DS Tip Of The Week: Comfort and Style Don’t Have to Be Mutually Exclusive!

Are you looking to redesign your room, but don’t know where to start?  You’ve come to the right place.  It’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!

This week we look at how to combine high style and cozy comfort.  Those may sound like two very different design strategies, but they don’t have to be!

This week’s design tip comes from Anne Hildreth, an interior designer the Steinhafels in Vernon Hills.

In a recent article in the Daily Herald, Anne explains, “Reclining furniture is very popular today but current recliners don’t look like the overstuffed, bucket seated ‘Bubba’ furniture of the past.”  She adds, “Today’s recliners are often high-end pieces with tailored arms and backs that also happen to be designed to recline and are very comfortable.  Many are custom-made so the homeowner can choose exactly the arm, seat depth, back height and footrest they want, as well as the fabric or leather they prefer.”

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Another thing Anne is seeing is that people are showing more personality, and choosing eclectic looks.  She says, “People are mixing fabric and leathers on chairs and sofas within the same room to keep in interesting. That sleek, matching, all leather look from the 1990’s is gone.”

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In addition, Hildreth says cocktail tables are largely being replaced by cocktail ottomans… which don’t necessarily need to match the sofas and loveseats they accompany!

So go ahead and break some rules!!  You can check out more of Anne’s article HERE.

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: Treat Yourself! Elegant and Affordable Comfort

When you hear the words “elegant” and “furniture” together, another word probably comes to mind: “Expensive.”  While that can be the case, there are ways to decorate your home elegantly without breaking the bank!

This week’s Decorating Solutions #TipOfTheWeek dares you to live and serve yourself in a more upscale environment.  It comes to us from designer Elena Moraru, who is based in our Madison Beltline store.

Elena explains, “We do not live in a time anymore where you need to make millions to afford a luxurious lifestyle. Manufacturers like Bernhardt make exquisite, beautiful, and high quality furniture that is super affordable. You can live a life full of joy and color and have furniture around you that will uplift you every day.”

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Sounds nice right?  Elena adds, “The detail in the wood grain, the craft in the metal shaping and the tones of the fabric textures can create a space that elevates you emotionally every single day. Bring some more color, texture, and beauty into your space–so you can enjoy life and create an environment of well-being for yourself!”

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Do you like this uplifting tip? Our designers are hard at work on many more tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Fall Vintage Finds & Family Heirlooms

Its fall, and you have likely been enjoying brat fests and flea markets under the sun. You stumbled upon a plethora of interesting vintage finds…but now what?  Should you store them in boxes in the garage, or keep them exposed in piles in hopes of getting divine inspiration later?

Have no fear, your #DSTipOfTheWeek is here!  This week’s entry comes from Decorating Solutions designer Anne Sperry, who is based in our Kenosha store.

Anne says the first step in designing with found items is finding a simple stage on which to tell your vintage story. She explains, “Elegant glass shelving in a curio cabinet, a streamlined etagere, or a stacked set of vintage boxes will do. Then start grouping your collections as if staging a choir. Like goes with like. Think paperweights in bloom, or brass accessories as a family. Limit it to one vignette per shelf, that way each group looks intentional and not cluttered. Start with tall in the back and move to shorter pieces in the front.”

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When it comes to wall hangings, Anne has some advice as well.  “Vintage fabrics, button or pin collections, and prints can be framed simply and arranged as a collage on the wall. Set several pairs of ideas and sizes in 3’s, 5’s or other odd numbers, and balance each side of center as if each piece has a weight by color or size and left and right balances each other. (Lay the ideas out on the floor before putting holes in the wall!) There you have it…the perfect display of your new vintage finds.”

Our designers are burning the midnight oil coming up with many more unique and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Purple Survivor Couch: One Woman’s Story

Steinhafels is constantly looking for new and unique ways to partner with the community for various projects and events.  While we donate money to a variety of causes, we also like when our wonderful furniture can serve a higher purpose.  After all, furniture helps to bring families together, and a good piece of furniture can last for generations!

That was the case with the American Cancer Society of Southeast Wisconsin.  They approached us and asked if we could help with their Relay For Life events this summer.  Steinhafels and ACS brainstormed, and we came up with the “Purple Survivor Couch” idea.  The purple couch traveled to several relays, and served as a symbol of survival and hope.

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Check out our PURPLE COUCH SURVIVOR STORIES if you haven’t seen it!

In addition to being a comfy place to pop a squat during relays, the purple couch was also part of a Giveaway to help raise money for Relay.  Many survivors and other relayers entered the contest.

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The lucky winner was announced at the big Kenosha Relay for Life event.  Cancer survivor Nancy Brey is now the proud owner of the purple couch!

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Nancy lives in Twin Lakes and is a retired nurse.  As you will learn, her cancer journey is a very unique one.

NANCY’S STORY

Nancy is 65 years old.  She’s a wife to husband Steve for 45 years, a loving mother to 3 sons, and doting grandma to 13 grandkids!  She’s a retired nurse, and says she has lived a very blessed life… but things could have been very different for Nancy.  You see, she is also a 54-year cancer survivor!!!

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The oldest of 6 children, Nancy grew up on a dairy farm in Paris Township in Kenosha County.  She was a typical kid…until she turned 11, and everything changed.

”This was towards the end of my school year.  Everything I ate came back up, and I knew something was wrong,” Nancy recalls.

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A tumor had formed in Nancy’s small intestine.  She was diagnosed with sarcoma of the small intestine, now commonly known as colon cancer.  Nancy admits, ”It was scary.  I didn’t find out I had the cancer until I was older.  You didn’t say the ‘C word’ to people back in that day.”

Nancy’s parents chose surgery only, and no cobalt therapy.  Although Nancy doesn’t remember much about that time, she is thankful to her parents and the medical staff that took care of her.

In fact, Nancy was so thankful, she decided to pursue a career in the medical field.  She started as a medical assistant, and eventually became a Registered Nurse.  Nancy’s primary role was managing the Hospice House in Kenosha.  ”To see all those people go what they go through, and being able to be there… the greatest reward is being able to help the families and patients go through this journey they are going through.  That has been the most rewarding of all my career,” she says.

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Nancy has also taken part in the Kenosha Relay For Life for many years.  She wants to support fellow cancer survivors, and honor those who have lost their battle, like her cousin’s son who died of leukemia.  She is honored to see the thousands of people who come out for Relay events.  “This is out here, we have to cure this.  That’s why it’s so important.”

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She is excited to be the new owner of the Steinhafels Purple Couch!  She says it’ll be helpful when the family comes over.  Nancy and her husband recently hosted a big sleepover for the grandkids, and the purple couch came in handy!  ”Steve said this is very cozy, and the grandkids think it’s cool.  We had a ball–had a good time.”

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The local chapter of the American Cancer Society is proud to share stories like Nancy’s…and there are so many more amazing stories to tell!

“If you’ve ever heard the words, ‘You have cancer,’ you are a cancer survivor. The American Cancer Society Relay For Life movement celebrates every cancer survivor in every community,” said Kelly Candotti, Corporate Relations for the American Cancer Society. “We’re grateful to Steinhafels for joining with the American Cancer Society to celebrate 1,325 survivors at 40 Relay For Life events this year in southeast Wisconsin.”

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Nancy knows we still have a long way to go in the fight against cancer, but she hopes as her grandchildren get older we get closer and closer to finding a cure, thanks to events like American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Nancy gets a little emotional as we finish our conversation, and says simply, ”I’m just blessed I’m here.  That’s all I can say.”

Relay For Life events in Southeastern Wisconsin raised $1,715,299 this year.

See more inspiring Relay For Life pictures HERE!

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DS Tip of The Week: Perk Up Your Porch!

You can give your spaces a fresh, fall-like feel as we enter these autumn months–both inside and outside your home!

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 Laura Hoffman.  Laura works at our Appleton store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.  She has some easy suggestions for transforming your front porch with some fall flair.

Laura says, “Mix old distressed items such as lanterns with some natural birch logs and white pumpkins, along with a traditional orange gourd.  Fresh flowers and pops of color with fun seasonal pillows are the perfect finishing touch!”

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You likely have some of these items in storage, and you can check out a local Farmer’s Market for gourds and other fall-inspired plants!  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 FLASHBACK: Dark and Daring

Here’s a #DSTipOfTheWeek FLASHBACK… just in time for Halloween decorating season!

Are you sick of the typical off-white, beige, and pale blue walls found in most homes?  While these light colors tend to open up a room, some people like to ‘mix it up’ with darker shades like black, deep blue, or red.  There is a way to use dark paint, without giving your room a somber feel.  

It’s time for another Steinhafels’ “Decorating Solutions” Tip of the Week.  This week’s tip comes from Waukesha store based Interior Designer Rhonda Vivoda.

Rhonda assures us, “It’s okay to go dark with paint in a small room, it will give it a very dramatic feel.”

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So maybe it’s not a great idea to transform your living room into a deep blue sea… but go ahead and be a little daring in a bathroom, guest room, or den!

Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.