{friday finds: trend takeaways from the 2016 artisan homes tour}

It’s now July, which means the 2016 Artisan Home Tour by Parade of Homes has officially ended. Made up of 31 homes located in two different states, it’s understandable that you may not have made it to as many of the homes as you would have liked. Well, you don’t need to worry – we sent a team of Hirshfield’s employees to the tour, and took note of the decor trends we saw throughout the tour. From wallcoverings to flooring, here’s what you need to know:

wallpaper Great Neighbor Homes

Great Neighborhood Homes Artisan Home Tour

Wallcoverings

Wallcoverings were everywhere this year at the Artisan Home Tour. Kid’s bathrooms, guest bedrooms, and even ceilings – all were fair game for wallcoverings. Grasscloth and Tone on Tone Damask stood out in particular, but we also noticed multiple colorful wallcoverings.

Window Treatments

2016 is a year of natural textures, and window treatments of unlined woven woods and grasses made a definite appearance during this year’s tour. Fabric roman shades, shutters, and stationary side panels with short decorative rods also made the cut. Keep an eye out for our blog on these window treatment trends later this month!

Flooring

We noticed multiple trends when it came to flooring. Mid to dark tones dominated the wood floors, and patterned tile popped up in bathrooms and back entryways. Patterned carpeting also made an appearance on stairways and into bedrooms. The carpet was coordinated, but did not stay the same throughout the house.

Great Neighborhood Home Artisan Home Tour 2016

Great Neighborhood Home Artisan Home Tour 2016

Beds

With the exception of a few wood or painted frames, all bed frames on this tour were upholstered. Colors ranged from neutrals to bold blue and white checks. The bedding itself was usually layers with neutrals, and had splashes of color layered with pillows and throws.

Note: From neutrals with cream and gray to bold checks in navy and white, checks and plaids were everywhere this year!

Stonewood LLC

Stonewood LLC Artisan Home 2016

Finishes

As far as finishes go, we saw a lot of mixed metals, wood floors, and painted trim throughout. Antique brass, silver, and brushed bronze all made an appearance, and they were mixed and matched throughout the house. The bathrooms featured a mixed metal design – the faucets didn’t match the towel bars or light fixtures.

Colors

This year’s tour was filled with light neutrals, warm grays, cool grays, and almost whites. Splashes of color appeared off the main areas – accents in back entryways, laundry rooms, and offices were common.

This was also the year of blue, blue blue! On the exteriors, we saw blues ranging from a smoky gray to dark blue. Some interiors carried soft turquoises and rich, Delft blues. In others, we saw pale lavenders and rich plums everywhere from the laundry room to the guest bedroom.

Be sure to stop by any Hirshfield’s location for help with your decorating projects.

Thanks to the following builders who used Hirshfied’s products in their homes: Lecy Bros., Bob Michels Construction, Denali Custom Homes, Stonewood LLC, Highmark Builders, City Homes, Oslo, and Hendel Homes.

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.

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{6 ways to include matte in your design}

Texture and glossy finishes are out, and matte is in, according to designers like Genevieve Gorder and John Douglas Eason. Especially matte black, which is spreading from the kitchen to the rest of the house.

So, if you’re inspired to add the latest trend to your own home, here are six ways to incorporate matte into your design.

1. Chalkboard paint

Chalkboard paint exploded sometime around when Pinterest did, making it easy to find and easy on your budget. You don’t even have to draw on it, but hey, you’ve got the option.

Shelter Island fisherman

Credit: SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C.

Shelter Island fisherman

Credit: SchappacherWhite Architecture D.P.C

 2. Chalk-finish painted furniture

Chalk paint is paint with chalk added into it to give it a matte texture. This, too, has become popular on Pinterest, especially among DIYers and furniture refinishers.

Seaside Style in Brentwood, TN Suburbia

Credit: Kristie Barnett, The Decorologist

To stay sleek, and fit the no-texture trend, choose something that hasn’t been aged or antiqued by sanding or any faux finishes. And consider using Hirshfield’s Cottage Paint. Read the rest of this entry »

{ 2016 asid showcase home highlights}

ASID Showcase Home 2016

The “before” exterior of the Mpls. St.Paul Magazine’s MN ASID Showcase Home 2016

It’s that time of year again – the Mpls.St. Paul Magazine’s 2016 ASID Minnesota Showcase Home Tour is up and running. This year, the Minnesota Chapter of the American Society of Interior Designers have chosen a 5,600 square foot, 1950s Edina rambler to redesign with their 22 person team of professional designers.

“This is our kind of dream home. It’s simpler living, more modernist, and more long-term. I felt like we could stay here when our kids are gone, because it’s not too much upkeep. This was our idea of a dream home, more modest living.” -Jeanne Anselmo, Homeowner

The theme of the home is “50 Shades of Greige” – the mix of gray and beige that everyone currently wants in their home. Using textured fabrics, repurposed antiques, and glamorous finishes, it’s quite the home to see.  Paint used throughout the home is supplied by Benjamin Moore and available at Hirshfield’s. Read the rest of this entry »

{bachman’s spring ideas house 2016}

Bachman's 2016 spring ideas house

Hello (channel Adele) and welcome to the Bachman’s Spring Ideas House 2016!

Each season designers transform the historical Bachman’s home on Lyndale Avenue by painting, furnishing, and decorating the entire house with their signature mix of new items, repurposed pieces, and a touch of vintage. Refreshing bursts of color are a welcomed sight against a backdrop of soft, muted tones and natural elements.

Key Trends to look for in this season’s Holiday Ideas House:

  • Shades of Grey – Provides a sophisticated backdrop for colorful accents.
  • Floral Patterns – Offers a tribute to spring through fun and whimsical patterns.
  • Terrariums – Gives room a fresh look with a living, botanical creation.
  • Coral Color – Revives energy throughout house with refreshing color.

Let Bachman’s Ideas House help you forget that it snowed today here in town.

Bachman's Spring Ideas House 2016

Wallpaper that looks like old tin ceiling tiles grace the sunroom walls. Spring has sprung with coral accents which always look fabulous with gray.

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{friday finds: spring parade of homes}

Parade of Homes #248

Interiors by Jay Nuhring House Styling and photography by Spacecrafting

The beginning of March means spring is almost here, with the annual Spring Parade of Homes underway, and the Remodelers Showcase Tour just around the corner.

This is the 68th year that the Builders Association of the Twin Cities (BATC) has hosted the Spring Parade of Homes, which offers area families the opportunity to see and experience new homes and neighborhoods across the spectrum of price, style, and location.  Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: before and after from chango & co}

before and after with scion wallpaper in a bathroom
I came across these awesome before and after photos from Chango & Co, a full service interior design firm in Brooklyn, New York.  The room transformations are just plain delightful. I thought some of the “before” rooms looked pretty good until I saw Chango & Co’s before & after photos side by side. Here’s a link to the entire Chango & Co before and after gallery.

 To achieve an “after” look like these beautiful Chango & Co spaces I know I would need the help of an interior designer. Watching HGTV does not make you a designer. Hiring a designer is not just for the rich and famous. Are you familiar with the saying,  “If you think it’s expensive to hire a professional, wait until you hire an amateur.”  Designers are educated professionals. They can help you express your style, save you time and money and frustration.

brick painted white interior

Nice combination with the wood desk and acrylic chairs

3 East Hampton remodel

The staff at Hirshfield’s Design Studio have names of interior designers who would be a good fit with the scope of your project, big or small. They can be reached at 612-374-8901.

P.S. We carry both of the fabulous wallpaper patterns shown in the photos.

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.

 

 

{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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{interior design: when to DIY and when to work with a professional}

Cable TV is full of Interior Design shows. Click a channel, and you’ll see somebody remodeling a home. And those designers make the makeovers look so easy — like you could just do it yourself.

Inspirational, for sure. But is that realistic?  In other words, when can you DIY, and when should you hire a designer?

Credit: Carmin Meyer Design Consultation

“Not every project has room for a designer, and as a designer, I realize that,” says Carmin Meyer of  Carmin Meyer Design Consultation. “It might be financial reasons, or just the feeling that they have a good grip on things.”  They’ll get ideas from the Remodeler’s Showcase, Parade of Homes, Pinterest, and Houzz.com, and she says that works well for some people — but not for others.

“There are people that are creative that way, and there are others that are a little bit house-blind.” In other words, when you’ve lived in a home for awhile, you may not realize some of the flow problems — or opportunities — that a professional will see.

Credit: Carmin Meyer Design Consultation

Project Size Matters

Carmin breaks interior design projects into two categories: facelifts and makeovers.

“A facelift is cosmetic, more about painting, new furnishings, and accessories,” she says, “not really changing the floor plan or layout of the space, not really making a huge investment in construction.” You might be able to handle those kinds of projects on your own. “After all,” she says, “you can always paint over a color you don’t like.”

Makeovers are full-service projects, with more construction and bigger budgets — like kitchen and bathroom remodels. “Those are the most expensive areas of the home to update, because there are quite a few pieces and parts that go into them,” she says. “And really, when you look at what you’re total investment might be, with a designer, to get really good advice regarding layouts and material selections and things like that, it’s a very small fraction of what you’re paying for the project as a whole.”

Credit: Carmin Meyer Design Consultation

So, what happens when people try to tackle a full-scale makeover on their own? They end up calling her afterwards, looking for help after the construction is already done.  “Oftentimes I’m going into projects that have recently been done, and we’re tearing certain pieces apart and redoing them to get things to look the way they had ultimately intended them to, but just didn’t know how to.”

Places to Prioritize

If you want to save some money on a big makeover, at least start with a designer for the major decisions. Carmin says these are the priorities:

  1. Space planning.  You can’t really make any of the other decisions until you have a good layout.
  2. Cabinetry is a big expense, so have an expert select a material and finishes that will last as well as possible.
  3. Countertops and appliances are also expensive, so use the pro to make good choices.

Once those pieces are in place, you may be able to handle the backsplash tile, cabinet hardware, and lighting and plumbing fixtures on your own.

“After all, your cabinetry is going to stay, your countertops are going to stay, trim is going to stay, but then other things are a little more cosmetic,” she explains. “You can remove a cabinet knob and change it out if you get sick of it in a few years. It would be pretty easy to remove backsplash tile and redo that. And paint is paint — you could paint your walls a different color every day if you wanted to.” No wonder we like the way she thinks.

You can contact Carmin at carminmeyerdesign.com.

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.

 

 

{bachman’s holiday ideas house 2015}

 

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House Kitchen

It’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas at the Bachman’s historic homestead on Lyndale Avenue South. Festive floral and table arrangements, one-of-a-kind pieces, repurposed pieces, and new items all nestled alongside each other for a “making it merry” home. Props to the design team for sharing their awesome creativity!

Key trends to look for in this season’s Holiday Ideas House:

  • Words of Wisdom – Text written across pillows, glasses, and décor put you in the holiday spirit.
  • Luxury – Drape yourself in luxe details found in gold, plaid patterns, copper, and fur accents.
  • Mixed Metals – Juxtaposed bronze, copper, and gold are paired for added visual interest.
  • Make it Merry – Find inspired ideas for Christmas in every corner to make the season bright.

Enjoy our mini-tour of the Holiday Ideas House 2015.

Living room Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2015

Chimney breast wrapped in wallpaper that looks like horizontal wood planks.

Christmas tree Bachman's Holiday Ideas House

Christmas tree? Candy cane? Use your imagination with these cute wooden boxes.

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