{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 »

{window treatment wednesday: sheer summer}

The perfect sheer window treatments for summer.

I am crazy excited for summer to get here. Like Olaf, the snowman from the movie Frozen, I dream about summer, hot sand and “getting gorgeously tanned.” I want to embrace every sunny day and be outside as much as possible. I think that’s one reason sheers are a popular Midwest window coverings choice—they let the sun in.

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{window treatment wednesdays: sliding doors}

Long-Vue from the Sienna Honeycomb Collection

Long-Vue from the Sienna Honeycomb Collection

Window treatment solutions for sliding doors is tricky business. Fashion and functionality can combine with solutions from Hirshfield’s. Shannon, the Hirshfield’s Shop at Home resident window treatment expert, shares how to stay stylish while controlling light and allowing functionality with window treatments for difficult to fit sliding doors.

Ask yourself these questions before selecting a window treatment

How often do you use the door? If the door is connected to a deck, chances are you use that door often in the summertime. Consider putting a window treatment that can traverse across a track. Options include Luminette, Verticals, Skyline Sliding Panels, Averte Natural Drape, Vertiglide or Long-Vue sliding cellular.

When the product is raised, is there enough room for you or someone taller to walk out the door without ducking? There are many shade styles that will raise, lower and come large enough for a patio door. Some styles that work well are roller or honeycomb shades.

How much room do you have to stack product, either above the patio door or to the side? The “stack” of a window treatment refers to the amount of space the treatment takes up when it is fully opened. The stack of a blind, for example, is the measurement from the top of the headrail down to the bottom of the blind when the blind is fully lifted to the top of the window. By knowing this, the experts at Hirshfield’s can help determine if a product will fit properly. It will also allow us to determine if product will stack on the window or off. Read the rest of this entry »

{window treatment wednesday: tips for summer}

Summer window treatments for energy efficiency.

summer window treatmentsSummer is upon us and utility bills are rising simultaneously with the hotter temperatures. As much as 50 percent of heating and cooling can be lost through the windows in a home. There are window treatments that will help keep some of the hot sun and damaging UV rays out of your home, while keeping the cool air in. Shannon, the Hirshfield’s Shop at Home resident window treatment expert, shares how to save money with these tips. Read the rest of this entry »

{kim yeager’s inspiration rubs off on roseville}

I have been taking a lot of side roads to work lately, as 35W has been a parking lot in the mornings. One morning I passed a house and there was a piece of furniture at the end of the driveway. I thought nothing of it. The next day I drove past the same house and it was still there. This time, I slowed to look at the item. It was intriguing. It wasn’t until I saw Kim Yeager’s presentation on the Art of Junk that I realize..I needed that old TV stand.

The next morning, Shop at Home employees, Dawn and Emily, went to pick up the piece, and both were a little nervous as they have never picked up treasures off the curb. They went up to the door and asked the homeowner if they could have it. He was more than happy to see it go and probably had a good laugh watching them load it into the vehicle.

Once back at the showroom, we consulted with Ashley, the store manager of Rosedale, what prep we needed to get our new stand ready to be painted. He recommended a light sanding with fine sandpaper and Wil-Bond to help clean the piece. Typically with Wil-Bond, you are to top coat within a half an hour, but Emily and I didn’t realize that the odor was going to be so strong. We eventually stopped using the Wil-Bond and wiped the furniture piece down with a clean rag. I’d suggest using the Kleanstrip Deglosser which we now carry in the stores.

Next step, prime. Ashley primed the piece outside using B-i-n Shellac-Based spray primer. Once primed and dried we were on to the fun part; the transformation. Picking out a color was actually easier than any of us expected. We looked at a few paint samples (lime green, purples and teals) and realized we were drawn towards blue-greens. We chose Hirshfield’s 0683 Joyful Tears. It was intense enough, but not too dark. The product used was Hirshfield’s Heavy Duty Eggshell. We were so happy with the color, that we were nervous to apply the finishing top coats for fear that we would mess it up. But then we remembered that this is just paint and if we didn’t like the finished look, we could always paint over it.

We chose to dry brush a brown color (Hirshfield’s 0557 Evermore to be exact) over the top of the paint. After we dry brushed the brown, we used a cotton rag and took off some of the brown paint. This helped to create a vintage feel to the piece. After the brown came the finishing touch…metallic! I believe that every painted piece of furniture deserves a little metal to help finish it off. We used Modern Masters color Antique Bronze. We used the same technique as the brown for applying the color. Instead of applying the metallic everywhere, we highlighted the wood detailing on the doors and applied some metallic to the edges of the piece. And believe it or not, the hardware is the original hardware from the piece. We are all in love with our new piece! One person’s trash is another person’s treasure!

Submitted by Shannon Scarrella, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home

{window treatment thursday: minneapolis municipal building}

Wedding at Minneapolis Municipal building

Rotunda

Being in the Window Treatment Industry is an exciting and challenging career.  You see all types of homes and businesses and meet lots of interesting people.

I receive great satisfaction when I am able to help a customer find the perfect window treatment.  Over the 20+  years in this business I have many window treatment jobs that I remember in great detail. Some of those were memorable because it was a challenge to find the right product for the customer.

Recently I had one of my favorite appointments ever: the City of Minneapolis Municipal Building.  On this call, I didn’t need to help the client choose window treatments, I simply had to match the existing metal blinds. I have lived in the Twin Cities all of my life and have never been inside this building.  It is an historically significant landmark and absolutely beautiful inside.  I was even more impressed with the people who work at the Municipal Building for the care they give the building and the pride they have in preserving it.  Instead of me trying to create something uniquely wonderful for their windows, I had an easy job. But the experience certainly opened my eyes to the beauty and history of their building.  If you get the chance, a visit to the City of Minneapolis Municipal Building is a must do.  It is a true “gem” in downtown Minneapolis.

Guest post by Bonnie West, designer with Hirshfield’s Shop at Home

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Photos courtesy of http://www.municipalbuildingcommission.org/

{employee feature: Andrea Mandel}

We’ve got more employee spirit coming your way! This week we’re featuring Andrea Mandel, a member of our Shop At Home team. Andrea has been with us for 24 years! Get to know her a little better in today’s feature! You can check out the other employee features here.

Andrea Mandel
Designer
Hirshfield’s Shop At Home

What is your favorite part about working at Hirshfield’s: Family atmosphere among the employees. Also the loyalty the company has to our customers.

What is your favorite Hirshfield’s product: The variety of window treatment options we offer and the great decorative fabrics.

What are some of your hobbies outside of work: Camping, scrap booking and trying new recipes.

Do you have a favorite home improvement memory: When I was 14, my mom and I redecorated my bedroom. I was given the opportunity to select a theme. Since the red shag carpet was not going to change,  I  created a rainbow room. We found rainbow bedding, added rainbow ribbon to the bottom of plain white roller shades and made fabric balloons to hang on the wall. It was  my first adventure in a room makeover and led me to a career in interior design.

Best advice for someone thinking of tackling a home improvement project: Carefully crafted home improvement projects can be exciting and satisfying. However, it is important to match the scope of the changes to the resources available without sacrificing quality. Working with a designer provides the advantage of experience that enables the homeowner to realize improvements that will provide long-term satisfaction within their budget.

What is something your coworkers might not know about you: I played a form of hockey for girls called Ringette. I even had the opportunity to travel to Canada to play in a tournament.

How would you describe the “Hirshfield’s spirit”: My goal is to provide service and products that will ensure long term trusting relationships with my customer. The Hirshfields Spirit has encouraged me in achieving this goal.

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