{DIY season is here: the best projects to do yourself}

Spring is the start of DIY season. After a long Minnesota winter, it’s natural to start your spring cleaning and start dreaming of home improvements, as well. But don’t forget the low-hanging fruit, the easy-to-do inside projects that can make a quick impact. These are a half-dozen DIY inspirations that you can do right away, or wait until you run into a rainy day.

Paint the Front Door

Like we’ve always suggested, painting your front door and adding a few accessories is one of the fastest changes that can completely transform your curb appeal. And if you want to experiment with something like this yellow, it only takes a little more paint to change it to a less springy color for fall and winter.  Click on this link to see the proper way to paint a door.

Makeover the Front Porch

A simple porch makeover can create an outdoor hangout for the whole family. Add some pillows, hang some curtains for privacy, throw out a rug, and voila! The perfect place to read a book.

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{friday finds: how to create the perfect home office}

Home offices are certainly popular. After all, working from home is convenient and efficient. But creating the right kind of workspace can be tricky. So, if you’re looking to carve out some office space at home — or improve what you’re already using — here are our tips to create the perfect home office.

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Scribner Desk from Vanguard Furniture | Hirshfield’s Design Studio

  • First, find the perfect location. Repurpose an unused room in your home, but make sure you are aware of what’s nearby. If you know you need peace and quiet to work, then the guest room next to the playroom may not be the best spot. Be aware of your working style and go from there.
  • Don’t have an extra room? Try claiming the space under your stairs. A pretty chair, a work surface attached to the wall, and a cork board for pinning inspirational images are all you need to create a fun and functional home office.

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{8 tips to maximize your storage space}

Spring has sprung and spring cleaning has begun for many of us. It’s an enjoyable rite of spring, but cleaning up your home and putting  away your big, bulky winter clothing can have a side-effect (or benefit) — revealing your home’s storage limitations.

So, as we start spring cleaning season, here are some helpful tips to maximize your storage space and minimize the clutter.

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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 »

{we found a better painter’s tape: it’s called ‘SnotTape}

If you’ve been struggling to find a painter’s tape that actually works on difficult, textured surfaces, we have the answer. It’s ‘SnotTape — as in, “it’s not tape.”

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‘SnotTape is actually a paper strip that features a specially formulated polyurethane gel that acts as both an adhesive and a barrier — filling in the gaps on textured surfaces and eliminating paint bleed, leaving behind a crisp, perfectly straight paint line.

A guy from Wisconsin invented it, and Hirshfield’s is proud to be carrying it. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: 7 easy ways to bring spring into your home}

No matter how mild the winter, it’s still exciting when spring finally arrives and flowers start to bloom. And what better way to celebrate the season than to bring it into your home? Here are some easy ways to spruce up your decor with the colors — and fresh flowers — of the season.

If the Boot Fits

Credit: stephanielynn.com

Credit: stephanielynn.com

April showers bring May flowers, but here’s a creative take on the old theme — rain boots with new blooms. Imagine this country chic arrangement on your porch or just inside your front door. Read the rest of this entry »

{beautiful silhouettes: students’ unique design wows the runway crowd}

Interior design and fashion design are continually overlapping — specially on the day Pantone announces its Color of the Year, then we all leap to attention. But we are excited to tell you about the time we recently helped two young design students steal the show at a runway fashion competition.

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UW-Stout interior design students Emily Gross and Madi Goodrich entered the IIDA Northland‘s 10th annual Fusion+Fashion show at the Muse Event Center in Minneapolis. Much like Project Runway‘s non-traditional materials challenges, this event is a friendly competition among members of the local design industry that challenges interior designers to create garments out of materials typically used in interior design — like mosaic tiles, upholstery, and paint chip samples. Read the rest of this entry »

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