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.

 

DS Tip Of The Week: Making Your Patio A Fun Living Space

Summer is FINALLY here. Give your patio a fresh, fun, and lived-in feel as we enter these magical 4 months that we live for here in the Midwest!

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 Patti Stindt. Patti works at our Madison store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.  She has some easy suggestions for transforming your patio with some summer sizzle.

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Patti says, “There are many easy, fun, and inexpensive ways to turn your outdoor area into a fun and colorful place to hang out. Make your patio more of an outdoor room, and an extension of the home (cushioned wicker sets like the one below are all the rage now!) There are many comfortable seating and dining options that are outdoor friendly. You can also accessorize your outdoor space… with plants, lighting, and fabrics.”

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You likely already have some of these items in your home or garage, and you can also check out a local Farmer’s Market for more outdoor inspirations!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you. Log on next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Check out Patti’s recent segment on NBC15 about Patio Transformations HERE!

DS Tip Of The Week: It’s All About Placement

Do you feel cramped in your space? Is your living room just not big enough? Stop thinking about square footage, and focus on furniture placement!

Lori Green is a designer at our Greenfield store, and is part of our Decorating Solutions program. She has a simple but important tip when it comes to balancing your space. If your home lacks square footage, Lori suggests, “Break up the room with furniture placement. You can flow from one room to the other with a couple of the pieces placed in the right spots.”

Here’s an example of one of Lori’s projects:

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She explains, “The sofa faces the fireplace, and the wall-mounted TV and the dining room setup balances the space. There’s a soft cream counter height table, and with the other cream color accent chest, that piece then bridges the rooms together but doesn’t clutter the space. Then, use the right wall accents to pull everything together. This client still can walk freely around the room because of the furniture placement.”

Don’t get stuck in a furniture rut–move it around and let the room breath! Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

 

To Market, To Market… Hot New Trends

As someone who is still relatively new to the retail furniture world, I can truly say that some aspects of the business still really fascinate me.

One of those aspects is how the heck we decide WHAT to put in our stores! I mean our superstores are huge, and we carry some of the top furniture lines in the business, but at the end of the day, there is still a ton of furniture out there that we don’t carry.

What I’ve learned is that it’s a VERY precise business. Our buyers do a ton of research to determine the best fits for our store.

All of that research culminates in Market, which is held several times a year–in North Carolina and Las Vegas.

For this blog, we’re going to take a look at the most recent Market–the Spring High Point Market in beautiful NC. According to the Market’s website, more than 75,000 people flock to this small Carolina town every six months to take part in one of the furniture industry’s biggest trade shows. The “Market” is made up of 180 buildings, 11.5 million square feet of showspace, and 2,000+ exhibitors from more than 100 different countries.

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Upon their return from the Tar Heel State, I asked our buyers to give me a little sneak peek into what’s hot this season, and what it’s like to be at Market.

Elaine Haskey, Upholstery

“In the world of Upholstery we were really excited to see Boho, or ‘nuevo hippie.’ It’s very colorful, almost Middle Eastern looking…like items you would find in a bazaar. The pieces are made from very thick fabrics full of color.”

-Modern looks that span all price ranges, both in fabric and in leather. That modern look is also coming into motion furniture.

-Power lumbar continues to be big in motion. Power recline, power headrest, and power lumbar allow the lower back to be supported.

-BOLD colors: Like chartreuse, yellow, and burgundy

-BLUE is still really big, which confirms what we’ve been doing as a company

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Dawn Still, Case Goods

“Being in Case Goods, what we’re looking at is new wood finishes, distressing of the wood, and the wire brush look. It literally looks like someone beat up the piece of wood. Grays are hot. Also a dry finish, and tons of wood species: Acacia, walnut, bleached white oak, and mango to name a few. We are also seeing more multi-functional pieces.”

Jenny Kordus, Accent Furniture

“Accent Furniture vendors are really focusing on multi-purpose pieces–like bookcase piers, cabinets that could be storage or wine racks, tables that can also be used for the office, and that’s just to name a few. Farmhouse is still a big trend, as well as whites and off-white. And barn doors are everywhere!”

Teri Hayden-Kalis, Rugs and Accessories

The trends I saw repeated the most in the showrooms:

-BLUE: All shades of blue accessories and rugs everywhere–Navy, Turquoise, Peacock   

-GOLD/ANTIQUE BRASS: Gold and brass are back, as you may have been noticing on all of your clothing lately (zippers, buttons, etc)… and showrooms are also filled with brass accents and accessories.

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-MONGOLIAN FUR PILLOWS: These are everywhere! They come in every color, go with anything, and add tons of texture.

This is some great insight into the hottest furniture trends for this spring and summer. But I also wanted to know a little bit more about the market itself. What is it REALLY like to attend, and what are some tips for those who may be checking out Market for the first time?

The biggest reaction from our buyers: Wear comfy shoes!! Buyers typically log about 6 miles a day, walking from appointment to appointment.

This spring, our buyers also had to compete with rain basically the entire time. When you compile that with 12-15 hour days, it takes some of the glamour out of the experience!

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But all of our buyers agree Market is a great event for our industry, and a vital part of networking and developing relationships with vendors.

Jenny says it’s also a chance for the buyers to grow closer. “We don’t always get to hang out at work, so it’s nice to be together, have ‘family’ dinner.”

Teri adds, “My favorite thing about market is seeing all of the new products and designs displayed in gorgeous showrooms. Most showrooms are reset and redesigned for every market.”

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And believe it or not, Market is just the START of all the work for our Merchandising Team! Dawn explains, “You come back and you have to execute. The market is the easy part.. then you have to follow through with the vendors.”

As I’ve learned through my first couple years of working at Steinhafels, the world of furniture is beautiful to gaze at and enjoy, but there is sooooo much work that goes on behind the scenes to make it happen.

I will continue to share some of my discoveries in this blog… so stay tuned!

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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: 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: 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!

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: 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: Starting Points

Everything needs a starting point–even design.  While this sounds obvious, actually CHOOSING that starting point can be tricky, and the point you pick could affect the overall project more than you think!

For this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at ways to make sure you start off on the right foot.  Julie Thompson is an interior designer based in our Waukesha store.  She stresses the importance of choosing a starting point, and then making all of your follow-up decisions based on that item.

She explains, “A starting point can be as small as dishes in a dining room, a piece of artwork in an office, bed linens in a bedroom, or a rug in a living room.  Select that starting point, like a piece of artwork, and build off of that piece.  This helps you figure out the best way to arrange the rest of your wall hangings, or how to set up the furniture in the entire room.”

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