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: Feature Your Functional Furniture

It’s summer, which is often a time we try to de-clutter, and “air out” our homes. No one wants to be crammed into an overpacked, stuffy room during these hot and humid months. One way to cut the clutter–use furniture with multi-purpose!

It’s time for your #DSTipOfTheWeek! This is where our expert interior designers offer simple, easy tips that you may have never thought about, or have overlooked. This week’s tip comes from Decorating Solutions designer Dawn Adamec, who calls our Waukesha store home.

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Dawn uses this Juno Storage Cocktail Ottoman as an example, and explains, “This is a great piece. You can sit on it, put your feet on it, or set an oversized tray on it and it becomes a coffee table. The best part… remove the top and it becomes a great place to store pillows, blankets (if you have that AC set on high!), magazines, and toys.”

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Furniture… it’s not just pretty, it can also be functional! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: Don’t Be So Pushy!

It’s Monday AND the first day of Spring. Time for some #MondayMotivation!! Here’s your Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week to give you a burst of motivation!

This week we look at furniture arrangement. Samantha Price is an interior decorator based at our beautiful Oak Creek store. Samantha points out that many people have a tendency to think furniture needs to be pushed up against a wall. Instead, she says don’t be so “pushy!”

She explains, “In a lot of spaces, most commonly the long narrow room, furniture against a wall makes for a real awkward space, with no real definitions. An entertaining space should be more cozy and not spread out across a room. An area rug is a great way to help ground and define a specific space. After the main pieces are placed, sometimes the leftover space can be overwhelming and undefined? An accent chair and a table are always a great solution. It can create a visually pleasing area of interest, while offering extra seating when guests come over! Furniture pieces do not always need to create the look of everyday use. Sometimes the definition of a space within a space can be the eye catcher.”

Here’s a Before and After of one of Samantha’s recent projects:

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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: Furniture and Windows

It doesn’t feel like it, but winter is just around the corner.  Even though it’s cold outside, it’s still nice to have some natural light in the home, and use our windows to accent our decor.

This week’s window-themed Tip of the Week comes from Decorating Solutions Designer Linda Patti.  Linda has been with Steinhafels for more than 25 years, and has decorated more than 700 homes!

Linda’s tip focuses on the correct way to place furniture in front of a window.  She explains, “When placing furniture in front of a window avoid obstructing the window.  Keep the back of the furniture low, especially if it is a focal point.”

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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: Comfort and Style Don’t Have to Be Mutually Exclusive!

Are you looking to redesign your room, but don’t know where to start?  You’ve come to the right place.  It’s time for another Steinhafels #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week!

This week we look at how to combine high style and cozy comfort.  Those may sound like two very different design strategies, but they don’t have to be!

This week’s design tip comes from Anne Hildreth, an interior designer the Steinhafels in Vernon Hills.

In a recent article in the Daily Herald, Anne explains, “Reclining furniture is very popular today but current recliners don’t look like the overstuffed, bucket seated ‘Bubba’ furniture of the past.”  She adds, “Today’s recliners are often high-end pieces with tailored arms and backs that also happen to be designed to recline and are very comfortable.  Many are custom-made so the homeowner can choose exactly the arm, seat depth, back height and footrest they want, as well as the fabric or leather they prefer.”

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Another thing Anne is seeing is that people are showing more personality, and choosing eclectic looks.  She says, “People are mixing fabric and leathers on chairs and sofas within the same room to keep in interesting. That sleek, matching, all leather look from the 1990’s is gone.”

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In addition, Hildreth says cocktail tables are largely being replaced by cocktail ottomans… which don’t necessarily need to match the sofas and loveseats they accompany!

So go ahead and break some rules!!  You can check out more of Anne’s article HERE.

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: Ditch the Coffee Table for an Ottoman!

When it comes to interior design, sometimes it’s best to go the unconventional route.

For example–the coffee table.  It’s been a living room staple for years.  But who just sits around and sips coffee or tea anymore?

That brings us to this week’s #DecoratingSolutions Tip of the Week.  It comes from Waukesha Interior Decorator Rhonda Vivoda.

Rhonda’s words of wisdom:  “Instead of a coffee table use a big ottoman or a couple smaller ottomans.  Ottomans are great because they can act as additional seating, footrests, or you can put trays on top and still use them as coffee tables.  Sometimes an ottoman can be a storage unit as well!”

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So put your feet up and relax, or sip your tea from a tray.  The all-purpose ottoman is ready for you!  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: Creating a Conversation Area

Do you love to entertain guests in your home?  Then this week’s #DSTipOfTheWeek is for you!

One of the common mistakes people make is under-utilizing a large room, or having a focal point that’s off-center, leaving extra floor space.  These mistakes often happen in Great Rooms or basements.

Decorating Solutions Interior Designer Michelle Micolta is to the rescue!  She suggests turning that extra space into a conversation area.  She explains, “Conversation areas can be very versatile and useful when you’re entertaining.  You can have two loveseats or settees facing each other.  Another option is placing four swivel or stationary lounge chairs around an ottoman or table.  Finally, if you want to keep it simple, just a pair of accent chairs with a statement table between them would do the trick as well!”

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As you can see from the picture, these little vignettes are a great way to promote conversation, and give your large room a more intimate feel.  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

“Ladies’ Night” at Steinhafels: Redesign Your Health and Your Home!

Steinhafels Corporate in Waukesha recently hosted ProHealth Care’s “Ladies’ Night,” but it’s not the kind of Ladies’ Night you are probably used to.  This event focused on womens’ health.  As women, we often overlook our health in order to take care of our children, husbands, friends, relatives, and co-workers.   Steinhafels was very pleased to take part in ProHealth’s fresh and unique way to celebrate women and wellness.

The night included panel discussions on issues that don’t always get talked about:  Emotional Baggage, Menopause, Weight Management, and Sexual Health Concerns.

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In addition to hosting the event in our Community Room, Steinhafels actively took part in the evening.  Decorating Solutions design team members Dawn Adamec and Rhonda Vivoda did demonstrations to showcase how simple decor changes can brighten not only a room’s appearance, but a person’s mood!

Dawn’s redesign had a contemporary flare, and Rhonda’s was more traditional.  Check them out!

DAWN’S DESIGN:

Wicker, glass and, a fresh color pallet.  I focused on mixing textures.  One common misconception is that we have to be matchy matchy all the time–like coordinating occasional tables.  Mix it up!  It adds interest.  In this vignette, we have a standard end table, a wicker ottoman instead of a coffee table, and a garden stool instead of a standard end table.  I also used glass to add another element of texture and to add color–with the vases on the ottoman and the base of the lamp.  The color pallet I used is a great color scheme to transform a room from a dark, warm winter feel to a light, fresh, and airy summery feel.

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RHONDA’S REDO:

I achieved a traditional feel by working with a warmer, classical color palette.  I worked in different textures and patterns with the rug and throw pillows.  I also used a traditional style leather recliner to add another material and some warmth.  I did keep my tables matching–a very classic look.  The color scheme I used gives you such a warm and inviting feeling.

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Steinhafels is dedicated to giving back to the community—from donations, to volunteering, to offering our Community Room for various events. We hope this event both empowered women to focus on their health, and freshen up the “health” of their homes with some quick and easy touches.