{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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{window treatment wednesday: award-winning window treatments}

Hunter Douglas Plantation Shutters

Hunter Douglas took home the 2014 WCMA (Window Covering Manufacturers Award) Product of the Year for the 14th straight year, this time for their Heritance® Hardwood Shutters Collection. Nationally acclaimed design experts deemed this line as “an energizer for the manufacturer’s existing line of shutters and for the shutters category in general – with refreshed colors and updated frame designs that complement window trim.”

At Hirshfield’s, we have the largest selection of Hunter Douglas window treatments in Minnesota with 17 showrooms featuring their premiere collection of blinds and shades. Hunter Douglas products are also available at Hirshfield’s stores in West Fargo, North Dakota and Eau Claire, Wisconsin. Their exquisite plantation style shutters are what we’re excited about this season.

Hunter Douglas Shutters

Hunter Douglas


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{wallpaper trends for your home}

Wallcovering Wednesday: Wallpaper Trends

Wallpaper is big. It’s not just for your grandparent’s 100 year-old cottage, or for that antique store around the corner. Wallpaper is modern, fun, young and trending. Kathy Basil from Hirshfield’s design studio realizes that not only is it trending, but it’s become a necessary addition to your home. Wallcoverings are flying off the shelves and onto feature walls, half bathrooms, children’s rooms, master bedrooms and anywhere you want a little charm and bold personality.

The patterns Basil sees in the spotlight are ones with a floral flare and intense texture. Designers are going bold.  Eden Verbena from Romo’s Black Edition takes the popularity award. It’s beautiful Monet-like flowers are great for a space with fun atmosphere.

“In one pattern, Eden describes a whole trend. It’s large scale, playful, floral, not too serious, modified, even hippie.”

Wallcovering Trends

Eden Wallcovering Verbena

Romo Black Edition

Romo Black Edition

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{window treatment wednesday: window coverings for your sunroom}

How to add privacy to your sunroom with window treatments.

This time of year, most of us crave sunshine. We want to feel warmth on our skin, sunshine on our faces, light in our world. That’s one reason sunrooms are so popular. But at times you may want some privacy in that space, so it’s good to be aware of what window coverings work in a sunroom.

“The biggest consideration is whether the sunroom is used throughout all four seasons or not,” says Shannon Scarrella, a window coverings expert from Hirshfield’s. “We have many customers that do not heat their sunrooms in the winter months, or instead of windows they have screens—not operable windows with glass. The other question is what is the room used for? A TV viewing room is different than a reading room or eating space.

How homeowners use the space is key—that determines privacy needs versus a desire for a clear view—as well as what direction the windows face. Read the rest of this entry »

{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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{baseball bedroom ideas}

Bedroom ideas for the baseball fan.

Today we’re thinking about diamonds—but not the precious gems. We’re discussing baseball diamonds as the season’s opening day approaches. If you have a baseball fan in your house, here are some ways you can reflect their love for the sport in your home.


This room uses a bold paint choice for the bunk beds and baseball themed linens to carry out its theme. The sheets, pillowcases and accent pillows add a touch of the sport without being overwhelming. The bats and balls by the window are a nice touch—you can easily imagine the kids who live here grabbing them and running outside to play catch.

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