DS Tip Of The Week: It’s All A Balancing Scale

As you get set to redecorate your living room or bedroom, you are likely focused on the sofa, the bed, and other large statement items.  We’re here to remind you–all pieces work together to create balance in a room!!

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from one of our newer designers.  Samantha Price works out of our Oak Creek store.  She says it’s important to select the right furniture to fit your space.

She goes on to explain, “Our clients sometimes do not realize that furniture also carries a visual weight that needs to be balanced. Even when the pieces selected fit to scale in a room–if  everything picked is visually heavy, it can still result in an over-crowded, cluttered, and uninviting room. On the other hand though, if everything is of lighter weight, it can lack definition, contrast, and interest and will feel as though everything is just floating about the room. Balance is KEY and an important aspect to work through in a design.”

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Tune in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

Exciting New Partnership Between the Pabst Theater and Steinhafels

Here at Steinhafels, we are always looking for ways to expand our horizons not only as a retailer, but as an active member of the community.  We are involved with many different non-profit organizations and charities…but today we’re excited to announce a new partnership that’s a little different.

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Recently, we began a conversation with the Pabst Theater Group about ways we can work together to help each other, as long-time members of the Milwaukee business and entertainment communities.  When you think about it, a furniture store and theater actually have a lot in common!  We both like to make people happy, and express the beauty of our surroundings in new and creative ways.

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While we have several ideas brewing for future projects that could enhance the theater experience for patrons, our first project with the PTG will actually be BEHIND the stage!  One of our awesome Decorating Solutions interior designers is working with the Pabst’s Operations and Hospitality teams to come up with a plan for a complete backstage redesign and refurnishing.

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While Steinhafels has taken part in many different redesign projects with local businesses, and our designers work on all kinds of spaces…the chance to work with a historic theater is very unique and exciting!!

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Designer Anne Sperry is leading the project.  She has some great ideas for bringing new life to the space, while still keeping the retro, laid-back vibe the Pabst Theater Group likes to exude in their backstage spaces.  It’s all about making the performers feel at home while they’re on the road… so who better to help than Steinhafels–the home design experts!

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Anne has been working with the Pabst team to get measurements and a true “feel” for the space.  As you can see, it’s already a very eclectic and cozy space.  We’re excited to give it the “Steinhafels” touch, and help update some of the furniture that has seen years and years of use.  Imagine the stories some of that furniture could tell!!

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We’re also pleased to have Anne at the helm, since she has traveled the world as a designer, and has a vast background in theatrical set design.  We look forward to posting some comments from her throughout the project to learn how she uses her theater and design background to make this space fresh and comfortable for the world-class musicians, actors, comedians, and other various performers who come through the Pabst’s majestic doors.

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Stay tuned to our Steinhafels blog and social sites, as well at the Pabst Theater Group’s various social media to learn more about the project, and see the redesign process step by step!

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DS Tip Of The Week: Accent Cabinet As An Entertainment Stand

When it comes to design, sometimes we get stuck in the old ways of doing things. That’s one of the reasons we started these weekly tips–to show you there is never just one way to do anything when it comes to design!

So get out the notepad and jot down this helpful hint.  That’s right… it’s time for another #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Jenii Kluver. Jenii works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers across south Milwaukee and Racine counties create the homes of their dreams.

Jenii has a bold suggestion:  Use an Accent Cabinet as an Entertainment Stand. She goes on to explain, “Using an accent cabinet instead of a traditional entertainment stand is a really easy way to dress up a formal room that still needs a TV. It’s also a great way to add another pop of color in the space!”

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As you can see, the accent cabinet adds a more sophisticated and artistic look to the room versus an average entertainment console.

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: Be Bold, Create Interest

Are you getting ready to tackle a new design project?  Are you the type who likes to play it “safe”?

Well, we’re here to tell you it’s OK to be bold, and take some chances.  Don’t be afraid of color or pattern!!

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 Samantha Price.  Samantha is a new member of the Decorating Solutions team, and we are excited to have her working out of our beautiful store off I-94 in Oak Creek.

Have fun and be bold, but don’t forget–a little bit goes a long way!  Samantha explains, “A bold chair, an accent wall, or even some wild accent pillows can make a dramatic statement in a room.  If color and pattern just aren’t your thing, don’t forget about texture.  Different textures in a neutral room is a great way to create interest!  Creating interest is what gives a room its character, and it’s an important element in creating a beautiful space.”

Here’s an example of a vignette featuring bold colors and patterns!

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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: Belly Up to the Bar–At Home!

Are you looking to use your space in a whole new way?  Do you have a formal living area and a family room adjacent, and you’re just not sure how the space will best be  utilized?

How about a Bar?  After all–this IS Wisconsin!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week is perfect for the cocktail connoisseur, or someone who’s looking for new ways to enjoy their home–along with family and friends.

This week’s design tip comes from Menomonee Falls Interior Decorator Beth Kealy.

Beth uses a past project to illustrate her point.  Here is the room BEFORE:

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She explains, “This client chose to add a bar and seating area–making the room cozy and useful versus a stuffy and rarely used space. Steinhafels has many beautiful bars which could bring the guests back to the formal room with great conversation and a reason to return.”

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So take Beth’s advice, and be the host with the most!

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

 

Lessons Learned in Riverwest Helped Steinhafels Grow

Steinhafels is proud to have its roots firmly planted in the Milwaukee area.  But did you know some of the company’s core values were first established in one of the city’s most eclectic and historic neighborhoods?

Today, Riverwest is known for its trendy shops, restaurants, and bars.  However, the neighborhood boasts a rich history of generations of families growing up in its homes, local parishes and corner stores, and lively parks for children to play.

As you’ll see in the article below… the neighborhood also helped bestow on John E. Steinhafel some of the core values the company continues to cherish today.

Check it out!  Click HERE for a higher resolution version.

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