Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Entryway Enticements

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Chances are you’re in and out a lot more these days with the kids back in school. We gave you some ideas to make your home “school year ready.” This week we’ll feature tips to makeover your entryway. Whether you use the front, back or side doors, the entryway into your home is typically the most forgotten space of all design-wise. This is sad, because it’s the most used room of the home. Read on for tips to make your entry enticing!

First, think about the way in which you enter your home. No matter which side you enter from, any doorway that leads outside is still considered an entryway. However, how you use that space will dictate the way in which you decide to change it up. Be sure to organize the most used entryway in a way that makes leaving – and entering easy and stress-free.

Is your entryway a catch-all for everything? Organize. There are so many options on the market to organize all spaces within the home. Shelves, cabinets, rolling bins, expandable organizers, bulletin boards, message boards, portable closets, shoe racks, coat racks . . . the list goes on. Be creative and make the space unique. Keep clutter to a minimum so people can move about freely without tripping over anything!

Create a family showcase! If your entryway is small, like a foyer, use it to display photos of the kids and family . . . playing sports, in school, on vacation . . . you name it. The foyer is the perfect place to keep these photos organized and displayed in a uniform manner.

Do you love art? There is no better place to display beautiful art and sculptures in the entryway to your home!

Create a bountiful book nook! Build in shelves and window seating and voila! You have a cozy space to read on a Sunday afternoon!

Greenhouse galore! If you have windows and enough room through the entryway door for plenty of sun to shine, use your entryway to entice visitors with beautiful flowers and houseplants!

Don’t forget the candles and diffusers! The first room in your home is the perfect place to showcase wonderful scents so visitors are intrigued and want to explore more!

Sit down while tying those shoes! If your entryway is an actual room, move a sofa and end table into the space for a comfy place to sit while readying yourself to make your way out for the day!

Whatever you decide, remember, the entryway is the first impression of your home! Make it a great one!

Finally, don’t forget to stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for more design tips, beautiful home furnishings and customer service beyond your expectations!

Monday, August 1, 2011

July 2011 – Rating 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
CENTERBURG 8 Overall, It Was A Good Experience.
CROTON 10 I Purchased What I Wanted And I Love It.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 Gianna, The Saleswoman, Was Not Pushy. She Was Helpful And Nice.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 They Were Very Helpful.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 We Have Dealt With Them Many Times And Have Bought Three Recliners. Steve Has Been A Very Good Salesman And I Enjoy Doing Business With Him.
GAMBIER 10 The Sales People Are Very Helpful.
GAMBIER 10 It Was Nice And Simple; They Offered Easy Delivery And Good Prices.
HEATH 10 The Salesperson Was Extremely Good To Work With. I Would Recommend To Anyone.
HOMER 1 I Would Like To Know Why They Can’t Order A Part For My Chair. Date of Sale 06/25-Date of Delivery 07/01. Apparently customer came in & wanted to repair a recliner purchased in 2002, which is disc. & no longer available for parts, customer ended up purchasing new recliner.
HOWARD 10 I Liked Their Customer Service.
HOWARD 10 The Sales Staff And The Product.
HOWARD 10 The Delivery People And The Staff Is Very Courteous. I’m  Happy With What I Purchased.
HOWARD 10 They Were Very Friendly.
HOWARD 10 We Needed A New Mattress And They Had The Kind We Wanted.
HOWARD 10 The Staff Members Are Wonderful People; They Explain Things Really Well And Are Easy To Talk To.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Delivery Was On Time.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Good Quality Selection.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Ashley, Let Us Wonder Around With No Pressure And Was Very Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Dealt With Them All My Life.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I’m A Long Time Customer.
MOUNT VERNON 10 My Family Purchased Furniture From The Store Previously.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have A Great Person Over There That Waits On Us And Is Very Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Their Friendliness And Ease To Help. I Was Made To Feel Comfortable.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Delivery Was Quick. The Good Selection And They Were Very Pleasant To Deal With.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Steve Carpenter Is Always Great.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Am A Long Time Customer. The Staff Is Very Friendly And Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Good Quality Of The Furniture.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Steve Carpenter Very Congenial. The Store Is Close In Proximity, And The Service Is Very Good.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Larry Is Very Good Salesperson.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Am A Long Time Customer Since 1968.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Never Had A Problem With It.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Delivery People Were Great; They Moved My Furniture Around And Were Very Careful
MOUNT VERNON 9 I Liked The Way The Salesgirl Worked With Me. I Also Liked That We Could Send The Item Back After Five Days If We Did Not Like Our Purchase.
MOUNT VERNON 8 This Time It Was Fine.
MOUNT VERNON 8 There Should Be A Better Selection And Less Time In Receiving The Orders. Date of sale 05/30-customer needed furniture for graduation party on 06/25! So, we ordered broyhill furniture for them & scheduled pending arrival on 06/24, ALL came in & was delivered successfully on 06/24! ???
MOUNT VERNON 7 Drop The Delivery Charge, I Have Complained About That For Years. I Am Retired And It Makes A Big Difference. I Am A Good Customer And Want To See The Delivery In Town.
NEWARK 10 We Have Purchased From Them Before. They Sell Quality Furniture And Their Delivery Is Great.
NEWARK 10 It Was A Good Experience And They Will Take Care Of Any Issues.
NEWARK 10 Easy To Shop And The Furniture Is Well Delivered.
NEWARK 10 They Loaned Us A Couch Until The Right One Was Delivered. Date of sale 03/28-date of delivery 05/05-Oops! Saleperson wrote sofa up wrong, date of redorder 05/05-date of correct delivery 06/27, customer was quoted 45 day arrival, & we did allow customer to use incorrect sofa until correct one came in!
NEWARK 10 There Was No Pressure. The Staff Is Very Helpful.
NEWARK 10 The Service Was Excellent.
NEWARK 10 I Found What I Wanted And It Was Delivered. Everything Went Well.
NEWARK 10 We Liked The Service.
NEWARK 8 I Did Not Particularly Care For The Second Salesperson We Interacted With. He Is Just Not A Salesperson And Does Not Know How To Read People Very Well. Date of Sale 06/15-date of Delivery 06/20, orginal salesperson was off the day they came in to order, sale was split between 2 salespeople, Both salespeople are currently still working in our Newark store
UTICA 10 The Service We Received Was The Norm For Us. I Like Larry And We Will Continue To Deal With Them.
Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Planning your living room


You’ve done your homework and you’ve found the perfect sofa. “Just wait until the neighbors see it,” you think proudly. Uh oh! What about the rest of the room?

There are several stylish directions you can go to create just the look you want, and  Connell’s offers seating solutions for every living area.

Options, Options, Options

Today’s decorating trends offer a multitude of choices for arranging furniture. In a traditional room, a loveseat might just be what you need to complement your sofa. But the opportunities for fashion don’t stop there.

An oversized club chair paired with a wood-frame accent chair or recliner provides a stylish alternative to a loveseat.

If your living area is an unusual shape, go with armless chairs or jumbo ottomans, which are both functional and moveable.

To create a casual sitting/dining area for an area near a window, pair two small contemporary or traditional chairs along with a round bistro table.

To Match or Not to Match

Your grandmother’s home was filled with upholstery with matching fabrics. Home fashion today, much like apparel fashion, targets an eclectic look. A floral sofa can be paired with an accent chair in a stripe of coordinating color.

Just because your sofa is covered in fabric, doesn’t mean a coordinating chair needs to be. Add a leather chair to your room with a pillow in a coordinating fabric to add flair.

 No Walls, No Problem

No wall to put your sofa against? No problem.  When arranging furniture, it’s perfectly acceptable to “float” a sofa so that the back is visible. Today’s sofas feature fabric tailoring which makes the back equally as attractive as the front.

Look for upholstered pieces to solve your decorating challenges at Connell’s Furniture in Mt. Vernon and Newark or shop online at We’ll help you find exactly what you need. And remember, Connell’s No Oops policy means you can’t make a mistake, because if you don’t like your new furniture, we’ll take it back – no questions asked!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Unused Spaces

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Homes aren’t like they used to be! Before plumbing, outhouses were our only restroom option. Formal dining rooms were a necessity in the ’50s to keep clutter under control and to serve as a place to entertain. Rooms are now larger, more open and functional for a variety of reasons. One room alone may serve as a kitchen, dining area and lounge. But what about older homes with smaller rooms and less open area? No worries! Turn those unused spaces into functional, multi-purpose rooms designed for practical everyday use. Think outside of the box and change it up with the seasons. Read on for tips to turn unused spaces into favorite places!

An entryway can become a catch-all for everything coming and going. Control clutter and turn your entryway into a functional seating and conversation area. Install hooks along the wall beside the door. Place a bench and cubbies for extra seating and storage of shoes, backpacks and more. An end table or sofa table serves as a place to add extra lighting and store keys easily and within reach as you are walking out the door.

Gone are the days of the formal dining room, but not functional dining rooms with additional seating for family and guests. Dress up that dining room table with bright, floral, fun tablecloths and runners. Remove a few chairs and install a bench for the little ones. Place a few functional, comfortable chairs in the corners and add splashes of color. Voila! Your formal dining room becomes a place the whole family wants to hang out, whether it’s dinner time or not!

Extra Bedrooms are often the most unused spaces. Turn that extra bedroom into a craft or sewing room. Find cabinets and counter tops at discount home improvement stores for additional storage and functionality. Remove the bed and put in a sofa sleeper for double duty. You’ll still have room for guests and can use the room any other time you’d like a quiet place to read or work.

Chances are if you live in an older home closets are sparse – and likely packed full. But if you have the luxury of an extra closet or two, turn that closet into a craft space, office area or homework nook.

Don’ t waste a room with a view! Install a window seat to turn it into your favorite place in the house. Throw in some houseplants to freshen up the air, and give it texture and beauty. Add additional storage shelves to conceal clutter when not in use and allow the kids to enjoy the view with you. Turn the room into a lounge and entertaining area, without television of course. With a view like that, who needs TV?

Every room in your home can and should be functional and usable. Try these tips or come up with some of your own. You know your home and your habits. Let them be your guide. Change is good. It provides new perspective. Change with the seasons, family events or just because you think it’s time to do so! And by all means, stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for ideas, inspiration and beautiful home furnishings!

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Ready, Set, School!

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It’s that time of year again . . . BACK to SCHOOL time for the kids and back to a regular schedule for you. Back-to-school shopping is likely on your to do list, or the kids are already begging to play in their new school shoes. Everyone in the house has been dreaming of either trapper keepers, protractors or peace and quiet. The kids are ready and you can’t wait! But what about your home? As always, Connell’s has you covered! Keep reading for tips to control clutter, create functional space and manage your home during the hectic and exciting back-to-school time.

Start with the entryway. Count the number of times you’ve been in a hurry and couldn’t find the keys, or one of the kids couldn’t find his homework! If this sounds familiar, say it with me: start with the entryway. The foyer or room where you enter and leave your home can and should be the most organized space in your abode. First and foremost, it’s the initial impression of your home altogether. Second, if this space is organized and holds all the essentials ready to go, everyone is golden! Depending on space, install hooks for coats, bags and umbrellas. Set up cubbies for shoes and other small items. Hang shelves for books. Place a cabinet, desk or end table with a drawer or two for keys, pens, pencils, and other items within easy reach.

Organize a specific “homework zone.” Habits normally take three weeks to form and most kids are into school at the beginning of the school year. Setting up a designated homework space will help the kiddos get off to great habits right from the start. Place a desk, comfortable chair, computer (if age appropriate), paper, pens, pencils, shelves and anything else useful in the area and ask that the kids work from this space specifically when reading and completing school work. The space can be in your child’s room or another place in the home as long as it is quiet and relatively free of distractions – NO television!

All work and no play makes for both boring adults and kids! Have you ever thought about a “relaxation station” in your home? Maybe it’s your living room, family room, or some other neutral area. Wherever you decide, the rule is relaxation! Some “must haves” for this room  include a comfy sofa, loveseat or sectional, lots of pillows, low lighting, access to music, and storage for games and other forms of entertainment. Relax with the kids in the evening so they can wind down and get a good night’s sleep!

Make the kitchen accessible and inviting. For the kids to do well in school, a balanced diet is essential. Make snacks healthy and within easy reach after school. Lunchboxes and thermoses should be stored in a place the kids can easily grab them. Teach the kids how to pack their own lunch, including all of the major food groups.

Your home is ready now! These are just a few ideas to get you started. Come up with more ideas of your own and share them with us on Facebook, then stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for beautiful home furnishings and great values every day!

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Work your Way on Over to Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses for Great Savings this Labor Day


Come take a break this Labor Day at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses. We promise you won’t have to work hard to find the lowest prices on fall’s finest furniture, mattresses and accessories!

Kick off a new season of savings this Labor Day during our very special hours from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. and come celebrate the final days of Ed Connell’s retirement sale. After 47 years of great service and commitment to the community, Ed is retiring and we’re commemorating this milestone with the BIGGEST PRICE REDUCTIONS EVER in Connell’s 55-year history. Work your way through our two showrooms filled the LOW LIQUIDATION PRICES on more than $2,000,000 worth of quality furniture for your:

Give your wallet a rest and pay no interest for 4 full years with no money down and no minimum purchase on any of our home furnishings from America’s best name brand manufacturers, such as:

Don’t miss your chance for special savings this Labor Day at in Mount Vernon on Upper Gilchrist Road and in Newark on North 21st Street across from the Grill.