{friday finds: 2016 interior design trends}

It’s January — time to bring on the bone-chilling cold here in Minnesota, and time to make predictions for the new year in the design world.  It seems like everybody wants to predict what colors, materials, and styles will be hot this year, so we sifted through some of the best to bring you a look at the top interior design trends for 2016.

Matte Metal Tile by Miami Kitchen & Bath Fixtures Eden Mosaic Tile

The Wall Street Journal interviewed 26 top interior designers and picked black metals as the top trend for this year. Los Angeles designer Barclay Butera noted that “there is nothing fussy about iron and blackened steel,” which is showing up in simple hardware, bathroom fixtures and even flatware. Contemporary designers, such as Jasper Morrison blend it with wood and glass, or sometimes create entire pieces of matte black metal. “Welders are the new rock stars,” enthused New York designer Julia Haney-Montanez.

Kitchen by Tampa Appliances Famous Tate Appliance & Bedding Centers

Houzz.com agrees. A compilation of discussions on the design site identified colored stainless steel appliances as one of the top trends.  “Black stainless steel is making a buzz on Houzz,” the article says. “In a poll, nearly two-thirds of Houzzers say they would consider the dark alternative to shiny silver metal.” Examples include LG’s new Black Stainless collection (above), and Whirlpool’s Sunset Bronze finish.

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{5 best remodel projects to do during winter}

Winter months can sure feel long when you’re cooped up inside your home. Especially here in Minnesota. However, indoor home renovation can be rewarding and help those long months fly by. Here are a few remodeling ideas that can jump start you on your way to a newly renovated home by spring.

Kitchen Renovation by Irvine Interior Designers & Decorators Serendipite Designs

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{color club’s top blog posts of 2015}

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As the year draws to a close, it’s always fun to review the highlights of the past year. We’ve gathered all of your favorite Color Club posts from 2015 – reread your personal favorites, and be sure to check out any that you may have missed:

  1. {50 shades of gray – the paint edition}
    There is quite the buzz in the air about the movie, 50 Shades of Grey, you can’t help but read about it, hear about it, and see it everywhere. People can’t seem to get enough of it. So welcome to 50 Shades of Gray – The Paint Edition.
  2. {bold and beautiful wallpaper trends 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.
  3. {wallcovering wednesday – easy up and easy down with sure strip}
    If you’ve shied away from wallpaper in the past because you were worried about the paste and the mess, York has a paper for you. And if you avoid wallpaper because you hate trying to take it down later – you’ll like it even better.
  4. {backyard bungalows: designer sheds and outbuilding}
    Well, I have come upon a new trend – backyard sheds. Nope, not those ugly sheds designed to house your tools and your mower; but rather a separate building designed for relaxation, entertainment and a refuge from the real world.
  5. {fabulous front door paint ideas}
    A simple, inexpensive exterior makeover will add plenty of curb appeal (and home value) and welcome you home each day. And new paints make it even easier to brighten your front door.
  6. {choosing colors – going from beige to greige}
    I spent hours looking at paint samples, and I learned that gray can be a tricky color to choose as it can skew either blue or brown – and, depending on what accessories and furniture you have, it’s important to lean one way or another.
  7. {bits & pieces: dog washing stations}
    But we should add that if you’re painting the walls in your pampered pooch parlour, Hirshfield’s recommends our Heavy Duty Latex Enamel — doggone indestructible and highly resistant to the splishing and splashing and inevitable after-bath shaking.
  8. {what the color of your front door says about you}
    What’s so fascinating about the portal to a house? Perhaps it’s because an interesting front door communicates something about the personality you’ll find inside. What does your front door color say about your mood and your home?
  9. {how to pick the right paint color for your home}
    Painting the exterior of your home doesn’t happen often, so when you’re deciding on a color, you have to be 100% confident that this color will be timeless, elegant, and beautiful.
  10. {bachman’s spring revival ideas house 2015}
    The Bachman’s Spring Revival idea house is filled with attractive and affordable ways you can put your personal stamp on room design. This year, many inventive solutions utilizing found art and objects were featured.

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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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{friday finds: historic christmas letters}

For many people, the holidays are a time for reflection. For others, a time for tradition. At Hirshfield’s, we like to review the following exchange of Christmas-time letters as a symbol of both. We look back at these letters, written during WWII, and see the remarkable bond between our Hirshfield’s family and an employee serving overseas during the war.

The letters — one sent on Christmas Eve, 1943 — were written to a friend and colleague named Gilbert, who was serving in the army’s medical corp, eventually becoming a POW. When the war ended, Gilbert came home and came back to Hirshfield’s — where he continued to work into his 80s.

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These letters give us a glimpse into Hirshfield’s history, and that of our country. When you see a reference to “Mrs. Hirshfield and the Doctor,” they are referring to Hans’ grandfather, who not only ran the business but was also a physician. Apparently this surprised some of his patients who, when they noticed the doctor’s paint-splattered shoes, questioned the validity of his credentials.

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.

{blue, blue, blue christmas}

What to do with a roll of painter’s tape in December?

How about a friendly Christmas Tree Competition between Hirshfield’s retail stores?

The criteria are to make a Christmas tree out of one roll of blue tape. Throw in a dash of creativity, a splash of espirit de corps and here you have the  2015 entries to this year’s 3-M Scotch Blue Painter’s Tape Competition.

Hirshfield’s Coon Rapids is the winner of this year’s competition! The tree topper may have given their store that 3-M crisp edge they needed. Enjoy the show and thanks to all the stores who chose to participate.

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Hirshfield’s Coon Rapids

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Do you see the paint tray and paint roller on their Christmas tree topper?

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{friday finds: 8 unique ways to hang christmas stockings}

Hanging your stockings on the mantel above the fireplace is the traditional way, but what can you do if you don’t have a mantel? Or maybe you’ve decided it’s time to switch things up this year. Whatever your reason, we’ve created a list of some unique ideas to shake the stocking décor up a bit this year:

Wall Art

If you don’t have a fireplace for stockings, this is an easy, creative way to use a wall instead – with a rustic DIY framework to hang and support your stockings. Read the rest of this entry »

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