{window treatment wednesday: add personality with valances and cornices}

There are so many styles and fabrics available for your window treatments that it’s easy to forget one of the easiest ways to add another decorative touch — at the top. Valances and cornices add style and sophistication to the top of your window treatments, while also concealing the curtain rods or other hardware if necessary.

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Kellie Burke Interiors via House of Turquoise

What’s the Difference?

In some ways, valances and cornices are very similar. They both add style to the top of your window treatments, but a valance is a soft treatment — similar to a very short drapery panel — while a cornice is a hard top treatment.

The style of the customer’s home usually directs our Hirshfield’s Shop at Home designers to use one or the other. Dawn Feda says valances can appear much softer while cornices have more of a hard line. However, she points out that each treatment can be dressed up or down by adding decorative trims, contrast banding or lining, or unique shapes.

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{friday finds: best of the interior design trade shows in las vegas}

Our Hirshfield’s team recently visited Las Vegas for IWCE-Vision 16 (the annual International Window Covering Expo), along with the Kitchen and Bath Industry Show (KBIS), and the International Builders Show (IBS).

Our group had the opportunity to visit with vendors, see new products, and participate in seminars and classes.  Those classes ranged from color, digital technology, business ideas as well as new inspiration from window treatments.

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Judy Ciaciura (Hirshfield’s Shop at Home) said a big trend at IWCE was “how trim detail is being used on drapery panels and top treatments. I saw less use of tassels and more flat patterned braid detail on the center lead edges of the panels,” she said, “as well as the bottom and sides of the tailored top treatments.”

Judy also noticed more selections of “bling” at the vendor booths: rhinestone cording, buttons, broaches, and appliques.

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“Bling” for window treatments

A collection of unique and artistic tiles caught Judy’s eye at KBIS. “Pera Tile seemed to be the standout,” she said.

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“The designs have so many pieces allowing for endless possibilities. From very busy and ornate to using small touches for a simple statement. I can just imagine the possibilities in how these tiles could be used as a whole or even as simple accents.”

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Judy also noted the large number of unusually shaped sinks and vanities at KBIS.

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Besides the design inspiration, the Hirshfield’s group also got some time together, according to Shannon Scarella, Manager of Hirshfield’s Window Fashions. “It is always a wonderful trip and allows our employees to build better relationships with one another as well as share their ideas and gain new ideas!’

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.

{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.”

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Custom Disney Roller Shade

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{window treatment wednesday: window covering safety month}

Protect your Children from Window Cords

The statistics are frightening: since 1990, more than 200 infants and young children have died from accidentally strangling in window cords, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

In an effort to keep young children safe, the Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) and the CPSC have teamed up to remind parents and caregivers that October is National Window Covering Safety Month. The campaign’s goal is to heighten awareness of the potential strangulation hazards window cords can pose to young children and toddlers.

In recent years, the window covering industry has redesigned its corded products and developed cord-safety standards. However, millions of older corded window coverings have not been retrofitted by consumers and many new parents are sometimes unaware of potential cord dangers.

 

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{hirshfield’s buys The Blind Factory in alexandria}

Alexandria The Blind Factory & Hirshfield's

 

Window Treatment Wednesday: Hirshfield’s and The Blind Factory Tie the Knot

After years of living together in Alexandria, Hirshfield’s and The Blind Factory decided to tie the knot, sort of. Earlier this year, Hirshfield’s completed the acquisition of the family-owned window treatment store after sharing space at 1010 Nokomis St. in Alexandria.

Shannon Scarrella who oversees the window treatment division at Hirshfield’s says the change has been fairly seamless for customers.

“We’re going from one family business to another,” Scarrella said. “We had shared common space for so long, our customers are used to us being under one roof.”

The store has 2,000 square feet and while there may be some reconfiguring of the store in the coming months, there are no plans to make personnel changes. Window fashion designers, Diane and Ros tend to customers in the store or they set up house call appointments and come out to your home. Patti is the fabricator – working on custom bedding, valances and custom draperies.

Alexandria shoppers will also have an added bonus with Hirshfield’s window treatments, as they add the Premier Collection by Hirshfield’s. This will offer designers and consumers a high quality, lower cost alternative to some of the more expensive window fashions.

Speaking about the previous ownership of The Blind Factory, Scarrella says little will change from the customers perspective.

“The previous owners did a nice job with the business and we look forward to enhancing some of the things they had in place. I know the Hirshfield’s family is thrilled to expand their offerings in Alexandria.

 

{window treatment wednesday: kathryn gravening}

Meet window treatment expert Kathryn Gravening.

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Meet Hirshfield’s window treatment expert Kathryn Gravening.

Hirshfield’s Shop at Home service in Minneapolis is home to not only some of the best options the window treatment world has to offer brought straight to you, but it is also home to some of the most experienced and creative window treatment experts in the Twin Cities. Kathryn Gravening serves as one of those professionals offering up understanding of construction, fiber, color and design.

A styling background.

Graduating from the University of Minnesota’s Carlson School of Management, Kathryn is both stylish and savvy. Working at Fabric Retailers upon graduation built a foundation for her extensive fabric knowledge.

Kathryn has found a home in Hirshfield’s for her design knowledge. “Hirshfield’s believes in me,” Kathryn said. “It is wonderful to work with a company that has confidence in your abilities and gives you freedom and resources to get the job done. They give me the tools I require and provide training and inspiration.” Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesdays: sliding doors}

Long-Vue from the Sienna Honeycomb Collection

Long-Vue from the Sienna Honeycomb Collection

Window treatment solutions for sliding doors is tricky business. Fashion and functionality can combine with solutions from Hirshfield’s. Shannon, the Hirshfield’s Shop at Home resident window treatment expert, shares how to stay stylish while controlling light and allowing functionality with window treatments for difficult to fit sliding doors.

Ask yourself these questions before selecting a window treatment

How often do you use the door? If the door is connected to a deck, chances are you use that door often in the summertime. Consider putting a window treatment that can traverse across a track. Options include Luminette, Verticals, Skyline Sliding Panels, Averte Natural Drape, Vertiglide or Long-Vue sliding cellular.

When the product is raised, is there enough room for you or someone taller to walk out the door without ducking? There are many shade styles that will raise, lower and come large enough for a patio door. Some styles that work well are roller or honeycomb shades.

How much room do you have to stack product, either above the patio door or to the side? The “stack” of a window treatment refers to the amount of space the treatment takes up when it is fully opened. The stack of a blind, for example, is the measurement from the top of the headrail down to the bottom of the blind when the blind is fully lifted to the top of the window. By knowing this, the experts at Hirshfield’s can help determine if a product will fit properly. It will also allow us to determine if product will stack on the window or off. Read the rest of this entry »

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