{friday finds: benjamin moore wins j.d. powers satisfaction award}

Benjamin Moore is the clear winner of the 2016 J.D. Powers Paint Satisfaction Study, receiving the highest ranking in customer satisfaction for interior paint and exterior stains in the J.D. Powers 2016 Paint Satisfaction Study. The study also shows that a customer service plays a significant role in customer satisfaction.

Best In Class

J.D. Powers measured satisfaction on a 1,000 point scale, and Benjamin Moore had the highest score for both interior paint (836 points) and exterior stain (814 points). Read the rest of this entry »

{deck cleaning and staining for spring}

Spring is here, which means it’s time to clean the decks in Minnesota – literally. “We have a lot of people wanting to freshen them up,” says Nate Sockness, manager of Hirshfield’s Woodbury location, “and also a lot of people wanting to get them done before high school graduation season.”

That deck work is happening right now. It’s prime time for deck cleaning and staining, he says, because you need two or three days of warm, dry weather to do it right. Keep your eye on the weather and use Nate’s tips for cleaning and staining your deck.

staining-your-deck

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{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 »

{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!

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