{getting your guest room ready for the holidays}

Now that the holidays are almost upon us, it’s a great time to make sure that your guest room is in top shape. Even if you don’t have the time for a full redesign, there are still things you can do to make your guests feel more at home in your guest room. Here are our best tips to fix up your guest room so it’s ready to go for the holidays:

1. Fix any scratches on wooden surfaces.
This is an easy way to quickly upgrade the look of all of your wooden furniture. Simple rub a walnut or pecan gently across the surface of the scratch – this will fill in the scratch, and the natural oils will ensure that it sticks.

2. Add a few extra blankets.
We all know that Minnesota winters can get pretty chilly, but your guests may not. Be sure to set an extra blanket or two at the foot of the bed to make sure that nobody wakes up with cold toes.

3. Keep the room simple.
Your guest room is not the place for all of those pictures and trinkets that you don’t know what to do with. Give those things away! Or, at the very least, stash them underneath the basement stairs. Just not in the guest room.

4.  Does your guest room need some new decor? A new comforter is an easy and not-too expensive option. We all know that you can find some great deals on Black Friday.  You can also give the room a fresh coat of paint using Benjamin Moore’s Natura paint. It’s no VOC, which means that you can paint to your heart’s content, and you won’t even need to crack open a window.

Also, a bonus tip: If you’d like to go the extra mile for your guests, leave a few bottles of water and some fresh flowers on the nightstand. This adds a great final touch!

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: no voc paints for asthma and allergies}

No and Low VOC paints have improved tremendously over the years- it’s now much easier to enjoy the benefits of a low VOC paint without sacrificing the high quality of a regular paint. Low VOC paints are especially important to those who suffer from asthma or allergies, because breathing in volatile organic compounds on a regular basis can aggravate symptoms. Now, there’s an extra way to identify the best No VOC paints.


Every year, the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America (AAFA), in partnership with the research organization Allergy Standards Limited (ASL), tests and identifies products that are suitable for those who suffer from allergies and asthma. This year, Benjamin Moore’s Natura* paint has received the asthma and allergy friendly award- they’ve earned this certification with low odor, zero volatile organic compounds, and zero emissions. The goal of this certification is to identify consumer products that are suitable for those who live with allergies and asthma.

In other words, if you or a family member live with asthma or allergies, Natura might be a great choice. It can be mixed with any of the Benjamin Moore colors, and it comes in Flat, Eggshell, and Semi Gloss finishes.

Have you seen Natura’s commercial yet? This brings a whole new meaning to the phrase “painting the nursery”:

If you’re looking for a paint with no VOC emissions, allergies and asthma or not, be sure to stop in and check out Natura!

*NATURA IS AVAILABLE AT THE FOLLOWING HIRSHFIELD’S LOCATIONS:  Apple Valley, Baxter, Coon Rapids, Edina, Eden Prairie, Hopkins, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minneapolis CSC, Monticello, Robbinsdale, Roseville, South Robert, Uptown, Wayzata, and Woodbury.

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.

{how to decorate with pastels}

Friday Finds:  Playing with Pastels

Nothing says spring quite like pastels. The pretty, pale colors of Easter eggs and children’s bedrooms are now on trend for all of us. Pastels are all grown up, with new hues and eye-catching color combinations.

Trending combination of color according to @pantonecolor: Wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow

Images from the September issue of Goodhomes Magazine. Photography by Max Attenborough

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{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 »

{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 | Photography by SpaceCrafting

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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{fabulous front door paint ideas}

New Paints To Brighten Your Front Door

What’s your home’s curb appeal? How does it feel when you pull up to your front door? Is the door just a functional part of the facade, or does it create a grand entrance? A simple, inexpensive exterior makeover will add plenty of curb appeal (and home value) and welcome you home each day. And new paints make it even easier to brighten your front door.

Grand Entrance BM Pin1

Benjamin Moore Black

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