Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Inspire Your Life with Design

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Design inspires our lives. We all have homes and many of us like to decorate. That’s why Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses features design tips and decorating ideas in this blog. As we explore interior design – both past and present – we ask you to think about why you design the way you do. How do you choose furniture and accessories when you shop? This week we want to hear from you! Your design feedback and ideas will help us help you.

The history of interior design is vague as to its beginning. Some historians speculate it started with cavemen drawing in their caves and utilizing different areas for various functions, depending on light and other natural resources. Briefly going back in time, most experts agree however, that the first sign of purposeful design originated with the lavishly decorated Egyptian tombs.

Moving forward to the time of the Renaissance, art and architecture were at the forefront and interior design began to take shape. Form and function were still important, but the wealthy lavishly styled their homes with luxury and beauty in mind. Churches and other interesting architectural structures also formed the beginning of design as we know it today.

Early American design featured artisanship and function, while the Industrial Revolution literally revolutionized how we see and use our homes today. Throughout the last 100 years, items for the home became affordable for the masses. With a wide variety of furniture, accessories, electronics and appliances, most Americans have a multitude of choices. Shouldn’t you choose wisely the items placed in your home, as you spend the majority of your time there?

We want to hear from you. Why do you choose the pieces you do for your home? Is it simply for form or function? Does beauty appeal to you? Do you entertain? Have a family? What about comfort, brand name and quality? No matter your reason or taste, we offer furniture and styles for everyone. Leave us a comment, then stop in to see a Connell’s sales representative to learn more. Be sure to return regularly for design topics and other topics related to your home.

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Home Office Ideas

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 ideas to keep in mind when organizing a home office.

Determine your needs first, then identify the space you will use. How much physical space can you devote to an office? Will this solely be a work space or will it be a family organizing area? Should you devote an entire room for an office, or would a corner or closet work well for you?   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?

Utilize vertical space as well as horizontal. 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.

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.

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.

Monday, June 25, 2012

April – 2012 – 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Brinkhaven 10 Lisa, The Salesperson, Was Great.
Cambridge 10 I Did Not Have Any Body Breathing Down My Neck, Treated Well At Connells
Centerburg 10 I Have Dealt With The Store In The Past.
Centerburg 10 I Guess Attention To The Detail Of What Our Needs Were. Probably The Patience Of The Saleslady. She Didn’t Seem To Be Pushing Of A Sale At All.
Centerburg 10 When They Delivered The First Set Of Furniture We Were Not Happy With It And They Delivered New Furniture A Bed Footboard And A Chest.
Danville 9 I Got What I Wanted.
Danville 10 I Ordered The Furniture And It Turned Up The Next Day
Fredericktown 10 We Have Always Dealt With The Store. We Have Made A Lot Of Purchases There.
Fredericktown 10 Just Because I Walked In And It Was There. We’ve Always Dealt With Connells Since I’ve Been Married.
Gambier 10 It Was Easy And Friendly Service.
Gambier 10 They Are Local And Had What We Wanted.
Granville 10 They Were Knowledgeable And Not Pushy. The Delivery People Were Wonderful And Took Care. It Was Very Nice Experience.
Heath 10 The Delivery Staff Were Polite And Well Trained.
Heath 6 We Had To Wait Almost One Month For Our Merchandise, Then We Had To Wait Another Month For A Part That Was Missing.
Howard 10 Everybody Was Great. They Were More Than Helpful.
Howard 10 They Were Helpful, Timely Delivery, Variety, Nice People.
Howard 8 Printer Was Not In Stock, But Everything Was Fine
Howard 10 The Quality And The Lady That Helps Me In The Store
Johnstown 8 I Had To Keep Calling Them For The Status Of Our Order, They Did Not Call Me.
Johnstown 10 The Salesman I Used To Deal With Quit. Now They Have A Hot Chick. They’re People Are Friendly
Johnstown 10 I Ordered Over The Phone But I Had Problems Ordering Online.
Mount Gilead 10 I Liked What I Found Down There.
Mount Vernon 10 The Person Who Sold Us The Couch Was Very Friendly
Mount Vernon 10 Ashley Was Absolutely Wonderful. She Was Lovely And Gave Us The Best Customer Service I Have Had In A Long Time. The Delivery Staff Was Also Great.
Mount Vernon 9 My Experience Was Wonderful. Everything Was Fine.
Mount Vernon 10 The Saleswoman Was Very Helpful. I Thought Everything Was Handled Really Well.
Mount Vernon 9 The Process Was Pretty Easy And I Got What I Wanted.
Mount Vernon 4 There Were Some Marks On Some Of The Pieces. They Exchanged It And There Were Marks On The Replacement As Well. I Contacted Larry. He Said He Might Have Something On The Floor, But He Never Got Back To Me.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Person, Lisa Payne.
Mount Vernon 10 The Saleswoman, Lisa, Was Informative And Not Pushy. She Left Me Alone And Needed What I Needed To Do. We Chatted And We Decided On My Purchase.
Mount Vernon 10 We Love The Furniture And It’s A Great Store. Larry Was Fantastic With Us.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Dealt With You Before.  I Know The Salesman And I Believe That You Spend Your Money Locally.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Lady.
Mount Vernon 10 Every Time We Go In You Have Friendly Helpful People.  If You Do Not Have It In The Show Room, You Have It In The Catalog.
Mount Vernon 10 They Were Very Friendly And Informative
Mount Vernon 8 Is There Any Way To Get The Furniture That I Ordered In Faster? I Bought A Chair And It Took 2 Months To Get Here.
Mount Vernon 10 I’ve Dealt With Them For 20 Years, They’re Not New To Me
Mount Vernon 10 The Salesman Was Very Good
Mount Vernon 7 Impressed With The Store And The Furniture We Bought
Mount Vernon 10 Lisa Is The Sales Person And Is The Reason I Go Back Every Time
Mount Vernon 9 The Girl That Waited On Me, I Think Her Name Was Julie.
Mount Vernon 10 I Like The Fact That The Delivery Person Was Clean And I Did Not Have To Pick Up After Them.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Been Buying From Connells For Thirty Years And Have Had No Issues
Newarck 10 The Guys Were Real Good, Very Helpful, And Explained Everything Well To Me. My Husband Loves The Chair, I Can Hardly Get Him Out Of It.
Newark 7 They Should Make Their Deliveries When They Say They Will.
Newark 10 I Got What I Wanted And The Clerks Were Friendly.
Newark 10 I Have Dealt With Them Before.  I Love The Styles They Have, And The Great People They Have Working For Them.
Newark 10 Our Sales Girl.
Newark 9 Very Helpful, Worked With Me To Get What I Wanted.
Newark 9 The People Were Nice.
Newark 10 We’ve Dealt With Connell’s In The Past And They Responded To Our Mattress Problem And They Are Willing To Work With You.
Newark 8 It’s Kind Of Hard To Pick Furniture And Not See It. We Ordered In A Different Color And All That.
Newark 10 Everything I Buy There I Like.
Newark 10 Good Choices
Newark 6
Newark 10 Have Good Prices, Delivery Was When They Said
Newark 9 We Found What We Wanted, It Was Delivered The Next Day, And The Price Was Right
Newark 10 We Purchased Here Before, And We Are Very Satisfied.
Newark 7 The Delivery, It Seemed Like They Were Not Very Responsive To A Question That I Had. I Had Called The Day Before To Get My Delivery And They Were Not Responsive.
Newark 9 They Are Very Helpful And They Had What I Wanted In Stock.
Newark 10 They Were Very Helpful. I Was Unsure And They Let Me Take My Time.
Pataskala 10 It Was Nice Service
Sunbury 10 They’re Really Good To Work With
Thornville 10 I Miss Linda. She Retired, But Noah Was Fine. He Took Good Care Of Me. I Was In And Out Of The Store Quickly.
Utica 10 The Friendliness And Willingness Of Staff.
Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Happy Fourth of July

Fireworks, sparklers, family, friends, food, fun and more . . . welcome the 4th of July holiday. Whether you’re a low-key kinda guy or a girl who likes to go all out, you’ve come to the right place for holiday celebration ideas. Each fourth of July, we celebrate our independence and we celebrate each other. Right smack in the middle of summer break, Independence Day is the perfect holiday to spend with family and friends. Read on to learn more and decide how you’ll spend your 4th of July holiday this year.

Hold an old fashion backyard barbeque. Whether it’s burgers and brats you seek or pulled pork over a smoker, no one can resist a barbeque. The fourth of July is the perfect time for a party as such because of all the garden varieties that are now available – corn on the cob, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. Big or small, a barbeque is sure to please.

What about a simple picnic in the park? When was the last time you packed a lunch and headed to the park? The simplicity of it is perfect and the kids will be delighted. There are so many parks around Central Ohio to enjoy, all with varying sights and scenes. Many of the parks also have trails connecting them to others if you want to get some exercise with the family after devouring grandma’s famous chocolate cake.

Attend a concert. Check the internet or local paper and get out to listen to live music somewhere. Free and low cost concerts of all types abound. Round up the kids and show them how to really dance!

Chill out on – or in – the water. Rent a boat, jet ski, canoe, kayak or paddleboat for the day. If that’s not your thing, take the kids swimming at the local pool or lake. If we get the heat we are expecting this week, spending time around water will be the perfect way to spend the fourth of July.

Don’t forget the fireworks. There are Independence Day firework celebrations all around Central Ohio and many of them occur on different nights. Plan it just so and you might manage to take in two or three of these fantastic colorful displays this year.

Buy something new for your home. We couldn’t leave this one out, but you also don’t want us to! The middle of the summer is the perfect time to find that just right piece at a price you won’t get any other time of the year.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark and let us know how we can help you celebrate in style!