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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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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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.

DS Tip of the Week: Tricky Triangles

It’s Monday, and you’re probably feeling tired and a little uninspired.  Well, here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week we look at ways to make your wall mountings and shelving displays as pleasing to the eye as possible:  Think TRIANGLES!

Dawn Adamec is an interior designer based in our Waukesha store.  She explains, “Just look at the wall.  Figure out the best way to arrange wall hangings, or to set up small accent pieces.  Look for opportunities to create triangles.  This creates interest.  The triangle focuses your eye to the center, and then draws it out.  It’s very appealing to the eye!”

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

DS Tip of the Week: Steampunk at Steinhafels

When it comes to interior design, there is often a relation to trends in pop culture and fashion.  This is the case with “Steampunk,” which is making a comeback.  Steampunk is defined as a style of design and fashion that combines historical elements with anachronistic technological features inspired by science fiction:  The essence of Steampunk is homage to vintage fashion with a modern twist.

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week takes a closer look at this subgenre of science fiction, and how it has influenced design.  Jim Mallon is an interior designer at our Vernon Hills store.  He explains, “My design client was looking for a design that would incorporate the repurposed pieces of old barn timbers as a platform bed, pulleys as a accent lighting, and an 18th century style chair.  We designed the room to create a comfortable, anachronistic space that expressed the design aesthetic of the client.”

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Here are some examples of Steampunk items available at Steinhafels.

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Mallon says Steampunk can be a great design concept for a budget driven 21st century client.  So quit playing it safe, get out your old copies of “War of the Worlds” and “A Wrinkle In Time” for inspiration, and give your home a sci-fi, architectural flair.

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Don’t Overlook the Accents!

When it comes time to buy furniture, we often think about the big ticket item–like a new couch, dining room table, or a bed.  Well, those high profile items look a lot better in our home if they are surrounded by a strong supporting cast!  That’s why Accent Furniture is such an important piece of our inventory at Steinhafels–so we can provide our customers with every piece necessary to round out an entire room.

Big statement items help fill a room, but it’s the accent pieces that truly show a homeowner’s personality, and tie a room together.

Step inside Steinhafels, and it’s easy to see some of the principal trends in Accent Furniture right now:  Metal and Wood Combos, Reclaimed Furniture, and the colors Turquoise and Red.

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Jenny Kordus is the Accent Furniture Buyer for Steinhafels.  She says she has seen some interesting changes in the industry lately, along with some tried and true constants:

-Customers are reacting to “mixed media” pieces that feature both metal & wood accents.

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-Some pieces have “chicken wire” in place of glass on the doors.

-Some pieces have caster wheels.

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-Some items feature “barn doors” with rolling doors.

-Occasional pieces usually feature wood tops with metal bases, frames, etc.  This trend is working in transitional and contemporary styles and at low and high price points.

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Kordus notes we are also seeing some changes in the furniture that is designed for entertainment areas.  Flat screen TVs have basically replaced tube televisions. As for TV consoles, The smaller and sleeker the better!  Most do not look like big, bulky walls anymore.  In many cases, homeowners are simply putting wall-mounted or pedestal-mounted TVs over slimmer consoles–providing for a more modern look, but still supplying space for storage of various media and gaming devices.

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Many Accent vendors are also adding “wire management” to pieces.  These are ways to make it easier to plug electronics into the wall, without a wiry mess.  For example, many furniture manufacturers now cut a hole or several holes in the back of a piece, so wires can remain hidden in the back.

There are many other accent pieces we haven’t touched on–fireplaces, curios, clocks, and benches–just to name a few!  Go ahead, get out of your comfort zone and show your personality with a unique accent piece you won’t find anywhere else.

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DS Tip of the Week: Giving Your Bedroom an Edgy, New Look

You know you wait all week for this moment… it’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!

This week we look at ways to give your bedroom some extra edginess.  A bedroom doesn’t have to just be your standard bed, dresser, and nightstand.

The ‘Reclaimed’ trend is really big in furniture right now.  Reclaimed furniture lends history, character, and beauty to your home.  Steinhafels has a variety of reclaimed pieces available for purchase at our stores and online, and many are perfect accent pieces for a bedroom.

That brings us to our tip from Steinhafels Design Consultant Anne Hildreth.  Anne works in our Vernon Hills store in the Chicagoland area.  Anne suggests:

“Put a drawer chest in a bedroom in place of a dresser… giving you an industrial loft feel.”

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This Kirti Drawer Chest features all re-purposed parts, reclaimed from old shipyards and buildings, and then skillfully handcrafted.  Each piece is one of a kind.  Hand-carved panels, unique print block carvings, and a myriad of colors adorn the vintage pieces, revealing much of the beauty that lies beneath.

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