{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.

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{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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{bachman’s holiday ideas house 2014}

 

Fireplace mantel Bachman's Ideas House 2014

“Home for the Holidays” is the theme for Bachman’s Holiday Ideas House 2014.

The Ideas House offers inspiration for holiday entertaining and decorating with vintage, repurposed, and new trends. It’s always fun to see the creativity Bachman’s designers bring to the family homestead with each changing season.

KEY TRENDS
Bring the Outside In Salvaged wood, birch sleeves, tree ring ornaments, decorative birds, and other natural accents add warmth and a touch of rustic life to your holiday scene.
Go Beyond Classic TreesStep away from classic evergreens and explore modern tree options in many sizes made of pallets, burlap, and other decor attached to foam bases!
Tailor Your CelebrationClassic decor can be easily upgraded for the season with fresh and permanent accents like candle wraps, natural twine, ribbon, and more.
Extend Entertaining SpaceGuests tend to congregate in the kitchen, but tempt them away to places like the living room with a treat bar, beverage bar, or themed activities space!

Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2014

Do you notice the slightly darker accent color highlighting the wreath? Great DIY idea for filling up the space and adding visual interest.

guestroom

Guest Room with all that shimmer and shines.

Game Room Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2014

Another excellent DIY idea with the Scrabble wall art in the game room.

Stove wall at Bachman's Holiday Ideas House 2014

The neutral paint palette makes for a soft backdrop with the classic red and green Christmas accessories.

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The headboard is a fireplace mantel filled with light-up branches.

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Chippy shutter greets you at the Game Room door.

Dining Room

What’s for dinner? The menu is displayed on this vintage school-room chalkboard. I saw a few happy customers leaving the store with their “Merry & Jolly” signs.

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Living Room and Sunroom

Classic colors, Scandi influence, and scaled backed interiors, make this one of my favorite Holiday Ideas Houses. The Ideas House is open until December 14, 2014. You must have a ticket and time reserved to tour the Ideas House. Click here for all the delightful details.

Treat yourself to some holiday cheer before “tis’ the season” gets too crazy.

Hirshfield’s Paint colors used in the house:

Front Porch
Trim 0012 Bunny Cake
Floor 0211 Light Lichen
Entry
0275 Highlight
Living Room
0274 Polished Marble
Thibaut B7390B38S222
Sunroom Wallcovering
The Modern Gentleman|B8196P104S248
Dining Room
0274 Polished Marble
Kitchen
0274 Polished Marble
Lower Bathroom
0274 Polished Marble
Back Hall
OC-68 Distant Gray
Stairwell
0225 Roman Ruins
Ralph Lauren Soft Patina ME104
Guest Room
0211 Light Lichen
Ralph Lauren Soft Patina ME104
Game Room
0006 Little Dove
1096 The Ego Has Landed
Girl’s Bedroom
0880 Cauliflower Cream
Master Bedroom
0225 Roman Ruins
Upstairs Bathroom
0225 Roman Ruins

{friday finds: color makes the space}

Paint Colors for Small Bathrooms

When choosing a paint color for any room in your house, there are some important questions to ask first. How will this room be used? What is the feeling I want to evoke? What is the lighting? And, how big is the space?

A small bathroom certainly doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style or minimize your choices. In fact, you have a plethora of paint options at your fingertips. Sample different colors until you have exactly what you want! Feeling inspired? Let’s get started.

Colors evoke feelings and create moods. Research shows certain colors elicit specific responses. Match the mood you want to create with the right color palette. Don’t let the size of your bathroom keep you from experimenting. Lighter colors may open the space and darker colors may create a more intimate feel.

Touch Of Nature

Green, especially in a light hue, expresses nature while a darker shade of green creates a warm, relaxing atmosphere. This is a good option especially if you have a tub or shower and want to create a spa-like space.

 

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{using the color of contrast}

Decorating with Black and White

Color is such an important part of design that we sometimes forget the power of simple contrasts. Black and white is a classic design theme that refuses to go away, even in a world dominated by a full spectrum of color choices.

The simplicity of black and white belies its complexity. Without multiple hues to choose, shape and texture become more important. Patterns, silhouettes, and interplay rise to the forefront when decorating with black and white.

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{friday finds: horizontal plank walls}

 

House Beautiful April 2010

My love affair with horizontal plank walls began in 2010 when I saw this House Beautiful Magazine cover. The width of the planks and soft whitewashed finish on the pine planks looked crazy good to me. The three blue paintings replicating the horizontal lines of the planks made this corner the pièce de résistance in this gorgeous home.

Four years later I’m still crushing on plank walls, but know (and accept) this DIY project will not be happening in my house. My walls are plaster and I won’t go there.

The DIY bloggers who’ve put up their own plank walls make it seem like a manageable project. Painted, stained, or whitewashed, plank walls add anther layer of texture and interest to a room. Enjoy the photos – they may even inspire you to try your own DIY project.

Bruce Knuston planked wall

Bruce Knutson – Edina remodel

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{bachman’s fall ideas house 2014}

Outside the Bachman's Fall Ideas House 2014

Welcome to Bachman’s Fall Ideas House 2014

Where did the time go? There’s only one week left to tour the Bachman’s Fall Idea’s House.

A neutral wall color is the background throughout the entire house with mixes of warm fall colors, textures, and patterns creating this season’s theme “Next Generation Fall” and making it a welcoming retreat.

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{window treatment wednesday: picking the right window treatment}

Shop at Home to find the Right Window Treatment

In the store or on the pages of a magazine they seem so perfect, so beautiful and ridiculously simple to install and yet like so many things, do-it-yourself window treatments are not always what they seem. There are so many variables to consider when selecting window treatments and there is no manual that tells you how to pick the right window treatment for your room. In the absence of professional advice, we increase our probability of selecting the wrong blind, installing it and then living with these window treatments, convincing ourselves each day that they’re not as ugly as we think!

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