DS Tip of the Week Fall Design: Bringing Warmth Into the Home

We continue our fall-themed #DecoratingSolutions Tips of the Week! This week we focus on bringing some extra warmth into the home as the mercury drops outside in the coming weeks.

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This week’s tip comes from Lori Green, a seasoned designer based at our Greenfield store. Lori says, “We feel the air and temperature changing now, so why not bring a little warmth into your home with the colors of fall, and cozy up to a book and relax by the fire! Create a comfortable setting for your family to relax in. Enjoy your days and evenings inside now by bringing a little of the sunroom furniture in, and incorporate a cozy sofa with some rust colors… adding a beautiful flare of fall in the air.”

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Lori adds that you can also get creative and have fun decorating your yard with fall items of various colors and sizes–that you may have thought would never go together! Check out some of these fun pictures she took during a recent trip to Door County. See… even designers can even be inspired sometimes!

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

Design For a Difference: Prepping For the Big Reveal!

The big weekend is here for our Decorating Solutions interior designers who have been working on “Design For a Difference–Madison.” DFAD is a national campaign focused on design makeovers for non-profit charities. Madison-based FLOOR360 is the local ambassador of this national movement!

This year’s makeover is at Centro Hispano, which provides crucial services to Madison’s Hispanic community. Local design pros, including our designers Patti, Michelle, and Debbie have volunteered their own time since April 2017 to help plan this makeover. Patti, Debbie, and Michelle are based at our new store on High Crossing Boulevard on Madison’s East Side.

Our designers are re-creating the “Dream Room”– a place where teenagers can hang out, do homework, work on art projects, and just relax.

Check out this video featuring our designers in the final stretch. Steinhafels also donated several pieces of furniture to this awesome community project.

Stay tuned to our Steinhafels blog and Social Media pages–the big reveal is this weekend, and we’ll be tracking it and will bring you the latest!

 

Milwaukee Film Fest Lounge Redesign: The Big Reveal!

Over the past week you’ve hopefully had the chance to check out the Milwaukee Film Festival. The fest is one of the largest in the entire COUNTRY, and Steinhafels is excited to be a Producing Sponsor this year!

Along with the sponsorship, we are proud to have our name on the “Steinhafels Stage” in the Film Fest Lounge, which was redesigned by our Decorating Solutions Interior Designer Lori Green.

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Kristen Heller is Operations Director of the Film Festival. While the actual movies the number one focus of the fest, the Film Fest Lounge is also a key component of the experience–especially for the filmmakers who attend the fest.

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Heller explains, “Our filmmakers come from all over the world, some have interpreters, and most of them it’s their first time to Milwaukee, so this is a main base for them. It’s kind of like their own little escape if they wanna do work and just relax, or if they have a screening coming up and they want to relax–this is a place we can take care of them.”

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The Lounge is also open to the public during select hours. As you can see in these BEFORE pictures, the space has an industrial, modern look. Lori says she wanted to build on that. “We wanted a little more modern twist to it, so we did the grays, the metals and some of the vases. And obviously some of the fill-ins with the boxes for the books and things like that. So it was really enjoyable, it was easy–that’s what we wanted, simple and real clean lines.”

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THE RESULT!

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Check out this short video of the redesign process!!

Heller says working with Lori and Steinhafels was a seamless process. “Like even just me working with Lori in the store–everything came together organically, and it just felt like a good fit all around.”

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Lori admits this is her first time at the Film Fest. She says she’s excited to be a part of it, and to see some movies that will inspire. “I just like the overall feeling of being uplifted. I don’t like anything scary and that kind of thing, but something I can equate myself to, and my life, and my family.”

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You still have the weekend, and most of next week to check out the fest and be inspired! Closing night is Thursday, October 12.

The Film Fest is also Supporting Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Check out Lori’s Walk and Talk Video about the space!

And Click HERE for a full gallery of pictures!

Steinhafels also helped with the design of the fest’s new VR Gallery, which features several virtual reality exhibits.

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DS Tip Of The Week: Getting Creative With Open Shelving

Last week we looked at filling an open wall space with large artwork. Today, let’s explore open shelving!

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Jenii Kluver. Jenii works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.  

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We love how creative Jenii is with her designs! She suggests, “If you have a larger wall that you are unsure how to fill up, use open shelving. I love to use this with my clients because it gives them an option to display more items at a time, while also giving them the freedom to switch it up much more often with seasons and holidays. Plus if they get sick of something displayed, they can take it off the shelf and replace it with something else they love!”

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

DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Make this Picture-Hanging Mistake!

Hanging Pictures seems to be a constant debate depending on how tall you are. The good news is–your height makes no difference in appropriately hung pictures!

This week’s Tip of the Week comes from Decorating Solutions Designer Tina Dopf. Tina works at our Madison Beltline store, and her experience includes 25 years of combined commercial and residential design work.

Tina says the biggest culprit is ‘hanging high.’ She explains, “Hanging high is the worst offense when it comes to wall decor. Keep away from the ceiling as much as possible.”

Tina adds, “When you are in a home or office space, remember that you are not only standing but also sitting, and probably pay more attention to things at a more comfortable vantage point. Also, artwork should be hung in orientation to a piece of furniture. It should be hung within 6 inches or less, to anchor the art to the furniture or visa versa.”

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And don’t be afraid to go big–really big! Tina says, “An entire blank wall can be hung from floor to ceiling gallery style.”

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: 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: Family, Friends, and Firepits!

Living in Wisconsin we get to enjoy a four season climate. Many of us treasure the summer weather and being able to enjoy our outdoor oasis. But you don’t have to pack it all up just because the fall chill is starting to set in.

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For this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at ways to extend your outdoor entertaining as long as possible. Beth Kealy is an interior designer based in our Menomonee Falls store. She has some advice to help you eek out every bit of nice weather you can these next couple months–thanks to Fabulous Firepits and other patio items still in stock!!

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Beth explains, “Family and friend gatherings can be enjoyed around a cozy fire pit while enjoying sunsets, watching kids at play, or during breaks in sporting activities. We also carry protective covers for most of our selections to keep them from being exposed to the elements. During winter months we do recommend storing your furniture or covering it tightly to prevent weather and animal damage.”

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If you are unsure what arrangement would be the best for your deck or patio, one of our expert designers can do a floor plan and offer color choices to best fit your space and beautify your relaxing, outdoor space. Come in to check out our remaining collection. Supplies are limited for this remaining season, but you can still find some great deals!!

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We’re here to help you through all 4 seasons, with quick and easy decor tips each and every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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DS Tip Of The Week: From Drab to Fab!

Interior Design is all about trends that are hopefully here to stay for awhile! One of those is the modern rustic look, which is all the rage right now, and doesn’t appear to be going out of style any time soon.

Believe it or not, Fall is just around the corner. So for this week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week, let’s look at a simple update for an old fireplace: Whitewash! It comes from Interior Designer Colleen Rome. Colleen works at our Greenfield store, and helps customers across the area create the homes of their dreams.  

Here’s the fireplace before Colleen’s makeover:

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Colleen explains, “Whitewash is so popular right now because it’s a modern rustic look. I’ve have had several clients take on this project with my guidance. There was a little hesitation from some of the husbands who think painting wood or stone is an absolute travesty!”

But… Viola!

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Colleen adds, “Every single client that has done it cannot believe the transformation of their room… from dark and drab to bright and beautiful!!!”

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

Tip of the Week BONUS! Here’s another project Colleen recently worked on:

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DS Tip Of The Week: Magical Area Rugs

OK, it’s not quite Aladdin and his magic carpet… but you can use the magic of area rugs to transform your space in an easy and affordable way.

Just like the Genie in Aladdin, Steinhafel’s Decorating Solutions Interior Decorator Beth Kealy is here to make your design wishes come true!

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Beth explains, “The addition of an area rug can add color, pattern, interest, sound control, and comfort to any room. Pictured below are many examples where solid colored leather or fabric pieces can be dressed up by an area rug. By adding this work of art to your floor, you can add the pop to any room. Drawing from the sofa color and wall colors, working with the pattern in your throw pillows can help in selecting an area rug that will compliment your other pieces and tie the room together. Whatever your style, there’s an area rug that could be added to complete your look.”

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As you can see, the possibilities are endless! Beth adds, “Area rugs can be used over carpets, hardwood, or tile flooring. You should always include a rug pad to prevent slipping, rug movement, prevent color transfer between surfaces, and to provide comfort when walking, while adding greater sound control. At Steinhafels we stock mostly 8 x 10’s and 5 x 7’s, however many other sizes and shapes are available on a custom order. If you need assistance in selecting the perfect rug for your room, our designers are here to offer their expert advice.”

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Our designers don’t have magical powers, but their redesign project results will make you think they do! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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DS Tip Of The Week: Think Backwards!

When designing a new living space, people tend to pick a paint color and base their furniture selections around this. While this approach seems to make the most sense, it’s actually not the most efficient way to do it.

It’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!  This week Oak Creek-based Decorating Solutions interior designer Samantha Price explains why you should be thinking backwards!

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See this Rust Brown Wall Sconce HERE

Samantha says, “With paint being one of the cheapest elements of the room, the most frequently changed, and the one that offers the most variants, it tends to be less stressful to find the furniture, art and accessories first. It is ok to pick a color palette, like ‘I want blue, gray, yellow etc. walls,’ but then find the pieces for the room that you really love and base the shade and tone of the paint color around these pieces.”

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See the Riley Sofa/Loveseat HERE

Samantha adds, “This will eliminate the stress of finding a sofa that you love in the wrong color, finding a piece of art you love but it doesn’t fit, and so on. These are the pieces that cost the most money and help define your space to your personality, so let’s get it right the first time!”

That’s all for now!  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.