{2015 lake home & cabin show preview}

Unique Window Treatments on Display at Lake Home & Cabin Show

“Up North.” It’s a Minnesota thing. Wherever you live in the state, we all know what we mean when we hear those two special words. We have a special relationship with our home away from home; a love affair with our lake homes and cabins. With more than 10,000 lakes in Minnesota, (11,842 lakes to be exact, according to the DNR), cabin culture is entrenched in our very being. It’s our deep connection to the lakes and the land that drives us to pack our cars, motor deep into the woods and exhale for a weekend away.

And, what better time to get cabin fever (in a good way) than the 2015 Lake Home & Cabin Show at the Minneapolis Convention Center this weekend: February 6-8. Read the rest of this entry »

{emerging design trend: english cottage}

Friday Finds: Enjoy Quaint Refined Style With An English Cottage Interior

Designers across the country say in 2015 we can expect less shabby chic and more refined sophistication in everything from wedding themes to interior decorating.

The trend we see emerging in the decorating world is the English Cottage interior. Here in Minnesota, that’s welcome news, as we have so many lovely 20th century Tudor-style homes – especially in the Twin Cities – that lend themselves so nicely to this elegant interior approach. You don’t need a house with a steeply pitched roof and cross-gables to enjoy the quaint refined style of an English Cottage interior. We’ve scoured our favorite resources to help illustrate this emerging design trend.

Bathrooms

An English Cottage style bathroom is light and breezy. Consider warm white paint for the trim work with touches of soft pastels for the walls, with window treatments of either plantation shutters or light white fabric.

Bedrooms

Soft floral designs whisper soothing thoughts as you drift away to sleep in an English Cottage bedroom. Note the dreamy pink and warm neutral tones in this cozy bbedroom. Fabric window treatments with matching bed linen are popular as are floral wallpaper.

Kitchens

Cottage style brings to mind finishes of warm wood, tile, stone, painted cabinets, and a soothing paint palette. It also conjures up a warm, casual atmosphere, and a charm that comes from filling your kitchen with bits and bobs that make you happy.

Living Rooms

An English Cottage living room offers guests a feeling of serenity and sense of peacefulness. Restrained use of colors and refined sense of décor throughout the room help achieve this sentiment.

For help choosing the colors to create an English Cottage style in your home, any of our Hirshfield’s paint specialists will be happy to assist.

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.

{bold and beautiful wallpaper trends for 2015}

Wallpaper Wednesday: Hot Wallpaper Prints, Colors and Textures for 2015

Wallpaper continues to gain popularity with homeowners and designers. Here is our look at wallpaper trends for 2015 – the hot colors, prints and textures – from some of the top manufacturers.

Blue Mountain Wallcoverings

“2015 will bring the bold and the beautiful,” according to Blue Mountain Wallcoverings, with patterns on a larger scale and upbeat color pairings. “Blue Mountain’s 2015 collections boast a provocative and eclectic mix of large-scale patterns in sophisticated palettes of citron brights, classic neutrals and deep indigos, creating a home that is both playful and refined.”

York Wallcoverings

“Rich jewel tones have reached new pinnacles of popularity,” says Gina Shaw, vice president of new product development for York Wallcoverings. “Blue is stunning combined with analogous shades like teal and bottle green, as well as contrasting hues. It’s great for grounding an otherwise light and airy room.”

York Wallcoverings Jacobean Floral Teal

York Wallcoverings Jacobean Floral Teal

“We are increasingly finding new inspiration in opulent architecture and design rooted in the traditions of faraway places,” she says. “It’s become easier for people travel to exotic destinations and, by creating wallpapers with a global sensibility, we make it possible to bring a piece of those places home with them.”

York Wallcoverings Diamond Oasis

York Wallcoverings Diamond Oasis

Seabrook Wallcoverings

“Everything floral is in full bloom in fashion and interior design,” says Suzanne Ashley, director of product development for Seabrook Wallcoverings. “Look for an abundance of flowers in all varieties, styles, and scales to impact wallcovering, especially in watercolor techniques.” Additional influences include textures found in nature, from feathers and fossils to bamboo and cork.

Regarding color trends, she says, “the big story is BLUE – all shades. Most important is navy, with some calling it the new black. The newest blues are the deep shades – like marine blue, which is navy with a hint of green.”

Brewster Wallpaper

“Feature walls are a wonderful way for people to incorporate the colors and pattern that they love without overwhelming the room,” according to Brewster Wallpaper. “Feature walls are especially popular in the bedroom behind the bed, in dining rooms, nurseries, and used to create a special focal point in an entryway.” Brewster also says bright palettes, vivid florals, and modern geometrics will continue to be on trend, as well as global chic designs with exotic Moroccan influences.

Patton Wallpaper

Patton Wallpaper sees seafoam, aqua and light purple as trending colors for 2015, along with the classic neutral black. Gold and silver metallics add shiny accents to wallcovering patterns, or standing on their own, and ”vintage damasks are seeing a resurgence in popularity, along with florals.” Patton also sees surface prints, papers with a slight embossing or raised texture, as a trend in 2015., “and grasscloth is a classic that never goes out of style and always adds that extra layer of color and texture to a room.”

Washington Wallpaper

Lattices, damasks, and geometrics will be hot in 2015, according to Washington Wallpaper: “classic patterns that customers understand and look familiar to them, but are freshened up with a modern twist.” The updated textures show depth, which adds another layer of texture to a room without making a huge statement. “Grasscloth is huge, from tasteful naturals, to glammed up papers with a pearlized finish and metallic accents.”

Ontario Wallcoverings

Grasscloth is also one of the trends that Ontario Wallcoverings identified. “Grasscloth has always been a go-to wallpaper. We’re seeing a resurgence in its popularity with our current grasscloth book, and we’re working on the release of another grasscloth book this year.” In addition, Ontario sees another trend emerging: “We have also noticed that there has been a move from the traditional look to that of contemporary in many regions.”

Ontario Wallpaper contemporary

Contemporary pattern from Ontario Wallcovering

Mix it up with wallpaper this year. But before you begin, check out our wallpaper advice and tips or stop by to chat with one of our wallpaper and design experts. Hirshfield’s has locations throughout Minnesota, Eau Claire, Wisconsin, and West Fargo, North Dakota.

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.

{window treatments on a budget}

Beautiful Window Treatments That Only Look Expensive

Are you thinking of changing your outlook on the world with new window coverings but concerned about breaking the bank? Don’t worry, we’re here to help. Whether you are thinking about fabric drapery or hard treatments like shutters and blinds, these tips can help you manage the cost of window treatments and help you stay on budget with an array of style design.

Windows Count

It can be challenging to estimate what you need when you consider the sheer volume of windows in your home. Count the number of windows per room and then the number of rooms in your house. Surprised? If it’s more than you expected, the best way to manage your budget may be to manage your priorities.

Who better to offer insight and tips on how to manage the cost of window treatment projects than the Hirshfield’s window fashion and design expert, Shannon Scarrella? She answered these key questions that will help you save time and money:  Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: hirshfield’s favorite sites for design inspiration}

Five Great Places to Find Design Ideas

Design ideas can come from so many places, such as nature, fashion, and music. But, where does one even begin to look for design inspiration online?

There are so many great design sites, and so little time, so we’ve pared the best places to go online to tap your own creative muse. Our team of  interior design experts and staff offer favorite online resources for design inspiration.

You’ll want to bookmark this blog so you can check out these sites packed with beautiful images and ideas.  Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: the snug}

The Snug

 Have you heard about The Snug? It’s a new DIY, crafting, and decorating website rolled out this week by Time Inc.

Aimed at millennials (who else) The Snug pulls decor and DIY information from Time Inc. publications, like Southern Living, Real Simple, This Old House, and partnering sites, such as Apartment Therapy and Popsugar.

In a statement, Time Inc. executive VP Evelyn Webster had this to say about the new mobile-friendly site:

Time Inc. is re-imagining the way we curate and deliver content for this highly coveted audience. The Snug is the first of the new social web sites that we plan to introduce in 2015. Market research has shown that the Millennials, known as the ‘Maker Generation,’ have spent billions on crafts and DIY projects in the last decade and are fueling the growth in this burgeoning sector. We are looking to speak to them through compelling new content and a new socially-engaging platform.

Here’s the link to The Snug site if you’re interested in joining. Aren’t you curious to see how The Snug will play out?

Have a great weekend!

{january color of the month: sugar dust white}

Warm Off-White Paint Color with Yellow Undertones

Sugar Dust 0011

January Color of the Month

What better way to start the New Year than with a fresh slate, or rather, a fresh coat of paint on your walls? This month we celebrate our favorite warm color – the dreamy Sugar Dust. This off-white color evokes tranquility and a sense of peacefulness, making it a hands-down favorite among Hirshfield’s designers and staff. So, warm up this winter with a little Sugar Dust sprinkled throughout your home.

“Sugar Dust 0011 has just enough golden undertones to make it a warm off-white that works well in our Minnesota climate,” says Mark Masica, Hirshfield Color Services Manager.”

Sugar Dust 0011 paint color

Sugar Dust 0011 is shown on the fireplace breast, ceiling, and trim | Cyndi Parker Interiors

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