{interior decorating: when to save and when to splurge}

Interior decorating is fun. But it can also be expensive. If you start to redo a room, it feels like the budget is never big enough for all the things you dream up. So, where should you splurge, and just as importantly, where can you save? Kathy Basil is the manager of our Hirshfield’s Design Studio, and she has some great advice: “I do my investment piece first, and then I work from there.” Every room is different, but for a living room, Kathy suggests starting with the rug and the main piece of furniture — and saving on accessories.

When To Splurge

“You have a budget, and you spend it where you need to spend it and you save it where you need to save it, but every room, in my opinion needs to have an investment piece. Or a couple, if you can.”

“I want a great rug,” she says, “and I’m going to spend some money on this rug, because if I buy an inexpensive Olefin rug (made with a polypropylene fiber), it’s going to look good for a few months, and then it’s going to compact and collect every bit of dust around it. And it’s going to stop looking good, and I’m not going to be happy.”

Vanguard Furniture at Hirshfield's

Vanguard Furniture available at Hirshfield’s Design Studio

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{inspired by precious metal}

Friday Finds: Metallic Wallcoverings Bring Out The Glamour

Gold. Silver. Bronze. Precious metals to add glamour and drama to any home through the popularity of metallic wallcoverings. “Metallics can create a depth and a dimension that I don’t think you can achieve any other way, besides with the real deal,” says Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom Manager. “We’ve been seeing metallics for a couple years,” she says, “but it’s not just the high-end anymore. It’s across the board.”


Phillip Jeffries Ltd. – Natalie Kraiem Interiors

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{june color of the month}

Color of the Month: Frozen Stream | Hirshfield’s 0669

Now that warm weather is finally here, cooler color trends sound delightful to incorporate into your home. The color of the month this June is Hirshfield’s Frozen Stream, a rich slate-blue-green blend. This Hirshfield’s paint is versatile, sophisticated, and soothing. Blues and greens mingle to shape a feeling of calm, quiet retreat.



Hirshfield’s 0669 Frozen Stream

0669 Frozen Stream

Dennis Anderson painting out a wall of Frozen Stream at Hirshfield’s Design Resource.

Homeowners looking to incorporate this hue can be assured that it has staying power—it’s included in the 2015 color forecast issued from The Color Marketing Group. The colors shown in the in the 2015 color forecast are found in Hirshfield’s Color Is fan deck.

In the coming months, the home décor sector will continue to see a trend of Mother Earth-inspired tones that inspire a sense of peace and serenity. The blues and greens included in the color forecast are good companion tones to rusty reds and mid-tone oranges, as well as with coppers and gold shades.



This moody blue is very similar to Frozen Stream – from Hannotte Interiors

When you’re thinking of adding a new color to your home, you may want to consider this month’s paint color: Frozen Stream. It has both a comforting vibe and visual interest.

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.

{bits& pieces: painting and papering at hirshfield’s design showroom}


kew wallpaper from romo

Kew wallpaper from RomoWith new pieces arriving weekly at Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom, the staff thought it was the perfect time to freshen up the showroom with new paint and wallpaper. The mini makeover starts with the feature wall on the first floor which is now home to this lovely digitally printed magnolia pattern. It will be interesting to see how digital printing is used with other interior design products.


On the second floor, the stenciled wall is now painted over with this dark and mysterious teal from Hirshfield’s Paints. The “moody” colors have been popping up with more and more frequency in magazines and decorating blogs. Are you ready to welcome the moody blues, greens, and even pinks into your home?


Hirshfield’s 0669 Frozen Stream

That’s it for the design showroom’s mini paint and wallpaper makeover. Thanks to Dennis Anderson for his paperhanging and painting expertise. The showroom has Dennis’ contact info if you’re in need of a good professional installer.

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: what’s new at high point?}


Founded in 1909 in High Point, N.C., the High Point Market was formed to provide the region’s furniture makers and retailers a convenient venue to conduct business and discuss design trends. It’s where the who’s-who of the design industry meet, mingle and shop!

Kim Palmer, Star Tribune’s lifestyle reporter and editor, interviewed Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource, and Nancy Woodhouse, Gabbert’s Design Studio, on what they saw at High Point. It’s always exciting to get a sneak preview on design trends we’ll soon be seeing in home decor and fashion. Here’s the link to Kim’s article featured in the Star Tribune.

Here’s a High Point Market blog post from a year ago. I think Kathy and Greg were pretty much spot on with the design trends seen in 2013. What’s your favorite 2013 trend? My favorite is plaid, plaid, and more plaid.

Enjoy your weekend!

{bits & pieces: penguin library wallpaper}


Penguin Library wallpaper


Introducing PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper, produced with the kind permission of Penguin.

Just a little something I ran across at the H’s design studio which tugged at my bibliophile heartstrings. A wallpaper featuring Penguin book covers! The Penguin Library wallpaper is from the English company Osborne & Little, if you couldn’t already tell by the civilized phrase…with the kind permission of Penguin.

The PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper is a collage of front covers of those iconic early paperbacks from this famous publishing house and includes Ariel, the very first Penguin paperback published in 1935. The book covers were chosen for their diversity of colour and to illustrate the breadth of Penguin’s publishing backlist. Great care was taken in the design to truly represent the original paperbacks in all their, sometimes well-read and a little worn, glory. The resulting PENGUIN LIBRARY wallpaper is a glorious colourful ‘conversational piece’ which we hope will be received with as much affection as the books themselves.

 Here’s the press release Osborne & Little provided when the paper was introduced in April. It’s an interesting read.


{friday finds: rug sale at the design studio}


Hirshfield’s Design Studio has a number of beautiful floor stock area rugs from Kalaty Rug. Kalaty is a family business that has been setting the gold standard for area rugs for generations. Highly respected for its superior quality handcrafted rugs, the company has built a reputation for its ability to combine color and design to create a broad range of area rugs that portray “Tradition for Today.”


Hand-knotted, 6×9, 100% wool Oushak on sale for $800

Click here to view inventory and pricing information (pricing shown is for floor stock only). If you would like further information, please do not hesitate call the Design Studio at (612) 374-8901.

Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom (across from IMS)
721 2nd. Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN  55405.
Hours: Monday-Friday 8:00-4:30


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