DS Tip Of The Week: Refresh Your Bedding

You know you wait all week for this moment… it’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!

This week we look at ways you can give your bedding some extra character and substance, without spending hundreds of dollars.  Our Decorating Solutions Interior Designers are constantly using simple techniques to make dramatic changes that will help your space seem new again.  This week’s tip comes from Interior Decorator Hannah Peller.

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Hannah has some advice for ‘refreshing’ your bedding.  She suggests, “Layer in the same color with various patterns and textures for a transformed look.  This will appear inviting and luxurious.  Bedding should be relaxing and uncomplicated, so make sure whatever you pick is practical.  An easy way to achieve this is by getting different colored duvet covers for your quilt, and using various shams.”

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Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek, and sweet dreams!!

Boot Camp, Steinhafels Style!

We all know the feeling.  You wake up in the morning and you KNOW you should work out, but you have to take care of the kids, walk the dog, make the lunches–it just doesn’t always happen.  You tell yourself you will work out after work, but by the time you get home the family needs dinner, the kids need help with homework, you need to do laundry, or your friends want to meet up.  At this point you tell yourself you will work out tomorrow… and once tomorrow comes the cycle starts ALL OVER again!

Here at Steinhafels, we understand employees have busy lives outside of work with family and friends.  We also know the importance of doing all we can to help our employees lead healthy, balanced lives.  This is why we offer a comprehensive Wellness Program for all medical plan participants.  Our Wellness Program includes an onsite gym and seasonal Boot Camp sessions.

Today, we’d like to focus on Boot Camp.  For some, Boot Camp has a negative connotation of a drill sergeant instructor who works participants to the bone while showing no mercy!  At Steinhafels, we try to offer a boot camp that is convenient and comfortable for our employees.  And now that the weather is improving we get to “camp” outside!

Steinhafels Boot Camp starts right after the work day, so participants don’t have time to go home and get relaxed or distracted by other chores and commitments.  It’s fast-paced and all over by 6 o’clock, so participants can get home to their families.  Instructor Jenna Marcotte is tough, but she truly cares about her “campers.”  Jenna is also a wife and mom, and lives in the Milwaukee area.  We asked her a few questions about what it’s like to teach Boot Camp at Steinhafels.

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Steinhafels:  First off, tell us a little bit about your personal training experience?

Jenna:  My name is Jenna Marcotte and I am the bootcamp instructor here at Steinhafels.  I have been in the fitness industry for 11 years. I have a degree in Exercise Management from the University of WI-Eau Claire.  I worked at a Women’s Health Club outside of Boston for 5 years where I was a personal trainer, small group instructor, and taught weight training classes.  I have taught Boot Camp classes for the last 6 years at various places and have trained private clients as well.  I am certified as a personal trainer through the National Academy of Sports Medicine.

Steinhafels:  What is Boot Camp, and why is it such a good workout?

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Jenna:  Boot Camp is a circuit style class that incorporates both strength and cardio-type exercises to keep the heart pumping and help build muscle at the same time.  Anyone can do it because I always give exercise modifications for different abilities or injuries.  It’s a great way to help people lose weight and gain strength!

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Steinhafels:  Why do you like teaching bootcamp, and what do you hope people get out of it?

Jenna:  I love teaching boot camp because it’s fun to help people push themselves farther than they would push themselves, and I get to help them work towards their personal goals. Everyone has a great time together, and it’s nice to be able to help relieve stress after a busy work day.

Steinhafels:  Do you primarily work with Corporate Wellness Programs?  Why are Wellness Programs so important?

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Jenna:  This is actually the only Corporate Wellness Program I am doing now.  I have a 2 year old and a 10 month old that keep me busy.  Wellness Programs are very important because  they offer employees an easy way to stay healthy at work.  Many people work long, stressful hours and the body and mind need exercise as an outlet.  This helps people stay out of doctor’s offices and lowers insurance costs.

Steinhafels:  What do you like most about the Steinhafels Boot Camp?

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Jenna:  The relationships with the people!  I have had many of the same boot campers over the last 4 years and they are my friends now.

Don’t just take Jenna’s word for it.  Here’s what a few employee participants have to say about Steinhafels Boot Camp!

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Anne:  I love boot camp for many reasons.  I like the group workout for a change of routine.  I have also gotten to know a lot of people from different parts of the workplace.  For me, it is more challenging and pushes me more to work out with a group of people who are also pushing themselves.  It can be very challenging at times, but we’re all in it together!

Amanda:  Jenna is a great motivator.  Her coaching and encouragement provide me with a much better workout than I could achieve on my own.  Even when you think you’ve held your plank as long as you possibly can, she gets 10 more seconds out of you–10 seconds you didn’t even know you had in you!  It’s fun to hang out with coworkers outside of the office, and I love that every class is unique.  We never know Jenna has in store for us other than a tough workout!

Amy:  Boot Camp is a good stress reliever at end of the day.  In addition to helping us stay in shape with exercise, Jenna also provides us with some nutritional tips.  It’s also a great way to get to know and maintain relationships with co-workers.

Judy:  I love boot camp as it is tailored to all ages and physical ability.  People may exercise, but if you are not doing it correctly it is not as beneficial.  Jenna guides you without making you feel foolish.  If this 62 year old lady do can do it, anyone can!

DS Tip of The Week: Back to Black

Are you design-illiterate?  Do you feel like any time you try to improve the look of your room, you make it look worse?  You’re not alone!  Most of us don’t have a true eye for decor.  But there are some simple things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.

One of the aspects of design where people falter most is color.  It sounds simple, but color truly can make or break a room.  Here’s a recent article on The Power of Color featuring one of our buyers.

Many of us want to incorporate as much color as possible in a room.  We often think of bold, bright colors like blue and red.  However, as designer Andrea Odishoo explains, don’t be afraid of the color black.  Andrea is part of our Decorating Solutions program, and is based in our Vernon Hills store.

Black is a mysterious color, often associated with fear and the unknown.  It also conjures up feelings of power, elegance, and authority.  If used correctly, and in conjunction with the proper colors, it can be very effective–but you don’t want to overdo it!

As Andrea explains, “Every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth.  Black intermingles with almost any color–gives a space a sense of elegance, and commands attention in a room.”

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So don’t be afraid to get back to basics… and go back to black!  Our award-winning designers are constantly coming up with quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Where to Start When Redoing a Room

Are you looking to give your space a new look, but don’t know where to start? Redoing a room can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be… if you look at it as a step by step process.

Designer Katie Ryan is an interior decorator on our Decorating Solutions team.  She works at our Steinhafels store in Menomonee Falls.  Katie says it’s all about keeping it simple, and only tackling one step at a time.

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She suggests, “Work with staple pieces that have neutral base colors and can be versatile in different accent color schemes.  This example shows a blank boring room with a couch and recliner.  Start building around these pieces… incorporate an area rug (for a pop of color or pattern), side tables, lamps, and storage ottomans.  Storage ottomans are a great way to add color or pattern to a room, but can also be used for seating.  Next:  Window treatments!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a statement with a pop of color or pattern on drapes, which can also coordinate with your accessories.  Here we have shades of blue–a very popular color right now.  Lastly, accessories:  Adding pillows, a throw blanket, and trays for the ottomans.”

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That’s the basic timeline for redesigning a room!  Not too tough right?  We post a different quick, easy, and practical decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

 

Customer Service Goes Green!

Steinhafels has been committed to sustainability and environmental sensitivity for years.  Thanks to advances in modern technology, we are continuing to stay ahead of the curve.  We have put several best practices into place to be sure we are operating as cleanly and efficiently as possible.

The main improvement our customers will see is that our Customer Service vans are now powered by natural gas!  Currently, we have multiple natural gas service tech vehicles.  We are also exploring the possibility of using natural gas trucks as we phase in new delivery trucks in the future.  Natural gas is a cleaner alternative to traditional fossil fuels.

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We are also working to save energy at an internal level.  We use the latest technology to make sure our HVAC system runs as efficiently as possible, and to monitor energy use.  Overall, we are seeing a savings of 38% on our energy usage.

Recycling continues to be one of the most effective ways to prevent waste, and cut down on pollution.  Steinhafels’ distribution center in Waukesha recycles cardboard, plastic, wooden skids, paper, mattresses, and florescent light bulbs.  Steinhafels also recycles furniture, and donates usable parts to charitable organizations.

Check out some of these fun facts:

-Steinhafels recycles almost 1,000 tons of cardboard annually.  That is equivalent to 17,000 trees!

-Recycling 1,000 tons of cardboard saves more than 9,000 cubic yards of landfill space.

-One thousand tons of cardboard recycled saves enough energy to power a TV for 31,000 hours.

-Recycling corrugated cardboard cuts the emissions of sulfur dioxide in half, and uses about 25% less energy than making cardboard from virgin pulp.

-Steinhafels currently recycles more than 80,000 lbs. of plastic each year!

-Much of the recycled plastic ends up as low-grade plastic lumber, which may be used in furniture.

Steinhafels is excited to see what the future holds as we continue to do our small part to help protect our planet for future generations. Thank you for your interest in this important topic.

DS Tip Of The Week: Cut the Clutter

We all strive to keep a clean and neat home because we take pride in our living space.  Even more, keeping things tidy is also a way to give your home a truly designer look–without having to go out and buy tons of new furniture and accessories!

Get out the notepad and jot down this helpful hint.  That’s right… it’s time for another Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Jenii Kluver.  Jenii works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers in the southeast section of Milwaukee create the homes of their dreams.

Jenii’s tip is pretty simple:  “Removing clutter from surfaces in your home will truly give it that designer look.  Stick to a few accessory pieces on each surface, and keep things off of the floor for a clean and minimal look.”

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As you see in this picture… less is MORE!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.