{window treatment wednesday: how to add privacy}

Add privacy to your home by using window treatments.

Your home is a place of solace and safety. You should feel secure in the privacy it provides. Shannon, the Hirshfield’s Shop at Home resident window treatment expert, shares tips on how to select these window treatments that will add to the privacy of your home.

Window Treatments for Privacy

Window treatments in a bathroom are a necessity, but the great thing is that they can be functional and good looking at the same time.  Most bathrooms typically have one window (above a tub or somewhere at the end of the long bathroom by the toilet). When I think of bathrooms, I think of wood tones, natural stones and a relatively neutral space.  There is typically a lot going on in a bathroom with vanities, toilets, flooring, showers, etc.  We try to create the walls as though they belong without breaking the space up more.  This leaves us to create a more dramatic window treatment.

Roman Shades in a bathroom are a perfect solution.  The liner allows for privacy and then we can be bold or graphic on the fabric.  With an outside mount Roman Shade you can create the illusion of a larger window, but installing it higher and wider than the actual window.  If pattern is too much, go for a neutral that complements your décor, but adds an element of texture or depth to the color.    Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: kanthas}

An Indian Summer

Look what Greg brought back from market; beautiful, one-of-a kind, handmade throws called Kanthas.

Kantha refers to a running stitch, or stitched motif, on vintage cotton saris, or other pieces of worn cotton textiles which can no longer be used as clothing. The kantha is pieced, layered, stitched, and is very similar to a thin quilt. Kanthas are embroidered by women from West Bengal, India and Bangladesh; and like American quilts, they are made for special celebrations, such as a birth, wedding, and other special occasions.

A kantha is one of those versatile pieces that can move from room to room:

  • In the bedroom, it can be folded at the end of a bed
  • Use as a bed spread
  • I just saw a headboard and chair covered in a suzani;  you could do the same with a kantha.
  •  Draped on the arm of your sofa, chair, or pouf in a family room or living room
  • If your room is looking a little too matchy-matchy, a kantha would add that “unexpected”
  • Cushion covers for your patio furniture
  • Pillows
  • Perfect for napping.*

Stop by Hirshfield’s showroom if you’re interested in these one-of-a-kind originals; a great gift idea for a special person.

*TACTILE ALERT: Because the fabric is worn, the fabric hand, or the way the fabric feels to the touch, is so incredibly soft and smooth. If you’re a tactile person you know what I’m talking about.

{bits & pieces: and the winner is…rivets}

Interior Design Magazine Best of Year Awards
Category: Wallcovering
Rivets – Phillip Jeffries

Congratulations to Phillip Jeffries on their award and the recognition they received from the design community. Job well done.

Finalists were selected by qualified interior designers and architects via an online vote during a two-week period in October, and category winners were determined by a jury of leading architects and designers. The presentation of awards were Thursday, December 1, 2011. It is worth noting, Phillip Jeffries had two nominations up for the BOY Award: Rivets and Geology.

Rivets and Geology

Adding another dimension to wallcoverings is the RIVETS collection. Hand crafted by artisans, a raised relief pattern made with pearlized inks is hand applied to our natural Manila Hemp, Glazed Abaca, Linen and Jute wallcoverings to create the look and feel of authentic nail heads. Strong and bold, this pattern of 11.3” squares is available in nine unique color combinations that are truly riveting!

What do you think of the pattern? I would use the paper on a focal or accent wall in a dining room, living room, or bedroom.

  Hirshfield’s Design Resource carries the complete Phillip Jeffries line. You can also find Phillip Jeffries at some of our retail locations, but please call first and verify the books they have on hand.

Images: Phillip Jeffries, Phillip Jeffries, Tilton Fenwick, Tilton FenwickKirsten Kelli, Phillip Jeffries, Phillip Jeffries

{customer appreciation}

We want our customers to have a good experience at Hirshfield’s. Sometimes we get it right, sometimes not so right. Last week two Hirshfield’s customers took time to write a thank you to Jim (Robbinsdale) and Kathy (Hirshfields’s Design Resource Showroom.)  Expertise and customer service are what impressed these two customers.

Store Manager:

At your store this morning, I was assisted by Jim in choosing/matching a paint color that I tried to identify with my own, very old color chip. Not only did he succeed in matching my sample color chip and mixing the paint I needed, but he met this customer’s needs with efficiency, patience, and just enough cordial interaction to help this spur-of-the moment customer feel comfortable. That is customer service that as an asset to your store as well as the “down home” reputation of Robbinsdale. 

With much appreciation,


Hi Kathy,

Just a note to say thanks once again for your help with (our) exterior paint choice. You certainly know what you are doing. We LOVE the new house color! My life has been so much better since I met you.


Thanks for the notes, G and Sue. We are grateful you chose Hirshfield’s and we appreciate your business.

{shady deals}

Silver Leaf and Gold Leaf combo with glass bubbles/baubles.

Birdcage chandelier

Turquoise lamp

Lollipop Red lantern with Gold Accent Leaf.

Chain floor lamp

The base is a reversed glazed process with a linen shade/cotton lining.

The design studio has some fabulous new pieces when it comes to lighting. Here are a few lanterns, chandeliers, and lamps available at the Design Resource Showroom. The styles and finishes are all over the board from gold and silver leaf, dark metal, to delicate and whimsy.  The staff favorite is the “bauble chandelier.”

This comes from Candice Olson on the importance of good lighting:

It doesn’t matter how much time, energy or money you put into a project. If the lighting is wrong you’ve wasted it all. Layering your lighting — overhead, accent, low-level — is vital in order for the room to reach its full potential.

She was also asked: If someone had a $1,000 dollars to spend on a room in their house what should they do?

Dimmer switches! I cannot stress their value enough. They can totally change the character of a room.

The Smithsonian Museum also feels strongly about the dimmer switch. Last year they accepted a donation of dimmer switches for the Natural Museum of American History.

Stop by and take a look at the new lighting and other ab-fab pieces that keep showing up on the floor. The design studio is open 8:30-5:00, Monday – Friday.

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