DS Tip Of The Week: Small Spaces and Sectionals

Proper spacing is a HUGE part of interior design. While this sounds obvious, it can be tricky to pull off, especially if you have larger furniture you want to fit in a small space.

For this week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week, we answer the question, “Can a sectional work in a small space?”


Jim Mallon is an interior designer based in our Vernon Hills store, and his answer: “Yes!! When you hire a Steinhafel’s Designer and use Decorating Solutions to resolve your space, we can make it happen.”

Jim goes on to explain, “The most important thing is that the sectional will be the only seating in the space the majority of the time. Here’s a picture of my family room. It is 12×15″ with a fireplace and a sliding patio door. I placed the sectional on the only wall I could. I replaced a sofa and a chair with this Steinhafels piece. The seating now accommodates five people. The ottoman, which serves as a coffee table, also has seating when needed… so now we can sit 7 people as opposed to only four!”   



Wow, thanks for that practical example from your own home Jim! Here’s another picture that illustrates Jim’s tip.

sectional pic all Steinhafels stuff

We post a new, quick and easy decor tip each and every Monday. Check in next week 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: Cozy Up Under The Perfect Arc Lamp

It may be warming up a bit outside, but with our long, cold winters who doesn’t want to snuggle up on the sectional and read a good book? At Steinhafels, we can help make sure you have perfect, stylish lighting to enjoy that book for hours and not worry about eye strain.

Mica Floor Lamp


Beth Kealy is an interior designer based in our Menomonee Falls store.  She has this week’s Decorating Solutions Tip of the Week!

3-Piece Arc Lamp


Beth explains, “At Steinhafels we have many beautiful arc lamps that can fit behind your sectional to give you perfect lighting. Some are wired with a dimmer feature, while others have a one, two or three lights on feature. Choose the style and function that best fits your needs. Get ready to cozy up!”

Three Light Arc Lamp


These are just a small sampling of our vast selection! Check out any of our furniture stores to see how they look in a wide variety of settings.

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: 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.


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.”


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.”


Have fun and get warm and cozy with Mongolian fur! 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.


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!


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!

Steinhafels Goes MAD… About Modern!

At Steinhafels, we are all about keeping up with the latest trends and styles when it comes to interior design and furniture.

As you probably know, what’s old is new…what’s new is old…and the cycle continues over and over again! It’s been a phenomenon since the beginning of time–updated versions of old trends reappear years after first hitting the popular scene.


That’s the idea behind Steinhafels’ new “Mad About Modern” initiative. You have likely seen the signs gracing our lobbies across the area. MAM is all about, “Creating an exciting living space. It’s a classic vintage look with sweeping organic curves, geometric shapes, and clean, simple lines.”


Our buyers and display teams work hard to make sure that when customers enter our stores, they are instantly greeted by images and vignettes that are on-trend and a little edgy, but still comfortable and relatable to any home.


Many of these ideas come from “Market,” where furniture buyers from across the nation gather to learn firsthand about the hottest items on the market, and various vendors vie for their business.  


Teri Hayden-Kalis is our Accessories buyer. She is a big fan of this Mid-Century Modern design emphasis. “It’s just really fun and cool to tie all together with new, unique product. I mean, look how funky this stuff is! We get to step out of the box and try new things.”


There are several design techniques that fall into the “Mad About Modern” Style. Here’s just a few:

-Mixing metal and glass, in addition to wood and natural elements

-Geometric designs in gold, silver, antique brass and bronze

-Understated Earth tones with pops of crisp, clear color

-Cylindrical shapes

-Low to the ground

Modern not your thing? No worries–we have every other style to choose from as well. Terry explains, “There’s still the other styles out there that are popular right now–reclaimed, glitz and glamour, boho chic– this is just one of the trends we’re seeing from our manufacturers, so we’re going with it!”


So come check out our new Mid-Century Modern selection, and experience the timeless appeal and comfort these items can bring into your home.



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!

TOTW Sam Price Dont Be Afraid to Stand Out

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 Has a Starring Role–At The Rep!

Don’t let this blog’s title deceive you… none of the Steinhafel family members are getting on stage at the Milwaukee Repertory Theater anytime soon (although from watching all of our internal videos I can say they would do a great job)!

No, we’re sticking to what we know best, furniture. Steinhafels recently partnered with the Rep to help furnish the theater’s Donor Lounge. The Donor Lounge is a place where high level donors can relax, enjoy a complimentary beverage, and talk about the show with fellow donors.  


Marina Krejci is the Rep’s Chief Development Officer. She says the old donor lounge was nice, but it needed a little love and updating. She explains, ”We were very grateful that Steinhafels was willing to partner with us to improve the donor lounge experience. It’s very important to the Rep. We have a lot of partnerships all over the community, and we would much rather work with local businesses than look beyond.”


Steinhafels was happy to offer the Rep a deep discount so they could refurnish the lounge– including a leather sofa, 2 leather club chairs, several end tables, a couple floor lamps, a cocktail table, a buffet, and 3 lamps!


As you can see in these pictures, the lounge almost makes donors feel like they are part of the backstage experience, but also has a comfort and sophistication the lounge was lacking before.


Marina says they have received a lot of compliments on the lounge. She adds, ”I think the furnishings have dramatically improved the ambiance of our donor lounge, and we are seeing a lot more use of the donor lounge, and it’s just become a very inviting place for donors to enjoy the time before a show, intermission, or after the show.”

One of our managers, Terry Urban, even helped by suggesting the framed collages you see on the walls–displaying playbill covers from each of the Rep’s most recent Artistic Directors. There’s one for John Dillon, Joe Hanreddy, and Mark Clements–the Rep’s current AD.


If you are familiar with the Milwaukee Rep, you know it is truly one of the premier theaters in Southeastern Wisconsin. The new season starts in September, and there’s something for everyone, whether you are the casual theatergoer, or a theater geek all the way!

You can check out the new season schedule HERE… and maybe you’ll even get to have a drink in the lounge sometime.

DS Tip Of The Week: Symmetry vs. Asymmetry

Whether you realize it or not, every design project has an overall “look”… it can be symmetrical, asymmetrical, or a combination of both.

How do you know what’s right for you? Leave it to our Steinhafels Decorating Solutions experts to have some advice for you!

This week’s tip come from one of our Oak Creek designers. Jenii Kluver knows how to take a barren space and bring it to life.

Jenii gives us an inside look at her process. She explains, “Traditional styles often incorporate symmetry to promote balance and elegance, while eclectic styles tend to be a little more free flowing. Try using both styles in your home; hang two of the same size pictures on either side of a fireplace or entertainment stand, but then put an accent ottoman or bench only on one side. Mix it up with different sizes and shapes to give your space a completely unique look!”

Jenii Symmetry and Asymmetry

We post thoughtful tips like Jenii’s every week! Check in next Monday for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.

DS Tip Of The Week: It’s All About Placement

Do you feel cramped in your space? Is your living room just not big enough? Stop thinking about square footage, and focus on furniture placement!

Lori Green is a designer at our Greenfield store, and is part of our Decorating Solutions program. She has a simple but important tip when it comes to balancing your space. If your home lacks square footage, Lori suggests, “Break up the room with furniture placement. You can flow from one room to the other with a couple of the pieces placed in the right spots.”

Here’s an example of one of Lori’s projects:

Lori Furniture Placement

She explains, “The sofa faces the fireplace, and the wall-mounted TV and the dining room setup balances the space. There’s a soft cream counter height table, and with the other cream color accent chest, that piece then bridges the rooms together but doesn’t clutter the space. Then, use the right wall accents to pull everything together. This client still can walk freely around the room because of the furniture placement.”

Don’t get stuck in a furniture rut–move it around and let the room breath! Check in next week for another #DSTipOfTheWeek.