{home design trends: outdoor kitchen}

Decorating Your Outdoor Kitchen

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Outdoor dining at Bobby Flay’s Hampton home

It’s cold outside now, but this weather won’t last forever. Before we know it, spring will be here, and then glorious summer—the reason we endure these single-digit days. While you’re snuggling down and stuck indoors, it’s the perfect time to start brainstorming ideas for your home. Don’t forget the outdoor spaces, too, including outdoor cooking and dining areas.

Summertime is when we want to be outdoors as much as possible. One way to encourage your family to be outdoors more is by spending time now thinking about your outdoor kitchen and how you can make it more comfortable and appealing. Here is some food for thought.

Consistent Style. When you’re decorating your outdoor kitchen, you want it to flow with the style of your home. If you have a traditional home, you may want your outdoor kitchen to feature a stone fireplace, brick oven, wood components or other traditional materials. If your home is contemporary, sleek lines, stainless steel and simplicity may shine. Read the rest of this entry »

{fall design inspiration from twin cities design experts}

Here is Minnesota, we are lucky enough to get to experience the uniqueness and beauty of each of the four seasons. Winter is glittery and glamorous, spring is all about fresh, bold colors, summer means carefree living and design and fall … sigh … fall is all about coziness and comfort!

So what’s new in fall design for 2012? Let’s see what the experts are saying…

The Minneapolis design experts over at Hirshfield’s Design Studio – Kathy and Greg – are predicting bold, graphic wallpaper will be a huge design trend this fall. Wallpaper just gives a home a “finished” look, that something extra that sets your home apart from any other.

Minneapolis wallpaper

Schumacher Chiang Mai Dragon

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Eijffinger

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{cold weather painting tips}

As summer turns into fall, you may be considering starting an exterior painting project. Take advantage of the cooler weather to tackle an exterior paint project, but  make sure you know when it is too cold to paint outside:

Paint must set before the temperature drops below 40 degrees Fahrenheit, so it is best not to paint within two hours of sundown if temps are predicted to drop below that. Extremely high temperatures can also cause a problem, so avoid painting in temperatures above 90 degrees Fahrenheit (but we don’t have to worry about that for awhile now, do we!).

Moisture also affects paint, so wait several days after a rainfall and allow morning mist to evaporate before beginning your project.

Always make sure to check the label on your paint can for additional information or talk to your local Hirshfield’s paint expert.

Stop in to your local Twin Cities Hirshfield’s for all of your cold weather painting supplies. Select exterior paint is on sale now!

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Hirshfield’s is your local Minneapolis-St. Paul paint retailer. The paint experts at Hirshfield’s are here to help you with everything from window-treatments to paint colors. Hirshfield’s manufactures paint right here in Minneapolis.

{window treatment wednesday: shop at home for window fashions with Hirshfield’s}

“The right window treatment is really the jewelry on the dress. It brings the whole look of the room together.”
- Kathryn, Hirshfield’s Shop at Home

You know Hirshfield’s is your Minnesota resource for all the best window fashions – from elegant and durable wood blinds to the sophisticated luxury of Silhouettes and Luminette Window Shadings from Hunter Douglas. But if window treatment shopping just doesn’t fit into your schedule or your project requires a little extra attention, let a Hirshfield’s window treatment expert come to you!

With Hirshfield’s Shop at Home, a Hirshfield’s design professional will bring our window fashions library – which includes the latest colors and styles – right to your home. What better way to see just how your new window treatments will look than in the privacy of your own home in the rooms you are decorating!

Hirshfield’s Shop at Home services include window treatments, custom draperies, shutters, bed fashions and more.

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{designer feature : Design by Lisa}

Lisa, Design by Lisa

The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great designers! With such a thriving design community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local designer and design blogger features. A few weeks ago we featured Kim from Lark Nest Design, and today we’re visiting with Lisa, the designer behind Design by Lisa.

Tell me a little about your background – what did you do before starting Design by Lisa? How did you get started in the design industry?
Before working in interior design full-time, I worked for several years as a flight attendant for Northwest Airlines. I have a degree in Textiles, but while I was a flight attendant I studied Interior Design at the University of Minnesota and for several years I worked part-time in design while still flying full-time. In 2000 I left flying and worked full time in design at a large firm. In 2005 I started Design By Lisa.

Describe the services you provide your clients through Design by Lisa…
Almost all of my projects are residential rather than commercial but they can run the gamut from helping someone select a paint color to getting involved in a new construction project and being involved in the entire process. Variety is a great aspect of this job and working on projects of all types helps to keep things interesting.

A recent project that Lisa worked on

Congratulations on winning Houzz’s Best of Remodeling Award for 2012! Can you share with us a little about that project? Was there a particular aspect or element of that project that you think made it exceptional or set it above the others?
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{design blogger feature: Lark Nest Design}

The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great design bloggers! With such a thriving design blogging community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local design blogger features. A few weeks ago we featured Twin Cities design blogger, Jennie, from Twin Cities Design Scene. Today we sit down with Kim from Lark Nest Design.

Kim is a life-long lover of design, with a background in journalism -  so it’s no wonder the projects she chronicles on her blog are smartly written and truly inspiring. Kim says the blog began as a natural outgrowth of her website, LarkNestDesign.com, as a way to share her finds and illustrate the process of giving new life to old furniture. Although she does admit the blog also has a self-serving purpose – to indulge her passion for fabric, color, texture and design!

Not only do you blog for Lark Nest Design, but you also blog for Flea Market Style Magazine and Junk Bonanza and are a former writer for the Star Tribune, so which came first – your love of writing or your love of design?
Probably the latter, though I’ve been so fortunate to find a way to integrate so many of my interests. I’m trained as a business journalist, but my love of textiles, color, textures and decor won out! I am incredibly fortunate to spend each day searching out finds and fabrics for decor clients or for myself, for the projects I retail through Linden Hills Florist and the Piccadilly Prairie occasional sale. In addition to blogging for the Junk Bonanza and Flea Market Style magazine, I handle marketing for the former and build projects for the latter. So the writing/decor functions are fairly seamlessly intertwined!

How would you describe your personal style as it relates to home decor?
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{thinking about painting your home’s exterior?}

Hirshfield’s can help! Showing a little TLC to your home’s exterior can go a long way in upping its curb appeal and resale value. However, choosing the right paint color for your home’s exterior can be a daunting task. Lighting, landscaping and personal style are all factors that should go into your exterior color decision.

If you live in the Twin Cities and are looking for some advice or guidance when it comes to choosing an exterior paint color for your home, let the color experts at Hirshfield’s help! Twin Cities paint manufacturer and retailer, Hirshfield’s, will send out one of their color professionals to help you choose the right exterior color for your home. Kathy Basil, one of these experts, specializes in choosing the right combination of colors to suit your home’s needs.

To see what actually happens on a Hirshfield’s exterior color call, check out this video:

If you are interested in scheduling an exterior color call with Hirshfield’s, click here to make an appointment.

{design blogger feature: House of Turquoise}

The Twin Cities is filled with lots of great design, and lots of great design bloggers! With such a thriving design blogging community right here, we thought it would be fun to get to know each other better through some local design blogger features. First up, Erin of House of Turquoise!

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Erin, the blogger behind House of Turquoise

If you’ve spent some time on our blog, it will come as no shock to you that we adore House of Turquoise. This is our go-to source for all things turquoise! Erin’s blog has served as the inspiration for many of our own blogs and she has even helped us out as a guest blogger, picking her favorite shades of turquoise from the Hirshfield’s and Ralph Lauren paint lines.

But there is more to Erin than just her love of this tranquil color. For example, did you know that when it comes to decorating she actually prefers a neutral background? And that she is a self-proclaimed burger and pizza connoisseur? Let’s get to know Erin a little better…

When did you start House of Turquoise?
I started House of Turquoise at the end of 2007. I actually started it as a way to organize inspirational photos of turquoise rooms that I’d run into. I was often using different computers, and more often than not, forgetting where I had seen pretty pictures. Instead of downloading them and saving them, I thought it would be a good idea to just put them up on a blog where I could appropriately tag them to make them easy to find. Plus, it would be pretty to look at!

Where does your love of turquoise come from?
I’ve loved turquoise for as long as I can remember! The color just brings me happiness, it’s so soothing and peaceful, but rejuvenating too. The first time I went to Mexico when I was 20 or so, I remember looking out over the water and turquoise filled my eyes as far as I could see. The way I felt, the power that color had over me, was something I’ll never forget! I think I’m drawn to turquoise because I’m drawn to water (or maybe it’s vice versa, I’m not sure!).

How would you describe your personal decor style?
As for my own personal decor style, I’d say it would be Modern Coastal. I love a neutral background, filled with clean-lined furniture and rustic, natural touches for texture. And loads of color and patterns in accessories!

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{all-american design}

Happy President’s Day! President’s Day, which is celebrated on the third Monday in February, is a day when Americans honor the legacies of the U.S. presidents. The holiday was established in 1800, when Congress declared February 22–George Washington’s birthday–a federal holiday.

So how does the team at Hirshfield’s pay tribute to all of our great Presidents? With some All-American inspired eye candy!

Since the paint and design experts at Hirshfield’s love color, let’s start with the basics of All-American design; red, white and blue!

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Decor Pad

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Coastal Living

Patriotic design

House Beautiful

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House Beautiful

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House Beautiful

Want to make your home look like it came out of a page of the President’s Day issue of an interior design magazine? Check out some of Hirshfield’s best selling red, white and blue paint colors.

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If you are considering re-painting or freshening up the look of your home with some paint, stop in to your local Hirshfield’s and let the paint experts there help you pick out the best paint for your home. Whether your home is located right here in the Twin Cities or at 1600 Penslyvania Avenue, the paint experts at Hirshfield’s are ready to help!

{window treatments : hirshfield’s premier collection}

Shannon is here to talk about the Hirshfield’s Premier Collection of window treatments. This collection includes six different products, everything from wood-grain blinds to roman shades to natural shades. Every product in this line is custom ordered to fit your unique home decorating needs.

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