{creating a safe home}

While it can be hard to protect our children 100% of the time when they’re out playing or at school, there are things we can do at home to make sure we are creating a safe environment for our kids.

Window Coverings
Windows serve more that just an aesthetic purpose in your home. They are also an important safety feature. The Window Covering Safety Council (WCSC) recommends homeowners and renters replace all window coverings in the home made before 2001 with today’s safer products, including cordless window coverings. Hirshfield’s offers a variety cordless options for your home that will fit right into your home’s design and safety needs. The LiteRise system allows you raise and lower your shades or blinds with just the touch of a finger and eliminates any dangling cords in your home. LiteRise is available on several Hunter Douglas window fashions.

safe window coverings

Duette Top-Down Bottom-Up with LiteRise

Paint Disposal
Paint should be kept out of the hands of young children not only for safety reasons but also so you don’t end up with a mess! Store your paint well out of reach of children and follow these tips for proper storage and disposal of paint:

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{Hirshfield’s Earth Day giveaway!}

Earth Day is  April 22 – a day to celebrate Earth and support environmental programs. Earth Day is the largest civic event in the world, celebrated simultaneously around the globe by people of all backgrounds, faiths and nationalities.  More than a billion people participate in Earth Day activities every year.

Hirshfield’s is helping to celebrate Earth Day right here in the Twin Cities with a giveaway of two of their favorite environmentally friendly products; Benjamin Moore Natura® Zero-VOC Interior Paint and Smart Strip™ Paint Removal System.

Benjamin Moore Natura® Zero-VOC Interior Paint
Ideally suited for residential applications. Unlike conventional zero-VOC paints, Natura remains zero-VOC even after tinting, which means it remains virtually odorless regardless of color.

Smart Strip™ Paint Removal System
This is a 100% biodegradable, water-based paint stripper that is extremely effective for removing multiple layers of architectural and industrial coatings from virtually all interior/exterior surfaces such as wood, brick, metal, concrete, stone, plaster, fiberglass, etc. Smart Strip™ does not contain methylene chloride, any caustics, or toxic chemicals. It is odor-free and safe for the environment.

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{friday finds: decorating with green}

Everyone’s Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated on March 17, the saint’s religious feast day and the anniversary of his death in the fifth century. The Irish have observed this day as a religious holiday for over 1,000 years – giving us lots of traditions and inspiration to draw from!

For example, some St. Patrick’s Day traditions and symbols include:

  • The shamrock: The shamrock was chosen Ireland’s national emblem because of the legend that St. Patrick had used it to illustrate the doctrine of the Trinity.
  • Leprechauns: The name leprechaun comes from the old Irish word “luchorpan” which means “little body.” A leprechaun is an Irish fairy who looks like a small, old man about 2 feet tall. He is often dressed like a shoemaker, with a crooked hat and a leather apron.
  • The harp: The harp is an ancient musical instrument used in Ireland for centuries. It is also a symbol of Ireland. It appears on Irish coins, the presidential flag, state seals, uniforms, and official documents.

And of course, the color green! Believe it or not, the color of St. Patrick was not actually green, but blue. But in the 19th century green became used as a symbol for Ireland. In Ireland, there is plenty of rain and mist, making the ‘Emerald Isle’ green all year-round. The beautiful green landscape was probably the inspiration for the national color.

Wearing the color green is considered an act of paying tribute to Ireland. It is said that it also brings good luck, especially when worn on St. Patrick’s Day. We think it never hurts to bring a little luck o’ the Irish into your home with some green design either!

green benjamin moore paint

House Beautiful

This room is painted in Benjamin Moore’s Forest Moss. “When you paint the trim the same color as the walls, it brings your eye up. It’s like wearing a black skirt, black stockings, and black high heels. It makes you looks taller.” -Meg Braff, designer

Hirshfield’s Cyan Sky 0681

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