{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}

bees May 2015

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.

looking for the Queen

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

Bees supplement

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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{bachman’s holiday ideas house 2014}


Fireplace mantel Bachman's Ideas House 2014

“Home for the Holidays” is the theme for Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House 2014.

The Ideas House offers inspiration for holiday entertaining and decorating with vintage, repurposed, and new trends. It’s always fun to see the creativity Bachman’s designers bring to the family homestead with each changing season.

Bring the Outside In Salvaged wood, birch sleeves, tree ring ornaments, decorative birds, and other natural accents add warmth and a touch of rustic life to your holiday scene.
Go Beyond Classic TreesStep away from classic evergreens and explore modern tree options in many sizes made of pallets, burlap, and other decor attached to foam bases!
Tailor Your CelebrationClassic decor can be easily upgraded for the season with fresh and permanent accents like candle wraps, natural twine, ribbon, and more.
Extend Entertaining SpaceGuests tend to congregate in the kitchen, but tempt them away to places like the living room with a treat bar, beverage bar, or themed activities space!

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2014

Do you notice the slightly darker accent color highlighting the wreath? Great DIY idea for filling up the space and adding visual interest.


Guest Room with all that shimmer and shines.

Game Room Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2014

Another excellent DIY idea with the Scrabble wall art in the game room.

Stove wall at Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2014

The neutral paint palette makes for a soft backdrop with the classic red and green Christmas accessories.


The headboard is a fireplace mantel filled with light-up branches.


Chippy shutter greets you at the Game Room door.

Dining Room

What’s for dinner? The menu is displayed on this vintage school-room chalkboard. I saw a few happy customers leaving the store with their “Merry & Jolly” signs.


Living Room and Sunroom

Classic colors, Scandi influence, and scaled backed interiors, make this one of my favorite Holiday Ideas Houses. The Ideas House is open until December 14, 2014. You must have a ticket and time reserved to tour the Ideas House. Click here for all the delightful details.

Treat yourself to some holiday cheer before “tis’ the season” gets too crazy.

Hirshfield’s Paint colors used in the house:

Front Porch
Trim 0012 Bunny Cake
Floor 0211 Light Lichen
0275 Highlight
Living Room
0274 Polished Marble
Thibaut B7390B38S222
Sunroom Wallcovering
The Modern Gentleman|B8196P104S248
Dining Room
0274 Polished Marble
0274 Polished Marble
Lower Bathroom
0274 Polished Marble
Back Hall
OC-68 Distant Gray
0225 Roman Ruins
Ralph Lauren Soft Patina ME104
Guest Room
0211 Light Lichen
Ralph Lauren Soft Patina ME104
Game Room
0006 Little Dove
1096 The Ego Has Landed
Girl’s Bedroom
0880 Cauliflower Cream
Master Bedroom
0225 Roman Ruins
Upstairs Bathroom
0225 Roman Ruins

{friday finds: horizontal plank walls}


House Beautiful April 2010

My love affair with horizontal plank walls began in 2010 when I saw this House Beautiful Magazine cover. The width of the planks and soft whitewashed finish on the pine planks looked crazy good to me. The three blue paintings replicating the horizontal lines of the planks made this corner the pièce de résistance in this gorgeous home.

Four years later I’m still crushing on plank walls, but know (and accept) this DIY project will not be happening in my house. My walls are plaster and I won’t go there.

The DIY bloggers who’ve put up their own plank walls make it seem like a manageable project. Painted, stained, or whitewashed, plank walls add anther layer of texture and interest to a room. Enjoy the photos – they may even inspire you to try your own DIY project.

Bruce Knuston planked wall

Bruce Knutson – Edina remodel

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{friday finds: october color of the month}

Color of the Month: Glacier Bay H0054

Sophisticated, cool, clean and high-end looking. Today’s blue will add “pizzazz” to any room in your home and our Color of the Month for October is no exception. Meet “Glacier Bay” (H0054).

Historic Glacier Bay H0054 paint

Historic Colors of America

You could say that “Glacier Bay” is “peaking” right now in the trend cycle. Look around and you’ll notice blue in a number of different settings – in fabrics and paint color as well as wallpaper and floors.

Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s Design Center has noticed the trend with her clients,”Over the past six months or so, more and more designers are requesting blue fabrics and wallpaper.” Basil cautions that blue can be bold and depending on its use, a little can go a long way, and yet, “blue is a color loved by many.”

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