{community calendar: your guide to fall design events}

Fall is almost here in Minnesota. The season of change. School starts, temperatures drop, and leaves fall. And some of our favorite home and garden events return. So, before you pull out your sweaters and warm jackets, check out this list and visit some of the most popular fall design events.

Bachman’s Fall Ideas House

This season’s transformation of the historic Backman’s home on Lyndale Avenue is called “Rustic Meets Refined.” Designers have painted, furnished, and decorated the entire house with their signature mix of new items, repurposed pieces, and a touch of vintage in order to tell a story of seasonal and spiritual renewal.

Hirshfield’s Paints are used throughout the Ideas House.  The #1 asked question at the Ideas House is…what is that paint color?

The Fall Ideas House is open seven days a week, September 10 through October 4, 2015. Tickets cost $5, with a portion of the proceeds going to this year’s charity, Girls on the Run, a nonprofit organization focused on empowering girls as they discover their own physical and spiritual strength. Read the rest of this entry »

{6 reasons gray and greige are so popular}

Mention gray to many people, and they’ll think it’s drab and boring. But most designers consider it exciting. There are now so many shades of gray that its reputation of being cold or unwelcoming has changed as trending gray paints have taken on a warmer undertone that is desirable for any room of your home.

Benjamin Moore Color Stories Shades of Gray

Shades of Gray from Benjamin Moore’s Color Stories Collection

Want proof? Just check Pinterest, where gray and greige (a warm mixture of gray and beige) are showing up on everything from coffee cups to bath tubs. So, here are 6 reasons you should consider gray or greige for your next painting project:

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{how to paint your front door}

Your front door is the first impression that many have when looking at your home. When standing on your front porch, what do visitors think when they ring your doorbell?

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You can make a statement by using a fun paint color on your door. Reds, blues, yellows, and greens are all colors that can be found in nature that also add a lot of character to an otherwise generic door. Here are some tips on how to paint your front door. Read the rest of this entry »

{bits & pieces: fabulous finnish homes}

Interior and exterior inspiration coming to you from Finland. I hope you enjoy these amazing Finnish homes as much as I do. Nauttia!

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.

{new shades for summer: hunter douglas premieres vignette and parkland wood}

Window Treatment Wednesday:  Hunter Douglas Premieres

Besides introducing the new PowerView Motorization System and Pebble Remote Controls that we raved about last week, Hunter Douglas also shared some other great new products with our window treatment designers at their recent Premieres Event.

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{window treatment thursday: why solera shines so bright}

When Hunter Douglas introduced Solera window treatments in 2012, they were an immediate hit – an exciting new alternative that combined the soft folds of roman shades with the efficiency and practicality of honeycombs. And now the soft shades known for their beauty and versatility have even more options, with more colors, textures and fabrics available this year – along with a new motorized version.

“It’s just an upgraded look from honeycomb shades,” says Bonnie West of Hirshfield’s Shop at Home. “It’s just a much richer look than a honeycomb shade and less expensive than a roman shade.”

Sloan Light Filtering – Solera by Hunter Douglas

It’s also a finished look. “If you just have a honeycomb shade, you still need a valance or side panels to finish the room off,” she notes. “But with the Solera, it looks nice on its own. You don’t have to add any treatments to make it feel finished.”

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{friday finds: new thibaut book with natural beauty}

After the success of its Natural Resource book, it’s no surprise that Thibaut Design is back with more.  Natural Resource Volume 2 is now in our stores, encompassing raw materials and specialty papers like printed corks, sisals, paperweaves and metallic linens – a new Thibaut book with natural beauty.

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Taza Cork – Thibaut Design

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