{friday finds: hirshfield’s favorite sites for design inspiration}

Five Great Places to Find Design Ideas

Design ideas can come from so many places, such as nature, fashion, and music. But, where does one even begin to look for design inspiration online?

There are so many great design sites, and so little time, so we’ve pared the best places to go online to tap your own creative muse. Our team of  interior design experts and staff offer favorite online resources for design inspiration.

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{using the color of contrast}

Decorating with Black and White

Color is such an important part of design that we sometimes forget the power of simple contrasts. Black and white is a classic design theme that refuses to go away, even in a world dominated by a full spectrum of color choices.

The simplicity of black and white belies its complexity. Without multiple hues to choose, shape and texture become more important. Patterns, silhouettes, and interplay rise to the forefront when decorating with black and white.

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{wallcovering wednesday: brewster wallcovering app}

Brewster Home Fashions Wallpaper Finder

“Discover the new way to shop wallpaper for every room in your home.” – Brewster Interior Wallpaper Finder – by Brewster Home Fashions

Offering seemingly endless possibilities and eye-candy galore, this is a must-download app to play around with when decorating your home. The pre-determined categories include:

  • Brands – Find the ‘usual suspects’ from Beacon House & Brewster to Warner Textures and Warner Studios
  • Collections – Think Artiste, Belgian Luxe, Layla, Pandora, and Virtuoso
  • Styles (e.g. kids, masculine and retro) – everything from zebra-striped borders to purple butterfly wallpaper, “Northwoods Lodge” to backgrounds and stripes
  • Product Types – Borders, paintables, wallpaper sidewalls, etc.
  • Themes – Here you’ll find categories such as: “Americana”, “Beach”, “Geometrics” or “Vines”
  • Colors – blacks, metallics, neutrals or pastels are but a few choices

But don’t forget the ubiquitous “Search” function which, in this case, is great fun.

Brewster Wallpaper App

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{wallpaper solutions for your home}

Wallcovering Wednesday: Fabric-Backed Vinyl Wallpaper

Fabric backed vinyl wallpaper is a great solution to many common wallcovering problems. This wallpaper has durable fabric backing and a vinyl surface, which makes it almost invincible. They’re a superhero against dings, scratching, stains and standard wear and tear without being damaged. The benefits of fabric-backed vinyl are virtually endless. They come in many different textures that are just not achievable with paint, they can be easily cleaned with water, soap and even most household cleaning agents without ruining the wallpaper. If your home has wall damage, this wallcovering is great at covering up imperfections.

Fabric-Backed Vinyl

Thibaut’s best-selling fabric-backed vinyl is Bankun Raffia. It adds natural flare to a room in a wide variety of agreeable shades.

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{spring break paint inspirations}

Paint Colors Inspired by Spring Break

It’s spring break season, and if my Facebook friends are any indication, throngs of Midwesterners are heading south to warmer climates and sandy beaches. When you’re at the seashore, it’s wonderful to get away from the hustle and bustle of dreary, blah, cold life here in the Midwest. The warm sunshine, sand between your toes, fresh ocean air—it’s an entirely sensational experience and pretty much the opposite of what we’re dealing with here at home! Even the décor at the beach is different, with bright colors of aqua to coral, and plenty of beach-themed accessories. If you love that vibe, you incorporate it into your décor once you’re home.

When it comes to paint, you can add some pops of “beach” colors into your space. This entryway is full of color and vitality. Perhaps the homeowner, who happens to be from Minnesota, was attracted to these colors after going to the beach?

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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 »

{friday finds: basketball themed décor}

March Madness

College basketball fans love their teams, and March Madness can get intense. A friend of mine scheduled surgery at its onset so he could recover while watching the games. I read an article claiming that lost worker productivity costs companies $1.7 billion during March Madness—although that statistic’s validity has been debated. Either way, March Madness is coming and basketball fans are gearing up for some great action on the court. Bring some of that excitement home with you and try these basketball inspired rooms.

Bedrooms

Younger fans might take their love for basketball and, while they’re still young enough to carry it off, apply it to the décor in their bedrooms.

You can have subtle touches of your basketball theme, implementing accent pieces here and there—an autographed, framed jersey on the wall; a vintage leather basketball; maybe picture frames.

basketball theme rooms

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