{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

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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.

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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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{home and garden shows: visit hirshfield’s in st. cloud and brainerd}

 

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CMBA 2016 HomeShow

Dates: March 11-13

Location: St. Cloud River’s Edge Convention Center

Team: Hirshfield’s St. Cloud

Hours:

March 11: 12-8pm

March 12: 9am-7pm

March 13: 10am-4pm

The CMBA 2016 HomeShow is hosted by the Central Minnesota Builders Association at the River’s Edge Convention Center in St. Cloud.  Click here to save $1 on admission.

Our Hirshfield’s Booth will feature window treatments and Cottage Paint. Stop by the booth and register for a chance to win a Hirshfield’s gift card drawing at the end of each day and to check out our show specials.

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MMBA Home Show

Dates: April 1-3

Location: Essentia Health Sports Center

Team: Hirshfield’s Baxter 

Hours: 

April 1: 12-7pm

April 2: 9am-5pm

April 3: 10am-3pm

Everything from home building, remodeling, landscape design, to the best way to finance your spring project, and much, much more at this annual show at the Essential Health Sports Center in Brainerd. Stop by and check out the show specials along with featured window treatments, exterior products and Cottage Paint.

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 spotlight: designing with navy blue}

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Navy blue is incredibly versatile. Whatever mood you’re looking to create, you can likely do it with navy blue. A navy accent wall can add depth to a small room, or you can use it when you’d like to go dark, but not quite black. If you need some navy blue inspiration, here are four different ways you can design with navy blue.

Navy and White Means Crisp and Preppy

Looking to create a bright and fresh mood in your room? Navy blue and bright white is a great way to do that.

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{benjamin moore 2016 color of the year: simply white}

Sometimes, Benjamin Moore goes with a “lighter  touch” in its annual Color Trend Forecast. Like last year, when Guilford Green was the 2015 Color of the Year.  Or 2014, when they went with a light blue, Breath of Fresh Air. But this year, it’s simply white. Or “Simply White OC – 117” to be exact.

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Walls: Simply White OC – 117 Aura Matte | Trim: Simply White OC – 117 ADVANCE Semi-Gloss

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{6 reasons gray and greige are so popular}

Mention gray to many people, and they’ll think it’s drab and boring. But most designers consider it exciting. There are now so many shades of gray that its reputation of being cold or unwelcoming has changed as trending gray paints have taken on a warmer undertone that is desirable for any room of your home.

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Shades of Gray from Benjamin Moore’s Color Stories Collection

Want proof? Just check Pinterest, where gray and greige (a warm mixture of gray and beige) are showing up on everything from coffee cups to bath tubs. So, here are 6 reasons you should consider gray or greige for your next painting project:

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{bits & pieces: house of turquoise}

Library Ceiling - Baltic Sea CSP-680 with overlay pattern in Dove White

Library Ceiling – Baltic Sea CSP-680 with overlay pattern in Dove White

Laundry Cabinets - Hollingsworth Green HC-141 Main Floor Laundry

Laundry Cabinets – Hollingsworth Green HC-141

Benjamin Moore AC-22 Nantucket Fog Boy's bedroom

Wall color: Benjamin Moore AC-22 Nantucket Fog

Did you catch House of Turquoise last week? Erin gave us a week-long tour of an amazing 14,000 sq. ft. home featured in the Utah Valley Parade of Homes.  Once you see the home, and even with the expertise of their designer, think about all the decisions the homeowners had to make. Yikes!

The best part of the home tour for me was seeing the Benjamin Moore paint colors in action. What a great resource! Here’s the link to day one of the tour. Enjoy!

Psst. The countdown to The Twin Cities Fall Parade and Remodelers Showcase 2015 has begun!

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: accenting the exterior of your home}

When you’re painting the exterior of your home, it can be tempting to use an accent color for your garage door. However, Faye from the Woodbury Hirshfield’s has some expert advice — don’t! “Your garage door is likely not the most interesting thing you can draw attention to,” she says, “and an accent color should highlight the most attractive parts of your home.” Instead, be sure to remember the accent ratio: 70% should be body color, 20% trim, and 10% accent color.

Here are some examples of how to properly incorporate accent colors on the exterior of your home.

Front Door

You may have heard this before, but the front door is a great place to use an accent color. You can use a bright color, like green, for a great pop of color.  Grand Entrance®, from Benjamin Moore, is a paint designed specifically for doors – check it out.

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Benjamin Moore Grand Entrance®

Or, you can never go wrong with a classic like black.

Craftsman Entry by Palo Alto Architects & Building Designers FGY Architects

Window Boxes or Shutters

This is another popular place to use an accent color, and it works really well with the accent ratio. Be sure to choose a color that goes well with both the body color and the trim, and again, you can’t go wrong with a classic.

Traditional Exterior by Richmond Architects & Building Designers Island Architects

Your Garage Door

Yes, your garage door may be a great place for an accent color, but there’s a catch. You only want to draw attention to your garage door if you have a beautiful garage door.

Traditional Garage And Shed by Chatham Architects & Building Designers Siemasko + Verbridge

One more tip — never use an accent color to highlight an access door outside of your garage. For safety reasons, make sure to paint that door the same color as the body of your house.

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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