{art benefit for bridging: chairs with flair}

chairs with flair

What are you doing Monday, June 15, 2015 from 5:30-7:30?

Buy a ticket to Chairs with Flair and head over to Surly Brewery Beer Hall and Restaurant in Minneapolis!

Join us at Chairs with Flair, a unique art event and silent auction of upcycled furniture transformed into original works of art for the benefit of Bridging.

Local artists selected furniture from Bridging’s warehouse and transformed tables, chairs, lamps and dressers into one-of-a-kind works of art. All auction pieces are created exclusively for Chairs with Flair in support of Bridging, a nonprofit providing quality furniture and household goods to those transitioning out of homelessness and poverty.

TICKETS: Tickets are $40 ($11 tax-deductible) and includes the silent auction, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, a Surly beer ticket, and the opportunity to mingle with participating artists. You won’t want to miss this! We’re giving away two tickets to this fun evening. Leave a comment here or Like, Share, or Comment on Hirshfield’s Facebook and your name goes in a drawing. Winner to be selected on May 29, 2015.

“Getting there” details for the event can be found here. 

Hirshfield’s is honored to be one of the sponsors for this event benefiting such a worthwhile organization, founded by an amazing man, Fran Heitzman.


Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{bits & pieces: outstanding customer service}

 The knowledgeable experts at Hirshfield’s are here to make sure your painting, staining or design project is a success. We are always happy to help any way we can, as demonstrated in this letter we received from a Woodbury customer praising Faye for her customer service and product knowledge!

Hello to those concerned,

I just wanted to take a moment to relay to you the outstanding service and advice I have been given from Faye at the Woodbury store.

Last spring I came in looking for stain for my deck. Faye quickly asked questions, that led to more questions than answers. I returned later and met with Faye again. With all the facts on hand, she was able to guide me through the process, the products I would need, and steer me to other vendors that had things I would need but were beyond the store’s range (i.e.; renting sanders) and gave me all the tips I needed to be aware of while trying to beat the weather this season.

The bottom line is that while it took all summer to get the job done, Faye was on hand to see to it I had all I needed to get it done to MY satisfaction. It was a big job and it took a long time, but Faye’s advice, driven by her understanding of what I wanted and her knowledge of the products she sells and the procedures required to do the job correctly led to a great finished product.

I hope you know and understand how valuable Faye and others with her skills and customer care concerns are to you, your business, and your customers.

I do. And I’ll be back with the next project.



Thanks “G” for the fantastic email. I think we all agree Faye is a rock star!


{bits & pieces: painted sinks and bathtubs}

 It’s always fun to add the “unexpected” to a design plan and have it work out. Painting the underside of the wall-mounted sink and outside of the clawfoot tub is “unexpected” and gives these vintage fixtures a fresh look. In my opinion, the paint colors make this bathroom and that’s why it was voted by Houzz readers as one of the Top 10 Most Popular Bathrooms in 2012. The accent colors featured on the sink and tub, Pale Avocado 2146-40, White Dove for the trim, and Summer Shower 2135-60 on the walls…all Benjamin Moore Paint colors.

For your viewing pleasure, here are a bevy of painted bathroom beauties.

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{bits & pieces: why men fear painting wood paneling}


painted wood panel

The Decorologist

It’s been four years since The Decorologist dug deep into the male psyche attempting to figure out Why Men Fear Painting Wood? I don’t think mens’ attitudes about painting wood have changed since then. Every day Hirshfield’s sales people hear, “my husband doesn’t like painted wood,” or “why did we put in oak trim if we’re just going to paint it?” Hmm…

Whether you’re pro or con on the issue of painting wood paneling this post will make you smile.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{bits & pieces: censational girl talks wood trim and paint colors}

wood trim

Courtesy of BHG

Kate from Censational Girl posted a long-awaited piece on rooms with wood trim and what to do with them when it comes to paint colors. White trim has been so popular as of late, it feels like wood trim is considered out of favor in the decorating world. Painted or stained trim? Surround yourself with what makes you happy.

These beautiful rooms are for our customers with wood trim… and I know there are a lot of you out there.

Here’s the link to Better Homes & Gardens Style Spotters which is where you’ll find the rest of the story…

Centsational Girl continues to be one of the top rated Home and Garden blogs on the web with an average of 1.5 million pageviews per month. Kate is crazy with the DIY projects and I often wonder when that girl sleeps. Check out her blog for inspiration overload.

{bits& pieces: painting and papering at hirshfield’s design showroom}


kew wallpaper from romo

Kew wallpaper from RomoWith new pieces arriving weekly at Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom, the staff thought it was the perfect time to freshen up the showroom with new paint and wallpaper. The mini makeover starts with the feature wall on the first floor which is now home to this lovely digitally printed magnolia pattern. It will be interesting to see how digital printing is used with other interior design products.


On the second floor, the stenciled wall is now painted over with this dark and mysterious teal from Hirshfield’s Paints. The “moody” colors have been popping up with more and more frequency in magazines and decorating blogs. Are you ready to welcome the moody blues, greens, and even pinks into your home?


Hirshfield’s 0669 Frozen Stream

That’s it for the design showroom’s mini paint and wallpaper makeover. Thanks to Dennis Anderson for his paperhanging and painting expertise. The showroom has Dennis’ contact info if you’re in need of a good professional installer.

Since Frank and Elizabeth Hirshfield opened their first store in 1894, it has been our mission to do the best job possible meeting customer needs and solving customer problems. Hirshfield’s. People and products you can trust.

{bits & pieces: penguin library wallpaper}


Penguin Library wallpaper


Introducing PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper, produced with the kind permission of Penguin.

Just a little something I ran across at the H’s design studio which tugged at my bibliophile heartstrings. A wallpaper featuring Penguin book covers! The Penguin Library wallpaper is from the English company Osborne & Little, if you couldn’t already tell by the civilized phrase…with the kind permission of Penguin.

The PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper is a collage of front covers of those iconic early paperbacks from this famous publishing house and includes Ariel, the very first Penguin paperback published in 1935. The book covers were chosen for their diversity of colour and to illustrate the breadth of Penguin’s publishing backlist. Great care was taken in the design to truly represent the original paperbacks in all their, sometimes well-read and a little worn, glory. The resulting PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper is a glorious colourful ‘conversational piece’ which we hope will be received with as much affection as the books themselves.

 Here’s the press release Osborne & Little provided when the paper was introduced in April. It’s an interesting read.



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