{bits & pieces: dog washing stations}

Do you think Miss P (Best In Show Winner 2015 Westminster Kennel Club) gets sprayed down in the back yard after she rolls around in the dirt? I imagine Miss P has a tricked-out dog washing station fit for the Top Dog. It sounds like a luxury doesn’t it? More and more homeowners are creating space in their laundry and mud rooms to accommodate their pets’ bathing, feeding, and sleeping needs. One of my favorite Houzz contributors, Becky Harris, shares her excellent 15 Doggone-Good Tips for a Pet Washing Station. 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.

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{on the road again}

Visit Us In St. Cloud and Alexandria

If spring is on your mind and Home Shows are on your agenda, there are two more opportunities to

Hirshfield's Alexandria Staff

Staff from Hirshfield’s | Blind Factory Alexandria

visit us this weekend. Hirshfield’s has booths at the St. Cloud Home Show, March 6-8, and the Alexandria Home & Garden Show, March 7-8.

These shows offer an exciting opportunity to discuss design ideas with our staff, and check out some of our favorite displays.

“We are hoping people will stop by and chat with our experts and get to know our staff,” says Diane Hanson, of Hirshfield’s Blind Factory in Alexandria. “Since combining The Blind Factory with Hirshfields Paint in July, many of our customers still do not realize the merger has taken place and that we are in a stronger position to assist them.”

The Alexandria booth will showcase some of our fabulous window treatments, a display from Benjamin Moore with color trends for  2015, and a chair that we repurposed using the Cottage Paint process.

The St. Cloud booth will also showcase Hirshfield’s private label window treatments, Hirshfield’s Paint (Made in Minnesota), and Cottage Paint. Both locations are giving away a $50 Hirshfield’s gift card each day so you’ll want to stop by and register for an opportunity to win. Read the rest of this entry »

{ceiling color inspiration: look up!}

Decorating the Fifth Wall

How many walls do you plan on painting in your room? Three? Four? Look up. That ceiling is truly your fifth wall and often an overlooked territory. And, while there are industrial size canisters of “ceiling white” paint available, we love using color on the ceiling to add nuance to a room.

Liz Dahlin from the Woodbury Hirshfield’s has some beautiful examples of how even subtle shifts from plain white can harmonize and elevate the wall colors you’ve selected and enhance the entire space

“Depending on the overall palette, I like to use Hirshfield’s 0006 Little Dove or 0012 Bunny Cake with warmer, deeper walls. For lighter or cooler colors, I like Hirshfield’s 0011 Sugar Dust. For a crisp contrast to grays and blues, I love Benjamin Moore White Dove.”

Veranda Magazine stained ceilling

Veranda magazine March/April 2014

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{red river valley home & garden show}

Friday Finds:  At The Fargodome

With spring right around the corner (we hope), this is a great time to dream about design ideas –  for the inside or outside of your home. And if you live in North Dakota or Northern Minnesota, the Fargodome is a great place to jump-start your imagination this weekend. The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show is at the Fargodome, Feb. 27-March 1, and Hirshfield’s will be there in Booth #1160.

The Red River Valley Home & Garden Show features products and trends in the building industry, with exhibits that include:

  • Interior design
  • Remodeling
  • Landscaping
  • Heating and cooling
  • Garages
  • Financial institutions
  • Home products

Visit Our Booth

The Hirshfield’s booth will showcase our Hirshfield’s line of paint, Hunter Douglas window treatments, and our Premiere Collection of window treatments. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: tracking 2015 color trends}

Color Marketing Group 2015 Color Forecast

The Color Marketing forecast for 2015 was decided back in November of 2013, combining the results of many ChromaZones (Color Forecasting Workshops) throughout the world.  Two months into the new year, have you noticed the 2015 colors popping up in fashion, makeup, and interiors here in the Midwest? I’ve been seeing these four colors out and about: Frozen Stream, Pleasant Stream, Dark River, and Remaining Embers. How about you? Which colors keep popping up on your radar?

Jack-O-Lantern, Remaining Embers, Pleasant Stream

Once again blue-green held a spot in the forecast in a brighter and deeper value that is the perfect companion for rusty reds and mid-tone oranges.

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{window treatments for tricky bay windows}

Window Treatment Wednesday: How to Choose Window Treatments for Custom Windows

Unusual window shapes and configurations can add a customized feel to your home, but they create special challenges when shopping for window treatments. Hirshfield’s Shop at Home Designer Kathryn Gravening specializes in working with clients in their homes to find solutions to any number of home décor challenges, including how to best dress tricky bay windows. With their three sides, and variations in depth, angle and dimensions, Kathryn says her number one concern is understanding the client’s goal.

Hirshfield's Bay Windows 2

“Privacy is one of the most important concerns for homeowners who seek help with window treatments,” says Kathryn. “Aesthetic beauty and energy efficiency also top the list as objectives for window coverings.” Read the rest of this entry »

{50 shades of gray – the paint edition}

 Shades of Gray to Fit Any Room

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.

Langdon Dove

Langdon Dove by Hirshfield’s |Highmark Builders

Shades of Gray to Warm A Room

Shades of gray that work well in our cool climate are the warmer grays. These are the grays that have gold or brown undertones as compared to the blue undertones that tend to look too cool for our weather.

Hirshfield’s color expert, Mark Masica says grays work easily in most any room, “ I’m old school and about the only areas I would not use a gray would be in a nursery or young child’s room, where I still like the brighter, more playful colors.”

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