{how do you paint brick?}

Tricks for Painting Bricks

Painting brick isn’t for everybody. But if you don’t like the color or texture of your brick, deciding to paint over it can open up your design choices, as we explored in our last blog. So, once you decide to paint your bricks, what are the tricks? Whether you’re working indoors or outside, you’ll need to start with a good scrubbing. And you’ll need to leave plenty of time for drying, because bricks are porous. They soak up moisture and require extra cleaning attention.

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{custom window treatments for kids’ rooms}

Coming Soon To Hirshfield’s: Custom Shades For Any Kid (Or Adult)

When your kids grow up and have their own design opinions, updating their rooms can be…well…challenging. Ask any parent. Or Hirshfield’s Window Treatment Manager Shannon Scarrella. “For the Tweens and older, sometimes finding a ‘cool’ window treatment is hard to find,” she says. But Hirshfield’s can use technology to help.

“We have the ability to custom color roller shades from stripes to polka dots, geometric prints, or even a solid color,” she says.  “There are over 500 colors to pick from! We also have the rights to the Disney collection. I think this as a great option for kids rooms or kids bathrooms.”

disney window treatment

Custom Disney Roller Shade

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{bachman’s spring revival ideas house 2015}

Spring Design Inspiration from a Minnesota Tradition

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.

Bike wall at Bachman's Spring Ideas House 2015

 

Who needs a conventional headboard? Make the space above a bed an eye-catching focal point using a large-scale, found object – in this case a replica of an antique bicycle. A warm color like 0294 Rub Elbows provides the background with enough contrast to make every element pop. Read the rest of this entry »

{color of the month: jungle adventure 0739}

Jungle Adventure 0739 paint color

March Color of the Month

The month of March represents renewal and optimism. Winter is behind us and we look forward to the first day of Spring and St. Patrick’s Day. Green is the obvious choice for March, but not just any green. Jungle Adventure 0739 is a classic, organic green with a hint of yellow undertone. Think nature, foliage, a jewel tone, but not as blue as the Hunter Green of the 80’s.

Jungle adventure from Plascon

Did you notice how the wall color flows onto the floor? Source

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{inspired by precious metal}

Friday Finds: Metallic Wallcoverings Bring Out The Glamour

Gold. Silver. Bronze. Precious metals to add glamour and drama to any home through the popularity of metallic wallcoverings. “Metallics can create a depth and a dimension that I don’t think you can achieve any other way, besides with the real deal,” says Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom Manager. “We’ve been seeing metallics for a couple years,” she says, “but it’s not just the high-end anymore. It’s across the board.”

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Phillip Jeffries Ltd. – Natalie Kraiem Interiors

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{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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{emerging design trend: english cottage}

Friday Finds: Enjoy Quaint Refined Style With An English Cottage Interior

Designers across the country say in 2015 we can expect less shabby chic and more refined sophistication in everything from wedding themes to interior decorating.

The trend we see emerging in the decorating world is the English Cottage interior. Here in Minnesota, that’s welcome news, as we have so many lovely 20th century Tudor-style homes – especially in the Twin Cities – that lend themselves so nicely to this elegant interior approach. You don’t need a house with a steeply pitched roof and cross-gables to enjoy the quaint refined style of an English Cottage interior. We’ve scoured our favorite resources to help illustrate this emerging design trend.

Bathrooms

An English Cottage style bathroom is light and breezy. Consider warm white paint for the trim work with touches of soft pastels for the walls, with window treatments of either plantation shutters or light white fabric.

Bedrooms

Soft floral designs whisper soothing thoughts as you drift away to sleep in an English Cottage bedroom. Note the dreamy pink and warm neutral tones in this cozy bbedroom. Fabric window treatments with matching bed linen are popular as are floral wallpaper.

Kitchens

Cottage style brings to mind finishes of warm wood, tile, stone, painted cabinets, and a soothing paint palette. It also conjures up a warm, casual atmosphere, and a charm that comes from filling your kitchen with bits and bobs that make you happy.

Living Rooms

An English Cottage living room offers guests a feeling of serenity and sense of peacefulness. Restrained use of colors and refined sense of décor throughout the room help achieve this sentiment.

For help choosing the colors to create an English Cottage style in your home, any of our Hirshfield’s paint specialists will be happy to assist.

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: hirshfield’s favorite sites for design inspiration}

Five Great Places to Find Design Ideas

Design ideas can come from so many places, such as nature, fashion, and music. But, where does one even begin to look for design inspiration online?

There are so many great design sites, and so little time, so we’ve pared the best places to go online to tap your own creative muse. Our team of  interior design experts and staff offer favorite online resources for design inspiration.

You’ll want to bookmark this blog so you can check out these sites packed with beautiful images and ideas.  Read the rest of this entry »

{wallpaper wednesday: large prints for powder rooms}

Prints to Make a Big Impact in Small Rooms

Are you looking to revitalize a small bathroom or powder room and need some inspiration? Stretch your imagination and embrace a bold move. Remember the adage, opposites attract? Take a literal leap with a small space – like your powder room – and go for a big impact with large format wallpaper prints.

It’s your opportunity to showcase your artistic expression with bold vision and dazzling wall coverings. Vibrant, exotic, playful, and enchanting – these print designs will charm you and inspire you. Embrace the dramatic feel.

Five of our Hirshfield’s designers contributed their favorite large wall covering prints for a big impact on a small powder room.  Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: award-winning window treatments}

Hunter Douglas Plantation Shutters

Hunter Douglas took home the 2014 WCMA (Window Covering Manufacturers Award) Product of the Year for the 14th straight year, this time for their Heritance® Hardwood Shutters Collection. Nationally acclaimed design experts deemed this line as “an energizer for the manufacturer’s existing line of shutters and for the shutters category in general – with refreshed colors and updated frame designs that complement window trim.”

At Hirshfield’s, we have the largest selection of Hunter Douglas window treatments in Minnesota with 17 showrooms featuring their premiere collection of blinds and shades. Hunter Douglas products are also available at Hirshfield’s stores in West Fargo, North Dakota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Their exquisite plantation style shutters are what we’re excited about this season.

Hunter Douglas Shutters

Hunter Douglas

 

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