DS Tip Of The Week: Fill That Wall!

Many of us worry about overdoing it when it comes to wall decor. Or we don’t want to bother with mounting a picture or piece of art on the wall.

Well… here’s the problem. Blank walls are BORING!

This week’s #DecoratingSolutions tip comes from one of our newest designers, based in Kenosha. Cecily Gaitan has her Associates Degree in Applied Science of Interior Design, and also have certificates for Fundamentals of Interior Design, History of Design and the Decorative Arts, and Sustainable Design.

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Cecily explains, “Filling a wall with artwork is a great way to bring color into the room, and doesn’t create a busy look. Nothing is worse than having a huge wall with nothing to fill the space.”

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She adds, “If you don’t like artwork or can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, use family pictures blown up in bigger sizes. This also creates a personal design specifically for you and your family.”

We post thoughtful tips like Cecily’s every week!  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

And if you’d like to work with Cecily, you can email her at cecilyg@steinhafels.com, or ask for her at our Kenosha Superstore!

A Little Friday Pieday Fun… All For a Good Cause!

Who says you can’t let loose a little bit at a Corporate job on a Friday?

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It’s especially awesome when the fun is for a good cause!

Thanks to our Waukesha Sales Associates Katie Wolf-Daniel and Veronica Hilgart for organizing today’s “Pie in the Face” contest.

For $1, employees were entered in a raffle to throw a pie at one of their beloved employees (several of them “higher level” employees ;)).

The victims: John Haas, Maddie Wray, Fred Schweinert, Jimmy Eagle, Lynda Malmberg, Mike Pizzala, and Ben Schroeder.

All of the money will go towards “Miss Cynthia’s Back To School Bash.” This is the Corporate store’s 2nd year taking part in this school supply drive, which helps kids in Milwaukee’s inner city. (The bash is Saturday, August 26 at the 2500 block of N. 38th Street if anyone would like to attend!)

Here’s a few comments from some of the good sports who took part.

John Haas: I felt I’d give the opportunity for one of my staff to get me… and they eagerly participated.

Jimmy Eagle: I did it for a good cause for charity, and most of all to compete with Haas.

Maddie Wray: All for a good laugh on a Friday afternoon… cuz that’s how we roll at Steinhafels!

The pictures say it all…

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Thanks Haas for cleaning up!

Steinhafels Has a Starring Role–At The Rep!

Don’t let this blog’s title deceive you… none of the Steinhafel family members are getting on stage at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater anytime soon (although from watching all of our internal videos I can say they would do a great job)!

No, we’re sticking to what we know best, furniture. Steinhafels recently partnered with the Rep to help furnish the theater’s Donor Lounge. The Donor Lounge is a place where high level donors can relax, enjoy a complimentary beverage, and talk about the show with fellow donors.  

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Marina Krejci is the Rep’s Chief Development Officer. She says the old donor lounge was nice, but it needed a little love and updating. She explains, ”We were very grateful that Steinhafels was willing to partner with us to improve the donor lounge experience. It’s very important to the Rep. We have a lot of partnerships all over the community, and we would much rather work with local businesses than look beyond.”

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Steinhafels was happy to offer the Rep a deep discount so they could refurnish the lounge– including a leather sofa, 2 leather club chairs, several end tables, a couple floor lamps, a cocktail table, a buffet, and 3 lamps!

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As you can see in these pictures, the lounge almost makes donors feel like they are part of the backstage experience, but also has a comfort and sophistication the lounge was lacking before.

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Marina says they have received a lot of compliments on the lounge. She adds, ”I think the furnishings have dramatically improved the ambiance of our donor lounge, and we are seeing a lot more use of the donor lounge, and it’s just become a very inviting place for donors to enjoy the time before a show, intermission, or after the show.”

One of our managers, Terry Urban, even helped by suggesting the framed collages you see on the walls–displaying playbill covers from each of the Rep’s most recent Artistic Directors. There’s one for John Dillon, Joe Hanreddy, and Mark Clements–the Rep’s current AD.

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If you are familiar with the Milwaukee Rep, you know it is truly one of the premier theaters in Southeastern Wisconsin. The new season starts in September, and there’s something for everyone, whether you are the casual theatergoer, or a theater geek all the way!

You can check out the new season schedule HERE… and maybe you’ll even get to have a drink in the lounge sometime.

DS Tip Of The Week: Magical Area Rugs

OK, it’s not quite Aladdin and his magic carpet… but you can use the magic of area rugs to transform your space in an easy and affordable way.

Just like the Genie in Aladdin, Steinhafel’s Decorating Solutions Interior Decorator Beth Kealy is here to make your design wishes come true!

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Beth explains, “The addition of an area rug can add color, pattern, interest, sound control, and comfort to any room. Pictured below are many examples where solid colored leather or fabric pieces can be dressed up by an area rug. By adding this work of art to your floor, you can add the pop to any room. Drawing from the sofa color and wall colors, working with the pattern in your throw pillows can help in selecting an area rug that will compliment your other pieces and tie the room together. Whatever your style, there’s an area rug that could be added to complete your look.”

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As you can see, the possibilities are endless! Beth adds, “Area rugs can be used over carpets, hardwood, or tile flooring. You should always include a rug pad to prevent slipping, rug movement, prevent color transfer between surfaces, and to provide comfort when walking, while adding greater sound control. At Steinhafels we stock mostly 8 x 10’s and 5 x 7’s, however many other sizes and shapes are available on a custom order. If you need assistance in selecting the perfect rug for your room, our designers are here to offer their expert advice.”

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Our designers don’t have magical powers, but their redesign project results will make you think they do! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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DS Tip Of The Week: Think Backwards!

When designing a new living space, people tend to pick a paint color and base their furniture selections around this. While this approach seems to make the most sense, it’s actually not the most efficient way to do it.

It’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!  This week Oak Creek-based Decorating Solutions interior designer Samantha Price explains why you should be thinking backwards!

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See this Rust Brown Wall Sconce HERE

Samantha says, “With paint being one of the cheapest elements of the room, the most frequently changed, and the one that offers the most variants, it tends to be less stressful to find the furniture, art and accessories first. It is ok to pick a color palette, like ‘I want blue, gray, yellow etc. walls,’ but then find the pieces for the room that you really love and base the shade and tone of the paint color around these pieces.”

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See the Riley Sofa/Loveseat HERE

Samantha adds, “This will eliminate the stress of finding a sofa that you love in the wrong color, finding a piece of art you love but it doesn’t fit, and so on. These are the pieces that cost the most money and help define your space to your personality, so let’s get it right the first time!”

That’s all for now!  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Loosen Your Belts… Fatty Patty Food Truck Coming to Waukesha!

Last month it was BBQ… this month, Burgers and Gyros!

Food Truck Lunch at Steinhafels is back, and this time The Fatty Patty will be rolling into the Corporate Store parking lot on Wednesday, July 19, serving up its wide array of gourmet homemade burgers, gyros, and delicious side dishes. They even have veggie burger and chicken options. The menu is so big, we have to present it to you in 4 parts!!

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The Fatty Patty has quickly become a staple at Milwaukee events like Chill on the Hill in Bay View and Street Eats in Catalano Square. Next week, the crew will be hanging out here in Waukesha… serving lunch to our employees, and any local residents who’d like to come by and try a little something different for lunch.

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You can find the Fatty Patty’s page right HERE on Facebook for more information. In addition to mouth-watering pictures, there’s a bunch of rave reviews on the Facebook page, including:

Impressive burger! I love burgers and couldn’t be happier that we randomly found this truck! This may be my favorite burger spot now in a city that has many great burgers.”

“This was literally the greatest thing of all time. 10/10 recommend this fantastic burger food truck. Friendly staff give a welcoming feeling and are quick to help decide which burger to indulge into. Phatty patty will NOT disappoint.”

“Awesome Gyro! Will definitely stop anytime.”

The Fatty Patty Food Truck will be at Steinhafels Corporate on Highway F on Wednesday, July 19 from 11-1:30pm. Cash and Credit Cards are accepted. Hope to see you there!!

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DS Tip Of The Week: Feature Your Functional Furniture

It’s summer, which is often a time we try to de-clutter, and “air out” our homes. No one wants to be crammed into an overpacked, stuffy room during these hot and humid months. One way to cut the clutter–use furniture with multi-purpose!

It’s time for your #DSTipOfTheWeek! This is where our expert interior designers offer simple, easy tips that you may have never thought about, or have overlooked. This week’s tip comes from Decorating Solutions designer Dawn Adamec, who calls our Waukesha store home.

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Dawn uses this Juno Storage Cocktail Ottoman as an example, and explains, “This is a great piece. You can sit on it, put your feet on it, or set an oversized tray on it and it becomes a coffee table. The best part… remove the top and it becomes a great place to store pillows, blankets (if you have that AC set on high!), magazines, and toys.”

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Furniture… it’s not just pretty, it can also be functional! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.