{friday finds: 5 examples of awesome halloween decor}

Halloween is just around the corner, and to invite those adorable trick-or-treaters, consider adding some Halloween décor to make your home festive and ready for the spooky holiday.halloween

Here are five quick and easy ways to add some (pumpkin) spice for the holiday:

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{tricks to make furniture look more expensive}

Designing on a dime can be difficult given the price of furniture and interior décor. However, with the help of a little bit of paint, your old, outdated furniture can be refurbished to look like you spent the big bucks without putting a dent in your wallet!

Here are a few ways that Hirshfield’s paints can transform your furniture and accentuate your space.

before and after painted coffee table

Voila! The power of paint.

Above, a simple and cheap coffee table has been completely transformed with a new coat of beautiful turquoise paint and decorative metallic corners. Adding a pop of color is a fun and easy way to incorporate color into an otherwise bland room, while also recreating a piece that may have gotten sent to the dumpster.

painting furniture

Staying true to the modern feel with a paint compromise.

Add some accents to an otherwise old and outdated end table. The after photo of the project above shows that a little bit of white paint can add sophistication and completely make over an old piece.

Freshen up your furniture or thrift store finds with Cottage Paint from Hirshfield’s. Your color selection is limited to the 1,300+ colors found in the Hirshfield’s fan deck. Head over to Pinterest for color inspiration and ideas from DIY’ers all over the world.



Have you seen these very cool fretwork panels called O’verlays? Attach a fretwork panel and turn a plain piece of furniture into the focal point of any room. They are made of a lightweight composite and are paintable. They can be used on windows, doors, mirrors, furniture, and more.

There are so many ways that paint can transform your home. Get the look of expensive, luxurious furniture without having to make any sacrifices by purchasing some paint at your local Hirshfield’s and make your home the beautiful haven you’ve always desired.

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.

{backyard bungalows: designer sheds and outbuildings}

Friday Finds: Bar Sheds, She Sheds, And So Much More

Remember how the Man Cave gained traction in the 90s? There was a general consensus that men needed a designated place to rest, grunt and watch football. Basements across the Midwest were converted from storage rooms to adult playrooms, accommodating the inner male child – bars, hunting themes and sports memorabilia popped up like wildfire.

Well, I have come upon a new trend – backyard sheds. Nope, not those ugly sheds designed to house your tools and your mower; but rather a separate building designed for relaxation, entertainment and a refuge from the real world.

Sitting room shed in Crail

An avid gardener uses her shed for guests when she hosts garden tours.

Much like casitas (a separate small building next to a home) that are popular in the south, sheds may soon serve the same purpose here in the Midwest. Be it a social gathering point – think a bar building next to a pool (a Bar Shed), or a cozy backyard shed to serve as a personal retreat (yoga sheds, reading rooms and craft rooms have all been called She Sheds) – the idea is gaining interest among suburbanites and urbanites alike.

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{bachman’s spring revival ideas house 2015}

Spring Design Inspiration from a Minnesota Tradition

The Bachman’s Spring Revival idea house is filled with attractive and affordable ways you can put your personal stamp on room design. This year, many inventive solutions utilizing found art and objects were featured.

Bike wall at Bachman's Spring Ideas House 2015


Who needs a conventional headboard? Make the space above a bed an eye-catching focal point using a large-scale, found object – in this case a replica of an antique bicycle. A warm color like 0294 Rub Elbows provides the background with enough contrast to make every element pop. Read the rest of this entry »

{diy trees and wreaths}

8 Unique Holiday Decoration Ideas

Let your creative juices flow this season by decorating for the holidays with a little sizzle and festive flair. Whether you have a small space, a large loft, or just want to break free from the traditional tree in the corner, we think you’ll be inspired by these exciting and unique holiday decoration ideas!

Grab a cup of coffee or a pot of tea, and take a peek at some of these do-it-yourself trees and wreaths:

Chalkboard Tree

Tight on space but have huge holiday aspirations? This chalkboard paint wall will take your breath away. A little paint, chalk, and a string of lights can transform any room into a Christmas scene.

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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

{hallway door makeover from the lettered cottage}

Friday Finds: Another awesome DIY project from The Lettered Cottage

The wife and husband team (why is it always husband and wife?) of Layla and Kevin Palmer are constantly changing things up at their home. Luckily, they share their totally awesome DIY projects on their very popular blog The Lettered Cottage.  They’re turning their house into a home, room by room, with their cottage style and personal flair. This hallway door project is a shining example of the flair I’m talking about…inspiring, fresh, and clever.



It started with a brilliant idea and this old door – The Lettered Cottage


Upstairs landing – the “before” photo – The Lettered Cottage


The “after” door – The Lettered Cottage

The project starts with an idea here and ends with the finished project here. Check out the links listed at the end of the finished post if you want to find out What is a possibilitarian?

A dynamic duo who are incredibly creative and handy with power tools, Kevin and Layla seem like good people. They’re in the process of adopting a son from Haiti and it sounds like a very long and drawn out business. Send a thought or two their way for a speedy “stamp of approval” on the adoption.

P.S. Here’s one more link with photos of the landing.

P.P.S. Am I the only who thinks their “befores” look like my “afters?”

Have a fantastic weekend!



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