{wallcovering wednesday: florals that never go out of style}

Can there be too much of a good thing? When it comes to florals, some designers say no. It seems that flowers never go out of style – it’s just the way they’re presented. Check out these ways to mix florals in your own home, from easygoing to a bit more daring.

Flowers to match floral wallpaper:

If you love flowers, why not go with more? The live bouquet blends beautifully with the watercolor flowers in Brewster’s Claressa Blueberry pattern — from the Catalina Watercolor collection.

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

Catalina Watercolor Wallpaper | Brewster Wallcoverings

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{fearless trends: how to pull off interior color blocking}

If you loved it when we discussed color blocking a few years ago, we have good news: the trend is back and bolder than ever. Color blocking returned to fashion last season, and it has funneled back to interior design this year. So, here are 6 tips to fearlessly add color blocking to your decor, plus a few extra ideas from Benjamin Moore.

1. Pick one color to emphasize unique architecture.

Accent walls are a basic kind of color blocking, but you can do so much more. Advance a level by highlighting some interesting architecture or painting around a corner or two.

Credit: ArkPad

Credit: ArkPad

Credit: Remodelista

Credit: Remodelista

2. Use painter’s tape liberally.

If you want geometric, modern lines, grab an armful of painter’s tape and a friend, and tape your walls before you begin painting. Here’s a yellow outlined block filled with pink. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: the best of high point market}

Powerful colors, pretty pinks, mixed metals and luxurious velvets are some of the trends to watch after our Hirshfield’s team visited the High Point Market Spring 2016.

Kathy, Greg and Taylor represented Hirshfield’s Design Resource at the Market, which is the world’s premiere home fashion event. Here is a look at some of the latest designs, ideas, and innovations they saw during  Market.

Power Clashing

High Point Spring 2016

High Point Spring Market 2016

Strong colors and strong patterns pushed the envelope at Market Week. In the past, you would see a single design element, say a fabric or piece of art, as the power player in a room.

Prevalent at spring market were entire rooms filled with saturated colors from the wall to the floor, to the fabric used on a sofa, all the way up to the ceiling. Read the rest of this entry »

{design inspiration: tips for two tone kitchen cabinets}

Two-tone cabinets are a beautiful and easy way to add some spice to your kitchen. They add depth and contrast — and an extra sense of style — to a space that can often be defined by appliances and furniture.

If you’d like to add some color to your cabinets, take your inspiration from these designer look, which can all be adapted for DIY projects.

Transitional Kitchen by Rebecca Hay Designs (Toronto)

Two-Tone Tips

  • Create a focal point
    Painting your island or the bar off to the side of your kitchen is a great way to incorporate a fun pop of color. Be bold and use reds, forest greens, or even black for your kitchen island. After all, the island is often the gathering place in the kitchen, and a bright color can add some pizazz to an otherwise monotone room.

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{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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{friday finds: beautiful botanicals and fabulous ferns}

Even as the cold weather begins to hit, there’s nothing more beautiful than interior décor that is stylish and chic, and even brings a hint of lush nature indoors. We’re not talking plants that you have to care for every day, but stunning wallpapers that bring the outdoors inside.


Nature has been a strong influence and source of inspiration for decor this past year. The beautiful botanicals, fabulous ferns, and pretty palm leaves have seen a resurgence in popularity. The iconic palm leaf style actually originated from Martinique Banana Leaf wallpaper, which was created by decorator Don Loper in 1942 for the Beverly Hills Hotel.

The bold wallpaper has since been transformed to more classic looking styles that can be used for any room and not just upscale Beverly Hills hotels.

Beverly Hills Hotel

Is that the lovely Lesley Ann Warren?

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{wallcovering wednesday: wood walls without hammer and nails}

There’s something about the look and feel of wood. From the rugged wood walls in a rustic farmhouse to reclaimed wood in an industrial chic loft, wood brings a certain depth and character. And now you can achieve that look without a hammer and nails. These super-realistic photo murals and ultra-detailed wood grain wallcoverings let you change looks as quickly as you can change papers.

Reclaimed Wood

Reclaimed Wood Photo-Mural from Brewster

Brewster’s breathtaking photo-murals are hard to distinguish from the real thing. This beautifully constructed, reclaimed wood mural (above) has fascinating depth.

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