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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Designing with Pattern

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Interior Design has evolved throughout the years. From a matched approach to a more eclectic style of mixing patterns and textures, design is fun and inspiring. Spruce up any room by mixing patterns throughout. It makes the room visually interesting. When considering a pattern, most of us think in terms of fabric. However, it includes much more – architectural lines, arrangement and shape of furniture, the pattern on the floors and walls. Read on for tips and to learn more.

Determine your color preferences, then choose one main bold larger-scale pattern for the room. Use this pattern on a pillow or on another small feature. Build from this by including other patterns with different shapes, but in a much smaller scale. Keep colors and varying scale in mind to create a distinct theme. As an example, try a large floral pattern on a few pillows, small checks and solids on a few more and vertical stripes for your drapery, which will also make the room seem taller.

Add a solid color for attraction and include textures in your theme. Or choose a main color and mix in varying shades. When choosing textures, limit it to only a few. Sheen textures are perfect for formal spaces, while muted textures give a room a more casual comfortable appeal.

Relate similar objects, then fill with color and fabric patterns. To avoid making the room too busy, keep the background color neutral and uniform. Start with only a few colors you really like.

When thinking of pattern, consider the entire space. Doorways, floors, shape of furniture and accessories may all have patterns within them. If you’ve always had the sofa against the wall, angle it to create a triangular shape in the room. A square or rectangular table in the corner can be replaced by a circular one. When you’re ready to buy new furniture, replace your overstuffed sofa with a modern, streamlined piece with square edges.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon or Newark to get more ideas and inspiration, then talk to a sales representative to make those design dreams a reality.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Designing a Functional Home Office

Creating a home office can keep you sane and organized. Whether you work from home or need a space to centralize your family’s activities, here are a few key points to keep in mind when organizing a home office.

  • First determine your needs, then identify the space. Should you devote an entire room for an office, or would a corner or closet work well for you? Will this solely be a work space or will it be a family organizing area? How much physical space can you devote to an office? Keep productivity in mind by choosing a space that keeps foot traffic and noise to a minimum, especially if you are working from home. If your home office is solely for family purposes, what area of the home makes the most sense to keep things centralized and organized?
  • Make it versatile. If you’ve devoted an entire room to your home office, you will likely want to use it for other family purposes outside of work. Obvious essentials are a desk, office chair, shelving, storage and lighting. Place another small chair or chair set, end table and light to add this home element to your office. Move from your desk to the additional seating area if entertaining a client and when reading or reviewing work. Having these additional spaces within the home office gives it an ascetically pleasing look, lets you have perspective throughout the day, and provides more options for the family.
  • Utilize vertical space. Most of us spread our belongings horizontally throughout the home. Install shelves which extend from the floor to the ceiling to provide storage and make the most of the space. This is especially crucial in smaller areas. Place items most used within close reach, while storing unused items such as photos and memorabilia on the top shelves.
  • Bring nature in. Working for long periods of time in an unnatural environment is detrimental to your health and well-being. Find a room or space that utilizes as much natural light as possible. Hang artwork which includes nature. Bring in live plants to provide beautiful color, texture and detail. They will enliven the space and provide oxygen to the brain throughout the day, keeping you productive.
  • Minimize clutter. Many home offices become the gathering place for everything paper: mail, school calendars, receipts, bills, work notes, even old homework. Clear piles of paper by sorting and organizing into files, recyclable items and trash. Donate your old clunky computer to charity and invest in a laptop or desktop computer with a flat panel monitor to provide more workspace.

Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today and talk to your sales representative about these and other ideas to properly design your home office.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Amazing Comfort of a Plush Mattress

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After a long day of work, cooking dinner for your family and helping your kids with their homework, there’s nothing better than taking a load off and laying down in bed to relax. But nothing’s worse than resting on a mattress that’s harder than a box of rocks. Instead, you deserve a comfortable, soft plush mattress that will rejuvenate you to tackle life again the next day.  But what is a plush mattress and why does it provide such an unrivaled quality night’s sleep?

Plush mattresses offer a great night of sleep because they literally cradle you in comfort. The additional foam padding on a plush mattress literally conforms to your body. This eliminates an uncomfortable break-in period for the mattress while cradling your body in pure relaxation. Plush mattress technology also immediately responds to your movement while dissipating body heat to keep you at the ideal sleeping temperature. This unique engineering provides a pleasurable night of sleep that will leave you looking forward to sleeping on your mattress night after night.

Most current plush mattresses are made of synthetic fibers, or foam, designed to provide a soft and blissful sleeping experience. Plush mattresses, like Connell’s Beautyrest® World Class Alexandria Plush Mattress, offer an additional layer of extremely soft padding on the surface for the sleeper. Underneath this additional foam bedding, coils are in place to bring you the support you need so you don’t feel like you’re sleeping in quick sand. Plush mattresses are specifically engineered to provide an unprecedented amount of comfort without sacrificing any coil support.

Here is something to keep in mind: Although most plush mattresses are made from synthetic plush fibers, consider purchasing a mattress made with natural plush. Silk, cotton or velvet are higher qualities of plush and will provide an even softer and blissful night of sleep. Regardless of the material, plush mattresses have no downside and are an excellent choice for anyone considering a new mattress.

Visit either of Connell’s two convenient locations in Newark or Mt. Vernon and discover for yourself the the amazing relaxation only provided by a plush mattress.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Home Design Therapy

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Shorter days, longer nights and sub-zero weather can bring you down quickly. Do something good for yourself and your home! Combat the Winter Blues with home design therapy from Connell’s. Spice up your living space with color, texture and warmth. Change your perspective. Whether you desire a complete home makeover or small changes to a few rooms, we’ve got you covered – with the goods and the inspiration!

This winter  has been unseasonably cold in Ohio. Physically create warmth inside your home with new window treatments. Replace sheer curtains with thick draperies. Use warm colors such as burnt orange, mustard yellow and ruby red. Look for your favorite patterns, then design an entire room around them. Mix and match. Play. Have fun!

Since you’re stuck indoors, create a few gathering spaces. If you have a fireplace and it’s not a focal point, move furniture to make it so. Arrange a conversation pit. Group furniture together toward the center of the room making it perfect for family game night. Place a new flat panel television toward one end of the seating area, creating another focal point perfect for quiet, cozy evenings at home.

Little touches can make a big difference. Disperse candles with warm scents such as vanilla, hazelnut and warm apple pie throughout your home. Brighten up a dark winter night with a candle centerpiece atop your coffee or cocktail table.

Don’t wait for Spring to surround yourself with life. Sprinkle houseplants throughout your dwelling, adding color, texture and fresh air. Create live art and bursts of color by arranging oranges, lemons and limes on a platter or in a vase. Add neutral colored stones and branches for additional texture.

You layer your clothing for added warmth. Do the same in your home. Place a beautiful quilt or wool blanket at the foot of your bed for cold winter nights. Grab a few extra pillows and a fleece throw to snuggle on your sofa or love seat.

Don’t stop there. You’re only limited by the imagination. Dream away, then stop by one of Connell’s two locations to remedy your Winter Blues with Home Design Therapy!