{i will definitely use this paint again!}

My husband and I just finished painting our entryway with your Premium Ceramic Eggshell paint. I wasn’t sure at first because I’d used something “advanced” and “new” from a different paint store and it was very unforgiving. However, I couldn’t be happier with the paint we just used. Yes, it was roughly the consistency of cake batter which was somewhat disconcerting at first but the coverage was amazing and the roller splatter was much less than the average paint. Plus, clean-up was much faster than usual – there was almost no bleeding under the tape. I will definitely use this paint again!

Posted on Hirshfield’s Facebook from satisfied customer R.C.W.

{friday finds: benjamin moore chalkboard paint at hirshfield’s}

Chalkboards aren’t just for the classroom! With Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint, available at select Hirshfield’s locations, you can create your own erasable, washable chalkboard wherever you need it – at home, at the office or in the kids’ room. And don’t assume that your blackboard has to be black. Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint can be tinted to any Benjamin Moore paint color (except the Color Stories collection).

Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint, available in any color, lets you turn virtually any interior surface into an easy-to-clean chalkboard. It goes on smoothly, just like other paints and is formulated to minimize lingering odors.

Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint

  • Available in any color
  • Easy to apply
  • Washable
  • Quick drying
  • Best used with Prang Hygieia Chalk (available at office supply stores and educational stores) and a quality eraser

Here are some of our favorite ideas for using Benjamin Moore Chalkboard Paint:

Kids’ Activity Center

Minneapolis paint

Benjamin Moore

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{candice olson picks her favorite benjamin moore colors}

“I believe that the essence of good design is its ability to sustain long term integrity – to become classic and create a truly captivating home.”
- Candice Olson

Candice Olson, host of “Divine Design” and “Candice Tells All,” is one popular designer! Perhaps this is why Benjamin Moore teamed up with her to develop an exclusive fan deck. The Candice Olson Designer Picks fan deck includes 60 of her favorite neutral paint colors. Including her top five to-go paint colors:

View the Candice Olson palette of Benjamin Moore Paint colors here.
Candice’s top five go-to Benjamin Moore paint colors:

Benjamin Moore Nimbus Gray 2131-50: Reminiscent of a stormy sky, a beautiful gray/blue.

Benjamin Moore paint

Benjamin Moore Nimbus gray 2131-50

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{painted floors, another opportunity for color}

Many people overlook the floor when designing a space. Wall paint is near the top of the design list, with furniture, fabric, window coverings and accessories being foremost in our minds. Of course we think of carpet or hardwood but what if the floor is painted? This is an open opportunity for many choices.

painted floors

Stained floor colors come in many colors and floors can be re-stained if you don’t like the original color as long as it is wood that can be stripped or sanded to receive a new color.

minnesota paint

Stone and concrete can be painted to replicate stone or in solid colors to suit the design. Here minimalistic design calls for plain and simple designs in light, neutral hues.

minnesota paint

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{friday finds: benjamin moore 2013 color of the year}

The color experts at Benjamin Moore have made their selection for the 2013 color of the year. And the winner is…..

Lemon Sorbet 2019-60

Benjamin Moore Lemon Sorbet 2019-60

The palette is shifting from super saturated and strong hues to softer, lighter pastel shades. It’s the perfect partner for the emerging palette of freshened, polished pastels that promise to be favorites in the coming year. Additionally, it’s the ideal transition color as we move from the more vibrant spectrum and mid-to-deep tone hues that we’ve been experiencing in home furnishings and fashions.
– Sonu Mathew, ASID, IIDA, Benjamin Moore’s senior interior designer (Source)

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{window treatments add energy efficiency to your home}

We all know October is celebrated as National Energy Awareness Month. But this year, the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) decided that it was time to go beyond awareness and encourage people to take action. So this year, the DOE requested the current Energy Awareness Month to rename to National Energy Action Month. As a result, President Barack Obama declared October Energy Action Month.

The certified window treatment professionals at Hirshfield’s are ready to help you turn your actions into results by helping you pick out the best, high efficiency window treatments for your home!

Window treatments as insulation
In the winter, as much as 40% of the heat that escapes a home flows through the windows. During the summer, heat from the sun’s rays coming through the windows can make it harder to keep a home cool. Energy-efficient window treatments can help decrease heat loss and heat gain, thereby reducing heating and cooling costs.

R-Value
R-value is a measure of a product’s ability to resist heat flow, which is especially important in the cool winter months. The higher the R-value number, the more insulation it provides and the better it is at reducing heat loss.

A bare, low-e double-glazed window has an R-value of about 3.5. Add a properly installed Duette® Architella™ 1 1/4″ honeycomb shade with Panache™ opaque fabric and the R-value peaks at 7.86, more than doubling the energy efficiency and reducing heat loss by over 50%.

minneapolis window treatments

Hunter Douglas Duette® Architella™ honeycomb shade

The most energy efficient treatments feature a honeycomb construction. The cells actually trap the hot or cold air, decreasing the intensity of the temperature as it enters the room. A honeycomb shade with a triple cell construction will increase the energy efficiency of a single pane of glass by five times and more than double the energy efficiency of a double-glazed window.

Solar Heat Gain Coefficient
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{window treatment wednesday}

Simple. Durable. Environmentally friendly. Not your mother’s blinds!

Natural Elements is the latest introduction from Hunter Douglas Window Fashions.  This new collection of precious metals blinds is now available at Hirshfield’s stores. The 2″ slats are a spring-tempered alloy offering superior resiliency. This alloy is made from 95% recyclable aluminum. It is lightweight, easy to lift, with minimal stack. Another cool feature is called MagnaView. Even though the slat is 2″, the view-through is comparable to a 4″ slat. When tilted open, the slats nest together, doubling your viewing pleasure.
This is an example of MagnaView™ where the slats nest together.

Hunter Douglas offers 22 different slat finishes in three collections:
  • Riverstone™ Collection – Earthy and natural, works well with organic materials.
  • Metallic™ Collection – Shimmery and fashionable, accents furnishings and fixtures.
  • Matte™ Collection – Sophisticated and classic, blends with any decor.

Three different lift systems are available. Topping off the treatment is a wood valance in 12 popular colors and finishes. Decorative tapes are also an option.  Natural Element blinds are a great complement to granite, brick, and marble. Windows, especially above a kitchen sink, can be a challenge due to splashing and dirt accumulation. However, this blind is easy to wipe down as it bounces back to shape after handling. I can also see the Natural Elements Metallics used in lofts giving the space an edgy vibe. You can control your light and privacy needs and still pull them up if you want a completely unobstructed view. These blinds will make a striking statement at your windows.

Come and check out these not-so heavy metals at one of our Hirshfield’s locations or have one of the Shop at Home designers out to your home.
Guest post by Bonnie West, designer with Hirshfield’s Shop at Home
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I think all window treatment posts need a Gladys Kravitz ending!
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