{gifts for mom from Hirshfield’s}

“A mother’s love is the fuel that enables a normal human being to do the impossible.”
– Marion C. Garretty, quoted in A Little Spoonful of Chicken Soup for the Mother’s Soul

Moms give us strength, encouragement and a loving place to call home. The least we can do in return is show our appreciation on Mother’s Day!

The team at Hirshfield’s paint in the Twin Cities and surrounding area knows that moms do a lot inside and outside the home to keep things running, organized and looking beautiful. So why not offer her a little reprieve or assistance with these tasks this Mother’s Day?

A Hirshfield’s gift card allows mom pick out the right paint, stain and/or window coverings to create the living space she has always dreamed of. And like they say, a gift card is always the right size!

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Wall: Hirshfield’s Millennium line: Still Creek

Mom might also like to be treated to a Hirshfield’s color call. Whether she is looking for a fresh coat of paint on the interior or exterior of her home, a Hirshfield’s color professional can come out for an in-home color consultation to help her select the perfect color. To read more about how a color call works, check out our blogs on Hirshfield’s Color Calls and Painting your Home’s Exterior.

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Dining room background is 0401 Bamboo Forest and 0634 Day Spa is the accent color. Bachman’s Fall Ideas House 2011.

Happy Mother’s Day from the team at Hirshfield’s. And if there are any moms out there reading this post, we would like to honor you with the Mom’s Opera Saga! (And feel free to send this blog link along to your family members as a “hint, hint” for gift ideas!)

{decorating with florals}

Mother’s Day is coming up on May 8th. You could get mom the requisite bouquet of flowers that will look magnificent on the dining room table for a week or so, but will eventually start to wilt … or you could instead present her with a beautifully decorated room inspired by her favorite flowers.

But don’t go thinking a room decorated with florals has to look old-fashioned or antique-y. Large floral patters in bold colors tend to take on a more modern, artsy vibe. Consider playing with scale and placing a large, bold print on a small area rug or throw pillow.

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Conversely, if you think mom is looking for a more vintage, feminine look, work with smaller floral patterns. Mix different pattern sizes and colors for a fun, eclectic look.

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For a simple, do-it-yourself project, frame some photos of flowers that you purchased or took yourself. You could even frame some scraps of floral wallpaper. Create a grouping on the wall and you’ll have a real work of art to present to mom.

House to Home

When using floral wallpaper, it is important to understand pattern repeats — the vertical distance, in inches, from one point on a design until it starts over again. Busy repeats (six inches or less) can be intense, so they’re often best for covering just a single wall. Larger repeats (12 inches or more) are less dramatic, so they can cover four walls and still feel subtle.

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Osborne and Little-available at Hirshfield's Design Resource and select Hirshfield's stores

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Another great Mother’s Day gift would be the gift of a Hirshfield’s Color Call – Let a Hirshfield’s color expert help you determine the perfect color for your space. Here is what one happy customer had to say about their Hirshfield’s Color Call:

Hi Kim,
David and I wanted to let you know we recently completed our painting project with the colors you selected. We just love it! The house feels so much warmer and up-to-date. You made it all so easy…We never would have been able to do this on our own. Thank you so much.

Happy Mother’s Day!!!

{memories of mom}

Making rolls with Gramoran

I’ve never met a baked treat I didn’t like. Perhaps that’s because growing up in my family of 14 kids, our Mom’s love language was baking. And my fondest memories are of us together in the kitchen of our small home.

I have memories of sitting on the counter watching her rolling out dough for her famous cinnamon rolls, pouring pan after pan of fudge each Christmas and mixing the massive dough for her 10 dozen chocolate chip cookie recipe. She used a giant silver bowl (think industrial size!) and when I picture that tiny kitchen that produced such great things, I can see us there perfectly, and almost smell those delightful creations.

Passing on the baking tradition to my daughter

Now, as a mother of three, I am passing on those same traditions with my own children. At Christmas we fill our modern day kitchen counters with pans just waiting to receive the warm fudge – made just like Mom’s. As “Gramoran” to 35, she has “passed the bowl” so to speak, teaching her grandchildren how to painstakingly roll out the dough to make dozens of pans of her famous cinnamon rolls and how to make the Christmas fudge.

And even though my cookie recipe doesn’t make quantities over 100, I still use her recipe, my own version of the giant bowl and bake them on her 50+ year-old cookie sheet, that is imprinted perfectly with a template of 20 cookie circles from years of use.

It doesn’t matter if I’m in my large, modern kitchen or reliving memories of the tiny yet productive kitchen of my youth, these baking memories will outlast tangible spaces. And thankfully, the beautiful traditions will live on through my own children for years to come.

What rooms, colors, scents or sounds remind you of your mom? We would love to hear them! Please share in the comments section!

Gramoran making rolls with grandson, Dave

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