{spring cleaning: the power washing edition}

Tips for Power Washing Dirty Decks, Siding and More

We are at the end of a long dark winter, and it’s a relief to be walking through my neighborhood and seeing windows thrown wide open and flowers planted in pots by front doors up and down my street. But I also see lots of dirt and grime – remnants of salt, sand, wind and dirt – left behind by six months of old man winter (and a reminder that we survived yet another harsh one).

deck care tips

Give Your Dirty Deck a Nice Spring Cleaning

I remember using a scrub brush as my main tool for outside spring cleaning in the early years. That is, until we decided to rent a power washer to clean the siding. My husband, a guy’s guy, rented a high-power commercial cleaner, and when he was done, half the paint on my siding was stripped away. An unnecessary and expensive learning experience! Read the rest of this entry »

{what’s the deal with granny flats?}

Granny Flats: Grandma’s Home That’s Not Away From Home

There are so many dizzying trends highlighted daily in the media. Some are crazy (beaded lips, vampire facials and fish pedicures to mention a few), but when I saw an article on “granny flats,” I was intrigued. Essentially, you can live near your momma without actually living with her. That sounds ideal to me!

Granny Flat Connected To Home – Burlington Architects & Building Designers CULTivation D.S

Basically, builders are starting to recognize the obstacles growing old presents: high cost of living, slow rebound coming out of the recession, and the widening health care costs for aging parents (to name a few). They have coined the phrase “NextGen” living where adding separate (yet attached) living quarters to house an aging parent. They have separate exterior entrances and often their very own single-car garage. The interior has one or two doors to connect to the main home, and the space ranges from 600 square feet to a bit larger, and it includes a single bedroom and a kitchenette along with a main living space.

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{custom window treatments for kids’ rooms}

Coming Soon To Hirshfield’s: Custom Shades For Any Kid (Or Adult)

When your kids grow up and have their own design opinions, updating their rooms can be…well…challenging. Ask any parent. Or Hirshfield’s Window Treatment Manager Shannon Scarrella. “For the Tweens and older, sometimes finding a ‘cool’ window treatment is hard to find,” she says. But Hirshfield’s can use technology to help.

“We have the ability to custom color roller shades from stripes to polka dots, geometric prints, or even a solid color,” she says.  “There are over 500 colors to pick from! We also have the rights to the Disney collection. I think this as a great option for kids rooms or kids bathrooms.”

disney window treatment

Custom Disney Roller Shade

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{how to decorate with pastels}

Friday Finds:  Playing with Pastels

Nothing says spring quite like pastels. The pretty, pale colors of Easter eggs and children’s bedrooms are now on trend for all of us. Pastels are all grown up, with new hues and eye-catching color combinations.

Trending combination of color according to @pantonecolor: Wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow

Images from the September issue of Goodhomes Magazine. Photography by Max Attenborough

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{wallcovering wednesday: large floral prints for spring}

Big, Bold Floral Wallcoverings

Spring is here and so are the flowers. Some of our favorite wallpaper collections feature large scale floral prints, with bold, modern takes on the natural classic.

Diva from Scion

Diva from Scion

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{friday finds: problems with peeling paint}

What Can I Do To Avoid Peeling Paint?

As the robins return, you may find yourself making a list of outdoor projects to tackle this Spring and Summer – among them repainting the exterior of your home. It’s a big job, but a valuable investment in keeping your house in top condition. If you’re trying to fix a problem with peeling paint, Doug Kehoe, an experienced Hirshfield’s store manager, has some tips on how to get the job done right.

Exterior Paint Peeling

Deal with peeling paint now to prevent more in the future.

“Peeling is caused by a variety of factors,” explains Doug. “Many of them are tied to issues with surface preparation.” Peeling paint is not a reflection of the paint itself, but a loss of adhesion to the surface.
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{get into gingham}

Gingham Takes Fashion Home

The theme in this Spring’s fashion runways – from Diane von Furstenberg to Michael Kors to Oscar de la Renta – was the return of the check. From simple, traditional gingham designs to bold, broad checkerboard patterns, designs were fresh and breezy.

Gingham on the Runway – Credit: Trend911.com

How might this be interpreted in your home fashion? Check out some of these interior ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

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