{friday finds: trend takeaways from the 2016 artisan homes tour}

It’s now July, which means the 2016 Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes has officially ended. Made up of 31 homes located in two different states, it’s understandable that you may not have made it to as many of the homes as you would have liked. Well, you don’t need to worry – we sent a team of Hirshfield’s employees to the tour, and took note of the decor trends we saw throughout the tour. From wallcoverings to flooring, here’s what you need to know:

wallpaper Great Neighbor Homes

Great Neighborhood Homes Artisan Home Tour

Wallcoverings

Wallcoverings were everywhere this year at the Artisan Home Tour. Kid’s bathrooms, guest bedrooms, and even ceilings – all were fair game for wallcoverings. Grasscloth and Tone on Tone Damask stood out in particular, but we also noticed multiple colorful wallcoverings.

Window Treatments

2016 is a year of natural textures, and window treatments of unlined woven woods and grasses made a definite appearance during this year’s tour. Fabric roman shades, shutters, and stationary side panels with short decorative rods also made the cut. Keep an eye out for our blog on these window treatment trends later this month!

Flooring

We noticed multiple trends when it came to flooring. Mid to dark tones dominated the wood floors, and patterned tile popped up in bathrooms and back entryways. Patterned carpeting also made an appearance on stairways and into bedrooms. The carpet was coordinated, but did not stay the same throughout the house.

Great Neighborhood Home Artisan Home Tour 2016

Great Neighborhood Home Artisan Home Tour 2016

Beds

With the exception of a few wood or painted frames, all bed frames on this tour were upholstered. Colors ranged from neutrals to bold blue and white checks. The bedding itself was usually layers with neutrals, and had splashes of color layered with pillows and throws.

Note: From neutrals with cream and gray to bold checks in navy and white, checks and plaids were everywhere this year!

Stonewood LLC

Stonewood LLC Artisan Home 2016

Finishes

As far as finishes go, we saw a lot of mixed metals, wood floors, and painted trim throughout. Antique brass, silver, and brushed bronze all made an appearance, and they were mixed and matched throughout the house. The bathrooms featured a mixed metal design – the faucets didn’t match the towel bars or light fixtures.

Colors

This year’s tour was filled with light neutrals, warm grays, cool grays, and almost whites. Splashes of color appeared off the main areas – accents in back entryways, laundry rooms, and offices were common.

This was also the year of blue, blue blue! On the exteriors, we saw blues ranging from a smoky gray to dark blue. Some interiors carried soft turquoises and rich, Delft blues. In others, we saw pale lavenders and rich plums everywhere from the laundry room to the guest bedroom.

Be sure to stop by any Hirshfield’s location for help with your decorating projects.

Thanks to the following builders who used Hirshfied’s products in their homes: Lecy Bros., Bob Michels Construction, Denali Custom Homes, Stonewood LLC, Highmark Builders, City Homes, Oslo, and Hendel Homes.

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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{friday finds: she shed ideas we absolutely love}

It’s no wonder “She Sheds” have become so popular – they are the ultimate personal retreat or workshops spaces, right in your own backyard.

Credit: Hometalk.com

Credit: Hometalk.com

The functions are endless. You can use one as a studio for art, crafts, or sewing, let it double as a guest house, turn it into an outdoor living room, or make it your office!

The forms are endless, too. Here are some of our favorite ideas for designing your own She Shed.

Letting the Light Shine In

Credit: The Painted Home

Credit: The Painted Home

To maximize light in a small space, swap out the barn doors with French doors (or leave them open), install a skylight or two, and paint the interior a bright white. The light will shine in, bounce off the white walls, and fill the space — no need for electric lighting on a sunny day! Add some color with accessories, furniture, and a bright rug.

Keeping It Country

Credit: The Painted Home

Credit: The Painted Home

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{friday finds: the best of high point market}

Powerful colors, pretty pinks, mixed metals and luxurious velvets are some of the trends to watch after our Hirshfield’s team visited the High Point Market Spring 2016.

Kathy, Greg and Taylor represented Hirshfield’s Design Resource at the Market, which is the world’s premiere home fashion event. Here is a look at some of the latest designs, ideas, and innovations they saw during  Market.

Power Clashing

High Point Spring 2016

High Point Spring Market 2016

Strong colors and strong patterns pushed the envelope at Market Week. In the past, you would see a single design element, say a fabric or piece of art, as the power player in a room.

Prevalent at spring market were entire rooms filled with saturated colors from the wall to the floor, to the fabric used on a sofa, all the way up to the ceiling. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: bright, bold, brilliant blues}

Historic Glacier Bay H0054 paint

Historic Colors of America

It’s been just about a year since we first blogged about Glacier Bay H0054, Hirshfield’s Historic Collection. House Beautiful and DezignUp picked bright blue as a trend to look for in 2015. India’s DezignUp said, “On these lines, the Mediterranean Blue of Santorini and Mykonos is already touted as a major trend for the New Year; it’s simply magnificent.”  

Plascon's Colour of the Year 2016 Atlantic Beach

Atlantic Beach – 2016 Colour of the Year

This show-stopping blue has been spotted out and about in the past month and Plascon, Africa’s largest paint company, announced their 2016 Colour of the Year:  Atlantic Beach B5-B1-1

Atlantic Beach is an intense blue inspired by the coastal energy of Brazil – as seen in the Brazil national flag. And with the upcoming 2016 Olympic games set to take place in the South American country, Plascon has brought this vibrant blue to the foreground. 

It is a deep stimulating, yet refreshing colour that promotes focus and commands respect. A great hue for a workspace or in a relaxed living area and even in an outdoor space.

Pair with crisp white for a striking effect or blend with earthy tones such as Pantone’s Marsala for a rich layered look. 

Blue Hues from York Wallcovering

York Wallcovering put together a collage of various vibrant blues.

Wallpaper from Pip II

Wallpaper from the Pip II collection

You may be hesitant about using this bold blue in your home, but think along the lines of accessorizing with this stand-out color. Freshen up your palette with pillows, rugs, draperies, or paint the back of a bookcase. It’s easy to “test drive” accessories and if they don’t work to your satisfaction, back to the drawing board. Also, keep in mind having a neutral background makes it easy to switch out your new favorite color.

Look where the color blue took us today:  India, Africa, Brazil, Minnesota, the Greek Islands, and the Netherlands. We hope your paint color needs bring you to Hirshfield’s.

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.

{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.

Benjamin Moore Color Stories Shades of Gray

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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{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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{what’s the deal with granny flats?}

Granny Flats: Grandma’s Home That’s Not Away From Home

There are so many dizzying trends highlighted daily in the media. Some are crazy (beaded lips, vampire facials and fish pedicures to mention a few), but when I saw an article on “granny flats,” I was intrigued. Essentially, you can live near your momma without actually living with her. That sounds ideal to me!

Granny Flat Connected To Home – Burlington Architects & Building Designers CULTivation D.S

Basically, builders are starting to recognize the obstacles growing old presents: high cost of living, slow rebound coming out of the recession, and the widening health care costs for aging parents (to name a few). They have coined the phrase “NextGen” living where adding separate (yet attached) living quarters to house an aging parent. They have separate exterior entrances and often their very own single-car garage. The interior has one or two doors to connect to the main home, and the space ranges from 600 square feet to a bit larger, and it includes a single bedroom and a kitchenette along with a main living space.

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