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

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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.

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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?

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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?}

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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}

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Penguin Library wallpaper

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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}

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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.”

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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

{friday finds: as seen at Hirshfield’s}

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It’s always exciting when paging through a magazine to come across a product that Hirshfield’s carries in our retail stores or design studio. It’s that same feeling I have when designers and their clients leave the design studio smiling because they found what they were looking for at the showroom, or overhearing a H’s employee share his or her paint expertise with a retail customer. I guess it’s about validation. We DO have great employees and great product offerings.

Hirshfield’s Design Studio accessorized the cover of the new Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design magazine. The hide-on-hair rug, gold, spiky stars, flat antlers, and vine ball in the lower right corner are available at the design studio.

Also showcased in the Mpls.St.Paul Design 100 article, are stunning wallpapers from Hirshfield’s and other local papering purveyors. Whether you’re a hipster or hipster grandma you’ll find at least one paper to your liking on page 50.

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On the magazine cover you can barely see the vine ball tucked away in the corner and this piece is too cool to miss. Here’s a photo showing how the piece is displayed in the Hirshfield’s showroom.

When the vine is still alive, it’s manipulated into a circular objet d’art and left to dry. Voila! Vine balls. It’s a complementary piece for just about any design style. Personally, if I can move a piece of furniture or artwork from room to room I feel it’s money well spent.

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The bowl of Chinese calligraphy brushes caught my eye in this photo from Heart to Home magazine. These Chinese calligraphy brushes are hand-made in Asia, duplicating the age-old process of brush making. The handles are made from natural products such as:  jade, bamboo, cow bone, ceramic and coral. The bristles are made from sheep or goat hair. You could do some “super sized” calligraphy or use them as decorative accents in your home. The photo below shows a few of the brushes available at Hirshfield’s Design Studio.

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Hirshfield’s Design Studio

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Back in the day when the women folk made bread, the dough bowl was the appliance that took up space on their counters…and was actually used on a daily basis. Today we see these hand-carved, antique wooden bowls used as a tabletop centerpiece, repurposed into a sink for a bathroom vanity, or like Veranda magazine shows, a one-of-a-kind accessory holding throws and blankets.

You can see in the photo below that Hirshfield’s Design Studio took a page from Veranda magazine and use their dough bowl as a catchall for throws, kanthas, and suzanis.

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(Psst – the design studio only has one left)

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Irish-born fashion designer Orla Kiely brings her distinctive look to our homes with her wallpaper line. The line consists of her graphic patterns, fabulous color combos, and coordinating neutrals. Orla Kiely as seen in House & Home June 2013. Most H’s stores have her wallpaper book on hand, but call first to make certain it’s not checked out.

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Orla’s papers are often paired with Mid-Century Modern pieces, but in this photo the expanse of the stairwell and larger scale of her patterns work well together.

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  I wasn’t surprised to see Minnesota-based Martha O’Hara Interiors featured in the September issue of HGTV magazine. The award-winning designers at MOI consistently turn out stunning interiors. It was a nice surprise seeing a Hirshfield’s paint color (Techile 0533) featured alongside the national “heavy hitters.” Hirshfield’s paint is manufactured right here in Minneapolis.

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When Flea Market Style magazine asked for plaid wallpapers, I thought for certain the wallpapered dresser would be the shining star.

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  Not the case when there’s a cute pooch involved in the shoot.

If you love “the plaid” then turn to page 96 in the FMS magazine for 16 DIY projects. The wallpapers featured are from Thibaut and Ralph Lauren and available at most Hirshfield’s locations.

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.

{customize your furniture}

Create your custom-crafted Vanguard Furniture at Hirshfield’s.

Vanguard Furniture available from the Hirshfield’s Design Resource gives you the opportunity to truly transform your home. Vanguard Furniture’s artisans hand-apply all finishes in the USA; taking careful steps to make sure that each piece has the care and attention that is required to enhance the natural character of your furniture. No two pieces are the same – every piece of furniture is truly unique.

Make any Vanguard upholstery or case piece identified with a paintbrush icon uniquely yours. Simply select your wall paint. Then choose from three distress levels and complementary sheen choices. There is even a base stain choice! Vanguard will paint your piece to that exact color specification, distress level, sheen choice and base stain selection – it’s that simple. There are hundreds of colors to choose from, and now Vanguard and Hirshfield’s can make any of them YOURS. The possibilities are endless. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: dash & albert rug company}

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The gang at Hirshfield’s Design Resource are rolling out the red (striped) carpet for a new line. They’re super excited to share the news that you can order Dash & Albert Rugs through the showroom.

Dash & Albert have been designing amazing rugs for the past 10 years. Love this description found on their website: Spirited and well-bred, these rugs are the smart solution for floors pining for personality. Agree, agree, and agree!

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Stripes are a Dash & Albert favorite

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…vintage-style wool area rug in an Old World tile-inspired pattern

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Indoor/outdoor rugs are scrubbable, bleachable, and UV-treated for outdoor use!

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Hand-tufted wool rugs

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Dash & Albert rugs come in every red imaginable 

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Go vintage or modern with these cotton hooked rugs

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Vintage style

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Classic chevron for this indoor/outdoor cutie-patootie

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The showroom doesn’t carry inventory on the rugs, but samples and catalogs are available. Sampling ranges from cotton flatweaves, indoor/outdoor, hooked, needlepoint and more. Dash & Albert have a fantastic website showing awesome rugs, pillows, throws, poufs and Woufs. Julia (design studio trend spotter) mentioned  Dash & Albert rugs coordinate nicely with the Barrier Island and Surya lines.

Dash & Albert falls under the Annie Selke Companies umbrella along with the Pine Cone Hill. If you’re not familiar with Pine Cone Hill, it’s a higher-end bedding and linens company. Distinctive patterns and bright colors are a defining Pine Cone Hill look, and as you see, they do a lovely job with “subtle sophistication.” The design studio also sells Pine Cone Hill products.

Fun Fact: Annie Selke named her company after two of her dogs. Dash was the first Clumber Spaniel she owned and Albert (in heaven now) was a funny Basset Hound that helped her daughter learn how to walk!

I hope your weekend is as colorful as Dash & Albert Rugs.

All images are sourced from Dash & Albert.

{friday finds: expert color advice: hot colors for 2013}

Kathy Basil shares her picks for best colors of 2013.

Hirshfield’s Design Resource brings together trends, designs, and inspiration to transform any room from drab to fab. The professionals in Hirshfield’s Design Resource lend their expertise to architects, interior designers, contractors and building professionals with a wide variety of quality wall finishes for hospitality, health care, corporate interiors, tenant finishes and commercial spaces. Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Resource shares her take on the hot colors for 2013.

Color of the Moment

Emerald green simultaneously evokes a feeling of energy and the tranquility of nature, making it a diverse choice for Pantone’s Color of the Year. These nuances in the essence of green are relatable across the spectrum. The range in green hues are popular across the board with shades of chartreuse being a top pick.

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Blue serves as the up-and-comer for 2013 and into 2014. The Mediterranean shade of Moroccan Blue is the color of choice. Complement it with ranging colors of blue for a look with depth. This will keep you on trend into the upcoming year as Kathy predicts Moroccan Blue will be the Pantone’s Color of the Year 2014. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: emerald & gold color combinations}

Hirshfield’s Design Resource brings together trends, designs, and inspiration to transform any room from drab to fab. The professionals in Hirshfield’s Design Resource lend their expertise to architects, interior designers, contractors and building professionals with a wide variety of quality wall finishes for hospitality, health care, corporate interiors, tenant finishes and commercial spaces. Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Resource shares her favorite finds to keep your rooms on trend.

Emerald and Gold

Emerald green evokes simultaneous feeling of energy and the tranquility of nature, making it a diverse choice for Pantone’s Color of the Year. This rich hue can be found everywhere from the runways to rooms. The color can be livened up by mixing with various shades of green or a stark white. For the glamorous look though, gold is the go-to accent.

Emerald and gold has the power to transform an outdated room into instant sophistication while feeling fresh. The metallic and matte combination creates eye-drawing drama that anyone can emulate. This duo isn’t reserved for the luck of the Irish anymore.

Green, Gold, and Grey

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Grey is the perfect neutral to tone down this powerful color combination, while remaining elegant. Read the rest of this entry »

{design trends: embellished walls}

2013 is all about dimension and texture. From the runway to your room, embellishment is guaranteed to draw the eyes in. By rethinking the use of flat walls, you can provide dimension and interest. There is no wrong way to pull this trend off, except by not daring to try it.

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