Wednesday, November 7, 2012

High Point Furniture Market Highlights

Whatever you want, Highpoint Furniture Market is sure to have it. Each year, home furnishing retailers travel to the furniture capital of the world, High Point, NC to take in the sites, sounds and smells of new home furnishings from all over the world. Retailers are able to check out new offerings from their favorite manufacturers, gaze at one-of-a-kind home decor, and network with others in the business.

Connell’s makes the trip to High Point, as well as to other markets throughout the year to stay on top of the happenings in the home furnishings industry. The last market was held in October, and we took some showroom snapshots for you to experience first-hand what we experience. As a buyer, we know what we like, but we have to think like our customers when perusing merchandise. Let us know what you think of some of these cool, fun, and interesting finds!


Patterns and texture.

Shabby chic.

A bed fit for a princess.

Gorgeous Flexsteel sofa.

Buffalo hides, ostrich feathers and croc hides, OH MY.

Fit for a duck blind, a man cave, or your home?

Outdoor “living”.

Reclaimed wood.

Dramatic dining.

Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today to see if we chose any of these to offer in the stores. Visit us on Facebook to stay connected.

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Designing as a Couple

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You want your home to be a reflection of you; your values, your beliefs, the things you love and enjoy. For most of us who live in partnership with a spouse or significant other, decorating our homes can be a battle of wills. Ladies, you want it to reflect beauty, right? And guys, chances are you just want convenience. Compromise without forsaking beauty, convenience, or anything else that may become a bone of contention between you. Check out these tips to design the room – or home of your dreams whiles still loving each other through it all.

Use neutral colors. Keeping the palette neutral will cut down on too much femininity or masculinity, and it doesn’t have to be boring! Choose tan, grey, gold, slate, charcoal and more. Light greens and blues are also nice because they aren’t too feminine and yet they add some color and contrast to an otherwise dull room. If you choose to stay all neutral, add in textures for depth. Choose chevron, stripes and plaid, or spice it up with animal prints of some sort.

Go with all white, adding in pops of color. All white rooms are dramatic, and when you add in some color here and there the room takes shape. Go to the paint store and talk about the colors you like. Choose two or three together, mixing and matching until you come up with the perfect set for you as a couple. Have some fun with it! Look at the names given to the colors and compare it to the love you have for one another. (Hopefully they’re nice names!)

Plants are unisex. While home furnishings are the mainstay of your home, adding in plants and other elements of nature give it a homey appeal. Ladies, this one will help a lot if you’ve done some compromising with the furniture choices. He may like the darker leather or heavier, more manly home furnishings, but when you add in nature it balances it all out.

Choose accent pieces together. That’s right guys, you’ve go to go shopping with your wife! Stop in to Connell’s today to find some beautiful one-of-a-kind accents to make your home beautiful and uniquely your own. Choose from table tops, pillows, throws, artwork and more. We’ve got so much to choose from, you’re sure to find things each of you will enjoy for years to come.

A man knows his electronics. Ladies, give him that. When shopping for televisions, stereos, surround sound systems and more, let him decide. He’s likely done his homework and you’ll get the best bang for you buck in this department – if you let him have his way, this once!

Value her beauty. Guys, you fell in love with you wife for many reasons, and her beauty is likely one of those reasons. We women crave beauty, not only for ourselves but in our surroundings. Let her have her way with some of those things that you might not choose for yourself as a bachelor. In the end, she’ll compromise those things she knows you despise because your happiness is also important to her.

As always, stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for beautiful home furnishings, exceptional value and customer service beyond compare. We look forward to serving you!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Old Becomes New

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Just like most retail industries, the holiday season is one of the best times to buy home furnishings! We have savings in every area imaginable. And while you are upgrading that sofa, sectional or dining set, start looking at your home with fresh eyes. Find ways to repurpose other items, giving your whole home a new look and feel! As always, Connell’s has some great ideas for ways to do this.

You loved it once. Love it again. Do you have an old table, bench, chair or bookshelf that you used to love but are now tired of it? Paint it a bright color and love it once again. While paint isn’t always optimal with solid wood furniture, it’s much better to paint and reuse than to chuck the piece entirely. Take a look at your room and decide the color that will make the space pop. Or consider moving the piece from one room to another to give it new life.

Don’t scrapbook. Display! Get out that box of pictures and other mementos and do something with them. Set out those items that mean the most and determine a way to display them in a frame, on a shelf, or in a bookcase. Old pictures and paintings are beautiful collaged together in a wall display. Using your child’s or grandchild’s artwork is also a great conversation piece.

Collage small items into a frame. Use a shadow box or regular frame depending on the size and shape of the items you’ve chosen. Think ticket stubs, concert passes, sea shells, pressed flowers, nature items and more. If you picked it up somewhere along the way, it has sentimental value of some sort. Don’t hide it. Display it.

Color coordinate your library for dramatic playful whimsy. If you have a collection of books, take off their jackets and color coordinate them into a bookshelf. Place similar sized, colored and shaped books together so it become a display of it’s own. Change it up with different colors throughout several bookshelves grouped together. With a large selection of very large books, stack them up to end table height and place a topper so it becomes a table itself.

Two tables are better than one. Place two coordinating but different end tables together in place of a larger coffee or cocktail table. This is perfect in older homes with smaller rooms. It also adds in interesting element to an otherwise predictable room.

Make a comfortable statement. Have a comforter you love but are just sort of done with? Cut out a section and frame it for a wall display, or use two or three sections in different frames grouped together. Use another part of the comforter for throw pillows. Voila! Something old becomes something new.

A headboard transforms into comfortable seating. Repurpose your headboard into the back of a bench in your dining room. Or change that headboard up into a brand new loveseat or settee. Place some of your new pillows on the seat and you have a whole new room.

As always, count on Connell’s for great brand named furniture at incredible prices, all backed by our No Oops Guarantee and exceptional customer service. Stop in and see us today!