{summer house wallcovering by thibaut}

Summer House Wallpaper by Thibaut

The past few dreary days has me longing for sunshine and a bright blue sky. Thibaut Wallpaper to the rescue! Escape to Summer House, Thibaut’s newest collection of coordinating wallpaper and fabrics. The flowers, simple shapes, paperweaves, and retro batik patterns will satisfy your longing for the return of the warmth of summer!

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{friday finds: january color of the month}

Color of the Month: Morning Blush 1083

Morning Blush 1083

Bring in the New Year with this cozy, warm, and fresh morning blush pink! We are calling this the pink of pinks! Morning Blush doesn’t stand out, but flatters everything around it. It’s a warm pink with a touch of peach. Not necessarily feminine, but is elegant and sophisticated.

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{design trends to watch in 2017}

As one year ends another begins, but design trends don’t necessarily follow the rules of a calendar. According to our team at the Hirshfield’s Design Studio, some of the most popular looks were already gaining steam at the end of 2016. Here are our 2017 design trend picks:

Seeing Green

Green was definitely the “it” color at the end of 2016. The Color Marketing Group picked Thrive as the North American Key Color 2017+ and we featured Mother Nature 0746 as our Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for October. Then Pantone picked Greenery as its 2017 Color of the Year.

 

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Brewster Wallcovering

The attraction of all these greens is obvious. The lush look of nature. The fresh feeling of spring. With a cold winter upon us, these greens are a reminder of nature’s ability revive, refresh, and restore.  So, just like Pantone’s 2016 Colors of the Year Rose Quartz and Serenity, which picked up traction in 2016 and we’re seeing everywhere, we expect the popularity of greens to keep growing.  Read the rest of this entry »

{pantone 2017 color of the year: greenery}

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As we turn the corner of a new year with biting cold and heavy snowfalls here in the Upper Midwest, one way to warm up a bit is to discuss Greenery, the 2017 Pantone Color of the Year.

Pantone’s official announcement even mentioned spring as the inspiration: “Greenery is a fresh and zesty yellow-green shade that evokes the first days of spring when nature’s greens revive, restore and renew.”

It’s no surprise that Pantone picked a green tone. The Color Marketing Group picked Thrive as the North American Key Color 2017+, and we featured a green, Mother Nature 0746, as the Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for October.

The allure of green is the tie to nature and its feeling of rebirth and renewal. Pantone describes Greenery as “nature’s neutral, a versatile trans-seasonal shade that lends itself to many color combinations.” Read the rest of this entry »

{color of the month: spacebox 0493}

Hirshfield's Spacebox 0493

Hirshfield’s Color of the Month for December is Spacebox 0493, a green-blue-gray, depending on the light. Think of eucalyptus, the little berries on spruce tops, and the blue-green rosemaling color of years past.

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My Scandinavian Home shows Spacebox 0493 as an accent color warming up an all white  interior.

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{2016 bachman’s fall ideas house: bar shed tour}

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The Drunken Hen

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Welcome to The Drunken Hen, one of the highlights of this year’s Bachman’s Fall Ideas House. It’s an Outdoor Beer Pub, located in the space formerly reserved for the She Shed, Kid’s Clubhouse, and the chicken coop.

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The Outdoor Beer Pub taps into (pardon the pun) another fun trend, pub sheds. There’s a popular website in Britain with a Shed of the Year competition, and there’s even a company in Boston that rents out inflatable backyard pub sheds for parties.

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Bar Sheds For Rent in Boston | ThePaddyWagon.com

But why travel to Britain or Boston when we have this wonderful example in our own (well, technically, in the Ideas House’s) backyard?

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{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:

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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!

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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}

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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.”  

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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.

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