{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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{wallcovering wednesday: florals that never go out of style}

Can there be too much of a good thing? When it comes to florals, some designers say no. It seems that flowers never go out of style – it’s just the way they’re presented. Check out these ways to mix florals in your own home, from easygoing to a bit more daring.

Flowers to match floral wallpaper:

If you love flowers, why not go with more? The live bouquet blends beautifully with the watercolor flowers in Brewster’s Claressa Blueberry pattern — from the Catalina Watercolor collection.

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

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{friday finds: new wallpapers with classic inspirations]

What’s “old” is new again in wallcoverings. New collections from York and Thibaut both draw inspiration from classic, old towns — York’s latest WILLIAMSBURG collection and Thibaut’s Bridgehampton. Both books display a timeless style and elegance, with contemporary colors and grace.  Here’s a look at our favorite designs:

WILLIAMSBURG II by York Wallcoverings

York recently launched its second “Trend Meets Tradition” collection with WILLIAMSBURG, the licensing division of the not-for-profit Colonial Williamsburg Foundation. Like York’s first WILLIAMSBURG collections, each of the 16 patterns in the new wallpaper book is inspired by an antique object, design, or motif found in Colonial Williamsburg’s archives.

Brazanga | WILLIAMSBURG II by York Wallcoverings

Brazanga | WILLIAMSBURG II by York Wallcoverings

Reflecting the colonial-era interest in patterns derived from Asian and particularly Chinese art and décor, the new collection includes several chinoiserie-inspired patterns, including Brazanga (above), and Chinese Peony (below). Read the rest of this entry »

{bachman’s spring ideas house 2016}

Bachman's 2016 spring ideas house

Hello (channel Adele) and welcome to the Bachman’s Spring Ideas House 2016!

Each season designers transform the historical Bachman’s home on Lyndale Avenue by painting, furnishing, and decorating the entire house with their signature mix of new items, repurposed pieces, and a touch of vintage. Refreshing bursts of color are a welcomed sight against a backdrop of soft, muted tones and natural elements.

Key Trends to look for in this season’s Holiday Ideas House:

  • Shades of Grey – Provides a sophisticated backdrop for colorful accents.
  • Floral Patterns – Offers a tribute to spring through fun and whimsical patterns.
  • Terrariums – Gives room a fresh look with a living, botanical creation.
  • Coral Color – Revives energy throughout house with refreshing color.

Let Bachman’s Ideas House help you forget that it snowed today here in town.

Bachman's Spring Ideas House 2016

Wallpaper that looks like old tin ceiling tiles grace the sunroom walls. Spring has sprung with coral accents which always look fabulous with gray.

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{friday finds: york wallpaper sale}

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Boys Will Be Boys II

 

Sapphire Oasis by York

Sapphire Oasis

Whether your personal style is contemporary, shabby chic, traditional, or transitional, York has a wallpaper for you and a sale for you. Drumroll, please… $20 per single roll! That’s a great deal on wallpaper.

The following is a list of York wallpaper books on sale thru May 31, 2016:
Aged Elegance II, Boys Will Be Boys II, Elements, Fresco, Girl Power II, Heritage Home, Hyde Park, Jewel Box, Natural Radiance, Riverside Park, Sapphire Oasis, Weatherby Woods

Natural Radiance by York

Natural Radiance

Wallpaper dramatically changes the look of a room and it’s up to you to decide the role you want wallpaper to play in your home decor. A bold stylized floral taking center stage in your bedroom or a woven quietly adding texture to your family room. The choice is yours. Hundreds of patterns and thousand of colorways.

There are a handful of stipulations (of course):

  • once inventory is depleted, that’s it.
  • no returns, so order correctly
  • order in double rolls
  • UPS charges from factory to your home
  •  roommates wall decals are not on sale

Stop by one of our stores and take a look for yourself. I’m sure you can find a gorgeous wallpaper to suit your personal style.

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.

{friday finds: spring parade of homes}

Parade of Homes #248

Interiors by Jay Nuhring House Styling and photography by Spacecrafting

The beginning of March means spring is almost here, with the annual Spring Parade of Homes underway, and the Remodelers Showcase Tour just around the corner.

This is the 68th year that the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) has hosted the Spring Parade of Homes, which offers area families the opportunity to see and experience new homes and neighborhoods across the spectrum of price, style, and location.  Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: a new twist on damask in thibaut’s new book}

The latest collection from Thibaut Design has a familiar name, but Damask Resource Vol. 4 features a unique style that starts with the traditional Damask pattern and then introduces new colorways and innovative print treatments. The dramatic designs range from classic interpretations to modern shapes in sizable proportions and include printed corks, embossed vinyl, luxurious metallics, and flocked patterns.

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Rowan Damask | Metallic Gold on Peacock

The symmetrical layout of Passaro Damask features birds and other grand scrolls with luxurious colorways, like Metallic Pewter on Seafoam and Metallic Gold on Red.

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Passaro Damask | Metallic Pewter on Seafoam

In the red, a truly happy color, the detail of the birds and foliage really stands out. Kathy Basil of our Hirshfield’s Design Studio recommended a pattern very similar to Passaro Damask in a small powder room recently, and she said it looks beautiful, with a very “luxe” feel. Read the rest of this entry »

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