DS Tip Of The Week Fall Design: Preparing the Nest

For many people, Fall is a favorite time to decorate the home. It’s a time when we return back to our routines as school begins again, and the carefree days of summer drift into a distant memory. It’s also a great time to prepare our nests (homes) for the long winter months.  

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For the next couple weeks our Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week is going to focus on Fall Design! This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Laura Hoffman. Laura works at our Appleton store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.

Laura also loves to spend time in her kitchen. She says that as it gets cooler, she loves to bake, and make hearty soups and warm breads.  

So how does the idea of comfort food translate into interior design? Pretty simply! As Laura explains, “I love to bring in lanterns, gold candles, white lights and warm toasty throws on my sectional. I also enjoy bringing in some dried hydrangeas and Chinese lanterns along with yellow twig dogwood branches, pine cones, and white and orange pumpkins to decorate my mantle. I toss some beautiful fall-colored pillows around my living room, with a couple blingy ones as well.”

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You can also fill a big wooden bowl with green and red apples and set it on your table. And don’t forget to give your exterior a little fall flair–place a beautiful fall wreath on your front door and wait for your guests to arrive.

In addition to our wide variety of accessories at Steinhafels, you likely have some of these items in storage, in your yard, or you can check out a local Farmer’s Market for gourds and other fall-inspired plants! Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you. Check in next Monday for another fall inspired #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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Teamwork Through the Tummy!

We’ve all heard the saying “The Way to a Man’s Heart is Through His Stomach.”  Well, the same can often be said for our co-workers.

Here at Steinhafels we are all about family, and families are all about food.  Most days you can find some sort of random communal offering on a table or counter in our offices–cake, cookies, bagels, chips, dips, pizza–you name it, we’ve got it!

So it’s no surprise that our staff in Appleton took it to the next level, and held a Chili Contest!

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Sales Manager Susanne Stilwell first got the pot simmering for the idea.  She explains, “In the summer we had a potluck, and people liked exchanging recipes.. and chili came up, but of course in the summertime that’s not what you think about.”

But it’s perfect for the fall!

So the store held a Chili Contest for any employees interested in entering.  As you can imagine, it was a great success, and even helped with team building.  Susanne says, “It brings everybody together and gets them to talk about something other than work.  And you might recognize one of your sales co-worker competitors on the floor as a real person.”

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It’s also great to see this team-building activity at the newest market to join the Steinhafels family!  The team plans to bring the contest back next year, and make it an annual event.

Some of the entries even got prizes!  Here’s a list of the lucky winners.

-Meatiest Chili (Cyndi VanLanen)

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-Best Overall Chili (Julianne Kanugh)

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-Spiciest Chili (Sarah Chaignot)

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-Wimpiest Chili (Nancy Sargent)

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Are you hungry yet?  The temps are falling and it’s prime season for comfort food… and fellowship.  If you didn’t take a prize this time, you’ll have plenty of time to practice during these cold, winter months.

DS Tip Of The Week: Comfort and Style Don’t Have to Be Mutually Exclusive!

Are you looking to redesign your room, but don’t know where to start?  You’ve come to the right place.  It’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!

This week we look at how to combine high style and cozy comfort.  Those may sound like two very different design strategies, but they don’t have to be!

This week’s design tip comes from Anne Hildreth, an interior designer the Steinhafels in Vernon Hills.

In a recent article in the Daily Herald, Anne explains, “Reclining furniture is very popular today but current recliners don’t look like the overstuffed, bucket seated ‘Bubba’ furniture of the past.”  She adds, “Today’s recliners are often high-end pieces with tailored arms and backs that also happen to be designed to recline and are very comfortable.  Many are custom-made so the homeowner can choose exactly the arm, seat depth, back height and footrest they want, as well as the fabric or leather they prefer.”

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Another thing Anne is seeing is that people are showing more personality, and choosing eclectic looks.  She says, “People are mixing fabric and leathers on chairs and sofas within the same room to keep in interesting. That sleek, matching, all leather look from the 1990’s is gone.”

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In addition, Hildreth says cocktail tables are largely being replaced by cocktail ottomans… which don’t necessarily need to match the sofas and loveseats they accompany!

So go ahead and break some rules!!  You can check out more of Anne’s article HERE.

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: Refresh Your Bedding

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 you can give your bedding some extra character and substance, without spending hundreds of dollars.  Our Decorating Solutions Interior Designers are constantly using simple techniques to make dramatic changes that will help your space seem new again.  This week’s tip comes from Interior Decorator Hannah Peller.

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Hannah has some advice for ‘refreshing’ your bedding.  She suggests, “Layer in the same color with various patterns and textures for a transformed look.  This will appear inviting and luxurious.  Bedding should be relaxing and uncomplicated, so make sure whatever you pick is practical.  An easy way to achieve this is by getting different colored duvet covers for your quilt, and using various shams.”

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Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek, and sweet dreams!!

DS Tip of the Week: Make it ‘Fierce’ With Plaid and Fur

When it comes to interior design, sometimes the combinations you least expect yield the greatest results!

That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week:  Plaid + Fur.  It’s a little bit of country meets chic, and looks oh so good!

This week’s tip comes from Madison Interior Decorator Hannah Peller.

Hannah’s words of wisdom:  “Plaids tend to be rather rustic and masculine.  Fur is feminine and delicate, yet fierce.  What they both have in common is a sense of warmth, which is perfect for winter.  Some of the best combinations are those that are least likely.  I love the balance this pattern and texture bring to a space.  It is unpredictable, and very inviting!”

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So quit playing it safe, channel your inner Beyonce, and make your home “fierce.”  We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.