{interior decorating: when to save and when to splurge}

Interior decorating is fun. But it can also be expensive. If you start to redo a room, it feels like the budget is never big enough for all the things you dream up. So, where should you splurge, and just as importantly, where can you save? Kathy Basil is the manager of our Hirshfield’s Design Studio, and she has some great advice: “I do my investment piece first, and then I work from there.” Every room is different, but for a living room, Kathy suggests starting with the rug and the main piece of furniture — and saving on accessories.

When To Splurge

“You have a budget, and you spend it where you need to spend it and you save it where you need to save it, but every room, in my opinion needs to have an investment piece. Or a couple, if you can.”

“I want a great rug,” she says, “and I’m going to spend some money on this rug, because if I buy an inexpensive Olefin rug (made with a polypropylene fiber), it’s going to look good for a few months, and then it’s going to compact and collect every bit of dust around it. And it’s going to stop looking good, and I’m not going to be happy.”

Vanguard Furniture at Hirshfield's

Vanguard Furniture available at Hirshfield’s Design Studio

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{friday finds: easy decorating tips for the holidays}

7 Ways to Warm Up Your Home for the Holidays

Holiday gatherings and parties with family and friends are a sure way to warm up even the coldest winter nights in the Midwest. And, for a host, it can also mean an opportunity to highlight your creative side. Decorating for the holidays can be a fun way to express your personality as well as embrace the season.

With the holidays fast approaching, here are 7 easy decorating tips for the holidays.

Embellish A Wreath

A simple can of white spray paint can turn an old holiday wreath into a winter wonderland. Don’t be shy and spray the entire wreath in a well-ventilated area, of course.

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{what color should i paint my room?}

Benjamin Moore’s Design by What Matters Inspires Color Selection

You’re painting a room in your house and you’re not sure what color or colors you should use. You’ve read magazines, spent hours on Pinterest, friends and relatives have opinions and your head is swirling. You’re stuck. So you head to the paint store to ask the experts, “what color should I paint my room?” The question is impossible, because paint color is so personal, even emotional. You ultimately take home some paint chips to imagine what they might look like in your space. This too is a dicey proposition. Maybe the actual color looks terrific splashed up on your walls, maybe it’s a nightmare. Well, painter, the folks at Benjamin Moore have made it easier with a new online personality quiz designed to help you pick colors that agree with your preferences and lifestyle.

Courtesy of designbywhatmatters.com

Courtesy of designbywhatmatters.com

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{friday finds: august color of the month}

Color of the Month: I’m a Local | Hirshfield’s 0863

August’s Color of the Month is a great looking yellow with a fabulous name: 0863 I’m a Local. This yellow has life and warmth; it’s bold but not glaring. A range of yellows:  mustard, goldenrod, and dijon,  brighten and relax a room without feeling chaotic. Not too bright, not too pale, it’s the perfect yellow.

This pleasant color goes well with the cool and warm shades of gray that are not going anywhere quite yet. I’ve seen it shown as a wall color, but it seems to be trending more as an accent color. Trim on a drapery, a splash of color in a piece of artwork, and on statement pieces like sofas or side chairs.



0862 I'm a local

Color of the Month



Thibaut Geometrics

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{window treatment wednesday: treatments paired with shutters}

Pair window drapes and shutters for a unique window treatment.

I saw this quote from Minnesota’s Charles Schulz and it made me chuckle: “Decorate your home. It gives the illusion that your life is more interesting than it really is.”

In all seriousness, though, we tend to have goals or visions in mind when we’re decorating our homes. Perhaps we want spaces in our home to be beautiful, impressive, warm, comforting, sophisticated, or playful. The space you’re putting together includes the windows and window treatments, which can influence a room’s atmosphere.

In some spaces, there are plantation shutters in place, but homeowners want to add another element to the window. Hirshfield’s window coverings expert Shannon Scarrella says that usually shutters are paired with drapes to add an aesthetic touch. “Shutters are for function—they control light, sun and privacy. Drapes, typically stationary side panels, add softness to a room or provide a decorative element.”

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{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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{window treatment wednesday: celebrity style}

Window Shades of the Stars

When we’re thinking of redecorating, remodeling or changing something in our home, sometimes we need a little inspiration. At times that comes from magazines, home remodeling shows, our favorite furniture store, or online—maybe even stargazing at celebrities’ homes via photos on the Internet.

Here are some celebrities’ former homes and lessons we can take from their window treatments. Shannon Scarrella, a Minneapolis window coverings expert at Hirshfield’s, has some insight to share about these stars’ windows.

#2 Katy Perry. Scarrella liked that the window treatment was darker than the walls and added some drama to the room, but thought the drapery rod should have been either extended or made shorter to line up with the window. Read the rest of this entry »


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