{design ideas to help with seasonal affective disorder}

Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is an extremely common disorder that affects almost half of a million Americans. The winter months are dark, gray, and gloomy, which often makes our moods mimic the dark days.

However, here are six tips to help you beat the winter blues.

Rustic Exterior by Aspen Architects & Building Designers Architecture

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{4 tips for redoing your teen’s bedroom}

When a child becomes a teenager, so much changes. From newfound hobbies, friends, and style, to preparing for high school, parenting a teenager can be an exciting time. Or frustrating. It depends on the day. So, how do you handle the transition from a cute kid’s room to a more age-appropriate teen’s bedroom? Here are some tips to help you create the mature, teenage haven of their dreams. Read the rest of this entry »

{hunter douglas premieres the new pebble remote}

Our window treatment designers returned from the recent Hunter Douglas Premieres Event, acting like they’d just been to a Hollywood premiere.

“The Pebble is AMAZING!” said Beth from the Woodbury Hirshfield’s. “It’s the first artfully inspired remote control I’ve ever seen.  It’s ergonomic, fits comfortably and beautifully in your hand.  It will look great sitting on a table top.”

Hunter Douglas Pebble Remote

Introducing the Pebble Remote

They were raving about the new PowerView Motorization System that automatically moves your shades to your favorite settings throughout the day, and the sleek, stylish PowerView Pebble Remote that controls it. Read the rest of this entry »

{independence day inspiration: patriotic bedroom ideas}

With 4th of July just around the corner, I’m reminded how lucky we are celebrating our national pride and freedom. In fact, most of my friends are as prideful in January as they are in July, and decorating with a patriotic theme never goes out of style.

4th of July Quilts - Homedit

4th of July Quilts – Homedit

But it’s summer and the red, white and blue seems to be everywhere. From table decorations to home design; it’s fun and whimsical to add some colors to the mix. I did a quick Google search for patriotic bedroom ideas when I decided to redo my son’s bedroom last week (I must’ve been feeling the pull of patriotism as I nudged him to consider a star-spangled banner theme).

With a few quick keystrokes, I found some great ideas:

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{window treatments that warm a room}

Create a Cozy Home Vibe with Window Treatments

It’s the time of year in Minnesota that we aim for cozy – as in warm and cozy. When the temperatures plunge to the single digits (sometimes above zero, sometimes below), we Minnesotans seek ways to stay warm both physically and emotionally, and that extends to the confines of our homes. By adding warm colors and textures to our surroundings, we can feel warmer. And with window treatments, that even extends to the insulated materials that can literally keep the cold out and the heat in. So, here are our favorite ways that window treatments can warm a room in a Minnesota winter.  Read the rest of this entry »

{happy new year}

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Goodbye 2014 and HELLO 2015!

{window treatment wednesday: best choices for bay and bow windows}

Best Choices for Bay and Bow Windows silhouette_literise_den

When it comes to windows, bay and bow windows are unique because of the way they project from your home. They make a room feel bigger, increase natural light and add an interesting visual element to your home, but they can also be a challenge when it comes to finding the “just right” window treatment.

To help us with the issue of window treatments for bays and bows we turn to Shannon Scarrella, a Minneapolis window coverings expert at Hirshfield’s. She says that it’s best for her team to talk to homeowners about their goals for a window and its specific structure before determining the best option. Read the rest of this entry »

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