{friday finds: take a quiz to pick the personality of your home}

When decorating a new or existing home, the space becomes a blank canvas to convey your style and personality. The inside of your home can say so much about the type of person or family that lives within the walls, so you should consider what each color will reflect when visitors step inside.

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Whether you are simple and focus on the functionality of a color, or you are whimsical and creative, your paint color can truly reflect the persona of every room in your home—and the fun part is each room’s décor can be as similar or as different as you please. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: no voc paints for asthma and allergies}

No and Low VOC paints have improved tremendously over the years- it’s now much easier to enjoy the benefits of a low VOC paint without sacrificing the high quality of a regular paint. Low VOC paints are especially important to those who suffer from asthma or allergies, because breathing in volatile organic compounds on a regular basis can aggravate symptoms. Now, there’s an extra way to identify the best No VOC paints.

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Every year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in partnership with the research organization Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), tests and identifies products that are suitable for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. This year, Benjamin Moore’s Natura* paint has received the asthma and allergy friendly award- they’ve earned this certification with low odor, zero volatile organic compounds, and zero emissions. The goal of this certification is to identify consumer products that are suitable for those who live with allergies and asthma.

In other words, if you or a family member live with asthma or allergies, Natura might be a great choice. It can be mixed with any of the Benjamin Moore colors, and it comes in Flat, Eggshell, and Semi Gloss finishes.

Have you seen Natura’s commercial yet? This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “painting the nursery”:

If you’re looking for a paint with no VOC emissions, allergies and asthma or not, be sure to stop in and check out Natura!

*NATURA IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING HIRSHFIELD’S LOCATIONS:  Apple Valley, Baxter, Coon Rapids, Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minneapolis CSC, Monticello, Robbinsdale, Roseville, South Robert, Uptown, Wayzata, and Woodbury.

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.

{exterior paint prep: how much scraping do you really need?}

The unfortunate truth about repainting the exterior of your home is that it’s a multiple-step process. You aren’t painting on a “blank canvas,” so you can’t treat it that way. The painter must evaluate how much scraping, sanding, and priming needs to be done in order for the finished product to look polished and refreshed.

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However, thanks to the advances in paint (and related products), some of these steps can be cut down – or cut out altogether.  So here’s a primer on scraping and sanding – and not always needing primer. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: 4 simple steps for staining your deck}

Staining your deck is quite a process. However, it does not need to be an ordeal. In fact, it can be a simple process as long as you’re able and willing to do a little work. Trust me, I just went through the process. Perhaps you’ve heard the stories of power washing, sanding, staining, applications of lacquer followed by more sanding, staining, and more lacquer. While you can approach your project with this level of elbow grease, here are four simple steps for staining your deck.

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Ready To Go

Evaluate the condition of your deck

What was previously on your deck? Had it been stained or was it painted? Typically, a deck that’s been painted will show signs of peeling, flaking and chipping. A deck that has been stained may need to be power washed or sanded. If there are loose boards, try to secure them or if necessary, replace them.

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{design inspiration: home staging gives new life to tired rooms }

Are you tired of the same old, same old? Think your bedroom feels tired, your living room needs life, or your dining room feels drab? You may be ready for a mini makeover. It’s time for some home staging.

Jay Nuhring is an interior designer with a background in home staging. He likes to work with existing furniture, rather than replacing it – and says some rooms can be almost completely transformed by rearranging the furniture.

Living Room that Flows - Jay Nuhring House Styling

Living Room that Flows – Jay Nuhring House Styling

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{clear the decks for spring}

Friday Finds: Deck Cleaning and Staining for Spring

Spring is here, which means it’s time to clean the decks in Minnesota – literally. “We have a lot of people wanting to freshen them up,” says Nate Sockness, manager of Hirshfield’s Woodbury location, “and also a lot of people wanting to get them done before high school graduation season.”

That deck work is happening later this year, he says, because you need two or three days of dry weather to do it right. “The weather was so cold and rainy, it’s been hard to get it in.” So, look for a break in the forecast, and use Nate’s tips for cleaning and staining your deck.

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{breathing easy with no v.o.c paint}

Friday Finds: Zero Emissions and Zero Sacrifice with Natura Paint

Choosing a No VOC paint used to mean going green at the expense of something else. Maybe the quality wasn’t very good, or you just couldn’t find the perfect shade. Fear not – No VOC paints have vastly improved over the years. Nowadays, it’s a lot easier to enjoy the benefits of a No VOC paint – no odor, better air quality, non-toxic – without losing the great quality of a regular paint.

Unlike other low VOC paints, Natura Paint can be tinted with any of the Benjamin Moore colors, without adding VOCs. This gives you more than 3,000 shades to choose from. Also, Natura not only offers No VOC paint, but takes it one step further with “No Emissions” Paint – a guarantee that there are zero VOC emissions detected from the paint. In other words, you and your family won’t be inhaling emissions from compounds like formaldehyde and acetone – talk about breathing easy!

Check out their latest commercial. This may be the most challenging project we’ve ever seen:

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