Century Paint by Benjamin Moore

Century Paint by Benjamin Moore

America’s favorite paint company introduces 75 new colors and first-ever soft touch matte finish.

Earlier this spring Benjamin Moore launched CENTURY, a new line of pre-mixed, small batch, ultra-premium paint in a “soft-touch matte” finish. The palette consists of 75 brand new colors, ranging from mid-tone to dark shades, intended to enrich the color collection of interior designers.

 “We needed something for the architects and the designers—something more elevated and more studied,” says Benjamin Moore creative director Ellen O’Neill, who has been working on the collection for more than five years. “So we really went back to the hand of the artists.” It started with texture or, as O’Neill puts it, making “more of a covering than a coating.” She explains: “You can almost see a nap in it when you turn a certain way or see it in profile. It beckons you to touch.

Century Paint by Benjamin Moore

Century Paint | Cobalt

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{wallpaper wednesday: thibaut grasscloth resource vol. 4}

Established in 1886, Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) is the nation’s oldest continuously operating wallpaper firm. Thibaut’s product offering has broadened to include a variety of coordinating print fabrics, furniture, embroideries, and woven upholstery fabrics. Here’s a look at their newest collection of natural wall coverings, Grasscloth Resource Volume 4 is filled with grasscloths, raffia, paper weaves, and sumptuous sisal.

With a palette that is both bold and sophisticated, the striking textures of these wallcoverings provide a level of natural beauty, depth and dimension that few other home decor products can rival.” 

Thibaut Grasscloth Resource Vol. 4

Piedmont is a large-scale printed chevron in multi-color layers. A hint of metallic shines through from the ground.

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{friday finds: millennial pink}

millennial pink

Sonhas Rosa! An old Portuguese phrase for what we are all doing – dreaming in PINK!

It’s no secret, pink is having a moment. Whether you’re wearing it or drinking it (hello rose), it has come to be the defining color of the millennials, so much so that is referred to by many as “millennial pink”. But why? Read the rest of this entry »

{artisan home tour 2017}

artisan home tour 2017

If you’re shopping for a new home, looking for inspiration, or thinking about a remodel, the Artisan Home Tour  should be on your weekend radar. Step inside these luxury homes, from the area’s most exclusive builders and remodelers, and see for yourself why these are million-dollar-plus homes.

ARTISAN HOME TOUR 

The Artisan Home Tour features 19 new one-of-a-kind homes and two remodels which will be open this weekend, the final weekend of the Home Tour.

The following homes all used products from Hirshfield’s!

  • Home #1 Lecy Brothers Homes & Remodeling: Interior and Exterior | Painting by Cityscape
  • Home #3 Stonewood, LLC: Exterior | Painting by Cityscape
  • Home #6 Denali Custom Homes:  Interior and Exterior | Painting by Legatt Decorating
  • Home #9 John Kraemer and Sons:  Garrison Landing Project. Cityscape painted all of the common areas including the corridors, lobby, and stairways.
  • Home #11 Carl M. Hansen Companies: Interior and Exterior | Painting by Cityscape
  • Home #12 Narr Construction, Inc:  Interior and Exterior | Painting by Cityscape
  • Home #13 Great Neighborhood Homes, Inc. Interior and Cedar Exterior |  Painting by Archer Painting
  • Home #18 Highmark Builders: Interior and Exterior | Painting by Cityscape
  • Home #19 Hendel Homes: Interior and Exterior | Painting by Cityscape

Tour details available here.

 

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.

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{colors of the day: red, white, and blue}

Celebrate Flag Day with these patriotic inspirations.

How did the iconic red, white, and blue come to be? These shades now synonymous with freedom, equality, and baseball inspire patriotic pride throughout the country. The rich story behind these historic hues may surprise you.

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Let red, white, and blue serve as your color palette.

DIY American flag

Display your patriotic pride year round with a DIY painted flag.

History of the Flag

What is known is that the first unofficial national flag, called the Grand Union Flag or the Continental Colours, was raised at the order of General Washington near his headquarters outside Boston, Mass., on Jan. 1, 1776. The flag had 13 alternating red and white horizontal stripes and the British Union Flag in the canton.

The first official national flag, also known as the Stars and Stripes, was approved by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. The blue canton contained 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies.

After Vermont and Kentucky were admitted to the Union in 1791 and 1792, respectively, two more stars and two more stripes were added in 1795. This 15-star, 15-stripe flag was the “star-spangled banner” that inspired lawyer Francis Scott Key to write the poem that later became the U.S. national anthem.

In 1818, after five more states had gained admittance, Congress passed legislation fixing the number of stripes at 13 and requiring that the number of stars equal the number of states. Before 1912 there were no specific guidelines as to how the flag should look. President Taft presented guidelines regarding the configuration of the stars in the 48-star flag. The last new star, bringing the total to 50, was added on July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became a state.

Through the words of the founding father himself, we gain a perspective of the American flag. “We take the stars and blue union from heaven, the red from our mother country, separating it by white stripes, thus showing that we have separated from her, and the white stripes shall go down to posterity representing liberty,” interpreted George Washington in 1777.

Today the flag consists of thirteen horizontal stripes, seven red alternating with six white. The stripes represent the original 13 colonies, the stars represent the 50 states of the Union. The colors of the flag are symbolic as well: Red symbolizes Hardiness and Valor, White symbolizes Purity and Innocence and Blue represents Vigilance, Perseverance and Justice.

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.

{how to pick the right paint color for your home}

Painting the exterior of your home doesn’t happen often, so when you’re deciding on a color, you have to be 100% confident that this color will be timeless, elegant, and beautiful.

At Hirshfield’s, we carry countless exterior paint colors to choose from, giving you the freedom to explore to find the exact color you are looking for.

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Siding: Sag Harbor Gray HC-95 Windowpanes: Midsummer Night 2134-20 Door: Gloucester Sage HC-100 All by Benjamin Moore

Here are some tips to consider when deciding on an exterior paint color for your home:

  • Consider pre-existing factors such as roof color, chimney, trim—if you aren’t planning on painting it—and landscape. Roof color is especially important because unless you completely re-roof your home, it isn’t going anywhere for a while. So instead, find an exterior paint color that complements the color of your roof.
  • If your home has stone, copper, or brick accents, consider a color that will accentuate the current elements that make your home truly beautiful.

Gray Benjamin Moore Exterior

Revere Pewter (HC-172), Night Train (1567), Firenze (AF-225)

 

  • When deciding on an exterior color, feel free to focus on not only the body of the home, but also the trimming, shutters, and door. It can really make a home come to life if all three of these components complement each other seamlessly.
  • Be aware that paint samples can often look darker or richer in-store than they will appear when they are applied to the exterior of your home. Don’t be afraid to sample paints before tackling the entirety of the project.
  • Take note of the color palette of the surrounding homes or landmarks in your neighborhood. Originality is important as you don’t want to completely blend in among the masses. However, showcase your individuality without stepping on neighbors’ toes (i.e. painting your home Pepto Bismol pink when the neighborhood has chosen a more neutral palette!)
Exterior paint colors

Lower Body is Hirshfield’s Historic Tankard Gray, Upper Body HC-87 Ashley Gray, Trim and Shutters, 0197 Thistle Gray. Color schemed by Mark Masica, Hirshfield’s Color Services

Neutral exterior colors have remained timeless and popular in Minnesota throughout the years. The above homeowner chose a neutral palette which really played up their stone accents nicely.

When selecting exterior paints be sure to check out Hirshfield’s and Benjamin Moore paints for durability, ease of application, resistance to mildew, mold, and UV rays, and overall performance.

benjamin moore paint regal select

REGAL SELECT ON SALE

Now through June 17, Regal Select Exterior and Interior Paints are $10 off per gallon.

Regal Select Interior available at all Hirshfield’s stores; Regal Select Exterior available at select Hirshfield’s locations. Regal Select Exterior may be special ordered in, or Benjamin Moore Aura Exterior may be purchased at $10 OFF msrp at all Hirshfield’s locations.

Happy weekend and painting!

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.

{spring home makeover: front porch edition}

The return of warm weather means it’s time to get outside in Minnesota! Spring is the perfect time to open up your windows and revamp your front porch so you can enjoy the outdoors for the months to come.  But time is wasting, so here are some decor tips  for a quick and easy front porch makeover.

Paint the Front Door

Front door Whyte Blue Benjamin Moore

Minnesota ASID Showcase Home 2015

For the biggest impact, add some bright, inviting color to your door and accessories. Whether you go bright or light the key is using complimentary colors. For every blue, green, or violet, choose an orange, red, or yellow.

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Credit: Hannah Brown

If you’ve got warm brick or siding, try a cool color like spring green, teal, or turquoise. If you’ve got white siding, no color is off limits — not even this canary yellow.

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Credit: LDa Architecture & Interiors

Plant Your Flowers

Flowers and planters are another quick fix, but you need to be thoughtful for maximum impact. These planters are a great choice because they are similar to the chandelier in shape, but opposites in finish — traditional warm metal compared to a contemporary cool plastic.

Renovation: Senoia Farmhouse

Credit: Historical Concepts

Turn On The Lights

Adding new lights will give new life to your porch. It will make your entrance bright for all those late-night comings-and-goings if you’re looking for safety and security. Don’t forget about scale. People often make the mistake of not buying large enough outdoor fixtures. Looking for the soft glow of porch ambiance? Welcome your guests with a string of decorative twinkling lights.

Private Beach Residence

Credit: JS Interiors LLC

Add More Furniture

If you have enough space, consider adding more furniture to create a room with a view. Whether it’s conventional wicker furniture to create a three season sitting room, or the right rug, and chairs, you’re sure to enjoy the warm breezes all summer long.

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Minnesota ASID Showcase Home 2015

Give it a Swing

And if there’s one look that’s made for any porch lover it’s the porch swing. This updated swinging sofa completes a classy yet comfortable porch combo – perfect for enjoying a late night in the still summer air.
Great Neighborhood Homes 2015

Minnesota ASID Showcase Home 2015

Whether your goal is extra color or extra comfort — or both — the right choices can add to your curb appeal and the enjoyment of your home. So, now that you’ve been inspired, how will you make over your front porch?
Check out Benjamin Moore’s photos for an inspired exterior. Paint is your best friend when it comes to upping your curb appeal!

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.

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