DS Tip of the Week: Glorious Greenery

It’s the dead of winter… about that time when you begin to wonder if you’ll ever seen grass and leaves on the trees again.

One way to fight the winter doldrums is to bring that greenery inside!

It’s time for your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a tiny taste of Spring!

This week’s tip is from Oak Creek Interior Decorator Jenii Kluver:
“Foliage and greenery are great ways to liven up a space and fill empty corners!”

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Check out the wide range of decorative greenery available at your neighborhood Steinhafels, and be sure to tune in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Stylish Storage

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!

This week we look at ways to make your storage stylish.  Just because it’s functional doesn’t mean it can’t be fun and trendy.

That brings us to our tip from Interior Decorator Laura Hoffman of our Appleton store:
“Incorporate storage wherever you can.  It’s easy–just measure the space and add fun baskets, containers, or other organizers.  These were just plain shelves at the end of a kitchen island before I transformed them into a fun and functional focal point!”

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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: 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: Using Decorative Lighting After the Holidays

Thanks to all of our blog fans for checking out the Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week every Monday.  We started the Tip of the Week in late 2015, and we’re excited to bring you our first full year of weekly tips in 2016!!

This week we look at ways you can still enjoy indoor decorative lighting, even once the holidays are over.

I don’t know if you are like me, but I like having soft, decorative lights in my living room year-round.  They add a warmth and comfort, along with a festive feel, without being overbearing.

This brings us to our tip from Appleton-based Interior Decorator Laura Hoffman:

“I love mixing white lights with natural elements, and then adding some bling — such as Mercury glass and a mirror over a mantel.  Like in this picture — the mirror reflects light, and gives a small room the illusion of being larger.”

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So go ahead and keep that strand of white lights out post-holidays, or even snazz your room up with some soft blue or gold lights!

Logon next week for another exciting and easy #DSTipOfTheWeek.

2015 Year in Review: A Year of Giving and Growing!

2015 has been a big year for our company.  From continuing long-standing partnerships with local organizations, to making new friends in the community, to breaking ground on a multi-million dollar warehouse expansion… there’s never a dull moment here at Steinhafels.  We’d like to now briefly share a few of our favorite moments with you — as we look back at the year that was, and look forward to the new adventures 2016 has in store.

March 2015:  House of Hope Donation with the Kuhn Family

A home.  It’s something most of us take for granted.  For some people, finding a place to call home is a daily struggle.  The ‘House of Hope’ in Green Bay is hoping to change that.  Steinhafels is still new to the Fox Valley market, and we are excited to partner with The Green Bay Press Gazette, and help House of Hope in its fight against homelessness.  On this particular day we donated various pieces of furniture to help update the House, and make it more of a welcoming environment for those who need it most.  Packers Fullback John Kuhn and his wife Lindsey were also on hand for the event!

WATCH VIDEO FROM THIS SPECIAL DAY

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April 2015:  “Five Words on Freedom” documentary premiere

Steinhafels is proud to partner with the Journal Sentinel and Pick ‘n Save in supporting the Stars and Stripes Honor Flight.  The Flight honors all vets by flying World War Two, Korean War, and terminally ill vets to D.C. to visit their memorials.  A documentary crew followed the vets and special guest, Brewers star catcher Jonathan Lucroy, on a recent flight.  The documentary premiered at Steinhafels’ Corporate Center in Waukesha.  Here’s a behind the scenes look at the big event!

WATCH VIDEO OF THE PREMIERE!

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May 2015:  “Keeping Tradition Alive in Pewaukee”

Fireworks on Pewaukee Lake have been a tradition for more than 25 years. However, due to the strained economy and funding challenges many communities are facing, the city’s hands were tied and leaders weren’t sure they could fund the annual event.  Steinhafels joined in Pewaukee’s ‘GoFundMe’ project to help save the fireworks.  Steinhafels pledged to match the final donation amount, dollar for dollar, up to $5,000.

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July 2015:  Groundbreaking for New Warehouse

As business continues to grow, Steinhafels is expanding its headquarters to match.  This July we broke ground on a more than 100,000-square-foot expansion at our Pewaukee facility.  An increased demand for quality furniture has led to this need for more space.  We’re constantly looking for more hard-working, dedicated people to join our team!  The expansion will take place in two phases, and ultimately add hundreds of employees to our company’s workforce.

“We’re breaking ground to accommodate the growth we’ve experienced, both with same-store sales with the economy picking up, and with the stores we’ve opened through the purchase from American (TV and Appliance),” president Gary Steinhafel told a local media outlet covering the event.

WATCH VIDEO OF THE GROUNDBREAKING!

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October 2015:  Design for a Difference

We can’t forget our community neighbors to the West!  This was our first year taking part in ‘Design For a Difference’.  Steinhafels was one of many local companies to help with this Extreme Makeover-style redesign at the ‘Center For Families’ in Madison, which helps families in crisis.  Thank you Floor 360 for inviting us to take part in this wonderful event.

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October 2015:  Kathy’s House Donation

We were excited to partner with Kathy’s House in Milwaukee for the first time this Fall.  Kathy’s House provides rooms for families who come from out of town and have a loved one in the hospital.  Thanks to some help from Tempur-Pedic, we were able to supply Kathy’s House with new mattresses and frames… so family members have a comfortable place to sleep during a traumatic time in their lives.

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October and December 2015:  Condella’s Coats for Kids

Steinhafels, Fox 6, and the Salvation Army team up every year for ‘Condella’s Coats for Kids’.  This year we held two coat drives at our Corporate store.  The community’s generosity was overwhelming, as volunteers collected hundreds of coats that will cleaned and distributed to children who need them throughout Milwaukee.  Those who donated also got 2 free tickets to the Harlem Globetrotters on New Years Eve!!

WATCH VIDEO OF FOX 6 NEWS COVERING THE EVENT!

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December 2015:  CBS 58 Toy Shop

Families in Milwaukee continue to struggle during these difficult economic times.  This is especially evident during the Christmas Holiday Season.  The Salvation Army ‘Toy Shop’ provides an opportunity for parents to choose from donated new toys so their children will have presents on Christmas Day, even if the family cannot afford to buy toys.  Barrels to accept toys were set up at all Steinhafels stores in southeast Wisconsin.

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As we look ahead to the next year, we are constantly working to update our retail stores and our online services, to make your shopping experience as easy and enjoyable as possible.  We want to hear from you!  Please, feel free to comment on our blog at any time, or give one of our friendly customer service agents a call.  We wish you and yours a wonderful New Year, and we look forward to seeing you in 2016!

DS Tip of the Week: Giving Your Bedroom an Edgy, New Look

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

This week we look at ways to give your bedroom some extra edginess.  A bedroom doesn’t have to just be your standard bed, dresser, and nightstand.

The ‘Reclaimed’ trend is really big in furniture right now.  Reclaimed furniture lends history, character, and beauty to your home.  Steinhafels has a variety of reclaimed pieces available for purchase at our stores and online, and many are perfect accent pieces for a bedroom.

That brings us to our tip from Steinhafels Design Consultant Anne Hildreth.  Anne works in our Vernon Hills store in the Chicagoland area.  Anne suggests:

“Put a drawer chest in a bedroom in place of a dresser… giving you an industrial loft feel.”

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This Kirti Drawer Chest features all re-purposed parts, reclaimed from old shipyards and buildings, and then skillfully handcrafted.  Each piece is one of a kind.  Hand-carved panels, unique print block carvings, and a myriad of colors adorn the vintage pieces, revealing much of the beauty that lies beneath.

Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

DS Tip of The Week: The Awesome Ottoman

Need a change in your home design?  Are you having designer’s block?  It’s time for another Steinhafels’ “Decorating Solutions” Tip of the Week!

You may think of an ottoman simply as a boring, cumbersome storage unit in your living room, family room, or game room.  If you do, you are greatly underestimating the power of your awesome ottoman!!

Here’s a tip from Interior Designer Aaron Keller.  Aaron works in our Menomonee Falls store.

“Ottomans are a great way to pop up the center of a room.  An ottoman has multiple functions: Put your feet up to watch TV, take a seat and relax, or put a tray on it and use it as a coffee table.  They come in a variety of shapes and sizes, with fabric or leather options.”

Check out some stylish and simple examples below!

Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

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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 Presents: Decorating Solutions’ TIP OF THE WEEK!

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If you’re anything like me, the prospect of interior decorating is COMPLETELY overwhelming.  From color coordination, to furniture placement, to choosing focal points… it can all leave your head spinning!  The great thing about design though is that there are no set rules.  There are some general principles, but overall, interior design is based on intuition, personal taste, and creativity.

For those of you who are still feeling uninspired–you are in luck!  Steinhafels offers an interior design program called Decorating Solutions.  Our designers have years of real-world experience, which they pass on to their clients.

Decorating Solutions is all about creating the home of your dreams, but what if you are just seeking advice on a small project?  After all, not every decorating venture needs to be an epic task.  That’s why we’ve come up with a new concept, the Decorating Solutions’ “Tip of the Week”.  Every week on Monday morning we will post a new tip from one of our talented designers.  You can check out our blog, or go to our Facebook or Twitter pages to find the link.

These tips will be just that–quick tips.  Nothing too elaborate or overly detailed.  These are meant to be a fun way to engage our customers, and a way for you to get to know our designers a little better.

This week’s tip comes from Laura Hoffman, one of our new 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.”

Check it out!  And tune in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek!

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Madison Makeover: Design For a Difference

A few months ago Steinhafels was invited to take part in a project at a non-profit center in the Madison community.  Steinhafels is often thought of as a Milwaukee company, but we are proud to serve the Madison, Appleton, and Vernon Hills communities as well.  Each community is unique, and gives our company a chance to engage with people from all walks of life and backgrounds.

The project we took part in is called Design For a Difference.  It’s a national campaign focused on design makeovers for charities.  This year one of the charities chosen was the Center For Families in Madison.  The center offers instruction, support, emergency child care, and in-home visits and resources to parents in need of some extra help.  The goal is to help those parents create a safe, healthy, and nurturing environment for their children.

So where does Steinhafels come in fit into this picture?  We’ll explain in a few minutes.  First, as you can see from these pictures, the center’s Respite Center was badly in need of a makeover, including new furniture.

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The Respite Center provides crisis child care 24/7.  You may be asking yourself, ‘What does decor matter as long as the children have a warm roof over their heads?’  Well, it matters a lot.

Meg Miller is the Director of the Center For Families.  She explains, “People under stress often have to get help from places that are considered shabby, because that’s what nonprofits can afford.  But it matters to people to be respected.  For parents to bring their children to a strange place–it relieves stress a bit to know they are in a nice place.”

Madison-based company FLOOR360 spearheaded the redesign project.  FLOOR360 provides residential and commercial flooring services across the Midwest.  FLOOR360 chose the Center For Families as the Design For a Difference charity for 2015, and hit the ground running.  Thanks to Brava Magazine, Steinhafels learned about the project, and instantly wanted to get involved!  It was a match made in heaven, as the designers were in need of several high-impact furniture pieces–including a sofa, loveseat, ottoman, and desk.  We’ll get to those in a minute!

Co-lead designer Caren King was integral in working with Steinhafels to find the PERFECT pieces to match the design theme, which is a “park” setting–focusing on bright oranges and greens.  King adds, “I wanted the whole space to flow, even though we had thirteen designers.”

Those 13 designers worked for months coming up with plans, and tracking down the needed materials from various companies across the community.  Then, at the beginning of October, they transformed the center in just 9 days!!  As you can see in these pictures–the transformation is jaw-dropping!

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Miller was in awe when she saw the finished product.  As she says with extreme honesty and sincerity, “We’re used to, ‘It’s good enough, it’s good enough for people who are poor,’ and what we have now is better than good enough!”

The big reveal event was a success!  Parents and children who attend the Center also had the chance to see the new space for the first time.  King exclaims, “It’s unbelievable.  Just seeing the families come in today… it was overwhelming to see their response.”

Oh, back to the furniture part… here’s a look at our furniture in the new space.  As you can tell, the pieces are already making themselves at home!

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For Steinhafels, it’s humbling to be involved in projects like these.  The furniture we donate is just a small part of something so much bigger than any of us.  Each year we give back to the community by participating with more than 100 local nonprofit organizations.  We are excited to now include the Center For Families in that list, and look forward to many more projects in the years to come!

For more information and video of the big reveal event, check out the NBC15 story at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LS7Ux8cBfw