{window treatment wednesday: meet the Hirshfield’s experts}

Designer spotlight on Becky Eggers.

Hirshfield's window treatment expert Becky Eggers

Becky Eggers is a Hirshfield’s window treatment expert.

I’m in awe of people who have a natural eye for design. You know the type—they can walk into a house and know exactly what colors would look perfect here, what accessories would add just the right pop there, how to reuse an item from one room to pull a look together elsewhere in the home. It’s amazing!

Hirshfield’s Becky Eggers has both a natural eye for design plus years of expertise, starting with a degree in textile and design. She’s been with Hirshfield’s for more than 30 years, working in sales and design resource, in addition to planning and managing two of Hirshfield’s décor departments. You can find Becky at Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom where she runs the designer program for Window Fashions. Becky works with designers and their clients in the selection of window treatments; having Hunter Douglas products is a great addition to the product offerings at the design showroom.

Her area of expertise is hard window treatments. “I always ask our customers about what’s important to them regarding their window treatment selection,” says Eggers. “What’s important—function or aesthetics? Do they need room darkening, privacy, options that block UV rays, or something that provides a design detail? Maybe it’s a combination of both design and function.”

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{highly patriotic colors: president’s day}

Patriotic colors for President’s Day.

You don’t have to save your patriotic style for Independence Day. Whether you decide to use some red, white and blue for the 4th of July, President’s Day, Memorial Day or throughout the year, there’s something about the colors that make you feel festive and energetic—like summer is right around the corner—even when it’s snowy and blustery outside.

There are many ways you can incorporate a patriotic color palette into your home’s décor, whether it’s going all out with the theme or with nods here and there in smaller doses.

One way to use color is, of course, with paint. Hirshfield’s offers a plethora of colors as well as superior paint advice in the Midwest. If you’re looking to make a fun, energy-infusing change to your home’s atmosphere, you can get wet paint samples and try out the color first. Some fun ideas for themes include a red accent wall, like the one in this living room:

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{valentine’s day decorating with radiant orchid}

Radiant Orchid decorations for Valentine’s Day.

You take this year’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid. Then you take this week’s holiday, Valentine’s Day. Put them together and you have the perfect excuse to add a pop of fresh color to your décor while trying out a new look in your home.

Depending on your desire for change and your home’s current style, you can add a little touch of Radiant Orchid or go for a more dramatic effect. The color is in the purple-pink family and goes well with neutrals, particularly creams, grays and taupe. Pantone also recommends combining Radiant Orchid with turquoise, teal, light yellow, and even darker greens such as olive and hunter green. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: solar shades}

Maintain views with screen shades.

We Midwesterners love our views. Whether we’re admiring nature—lakes, trees, wetlands, streams or fields, or skylines, we appreciate and want to maximize those beautiful vistas. But we also need the features of window treatments, which provide protection from the sun’s glare and help insulate our spaces. One option that can maintain views and keep out the sun is solar shade window treatments, also called screen shades.

“In Minnesota, land of 10,000 lakes, we have such beautiful views, we want to be able to maintain those views throughout the year,” says Shannon Scarrella, a Minneapolis window coverings expert at Hirshfield’s. “Screen shades offer a variety of openness percentages that allow us to select the best option for our room. While they’re not created for privacy, depending on what openness is selected dictates how much ‘privacy’ we can expect to receive.”

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{hirshfield’s top 10 blogs of 2013}

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As the year wraps up, I’m looking forward to the year ahead and the adventures that are in store. But before I do, I’m also looking back at 2013, reflecting on what I’ve learned, my personal successes and challenges, to better position myself for growth in 2014.

This is also a great opportunity to look at the Hirshfield’s blogs that readers most enjoyed over the past year, what blogs spoke to you and helped you, on topics regarding interior paint tips or about window coverings. We covered many, many topics—here are your top favorites from 2013. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: creating a hypoallergenic environment}

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Window Treatment Wednesday: Creating a Hypoallergenic Environment

Just a few years ago I developed seasonal allergies. What a pain—the itchy eyes, stuffiness, blowing nose—not fun to deal with. I never thought about how my window treatments could make my allergies worse or better until I heard about the topic from Minneapolis window coverings expert Shannon Scarrella.

Shannon explained that because mold and dust are some of the worst allergens in our homes, the right window treatment can make a big difference. Although any material can attract dust, products that are easier to clean are your best bet if you have allergies. Read the rest of this entry »

{expert color advice: how color is affected by light}

Looking at color with light.

It’s very important when choosing color that you look at it in all different light scenarios. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color knows what it takes to decide which color will be right for you. Follow these expert tips so you don’t regret your color choice.

Choosing Color

Have you decided on a color and by nightfall, you’re regretting your decision? There’s a word for that: metamerism. Metamerism means that colors seem to change under different light conditions. That’s why testing is key! Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: thibaut wallpaper sale}

Thibaut Wallpaper is on sale starting Monday, September 16 thru Monday, September 30.

Thibaut has it all. Grasses, florals, toiles, geometrics, textures, funky novelty patterns to historic reproductions. Great coloring combined with distinctive patterns and great price points makes Thibaut a popular choice. Established in 1886 Thibaut (pronounced Tee-Bo) is the nation’s oldest continuously operating wallpaper firm.

We’re super excited to have a Thibaut Wallpaper sale. Two weeks only! The wallpaper sale is 35% off the retail price on all Thibaut  Wallpapers, plus freight  from the factory.

Not all Hirshfield’s locations carry Thibaut books, so make a call before you make a trip to the store. Also, if there is a particular book you want to look at, call  the store and make certain the book hasn’t been checked out.

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The South Sea pattern in Resort was taken from an old Thibaut chinoiserie pattern called Monte Carlo, and simplified in silhouette. The images are from 18th century French artist Jean Baptiste who created drawings of fantasy, far east, scenes of pagodas, palms and Asian scenes.

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{expert color advice: test boards}

Benefits of sampling paint colors on test boards.

Paint color can transform and revitalize your home. Color expert Kate Smith from Sensational Color realizes this and uses color to engage and create welcoming home environments. Kate advises sampling your paint first to ensure the color creates the desired effect. Rather than painting directly on the wall, use test boards to avoid regrettable painting mistakes.

Advantages of using a test board:

  1. Avoid time constraints. A test board allows you to paint colors without the obvious markings on your wall. You may have time set aside to paint your walls completely, but unexpected commitments may require you to stray from your unfinished wall. Avoid obvious signs of the incomplete project by keeping ideas scaled down to test boards.
  2. Ability to move. A test board has the advantage of movement. Test the paint in multiple lighting situations by transferring the test board around the room. Sample all situations. View the test board paint behind draperies, behind the couch, in corners, next to windows, and all surface areas. This will give you an idea if colors contrast or complement.
  3. Shopping partner. Once you have dutifully selected the perfect paint color, you can bring the color to the store with you to partner with other items. The test board gives you a realistic impression of the color in your room, rather than a paint swatch that may not match the dried color in actuality. Transform the room from drab to fab with coordinating accessories that will highlight your carefully selected color choice.

Have you used a test board? Were your resulting color choices surprising?

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.

{inspiration rooms: master bedrooms}

You probably spend more time in your bedroom than any other room in your home.  Yet, many people neglect the design and feel of their bedrooms. Here is some inspiration to get you thinking outside those four plain white walls.

Candace Olson/HGTV

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