DS Tip Of The Week: Decorating Ideas for Your Wall Niche

A wall niche can be a lovely way to display collectibles, or other unique accessories.  However, if not utilized properly, a niche can also be an eyesore.

Get out the notepad and jot down these pointers.  That’s right… it’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Dawn Adamec.  Dawn works at our Corporate store, and helps customers in the Milwaukee and Waukesha area create the homes of their dreams.

Dawn explains, “When using niches, use round objects versus square objects, in order to emphasize the curvature of the niche.  A lot of times I see people put angular items inside a rounded niche and it just looks harsh and out of place.  A rounded item placed inside the nook gives a softer look.  On the other hand, if you have a square niche, hang a square object inside.  To put it simply, EMPHASIZE THE NICHE!!”

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As you see in these pictures, the rounded objects compliment the niche perfectly!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: A Room With A View

Do you have a beautiful view that you’re trying to incorporate into your interior design, but have no idea how to utilize it?  Have no fear–Steinhafels is here to help!!

This week’s Decorating Solutions’ #TipOfTheWeek is all about designing to compliment a view.  Aaron Keller is an interior decorator at our Menomonee Falls store.  He has some simple tips to keep in mind when designing a room with a view.

1) The space should reflect what you see outside, without distracting from the view.

2) Keep the color pallet simple.  This lake condo is calm and relaxing like a day at the beach!

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3) Don’t clutter the space.  Add interest with texture, and stylish shapes in accents and furniture versus adding more.

4) Artwork should be a continuation of the view in color and feel.  Don’t use busy or vibrant artwork.  Again, the view is the main focal point!

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5) Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors in with twigs or other natural elements to help connect with the view.

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6) Use reflective elements to reflect light to add interest.  Like these vases and art, mirrors are also a great way to reflect light.

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7) Finishes and quality are important–like this dining table set from Canadel!  When decorating with fewer items the items you choose to use are more noticeable.

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8) Always take advantage of the view when placing furniture.  The chair in this photo is a swivel, so you can turn to face the view.

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Again, Aaron emphasizes that less is more!!  The worst thing you can do is to clutter the space.  We post quick and practical decor tips every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Starting Points

Everything needs a starting point–even design.  While this sounds obvious, actually CHOOSING that starting point can be tricky, and the point you pick could affect the overall project more than you think!

For this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at ways to make sure you start off on the right foot.  Julie Thompson is an interior designer based in our Waukesha store.  She stresses the importance of choosing a starting point, and then making all of your follow-up decisions based on that item.

She explains, “A starting point can be as small as dishes in a dining room, a piece of artwork in an office, bed linens in a bedroom, or a rug in a living room.  Select that starting point, like a piece of artwork, and build off of that piece.  This helps you figure out the best way to arrange the rest of your wall hangings, or how to set up the furniture in the entire room.”

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We post a new, quick and easy decor tip each and every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Bold Bathrooms

Creating the home of your dreams can be overwhelming.  We often put most of our focus on common areas like the living room, dining room, and kitchen… but don’t overlook the bathroom.  That’s right–the bathroom!  Don’t be afraid to have some fun and give your bathroom a bold new look.

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week focuses on that little room we all use, but don’t always think about at design time.  It comes from interior designer Beth Kealy, who works with the fine customers at our Menomonee Falls store.

When it comes to bathrooms, Beth suggests, “Ditch the wallpaper and create a bold look with a wide stripe paint application.  Update a cozy bathroom into a fun new look that is not concerned with humidity.”

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We know humidity can be a concern during these wet, hot Wisconsin summers!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Fabulous Fabric

One of the keys to design is not skimping on the details.  We often think about things like color and pattern when choosing a piece… but don’t forget to think about the fabric!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to think about fabric in a new way.  Fabric is one of the most important factors when selecting upholstered furniture.  Steinhafels’ custom furniture program gives you the option to select the fabric color, texture, and style that’s right for you.

This week’s tip comes from Appleton Interior Decorator Laurie Hoffman.  Laurie suggests, “When selecting fabric, look at the fiber contents.  Polyester is very strong and has excellent abrasion resistance.  It is also one of the easiest fibers to clean.  Olefin is another strong manufactured fiber.  Cotton is a strong, natural fiber.  In addition, it has a soft hand and takes dye very well, resulting in luxuriously deep colors.”

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Also, don’t forget blends!  They can give you the best qualities of multiple fiber types.  We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Donating Life: All in a Day’s Work!

Steinhafels wants to say a big THANK YOU to all of our employees who took the time to give blood yesterday during our BloodCenter of Wisconsin Bus Blood Drive!  Did you know that every 3 seconds someone needs blood?  YOU are the reason some of those people in our area will receive the life-saving treatments they need.  What a cool feeling!!

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We have been holding the blood drive for a few years now, and we are always thinking about ways to improve it, and increase participation.  While we are so happy several of our employees took part, we still need more volunteers in order to truly make the event a success.  If you have any suggestions, please let us know.  We are looking at ways to make it bigger and better next year, and maybe get family, friends, and the community involved as well.  One startling statistic:  60% of the U.S. population is eligible to donate blood, but less than 5% do.

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If you are nervous, or want to know more about it, just ask your colleagues about the process.  We talked to two Steinhafels team members about their experiences–one a long-time donor, one a first-timer.  Here’s what they had to say.

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Jimmy Eagle, Human Resources

-Is this your first time donating?

Yes

-Why did you decide to donate?

I donated because it was a great cause, & a little push from my HR counterpart. 😉

-Why is blood donation important?

Blood donation is important because there are a lot of good people out there who need some extra blood when an emergency or an unthinkable moment happens.  It’s cool to think that your blood could have saved someone’s life!

-What do you think of the blood bus?

The blood bus is an awesome idea.  It is a way to get more people involved donating, who normally wouldn’t have time to make it to a blood center.

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-Do you think it’s cool that Steinhafels works with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and other community organizations on events like this?

The fact that Steinhafels participates and acts with the BloodCenter is just another amazing way this company tries to reach out and give back to the community.  They just set the precedent among organizations on being able to do the right thing.

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Justin Lyons, Web Production Coordinator

-Is this your first time donating?

No.  I’ve donated close to 10 times.

-Why did you decide to donate?

I donate because it’s an easy way to help others who need blood. My motivation is that my blood could really help someone in need.  Knowing people who have needed blood, it is very important to make sure that they have whatever is needed to better their health.  Also, there are usually good snacks after words and needles don’t scare me!

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-Why is blood donation important?

Blood donation is important because it’s a simple public service we can provide to help others in need.

-What do you think of the blood bus?

It’s a place to sit and get it done.  I would’ve donated sitting in the grass if I had to.  They also had Queen on the TV’s in there, and that was pretty sweet.

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-Do you think it’s cool that Steinhafels works with the BloodCenter of Wisconsin and other community organizations on events like this?

I think it says wonders that Steinhafels participates in events like this with the BCoW.  It shows the true values of the company, and how we like to help the community whenever possible.  It also makes it super easy to donate when the Blood Bus comes to you.

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We hope everyone has a safe and fun 4th of July Weekend with friends and family.  Thanks again for working together to make Steinhafels such a great place to work!

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