{bits & pieces: fabulous finnish homes}

Interior and exterior inspiration coming to you from Finland. I hope you enjoy these amazing Finnish homes as much as I do. Nauttia!

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.

{design inspiration: tips for dark colors in interior design}

Interior paints are available in more colors than every before, so why not use the whole spectrum when painting your home? Dark colors may be scary to some, but they can add drama and character to your space. In fact, if you have an overly spacious and impersonal room, you can reign in the space, with dark bold tones for the walls, and an even darker ceiling. That will give the room a “homier” feel.

Contemporary Home Theater | jamesthomas Interiors

Another way to visually shrink a large room is to divide the wall space horizontally with a chair rail. Paint the upper and lower portions different colors.

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{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. Prepasted wallcoverings aren’t new, but York’s Sure Strip® goes one step further. This high-performance paper is prepasted to go up easily and come down in one piece – guaranteed.

York says Sure Strip® wallcoverings are easier to install and easier to remove, because they are manufactured with a unique, high-performance substrate and special adhesive. When wet, the high-performance material acts more like a large sticker than an old-fashioned wallpaper. It smooths effortlessly on the wall and removes in full strips when it’s time to redecorate. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: take a quiz to pick the personality of your home}

When decorating a new or existing home, the space becomes a blank canvas to convey your style and personality. The inside of your home can say so much about the type of person or family that lives within the walls, so you should consider what each color will reflect when visitors step inside.

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Whether you are simple and focus on the functionality of a color, or you are whimsical and creative, your paint color can truly reflect the persona of every room in your home—and the fun part is each room’s décor can be as similar or as different as you please. Read the rest of this entry »

{painting prep: taping a room successfully}

Painting a room is more than picking out the right shade to fit your home’s personality. Preparation is vital to ensure that the project is easy and mess-free, so taping the room is a must.

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Here are a few helpful hints on taping a room to guarantee your paint-job is clean, quick, and stress-free. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: no voc paints for asthma and allergies}

No and Low VOC paints have improved tremendously over the years- it’s now much easier to enjoy the benefits of a low VOC paint without sacrificing the high quality of a regular paint. Low VOC paints are especially important to those who suffer from asthma or allergies, because breathing in volatile organic compounds on a regular basis can aggravate symptoms. Now, there’s an extra way to identify the best No VOC paints.

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Every year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in partnership with the research organization Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), tests and identifies products that are suitable for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. This year, Benjamin Moore’s Natura* paint has received the asthma and allergy friendly award- they’ve earned this certification with low odor, zero volatile organic compounds, and zero emissions. The goal of this certification is to identify consumer products that are suitable for those who live with allergies and asthma.

In other words, if you or a family member live with asthma or allergies, Natura might be a great choice. It can be mixed with any of the Benjamin Moore colors, and it comes in Flat, Eggshell, and Semi Gloss finishes.

Have you seen Natura’s commercial yet? This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “painting the nursery”:

If you’re looking for a paint with no VOC emissions, allergies and asthma or not, be sure to stop in and check out Natura!

*NATURA IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING HIRSHFIELD’S LOCATIONS:  Apple Valley, Baxter, Coon Rapids, Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minneapolis CSC, Monticello, Robbinsdale, Roseville, South Robert, Uptown, Wayzata, and Woodbury.

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.

{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.

At Hirshfield’s, we carry countless exterior paint colors to choose from, giving you the freedom to explore to find the exact color you are looking for.

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Body of the home is Benjamin Moore Copley Gray HC-104 with trim OC-8 Elephant Tusk. Home by Sicora Design Build & Royal Oaks Designs

Here are some tips to consider when deciding on an exterior paint color for your home: Read the rest of this entry »

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