfield’s if you’re interested in the dissection of a can of quality paint.

{window treatment wednesday}

Once again, Hunter Douglas leads the world of window coverings with their recently launched iPad App, “The Art of Window Dressing.” This free app lets you see what Hunter Douglas products will look like on the windows in your home.  If you have a hard time visualizing the end product this App is for you.

App highlights:

Fashion Show lets you view hundreds of Hunter Douglas products. With a tap of your finger you have the product details, a gallery of room settings, whilst still seeing your window treatment in the background.

Swatch Sorter lets you do just that, sort through all the fabrics, colors, and styles available from Hunter Douglas.

Dress A Window lets you take a photo of your window, and using the Hunter Douglas proprietary iMagine rendering tool, lets you see how the window treatment will look on your window. Renderings can be saved with fabric type and color in a “Workbook” and shared by email, Facebook or with a dealer.

I uploaded my family room window, selected products, and found operating the rendering tool was seamless. Selecting different fabrics and products also worked smoothly. I was told I could not use a particular shade because my window was too small. Scratch that shade from my short list.

What it didn’t tell me was, because I have an older home, the Architella window covering would not be flush with my window casing and would stick out a tad. Michele (Hirshfield’s Roseville) shared that intel with me, which promptly slowed my roll; I need to decide if that would bother me.

The iPad app is a great tool to use to begin searching for window coverings. With thousands of options available, looking through product photos and room settings will help you decide what you like and don’t like, before stepping into a Hirshfield’s store. Then you’ll be in the very capable and knowledgable hands of one of Hirshfield’s many window treatment experts. I know you’re sick of me telling you about Hirshfield’s window treatment experts, but they are A-mazing.

If your home needs  freshening up in the window treatment department, click here for information on Hunter Douglas’ Celebration of Light spring savings event (sale) which runs through June 17, 2012 .

The “Art of Window Dressing” iPad App was named Best Marketing Technology at the Window Covering Manufacturers Association Product Awards.

{gifts for mom from Hirshfield’s}

“A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”
– Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

Moms give us strength, encouragement and a loving place to call home. The least we can do in return is show our appreciation on Mother’s Day!

The team at Hirshfield’s paint in the Twin Cities and surrounding area knows that moms do a lot inside and outside the home to keep things running, organized and looking beautiful. So why not offer her a little reprieve or assistance with these tasks this Mother’s Day?

A Hirshfield’s gift card allows mom pick out the right paint, stain and/or window coverings to create the living space she has always dreamed of. And like they say, a gift card is always the right size!

best paint colors Twin Cities

Wall: Hirshfield’s Millennium line: Still Creek

Mom might also like to be treated to a Hirshfield’s color call. Whether she is looking for a fresh coat of paint on the interior or exterior of her home, a Hirshfield’s color professional can come out for an in-home color consultation to help her select the perfect color. To read more about how a color call works, check out our blogs on Hirshfield’s Color Calls and Painting your Home’s Exterior.

Twin Cities paint

Dining room background is 0401 Bamboo Forest and 0634 Day Spa is the accent color. Bachman’s Fall Ideas House 2011.

Happy Mother’s Day from the team at Hirshfield’s. And if there are any moms out there reading this post, we would like to honor you with the Mom’s Opera Saga! (And feel free to send this blog link along to your family members as a “hint, hint” for gift ideas!)

{bits & pieces: mother’s day market event}

Lark Nest Design has all the details on the 2012 Mother’s Day Market. Here’s the link, follow it, if you want to treat yourself to a quickie get-away for Mother’s Day.

{friday finds: letters of appreciation}

It’s always a special treat when our customers take time to send a letter or e-mail of appreciation about one of Hirshfield’s hard-working staff. It makes everyone’s day.

Here are letters of appreciation for the exceptional customer service given by Hirshfield’s employees Beth, Charene, and Mike.

Dear Beth:

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for your great service!

I know I was frazzled when I walked into the store, after spending the morning with various building suppliers, I was anticipating more obstacles! How nice to experience the ‘Hirshfield’s difference’ – I appreciated your professionalism in helping with the selection of the exterior colors for my home – thanks for making the process fun and with great results!

I will look forward to the next meeting with the builder, colors in arm, and placing my order!

Thanks so much!


Mr. H.,

My mother-in-law and I walked into the Coon Rapids store last Sunday, 4/22 at 4:25 p.m.

We looked at paint chips, then started asking questions at 4:45.

Charene answered them patiently, completely, and professionally.

She brought Mike into the conversation when I asked about full spectrum paints.

Mike looked up information, gave us technical specs, and made recommendations, including discussing the painter that my mother-in-law is working with.

We shut down the store. Mike cheerfully stayed at least 20 minutes after closing, making himself available until he answered all of our questions.

We appreciate Charene’s and Mike’s passion, knowledge, and fine customer service – going the extra mile.

Thank you.

We’ll be back.

Coon Rapids

Dear Mr. Hirshfield,

This letter is to commend Beth Zentis, your Hirshfield employee at the Woodbury store in City Center West.

On April 4 we went to the store with two of our large living room pictures in hopes of getting paint to darken the wooden frames. Beth was most helpful in trying to find the shade of dark brown that would work to compliment each picture. We tried a couple different colors and then Beth suggested the perfect solution.  Beth took a paint chip and topped it with some semi-opaque metallic paint. Wow-that was exactly what we needed on those frames, which are now hanging in our living room!

Beth was most helpful, knowledgeable and eager to assist us in solving our problem. Our Hirshfield’s store is most fortunate to have Beth as an employee!


W & M

 If  you see something in our stores that can be improved upon, please let us know. We want all our customers to have a good experience at Hirshfield’s. Thanks for supporting a locally owned company, we truly appreciate your business.

{made in Minnesota products from Hirshfield’s}

When you shop local, you’re supporting local businesses and the people behind them! Hirshfield’s is proud to be a local Minnesota-based, family-owned company, manufacturing paint right here in Minneapolis and selling that paint throughout the state.

But Hirshfield’s sells more than their own Minnesota-made paint. They also sell many other Minnesota-made and USA-made products. Dave Gerber, procurement and distribution manager for Hirshfield’s, spoke with us about Hirshfield’s commitment to purchasing products from other Minnesota and U.S. companies.

How long has Hirshfield’s been manufacturing and selling paint here in Minnesota?
Hirshfield’s has been manufacturing paint in Minneapolis since 1982 and selling paint and painting supplies since 1894.

What products does Hirshfield’s carry that are made right here in Minnesota?
Besides Hirshfield’s line of paint, Hirshfield’s also carries Atrix products which are made in Burnsville, Graco products which are made in Minneapolis and the Handy Paint Pail line which is made in Chanhassen. Hirshfield’s also carries more than 25 other products that are made in the U.S.A.

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