{friday finds: top drapery designer joins shop at home team}

Hirshfield’s Shop at Home Welcomes Judy Ciaciura

It’s hard to find anybody who enjoys working with draperies and window treatments more than Judy Ciaciura. “I love what I do,” she says. “I love the challenge of solving window treatment challenges.”

Judy Ciaciura

Judy Ciaciura

Judy has been solving those challenges since 1973, when she started her career at Dayton’s in Downtown St. Paul (for those of you who remember that store), and developed quite a reputation for her design work after opening DJ Draperies in Little Canada with her friend Donna in 1988.

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{wallcovering wednesday: bohemian rhapsody}

Brewster Brings the Bohemian Chic with Kismet Collection

For those of you who survived the 80s decorating palette, it may be difficult for you to think you’d ever plaster another room with wallpaper. Remember the flowery patterns and the bold (let’s call them vivid) colors? Yikes, I think we all still remember some atrocious patterns in bedrooms, kitchens and dining rooms across the Twin Cities.

KISMET-Shibori Print

A Beautiful Shibori Print from A-Street Prints Kismet Collection

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{backyard bungalows: designer sheds and outbuildings}

Friday Finds: Bar Sheds, She Sheds, And So Much More

Remember how the Man Cave gained traction in the 90s? There was a general consensus that men needed a designated place to rest, grunt and watch football. Basements across the Midwest were converted from storage rooms to adult playrooms, accommodating the inner male child – bars, hunting themes and sports memorabilia popped up like wildfire.

Well, I have come upon a new trend – backyard sheds. Nope, not those ugly sheds designed to house your tools and your mower; but rather a separate building designed for relaxation, entertainment and a refuge from the real world.

Sitting room shed in Crail

An avid gardener uses her shed for guests when she hosts garden tours.

Much like casitas (a separate small building next to a home) that are popular in the south, sheds may soon serve the same purpose here in the Midwest. Be it a social gathering point – think a bar building next to a pool (a Bar Shed), or a cozy backyard shed to serve as a personal retreat (yoga sheds, reading rooms and craft rooms have all been called She Sheds) – the idea is gaining interest among suburbanites and urbanites alike.

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{what’s the deal with granny flats?}

Granny Flats: Grandma’s Home That’s Not Away From Home

There are so many dizzying trends highlighted daily in the media. Some are crazy (beaded lips, vampire facials and fish pedicures to mention a few), but when I saw an article on “granny flats,” I was intrigued. Essentially, you can live near your momma without actually living with her. That sounds ideal to me!

Granny Flat Connected To Home – Burlington Architects & Building Designers CULTivation D.S

Basically, builders are starting to recognize the obstacles growing old presents: high cost of living, slow rebound coming out of the recession, and the widening health care costs for aging parents (to name a few). They have coined the phrase “NextGen” living where adding separate (yet attached) living quarters to house an aging parent. They have separate exterior entrances and often their very own single-car garage. The interior has one or two doors to connect to the main home, and the space ranges from 600 square feet to a bit larger, and it includes a single bedroom and a kitchenette along with a main living space.

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{how to decorate with pastels}

Friday Finds:  Playing with Pastels

Nothing says spring quite like pastels. The pretty, pale colors of Easter eggs and children’s bedrooms are now on trend for all of us. Pastels are all grown up, with new hues and eye-catching color combinations.

Trending combination of color according to @pantonecolor: Wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow

Images from the September issue of Goodhomes Magazine. Photography by Max Attenborough

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{wallcovering wednesday: large floral prints for spring}

Big, Bold Floral Wallcoverings

Spring is here and so are the flowers. Some of our favorite wallpaper collections feature large scale floral prints, with bold, modern takes on the natural classic.

Diva from Scion

Diva from Scion

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{inspired by the parade of homes}

Design Ideas From Parade of Homes and Remodeler Showcase

The Annual Parade of Homes showcase is an ideal way to find a builder or remodeler with the sensibilities and quality you desire. But it’s also a great way to see what’s in vogue in interiors, with each home in the parade showcasing the paint colors and finishes popular with top designers.

2015 Parade of Homes - Oakdale 1

Highmark Builders – 4344 Oakdale – Photography by SpaceCrafting

Highmark Builders showcased Hirshfield’s paints throughout this gorgeous home (4344 Oakdale Ave. South, Edina).

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