DS Tip Of The Week: Monochromatic Color Schemes, and How to Make Them Work!

It’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week we are talking color, and how to make a single color scheme visually appealing and robust.

Elena Moraru is new to our Madison store, and we’re excited to have her on board.  She loves to incorporate a client’s personality into her design projects.  Color is a great way to show personality, and Elena has an interesting tip for us!

She explains, “A way to bring interest and fun to your space is by going monochromatic with your decor.  I am not talking about a boring monochromatic scheme. You can use a color but in 3 different shades of it, like the green in this particular space. The trick is to use it in different textures. Every shade of this particular color should be in a different element with a different texture.”

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“As you see, there’s green paint on the walls, green pillow fabric, and the green tone of the plant is  used as an accessory in the tray over the ottoman. In order to accomplish success with such a concept it’s also necessary to support it with neutral textures surrounding space.  Don’t be afraid to use texture!  Most of the time texture screams louder than color, and creates a more visually interesting space–plus it softens and warms it up more than any other element.”

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DS Tip of the Week: Tantalizing Tiffany Tinting

Sometimes design has very little to do with the big-ticket items, and more to do with the accessories.  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!

Get out the notepad and jot down this helpful hint.  That’s right… it’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip 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.  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: Balancing It Out With Built-Ins

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

The great thing about home decor is that most of it is easily changeable.  You get sick of it, change it up!  However, that’s not so easy to do when it comes to built-ins.  Built-ins are permanent decorative or storage items–like cabinets, shelving, or window seats.  Since they are permanent, it’s crucial they are done with as much precision and imagination as possible.

Julie Thompson is a designer at our Corporate store in Waukesha.  She has a simple but important tip when it comes to built-ins.  Julie explains, “Add built-ins on the end of a long narrow room to help square it up.  Often a long narrow room is hard to set up if it isn’t long enough to set up two separate areas, or has a central focal point like a fireplace on the long wall.  A built-in can help even things out.”

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Don’t be scared to try something new!!  Form and function come together with gorgeous built-in shelving… as long as it’s done properly.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

 

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.

UPDATE: Generosity Overflowing!!!

UPDATE:  The Back 2 School Bash was a great success!! Thanks to the generosity of Steinhafels employees and other community members, more than 200 kids received grade-appropriate backpacks, and had fun-filled weekend including music, roller skating, and games. Two kids also won bikes donated by Dreambikes!

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Wow… Steinhafels employees are super awesome :)

A few weeks ago some employees on the Waukesha Sales Team started their annual Back to School Drive.  The supplies will be distributed to inner city children at the 4th Annual Ms. Cynthia’s Back to School Bash.  What started as a grassroots effort has grown into a yearly event.

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As usual, employees have stepped up and donated pencils, markers, backpacks, etc.  Our employees have always been compassionate about the community, and are always willing to give back.

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But this year feels extra special.  In light of the recent events in Milwaukee’s Sherman Park Neighborhood, it seems more important than ever that we come together and support the children and families in our city.

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As you can see in these pictures, the backpacks are starting to overflow!!  Just imagine the looks on these kids’ faces when they open up their new bookbags full of awesome supplies (some of the big kids even get earbuds for their computers!)

The best part–it’s not too late to give!!  Katie and Cheri have more backpacks to fill, and if anyone wants to give money they can put it in the envelope on Katie’s desk in the store office.

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You can also show your support by coming out to the event!!  Ms. Cynthia’s Back to School Bash is Saturday August 27 from 11am-7pm, in the 2500 block of North 38th Street in Milwaukee.

Check out the original blog HERE

DS Tip Of The Week: Adding Texture

Home design is not only a visual experience.  It’s also very experiential, and hands-on.  Creating designs with texture is a way to truly bring out the FEEL of a room!

This week’s #DSTipOfTheWeek comes from designer Rhonda Vivoda, who is based in our Corporate store in Waukesha.  Rhonda likes to bring her designs to life with rich textures.

Here are her 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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Our Decorating Solutions designers are burning the midnight oil coming up with many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Day in the Life: A Steinhafels Intern

Internships.  They have evolved a lot since the days of the little intern who fetched coffee, and was at the boss’s beck and call.

Steinhafels values our interns–not only as workers, but as part of the Steinhafels family.  This is the second year of the Summer Sales & Leadership Internship.  Steinhafels Recruiting Manager Jane Peterson heads up the program.  She explains, “The internship focuses on sales and leadership.  Interns work alongside Steinhafels’ Store and Sales Managers to learn how to successfully execute the mission statement, by helping customers create the homes of their dreams. Interns train in many different areas of the company including:  Advertising, Merchandising, Operations, and Customer Service.”

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We decided see what it’s like to be a Steinhafels intern.  After all, who doesn’t want to relive their college years a little bit?  Mitch Yahr is a Marketing Major at UW-Milwaukee.  He is from Germantown, and will be entering his Junior year (oh to be young again!)

Mitch spent a day in the Advertising Department.  Of course he had lots of questions about our jobs, but I also took the chance to ask him a few questions.

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Why did you major in Marketing?

Mitch:  My family always told me I was very relatable and personable.  I love talking with people and having social interaction.  In the Sales world you’re always talking.  On the Sales floor I love talking to people and getting to know their stories.

Why did you decide to become a Steinhafels intern?

I met Jane at a career fair in Whitewater.  I knew this was a relatively new internship, and Jane made it sound like I could be one of the pioneers for this internship, which is cool.

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What do you like about the Steinhafels’ brand?

When Steinhafels came to Menomonee Falls it was groundbreaking—literally and figuratively!  I love that Steinhafels is family owned and not publicly traded, and promotes a family atmosphere…. I also like how Steinhafels markets to a wide variety of people—not just high end or low end.

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What does an intern’s day entail?

I get to work around 9:30 a.m.  We have the early morning meeting.  Then I walk around the Sales floor and make sure everything is tidy and clean.  Then we usually walk the floor for a couple hours, and make sure everybody is taken care of.  We take a break for lunch, and then we head back to the floor to talk with customers.

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Have you sold anything yet?

Oh yeah.  I always start off by giving an introduction, and I ask them what they’re looking for. Then I have a couple of questions to ask on the way to the product—keep them engaged and make sure I take them to the best items possible.

It sounds like Mitch has learned a lot!  But Peterson says it’s about a lot more than just closing the deal.  She says, “Our interns walk away with a good understanding of what it is like to work in a professional environment.  One of the main objectives of the internship is for the interns to also really expand on their leadership skills.  The internship has the potential to grow into a leadership position amongst our sales team after the completion of the program.”

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As you can see in these pictures, it’s not all business all the time.  Our interns had a chance to check out a Brewers game with some of our executives, and to get a little goofy in a photo shoot.  We want to show them that even “adults” can have fun sometimes too!

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Mitch is just one of our 15 standout interns this summer.  Our interns come from 6 different schools, and have worked in 5 stores this summer (Madison, Waukesha, Appleton, Oak Creek and Menomonee Falls).  We hope to expand the program to more stores next year.

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Do you know a student interested in a fun, competitive, and rewarding internship?  Let us know!  We start the recruiting process in fall at many different campus career fairs.  Applicants can start applying for Summer 2017 as early as November 2016.

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Employees Giving Back: School Supply Drive

Steinhafels Sales Associates make it their mission to make sure customers feel welcome in our stores, and are happy with their purchases.

But their hard work and dedication doesn’t stop there.  Many of our associates take it upon themselves to go well beyond the doors of our stores… helping the communities we serve.

The latest display of generosity can be seen inside the office at our Waukesha store.  That’s where a work desk has been temporarily transformed into a ‘Back to School’ wonderland!

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Sales Associates Cheri Fuqua and Katie Wolf are heading up this very special school supply drive!

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Katie explains, “Anyone in any department can donate if they would like.  I love doing these events because we are fortunate enough to have a job, and it’s always nice to be able to give back to the community.  We all have a couple of bucks we can spare, so why not have everyone pitch in and give someone something they need that’s as simple as back to school supplies?  I really think this brings our team together and shows that all of us care and are willing to help those in need.”

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The drive is very close to Cheri’s heart.  The supplies will be distributed to inner city children at the 4th Annual Ms. Cynthia’s Back to School Bash.  What started as a grassroots effort a few years ago has grown into a community-wide event.  Cheri explains, “Ms.Cynthia was my tenant.  She’s an elementary school teacher with a heart of gold.  She put this event together because she saw a need.  Children in our community need a successful start to the school year.  This event brings a sense of community that was lost years ago.”

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Cheri says the event gets bigger each year.  “Last year we supplied 200 children with grade appropriate backpacks.  We fed over 300 children and adults.  We Entertained, we had a DJ,  clowns, face painting, nail techs, local barbers cutting hair, bounce houses, and basketball hoops.  Two youth won a bike and keyboard through Spelling Bees and Math contests.  The local Fire Department and Police Department joins us as well.  This year is going to be Off The Hook!  It’s a great event.”

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So how can fellow Steinhafels employees help?  Just walk inside the Waukesha Store Office, and grab a couple Post-It notes listing various needed school supplies.  Items can be donated until August 21.

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You can also show your support by coming out to the event!!  Ms. Cynthia’s Back to School Bash is Saturday August 27 from 11am-7pm, in the 2500 block of North 38th Street in Milwaukee.

 

 

DS Tip Of The Week: Decorating Ideas for Your Wall Niche

A wall niche can be a lovely way to display collectibles, or other unique accessories.  However, if not utilized properly, a niche can also be an eyesore.

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 Dawn Adamec.  Dawn works at our Corporate store, and helps customers in the Milwaukee and Waukesha area create the homes of their dreams.

Dawn explains, “When using niches, use round objects versus square objects, in order to emphasize the curvature of the niche.  A lot of times I see people put angular items inside a rounded niche and it just looks harsh and out of place.  A rounded item placed inside the nook gives a softer look.  On the other hand, if you have a square niche, hang a square object inside.  To put it simply, EMPHASIZE THE NICHE!!”

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As you see in these pictures, the rounded objects compliment the niche perfectly!  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: Bold Bathrooms

Creating the home of your dreams can be overwhelming.  We often put most of our focus on common areas like the living room, dining room, and kitchen… but don’t overlook the bathroom.  That’s right–the bathroom!  Don’t be afraid to have some fun and give your bathroom a bold new look.

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week focuses on that little room we all use, but don’t always think about at design time.  It comes from interior designer Beth Kealy, who works with the fine customers at our Menomonee Falls store.

When it comes to bathrooms, Beth suggests, “Ditch the wallpaper and create a bold look with a wide stripe paint application.  Update a cozy bathroom into a fun new look that is not concerned with humidity.”

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We know humidity can be a concern during these wet, hot Wisconsin summers!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.