{ 2016 asid showcase home highlights}

ASID Showcase Home 2016

The “before” exterior of the Mpls. St.Paul Magazine’s MN ASID Showcase Home 2016

It’s that time of year again – the Mpls.St. Paul Magazine’s 2016 ASID Minnesota Showcase Home Tour is up and running. This year, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers have chosen a 5,600 square foot, 1950s Edina rambler to redesign with their 22 person team of professional designers.

“This is our kind of dream home. It’s simpler living, more modernist, and more long-term. I felt like we could stay here when our kids are gone, because it’s not too much upkeep. This was our idea of a dream home, more modest living.” -Jeanne Anselmo, Homeowner

The theme of the home is “50 Shades of Greige” – the mix of gray and beige that everyone currently wants in their home. Using textured fabrics, repurposed antiques, and glamorous finishes, it’s quite the home to see.  Paint used throughout the home is supplied by Benjamin Moore and available at Hirshfield’s. Read the rest of this entry »

{spring home makeover: front porch edition}

The return of warm weather means it’s time to get outside in Minnesota! Spring is the perfect time to open up your windows and revamp your front porch so you can enjoy the outdoors for the months to come.  But time is wasting, so here are some decor tips  for a quick and easy front porch makeover.

Paint the Front Door

Front door Whyte Blue Benjamin Moore

That door! Wythe Blue by Benjamin Moore at the 2015 ASID Showcase Home | Photography by Spacecrafting via House of Turquoise

For the biggest impact, add some bright, inviting color to your door and accessories. Whether you go bright or light the key is using complimentary colors. For every blue, green, or violet, choose an orange, red, or yellow.

Richmond, 1930

Credit: Hannah Brown

If you’ve got warm brick or siding, try a cool color like spring green, teal, or turquoise. If you’ve got white siding, no color is off limits — not even this canary yellow.

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{lake home and cabin show preview}

Minnesotans love our lakes. In the summer, we can’t wait to get to the cabin for the weekend (or hopefully more).  In the winter, we look for ways to make that lake home or cabin even better. That’s why the Lake Home & Cabin Show is such a popular attraction every February.

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The 12th annual Lake Home & Cabin Show runs from Friday to Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center, and  a team from Hirshfield’s Shop at Home will be there to answer your window treatment and decorating questions. We had so much fun last year we’re doing it again this year!

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The show offers a stimulating three-day lifestyle experience with more than 250 exhibitors showcasing everything you need and want for your lake home, cottage or cabin. Exhibits include furnishings, furniture and décor, real estate, builders, remodelers, architects, finance, recreational products, boats and marine products, landscaping and lakeshore products and services, unique accessories, gifts and a host of other items specific to the second home lifestyle. There are also free interactive features, demonstrations and educational seminars on the Cabin Living Stage.

What to Expect

The Lake Home & Cabin Show is for people who own or are interested in buying second homes and those people who simply want to decorate their existing homes in lake home, cottage or cabin décor.  Here are some of the things you will find at the show:

  • Rustic and Specialty Furniture & Furnishings
  • Architects, Builders & Remodelers
  • Real Estate & Finance
  • Sporting Gear, Outdoor Equipment & Marine
  • Landscaping & Lakeshore Maintenance
  • Custom Products, Accessories & Publications
  • How-To Seminars & Demonstrations

Schedule

The Lake Home & Cabin Show runs Friday-Sunday at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

  • Friday, February 19    2 p.m. – 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, February 20    10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Sunday, February 21    10 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Stop by Booth 433 to see what’s new this year and to check out the Show Specials.

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.

{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 »

{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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{hirshfield’s hives 2015}

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Friday Finds: Update on Bud’s Bees

Last Spring, Bud and Hans Hirshfield teamed up with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Lab and introduced two honeybee colonies to the environs just outside of downtown Minneapolis. Hive #1 flourished throughout the summer, but Hive #2 lagged behind and towards the end of the summer the U of MN Bee Squad replenished the hive with additional bees. Winterized and set up with plenty of food we hoped for the best.

Unfortunately, Bud’s Bees were part of the 51.2% of colonies that did not survive the winter here in Minnesota. Varroa mites and insecticides are what experts feel are putting the most stress on colonies.

Hirshfield’s bee lovers are so thankful Bud and Hans want to continue working with the University of Minnesota’s Bee Squad for another year. Approximately 30,000 bees are back on the roof and foraging for desirable food where they can find it. Bud’s Bees are lucky to be close to the Bryn Mawr neighborhood with their multitude of flower and vegetable gardens.

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The Bee Squad is making certain we have a Queen in the new batch of bees.

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Supplementing the hives with sugar-water and a food pattie.

One thing that you can do to help the bees is to buy plants that are neonicotinoid free. Check with your local garden center (not a big box store) and see what they carry in neonicotinoid free plants. To read more about Bachman’s going neonicotinoid free last year, click on this link.

The statement below is from the U’s Bee Lab Facebook page:

“Clean food for bees is very important. We also see many different types of pesticides in pollen collected for bees. So it is important to protect our pollinators by making sure they have great nutrition sources as well as using all pesticides carefully.”

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.

{color of the month: jungle adventure 0739}

Jungle Adventure 0739 paint color

March Color of the Month

The month of March represents renewal and optimism. Winter is behind us and we look forward to the first day of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day. Green is the obvious choice for March, but not just any green. Jungle Adventure 0739 is a classic, organic green with a hint of yellow undertone. Think nature, foliage, a jewel tone, but not as blue as the Hunter Green of the 80’s.

Jungle adventure from Plascon

Did you notice how the wall color flows onto the floor? Source

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