DS Tip Of The Week: Accessorize That Cocktail Table!

As you get set to redecorate the living room, you are likely pretty focused on the sofa, and other large statement items. We’re here to remind you–don’t overlook the accessories!

This week’s tip comes from one of our Steinhafels Greenfield designers. Ida Grossman’s been designing for over 20 years, and has worked on hundreds of luxury homes.

Today, she takes that expertise to offer us FIVE simple tips for snazzing up your ottoman trays and cocktail tables:

  1. Rule of 3’s: Three items work well
  2. Vary the height of the items
  3. Consider selecting at least one sculptural accessory
  4. Contrast color & texture
  5. Use repetition of form and color

Example 1:

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In this first photo, the tall sphere provides architectural interest. The round greenery does triple duty by softening the sharp lines of the tall piece, repeating the sphere shape, and adding texture to the composition. The vase repeats the round shape four times, and adds contrast with texture and color.    

Example 2:

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​The sculptural shape of the lady’s profile creates an interesting focal point.​ The​ shiny dark exterior of all three accessories repeat the texture and color of the black pillow and the metal table base. The dark accessories pop against the light gray sofa, and the lady’s profile is a beautiful contrast in texture and color against the white fur pillow. Notice how the vases are staggered, and stair step down to lead your eye toward the lady!

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DS Tip Of The Week BRAVA Night Out Style: Mixing Patterns

For this week’s Tip of the Week we go on the scene to our Madison Beltline Store.

That’s where we recently hosted a BRAVA Magazine Night Out called #WineAndDesign.  One of the design sessions taught attendees how to mix patterns.  Decorating with patterns can be tricky.  You don’t want to overdo it, but you also want to highlight your unique style.  

Decorating Solutions designers Patti Stindt and Mari Johnson did an interactive “Before and After” demo, demonstrating how you can transform a boring and blah room just by adding a few different patterns and textures.

BEFORE:

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Patti explains that you don’t want to be matchy-matchy, and Mari says that bringing in different textures is a great way to mix patterns.  The ladies do add that you want to stay within the same color tones when you mix patterns… but overall just have fun with it, and don’t be scared to get creative!

AFTER:

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You can check out some video of Mari and Patti’s demo HERE.

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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: Fabulous Fabric

One of the keys to design is not skimping on the details.  We often think about things like color and pattern when choosing a piece… but don’t forget to think about the fabric!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week asks you to think about fabric in a new way.  Fabric is one of the most important factors when selecting upholstered furniture.  Steinhafels’ custom furniture program gives you the option to select the fabric color, texture, and style that’s right for you.

This week’s tip comes from Appleton Interior Decorator Laurie Hoffman.  Laurie suggests, “When selecting fabric, look at the fiber contents.  Polyester is very strong and has excellent abrasion resistance.  It is also one of the easiest fibers to clean.  Olefin is another strong manufactured fiber.  Cotton is a strong, natural fiber.  In addition, it has a soft hand and takes dye very well, resulting in luxuriously deep colors.”

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Also, don’t forget blends!  They can give you the best qualities of multiple fiber types.  We post a quick and easy decor tip every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Dress Your Windows

Most of us love to have the beauty and warmth of natural light in our homes.  The one exception might be at 6 a.m. on a lazy Sunday morning in the middle of the summer, when the beaming sun wakes us from a restful slumber.  But as we Wisconsinites know all too well, we still have a few months until we have to worry about that.

In the meantime, the sun is a welcome sight during these late winter and early spring months.  However, you can’t count on the sun to do all the work.  You have to make sure you show your windows some love!  Windows are the topic of this week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.

Patti Stindt is an Interior Designer at our Madison Beltline store.  Her recommendation to homeowners:  Don’t forget about dressing the windows!

Patti says, “No matter what the size of the window or how high the ceilings, a vertical line in your designed space adds interest and warmth.  It is also a great way to add color, texture, or introduce another pattern.”

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As you see in these pictures, some simple drapes add interest and depth to the room.  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.