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!

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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.”

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

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DS Tip Of The Week: Sofa Tables–Oh the Possibilities!

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

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This week’s tip comes from one of our Vernon Hills Decorating Solutions experts.  Brian Mueller is known for his ability to help his clients see the possibilities that they may not be able to envision themselves.

As Brian explains, “A sofa table has endless possibilities.  If your sofa or sectional are just floating in a room, and you’re tired of looking at all the fabric or leather, break it up with a table behind it.  Not only can a table break up the sea of fabric or leather, it also acts as another surface for lamps lamps, or a space to display accessories!  For instance, if your room doesn’t allow for an end table for extra lighting, and you have room for a table behind your sofa or sectional, use that instead.  It doesn’t even necessarily have to be floating to use one either, and you can move it forward off the wall to make for a more intimate seating area as well.”

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Brian adds, “Sofa tables come in all shapes and sizes.  Some even allow for ottomans or stools underneath, which adds extra seating as well when you need it.  Don’t be afraid to even put a chest or cabinet behind it, as long as it doesn’t go higher than the back of the sofa cushion. You can also use open bookshelves to divide a room visually behind a sofa.”

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