{window treatment wednesday: hardware considerations}

What hardware works with your draperies?

When it comes to choosing window treatments, the styles are numerous—honeycomb shades, blinds, plantation shutters, roman shades, sheers, drapes—the list goes on and on. And then when it comes to draperies, you have hardware considerations as well. There are rods with finials, elbow brackets, drapery arms, traversing rods, holdbacks; how do you decide what will work best with your draperies?

We went to Dawn Feda, a Twin Cities window coverings expert at Hirshfield’s, to find out more about hardware considerations.

She says that most drapery hardware decisions need to consider factors such as the size of the window and the function. Is it hand drawn, traversing, or stationary?

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{friday finds: thibaut’s enchantment collection}

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Three of the eleven coordinating fabrics found in the Enchantment Collection.

ENCHANTMENT COLLECTION…BY THIBAUT

Thibaut is one of our favorite wallpaper lines and we’re always excited when we receive a new Thibaut book. Their new collection, Enchantment, explodes with color and offers classic patterns designed with that unique Thibaut look.

Thibaut has this to say about the Enchantment Collection:

Welcome a new interpretation of chinoiserie in the Enchantment Collection. With an eastern influence, this fresh collection of coordinating wallpaper, embroidery, print and woven fabrics pays homage to traditional European artistic styles. Modern design elements mimic fashionable chinoiserie compositions like scenics, fretwork and delicate florals.

 

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Luzon pattern shown here in three of the seven available colorways

 

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Lizette pattern

 

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This pattern is a re-worked design of the Cantonese pattern found in the Tea House Collection.

 

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Here’s a link to Thibaut’s site where you can see all the patterns and colorways, plus you can check out their entire wallpaper library. The majority of our stores carry the Thibaut books, but call first if you’re making a special trip. Have a great weekend.

{friday finds: what’s new at high point?}

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Founded in 1909 in High Point, N.C., the High Point Market was formed to provide the region’s furniture makers and retailers a convenient venue to conduct business and discuss design trends. It’s where the who’s-who of the design industry meet, mingle and shop!

Kim Palmer, Star Tribune’s lifestyle reporter and editor, interviewed Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource, and Nancy Woodhouse, Gabbert’s Design Studio, on what they saw at High Point. It’s always exciting to get a sneak preview on design trends we’ll soon be seeing in home decor and fashion. Here’s the link to Kim’s article featured in the Star Tribune.

Here’s a High Point Market blog post from a year ago. I think Kathy and Greg were pretty much spot on with the design trends seen in 2013. What’s your favorite 2013 trend? My favorite is plaid, plaid, and more plaid.

Enjoy your weekend!

{friday finds: radiant orchid: pantone color of the year 2014}

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Duralee’s Maestro/color 618 is a great representation of Radiant Orchid

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Last week was a big week for all us color geeks. Pantone made their always-anticipated Color of the Year announcement with Radiant Orchid declared the color for 2014.

“While the 2013 color of the year, PANTONE 17-5641 Emerald, served as a symbol of growth, renewal and prosperity, Radiant Orchid reaches across the color wheel to intrigue the eye and spark the imagination,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “An invitation to innovation, Radiant Orchid encourages expanded creativity and originality, which is increasingly valued in today’s society.” 
“An enchanting harmony of fuchsia, purple and pink undertones, Radiant Orchid inspires confidence and emanates great joy, love and health. It is a captivating purple, one that draws you in with its beguiling charm.”

Are you feeling the Radiant Orchid love? You soon will be as Pantone not only influences the interior design industry, but the world of fashion, product packaging, graphic arts, and industrial design. I hope Radiant Orchid can live up to the high expectations that come with being crowned Color of the Year.

Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource, shared with the Star Tribune how she sees Radiant Orchid playing out in the home:

She’s noticed pink ascending in popularity, especially among trend-savvy customers. “People in the know — they’re asking for pink in wallcoverings,” she said. Not just orchid shades, but pinks of all description, from brights to pales. “Whenever you start to see the range in a color, you can tell it’s coming.”

Basil also expects orchid to take a limited supporting role in home decor. “I don’t really see it as a wall color,” she said. “It can’t be matte or flat. It has to have depth, like a fabric or a leather. It won’t take center stage like emerald,” last year’s Pantone pick for Color of the Year, she predicted.

Now that Radiant Orchid is on your radar, seeing the color will register in your mind – aah, the color of the year, in all its royal tints, tones, and shades.

 

{window treatment wednesday: top window treatment trends of 2013}

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Once November starts, it’s Thanksgiving prep time, then the holidays are here and then the new year. Ready or not, the year is wrapping up. What were some of the top window treatment trends of 2013?

Natural organics. Window treatments that evoked feelings of the outdoors and nature were still a big trend this year. From natural, woven materials to bamboo, people gravitated toward organic materials that added a sophisticated yet soothing look to their homes.

Color added. Homeowners felt more daring and added splashes of color via window treatments. Dining rooms, which have harder surfaces, were a good place to showcase luxurious patterns and colors, adding a softer element. Bedrooms were a good place for bright, unexpected reds or other colors that added visual pop. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: as seen at Hirshfield’s}

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It’s always exciting when paging through a magazine to come across a product that Hirshfield’s carries in our retail stores or design studio. It’s that same feeling I have when designers and their clients leave the design studio smiling because they found what they were looking for at the showroom, or overhearing a H’s employee share his or her paint expertise with a retail customer. I guess it’s about validation. We DO have great employees and great product offerings.

Hirshfield’s Design Studio accessorized the cover of the new Mpls.St.Paul Home & Design magazine. The hide-on-hair rug, gold, spiky stars, flat antlers, and vine ball in the lower right corner are available at the design studio.

Also showcased in the Mpls.St.Paul Design 100 article, are stunning wallpapers from Hirshfield’s and other local papering purveyors. Whether you’re a hipster or hipster grandma you’ll find at least one paper to your liking on page 50.

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On the magazine cover you can barely see the vine ball tucked away in the corner and this piece is too cool to miss. Here’s a photo showing how the piece is displayed in the Hirshfield’s showroom.

When the vine is still alive, it’s manipulated into a circular objet d’art and left to dry. Voila! Vine balls. It’s a complementary piece for just about any design style. Personally, if I can move a piece of furniture or artwork from room to room I feel it’s money well spent.

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The bowl of Chinese calligraphy brushes caught my eye in this photo from Heart to Home magazine. These Chinese calligraphy brushes are hand-made in Asia, duplicating the age-old process of brush making. The handles are made from natural products such as:  jade, bamboo, cow bone, ceramic and coral. The bristles are made from sheep or goat hair. You could do some “super sized” calligraphy or use them as decorative accents in your home. The photo below shows a few of the brushes available at Hirshfield’s Design Studio.

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Back in the day when the women folk made bread, the dough bowl was the appliance that took up space on their counters…and was actually used on a daily basis. Today we see these hand-carved, antique wooden bowls used as a tabletop centerpiece, repurposed into a sink for a bathroom vanity, or like Veranda magazine shows, a one-of-a-kind accessory holding throws and blankets.

You can see in the photo below that Hirshfield’s Design Studio took a page from Veranda magazine and use their dough bowl as a catchall for throws, kanthas, and suzanis.

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(Psst – the design studio only has one left)

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Irish-born fashion designer Orla Kiely brings her distinctive look to our homes with her wallpaper line. The line consists of her graphic patterns, fabulous color combos, and coordinating neutrals. Orla Kiely as seen in House & Home June 2013. Most H’s stores have her wallpaper book on hand, but call first to make certain it’s not checked out.

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Orla’s papers are often paired with Mid-Century Modern pieces, but in this photo the expanse of the stairwell and larger scale of her patterns work well together.

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  I wasn’t surprised to see Minnesota-based Martha O’Hara Interiors featured in the September issue of HGTV magazine. The award-winning designers at MOI consistently turn out stunning interiors. It was a nice surprise seeing a Hirshfield’s paint color (Techile 0533) featured alongside the national “heavy hitters.” Hirshfield’s paint is manufactured right here in Minneapolis.

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When Flea Market Style magazine asked for plaid wallpapers, I thought for certain the wallpapered dresser would be the shining star.

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  Not the case when there’s a cute pooch involved in the shoot.

If you love “the plaid” then turn to page 96 in the FMS magazine for 16 DIY projects. The wallpapers featured are from Thibaut and Ralph Lauren and available at most Hirshfield’s locations.

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.

{benjamin moore color chats}

I don’t know if the phrase “the devil’s in the details” is truly applicable to this post, but if you look around your home, are there small painting projects you can do in a couple hours that will give your home fresh unexpected pops of color? Over at Color Chats, Leah Rosch is offering up colorful ideas in Kitchen Refresher Course: 7 Quick Color Makeovers.

It’s not what you can do with a quart of paint, but what a quart of paint can do for you! Big impact for a small price.

{monterey wallpaper collection by thibaut}

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Thibaut’s limited edition collection, Monterey, offers a variety of fresh patterns with a bohemian vibe. Strong yet comfortable colors ranging from vibrant coral to peacock-blue round out this unique wallpaper and fabric collection. Versatile patterns flexibly coordinate to create a collection that has a hip new take on traditional style.

Color or colour? Either way you spell it, Thibaut’s newest wallpaper book is filled with fabulous color combinations and patterns. I know, no need to state the obvious. Doesn’t it seem like the patterns are crying out, “look at me, I’m more gorgeous than the pattern next to me.” In addition to wallpaper, the Monterey book carries coordinating and complimentary fabrics.

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Okay – if you’re thinking that red sofa doesn’t look good with the wallpaper, I would concur. And that dog? The home of Britt Van Deusen is where the Thibaut team set up the photo shoot for the Monterey book. Being a wallpaper geek, I loved Britt Van Deusen’s blog posts on the weeklong photo shoot. Read all about it on her blog Design Omnivore. Britt is a fine artist who shares her love of art, life, and all that is design on her blog -  it’s an entertaining and informative read.

Thibaut books are available at most Hirshfield’s stores; call first before you make a special trip.

Happy Easter everyone!

{cottage paint}

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Hirshfield’s is excited to announce we’re adding a new product called Cottage Paint, to our line of decorative paint finishes. Cottage Paint is a clay-based paint that dries to a matte finish. If you’re looking to update an old piece of furniture, this is the product for you.

From the Cottage Paint website:

Cottage Paint is a clay-based paint that dries to a silky matte finish and remains porous and easy to sand or wet distress when dry. We didn’t invent this paint, it’s been around since the frescos in the Sistine Chapel! We did, however bring it up to modern environmental standards by removing almost all of the VOCs in both the bases and the pigments.

1. Cottage Paint dries in about 15 minutes to one hour. I’m not joking. BUT for a rule of thumb – never do more than THREE applications of anything to a piece per day.
2. It adheres to just about any surface you can think of: Wood. Plastic. Metal. Brick, Melamine…
3. It requires NO sanding, priming or stripping. NO prep work – just a CLEAN surface. We recommend using TSP to get it good and clean.
4. It can be distressed as soon as it is dry using a damp cloth or fine sand paper. 
5. Cottage Paint does not roll or peel like latex when sanded, and appears as if the paint has truly worn off over time.

People get really excited about the “no prep” aspect – but use your judgement. I was working on a chair with a high-gloss factory finish, and I took five minutes to scuff it with sandpaper to assure maximum adhesion. Use TSP to clean the piece making certain it is clean, clean, clean.

Cottage Paint offers a clear wax coat in three different sheens for a protective finish. For a tougher finish a varnish top coat can be applied. Also, included in the Cottage Paint products are colored waxes which give your piece of furniture that aged antique look.

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The standard Cottage Paint line has 24 colors. But wait…There’s more! Drew, Minneapolis Institute of Fine Finishes, a/k/a The Plaster Center, developed  30 additional colors for the Cottage Paint line. In addition to the extensive palette of pastels and brights, imagine all the color possibilities you have just by adding white to a color.

Join us at Hirshfield’s Eden Prairie store on Saturday, March 16, 2013.  Ongoing demos are taking place from 10:00 – 2:00. Cottage paint and two DIY decorative plaster wall finishes, Sedona and Moiré, are being featured. Hirshfield’s Maple Grove will be the next store showcasing the products, so stay tune for more information.

The Edina store and The Plaster Center stock the Cottage Paint, with the following stores waiting to be set up:

Baxter, St. Cloud, Shakopee, Wayzata, Edina, Eden Prairie, Maple Grove, Coon Rapids, Roseville, Apple Valley, and Woodbury.

We appreciate your patience as we set up the remaining stores. If you have questions about the product, please contact The Plaster Center at 612-374-0221 or Hirshfield’s Edina at 952-927-4647.

P.S. I used Créme Brûlée as the top coat on a piano bench and I put a sample of Schumacher’s Chiang Mai Dragon, in the Aquamarine color way, next to it. What a stunning combo. I could totally see an accent wall in the Schumacher paper with a Créme Brulée buffet placed in front of it. You could charge admission, it is that lovely.  A $2 piano bench and $200+ a roll of wallpaper; a perfect example of mixing “high and low.”

{bits & pieces: thibaut’s faux bois wallpaper}

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I planted the seed a couple of weeks ago. In passing, I mentioned to my husband, ” Think about horizontal (painted) wood planking on the headboard wall in our bedroom.” Audible groan, and then, “what are YOU talking about?” In our house, my ideas = husband doing a lot of the work.

That was before I saw this wallpaper in the new Neutral Resource book from Thibaut. The Hirshfield’s Design Studio staff first showed me the paper, and then a couple of the stores mentioned it. Everyone’s in agreement. It’s an excellent faux bois paper and all around great book. That extra layer of texture gives a room more character and added interest. What do you think?

A wide array of natural tones comprise Thibaut’s Neutral Resource wallpaper collection. Designs range from traditional classic patterns to novelty contemporary prints. A variety of metallics paired with colors such as soft fawn, stone, and charcoal enrich the neutral color palette. Specialty papers like cork and raffia enliven the collection with dimension and vitality.

The majority of H’s stores have the Thibaut books, but call first before making a special trip.

Enjoy your week! Spring is almost here.

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