DS Tip Of The Week: Applying Outdoor Patterns, Indoors

Patterns can be tricky, whether you’re picking an outfit for the day, or designing your home. You want to use them, but you also don’t want to risk clashing.

Don’t be afraid of patterns!! If you’re unsure about layering patterns in a room, just take a look outside. Whether you live in the country, on a lake, or in an urban environment, you are exposed to many different textures, patterns, and colors just out your back door.

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That brings us to this week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.  It comes from one of our newer decorators, Tina Dopf, who’s based at our Madison Beltline store.

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Tina explains, “When you apply pleasing textures, patterns, and colors inside, it has that same effect on your senses. One thing to note is pattern scale. Having colors in different scale patterns and textures is key. You can not successfully pull it all off in one size of various patterns. As in nature, mix up the scale size… large to small, add a texture, and have a base color that helps to repeat the overall theme.”

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Don’t be ashamed to ask for help with your redesign!  We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

And if you’d like to work with Tina, you can email her at tinad@steinhafels.com, or ask for her at our Madison Beltline Superstore!

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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Our designers are always on the lookout for the latest trends. Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of The Week: The Design Power of Nature

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

This week we bring some of the outside… indoors!  This is the perfect time of year to collect pieces of nature like pinecones, nuts, pine needles, and acorns for various indoor projects.

Here’s a tip from Madison-based Interior Decorator Hannah Peller:

“Utilize nature for a unique piece of art.  The height and depth of branches give a room great visual interest!”

Tune in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

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Steinhafels Designer Brings Expertise to Parade of Homes

Are you thinking about building a new home, or doing a major remodel, but have no idea where to start?  You’re not alone!  The idea of starting a project from scratch can be very overwhelming and stress-inducing.  Many of us would rather put off a project for months, or even years, rather than tackle it head-on.

Don’t be afraid to look to others for inspiration.  We all do!  For example, Monet was primarily inspired by nature, and Picasso had a muse… there are no completely original ideas!  However, there are ways to take old ideas and make them new.

That’s where architects and interior designers come into play.  The 2015 MBA Parade of Homes runs through September 7, and gives Milwaukee and Waukesha homeowners a chance to peek into other people’s imaginations, and be inspired.  People can walk through 25 brand new homes built by 21 of Southeastern Wisconsin’s top home builders.  The homes are spread across three subdivisions in Delafield, Pewaukee, and Menomonee Falls.  It’s a great event for people looking to build or buy a new home, to remodel, or to simply get some ideas for future DIY projects.

Steinhafels “Decorating Solutions” Designer Dawn Adamec has been involved with the Parade of Homes for years.  In this blog, we chronicle the process as she stages a home prior to the Parade, which began on August 15.

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Dawn uses her expertise to pick everything from the perfect paint colors, to coordinating furniture, and of course… accessories!

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As you can see in this home, which is featured in the Woodleaf Reserve in Pewaukee, Dawn went for a more rustic, nature-inspired motif.  You can find many of the items featured at your local Steinhafels location!

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It’s true most of us don’t live in an immaculate model home like this one.  Even if you live in a smaller or older home, you can make bold statements with furniture and accessories.  And don’t forget sometimes less is more–you don’t want to overdo it.

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The Parade of Homes began in the 1940’s, and features premier homes.  While you may not be looking to transform your house into a model home, Dawn and the other Decorating Solutions designers at Steinhafels stores across the area will be happy to help you create the home of your dreams–both big and small!

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