{friday finds: 7 easy ways to bring spring into your home}

No matter how mild the winter, it’s still exciting when spring finally arrives and flowers start to bloom. And what better way to celebrate the season than to bring it into your home? Here are some easy ways to spruce up your decor with the colors — and fresh flowers — of the season.

If the Boot Fits

Credit: stephanielynn.com

Credit: stephanielynn.com

April showers bring May flowers, but here’s a creative take on the old theme — rain boots with new blooms. Imagine this country chic arrangement on your porch or just inside your front door. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: vt wonen loves to paint}

vt 12-2013 cover zonder rug en fluo-1

VT Wonen is a fabulous home interiors magazine from the Netherlands. I haven’t seen the magazine in real life, but their on-line presence is outstanding. Great images. They’re not afraid of color. I love how they get a little crazy when they paint.


Painting the ceiling and bringing the color down the wall, creates a cozy feel to a room with high ceilings. Add a couple of pieces of furniture painted in the same color family and you have a one-of-kind look for your room.


Can’t find that perfect rug? Try painting one on your floor. To pull off this look you’ll have to move to a Scandinavian country, paint all your walls white, then paint your floor. You’ll find  more “moody blues” right here and here. Read the rest of this entry »

{friday finds: choose your unique color story with new color collection from Benjamin Moore}

Benjamin Moore has created a new chapter in paint color technology with its most recent color collection, Color Stories. This collection includes eight color palettes that are comprised of a total of 240 colors, making for a truly unique, un-matched color offering.

Benjamin Moore paint Minnesota

Benjamin Moore

Unlike conventional paint formulas, the Color Stories palette includes more than the traditional combination of three pigments and does not use any tints of gray or black. Instead, five to seven pigments are incorporated per color. These colors have a greater clarity, purity and are richer than conventional colors because they are formulated with more pigments in very precise, exacting amounts.

Benjamin Moore paint Minnesota

Fiery Sunset collection

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{bogo: weather king II exterior paint}

Jay LaMotte and Peter Goldsmith hard at work.

Did you get your exterior painting projects finished this summer?

I’m still working on mine; I think we can all use the same excuse; the weather did not cooperate at all. It was too wet, for way too long, then too hot; but these past few weeks have been perfect painting weather.

I called the professionals after I noticed a couple spots starting to pop on the south side of my house. After checking out the house, only the south side needed a new coat of paint, as the rest of the house was still in good shape. (Yeah) The shakes on the house are sixty years old and we waited too long before we painted the last time, and we did not want to make the same mistake. Shame on us.

If you’ve got an exterior painting project you’ve been putting off all summer, now is the time to tackle it! Not only does the cooler weather make for perfect painting conditions, but a buy-one-get-one-free offer from Hirshfield’s doesn’t hurt either!

Our premium quality professional exterior 100% acrylic paint is specially formulated to provide low temperature application and quick curing, resulting in good resistance to early moisture exposure. Gives a mildew resistant coating. Weather King II paint uses the latest advances in 100% acrylic latex waterborne technology, which allows professionals to extend the painting season with confidence.

Features & Benefits
• 100% Acrylic Latex
• Low Temperature Formula – 35º and above
• Dries quickly
• Resistance to rain, snow, dew and fog
• Resistance to roller spatter
• Covers most surfaces in one coat
• Excellent color retention
• Mildew Resitant – treated with mildewcide to protect the paint itself from the growth of mildew
• Resistance to fume staining and attack from garden chemicals


Apple Valley, Coon Rapids, Eden Prairie, Edina, Hudson, Lakeville, Maple Grove, Maplewood, Minneapolis at 325 E. Lake St., Monticello, Rochester, Roseville, St. Cloud, West St. Paul and Woodbury.

Offer good through September 29, 2011.

{friday finds: it’s a paint sale}

{give a can of soup, get a (discounted) can of paint}


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