{window treatment wednesday: the next step in motorization}

The world of window treatments has certainly changed over the years — thanks to technology. We started with motorization. Then we added remote controls and apps. And we now have the ability to fully integrate those controls into a connected home.

So, what’s next in window treatments? Thanks to advances in low-voltage power, all of the window treatments in your home can be powered by the equivalent of speaker wire — which is why we’re seeing more “smart homes” being prewired for whole home integration. 

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Hunter Douglas has been on the leading edge of motorization for window treatments, and Shannon Scarella, Manager of Hirshfield’s Window Fashions, has enjoyed a front-row seat. She shares her thoughts on the latest changes in the world of window treatments — and the way it may change the way you plan your next home project.   Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: paint colors with a cult following}

What are your “go to” colors?  Remodelista asked designers and architects for their favorites — 10 Paint Colors with Cult Followings — and it’s no surprise that some of our favorite colors from Benjamin Moore and Farrow & Ball dominated the list.

Simply White | Benjamin Moore

Simply White | Benjamin Moore

1. Simply White from Benjamin Moore

Simply White | Benjamin Moore

Simply White | Benjamin Moore

Benjamin Moore’s 2016 Color of the Year was called “the perfect wall color” by New York designer Lauren Rubin, and San Francisco designer Kriste Michelini added, “it is my go-to white — fresh, versatile, and warm — and it works in any home, whether traditional or modern, with a warm or cool palette.”

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{friday finds: how hot is too hot? advice for exterior painting in a heatwave}

With temperatures way over 90° this week, you might not even be tempted to leave the air-conditioned confines of your home or workplace, let alone work on house projects outside.

But these high temps beg a pretty common question — how hot is too hot for painting?

The ideal temperature depends on what type of paint you use.

We recommend 100% acrylic paint for most exteriors, and these latex paints work best when applied in temperatures between 50° and 85° Fahrenheit. However, if you decide to use oil-based paint, their ideal range is slightly broader — 40° to 90° Fahrenheit.

High temperatures bake paints.

At best, a too-high temp will cause the paint to dry too fast. With too hot of a surface, the paint never gets a chance to adhere and possibly leaving you with a cracked, peeled, or blistered exterior (below).

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But we Minnesotans know that temperature isn’t everything when it comes to working conditions! When painting the exterior of your home, you also have to consider precipitation, humidity, and wind speed.

Don’t work in wet or humid conditions.

You probably know that you shouldn’t apply fresh paint during, before, or after rain — but did you know that high humidity can lead to almost as many issues? The paint wants to dry but it can’t dry. Humidity causes condensation, which affects adhesion, which can result in streaks or faded spots.

The wind is no friend to paint.

Windy conditions blow debris into your paint and can lead to uneven drying. If the wind is blowing more than 15 miles per hour, it might even blow you off your ladder! The best wind speed for painting is anything under 8 mph — which is basically a gentle breeze.

Consult weather forecasts before scheduling time to paint.

Check your forecast for:

  • Temperatures between 50° and 85° Fahrenheit
  • Mild humidity between 40 and 70%
  • A stretch of time that will avoid precipitation – 24 hours before and after application

If you’re looking for a reliable weather report resource, forecast.io aggregates several different predictions together to give the most likely weather possibility.

Consider the house and the painter.

For best results, paint opposite the sun.

Painting between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. on a mild day will:

  • Ensure you have plenty of light to see what you’re painting
  • Let the house dry off any morning condensation
  • Give the exterior time to warm to the right temperature
  • Allow the paint to dry before the cool night comes

Remember, even if the weather is too hot for painting, you can still stock up on paint in our air-conditioned stores, located all over Minnesota, Wisconsin and North Dakota. We’re having a too-hot-to-paint-outside sale on our Platinum Ceramic™ interior paint thru Sunday, July 25. Check your email if you’re a Color Club member!

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And if you have additional questions about painting conditions, ask the experts in our paint department. They love to help!

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.

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{four things you need to know about Minnesota PaintCare}

Have you ever noticed the fee that’s tacked on to your receipt when you buy paint in Minnesota? That is the PaintCare fee — ranging from 35 cents up to $1.60, depending on the size of the container. PaintCare is a program for recycling stains, topcoats, or house paint that has been funded by that fee in Minnesota since November 1, 2014. So, what do you get for your money? Here is what you need to know about PaintCare:

Recycling paint is free.

That fee you paid when you purchased your paint isn’t a deposit — you don’t get it back, but  it applies to much more than the paint you just bought. Those fees keep the program running. But you can drop off any household paint, even if it’s been sitting in your basement for thirty years.

PaintCare accepts architectural paint products.

That includes house paint, primers, stains, sealers, clear coats, shellac, lacquer, and varnish. Read the rest of this entry »

{exterior painting: how to pick an accent color}

So you’re painting the exterior of your house, and you’ve got the main color picked. That’s a good start, but the next choice is often more important. How will you choose the accent color — the color of your door, trim, or shutters? It’s all a matter of taste, but we have some time-tested guidelines to help you along the way.

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Chances are, your main color won’t be loud or highly saturated — unless you’re trying to paint your home Vikings Purple — but your accent color can be bolder. If your siding is toned-down, your accent should be pumped-up, and vice versa. For a white house, you can pick any color you want as an accent — except an off-white, which would just look like you forgot which paint to buy.

A bright red door is a classic choice for a white house. You could go a bit more contemporary or trendy with a coral or orange.

If you have a brightly colored house, though, pick an accent color that isn’t so saturated — either a neutral or a color with a bit more white, black, or gray in the mix. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: benjamin moore wins j.d. powers satisfaction award}

Benjamin Moore is the clear winner of the 2016 J.D. Powers Paint Satisfaction Study, receiving the highest ranking in customer satisfaction for interior paint and exterior stains in the J.D. Powers 2016 Paint Satisfaction Study. The study also shows that a customer service plays a significant role in customer satisfaction.

Best In Class

J.D. Powers measured satisfaction on a 1,000 point scale, and Benjamin Moore had the highest score for both interior paint (836 points) and exterior stain (814 points). Read the rest of this entry »

{ 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 »

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