DS Tip of the Week: Gallery Walls–Keep It Simple

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

Gallery walls are all the rage right now.  A gallery wall is an area that showcases a displayed collection of either objects, photographs, or even both.  Some are very intricate, with many different items, while others are very simple–with one main piece to attract the eye.

Decorating Solutions Interior Designer Laura Hoffman works at our Appleton store.  Here’s her advice:  “Gallery walls have been in for a while.  It always looks so much better when you add that pop of color with a big oversized art piece, instead of many small scale items.  When you use one large piece of art versus several smaller ones, it makes the room look more dramatic, draws your eye over the piece, and it should compliment the space.”

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

DS Tip Of The Week: Pattern Perfection

It’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!

Decorating with patterns can be tricky.  You don’t want to overdo it, but you also want to highlight your unique style.  Jenii Kluver is a #DecoratingSolutions Interior Decorator at our Oak Creek store.  Here’s her simple advice:

“Use different sized patterns to create interest without being too overwhelming.  Put larger patterns on larger pieces, and smaller patterns on smaller pieces.”

Sounds easy enough, right?  Tune in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

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DS Tip of the Week: Cover That Carpet!

As we can tell from the arctic temperatures, Winter is still going strong here in the Midwest.  Cozy comfort is the style many of us are seeking.

A soft carpet beneath your feet is comforting this time of year, but are you sick of the same old boring carpet?  You don’t have the time or money to do a reinstallation?  There is a way to make a subtle change without undergoing a complete redesign.  It’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week’s comes from Interior Decorator Rhonda Vivoda of our Waukesha Corporate store.  Rhonda explains, “It’s okay to use an area rug over carpeting.  It anchors the room together, while adding color and texture.”

That’s right.  It may seem like a decorating taboo, but it’s OK to put an area rug over carpeting.  This is especially true in apartments, where tenants are often stuck with a drab wall to wall carpet.  Get a snazzy area rug to add some personality!  It can be a textured, patterned, or simple flat woven rug–whatever works best for you space.

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

DS Tip of the Week: Establish a Neutral Base

Are you looking to redesign your room, but are worried you’ll be sick of it in a few months?  The key is to start simple!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to look at neutrals in a new way.  Beige doesn’t have to equal boring.  Instead, look at it as a tool of versatility!

This week’s design tip comes 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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Take some of the guesswork out of interior design.  We post a quick and easy #DSTipOfTheWeek each Monday.

DS Tip of the Week: Being Mindful of Metallics

Metallics in home decor is very on-trend right now, but is it here to stay?  Accenting with metal as opposed to a pop of color is a great way to dress up and contrast your neutrals in a classic way.  For this reason, decorating with metals will continue to be trendy, and will become  timeless as we look forward in the design industry.

Get out the notepad and jot down these pointers.  That’s right… it’s time for another installment of “Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!”  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Michelle Micolta.  Michelle works at our Vernon Hills store, and helps customers in the Chicago area create the homes of their dreams.

Michelle’s Tip:  “Accessorizing with metals is pretty straight forward.  Stick to one metal in a room, similar to how you would style your jewelry for your outfit!  Don’t be afraid to think outside the box, especially when trying to tie the look of your chosen metal into your furniture to give the room a completed look that flows evenly.  For example, start with your casegoods–your  cocktail and end tables.  Look for metals in the color family you are after.  Unique accent chairs can offer pops of metal in the frame, or lamps can almost always effortlessly tie in all of your colors, materials, and styles.  Don’t forget artwork that features a metal inside the art itself, or in the frame.  Nailheads on sofas and chairs are also a great way to tie in your metal accent, since nailheads are often available in a variety of colors/metals.”

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As you see in this picture… the options are endless!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for the latest edition of #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Design Themes

It’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!

This week we take a closer look at design themes.  Many people like to have a “theme” while designing a space.

Here’s a tip from Interior Decorator Jenii Kluver, who works in our Oak Creek store:

“Make your larger investments neutral colors so that you always have the option to change themes!”

Tune in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

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Fostering and Furniture: One Family’s Furniture Story

If you have kids, you know what a number they can do on a home… especially the furniture.

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Now, imagine having 32 kids through the years!!!

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A New Berlin family has opened their home to foster kids for 25 years.

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This is their Steinhafels furniture story.

Kathy and Pat McLaughlin have been married for 42 years.  Kathy, a neonatal nurse, says after they had their third child, she still wanted more.  “Pat had said, ‘Maybe, let’s see.’  I said, ‘Well, how about fostering?’  He said OK, and we ended up adopting 3 more children.”

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Kathy admits fostering wasn’t always easy.  The children ranged in age from infant to teenager, and some had special needs.  However, Kathy feels the experience has enriched the entire family.  She explains, “There’s always room for one more, and they bring so much joy to the rest of the family, and it helps the rest of the family to recognize the hardships some people have.  All of my children have become more tolerant of individuals who are struggling–whether it be emotionally, substance abuse, or neglect.  They’ve learned to really look at people and give them a chance.”

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Kathy is proud to say that many of her ‘kids’ have gone on to be successful adults–from graduating, to establishing impressive careers, to marrying and having children.  These days, Kathy and Pat are adjusting to being almost empty-nesters!  One of their adopted children still lives with them.  Kathy admits it’s been quite a change.  ”It was a very busy house, and now it’s so quiet.”

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As part of the couple’s new beginning, Kathy is working on redesigning the home, room by room, starting with the family room.  Given her large family, buying quality furniture was always a worthwhile investment for Kathy.  She has been a loyal Steinhafels customer for decades, and explains, “We always purchased a better quality furniture just because we knew how rough it would be with all the kids.  We had to do a lot of rocking, a lot of sitting, a lot of comforting, counseling–and that was all done in the family room.  We would sit in there together.  The kids did homework in the family room.  We would play games a lot.  On holidays we would have an average of 50 people.  A lot of the foster kids would come back, and bring their families.”

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Kathy didn’t have to look far to find an interior designer for the family room.  She hired Lori Green, a Designer with Steinhafels’ Decorating Solutions Interior Design Program.  As you can see from these pictures, the redesign project was quite a success!

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“The new furnishings have changed the entire feel of the lower level of our home. The furniture adds comfort that we truly needed,” Kathy gushes.

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Kathy admits that hiring a designer also allowed her to take a few risks.  “It’s wonderful.  Sometimes as a consumer you’re afraid to mix colors and blend colors, and to have them say, ‘Let’s try this,’ it’s beautiful.  They’re not afraid to go that extra step.”

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Many couples downsize once they hit their 60’s, but Kathy can’t imagine selling her family’s 3,000 square foot abode…yet.  The home has too many memories, and her children and grandchildren need a place to visit.

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So the redecorating project is far from over!  As you can imagine, after raising 32 children in the home, some of the rooms have seen better days.  Kathy says, “I’m really wanting a new kitchen set.  The boys have basically broken every chair.”   I bet moms with boys who are reading this blog are nodding their heads at that comment!

Kathy adds, “My next goal is the living room.  The furniture we have in there is some cheap stuff because we didn’t have money for anything else.”

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Kathy and Pat have worked hard to get where they are today, and they look forward to a future full of family, furniture, and fun.  As I talked about in my first blog, furniture tells a story.  For this special family, that story is one of love and acceptance–and a lot of wear and tear on the sofas through the years!!

Do you have a Steinhafels Furniture Story? Tell us about it!  We may feature you in the next blog.  Leave your contact info in the comments below, or email stephanieg@steinhafels.com