{friday finds: how to create the perfect home office}

Home offices are certainly popular. After all, working from home is convenient and efficient. But creating the right kind of workspace can be tricky. So, if you’re looking to carve out some office space at home — or improve what you’re already using — here are our tips to create the perfect home office.

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Scribner Desk from Vanguard Furniture | Hirshfield’s Design Studio

  • First, find the perfect location. Repurpose an unused room in your home, but make sure you are aware of what’s nearby. If you know you need peace and quiet to work, then the guest room next to the playroom may not be the best spot. Be aware of your working style and go from there.
  • Don’t have an extra room? Try claiming the space under your stairs. A pretty chair, a work surface attached to the wall, and a cork board for pinning inspirational images are all you need to create a fun and functional home office.

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{friday finds: 7 easy ways to bring spring into your home}

No matter how mild the winter, it’s still exciting when spring finally arrives and flowers start to bloom. And what better way to celebrate the season than to bring it into your home? Here are some easy ways to spruce up your decor with the colors — and fresh flowers — of the season.

If the Boot Fits

Credit: stephanielynn.com

Credit: stephanielynn.com

April showers bring May flowers, but here’s a creative take on the old theme — rain boots with new blooms. Imagine this country chic arrangement on your porch or just inside your front door. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: york wallpaper sale}

wide planking Boys Will Be Boys II

Boys Will Be Boys II

 

Sapphire Oasis by York

Sapphire Oasis

Whether your personal style is contemporary, shabby chic, traditional, or transitional, York has a wallpaper for you and a sale for you. Drumroll, please… $20 per single roll! That’s a great deal on wallpaper.

The following is a list of York wallpaper books on sale thru May 31, 2016:
Aged Elegance II, Boys Will Be Boys II, Elements, Fresco, Girl Power II, Heritage Home, Hyde Park, Jewel Box, Natural Radiance, Riverside Park, Sapphire Oasis, Weatherby Woods

Natural Radiance by York

Natural Radiance

Wallpaper dramatically changes the look of a room and it’s up to you to decide the role you want wallpaper to play in your home decor. A bold stylized floral taking center stage in your bedroom or a woven quietly adding texture to your family room. The choice is yours. Hundreds of patterns and thousand of colorways.

There are a handful of stipulations (of course):

  • once inventory is depleted, that’s it.
  • no returns, so order correctly
  • order in double rolls
  • UPS charges from factory to your home
  •  roommates wall decals are not on sale

Stop by one of our stores and take a look for yourself. I’m sure you can find a gorgeous wallpaper to suit your personal style.

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.

{friday finds: spring parade of homes}

Parade of Homes #248

Interiors by Jay Nuhring House Styling and photography by Spacecrafting

The beginning of March means spring is almost here, with the annual Spring Parade of Homes underway, and the Remodelers Showcase Tour just around the corner.

This is the 68th year that the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) has hosted the Spring Parade of Homes, which offers area families the opportunity to see and experience new homes and neighborhoods across the spectrum of price, style, and location.  Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: before and after from chango & co}

before and after with scion wallpaper in a bathroom
I came across these awesome before and after photos from Chango & Co, a full service interior design firm in Brooklyn, New York.  The room transformations are just plain delightful. I thought some of the “before” rooms looked pretty good until I saw Chango & Co’s before & after photos side by side. Here’s a link to the entire Chango & Co before and after gallery.

 To achieve an “after” look like these beautiful Chango & Co spaces I know I would need the help of an interior designer. Watching HGTV does not make you a designer. Hiring a designer is not just for the rich and famous. Are you familiar with the saying,  “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”  Designers are educated professionals. They can help you express your style, save you time and money and frustration.

brick painted white interior

Nice combination with the wood desk and acrylic chairs

3 East Hampton remodel

The staff at Hirshfield’s Design Studio have names of interior designers who would be a good fit with the scope of your project, big or small. They can be reached at 612-374-8901.

P.S. We carry both of the fabulous wallpaper patterns shown in the photos.

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.

 

 

{friday finds: subtle ways to decorate for valentine’s day}

Love is in the air, and the countdown to Valentine’s Day has begun. Wasn’t it just Christmas? These decorations are more subtle — no outdoor lights for this holiday — but we do have some DIY tips and simple, yet useful ideas that will surely spread the love throughout your home!

Hearts and Crafts

Credit: Dream Home Decoration

Credit: Dream Home Decoration

Valentine’s décor is about anything heart-shaped, and these cute, homemade hearts don’t fall short. Grab a scissors and colored paper, and the opportunities are endless. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: window treatment project keeps kids safe}

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A special project completed during National Window Covering Safety Month will have a lasting impact for children in Anoka.

The stock vinyl mini-blinds at the Little Blessings of Anoka Early Childhood Learning Center were a safety hazard, so the non-profit, Awareness of Blind Cord Safety (ABC’s), organized a project to fix it.

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Old Mini-Blinds at Little Blessings of Anoka had Hazardous Cords and Needed to be Replaced

Hunter Douglas, Hirshfield’s, and Blind Installation & Repair worked together to bring the safe, new window treatments to the learning center.

Hunter Douglas contributed Applause® honeycomb shades with a LiteRise® operating system for every classroom, while Blind Installation & Repair took down the old blinds and handled the reinstallation.

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Out with the old, in with the new.

The final installation of the shades was celebrated at a grand re-opening event during National Window Covering Safety Month in October. Window covering safety packages were also distributed to all of the families at the unveiling event.

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New Look: Applause® Honeycomb Shades with a LiteRise® Operating System

The Hunter Douglas product line features the widest selection of child safety products that eliminate lift cords or substantially reduce access to them. The Window Covering Safety Council sponsors National Window Covering Safety Month every October to increase awareness of the potential dangers associated with corded window coverings.

The Window Covering Safety Council encourages parents and caregivers move all furniture, cribs, beds and climbable surfaces away from windows, and follow these basic cord-safety precautions:

  • Keep all window cords well out of the reach of children.
  • Install only cordless window coverings in homes with young children.
  • Make sure tasseled pull cords are as short as possible. Continuous-loop pull cords on draperies and vertical blinds should be pulled tight and anchored to the floor or wall.
  • Be sure cord stops are properly installed and adjusted to limit inner-cord movement.

The Window Covering Safety Council offers free retrofit kits if you prefer to keep your older window treatments.

Hunter Douglas has plenty of great cordless options, including PowerView Motorization System and Pebble Remote Control.

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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