DS Tip Of The Week: Small Spaces and Sectionals

Proper spacing is a HUGE part of interior design. While this sounds obvious, it can be tricky to pull off, especially if you have larger furniture you want to fit in a small space.

For this week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week, we answer the question, “Can a sectional work in a small space?”


Jim Mallon is an interior designer based in our Vernon Hills store, and his answer: “Yes!! When you hire a Steinhafel’s Designer and use Decorating Solutions to resolve your space, we can make it happen.”

Jim goes on to explain, “The most important thing is that the sectional will be the only seating in the space the majority of the time. Here’s a picture of my family room. It is 12×15″ with a fireplace and a sliding patio door. I placed the sectional on the only wall I could. I replaced a sofa and a chair with this Steinhafels piece. The seating now accommodates five people. The ottoman, which serves as a coffee table, also has seating when needed… so now we can sit 7 people as opposed to only four!”   



Wow, thanks for that practical example from your own home Jim! Here’s another picture that illustrates Jim’s tip.

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Striking Up Friendships in the Office and at the Alley!

At Steinhafels we are known for our beautiful showrooms and high quality furniture, but it’s never lost on us that the number one reason for our success is our employees. Without our dedicated, hard-working employees, we would just be another store. It sounds cheesy, but we truly are a family here.

There are many different ways we promote that family feeling–potlucks, team events, internal contests, and an on-site basketball court–just to name a few.

Today, we take a look at an even simpler, more grassroots form of building office camaraderie. It’s one of Milwaukee’s oldest pastimes–one that lets individuals thrive on their own, and as a team. It’s a simple game that anyone can play, but takes practice and patience to excel at.

We’re talking… BOWLING!

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A small group of employees gather on Monday nights at the New Berlin Ale House. It’s the team’s first year, so they’re still working out the kinks.

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Team Captain, and Steinhafels HR Administrative Assistant Jimmy Eagle Jr., says it’s been a great addition to his weekly schedule. “My number one priority is taking care of employees being in HR, and when you’re out bowling with friends it’s getting to know each other better, so it’s kinda the same aspect.”

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Jimmy has been bowling most of his life, so strikes and spares come pretty easy to him. NAS Coordinator Luke Greely is still relatively new to the office, and admittedly VERY new to competitive bowling. He jokes, “I’m enjoying it. I’m learning. Yeah, I’ll definitely continue on bowling leagues.. now that I’ve got my own ball, my own shoes.. I kinda have to!”

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Software Engineer Jake Miller admits his sport of choice is golf, but was willing to give bowling a try. He says both take technique and practice, which he enjoys.

He also likes how it encourages building friendships at the office. “It helps to get people talking, makes the workplace more enjoyable, to have people to talk with. That’s one of the things Steinhafels is great for–good people, good company–and a bunch of snacks around the office.”

That is true–there’s never a lack of goodies, thanks to our generous co-workers!

While it may be awhile until they reach the prowess of the The Dude and Walter Sobchak, the Steinhafels Bowling Team is having a good time, and building invaluable chemistry that you can’t always get within the same 4 walls, 40 hours a week! 

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DS Tip Of The Week: Family, Friends, and Firepits!

Living in Wisconsin we get to enjoy a four season climate. Many of us treasure the summer weather and being able to enjoy our outdoor oasis. But you don’t have to pack it all up just because the fall chill is starting to set in.



For this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week we look at ways to extend your outdoor entertaining as long as possible. Beth Kealy is an interior designer based in our Menomonee Falls store. She has some advice to help you eek out every bit of nice weather you can these next couple months–thanks to Fabulous Firepits and other patio items still in stock!!


Beth explains, “Family and friend gatherings can be enjoyed around a cozy fire pit while enjoying sunsets, watching kids at play, or during breaks in sporting activities. We also carry protective covers for most of our selections to keep them from being exposed to the elements. During winter months we do recommend storing your furniture or covering it tightly to prevent weather and animal damage.”


If you are unsure what arrangement would be the best for your deck or patio, one of our expert designers can do a floor plan and offer color choices to best fit your space and beautify your relaxing, outdoor space. Come in to check out our remaining collection. Supplies are limited for this remaining season, but you can still find some great deals!!


We’re here to help you through all 4 seasons, with quick and easy decor tips each and every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.


Take Me Out to the Ballgame: Steinhafels & Best Buddies!

The Brewers may have crushed the Reds 9-1 Tuesday night… but the real win was OFF the field at Miller Park!


Best Buddies Wisconsin hosted its annual Brewers Tailgate, and a couple Steinhafels employees had the chance to hang out with the Best Buddies gang. Steinhafels recently partnered with the organization to sponsor six different schools in the Milwaukee area. You can read about this exciting new friendship on our Community Giving page, and on the Best Buddies Blog.


The Brewers donated 950 tickets for Best Buddies to give its students, and other participants. They were kind enough to offer some of the tickets to Steinhafels. We had a great time getting to meet some new people. It also didn’t hurt that the Brewers’ bats were on fire, and that Eric Thames hit his 11th homer of the season–setting a franchise record for most home runs in April.


Bullpen coach and Racine native Marcus Hanel and Brewers pitcher Corey Knebel even dropped by the tailgate to say hi, and snag a couple hot dogs!


We wanted to hear a little more about what the experience was like for both Steinhafels Bluemound Mattress Manager Chris Trollinger, and Best Buddies Deputy Director of Mission Advancement Lauren Peter. It’s interesting to see both perspectives.


Chris’s Thoughts

Did you guys have fun at the tailgate and game?

We had a great time at the event. The hot dogs were great, and it was a nice opportunity to mingle with other Steinhafels folks as well as different members of the community.

You said you didn’t know about Best Buddies before this. What do you think about the organization, from what you know now?

I do believe it is so nice to do any type of mentoring. I believe this special group really benefits from just a little extra interaction.

Are you happy that Steinhafels sponsors and takes part in a variety of community organizations?

Yes, I believe that’s an important part of the family values that Steinhafels demonstrates.


Lauren’s Turn

Why is the annual tailgate such an important event for Best Buddies?

Answer is two-fold: First, it is a great opportunity for the community to see our mission in action through volunteering and raising awareness with the surrounding tailgaters; secondly, this is a really incredible way to thank our students for a great year, as well as engage them with like-minded peers from other schools in the area and socialize with buddies.

Our Steinhafels employees really enjoyed it. Why is it so cool to get your community sponsors to events to get the true “Best Buddies” experience?

Reading about our programs doesn’t do justice to the impact the programs truly have on participants, volunteers, etc.  The reason our programs are so successful is because of the friendship aspect, which is a human connection, something very authentic that you have to experience first-hand and in-person to really get an understanding of how beneficial the programs are.

What would you like to say to Steinhafels employees who are thinking about coming out to the next Best Buddies event?

We would love to have you! There’s so many opportunities to engage with our organization whether that’s through volunteering at our events or participating with us. Give us a shot – you never know, you could make a new friend!

You can see all of our pictures, and some video from the tailgate HERE.

DS Tip Of The Week: Belly Up to the Bar–At Home!

Are you looking to use your space in a whole new way?  Do you have a formal living area and a family room adjacent, and you’re just not sure how the space will best be  utilized?

How about a Bar?  After all–this IS Wisconsin!

Our Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week is perfect for the cocktail connoisseur, or someone who’s looking for new ways to enjoy their home–along with family and friends.

This week’s design tip comes from Menomonee Falls Interior Decorator Beth Kealy.

Beth uses a past project to illustrate her point.  Here is the room BEFORE:


She explains, “This client chose to add a bar and seating area–making the room cozy and useful versus a stuffy and rarely used space. Steinhafels has many beautiful bars which could bring the guests back to the formal room with great conversation and a reason to return.”



So take Beth’s advice, and be the host with the most!


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