Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ready for Spring?!

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What a Winter we’ve had in Central Ohio this year! And on days like today, waking up to several inches of snow, it feels like there is no end in sight. It is March, however, so we know that Spring is coming soon. In fact, the first official day of Spring is just a few weeks away. Start setting your mind on the warmer weather that is sure to arrive soon. And while you’re at it, get your home Springtime ready as well. As always, Connell’s has you covered with great ideas and beautiful home furnishings!

Breathe! On days like today you wouldn’t think of letting in the outside air, but in just a few short days the temperature is supposed to be in the sixties. On those warmer days, let some fresh air in for little bits of time. Move the stale air out and breathe in the fresh air and sunshine as you imagine what the upcoming months will bring. Look toward July and August and vow not to complain about the heat!

Rearrange! The simple act of rearranging furniture and other accessories clears a space and allows you get unstuck, if you are feeling that way after a long winter. Take an overall look at your room and see if the sofa can be moved from an entirely different space or if the bed can be rearranged against the opposite wall. If moving furniture feels like too much, just moving your accessories and smaller items around can make any room feel more open and spacious. Go with what you are most comfortable with.

Clean. Instead of investing a whole day to the traditional “Spring Cleaning” do little bits at a time. Vacuum, mop, clean windows, dust the high spaces. Clearing accumulated clutter and cleaning in spaces that don’t get cleaned in your weekly routine can help to move the energy in your home and get you ready for the days ahead.

Bright. When we think of Spring, we think of color. Come down to Connell’s today to look for ways to colorize your home. Perhaps it’s a brand new sofa, loveseat or sectional, or perhaps its something smaller. No matter what you choose, break out of the traditional and add some beauty to your home by adding more color.

Outside. Bringing nature in is a surefire way to get ready for spring. Houseplants are the perfect decor and they never go out of style. Visit a garden center and look for a new houseplant or tree that will add beauty to your home.

Garden. You may have to wait until May to start planting your garden outside, but now is the perfect time to sprout seeds for those veggies you’ll be enjoying in the Summer. Buy a variety of seed packets, including fruit, veggies, annuals and herbs and plant them in plugs then sit them in a sunny window and watch Spring take life before you.

Renovate! Redo a room or buy something new. Springtime is the perfect time for a room makeover. Painting is best when you can open windows and let the fresh air in. As you clear the clutter, you may notice a new use for a room that you never saw before. We have awesome deals at Connell’s during the Spring, so stop in today.

If you’ve enjoyed these tips, let us know. And if you have more ideas, let us know that too! Join us on Facebook for more Springtime tips, tricks and design ideas.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pieces That Pull It All Together

Have you ever been in a home that felt flat, barren, lacking something? A home that felt impersonal, hotel-like? Perhaps your home is feeling like that these days, things thrown about without much thought. We “collect” throughout the winter months — shoes here, coats there, stacks of books, papers and magazines. Springtime is the perfect time to take a good hard look at your home. Deep clean and then rearrange, buy something new and get it into shape for spring and summer entertaining, even if it is just for your family. There are many things that make a house a home — family, friends, yummy smells from the kitchen, your favorite trinkets and more. Sometimes it takes a step back to get you going in the right direction. Use the ideas that follow to pull your home into one cohesive masterpiece.

Front and center. If you have hard wood floors or some type of laminate flooring, an area rug is a great way to tie all of the pieces in the room together. Take a look at the furniture and see if it can be rearranged into a more inviting conversation area. Determine if it’s time to get a new sofa or loveseat, and once you have your color scheme set, look for an area rug or oriental rug to place in the center of the room.

Focus the eyes. A large print or painting is the perfect way to pull a room together and add a focal point above your largest piece of furniture. What does your home say about you? What do you want it to say? What are your hobbies and aspirations? These are all things to consider when choosing you focal point.

Nothing says home like family. Make a collage of photos throughout the years which add beauty, warmth and a conversation starter. Hallways and stairways are both great places to add these mementos from yesteryear.

Enjoy your travels. Whether you are a world traveler, an occasional jet-setter, or someone who enjoys taking simple day trips, collect mementos along the way. Display those souvenirs in prominent places to both take you back to that place and time, as well as give your guests something to talk about.

Be comfy. Throw pillows and throws are the easiest way to add homeyness to your home that will create both comfort and warmth. Take a look at your color scheme and be creative. Add in texture and patterns for fun and whimsy.

Every home had one. In years past, few homes were without a fireplace. These days, mantles and fireplaces can be purchased with or without heat options. Either way, they both add appeal and beauty and can be dressed up in a number of ways.

Be creative. A tapestry on the wall or ceiling is a great way to add texture and warmth to the room and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns.

Whatever you choose to tie your rooms together, let Connell’s help. With locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark, you’re sure to find something you love at a great price and exceptional quality. Stop in today!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fun Family and Decorating Ideas for Easter

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Easter is just a few short weeks away. Are you ready? Can you feel the lightness in the air? Easter is not only a very special and celebrated holiday for Christians; it also signifies a time of birth and growth in our natural world as flowers begin popping up in unexpected places and blooms start to bud on many trees around Central Ohio. Celebrate Easter with friends and family this year with some of these inventive ideas.

Family time! Coloring Easter eggs is, of course, a favorite past-time for people young and old. Hold an Easter egg hunt for the neighborhood kids. Plan a Saturday brunch before Easter, or hold a formal lunch or dinner on Easter Sunday with the family.

Decorate for Easter. As you are planning your brunch, lunch or dinner think of the following decorating ideas:

  • Centerpieces can be as creative as you’d like. Include flowers, of course. But also consider fruit and veggies. Cutting oranges and lemons in half and placing them on skewers within the arrangement not only adds dimension and depth, but a wonderful aroma as well. Or add carrots, cucumbers or lettuce varieties into the bottom part of a clear vase for an added twist, and then place the flowers on top.
  • Force bulbs in pots to get a head start on your Spring flower garden.
  • Create a simple mantel display using clear vases, glasses and ball jars, and add sprigs of spring blooms and twigs for a simple, elegant springtime feel.
  • Add an Easter inspired wreath to your door using pastel colors, eggs, flowers and more.

Enjoy the weather. If weather permits, plan your dinner party outside. Set up a space in your backyard or on your patio or deck and bring the beauty that you’ve created indoors to your outdoor space.

Sow some seeds. Start your summer garden with seeds indoors. Add veggies, flowers, herbs and more to plugs and place them in various sunny locations throughout your home, giving your garden a homegrown headstart this season.

Pinterest provides exceptional ideas. Check out Pinterest for some creative Easter DIY projects. Pinterest is definitely addicting, but it provides exceptional visual ideas for decorating and entertaining.

As you are planning your springtime and Easter season, stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today. Like us on Facebook and share your plans for Easter this year!