{what your windows say about you}

Window Treatment Wednesday: What Your Windows Say About You

“Personal style is not something that is just in the air. It is something you have and that you apply to yourself.” – Paloma Picasso

Our individual flair also permeates the atmosphere of homes—from furnishings to color.  Shannon Scarrella, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home, says that almost everything we put into our homes is a reflection of us, more so if a home is new construction. “If you move into a home that was built per someone else’s specifications, the finishes and selections may not be 100 percent you,” says Scarrella. “By adding custom window treatments, you can control the look that you want to achieve.”

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{friday finds: emerald: 2013 pantone color of the year}




Design Seeds






Grace Kelly

One of my favorite days ev-var is when Pantone announces their color of the year. This past week Pantone announced their 2013 Color of the Year: Emerald!

“The most abundant hue in nature, the human eye sees more green than any other color in the spectrum,” said Leatrice Eiseman, executive director of the Pantone Color Institute®. “As it has throughout history, multifaceted Emerald continues to sparkle and fascinate. Symbolically, Emerald brings a sense of clarity, renewal and rejuvenation, which is so important in today’s complex world. This powerful and universally-appealing tone translates easily to both fashion and home interiors.”

Back in June I did a Friday Finds post on the color green. I posed the question at the beginning of the post:  Do you get the vibe that green is starting to crowd tangerine tango out of the limelight and getting a head start on becoming the darling of 2013? *As Eiseman describes it, a color begins to appear in the consumer’s “peripheral vision.” “Oh, there’s yellow-green there and yellow-green there, hmmm, it’s not such a bad color…” Even before this weeks announcement by Pantone, green has been gaining popularity this past year with the likes of citron, kelly, and mint.

Will the 2013 Color of the Year will be making an appearance in your home? Or is it too soon to tell? We’re hoping some lively, unifying, and luxurious, green paint from Hirshfield’s makes an appearance on your walls for a pop of color.


Hirshfield’s partnership with Second Harvest Heartland has been extended through Tuesday, December 11, 2012. Save 20% on your paint purchase with a food donation.

For all the emerald intel, click on this link to the Pantone site. Enjoy your weekend!

*Slate article: http://www.slate.com/articles/arts/design/2012/04/pantone_color_forecasts_are_they_accurate_.3.html

{irish design}

Top o’ the mornin’ to you! With St. Patrick’s Day getting closer, now is the time to take note of Irish design and the many ways to add green to your home. Why green on St. Partick’s Day? In addition to green being one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-color flag, Ireland is also known as the “Emerald Isle” for its lush green landscape. Today, people around the world have come to associate green with this holiday, named for Ireland’s patron saint.

The color green is associated with nature, health, and wealth. Find the perfect hue for your home, which can be used in any room. Wake up each morning to a vibrant shade of jade, lime, or sea green, as used in this master bedroom, and step into your day refreshed and energized.

House Beautiful

If you’re seeking a pot of gold – one of St. Patrick’s Day most prominent symbols – you’re in luck! Gold accents and metallic trims can be used on window treatments, furniture, and artwork throughout your house. Make your bathroom a luxurious masterpiece with gold tile and fixtures.


Add Irish design and Celtic inspired pieces to your living quarters by incorporating classic symbols, like spirals, crosses, and knots. Lamps, rugs, and wallpaper borders can provide a subtle hint to Irish roots.

Irish on Grand

If, however, at the end of the day, you’d like to retreat to a traditional Irish pub without making your way to Ireland, relax in a replica in the privacy of your own home.

Glen Gallery

Irish eyes can be smiling this St. Patty’s Day and every day by incorporating Irish design in your home!

{what makes paint “green?”}

Everyone’s talking about going “green” and “green” products -and with Earth Day coming up (April 22!), it’s a good time to think about how environmentally friendly common household products are. In this video, Jen shares with us what makes paint environmentally friendly, so no matter which color you choose, your paint will be “green”!

{next year’s design inspiration? think neutral}

Though the new year is still several months away – at this point, you might be more focused on getting through the holidays – experts are already forecasting 2010’s most popular trends in design and décor.  I spoke with Kathy Basil of Hirshfield’s Design Studio last week about what we can expect – and what kind of trends we can implement in our own homes.  She predicts that where 2009 was full of bright, vibrant colors, 2010 will see a shift towards safer neutral tones, and believes this transition may be related to the economic situation.

“Neutrals seem safe in uncertain times,” said Kathy.  “People may not feel comfortable changing their whole room, and neutrals provide a great backdrop to pull in other colors.  If you nail the perfect neutral in your main living space, you can use more adventurous colors in other areas of your home.”

While neutrals – such as Benjamin Moore’s Ashwood – will dominate the main areas of many homes, plums like Autumn Purple, peacock blues and leafy shades such as Terrapin Green will be popular as accent pieces.  Metallics will remain popular, but be more subtle – pearlescent tints rather than pieces reminiscent of mylar or foil.

Neutrals - like Ashwood - are a good base for any room.

Neutrals - like Ashwood - are a good base for any room.

Plum shades like Autumn Purple make great accent colors.

Plum shades like Autumn Purple make great accent colors.

Adding in an accent piece in a bright shade of peacock blue can really spice up a room.

Adding in an accent piece in a bright shade of peacock blue can really spice up a room.

Try a natural, grassy green as an complement to your neutral base.

Try a natural, grassy green as an complement to your neutral base.

Kathy predicts that a desire for safety may influence all realms of design, including furniture and accent pieces, where handmade and reclaimed items – think quilts and heirlooms – will remain popular.  Carpets and rugs also will make a comeback, providing another avenue to make homes cozier.

For walls, wallpaper is the trend to follow.  “Not only does wallpaper look great, especially on accent walls, but it’s extremely user-friendly,” said Kathy.  “You can get removable wallpaper so you can change it out easily and as often as you like.”

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