DS Tip Of The Week: Start Small–Wallpaper Your Niche!

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

This week’s tip is for those of you who want to give wallpaper a try, but aren’t ready to commit to an entire room of modern geometrics or feminine floral patterns.

Beth Kealy is an interior decorator with our Decorating Solutions program, and works out of our Menomonee Falls store.  She has some advice for those of us not ready for wallpaper in a whole room.

Beth suggests, “How about just a Niche?  This picture is a powder room where a painted pattern on a cork wallpaper was applied to the niche area.  This really dresses up the room, and adding the two-tone wire flowers combines the colors of the mirror and wallpaper, creating a spectacular 3-D accent on the wall!”

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Looks great Beth.  Thanks for the tip!

Don’t be scared to try something new… even if you just take baby steps at first.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

 

DS Tip Of The Week: Trade the Paint for Paste!

When it comes to design, we often go with what’s “safe” and easy.  This often applies to our walls and our automatic go-to:  Paint.

Our designer tip:  ”Stop being attached to paint and start considering WALLPAPER!”

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This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Elena Moraru.  Elena works at our Madison Beltline store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.

We love how Elena likes to break some of the typical rules of design!  She suggests, “If you are bored with your Sherwin Williams or Benjamin Moore in your home, I highly recommend creating accent walls with some beautiful wallpaper.”

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Elena admits it requires a little more work than rolling some paint onto the wall, but as she explains, “The result is 10 times better looking than a boring painted accent wall.  Wallpaper right now comes in spectacular patterns and textures–there are a lot of options that are unbelievably beautiful.  You can create a very dramatic space with wallpaper, visually it can have a huge impact on how you perceive your space.”

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Our designers are hard at work on many more insightful tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

The Day Things Got a Little “Ugly” at Work….

Here at Steinhafels we have some of the hardest workers in the business.  It’s nice every now and then to let loose, get out the old scissors and garland, ornaments and lights… and let the creativity flow!

As you can see, the results got pretty ugly during our Corporate Office Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest.  This year was the 2nd go-around for the now annual event.  The first year saw 16 participants–more than double that number took part this year.

We asked organizer and Accent Furniture Buyer Jenny Kordus a few questions about this new office tradition.

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Why do you love ugly sweaters?

I love Ugly Sweater parties in particular because people get really creative, or pull out sweaters from the 80’s & 90’s.  Or borrow clothes from their moms.  So there’s usually a fun story behind everyone’s outfit.

How did this tradition begin?

My office decided last year to throw the Ugly Sweater Party at the last minute.  We had such a good turnout that we decided to make it an annual thing.  We love everything about Christmas – the decorations, the food, etc….but especially spending time with family and friends – in this case our work family!

How does something like this help build a spirit of teamwork?

Steinhafels is still a great “small” company, even though we are getting bigger and bigger.  A party like this brings people from different parts of the company together.  You can get to know someone you haven’t met yet, you can “razz” your friends, and it puts everyone (even Scrooges) in the holiday mood!  Even if you don’t want to wear a sweater, you can come and vote and enjoy the treats.  It’s an easy way to put a smile on everyone’s face for the day.

2016 Winners

Brightest: Anne Barforth

Best Homemade: Amy Swenson

Ugliest Overall: Amy Swenson

Now–start planning for next year–Jenny already has a list of categories!

Happy Holidays everyone.

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 HOLIDAY SWEATERS TAKE 2!

Our awesome Corporate Store Sales Team also had a holiday sweater party– complete with a potluck of yummy snacks.  We love to promote a professional, yet festive environment at our stores!!

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DS Tip Of The Week: Sofa Tables–Oh the Possibilities!

As you get set to redecorate the living room, you are likely focused on the sofa, and other large statement items.  We’re here to remind you–don’t overlook the sofa tables!!

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This week’s tip comes from one of our Vernon Hills Decorating Solutions experts.  Brian Mueller is known for his ability to help his clients see the possibilities that they may not be able to envision themselves.

As Brian explains, “A sofa table has endless possibilities.  If your sofa or sectional are just floating in a room, and you’re tired of looking at all the fabric or leather, break it up with a table behind it.  Not only can a table break up the sea of fabric or leather, it also acts as another surface for lamps lamps, or a space to display accessories!  For instance, if your room doesn’t allow for an end table for extra lighting, and you have room for a table behind your sofa or sectional, use that instead.  It doesn’t even necessarily have to be floating to use one either, and you can move it forward off the wall to make for a more intimate seating area as well.”

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Brian adds, “Sofa tables come in all shapes and sizes.  Some even allow for ottomans or stools underneath, which adds extra seating as well when you need it.  Don’t be afraid to even put a chest or cabinet behind it, as long as it doesn’t go higher than the back of the sofa cushion. You can also use open bookshelves to divide a room visually behind a sofa.”

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