Steinhafels and a play about a bed!

Steinhafels is excited to sponsor a unique theatrical experience playing at the Alchemist Theatre in Bay View over the next few weekends.

The show is called Strange Bedfellows–an evening of short film + theater. It includes 8 international short films, and the world premiere of the short play, The Bed. The play is an introspective look at a man’s existence from birth to death, and the significance his bed plays throughout his life.MAIN POSTER 11x 17 poster.jpg with RISHI TEA LOGO.jpg SAME ROW

When the show’s director and playwright, Jeff Ircink, approached us to be a possible sponsor, it surprisingly turned out to be a perfect fit!

At Steinhafels, we pride ourselves on selling high quality beds and mattresses that promote a good night’s sleep. Check out our past blog about the importance of sleep HERE.

As part of the sponsorship, Steinhafels donated and delivered this bed, which will sit in the center of the stage. Talk about a starring role!! Delivery Operations Manager Kevin Riley says it was a unique and fun delivery.

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We asked Jeff to tell us a little bit more about the play, and why he’s so inspired by beds and sleep.

STEINHAFELS:  Briefly tell us about The Bed, and why people should come out to see it?

JEFF:  I wrote this short play as an homage to my father, who loved to sleep. His entire life he loved to sleep. Sleeping is a universal condition. Everybody sleeps. The storyline is really the story of each of our lives. And – there are very few plays with no actor dialogue. We have a pre-recorded voiceover narration with a music bed and the actors play out the narration on stage. It’s quite lovely, I must say.

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They should also come because we’re giving away the bed from The Bed at the end of the run, as well as four other grand prizes. And we’re giving away stuff throughout the run. I mean when was the last time you left the theater with one of the set pieces?

STEINHAFELS:  Why did you approach Steinhafels? Why is this a community-based partnership that makes sense?

JEFF:  When I moved back to Wisconsin, I immediately went to Steinhafels and purchased a sleigh bed. I’ve been in a state of bliss ever since–I am not kidding! I know people who work and have worked for Steinhafels and the name is synonymous with quality furniture. It was the first place I thought of, and the first place I approached with our show concept. I think local business ties to the arts help enhance the retailer’s community spirit. It’s not just “come buy furniture from us,” but it’s “our customers also like to be educated, inspired and entertained and here’s how we can support that.”

STEINHAFELS:  You came out to the store to pick a bed for the play.  What did you think… and what do you think of the bed you chose?

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JEFF:  Huge selection! We were there for an hour, maybe? But we did find one bed that works with our set, is functional, and is a style that any patron would love to have in their home.

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STEINHAFELS:  A bed is something we often take for granted. Why is a bed and sleep so important?

JEFF:  My sleeping accommodations (as far as my bed) were horrendous while living in Los Angeles for 12 years. I promised myself that when I moved back to Wisconsin, if there wasn’t a stitch of furniture in my home, I’d splurge and treat myself to a quality bed – mattress, box spring, head & footboard. Which I did, thanks to Steinhafels. I wanted to write a play that paid tribute to a piece of furniture that is taken for granted in film, television, and theater. It’s set dressing – that’s all. I thought it needed its Cecile B. DeMille moment.

STEINHAFELS:  How do you want audience members to feel when you leave the show?

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JEFF:  Two questions are addressed in The Bed:  “What have I accomplished in my life?” and “What do I want to accomplish before I leave this earth?” Everyone asks themselves these two questions at some point in their lives. The play and eight films will strike a nerve with everyone. They’ll laugh and reminisce, and perhaps view their bed and sleeping in a different light. They may even become a bit introspective when it comes to their own lives.

Strange Bedfellows runs April 21-22, 28-29, May 5-6, 12-13 at the Alchemist. Two shows each night at 7 and 9:00 p.m. We hope to see you at the theater for this introspective and touching show!

DS Tip Of The Week: Staging Your House For Sale

Tis the season… “For Sale” signs are popping up on every street corner, and eager home buyers are looking for their dream home! If you’re selling your home, how do you make your home stand out from the rest? How do you make it say, “Choose Me!”

There are some simple ways to stage your home for sale. A few are pretty obvious, but we have a few you probably haven’t thought of.

That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.

Here’s a few tips for staging your home, with the help of Steinhafels, and some simple DIY projects:

1. Boost curb appeal.

2. Welcome visitors with an inviting porch.

3. Get your house sparkling clean.

4. Clear away all clutter… closets too!

5. Strike a balance between clean and lived-in.

6. Style your dining room table.

7. Take a good look at your floors.

8. Rearrange your furniture.

9. Create a Gender Neutral Bedroom.

10. Clean up Toys…dads, that means you too!

11. Stage extra rooms for the demographics you’re selling to.

12. Look at every detail with a visitor’s eye.

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Call in a professional with a new pair of eyes to help make the job easier–especially with an empty home or if your mom and dad are downsizing from your family home. Any of our Steinhafels Decorating Solutions design staff can help you out!

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

DS Tip Of The Week: Varying Scale to Create Interest

When it comes to interior design, do you feel like you are completely off balance when it comes to what you think looks good? Turns out you may not be wrong if you are trying to mix things up a bit!

In this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week, we look at why it’s good to vary the scale of furniture in your room. This week’s wise words come from Waukesha Interior Decorator Dawn Adamec.

Varying your scale means you have high and low pieces. First, we look at the kitchen. Dawn explains, “If you already have a kitchen counter or snack bar that is bar or counter height, don’t buy a kitchen table that is bar or counter height! Instead, choose a standard height set. This way your seating is at different levels, creating interest in the room.”

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Moving over to the living room, Dawn has some advice if you already have a standard sofa and are in the market for a new accent chair. “If the sofa is a standard height, which is pretty typical, consider an accent chair that is taller in height. Wing chairs have come a long way since your grandmother’s old comfy chair. There are so many fun, even modern versions you can use as wing chairs nowadays!”

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Don’t be ashamed to ask for help with your redesign!  We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Getting Personal With Pictures

Spring is here!  Are you looking to refresh your room, but don’t want to spend money on a new set of furniture? Maybe it’s time to get your artistic juices flowing!

This week’s tip is a little different than usual. It doesn’t show a furniture example, but instead how you can use your own artistic eye to compliment your furniture pieces. It comes from Lori Green, an interior decorator at our Greenfield store. Lori has been in our Decorating Solutions program for years, and always has unique and practical ideas.

Lori’s tip has a personal touch. She says, “I sometimes take personal photos that I have collected that are special to me, and will enlarge and frame them with black frames and put them side by side above my sofa for example. Photographs can help pull the bright colors out of furniture into a room. It is amazing what one can capture on film, and enlarged…it’s so sentimental to you after you see those images on a canvas. I have a lot of fun doing that.”

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The best part–bringing those images to life wasn’t difficult! Lori explains, “My daughter and I downloaded our photos to Shutterfly and selected the size we wanted for our canvas art to be made. They shipped them to us, and then we got them framed ourselves. It can be an easy way to create one of a kind wall art.”

Interior design doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive!  We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

The Power of Employment: Justin’s Story

We often take our jobs for granted. We like our coworkers, we like what we do… but for many people, a job’s a job.

However, when you really think about it, our jobs are a big part of who we are. They consume about half of our waking life! It’s where we accomplish personal goals, make mistakes, learn how to communicate with others, make a living, and hopefully feel a sense of self worth.

Today, we want to spotlight one of our newer employees, who truly shows the empowerment of employment.  

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Justin’s story begins with Project SEARCH, an Employment & Training Program through Easterseals. Project SEARCH is a transition program that trains adults with disabilities for employment. It’s similar to an internship, and takes place entirely onsite at a host business from September through early June. Justin completed his Project SEARCH tenure at Waukesha Memorial Hospital–one of several local hospitals involved in the program. In addition to on the job training, participants also learn interpersonal skills, resume writing, and understanding company policies.  

Lori Stankiewicz is a Workforce Development Specialist with Easterseals Southeast Wisconsin. She explains, “The whole concept of Project SEARCH is to walk away with on the job training skills that can be applied to other jobs.”

Justin did very well during his time with Project SEARCH. Once that was completed, a job developer came on board, and Justin did a temporary work experience at our Steinhafels Dreams Mattress Factory in New Berlin. This temporary experience gives people like Justin the opportunity to work on the job, and can potentially lead to a hire.

The Dreams factory was not the best fit for Justin, but that’s OK. Our Human Resources Department saw Justin’s potential, and thought maybe the Distribution Center at our Corporate Store in Waukesha would be a better fit. Well…Justin took off running and never looked back! With the support of his job coaches, and the ‘natural supports’ of his coworkers and supervisors, Justin quickly learned the tasks in the recycling area.

Justin’s job is very important to warehouse productivity. He takes the trash bins from the  furniture assembly area, puts the contents in the trash compactor, and then returns the bins to their original spots so assemblers can continue working and not lose time emptying trash.

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Justin also works on balers for cardboard and plastic. These are very important to Steinhafels’ recycling efforts. Lori says she is proud Justin can be a part of this process.  “I think Steinhafels has done a really great job of recycling material. The team members throughout the warehouse are doing it, and that’s great.”

Lori explains that Justin has also learned how to ‘wire’ the cardboard bale, which basically secures the cardboard as it moves through the baler. In the end, a bale of cardboard weighs at least 1200 pounds! The bales are eventually loaded on a semi and shipped off to be recycled.

Justin is the picture of focus while at work. Lori gives a laugh and says, ”Justin just really loves to work. He doesn’t like to chit chat.. he’d rather just work.”

But it’s more than physical labor and collecting a paycheck. Justin’s mom Theresa explains,  “He now has a better attitude in general, and I think he has more self worth. I believe that Justin has worked hard to get where he is today, and is a true success story for a little boy that was diagnosed moderate to severe autism 22 years ago.”

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Justin learned the job so quickly that job coaches were able to step back early, and he now works independently. His first day on the job as an official employee was January 6. Talk about a great way to kickoff 2017!

We asked Lori how it makes her feel to see a success story like Justin. She says, “I gotta say the first time I saw him in his uniform was awesome, and I’ve also seen his level of confidence grow.  It’s just great. It just shows that everyone has the possibility of working in the community, and having a meaningful working experience.” She adds, “The biggest thing is you’re seeing people and their abilities…that’s really what we’re striving for.”

Justin is a man of few words (his favorite word is “Alright”), but there’s no denying he loves his job. Lori says, “He shows it by the big smile he has while working, especially while all the cardboard is being crushed!”

You can learn more about Project SEARCH by clicking HERE!

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DS Tip Of The Week: Bringing the Barn Indoors

It’s technically spring, but many of us are probably still suffering from a case of the winter doldrums. One way to catch the spring fever is to bring some of the life and vibrance of the outdoors, in!

It’s time for your Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week to give you some inspiration. This week’s tip is from Menomonee Falls Interior Decorator Beth Kealy.

Beth has some advice for adding some outdoor, rustic flair to your space. She exclaims, “What’s currently on trend?  Barn doors, they are showing up everywhere!”

You can hide your TV behind them

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Use them for office or spare bedroom doors

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They make great entertainment consoles

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Many accent pieces also feature barn doors 

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Beth adds, “These ideas can really ‘fun up’ any space!”

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Our designers are always on the lookout for the latest trends. Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Be So Pushy!

It’s Monday AND the first day of Spring. Time for some #MondayMotivation!! Here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week we look at furniture arrangement. Samantha Price is an interior decorator based at our beautiful Oak Creek store. Samantha points out that many people have a tendency to think furniture needs to be pushed up against a wall. Instead, she says don’t be so “pushy!”

She explains, “In a lot of spaces, most commonly the long narrow room, furniture against a wall makes for a real awkward space, with no real definitions. An entertaining space should be more cozy and not spread out across a room. An area rug is a great way to help ground and define a specific space. After the main pieces are placed, sometimes the leftover space can be overwhelming and undefined? An accent chair and a table are always a great solution. It can create a visually pleasing area of interest, while offering extra seating when guests come over! Furniture pieces do not always need to create the look of everyday use. Sometimes the definition of a space within a space can be the eye catcher.”

Here’s a Before and After of one of Samantha’s recent projects:

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

Steinhafels & The Pabst Theater: Showtime!

It’s the big night. The stage is set, the theater crew is working on last minute preps… and the band is relaxing, watching TV, and enjoying some fresh coffee and a home-cooked meal!

The Pabst Theater Group prides itself on making all performers feel at home once they enter the doors of the Pabst Theater, The Riverside, or Turner Hall Ballroom. From an on-site caterer, to personal barista, and an enviable vinyl collection… the Pabst staff does all it can to make sure performers are comfortable before they take the big stage.

This emphasis on hospitality and the comforts of home make Steinhafels a perfect fit as a partner for this Milwaukee institution!

Over the last few months we’ve been working together to redesign the backstage of the Group’s historic Pabst Theater. As you can see it’s a neat space, but needed a little TLC and modern touches.

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Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Interior Decorator Anne Sperry was basically given carte blanche to transform the space. The Pabst Theater staff admits it was a little daunting. “It’s always a little scary when you are changing something that is so personal and important to what we do. But it’s also very exciting since we know it will be a better, improved space.”

After the big Delivery Day, and a few finishing touches… check out the “NEW” digs! It still has that casual hangout vibe, but Anne added some color to make it pop, and also included some modern/rustic wood and metal pieces to hold all that vinyl!

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Channel 12 and CBS 58 even came by to check it out and talk to Anne!

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We love the new space, and so does the Pabst… but don’t take our word for it. Let’s see what the performers think!

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The first band to use the space was Wisconsin’s own Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. The band has been playing together for about 6 years, and they always love playing the Pabst theaters. Davey Lynch plays harmonica and accordion. He explains, “The hospitality is absolutely the best.  That’s not just a Milwaukee pride thing either, since I live in Milwaukee.  Of the entire lower 48, Pabst/Riverside/Turner has the best hospitality. That’s not just food and beverage, but the feeling you get with the hospitality and the staff too.”

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Lynch and his 4 bandmates spend an average of five hours a day together on a small bus, so he says having a place to call home away from home while touring is very important. “Getting that living room environment is wildly important, especially to feel comfortable before performing too, so it’s nice to have that. Just that good down home feeling, that’s just great.”

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We had him try out one of the new leather couches. He was impressed, and had some fun with it! “I definitely notice the leather furniture, absolutely, very comfortable couches… Oh yeah, I did the lay down, the sit down, the half laydown.”

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It’s good to see Davey and his buddies making themselves at home! We are so excited to continue our partnership with the Pabst, and help bring a touch of home to the men and women who work so hard to give audiences a great time.

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You can check out more pictures from the big “Reveal Day” by clicking HERE.

 

DS Tip Of The Week: Lose the TV

Despite this late season deluge of snow…spring IS coming! That means time to turn off the TV’s, open the windows, and enjoy the sounds and smells of the outdoors.

This week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week comes to us from one of our Oak Creek-based interior decorators, Jenii Kluver. She has a message for all of you hooked on Sports, Video Games, Netflix, Hulu, etc. Turn it off when you’re in the family room. In fact, lose the TV altogether. That’s right–no TV! Small family rooms were never meant to have TV’s.

Jenii explains, “Try eliminating the TV in your space and relocating it to a more closed off space such as a basement or bedroom. This will give you a lot more freedom to use your room to its fullest potential without having to designate one wall as a ‘TV wall.’ If you really cannot live without a TV in your living space, try mounting it above your fireplace to still give yourself freedom with furniture layout.”

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

DS Tip Of The Week: Big Style–Decorating With Neutrals And Naturals

When it comes to interior design, many of us don’t want to push the envelope. We may think decorating with neutrals is the “safe” way to go, but the truth is, you can have BIG and BOLD style, all while decorating with neutrals and naturals! Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to think about neutrals in a new way.

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This week’s tip comes from Appleton Interior Decorator Julie Kanugh.  Julie says, “Don’t be afraid to go BIG. Neutral doesn’t need to be boring. You can make a neutral room interesting with patterns, textures, and materials. For example, leather is a natural and practical choice, and can have interesting textures. In addition, distressed or reclaimed wood adds texture and style, along with being family friendly (scratches on the coffee table won’t matter)!”

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Julie adds, don’t forget to protect your purchase with Guardsman! We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

You can check out Julie talking about Bold Neutrals on Fox 11’s “Living With Amy” by clicking HERE.

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