DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Out in the Crowd!

Are you the type of person who likes to stand out in a crowd, or blend in? Even if you are a little shy or timid, it doesn’t hurt to stand out a little bit–even in a subtle way. This idea can even translate to your design style.

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 Samantha Price.  Samantha works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers across the Milwaukee area create the homes of their dreams.

Samantha points out that most people use their main furniture pieces–sofa, chairs, table, etc. as a guide when picking out the paint color for a room. When doing this, don’t be afraid to go a few shades lighter or darker than the main furniture pieces. She explains, “This will help the pieces be more visible, and stand out in the room. You spent a lot of time and money picking out the right sofa, don’t be afraid to showcase it!

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A common mistake people make is painting the walls too close of a color to the sofa, making the sofa blend in and not stand out. Samantha adds, “If you’re feeling really bold, pick a color in the accent pillows for an even stronger contrast! This will also help give the room dimension, which is another design tip to help keep the eye moving, by providing visual interest.”

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

 

Steinhafels to make its Red Carpet Debut at the MKE Film Fest!

As Steinhafels continues to broaden its horizons when it comes to community outreach, we are excited to announce one of our newest and most exciting partnerships to date–the Milwaukee Film Festival! Both of us have the goal of expanding people’s imaginations, and transporting them to new and exciting places–either through the art of interior design or film–so it seemed like a natural fit!

The fest is a year-round, film-related nonprofit. This year’s festival runs from September 28 to October 12, and TICKETS are now available. The Milwaukee Film Fest is one of the largest in the country, and we’re lucky to have such a great institution here in Milwaukee.

Our partnership started months ago, as we started to talk with the fest about ways we could work together–both through our Decorating Solutions Program, and our State-of-the-Art LED Studio.

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Today we’re going to focus on the design aspect of our partnership. The fest asked us to assist with the design and furnishings for the INOVA gallery. Longtime Steinhafels Interior Designer Lori Green was up to the task. She says, “I was excited when I was asked if I would like to be a part of the Milwaukee Film Festival project.”

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The gallery is comprised of a stage, dining tables/lecture seats and a bar, and has a cozy lounge atmosphere. Festival organizers suggested some pieces they liked, and then Lori started working her design magic! She explains, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Kristen Heller, who works for MKE Film as the Operations Director. We have selected all the pieces and the accessories.”

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The fruits of their labor will be on display for the fest’s Opening Night, Thursday, September 28. We don’t want to reveal TOO much now… but here’s a few sneak peaks at the design process!

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We want to thank the Film Fest for working with us on this exciting project, and we look forward to more in the future.

Check out our media partner OnMilwaukee’s LIST of 10 must-sees!

DS Tip Of The Week: Family, Friends, and Firepits!

Living in Wisconsin we get to enjoy a four season climate. Many of us treasure the summer weather and being able to enjoy our outdoor oasis. But you don’t have to pack it all up just because the fall chill is starting to set in.

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For this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at ways to extend your outdoor entertaining as long as possible. Beth Kealy is an interior designer based in our Menomonee Falls store. She has some advice to help you eek out every bit of nice weather you can these next couple months–thanks to Fabulous Firepits and other patio items still in stock!!

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Beth explains, “Family and friend gatherings can be enjoyed around a cozy fire pit while enjoying sunsets, watching kids at play, or during breaks in sporting activities. We also carry protective covers for most of our selections to keep them from being exposed to the elements. During winter months we do recommend storing your furniture or covering it tightly to prevent weather and animal damage.”

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If you are unsure what arrangement would be the best for your deck or patio, one of our expert designers can do a floor plan and offer color choices to best fit your space and beautify your relaxing, outdoor space. Come in to check out our remaining collection. Supplies are limited for this remaining season, but you can still find some great deals!!

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We’re here to help you through all 4 seasons, with quick and easy decor tips each and every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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One of the “Best Food Trucks in the World” To Make Its Steinhafels’ Debut!

It’s been named “One of the best food trucks in the world” by several media outlets. They’ve been doing the food truck thing since before it was the “hip” thing to do… and now they’re rolling into the Steinhafels Corporate parking lot on Thursday, September 14, from 11 a.m.- 1:30 p.m.

It’s STREET-ZA time!!

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(Photos Courtesy Street-za website and Facebook)

Street-za keeps it relatively simple–gourmet pizza by the slice. Steinhafels is excited to welcome them as this month’s featured food truck.

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Founders Scott and Steve talk about the truck’s origins on their website:

The idea of starting Streetza came to us in fall of 2008. At about 2 a.m. we noticed the lack of good street food in Milwaukee. We set out to create the most delicious pizzas with the most unique and freshest toppings. And, we wanted everyone to be a part of our truck. Our Twitter Followers and Facebook Fans have been involved every step of the way. From selecting our logo and truck design, to helping us develop different types of pizzas.”

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This “crowd-sourcing” idea has been used by many businesses since, and it’s one of the things that makes Street-za so unique.

Our special Steinhafels menu covers the pizza basics!

Pizza By the Slice ($4)

-Choice of Cheese, Sausage, Pepperoni, Veggie, or Slice of Milwaukee (Sausage, Pepperoni, Mushrooms, Onions)

Lunch Box ($6)

-Any slice of pizza, one slice of garlic bread, soda/water

Garlic Bread ($3)

Soda or Water ($1)

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A friendly reminder… This is not a company-sponsored event. Please punch in/out as you would normally do for your lunch break. Street-za has been made aware that service needs to be as speedy as possible! Cash and Credit Cards are accepted.

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Some of the Media Hype! (from Facebook)

“The #1 Food Truck In The US” – Bloomberg

“One of America’s Favorite Food Trucks” – The Food Network

“One of the 10 Best Food Trucks in the U.S.” – GQ Magazine

“Perfect-Pie, Super Slices – Streetza offers generous slices” – TIME Magazine

“This mobile pizzeria might be the greatest thing to come to Milwaukee’s nightlife since the happy hour.” – Milwaukee Magazine

“Best Street Food in the City” – OnMilwaukee.com

“Mouth-watering gourmet slices” – The Onion / AV Club Milwaukee

“Reader’s Pick, The Best Eats from the Streets” – The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

DS Tip Of The Week: Embrace Infinity!

For this week’s Decorating Solutions #TipOfTheWeek, we ask you to embrace infinity… and think outside the box!

This week’s tip comes from Amber Ferry, one of the new designers at our Oak Creek store. Her personal design style has a sophisticated vibe–an eclectic mix of styles that seamlessly blend bold, timeless colors and geometric forms. So it makes sense that her first tip is about Circles!

Amber explains, “Circles represent infinity, completeness, and movement. The circle brings the idea of no boundaries into a visual reality, and makes a room feel larger. Circles also represent unity and harmony. By adding a few round elements into a room with sharp edges and straight lines, you can soften and relax the room.”

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Amber has some simple ways to incorporate circles into interior design–items you can find at your local Steinhafels!

– Lighting

– Mirrors and artwork with round frames

– Circle accessories that mimic each other’s shape

– Round tables

– Round ottomans

– Round rugs

– Round pillows

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

The Adventures of the Steinhafels’ Bees: It’s Honey Time!

There’s a lot happening here on the grounds of the Steinhafels Corporate Center in Waukesha. Hundreds of orders processed daily, dozens of trucks coming and going, and more than 3,000 pounds of honey being produced.

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Umm.. wait.. huh?! Honey? This is a furniture blog, right?!

It is, but at Steinhafels we value being a part of the community, and reaching out beyond the doors of the stores.

So when Indian Summer Honey Farm in Germantown asked us if we’d like to house a few bee hives on our campus in an effort to help grow the local honey bee population we said sure! After all, we are lucky to sit on a beautifully vast piece of land–it seemed to be the least we could do.

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Well, just a few months later, beekeepers at Indian Summer are getting the chance to harvest the fruits of the bees’ labor… all 2.4 million of them!!! (Remember how I said 3,000+ pounds of honey? That takes a lot of bees!)

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Here’s how the numbers break down:

-40 hives with 60,000+ bees in each.

-160 boxes, equaling anywhere from 3 to 4,000 pounds of honey!

So what’s going to happen to all of that delicious nectar? Caleb Werner with Indian Summer explains, “We will extract the honey and sell the majority of it wholesale to either Sprecher or one of our other accounts. We also have a small store that we sell honey from at our farm.”

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And even though we love hanging out with our buzzing buddies… they can’t endure the Wisconsin winter in their present hives. They will remain here for another month as the crew prepares them for their winter getaway–Florida! Caleb and his crew will treat them for mites, and make sure that they are healthy and ready to head south. What a bunch of lucky bees!

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I can write all about what it was like to watch the workers pull the honey from the hives, but it’s much more exciting to SEE it. Check out a video of the process HERE.

And stay tuned to our blog for more unexpected adventures–from bees to bookcases–we got you covered!

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