DS Tip Of The Week: Varying Scale to Create Interest

When it comes to interior design, do you feel like you are completely off balance when it comes to what you think looks good? Turns out you may not be wrong if you are trying to mix things up a bit!

In this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week, we look at why it’s good to vary the scale of furniture in your room. This week’s wise words come from Waukesha Interior Decorator Dawn Adamec.

Varying your scale means you have high and low pieces. First, we look at the kitchen. Dawn explains, “If you already have a kitchen counter or snack bar that is bar or counter height, don’t buy a kitchen table that is bar or counter height! Instead, choose a standard height set. This way your seating is at different levels, creating interest in the room.”

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Moving over to the living room, Dawn has some advice if you already have a standard sofa and are in the market for a new accent chair. “If the sofa is a standard height, which is pretty typical, consider an accent chair that is taller in height. Wing chairs have come a long way since your grandmother’s old comfy chair. There are so many fun, even modern versions you can use as wing chairs nowadays!”

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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.”

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DS Tip Of The Week: Bringing the Barn Indoors

It’s technically spring, but many of us are probably still suffering from a case of the winter doldrums. One way to catch the spring fever is to bring some of the life and vibrance of the outdoors, in!

It’s time for your Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week to give you some inspiration. This week’s tip is from Menomonee Falls Interior Decorator Beth Kealy.

Beth has some advice for adding some outdoor, rustic flair to your space. She exclaims, “What’s currently on trend?  Barn doors, they are showing up everywhere!”

You can hide your TV behind them

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Use them for office or spare bedroom doors

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They make great entertainment consoles

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Many accent pieces also feature barn doors 

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Beth adds, “These ideas can really ‘fun up’ any space!”

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DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Be So Pushy!

It’s Monday AND the first day of Spring. Time for some #MondayMotivation!! Here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week we look at furniture arrangement. Samantha Price is an interior decorator based at our beautiful Oak Creek store. Samantha points out that many people have a tendency to think furniture needs to be pushed up against a wall. Instead, she says don’t be so “pushy!”

She explains, “In a lot of spaces, most commonly the long narrow room, furniture against a wall makes for a real awkward space, with no real definitions. An entertaining space should be more cozy and not spread out across a room. An area rug is a great way to help ground and define a specific space. After the main pieces are placed, sometimes the leftover space can be overwhelming and undefined? An accent chair and a table are always a great solution. It can create a visually pleasing area of interest, while offering extra seating when guests come over! Furniture pieces do not always need to create the look of everyday use. Sometimes the definition of a space within a space can be the eye catcher.”

Here’s a Before and After of one of Samantha’s recent projects:

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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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DS Tip Of The Week: Big Style–Decorating With Neutrals And Naturals

When it comes to interior design, many of us don’t want to push the envelope. We may think decorating with neutrals is the “safe” way to go, but the truth is, you can have BIG and BOLD style, all while decorating with neutrals and naturals! Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to think about neutrals in a new way.

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This week’s tip comes from Appleton Interior Decorator Julie Kanugh.  Julie says, “Don’t be afraid to go BIG. Neutral doesn’t need to be boring. You can make a neutral room interesting with patterns, textures, and materials. For example, leather is a natural and practical choice, and can have interesting textures. In addition, distressed or reclaimed wood adds texture and style, along with being family friendly (scratches on the coffee table won’t matter)!”

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You can check out Julie talking about Bold Neutrals on Fox 11’s “Living With Amy” by clicking HERE.

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DS Tip Of The Week: Taking Advantage of Special Order Options

Are you design-illiterate? Do you feel like any time you try to improve the look of your room, you make it look worse? You’re not alone!  Most of us don’t have a true eye for decor. But there are some simple things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.

Lori Green is an Interior Decorator with our Decorating Solutions program. She’s based at our Greenfield store, and has some words of wisdom for anyone looking to do a home redesign.

Lori explains, “Don’t forget Special Order options. We have beautiful stylish accessories, and our designers can assist in selecting special order items like this stunning bathroom mirror. It is a statement in this room, along with the wall mount lighting fixtures. We can work one on one with our clients and search for the right combinations. Look how stunning the tiled wall looks with the stone counter and bowl basin–how elegant!”

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It doesn’t stop there. Lori adds, “The stone flooring of this room flows perfectly with the wall tile.  Selecting the right combination can be challenging. We can assist with any room in the home!”

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DS Tip Of The Week: Knocking it Outta the Park with Youth Bedrooms!

Baseball season is just around the corner.  Want to knock it outta the park when it comes to your youngster’s oasis?

This week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week comes from one of our Menomonee Falls designers. Beth Kealy has a knack for helping families transform their homes during all life stages. Are you looking to refresh your child’s room, but don’t want to spend thousands on new furniture?

Pictured below are some very fun youth bedrooms using bold colors, frames on a painted wall, unconventional headboard ideas, played up fairy princess designs, decorative lighting, and more.

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Beth explains, “These ideas pictured do not have to cost much, but can have a positive impact on your youngster’s place of fun and rest. Don’t be afraid to be creative and work with colors and themes that your child likes and has interest in. Make them part of the creative revamp of their space. They will have more pride in the space and a sense of ownership, and will likely keep it more tidy if they helped in their space’s creation.  Make sure there’s sufficient storage for needed items in the space.”

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Behind the Scenes: Delafield Hotel Shoot

We love to feature the work of our talented designers.  This week in OnMilwaukee.com, you may have noticed a Sponsored Content article about Patti Stindt’s recent LARGE-scale redesign… The Delafield Hotel!

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It’s interesting to learn a little more about the project from the designer’s perspective.  In addition to designing the space, Patti also had to be a “project manager” of sorts. Think of yourself as the project manager any time you undergo a design project, no matter how big or small. It’s important to have everything tediously planned, so you avoid snafus during the actual project.

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We also got to see our photo team–Sarah, Austin, and Ryan–hard at work!  It takes some intricate lighting and perfect camera shots to get the “Before and After” images you see on our Decorating Solutions WEBPAGE.

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If you didn’t get a chance to read the article in OnMilwaukee, check it out HERE.  And if you ever have any fresh ideas for a blog, please let us know!!  You can post them right below in the COMMENTS section.

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DS Tip Of The Week: The Power of Accent Pillows

It’s Monday, and you’re probably feeling tired and a little uninspired.  Well, here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation.

Need a change in your home decor, but don’t feel like spending hundreds of dollars?  We have a simple tip for you.  Think small… and soft!

It comes from Lori Green, an interior decorator based at our Greenfield store.  Lori explains, “I use accent pillows to change a room at such reasonable costs.  I change up the rug and the window treatments, also at a minimal expense, and I have different seasonal items to enjoy a new fresh look.  The freedom one has when working with a neutral linen palette for their upholstery is endless!  I love changing things up– especially pillows.”

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See…simple as that.  May as well hang on to your festive winter decor for a few more weeks, before you switch to your Spring Pillows!

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