DS Tip Of The Week: Mixing Leather and Fabric

When it comes to interior design, it’s not just about colors and shapes. Textures are a huge focus for designers as well.

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week takes a closer look at why textures are so important, and how you can use your furniture to create a more 3-D, textured look.

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Jenii Kluver is an interior designer at our Oak Creek store.  She explains, “To create a fun look with lots of textures, try mixing leather and fabric furniture pieces. The leather can really show off the style you’re going for, while the fabric pieces can add pops of color and patterns, and create warmth. Choosing a sleek, protected leather can give a contemporary look… while a natural or distressed leather can give a rustic or eclectic look.”

Thanks Jenii–who knew mixing leather and fabric could look so good?! We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

 

DS Tip Of The Week: Sticking to the Basic Elements of Design

Are you looking to make some major updates on your home? Do you want a neutral color pallet with pops of color, but don’t know where to start?

This week’s Decorating Solution’s Tip Of The Week is a little different than most.  Instead of just one simple tip, our designer is sharing some of her step by step, insider knowledge from a recent project!

Ida Grossman is an interior decorator at our Greenfield store. For this project she was tasked with helping a couple revamp a childhood farmhouse. Ida says she wanted to create beauty & function by applying these basic elements of design:

Contrast—Adds interest to any room design. In this room, a sharp contrast is seen between the dark brown of the sectional fabric & the wood finish on the tables and the ivory found in the carpet, tufted ottomans, and fur accent pillows.

Proportion—A room that is out of proportion feels wrong to the human eye.  The large elements in this room are proportioned correctly, making it feel right.  

Color— Repetition in a room creates movement as the eye follows the path of the repetition through the space.  Notice how turquoise, the pop color in this pallet, is positioned throughout the room.

Balance—Achieving balance in a room is key. In this design balance is achieved through the varied use of colors and textures.

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Even if these concepts don’t directly apply to your project, hopefully this post gives you some insight into what will work best for you.  If you need any help, feel free to call your local Steinhafels or stop in–one of our designers would love to help you out!

You can read more about Ida’s project in this recent Onmilwaukee.com ARTICLE.

Take some of the guesswork out of interior design!  We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday.  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: Where to Start When Redoing a Room

Are you looking to give your space a new look, but don’t know where to start? Redoing a room can seem like a daunting task, but it doesn’t have to be… if you look at it as a step by step process.

Designer Katie Ryan is an interior decorator on our Decorating Solutions team.  She works at our Steinhafels store in Menomonee Falls.  Katie says it’s all about keeping it simple, and only tackling one step at a time.

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She suggests, “Work with staple pieces that have neutral base colors and can be versatile in different accent color schemes.  This example shows a blank boring room with a couch and recliner.  Start building around these pieces… incorporate an area rug (for a pop of color or pattern), side tables, lamps, and storage ottomans.  Storage ottomans are a great way to add color or pattern to a room, but can also be used for seating.  Next:  Window treatments!  You don’t have to spend a lot of money to make a statement with a pop of color or pattern on drapes, which can also coordinate with your accessories.  Here we have shades of blue–a very popular color right now.  Lastly, accessories:  Adding pillows, a throw blanket, and trays for the ottomans.”

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That’s the basic timeline for redesigning a room!  Not too tough right?  We post a different quick, easy, and practical decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

 

DS Tip of the Week: Dress Your Windows

Most of us love to have the beauty and warmth of natural light in our homes.  The one exception might be at 6 a.m. on a lazy Sunday morning in the middle of the summer, when the beaming sun wakes us from a restful slumber.  But as we Wisconsinites know all too well, we still have a few months until we have to worry about that.

In the meantime, the sun is a welcome sight during these late winter and early spring months.  However, you can’t count on the sun to do all the work.  You have to make sure you show your windows some love!  Windows are the topic of this week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.

Patti Stindt is an Interior Designer at our Madison Beltline store.  Her recommendation to homeowners:  Don’t forget about dressing the windows!

Patti says, “No matter what the size of the window or how high the ceilings, a vertical line in your designed space adds interest and warmth.  It is also a great way to add color, texture, or introduce another pattern.”

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As you see in these pictures, some simple drapes add interest and depth to the room.  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: Establish a Neutral Base

Are you looking to redesign your room, but are worried you’ll be sick of it in a few months?  The key is to start simple!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to look at neutrals in a new way.  Beige doesn’t have to equal boring.  Instead, look at it as a tool of versatility!

This week’s design tip comes from Appleton Interior Decorator Laura Hoffman.

Laura suggests, “Design the base of your room in neutral color hues, then add your pops of color with pillows, throws, art, candles, etc.  That way when you get tired of a certain color, or want to add your seasonal color scheme you can give your room a whole new look in a few minutes!  Simply replace those candles, pillows, and other accessories with similar items of a different color.  Your room will look totally different, and very put together, with little work involved.”

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Take some of the guesswork out of interior design.  We post a quick and easy #DSTipOfTheWeek each Monday.