DS Tip of The Week Celebrates One Year!

Wow, time DOES fly when you’re having fun–like blogging about interior design!

We’re excited to announce that our Steinhafels Decorating Solutions #TipOfTheWeek Blog posts have been running for exactly ONE YEAR.

That means more than 50 great interior design tips are available on our blog site–all at the click of a mouse!

To celebrate this blogging milestone, we’re going to look back at 5 of the Top Tips based on your page views.

PILLOW TALK

This tip comes from Laura Hoffman, one of our designers in Appleton.

Laura has some advice for organizing all those pesky pillows you have strewn all over your room.  Laura’s Tip:  “I love to stack and build out pillows on a bed or a couch, either with the same color palette, or with different patterns.”

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ELEGANT UPDATES FOR EMPTY NESTERS

It’s the day some parents dream of, and others dread–the day a child leaves the nest!  Some parents will leave the child’s bedroom untouched–with teddy bears still on the bed and band posters on the walls.  However, less nostalgic parents will likely look at that vacant bedroom, and be ready to make a change.

This Tip of the Week comes from Menomonee Falls Designer Beth Kealy.  Beth says you don’t have to completely change your child’s old bedroom, but like your child, it’s time for that old room to “grow up.”

How do you do that?  Beth explains, “Empty nesters can reclaim use of a child’s old room with elegant updates that cut the cluttered look of the past.  Take a room from ‘Catch All’ to ‘Wow!'”

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NEUTRAL BASES

It’s time to look at neutrals in a whole new way.  Beige doesn’t have to equal boring.  Instead, look at it as a tool of versatility!

This is another design tip from Appleton Interior Decorator Laura Hoffman.

Laura suggests, “Design the base of your room in neutral color hues, then add your pops of color with pillows, throws, art, candles, etc.  That way when you get tired of a certain color, or want to add your seasonal color scheme you can give your room a whole new look in a few minutes!  Simply replace those candles, pillows, and other accessories with similar items of a different color.  Your room will look totally different and very put together, with little work involved.”

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BRINGING DESIGN TO LIFE WITH TEXTURES

Designer Rhonda Vivoda is based in our Corporate store in Waukesha.  Rhonda likes to bring her designs to life with rich textures.

Here are Rhonda’s Top Three Ways to add Texture to a design project:

*Use an area rug over carpeting.  It anchors the room, along with adding color and texture.

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*Throw Pillows.  These are an inexpensive way to change the look and feel of a room.  They add pops of color and different textures.

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*Gorgeous Greenery.  Real or artificial always adds softness to a room and can add a different texture.

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TANTALIZING TIFFANY LAMPS

One of the most important accessories in a room is a lamp.  The way light can alter the look of a room, or bring out the colors of paint or furniture truly is remarkable…all with the flip of a switch!

This one comes from Interior Designer Colleen Rome.  Colleen works at our Greenfield store, and helps customers across Milwaukee create the homes of their dreams.

As Colleen suggests, you can create patterns and colors simply with Tiffany lighting.  She goes on to explain, “Tiffany lighting can add nice warm ambiance to the room, and you can use them with other types of lighting to create a certain feeling for a nice dinner or special occasion.  Best of all–they never go out of style!  They can be used in all different settings from transitional to traditional.”

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As you see in the pictures, the colors of the lamp truly bring a sophisticated and artistic look to the room–while still remaining casual.

Thank you for making our first year of #DSTipOfTheWeek a success!  We look forward to bringing you many more Unique Tips and Trade Secrets in 2017.

 

DS Tip Of The Week: A Room With A View

Do you have a beautiful view that you’re trying to incorporate into your interior design, but have no idea how to utilize it?  Have no fear–Steinhafels is here to help!!

This week’s Decorating Solutions’ #TipOfTheWeek is all about designing to compliment a view.  Aaron Keller is an interior decorator at our Menomonee Falls store.  He has some simple tips to keep in mind when designing a room with a view.

1) The space should reflect what you see outside, without distracting from the view.

2) Keep the color pallet simple.  This lake condo is calm and relaxing like a day at the beach!

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3) Don’t clutter the space.  Add interest with texture, and stylish shapes in accents and furniture versus adding more.

4) Artwork should be a continuation of the view in color and feel.  Don’t use busy or vibrant artwork.  Again, the view is the main focal point!

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5) Don’t be afraid to bring the outdoors in with twigs or other natural elements to help connect with the view.

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6) Use reflective elements to reflect light to add interest.  Like these vases and art, mirrors are also a great way to reflect light.

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7) Finishes and quality are important–like this dining table set from Canadel!  When decorating with fewer items the items you choose to use are more noticeable.

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8) Always take advantage of the view when placing furniture.  The chair in this photo is a swivel, so you can turn to face the view.

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Again, Aaron emphasizes that less is more!!  The worst thing you can do is to clutter the space.  We post quick and practical decor tips every Monday.  Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip of the Week: Simple Soffits!

When it comes to design, we often want to to be creative, and… we get a little carried away.  Sometimes it’s best to keep it simple.

Get out the notepad and jot down these pointers.  That’s right… it’s time for another Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!  This week’s tip comes from Interior Designer Dawn Adamec.  Dawn works at our Waukesha store, and helps customers in the area create the homes of their dreams.  She has some suggestions when working with kitchen soffits.  Soffits are installed just above kitchen cabinets, and bridge the gap between the cabinets and the ceiling above.

Dawn explains, “The key to attractive-looking soffits above kitchen cabinets is repetition.  A lot of times people struggle with this one.  Instead of using similar items on top of cabinets, they just put any items up there, and they don’t match!  It looks haphazard and not put together.  Repetition makes it more cohesive and clean.  Also, mix up the textures–like a mix of greenery, metal, or glass decor.”

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As you see in these pictures from a recent home redesign… 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: Back to Black

Are you design-illiterate?  Do you feel like any time you try to improve the look of your room, you make it look worse?  You’re not alone!  Most of us don’t have a true eye for decor.  But there are some simple things you can do to make it a little easier on yourself.

One of the aspects of design where people falter most is color.  It sounds simple, but color truly can make or break a room.  Here’s a recent article on The Power of Color featuring one of our buyers.

Many of us want to incorporate as much color as possible in a room.  We often think of bold, bright colors like blue and red.  However, as designer Andrea Odishoo explains, don’t be afraid of the color black.  Andrea is part of our Decorating Solutions program, and is based in our Vernon Hills store.

Black is a mysterious color, often associated with fear and the unknown.  It also conjures up feelings of power, elegance, and authority.  If used correctly, and in conjunction with the proper colors, it can be very effective–but you don’t want to overdo it!

As Andrea explains, “Every room needs a touch of black to ground the color scheme and give it depth.  Black intermingles with almost any color–gives a space a sense of elegance, and commands attention in a room.”

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So don’t be afraid to get back to basics… and go back to black!  Our award-winning designers are constantly coming up with 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.

DS Tip Of The Week: Timeless Textures

We all have hectic lives.  Let Steinhafels help make your life just a little simpler!  Every Monday we post an interior design tip that’s easy even for those who are design-challenged.  This week, we look at textures.

Our Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week comes from Interior Designer Dawn Adamec.  Dawn works at our Waukesha Corporate store, and helps customers across the state create the homes of their dreams.

Dawn’s tip on textures:  “If you are trying to keep a home’s design somewhat simple and classic, focus on the textures, not all the ‘extra stuff.’  People lead busy lives, and many want to keep their home design neutral, so it doesn’t go out of style in a few years.  One way to make a space look unique, without lots of different colors and patterns, is through various textures.  Textures are timeless, and a great way to add some dimension to a space!”

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As you see in these pictures… the options are endless!  Our designers are hard at work on many more quick and easy design tips for you.  Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

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