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Farrow & Ball Paint

We are thrilled to announce that Hirshfield’s Edina location now carries Farrow & Ball paints and wallpaper.

How’s that for big news? Farrow & Ball does have a bit of a cult following when it comes to their colour palette. People who use Farrow & Ball paints, consistently talk about the depth and richness of their colours which Farrow & Ball says is due to their use of the highest quality ingredients. The light refracting qualities of their paint promote that depth of colour and also enhances the way the appearance of their colours subtly change in different lights.

Cromarty Farrow and Ball Paint

Inspired by swirling sea mist, and named after the Cromarty Firth estuary, a place mentioned daily in The Shipping Forecast. This colour brings a muted softness to any room. A lighter version of Mizzle, it works beautifully when paired with Light Blue, or grouped with Blue Gray and Pigeon.

A little Farrow & Ball history: The company was founded in 1946 by John Farrow and Richard Ball and is located in Dorset England. Farrow & Ball wallpapers and paints are made in England. Fast forward, today Farrow & Ball distributes its paints and wallpapers to 67 countries around the world including Edina, Minnesota.

Farrow & Ball Inchyra blue

Farrow & Ball update their carefully edited colour palette once every three years, but still keeping the magic number of colours at 132. Catch up with the highly anticipated new 2016 colours released in February over at decor8. If you’re a Farrow & Ball follower you know every colour has a special story or meaning which is reflected in its name.

The Edina store stocks an assortment of colours and sheens based on the recommendations of Farrow & Ball. Not all colours and finishes are stocked at the store. If you select a non-stocking colour it takes 2-3 days to bring into the store. Farrow & Ball paint is pre-mixed at the factory so there’s no tinting involved at the store.

Sample pots (3.38 oz) are available in the entire range of Farrow & Ball colours in their signature Estate Emulsion finish.

Farrow & Ball Paints

Living Room walls in Dix Blue No.82 and woodwork in Wimborne White No.239 | Estate Emulsion & Estate Eggshell

Stocking finishes at Hirshfield’s Edina:

Estate® Emulsion – This high quality chalky matt emulsion defines the Farrow & Ball look. It is designed for use on walls and ceilings, with an unrivalled depth of colour and 2% sheen.

Modern Emulsion – This low sheen (7%), high performance, washable wall and ceiling paint is ideal for kitchens, bathrooms, children’s rooms, hallways and other high traffic areas.

Estate Eggshell – An extremely robust and durable eggshell finish. Ideal for all interior woodwork and metal, including radiators. Easily wiped and washed clean with 20% sheen.

Stop by and see why the luxurious colours of Farrow & Ball appeal to so many people.

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.

Look for a future post on Farrow & Ball wallpaper.

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{friday finds: 7 fresh ideas for using up leftover paint}

Your freshly painted room is looking gorgeous. In fact, you love the color so much, you don’t want any of it to go to waste! Have no fear, we’re here with some great ideas for using every last drop.

1. Freshen up a lampshade with a wash of color.

Emily Henderson calls painting a shade with watered-down house paint “the simplest, most genius upgrade to a fabric lampshade that you can do.” She suggests a ratio of 1/3 water-based paint to 2/3 water.

Credit: Emily

Credit: Style by Emily Henderson

2. Paint the back of your built-ins.

Painting the back wall gives shelving an added dimension — and gives you an excuse to use more of your favorite paint! Are you noticing more bookcases and built-ins featured in room sets, or is it just me?

Transitional Wellesley

Credit: Jamie Keskin Design

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{wallcovering wednesday: brewster’s beautiful new books}

Why limit yourself to one new wallpaper book when three will do? Brewster Home Fashions has three new collections, featuring three completely different takes on modern design: Mirabelle and Geometrie from A-Street Prints, and Azmaara from Kenneth James.

Which one is right for you? It depends on your design aesthetic, but with a wide array of prints and colors, these collections have wallcoverings for every home.

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{friday finds: trend takeaways from the 2016 artisan homes tour}

It’s now July, which means the 2016 Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes has officially ended. Made up of 31 homes located in two different states, it’s understandable that you may not have made it to as many of the homes as you would have liked. Well, you don’t need to worry – we sent a team of Hirshfield’s employees to the tour, and took note of the decor trends we saw throughout the tour. From wallcoverings to flooring, here’s what you need to know:

wallpaper Great Neighbor Homes

Great Neighborhood Homes Artisan Home Tour

Wallcoverings

Wallcoverings were everywhere this year at the Artisan Home Tour. Kid’s bathrooms, guest bedrooms, and even ceilings – all were fair game for wallcoverings. Grasscloth and Tone on Tone Damask stood out in particular, but we also noticed multiple colorful wallcoverings.

Window Treatments

2016 is a year of natural textures, and window treatments of unlined woven woods and grasses made a definite appearance during this year’s tour. Fabric roman shades, shutters, and stationary side panels with short decorative rods also made the cut. Keep an eye out for our blog on these window treatment trends later this month!

Flooring

We noticed multiple trends when it came to flooring. Mid to dark tones dominated the wood floors, and patterned tile popped up in bathrooms and back entryways. Patterned carpeting also made an appearance on stairways and into bedrooms. The carpet was coordinated, but did not stay the same throughout the house.

Great Neighborhood Home Artisan Home Tour 2016

Great Neighborhood Home Artisan Home Tour 2016

Beds

With the exception of a few wood or painted frames, all bed frames on this tour were upholstered. Colors ranged from neutrals to bold blue and white checks. The bedding itself was usually layers with neutrals, and had splashes of color layered with pillows and throws.

Note: From neutrals with cream and gray to bold checks in navy and white, checks and plaids were everywhere this year!

Stonewood LLC

Stonewood LLC Artisan Home 2016

Finishes

As far as finishes go, we saw a lot of mixed metals, wood floors, and painted trim throughout. Antique brass, silver, and brushed bronze all made an appearance, and they were mixed and matched throughout the house. The bathrooms featured a mixed metal design – the faucets didn’t match the towel bars or light fixtures.

Colors

This year’s tour was filled with light neutrals, warm grays, cool grays, and almost whites. Splashes of color appeared off the main areas – accents in back entryways, laundry rooms, and offices were common.

This was also the year of blue, blue blue! On the exteriors, we saw blues ranging from a smoky gray to dark blue. Some interiors carried soft turquoises and rich, Delft blues. In others, we saw pale lavenders and rich plums everywhere from the laundry room to the guest bedroom.

Be sure to stop by any Hirshfield’s location for help with your decorating projects.

Thanks to the following builders who used Hirshfied’s products in their homes: Lecy Bros., Bob Michels Construction, Denali Custom Homes, Stonewood LLC, Highmark Builders, City Homes, Oslo, and Hendel Homes.

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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{friday finds: easy 4th of july decorations for your home}

Want a patriotic look for Independence Day that’s quick and easy? Sure you could stop by the store and buy something cheesy, but DIY is as American as apple pie, and these patriotic projects are all quick and easy.

Spray painted lawn stars:

Looking for an easy and unusual way to add some spirit to your lawn? Cut a stencil, grab a can of spray paint, and let the kids help create a very patriotic addition to your front yard.

Credit: Previously Paired

Easy Red, White and Blue table runner:

Add color to a white tablecloth with red and blue strips of crepe paper. Weave the colors and tape them to the table’s edges with double-sided tape. Read the rest of this entry »

{wallcovering wednesday: florals that never go out of style}

Can there be too much of a good thing? When it comes to florals, some designers say no. It seems that flowers never go out of style – it’s just the way they’re presented. Check out these ways to mix florals in your own home, from easygoing to a bit more daring.

Flowers to match floral wallpaper:

If you love flowers, why not go with more? The live bouquet blends beautifully with the watercolor flowers in Brewster’s Claressa Blueberry pattern — from the Catalina Watercolor collection.

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

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{exterior painting: how to pick an accent color}

So you’re painting the exterior of your house, and you’ve got the main color picked. That’s a good start, but the next choice is often more important. How will you choose the accent color — the color of your door, trim, or shutters? It’s all a matter of taste, but we have some time-tested guidelines to help you along the way.

Saturate

Chances are, your main color won’t be loud or highly saturated — unless you’re trying to paint your home Vikings Purple — but your accent color can be bolder. If your siding is toned-down, your accent should be pumped-up, and vice versa. For a white house, you can pick any color you want as an accent — except an off-white, which would just look like you forgot which paint to buy.

A bright red door is a classic choice for a white house. You could go a bit more contemporary or trendy with a coral or orange.

If you have a brightly colored house, though, pick an accent color that isn’t so saturated — either a neutral or a color with a bit more white, black, or gray in the mix. Read the rest of this entry »

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