Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mother’s Day is Coming!


Mother’s Day is just over a week away. Are you ready?

Who in the world is like mom? So many roles, sometimes all at the same time! She’s a cheerleader, nurturer, tutor, biggest fan, disciplinarian, taxi driver, nurse and more. And have you noticed she receives very little recognition for all she does? Remember mom this Mother’s Day, on Sunday May 13th. As always, we’ve got some tricks up our sleeve to get you started.

Quality time is THE BEST gift of all. More than any gift in the world, the gift your mom will love the most is the gift of time. Go to church with her, take her to lunch, go on a family walk or hike, catch a movie. Do what comes naturally for your family; just make the time to do it.

Do you have a working mom? Give her a day of rest. Buy her a gift certificate for a massage, pedicure, manicure, or even an entire day at the spa. All moms spend so much time caring for others, a gift of self nurturing would be blissful.

Is mom the a cooking diva? Give her a gift she’ll use, and think of you each time she does! With so many kitchen gadgets on the market, find something that will make her time in the kitchen easier and remind her of you each time she gets it out – choppers, mixing bowls, grinders, a coffee press – the options are limitless and in every price range!

A simple gift is always nice; flowers, chocolate, jewelry, frames, art, coffee, tea bags, soaps, candles, a heartwarming card. It’s the little things that matter most. Depending on taste, all moms would love at least one of those items. Go bigger and place several items in a beautiful basket that can be used for other things around the house.

Is sentimental more your thing? Or perhaps it’s more mom’s thing? Really get her with this one. Choose a handmade gift that’s from the heart. Find a multi-window photo frame. Fill it with family photos old and new, along with cards and notes from years past. (You may need dad’s help with this one.) Mom now owns a treasured keepsake unique to your family.

Come to Connell’s for other great ideas. We have thousands of items for every room, style and occasion. Find furniture, mattresses and accessories for any taste and budget. Mom will be overwhelmed with the time you spent finding that “just right” gift for her!

Really WOW her this Mother’s Day! Go in with dad to buy her the new sofa, loveseat, office chair or credenza she’s been eying! Or better yet, surprise them both with a brand new flat panel HDTV!

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today. Share your ideas – and this post on Facebook! Show mom you care this Mother’s Day and let us know her reaction!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Do You Know Your Design Style?


With so many choices of furniture and accessories, defining your design style may be difficult. Luckily, sticking to strict rules regarding design isn’t as important as it used to be. Still, there are a few distinct styles of furniture to choose from. Your decision is whether or not to strictly use one style or to mix and match them to fit your needs, personality and living space. Here are a few styles, along with their characteristics:

Traditional design style is elegant with attention to detail. Its classic, calm, orderly look is the most popular style in America. Lines are curved and there may be additional fine detailing in a rich colored woodwork such as cherry. Colors are muted and fabrics are rich.

Transitional style is neither traditional nor contemporary, but somewhere in between. History is preserved in some pieces of furniture, while others get sleeker lines and an updated feel to them. In a transitional style home, curves and straight lines are present. Wood color remains rich and other colors throughout the home are often muted, relying more on texture than color to complete the design scheme.

Contemporary and modern style both feature clean, straight lines and more solid colors than traditional or transitional. Mirrors and mirrored pieces of furniture along with polished silver are prevalent. Geometric shapes and a sense of openness gives contemporary style a minimalist feel. The use of bright colors is found more often in modern style than in traditional.

Country style has a distinct feel to it. More casual than traditional and warmer than contemporary, country style features lighter colored woodwork for the furniture. Soft floral and gingham prints are used in shades of red. Black and soft white are also used a lot in this style.

Eclectic style is much harder to define as it borrows from several design styles. For an eclectic style to work, central themes must tie the room together. Colors can vary and the background is often neutral with pops of color throughout the room. Furniture finishes are mixed and the use of old and new are typically incorporated. Imagination and surprise is a sensed in an eclectic room.  Antiques and flea market finds are sometimes re-purposed and mixed with new contemporary looking pieces.

Stop by either of Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark to see furniture and accessories in each of these unique styles, then decide for yourself what your style is.

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Mar – 2012 – 9.3 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Centerburg 10 I Walked In The Door And Saw What I Wanted.  The Sales Staff Was Helpful
Frazeysburg 10 Everything Was Here When They Said.  They Were Kind And Courteous And We Did Not Get The Runaround
Fredericktown 8 Nothing
Fredericktown 9 We’ve Dealt With Them In The Past And Have Always Had Good Response From Them
Fredericktown 10 Staff Member Larry Was Nice To Us.
Fredericktown 5 Date of Purchase 03/08, Date of Delivery 03/12. No issues or problems reported.
Fredericktown 7 More Accurate Delivery Time. Date of Purchase 12/31, customer quoted 30 day delivery, Customer was notified regarding delay at the factory, Partial delivery was made at NO charge due to factory delay.
Granville 9 Good Value And Good Service
Granville 8 There Was A Slit In The In Chair When It Was Delivered And I Have Not Been Contacted By Connells Yet
Heath 10 I Like The Showroom.  They Have Good Prices And Good Service.
Heath 10 I Was Happy With The Salesperson And The Delivery Staff.  I Also Liked The Overall Look Of The Store.
Hebron 10 They Were Very Helpful
Howard 10 We Know The Owner; Home Town Feel
Howard 10 They Were Very Helpful And I Love The Chair I Bought
Howard 10 We Had Excellent Customer Service When We Were At The Store.  They Are Very Good About Calling About The Delivery And Showing Up When They Say They Will.
Howard 10 They Make You Feel Like They Were Interested In The Product They Are Selling And They Answered My Questions
Howard 10 They Are Great People To Work With.  There Is The 5 Day Policy If Unsatisfied.
Howard 10 They Help You Find What You Want And Help You Pick It Out. It’s Always Something You Want
Howard 10 They Had Plan Where You Can Take The Furniture Home And Try It For 5 Days And Then Take It Back. I Was Not Satisfied And They Came And Picked It Up And Brought The New Selection With No Problems.
Johnstown 10 The Staff And Location.  I Like That They Have Cash Price And Finance Price
Johnstown 6 What They Had On The Floor Was Not Available And That Was Annoying Date of Purchase 03/14, Date of Delivery 03/20.  It is impossible for us to stock everything that we show on our showroom floors. We do try to keep incoming stock on order for quick delivery for customers.
Mansfield 10 I Was Happy With The Delivery And The Way I Was Handled.
Mount Gilead 9 I Liked The Sales Lady.
Mount Vernon 9 I Have Dealt With Them For Years And Never Had Any Problems
Mount Vernon 7 Everything Is Okay
Mount Vernon 8 It Was A Pleasant Experience But We Had Issues With Dresser Drawer That Was Purchased
Mount Vernon 10 Location; Variety Of Items.  The Salesperson Was Excellent And We Have Gone There For Many Years.  They Have Competitive Prices
Mount Vernon 10 If I Have A Problem They Try To Take Care Of It
Mount Vernon 9 I Bought What I Wanted; The Staff Was Nice
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Always Bought My Furniture There And I Have Never Had Any Problems
Mount Vernon 10 My Son Buys A Lot Of Furniture From Them And Has Been Satisfied. So We Decided To Try It.
Mount Vernon 10 The Associate We Worked With Made Everything Easy And It Went Smoothly.
Mount Vernon 8 I Don’t Know
Mount Vernon 10 Linda Was Great
Mount Vernon 5 I Don’t Know Manufacturers warranty claim. Date of purchase 03/20, Date of Delivery 03/22
Mount Vernon 9 They Seemed Interested That I Was Satisfied With The Product
Mount Vernon 10 The Patience That He Gave When I Was Trying To Decide And The Price
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Purchased Furniture Before. Their Customer Service Is Top Notch.  I Like To Do Business Locally.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Dealt With Them Before.
Mount Vernon 9 The Woman Who Assisted Us Was Helpful. She Explained Things To Us.  She Was Knowledgeable.
Mount Vernon 10 The Quality And The Service.
Mount Vernon 10 The Delivery Staff Was Very Nice And Professional, Larry The Manager Does A Good Job
Mount Vernon 10 Friendly Staff And Quick Delivery
Neward 9 I Liked The Way The Salesperson Helped Us
Newark 9 They Had What I Wanted
Newark 8 Selection; It Was Unorganized
Newark 10 I Received My Merchandise The Next Day And Set Up.
Newark 10 It Is Easy
Newark 10 I Have Been A Customer Since 1970
Newark 10 We Found What We Liked
Newark 10 They Were The Cheapest
Newark 10 I Enjoyed It
Newark 10 The Salesperson Was Very Nice And Polite. It’s Right Next Door To Where I Live.
Newark 5 We Had Problems With Them Not Delivering When They Said They Were Going To Date of Purchase 03/03, Date of Delivery 03/23, wrote up extra piece that we discovered customer did not need with bed they purchased.
Newark 10 The Men Who Handled The Delivery Were Excellent. They  Were Able To Get Everything In And Out Of The Bedroom And They Arrived When They Said They Would.
Newark 10 They Have Really Good Sales People, A Good Selection And  The Delivery Guys Were Great. They Did An Excellent Job With The Delivery. It Was Really Smooth.
Newark 10 Have Purchase From The Store Before. The Prices Are Competitive And Everyone Is Very Professional.
Newark 10 The Salesperson Made It A Great Experience.
Newark 10 The Salesperson Was Nice And We Are Happy With The Furniture.
Newark 9 They Were Helpful
Newark 10 This Was The Best Of The Three Placed We Looked At For A Chair, And Gianna Was Very Pleasant.
Saint Louisville 10 The People Are Really Pleasant.
Sparta 10 They Spend A Lot Of Time With You. They Try To Help You Find Exactly What You Are Looking For. They Listen To You And Do Not Try To Rush You. They Were Very Patient When I Explained What I Was Looking For.
Thornville 10 Good Customer Service
Utica 10 Noah, The Salesman, Was A Great Guy. His Recommendation For Chairs Was Great.
Utica 8 I Don’t Know Yet. I Have Had The Couch For A Week And The Stuffing Is Breaking Down Already. I Want To See How It Is Resolved. Date of Purchase 02/27-Date of Delivery 03/29, Date of Service 03/22-Date of service Completion 03/29. ALL Resolved
Walhonding 10 The Salesperson Was Very Good And The 5 Day No Ups Thing Is A Great Idea.
Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summertime, Here We Come!


We just celebrated the Memorial Day Holiday, which means it’s officially SUMMERTIME. Sure, Summer Solstice is technically on June 21st, but for all intents and purposes, Memorial Day kicks off summer ’round these parts. Pools are open, kids are out of school, days are hotter, ac is now a necessity and the energy around the season is just different than it was a month ago. Kick off summer right with Connell’s. We’re having sales and promotions every month this summer. Stop in and pick up that just right piece for your home. Live a little. Celebrate summer by slowing down enough to enjoy the season – and your family and friends. Take some cues from us – we’ve got great ideas for you.

Plan a celebration! Once a week or once a month, plan something. Whether it’s a cookout, a wine tasting party or Sunday brunch, the weather is typically nice throughout the summer months and it is the perfect time to gather family and friends. Use your outdoor spaces as well as indoor. Take advantage of it! We don’t get this weather year ’round.

Just chill. String up a hammock and enjoy the peace and quiet of a summer evening or Saturday morning. Drink some lemonade and devour a good book. Take time to breathe in the summer scents and enjoy the visually pleasing sights of your surroundings.

Life’s a beach. Around Ohio there are great beaches to enjoy on a hot summer day. We may not have the ocean nearby, but we do have a few gorgeous bodies of water where we can swim, hike, canoe and kayak throughout the summer months.

What about the dog days of summer? Take the dogs for a walk in the woods or on a swim in a local pond if you have one nearby. They’ll love you for it and the family will have fun watching their joy.

Plant a garden. Eat local this summer – right from your very own backyard. Start small and simply with tomatoes, onions and pepper varieties. Throw in cilantro for good measure and you have all you need for homemade salsa!

Freshen up your home. Summertime is the perfect time to clear clutter and freshen up your home with new home furnishings and accessories. Open windows to let the fresh air in and invite your family to help you get rid of things that have been lying around for a long time. Have a yard sale and then use the proceeds to buy one cool thing for the home that the whole family can use.

Whatever you do, slow down this summer. Smell the fresh cut grass, listen to your kids, enjoy your home – whether inside or out. Celebrate! Stop in to one of the two Connell’s location in Mount Vernon and Newark for great values, beautiful home furnishings and ideas and inspiration to make your house a home.