Steinhafels & The Pabst Theater: Showtime!

It’s the big night. The stage is set, the theater crew is working on last minute preps… and the band is relaxing, watching TV, and enjoying some fresh coffee and a home-cooked meal!

The Pabst Theater Group prides itself on making all performers feel at home once they enter the doors of the Pabst Theater, The Riverside, or Turner Hall Ballroom. From an on-site caterer, to personal barista, and an enviable vinyl collection… the Pabst staff does all it can to make sure performers are comfortable before they take the big stage.

This emphasis on hospitality and the comforts of home make Steinhafels a perfect fit as a partner for this Milwaukee institution!

Over the last few months we’ve been working together to redesign the backstage of the Group’s historic Pabst Theater. As you can see it’s a neat space, but needed a little TLC and modern touches.

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Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Interior Decorator Anne Sperry was basically given carte blanche to transform the space. The Pabst Theater staff admits it was a little daunting. “It’s always a little scary when you are changing something that is so personal and important to what we do. But it’s also very exciting since we know it will be a better, improved space.”

After the big Delivery Day, and a few finishing touches… check out the “NEW” digs! It still has that casual hangout vibe, but Anne added some color to make it pop, and also included some modern/rustic wood and metal pieces to hold all that vinyl!

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Channel 12 and CBS 58 even came by to check it out and talk to Anne!

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We love the new space, and so does the Pabst… but don’t take our word for it. Let’s see what the performers think!

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The first band to use the space was Wisconsin’s own Horseshoes and Hand Grenades. The band has been playing together for about 6 years, and they always love playing the Pabst theaters. Davey Lynch plays harmonica and accordion. He explains, “The hospitality is absolutely the best.  That’s not just a Milwaukee pride thing either, since I live in Milwaukee.  Of the entire lower 48, Pabst/Riverside/Turner has the best hospitality. That’s not just food and beverage, but the feeling you get with the hospitality and the staff too.”

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Lynch and his 4 bandmates spend an average of five hours a day together on a small bus, so he says having a place to call home away from home while touring is very important. “Getting that living room environment is wildly important, especially to feel comfortable before performing too, so it’s nice to have that. Just that good down home feeling, that’s just great.”

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We had him try out one of the new leather couches. He was impressed, and had some fun with it! “I definitely notice the leather furniture, absolutely, very comfortable couches… Oh yeah, I did the lay down, the sit down, the half laydown.”

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It’s good to see Davey and his buddies making themselves at home! We are so excited to continue our partnership with the Pabst, and help bring a touch of home to the men and women who work so hard to give audiences a great time.

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You can check out more pictures from the big “Reveal Day” by clicking HERE.

 

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.

Decorating on a Dime

Since 1934, Steinhafels Furniture has been a family-owned business providing quality home furnishings to southeastern Wisconsin.  But did you know that Steinhafels also has a team of designers at most stores, who are ready to help you create that perfect space?  The program is called “Decorating Solutions,” and it offers a fully customizable experience for the shopper!

Let’s face it, most of us would love to snazz up our house a bit, but we don’t have the cash to shell out for a full makeover.  The good news is, it doesn’t have to be as expensive or time-intensive as you may think.  Since I am not a design expert by any means, I am employing some help from one of our resident experts!  For this blog entry I am using the Top 5 “Decorating on a Dime” tips from Decorating Solutions designer Dawn Adamec.

First, let’s start with a simple can of paint.  It’s probably the most inexpensive thing you can buy, and it goes a long way.  You can paint a whole room the same color, or have a focal point wall (three walls the same color, and one wall a different, complementary color).  Don’t be scared to have fun with paint!  If you are interested in a rich, deep color, try some tester pieces first.  Slap a little color on the wall and live with it for a week or two and see how you like it.

Accessories are a another option.  Pillows or throws can spark new life into existing furniture.  Area rugs are another easy trick.  Even on top of carpeting, an area rug can add color and pattern to a space.  It’s like Art on the floor!  It’s also a quick, affordable way to hide imperfections, or make an old floor look like new. Check out the Before and Afters below:

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Dawn’s third tip–clean up that greenery!  Fake plants get dusty and dated.  Trade out those large atrocities for simple grasses and twigs.  Also, multiples of one type of greenery, rather than a bunch of random plants, makes for a cleaner look.  You can also totally change it up for the season–leaves in the Fall, pine and bells for Christmas, and branches with bright flowers for Spring and Summer.  And here’s a designer insider tip for you–use a hair dryer to blow the dust off those grasses!

Next, wall decor is a simple option that can really make a room truly your own. Either take existing wall decor and rearrange it, or trade it out for one big focal point wall item.   These days the trend is not so much to have wall art spaced sporadically all over the walls, but to combine all of those pieces into one grouping on one wall–similar to a collage.  It’s OK not to have something on each wall!  This also applies to family pictures.  Instead of pictures all over the place, make a picture grouping.  You can also hang a family monogram on the wall.

Finally, roll up your sleeves and rearrange that furniture!  This also may sound simple enough, but you won’t believe what a difference a little rearranging can make.  Instead of having all of your furniture against the wall (which we tend to do), and having a big empty space in the middle, try angling the furniture off the wall to create multiple settings or vignettes.  It makes your room cozier and more inviting.  At Steinhafels, we make it easy to get ideas for sprucing up your space by having different vignettes on display.  These groupings show which accessories go with each other, and many of the displays are grouped by color.

So go ahead and have some fun, and most importantly stay true to your style.  We can all be a “designer”… you just have to push aside your inhibitions and let your imagination run free!

Check out Dawn’s appearance on Fox 6 Studio A, where she teaches Mary and Brian how to Decorate on a Dime.