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.


Meet Our New Guest Blogger Annie: The DIY Decor Mom!

As a family-owned, local business, Steinhafels is always excited to partner with fellow locals – whether it be non-profits, other businesses, and yes… bloggers!

Today we introduce you to our new guest blogger, Annie, the creator of the blog “DIY Decor Mom: DIYing Between Diaper Changes.”


Annie is a 30-year-old mom of three, who along with her husband, is working on completely renovating their builder-grade 1980’s home into the home of their dreams. She explains, “Our life is crazy but wonderful. I love sharing motherhood hacks and decorating tips for creating a beautiful life and home.”  

We actually met Annie through our other fabulous guest blogger, Meg at Green with Decor (us bloggers stick together!)

We met with Annie recently at our Kenosha store, where she picked up her Clarity Sofa Table. It was awesome to meet her three adorable kids.



You can check out Annie’s #sponsored blog post about that Clarity Sofa Table HERE. She has some great tips for styling a console table. Who knew a simple console table could be so functional and stylish at the same time?!


Partnering with talented lifestyle writers like Meg and Annie has been great, and we look forward to seeing what they come up with for future posts.

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: Going for the Gold in Your Home Decor

It’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week. This week, it only makes sense with the Olympics in full swing that we talk GOLD!

Gold isn’t only for Olympic medals and jewelry. Gold accents can be a great way to update a space. It doesn’t matter if it’s traditional, casual or modern – gold is coming back!

Patti Stindt is one of the awesome designers based out of our new Madison East store on High Crossing Boulevard. Patti assures us that we’re not talking the gaudy, overbearing golds of yesteryear – these finishes are matte or brushed and very on-trend!


Patti explains, “This can be done through accessories like lamps, art, and pillows. Even occasional tables can join the fun! Also, don’t be afraid to mix metals. Just like woods, we can definitively have a mixture for some variety – just stick to two metal finishes if possible.”


Gold is also very versatile! Patti adds, “Gold is a warmer metal, but can be an excellent companion to cooler colors like blues and grays – creating high contrast and drama. And we can always pair it with the warmer colors like reds, yellows, and oranges to create a warm, cozy space.”



You could be the next one standing atop the medal podium – go for the GOLD in your home decor! Tune in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

Steinhafels’ “Direct Designs” Furniture – It’s More Than Just a Slogan!

Here at Steinhafels, our Merchandising Team and Buyers are always looking for ways to bring you the best products, at the greatest value. We pride ourselves on carrying a vast array of styles, and staying on top of the latest trends, while still offering traditional pieces as well. As humans we are all unique, and our stores reflect that – offering something for everyone!


You may have noticed “Direct Designs” in our ads, and on signs across our stores. It’s not just a slogan – the title has true meaning to back it up. It’s a special branding we’ve had on many of our items for awhile, but we wanted to go more in depth into what it actually MEANS.


In a nutshell, “Direct Designs,” are a result of our buyers traveling across the nation, and the world, to find the best manufacturers. This eliminates the middleman and passes the savings directly to you, our customers.

One of the coolest things I’ve learned since starting to work here is that our buyers travel quite a bit – across North America, and even Asia, to develop relationships directly with the factories producing the beautiful goods we sell in our stores.


The two main furniture categories that highlight this aspect of our business are Upholstery and Case Goods (Dining and Bedroom). Elaine Haskey and Dawn Still are the lead buyers in each area, respectively. Thanks to these busy ladies for taking the time to explain just what we mean by “Direct Designs.”

The main idea behind “Direct Designs” is eliminating the middleman. Can you briefly talk about this, and why it’s such a good thing for us AND the customer?

“It’s good for the customer when we work directly with factories, because every dollar saved goes back into the quality, features and benefits of the product. In essence we pass the savings on to the customer, and that equates to more value. It’s also good for us because we have something that’s unique and available only at Steinhafels.”


Our buyers travel the U.S. and the world, finding some of the best deals and most unique items. Do you like that part of the job?

“Yes, traveling to the factories allows us to build relationships and tweak the product design, as well as communicate our quality standards.”

For Bedroom and Dining Room specifically, what makes these products special?

“The products reflect the latest trends and features, and we can bring these to the customer quickly.”


For Upholstered Furniture specifically, what makes these products special?

“The products feature higher quality materials: Better grade fabrics and leathers, generous padding around the frames, and the newest technology in reclining furniture.”

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As a buyer, is it a rewarding feeling to be so involved in the design and creation process of these items?

“It is a great feeling to be involved in the creation of furniture that’s up to our quality standards –  furniture that we would own personally.”

“Direct Designs” is selling well. Why do you think this is?

“When customers see our Direct Designs product, they quickly realize that they are getting a great product at a great price.”


I presume a lot of furniture stores have similar programs – what makes ours special?

“Actually, very few furniture stores in the nation have a similar program. For it to work, the company must be large enough to buy in quantity and negotiate great prices.”

Thanks Dawn and Elaine for giving us just a little peek into the process of picking the fabulous furniture we sell in our stores. Come check out our “Direct Designs” selection, today!


DS Tip Of The Week: Spruce Up That Spare Bathroom

It’s the room in our home we all use several times a day, and most guests use at least once or twice a visit – yet it often gets overlooked from a design perspective. For this week’s Decorating Solutions “Tip of the Week”  we’re showing some respect to bathrooms everywhere!  

This week’s tip is from Oak Creek Interior Designer Jenii Kluver. Jenii is great at thinking outside the box, and bringing an eclectic flair to her designs.

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Jenii points out that many people focus on their main entertainment spaces when decorating their homes, because it’s where their guests are going to be spending the most time. However, she adds, “Don’t forget that they will also most likely use your powder room! There are plenty of opportunities to spruce up that spare bathroom. I love using bright blues, grays, and whites for paint colors because it allows the most light to flow through the room. Try using a decorative mirror instead of your basic mirror for a quick update, add fun artwork to take up wall space, and install functional furniture pieces that also provide storage for toiletries.”

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Our designers are always ready to share their expertise. Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Our “Love/Hate” Relationship with Recliners

Most of us “love” the comfort of a recliner, but many of us “hate” the look.

Where do you stand?


This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Debbie Gray, an interior designer based in our Steinhafels Superstore on High Crossing Boulevard on Madison’s east side.

Debbie explains, “Historically, the majority of recliners tended to be oversized and bulky, making them difficult to incorporate into smaller spaces or with more tailored designs. For years this created a dilemma for both shoppers and designers as they were faced with making a decision between comfort and style – but times have changed!”


She adds, “The furniture industry listened to the feedback from consumers and came up with an answer to this dilemma – push back recliners. These recliners look like a conventional lounge or accent chair but have a hidden footrest that pops up when you ‘push back.’ Available in styles from traditional to contemporary, in both fabric and leather, they are the perfect compromise. Also referred to as hi-leg recliners, manufacturers industry-wide have added these to their collections. This trend means that there is truly something for everyone – regardless of budget or style. So next time you are replacing a chair or redecorating your room make sure to take a look at push backs. Even the most ‘anti-recliner’ shoppers among us are sure to be impressed!”


Thanks Debbie for all of that great info! Customers can check out a wide variety of recliner styles at any of our Superstores.

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


VIDEO BLOG: Steinhafels & Pabst Theater Group’s New Project – Home and History at Turner Hall

Here at Steinhafels, our mission is to help customers create the homes of their dreams.

In recent years, we’ve been looking at ways to expand that mission into our local communities. One of those partnerships has been with the Pabst Theater Group in Milwaukee. As long-time members of the Milwaukee business and entertainment communities, it really is a perfect match. The Pabst is known for creating an inviting and comfortable atmosphere for its performers as they prepare backstage, and Steinhafels helps customers create that same feeling in their homes.


It all started a little more than a year ago, when we worked with the backstage staff of the Pabst on a full-scale remodel project. Our designer worked to keep the character of the space, with some comfy, modern touches. Everyone loved the results, and we’ve heard that performers have complimented that new space many times since the redesign.

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In addition, we’ve partnered with the Pabst on several contests and other fun, social media driven events over the past couple years. It’s been a great way for Steinhafels to get more involved in the local entertainment community, and for both businesses to spread their messages to new audiences.

However, since interior design is the backbone to this relationship, we thought it was time to get another design project going! This time – Turner Hall Ballroom on 4th Street. The Ballroom is located within Turner Hall, a National Historic Landmark. The Ballroom has a rustic, lofty feel, and is the perfect backdrop to an eclectic mix of shows.

The Pabst Theater Group approached us, mentioning the Turner Hall Dressing Room needs some love. That’s when we employed the talents of our Decorating Solutions Interior Designer Jenii Kluver. Jenii loves music, and has an edgy, eclectic style – perfect for this project.

We started with a tour of Turner Hall’s backstage area, followed by Jenii’s design presentation at our Oak Creek store. Check out the Video Blog:

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Any design project requires an initial walkthrough. The Turner Hall backstage walkthrough was a great chance for Jenii to get a feel for the space, meet the crew, and take some pictures and measurements.


As we mentioned, Jenii was the natural choice of designer on this project because she loves live music. In fact, she recalls a recent occasion that has her loving live music more than ever. “I got engaged onstage at a concert at the Rave, so this is right up my alley! This is just something that means a little more to me – to work on something having to do with music.”

Sasha Molin is Hospitality Director for PTG Live Events. She showed us the space, and explained what they are looking for. “We mostly wanna use this room to add more seating, make it more appealing, and make it so it can accommodate a variety of group sizes. It’s kind of a commercial space, kind of not.. it’s more personal. It’s definitely cool and different, I’m just excited to see how the room can transform, and how much I can fit into this smaller space, and utilize what we do have.”


Both Jenii and Sasha agree the history of the building is vital to the design, and they don’t want to take away from that. Jenii says, “I’m excited to give this room a little TLC and have it be more accommodating and welcoming, but still explore the history and feel of the space. We want this place to be a home away from home, and the only way to do that is with some quality furniture and a nice layout.”


Jenii sets to work taking room measurements and getting some pictures to help with her 3D design renderings. Like any design project, you have to start with the basic logistics/limitations of the room, and go from there. It’s like a puzzle, and our designers are great at solving it!

Sasha was also involved in our Pabst Theater backstage redesign, and is looking forward to this new challenge. “I’m excited to work on a totally different space than the Pabst backstage. This one is smaller, but more open, and there’s natural light!”


After the initial design consultation, the interior designer takes the information (measurements, pictures, etc) and puts together an in-store presentation for the client(s).


Jenii works out of Oak Creek, so the Pabst crew paid a visit to our Superstore on South 13th Street right off I-94. Sasha says she was pretty impressed by Jenii’s 3D design presentation. “I thought it definitely made the experience that much better in visual form, and to see a 3D mock-up of how it will look in the room is really helpful.”


Tiffany Coris does Sponsorship and Marketing for the Pabst Theater Group. She adds, “The 3D program and the presentation were really impressive, really put together. It’s also good to see a couple other options – you don’t always get a feel for how good the first option is until you see other options.”

As a designer, Jenii says the 3D program takes her presentations to the next level. “What I really like is it’s really easy for me to show them WHY I picked out the things I did. They can see how everything looks in the space, and get a spatial idea of how it will look, and just have a face to face conversation and go over the details.”



Jenii says she usually takes about an hour or so to set up vignettes for her client presentations, print the sheets, and walk the store to make sure she knows where everything is located. That’s the other cool thing about the in-store presentation – it gives the clients a chance to see, feel, and experience the possible pieces – not just see them on a page.


We’re still working out the final details of the space.. then the order will get processed, and a delivery date will be set! Stay tuned to our Steinhafels blog and social sites, as well as the Pabst Theater Group’s various social media to learn more about the project – and how Jenii will combine Home and History to create the perfect backstage space.

We can’t wait to share the results!!


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.