DS Tip Of The Week: Express Yourself Through Your Walls

One way to promote relaxation and inspiration in the home is through art. Art is an expression of oneself – everyone sees something different when they view art.

This week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week comes to us from Devin Bagdassian, an interior decorator based in our Waukesha store. As Devin points out, art brings an added dimension to a room, and creates visual interest.


She explains, “I love to create focal walls and do the unexpected with a blank wall. Try layering art – people do not expect this look, and it’s a great conversation starter. Don’t be afraid to combine a big clock and art, or multiple pieces together. Design should be fun and playful and should speak to YOU. Have fun designing!”


Go ahead – express yourself through the art on your walls! We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.


DS Tip Of The Week: Creating an Escape Space in Your Home

Do you sometimes need an escape within your own home? Do you have a random nook in your house that you’re not fully utilizing? Turn it into your own personal “shed” within the home!

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Beth Kealy of our Menomonee Falls Superstore.


Beth explains, “In case you don’t have a shed in your backyard, it’s possible to create a relaxing cozy space to unwind in any location within your home. For example, this space (pictured) was repurposed from random furniture that had been inherited or purchased at low cost…”


“…It was an office space barely being used, and was converted to a beautiful retreat for relaxing and watching TV.”


Seems easy enough right? However, sometimes it helps to have a little help from an expert. Beth adds, “If you have a room that needs a transformation, Steinhafels Decorating Solutions staff are ready to make the magic happen!”


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

DS Tip Of The Week: Books – They’re Not Just For Reading!

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 #mondaymotivation!  

This week we look at ways to make your mantle a masterpiece. Andrea Odishoo is an interior designer based in our Vernon Hills store, just outside Chicago. She says hardcover books are a great way to add visual interest without spending much money. Just check out your local thrift store or antique shop!


Andrea explains, “For a crisp, fun look on a bookshelf or mantle shelf, display hard covered books with the spines turned BACKWARD. The items displayed next to and on top of the books become the focus and the books serve primarily as a textural backdrop. Books are an inexpensive way to decorate as they are plentiful. Achieving the ‘just right’ height and width of  your display is easy and fun.”



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


DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Worry, Be Hygge!

Steinhafels Decorating Solutions #TipOfTheWeek goes international this week!

Winters are dreary and dark in Denmark, just like they are here in Wisconsin and the Midwest. However, Danes are often considered to be some of the happiest people on Earth. There must be something to it, right?

Hygge (“hue-guh”) is a Danish word with no direct English translation. It is often described as a feeling of cozy contentment – carefree, comfortable, and relaxed. Considering some of the modern-day stresses we are all experiencing–it wouldn’t hurt for us all to have some extra “hygge” in our lives!


This week’s design tip comes from Julie Kanugh, an interior designer at our Appleton store, who says you don’t need to jet off to Copenhagen to get hyggelig. You just need to familiarize yourself with some design basics that channel these positive thoughts!

As Julie explains, “A hygge room is easy to achieve. First, declutter. Get rid of things that do not truly make you happy. Donate them for a sense of goodwill. Now you have room for the important things – a fresh sofa and a comfy chair near the fireplace. Gather some fluffy down-filled pillows and a beautiful throw for luxury and warmth. Natural wood finishes, a sheepskin rug, favorite books, candles (lots of candles) and maybe a little natural greenery are all that are needed to create your own hygge environment.”

Sounds easy enough right? We get so caught up in the material things, that sometimes it’s important to remember that less can be more.

In closing, Julie adds, “Light those candles, turn off your TV and devices, put on your favorite lounge pants and pour some hot cocoa. See if you can channel your inner Dane!”

Our designers work hard to come up with creative tips for you! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Out in the Crowd!

Are you the type of person who likes to stand out in a crowd, or blend in? Even if you are a little shy or timid, it doesn’t hurt to stand out a little bit–even in a subtle way. This idea can even translate to your design style.

Get out the notepad and jot down this helpful hint! That’s right… it’s time for another Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week. This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Samantha Price.  Samantha works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers across the Milwaukee area create the homes of their dreams.

Samantha points out that most people use their main furniture pieces–sofa, chairs, table, etc. as a guide when picking out the paint color for a room. When doing this, don’t be afraid to go a few shades lighter or darker than the main furniture pieces. She explains, “This will help the pieces be more visible, and stand out in the room. You spent a lot of time and money picking out the right sofa, don’t be afraid to showcase it!

TOTW Sam Price Dont Be Afraid to Stand Out

A common mistake people make is painting the walls too close of a color to the sofa, making the sofa blend in and not stand out. Samantha adds, “If you’re feeling really bold, pick a color in the accent pillows for an even stronger contrast! This will also help give the room dimension, which is another design tip to help keep the eye moving, by providing visual interest.”

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


DS Tip Of The Week: Making Your Patio A Fun Living Space

Summer is FINALLY here. Give your patio a fresh, fun, and lived-in feel as we enter these magical 4 months that we live for here in the Midwest!

Get out the notepad and jot down these pointers.  That’s right… it’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Patti Stindt. Patti works at our Madison store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.  She has some easy suggestions for transforming your patio with some summer sizzle.

Steinhafels Patio Vignette2

Patti says, “There are many easy, fun, and inexpensive ways to turn your outdoor area into a fun and colorful place to hang out. Make your patio more of an outdoor room, and an extension of the home (cushioned wicker sets like the one below are all the rage now!) There are many comfortable seating and dining options that are outdoor friendly. You can also accessorize your outdoor space… with plants, lighting, and fabrics.”


Patio Tip Lights Pinterest Courtesy 2017

You likely already have some of these items in your home or garage, and you can also check out a local Farmer’s Market for more outdoor inspirations!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you. Log on next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Check out Patti’s recent segment on NBC15 about Patio Transformations HERE!

DS Tip Of The Week: It’s All About Placement

Do you feel cramped in your space? Is your living room just not big enough? Stop thinking about square footage, and focus on furniture placement!

Lori Green is a designer at our Greenfield store, and is part of our Decorating Solutions program. She has a simple but important tip when it comes to balancing your space. If your home lacks square footage, Lori suggests, “Break up the room with furniture placement. You can flow from one room to the other with a couple of the pieces placed in the right spots.”

Here’s an example of one of Lori’s projects:

Lori Furniture Placement

She explains, “The sofa faces the fireplace, and the wall-mounted TV and the dining room setup balances the space. There’s a soft cream counter height table, and with the other cream color accent chest, that piece then bridges the rooms together but doesn’t clutter the space. Then, use the right wall accents to pull everything together. This client still can walk freely around the room because of the furniture placement.”

Don’t get stuck in a furniture rut–move it around and let the room breath! Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.


To Market, To Market… Hot New Trends

As someone who is still relatively new to the retail furniture world, I can truly say that some aspects of the business still really fascinate me.

One of those aspects is how the heck we decide WHAT to put in our stores! I mean our superstores are huge, and we carry some of the top furniture lines in the business, but at the end of the day, there is still a ton of furniture out there that we don’t carry.

What I’ve learned is that it’s a VERY precise business. Our buyers do a ton of research to determine the best fits for our store.

All of that research culminates in Market, which is held several times a year–in North Carolina and Las Vegas.

For this blog, we’re going to take a look at the most recent Market–the Spring High Point Market in beautiful NC. According to the Market’s website, more than 75,000 people flock to this small Carolina town every six months to take part in one of the furniture industry’s biggest trade shows. The “Market” is made up of 180 buildings, 11.5 million square feet of showspace, and 2,000+ exhibitors from more than 100 different countries.


Upon their return from the Tar Heel State, I asked our buyers to give me a little sneak peek into what’s hot this season, and what it’s like to be at Market.

Elaine Haskey, Upholstery

“In the world of Upholstery we were really excited to see Boho, or ‘nuevo hippie.’ It’s very colorful, almost Middle Eastern looking…like items you would find in a bazaar. The pieces are made from very thick fabrics full of color.”

-Modern looks that span all price ranges, both in fabric and in leather. That modern look is also coming into motion furniture.

-Power lumbar continues to be big in motion. Power recline, power headrest, and power lumbar allow the lower back to be supported.

-BOLD colors: Like chartreuse, yellow, and burgundy

-BLUE is still really big, which confirms what we’ve been doing as a company


Dawn Still, Case Goods

“Being in Case Goods, what we’re looking at is new wood finishes, distressing of the wood, and the wire brush look. It literally looks like someone beat up the piece of wood. Grays are hot. Also a dry finish, and tons of wood species: Acacia, walnut, bleached white oak, and mango to name a few. We are also seeing more multi-functional pieces.”

Jenny Kordus, Accent Furniture

“Accent Furniture vendors are really focusing on multi-purpose pieces–like bookcase piers, cabinets that could be storage or wine racks, tables that can also be used for the office, and that’s just to name a few. Farmhouse is still a big trend, as well as whites and off-white. And barn doors are everywhere!”

Teri Hayden-Kalis, Rugs and Accessories

The trends I saw repeated the most in the showrooms:

-BLUE: All shades of blue accessories and rugs everywhere–Navy, Turquoise, Peacock   

-GOLD/ANTIQUE BRASS: Gold and brass are back, as you may have been noticing on all of your clothing lately (zippers, buttons, etc)… and showrooms are also filled with brass accents and accessories.


-MONGOLIAN FUR PILLOWS: These are everywhere! They come in every color, go with anything, and add tons of texture.

This is some great insight into the hottest furniture trends for this spring and summer. But I also wanted to know a little bit more about the market itself. What is it REALLY like to attend, and what are some tips for those who may be checking out Market for the first time?

The biggest reaction from our buyers: Wear comfy shoes!! Buyers typically log about 6 miles a day, walking from appointment to appointment.

This spring, our buyers also had to compete with rain basically the entire time. When you compile that with 12-15 hour days, it takes some of the glamour out of the experience!

High Point Market Spring 2017 pic with courtesy

But all of our buyers agree Market is a great event for our industry, and a vital part of networking and developing relationships with vendors.

Jenny says it’s also a chance for the buyers to grow closer. “We don’t always get to hang out at work, so it’s nice to be together, have ‘family’ dinner.”

Teri adds, “My favorite thing about market is seeing all of the new products and designs displayed in gorgeous showrooms. Most showrooms are reset and redesigned for every market.”


And believe it or not, Market is just the START of all the work for our Merchandising Team! Dawn explains, “You come back and you have to execute. The market is the easy part.. then you have to follow through with the vendors.”

As I’ve learned through my first couple years of working at Steinhafels, the world of furniture is beautiful to gaze at and enjoy, but there is sooooo much work that goes on behind the scenes to make it happen.

I will continue to share some of my discoveries in this blog… so stay tuned!


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


Use them for office or spare bedroom doors



They make great entertainment consoles


Many accent pieces also feature barn doors 


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


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

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.”

Lose the TV

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