DS Tip Of The Week: Fill That Wall!

Many of us worry about overdoing it when it comes to wall decor. Or we don’t want to bother with mounting a picture or piece of art on the wall.

Well… here’s the problem. Blank walls are BORING!

This week’s #DecoratingSolutions tip comes from one of our newest designers, based in Kenosha. Cecily Gaitan has her Associates Degree in Applied Science of Interior Design, and also have certificates for Fundamentals of Interior Design, History of Design and the Decorative Arts, and Sustainable Design.

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Cecily explains, “Filling a wall with artwork is a great way to bring color into the room, and doesn’t create a busy look. Nothing is worse than having a huge wall with nothing to fill the space.”

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She adds, “If you don’t like artwork or can’t find exactly what you’re looking for, use family pictures blown up in bigger sizes. This also creates a personal design specifically for you and your family.”

We post thoughtful tips like Cecily’s every week!  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

And if you’d like to work with Cecily, you can email her at cecilyg@steinhafels.com, or ask for her at our Kenosha Superstore!

DS Tip Of The Week: Feature Your Functional Furniture

It’s summer, which is often a time we try to de-clutter, and “air out” our homes. No one wants to be crammed into an overpacked, stuffy room during these hot and humid months. One way to cut the clutter–use furniture with multi-purpose!

It’s time for your #DSTipOfTheWeek! This is where our expert interior designers offer simple, easy tips that you may have never thought about, or have overlooked. This week’s tip comes from Decorating Solutions designer Dawn Adamec, who calls our Waukesha store home.

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Dawn uses this Juno Storage Cocktail Ottoman as an example, and explains, “This is a great piece. You can sit on it, put your feet on it, or set an oversized tray on it and it becomes a coffee table. The best part… remove the top and it becomes a great place to store pillows, blankets (if you have that AC set on high!), magazines, and toys.”

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Furniture… it’s not just pretty, it can also be functional! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Making Your Patio A Fun Living Space

Summer is FINALLY here. Give your patio a fresh, fun, and lived-in feel as we enter these magical 4 months that we live for here in the Midwest!

Get out the notepad and jot down these pointers.  That’s right… it’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Patti Stindt. Patti works at our Madison store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.  She has some easy suggestions for transforming your patio with some summer sizzle.

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Patti says, “There are many easy, fun, and inexpensive ways to turn your outdoor area into a fun and colorful place to hang out. Make your patio more of an outdoor room, and an extension of the home (cushioned wicker sets like the one below are all the rage now!) There are many comfortable seating and dining options that are outdoor friendly. You can also accessorize your outdoor space… with plants, lighting, and fabrics.”

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You likely already have some of these items in your home or garage, and you can also check out a local Farmer’s Market for more outdoor inspirations!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you. Log on next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Check out Patti’s recent segment on NBC15 about Patio Transformations HERE!

DS Tip Of The Week: Getting Personal With Pictures

Spring is here!  Are you looking to refresh your room, but don’t want to spend money on a new set of furniture? Maybe it’s time to get your artistic juices flowing!

This week’s tip is a little different than usual. It doesn’t show a furniture example, but instead how you can use your own artistic eye to compliment your furniture pieces. It comes from Lori Green, an interior decorator at our Greenfield store. Lori has been in our Decorating Solutions program for years, and always has unique and practical ideas.

Lori’s tip has a personal touch. She says, “I sometimes take personal photos that I have collected that are special to me, and will enlarge and frame them with black frames and put them side by side above my sofa for example. Photographs can help pull the bright colors out of furniture into a room. It is amazing what one can capture on film, and enlarged…it’s so sentimental to you after you see those images on a canvas. I have a lot of fun doing that.”

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The best part–bringing those images to life wasn’t difficult! Lori explains, “My daughter and I downloaded our photos to Shutterfly and selected the size we wanted for our canvas art to be made. They shipped them to us, and then we got them framed ourselves. It can be an easy way to create one of a kind wall art.”

Interior design doesn’t have to be complicated or expensive!  We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Lose the TV

Despite this late season deluge of snow…spring IS coming! That means time to turn off the TV’s, open the windows, and enjoy the sounds and smells of the outdoors.

This week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week comes to us from one of our Oak Creek-based interior decorators, Jenii Kluver. She has a message for all of you hooked on Sports, Video Games, Netflix, Hulu, etc. Turn it off when you’re in the family room. In fact, lose the TV altogether. That’s right–no TV! Small family rooms were never meant to have TV’s.

Jenii explains, “Try eliminating the TV in your space and relocating it to a more closed off space such as a basement or bedroom. This will give you a lot more freedom to use your room to its fullest potential without having to designate one wall as a ‘TV wall.’ If you really cannot live without a TV in your living space, try mounting it above your fireplace to still give yourself freedom with furniture layout.”

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

Meet Our New Guest Bloggers!

Here at Steinhafels, we love being a part of the blogosphere–sharing various design tips, furniture stories, and other fun and interesting posts with our readers.  We hope you enjoy reading them as much as we enjoy posting them!

However, we know it’s nice to hear a different voice sometimes.  We recently decided to join forces with some local design bloggers–to build new partnerships, and reach new readers who aren’t as familiar with us yet.

Meet “Mommy in Milwaukee” (aka Keila) and “Green With Decor” (aka Meg)!  You may already follow their blogs and social media posts.  Both women are very active in the Blogosphere, and we are so excited to be working with each of them.

Keila is a mother of three, with a background in the medical field.  You may have caught her first blog with us around the holidays.  You can read it HERE.

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Keila is passionate about fashion for the busy momma, family, raising bilingual babies, and design.  Keila came to our Corporate store in December with all three children in tow, and did an awesome job picking a bench and some accessories to go along with her holiday table setting.  We can’t wait to work more with Keila, and see those cute kiddos in the store again!

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Meg has a background in Public Relations, and started her blog in 2015.  She and her husband have already completed two major home renovations–one in Cincinnati, and in Milwaukee, where they live now.  Meg loves the color green, and wanted to somehow include “green” in her blog name.  Her husband came up with “Green With Decor,” and the rest is history!  Meg came to our store just last week and picked up a couple nightstands for her blog, which is fresh off the presses right HERE.  We love how Meg tries to incorporate the color green in all of her posts!

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We wanted to ask each woman a little bit about why she blogs, and why she’s excited to work with Steinhafels.  Here’s what they each had to say:

-Why do you like to blog, and what got you started?

Keila:  I enjoy blogging because it’s a fun way to stay creative! I also believe it’s a great way to share our voices for advocacy for support for our local community and beyond. I started blogging after I decided to stay at home with our oldest son, Gabriel. It quickly became a creative outlet for me and I’m so glad I started!

Meg:  I’ve always loved writing and interior design, and blogging is the perfect mix of the two. Even as a kid, I enjoyed going to open houses to see the layouts of different spaces and how others decorated. My husband Kalen and I have renovated two houses, and after discovering that others were blogging about their home projects, I decided to start a blog of my own. It’s been such a fun journey so far!

-What’s the number one key to creating posts that readers will care about?

Keila:  I think the number one key is to be yourself. I know it’s something we hear about often but I truly believe that being genuine makes a difference.

Meg:  I love to share decorating ideas and DIY projects that inspire readers to take on their own project. Whether it’s how to renovate a space to use it better, tips for picking out flooring or furniture pieces, or how to turn an old thrift store frame into something pretty, it’s fun to share ideas that readers can use to transform their home. Pretty pictures of our finished projects are always key, too!

-Why are you excited for this new partnership with Steinhafels?

Keila:  I love being able to partner with amazing companies like Steinhafels, that not only carry great products, but are also at the forefront of community outreach.

Meg:  I grew up with my parents buying pieces from Steinhafels and have always liked the wide variety of furniture Steinhafels offers. It’s fun for me to partner with brands I believe in and would share with my readers anyway, even more so when the brand is local. I’m excited to partner with Steinhafels to share gorgeous furniture options with my readers and inspire them to keep decorating their homes.

We are so excited to see what Keila and Meg come up with in the months ahead!  We will continue to explore practical ways that everyone–young professionals, first-time homeowners, renters, moms, dads, etc. can apply design tips to their own homes.

Be sure to follow this blog, along with our Steinhafels’ Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest for links to all of our latest blogs and design tips.  Thanks for reading!

DS Tip Of The Week: Belly Up to the Bar–At Home!

Are you looking to use your space in a whole new way?  Do you have a formal living area and a family room adjacent, and you’re just not sure how the space will best be  utilized?

How about a Bar?  After all–this IS Wisconsin!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week is perfect for the cocktail connoisseur, or someone who’s looking for new ways to enjoy their home–along with family and friends.

This week’s design tip comes from Menomonee Falls Interior Decorator Beth Kealy.

Beth uses a past project to illustrate her point.  Here is the room BEFORE:

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She explains, “This client chose to add a bar and seating area–making the room cozy and useful versus a stuffy and rarely used space. Steinhafels has many beautiful bars which could bring the guests back to the formal room with great conversation and a reason to return.”

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So take Beth’s advice, and be the host with the most!

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

 

Lessons Learned in Riverwest Helped Steinhafels Grow

Steinhafels is proud to have its roots firmly planted in the Milwaukee area.  But did you know some of the company’s core values were first established in one of the city’s most eclectic and historic neighborhoods?

Today, Riverwest is known for its trendy shops, restaurants, and bars.  However, the neighborhood boasts a rich history of generations of families growing up in its homes, local parishes and corner stores, and lively parks for children to play.

As you’ll see in the article below… the neighborhood also helped bestow on John E. Steinhafel some of the core values the company continues to cherish today.

Check it out!  Click HERE for a higher resolution version.

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DS Tip of The Week Celebrates One Year!

Wow, time DOES fly when you’re having fun–like blogging about interior design!

We’re excited to announce that our Steinhafels Decorating Solutions #TipOfTheWeek Blog posts have been running for exactly ONE YEAR.

That means more than 50 great interior design tips are available on our blog site–all at the click of a mouse!

To celebrate this blogging milestone, we’re going to look back at 5 of the Top Tips based on your page views.

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This tip comes from Laura Hoffman, one of our designers in Appleton.

Laura has some advice for organizing all those pesky pillows you have strewn all over your room.  Laura’s Tip:  “I love to stack and build out pillows on a bed or a couch, either with the same color palette, or with different patterns.”

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ELEGANT UPDATES FOR EMPTY NESTERS

It’s the day some parents dream of, and others dread–the day a child leaves the nest!  Some parents will leave the child’s bedroom untouched–with teddy bears still on the bed and band posters on the walls.  However, less nostalgic parents will likely look at that vacant bedroom, and be ready to make a change.

This Tip of the Week comes from Menomonee Falls Designer Beth Kealy.  Beth says you don’t have to completely change your child’s old bedroom, but like your child, it’s time for that old room to “grow up.”

How do you do that?  Beth explains, “Empty nesters can reclaim use of a child’s old room with elegant updates that cut the cluttered look of the past.  Take a room from ‘Catch All’ to ‘Wow!'”

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NEUTRAL BASES

It’s time to look at neutrals in a whole new way.  Beige doesn’t have to equal boring.  Instead, look at it as a tool of versatility!

This is another design tip 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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BRINGING DESIGN TO LIFE WITH TEXTURES

Designer Rhonda Vivoda is based in our Corporate store in Waukesha.  Rhonda likes to bring her designs to life with rich textures.

Here are Rhonda’s Top Three Ways to add Texture to a design project:

*Use an area rug over carpeting.  It anchors the room, along with adding color and texture.

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*Throw Pillows.  These are an inexpensive way to change the look and feel of a room.  They add pops of color and different textures.

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*Gorgeous Greenery.  Real or artificial always adds softness to a room and can add a different texture.

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TANTALIZING TIFFANY LAMPS

One of the most important accessories in a room is a lamp.  The way light can alter the look of a room, or bring out the colors of paint or furniture truly is remarkable…all with the flip of a switch!

This one comes from Interior Designer Colleen Rome.  Colleen works at our Greenfield store, and helps customers across Milwaukee create the homes of their dreams.

As Colleen suggests, you can create patterns and colors simply with Tiffany lighting.  She goes on to explain, “Tiffany lighting can add nice warm ambiance to the room, and you can use them with other types of lighting to create a certain feeling for a nice dinner or special occasion.  Best of all–they never go out of style!  They can be used in all different settings from transitional to traditional.”

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As you see in the pictures, the colors of the lamp truly bring a sophisticated and artistic look to the room–while still remaining casual.

Thank you for making our first year of #DSTipOfTheWeek a success!  We look forward to bringing you many more Unique Tips and Trade Secrets in 2017.

 

DS Tip Of The Week: Thanksgiving–Embrace Your Imperfections!

Just in time for Thanksgiving… a Decorating Solutions’ Tip Of The Week with a holiday flare.

Thanksgiving is a time to gather with family near and far.  There is the tendency to want everything perfect for their arrival, but sometimes imperfection is better. After all, it IS family time–we all know that can get a little messy anyways!

This week’s #DSTipOfTheWeek comes from interior designer Anne Sperry, who’s based at our Steinhafels in Kenosha.

Anne has some simple tips that can make a big difference.  She explains, “When you don’t have enough chairs that match to go around your dinner table, it is fun to mix and match all sizes and colors to represent all sizes and personalities in your family. Same goes for china, glass, and silverware as well. It is fun to have each guest bring a place setting that has family history and share the memories of each piece as you say your prayers of thanks. Also set a place at the dinner table for a family member that has passed and is greatly missed each year. Place their photo on the chair and have family tell their favorite stories throughout dinner.”

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So don’t settle for the perfect match at your Thanksgiving table. Welcome in the odd and mismatched pieces–like the imperfect souls we are.

Happy Thanksgiving to all! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.