{friday finds: best of the interior design trade shows in las vegas}

Our Hirshfield’s team recently visited Las Vegas for IWCE-Vision 16 (the annual International Window Covering Expo), along with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and the International Builders Show (IBS).

Our group had the opportunity to visit with vendors, see new products, and participate in seminars and classes.  Those classes ranged from color, digital technology, business ideas as well as new inspiration from window treatments.

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Judy Ciaciura (Hirshfield’s Shop at Home) said a big trend at IWCE was “how trim detail is being used on drapery panels and top treatments. I saw less use of tassels and more flat patterned braid detail on the center lead edges of the panels,” she said, “as well as the bottom and sides of the tailored top treatments.”

Judy also noticed more selections of “bling” at the vendor booths: rhinestone cording, buttons, broaches, and appliques.

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“Bling” for window treatments

A collection of unique and artistic tiles caught Judy’s eye at KBIS. “Pera Tile seemed to be the standout,” she said.

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“The designs have so many pieces allowing for endless possibilities. From very busy and ornate to using small touches for a simple statement. I can just imagine the possibilities in how these tiles could be used as a whole or even as simple accents.”

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Judy also noted the large number of unusually shaped sinks and vanities at KBIS.

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Besides the design inspiration, the Hirshfield’s group also got some time together, according to Shannon Scarella, Manager of Hirshfield’s Window Fashions. “It is always a wonderful trip and allows our employees to build better relationships with one another as well as share their ideas and gain new ideas!’

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 hang art the right way}

If you’ve decided it’s time to incorporate some new artwork into your home, you probably spent a lot of time choosing the perfect piece (or three). There are a lot of different styles to choose from when it comes to art, and there is a lot of advice out there to help you choose the right piece for your interior design. But then what?

The way you hang your art is just as important as choosing the correct piece. The most important thing to remember is that you should hang your art around 57″ on center. This puts your art at about eye level:

This is the same height that most museums use to hang their art. If you’re hanging multiple pieces in one room, this technique adds a great midline to the room:

This is also the height you want to use if you’re incorporating a picture ledge into the room:

 If you picked out a lot of pieces, you can incorporate a gallery wall into your decor. You’ll still need to remember the 57″ rule, but it applies a little differently here – this time, you want to center your gallery wall at the 57″ mark. If you’re trying to brighten up a more neutral space, you can use colored frames in a coordinating palette:

But remember, you can never go wrong with a black frame and a white matte:

When creating a gallery wall, you usually want to keep 2-3″ between each piece. You can hang all of your pieces in a grid-like fashion (this works especially well when each piece is roughly the same height and width), or you can go “salon style“, as pictured above. A great tip is to lay your pieces out on the floor until you’ve figured out exactly how you want them to look – this will save you a lot of time and frustration.

If you have any questions, you can always visit your local Hirshfield’s location in Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota – we love to help!

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.

 

{window treatment wednesday: powerview earns interior design’s technolology award}

We’ve been raving about the PowerView Motorization System ever since Hunter Douglas unveiled the system last July. And a major design magazine agrees. PowerView recently earned Interior Design’s Best of Year Award for Technology.

Interior Design’s Best of Year ceremony was held at legendary architect Frank Gehry’s IAC Building in New York, where 975 designers, architects, and manufacturers gathered to learn the winners across 43 project categories, 61 product categories, and 11 materials.

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{friday finds: 2016 interior design trends}

It’s January — time to bring on the bone-chilling cold here in Minnesota, and time to make predictions for the new year in the design world.  It seems like everybody wants to predict what colors, materials, and styles will be hot this year, so we sifted through some of the best to bring you a look at the top interior design trends for 2016.

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The Wall Street Journal interviewed 26 top interior designers and picked black metals as the top trend for this year. Los Angeles designer Barclay Butera noted that “there is nothing fussy about iron and blackened steel,” which is showing up in simple hardware, bathroom fixtures and even flatware. Contemporary designers, such as Jasper Morrison blend it with wood and glass, or sometimes create entire pieces of matte black metal. “Welders are the new rock stars,” enthused New York designer Julia Haney-Montanez.

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Houzz.com agrees. A compilation of discussions on the design site identified colored stainless steel appliances as one of the top trends.  “Black stainless steel is making a buzz on Houzz,” the article says. “In a poll, nearly two-thirds of Houzzers say they would consider the dark alternative to shiny silver metal.” Examples include LG’s new Black Stainless collection (above), and Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish.

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{2016 pantone colors of the year: rose quartz and serenity}

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Call it an early Christmas present, or call it confusing. Either way, Pantone gave us two Colors of the Year for the first time ever with the announcement that Rose Quartz and Serenity would share the spotlight as the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year.

Some critics compared the two hues to the traditional pastels for baby bedrooms — pale pink and baby blue — but Pantone’s Leatrice Eiseman disagrees. “Rose Quartz is not baby pink,” she says, “it doesn’t have that wimpy feel.”

The executive director of Pantone’s Color Institute told the Wall Street Journal that Pantone had been considering two colors for awhile, and this seemed like the perfect pair. “From a business perspective, it’s two colors, so it’s an opportunity to make extra combinations,” Eiseman said. “It makes for a perfect combination in the home.”

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Media Reaction

The Los Angeles Times called it a coded message about gender equality and fluidity. “In many parts of the world we are experiencing a gender blur as it relates to fashion, which has in turn impacted color trends throughout all other areas of design,” Eiseman explained. “This more unilateral approach to color is coinciding with societal movements toward gender equality and fluidity.”

InStyle was more poetic, focusing on the soothing nature of the airy pastels: “Rose Quartz evokes a sunset, budding flower, or flushed cheek, while Serenity conjures an expanse of bleached blue sky. Worn separately, they don’t have the same power of calmness as they do when worn together.”

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StyleCaster and the kitchn showcased creative ways to decorate with the two hues and Apartment Therapy did a great piece on “Pale Pink Living Rooms” earlier this year

Variations of Rose Quartz have been on our radar for a year or so and we featured the Hirshfield’s Paint color, Souffle 0139, in a blog post last November. Here are a few photos from Hirshfield’s Pinterest Boards showing similar colors to Rose Quartz and Serenity. It will be an interesting year seeing how and where the 2016 Pantone Colors of the Year show up.

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Wall color is Raleigh Peach CW-205 from Benjamin Moore’s Williamsburg Collection

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From the Pantone site:

Whether in soft or hard surface material, the pairing of Rose Quartz and Serenity brings calm and relaxation. Appealing in all finishes, matte, metallic and glossy, the engaging combo joins easily with other mid-tones including greens and purples, rich browns, and all shades of yellow and pink. Add in silver or hot brights for more splash and sparkle.

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.

{bachman’s holiday ideas house 2015}

 

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It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Bachman’s historic homestead on Lyndale Avenue South. Festive floral and table arrangements, one-of-a-kind pieces, repurposed pieces, and new items all nestled alongside each other for a “making it merry” home. Props to the design team for sharing their awesome creativity!

Key trends to look for in this season’s Holiday Ideas House:

  • Words of Wisdom – Text written across pillows, glasses, and décor put you in the holiday spirit.
  • Luxury – Drape yourself in luxe details found in gold, plaid patterns, copper, and fur accents.
  • Mixed Metals – Juxtaposed bronze, copper, and gold are paired for added visual interest.
  • Make it Merry – Find inspired ideas for Christmas in every corner to make the season bright.

Enjoy our mini-tour of the Holiday Ideas House 2015.

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Chimney breast wrapped in wallpaper that looks like horizontal wood planks.

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Christmas tree? Candy cane? Use your imagination with these cute wooden boxes.

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{friday finds: beautiful botanicals and fabulous ferns}

Even as the cold weather begins to hit, there’s nothing more beautiful than interior décor that is stylish and chic, and even brings a hint of lush nature indoors. We’re not talking plants that you have to care for every day, but stunning wallpapers that bring the outdoors inside.

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Nature has been a strong influence and source of inspiration for decor this past year. The beautiful botanicals, fabulous ferns, and pretty palm leaves have seen a resurgence in popularity. The iconic palm leaf style actually originated from Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, which was created by decorator Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The bold wallpaper has since been transformed to more classic looking styles that can be used for any room and not just upscale Beverly Hills hotels.

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Is that the lovely Lesley Ann Warren?

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