DS Tip Of The Week Fall Design: Preparing the Nest

For many people, Fall is a favorite time to decorate the home. It’s a time when we return back to our routines as school begins again, and the carefree days of summer drift into a distant memory. It’s also a great time to prepare our nests (homes) for the long winter months.  

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For the next couple weeks our Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week is going to focus on Fall Design! This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Laura Hoffman. Laura works at our Appleton store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.

Laura also loves to spend time in her kitchen. She says that as it gets cooler, she loves to bake, and make hearty soups and warm breads.  

So how does the idea of comfort food translate into interior design? Pretty simply! As Laura explains, “I love to bring in lanterns, gold candles, white lights and warm toasty throws on my sectional. I also enjoy bringing in some dried hydrangeas and Chinese lanterns along with yellow twig dogwood branches, pine cones, and white and orange pumpkins to decorate my mantle. I toss some beautiful fall-colored pillows around my living room, with a couple blingy ones as well.”

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You can also fill a big wooden bowl with green and red apples and set it on your table. And don’t forget to give your exterior a little fall flair–place a beautiful fall wreath on your front door and wait for your guests to arrive.

In addition to our wide variety of accessories at Steinhafels, you likely have some of these items in storage, in your yard, or you can check out a local Farmer’s Market for gourds and other fall-inspired plants! Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you. Check in next Monday for another fall inspired #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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Milwaukee Film Fest Lounge Redesign: The Big Reveal!

Over the past week you’ve hopefully had the chance to check out the Milwaukee Film Festival. The fest is one of the largest in the entire COUNTRY, and Steinhafels is excited to be a Producing Sponsor this year!

Along with the sponsorship, we are proud to have our name on the “Steinhafels Stage” in the Film Fest Lounge, which was redesigned by our Decorating Solutions Interior Designer Lori Green.

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Kristen Heller is Operations Director of the Film Festival. While the actual movies the number one focus of the fest, the Film Fest Lounge is also a key component of the experience–especially for the filmmakers who attend the fest.

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Heller explains, “Our filmmakers come from all over the world, some have interpreters, and most of them it’s their first time to Milwaukee, so this is a main base for them. It’s kind of like their own little escape if they wanna do work and just relax, or if they have a screening coming up and they want to relax–this is a place we can take care of them.”

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The Lounge is also open to the public during select hours. As you can see in these BEFORE pictures, the space has an industrial, modern look. Lori says she wanted to build on that. “We wanted a little more modern twist to it, so we did the grays, the metals and some of the vases. And obviously some of the fill-ins with the boxes for the books and things like that. So it was really enjoyable, it was easy–that’s what we wanted, simple and real clean lines.”

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THE RESULT!

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Check out this short video of the redesign process!!

Heller says working with Lori and Steinhafels was a seamless process. “Like even just me working with Lori in the store–everything came together organically, and it just felt like a good fit all around.”

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Lori admits this is her first time at the Film Fest. She says she’s excited to be a part of it, and to see some movies that will inspire. “I just like the overall feeling of being uplifted. I don’t like anything scary and that kind of thing, but something I can equate myself to, and my life, and my family.”

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You still have the weekend, and most of next week to check out the fest and be inspired! Closing night is Thursday, October 12.

The Film Fest is also Supporting Relief Efforts in Puerto Rico and Mexico.

Check out Lori’s Walk and Talk Video about the space!

And Click HERE for a full gallery of pictures!

Steinhafels also helped with the design of the fest’s new VR Gallery, which features several virtual reality exhibits.

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DS Tip Of The Week: Getting Creative With Open Shelving

Last week we looked at filling an open wall space with large artwork. Today, let’s explore open shelving!

This week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Jenii Kluver. Jenii works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.  

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We love how creative Jenii is with her designs! She suggests, “If you have a larger wall that you are unsure how to fill up, use open shelving. I love to use this with my clients because it gives them an option to display more items at a time, while also giving them the freedom to switch it up much more often with seasons and holidays. Plus if they get sick of something displayed, they can take it off the shelf and replace it with something else they love!”

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: Don’t Make this Picture-Hanging Mistake!

Hanging Pictures seems to be a constant debate depending on how tall you are. The good news is–your height makes no difference in appropriately hung pictures!

This week’s Tip of the Week comes from Decorating Solutions Designer Tina Dopf. Tina works at our Madison Beltline store, and her experience includes 25 years of combined commercial and residential design work.

Tina says the biggest culprit is ‘hanging high.’ She explains, “Hanging high is the worst offense when it comes to wall decor. Keep away from the ceiling as much as possible.”

Tina adds, “When you are in a home or office space, remember that you are not only standing but also sitting, and probably pay more attention to things at a more comfortable vantage point. Also, artwork should be hung in orientation to a piece of furniture. It should be hung within 6 inches or less, to anchor the art to the furniture or visa versa.”

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And don’t be afraid to go big–really big! Tina says, “An entire blank wall can be hung from floor to ceiling gallery style.”

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: Don’t Be Afraid to Stand Out in the Crowd!

Are you the type of person who likes to stand out in a crowd, or blend in? Even if you are a little shy or timid, it doesn’t hurt to stand out a little bit–even in a subtle way. This idea can even translate to your design style.

Get out the notepad and jot down this helpful hint! That’s right… it’s time for another Steinhafels Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week. This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Samantha Price.  Samantha works at our Oak Creek store, and helps customers across the Milwaukee area create the homes of their dreams.

Samantha points out that most people use their main furniture pieces–sofa, chairs, table, etc. as a guide when picking out the paint color for a room. When doing this, don’t be afraid to go a few shades lighter or darker than the main furniture pieces. She explains, “This will help the pieces be more visible, and stand out in the room. You spent a lot of time and money picking out the right sofa, don’t be afraid to showcase it!

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A common mistake people make is painting the walls too close of a color to the sofa, making the sofa blend in and not stand out. Samantha adds, “If you’re feeling really bold, pick a color in the accent pillows for an even stronger contrast! This will also help give the room dimension, which is another design tip to help keep the eye moving, by providing visual interest.”

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

 

Steinhafels to make its Red Carpet Debut at the MKE Film Fest!

As Steinhafels continues to broaden its horizons when it comes to community outreach, we are excited to announce one of our newest and most exciting partnerships to date–the Milwaukee Film Festival! Both of us have the goal of expanding people’s imaginations, and transporting them to new and exciting places–either through the art of interior design or film–so it seemed like a natural fit!

The fest is a year-round, film-related nonprofit. This year’s festival runs from September 28 to October 12, and TICKETS are now available. The Milwaukee Film Fest is one of the largest in the country, and we’re lucky to have such a great institution here in Milwaukee.

Our partnership started months ago, as we started to talk with the fest about ways we could work together–both through our Decorating Solutions Program, and our State-of-the-Art LED Studio.

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Today we’re going to focus on the design aspect of our partnership. The fest asked us to assist with the design and furnishings for the INOVA gallery. Longtime Steinhafels Interior Designer Lori Green was up to the task. She says, “I was excited when I was asked if I would like to be a part of the Milwaukee Film Festival project.”

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The gallery is comprised of a stage, dining tables/lecture seats and a bar, and has a cozy lounge atmosphere. Festival organizers suggested some pieces they liked, and then Lori started working her design magic! She explains, “I have thoroughly enjoyed working with Kristen Heller, who works for MKE Film as the Operations Director. We have selected all the pieces and the accessories.”

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The fruits of their labor will be on display for the fest’s Opening Night, Thursday, September 28. We don’t want to reveal TOO much now… but here’s a few sneak peaks at the design process!

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We want to thank the Film Fest for working with us on this exciting project, and we look forward to more in the future.

Check out our media partner OnMilwaukee’s LIST of 10 must-sees!

DS Tip Of The Week: Embrace Infinity!

For this week’s Decorating Solutions #TipOfTheWeek, we ask you to embrace infinity… and think outside the box!

This week’s tip comes from Amber Ferry, one of the new designers at our Oak Creek store. Her personal design style has a sophisticated vibe–an eclectic mix of styles that seamlessly blend bold, timeless colors and geometric forms. So it makes sense that her first tip is about Circles!

Amber explains, “Circles represent infinity, completeness, and movement. The circle brings the idea of no boundaries into a visual reality, and makes a room feel larger. Circles also represent unity and harmony. By adding a few round elements into a room with sharp edges and straight lines, you can soften and relax the room.”

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Amber has some simple ways to incorporate circles into interior design–items you can find at your local Steinhafels!

– Lighting

– Mirrors and artwork with round frames

– Circle accessories that mimic each other’s shape

– Round tables

– Round ottomans

– Round rugs

– Round pillows

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

DS Tip Of The Week: Your Plants Wanna Hang Out Inside Too!

Fall will soon be upon us. It’s time to think about ways to keep a little taste of summer in our lives, even as the mercury drops and the days get shorter.

This week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week comes from one of our newer designers, Greenfield-based Brittany Holey. From a young age Brittany says she has had a passion for the psychology behind interior design, and how it can change the way you feel in an instant.

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One of the ways to really bring a fresh and calming vibe into a space is through greenery. Brittany explains, “Bring the outdoors inside. Plants are all the rage right now. Not only do they make a space aesthetically pleasing and feel homey, it’s also scientifically proven that some plants purify the air!”

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As you can see, the plants don’t need to be huge… a little bit of greenery can go a long way in breathing some life into your home. We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

If you’d like to work with Brittany, you can email her at brittanyh@steinhafels.com, or ask for her at our Greenfield Superstore!

DS Tip Of The Week: Applying Outdoor Patterns, Indoors

Patterns can be tricky, whether you’re picking an outfit for the day, or designing your home. You want to use them, but you also don’t want to risk clashing.

Don’t be afraid of patterns!! If you’re unsure about layering patterns in a room, just take a look outside. Whether you live in the country, on a lake, or in an urban environment, you are exposed to many different textures, patterns, and colors just out your back door.

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That brings us to this week’s Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.  It comes from one of our newer decorators, Tina Dopf, who’s based at our Madison Beltline store.

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Tina explains, “When you apply pleasing textures, patterns, and colors inside, it has that same effect on your senses. One thing to note is pattern scale. Having colors in different scale patterns and textures is key. You can not successfully pull it all off in one size of various patterns. As in nature, mix up the scale size… large to small, add a texture, and have a base color that helps to repeat the overall theme.”

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Don’t be ashamed to ask for help with your redesign!  We post a quick and easy decor tip each Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

And if you’d like to work with Tina, you can email her at tinad@steinhafels.com, or ask for her at our Madison Beltline Superstore!

DS Tip Of The Week: Accessorize That Cocktail Table!

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

This week’s tip comes from one of our Steinhafels Greenfield designers. Ida Grossman’s been designing for over 20 years, and has worked on hundreds of luxury homes.

Today, she takes that expertise to offer us FIVE simple tips for snazzing up your ottoman trays and cocktail tables:

  1. Rule of 3’s: Three items work well
  2. Vary the height of the items
  3. Consider selecting at least one sculptural accessory
  4. Contrast color & texture
  5. Use repetition of form and color

Example 1:

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In this first photo, the tall sphere provides architectural interest. The round greenery does triple duty by softening the sharp lines of the tall piece, repeating the sphere shape, and adding texture to the composition. The vase repeats the round shape four times, and adds contrast with texture and color.    

Example 2:

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​The sculptural shape of the lady’s profile creates an interesting focal point.​ The​ shiny dark exterior of all three accessories repeat the texture and color of the black pillow and the metal table base. The dark accessories pop against the light gray sofa, and the lady’s profile is a beautiful contrast in texture and color against the white fur pillow. Notice how the vases are staggered, and stair step down to lead your eye toward the lady!

We post thoughtful and practical decor tips every Monday. Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.