DS Tip Of The Week: Adding Texture With Mongolian Fur

Tis the season–a Decorating Solutions Tip Of The Week with a holiday flare! We’re talking Mongolian Fur, which is very on-trend this season. Adding color and texture can be as easy as adding some simple accent pillows.

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Interior Designer Patti Stindt is doing the heavy lifting this week. Patti is based at our new Steinhafels on High Crossing Boulevard on Madison’s east side.

Patti suggests, “Use a variety of different sizes and color, or go monochromatic. No matter what style you are, Mongolian Fur can make a space super chic by adding in the cream pillows with a modern lined sofa.”

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Patti adds, “You could also go casual cozy with a tufted leather sofa and a variety of the pillows. It’s all about layering in the textures. We can also create a very upscale, luxurious feel with chenille fabric, and the mixture of the fur. It will give it an edgy feel. I would even introduce a nice textured throw to coordinate.”

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Have fun and get warm and cozy with Mongolian fur! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Special Spaces: Changing Lives One Bedroom at a Time

Here at Steinhafels, we are humbled to play a small role in so many wonderful community organizations. One of those groups is Special Spaces Wisconsin, which helps to create dream bedrooms for children with life-threatening medical conditions.

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We’ve partnered with Special Spaces for several years now. The Steinhafels mission is to help people create the homes of their dreams–so Special Spaces is a perfect fit. In a typical interior design project, the living room or family room is usually the focal point of the redesign. But in the case of Special Spaces, the bedroom is the crown jewel of the project! We get to help furnish bedrooms that are true escapes and safe spaces for kids who just want to be kids.

Today we’re going to take a closer look at a recent project in Milwaukee. KK is a 10-year-old who’s been through more in her short life than most of us can even imagine battling in a lifetime. She was in the hospital during her dream bedroom makeover, but when she finally made it home she was delighted to discover her very own “special space” to heal, find comfort and peace.

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KK’s story has been an inspiration to Steinhafels Waukesha Sales Manager Becky Morgan. Becky took some time to tell us more about the Special Spaces program, and why KK’s story has had such an impact on her.

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What inspires you about KK’s story?

Becky: “She’s a fighter! She beat leukemia, had a heart transplant, her body is fighting her new heart, and her leukemia came back. This little girl is just 10 years old. No one should ever have to experience this, let alone a child. Her focus should be on Pokemon and enjoying life, not fighting to live.”

You mentioned KK’s mom being an amazing woman. Tell us a little more about her.

“KK’s Mom. She is a single mother who works in a nursing home, and raises 10 children varying in age from 18-3. When I first visited the home, the children were all happy, there were wonderful notes from school on the fridge, extra curricular activities posted with pride on the fridge, thankful children (one of the youngest was so excited about the gallons of milk in the fridge, he kept saying thank you, thank you). I grew up with both parents and only one sibling, and I know that was not an easy task, so for one parent dealing with the amount of curve balls she has been given–she is truly an impressive mother!”

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What was the focus with KK’s bedroom redesign?

“KK really loves Pokemon and that was the focus for her space. Special Spaces meets with the family and child to make sure they get what they want. The most important part was making sure they had beds, and a bright space to retreat to when needed. The 2 other bedrooms were made to feel the same way–new beds, and space of their own.”

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The Steinhafels Waukesha Store Sales Team held a food and supply drive for KK and her family. Can you tell us more about this?

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“The supply drive came about as I was sitting with a coworker, talking about the needs for this family and how hard the mom works. I am about to be a mother myself, and hearing the heartache that this family is going through brought me to tears. My mother in law also has cancer and she is such a fighter, but I know the toll it takes on her each and every time she has chemo or a bad day. She needs comfort, space and basic necessities. As I was listening to the needs of the family I could not help but immediately want to dive in and get what I could. My parents also taught us to give when we can and to always help others, so to me this was top priority.”

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“We also have some amazing sales associates on our staff. Cheri (a Bedroom Specialist) overheard the needs and immediately said we need to help this family! I talked with our staff and they were all ready to help. They suggested a food drive. I was ecstatic that they were all so ready to jump in and help. They came everyday with food and daily necessities. We also had a great deal of cash donations. With the cash donations I went and got each child and mother a little caddy that I filled with shampoo, conditioner, lotion, soap, toothbrushes, hair brushes, nail polish (they needed something fun), hair ties, deodorant, razors, shaving cream, chapstick, etc. We made the mom a special basket filled with pampering products like face-masks, bubble bath, soothing lotion, etc. We were also able to fill a laundry basket with cleaning supplies, hand soaps, detergent, laundry needs, feminine products, kitchen products, toilet paper, paper towels, paper plates, cooking supplies, and extra soaps and toothbrushes. It was also very important for me to get a huge tub of animal crackers as this was part of the story on their initial visit (the little guy wanted some, and what kid should go without animal crackers??)”

“Renae Williams (Bedroom Specialist) also took it upon herself to make sure each child and their mother had brand new pillows. She came in like Santa Clause with a bag larger than her, filled with brand new pillows–because she said everyone needs a comfy pillow. Steinhafels donated some decorative pillows to jazz up the space too! Kas Oriental Rugs also donated four beautiful rugs for the family, one for each of the bedrooms, and a beautiful rug for their living room.”

How proud are you of your staff?

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“I couldn’t be more proud of them! All I did was tell them this family’s story. They took their own initiative to make such an impact on this. I said give what you can, bring a can good or a toothbrush. They went so far above and beyond, it brought tears to my eyes every single time I walked into our break room, and then watching the family’s faces as they walked into their home was one of the best feelings I have ever had. I am so proud to be a part of this team–I could not ask for better people to surround myself with. Steinhafels is so very lucky to have these wonderful people working for them!”

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We also want to give a shout-out to the Woman’s Club of Wisconsin, Majic Productions, and all of the other amazing volunteers for their work on this makeover. We are so glad we could play a part in bringing a smile to KK’s face!

DS Tip Of The Week: Tall Mirrors

You know you wait all week for this moment… it’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week. This week’s tip is for those of you who want to give your bedroom a more stately, regal feel.

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Ray Buquet is an interior designer based at our Kenosha Superstore. She has a simple tip for adding a touch of class and elegance to your bedroom. “Place a couple of tall mirrors above your nightstands. This draws the eye upwards, and it can work with any decor. Mirrors are timeless and a wonderful investment–you can use them your whole life long. In addition to giving extra height to the room, it adds versatility to your decor.”

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Don’t be scared to try something new! Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

 

DS Tip Of The Week: Declutter that Corner!

We all strive to keep a clean and neat home because we take pride in our space. It’s also a way to promote a sense of Feng shui, or harmony, in the home, and reduce stress levels.

Get out the notepad and jot down this helpful hint.  That’s right…it’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Cecily Gaitan. Cecily works at our Kenosha store, and helps customers in the southeast part of Wisconsin create the homes of their dreams.

Cecily suggests, “Don’t let clutter like laundry or shoes fill up a corner in your bedroom. Use a nice accent chair to fill the space. Or make a reading nook. Sometimes it’s nice to take a minute to yourself, and what better way to do that than to relax in your bedroom!”

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As you see in this picture… less is MORE!  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: Holiday Accessory Consistency

Thanksgiving is in a few days, and then Christmas is just around the corner. Do you have a huge box of decorations, with no idea how to display them stylishly?

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You are not alone! This holiday-inspired Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from one of our newer designers, John Newell, who’s based in our Kenosha store. His suggestion: When decorating for the holidays, try to use the same style of decorations room to room.

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John explains, “For example try placing all the soft plush decoration in the family room.  Then place the glass and fragile items in the dining room. In the kitchen and living room you can place all the wood and hand crafted items–either store bought or made by your children. By keeping this consistency, it creates flow from room to room, and gives each room its own distinction and unity.”

Here are just some examples of the vast array of holiday decor you can find at Steinhafels! As you can see we have it all–from delicate pieces to plush pillows you can throw on your sofas and recliners.

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So don’t let that big box of holiday decor stress you out! Organize the accessories by style, and try to give each room its own personality.

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

You can email John at johnn@steinhafels.com if you live in the Kenosha/Racine area and are interested in exploring a new design project!

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DS Tip Of The Week: Chandeliers as a focal point, and how to hang them properly

When it comes to design, we often stick with what we know. Chandeliers as we traditionally know them are a necessity in dining rooms for most of the lighting. However, you don’t have to stop at this room alone. Chandeliers can also be a great focal point in living rooms, master bedrooms and bathrooms.

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This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Patti Stindt. Patti works at our beautiful new Madison East store, one of only 2 stores currently to have our beautiful new selection of chandeliers on display!

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Patti explains how versatile chandeliers can be. “Chandeliers give us an opportunity to create a beautiful focal point in spaces besides the dining room. Gone are the days of your ordinary light fixture that only provides us light. There are hundreds of options in many different styles that can make a statement in your room. Think of a chandelier as the piece of jewelry that pulls your whole outfit together!”

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Ooooh.. Jewelry! That’s a fun comparison.

There are some logistical issues to consider as well. Patti adds, “When choosing a chandelier, consider style of the space, how much light is needed for the space, and the scale of the light fixture compared to area it is suspended above. Typically we multiply the square footage by 1.5 to get the wattage needed for the room. Also, if it is hung above a dining room table, the bottom of the chandelier should be hung between 30-36″ above the table top. Lastly, put these fixtures on dimmers to create mood lighting!”

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Thanks for explaining that Patti! Our designers are hard at work on many more insightful tips for you. Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: The Fabulous Functionality of the Ottoman

When it comes to design, we want it to look great, but also be functional. Especially as the winter months approach, anything that makes life easier, including increased storage space, is a plus!

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week explores the fabulous functionality of the ottoman. Rachel Chairez is a new designer at our Kenosha store, and she’s excited to share some of her expertise with us.

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Rachel explains, “Most people like to put their feet up when they relax– even on coffee tables. Why not ditch the coffee table and bring in a patterned, upholstered ottoman? You can also bring varied textures into the room by mixing an upholstered sofa with a leather ottoman. Blending texture and colors can create contrasts that are fun to the eye. Worried about losing your storage capabilities that you had in the coffee table? Storage ottomans exist and come in multiple types and styles.”

As you can see in Rachel’s example, you can bring in a fun, ceramic tiled ottoman tray to place on top of the ottoman–that way guests have a solid surface to set their drinks down on! Or looking for a more rustic look? You can also bring in a wood ottoman tray that pairs well with the space. The combinations are endless!

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So put those feet up in style, especially after a long Monday! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

You can email Rachel at rachelc@steinhafels.com if you live in the Kenosha/Racine area and are interested in exploring a new design project!

DS Tip Of The Week: Dressing Up Your End Tables and Nightstands

You know you wait all weekend for this moment… it’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!  

Our Decorating Solutions Interior Designers are constantly using simple techniques to make dramatic changes that will help your space seem bright and new again. This week we’re talking end tables, and some simple techniques for dressing them up! Your tip comes from Interior Decorator Cecily Gaitan, who is based at our Kenosha store.  

Cecily explains, “Do you already have too many lamps in your space? That’s okay! Instead of the standard table lamps, you can use accessories to dress up end tables and even night stands. Add a couple vases and a real or fake plant to bring in a pop of color. If you’re on a budget, go to your nearby thrift store and pick up some vases. You can leave them as-is, depending on the condition, or spray paint them to bring them back to life! You can also do this with picture frames so you can add some photos into the mix too.”

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One word of warning–only add a few items so the space doesn’t get cluttered. No one wants more clutter…plus, that’s more to dust!” Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Experimenting With Faux Fur

Well Fall, it’s been nice knowing you, but according to weather reports we could be seeing our first flurries this week. That means it’s time to bring out all those throws you’ve been storing for the summer, and cuddle up on the couch with a good book or Netflix, your dog or cat, and a glass of wine.

Just because you are cozy doesn’t mean you have to be sloppy. You can snuggle in style! That’s right.. the cold weather offers a whole array of style options, including faux fur.

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That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week, from none other than one of our Menomonee Falls-based interior design gurus–Aaron Keller!

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Aaron explains, “Faux fur can add a unique and elegant texture to any room.  Don’t be afraid to have fun and experiment with faux fur pillows or rugs. These are examples of faux fur in homes I completed for clients. Remember as with any throw blanket it should not be folded, but rather tastefully draped on furniture.”

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So go ahead.. drape that throw blanket wherever you like. Like Aaron said, have fun with it! We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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DS Tip of the Week Fall Design: Bringing Warmth Into the Home

We continue our fall-themed #DecoratingSolutions Tips of the Week! This week we focus on bringing some extra warmth into the home as the mercury drops outside in the coming weeks.

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This week’s tip comes from Lori Green, a seasoned designer based at our Greenfield store. Lori says, “We feel the air and temperature changing now, so why not bring a little warmth into your home with the colors of fall, and cozy up to a book and relax by the fire! Create a comfortable setting for your family to relax in. Enjoy your days and evenings inside now by bringing a little of the sunroom furniture in, and incorporate a cozy sofa with some rust colors… adding a beautiful flare of fall in the air.”

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Lori adds that you can also get creative and have fun decorating your yard with fall items of various colors and sizes–that you may have thought would never go together! Check out some of these fun pictures she took during a recent trip to Door County. See… even designers can even be inspired sometimes!

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