{how to decorate with pastels}

Friday Finds:  Playing with Pastels

Nothing says spring quite like pastels. The pretty, pale colors of Easter eggs and children’s bedrooms are now on trend for all of us. Pastels are all grown up, with new hues and eye-catching color combinations.

Trending combination of color according to @pantonecolor: Wan blue, pale peach and tender yellow

Images from the September issue of Goodhomes Magazine. Photography by Max Attenborough

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{get into gingham}

Gingham Takes Fashion Home

The theme in this Spring’s fashion runways – from Diane von Furstenberg to Michael Kors to Oscar de la Renta – was the return of the check. From simple, traditional gingham designs to bold, broad checkerboard patterns, designs were fresh and breezy.

Gingham on the Runway – Credit: Trend911.com

How might this be interpreted in your home fashion? Check out some of these interior ideas. Read the rest of this entry »

{how to clean window treatments for spring}

  Spring Cleaning: Freshen Your Window Treatments

There’s nothing like freshly washed windows to announce that Spring – and its beautiful sunlight – is here! Don’t diminish that fresh look with window treatments in need of a good cleaning.

Window coverings can be tremendous dust collectors and need to be cleaned periodically. And no time is better than spring, with its bright light and crisp breeze. Here are some pointers on how to clean your window treatments safely, and with great results.

Modern Home Office by New York Architects & Building Designers Incorporated

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{friday finds: wallcovering inspiration for spring}

Spring Looks from Thibaut

As the world freshens up, thoughts turn to bringing the outdoors inside. With the world starting to bud, it’s time to put away the saturated hues of Winter and embrace the colors of Spring for an on-trend accent wall or room.

Geometric Resource Vol 2 Wallpapwer

Turner is an updated trellis pattern available in eight colorways

 

Thibaut Design’s Geometric Resource 2 wallpapers offer classic motifs executed in everything from soft, understated neutrals to brightly shaded palettes that evoke narcissus and tulips. Updated trellises, simulated studs and even animal prints are executed in two-toned patterns, and many are enhanced by special techniques like flocking, beads and printed grasscloth.

Thibaut Geometric Resources 2

Javan Wallpaper in Neutral

Let Javan bring you animal print neutrals as you’ve rarely seen them, in subtle and surprising hues.

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{inspired by precious metal}

Friday Finds: Metallic Wallcoverings Bring Out The Glamour

Gold. Silver. Bronze. Precious metals to add glamour and drama to any home through the popularity of metallic wallcoverings. “Metallics can create a depth and a dimension that I don’t think you can achieve any other way, besides with the real deal,” says Kathy Basil, Hirshfield’s Design Resource Showroom Manager. “We’ve been seeing metallics for a couple years,” she says, “but it’s not just the high-end anymore. It’s across the board.”

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Phillip Jeffries Ltd. – Natalie Kraiem Interiors

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{wonderful window treatments}

Window Treatment Wednesday: Hirshfield’s Designers Pick Our Favorites

With the days growing longer and temperatures getting warmer, it’s the time of year to throw open the windows and let in the fresh air. And while enjoying that spring breeze, it’s fair to daydream about new window treatments. In fact, some of our Hirshfield’s window treatment experts from around Minnesota are here to help you out with some of their favorites.

Roman Shades

Horizons Roman Shade

Roman Shades from Horizons Window Fashions

Roz from Hirshfield’s in Alexandria loves Roman Shades. “I like that they can be very versatile from fun and modern to traditional,” she says. “There are so many different styles to choose from so you can always find one that suits the space.” Read the rest of this entry »

{on the road again}

Visit Us In St. Cloud and Alexandria

If spring is on your mind and Home Shows are on your agenda, there are two more opportunities to

Hirshfield's Alexandria Staff

Staff from Hirshfield’s | Blind Factory Alexandria

visit us this weekend. Hirshfield’s has booths at the St. Cloud Home Show, March 6-8, and the Alexandria Home & Garden Show, March 7-8.

These shows offer an exciting opportunity to discuss design ideas with our staff, and check out some of our favorite displays.

“We are hoping people will stop by and chat with our experts and get to know our staff,” says Diane Hanson, of Hirshfield’s Blind Factory in Alexandria. “Since combining The Blind Factory with Hirshfields Paint in July, many of our customers still do not realize the merger has taken place and that we are in a stronger position to assist them.”

The Alexandria booth will showcase some of our fabulous window treatments, a display from Benjamin Moore with color trends for  2015, and a chair that we repurposed using the Cottage Paint process.

The St. Cloud booth will also showcase Hirshfield’s private label window treatments, Hirshfield’s Paint (Made in Minnesota), and Cottage Paint. Both locations are giving away a $50 Hirshfield’s gift card each day so you’ll want to stop by and register for an opportunity to win. Read the rest of this entry »

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