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Saturday, November 2, 2013

511 Recliner Collection

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Love it or we’ll take it back! No questions asked. That’s our famous NO OOPS return policy. Buy it as shown or special order it in hundreds of fabrics…we’ve got you covered. No restocking fees, no extra delivery fees, no hassles. You’re going to love your new furniture from Connell’s!

Friday, October 4, 2013

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Since 1957, Connell’s Furniture has been serving Central Ohio with a great selection of furniture and the personal attention and care we give our own family.

Just ask us about why you should buy from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses instead of all the other furniture stores. We’ll tell you it’s because we make customer satisfaction our top priority. Unlike the other furniture stores, we don’t believe in gimmicks, tricks and deceitful answers. Instead, we believe in honest, straightforward answers to all your questions and always going the extra mile in all of our services. So go ahead, ask us about what makes Connell’s different from all the other furniture stores, you’ll see it’s our dedication to making sure you leave our store satisfied.

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Runway 1 Collection

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Love it or we’ll take it back! No questions asked. That’s our famous NO OOPS return policy.  No restocking fees, no extra delivery fees, no hassles. You’re going to love your new furniture from Connell’s!

Monday, October 7, 2013

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Dream Team Delivery

Our full-service delivery will deliver and unpack your furniture in the room of your choice and remove all packing materials. We deliver anywhere in Ohio for just $39.95. Next day delivery is $59.95.

It’s as easy as 1-2-3

  • 1.When your new furniture arrives, our delivery department will call you to book your excursion with our dream team delivery crews.
  • 2.Your Dream Team Delivery crew will call you when they’re in route to your house.
  • 3. Your sales associate will call you after the delivery to make sure you absolutely love your new furniture, accessories and mattress purchase.
Thursday, January 30, 2014

Brookings 1 Collection

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Love it or we’ll take it back! No questions asked. That’s our famous NO OOPS return policy.  No restocking fees, no extra delivery fees, no hassles. You’re going to love your new furniture from Connell’s!

Friday, November 1, 2013

710 Recliner Collection

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Love it or we’ll take it back! No questions asked. That’s our famous NO OOPS return policy.

No restocking fees, no extra delivery fees, no hassles. You’re going to love your new furniture from Connell’s!

Monday, January 20, 2014

January 20, 2014

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I’ve been to this store several times over the past few years. I have tried the “shop around” technique and some how I always end up at Connell’s. I love the store and have always had great experiences with the staff. 3 major purchases later, I am looking for other additions to my home, I know I will not end up shopping anywhere else. My daughter actually likes going to Connell’s with me!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bring Beachside Style Home

As landlocked Ohioans, we have to plan and work at getting to the beach. Whether it’s a long drive or a flight to a beach on the East coast, it takes time, energy, effort and money to get there. Sure, some of us may own a home around one of Ohio’s lakes where we can enjoy boating, jet skiing, fishing and swimming. But nonetheless, we don’t have the luxury of stepping outside on warm sand by the ocean every day. However, with some simple design ideas from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses, you can easily give your home some decorative flair to bring the relaxing beachside feel back home to Ohio.

453145657Decorate that deck. Give your deck or patio the relaxing summer beach feeling with light colors. If you’re staining the deck wood soon, choose a light, airy beach color like white, beach-beige or a natural wood stain. Accent your light deck stain with pops of color by adding bright Adirondack chairs in blue, red or green and put up an umbrella or shade canopy to keep the sun off the deck and guests.

Go light indoors. Bring the coastal feel indoors with crisp, white furniture. You can easily transform your living room into a relaxing beach sanctuary by choosing a sofa and loveseat in a crisp, white color. Offset the bright whites with a chair in aqua blue or orange, and tie the room together with an accent rug and lamps in the same aqua blue or orange color.

Accessorize in coastal patterns. Rugs, pillows and throws really go a long way in transforming a living room, patio or bedroom into beachside cabana. Look for an area rug or throw with a palm pattern, and accent that crisp white furniture or your bed with blue pillows adorning a little anchor.

Bring out the beach knick-knacks. Show off some of your beach souvenirs around the home. For instance, set out a photo frame adorned with seashells on a chair side table or sofa table, or set some seashells in a decorative bowl on your dining room table or even make it focal point of the living room. If you really want to go the extra mile, with some seashells and glue, you can transform a bedroom or bathroom mirror into a coastal mirror. Simply glue the seashells around the mirror’s border and watch it transform into a beachside mirror.

As always, visit us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattress in Mt. Vernon and Newark for outstanding design ideas from our superb staff. No matter what design style you’re looking for, you’ll enjoy our incredible selection of quality furniture at amazing low prices!

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Atwater Eurotop Mattress

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$129 Twin Mattress

$169 Full Mattress

$179 Queen Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.  Sleep on it for up to 60 nights and if you’re not completely satisfied you can exchange it for another mattress.

Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Website 12/03/13

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I wouldn’t go anywhere else to buy my furniture. Will go out of their way to get your whatever you need. Customer service is great and so is delivery.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Bonfield Eurotop Mattress

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$179 Twin Mattress

$239 Full Mattress

$279 Queen Mattress

$419 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.  Sleep on it for up to 60 nights and if you’re not completely satisfied you can exchange it for another mattress.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 20, 2013

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Everything Was Smooth And Efficient And Good Customer Service.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Chantel Eurotop Mattress

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$189 Twin Mattress

$269 Full Mattress

$299 Queen Mattress

$519 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.  Sleep on it for up to 60 nights and if you’re not completely satisfied you can exchange it for another mattress.

Thursday, December 5, 2013

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Friday, May 23, 2014

Let There be Light

Lighting is an essential décor element of any room. Lamps brighten our lives, add fashion and build atmosphere. They can be dramatic, elegant, stark or utilitarian.

Lamps are the element that finishes out the look of a room. They create visual interest and tie together all style accents. It goes without saying we can’t live without them. Stop by either of Connell’s showrooms in Mt. Vernon or Newark and ask us about our luxurious lighting accessories designed to brighten your home and accent your home furnishings.

Below are a few tips for brightening a home with lamps:

460808109Think about the purpose of the lighting. Where is light most needed in the room? Lamps fall into three types: general, task and accent. While general lighting provides overall illumination to a large area, accent lighting adds a warm glow to a small, intimate space. Task lamps focus light on a specific area where a job needs to be done.

Overhead lamps tend to cast harsh light. When general lighting is needed, look to hanging lamps instead. Formal or casual pendants can be hung over a dining room table, a counter or in a small out-of-the way space. Try grouping together several small pendants in a row over a sofa, or hang a larger lamp with a tailored, fabric covered, barrel shade between two recliners.

Don’t forget about chandeliers. Now used everywhere from home offices to spacious closets, these unique lamps can be found in many sizes and styles from austere modern, to country casual and elegant traditional. Hang a tiny chandelier in a powder room or over a child’s bed.

Use small accent lamps to add unexpected light in an unusual area. Place one on a kitchen counter, in a bookcase or on a powder room vanity.

Don’t be afraid to use sconces. These versatile décor accents are stylish additions to a wall. Place twin sconces on either side of a mirror, or at the end of a hall. When a bedside table is too small for a table lamp, use a sconce instead.

Floor lamps are another great way to add light to a small area. Tuck a torchiere away in a corner near a fireplace. When light is needed in a game room and a table lamp just won’t work, place a floor lamp in a corner near the pool table.

Look for lamps that blend with the style of each room and match the scale of your current décor. Mix and match table lamps, one with an urn base and one with a candlestick base, or one in porcelain and one in acrylic. Group large and small lamps together on a buffet table.

Use shades in coordinating fabrics and finials to add color and create unity.

Ready to look for a fabulous lamp? Stop into either of our showrooms in Mt. Vernon or Newark and let our knowledgeable sales staff help you with your selection.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – October 3, 2013

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It Was Good Furniture And A Friendly Salesman.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Dustin Eurotop Mattress

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$279 Twin Mattress

$369 Full Mattress

$399 Queen Mattress

$619 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.  Sleep on it for up to 60 nights and if you’re not completely satisfied you can exchange it for another mattress.

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fun with Faux Flowers: Decorating with Botanicals

With spring finally here and the days gradually growing longer, it’s easy to get excited with the sun shining and the weather warming. Now’s the perfect time to go outside and plant a flower bed or garden, along with plenty of other yard work to make our home’s exterior look beautiful. Nonetheless, springtime floral beauty doesn’t have to just stay outdoors. Bring spring’s beauty inside and recreate the atmosphere of nature indoors with faux greenery and faux floral flowers.

481419781Often overlooked and underappreciated, faux floral flowers and trees bring life to a room by adding warmth and color. For the uninitiated, ‘faux’ means imitation or artificial. A far cry from the plastic plants of yesteryear, today’s permanent botanicals are gorgeous décor accents. New manufacturing techniques, inventive designs and cotton/poly fabrics have resulted in breathtakingly realistic foliage, blooms and branches.

It’s easy to decorate with faux floral flowers and trees. Botanicals are available in a variety of different shapes, sizes, colors and styles to complement and enliven any décor.

The first step is to walk your home and look for open, bare or colorless areas. Consider the fashion style of each room, along with fabrics, textures and finishes of the furniture and decorative accessories.

Think about the location of doorways and the height of ceilings. Like any other decorative accent, faux plants will highlight and complement your other décor. Color and scale will need to balance with existing home furnishings.

When shopping at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Mt. Vernon or Newark for greenery or floral arrangements, make sure you know the size and position of the areas where the plants will be placed so that you can select coordinating shapes and styles.

As a rule of thumb, trees should extend no higher than two feet below a ceiling. Allow 6”-10” around floor plants for family traffic.

Does the living room have a bare corner? Consider adding a dieffenbachia or ivy topiary. Is there a dark spot next to your armoire or entertainment center? Think about adding a ficus tree. Are your bookshelves cluttered with collectibles and photo frames? A simple floral in a transitional container will add color and interest.

A fashion statement can be created by adding a large, dramatic floral arrangement to a dining table or hearth. Is your dining table long and rectangular? Consider an elongated arrangement with faux fruit or vegetables. If the table is round, think about a tall arrangement to draw the eye upward.

For smaller areas, try grouping three small floral arrangements of coordinating colors and different heights on a table.

Don’t forget style when making your selection. For a traditional room, a boxwood topiary or arrangement of calla lilies in a sculpted ceramic or brass container is appropriate. Hydrangeas, star lily and weeping fichus in an aged or fluted urn will coordinate well with Italian Tuscan décor. Do you lean toward Asian décor? Select Japanese maple, nandina or orchids in an Oriental fishbowl or dark wicker basket.

Whatever your style, your Connell’s sales representative will be able to help you find a faux botanical to accent your décor.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – October 4, 2013

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They Were Just Willing To Work With Us. They Were Helpful With Setting Up Times For Pickup.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautyrest Ashbury Heights Luxury Firm

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$469 Twin Mattress

$619 Full Mattress

$659 Queen Mattress

$809 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.  Everyone deserves to wake up refreshed, restored and recharged. A Beautyrest® mattress combines the conforming back support of legendary Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil® Technology with the cool sleeping comfort of AirCool® Foams. It’s more than a better night’s sleep – it’s you Living Life Fully Charged.®

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Decorating With Upholstery Fabric

Nothing in a room sets the ambiance more than upholstery fabric. Our eye is drawn to the color, pattern and texture of a fabric before we even notice the shape and size of a piece of upholstery.

It’s no surprise the look and feel of a room can be radically impacted by the application of fabric on a piece of upholstery. A quick walk around either of Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses two showrooms in Mt. Vernon and Newark will illustrate this concept. Which sofa do you notice first? Most likely, it’s the one in the fabric with the awesome color and texture.

Here are few tips for creating fashion and style with upholstery fabric:

485897585Consider where each piece of upholstery will be placed in the room. Will the furniture “float” or be against a wall? A bold fabric is even more dramatic when the upholstery is adjacent to a wall with a contrasting color. A muted fabric will cause the upholstery to fade away when walls are light or when the furniture “floats.” Large patterns look better in a large room while smaller patterns work in a smaller area.

Take note of existing lamps, wall décor, window and floor coverings. When pairing a sofa with an intricately patterned rug or multi-color painting, choose a solid or tone-on-tone fabric in a complementary color and add pizzazz with accent pillows.

When the upholstery is the focal point, go with a dramatic pattern or color and add decorative accessories that will accent the furniture rather than overwhelm it.

Remember that the upholstery sets the emotional tone of the room. Look for fabric in a style, color and texture that expresses your individuality and lifestyle. Start with a solid color and two or three patterns that coordinate but don’t match. Colors should be in the same family and vary in intensity.

When making the decision about which will be the chief fabric to cover a sofa, at the same time review fabric choices for accent pillows and accent chairs. All the upholstery pieces together make a complete statement, so be careful not to overwhelm it with too much color or pattern.

Don’t be afraid to let texture make a statement. Some fabrics have intriguing puckers, weaves and folds. Others have a high, soft nap.

As a general rule, fabrics in contemporary patterns and colors look best on contemporary frames while traditional fabrics work better on traditional frames. Don’t let that rule stop you from stepping out of the box and trying a bolder fabric on a traditional frame.  The result might be just perfect for your room.

Go ahead. Try something new. Let your Connell’s sales representative show you different fabric options for your favorite sofa or chair.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – October 10, 2013

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The Customer Service Was Great, They Made It Really Easy. Their Prices Are Excellent. The Fact That They Offer Delivery For $39.00 Anywhere In The State Of Ohio Is Attractive.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring is almost here!

466630131Spring is almost here! The days are gradually getting longer, and the temperature is slowly getting warmer. As winter fades and the sunlight begins to increasingly stream through our windows, we feel the desire to freshen up our living areas. Although we love dark, warm colors in the winter, when the weather begins to warm, our spirits lift and we’re ready for lighter, brighter colors and casual fabrics.

It’s easy to bring spring style into your home with just a few simple changes. At Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Newark and Mt. Vernon, we’re ready to guide you through the enjoyable process.

The key is to simplify. Remove excess clutter and accessories from shelves and counter tops. Open up your floor plan by taking that seldom used chair and putting it in the basement for the spring.

 

Substitute dark, heavy accessories, such as mahogany photo frames or brass clocks with accents in lighter woods or finishes. Pewter and silver surfaces are trendy and versatile.

Update that dark, traditional lamp by giving it a new look with a light linen shade. Or better yet, go for a totally new lamp with a natural wood base.

Switch out those brocade accent pillows with fresh pillows in an airy cotton fabric in an open floral or seersucker stripe.

If it’s time for a new sofa or accent tables, look for simple frames with light or white wood trim. Avoid fabric with extensive tailoring or accent fringe.

Just a few simple changes will create a relaxed, casual mood and evoke that vacation mindset we all love. At Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses we have a wide variety of fabrics and finishes to craft your spring home.

Plus, right now trade in your old furniture for brand new furniture during Connell’s trade-in sale! All usable furniture will be donated to local charity furniture banks and you’ll get BIG dollars for your trade-in, plus interest free financing for one full year. You won’t find a better time to get rid of your dark, wintery-styled furniture to make room for some of spring’s hottest styles!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

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Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – October 9, 2013

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Everyone Was Friendly And It’s A Beautiful Store.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautyrest Maywood Park Extra Firm

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$599 Twin Mattress

$739 Full Mattress

$829 Queen Mattress

$1069 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked. Everyone deserves to wake up refreshed, restored and recharged. A Beautyrest® mattress combines the conforming back support of legendary Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil® Technology with the cool sleeping comfort of AirCool® Foams. It’s more than a better night’s sleep – it’s you Living Life Fully Charged.®

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – October 12, 2013

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I Dealt With The Same Lady, They Make It Right And Take It Back If It’s Not Right.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautyrest Maywood Park Pillowtop

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$699 Twin Mattress

$839 Full Mattress

$929 Queen Mattress

$1169 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked. Everyone deserves to wake up refreshed, restored and recharged. A Beautyrest® mattress combines the conforming back support of legendary Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil® Technology with the cool sleeping comfort of AirCool® Foams. It’s more than a better night’s sleep – it’s you Living Life Fully Charged.®

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – October 11, 2013

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Their Employees Were Very Good At Helping Us With What We Were Looking For.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautyrest World Class Rhinecliff Luxury Firm

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$819 Twin Mattress

$1069 Full Mattress

$1159 Queen Mattress

$1519 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked. Everyone deserves to wake up refreshed, restored and recharged. A Beautyrest® mattress combines the conforming back support of legendary Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil® Technology with the cool sleeping comfort of AirCool® Foams. It’s more than a better night’s sleep – it’s you Living Life Fully Charged.®

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Ring in the New Year!

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Ring in the New Year!

Get ready for 2014!

A brand new year is almost here, and Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses is prepared to help you make it the best year yet. Start by rocking in the New Year with the lowest prices of the season on gorgeous, brand spankin’ new furniture and mattresses during our Holiday Sell-off event, going on now in Mt. Vernon and Newark. Plus, spread some New Year cheer to your family and friends with these great ideas and traditions!

New Year’s Traditions:

Food

Food, being a cornerstone of any celebration, is one of the best ways to celebrate the New Year. Traditionally, food is thought to usher in good luck and financial prosperity when ate on New Year’s Day.

  • Pork and sauerkraut: This New Year’s dish is tasty and represents both financial luck and moving forward. In certain parts of the country, like Pennsylvania Dutch country, the cabbage leaves represent paper money. Moreover, the custom of eating pork on New Year’s comes from the pig’s nature to root forward, symbolizing our commitment to also move forward.
  • Black-eye peas:  In the South, black-eyed peas are a dish served on New Year’s to promote good luck all around. Peas represent an abundance, such as abundance of wealth, health, etc …
  • Rice and greens: Various cultures celebrate New Year’s by eating rice and greens. Because rice swells when cooked, it symbolizes wealth, health and happiness while greens symbolize money because of their color.
  • Cakes and cookies: Early Dutch settlers brought New Year’s cookies to us, and traditionally they are flavored with lemon, caraway and even cider. Originally, these cookies and cakes were baked in molds to form the shape of an eagle or even famous people like George Washington.

Auld Lang Syne

Auld Lang Syne, a poem by Robert Burns set to the music of a traditional folk song, is traditionally sung at the conclusion of New Year’s parties. The song symbolizes endings and new beginnings.

Resolutions

Many people start out the New Year with a resolution to improve an aspect of their lives. Some of the most popular include improving health, finances, education, spending more time with family and friends, and so on. Nonetheless, New Year’s resolutions are nothing new. Their origins began centuries ago as Babylonians made promises to repay their debt; Romans made promises at the beginning of the year; and knights took a peacock vow to renew their vow to chivalry.workout

Sports & Events

People enjoy watching sporting events on New Year’s with family and friends, such as the time-honored Rose Bowl and its counterpart, the Rose Parade. The Rose Parade began in 1890, when the Pasadena Valley Hunt Club staged its first parade to welcome friends from the East and Midwest to showcase Southern California’s mild winter, roses and oranges.

Fireworks

Fireworks and other noise makers are popular at any New Year’s Eve party. This custom comes from the ancient Chinese who used fireworks during their New Year’s Eve parties to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.

We’re wishing you and your family a happy and safe New Year’s from the family at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 21, 2013

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If Anything I Would Say The Flexibility On The Salesperson With The Price.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautyrest World Class Rhinecliff Pillowtop

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$889 Twin Mattress

$1139 Full Mattress

$1229 Queen Mattress

$1579 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked. Everyone deserves to wake up refreshed, restored and recharged. A Beautyrest® mattress combines the conforming back support of legendary Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil® Technology with the cool sleeping comfort of AirCool® Foams. It’s more than a better night’s sleep – it’s you Living Life Fully Charged.®

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Is Coming. Are You Ready?

Christmas Is Coming. Are You Ready?

Get ready with Connell’s as we bring you ideas to get you into the season and into the spirit! Make it a season to remember. Stop in to see us for a few new additions to your home –  our Holiday Sell Off Event offers the lowest prices of the season! Then check out these creative, inexpensive ways to decorate and share the season as a family!

It’s Holiday Family Time!

  • Check out events in your area like local high school, college or church Christmas plays and concerts
  • Round up the neighbors and take a neighborhood walk, enjoying the Christmas lights and fellowship
  • Check out Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo
  • Take the whole family ice skating locally at Lou Gibbs Ice Arena
  • Find a charity, sponsor a family or donate time together this holiday season

Homemade Gifts Are Fun and Creative

  • The perfect gift for those who love to cook are home grown herbs arranged in a basket or indoor garden
  • Homemade fruit baskets covered in shrink wrap and a beautiful Christmas bow is always a hit
  • Christmas cookies are both fun to bake and appreciated as gifts
  • Bake gingerbread cookies and use as gift tags
  • Handmade jewelry is fairly simple with the help of DIY books

Easy Decorating Ideas for the Season

  • Fill glass vases with fruit, nuts, and candy and use as a centerpiece
  • Fill a glass bowl with matching or random ornaments
  • Simply making a collection of white candles in glass votives is simple and beautiful
  • Tie curtains back with festive Christmas ribbon found in hobby storesxmas

From our family to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and and Prosperous New Year!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 4, 2013

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The Sales Person Was Terrific And They Delivered When They Said They Would.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Beautyrest World Class Wicker Park Pillowtop

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$1349 Twin Mattress

$1589 Full Mattress

$1669 Queen Mattress

$2009 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked. Everyone deserves to wake up refreshed, restored and recharged. A Beautyrest® mattress combines the conforming back support of legendary Beautyrest® Pocketed Coil® Technology with the cool sleeping comfort of AirCool® Foams. It’s more than a better night’s sleep – it’s you Living Life Fully Charged.®

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 7, 2013

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I Pretty Much Knew What I Wanted When I Went In.

Monday, November 25, 2013

8 Simple Ways to Create Joy this Thanksgiving

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8 Simple Ways to Create Joy this Thanksgiving

‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ are magic words and should be said often to cultivate thankfulness. This Thanksgiving Season, cultivate more thankfulness in your heart and allow that joy to spread to other places of your life beyond the season. Here are some tips to help you begin to foster an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE in your life.

Keep a Gratitude Journal. A Gratitude Journal is an easy and effective way to foster thanks-giving every day of the year. Purchase a journal or spiral bound notebook and write 5 things you are thankful for each day. Challenge yourself to think of 5 different things every single day. Review your journal every month or quarter and know how truly blessed you are.

Take a walk in nature. No matter the time of year, take time regularly to be outside, enjoying the sunshine and critters of the season. Spending time outdoors is easy in the warmer months, but the cooler months offer great benefit too. Bundle up on a cold day and take a brisk walk. The sun offers much need Vitamin D this time of year, and the quietness of the cooler seasons help you to turn into that still, deep place within.

Enjoy your breath. When is the last time you took a full deep breath? What about five or ten deep breaths? Close your eyes, inhale deeply into your belly. Count the length of your breath, then let it go as slowly as you invited it in. Just the act of consciously breathing offers depths of gratitude for being alive.

Watch your children do what they love. As a mom or dad, there is no greater joy than watching your child do what they love. Perhaps you have a teenager who excels in sports. Maybe your toddler is discovering music for the first time. Whatever it is, be in those moments fully. Watch with a curious eye. And if you aren’t a parent; a niece, nephew or friend’s child will work just fine! Children help us to see things differently.

Help others who are less fortunate. Take a look around you. Wherever you are, it’s likely there are many less fortunate right in your neighborhood. Ask yourself how you can be of service and do it! Give thanks for all you have and share your blessings with others regularly. Give to a local charity or give someone the gift of your time.

Eat mindfully. How often have you sat down to lunch or dinner and paid no attention to the process of eating? The next time you eat, savor it. Fully taste the flavors of your food and slow down your rate of chewing. Chew your food twice as much as you normally would to help your digestion process. This is a simple act of living in the moment.

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Plan a date with a family member or friend you haven’t seen in a while. Call Aunt Betsy, Uncle Charlie or that long lost friend from college and make a date. Chance are pretty good that the person on the receiving end will be surprised and thrilled, and both of you will have a great time. You may just prompt him or her to do the same with someone else. Life is about the moments. Cherish them. Don’t let them pass you by.

Spend some time in solitude. This is great advice for everyone – and especially for those who are over-scheduled. Take some time for yourself. Whether it’s an hour or a day, spending time alone helps you get in touch with your inner self – that quiet introspective self that’s tuned in to his/her higher power. Do this regularly and watch your life be transformed.

From our family to yours, Connell’s wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and blessed holiday season!

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Simmons Advanced Rest ComforPedic

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$999 Full Mattress

$1099 Queen Mattress

$1459 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questioned asked.  Recharge your body every night with the perfect combination of conforming back support and temperature control found in all Beautyrest mattresses.   Every Simmons ComforPedic mattress comes with a 365 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.

Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Simmons ComforPedic set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – August 14, 2013

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I Have Ordered A Table With Them In The Past In Addition The Couch I Ordered. We’ve Been Really
Happy With Both Purchases.

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

How To Creatively Hang Pictures

Hanging pictures is an art. If you’ve ever done it yourself, you know that’s a true statement.  So how is it that your neighbors have great collections of family photos neatly arranged on the wall? How did they do it?

With a little planning and patience, hanging pictures can be done easily. Whether your goal is to hang a single dramatic serigraph or a collection of black and white sketches, by following a few steps you can make your art or photos look fabulous.

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1)  Select your collage of photos or artwork according to a theme or some type of similarity. The art in the collection should include related subject matter or color. It’s O.K. for the shapes and sizes of the frames to vary.

2)  Pick an odd number of your favorite pieces. An odd number will have greater visual interest and greater flexibility. To create a uniform look, choose frames that are similar in style or finish. With photos, use mats that are the same width and color.

3)  Create templates of the pictures. Lay the pictures on brown craft paper on the floor making sure the grouping will fit within the available wall space. Trace around the frames and cut out templates. Label the templates for identification and mark the location of the hanging wire or tabs.

4)  Attach the templates to the wall with reusable adhesive or poster tape. Be careful not to use masking tape because it will leave residue on the wall. Use the template and a pencil to mark on the wall where picture hangers should go.

5) Create balance within the grouping. Select a single favorite piece as the center of the collection, grouping the other pieces around it and keeping a consistent distance between each one. It’s fine to hang pictures in a straight line if you have two or three matching pieces which will only coordinate when hung side by side.

6) Hang your artwork at eye level. The biggest mistake made when pictures are hung is that they’re placed too high on the wall.

Hanging art creatively will add warmth to a room and create visual interest. Visit either of Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses two showrooms in Mt. Vernon or Newark, and one of our talented representative will help you find just the right wall décor to hang in your home.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Simmons Balanced Days ComforPedic

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$1499 Full Mattress

$1599 Queen Mattress

$1959 King Mattress

Love it or we’ll take it back…no questioned asked.  Recharge your body every night with the perfect combination of conforming back support and temperature control found in all Beautyrest mattresses.   Every Simmons ComforPedic mattress comes with a 365 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.

Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Simmons ComforPedic set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Our Floor Sample Sale GOING ON NOW!

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Our Floor Sample Sale is going on now and this is your ONE TIME OPPORTUNITY to SAVE 40% and MORE off of the SALE price on items throughout the store.

  • Manufacturer Closeouts
  • One-of-a-kinds
  • Customer returns through NoOops Guarantee
  • Overstocks
  • Special Buys
  • More, more, more!

Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark and look for special price tags throughout the store, plus take advantage of our INTEREST FREE OFFER when paid within one year.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – August 15, 2013

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I Went Three Or Four Different Times Because I Could Not Decide. They Were Very Kind.

Thursday, September 19, 2013

National Furniture Sale Going On Now!

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At Connell’s we are always looking for ways to help our customers save money. Right now that is exactly what we are doing during our National Furniture Sale! It’s a LIMITED TIME OFFER, so don’t miss out.

Purchase $499 or more and receive a $100 gift card through September 29th, 2013! Take your purchases INTEREST FREE until 2015. Receive free design services by our professional staff. Look for exceptional values throughout the store and enter to win a FREE $500 gift card!

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today to take advantage of these and other amazing offers.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 18, 2013

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The Shop Experience Was Great And The Delivery Went Well.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tempur-Pedic Cloud Prima

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$1199 Twin Size Mattress

$1549 Full Size Mattress

$1699 Queen Size Mattress

$2199 King Size Mattress

Tempur-Pedic mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every Tempur-Pedic set comes with a 90 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.

Tempur-Pedic is the most recommended bed in America.

Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Tempur-Pedic set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 27, 2013

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They’re Very Helpful With The Selection And Are Not Pushy.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tempur-Pedic Contour Supreme

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$1599 Twin Size Mattress

$1949 Full Size Mattress

$2099 Queen Size Mattress

$2599 King Size Mattress

Tempur-Pedic mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every Tempur-Pedic set comes with a 90 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.

Tempur-Pedic is the most recommended bed in America.

Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Tempur-Pedic set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back To School Tips and Tricks

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The kids are back in school. Fall sports are in full swing. Is your house ready for all of the hustle and bustle that Fall brings? Let Connell’s help. Here we’ll give you tips and tricks to get your home both school and fall-sports-season ready so you can tackle every day in style and tact. Take heed.

Start each day peacefully. Give yourself some morning time peace by designating a spot in your home just for you, mom (and/or dad). This quiet corner is the perfect place for you to rise, enjoy your morning cup of coffee or tea and spend some time reading, writing and/or in reflection. Tell the kids this quiet spot is off limits until a certain time, and if clutter is left by them, take action to reclaim your little haven. In addition to your “you spot,” organize an area for the kid’s stuff and make them get into the regular habit of placing their school belongings in only that particular spot to make departure hassle free.

Nom nom nom. Set up a “lunch station” in your kitchen. Keep all items that will go in, or be used for lunches in one central area. Anything that gets used regularly will be left out or within easy reach to make lunch-making a breeze.

Make studying a breeze. Homework’s got nothing on you – or your kids. Set up a book nook or study station in one centralized but quiet area of your home. If your kitchen is large enough, set up a desk and small shelving so the kids have an accessible area to work while you are making dinner. Provide them with plenty of light, and fresh air if possible. Add a dry erase or corkboard to keep you and them organized.

Volleyball, Football, Cross Country. Oh My! The Fall sports season is a busy one if you have one child, let alone two, three or a half dozen. Kids are busy from sun up to sun down. The bus leaves in the 6 a.m. hour and they don’t get home until mid afternoon. Add sports to the equation and there is literally only about an hour or two per night of free time. Keep their sports gear, equipment and uniforms organized and in the same location each and every day. Hang uniforms in the same spot so they know where to find them without asking. Keep sports equipment in one spot as well. Charge your kids with the task of taking care of and organizing these items to teach them responsibility.

Chill time is a must. With all of the running around, make down time a regular planned activity at home as well. Create a “lounging zone” in the Family Room or basement made just for family time, as well as a fun spot for the kids and their friends to hang. Add a sectional, end tables, bean bag chairs and futons for uber comfortability. A flat screen television and surround sound completes the ensemble and makes it an area kids are drawn to.

As always, Connell’s has you covered. Stop in to one of our two convenient locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings at exceptional prices, all backed by our exclusive No Oops Guarantee. Happy Back-To-School time to you!

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – October 4, 2013

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The Quality Of The Furniture, Helpfulness Of The Staff And Their Willingness To Find What They Don’t Have In Their Warehouse And Order It In.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme

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$1899 Twin Size Mattress

$2249 Full Size Mattress

$2399 Queen Size Mattress

$2899 King Size Mattress

Tempur-Pedic mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every Tempur-Pedic set comes with a 90 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.

Tempur-Pedic is the most recommended bed in America.

Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Tempur-Pedic set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Trade In And Help Others

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It’s that time of year again! Connell’s is holding a huge TRADE IN SALE and in the process

EVERYBODY WINS!!!

If you’ve been waiting for the best time to buy new furniture, now is the time. During Connell’s Trade In Sale, you can trade in your old furniture for brand new furniture. All usable furniture will be donated to local charity furniture banks, but this is a LIMITED TIME OFFER.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today and take advantage of this fabulous offer – while helping others gain something in the process. You can’t go wrong!

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Create Style with Texture and Color

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Create MOOD, FEEL and STYLE by using texture in the home! Turn boring into WOW!

We get so used to our homes; it is the place we spend the majority of our time, after all. Give your home an overhaul this fall or just spice things up a bit. Connell’s has all sorts of ideas to help you turn your home into a place that inspires!

Start with color and build. Cover large spaces with bold, beautiful color; and use soft, delicate colors in smaller rooms so as not to overpower. Play with pattern, inter-mixing bold and dainty. Build your “theme” by including other patterns with different shapes and sizes. Keep colors and varying scale in mind to keep it cohesive. Make a statement with a large floral pattern on a few pillows, small checks and solids on a few more and vertical stripes for your draperies, which will also make the room seem taller.

Throw in the texture. Start with just a few and then add more as it makes sense depending on boldness of color and the size of the room. Sheen textures are perfect for formal spaces, while muted textures give a room a more casual comfortable appeal. Throw out the rules, if you so choose – it’s YOUR home, after all!

Relate similar objects, then fill with color and fabric patterns. If you want to avoid making the room too busy, keep the background color neutral and uniform. Start with only a few colors you really like and know you won’t tire of.

When thinking of pattern, consider the entire space. Doorways, floors, shape of furniture and accessories may all have patterns within them. If you’ve always had the sofa against the wall, angle it to create a triangular shape in the room. A square or rectangular table in the corner can be replaced by a circular one. When you’re ready to buy new furniture, replace your overstuffed sofa with a modern, streamlined piece with square edges.

Be BOLD! Confidently mix several patterns and watch how the room transforms into something entirely different. Allow one large-scaled pattern to dominate over one medium-scaled floral and another geometric. Get creative in your thinking and add two more smaller scaled accent patterns and textures.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon or Newark to get more ideas and inspiration, then talk to a sales representative to make those design dreams a reality.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – October 4, 2013

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They Did What They Said They Would Do. They Said If I Did Not Like It They Would Exchange It And They Did.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Tempur-Pedic Cloud Supreme Breeze

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$3199 Queen Size Mattress

$3699 King Size Mattress
Tempur-Pedic mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every Tempur-Pedic set comes with a 90 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.

Tempur-Pedic is the most recommended bed in America.

Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Tempur-Pedic set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Importance of Play in Life

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Don’t you love to watch children play? In altogether different worlds, children make sense of their lives through play. It’s essential, and as parents we can learn so much from our children. A playroom serves double duty in encouraging play and keeping clutter to a minimum in the home. Create the perfect space to foster growth and imagination within your kids. Children should have a place of their own, and while an entire room is ideal, it isn’t necessary. No matter the size of your home, a playroom is possible. A closet is big enough for a reading nook or computer area. Read on for ideas to create a sacred space for the young minds you love.

Consider design based on the ages and preferences of the children who will use the room. Plan for today and for tomorrow. When choosing furniture, less is more. Allow plenty of open space for play. Keep pieces simple and in neutral colors so they continue to adapt and function over the years. Limit permanent fixtures so the room can grow and adapt with your child.

Next consider the size of your home and space available. Choose colors and possible theme. A playroom is the perfect place to showcase expression and creativity. Map it out. Basements, attics and small spaces underneath the stairs are ideal choices for a child’s playroom, especially in smaller homes. Include your children in the planning if possible. Will the walls be plain or have designs? Are you artistic or do you know someone who is? If free-hand painting isn’t an option, removable art decals are another option for adding a whimsical feel to the room.

Creativity stations allow for various functions. If a whole room is not available due to space, identify a few separate areas within your home. A reading corner allows for quiet introspection, while an art area encourages creativity. Choose furniture that suits each station. Chairs, benches, shelves and lighting are essentials in the reading nook, while a large flat surface provides the space needed in an art area.

Storage is essential in all play areas to keep the space organized. Choose options easiest for kids to get in and out of effortlessly. There are numerous designs available and many can double as shelves and writing surfaces. Be creative and allow your children to do the same when determining storage solutions.

Stop by one of the two beautiful Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for other ideas and inspiration to enhance your home.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 19, 2013

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The Salesman Were Courteous And Good. It Was A Pleasure To Deal With Them And The Delivery Went
Well. It Was A Good Experience.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Nature Inspired Design

Do you love the outdoors and wish you could bring more of it inside? You can with nature inspired design. It isn’t that hard to bring the outdoors in. Take a look around the next time you go for a walk or hike and get inspired. For some ideas to get your brain moving, read on.

Everybody loves fresh flowers. From roses to hyacinth to tulips to daisies, the colors span the rainbow and beyond. Pick or purchase bouquets and display them proudly on your dining room table, in the entryway, even in the bathroom. Everybody loves fresh flowers.

Think outside the box? No, just think outside. Don’t stop at flowers. Choose twigs and flowering tree branches to display as centerpieces as well. These add texture and dimension to simple fresh cut flowers. They are even beautiful as stand alone items in a vase.

Edible decor is fun, practical and serves multiple purposes. Buy fruits and vegetables of varying shapes, colors, sizes and smells to display within a decorative centerpiece or bowl. Use as decoration, eat when hungry and replace when gone.

Accessorize simply and beautifully. Buy frames or prints with flowers, fields, animals and outdoor scenes. The frames themselves might have pressed flowers within them, or you might choose a simple wood frame with a beautiful print that includes an outdoor display.

Go natural and get comfy with pillows and blankets. Choose prints with flowers, leaves, rocks, seashells and more. These are simple, effective and inexpensive ways to bring the nature inspired design theme home.

Be bold. Purchase a sofa, loveseat or chair that includes a nature scene or design. Retro floral patterns are another option versus an actual outdoor scene and it gives the room an updated chic appeal. Alternatively, stick with a completely neutral color and accessorize to the hilt.

Your nose knows. Add fresh flower potpourri, scented candles, reeds and more to layer in the olfactory senses.

Love walking barefoot? Find a natural textured rug or two to complete your nature inspired design. You’ve got visual, olfactory and tactile senses covered at once.

Don’t overdo it. Some elements in the room must be neutral. Easy peasy. Include colors with similar hues as those natural elements and your job is done.

Stop in today to one of the two Connell’s locations for additional ideas and inspiration. Find us on Facebook for tips, tricks and sweepstakes. As always, count on exceptional service, great value and the best home furnishings around.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 21, 2013

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They Were Very Friendly And Helpful. The Boys Who Delivered Were Gentleman.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iSeries Alvani Firm

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$949 Twin Size Mattress

$1074 Full Size Mattress

$1074 Queen Size Mattress

$1399 King Size Mattress

Every new iSeries mattress features Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam – Serta’s latest breakthrough in gel memory foam technology. Plus, we have upgraded our exclusive individually wrapped coil support system by adding even more Duet® Coils, which help properly balance comfort and support across the mattress regardless of body type.
Our premium iSeries Profiles mattresses also feature our exclusive EverFeel™ Technology and an ultra-luxurious and sophisticated design.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iSeries set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Wednesday, May 2, 2012

Mother’s Day is Coming!

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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!

Thursday, October 31, 2013

714 Leather Recliner

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Love it or we’ll take it back! No questions asked. That’s our famous NO OOPS return policy. Buy it as shown or special order it in hundreds of leather choices… we’ve got you covered. No restocking fees, no extra delivery fees, no hassles. You’re going to love your new furniture from Connell’s

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 20, 2013

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It Was Convenient And Easy And It Was Nice To Shop There. We Were Not Continuously Bothered.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iSeries Alvani Plush

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$949 Twin Size Mattress

$1074 Full Size Mattress

$1074 Queen Size Mattress

$1399 King Size Mattress

Every new iSeries mattress features Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam – Serta’s latest breakthrough in gel memory foam technology. Plus, we have upgraded our exclusive individually wrapped coil support system by adding even more Duet® Coils, which help properly balance comfort and support across the mattress regardless of body type.
Our premium iSeries Profiles mattresses also feature our exclusive EverFeel™ Technology and an ultra-luxurious and sophisticated design.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iSeries set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Do You Know Your Design Style?

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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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 14, 2013

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They Were Here On Time And Were Nice And Friendly.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iSeries Bartel

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$1149 Twin Size Mattress

$1274 Full Size Mattress

$1274 Queen Size Mattress

$1599 King Size Mattress

Every new iSeries mattress features Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam – Serta’s latest breakthrough in gel memory foam technology. Plus, we have upgraded our exclusive individually wrapped coil support system by adding even more Duet® Coils, which help properly balance comfort and support across the mattress regardless of body type.
Our premium iSeries Profiles mattresses also feature our exclusive EverFeel™ Technology and an ultra-luxurious and sophisticated design.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iSeries set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

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, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 13, 2013

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Excellent Salesperson And Delivery As Well As The Price.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iSeries Carmino

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$1374 Full Size Mattress

$1374 Queen Size Mattress

$1799 King Size Mattress

Every new iSeries mattress features Cool Action™ Dual Effects® Gel Memory Foam – Serta’s latest breakthrough in gel memory foam technology. Plus, we have upgraded our exclusive individually wrapped coil support system by adding even more Duet® Coils, which help properly balance comfort and support across the mattress regardless of body type.
Our premium iSeries Profiles mattresses also feature our exclusive EverFeel™ Technology and an ultra-luxurious and sophisticated design.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iSeries set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

FAMILY OWNED SINCE 1957

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Showrooms located in Mount Vernon and Newark, Ohio.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Summertime, Here We Come!

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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.

 

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 6, 2013

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I Always Buy My Furniture From Them. Any Problems They Take Care Of It.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iComfort Insight Everfeel

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$649 Twin Size Mattress

$899 Full Size Mattress

$1074 Queen Size Mattress

$1399 King Size Mattress

Serta iComfort mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every iComfort set comes with a 120 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iComfort set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – August 16, 2013

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Our Sales Person Was Very Informative, Nice, Patient And Took Her Time With Us. We Were wondering All Over The Place.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iComfort Genius Everfeel

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$1199 Full Size Mattress

$1374 Queen Size Mattress

$1699 King Size Mattress

Serta iComfort mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every iComfort set comes with a 120 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iComfort set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

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8 Simple Ways to Create Joy this Thanksgiving

‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ are magic words and should be said often to cultivate thankfulness. This Thanksgiving Season, cultivate more thankfulness in your heart and allow that joy to spread to other places of your life beyond the season. Here are some tips to help you begin to foster an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE in your life.

Keep a Gratitude Journal. A Gratitude Journal is an easy and effective way to foster thanks-giving every day of the year. Purchase a journal or spiral bound notebook and write 5 things you are thankful for each day. Challenge yourself to think of 5 different things every single day. Review your journal every month or quarter and know how truly blessed you are.

Take a walk in nature. No matter the time of year, take time regularly to be outside, enjoying the sunshine and critters of the season. Spending time outdoors is easy in the warmer months, but the cooler months offer great benefit too. Bundle up on a cold day and take a brisk walk. The sun offers much need Vitamin D this time of year, and the quietness of the cooler seasons help you to turn into that still, deep place within.

Enjoy your breath. When is the last time you took a full deep breath? What about five or ten deep breaths? Close your eyes, inhale deeply into your belly. Count the length of your breath, then let it go as slowly as you invited it in. Just the act of consciously breathing offers depths of gratitude for being alive.

Watch your children do what they love. As a mom or dad, there is no greater joy than watching your child do what they love. Perhaps you have a teenager who excels in sports. Maybe your toddler is discovering music for the first time. Whatever it is, be in those moments fully. Watch with a curious eye. And if you aren’t a parent; a niece, nephew or friend’s child will work just fine! Children help us to see things differently.

Help others who are less fortunate. Take a look around you. Wherever you are, it’s likely there are many less fortunate right in your neighborhood. Ask yourself how you can be of service and do it! Give thanks for all you have and share your blessings with others regularly. Give to a local charity or give someone the gift of your time.

Eat mindfully. How often have you sat down to lunch or dinner and paid no attention to the process of eating? The next time you eat, savor it. Fully taste the flavors of your food and slow down your rate of chewing. Chew your food twice as much as you normally would to help your digestion process. This is a simple act of living in the moment.

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Plan a date with a family member or friend you haven’t seen in a while. Call Aunt Betsy, Uncle Charlie or that long lost friend from college and make a date. Chance are pretty good that the person on the receiving end will be surprised and thrilled, and both of you will have a great time. You may just prompt him or her to do the same with someone else. Life is about the moments. Cherish them. Don’t let them pass you by.

Spend some time in solitude. This is great advice for everyone – and especially for those who are over-scheduled. Take some time for yourself. Whether it’s an hour or a day, spending time alone helps you get in touch with your inner self – that quiet introspective self that’s tuned in to his/her higher power. Do this regularly and watch your life be transformed.

From our family to yours, Connell’s wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and blessed holiday season! Read more

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.

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date -August 16, 2013

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I Found The Furniture That I Liked At A Better Price Than Another Store. They Went Out Of Their Way To Get The Color Of The Furniture That I Wanted.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel Firm

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$1399 Full Size Mattress

$1574 Queen Size Mattress

$1999 King Size Mattress

Serta iComfort mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every iComfort set comes with a 120 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iComfort set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

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
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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.
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date -September 2, 2013

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I Did Not Have Any Complaints, Got What I Wanted And Was Happy With The Furniture. It Was A Pleasant Experience, They Did Not Attack Me For A Purchase.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iComfort Savant Everfeel Plush

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$1399 Full Size Mattress

$1574 Queen Size Mattress

$1999 King Size Mattress

Serta iComfort mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every iComfort set comes with a 120 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iComfort set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

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!

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date -September 2, 2013

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I Liked The Way The Young Lady Presented The Chairs We Were Interested In. She Was Very Friendly And Helpful.

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Serta iComfort Prodigy Everfeel

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$1599 Full Size Mattress

$1774 Queen Size Mattress

$2199 King Size Mattress

Serta iComfort mattresses adapt to the curves of your body, supporting you evenly. Heavier areas, like your shoulders and hips, sink in further, while lighter areas sink in less. Even support allows for better alignment, so your body can more fully relax—and you experience deeper sleep.  Every iComfort set comes with a 120 night comfort exchange and a 25 year warranty.  Love it or we’ll take it back…no questions asked.
Get a $300 gift card with the purchase of any Serta iComfort set or take 48 months to pay interest free!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

May- 2012 – 8.9 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Ashland 10 I Like That They Had It In Stock. They Were Helpful.
Canal Winchester 10 I Think It’s A Better Experience Then The Chain Stores.
Centerburg 10 Lisa Was Very Helpful And Very Patient With Us
Centerburg 10 The Selection That We Had And The Way They Arranged The Delivery To Fit Our Schedule.
Fredericktown 8 I Don’t Know
Fredericktown 10 The Help That I Got.  The Sales Rep That Helped Me Piece Everything Together That I Wanted
Fredericktown 10 A Good Sales Person And They Did What They Said They Were Going To Do.
Fredericktown 10 They Were Very Helpful To Find What I Needed.
Fredericktown 6 We Are Still Doing Business With Them, Waiting For Them To Come Out To House And Do The Service, Still Waiting On A Service Call. Date of Sale 05/19, Date of Delivery 06/01, , service call was completed & determined to replace with new. Replacement delivered 06/29
Gambier 10 It’s Close To Home And I Like The Store.
Gambier 10 The People Were Polite But I Was Not Pressured. I Made My Decisions And No One Was Breathing Over Me.
Gambier 10 The Way It Was Displayed And Salesperson Was Nice
Granville 9 Good Service.  The People We Worked With Were Enjoyable To Work With.
Granville 8 We Had To Send The First Couch Back Because The Seams Kept Ripping Out.
Granville 8 There Was A Little Communication Problem Regarding An Extra Mattresses That Ended Up Being Taken As Originally Requested.
Granville 10 My Husband Did The Purchasing.  I Was Only Involved With The Delivery And That Was Excellent.
Heath 10 We Liked The Selection And Quality. The Salesperson Was Good.  They Held It While I Was Getting Carpet.
Howard 8 It Was Pretty Good Experience. I Did Not Have Any Problems With It. The Manager Larry Did A Really Good Job With It.
Howard 10 Just The Way They Treated Us.
Howard 10 From The Minute We Hit The Door, Lisa Was Not Pushy But Informative. I Was Free To Browse. We Moved Items Around The Store And She Encouraged Us To Do What Was Needed. The Price Is Reasonable. I Have No Negatives Except When They Delivered The Cabinet
Howard 10 Salesperson Was Very Helpful And Delivery Staff Was Great
Howard 10 They Have Always Done Everything I Have Asked.
Howard 8 Lower Prices. We have a Price match guarantee! If you find the same exact furniture elsewhere, we will not only match their price, but will give you an additional $50.00 off!
Howard 10 The Product, But Definitely The Customer Service.
Howard 10 Extremely Helpful And The Delivery Staff Was Great
Howard 10 We Have Dealt With Lisa The Twelve Years We Have Lived Here And Have Always Received Good Advice.
Johnstown 8 They Were Ready And Available For Any Questions I Had And I Was Not Pressured.
Mount Vernon 10 The Salesperson Was Very Helpful And Flexible, Listened To Me And Kept In Contact.
Mount Vernon 5 Date of sale 03/03, Date of delivery 05/13, customer quoted 45 day arrival.  Fabric delay from manufacturer, customer was informed periodically throughout.
Mount Vernon 9 We Had A Problem With A Couch And They Replaced It. The Fabric Started Wearing Very Badly.
Mount Vernon 10 They Were Not Following Me. When I Had Questions They Answered Them. The Suggested An Alternative And It Worked Out Perfect. Nice, Courteous And I Will Go Back.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Bought Almost Off Of Our Furniture From Them. They Have Things There When They Say They Will. Delivery People Do Their Job Well.
Mount Vernon 7 This Time Was Very Good.  I Specifically Told Them On The Delivery Do Not Pull In To The Driveway, And They Did. I Was Not Happy With That.
Mount Vernon 10 They Let Me Make Up My Own Mind.
Mount Vernon 9 I Had Purchased A Couch And End Tables A Couple Of Years Ago. I Decided To Go Back And Look At A Chair.
Mount Vernon 8 I Am Pretty Satisfied.
Mount Vernon 10 I Shop There Quite A Bit. I Know Everybody. Personal Service.
Mount Vernon 10 No Pressure, Helpful Information, Good Quality Furniture, Delivery Went Well. The Whole Experience Was Good.
Mount Vernon 8 The Store Should Extend The Hours Of Business.
Newark 5 The Ownership Has Changed, They Did Not Have Any Coffee Or Cookies In The Waiting Room.
Newark 10 We’ve Bought A Lot Of Furniture And They Have Been Very Helpful.  If There Are Any Questions, They Take Care Of It And They Are Good People To Work With.
Newark 10 The Quality Of The Furniture And The Installation. The Man Was Real Nice And Did A Good Job. We Were Happy.
Newark 8 Some Of The Items Delivered Were Damaged.
Newark 10 They Answered Any Question We Had Promptly.
Newark 8 I Was Not Happy With The Manager Customer purchased 2 separate times, both times customer used our Layaway plan & everything seemed to go smoothly.
Newark 7 They Did Not Order The Right Fabric And They Wanted To Charge Me The Difference Of The Fabric; They Should Absorb The Cost For Their Error Service Manufacturer issues. We Allowed customer to reselect after over a year of orginal delivery, customer reselection was more than originally purchased & was charged the difference
Newark 10 They Showed Me What I Wanted To See, And Found Me What I Wanted.
Newark 10 It Was Easy To Shop; I Felt Like It Was A Buyer’s Place
Newark 8 I Do Not Think Anything.
Newark 8 I Don’t Know
Newark 10 Nice Furniture And It Is Easy To Work With.  The Staff Is Very Helpful.
Newark 10 They Did Not Pressure Me And They Were Quick, Polite And Answered All My Questions
Newark 1 Date of Sale 05/26, Date of Delivery 06/01, Not sure why we recvd a 1???
Newark 10 I Have Done Business With Connell’s For A Lot Of Years.
Newark 4 We Were Very Unhappy With Our Experience.  We Ordered The Couch And 13 Weeks Later We Got It. They Kept Saying It Was Coming And Then They Would Not Work Around Our Schedule For Delivery. They Wanted To Charge Extra To Have It Delivered When We Wanted. Date of Sale 03/10, Date of Delivery 05/24, Customer quoted 45 day arrival. Oops! A communication failure on our behalf, Customer was notified throughout with updates from factory as to shipping information, BUT we failed to notify customer immediately of merchandise arriving for scheduling delivery to their home.
Thornville 10 They Worked With Us, Got Us What We Wanted, Everything Was Great.
Thornville 10 Selection.
Utica 10 Very Helpful, They Gladly Took Back The Furniture That We Did Not Like.
Utica 10 We Have Dealt With Connell’s Several Times And The Quality Is Good.
Walhonding 10 We Shopped There Before With No Problems.
Warsaw 10 They Helped Us Right Away, Did Not Hover, Answered Our Questions.
Thursday, November 7, 2013

Sale Date – September 2, 2013

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The Associates Let Me Look Through The Furniture, Did Not Pressure Us And Was Very Helpful When We Were Ready.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Take Care of Yourself – And Your Home!

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It’s Summertime. Yay! The season invites a plethora of activities – socializing, sports and outdoor fun. Luckily we have more energy in the summer with the warmer, brighter and longer days. Don’t drain yourself with all the get up and go! Take time to pamper yourself so you feel energized and ready for the beautiful days of the season. Read on for ideas to treat yourself like the king or queen of the house you are.

Create a family gathering space. Find a spot in your home and set up a lounging area for family and friends to unwind. Make the space television-free so it invites good old family interaction. The space can be anywhere room allows. Place movable pieces of furniture including chairs, ottomans, loveseats and storage benches in the area. Add throws and pillows for comfort.

Make your bedroom a relaxation haven. We often take care of every other room in the home and ignore our bedroom. Change that! Your bedroom shouldn’t be a catch-all, but a place of rest and rejuvenation. Clear the clutter and get rid of anything that doesn’t invite a clear mental attitude.

  • Place a nightstand next to your bed and keep a book, journal or pen there. Take the time each night for some reading or gratitude reflection and journal writing.
  • Add some extra throw pillows and soft blankets to snuggle in as you doze off to dreamland.
  • Buy a stereo or music player for soft music when its time to relax.
  • Shop for a new mattress if yours is old and not supporting you the way it should be.

Give yourself the comfort and convenience of a reading nook. For ideas on organizing the area, read this post.

Set up a bathroom spa. Create a basket or box for an on-the-go spa experience. Keep it neat and organized so you can reach for it anytime you need a quick pick me up! Include the following:

  • A nail kit complete with cuticle softener, nail files, smoothers, hand moisturizer and nail polish
  • A pedicure kit with sugar (to make a sugar scrub) and foot bath
  • A shower kit with soaps, gels, loofah and scrubs

Nothing says summer like old fashioned ice cream! Get some sundae glasses, cherries, chocolate, sprinkles and an ice cream maker and spend time unwinding in your kitchen with the kids in the evening. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Try some of these tips or run into one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today and talk to a sales associate about ways to turn your home into your own summertime sanctuary. You’ve got the home, family and ideas – we’ve got the goods to make it perfect for you for any occasion.

Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Summertime Entertainment

Summer has it all – great weather, more entertaining, outdoor sporting events, sunning, swimming, and more. Now that it is mid-summer the kids are well into “summer mode”, not yet ready to go back to school, but often bored with the unscheduled routine summer brings. Get a reliable babysitter or two and get all the kids together for a pool party. They’ll have a blast seeing friends they haven’t seen since school ended, and you’ll have free time for an outing of your own. Plan a party with friends, family and neighbors, then take in the local attractions that summertime has to offer.

Here are some ideas to help you create an evening of entertainment and fun . . .

Celebrate summer with an easy gathering at home. Perhaps a wine tasting party? Ask guests to bring two of the same bottles of wine – one for tasting and one as a party favor for a guest to take home. Choose a particular style to keep the tastes similar, such as chardonnay, a sweet white or riesling. Encourage those who don’t drink to bring a non-alcoholic variety. Keep plenty of ice cold water with lemon on hand in beautiful pitchers to beat the heat.

Don’t forget the details. It doesn’t have to be fancy, but make your party cohesive and pretty with stemless wine glasses, cocktail plates, pretty floral cloth napkins, a summertime table cloth and other fun accessories.

Use the great outdoors. Though it is hot, most folks like to be outdoors in the summer. Use your outdoor spaces as much as possible. Create a beautiful shady spot in your garden or turn your patio or deck into the perfect party spot.

Make your own centerpiece using beautiful hardy fruits or flowers from the garden. A simple platter of lemons, limes and oranges adds color and beauty to the center of your table. Just a few colorful flowers along with pussy willows or twigs is also a simple way to create beauty.

Simple foods fit the bill. Appetizers like bruschetta, chips and salsa, spinach artichoke dip, a colorful salad and shrimp cocktail will allow guests to fill their bellies but not bust a gut.

Don’t neglect your home furnishings. While many may want to be outdoors, the heat can keep some at bay. Take a look at your dwelling. Could you use a new sofa? What about an entertainment center or console? Even just adding a few accessories like pillows, throws and table tops can transform your home at relatively low cost.

Your party is only the pre-party. Make plans to attend a festival, garden or art gallery after your party. Check out these local events and spaces:

As always, stop in to see a Connell’s associate at one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for fabulous home furnishings, excellent savings and customer service beyond compare.

 

 

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Vellasca Bedroom Collection

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Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Finding Inspiration Everywhere

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We love our homes but sometimes we get stuck. Whether we dislike change, just get bored or have little time, staying stuck becomes the mainstay of our lives unless we are able to find inspiration. Luckily life itself offers grand inspiration for design ideas. With our varied interests and activities, our homes can be as different as our personalities. Read on to find inspiration everywhere, based on your own unique being and preferences.

Pick one thing and build around it. Sometimes we just don’t know where to start. Come to Connell’s for help. With our huge selection of home furnishings at great prices, it’s easy. Come in. Pick out that one-of-a-kind sofa, loveseat or sectional and build from there. Choose other pieces as accents or use things you already have to build upon your next great room.

Name your favorite thing in the world to do and use that to spark your creativity. Love to draw? Use your art as a centerpiece. Maybe music is more your thing. Find music inspired artwork, or some way to beautifully display your stringed instrument. Buy a rockin’ surround system to listen to your favorite tunes.

Have a favorite color? Start there. Do the colors Ripe Tomato Red, Sunshine Yellow, Blissful Blue or Tangerine Tango make you want to paint your room? A simple splash of color can give you the inspiration you need to change out a whole room. Pick the color that makes you happiest and then find pieces that accent that color beautifully.

What about hobbies? If you love to sew, create a unique piece of art from your craft. Maybe bowling is more fun. An arcade inspired room will make you feel good every time you rest there, and the kids will think you’re “way cool”.

Nature is the easiest thing to turn to for inspiration. Flowers, trees, rocks, twigs, animals, wood and stone can all be inspiration for your next room makeover. Just pick one thing and see where it takes you.

Stage rooms in themes and grow from there. Your front room may be a library style dwelling if you love to read. A bathroom can be inspired by the beach. Your kitchen might take on a taste of Italy. There are no rules. It is your home. Do what makes you happy.

Come to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon or Newark for home inspiration, beautiful furniture and accessories, outstanding customer service and value beyond compare.

 

Friday, October 4, 2013

Review 1

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We’ve Dealt With R & A Connells Before And They Were Good The First Time So We Went Back This Second Time. Everybody Seems To Be Pleasant And Answer All The Questions We Have.

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

June-2012 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Been There Many Times.  It Has Been Great Every Time.
Newark 10 Mike Was A Good Help, My Sales Person. Only Thing Was That It Took So Long To Get The Order.
Howard 10 The Sales Person Was Really Helpful, But We Live In Columbus, And Having Delivery Showing Up Three Hours Later Then Expected Was A Hassle.
Mount Vernon 8 I Really Do Not Know.
Newark 10 They Have Exactly What I Was Looking For, And I Had A Nice Sales Associate.
Howard 10 Lisa Payne, She Is Wonderful And Very Helpful.
Canal Winchester 10 This Past Time Was A Great
Newark 10 It Was A Good Experience All The Way Around, They Have A Good Selection.
Hebron 9 You Did Not Bug Me A Lot.  I Was Surprised After The Delivery That No One Gave A Follow Up Call After Delivery. Seems Like Something A Sales Person Should Do.
Martinsburg 10 The Sales Man Was Really Good To Work With. The Furniture Took Longer Then It Should Have, But He Was Real Good Keeping Us Updated.
Howard 10 We Love Our Furniture.
Mount Vernon 10 Customer Service, Delivery Right As Scheduled.  I Could Not Have Asked For Better.
Mount Gilead 8 They Should Have Had Better Samples Of The Furniture I Was Buying .
Mount Vernon 10 Everybody Was Very Kind, Did Not Rush Us, And That Was Important To Me,
Bellville 10 They Were Just Very Easy To Deal With, And We Had To Take Advantage Of Their New Policy, The Total Customer Satisfaction.
Danville 10 The Lady That Took Care Of Us Was Really Nice, Considerate, And Really Helped Us Out.
Gambier 4 The Guy That Came Out To Talk To Me Did I Believe Everything He Could. They Should Tell The Customer More Complete Information.
Heath 10 The Sales Person Took Their Time And Did Not Make Me Feel Rushed. He Special Ordered What I Needed.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Clerk, I Have Dealt With Her Before.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Been There Before And I Like The Way I Was Treated. I Got A Card From Ashley Today (Our Sales Girl). I Have Purchased From There Before.
Mount Vernon 10 Larry Gardner. They Had The Kind Of Furniture I Wanted.
Coshocton 8 Free Delivery.
Mount Vernon 5 I Have To Take Some Pillows Back. They Came With The Couch. They Just Look Like The Material Has Been Washed And It Is Frayed – Like They Have Been Used And Washed. It Was Not Followed Through.
Granville 8 I Think In General It Was A Good Experience. I Find Furniture Stores Overwhelming. It Was A Good Experience.
Utica 10 I Had Been In The Market For Some Furniture And They Had What I Wanted.
Mount Vernon 10 Personalized Sales People That Go Beyond The Expected.
Howard 9 I Think It Is The Product Line And The Expedited Nature Of The Transaction And Delivery. It Was Quick.
Newark 10 I Like Going In There And Look At The Stuff
Heath 10 The General Business.
Newark 10 The Delivery Guys Were Extremely Friendly And Courteous.
Columbus 10 The Saleswoman Lisa Pain Is Extremely Knowledgeable, Sincere And Helpful.
Newark 10 The People Were Friendly.  It Was Convenient For Us And They Did What They Said They Were Going To Do.
Mount Vernon 1 Someone Is Not Doing Their Job.  I Ordered Two Chairs And I Was Told 4-6 Weeks. I Got Them In 8 Weeks, Nobody Called Me, And Let Me Know What Happened To Them.  It Cost Forty Dollars For The Delivery Charge.
Fredericktown 9 I Was Happy With The Product I Received
Mount Vernon 10 Everything Came In On Time And Everything Was Fine
Newark 10 They Were Very Patient With Us.  We Looked Around And Nobody Gave Us Any Problems.
Mount Vernon 10 Everything Went Well, Smooth As Expected, Delivery Was Really Well
Thornville 10 The Salesman Was Helpful And We Found What We Wanted
Fredericktown 10 We Have Dealt With Connell’s For Many Years And Have Always Been Satisfied
Utica 10 I Was Allowed To Proceed Throughout The Store At My Own Pace.  The Salesperson Was There If I Needed Her.
Mount Vernon 10 The Staff Are Friendly And Helpful.
Howard 10 The Staff Were Friendly, Knowledgeable, And Knew What They Were Talking About.
Newark 10 There Weren’t Any Problems.  They Did What They Said They Would.  The Products Are Nice.
Bellville 10 We Have Always Shopped There And Have Gotten Good Quality Furniture From Them.
Worthington 10 We’ve Always Shopped With Connell’s.  They’re The Only People We’ll Do Business Because Of Their Customer Service And Fast Delivery.
Saint Louisville 8 I Ordered My Chair Back In Early April And The Leather Was On Back Order.  I Thought I Would Have Had The Chair In 4-6 Weeks.
Mount Vernon 10 I Got A Chair There And It’s Not The One I Picked Out, But It Would Have To Do. I Could Not Call Them Because I Was Without A Phone.  I Will Have To Put Up With It Because I Could Not Call And Let You Know.
Centerburg 10 Everyone, From The Salesperson To The Delivery People, Were Very Professional.
Centerburg 10 My Wife Was The One Who Dealt With Them And She Was Very Happy.  She Has Nothing Bad To Say.
Alexandria 10 Everything Went As Smoothly As They Said It Would And It Came When They Said It Would.  I Could Not Find Anything Cheaper Online.
Newark 10 It’s The Second Time I Have Been Down There.  I Enjoyed The Price And I Enjoyed The Furniture.
Howard 10 I Know Staff Member Larry Really Well. He Is A Really Good Salesman.
Heath 9 They Had A Good Salesperson Who Was Very Informative.
Fredericktown 10 Staff Member Lisa Helped Me Pick Out My Couch.
Howard 8 I Am Not Sure.
Fredericktown 10 Lisa Understands My Tastes And Makes This A Wonderful Experience For Me.
Newark 10 It Was My First Time Buying Furniture And It  Was Easy.  It Was Here A Couple Of Days Later.
Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Visual Inspiration for Your Home

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Good design has it’s place. And while we love to look at design magazines for inspiration, many of the products we find may be outside of our financial reach. Lucky for us, the rules are “there are no rules”. Well, not exactly, but design is meant to inspire our lives. Turn boring into OOH. Turn plain into AHH. How? With just a few fun pieces, transform your space into a room Better Homes and Gardens would be proud to feature. Use these visual cues to get started, then use your own creativity to expand further.

White out.

 

Have fun with a blackboard wall.

 

Select patterns on furniture or bedding.

 

Hanging pots give dimension, nature and breathability to your room.

 

Something fuzzy is always fun.

 

What about a wire mesh chair?

Found objects make a room personal.

 

Display photos and art using frames in different sizes.

 

Quirky patterned pillows add pop and pizazz.

As always, count on Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses for home furnishings, accessories, mattresses and more. Get the best service, unbeatable value and highest quality around. Stop by one of our two location in Mt. Vernon and Newark today to get inspiration for your home. Plus join us on Facebook for sweepstakes, promotions and special offers all month long! Happy shopping!

Monday, August 20, 2012

July-2012 9.2 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Mount Vernon 10 I Found A Chair I Wanted And Bought It.  I Was Only In There For About 20 Minutes.  The Salesman Followed Up With Me And I Was Satisfied.
Howard 10 We Had Good Customer Service.  The Delivery Was On Time.
Utica 10 My Clerk Was Very Nice And Helpful.
Mount Vernon 10 The Choice And Service.
Newark 10 Very Helpful.
Centerburg 10 The Sales Person Was Really Helpful, Timely Delivery And Those Two Gentlemen Were Very Helpful And Polite, And Went Above And Beyond.
Newark 10 Friendliness.
Mount Vernon 10 They Were Just Very Helpful, I Knew What I Was Looking For, And We Were Out The Door.
Centerburg 8 We Are Not Finished Yet.
Mount Vernon 10 We Received Really Personal Experience, Lisa Always Remembers Us, And We Like Buying Locally.
Mount Vernon 10 Everything, From The Day I Walked In To The Store, To The Delivery. It Was Just Great.
Butler 10 The Woman We Dealt With Helped Us With What We Were Looking For.
Mount Vernon 9 We Have Dealt With Larry Caulkins Before. He Made It Worth While.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Purchased There Before. One Piece I Picked Up And The Other I Had To Wait 45 Days For.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Been Purchasing Things There Over The Years And I Have Always Been Satisfied.
Newark 3 There Were Constant Delays. It  Took Over A Month To Get What I Wanted. I Was Finally Given The Display. Date of sale 05/22, date of delivered 07/03. Customer quoted 45 day arrival. Unfortanetly we are at the mercy of manufacturers & have no control over their inventory & when they ship.  We do try very hard to keep our customers informed of any delays & issues we have regarding their delivery.
Newark 10 The People Were Very Nice. I Like My Furniture. Everything Went Well.
Newark 10 We Have Been Dealing With The Store For Years. They Had The Sofa We Wanted And They Delivered It. The Salesperson Was Polite.
Newark 10 The Salesman Answered Our Questions And The Furniture Was Of Good Quality. We Liked It And We Bought It.
Newark 1 I Have Already Spoken To The Managers And They Don’t Care.
Mount Vernon 10 The Salesperson Was There To Answer Questions And Gave Us The Freedom To Browse On Our Own.
Newark 10 I Had A Really Good Salesperson That I Enjoyed Working With.
Mount Vernon 8 The Experience Was Fine. The Pricing Was Not As Competitive As Other Stores, But The Selections Were Alright And Delivery Was Great.  The Customer Service Was Great.
Mount Vernon 10 Good Customer Service. The Store Was Extremely Clean. It Was A Very Pleasant, Warm Atmosphere.
Mansfield 10 The Mattress Is Really Good. The Deliverymen Were Really Nice.
Howard 10 The Salesperson Was Very Helpful. They Called And Told Me When The Delivery Would Take Place. Everything Was Good.
Howard 10 I Enjoyed, Larry, The Salesperson.  He Sent A Thank You Postcard. He Left A Message As To When The Delivery Would Take Place And The Delivery Was Perfect.
Centerburg 10 I Have Always Dealt With Larry. He Is Always Very Helpful.
Utica 10 I Was The Winner Of The Furniture Contest. I Furnished My Whole Living Room. They Have Pieces You Don’t See Everyplace.
Fredericktown 10 I Love The Quality Of The Furniture. Jacob Was Very Nice And Very Patient. I Appreciated That.
Heath 10 Good Salesman And They Had What We Wanted
Fredericktown 7 The Pricing Was Kind Of Confusing.  I Had To Do A Bunch Of Math, It Should Be Straightforward We try to make our pricing real simple.  Our price tags reflect 1 price, the current sale event discount is usually deducted from the pricing shown.
Fredericktown 10 The Saleslady Was Very Helpful And Everything Worked Out Fine
Fredericktown 1 Date of sale 05/26, customer quoted 45 day arrival, date of delivery 07/12. No indication stating dissatisfied with our service.
Howard 10 The Courtesy Of The Employees.  They Showed Us What We Were Interested In.  There Was No Pressure And Delivery As Expected.  It Was A Good Experience
Centerburg 10 The Salespeople Were Very Patient And Helpful
Newark 10 I Just Like The Store And The Deals They Make With No Interest. My Husband Took Off Half A Day Of Work To Get The Furniture
Mount Vernon 10 The Girl That Waited On Me Was Really Nice And I Had Purchased There Before.
Utica 10 The Help I Received At The Store Picking Out The Furniture For My Home.
Mount Vernon 10 The Salesperson Was Very Helpful.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Flowers

Add spring flowers to the inside and outside of your home; it’s an awesome and natural way to create a beautiful expression in your personal space. Start with a spring flower garden, plant a few rows of bulbs along the side of your home, add a shrub or flowering tree, or buy a window box or two. Surprisingly it doesn’t take long for bulbs to take root and produce flowers; you could have petals popping up by next spring. Read on to learn about a few varieties you should consider as you’re planning. Let the flowers grow outside then use them for bouquets, larger arrangements and bud vases in different spots throughout your home. Grow enough and you’ll have fresh, live flowers in each and every room.

Start with the traditional varieties. Daffodils, tulips, tiger lillies, poppies and forsythia seem to be everywhere, but they never go out of style. Bulbs or roots can be planted during many times of the year and will often take root quickly and flower by the next season. These varieties don’t have much (if any) fragrance, but they are beautiful in their myriad colors. While daffodils are typically yellow or white, tulips come in the colors of the rainbow and these two types of flowers displayed together make a great springtime bouquet. Forsythia is bright yellow and there is no mistaking spring’s arrival when it blooms.

Add in some shrubs. Azaleas and Redbud shrubs both provide beautiful pink and purple hues to your lawn. Easily take branches and add into other flowering vases to provide both color and texture.

Don’t forget flowering trees. Throughout Ohio you’ll see Cherry Blossom Trees, Dogwoods and Peach Blossoms. From fuchsia to bright white and soft pink; all are gorgeous and you’ll never tire of the beauty they bring to both your lawn and home. Trees are great because the branches provide a much different look and structure in a vase than a simple flower.

Your nose knows. Aromatic beauties for the garden include Gardenia, Hyacinth, Jasmin and Lilac. These are musts for any garden and welcome additions to bouquets in the home. The smells alone are reason enough to include them so you can adorn your home after they’ve blossomed.

Bud vases are playful and fun. While it’s great to have a flower garden for outdoors, planting them for the express purpose of bringing inside is an added bonus. Large buds are great for large vases, while small buds are perfect for bud vases. Choose from Phlox, Primrose, Scilla, Early-Star-of-Bethlehem and Crocuses.

Create a space you can’t wait to come home to. Decorate with beautiful home furnishings from Connell’s, where you’ll find the best value, exceptional customer service and variety beyond compare. .Tips from our blog are just the icing on the cake. Stop in to see us at one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today, and visit us on Facebook to tell us what you’re looking for next. We love to serve you!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Enticing Entertainment

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It’s that time of year again – Springtime! With Spring comes a multitude of events immediately following – Easter, Memorial Day, Summertime sports schedules, Fourth of July and more. You know what that means, right? More travel and potential guest arrivals. Get your home ready for the upcoming events by planning for both expected and unexpected guests. There are several simple things you can do to be prepared instead of running around like crazy when Cousin Mildred pops in out of nowhere.

Let the light shine. Replace entryway lights with fancy colored lighting that says “Welcome. Come on in.” There are other lights besides white to spruce up your entryway. Choose yellow or blue for a change. Multi-colored lights that cast shadows in different directions are fun too.

Keep the foyer or entryway clear. Get rid of the clutter. First impressions are everything. Move items typically used everyday to the rear entry and begin using it as a personal family entrance everyday so the front entry is always ready for guests.

Create an entertainment space. Choose one room and redecorate for the sole purpose of entertaining. Move seating together in a way that invites sharing and conversation. Add throw pillows for both accents and comfort.

Organize a guest closet. If you have an extra closet in the house, organize just for guests. Stock towels, wash clothes, toilet paper, new toothbrushes, a map of the area and other unique items. Voila! You’re ready for any unexpected guest.

Buy a sofa bed. Sofa beds are wonderful because they double as a standard sofa and bed all-in-one. They come in a variety of  shapes, colors, textures and sizes to make your room unique. Check out all of our selections!

Welcome the new season as well as guests with open arms! As always, stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for more ideas to make your house a home. Always expect great value, exceptional customer service and beautiful home furnishings. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook for more ideas and special promotions.

 

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fabulous Floral Fun

Hasn’t Ohio been glorious lately? All of Mother Nature’s creations are bursting with beauty from the unseasonably warm weather. Each morning, we wake up to birds of multiple varieties singing. Spring bulbs have sprung and blossomed. On each corner, you’ll see a Weeping Cherry, Magnolia or other flowering shrub or tree.

Don’t just leave the beauty to the outdoors! Spring is the perfect time for both ritualistic spring cleaning and room makeovers. Be inspired by the spring beauty and bring some of the fabulous floral inside. As always, Connell’s has tips to inspire.

Use the real thing. Cut some of the beautiful tulips or daffodils that have popped their lovely heads and bring them inside for display. If you have several you can cut, make a large bouquet in the center of your dining room table. If perhaps you only have a few, buy a  bud vase or two and display them individually.

Get the most out of ‘em. Like all of life, flowers bloom, grow, shine and then die. Don’t make their death stop you from showing them off. Press each of the flower petals between pages and store them for an art display inspiration. Alternatively, place all of the petals in a sterling silver bowl and add some essential oil to the mix for an aromatic experience.

Be bold. Buy a floral sofa, loveseat, chair-and-a-half or chaise. If your style is typically more reserved, it will be a great place to start in showing off the fun side of your personality. Floral designed home furnishings give a room a casual, inviting feel. A bit too timid to go all out? Start with small floral pieces or accents first and branch out from there.

Accentuate, accentuate, accentuate. Floral accents make a great statement for spring. Choose throws, pillows, prints, faux flowers and more.

Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to mix accent pieces. As you are throwing in floral prints and pieces, mix in other bold colors, plaid, stripes or even other prints. Use a main accent color or two to pull it all together for a cohesive look.

The nose knows. As you are displaying visual accents for spring, remember your olfactory senses. There are so many floral and fruity candles from a variety of sources, you’re sure to find something that pleases. Essential oils are also a great addition to your home’s appeal. They are derived from the very source of the plant from which they come and last a long time because of their condensed nature.

Don’t stop there. There are myriad fun things you can do to bring the beauty of Spring inside. Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark and GET INSPIRED. Plus talk to one of our sales associates about all of the changes we are making this spring. At Connell’s, count on us for beautiful home furnishings, awesome prices and fabulous customer service. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and stay in touch.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

A Perfect Mattress for You!

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When it comes to buying a new mattress, there are many variables to keep in mind when shopping for the perfect mattress. In fact, since everyone’s body and sleep preferences are different, it’s safe to say there is no magic formula to determine which mattress is best for you. That’s why we encourage you to visit us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Mt. Vernon and Newark, where our sleep specialists will listen to your unique needs and offer you several perfect mattress options to help you get a great night’s sleep. Come in and test out a comfortable mattress from Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Beautyrest or UltraComfort and we’ll help you get the sleep you deserve.

There are many individual preferences to consider when shopping for a new mattress. For instance, the sleep experts at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses will look at your body type and ask if you have any specific physical issues that may contribute to sleep problems. These factors will determine whether you should be sleeping on a firm mattress, plush mattress, pillow top mattress, memory foam mattress or even an adjustable bed. Plus, you need to consider if you prefer sleeping on your side or back and any sleep sensitivities or disturbances that may keep you awake at night. But ultimately, choosing the proper mattress comes down to comfort, and we’ll help you find the perfect mattress that will provide years of comfort and great sleep.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

310 Collection

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Love it or we’ll take it back! No questions asked. That’s our famous NO OOPS return policy. Buy it as shown or special order it in hundreds of fabrics…we’ve got you covered. No restocking fees, no extra delivery fees, no hassles. You’re going to love your new furniture from Connell’s!

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

The Countdown is ON

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The holidays are almost upon us!  Winter is less than a month a way. Thanksgiving zoomed past and Christmas will be here before we know it.

Whoa! Wait a minute!

Let’s not JINGLE those BELLS or DECK those HALLS quite yet.

Most of us need to take the time to slow down in our lives and the holidays are no exception. In fact, we can use the holidays as an exercise in being present . . . to the spirit of the season, to our family, friends and loved ones; to our senses, to ALL the holiday has to offer.

Since it’s likely that Thanksgiving passed you by without a thought, here are some great ideas to bring both presence and preparedness into focus as you enter *cue music* The Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

Start a list!

With so much to do beyond your normal busy life, sit down one Saturday or Sunday afternoon and write down all of the items you’d like to accomplish as the holidays approach. Include things like Christmas shopping, card sending, carolling, reading holiday books with the kids, holiday decorating, cake and cookie making, wrapping gifts, baking dinner items, party planning and attending. Write it all down.

Make a plan.

Get out that planner and schedule time to do those things that must be done in one color. Use another color to schedule items that you want to do and another for “I’d really like to accomplish  _______________ (fill in the blank) time permitting.”

Organize your home with productivity in mind.

Set up a gift wrapping area in a spare bedroom, basement, closet or attic. Instead of taking hours to wrap gifts, do a little bit at a time in this organized area. Pull all of your Christmas decoration and baking items into individual spaces for easy reach and use when you are ready.

Make gifts instead of buying them.

This is a great way to invite presence into the holidays by spending time with the kids. Go online and look for “how to” and DIY projects that are appropriate for children (at whatever age they may be).  Venture out to a craft store to purchase the items; then go home, play some Christmas music, sip some egg nog, and create away! You’ll have fun, the kids will have a blast and the gift recipient will be thankful for the time you spent in creating a one-of-a-kind gift for them.

Donate your time and/or money to a local charity or faith community event.

Teach the kids the spirit of Christmas by giving back to others who need it most. Cook, donate and serve a meal at a homeless shelter. Buy and wrap presents for children who wouldn’t have gifts otherwise. Donate gently used items to charities and thrift stores. There are a million charities and events out there just waiting for people like you to help.

It’s the beginning of December. Start now and keep checking back for other ideas throughout the month. Stop by one or both of the Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for gift-giving ideas and beautiful home furnishings. Plus visit us on Facebook to let us know how the month is going for you! HAPPY HOLIDAYS!

 

Nov 2011 – Rating 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
Alexandria 10 The Salespeople And The Manager Made This A Great Experience.
Alexandria 10 I Did Shop Around And Went Back Because Of The Person I Dealt With.
Alvin 10 Friendly Service.
Bellville 9 I Would Not Recommend The Saleswoman Who Assisted Me.  She Put My Name Wrong On The Order, Was Not Helpful, Knowledgeable Or Efficient.  It Would Have Helped If There Was Another Salesperson Because She Was Helping Several People At The Same Time.
Bellville 10 The Furniture And The Staff’s Good. They Stand Behind Everything.
Centerburg 10 They Did A Really Good Job.
Columbus 10 Gianna, The Saleswoman Was Very Nice.  I Liked The Furniture And Picked Out What I Wanted.  The Delivery People Were Very Careful And Polite.  Everything Was Great.
They Set Up The Tv Stand For Me.  I Would Recommend Connell’s To Anybody.
Croton 10 I Was Waited On Right Away. They Helped Me To Make The Right Decision.
Danville 10 Ashley Was Excellent.
Frazeysburg 7 The Salesperson Was Not Very Well Informed.  He Told Us Things That Were Not Correct And What We Thought We Ordered Did Not Show Up.  There Was A Lot Of Confusion.  The New Salespeople Should Be Trained Better. Miscommunication! Oops! We resolved the issue immediately upon finding out what customer expected to receive. Delivered complete.
Fredericktown 10 They Are Helpful And A Good Company To Buy Furniture From.
Fredericktown 10 I Have Dealt With Them For Twenty Years
Granville 8 My Experience Was Okay.
Granville 10 The Staff Were Very Cooperative And Helpful When We Had A Problem.
Heath 10 The Friendly  Sales And Delivery People Made This A Great Experience.
Heath 10 We Have Dealt With Connells For Several Years. They Have Always Delivered Promptly And Addressed Our Concerns.
Heath 10 The Gal Was Very Helpful, Answered My Questions.
Hebron 10 We Went To Several Stores, But We Felt At Ease With Our Salesperson.  She Let Us Browse Through The Store And Listened To What We Had To Say.  We Liked Her Salesmanship And She Was Not Pushy.
Hebron 8 Work  With Me A Little More On The Price.
Howard 10 I Have Dealt With Them For Years And I Have Never Had A Problem With Them.
Howard 10 The Sales People Are Nice, The Prices Are Good, And I Always Find What I Am Looking For.
Howard 9 The Girl Who Assisted Us Was Very Good.
Howard 8 The Sales Girl Promised That We Could Get A Piece Of Furniture.  But She Came Back A Week Later And Said That We Could Not Get What We Wanted.  She Should Not Have Made Promises She Could Not Keep. Date of Sale 10/08, manufacturer notified us of discontinued mdse 10/12, we notified customer right away, & refunded money immediately.  We were un aware of this mdse being unavailable @ factory when customer ordered it. Remainder of mdse was delivered complete 10/31/11, customer was quoted 45 day arrival.
Howard 10 I Have Purchased From The Store Several Times.  Lisa Is Really Good At Pointing Out Materials And Things.
Howard 10 They Had What I Wanted, Sales People And Delivery Was Great.
Howard 8 The Delivery Staff Call Before They Come Out.
Johnstown 10 We Have Shopped There Before And Had A Great Experience, Which Is Why We Returned.  I Like That I Can Stroll Around Before Being Approached.  I Prefer To Shop This Way And Will Definitely Return.  The Sales People Were Great.
Johnstown 9 They Were Efficient, Nice, Actually Moved My Furniture Three Times Before I Knew Where I Wanted It. They Were Very Nice Gentleman.
Marengo 10 It Was A Good In Store Experience And The Delivery Was On Time.
Marengo 5
Marion 10 I Was Not Pressured To Buy Anything, The Staff Was Very Friendly And They Have Extremely Wonderful Customer Service.  The Associate Was Very Informative And Gave Us Time To Look Around.
Millersport 8 There Is Nothing I Can Think Of.
Millersport 10 Everyone Was Friendly And Helpful. This Was My First Time In The Store And They Had Exactly What I Was Looking To Purchase.
Mount Gilead 10 I Am Not Sure.
Mount Vernon 10 We Got What We Wanted.
Mount Vernon 10 They Have Good Quality Furniture.
Mount Vernon 10 We Like The Furniture.
Mount Vernon 10 We Find The Price, Quality, Sales Associates And Delivery People Are All Great.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Dealt With Them Before And I Was Happy.  I Am A Long-Time Customer And Am Quite Content With Them.
Mount Vernon 10 Lisa Was Awesome.  She Would Call Me Back Periodically And Give Me Updates And Never Made Me Feel Like I Was Being Left Behind.  I Would Definitely Return Because Of Her.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Team Was Knowledgeable And Honest.  Price Did Not Dictate What They Thought Was The Best Product.  The Delivery Service Was Prompt And Nice.  They Were Aware Of How To Maneuver Around The House.  It Was A Great Experience.
Mount Vernon 9 They Did Everything They Said They Would Do. They Were Right On Time.
Mount Vernon 9 The Girls Who Assisted Me Made This A Great Experience.
Mount Vernon 7 The Store Should Have Things In Stock.  They Should Not Charge For Delivery. Date of Sale 11/08, Date of Delivery 11/09!  Customer paid our next day delivery fee of $59.95. We have convenient warehouse hours for customer’s that would rather pick up their new furniture, rather than pay our low delivery fee.
Mount Vernon 9 They Acted As If They Cared.
Mount Vernon 8 It Was Kind Of Expensive But Worth The Money.
Mount Vernon 7 I Was Satisfied With My Experience.
Mount Vernon 10 I Walked In, Purchased The Item And They Delivered It.
Mount Vernon 10 Their Customer Service Was Excellent.
Mount Vernon 10 They Are Easy To Work With And Steve Helped Me To Figure Out What I Wanted..
Mount Vernon 9 We Have Been There Before, Really Enjoy Staff And The Delivery.
Mount Vernon 10 The Person That Took Care Of Me.
Mount Vernon 10 The Store Is Local.
Newark 10 I Have Dealt With Them Before And Have Always Been Satisfied.
Newark 10 I Have Bought Several Things And All The Sales People Have Been Very Kind And Helpful.
Newark 10 Every Time I Go Into The Store, Larry Or Another Salesperson Show Me All The Options.  They Are Very Helpful.  They Bend Over Backwards Making It A Nice Experience And I Have Already Told Others About The Store.
Newark 10 The Salesperson Was Really Nice And Helpful.
Newark 10 We Are Long Time Customers.  Everything Went As I Expected.  It Was Great.
Newark 10 It Was Easy.
Newark 10 I Am Pleased With The Furniture.
Newark 9 They Were Just Easy And Friendly.
Newark 8 Nothing, I Am Happy With It.
Newark 10 Noah Was Very Helpful.
Newark 10 The Staff Is Friendly. I Did Not Have To Wait For Help And The  Delivery Was On Time.
Newark 10 Good Service.
Newark 10 The Man That Sold The Furniture To Us Was Very Polite And Informative.
Newark 7 They Should Not Have Told Me It Would Be Here If They Did Not Have It In Stock. The Other Items I Am Happy With, The Delivery, Just Not With Not Receiving The Trunk. Date of Sale 10/17-Date of cancellation 11/17. Customer was quoted 45 day arrival. We contacted manufacturer end of October & was told mdse was on back-order, informed customer of status.  We contacted manufacturer middle of November to get updated shipping information & was informed by manufacturer mdse still out of stock & would not be able to get it, due to production issues. Informed customer of this information.
Newark 10 They Let Us Shop At Our Leisure, Knew Our Information, Were Very Personable.
Newark 9 They Had What We Wanted.
Newark 9 We Have Been Going There For Years. Steve Is The Store Manager.
Newark 8 I Would Like It To Be Easier To Communicate With The Store.
Saint Louisville 10 The Staff Was Very Pleasant And Respectful.  There Was No Problem In Exchanging Our Purchase For A Different Item.
Saint Louisville 10 The Staff Is Friendly And Helpful.
Thornville 8 We Have Dealt With Connell’s Many Times And Have Not Had Any Problems With Them.
Thornville 10 Everything Went Well.
Utica 10 The Selection Is Good, The Store Is Clean And I Appreciated Everything About It.  The Staff Are Nice And Courteous.
Warsaw 10 I Really Like Their Store, The Variety And They Are Very Friendly.
Zanesville 10 This Is A Nice Store.
Zanesville 10 Great Value For The Price And A Decent Selection.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

The Health Benefits of Sleep

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Sleep … those peaceful lovely zzzzzzs! It’s bliss, until the fateful night you toss and turn, lay prone with eyes wide open trying not to disturb your partner.

Consider for a moment how you feel after a great night’s sleep . . . infinitely better! Your thoughts are more clear. Your emotions are less fragile.

Consider now the day after a night of tossing and turning. How was your mood and the ability to learn affected? It’s likely they were extremely diminished. Getting your brain to think properly and to retain information is often difficult with little sleep. Judgement is also extremely weakened.

Sleep impacts nearly every area of daily life. Most of us know that sleep is beneficial but few realize just how much sleep we need and why it is so important. Sleep, in fact, plays an important role in overall physical health, emotional well-being and longevity. And interestingly enough, your body manages and requires sleep in much the same way that it regulates the need for eating, drinking, and breathing.

The EXACT reasons for sleep have perplexed researchers for years, and they remain a mystery today. However, we do know that many of the body’s major organ and regulatory systems continue to work actively during sleep. The body produces more of certain hormones, and certain parts of the brain increase their activity dramatically.

Everybody needs varying amounts of sleep based on age and their own internal clocks. Some adults can get by with 6 hours per night, while others truly need 9 to function properly. Plus, getting just one hour less of the sleep your body needs can significantly affect you. Here are a few specific reasons you should get the sleep you need!

Sleep reduces stress and gives you more energy. A good night’s sleep can help lower blood pressure and elevated levels of stress hormones. The physical effects of stress deteriorate the body, destroy good cells and speed up the aging process. High blood pressure is known as the silent killer. Getting a good night’s sleep is one easy way to counteract these issues. On top of that, you’ll just feel better! Who doesn’t want that?

Sleep improves your memory. Energy and focus are two attributes of success, but did you ever consider memory in the equation? Facts, faces, dates, times and other information are hard to retrieve with little sleep. The brain uses sleep time to organize events and correlate memories. With adequate and quality sleep, your brain has the time it needs to process information, experiences and knowledge, which translates to retention in the end.

Sleep gives you a better quality of life. Did you know that sleep can actually equal happiness? Waking up feeling rested and rejuvenated can make you ready to go, ready to tackle all the things life throws at you. Each day you wake up feeling refreshed is just one more day of energy and vitality to do all the things you want to do in life. Yep, sleep equals happiness!

Are you ready for your next – or first – great night of sleep? Stop in to Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses today and talk to our sleep experts about these, and other benefits of great sleep, as well as finding the perfect mattress from Serta, Tempur-Pedic, Beautyrest and more to support you in the journey. Your heart, mind, body and soul will thank you – and so will a lot of other people who benefit from all you have to offer after a great night of sleep!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2012. Where did the time go? Isn’t that the question we ask ourselves every year as we grow older? It really is hard to believe how time flies! Nonetheless, it will be 2012 in just a few short days. Have you started making your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you think about your home when doing so?

Your home is your castle, your haven, your safe place to rest. Shouldn’t you nurture and take care of it in the same way you take care of yourself and your loved ones? Consider making at least one resolution for your home and take some time to nurture your relationship to your home. It keeps you warm and dry, doesn’t laugh when you cry and likely takes lots of abuse with all of the time you and your family spend there. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about your own New Year’s Resolutions for you home!

ALL YEAR:

Commit to a room makeover each quarter. Room makeovers don’t have to be huge to be fabulous. Rearrange furniture. Switch pillows and wall hangings out from one room to another. Collect your children’s artwork and buy frames to proudly display them. Want to go bigger? Repaint just one wall. Buy one new piece of furniture. Accessorize in a way you never thought you would. Bigger yet? Go for it! Redo an entire room in 2012. Spread it out over the year if necessary.

ALL YEAR/SPRING:

Do you hate to clean? Make it a ritual and include the whole family. Get the kids involved and offer to give them commission for a job well done. Make your own homemade cleaning supplies that are far less toxic than the ones you find on the shelves. There are all sorts of books and online resources that will show you how, using simple ingredients like vinegar, water, essential oils and baking soda!

Start a garden! When thinking of your home, think of your whole home – the inside and out. If you’ve never had a garden, do it this year. Start small if it seems daunting. Grow a few herbs in pots indoors to use in your favorite dishes. Grow a tomato plant or two in different varieties – think big, large and juicy, as well as small cherry tomatoes for yummy salads in the summer. Potatoes are easy, as are peppers in all varieties and broccoli.

SUMMER:

Host a dinner party or fun barbeque. This is your year! Since you’ve committed to spending some time and energy on your home, host a gathering. Feature your garden beauties and simple fare. Decorate for the season and enjoy your guests. Try it once and you’ll be hooked – friends and food always equals good times!

Bring nature inside whenever possible. Cut a few flowers from the garden or purchase a bouquet from the store to brighten up your home on a regular basis. Try out your green thumb on a new plant or two. Flowers and plants are life and they beautify your home like nothing else.

FALL/WINTER:

Take stock of your belongings. Give what you can away to others who need and will use it. Buy something new for your home. You deserve it and by giving  your gently used stuff away, others will benefit. Connell’s regularly hosts different functions for charity encouraging you to do so. Stay tuned as the year goes on.

Ready, set, bring on 2012! You – and your home – are ready! Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark for more ideas, design tips, beautiful home furnishings and unbeatable customer service. Plus, don’t forget to join us on Facebook for regular updates, specials, sweepstakes and more!

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

How to Hang Pictures Creatively

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Hanging pictures is an art. If you’ve ever done it yourself, you know that’s a true statement. So how is it that your neighbors have great collections of family photos neatly arranged on the wall? How did they do it?

With a little planning and patience, hanging pictures can be done easily. Whether your goal is to hang a single dramatic serigraph or a collection of black and white sketches, by following a few steps you can make your art or photos look fabulous.

1)  Select your collage of photos or artwork according to a theme or some type of similarity. The art in the collection should include related subject matter or color. It’s O.K. for the shapes and sizes of the frames to vary.

2)  Pick an odd number of your favorite pieces. An odd number will have greater visual interest and greater flexibility. To create a uniform look, choose frames that are similar in style or finish. With photos, use mats that are the same width and color.

3)  Create templates of the pictures. Lay the pictures on brown craft paper on the floor making sure the grouping will fit within the available wall space.  Trace around the frames and cut out templates. Label the templates for identification and mark the location of the hanging wire or tabs.

4)  Attach the templates to the wall with reusable adhesive or poster tape. Be careful not to use masking tape because it will leave residue on the wall. Use the template and a pencil to mark on the wall where picture hangers should go.

5) Create balance within the grouping. Select a single favorite piece as the center of the collection, grouping the other pieces around it and keeping a consistent distance between each one.  It’s fine to hang pictures in a straight line if you have two or three matching pieces which will only coordinate when hung side by side.

6) Hang your artwork at eye level. The biggest mistake made when pictures are hung is that they’re placed too high on the wall.

Hanging art creatively will add warmth to a room and create visual interest. Visit Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Mt. Vernon and Newark to find just the right wall décor to hang in your home.

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Winter White

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White is the new black. Wait, what? White is the new black – it’s IN, inviting, charming. And with it you can do so much!

During the 1990s and early 2000′s, bright, bold colors were “the new black”, meaning it was the in, hip, cool way to decorate. Everyone was painting at least one room mustard seed yellow, passion-on-purpose red or turquoise sea turtle. And while these trends certainly are not out, white is emerging as a popular color choice. Plus, when choosing bright white, antique white, beige, sand or another light, almost color-less hue, you can be uber-creative with your decorating choices because you aren’t competing with other colors. Read on for ideas to brighten up just one of your rooms this winter – to a winter white.

Bring in elements of nature to soften a mostly white room. If re-doing a dining room, arrange a large natural wood table in the center of the room. Place a glass centerpiece in the middle filled with fresh flowers or arrange sticks in an assortment of sizes for a beautiful and inexpensive twist. White candles, tealights or votives are beautiful for winter meals by candlelight. Want a less dramatic and more playful look? Choose a large white table with a gorgeous wooden bowl in the center filled with colorful fruits like oranges, lemons and limes. Simple. Elegant. Beautiful. And fun.

 

Make the color count. Display a passion. Redo the floor in a fun, unique, textural pattern. Choose other colors wisely. Do you love flowers? Wallpaper just one wall in a gorgeous floral print. Choose one accent piece in a bright color that matches one of the flowers. A mango colored table or chest brings playfulness and lightness to a white room. Or put pops of color throughout like the faux grass does in the photo above. Use wood, silver and more white in accessories such as boxes, vases, poufs, tabletops and frames.

 

Make a focal point. Choose one wall and buy an extremely large print, photo or mirror to fill the wall, creating a focal point for the room. Paint a wall or two a different color and let all of the other white pieces pull the room together. Decorate simply, and for accents choose colors that match the print and don’t overpower the room or the focal point.

 

Let nature do the work. Have a room with lots of windows? Create a white out inside and allow the outdoors to create the feel of the room. Even if the room doesn’t have large windows, an all white room can also feel serene in a bedroom. Instead of decorating with color, paint the walls white, purchase a large white poster bed, white dressers and nightstands, and a white – or off white setee. This looks makes a statement with beautiful hard wood floors and a sheepskin rug!

There really are no limits to your creativity and it’s hard to go wrong. Fill your home with beauty and the things you love starting today. It’s your haven. Feel good. Connell’s has all sorts of solutions to help you get started. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark. Great prices, excellent customer service and beautiful home furnishings await you! What are you waiting for? Make 2012 one of your happiest years yet!

 

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Decorating a Long, Narrow Room

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We probably all remember the excitement we felt when we moved into our first apartment.  Some of us may even remember a similar feeling when, as empty nesters, we downsized to a smaller residence.  Both homes very likely had one feature in common – a long, narrow living area.

There’s no doubt decorating a single, elongated space is challenging. The larger, open spaces make arranging furniture tricky. Below are a few secrets to conquering these narrow spaces and providing chat-friendly areas within the room.

  • Create individual focal points within the room to draw visual attention.

Place an entertainment center at one end of the room or in a corner.  Hang a dramatic piece of art with an accent light above it. Brighten a fireplace with sconces, buffet lamps or tall candleholders.

  • Design separate intimate conversation areas.

Segment furniture in groupings adjacent to the focal points. Arrange club chairs or a chaise at angles in front of the entertainment center. Place a plush sofa perpendicular to the fireplace with twin accent chairs opposite the sofa.  Create a reading nook by arranging bookcases at right angles within a corner and adding a cozy recliner and lamp.

  • Anchor each zone with an area rug.

A rug will add personality and create visual separation from other sections of the room.  Select a rug which coordinates in style and color with the furnishings in each conversation area. To make the area look wider, place the rug at an angle.

  • Trick the eye into believing the room is shorter

Paint each end of the room a darker shade.  This trick will visually remove length from the room. Go a step further and paint the ceiling a light white.  A very light ceiling will draw the eye upwards instead of forwards down the room.

Your Connell’s sales representative in Mt. Vernon or Newark will be happy to help you select just the right furnishings and accents to create cozy conversation areas. With a little ingenuity, your long room will become a fashionable and versatile living space.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

How to Find Your Style

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You’ve made the big decision to redecorate and really want to get it right. That’s the good news. You’ve looked at all the glossy interior design magazines and love everything.  That’s the bad news. All the pages in the magazine look so great; you’re not sure which style is your favorite.

How can you redecorate if you don’t know your style? Here are a few questions to ask yourself to help you know which direction to go.

  1. Which room in your home is your favorite? Is it the den because it has vintage, rich fabrics?  Do you love the kitchen because it’s filled with casual wicker and sunlight?  Is it the bathroom because of its soft colors and romantic ruffles? It’s a sure bet your favorite room has elements of your style.
  2. When you go out for dinner on your anniversary or birthday, which eatery do your choose? Do you opt for the elegant, formal continental restaurant?  Is the western steak house your first choice?  Are you enticed by the colors of the Mediterranean bistro? Chances are the décor makes you feel comfortable and relaxed.
  3. What type of art do you have on your walls? Art is a wholly personal purchase and a strong indicator of your style. Its color and form capture attention and emotion. Is there an abstract painting or poster hanging in your living room? If so, you’re drawn to contemporary design.  Does a Medieval tapestry hang in you hallway?  You’re definitely attracted to traditional furnishings.
  4. If you won the lottery, what would be your first décor purchase? Would it be a sleek leather sofa in red? Is a carved wood dining room calling your name? Is there an Oriental rug you absolutely can’t live without? An immediate purchase shows the item has been on your mind, and the style is one you truly desire.

By answering these short questions you’ll be able to see which style draws your attention.  Whatever your style choice, the goof-proof pros at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Newark and Mt. Vernon can help you find perfect furniture and mattresses you’re going to love.

 

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Creating a Family Time Capsule

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Remember how you felt after finding that beautiful red sweater you used to wear but thought was lost?

Love the feeling of reminiscing through old photos and remembering days gone by?

Ever pull out an old diary and think, “I can’t believe I did that!”?

Memories – especially fond ones can bring you back to exact moments in time instantly. The trouble is, most of us don’t remember specific events in time unless we have something to jog our memories. Each new year you say to yourself, “Wow, I can’t believe it’s (insert year) already! Where did the time go?” And each year you realize you’re not getting any younger – nor will you ever!

Capture long lost memories each year with a family time capsule. Create a family time capsule at the beginning of each new year and allow yourself an entire year to fill it up. Once it’s filled, set a “reveal date” – 5, 10, 15, even 20 years. Here are some “filler” ideas . ..

First, choose wisely a case for your time capsule. It can’t be so large it’s overwhelming. Small is okay if the items you choose to fill it with are small. Perhaps it’s a box, a plastic tub, even a large envelope. Keep the time capsule out of the way, but in a convenient place so you can come back to it with new items each month at a minimum.

Start a diary or scrapbook. Record events throughout the year with the specific intention of placing this book in the time capsule. Hang on to momentos and keepsakes throughout the year in one handy place.

Record themes. Take note of your diary or scrapbook and label each month – or the whole year in overarching themes that seem to be emerging in life.

Take and collect photos. Take pictures specifically for your time capsule and either print them out, or collect them all on a flash drive expressly for this purpose – sealed until a later date.

Place crafts and gifts handmade by the children in the time capsule.

Take pictures of your home – inside and out – specifically for this reason. You’ll be amazed at how much the landscape changes. You’ll be equally surprised by your choice of home furnishings. How often do you change the easy things in your home – pillows, throws, table tops, prints, wall art?

Do you have a baby or babies at home? Keep one or two clothing items or a favorite toy items for your time capsule. If you don’t keep it, you WILL forget.

Remember fragrance. Spray a few of your items with your favorite perfume of the day. Scent brings back memories like nothing else.

Burn a CD of fave songs.

Books – movies – places. Make a list of books you read, movies you watched, places you visited.

Record family milestones.

The sky is the limit with your family time capsule. Try it out this year and set yourself to open it in 2018 – just 5 full years from “seal date”.

At Connell’s you know we’re all about home furnishings. We live and sell them everyday. But we’re also so much more. We know your home is your castle and we know it’s the one space you make the fondest memories. We want to help you do that. Stop in to one of our two locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings, exceptional service and excellent value.

Please also don’t forget to share your experiences with us in person, and hook up with us on Facebook. We’d love to get to know you!

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shopping For YOU

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Did you know that at Connell’s, we shop for you?

That’s right! Each year there are furniture markets all across the United States that take place approximately four times a year. A few famous ones are held in High Point, NC; Las Vegas, NV; and Tupelo, MS. Each one has their high points and we determine which markets to shop based on what our customers are looking for. Recently, we shopped the market in Vegas and thought we’d share some photos with you.

One of three huge buildings FILLED with furniture!

A whimisical outdoor display encased in glass. There are several of these in between the three huge buildings that make up the market.

Entry into the Ashley Showroom in Vegas .  . . fitting, huh?

A fun contrasting set in the Ashley Furniture Showroom

Beautyrest promotional materials . . . RECHARGE!

Another Beautyrest promotional display . . . Living Life Fully Charged!

Entryway into the Flexsteel showroom

Southern Motion

This is just a handful of sites from the trip. We take shopping for you seriously! Stop into one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark and let us know what you are looking for. Plus stay tuned for our post next week which will feature the whacky and unusual sights from Market. Don’t worry, it’s G rated. Connect with us on Facebook today if you haven’t done so already. We have all sorts of online promotions going on there.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Obscure Finds

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As promised, this week we’re featuring obscure finds from the furniture market in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’ve ever been to Vegas, you know it’s not hard to find the wacky, strange and unusual, just walking down the strip. These finds, however, are contained to the market itself, and no people are featured.

At Connell’s we shop for you. We attend markets, trade shows and other venues to find those “just right” pieces we know you are looking for. And the interesting thing about buying furniture is that we all have different tastes. So, we wanna know . . . would you buy any of these interesting pieces?

company C . . . interesting, retro, mix match eclectic style

Grander Images . . . fun pieces of art

imax . . . girly little boutique-ish style

Jozefina Arte Glass . . . the chandeliers were beautiful!

Phillips Collection . . . I love the original wood pieces!

Port to Port Imports . . . distressed wood, new antiques and more

At Connell’s, you’ll always find that just right piece and get great customer service while you shop. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today. You just might find something interesting for your home. As always, visit us on Facebook and let us know what you’re looking for in your next furniture purchase.

 

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Dec. 2011 – 9.5 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
Buckeye Lake 8 Honor The Weekend Sales Just A Little Longer For People That Could Not Make It.
Butler 10 I Just Really Like My Furniture.
Centerburg 10 The Staff Was Really Nice And They Were Patient.  I Have  Always Been Happy With The Store.
Centerburg 10 I Was Given The Time To Look For What I Wanted.
Fredericktown 10 We Have Been Making Purchases From The Store Since It First Opened.
Fredericktown 10 We Were Treated Well. Julie Was Really Good And Helpful. She Took Her Time With Me And We Are Pleased With The Furniture.
Fredericktown 9 I Have Been Buying From The Store For Forty-Five Years. I Bought From Ed And Now Ed’s Son.
Gambier 10 I Was Happy With The Set-Up And Delivery.
Heath 10 It Was An Opportunity To Get Some Furniture When I Did Not Have Time For A Lay Away. They Worked With Me On Getting The Furniture And It Was Easy.
Howard 8 The Saleswoman Told Us It Would Take A While To Get A Sample Of The Fabric. My Husband Contacted The Manufacturer While We Were Still In The Store And We Received A Sample Within Two Days.
Mount Vernon 10 We Always Know That We Can Find What We Need At This Store.
Mount Vernon 10 I Appreciated The Selection That Was Available.
Mount Vernon 10 I Am Very Happy With My New Chair. It Was A Gift For The Holidays.
Mount Vernon 10 We Look Around Quite A Bit.  We Liked What We Saw At Connell’s And We Bought It.  We Like Patronizing Our Local Businesses.
Mount Vernon 10 It Was Easy, The Delivery Was Free.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Always Been Satisfied With My Purchases.
Mount Vernon 8
Mount Vernon 8 I Have Been Waiting Thirty Days For The Lazy Boy Chair Parts To Be Delivered.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Known The Owners For A Long Time And They Take Care Of Me.
Mount Vernon 10 I Like The Sales Person And The Options. The Price Was Fair And Reasonable. I Have Purchased From The Store Previously.
Mount Vernon 10 They Delivered My Purchase Free Of Charge.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Purchased Several Pieces Of Furniture And I’m Always Satisfied.
Mount Vernon 8 I Purchased A Mattress And It Was Fine.
Mount Vernon 8 I Am Still Waiting For My Lazy Boy Chair To Be Repaired. It Has Been There Since November. They Said Possibly Six Weeks And There Is No Reason It Should Take That Long To Get Parts From Lazy Boy.
Newark 10 They Had What I Wanted And Delivered On Time.
Newark 10 The Service Was Great. The Staff Was Friendly. They Called To Let Us Know When The Delivery Take Place. Their Customer Service Was Good.
Newark 10 I Appreciated That They Did Not Pressure Us To Purchase Anything.
Newark 10 We Have Been Going To The Store For Twenty Years.
Newark 10 Handle The Merchandise With Care.
Newark 10 I Like The Merchandise, Salesman Was Very Helpful.
Newark 10 I Was Happy With The Service, The Selection And The Reasonable Price.
Newark 10 The Sales Staff Is Really Good.
Newark 10 My Experience Was Easy.
Newark 9 The Staff Was Helpful. I Was Happy With The Delivery Staff. They Were Very Patient.
Newark 9 We Knew What We Wanted And Received Free Delivery.
Newark 1 I Am Not Satisfied With The Poor Craftsmanship Of The Various Pieces Of Furniture I Purchased.
Newark 10 The Delivery Was Quick And Mike Durr Was Very Helpful. We Purchased A Lift Chair And Found They Had It In The Warehouse.
Newark 10 I Walked In And Found I Wanted.
Newark 10 I Was Treated Well And They Had What I Wanted.
Newark 10 The Customer Service And Mike Frame Was Very Helpful.
Newark 9 It Was Fairly Easy.
Newark 8 I Am Not Sure.
Newark 10 From Beginning To End With The Salesman To The Delivery  Men Calling To Let Me Know They Were Running Late, Exceeded My Expectations.
Newark 10 I Have Purchased Form The Store Previously.
Newark 10 They Were Very Helpful.
Newark 10 There Was No High Pressure Sales And They Left Us To Look. We Were Happy With The Product.
Pataskala 10 My Rating Is Based On My Previous Experiences With The Store.
Troy 10 The Salesman Made This A Great Experience.
Utica 10 The Staff Are Not Pushy, Have Been To The Store Several Times Before.
Utica 10 I Purchased A Lot Of Furniture From The Store. It’s Easy And Convenient For Me.
Weinton 10 The Customer Service Was Wonderful.
Weinton 10 I Was Happy With The Customer Service And Their Willingness To Do What Had To Be Done. They Delivered My Purchase In A Timely Manner.
Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Casual Coastal Design

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Spring is right around the corner. Thank goodness! Warmer weather, buds blooming, Spring sports, Easter and Spring Break are just a few exciting seasonal events to anticipate.  But even if you can’t go to the beach this Spring, there is no reason you can’t bring it to you. Sprinkle elements of the coast throughout your home as you welcome Spring and invite the warmer weather. Decorate your whole house, or choose a single room. Read on to create a casual coastal feeling in your home.

Purchase simple glass jars and fill them with sand, shells, sea glass and more. This DIY project is fun, easy and simple to rearrange at any point in time. Place candles or tea lights into the center for evening ambiance.

Change the overall color palette of the room. Choose a seafoam green sofa and paint the walls the color of sand.  Throw in other colors like sunshine yellow and clear blue sky. Add coastal accents such as pillows, table tops, and framed prints with shells, lighthouses, sea creatures, and anchors.

Unfinished wood is a new popular furniture option that looks great in a coastal designed room. Distressed wood is another great choice for sofa tables, coffee tables, stools and more.

Don’t forget antique and faux antique.  When antiquing, look for blue and clear glass jars to match the overall color scheme. For other simple table top accents, use driftwood and sea glass.

Make your next beach visit a treasure island excursion. Look for old surfboards, buoys, life vests, and anchors that you could take home and display.

Pulling a room together often involves mixing and matching while staying in theme. Some other elements that work nicely while not overpowering include oil hurricane lanterns, silver accents, stripes and plaid, and a directors chair.

Don’t forget elements of nature. Be sure to include live plants. Choose ones that look like they belong in warmer climates. An aquarium or fish bowl is a nice touch that warms up the room and adds to the feng shui.

As always, remember that Connell’s is here to help. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for ideas, inspiration, and fabulous home furnishings. Let our design experts assist you in making your next room makeover a beautiful reality. Plus, don’t forget to visit us on Facebook for online only deals, fantastic sweepstakes and fun giveaways.

Friday, March 9, 2012

Jan – 2012 – 9.6 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
COSHOCTON 10 I Enjoyed Dealing With The Store.
DANVILLE 8 I Am Satisfied With What I Purchased.
DUBLIN 10 We Just Really Like The Furniture.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 They Were Very Patient To Let Me Wander Around, No Pressure.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Helpful Sales Person.
GRANVILLE 9 The Sales Person Made This Such A Great Experience.
GRANVILLE 10 I Liked We Were Able To Return It In The First Week If We Did Not Like It.
GRANVILLE 10 The Salesman, Price And Service Were All Good.
GRANVILLE 10 We Did Not Have Any Trouble With The Orders Or Anything.
HEATH 10 Purchased A Living Room Suite, Very Satisfied.
HEATH 10 The Salesman We Worked With Was Good And We Used The “No Oops” Guaranty.  I Loved The Couch, But Not The Color.  I Was Able To Swap It Out.
HEATH 10 I Was Treated Well And Picked It Out On Line. The Availability Made It Easy. Daniel Was Great.
HOWARD 9 It Was Fun To Get New Stuff.
HOWARD 8 They Should Be Sure That Your Offers Are What They Intended To Be. When They Give People A Quote On What They Are Offering To Sell, It Should Be Close To What The Final Price Is. The Salesman Was Very Nice. We Are Very Satisfied With The Items We Bought.
JOHNSTOWN 10 The Price And The Financing Were Right.
JOHNSTOWN 10 The Customer Service, The Quality And Price Of The Furniture.
MARENGO 10 We Have Dealt With The Store For Years. Larry Is A Good Salesman.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Always Shop There.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Usually Shop With Them, They Are Very Knowledgeable And Experienced. The Quality Of The Product  And The  Delivery Is Good.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Salesperson Was Knowledgeable And Helpful. They Answered All My Questions. The Delivery Was Fast.
MOUNT VERNON 10 My Grandson Works There. I Like What They Had Very Much.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have Purchase A Lot Of Furniture From The Store.
MOUNT VERNON 10 In The Past I Have Been Very Satisfied With My Purchases And The Service.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Found What We Needed. Everyone Was Really Courteous And Informative. It Was Great.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Had A Real Nice Salesman And We Enjoyed The Variety.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Had What I Wanted And It Was Very Simple.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have Dealt With Connell’s And Larry For Years.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Liked Working With Larry And Our Delivery Man.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have Bought There Several Times And They Are Very Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 9 It Was Not Anything Special. We Do Most Of Our Shopping At The Store. They Had What I Wanted.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Service Was Very Good. They Price Matched For Us, Meeting Our Needs.
NEWARK 10 The Personnel Was Great.
NEWARK 5 Just Received A Call About The Fabric. I Have To Wait Four More Weeks.
NEWARK 10 The Sales Person, Ashley Did A Great Job. They Have A  Big Selection Of Tempered Beds.
NEWARK 9 The Sales Person Took The Time To Explain The Product And How It Worked.
NEWARK 10 The Zero Percent Financing..
NEWARK 10 It Is Close To Home, There Was A Large Selection Of Couches And End Tables.  We Got Some Pictures.  There Was A Good Variety Of Things.
NEWARK 10 Everybody Was Very Friendly.  The Delivery Was Timely.  It Was An Overall Great Experience.
NEWARK 10 I Was Satisfied With The Selection Of End Tables And The Service Was Good.
NEWARK 10 The Whole Process In The Ordering And Keeping Me Informed On The Status. The Delivery Staff Were Knowledgeable. I’m Very Impressed.
NEWARK 9 The Staff Made This Such A Great Experience.
NEWARK 10 They Were Here On Time And Did A Great Job Setting Things Up. The Gentlemen That Delivered Were Very Personable And Nice.
NEWARK 8 I Had A Fine Experience And Cannot Think Of Anything.
NEWARK 10 We Did Not Have Any Issues And I Was Pleased With The Service.
NEWARK 10 The Staff Are Friendly. The Color Of The Couch Is Not The Same Color That Was Printed Off For Us.
PATASKALA 10 Delivery Was Really Nice, It Was Easy To Shop At The Store And People Were Nice
SAINT LOUISVILLE 10 We Have Done Business With Them Before, And Are Pleased With The Products.
SAINT LOUISVILLE 9 They Had A Good Selection.
SUNBURY 10 The Salesperson Made This A Great Experience.
THORNVILLE 8 We Were Told They Had The Chairs. When We Went There They Did Not Have Them. None Of The Stores Or The Warehouses Had Them. I Had To Take The Floor Model.
THORNVILLE 10 The Sales Lady We Dealt With Answered Our Questions. They Did Not Push Us Into Anything We Didn’t Want.
UTICA 8 It Was Good. They Forgot A Piece Had To Get The Next Day.
UTICA 10 The Staff Was Friendly And Helpful. I Received The Merchandise In A Timely Manner.
Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Feb – 2012 – 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
CROTON 10 I Am Really Satisfied With It
DANVILLE 8 I Am Not Sure
FREDERICKTOWN 10 I Was Impressed With The Delivery Staff. They Were Very Polite And Helpful.
GAMBIER 10 The Sales Staff And The Furniture Are Wonderful.   Lisa Was The Sales Person
GRANVILLE 10 The Furniture We Received Is Beautiful.
GRANVILLE 10 We Needed A Chair Went To The Store And Purchased It.
HOWARD 10 It Was A Joy Working With The Sales Person.
HOWARD 10 The Customer Service Is Wonderful Both In Store And When We Went To The Warehouse.
HOWARD 10 They Were Very Helpful
JOHNSTOWN 5 I Have Already Called Three Times And No Return Call Regarding The Faulty Stitching In The Couch.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Have A Good Selection To Pick From, Price Was Right.
MOUNT VERNON 8 I Am Not Sure.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Had A Lot Of Questions That Were Answered
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Had A Really Nice Girl Wait On Me
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Have Been Shopping At The Store For A Long Time
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Purchased A Lot Of Furniture From The Store And Never Have Had Any Problems.
MOUNT VERNON 10 My Experience Was Very Easy. The Saleswoman Helped Me Figure Out Exactly What I Wanted. She Took The Time To Show Me Different Things And Explained Everything Well.
MOUNT VERNON 9 They Are Good People
MOUNT VERNON 9 They Left Me Alone To Make My Decision Without Bothering Me.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Got What We Wanted.
NASHPORT 10 Good Customer Service.
NEWARK 10 Everybody Was Nice, The Sales People And The Delivery Staff
NEWARK 9 I Have Dealt With Connells Before And Has Never Had Any Problems
NEWARK 10 I Needed A Chair For My Husband And It Was Delivered The Next Day. Very Good Service.
NEWARK 10 It Was Top Of The Line Service, Customer Service Was Wonderful
NEWARK 10 My Salesman, Mark Was Very Helpful With The Set-Up Of Our Living Room.
NEWARK 10 My Wife Called Up There Earlier And The Person We Spoke To Had Everything Set Up For Us When We Arrived, Everything Looked Nice.
NEWARK 4 One Of The Pieces Was Damaged, They Fixed It.  Where It Was Damaged, It Put A Mark On The Wall And It Was Not Addressed.  It Is A Brand New Place And I Think They Are Liable.
NEWARK 10 Our Sales Representative.
NEWARK 10 Pretty Helpful, And The Prices Were Not That Bad.
NEWARK 10 The Guys Were Terrific When They Brought The Furniture Out, No Problems
NEWARK 10 The Sales Personnel Were Not Pushy, And A Good Quality Product
NEWARK 10 The Sales Representative Made This Such A Great Experience.
NEWARK 10 The Salesperson Ashley Was Very Helpful, First Couch I Bought Was To Big, The Second Couch Is Similar But Smaller, Which I M Happy With, They Wanted To Make Sure I Was Happy
NEWARK 10 The Service We Got Was Excellent And We Received Our Items Quicker Then Expected.
NEWARK 10 The Store Had Exactly What I Wanted.
NEWARK 10 They Did Everything They Said They Were Going To Do
NEWARK 10 They Have Been Really Nice And Did Not Rush You Into Buying Anything.
NEWARK 10 They Sold Us A Mattress.
NEWARK 10 Very Friendly Sales Associates, Delivery Was On Time
NEWARK 10 We Have Purchased From The Store Previously.
PATASKALA 10 The Sales Staff Made This Such A Great Experience.
Pickerington 9 Our Sales Person Was Very Knowledgeable.  I Would Like To Deal With Them Again.
ST. LOUISVILLE 10 We Knew What We Wanted.  They Helped Us Out And Delivered It.
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Going Green for Spring

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It’s springtime – well almost, and this is the best time of year to start observing your carbon footprint. There are many little things you can do each day to begin “going green” in your home. If you have little ones, they’ll thank you AND start good habits early. Read on for tips to simplify, and lesson your footprint around your home. Mother Earth will also thank you.

Thermostat. Begin by turning your thermostat back 3 to 5 degrees each day. With the 70 degree temps we’ve been having, this isn’t too difficult to do. Surprisingly, it isn’t that hard when the weather is colder as well. If you work outside of the home, turn the thermostat back when you leave and raise it to a comfortable level upon returning, keep your sweatshirts and sweaters available throughout spring to warm up this way instead. Once warmer temps arrive for good, open windows instead of running the air conditioning as much as possible.

Lights. Turn off lights when not in use. Replace all standard light bulbs with compact fluorescent light bulbs (cfls). This will cut usage in half, if not more.

Water. Since springtime tends to be a season of rain, set up a rain  barrel or two to catch water. Use the water for houseplants and your new spring garden instead of running water from the faucet. The water is more pure and has many nutrients that regular tap water does not. Your plants will love you for it. When doing laundry, wash in cold instead of hot and use a drying rack whenever possible instead of using the dryer. Skip the bottled water for drinking. Instead buy a water filtration system and save the additional plastic.

Reduce, reuse, recycle. There are far too many items going into the trash these days that can be recycled. Some municipalities offer curbside recycling, and for those that do not, recycle bins are typically within easy traveling distance. Separate and save paper, glass, plastic and aluminum and dispose in recycling bins instead of in the trash. Think before you buy (reduce) and when you are ready for your next furniture purchase, sell your gently used furniture on Craiglist, give it to a friend in need, or donate it to Goodwill or a thriftstore. Your “trash” may be another person’s treasure. Don’t forget about electronic items. Televisions, DVD players, cell phones and more can either be repaired and reused, or recycled. Do not throw them into the trash.

Food. Start a home garden, or a community garden if it will be too tedious to take care of alone. Give a shout out on Facebook about your intention to start a garden and see if any friends want to go along with you. Eating home grown food is amazing and rewarding. It’s a great way to teach kids the value of wholesome nutritious foods. Whether or not you are able to garden, buy local, sustainable food. There are Farmers Markets everywhere starting in about April and running throughout the summer months. There are also local whole food stores that stock items from local farmers instead of shipping them in from Mexico – or Guam.

Celebrate Earth Day this April 22nd, with at least one small change, and commit to doing the same year after year. Soon you’ll be living off the grid. Earth Day is an annual observance which started in the early 70′s to remind the people of Earth of their shared responsibility as environmental stewards

These are just a few ideas to get you started. There are so many things you can do to “go green” and conserve energy and resources. At Connell’s, we know that your home is your castle and we want you to enjoy it to the fullest. That’s why we deliver these tips and tricks to you week after week. Stop by one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today to see why we give you the best home furnishings, the best prices and the best customer service around.

Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Celebrate Labor Day!

You work hard for your money! Take a day to celebrate. Labor Day is for JUST THAT.

For most of us, the holiday marks the official end of summer. While the “season” lasts a bit longer from a planetary aspect, for all intents and purposes summer is over by Labor Day. The kids are back in school. The days are getting noticeably shorter. The mornings and evenings are cooler. Football is beginning. Yep, sayonara summer!

According to the Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Source: http://www.dol.gov/opa/aboutdol/laborday.htm

Celebrate this Labor Day with friends and family. As always, Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses has some great ideas to get your brains moving.

Take advantage of the sales. Historically, Labor Day offers some of the best sales ever, and at Connell’s this is exceptionally true. During our Labor Day Sale, you can take No Interest Financing until 2017*, or BIG DISCOUNTS on cash purchases*. We’ve slashed prices all over the store! Stop in and see us between now and Labor Day to take advantage of the savings.

Throw a party! Now that you’ve got the brand spankin’ new sofa – loveseat set or sectional, break it in by holding a Labor Day shindig for friends and family. Get the brats and burgers on the grill, sautee the veggies from the garden, squeeze some fresh lemonade, and you’re ready to go.

Check out a local Friday night football game. When is the last time you watched high school football? There is some amazing local talent, it’s a great support to your local community, and the kids will have a blast.

Enjoy the awesome weather. Join in a walk or run for charity. Labor day often hosts many local charity events that will get you up and moving. Check out Ohio Runner for events near you. Visit a local park to get moving. Most parks offer trails that encourage all sorts of physical activity – walking, running, hiking, rollerblading, kayaking and more.

Attend a Labor Day event. The Columbus Dispatch has a number of local events listed. Check it out and celebrate your hard work.

As always, think of Connell’s the next time you’re in the market for home furnishings. We have beautiful home furnishings ready and waiting for you all at the best prices, with the most amazing customer service around. Stop in this Labor Day to take advantage of the incredible discounts we have in store!

* For those who qualify. See store for details.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Ahh Autumn!

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Fall is upon us. School is back in session. The mornings and evenings are now cooler. Football is again into full swing. We’re more drawn to the indoors as the days are getting shorter. Now is the perfect time to do a room makeover, change up the color or theme of a space, or just update throughout your home. Read on for fun fall ideas to make your home enticing to you and your family.

Pick one wall and paint it a deep, rich hue. Choose a bold golden yellow, vibrant red or burnt orange hue. This one wall will add an incredible new overall feeling to the space, and it may be all you need to do, besides . . .

Add accent pieces that match or compliment your new brightly hued wall. Lamps, pillows, frames, table tops, throws and more will all add to the fun.

Is is time for a new sofa, loveseat, chair or sectional? With the additional time indoors, fall is the perfect time to replace worn out furniture, or just those pieces that you’ve grown tired of. We’ve got so many styles and colors to choose from, all from name brands you know and love. Stop in and see us today, and be watching your favorite football team on your new sectional this weekend.

Texture matters. While summer lends to more simple colors and textures, fall is about more richness and complexity in home furnishings.

Nature always lends itself well to style. Set up a centerpiece with those pumpkins and gourds you found at the farmer’s market last week. Choose twigs from the yard to create a lovely conversation piece. As the leaves begin to fall, allow the kids to do tracings of them in vibrant colors, and proudly frame and display them in your home.

Pay attention to detail. New plates and placemats are a nice new fall addition. Go antiquing and pick up a piece or two that adds dimension and quirkiness. Replace your front door wreath with a bright fall colored one, or buy a new welcome mat.

Fall has a definite smell and taste. Just like Pumpkin Spice Latte is back at Starbucks this time of year every year, so should the smells of fall be in your home. Apple pie, cinnamon crisp, and vanilla cream are all very fun fall smells that can change the whole dynamic of your home. Take advantage of the last of the garden greats. Cook up a large pot of chili and share it with the neighbors, or bake some homemade jalapeno poppers for the game this weekend!

Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for fabulous home furnishings at exceptional values, all with the best customer service around. Tell your friends! Happy Fall all!

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!

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

5 Design Styles To Consider in a Bedroom Makeover

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If you are like most people, the bedroom seems to be the last consideration in any remodeling process. Common areas of the home, those used by the majority of people are typically the first to get the royal treatment — the living room, kitchen and bathroom being at the top of the list. A warm and inviting bedroom, however, is one of the very things necessary for restful sleep. Stop neglecting your bedroom and do a makeover, considering one of these five design styles.

Coastal. A coastal design is inspired by the ocean and shoreline. Colors are light or pastel. A sea-foam green paint on the walls, accompanied by white or off white linens and a down comforter will make you want to stay cuddled in bed on a Sunday afternoon. Choose bamboo or bamboo-colored furniture for a soft look and add an oversized chair or loveseat of the same color so you have additional space in which to read on your days off. Hard wood floors are accented by a light colored rug to pull it all together.

Asian. Invoke a serene feeling in your bedroom utilizing an Asia inspired room. Furniture takes on low sleek lines and colors are warm but muted. Paper lanterns, long slim curtains and light but colorful walls invite you into a place that feels comfortable and exotic. Mirrored pieces in small amounts also make a statement in an Asia inspired space.

Contemporary. Updated home furnishings in the contemporary style take on a variety of forms. Solid colors and sleek lines define the space but it doesn’t have to be barren or cold – quite the opposite. Use white, off-white or tan on some of the larger pieces and add in pops of color in varying areas of the spectrum. If you like gold, red and blue, go for it. Just make sure there are enough of each to pull the entire look together. Contemporary vases and candle holders, plus fresh flowers complete the overall look and feel.

Eclectic. An eclectic bedroom is the most open, free design style utilizing a variety of pieces across all decorating genres. Sometimes the color pulls it together, sometimes the pieces just work. Think varying colors and textures and maybe some old and new mixed in. Colorful glass vases look beautiful on top of an antique end table. A beautiful chandelier is the perfect addition to a shabby chic bed and beautiful fluffy white comforter.

Romantic. Soft hues, curvy lines and plush material defines a beautifully romantic bedroom. Consider a canopy bed with sheer netting draped atop and down the sides, pink or purple walls, and a fluffy white rug. Add a gorgeous lamp or wall sconces for soft inviting light, plus add candles and flowers for the final touch.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today for more great bedroom ideas as well as home furnishings for all rooms of your home. We have pieces across all genres so you’re sure to find something (if not a lot of things) you’ll love. Join us on Facebook for contests, design tips and more.

 

 

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Springtime Pinterest Fun

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Springtime is one of the most beautiful and blessed times of the year! After a cold, hard Winter (especially this year), life starts to take shape. And today in Central Ohio we’re really seeing signs of life after a few days of rain. The flowers are blooming. The grass is a little bit greener. The birds are out and the windows are OPEN! Yay!

Use the momentum of Spring to tune into the vibration of your home. Take a look around. Is there anything that’s “stuck” like Winter was? Clear out. Clean out. Reinvent. Overhaul! Today, we’re providing you with some Springtime decorating eye candy from Pinterest!

Don’t know much about Pinterest? It’s visual inspiration for every corner of your world – home decor, fashion, recipes, quotes, sports. You name it, Pinterest has it. Follow us on Pinterest, and take a look at some of the beautiful springtime decorating and DIY projects that follow! Click on the pictures below to view source credits.

A little DIY, a few simple table top items and you have a hallway full of whimsy and beauty.

This is an awesome and *fairly* simple room makeover. Add a large window overlooking a field or pasture and build in storage and a breakfast nook. What a gorgeous way to enjoy a Spring morning, afternoon and evening!

Beautiful Home Office decor or study area that’s a perfect addition for Spring – baby blue walls with striking white and neutral floors and fixtures.

Mix old and new, plus solid and patterns of pastels on walls and floors in your living room.

Make your own Springtime wreath!

All white gives a bedroom a dramatic springtime romantic country feel. Swing open the windows and wake up to the birds calling!

Do a little outdoor entertaining this Spring with inspiration like this! Simply beautiful!

Create your own boards and then bring your ideas and inspiration in to Connell’s to look more great Springtime decorating tips. Talk them over with our designers, repin our pins and more. Find us in Mt. Vernon and Newark and follow on Facebook to stay in touch.

Happy Spring Decorating!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

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Our newest promotion you don’t wan’t to miss!

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  1. Huge Savings on Furniture and Mattresses
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Friday, April 26, 2013

January 2013 – 9.6 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Howard 10 The Customer Service.
Bellville 10 I Liked Lisa Payne, The Salesperson.
Thornville 10 The Issues We Had Were Resolved With No Problem.
Newark 10 I Appreciated The Friendliness Of The Staff And Presentation Of The Products.
Mount Vernon 10 They Took Really Good Care Of Everything And I Am Happy With My Purchase
Newark 9 They Were Right There To Help Us. We Did Not Have To Wait On Delivery And They Answered All Our Questions. They Are Very People Oriented.
Newark 10 The Salesman Was Very Helpful. He Went Above And Beyond  In Helping Me To Find The Clock I Wanted.
New Albany 10 We Got A Good Price. It Was Very Nice. The Sales Staff Was Helpful.
Granville 8 I Am Not Sure.
Pataskala 10 All Of The Salesmen Were Knowledgeable Compared To Other Places.
Newark 10 The Sales People Were Nice As Well As The Other Staff. They Made Us Comfortable, They Were Not Pushy And They Showed Us The Items That Were On Sale.
Mount Vernon 9 The Fact That They Are So Helpful And Professional. I Have Dealt With The Store For Years, And I Like Their “Oops” Policy.
Newark 8
Martinsburg 8 They Were Very Helpful.
Newark 8
Granville 10 The Customer Service, Their Attention To Our Needs And The Delivery. I Was Impressed With The Salesperson.
Mount Vernon 10 We Found What We Wanted. We Have Purchased From Them Before.
Lexington 10 We Were Not Pressured. They Answered All My Questions Thoroughly And They Let Us Mix And Match. It Was An All Around Great Experience.
Johnstown 10 I Love The Salespeople. They Were Really Friendly And Easy To Deal With. They Go Overboard To Help You.
Mount Vernon 10 I Received Courteous Service From Everyone. I Liked The Delivery Guys.
Howard 10 Someone Was There To Greet Me When I Walked In.  Ashley Always Recognizes Me.
Mount Vernon 10 They Worked With Us Well And Helped Us Out. I Like A Family Atmosphere. They Were Not Pushy.
Newark 9 I Liked The Salesperson.
Newark 10 There Were So Many Chairs To Pick From. I Will Be Back For Another One. The Man That Waited On Me Was Nice.
Pataskala 10 The Salesman Was Very Helpful. He Was Easy To Work With And The Delivery People Were Great.
Newark 10 I Like Their “Oops” Return Policy.
Mansfield 10 The People Are Polite And Friendly. They Tried To Help Me Out.
Newark 9 They Were Pretty Patient With Me. There Was Real Nice Lady I Was Working With.
Mansfield 10 I Think They Have Always Been Good To Us.
Mount Vernon 10 I Like The Staff And The Prices.
Newark 10 I Liked The Sales Person.
Centerburg 10 The Sales Person And The Variety Of Choices.
Newark 10 The Salesperson Was Helpful.
Newark 10 We Have Bought Several Different Pieces From Connell’s.  Even If Something Hasn’t Been Right, They Made It Right.
Newark 10 I Have Gotten Everything That I Wanted, Just The Way I Wanted And They Delivered It.  It Was A Great Experience.
Newark 10 Everything Was Great.  I Had To Change My Mind On A Piece Of Furniture, And They Allowed Me To Hold Delivery. They Let Me Change My Order With No Problem.  That Was Awesome.
Mount Vernon 10 They Had Quality Merchandise, They Are A Good Store And The People There Are Friendly.
Gambier 10 We Have Dealt With Lisa Before. We Trust Her Judgment And What She Tells Us.
Mount Vernon 10 This Was A Great Experience Because Of The Salesperson And The Location Of The Store.
Marengo 8 I Love The Gal Who Sold Me The Furniture.  Lisa Called Me To Ask How The Furniture Went.  There Was A Small Mark On The Chair.  A Guy Called And My Husband And I Felt He Was Rude.  I Will Go Back To Buy Furniture.
Mount Vernon 10 Larry, We Deal Him All The Time.  When We Have A Problem And Deal With Larry We Know It Will Be Resolved.
Hebron 9 This Was A Great Experience Because Of Danielle Who Waited On Us. We Like The Store And The Layout.
Mansfield 9 They Have A Good Selection, The Salesperson Was Good To Work With And The Delivery Person Was Prompt.
Newark 10 There Was No Hassle.
Centerburg 10 The Sales People Are Really Nice.  The Delivery Guys Were Outstanding And I Wasn’t Pressured.
Howard 10 The People Are Very Friendly And Helpful.
Danville 10 Everybody Was Helpful.  We Do Have One Problem.  It’s A Recliner Chair With A Handle.  It Came Out Independently.  I Tried To Fix It And Has Come Out A Couple Of Times, And We Haven’t Had A Chance To Call Yet.
Danville 9 I Like What I Received.
Howard 9 I’ve Always Dealt With Connells And I Feel Secure With Them.
Newark 10 The Gentlemen, Larry Was Really Helpful From The First Day.  Each Day We Went Back, He Was There To Help Us.
Mount Vernon 10 We Picked A Correct Mattress And Box Spring.  We Were Satisfied When They Were Delivered. They Met Our Expectations.
Newark 10 The Sales Girl Took A Lot Of Time With Us.  She Explained All Of  The Different Styles And The Differences Between Them.  She Showed Us A Lot Of Options.  It’s Overwhelming When You Go In And There Is So Much To Choose From.
Bladensburg 10 I Have Bought My Furniture From This Store For Forty Years. I Just Think They Are Really Helpful And Friendly.
Mount Vernon 10 I Enjoy Working With Larry.   He Listens To What We Want, And Helps Find What We Need.  He Is Very Helpful And Made Suggestions.
Howard 10 I Liked The Salesperson.
Centerburg 10 I Liked The Store Personnel, The Delivery Personnel, And The Quality Of The Merchandise.
Newark 10 The Sales Staff Was Not In A Hurry.
Mount Vernon 10 The People Were Nice And Friendly.
Johnstown 10 My Sales Person Was Michael Derr. He Was Just Real!  He Was Not Phony And Did Not Pressure Me. He Told Me What Was Going On.  I Bought My Couch On Sale. I Made The Purchase Because He Was Extremely Honest With Me.
Granville 6 I Have Already Expressed My Feelings To The Management.
Groveport 10 Nick Was Able To Answer All My Questions. He Gave Me All The Alternatives And Information I Needed.  I Was Able To Check On Terms And Conditions For The Type Of Bed I Needed.  It Was Great. I Didn’t Feel Pressured.
Mount Vernon 8 I Got What I Paid For.
Mount Vernon 10 We Found What We Wanted.  Larry, The Salesman, Was Very Good.  We Ordered The Items And Got Them Three Weeks In Advance.  I Am Really Happy With The Product.
Utica 10 It Was A Fast Purchase.
Newark 6 We Purchased A Chair That Had An Issue. They Came Out To Fix It, But The Repairman Didn’t Try It And When My Husband Came Home It Didn’t Work. They Said It Would Take 4 To 6 Weeks For A Replacement.
Warsaw 10 I Liked The Staff And The Nice Selection. The Staff Was Very Accommodating.
Mount Vernon 10 The Friendliness, The Professional Manner Of The Staff And The Quality Of The Furniture.
Howard 10 It’s Close To Home, Easy Access, And Friendly Staff.
Mount Vernon 10 Everything Was As Promised. Expectations Met With Reality.
Newark 8 I Do Not Know, I Like The Service I Got, And Delivery Was Good.
Howard 9 We Have Bought There For The Last Thirty Years.
Mount Vernon 9 I Liked What I Picked Out.
Gambier 7 I Do Not Know. We Were Satisfied With Everything.
Mount Vernon 10 They Followed Through, Lisa Went Beyond The Call Of Duty.
Newark 10 You Had A Good Deal When I Was In Need Of A Bed.
Mount Vernon 9 There Is Never Pressure Mainly, And Everything Goes Well.
Mount Vernon 10 All My Furniture Has Come From Connell’s For Forty Nine Years.
Mansfield 10 I Love My Mattress I Got For Christmas, Best I Have Ever Had.
Gambier 8 I Just Do Not Recommend Very High, That Way I Am Not In Trouble. I Was Happy With It.

February 2013 – 9.9 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Granville 10 The Customer Service, Their Attention To Our Needs And The Delivery. I Was Impressed With The Salesperson.
Mount Vernon 10 We Found What We Wanted. We Have Purchased From Them Before.
Lexington 10 We Were Not Pressured. They Answered All My Questions Thoroughly And They Let Us Mix And Match. It Was An All Around Great Experience.
Johnstown 10 I Love The Salespeople. They Were Really Friendly And Easy To Deal With. They Go Overboard To Help You.
Mount Vernon 10 I Received Courteous Service From Everyone. I Liked The Delivery Guys.
Howard 10 Someone Was There To Greet Me When I Walked In.  Ashley Always Recognizes Me.
Mount Vernon 10 They Worked With Us Well And Helped Us Out. I Like A Family Atmosphere. They Were Not Pushy.
Newark 9 I Liked The Salesperson.
Newark 10 There Were So Many Chairs To Pick From. I Will Be Back For Another One. The Man That Waited On Me Was Nice.
Pataskala 10 The Salesman Was Very Helpful. He Was Easy To Work With And The Delivery People Were Great.
Newark 10 I Like Their “Oops” Return Policy.
Mansfield 10 The People Are Polite And Friendly. They Tried To Help Me Out.
Newark 9 They Were Pretty Patient With Me. There Was Real Nice Lady I Was Working With.
Mansfield 10 I Think They Have Always Been Good To Us.
Mount Vernon 10 I Like The Staff And The Prices.
Newark 10 I Liked The Sales Person.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Staff Was Wonderful.
Newark 10 They Always Do What They Advertise. They Deliver Early. Juliet Was Supposed To Call Us About A Bed Frame, It Has Been Over 2 Weeks.
Centerburg 10 They’re Just Really Nice People Down There. I Have Always Had Good Experiences.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Dealt With Them Before.
Utica 9 The Selection Is Good. The Salesman Was Very Helpful And The Delivery Men Were Really Good. I Have A Tough Place To Get Through.
Hebron 10 We Got What We Wanted.
Newark 10 They Were Willing To Find What I Wanted.
Pataskala 10 The Service Was Good And We Liked The Couch.  There Was Nothing To Be Unhappy About.
Johnstown 10 We Have Gotten All Our Furniture At Connell’s. We Have Been Very Happy With The Customer Service And Quality Of The Furniture.
Nashport 10 We Were Looking For A Good Price. You Guys Had A Mattress Marked Down And We Couldn’t Be Any Happier.
Bellville 10 I Was Pleased With The Lady That Sold It To Us, The Manager, And The Delivery People. I Have  Never Had Such Cooperation.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Been Provided With Good Service, They Were Polite, And They Kept Us Informed.
Hebron 10 They Had A Good Atmosphere, No Pressure, And Good Furniture.
Zanesville 10 I Liked The Gentleman Who Helped Us. I Liked The Variety And Selection Of Furniture They Had.

March 2013 – 9.6 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Newark 10 I Have Bought From Them Before.
Newark 10 We’ve Dealt With R & A Connells Before And They Were Good The First Time So We Went Back This Second Time. Everybody Seems To Be Pleasant And Answer All The Questions We Have.
Granville 10 The Salesperson Was Perfect, I Like Her. The Delivery Guys Were More Than Helpful And They Were On Time. That’s Important To Me.
Newark 9 It Wasn’t The First Time We’ve Shopped There. Everybody Is Friendly And Professional. The Items Are Of Quality And Reasonable.
Fredericktown 10 Service. The Employee Knowledge Of The Merchandise And Delivery.
Newark 10 Everything Went As Planned Except For The Late Delivery.
Newark 10 The Delivery Folks Were Friendly And On Time. The In The Store Employees Were Friendly And Helpful.
Mount Vernon 10 Lisa Our Salesperson Was Very Knowledgeable, Friendly And On The Ball. We’ve Known Her For Years And Each Time We Go To R & A Connells, I Ask For Her.
Newark 10 There Was Someone There Immediately When We Arrived. Some Of The Furniture Available Immediately And The Rest Came Within A Couple Of Days,  So Everything Worked Out Well.
Johnstown 10 I Like The Employees. I Have Shopped At The Store Before.
Sunbury 10 The People That Worked With Us Were Friendly. I Felt Like They Were Willing To Work With Us And They Offered Good Advise.
Newark 8 I Did Not Like That The Bedding Is Located In The Back Of The Store.
Mount Vernon 9 I Like The Furniture. It Was Delivered Quickly, But It Was Delivered Late.
Newark 10 I Have Bought From Them Before.
Newark 10 We’ve Dealt With R & A Connells Before And They Were Good The First Time So We Went Back This Second Time. Everybody Seems To Be Pleasant And Answer All The Questions We Have.
Granville 10 The Salesperson Was Perfect, I Like Her. The Delivery Guys Were More Than Helpful And They Were On Time. That’s Important To Me.
Newark 9 It Wasn’t The First Time We’ve Shopped There. Everybody Is Friendly And Professional. The Items Are Of Quality And Reasonable.
Fredericktown 10 Service. The Employee Knowledge Of The Merchandise And Delivery.
Newark 10 Everything Went As Planned Except For The Late Delivery.
Newark 10 The Delivery Folks Were Friendly And On Time. The In The Store Employees Were Friendly And Helpful.
Mount Vernon 10 Lisa Our Salesperson Was Very Knowledgeable, Friendly And On The Ball. We’ve Known Her For Years And Each Time We Go To R & A Connells, I Ask For Her.
Newark 10 There Was Someone There Immediately When We Arrived. Some Of The Furniture Available Immediately And The Rest Came Within A Couple Of Days,  So Everything Worked Out Well.
Johnstown 10 I Like The Employees. I Have Shopped At The Store Before.
Sunbury 10 The People That Worked With Us Were Friendly. I Felt Like They Were Willing To Work With Us And They Offered Good Advise.
Newark 8 I Did Not Like That The Bedding Is Located In The Back Of The Store.
Mount Vernon 9 I Like The Furniture. It Was Delivered Quickly, But It Was Delivered Late.
Mount Vernon 10 I Had Made An Error On The Sofa I Picked Out And Switched It Out For A Loveseat Which Looks Great.
Newark 8 I Am Not Sure.
Westerville 8 I Am Not Sure.
Butler 10 The Sales People Were Nice. They Were Not Pushy, They Went Out Of Their Way To Fit Our Needs.
Martinsburg 8 I Feel Their Prices Could Be A Little Lower.
Pataskala 10 The Salesman Was Very Nice. He Was Helpful. I Liked Everything In The Store.
Mount Vernon 10 It Seemed Like Everyone Was Helpful And Knowledgeable.
Fredericktown 10 They Were Friendly And They Spent Time Explaining The Products.
Heath 10 I Think The Delivery Guys Were Good And Extremely Pleasant. They Did A Good Job. They Were Polite And Helpful.
Newark 10 We Have Had A Very Nice Sales Lady And Your Store Is Nice. You Also Had What We Were Looking For.
Howard 8 We Were Happy With Our Purchase.
Mount Vernon 9 It Is A Good Home Town Store.
Newark 10 This Is The Second Time We Have Bought Furniture And It Has Been Seamless. We Like The Quality Of Their Furniture.
Howard 8 We Did Not Have A Lot Of Communication And We Did Not Receive Our Furniture On Time . We Did Not Get A Piece Of Furniture And They Did Not Inform Us And We Had To Go Back In There To Find Out What Happened.
Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Mother’s Day Is This Sunday

Who loves ya baby? Mom does!

When you can count on no one else, it seems mom is always there. She nursed and cared for you as a baby, kept you from harm as a toddler, put you in line as an adolescent, provided a shoulder in your teenage years, and is still your biggest fan as a young adult or adult. No matter what your age, you know mom has always got your back.  Show mom how much you appreciate her this Mother’s Day with these gift and planning ideas.

Small tokens of appreciation. Mom probably doesn’t want or need much, so the small things really matter. If you no longer live at home, go visit and take flowers. Buy her a Starbucks gift card that will keep on giving through the year. If she loves to read, pick up the latest bestseller. Hanging flower baskets are selling everywhere these days — wouldn’t one look great on her front porch?

Quality time is the best gift ever. Go to church with mom and then take her out to lunch, brunch or coffee. Plan a small family gathering on Mother’s Day. Help her plant the garden, organize a neglected area of the home, or just hang out.

Let mom be a queen for a day. Buy her a massage, manicure, pedicure and/or facial. Treat she and dad to a night out on the town.

Find that just right gift for her castle. Buy her that new sofa – loveseat combo or sectional she’s been wanting for a while now. What about a new television or surround sound stereo? Maybe the dining room is in need of an upgrade. If you have it within your means, give back to mom. She deserves it for all she has done for you!

Whatever you decide, let Connell’s help. We’re located in Mt. Vernon and Newark. Stop in today for beautiful home furnishings at exceptional prices and the best customer service around.

 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What Are You Waiting For? Get Planting!

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Happy almost-the-last-day-of-May, folks. We’re switching gears today because of the lovely weather in Ohio and our yearning for home grown veggies from the garden. Yes, yes, we’re Connell’s – a home furnishings store, but we know there’s a lot more than home furnishings that makes a home!

If you haven’t ever had a garden, there is no better time than the present to start. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Start small, talk to others, gauge your success this year and then grow from there. And no worries if you live in an urban area – plenty of people are gardening in small spaces these days. We’ve gathered some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Start with some raised beds. If you can imagine it, you can do it.

Credit: WebEcoist

Why not try an herb garden on a privacy fence?

Separate and label your plant varieties so you won’t forget.

Old coffee cans provide enough depth for many plants and create an interesting appeal in your backyard.

Credit: Ewa In The Garden

Simple planters on your deck is a great way to start.

If you get started now, you should have many varieties harvested by mid summer. Plant tomatoes, onions and peppers and make some salsa. Jalapeños make appetizing poppers. Stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls and sweet corn on the cob all await your taste buds. Treat them right, knowing exactly where your food came from! Here’s a short video we found to help you start from seed, if you so desire. (It might be best to wait until next year because of the timing.)


Don’t forget us at harvest time! We love home grown veggies. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings at unbeatable prices, all backed by our No Oops Guarantee. Visit us on Facebook and share your gardening success!

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Summertime Mid Year Clearance

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Our summertime mid year clearance is going on now! Stop in for savings all across the store. Once a year we close our eyes to profit to clean up our stores and clear out our warehouse. Find HUGE discounts storewide plus special long term financing for up to five years or big discounts for cash.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark. Join us on Facebook for additional news and promotions! Hope to see you soon.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Father’s Day Is This Sunday

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This Sunday June 16th is Father’s Day. How are you celebrating? Be sure to remember all of the special men in your life who are fathers – your own father, step fathers, grandfathers, brothers who are fathers, friends who are fathers and more. At Connell’s, we have great gift ideas. We also have celebration ideas to help you recognize all of the special men in your life.

Quality time. Show dad you care by spending quality time with him. Plan an impromptu party if the schedule is free on Sunday afternoon. If things are too hectic on Father’s Day itself, invite dad out for lunch, brunch or coffee, or go see that action movie with him and give mom a night off.

Intangibles. Dad works hard, whether he’s still working or retired. Give him a gift he can share with others. Gift dad with things he loves – a round of golf, the movies, dinner, coffee, ice cream.

Small tokens. Sometimes the smallest gifts mean the most. Fishing lures or a new pole for your fisherman dad show dad you care. A new club, bag, or set of balls and tees for your golfer dad will have him ready for summer. A gift card to his favorite bookstore is great if your dad is an avid reader.

Celebration. Nothing says “thanks dad,” like remembering him with the gift of a party. Plan a lunch, picnic or family barbecue gathering to celebrate the occasion.

Big gift. At Connell’s we have just what dad wants! Get him a new recliner or oversized recliner to watch all his favorite sports teams from. A new sofa with recliners built in is also an excellent idea for the whole family!

Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today. We have beautiful home furnishings at exceptional savings, all backed by our famous No Oops Guarantee.

Happy Father’s Day from our family to yours!

Thursday, June 20, 2013

Are You Social?

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Social Media is everywhere these days and it seems like every week a new site is popping up that allows each of us to share with the world. Certainly there are pros and cons to sharing, but as a business, we believe it’s important to be a seamless part of our customer’s lives. Social media is one of the ways to easily do that. Of course we share about our merchandise and sales, but equally important to us is sharing inspiration. Find us on the following social media sites, and let us know you’re out there. We’d love to hear from you.

Facebook

Facebook is undeniably the ‘king’ of social media. We post on Facebook regularly – creative decorating tips, DIY projects, awesome bargains, cooking tips, recipes, inspiration and more. Here are a few posts from last week. Join in the conversation on Facebook.

Twitter

We tweet too! We know that some of our friends enjoy Twitter over Facebook, so it gives us a way to share information there too. Check us out.

Pinterest

Don’t you love Pinterest? While it can be visual overload, we so love sharing inspiration and ideas on Pinterest with our fans. Equally fun is following your pins! Please join us on Pinterest if you haven’t already.

YouTube

It’s been a while since we posted on YouTube, but you can find us there. Our short videos are instructional in nature as they inform about our No Oops policy and other items. Find us here.


What social networks are you on? Are there others we should explore? Are we doing a good job now? What types of things would you like to see us post about if you’re following us now? We love the community and appreciate your thoughts and support.

April 2013 – 9.3 out of 10

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City Rating Comments Resolution
Alexandria 10 I Had A Good Sales Lady And Delivery Was On Time. I Am Happy With It.
Alexandria 10 The Price Was Good And Sales Staff Was Really Nice.
Bladensburg 10 I Had A Great Experience When I Was There.
Centerburg 10 We Received The Items We Ordered Quickly.
Centerburg 10 All The People That Work There Are Very Kind To Me And Take Their Time With Me.
Centerburg 10 We Were Wanting To Get New Furniture For The Living Room; Chair And Couch.  We Had Bought From Connell’s Before.  I Want To Buy Something Of Quality, And The People There Are Helpful.  They Don’t Hover Over You; When You Make A Selection It’s Value.
Fredericktown 10 Everybody Was Very Polite And Helpful.
Fredericktown 10 The Salesperson.
Fredericktown 10 It’s Just A Business That Is Close To Us. It Has A Good Reputation.
Fredericktown 10 It Was Everything.  Good Service And When They Deliver: It Was Great.
Fredericktown 8 Everything Was Fine.
Fredericktown 10 They Were Able To Order Just What I Wanted And Had Found At Another Store.
Fredericktown 10 We Enjoy Everything We Get From There.
Fredericktown 10 I Like The Chair, Looks Very Well Made.
Fredericktown 10 I Deal With Them Several Times And Bought A Lot Of Stuff There.  When The Dining Room Table Came, It Was Scratched And Took It Back And It Was Fixed.  It Came In Two Weeks.  They Are Easy To Work With.
Glenford 10 Easy To Work With.  They Are Great.
Granville 7 Make The Phone Calls That You Said You Were Going To Make.
Granville 10 Their Help And The Fact That They Had The Product In Line.
Heath 10 Our Sales Associate Was Amazing, We Had Noah.
Heath 10 Good, Nice Furniture That Will Last A While.
Hebron 9 It’s Just That They Happen To Have What We Wanted.
Howard 10 I Like The Way I Was Waited On: Timely Delivery. I Like The Chair And Friendly Sales People.
Howard 7 The Recliner Does Not Work Right, But, I Was Going To Get Back With Them On It.
Howard 9 The People There Were Real Friendly And Helpful.
Howard 8 If They Can Satisfy Me And Do What They Are Supposed To Do: Which Is Come Out Check The Legs On The Couch. I Never Had One Of These Couches Before, It Has The Recliner On The End.
Howard 10 Larry, The Salesman.
Johnstown 10 The Way They Handled Their Furniture And The Courtesy.
Lancaster 10 The Selection And How They Were Really Nice Including, The Delivery People. Very Accommodating And Helpful.
Loudonville 10 The Showroom Has A Lot Of Nice Choices. We Went For A Bed And We Tried Several And We Were Not Rushed. The Saleslady Was Pleasant And It Was Set Up Well. Delivery Guys Were Good.
Mount Vernon 10 I Found What I Wanted.
Mount Vernon 10 People Were Nice To Us And Answered Our Questions.
Mount Vernon 8 More Furniture Selection.
Mount Vernon 10 I Like The Way The Furniture Looks. The Appearance Of It.
Mount Vernon 8 A Few More Sales People.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Been Dealing With Connell’s For Years.  We Like Their Customer Service And We Have Been Satisfied.
Mount Vernon 8 It Was Just Having Some Trouble With Scheduling Delivery.
Mount Vernon 10 We Shopped With Them For 12 Years And We Stick With Them.
Mount Vernon 10 We Worked With Lisa. She Was Great And It Was A Pleasant Experience. Excellent. From The Sales Staff To The Shipping Staff.
Mount Vernon 10 It Was An Alright Experience.
Mount Vernon 10 The Ease Of The Purchase. The Ease Of The Service, Delivery And The Sale.
Mount Vernon 10 We Just Really Like The Customer Service And I Live Down In Columbus So We Did Comparison Shopping And Could Not Get Better Pricing Than Up In Mt Vernon.
Mount Vernon 10 They Were Low Pressure And Helped Us Make The Right Selection.
Mount Vernon 9 They Are Knowledgeable. Helped Us Right Away: Got In And Out.
Mount Vernon 10 It Was Very Specific, Quick And Questions Answered As Asked. It Was Pleasant And Service Was Great.
Mount Vernon 10 It Was A Good Price On The Mattress I Bought And They Through In A Two Hundred Dollar Certificate.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Dealt With Them For 15 -16 Years. I Just Love Connell’s And Lisa Payne Is Just The Greatest. I Have Brought  A Couple Of My Family Members Out There To Connell’s In Eastern Ohio.
Mount Vernon 10 Well, The Delivery Boys Were Really Nice And Did Exactly What They Said And What Lisa Said, They Were In And Out And Really Appreciated The Delivery.
Mount Vernon 10 I Knew Larry, The Manager.  I Like Their Furniture And Have Looked There Before.  I Have Bought A Few Other Things Too.
Newark 8 I Called Them And Was Wanting Some Stain For The Furniture.  They Were Supposed To Call Me Back, And Never Did.
Newark 10 We Got What We Wanted.
Newark 8 Only Problem We Had Was, The Original Furniture Was Ripped.  The Delivery Person Got It Resolved Quickly.  We Don’t Have Any Issues.
Newark 10 They Were Really Helpful And The Bottom Part Of Our Bed Was Ordered Wrong So They Left It And Ordered Us A New One And They Made It Right.
Newark 10 They Had What I Wanted At A Price I Could Afford.
Newark 10 The Whole Thing. The Sales People Were Nice. I Had One Problem And They Made Good On It. The Delivery Fellows Were Nice: The Whole Thing.
Newark 9 We Had  A Great Salesperson. One Problem: The Night We Got The Dresser, A Handle Broke And They Are Sending A Replacement.
Newark 8 Most Recently I Bought A Matching Dresser. They Changed My Delivery Time More Than Once. I Could Not Get To The Hospital To Visit A Family Member Because Of That.
Newark 10 Good People And Delivery, And No Problem.
Newark 10 Well, We Have Bought From Connell’s For Years And Have Bought From Mt Vernon And We Are Satisfied With Them. All My Rooms Are With Connell’s Furniture. They Ought To Give Me A Rebate.
Newark 9 The Sales Staff Was Nice, Helpful And Friendly.
Newark 10 Got To Walk Through The Store Without Any Pressure.
Newark 10 Good Price And Good Service.
Newark 10 The Salesperson That We Had Was Wonderful.
Newark 0 Their Salesperson Noah, Was Great. The Experience Was Great. Except, They Should Not Tell Someone Something That Is Not True.
St Louisville 9 We Just Got All Our Stuff There And We Are Completely Satisfied. We Always Find What We Want There.
Thornville 3 Well, It Took A Month To Get Our Furniture, When Told It Would Take A Couple Of Weeks. They Only  Brought The One Recliner And We Were Going To Cancel The Order And They Then Brought The Other One Out On The Same Evening.
Utica 9 I Was Satisfied.
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Celebrate Independence Day With Connell’s

Celebrate in style this Fourth of July during Connell’s Independence Day Sale!

Take NO INTEREST for 50 Months . . .

or BIG DISCOUNTS for CASH.

RECHARGE and SAVE! Get free box springs or up to $400 off a Nuflex from Beautyrest Adjustable Foundation.

Whatever you’re looking for this Fourth of July, look no further than Connell’s. We have exceptional home furnishings at a great value, all backed by our exclusive No Oops Policy.

Friday, July 5, 2013

Making the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces

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It’s officially the middle of summer if you count the time the kids have been out of school and the time left before they go back. Enjoy your summertime in the comfort of your outdoor spaces. Come winter, indoors is the only place you’ll want to be. Take these tips from Connell’s to enjoy the great outdoors.

Welcome home! Spruce up your front entryway. Change or add a fun summertime wreath to your front door to welcome guests. If you have a front porch, give it a makeover. Get some new outdoor furniture, or just add some flowers, plants and accessories. On a budget? New pillows and throws might be all you need.

Look to the left – or right. Is there unused space to either side of your house? Create a patio or stepping stones to your side or back entry. If there are sunny places, plant a small garden for herbs or your favorite summertime veggies. Be eccentric and just plant flowers.

Backyard haven. The backyard is the best place for privacy. Add a patio or deck for family relaxation or entertainment. Plant some trees. Add bird feeders and bird baths to welcome feathered friends. Read about the best plants and bushes to attract butterflies or wildlife and watch your backyard transform into the sanctuary you always wanted it to be.

On the grounds. Have you always wanted a fountain or statue? Perhaps you’d like more plants, trees or shrubs. There are so many resources out there for landscaping inspiration. Many also have step by step instructions if you are challenged in this area.

Entertain. If you have or are building a deck or patio, it’s the best place to entertain guests. But if you don’t have one, don’t let that stop you. Take a look at your more secluded areas and determine how you can set it up for entertainment on sunny days. A few chairs, chaise loungers, pillows, end tables, a grill and a way to listen to some of your fave music will get you going.

Play. Set up a badminton set, bocce ball or corn hole game and let the fun begin. If you have a larger lawn, there is enough room for frisbee or playing catch. Lot’s of trees? The kids can have a blast playing tag or hide and seek.

Whatever you do, have some fun this summer. While you are spending time outdoors, Connell’s has all kinds of sales to get you prepared for the cooler months. Stop in today for beautiful home furnishings at exceptional prices, all back by our exclusive No Oops Policy. We’d love to help you make your house a home!

Image Credits: Better Homes and Gardens

Monday, July 15, 2013

Made In The USA

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At Connell’s Furniture, we take great pride in bringing you furniture built in the U.S.A. whenever possible. Look for the “Made In The USA” tags throughout the store.

For a limited time only get explosive savings storewide plus special long term financing for up to 5 years, or big discounts for cash. Now is the time to save on the furniture you have always dreamed of! Stop in today at one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark. We have something for everyone!

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Easy & Effective Storage Solutions

It’s mid February, and while the weather is an indication spring is coming one day, it’s certainly something opposite the next! Nonetheless, it will be here before we know it. After a long winter of being hunkered down inside, get ready to throw open the windows and let the sunshine and fresh air in once spring is finally here. Now is the perfect time for cleaning and clearing clutter that has accumulated throughout the winter months. As always, Connell’s has easy ideas for clearing, de-cluttering and storing to make your life a little bit easier.

Make a grand first impression with an impressive entryway. Convert a bookcase into locker-style storage for your entryway. Hang hooks to give coats and bags an easy landing place and use lidded boxes placed high up high for off-season items.

Your message center no longer has to be messy. Sort everything within your message center in piles according to what they are. Keep contact info and important to do items on the board, while moving outdated items elsewhere. Toss everything you no longer need.

Beautiful bookshelves feel and look at home. Pull everything from your bookshelves. Thoroughly clean the shelves themselves, then reorganize books in alphabetical order, by color or subject, or in some other logical fashion. Recycle magazines and identify a few books to donate.

Create a craft closet to keep your supplies centralized and organized. Identify a closet that you can turn into your crafting or scrapbooking center. Hang shelves, hooks and other storage solutions. Keep most used items at eye level, while storing lesser used items near the top or bottom of the closet.

A clutter-free home office space provides much needed sanity to your busy day. Whether you work from home or just need an office space to keep family organized, try some of these tips. Install wall mount cubes and baskets to hide clutter and give the space an organized stylish feel. Choose a simple, slim desk for your work space and look for a little lamp to free up desk space. A memo board or magnetic board for appointments and important reminders should be placed at eye level when sitting at the desk.

A positively pleasing pantry is possible. Pull everything off shelves and take a good look at the way your panty is configured. Look for storage accessories like trays and baskets to help you store more efficiently. Scrub down shelves then get ready to re-organize. Keep items most frequently used in the most accessible places.

Stop in to one of Connell’s two location in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for more great tips from our design experts. Always expect beautiful home furnishings at exceptional prices with outstanding customer service.

 

 

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

December-2012 9.6 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Newark 10 I Told The Salesperson What I Wanted And She Took Me Right Over To What I Needed.
Newark 10 We Had A Good Salesman. We Weren’t Pressured And He Didn’t Follow Us Around, But Did Follow-Up With Us From Time To Time.  He Was Very Thorough.
Newark 10 We Were Quickly Assisted. The Sales Person Helped Us Out. We Have Been Buying From Them For A While. They Have The Best Deals There.
Newark 10 Ashley Jackson, The Girl That I Worked With, Was Very, Very Helpful.  They Were Also Having A Very Good Sale.
Newark 8 I Have No Comments.
Newark 10 They Are Concerned And Informative.  I Have Purchased From Them For Years.  I Go Back Because Of The Way They Treat Me.  The Delivery Men Were Polite And Considerate.
Newark 10 Delivery Was Hassle Free.  I Called And They Were In And Out.
Conesville 8 The Store Itself Was Great. The Delivery Of The Bed Was Less Than Desirable Because It Came In Broken.  I Had To Wait For The Frame.  I Am Still Waiting For Parts And The Zipper Is Broken.  This Will Be Their Third Trip Out.
Johnstown 8 The Should Offer Free Delivery.
Danville 10 They Made It Quick, Simple And Easy.  They Showed Up On Time.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Bought From Connell’s For Much Of Our Lives.  They Have Good Quality Furniture.
Newark 9 I Have Dealt With The Associate Before.  He Was Friendly And Personable.
Utica 10 We Have Always Bought Our Furniture At Connell’s.  The Quality And Selection Have Been Superb.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Not Had Any Problems.
Gahanna 10 They Let Me Walk Through And Look With No Pressure.  The Delivery Men Did A Great Job.
Mount Vernon 10 We Know Larry Hawkins And Ed Connell For A Long Time.
Mount Vernon 8 I Noticed That We Didn’t Get Immediate Attention.  The People At The Counter Were Talking.  I Always Shop And Will Continue Shopping At Connell’s.
Centerburg 10 I’ve Purchased From Them Before.  I Like The Way I Can Call Them With Any Questions.  If I Need Them To Look At The Furniture, They’re Here Immediately.  They Are Very Thoughtful.
Heath 10 It Was What I Wanted And Was Delivered Quickly.
Pataskala 10 We Liked The Customer Service We Got.
Howard 10 I Got What I Needed.
Mount Vernon 10 Everything Was Taken Care Of Well.  The Salesman Was Very Knowledgeable.  However, The Mattress Smelled Like Wood.  I Figured I Would Give It A Week To See If The Smell Would Go Away.
Mount Vernon 10 We Went To Buy A Mattress And Ended Up Buying A Bedroom Set.  They Did Not Try To Sell It To Us.
Granville 10 It Went Smoothly.  They Were Helpful And The Delivery Was On Time.
Newark 10 The Products Were Good And The Salesperson Was Extremely Helpful.
Newark 9 I Walked In, Saw What I Liked, And Bought It.
Newark 10 I Was Able To Go And Find What I Wanted.
Newark 10 Julie Was Very Pleasant And Very Interested In What We Where Looking For.
Mount Vernon 9 They Had Exactly What I Wanted.  It Was In Stock And Delivered On Time.  The Sales Woman Asked The Right Questions.
Newark 10 The Salesman Made This A Great Experience.
Newark 9 Everything Went Smoothly.
Newark 10 I Shopped There Before. I Am Not Happy With The Piece I Bought.  It Is Already Scuffed Up.
Fredericktown 10 The Salesperson Was Very Helpful.  We Have Purchased Most Of Our Furniture From Them.  I Liked That I Could Try Out The Chair For Five Days And Return It If I Did Not Like It.
Newark 10 I Had Talked To Someone On The Phone And They Were There To Direct Me To The Mattress And Box Spring I Was Interested In.  The Delivery People Were Helpful.
Mount Vernon 10 I Like The Salesperson, Gregg. He Was Very Knowledgeable And Made It A Great Experience For Me.
Mount Vernon 10 Lisa Made This A Great Experience For Me.
Newark 10 The People Are Friendly, Knowledgeable And Helpful.
Zanesville 10 The Salesperson Made This A Great Experience.
Gambier 10 The Salesperson Was Very Professional And The Delivery Team Was Very Helpful.
Newark 9 The Saleslady And The Delivery Staff Made This A Great Experience.
Pataskala 10 They Were Not Pushy.  They Were Right There To Answer Questions And Give Good Directions.
Mt. Vernon 9 All The People We Dealt With Were Nice And We Are Pleased With The Product.
Gambier 10 The Staff Were Friendly, The Price Was Right, And We Know One Of The Salespeople.
Mt. Vernon 1
Pataskala 10 The Saleslady And The Delivery.
Pataskala 10 The Friendly Salespeople.
Newark 10 They Were Very Friendly And Fast. It Was A Good Experience.
Centerburg 10 We Needed Furniture And They Were In Mt. Vernon. We Dealt With Them Before And We Went Back. We Are Real Pleased.
Newark 10 The People Are Nice, Its Local, Quick And Easy.
Utica 8 I Was Disappointed In How Long It Took, From The Time We Ordered It To The Time It Was Delivered Was 2 Weeks.
Mansfield 5 One Of The Chairs Is Not Working Right.
Mount Vernon 10 They Had The Inventory And They Delivered On Time.
New Albany 10 I Could Do It All By Telephone.
Fredericktown 10 The Were Very Helpful And Answered All Of My Questions. They Had Nice Quality Merchandise And No Pressure.
Howard 10 The People That You Have Working There And It Is A Family Owned Business.
Mansfield 9 I Didn’t Have To Pay For It To Be Honest.  Ashport Paid For It.
Newark 10 They Were Very Nice And Helpful.
Fredericktown 9 We Don’t Buy That Much Furniture And Haven’t Bought Any For A Long Time.  We Try To Stay Local.  They Seem To Have More Of Our Taste And What We Want.
Marion 10 I Am Very Satisfied With My Furniture. It Fit In My Room So Nice. I Have Received Many Compliments On The Fit And Comfort.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Used Connell’s Numerous Years In The Community.  We Really Appreciate The Time And The Attention They Give You.  The Attention That They Give To Each Customer And The Quality Of Their Product.
Utica 10 I Don’t Know.
Howard 8 I Don’t Know.
Fredericktown 8 Nothing Really.
Newark 10 It Was Delivered On Time. They Called And Gave Us A Delivery Time. It Was Good.
Mount Vernon 10 They Did What They Said They Would Do. Things Came Together Right When They Said. The Salesman Worked Very Hard And Was Very Accommodating.
Warsaw 10 We Aren’t Young And It’s Hard To Run From One Store To Another.  They Helped Us And Told Us About The Store In Mount Vernon.  When I Called, The Lady I Spoke To Made An Arrangement To Give Me The Couch And Chairs I Wanted, Without Me Making Another Trip.
Hebron 10 They Did A Really Good Job. The Delivery Was On Time And Movers Were Very Good. It Was A Good Experience All The Way Around.
Saint Louisville 10 We Found What We Liked And The People Were Friendly.  The Price Were Good.
Newark 10 The Salesperson, The Prompt Delivery And The Delivery Experience.  I Have Nothing Negative.
Heath 10 We Just Like The Furniture Quality.
Newark 7 There Is Nothing Different About It. It Is Just A Furniture Store.

 

 

November-2012 9.3 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Mount Vernon 10 We Needed To Buy A Mattress.  We Have Dealt With Connell’s Before And Larry Was There.
Fredericktown 10 I Am Happy With The Customer Service And The Furniture.
Fredericktown 10 The Customer Service Was Good.
Mount Vernon 10 They Treat Me Nicely.  My Brother Was Visiting And Interested In The Same Type Of Chair I Purchased.  Larry Went Online And Found Where He Could Purchase It Where He Lives.  I Thought Larry Went Above And Beyond.
Centerburg 10 They Were Not All Over Me And Let Me Look Around.
Utica 10 We Have Purchased From Them Before And Had Good Service.
Utica 8 I Was Disappointed That The Cushions Do Not Sit Properly On The Furniture.  The Seams Do Not Seem Square And Fit Properly.  I Have Not Had The Opportunity To Sit On The Furniture Much And Want To Wait To See If The Seams Adjust.
Johnstown 10 The Quality Of The Furniture Is Good.  The Delivery And Price Were Also Very Good.
Mount Vernon 10 Everyone Was Friendly And Nice.  The Delivery Was Good.
Howard 9 We Have Done Business Before And Everything Is Fine.
Sparta 10 We Made Our Purchase And It Was Delivered On Time.  The Delivery People Were Very Efficient And Clean.
Walhonding 10 Larry, The Associate, Was Pleasant And Helpful.  He Worked With Us To Get Us Exactly What We Needed.
Fredericktown 10 They Are Always Very Helpful And Friendly.
Centerburg 7 Overall, I Like Connells And The Products I Get From Them.  On Both Of The Last Two Purchases I Made This Year, Something Was Missing On The Delivery.
Danville 8 There Could Be A General Selection In The Store Vs. Having To Look In A Catalog.
Newark 10 I Was Just Pleased With The Whole Deal.
Heath 9 Our Salesman Was Great.
Newark 10 Everybody Is Very Friendly.
Mount Vernon 8 I Was Not There For The Delivery.  We Had Given Them The Phone Number Of The Delivery Contact Person Several Times And They Kept Calling Me.
Fredericktown 9 The Two Men Showed Me What To Do With The Bed.  And, They Were Willing To Take It Back If It Did Not Work.
Mount Vernon 10 Their “Oops Policy.”
Newark 10 Our Sales Person Was Very Helpful With Our Questions And Was Not Bothersome.
Howard 10 They Are Close To My Home.  The Staff Are Very Friendly And Helpful.  I Like What I Purchased.
Marengo 9 Lisa, The Sales Person, Made This A Great Experience.
Mount Vernon 6 I Had Some Defective Furniture And It Took A Long Time To Get It Replaced.
Fredericktown 10 They Have Tried To Be Very Accommodating And Cooperative.  I Purchased A Lift Chair And They Are Holding It For Me.  They Will Let Me Use It For A Few Days To See If It Is Comfortable.
Newark 10 The Sales Girl Was Wonderful And The Delivery Men Were Exceptional.
Mount Vernon 10 We Are Regular Customers.  The Service Was Good.
Newark 10 The Atmosphere Is Friendly.  They Are Not Pushy And The Products Are Good.
Fredericktown 10 We Love Our Leather Couches. The Staff Are Friendly And Lisa Was Helpful.
Mount Vernon 10 The Staff Are Friendly And Cooperative.
Newark 10 I Received Good Service And I Was Pleased With Their Products.
Mount Vernon 10 The Customer Service Was Good.
Bellville 10 We Had A Gift Card And The Item Was On Sale.
Granville 9 It Was Quick And Easy.
Fredericktown 8 The Only Thing I Did Not Like Was They Did Not Have Enough End Tables In The Store.
Howard 10 They Had What I Wanted And It Was An Easy Buy.
Newark 10 They Didn’t Have What I Wanted On Display.  Michael Got Out Books That Pertained To What I Liked And I Was Able To Pick Out Something Very Quickly.
Mount Vernon 9 There Is Always Someone There To Help Us And They Make Us Feel Comfortable.
Newark 9 They Had What I Wanted And The Delivery Was Prompt.
Gambier 9 I Got What I Needed.
Mount Vernon 10 They Had A Lot Of Patience With Me.
Mount Vernon 10 We Have Always Dealt With Them.  Lisa Made It And Enjoyable Experience.
Newark 9 They Gave Me A  Better Deal Than The Other Furniture I Had Just Purchased.
Howard 10 It Was Convenient And They Were Very Nice In Helping Look For What I Wanted.
Newark 8 I Am Not Sure.
Newark 1 It Took Two Months To Get Our Two Bedroom Sets. They Brought The Wrong Head Board And Dresser. We Had To Pay Extra For Their Mistake When The Correct Pieces Did Come.
Howard 9 The Customer Service Was Great.
Mount Vernon 10 I Got What I Needed And The Salesperson Was Helpful.
Howard 9 They Were Very Efficient.  I Had A Bad Knee And They Accommodated Me With A Wheelchair.
Mansfield 10 We Replaced A Mattress.  It Has Helped Me Sleep Better.
Newark 10 They Were Very Friendly And Helpful.
Howard 9 They Always Have Been Nice And Helped Me.  They Let Me Do My Own Thing And Are Not All Over Me.
Mount Vernon 8 I Think My Experience Was Just Fine.
Fredericktown 10 I Have Purchased There Before. They Always Make It Easy And Everything Arrived As Expected.
Utica 10 The Selection And The People That Work There. I Have Been There Many Times. I Have Had Multiple Experiences With Them.
Newark 9 They Helped Me As Soon As I Got Into The Store And The Delivery Was Nice.

 

 

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

A Beautiful Bedroom

Did you know that the majority of us spend one third of our lives sleeping? Where are the other two thirds spent? Work, family time, free time, down time? Regardless, one third is a pretty good chunk of time. Do you spend your time sleeping in a bedroom you adore, or one that’s the last room in the house to receive attention? Find both time and inspiration to create a bedroom of your dreams. Then use your bedroom for more than sleeping – rest, relaxation, reading, a hobby. Create a bedroom that you look forward to spending time in, and start getting some of your best sleep yet!

Clear the clutter. First things first; get rid of the extra stuff you’ve accumulated in your bedroom – piles of clothes, old magazines, burned down candles, extra accessories. Once the clutter has been cleared, you can plainly see what you have to work with.

Buy your dream bed. If there is any one piece of furniture you splurge on, it should be your bed. Come to Connell’s and let one of our sleep experts help you decide the best bed for you. There are so many options to choose from, and getting it just right can make the difference between a great night’s sleep and tossing and turning for hours. Buy the best bed you can afford and sleep soundly tonight!

Choose accent pieces that you both love, and are functional. Perhaps a few simple end tables are just enough. Maybe your room is large enough to accommodate a small sofa or settee and coffee table. Do you want a television in your bedroom or not? Be planful about your accent pieces and go with the ones that you really adore.

Allow the room to speak to you. Make a plan. Do you want soft  and comfortable, or bold and beautiful? It’s your room, so let the vibe speak to you. Dream a little. Peruse home decor magazines for inspiration and ideas.

Be comfortable. Just like you should spend a little extra on a mattress, also search for the perfect comforter and sheet set. One third of your life should be comfortable and cozy. Buy down for the colder winter months, or look for a soft microfiber blanket that just begs you curl up before dozing off to dreamland.

Allow your bedroom to serve multiple purposes. If you are an avid reader, create a reading nook. If you are a quilter, set up a spot to do some of your sewing. Perhaps art is your thing; a space for painting is perfect in the bedroom.

Breathe life into it. Plants are always a great option in any room, and the bedroom is no exception. Choose plants of varying shapes and sizes and watch the room transform.

Come to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mount Vernon or Newark and plan your next great room. As always, expect beautiful home furnishings at the lowest possible prices, all delivered with exceptional customer service.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

A Family Hang Out

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School is back in session and life is once again getting crazy. Classes, homework, sports, football games and more are now taking up our time. Get ready for the season by creating a family “hang out” spot. Use the spot for family gatherings, movie night, football viewing gatherings, homework and more. Here are some ideas to get your brain moving in the same direction.

Pick the largest, most central room in the house. By making the largest room into your family room, you have the space to do all you want to do with it. If you need to partition areas of the room off, you’ll have the opportunity to do so.

Get “hang out ready” furniture. Sectionals provide the most room for seating in just a few convenient pieces – and they come in so many colors, styles and textures; you’re sure to find that “just right” piece for your family. Oversized bean bag style chairs are also a fun and inexpensive option.

Don’t forget the media. Hang a flat panel television as your focal point. Add surround sound. Look into satellite radio to please the whole family with tunes across all genres of music.

Add storage. Moveable storage is a great option and often doubles as other furniture. Use the storage for games, books, iPads and more. Built in storage is another option if the space allows – and if there’s someone handy enough to make it happen.

Need more than one space within the space? Decorative partitions create separate spaces within the room for homework areas, reading nooks and more. Screens, antique doors, curtains and other options abound.

Don’t forget color! Adding color and patterns to the room just makes it more pleasant to spend time there. Use the kids’ input, plus pick the best artwork they’ve created in years past and frame a collage for one of the walls. This personalizes the space and creates a sense of pride in schoolwork.

Partition the room off with a bar or long table area.If space allows, install a bar for a convenient eating area directly in the same room.

Stay on the same page as a family! Create a family schedule area using dry erase boards, a hanging wall calendar, chalkboard and bulletin board.

Comfort is key. Make the seating comfortable, and a place the whole family looks forward to lounging on – add pillows, throws and more.

Prop your feet up! After a long day, “toes up” is the only place most of us want to be. Ottomans and footstools come in all shapes, sizes, patterns and colors.

Breathe better naturally. Houseplants and decorative items provide beauty and a sense of home.

There. Don’t you feel better? Come to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings, accessories, and more – plus A+ customer services and top notch value. Ready . . . Set . . . Happy School Year! Happy hang out time!

Friday, September 28, 2012

August-2012 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Gambier 10 The Salesman Was Very Honest With Us About Our Various Questions.  He Even Told Us His Own Experience.  He Could Have Sold Us Something Expensive, But We Are Happy With What We Have.
Thornville 10 The Salesman Helped Us Out And Answered Our Questions.
Mount Vernon 10 We Try To Shop Local.
Mount Vernon 9 We Were Pleased With The Sales Person, Lisa.
Granville 10 They Were Easy To Work With, Good At Matching Prices And Have A Good Employee Base.
Newark 9 They Were Very Helpful And Understanding.  I Took Quite A Bit Of Time And They Did Not Push Me Into Anything And Were Very Helpful.
Howard 10 I Have Dealt With Them Since 1974.  They Have Always Treated Me Well And Have Done What They Said They Would Do.
Mount Vernon 9 It Was Kind Of A Seamless Experience With No Issues.
Newark 9 It Was Not A Great Experience, But I Would Shop There Again.
Saint Louisville 9 Everybody Was Very Helpful.
Centerburg 8 I Am Not Sure.
Newark 10 We Had A Good Salesman.  Everything Came At The Times Promised.
GAMBIER 8 I Am Not Sure.
HEBRON 9 They Were Very Helpful.
Granville 10 The Salesman.
Newark 9 The Furniture Is Very Nice And Comfortable.  The Shopping Experience Was Very Nice.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Sales Person Was Incredibly Helpful.
PATASKALA 10 We Have Purchased From Them Before.  It Was Easy.
HEATH 10 They Were Prompt And Precise On The Delivery And Did Everything They Said.
CENTERBURG 10 They Were Knowledgeable.  The Delivery And Setup Were Good.
MOUNT VERNON 7 I Was Not Greeted And The Experience Was Not That Great. More Help Would Be Better. I Was On My Own For A 1/2 Hour.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Treated Us Very Well.
NEWARK 8 They Had Good Products And Plenty Of It.
HEATH 10 I Am Satisfied With My Furniture.
Howard 10 I Just Like The Assortment Of Furniture, And The Delivery.
Newark 10 They Are The Only Furniture Store In Newark.
Newark 10 The Person That Waited On Us Knew What He Was Doing.
Newark 10 They Were Just Great From Start To Finish, The Delivery Men And Everything.
MOUNT VERNON 9 I Had Surgery And Needed Something That Would Be Comfortable And Go Up And Down.
It Just Was Handled Perfectly From Start To Delivery. 10 It Just Was Handled Perfectly From Start To Delivery.
HEATH 10 I Like The Warranty For The Furniture We Got For The Kids, The Follow Up, And The Fact They Stand Behind Their Products, And Being Very Timely.
Mount Vernon 8 I Do Not Know That There Is Anything That You Could Improve.
Newark 10 It Was Real Nice, Delivery Was Fine, And It Is Close To Home.
Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Make A Grand Entrance

Don’t you love a grand entrance? Watching the Emmy’s or the Oscars, we can’t wait to see the beautiful dresses, the handsome men, the grand entrances that each couple makes as they enter the yearly gala event. In much the same way, we can create grand entrances in our homes. Since the front of our home is the first thing people see as they arrive, it’s our job to make an awesome first impression.   As always, Connell’s is interested in you, and your home. We’ve got ideas galore. Read on for some “grand” inspiration.

Start with a beautiful front door. If your door is old and you haven’t given it much thought, think about investing in a new door with more curb appeal. Find beautiful solid wood doors with exquisite window panes for a grand entrance. Or keep your current front door but paint it a different color. If your home is white, tan or brick, be bold with a splash of color. Have you considered candy apple red, very violet, or gratefully green as color options? Fun!

Hang a wreath or swag. Purchase one already made or be creative and make one yourself. You can pick up grapevine wreaths at hobby stores and interchange the flowers or other accessories you place on the wreath or swag.

Keep the seasons in mind. This is a quick and easy way to change the look of your home’s entrance quickly and easily. Change the wreath to orange with a halloween or fall theme this time of year, then remove that and add Christmas accents in mid November. Depending on the size of your front porch, add other accessories to go with the theme.

Furniture! You know we love it. Equally important to a beautiful front entrance is front porch furniture. Obviously the indoor/outdoor kind is best, but depending on the cover of the front porch, some indoor furniture may work equally as well in small increments of time during various seasons of the year.

You’ll never go wrong with nature. Flowers and plants add stunning beauty to your front entrance. Landscape in early spring and maintain throughout summer. Add mums in early fall as well as other natural elements like pumpkins, gourds, indian corn and more. Don’t forget the potted plants for textural visual appeal.

Accessories are a must. Purchase table tops, throws and other accessories for front porches with an overhead covering. Clean regularly with soap and water, or a damp cloth depending on the type of table top you’ve purchased. Wash throws to keep them clean throughout the season as well.

Wonderful windows make a world of difference. Windows let in light, but on the outside they are part of the show. Change your curtains to draperies in winter, and then to sheers in late spring. This is an inexpensive and easy change that will add beauty inside and out.

Come on in! Once inside your home, don’t neglect your front room. If your home opens into a very large space, consider partitioning it off somehow so that you have a foyer of sorts. Keep it clean and simple, free of clutter. Add a mirror for depth, comfortable seating, a touch of personality, and a little bit of hidden storage.

Voila! You have your grand entrance. Come to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for more great ideas, plus beautiful home furnishings, at exceptional prices, and customer service beyond compare. Visit us on Facebook to take advantage of sweepstakes and promotions.

 

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Decorating Fun

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The weather has certainly changed this week and there is no mistake that we are now full swing into fall! To celebrate, we found a few fun Autumn decorating ideas. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Learn how to make a pumpkin planter.

 

Try your hand at a fall wreath.

 

Or what about a fall centerpiece . . .

 

As always, count on Connell’s for great home furnishings at exceptional prices with the best customer service around. Stop in and see us today at one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark!

Monday, October 29, 2012

September-2012 9.6 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Mount Vernon 10 I Had An Issue With The Bed Being Defective. It Is Going To Be Replaced And The Mattress Is Being Exchanged. Their Policy Is That If I Don’t Like What I Purchased, I Can Return It.
Newark 10 The Service At The Store Was Good And They Paid Prompt Attention To Any Problems.
Butler 10 The Salesgirl Was Helpful.
Mount Vernon 10 They Have Always Treated Us Very Well And Have Been Very Helpful With Any Questions We Asked.  Everything Has Always Been As Advertised.
Newark 10 I Am A Repeat Customer.
Johnstown 10 They Did What They Said They Would Do.
Mount Vernon 10 I Like The Quality Of The Mattress And The Delivery People Were Polite And Neat. They Were Careful About Going Through The House. The Saleslady Was Helpful And We Have Always Been Happy With Our Purchases.
Mount Vernon 10 They Are Always Willing To Meet My Needs And Put Me First.
Newark 10 They Treated Us Good At The Store And The Delivery Was Good.
Centerburg 10 The Price, Selection And Salesperson Made This A Great Experience.
Newark 10 We Have Bought From Them Previously And Have Received Good Customer Service.
Howard 10 We Have Never Had Any Issues, Problems Or Mess Ups.
Mount Vernon 10 The Saleswoman We Dealt With Made This A Great Experience.
Johnstown 10 I Like The Furniture.  The Saleswoman Was Nice And The Delivery Men Did A Good Job.
Saint Louisville 10 Everybody Is Nice And I Always Go Back.  I Had A Price And They Matched It From Another Store.
Mount Vernon 10 We Know The Salesman And He Was Very Good At Showing Us Around And Helped In Making A Choice.  The Selection Was Outstanding.
Mount Vernon 10 Everything I Have Ever Done With Connell’s Has Been Fabulous.  They Go Above And Beyond.  The Delivery Men Were Courteous And In And Out Quickly.
Newark 9 Our First Couch Did Not Fit And They Got Us Another One. We Are Very Happy With It.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Lady, Lisa, And I Enjoy Going In To The Store.
Heath 9 The People Are Really Friendly, Helpful, And The Delivery Guys Were Really Nice As Well And Were Careful Not To Mess Anything Up.
Mount Vernon 9 Everybody There Is So Nice, And They Have A Good Selection.
Newark 10 I Had A Nice Lady That Waited On Me, I Had A Really Good Experience.
Danville 10 Everybody Was So Friendly, Great Delivery Guy, Great Sales Person, Everything Went Smooth.
Mount Vernon 9 I Thought Jacob, The Clerk Salesman, As Well As The Deliveries Were On Time And It Looked Ok.
Howard 5
Mount Vernon 10 Not Having To Work With Ed. Ha, Ha. We Always Have A Good Experience In Working With Them.
Newark 10 The People There Are Very Friendly, Their Merchandise Is Quality And That’s Where We Bought All Of Our Stuff.
Gambier 10 The Comfort Of The Product.
Mount Vernon 10 The Salesperson, Lisa Payne. She’s Great. We’ve Gone There Ever Since We’ve Been Married To Buy Furniture. We Wouldn’t Go Anywhere Else. We’ve Taken A Lot Of People.
Gambier 10 We’ve Got Furniture For Years. They’ve Always Been So Helpful, Nice, And Accommodating.
DANVILLE 10 The Sales person was amazing
DANVILLE 10 I Have Always Purchased From The Store. I Have Been Extremely Pleased With Everything I Have Purchased From Them.
JOHNSTOWN 8 My Experience Was Okay.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Like The People There.
NEWARK 10 We’ve Got Furniture For Years. They’ve Always Been So Helpful, Nice, And Accommodating. They Appreciated The Ease Of Working With Our Saleswoman. She Was Not Pushy.
NEWARK 10 The Sales Experience Was Really Good, The Delivery Was Timely And The Availability Of The Item Was Very Good.
FREDERICKTOWN 8 Everyone Was Very Nice. They Were Very Polite And They Tried To Accommodate Us On The Delivery Date.
UTICA 10 We Have Purchased From Them For Several Years Now.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Pleased With The Service We Received And The Delivery.
DANVILLE 10 The Woman Who Assisted Me Was Very Helpful. I Got What I Was Hoping To Get And I Wasn’t Pressured In Any Way.
DANVILLE 10 The Salesman Was Very Nice. I Was Really Impressed That He Stayed After Hours. It Was Time For Him To Close And Stayed.
UTICA 10 I Knew What I Wanted And They Had What I Was Looking For.
NEWARK 8 I Would Like Them To Reduce The Cost.
NEWARK 10 We Were Happy With Julie, The Salesperson.
Mount Vernon 10 They Were Very Easy To Work With. The Product Arrived In A Reasonable Amount Of Time. They Useful Info, Etc.
Howard 8 They Did A Great Job. Nobody’s Perfect. There’s Always Room For Improvement.
Newark 8 I Think They’re Pretty Good As It Is. I Had To Do Some Research For Price Matching. I Think They Could Do That Themselves.
Centerburg 9 Everybody Was Really. They Were Helpful. They Came In The Time They Said They Would. Nice People.
Utica 10 We’ve Always Had A Great Experience With Cf. We’ve Bought All Your Furniture From The Last 15 Years, Etc.
Mount Vernon 7 Customer Service At The Store And Also In Regards To The Delivery For The Furniture.
Howard 10 We Went In And We Had Found What We Wanted Over At Sugarcreek. We Told Them That This Is The Price, And They Said If We Could Verify Then That Was The Price.
Newark 10 They Always Have What I Need. They Always Handle Any Problems.
Walhonding 9 Good Service. Good Sales Rep. Great Delivery. Good Deals.
Howard 9
Utica 10 The Friendly Atmosphere. The Help We Got. Really Nice Experience.
Mount Vernon 10 Lisa
Coshocton 10 The Salesperson Was Very Friendly And Helpful And The Delivery People Were Really Careful And I Can’t Complain About Anything.
Newark 10 When They Told Me It Would Be On Time I Was Not Sure That They Did Not Ship Through Newark Store. It Never Came And I Called My Sales Rep  Noah And Was Told I Would Take Care Of It.  I Got The What I Needed At The Newark Store. Love Guarantee, No Problem.
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!

Color!

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!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Make It A Holiday To Remember

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It’s December already. Where in the world did 2012 go? With the holidays fast approaching, we created a list of a few fun outings to do as a family. In the meantime, stop in to see us! We have sales galore throughout the store! Come get that sofa, loveseat, sectional or new dining room furniture just in time for your holiday entertaining.

And then head out with the family to one of these fabulous adventures . . .

Baby it’s cold outside! Check out some indoor athletic fun. Take the family ice skating at Lou & Gibb Reese Ice Arena. Bowling alleys abound and are an inexpensive way to get the gang together. Water parks are the best this time of year! Locally there is Coco Key Water Resort and Fort Rapids, just to name a few.

What about a Christmas attraction? Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a site to see. The Santa Train at the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad is also fun for the whole family.

Get cultured with some art. When was the last time you went to the theatre? The Nutcracker at BalletMet is now going on. Columbus Children’s Theatre always has holiday plays and attractions. Check out an art gallery like Gund Gallery or The Columbus Museum of Art. Smaller kids will enjoy the AHA! Children’s Museum in Lancaster. COSI is also always a hit for kids and adults.

Bundle up and spend some time in nature. Dawes Arboretum is local and well prepared for the holidays with activities for young and old. Or just get out and walk the trails! Lots of local places to do so, including the Heart of Ohio Trail, Kokosing Gap Trail and several within the Columbus Metro Parks.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

October-2012 9.6 out of 10

City Rating Comments Resolution
Centerburg 9 There Was No Pressure.
Mount Vernon 10 We’ve Dealt With Them Before. Lisa A Neighbor, And She Waited On Us. We’ve Always Been Treated Very Well.
Centerburg 9 Just A Friendly Place. The Sales People Were All Good.
Fredericktown 6
Mount Vernon 10 They Had What We Wanted Locally And We Did Not Have To Go Out Of Town.
Mount Vernon 8 I Was Satisfied.
Gambier 10 We Bought A Mattress With A 30-Day Guarantee.  We Were Not Happy And They Were Superb About Allowing Us To Exchange It.
Mount Vernon 10 I Love This Chair.
Mount Vernon 10 They Had The Furniture We Liked.
Mount Vernon 8 I Had A Little Difficulty With The Delivery Process.
Newark 10 It Was Convenient.  The Staff Were Helpful.  It Was Already Put Together, Came In And Put It Where I Wanted It.
Hebron 10 I Am Not Sure.
Centerburg 10 Lisa, The Salesperson, Made It A Great Experience.
Mount Vernon 10 They Were Very Accommodating.
Mount Vernon 10 They Had Exactly What I Needed.
Howard 10 I Got The Mattress Quickly.  The Delivery Time Was Accurate.
Newark 8 We Are Fine Until Delivery. It Was Not Convenient. We Had To Take Off Time From Work.
Newark 10 They Were Really Good With Waiting On Us And Taking Time With Us. We Appreciated It. Danielle Waited On Us And We Really Liked Her.
Mount Vernon 10 I Have Always Bought There. I Like Shopping There. Friendly And Helpful.
Newark 10 Every Time Here It Is Easy And Flawless.
Newark 10 Danielle. She Is Awesome. She Went Way Above And Beyond To Help Me Pick A Couch Out. She Was Patient And Kind.
Marysville 10 They Had The Best Prices, And The Customer Service Was Great,
Mount Vernon 10 The Friendliness, The Man That Delivered Our Furniture Was First Class For Sure.
Newark 6 I Called, And They Did Not Call Me Back Regarding Delivery And Paying. I Kept Calling And Getting The Run Around With Her Telling Me She Was With A Customer Every Time  I Called.
Mount Vernon 10 They Treated Me Right.
Newark 10 The Salesperson Was Really Good.  She Let Us Know About The Savings That Was Available To Us.  Delivery Was Right On The Nose And Everyone Was Professional.
Mount Vernon 10 I Was Satisfied With Everything.
Glenford 10 It Was A Great Experience Because Of The Salesperson And The Overall Congeniality Of The Staff.  It Was Easy To Find Things.
Fredericktown 10 I Am Really Happy With The Furniture.  I Like The Five-Day Trial Period.  We Really Liked The Upholstery Warranty They Offer.
Howard 8 The Only Thing I Didn’t Like Was Having To Pay The Delivery Charge.
Johnston 10 I Bought A Few Months Ago And Paid Off My Last Purchase.  I Was Satisfied With What I Got.  I Have Shopped There Three Times Now.
Mount Vernon 10 It Was An Overall Pleasant Experience.
Danville 10 They Were Very Helpful, But Not High Pressure.  They Allowed Us To Walk Around.  When We Made A Decision, They Very Friendly And Helpful.
Mount Vernon 10 We Got A Good Price For Good Merchandise.  The Service Is Good.
Heath 10 The Staff Were Wonderful.  They Were Very Accommodating.
Thornville 10 Everybody Was Very Friendly And Helpful.  The Delivery Was Timely.
Itica 8 I Am Not Sure.
Howard 10 Everything Went Smoothly And I Did Not Have Any Problems.
Newark 10 The Associate Who Waited On Me Was Very Pleasant.  He Wasn’t Pushy.  He Answered My Questions, Rang Up My Sale And Did Everything Very Professionally.
Mount Vernon 10 Lisa Was Really Nice And Took The Time To Explain.  She Did Not Try To Talk Me Out Of Anything, But  Explained What Was More Durable And Would Last Longer.
Sugarcreek 10 We Have Bought From Them Before And Are Good Friends With One Of The Saleswomen.  She Is Such A Good Salesperson.  The Prices Are Good And There Is A Lot Of Selection.
Mount Vernon 8 Lower The Prices Of Their Furniture.
Mount Vernon 8 We Had A Great Experience.
Mount Vernon 10 They Were Having A Sale.  The Delivery People Were Very Polite And Knowledgeable.  The Saleswoman Who Helped Me Was Great.  The Whole Experience Was Very Positive.
Fredericktown 10 They’re Friendly And Helpful.
Newark 3 I Asked To Talk To The Store Manager And They Would Not Even Give Me His Name. Staff Member Noah Was Very Nice And Did Everything I Asked, But One Woman Was Not Helpful At All And Said The Manager Would Not Call Me.
Mount Vernon 10 It Is Always A Great Experience.
Mount Vernon 10 I Got What I Wanted And It Was Delivered In A Timely Fashion.  Everyone Greeted Me Well When I Was There.
Danville 9 They’re A Hometown Store.  I’ve Dealt With Them For Years.
Gambier 10 Alison And Lisa Were Very Nice.  When It Was Delivered, We Decided It Was Not What We Wanted.  They Were Very Nice And Exchanged It.  The Staff Is Very Helpful.  They Did Not Have Any Clocks On Display.
Mount Vernon 10 The Staff Are Extremely Knowledgeable, Patient And Helpful.
Howard 10 We Got The Chair Sooner Then Expected.  Lisa Helped Us A Lot.
Warsaw 10 The Friendly Sales Woman Made It A Great Experience.
Newark 10 We’ve Used Them In The Past.  I Went To School With The Brothers.
Howard 10 The Staff Were Friendly And Helpful.  They Answered My Questions.
Newark 10 The Sales People, Having What I Wanted.
Utica 9 We Were Able To Get Our Questions Answered And Were Able To Get Things Delivered Quickly And With Flexibility To Our Schedule.
Newark 10 Not High Pressure People, Delivery Was In And Out Quickly, Everything Was Good
Mount Vernon 10 I Got A New Mattress And My Back Does Not Hurt Anymore
Mount Vernon 10 I Like When You Go To A Store And You Walk In And People Let You Walk Around Before They Approach You. It Was A Nice Guy That Took Care Of Me.
Gambier 10 The Prices, Good Financing, The Sale For What We Got,
Zanesville 8 I Had Some Trouble With The Furniture Manufacturer. Stay In Better Contact With The Manufacturer..
Granville 10 Have Dealt With Connell’s, Like The Quality Of The Furniture Friendly
Newark 10 The Sales Person Was Friendly, Helpful, And The Delivery And Set Up Was Great, A Pleasure.
Sunbury 10 They Knew Exactly What I Wanted. They Had Lots Of Magazines And Brochures To Choose From.
Zanesville 9 They Had What I Wanted.
Newark 10 This Is The Third Or Fourth Purchase I Have Made. They Are Courteous And They Answer My Questions.
Newark 10 The People That Work There.
Mount Vernon 10 I Liked Lisa Payne And The Other People Who Were Involved.
Frazeysburg 10 I Have Been Looking Around. When I Went In, I Found What I Wanted And The Salesperson Was Really Good.  I Had Been Looking Around For A Couple Of Months, Knew What I Wanted And Finally Found It.
Fredericktown 10 The Salesperson Was Nice And Helpful.
Newark 10 Julie Made It A Great Experience.
Mount Vernon 10 They Were Friendly, The Store Is Local And The Service Was Great.
Newark 10 They Were Very Polite And Courteous. They Got Me What I Wanted And It Came Fast Enough.
Heath 10 The Salesgirl Was Really Nice And Helpful.
Heath 10 I Found What I Wanted.
Mount Vernon 10 Staff And Selection.
Saint Louisville 9 We Were Able To Find What We Wanted At The Price We Wanted To Pay.
Granville 10 The Service We Got. I Bought It On … And Delivery On Tuesday From 3 Different Locations. Julie Was Very Helpful.
Newark 10 She Was Really Nice. I Bought A Set And Did Not Like The Couch So I Took It Back And Got Another One. Very Comfortable And Low Key. No Pressure.
Newark 10 They Were Helpful And The Delivery Guys Were Good.
Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Connell’s Is Spreading Holiday Cheer

Christmas is just a few short weeks away! Can you believe it?

In last week’s post, we gave you some fun family ideas as you celebrate winter break and the Christmas holiday season together. This week, we bring you even more ideas, including simple decorating tips and homemade gift giving inspiration. Go all out this year and make it a season to remember. Stop in to see us for a few new additions to your home. We have great deals going on all month long. Then check out these creative, inexpensive ways to decorate and share the season as a family!

Start out with the basics.

  • Put up the tree and hang a Christmas wreath on your front door.
  • String Christmas lights outdoors or opt for simple ornaments hanging from a bare tree.
  • Buy a few Christmas throws, pillows and table tops as simple indoor decorations.
  • Pull out your favorite holiday table top items to display.
  • Keep your holiday CDs in the player, or stay tuned to your favorite Christmas station all month long.

Simple decorating ideas

  • Tie curtains back with red or green ribbon.
  • Hang your stockings by the chimney with care.
  • Create a festive kitchen using a collection of red and green food items.
  • Wrap your front door in plain white paper, or shiny paper and decorate with a large red bow so it looks like a present itself.
  • A collection of white or off white candles are simple and beautiful.
  • Decorate with garland around doors, windows and mirrors or make a simple table runner with garland and pine cones.
  • Make beautiful centerpieces with large glass bowls or vases filled with fruit, nuts, candy or ornaments of matching colors.
  • Build a gingerbread house.

Homemade gift giving ideas

  • Bake gingerbread men to use as name tags on presents.
  • Christmas cookies!
  • Create candle votives from baby jars. Remove labels, adorn with holiday stickers, roll in clear glue then roll in sugar for a frosted effect.
  • Arrange a beautiful fruit basket and cover in shrink wrap, topped with a festive bow.
  • Make cookie dough or hot chocolate in a mason jar and adorn with ribbon and a homemade name tag.
  • Grow herbs to give away arranged in a beautiful basket for the people who love to cook.
  • Cookie cutters on long ribbons make interesting window displays.

Things to do as a family

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the Christmas lights, sights and sounds.
  • Go iceskating as a family at an indoor or outdoor rink.
  • Play in the snow (if we get any).
  • Round up the gang and venture out to a Christmas play or concert.
  • Entertain family, friends and neighbors at home and maybe even do some caroling.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Prosperous New Year, from our family to yours!

 

 

Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas To All

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. . . and to all a Good Night!

At Connell’s, we love the holiday season! Buying and receiving gifts, holly, garland, mistletoe, Christmas trees, stockings by the chimney, holiday cheer and goodwill toward all.

By now, you’ve likely purchased most of your Christmas presents, but if not there’s still time for those last minute gift items. Stop into Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses for decor across all rooms of your home! The sales are unbelievable and gifts for the home are gifts anyone will appreciate.

Right now, we’re offering NO INTEREST for 24 MONTHS or 24% OFF for CASH!

Plus, through this Saturday, December 22nd, we’re running our #ConnellsHolidayGift promotion. For every mattress sold thru December 22, Connell’s will donate $10 to the charity of our Facebook Fan’s Choice! Check out our Facebook page to learn more and join in the fun!

In the meantime, get in the spirit with these festive Christmas trees . . .

 

 

 

 

 

And this beautiful song . . .

From our family to yours,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

 

 

Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

Each year, most of spend time dreaming about the year ahead. Often that dreaming takes the shape of cultivating New Years Resolutions, Intentions and/or Goals. When was the last time you set a goal for your entire household? Maybe 2013 should be that year! Sit in quiet reflection, noticing the things your home really needs and allow that to direct your efforts. Or, take a few clues from us. Here are FIVE New Year’s Resolutions you can adopt for your own home.

Spend time with family. That’s right. Look around your home and determine if there are any do-it-yourself projects that would be fun to tackle as a family. With home improvement stores everywhere, there are so many things you can do today that you might have had to hire a professional to do in the past. These DIY projects can be as simple as an interesting paint pattern in one of your rooms, or as difficult as completely renovating an entire room or area of your home.

Get rid of stuff. Nothing says “Happy New Year” like the act of de-cluttering. Over time we accumulate so much stuff and in the daily grind we often don’t have the time to go through the stuff until it’s piled up to a mountainous fright. Clean out the garage, basement, or attic. Perhaps the home office has so much paper it’s a fire hazard. Maybe your kids are grown and you still have Disney DVDs lying around. When de-cluttering, think of others. Can you donate it to charity or give it to a friend who would enjoy it?

Cut energy usage in 2013. There are so many ways you can cut your energy usage. Turn the heat down when you are not home. Change your light bulbs to CFL bulbs. Buy a low-flow shower head. Turn off power strips when not in use. Line dry your clothes and try composting for a change.

Purify the air. Get an air purifying system that cleans the air and leaves you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Keep your HVAC system up to par by changing your filters regularly. In fireplaces, burn real wood instead of the pressed wood products you’ll find in stores. And our favorite way to purify the air? Get more houseplants. They are natural air purifiers and they beautify your home like nothing else.

Treat yourself for your hard work. Come to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mount Vernon or Newark, and treat yourself and your home to something special. Perhaps it’s time you get a new mattress so you can sleep more soundly and be able to tackle all of your other goals and intentions for 2013. Maybe a new dining room is in order, or that beautiful sofa, love or sectional is just waiting for a new space within your home. Whatever is your hearts desire, make 2013 the year of your home!

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Fun! Fantastic! Fireplaces!

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The colder weather has changed our habits and we’re snuggling indoors; reading, watching television, listening to music, or cooking up something delicious in the kitchen. Nothing says winter warmth like the beauty of a crackling fire and the sound of family gathered around the hearth. Take some tips from Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses as we help you recover that fireplace into the focal point it was meant to be.

A corner fireplace adds dimension. Perhaps your home didn’t come with a fireplace and you’d like to add one. Never fear, a corner fireplace is fun, quirky, and a beautiful addition to any room. With so many varieties to choose from, adding a fireplace will give your room depth, dimension and warmth. Arrange furniture in such a way that the fireplace becomes the focal point, but be sure to leave as much floor space as possible. Experiment, move and settle into your new beautiful addition.

Curvy lines hold extra appeal. If your fireplace is in need of repair, change the shape of the arch from rectangular to an interesting arch that adds a softness to the room. Use stone or beautiful brick and spread the elements throughout the room to tie it together. Another doorway might match, or a section of the floor might be the best bet.

Tile adds visual vintage appeal to a fireplace or mantle. Choosing a single color of tile, or a mix and match assortment creates a focal point sure to please any eye. Find colors you enjoy that will be easily tied into other pieces in the room. Leave it ultra simple, or add  vintage finds to the fireplace for a cozier feel.

Dress your fireplace up with a screen. Just the simple addition of a screen will add extravagance or elegance to the room. Choose from cast iron with straight lines for a more modern look, or choose a screen with scrolling elements to give the room a soft, cozy feel.

Bookshelves dress up an otherwise bland fireplace. Are you handy, or do you have a few in your household who are? Create built in bookshelves right next to your fireplace for a grand statement, as well as a ready made reading area.

Draw attention to your fireplace with the addition of another focal point. If you fireplace gets lost amid all of the other design elements, add a large mirror or piece of beautiful artwork to the mantle, drawing attention front and center. Use other smaller accents to keep attention where it belongs.

As always, stop into one of the two Connell’s locations in Mount Vernon or Newark today for beautiful home furnishings, plus more ideas to make your house a home. As always, expect exceptional customer service and savings beyond compare.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Love Is In The Air

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses we are feeling the love in the air! Sure Valentine’s Day is one of the many “Hallmark Holidays” but it’s a fun time of the year too. In mid February the weather doesn’t know what to do in Ohio, so take matters into your own hands. Get warm and cozy with the ones you love with sweets, treats, a Valentine’s Day soiree and new home decor!

For The Home. Accessorizing your home for Valentine’s Day is easy, inexpensive and fun. Display a simple flower arangement with white, pink and red roses or carnations in a basic white vase. Create a Valentine’s Day wreath with simple silk roses. Purchase clear glass votives and adorn with red and white candles throughout your home.

Sweet Treats! Throw a small after school party for friends, family and the neighborhood kids complete with sweets
that are sure to please any palette. Add a dessert tower to the kitchen table, full of creatively decorated cupcakes. Set up a cookie decorating station with cookies in the shapes of hearts, homes, cupids and more. Bake a red velvet cake, add white icing and top with strawberries or cherries. Add wholesome foods to the menu, including red apples, strawberries and raspberries. Don’t forget the chocolate! A chocolate fountain perhaps?

DIY Projects.  Create hand crafted memory boards by wrapping a simple cork board in beautiful red, pink and/or white material. Include lots of textures and patterns including stripes, polka dots, hearts, felt and fur. Try your hand at modern Valentine’s Day artwork using your favorite photos and stickers or cut outs from the craft store. Frame and decorate your favorite love quote.

Love Us Too! Go all out and buy that beautiful cherry red sofa you’ve had your eye on since last Valentine’s Day. Add soft, whimsical pillows, throws and table tops to complete your design. Give the gift he or she always wanted on Valentine’s Day instead of Christmas this year. Or treat yourself, just because.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today for beautiful furniture at outstanding prices and the best customer service around.
Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Celebrate This Valentine’s Day

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Last week we offered some Valentine’s Day home decor and fun ideas. This week we’re giving you a reason to get out on the town. You already know that at Connell’s you’ll find beautiful home furnishings at exceptional prices, all provided with outstanding customer service. But we also know you like to live a little. We’ve just made it a bit easier on you. Check out these links for some fun on or around Valentine’s Day. 

Show her you love her with a Candlelight & Roses Dinner at the Davis Shai House in Heath this Friday night. This special evening includes a 6 course gourmet meal, wine & champagne, roses, violinsit & an evening of elegance & warm memories. Call 788-8942 to make reservations.

How about a good ol’ fashion fish bake? St. Leonard Parish Social Hall in Heath is offering a Lenten Fish Bake every Friday beginning February 15th through Lent.

Bolten Field is offering a Valentine’s Day Party and Airplane Ride on Valentine’s Day this year. Treat your loved one(s) with the gift of flight! How special is that?

Make a Valentine’s Family Date this Saturday, February 9th and shop Downtown Historic Millersburg Ohio!

The Ohio Historical Society is offering Valentines by Candlelight on February 11th and 12th from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. After dinner, you will be treated to Ohio Village Singers reciting romantic poetry  and singing beautiful ballads. Call 800-686-6124 to make reservations.

Enjoy a beautiful, romantic Valentine’s Day at Franklin Park Conservatory. “Stroll through a display of exotic orchid blooms, view artwork by Aurora Robson and forget the February chill in the Conservatory’s warm, inviting plant collections and John F. Wolfe Palm House. Enjoy live music by The Shaw Brothers and Elijah Aaron.”

If comedy is more your thing, head to MadLab Theatre & Gallery this Friday or Saturday at 8 p.m. Full Frontal Nudity, their improv troupe, retells your best and worst first date stories from a different point of view.

Show them you love them with the gift of time! Happy Valentine’s Day all!

Monday, August 5, 2013

Connell’s Highlights ‘Social Zone’

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You may have noticed a few changes around here over the last few weeks – and if you haven’t, we’d like to bring your attention to it. Our Home page has been transformed into what we are calling the Connell’s ‘Social Zone.’

 


Why?

Because buying furniture is a personal decision.

Because when you buy furniture you are buying something you are going to create and share memories on.

Our goal is to make your home furnishings shopping experience a much more personal one.

Our goal is to have real time conversations with you via our social networks and to help you navigate through the experience in a way that is meaningful, fun and most of all personal.


The Connell’s ‘Social Zone’ is a real-time feed of all of our social interactions, bringing the full conversation into the public eye. Since the vast majority of folks interact with a number of the social media sites, it provides convenience to our customers. Select the social stream you’d like to join without digging or searching.

We’ve included dynamic content from Pinterest, Twitter, Facebook and our Blog on our Home page. If you are only on one of those social networking sites, you’ll still be able to view and read about what we are doing on the others via this live stream. You can also drill down to the feed you’d like by selecting the icons at the top of the page. Pretty cool, huh?

Check it out and let us know your thoughts. After connecting with us virtually, please stop in to one of our stores in Mt. Vernon or Newark and meet with us in person. Furniture buying should have a personal quality to it, and we’d love to help you select that just right sofa, loveseat, dinette set or mattress to meet the needs of your family. We promise high quality home furnishings at exceptional values every day.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Choosing the Right Mattress

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Have you put enough time and research into choosing the proper mattress? You should! Nearly one-third of our lives is spent sleeping; we invest more time into sleep than any other activity. Because of this, it’s vital to choose the right mattress with the proper support, firmness and size so you can get the sleep you need to live a healthier and more productive life.

Mattress Support and Firmness

The right mattress shouldn’t be too hard or too soft. A soft mattress can potentially provide poor support, resulting in muscle stiffness, and back and neck pain. Look for valleys or bumps on your mattress as a tell-tale sign that’s it’s too soft – consider purchasing a new, more supportive mattress when you find these indicators.

Moreover, a mattress that is too hard can exert too much force on pressure points such as the back, neck, shoulders and hips, which can contort the spine and lead to further sleep disturbances. The perfect mattress should mold to your body while providing gentle support and firmness.

Size

When it comes to mattresses, bigger is better. Consider this, the average person moves around generally 30 times each night. Combine this movement with a partner and sleeping space can become cramped or uncomfortable. Therefore, you may want to consider purchasing a larger mattress so you and your partner can sleep comfortably. Plus, many mattresses are designed to reduce tossing and turning, such as the Tempur-Pedic® Tempur-Cloud Luxe, and to also deflect your partner’s movements so you get the sleep you deserve.

Visit Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Mt. Vernon and Newark for the area’s largest selection of comfortable mattresses in every size designed to provide the proper support and firmness so you can get the sleep you deserve. Our sleep specialists will take the time to help you choose the perfect mattress for your bedroom and budget that provides the comfort you need for a great night’s sleep.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

It’s No Joke! If You Don’t Like Your New Furniture, We’ll Take it Back!

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April Fool’s Day will be here in two days. But we’re not here to fool you into keeping new furniture that you don’t absolutely love. And we’re not joking around with our No Oops™ Guarantee when we say that if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked!

We promise you’re going to love the shopping freedom our No Oops™ Guarantee provides. Never again will you have to settle for furniture you don’t like. You won’t have to compromise with a beige sofa when you really wanted that springtime sea foam green living room set but were too afraid to purchase it. Shop with confidence! Take a chance and buy what you love, because we guarantee you’ll love what you buy at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses.

Here’s what No Oops™ means for you:

  • If you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked!
  • You’ll never have to settle for furniture you don’t like!
  • You’ll never pay additional shipping charges to return your furniture.
  • You’ll never pay restocking or usage fees to return your furniture.

Come to Connell’s all April for foolishly low everyday prices on millions of dollars worth of in-stock furniture ready for immediate delivery to your living room, bedroom, dining room, home office and kid’s bedroom. Visit us in Mt. Vernon and Newark and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for big bargains on spring’s latest styles and fashions.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Welcome Spring Indoors

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Welcome spring in with more ways than one way this season! With the sunshine and longer days we feel vibrant and full of energy. Though the weather is erratic, we’re optimistic knowing what’s to come. As you welcome spring into all aspects of your life, don’t neglect your home! There are so many things you can do each spring to bring more joy and life into your home. Read on for tips to get started.

Let the world know you are ready. Hang a colorful wreath at your front door. Replace your lifeless winter wreath with one matching the bright colors of spring. Choose the bright yellow of  beautiful forsythia or the myriad colors of tulips in bloom.

Let the sun shine in! Replace those heavier winter drapes with a lighter version for spring. Choose a sheer panel curtain or light cotton valance. Purchase blinds that can be drawn in the evening if you live in a busy neighborhood and need some privacy. Open them completely during the light of day and bask in the glorious sunshine.

Breathe easier with houseplants. Bring new life indoors. Choose varieties that do well inside and out. Place them indoors in a sunny location and send them out for a little extra sun when the weather is warm enough.

Try your hand at growing something. Start seeds indoors before sowing them into the soil outdoors. Many fruits, vegetables and herbs can get a head start inside. Experiment and have fun. Won’t it be great to eat tomatoes later this summer that you started from seed? Plus you may discover you have more of a green thumb than you originally thought!

Color your season bright. Replace rich autumn tones with soft spring hues on all cloth items throughout your home. Include pillows, blankets, throws, comforters, tablecloths, napkins and place mats. It will give your whole home a brand new feel.

Get a new perspective. Buy a mirror to splash the sunlight around. Place it in a sunny room pointing out so some of the beautiful outdoors is captured inside as well. Rearrange furniture and see things from a new point of view, literally.

Nothing says spring like spring cleaning. Spend one Saturday a month on various tasks around the home to clean in places that get missed during your normal cleaning routine; wash windows, scrub floors, wash linens. Welcome the newness of spring with open arms.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today and let us help you put some springtime fun into your home!

Sunday, May 1, 2011

April 2011 – Rating 9.3 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
BALTIMORE 10 I Thought The Staff Was Very Friendly.
BRINKHAVEN 10 I Love Our Table And Chairs.  The Only Negative Issue Is That A Corner Booth For Our Table Did Not Come In. We Waited Two Weeks And I Had To Go To The Store To Pick Up The Corner Booth. Date of Sale 03/24-Date of delivery 04/07-customer was quoted 15 day arrival, corner bench was received same day delivery, delivery truck was gone prior to recieving truck coming in! customer did pick up bench dame day of delivery.
BUTLER 10 I Have Been A Customer For Many Years And This Is Just The Place We Go. They Have Good, Reliable Service And We Are Happy With The Product.
BUTLER 10 I’m A  Long Time Customer. The Staff Is Very Informative And Helpful.
BUTLER 10 Steve Carpenter Is The Reason We Keep Going Back. We Are Very Impressed With Him.
CENTERBURG 10 They Way That We Were Treated.
CENTERBURG 9 Everything Was Delivered At The Time Expected.
DANVILLE 10 I Like The Furniture I Purchased.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 Lisa Was Awesome Handling The Difficulty Getting Our Over Due Product In.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Furniture Is Just Wonderful And The Salesman Was Very Easy To Work.
FREDERICKTOWN 8 I Ordered A Mattress And Box Spring Set. I Found Out That They Did Not Have The Box Spring. The Mattress Was Delivered With Another Box Spring That Was Later Changed For The Correct One, So I Had To Go Through Two Deliveries. Date of sale 03/24-Date of 1st delivery 03/29, Oops! Salesperson ordered incorrect boxspring, but allowed the customer to use until correct one came in! Date of 2nd & final delivery 04/08.
GAHANNA 6  Date of Sale 04/01 – Date of Delivery 04/11… NO notes to indicate any issues.
GRANVILLE 8 Nothing
GRANVILLE 7 Be Open On Sunday.
GRANVILLE 4 Due To Something Not Being Right With The Bed. I Need Someone To Come Out Or Exchange It Because Of My Back. This Was Not The One I Tested In Store. Date of Sale 03/11 – Date of Delivery 03/22, Simmons Service warranty issues.. ALL Completed now.
HEATH 10 Mike Frame, The Salesman And Furniture Arrived Sooner Than Expected.
HEATH 9 The Good Selection.
HEATH 8 I Think The Store Should Have More Products In Stock.
HOWARD 10 The Salesman Was Very Helpful And Nice. I Thought The Delivery Staff Was Great.
HOWARD 10 We’ve Dealt With Them A Number Of Years And Are Familiar With Them.
HOWARD 9 I Like The Store And I Was Happy With The Delivery.
HOWARD 8 Previous Purchases Were Not Up To Par. The Staff And Delivery People Are Super.
HOWARD 8 Inspect The Products Before The Delivery. Date of Sale 03/28-Date of Delivery 03/31- We exchanged a boxspring that Delivery crew damaged on delivery! Oops! Exchange was completed 04/07.
JOHNSTOWN 10 Dealing With The Sales Representative And The Delivery Went Well Too.
MANSFIELD 9 The Salesman Was Helpful, No Pressure And The Delivery Men As Well.
MARTINS FERRY 10 I Ordered A Sofa That Was Not Constructed Well So They Gave Me All My Money Back To Make Another Purchase.
MOUNT GILEAD 10 This Is The Second Purchased We Have Made From The Store. It’s A Good Product.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff Is Nice And They Are Friendly.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have Been Customers Of The Store For A Long Time, So We Are Familiar With The Staff.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff Was Extremely Nice.
MOUNT VERNON 10 My Sales Person, Lisa Made This Such A Great Experience.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Lisa Was Very Helpful.  I Like The Bed.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Like That The Store Is In My Home Town.  I Like The People That Work In The Store.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff Is Very Patient And Knowledgeable.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Found What We Were Looking For And Their Service Was Good.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Really Needed A New Chair So  My Son-In-Law Purchased It.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Like The Sales Staff. I Have Shopped At The Store Before And I Appreciate Dealing With The Same People. They Always Assist Me.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Did Exactly What I Asked.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Store Had What I Wanted And The Salesperson Was Very Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Have A Nice Store.  Ashley Was Very Nice And Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Know The Staff And They Treated Me Well.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Quality Of The Furniture.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Salespeople Are Nice And I Like Their Furniture.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff’s Always Been Very Helpful With Good Follow-Up.
MOUNT VERNON 5 Date of Sale 03/30 – Date of Delivery 04/09, Customer decided to pick up, we refunded delivery charge. NO notes to indicate any issues.
NASHPORT 10 I Appreciated That We Were Not Pressured To Make A Purchase. They Gave Us Different Options.
NEW ALBANY 10 From Start To Finish We Like Working With Larry. The Delivery Went Well And We Like The Product.
NEWARK 10 They Were Easy To Work With And The Sales Lady Helped Us Out A Lot.
NEWARK 10 The Service Was Excellent. The Staff Was Polite And The Delivery Was On Time.
NEWARK 10 Everyone We Have Spoken To Has Been Great And The Furniture Is Great As Well.
NEWARK 10 The Staff Accommodated Me Regarding The Delivery. The Service Was Excellent.
NEWARK 10 I Like The Store. There Was A Mix-Up On The Delivery But It Has Been Resolved.
NEWARK 10 I Have Made Purchases From The Store Before.  I Have Always Been Treated Well.
NEWARK 10 I Received Good Service And The Staff Was Very Helpful.
NEWARK 10 Everybody There Was Very Helpful.  Staff Member Jodell Was Very Patient And She Was Terrific To Work With.
NEWARK 10 The Sales Lady, Ashley And The Table I Purchased.
NEWARK 9 They Were Patient.
NEWARK 8 The Sales Lady Told Me The Chair Warranty Was Longer Than The Paperwork.
NEWARK 8 I Had To Reorder Because They Did Not Pay Attention.  I Would Like More Attention To Details The First Time.  Date of Sale 03/05-date of Delivery 04/14-customer quoted 45 day arrival & was communicated to during this time with updated shipping info.
NEWARK 8 I Think They Could Communicate Better. Date of Sale 03/05-Date of Partial Delivery 03/31, Living Room Suit did not make it in time for delivery 03/31-Customer picked up 04/07,
NEWARK 7 Lower The Prices.
PATASKALA 10 They Are A Small Company And The Quality Of The Furnishings.
ST. LOUISVILLE 10 I Always Have A Great Experience With Steve Carpenter.
UTICA 7 It Took Three Weeks To Receive My Furniture. Date Of Sales 03/11-Date of Delivery 04/05, Customer was quoted 30 Day arrival & was communicated to within this time to inform of status.
Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we haven’t forgotten at Connell’s. Have you?

There’s no one else like mom – nurturer, cheerleader, disciplinarian, taxi driver, tutor, biggest fan, nurse. She does it all and asks for no recognition much of the time. Don’t forget your mom this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th. We’ll even get you started with some ideas!

Spend time with mom! 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, have a family walk in the park. Do whatever comes naturally for your family, but just make the time to do it.

Give a simple trinket of affection; 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 sentiments. Go bigger and place several items in a beautiful basket that can be used for other things around the house.

Does your mom work hard? Buy her a gift certificate for a massage, pedicure, manicure, or even a whole day at the spa. All moms spend so much time caring for others, wouldn’t you love to give her one hour or one day to nurture herself?

Is mom the family cook? 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 uses it – choppers, mixing bowls, grinders, a coffee press – the options are limitless and in every price range!

Want to make her cry? 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. Mom will be overwhelmed with the time you spent finding that “just right” gift only 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!

Share your ideas – and this post on Facebook! Show mom you care this Mother’s Day and let us know her reaction!

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Simplistic Design

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Spring welcomes warmer weather, longer days and more time outdoors. It also invites spring cleaning as we open the windows to let the fresh air into our homes. As you embark on spring cleaning this year, declutter and create a simplistic feel in your home. Simplistic design is easy and doesn’t have to be boring. Pops of color and little points of contrast are all that’s needed to liven up an otherwise drab room. Let Connell’s show you how to keep simple in mind while adding pizazz to your home.

Clear it out. Begin with a clean slate. The only way to truly clean is to clear out your space or at least move half the stuff to the other side of the room while getting your hands dirty. Go through your belongings and decide if you truly love it or if you’ve just had it so long you never dreamed of getting rid of it. Separate items into “keep” and “donate” boxes.

Paint the walls. After a thorough cleaning, you may decide it’s time to paint the walls. Consider white, cream or beige to keep the room neutral. It will give you a soft palette to work from as you re-create your room simplistically.

Replace large, overstuffed sofas, sectionals and loveseats with slim-lined pieces to create a simplistic feel to the room and more space to move around. Comfort does not need to be compromised with more modern looking furniture. “Test drive” your new furniture to ensure comfort and appropriateness for your family’s needs.

Choose one accent color. Instead of going crazy with color, choose one primary accent color to give the room depth while keeping its design simple. Use varying shades and intensities of the color to give the room more depth and draw the eye around.

Add texture and pattern to the room. Using your accent color, add a pattern or two to the room to give it some flavor. Add texture in more neutral tones such as white or off white pillows, throws, rugs and tapestries.

Give the room depth. Nothing adds depth to a room more than a mirror. Choose one large mirror or several smaller ones placed close together in a pattern to reflect light around the room.

Explore, play and have fun! With design it’s all about what feels right and works best for you and your family. And Connell’s is always here to help, listen and provide additional inspiration. What are you waiting for? Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook to share your inspiration with the rest of the world!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Sights, Sounds and Smells of Spring

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We’re well into spring and the weather has finally joined us! As you begin to enjoy the beautiful springtime Ohio weather, bring the feeling indoors with the addition of the sights, sounds and smells of the season. Lighter colors, floral prints and sheer fabric all come to mind when thinking of spring, but you are missing other important elements if you focus on color and fabric alone! Use your senses when designing this spring. Here’s how:

Create and hang a beautiful spring wreath. The bright yellow forsythia bushes have bloomed and are now green, but you can still keep the flower essence of the plant in your entryway. Purchase a grapevine wreath and faux forsythia and make a simple, elegant wreath to welcome visitors as they arrive.

Fresh cut flowers are not just for dates and special occasions! Spring is an awesome time for bouquets of all colors, shapes and sizes. Cut blooms from your own spring garden or purchase them from the greenhouse or market and display these beauties in your entryway or on your kitchen table. Find varieties that are both beautiful and powerfully fragrant like lilacs, hyacinth and lily of the valley.

Use soundscapes in your home to add auditory texture. You may be done with the season’s thunderstorms, but there are many beautiful springtime sounds on CD that enhance a relaxing Sunday afternoon. Nature sounds like ocean waves, wind blowing in trees and bird singing are just a few selections available, along with accompanying soothing background music.

Aromatherapy is a beautiful springtime home enhancement. Select a few lighter scents to make your home feel more like the season. Use an essential oil diffuser or burner or place the essential oil in a white vinegar solution for cleaning. Choose lemon, tangerine, lavender or bergamot. Top notes or lighter scents make more sense than the heavier, deeper smells of fall and winter.

Use your creativity! Adding sights, smells and sounds of spring to your home gives it just a bit more oomph than visual creativity alone. Stop by one of the two Connell’s location in Mt. Vernon or Newark today, and don’t forget to visit us on Facebook for more deals, specials and design ideas!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Make Memorial Day Fun with Great Activities

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Memorial Day is a time for remembrance and gratitude. It also indicates the beginning of summertime fun and vacations. Celebrate Memorial Day and the beginning of a great new season with some fun-filled activities with family and friends.

  • Grill out. Entertain family and friends at outdoor gatherings with food and festivities. Invite friends over and celebrate on your back patio or deck with hotdogs, burgers, kabobs and chips for an easy activity.
  • Hang out. If the weather is inclined toward rain, head indoors. Grill out in your garage and dine together in your dining room or relax in your living room and enjoy some of the days popular sporting events, like baseball, the Indianapolis 500 or the Coca-Cola 600.
  • Take a trip. Enjoy the three-day weekend and head to the beach or go boating. Central Ohio has numerous lakes and beaches to visit, such as Alum Creek Lake, Buckeye Lake, Burr Oak Resevoir, Charles Mill Lake, Lake Rupert plus plenty more. Or go hiking and enjoy a picnic at a scenic park like Lake Alma State Park, Wayne National Forest or Lake Hope State Park.
  • Go Shopping. Stand tall and give a big salute to savings during Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses’ massive Memorial Day Sale!

Exercise your freedom to commemorate super storewide savings on the hottest new furniture and mattresses at Connell’s!

  • Hurry into Connell’s this Memorial Day weekend and on Memorial Day from 12 pm – 4 pm.
  • Celebrate no interest for up for 4 full years, with no money down and no minimum purchase on every single item in Connell’s showroom!
  • Take immediate delivery from Connell’s Dream Team Delivery crew for only $39.95.
  • Choose from patriotic American name brand manufacturers like: Ashley, La-Z-Boy, Tempur-Pedic, Simmons Beautyrest, Southern Motion, Howard Miller plus more!

Kick off your summer at Connell’s in Mount Vernon on Upper Gilchrist Road, and in Newark on North 21st Street across from The Grill. Visit our Facebook page or Connells.com for additional Memorial Day BONUS Savings that are on top of 4 Years No Interest. Remember, your purchase is covered by Connell’s No Oops guarantee, if you don’t like your new furniture, Connell’s will take it back.

Hurry into Connell’s to celebrate the savings this Memorial Day weekend!

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Spring Organization Tips

Finally! Open the windows and revel in fresh air! And while you’re at it, complete the final stages of spring cleaning. Now is the perfect time to get down and dirty so your home is sparkling clean for summer. Wash windows and siding, clean windowsills, mop and clean corners and hard-to-reach spaces. But beyond that, reorganize your home in a way that feels open and free. Summer is the season of the most activity, not the time to let your home weigh you down. Clear clutter. Choose a weekend or spread it out over several weeks and incorporate the following tips.

Start with a Spring Cleaning Bucket. Since cleaning in the spring involves more intense cleaning spread throughout the home, organize all of the essentials into a box or bucket that can easily be toted from room to room. Include a scrub brush, toothbrush, towels, washcloths, all-purpose and glass-cleaning sprays and a sponge.

Don’t forget your outdoor spaces. Spring cleaning is about deep cleaning, but its also about de-cluttering your space to welcome the warmer season ahead. Use lattice to organize and arrange gardening tools within easy reach. Purchase a plastic tub to store everyday tools – include your handheld shovels, diggers, hoes, a watering can and seeds for easy planting.

Conceal clutter. Winter is about snuggling and hibernation, but spring invites spaciousness. Now is the perfect time to organize and store those items that do not regularly get used. Place homework tools in drawers or boxes until Fall. Organize or recycle magazines and other loose papers. Install shelves or buy a storage bench for dual use.

Create a summer fun craft station. As you store items the kids were using during the school year, organize an area for them to create fun projects on rainy summer days. Use a box or plastic tote and include crayons, markers, construction paper, glue, scissors, stickers and other items found at the craft store.

Organize and place herbs and spices within easy reach. Spring is the perfect time to plant herbs for use throughout the summer. Keep live herbs in pots in the kitchen or nearby on the deck or patio. Place 10 to 12 of your favorite dried herbs within easy reach for use in salads and on fresh veggies throughout the summer. Fresh basil is fabulous with tomatoes from the garden. Cilantro and garlic are perfect to have on hand for homemade salsa.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today to expand on these ideas, or shop for other items for your home! If you’ve found any of this useful, please share as a link on Facebook for others – and visit our site and Facebook page regularly to take advantage of exclusive online specials and deals.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

May 2011 – Rating 9.5 out of 10

ALEXANDRIA 10 Everyone Was Very Helpful And The Price Was Right.
DANVILLE 10
FRAZEYSBURG 10
FREDERICKTOWN 1 The Delivery Of The Bed And The Illness I Got After Sleeping In It – I Can’t Sleep In The Bed. Follow up was done day after delivery & everything was great with bedding, customer did want to return pillow & we explained to her bedding & pillows were non-returnable.
GRANVILLE 10 The Price And The Nice Staff.
HEATH 8 I Asked If They Would Take My Two Year Old Chair For A Trade In And Was Told No. Then I Heard On Radio That They Do Take Trades
HEATH 8 Quicker Delivery Time. We Had To Wait Well Over One Month, But Some Items Were Ordered As Well. Date of Sale 03/26-Date of Delivery 04/27! Customer was quoted 30 day arrival.
HOWARD 10 We Were Able To Switch Out A Bad Mattress For The Second Time. Manufacturer warranty! Replacement completed
HOWARD 10 I’m A Long Time Customer And I Like The Quality Of The Furniture.
HOWARD 10 I Purchased What I Needed And It Did Not Take Long To Get It.
HOWARD 10 Every One Was Extremely Lovely And I Liked The Peanut Brittle. I Liked The No Oops Policy And The Fact That They Called Me.
JOHNSTOWN 10 They Have Always Treated Us Great.
MARTINSBURG 9 The Nice Respectful People Helped Me Pick Out A Couch.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Well We Love Our Furniture And Larry, He’s Great. He Is The Reason We Go There.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Just Like The Store.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Sales People And Delivery People Were Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Usually Get What We Want And The Delivery Is Timely.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Have Dealt With Them All My Life, They Are Very Friendly And Business Like.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Dont Know, It Just Worked Out Well For Us.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Have Always Purchased From Connells And Have Been Satisfied.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I’ve Been Dealing With Connell’s For Years. I Know The Family And I Trust Them. That’s Just Where I Go For Furniture.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Their Cooperation With What I Needed.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Customer Service & Attention To Detail.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Steve Treated Us Right When We Went In To Purchase A Mattress.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Friendliness. The Sales Person Was Knowledgeable.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Like The Things I Got.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Store Did Everything That Was Promised.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Have Been Going Been Going To The Store For Years And Always Have A Good Experience.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Nice Sales Person And They Have A Good Return Policy.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have Always Done Our Shopping There.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have Dealt With Connell’s For Years, And They Have Always Been Satisfactory.
MOUNT VERNON 7 I Wasn’t Very Happy With The Time Frame That I Received My Bed. Date of Sale 03/24-Date of Delivery 05/13, OUR FAULT! Salesperson wrote king bed up & should have been queen bed! Oops!
NEWARK 10 Everything Arrived Early
NEWARK 10 We Got There About 2 Minutes Before They Were Closing. They Helped Us Right Away, Delivered It In A Few Days. They Also Took Out Old Chair And Gave Us Money For It Which Was What We Wanted. It Was A Good Experience.
NEWARK 10 They Were On Time With The Delivery And Did Everything They Said They Would Do.
NEWARK 10 It’s Good Recliner And I Like It.
NEWARK 10 They Had What We Wanted And I’m Perfectly Happy With It. The People Are Very Nice.
NEWARK 8 Most Of The Furniture Had To Be Replaced, And No One Called To Let Me Know Our Other Furniture Was In The Warehouse Waiting To Be Delivered. Customer was unhappy with 3 pcs of furniture due to fineline scratches! All 3 were replaced.
NEWARK 8 It Took Seven Instead Of The Expected Four Weeks To Receive The Order. Date of Sale 03/05-Date of Delivery 04/26, customer was quoted 30 day arrival & was notified several times of the delay in shipping from manufacturer.
UTICA 10 I Have Shopped There For Years. I’m Treated Well And I Like The Quality Of The Furniture.
UTICA 10 I Wanted It, I Liked It And I Bought It.
WALHONDING 10 I Have Always Been Satisfied.
Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Summertime Stay-cations Right at Home in Mt. Vernon & Newark

June’s the month to git-up-and go! Hit the road for some highway hijinks and take a break to enjoy the sunny warm weather at these local attractions we know you’ll have a blast exploring.

Explore Mt. Vernon

  • Catch the spirit with a cemetery tour. Research your family tree, brush up on your genealogy and visit the gravesite of the Wild Men of Borneo. Creep into the crypts and check in on Chief Sac-A-Manc’s ancient Indian mound.
  • Open your imagination to the undiscovered worlds of lush beauty at the Children’s Garden. Spend a day with your children and enjoy musicals and theatrical performances at the open-air steel amphitheater plus check out the gorgeous half-acre garden displaying a hand-painted mural of the life of Johnny Appleseed.
  • Journey back in time at the New Testament Stone Garden. Take a guided tour through stone arrangements illustrating biblical passages and discover their significance and references to the Bible.
  • What do a fireman and a motorcycle mechanic know about decorating your home? “Git-up-and go” to Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses on Upper Gilchrist Road to find out! Take home souvenirs for your living room, dining room, bedroom, kids room, entertainment room and home office.

Explore Newark

  • Check out the World’s Largest Basket! Tour the birthplace of Longaberger Baskets and sail back in time to the 1950’s at Popeye’s Soda Shop.
  • “I scream. You scream. We all scream for ice cream!” at Ye Olde Mill Velvet Ice Cream Factory. Indulge your sweet tooth on Velvet Ice Cream, watch its cool production and tour Ohio’s only ice cream museum.
  • Birds of a feather flock together for nature lovers at Blackhand Gorge State Nature Preserve. Explore the 970 wooded acres primed for bird watching, hiking, biking, canoeing and visit the sacred Indian Territory where no man was to raise his hand in another.
  • Cruise on over to Connell’s on North 21st Street across from the Grill to see for yourself how a grocery store was transformed into a gorgeous store chockfull of fab furniture at amazing prices!

The best reason to get-up-and-go to Newark and Mount Vernon is Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses! Everything at Connell’s is in stock and ready for immediate Dream Team Delivery for only $39.95 – and it’s all covered by Connell’s trademarked No Oops™ guarantee! If you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, Connell’s will take it back – no questions asked!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Beautiful Bookshelves

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A bookshelf is a wonderful addition to any room regardless of its use. Undoubtedly, if you are book lover, you likely have a bookshelf or two in your home. However, bookshelves are great even if you don’t own a lot of books. Think outside the box and use a bookshelf for a variety of reasons in any room imaginable. Read on for tips on beautifying the bookshelves in your home.

Bookshelves can be the home of nearly anything you’d like to display. Do you have a private collection of any kind? Maybe you have a lot of photos, framed pieces or other possessions that would look fabulous on new bookshelf instead of in drawers or storage boxes.

When choosing a bookshelf, consider use and in which room you will place it. Coordinate it with existing furniture if that’s your style or choose something entirely different for a more eclectic appeal to the space.

Start with a clean slate if you currently have a bookshelf housing books. Go through all of the books you own and determine which ones you will keep and which you’ll donate. Second-hand stores, thrift stores and some shelters are always willing to take in books in need of a new home. Books are priceless gifts that should be passed on once you’re done with them.

Sort, size and color-code your books. Once you’ve determined the books you will keep, sort them by book color, size, and hard and soft back. Envision an overall flow of your bookshelf and be creative in design.

For visual interest, place some books horizontally, while others remain vertical. Keep size of the books relative and look for objects throughout the home to use as bookends to keep them in place.

What makes you happy? What do you love? Add anything else that gives you joy to your bookshelf – vases, pictures, photographs. If you love it, your bookshelf will love it too and give it a proud new home.

Don’t own a bookshelf? With so many uses, start exploring your options today. Also visit either of Connell’s two locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark for more design tips and fabulous home furnishings.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

A Stunning Entryway

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First impressions matter. You consider them in your personal life, shouldn’t you consider them for your home? Make a grand first impression by meticulously grooming the entryway of your home. Entryways are sometimes neglected because they aren’t always entire rooms. Beyond that, they are easy prey to “catch-all” madness because you use them so much. Change all that and make a fabulous first impression for your home.

Pay attention to curb appeal. Take a look at the outside of your home first. Is is visually appealing? Do you have things sitting around that could go elsewhere? Arrange a small seating area on your front porch if space allows. Place a small garden statue in your flower bed. Hang a seasonal wreath or swag on your front door.

Create a focal point directly inside the entryway. What do your eyes first go to? Choose a large beautiful painting or several small framed pictures of friends and family. Fresh flowers are a nice touch and a large mirror adds both appeal and a way to check yourself as you are leaving for the day.

Proper lighting is essential for guests to feel welcome any time of the day. An overhead dome light, wall sconces or a table lamp are all great choices depending on space and existing furniture.

Add some texture. Place a rug in the entryway, or woven baskets for storage if there is enough space. Another great way to add texture and seating is to include a bench with a few pillows for a place to sit while removing shoes.

Don’t forget functionality. While you want the entryway to be ascetically appealing, consider usage and space. Include a table with storage, hooks for coats and a low shelf for shoes, bags and umbrellas.

Divide the space. If your entryway opens into a larger room and there is enough space to separate it from the rest of the room, use a screen, divider or bookshelf to create two distinct spaces.

You are well on your way to making a grand first impression of your home. Stop by either of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for more ideas to turn your house into the home of your dreams.

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Creating a Reading Nook

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Beautiful spring days bring warmth and invite us outside to engage in activities we love, but the cooler evenings draw us into the comfort and warmth of our homes. Create a quiet, comfy spot this spring to curl up with your favorite book while sipping that cup of coffee or hot tea. Instill a love of reading in your kids by giving them the example of a quiet hour each evening in a beautiful contemplative space. Invite them into the space with their books and share in the adventure of a great story. Read on for tips to create a reading nook for your home.

Choose a quiet space, free of distractions. You don’t need much room – a corner of the bedroom, the end of a hallway, or inside a large walk-in closet are all perfect places to call your own. If you choose a larger room for your reading nook, partition the area in a way that creates a cozy, secluded feeling.

Consider lighting. Take advantage of natural light whenever possible by creating your space close to a window. Place a table lamp nearby for overcast days and evening reading time. Choose three-way bulbs with warm light so you can alternate brightness to suit your mood.

Make it your own. Pick colors and patterns that you’re drawn to and make you feel great. Place a few bookshelves nearby for easy access to books and magazines. If the space is large enough, include a small end table or cocktail table for drinks, eyeglasses and other essentials. Add photos, fresh flowers, a houseplant and other knick-knacks for ascetic appeal.

Choose a comfortable seat. Choose a big, comfy chair that you simply melt into; or one of the solid, sturdy varieties to support your back. Be certain there’s enough cushion to cradle you comfortably for long periods of time. Add in pillows for extra softness when you need it and a blanket for warmth.

What are you waiting for? Can’t you hear that corner of your home calling your name? Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon or Newark for more ideas to create comfortable, inviting spaces in your home.

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!

 

 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Home is Where the Heart Is

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We all know the saying, “home is where the heart is.” But during the dead of winter when we’re stuck inside, our hearts grow tired and weary. It’s Ohio, we know what to expect and we also know it won’t be long before sips of sunshine are beaming through our windows each day. Maybe that’s why February and March seem the hardest months to endure. Connell’s to the rescue! Allow your  heart to sing again with design ideas to turn home time into a glorious time!

1. Because homes are designed to be functional, think about this during seasonal changes. The beauty of furniture is that it can be moved. Do it! Arrange a family game space. Pick one room and redecorate, creating a haven for friends and family to gather.  Think outside the box (room) and move a sofa from one room into another. Change or rearrange art, photographs, even televisions and home entertainment systems. Pick your most comfortable furniture and group it together into a “conversation pit”. Swap lighting and center a table in the pit for optimal board game madness. Bring on Banangrams and Pictionary. Move the home entertainment area for the best views of Scene It. Let the games begin.

2. Pick a day each week for culinary exploration. Cook up a storm around a chosen theme. Welcome Friday Family Fiestas! Make tacos, enchiladas, burritos, sopapillas, guacamole, refried beans, spanish rice and salsa. Try your hand at fried ice cream. Be amazed at your success and laugh at your culinary misfortunes. Either way, it’s time well spent with family while learning something new!

3. You don’t have to wait for spring to see signs of life. Green sprouts and flower buds await when you start an indoor garden. Pick the sunniest room of your home and clear it out. Either buy new plants or bring existing ones into the room together. Buy seed packets for your vegetables this year and plant them in your garden room. Read directions, research the internet and await patiently. Arrange a small seating area for  a quiet place to sit and reflect. Know that spring is just around the corner.

4. Rearrange your bedroom or your child’s bedroom. Add color where it was absent, or soften a currently bold look. Pull antique quilts out of storage or buy a comforter for a brand new look. While you’re rearranging furniture, move a chair, loveseat and/or end table into the room for a sitting space. Spend quiet Saturday mornings reading the newspaper or catching up on emails in your newly created space.

Be spontaneous. Be creative. Find ways to reinvent each room in your home. Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for more home design ideas. Before you know it, Spring will be here and you’ll be outside again enjoying the beautiful sunshine!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Texturizing for Room Appeal

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Don’t let fear paralyze you into leaving a room bare and lifeless. Turn boring into vibrant! Color is important, as is furniture and layout, but you should never rely on these elements alone to liven up your room. Texturizing a room – or adding depth, dimension and pizazz – is the perfect solution to a dull space. Go crazy, have fun and give your room oomph with these fabulous ideas to add texture.

Start with the perimeter. Give your walls a little pick-me-up! Start by vising any home improvement store and picking your favorite paint color. Then choose an applicator that applies texture to your paint, such as a sponge. Try experimenting with paint glaze to add sheen to your walls, or even wallpaper a single wall instead of all of them.

Stonework isn’t just for your garden’s edge! Stone, tile and slate are all excellent choices that add depth, dimension and texture to any room. Create a backdrop behind your kitchen stove or sink from a few colorful tiles and create a pattern. Use slate for a chalkboard wall or select stone tiles for your bathroom floor. Options are only limited by your imagination!

Chenille, silk and flannel, oh my! Fabric is an excellent way to add texture to a room. Mix and match fabrics in coordinating or diverse colors on pillows, blankets and draperies. Don’t forget about furniture. Numerous options are typically available on that beautiful sofa you recently eyed in our showroom!

Speaking of furniture, options abound in finish. Traditional oak, maple and cherry are mainstays in the furniture industry, but more contemporary styles and finishes are also now available. Mix and match traditional and contemporary throughout the room. Choose from matte, rustic, shiny, mirrored and glass pieces.

“Out with the old, in with the new” is cliche, literally. Gone are the days of ridding your home of old to be replaced by new. Keep those family heirlooms and antiques, mixing them with new to create a one-of-a-kind look. When visitors ask where you found it, proudly say it was Aunt Betsy’s writing desk. How cool is that?

“Yum, is that baked apple pie I smell?” Scent in a  home adds appeal of its own. Candles, incense and reed diffusers come in all shapes, sizes and fragrances. Choose lemongrass for your entry, fresh laundry in your bathroom and hazelnut vanilla for your kitchen. Fragrance elicits emotion, so choose scents that make you feel great.

Decorating choices should be an expression of you. Are you bold, colorful and creative; or quiet, soft and contemplative? Let intuition be your guide as you embark on a home design adventure! Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today to get started designing a room – or entire home of your dreams.

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

February 2011 – Rating 9.25 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
BELLVILLE 10 I Appreciated The Information Lisa Provided And Her Pleasantness.
CENTERBURG 10 The Sales Lady, Ashley Was Very Good As Well As The  Couch I Purchased.
COLUMBUS 8 It Took A Little Longer For The Delivery, I Had To Call. Date of sale 01/03-date of delivery 01/24-online sale! Quoted 15 day arrival.
DANVILLE 10 The Staff Communicated With Me And The Delivery Men Were Polite And Timely.
Frazeysburg 8 I Think The Store Should Have More Of A Selection In The Bed Area.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 We Won Money To Spend There.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Store Had What I Was Looking To Purchase.
FREDERICKTOWN 6
FREDERICKTOWN 2 I Would Like To Talk About The Service. Date of sale 12/20, date of delivery 01/20, customer changed mind & wanted different chair, after the 5 days Oops! We allowed her to reselect, new chair delivered & other picked up 02/09.
GAMBIER 10 They Were Very Courteous And Prompt.
GAMBIER 10 The Good Price, The Nice People, The Delivery And The Follow-Up Made This Such A Great Experience.
GAMBIER 9 I Like Having The New Furniture And I Enjoyed Browsing In The Store.
HEATH 9 I Was Happy With The Price And The Personality Of The Saleswoman Who Assisted Us.
HOWARD 10 I Appreciated The Friendly People That Work For The Store And Their Good Selection.
HOWARD 9 I Was Happy With The Very Nice, Knowledgeable Service Person And The Very Courteous Delivery Staff.
JOHNSTOWN 10 I Was Able To Find What I Wanted In Less Than Ten Minutes.
JOHNSTOWN 10 We Had No Pressure From The Gentleman, Which Is What We Like.
MOUNT VERNON 10 A Good Salesman, Good Service And Follow -Up.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Were Very Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Service And The Quality Of The Product.  Lisa Is The Person I Deal With.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff’s Very Friendly And Willing To Help Their Customers.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Service Is Excellent.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Customer Service Was Great. The Purchase Came On Time.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Sales Woman Was Very Informative.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Appreciated The Friendly, Helpful Staff.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Shopped Around But Found The Chair There.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have Dealt With Them For Years And Have Never Had Problems.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Liked The Professionalism Of The Delivery Staff. They Made Sure No Dirt Was Tracked In. My Only Disappointment Was How Long It Took For The Item To Arrive.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff Knows Us. They Are Always Accommodating. The  Delivery Was Good And They Worked With Our Schedule.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Happy With The Salesmen And The Delivery.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Have Given Me Exactly What I Asked For And The Service Was Above And Beyond What I Anticipated.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Always Know That They Are Going To Meet The Needs.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Sales Girl Was Really Good, And I Like Their Furniture.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Think The Staff Is Really Cooperative.  They Bent Over Backwards To Find What We Needed.
MOUNT VERNON 9 I Did Not Have Any Trouble, They Did What They Said And They Got The Item To Me.
MOUNT VERNON 9 Steve, The Salesman, Works With Us Very Well And Is Honest.
MOUNT VERNON 8 It Was An Experience.
MOUNT VERNON 1 I Would Like Someone To Tell Me What The Status Is With The Replacement. Date of sale 01/13-date of delivery 02/03, customer quoted 45 day arrival. Back panel was damaged & new ordered & completed on 03/01.
NASHPORT 10 I Knew My Salesperson.
NEW ALBANY 8 There Was A Little Problem With The Pricing. I Ended Up Paying More Than Quoted. Misquoted pricing & customer was notified, split difference in price discrepancy.
NEWARK 10 Larry Is Nice.
NEWARK 10 I Think They Are Easy To Work With.  I Have Known The Family Over Thirty Years.
NEWARK 10 I Thought The Salesman Was Great And Our Delivery Experience Was Very Pleasant.
NEWARK 10 The Staff Was Very Kind And Accommodating.
NEWARK 10 The Salesman Was Helpful And Nice. The Delivery Was Way Above Average.
NEWARK 10 The Previous Issue We Had With The Order Was Taken Care Of.
NEWARK 10 I Have Dealt With Connells For Years. They Treat Me Well So I Continue To Go Back.
NEWARK 10 Everyone, Including The Delivery Men Are Very Courteous And Leslie Was Awesome.
NEWARK 9 Everybody Was Very Friendly And Helped Us.
NEWARK 8 Nothing. It Was A Very Good Experience And The Sales Staff Are Not Pushy.
NEWARK 8 The Delivery Was A Little Late.
NEWARK 8 I Think They Should Improve On Their Time Frame. It Took A Couple Months To Receive My Furniture. Date of Sale 11/13-Date of Delivery 1/27-quoted 30 day arrival, communicated several times w/ customer regarding delay @ factory.
NEWARK 8 There Is Nothing.
PATASKALA 10 My Daughter Shopped At The Store Previously. The Delivery Was Good And Nice.
URBANA 10 The Salesman, Steve Was Very Kind.
UTICA 10 We Have Always Had A Great Experience.
UTICA 10 The Store Did What We Wanted Done.
Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Storage Solutions

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Old Man Winter won this year! Undoubtedly, the cold halted all outdoor pursuits and havoc prevailed on an otherwise organized home as you were forced to stay indoors. As always, Connell’s is here to help. We have furniture and accessories to create the perfect mood. Lucky for you we also have storage solutions to help you stay organized as you transition from one season to the next.

Oh no! Your winter coats have taken over your house! Put them away by clearing out a small space in your entryway for a new coat closet that can double as an organizer during the warmer months. Small, movable closets are available which measure just a few feet wide and stand about six feet tall. Most have hooks, a closet area to hang larger coats and jackets, plus drawers and cubbies. Once winter has passed, use the closet for storage of other often-used items such as raincoats, umbrellas and book bags.

Storage cubes and ottomans keep family game night within easy reach. These convenient storage places are perfect for living room or family room use. Keep cards and board games out of site when not in use and use these storage spaces as a playing area when you need one fast! Magazines, remotes and books can also be easily hidden to keep clutter at bay.

The kids’ rooms become messy easily as more time is spent indoors. Puzzles, games, Legos and video games become a giant pile after just one afternoon. Storage solutions for kids are both fun and functional. Purchase shelves with removable baskets to individually store items. Color code toys and games by basket for easy clean up and retrieval.

A writing desk is a wonderful family organizational tool. Adding this piece of furniture to your home organizes the most chaotic mess of all – paper. This family space saver is a great way to keep everyone’s schedules coordinated and within easy reach. Mail has a central place to land before opening and organizing. Choose separate drawers for each person in the family. Use the center drawer for commonly shared items such as pens, paper, scissors, tape, stamps and paper clips.

Get organized now, before bigger Spring cleaning begins over the next few months. You’ll feel lighter and happier when you do. Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today for other ideas and inspiration to get—and keep—you organized.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Perfect Playroom

Child’s play is essential and a playroom encourages it! Create the perfect space to foster growth and imagination within your kids. Our homes are designed around our own needs and conveniences, but children should have a place of their own. While an entire room is ideal, it isn’t necessary. No matter the size of your home, a playroom is possible. A closet is big enough for a reading nook or computer area. Read on for ideas to create a sacred space for your little ones.

Identify the ideal space based on the size of your home and the age of your children. Map it out. Basements, attics and small spaces underneath the stairs are ideal choices for a child’s playroom, especially in smaller homes. Choose colors and theme. Include your children in the planning if they are old enough to make informed choices. Will the walls be plain or have designs? Are you artistic or do you know someone who is? If free-hand painting isn’t an option, removable art decals are another option for adding a whimsical feel to the room. A playroom is the perfect place to showcase expression and creativity.

Consider design based on the ages of the children who will use the room. Plan for today and tomorrow both. When choosing furniture, less is more. Allow plenty of open space for play. Keep pieces simple and in neutral colors so they continue to adapt and function over the years.

Create a few “stations” for various functions. If space in one room is an issue, identify a few separate play areas within your home. A reading corner allows for quiet introspection, while an art area encourages creativity. Choose furniture that suits each station. Chairs, benches, shelves and lighting are essentials in the reading nook, while a large flat surface provides the space needed in an art area. Storage is essential in all play areas to keep it organized. Choose options easiest for kids to get in and out of effortlessly.

Stop by one of the two beautiful Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for other ideas and inspiration to enhance your home.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Connell’s March Promotion

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Did you know that Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses is on Facebook and Twitter? We even have our own YouTube channel! And in case you didn’t know, we regularly run exclusive promotions and offers for our followers of these sites. So what are you waiting for? Hop aboard and follow us for specials, promotions and contests, design tips and even inspiring quotes from famous people. You follow your friends. Why not follow us too?

During the month of March 2011, Connell’s is offering a $2500 Room Makeover when you show us your Spring Cleaning Project on Facebook and it’s so simple to enter! Follow the link, then post a photo and explain why your room should win! Disclaimer: You must be at least 18 years of age and live in Ohio. See all official contest rules for details.

Dream a little. You could win that beautiful sofa you’ve been wanting for your living room or a new mattress to ease you into sweet dreams this spring. Maybe it’s time to organize a home office. Choose from desks, office chairs, credenzas, bookshelves, storage and more. Whatever you desire, Connell’s is sure to please. All purchases are backed by Connell’s exclusive No Oops Guarantee. If you don’t like it, we’ll take it back no questions asked!

What are you waiting for? Visit Connell’s on Facebook today for a chance to win $2500 in home furnishings! Go now! Offer ends on March 28th.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Spring Decorating Tips that Won’t Bust Your Budget!

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Spring’s a time for change! It’s a new season and colorful new life is around us. Invite spring’s fresh and delicate colors into your home and refresh your living room and bedroom with some great looking, yet inexpensive, design tips from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses.

  • Lighten Up! Kick that boring old dark-colored sofa, loveseat or recliner to the curb and invigorate your room with lighter, mid-toned colors. Decorate with the colors you see naturally occurring in nature, such as magenta, marigold, aqua blue, spring green, teal and even try hot pink!
  • Add accessories! Pillows and throws are a fantastic way to introduce some lighter colored fabrics into your room. Add patterned pillows with calm and tranquil colors to a solid-colored sofa to add bursts of flair. Or toss a patterned throw on the back of a chair, sectional or futon to bring your room to life. Hang colorful wall art and illuminating mirrors for some seasonal springtime style.
  • Paint! Rejuvenate a dreary dining room or lackluster bedroom by repainting the walls with some colorful paint. Designers agree this is a cost-saving solution since a couple of gallons of paint are very inexpensive, plus you can do it yourself. Try a color you’ve always been curious about – and if you hate it, just paint over it. Some suggestions: test out light and clean colors, like kiwi green, pale violet or coral blue.
  • Flowers! Indoor plants and fresh flowers will bring colorful life to any room. Try to be consistent with your floral arrangements. Choose a color scheme, use the same type of flower and place your floral arrangement in a pretty glass holder. Top it off with a little lace or a satin ribbon tied around your beautiful bouquet.
  • De-clutter! Clutter is distracting. No matter how beautiful your room is, unsightly piles of magazines, movies and media will ruin your spring decorating. Put entertainment in its place with media chests and hutches and stash your work away in filing cabinets, desks, and credenzas for your home office.

Visit Connell’s two convenient locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for hundreds of stunning styles from spring’s latest furniture and mattress fashions. It’s all in stock, ready for immediate delivery and protected by Connell’s famous No Oops™ guarantee—if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked, no restocking fees, no return delivery charges and no penalties.

Friday, April 1, 2011

March 2011 – Rating 9.49 out of 19

ALEXANDRIA 7 The Chair Ordered Came In The Wrong Color. This Has Been Resolved. Date of sale 03/04-date of 1st delivery 03/10, discovered salesperson entered wrong fabric, corrected & re-delivered 03/17, refunded delivery charge for inconvenience.
BUTLER 10 Ashley Was Very Helpful.
BUTLER 10 The Salesperson Was Very Helpful And Assisted Us In Finding The Right Mattress. We Were Not Pressured And Came Back To Make The Purchase.
BUTLER 10 It Was Easy And Hassle Free.
CENTERBURG 10 The Staff Is Very Helpful. I Have Always Been Pleased With Them. They Are Very Easy To Work With.
CENTERBURG 10 When We Walked In The Door We Were Asked If We Needed Help. The Staff Was Available When We Were Ready.
CENTERBURG 10 We Have Always Had A Good Overall Experience. The Only Improvement To Be Made Is That The Delivery Staff Need Some Kind Of Shoe Cover. We Were Left With Dirt Smudges On The Carpet The Mattress And The Stairs.
CENTERBURG 10 I Thought They Were Really Helpful.
CENTERBURG 10 They Were Honest, Upfront, And Friendly.
CENTERBURG 10 Friendly Customer Service As Well As Good Recommendations.
CENTERBURG 8 I Had To Wait For The Purchase To Be Ordered. date of sale 02/19, date of delivery 02/28, reg box would not fit in home, needed to order split queen boxes, delivery complete 03/09.
COLUMBUS 10 We Have Been Going To Connells For Five Years And They Are Terrific.
DANVILLE 10 My Salesman Made This A Great Experience.
DANVILLE 10 I’ve Been A Connells Customer For A Long Time.  I Like The Furniture And The Staff,  Including Julie.
DANVILLE 6 I Had To Pay For The Item Up-Front. It Arrived Sooner Than Expected, But I Was Not Comfortable With Their Pre-Payment Policy.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Lady That Helped Us, The Timely Delivery, And I’m Happy With The Chair.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 I’ve Known Connells And Steve Carpenter For Years. I  Always Purchase From There.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Staff Was Very Friendly.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 They Are Easy To Work With. The Item Was Not In Stock When I Went To Pick It Up So The Store Delivered Free Of Charge.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 I’ve Shopped With Them Before And The Experience Was The Same.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 I Had A Fabulous Sales Lady. I Have Purchased From Them Since The Eighties. They Are Always Very Nice And Professional.
FREDERICKTOWN 9 The Service Is Always Good.
FREDERICKTOWN 9 I Am A Long Time Customer.
FREDERICKTOWN 5
GAHANNA 9 They Were Very Nice To Me.
GALENA 10 The Staff Let Me Look Around And After I Made Up My Mind They Helped Me.
GAMBIER 10 We Like What We Purchased And The Delivery Was Timely.
GAMBIER 10 The Sales Associate, She Was Awesome.
GAMBIER 10 The Delivery Staff Was Wonderful.
GAMBIER 10 The General Excellent Service. Everything Was Smooth And Professional.
GLENMONT 10 Our Helpful Sales Lady.
GRANVILLE 10 It’s Easy To Shop At The Store. The Delivery Men Were Nice, All Around Good Experience.
GRANVILLE 10 We Like The Sales And Delivery Staff.  Everything Was Fantastic.
HEATH 10 Leslie Provided Wonderful Customer Service.
HEATH 10 I Liked The Salespeople.
HEATH 10 The Sales Lady Was Extremely Professional, Knowledgeable, And Stayed After Hours To Make The Deal. It Was Because Of Her That We Purchased From This Location.
HEATH 9 We Were Greeted Right Away And Had A Good Experience.
HEBRON 10 They Were Courteous And The Delivery Was Prompt.
HOWARD 10 The Staff Was Friendly And They Gave Us Space To Look Around.
HOWARD 10 I Have Dealt With The Store Before. They Didn’t Rush Me To Make A Decision. The Delivery Went Well.
HOWARD 10 The Staff Was Helpful.  Found What I Wanted And The Store Is Close To My Home.
HOWARD 10 They Were More Than Glad To Help Us And The Delivery Men Were Super.
JOHNSTOWN 8 I Dont Know.
LANCASTER 10 Everyone Was Willing To Work With Us Without Any Pressure.
MARTINSBURG 10 The Polite Sales Lady Is Very Good At Her Job.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Have Been Going To Connells For Over Twenty Years.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Salesperson Made This Such A Great Experience.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Delivery Staff Was Early And I Found What I Wanted.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Sales Person Was Very Informative Of What I Was Looking For And Did Everything As Promised.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Purchase Went Pretty Smooth.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Always Like The Service And Have Been Going There For Years.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Are Treated Like Family There.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Have Purchased From Connells For Years And Will Continue.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Whole Experience Was Pleasant Because Of The Sales And Delivery People. No Complaints.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Thought They Were Nice.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Like The Service And Their Promptness Is Appreciated.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Deal With Lisa All The Time. She Is Wonderful And I Have Known Ed Since School Days.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Have Dealt With Connells For Years, I Know Ed And Linda.
MOUNT VERNON 10 From Beginning To End, They Made Sure I Was Happy With Everything.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Good Price.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Delivery Staff Was Very Nice.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Eighty Percent Of It Is The Sales Lady.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Think Staff Member Steve Is Very Personable. The Staff Knows Their Customers. I Had A Good Experience
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Like Lisa And Her Helpfulness. The Delivery Men Were Really Good.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Found What I Was Looking For To Match My Furniture.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Are Local And Provide Good Service.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Have Always Liked It And The Products Are Good. The Delivery Staff Worked Out Well.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Appreciated That The Store Was Able To Provide Me With A Chair To Suit My Temporary Inconvenience.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Am Really Pleased With The Chair.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Trust The Store And The Delivery Men Were Very Good.
MOUNT VERNON 9 The Store Is Close To Home.
MOUNT VERNON 9 We Found What We Liked And Were Treated Well.
MOUNT VERNON 9 I Found What I Wanted.
MOUNT VERNON 8 I Can’t Really Think Of Anything Right Now.
MOUNT VERNON 8 Take Less Time To Get The Ordered Parts Is My Only Complaint. date of Sale 02/19-date of delivery 02/23, service call 02/28, determined reclining sofa mechanism needed replaced, had to order complete mechanism, service installed & replaced 03/29, ended up replacing sofa w/ brand new one! Exchanged with new on completed 04/07.
MOUNT VERNON 0 Date of Sale 02/11-Date of Delivery 02/18, original wanted a sofa, & cancelled same day because she did not want to pay an additional delivery charge of $39.95, but wanted 2 separate deliveries.
NEWARK 10 They Had Exactly What I Wanted And The Order Was Filled Quickly.
NEWARK 10 The Staff Is Very Friendly And The Delivery Went Well.
NEWARK 10 The Help I Received And The Delivery Guys Were Excellent.
NEWARK 10 I Like Our Salesman. He Is One Of The Main Reasons We Keep Going Back.
NEWARK 10 I Always Feel Comfortable Going To The Store.
NEWARK 10 The Salesperson Was Very Nice And Pleasant.
NEWARK 10 The Store Has A Wide Selection And We Got What We Wanted.
NEWARK 10 The Staff Was Real Helpful, Not Pushy, And Knowledgeable.
NEWARK 10 The Help That We Received At The Store.
NEWARK 10 I Was Happy With The Quality Of The Furniture.
NEWARK 10 Convenience
NEWARK 10 I Return For The Good Customer Service.
NEWARK 10 The Staff Was Friendly.
NEWARK 10 I Appreciated The Assistance I Received While I Was In The Store And I Thought The Delivery Was Great.
NEWARK 10 They Have Always Been Really Good With Us.
NEWARK 10 The Store Is Close By And The Good Quality Furniture.
NEWARK 10 The Staff Is Very Helpful And Friendly.
NEWARK 9 The Salesperson And The Price Is Good. The Delivery Hours Need To Be Extended.
NEWARK 9 The Sales Person We Were Working With Last Night.
NEWARK 8 Better Communication Regarding Delivery And Pick-Up Of The Item.
NEWARK 7 We Purchased Our La-Z-Boy Sofas Back In The Fall And Just Got Them. The Store Never Followed Up To Let Us Know Our Order Would Take Longer To Come In. Date of sale 10/15-date of delivery 02/18! Fabric delays throughout! Many followups made with customer informing of manufacturer delay, sales adjustment was given to customer for their patience in waiting.
NEWARK 4 I Was Disappointed With How Long It Took To Get Everything. It Took Eight Weeks. Date of Sale 12/20-Date of Delivery 02/16, customer was quoted 45 day arrival, & was called a few times during this wait to inform him of delay from manufacturer.
PATASKALA 10 I Thought They Were Very Accommodating. I Appreciated That They Had A Place For The Kids To Go. Everything Was Great From Start To Finish, Including The Salesman.
PATASKALA 10 Good Quality And The Variety Of Choices.
REYNOLDSBURG 10 I Grew Up With One Of The Managers. My Experiences Have Been Issue Free.
THORNVILLE 10 Leslie Was Very Nice And The Delivery Staff Is Great.
THORNVILLE 10 I Liked The Sales Representative.
THORNVILLE 9 We Like The Service And The Furniture Quality For The Price.
UTICA 10 I Have Always Had A Good Experience With The Staff And The Financing. I Would Recommend. Also, I Appreciate Their Follow-Up Calls.
UTICA 10 We Found What We Wanted And The Saleswoman Was Nice.
UTICA 9 The Staff Made This Such A Great Experience.
UTICA 7 The Delivery Times Are Not Conducive To Working Customers Schedules. Our delivery guys work Monday-Friday, they start @ 8 am
Wednesday, June 15, 2011

That’s Entertainment

Now is the best time of the year for friends, family and entertaining! Whether you’re having a themed party or just an informal gathering of friends, Connell’s has both ideas and home furnishings in  stock! Stop in today for that perfect new piece of furniture or home accessory to add a little extra spark to your abode. Connect with us on Facebook for daily inspiration and special offers. And absolutely read on for spring/summer entertainment ideas!

Use the weather to your advantage. Get out the grill, set up that badminton and cornhole game and enjoy the company of friends in the great outdoors. Ask friends to bring a side dish while you provide the grillin’ grub. Spread your patio or porch furniture out into conversation areas throughout your yard or property.

Have a Sunday brunch or tea party. Invite friends and family over for an informal Sunday gathering after church. Create and place a beautiful springtime centerpiece on your dining room table and in your entryway. Arrange a few additional seating areas with the help of portable benches, ottomans and storage cubes. Play soft music and start your week off right! Allow guests to mingle indoors and out depending on weather.

Try something new. Warmer weather invites growth which produces beautiful fruits and vegetables from the garden. Choose your favorite fruit or vegetable and find a new recipe with it as the featured food item. Lighter fare like appetizers and chilled soup are wonderful selections this time of year.

Flowers on food? Yes! Use real flowers on food as a garnish – but make sure to inform your guests that they are just that! Whip up simple vanilla cupcakes with cream cheese icing and add beautiful spring flowers to the top for that extra pizazz. Your guests will say, “how beautiful! I never thought of that!” and you’ll look like a domestic goddess. Score!

Celebrate family! It’s not necessary to invite guests to have a good time. Announce to the kids that you are having a Family Night and throw a party for yourselves. Let the kids help make kabobs and other finger foods. Have them set the table and get out the games. Whether outside or in, a good time is sure to be shared by all.

At Connell’s, we don’t just sell furniture and mattresses! We help you celebrate your home. After all, there’s “no place like  home.” Stop in to one of our two locations today for home furnishings, mattresses, accessories and other ideas to turn your home into a wonderful gathering place for friends, family, and acquaintances. And don’t forget to find us and share your experiences on Facebook! Stop back next week for more home ideas and design tips!

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Make Your Home a Sanctuary

Summertime invites a plethora of socializing, sports and outdoor activities. Luckily we have more energy in the summer with the warmer, brighter and longer days. Don’t drain yourself with all the get up and go! Take time to pamper yourself so you feel energized and ready for the beautiful days of the season. Read on for ideas to treat yourself like the king or queen of the house you are.

Make your bedroom a relaxation haven. We often take care of every other room in the home and ignore our bedroom. Change that! Your bedroom shouldn’t be a catch-all, but a place of rest and rejuvenation. Clear the clutter and get rid of anything that doesn’t invite a clear mental attitude.

  • Place a nightstand next to your bed and keep a book, journal or pen there. Take the time each night for some reading or gratitude reflection and journal writing.
  • Add some extra throw pillows and soft blankets to snuggle in as you doze off to dreamland.
  • Buy a stereo or music player for soft music when its time to relax.
  • Shop for a new mattress if yours is old and not supporting you the way it should be.

Set up a bathroom spa. Create a basket or box for an on-the-go spa experience. Keep it neat and organized so you can reach for it anytime you need a quick pick me up! Include the following:

  • A nail kit complete with cuticle softener, nail files, smoothers, hand moisturizer and nail polish
  • A pedicure kit with sugar (to make a sugar scrub) and foot bath
  • A shower kit with soaps, gels, loofah and scrubs

Give yourself the comfort and convenience of a reading nook. For ideas on organizing the area, read this post.

Nothing says summer like old fashioned ice cream! Get some sundae glasses, cherries, chocolate, sprinkles and an ice cream maker and spend time unwinding in your kitchen with the kids in the evening. I scream, you scream, we all scream for ice cream!

Create a family gathering space. Find a spot in your home and set up a lounging area for family and friends to unwind. Make the space television-free so it invites good old family interaction. The space can be anywhere room allows. Place movable pieces of furniture including chairs, ottomans, loveseats and storage benches in the area. Add throws and pillows for comfort.

Try some of these tips or run into one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today and talk to a sales associate about ways to turn your home into your own summertime sanctuary. You’ve got the home, family and ideas – we’ve got the goods to make it perfect for you for any occasion.

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What’s Your Decorating Style

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We all have style preferences. Each of us dress with our own flair, expressing our personalities.  We all have certain food preferences, and we all have different tastes when it comes to our home’s decor. Some of us prefer new homes with wide open spaces, while others like the look, feel and charm of an old home. What we put inside of our home also says a lot about us. Did you know that there are actual decorating style names?

Throughout the years, most people adhered to a particular style of decorating. And while a strict sense of style remains popular for some, more often than not you’ll find more versatility in design style these days. Still, an overall theme will typically prevail. Keep it similar or mix it up. It’s up to you. Read on for some generalities in design style. And as you do, dream a bit about some changes you’d like to make to your home’s decor and then stop by Connells for great furniture, value and customer service you’ve always come to expect. From big pieces like sofas, loveseats and sectionals, to small items like table tops, lamps and artwork; we’ve got you covered.

Traditional. This style borrows from 18th century England. Wood finishes are typically in darker colors like cherry and oak. Deep, rich hues, along with beautiful, and sometimes formal texture prevail. You might find the pairing of a small print on a pillow with a floral patterned sofa in this style. You would also generally find a large mix of highly polished pieces in a traditional style room. Textures are typically both dull and shiny to provide variation and appeal.  Details are key in woodworking and on fabrics. You might see tassels and fringes in this style of decorating.

Modern/Contemporary. Sleek, straight lines with very little additional pieces in the room beyond the actual furniture denotes a modern or contemporary design style. Most furniture sits lower to the ground and the colors are often neutral. The most popular wall color is white or off white and color is sometimes used in various places within the room for a dramatic affect.

Transitional. This style marries traditional and contemporary furniture and accents into a blend of timeless classics. Lines are simple yet sophisticated and can be straight or rounded, or a mix of both. The background color is often soft or muted, allowing for accent pieces to give the room some “pop” and pizazz.

Country. In a country style home decor, you’ll find finished and unfinished pieces, baskets, quilts and folk art. You might find a mix of gingham and floral patterns on sofas, chairs, pillows and throws. The feel is “homey” and “lived in.” Antiques, chalkboards and an apple pie scented candle would complete the look and feel. A type of country design may include Americana themed accents in red, white and blue. Barn stars and other simple American symbols or words like faith, hope and love, along with grapevine wreaths and trees are still popular.

Cottage. This style is comfy, cozy and lived in. Cottage is typically associated with white picket fences and old-style shutters on the windows. Browse a Pottery Barn catalog and you’ll really get a feel. Colors are muted, understated or white. Fabrics are soft and comfortable with dashes of texture all around. It has farmhouse appeal with rustic elements, warm woods and rich tones throughout.

These are just a few design styles. There are many more to choose from: eclectic, shabby chic, French country, art-deco, global chic, old world, bohemian chic and more. The key is to go with your instinct and do what feels right for you, your style, preferences and the way you live.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Arranging a seating area

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No, it’s not true. Your home isn’t plotting against you. It’s just that each room has its unique challenges.  Take living areas for example.

If you live in an older-ranch style home, your living room might be long and narrow.  If your home is a modern two-story residence, you may have a “great” room big enough for an army encampment.  Yet if you happen to be an apartment dweller, your living room may be barely large enough for a sofa.

Here are a few tips for arranging seating to solve these pesky problems.

Start with a focal point. A focal point is an architectural detail or decorative accent that draws immediate attention within a room.  Most family areas have a fireplace or dramatic window as a focal point.  In your home it might be a striking painting or an aquarium. You’ll want to arrange seating in a group to take advantage of this focal point.

Look at traffic flow. Take at look at the location of doorways.  Will family traffic move through the room from side-to-side or at an angle? Seating should be placed to allow for traffic to pass easily around and not through the grouping.

Consider Your Options. There is no rule that says a sofa must sit against a wall.  In fact, placing a sofa perpendicular to a wall creates drama. There is also no rule that says a sofa and loveseat must be combined in a seating arrangement; it frequently isn’t the most logical or comfortable option.

In fact, there is no rule that says a sofa needs to be used at all.  A comfortable seating area can be created by combining a chaise or loveseat with accent chairs.

What’s most important is to create an inviting conversation area.  Some rooms just need a little creativity.

Get Creative. Segment long, narrow rooms into separate seating areas.  One spot might include two small accent chairs facing a sofa, while the other seating location may have two armless chairs flanking a bistro table.  As an alternative, a comfy discussion area can be created in an out-of-the-way corner.

Use area rugs to define separate seating areas in a very large room.  A sectional sofa can become a comfortable conversation nook at one end of a “great” room with a group of loveseats or accent chairs at the other end.

When a room is square, concentrate seating in one single area. If family traffic flows along the edge of a living room, place twin sofas on either side of a fireplace or entertainment center.

If your home is an urban condo with a very small living room, go with a loveseat or apartment-size sofa and a single small accent chair and ottoman.  The ottoman can be moved to provide additional seating as needed.  Think about adding a cocktail table with nested seating underneath which can be pulled out when friends arrive.

Visit Connell’s today in Mt. Vernon or Newark and let one of our sales representative show you the many seating options available in store today.

 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Choosing the Perfect Chair

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Well it’s finally happened. Your dog has taken over your favorite chair for good. It’s always been this way. You’ve loved that chair, but let’s face it. When it comes right down to who gets the chair, the dog always wins.

The solution? Buy a new chair, one just for you. Yet the chair the dog owns matches the rest of your furniture. So now how do you find a new chair that works with the rest of your furniture? The task is not as hard as it may sound.

You’re in luck. Gone are the days when each piece of furniture in a room had to match. In fact, today’s decorating is much more flexible and fun. Your new chair can be totally different in style, color and fabric. Whether you plan to replace an existing chair or buy a completely new one, what’s most important is that it fits both you and the purpose of your room.

Think about the role the chair will have in the room. Will it be a big, comfy chair to curl up in and read – one that you’ll sit in every day? Or will it only be used for extra seating when guests come to visit?

Who else will sit in the chair? Does the chair need to accommodate a strapping young man? An elderly relative?

Will the chair primarily be a decorative accent so style, color and fashion are most important?

Once those questions have been answered, it’s time to think about where the chair will be placed in the room. The location should provide 12-18” of space around it for walking and moving.

Measure your existing chair both inside and out. The height, width and length of an accent chair are important for two reasons. First, the chair will need to fit in the space you’ve chosen. Second, the overall scale of the chair should be in proportion to the other furnishings in the room. If you’d like a smaller or larger chair, adjust the size accordingly.

Take the dimensions with you to Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses when you shop. When you see a chair you like, sit in it just as you would at home. Cross your legs; lean back; tuck your feet up.

Does the seat depth allow you to sit comfortably and support your back?  Are the arms the right height for you to read your newspaper? Is the seat cushion as firm or soft as you like?  Will the height of the chair back allow you turn your head easily?

Ask your sales representative to show you several sizes and styles of chairs. Although you’ve had a club chair for years, maybe it’s time for something classy and traditional.  Or for a new twist, try a chic chaise or armless chair.  Have you thought about a high-leg recliner?

You can even share your chair with your dog. Look for a roomy oversized chair. Visit Connell’s in Mt. Vernon or Newark to find the perfect chair to meet your back and budget.

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coffee or Cocktail?

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No, we’re not talking about beverages. This is a decorating blog, after all. But just for fun, here’s a trivia challenge for you. What’s the difference between a coffee table and a cocktail table?

Errrrr. Times up. They’re the same, you say? Not so fast. While the two terms are used interchangeably, a purist will tell you a cocktail table is square or rectangular in shape while a coffee table is round or oval.

The good news is that both tables serve essentially the same purpose – to hold decorative accents, a magazine or a beverage within easy reach of a sofa. No one knows where or how coffee tables originated except that it’s theorized that they were originally used during the Victorian era in England and were based on tables used in tea gardens.

With the popularity of cocktail parties in the Roaring ’20s came cocktail tables which became even more fashionable following the repeal of Prohibition in the 1930s. While coffee tables are usually 16-18” in height, cocktail tables have a history of being slightly taller at 20-22”.

Today these tables not only provide a convenient surface to place things, but are also a centerpiece for entertaining and a focus for decorating.

When you visit Connell’s in Mt. Vernon or Newark to buy one of these tables, it’s good to know what type will work best in your living area. Today there are many different sizes, shapes and styles.

Take an objective look at the adjacent furnishings. The style of cocktail table should coordinate with the upholstery and other tables. While it doesn’t need to exactly match, its style should complement and not clash with other furnishings.

A traditional sofa is usually best accented by a traditional table. However, a contemporary table in a coordinating finish or texture will liven up the room.

Consider the shape of other furnishings. If the neighboring sofa has curved lines, then a round or oval table will work best. If there is a rug underneath the table, consider a glass-top table which will let the beauty and design of the rug show through.

Allow 12-15” between the edge of the sofa and the coffee table and 6” between the end of the table and the end of the sofa.

Finally, think about how the table will be used. If it will be used for dining in front of the television, consider a higher table with a flat, easily cleanable surface. If it will be used to hold multiple family items, choose a table with storage drawers or hidden compartments.

Your Connell’s sales representative will be able to show you different options on your next visit to the store.

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Feng Shui Basics

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Feng Shui is an ancient system of aesthetics developed in China over 3,000 years ago. While it’s a design concept, the primary concern of feng shui has more to do with the energy and placement of objects within the home rather than the objects themselves. The art seeks to balance the energy within a space thereby enhancing the health and good fortune of those individuals who reside there.

Feng is translated to wind while shui means water, and in Chinese culture these two elements comprise good fortune and health. Its premise is that everything is filled with energy and that there are certain things one can do to enhance that energy. Along with technical decorating concepts, many designers create spaces with some feng shui concepts in mind. Here are a few very simple ideas to get started using Feng Shui principles within your own home.

The air you breathe matters. Good air quality can enhance your health and well being. Keep lots of plants growing in your home to replenish the air on a regular basis. Consider air purifiers and ionizers if your home is in an urban area. Traffic, factories and high populations diminish air quality. Find ways to boost the air quality in your home.

Clutter creates distraction. Not only does a lot of “stuff” cause a tripping hazard in your home; it also keeps your brain stuck. Find a place for everything and keep it there. Organize your home and you organize your thoughts and your life.

Natural light is good for you. Breathing fresh air is health enhancing, as is taking in sunshine and natural light. Open the doors and windows any time you are able. Use those spaces with natural light on a regular basis to keep yourself light and happy.

Be mindful in your decorating choices. Only choose things you really love for your home. A well known phrase, “home is where the heart is” has so much meaning. Shouldn’t you be happiest in the place you live? Surround yourself with beautiful things. Maybe it’s time to move out of your Queen size bed and into a King sized one. Perhaps a wonderfully embellished chest of drawers would keep you more organized. A unique and fabulous mirror in your entryway might make you smile each time you enter your home. Even small items like fresh cut flowers or souvenirs from faraway places can make a huge difference in your well-being and mood. Whatever it is, enjoy it! Surround yourself with beauty!

The five elements are essential. In Chinese philosophy, each of the five elements correspond to an energy and each are important. According to Feng Shui, these five elements are wood, fire, earth, metal, and water. Many home furnishings correspond directly to these five elements. The simplest to note are wood and metal. Most furniture is made of one, or both of these two materials. Water is an easy element to bring into your home with fountains, fish tanks and aquariums.

Color is an expression of the five elements. This is perhaps a more complex principle than the others above, but when thinking of color, think in terms of the elements. More advanced feng shui concepts reveal proper use and placement. Use reds, yellows and oranges to bring in the fire element – think of the Sun. Plants are a great example of the earth element both in terms of their natural beauty, as well as their prominent brown and green pigments.

Incorporate a few, or all of these to enhance your home’s energy. Read more about Feng Shui if you are interested, and stop into one of the two Connell’s locations for great furniture, outstanding value and exceptional customer service.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Decorating with Traditional Style

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You’re not one to take big risks when you shop for furniture. When you buy something, you want to make sure it’s a classic that won’t go out of style next year.

You like traditional decor but are afraid of having a home that’s filled with your grandmother’s stodgy furniture.

Not to worry. Today’s traditional decor is personified by elegance and history, yet is fresher and more relaxed than in the past. Here’s how to decorate in a traditional style and still keep your home looking fashionable and up-to-date.

Choose furniture with lighter finishes and clean lines

Instead of purchasing an armoire in a dark walnut or mahogany finish, select a light cherry or oak. Lighter finishes create a more casual relaxed feel. In place of tables with ornately carved details, pick pieces with graceful curves or straight lines.

Look for understated fabrics with open patterns

Rather than heavily textured brocade or velvet fabrics, stay with smooth cotton and poly blends. Mix and match solid colors with loose florals and stripes instead of paisleys and foulards. Keep embellishments to a minimum. While tassels add visual interest, too many can become distracting.

Select colors in mid-tones

Jewel tone colors are so yesterday. Go for hues in neutral creams, tans, whites, grays, and lavenders and add a few bold accents for pop. Softer colors create a more contemporary, relaxed look. If your goal is to be more formal, select shades of peach and green accented with aubergine and tan.

Keep accessories to a minimum

Nothing makes a room look more outdated than tons of accessories. Remember the adage, less is more. Instead of a group of accessories on a table or mantel, go with one statement piece.

By following these few tips, you can create a traditional look that’s current with today yet illustrates classic style.  Your Connell’s sales representative will be happy to help you find just the right traditional furnishings to decorate your home. Visit our two convenient locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark and browse our blog for even more great decorating tips.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Now You See It; Now You Don’t

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When is a table not just a table? The answer is when it can be or do something else.

If you are a parent or dual-income family, you’re busy – sometimes way beyond busy. As our multitasking lives become increasingly busy, we need furniture that can multitask along with us.

Furniture manufacturers know this and have designed multi-functional tables which work to make our lives easier. Fashionable tables now include hidden storage, concealed trays, vanishing lift tops, covered curio displays and extra drawers and shelves.

If your family room doubles as a home office, look for tables that combine drawers and shelves. Some side tables also have built-in racks for magazines.

When your living room will be used for entertaining, ask your Connell’s sales representative about tables that have pull-out trays to hold beverages.

Does your family sit in front of the television to eat dinner? Search for a cocktail table with a lift top that can be raised to table height. Not only does this table make dining comfortable, the raised top conceals storage niches underneath.

Many tables have hidden nooks for stowing away remote controls, cable guides or toys.

Do you love your collectibles but worry about displaying them where curious little hands can reach them? Stylish tables now have curio compartments located under a moveable glass or wood lid.

Multi-functional tables come in many designs, sizes and finishes. Whatever your decorating style, at Connell’s in Mt. Vernon or Newark we can help you find a table just right for your family.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Enhancing Creativity in the Home

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Creativity is our birthright, yet there are so many distractions that keep us from peaking our creativity. Why? Not believing in ourselves is one thing, surrounding ourselves with uninspired home furnishings is quite another. While our thoughts may be hard to control, our homes are not. With inspiration and a bit of diligence, you can turn an uninspired home into a creative haven. Unleash your creativity with these hot tips.

First, identify the ways in which you believe in your creative genius and the ways you talk yourself out of your own abilities. Do you love painting, music, writing, quilting, knitting, singing? Whatever your passion, note and be thankful for your successes and take time to ponder the areas of creativity you’d like to enhance in your life.

Now that you have clear vision, notice how you feel when entering your home. Notice the energy of each room and space. Do certain areas draw you while others repel? Is your home filled with only things that are necessary or is there space for those items that truly inspire and make you feel great? Both are important! Surround yourself with beauty and things that inspire you. Splurge on one or two items that “tell your story” or spark your imagination and creative genius.

Include elements of nature in several areas within your home – something in each room if possible. Dark, stark, unnatural items are everywhere in our culture. Billboards, skyscrapers, sidewalks, televisions, computers. We live and work with technology daily. While it helps us to perform at higher levels than ever before, elements of nature are crucial to our creativity. Get out and walk in the sunshine and fresh air at least weekly. Then bring those elements into the home for future inspiration – plants, flowers, aquariums, and water fountains are all great choices.

According to Feng Shui principles, using the Bagua there are 9 specific sectors in each dwelling. Learning just a little bit about Feng Shui can help us to expand our creativity. In fact, there is a Children and Creativity quadrant specific in your home. Purchase a book or do some research on feng shui and use a few of the principles to recreate the energy within this space and within the home in general.

Fill your home with the tools that help you create. Then keep them within easy reach. If you enjoy writing, have books available for perusing and journals handy for impromptu writing. If art is your thing, keep canvases, paint and brushes on hand. Keep one or two instruments out on a stand instead of in a case. Organize your creative tools in a way that allows you to use them easily and frequently.

Create the space, and TAKE TIME for relaxation. Set up a lounge area separate from your bedroom that allows you to take a mental break each day. Eliminate clutter to keep you distraction-free. Stream soothing music and burn candles to create an ambiance conducive to peace, quiet and rest. Give yourself the time and space to read, plan and dream. If you’re feeling uninspired, this is hard to do. Create the space and then find the time.

Display items you are most proud of throughout your home. Showcase that portrait you painted. Frame the first song you ever wrote, and show off those written masterpieces by displaying them. Affirm your creative genius everyday and watch yourself grow and blossom.

Take stock of your home. Consider the changes you need to make, then stop by one of the two Connell’s locations for ideas, inspiration and home furnishings for every room in your home.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

A Healthy Lifestyle Starts with A Great Night’s Sleep

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Extensive research shows a quality night’s sleep affects our physical health, emotional well-being and longevity. Conversely, a poor night’s sleep leads to irritability, heart disease, obesity and diabetes. The importance of a good night’s sleep can’t be underestimated, and it’s fairly simple to achieve by following the advice below.

A great night’s sleep starts with two things:

  1. The proper amount of sleep
  2. A comfortable mattress with the proper support

The Proper Amount of Sleep

Individuals who get the correct amount of sleep each night tend to live longer, healthier and happier lives. Sleep repairs the body and produces protein molecules that are vital in fighting infection, pollutants and infectious bacteria. Plus it helps us maintain the proper weight, improves memory and lessens the chance of mood disorders. Although the proper amount varies from person to person, the sleep requirements by age are a good indicator of how much sleep you need each night.

  • Babies (Ages 0 – 2 months): 12 – 18 hours
  • Infants (Ages 3 – 12 months): 14 – 15 hours
  • Toddlers (Ages 1 – 3 years): 12 – 14 hours
  • Young Children (Ages 3 – 5 years): 11 – 13 hours
  • School-Aged Children (Ages 5 – 10 years): 10  – 11 hours
  • Teenagers (11 – 17 years): 8 – 9 hours
  • Adults: 7 – 9 hours

Choosing the Right Mattress

Since every person’s body is different, it’s important to take the time to find a mattress that is perfect for you. Visit Connell’s in Mt. Vernon and Newark and we’ll help you find the proper mattress for your back, bedroom and budget. Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses specializes in a variety of sleep solutions, including Simmons Beautyrest, Tempur-Pedic and the cool Serta iComfort mattress!

If you wake up with a sore back or have trouble getting to sleep, your mattress may be saggy. Although a firm mattress may be the solution, it may not be perfect for you. A plush mattress may also provide the support needed to to counter a saggy mattress. But it’s always necessary to test out a new mattress before you buy it.

Take the time to lay down on it and don’t rush into a decision. Try out several different types and compare the comfort levels. And be sure to wear comfortable clothes so you’re relaxed and can enjoy your experience choosing a comfortable mattress.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Sept 2011 – Rating 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
Athens 10 The Good Prices And They Delivered All The Way To Athens, Where I Live.
Bellville 8 Nothing ?? Date of sale 08/16-Date of delivery 08/31-customer quoted 15 day arrival ???
Cardington 10 I Had A Good Salesperson.
Centerburg 10 Our Salesman, Steve Carpenter.
Columbus 8 The Incorrect Head Board Was Delivered The First Time. Date of sale 08/13-date of delivery 08/22-Oops! Salesperson wrote up incorrect hdbd, we allowed customer to use the wrong wrong until we delivered the correct on on 08/31
Columbus 10 The Furniture Is Nice And The Delivery Was Fast. They Were Extremely Polite.
Columbus 10 The Sales Lady I Spoke To Was Nice And Friendly.
Croton 10 The No Pressure Salesman.
Danville 10 We Have Always Dealt With Them. We Are Always Pleased Even Though It Is A Younger Group Now; It Is Always A Pleasant Experience.
Fredericktown 10 The Salesman That Helped Us Out Was Really Nice And We Liked Him.
Fredericktown 10 I Received Good Customer Service.
Fredericktown 10 The Sales Person Was Very Good, Knowledgeable And  She Helped Me Choose A Chair.
Fredericktown 6 Let Me Know If They Are Going To Exchange The Furniture. Date of sale 09/21-date of delivery 09/30. Customer was delivered the dark color & wanted the light color. We have reordered the correct color & will be shipping form the factory with in 2 wks. Scheduled the new delivery, of the correct color 10/28.
Fredericktown 5 Date of Sale 09/17-Date of Delivery 09/30, customer quoted 15 day arrival. Customer did call in & wanted delivery faster than we could delivery, customer ended up paying for a next day delivery, a $20 upcharge.
Gambier 10 I Know Everyone There And That Helps.
Granville 10 I Was Provided On Time Delivery And The Salespeople Were Very Nice.
Granville 10 Jonell And The Delivery Men Have Been Here Before. They Knew How I Liked Things And Where To Take Them. They Are Comfortable To Work With.
Granville 10 It Was Easy To Make A Purchase. They Had What We Wanted.
Heath 5 We Had Problems With The Delivery Of The Furniture. We’ve Already Spoken To The Manager About It. Date of sale 08/17-Date of delivery 09/06 – customer specified us to be there after 3:45 for delivery, we were! Customer wanted us to leave all furniture in his living room, we did! Customer was going to move all furniture himself to his basement, he looked over all furniture & did sign off on everything before delivery left his house. customer is aware cannot return furniture if furniture is not in same condition as we left it in.
Heath 10 The Staff Was Eager To Provide Assistance. We Made Our Decision Quickly And We Were Able To Leave The Store Quickly.
Heath 10 Everything Was Prompt And The Delivery Went Well.
Heath 10 The Salesperson And Delivery Staff.
Heath 8 It Was Good. I Never Rank Anything At The Top Because There Is Always Room For Improvement. I Am Very Happy.
Howard 10 I Came Into The Store Looking For Something Special. When I Saw The Item I Thought I Wanted, It Wasn’t As I Expected It To Be, Seeing It Online. The Saleswoman Offered Me Several Options And I Was Able To Make My Purchase. It Was Delivered Quickly.
Howard 10 We Had A Salesperson Who Owned The Same Product And Was Familiar, Helpful, Courteous And Not Pushy.
Howard 10 The Service And Selection Were Great. Julie Was Patient And Not Pushy. She Let Me Decide And Took Care Of My Purchase.
Howard 9 Lisa, The Salesperson Was Helpful, With The Exception Of The Pillows. Everything Was Fine.
Howard 8 It Was The First Time I Ever Made A Purchase There.
Howard 5 Date of sale 9/05-date of delivery 09/09- NO issues noted????
Howard 10 The Woman Who Assisted Us Was Very Nice. She Was Helpful.
Howard 10 They Were Patient With Me. It Took Along Time To Pick Out My Furniture.
Howard 10 The Saleslady Was Fantastic And Very Knowledgeable. My Delivery Arrived Within The Time Promised. The Delivery Guys Were Polite And I’m Pleased With The Whole Experience.
Howard 10 It Was Mostly A Great Experience.
Howard 9 The People Are Very Nice And The Showroom Was Comfortable. We Liked A Lot Of The Furniture.
Howard 8 I Am Not Sure.
Johnstown 10 Larry Is Very Personable. He Took His Time With Me. This Is A Very Friendly Store And It’s Closer For Us.
Johnstown 10 The Prices Are Wonderful.
Marengo 10 We’ve Been There Before And Always Feel They Provide Good Quality And Value.
Mount Gilead 10 I Have Always Gotten What I Wanted From The Store, So I Never Bothered Going Anywhere Else. Everybody Is Always Friendly And Good To Me.
Mount Perry 10 The Customer Service.
Mount Vernon 10 I Am Not Sure.
Mount Vernon 10 The Staff Was Very Nice, Knowledgeable And Everything Went Well.
Mount Vernon 10 Larry Bends Over Backward To Make His Customer Happy.
Mount Vernon 10 The Employees Were Nice At The Store And The Delivery Went Smoothly.
Mount Vernon 10 The Salesman Was Really Nice. I Did Not Feel Rushed.
Mount Vernon 10 I Purchased Exactly What I Wanted. The Salesperson Was More Than Helpful And Courteous. It Was A Great Visit.
Mount Vernon 10 I Am Very Satisfied With The Store. I Have Dealt With Them For Years.
Mount Vernon 9 We’ve Purchased At The Store Previously.
Mount Vernon 8 The Store Felt Kind Of Cold, Not Warm And Welcoming.
Mount Vernon 8 It Was A Good Experience; The Staff Was Courteous. I Have No Complaints Of Any Kind.
Mount Vernon 10 The Delivery Staff Did A Great Job.
Mount Vernon 10 We Enjoy The Product.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Associate.
Mount Vernon 10 We Purchase From The Store All The Time.
Mount Vernon 10 It Was An Easy Purchase And The Sales Lady Was Knowledgeable.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Staff And The Delivery People Were Very Good.
Mount Vernon 9 I Have Dealt With The Store For Years And I Have Not Had Any Problems.
Mount Vernon 9 I Appreciated The Assistance I Received From The Sales Lady That Helped Me.
Mount Vernon 8 I Think They Are Pretty Good.
Mount Vernon 5 Customer originally purchased matt & box & called in a couple days later & wanted to cancel the box. Salesperson explained to customer that he really should get the boxspring & warranties may be void without getting the boxspring, customer got upset & cancelled entire purchase! Original salesperson called him the next day & ended up reinstating the sale without the boxspring!
Mount Vernon 10 The Clerk Was Very Friendly And Helpful. She Provided Us With Good Ideas, And The Product Arrived Sooner Than Expected. The Associate Followed Up With Us And It Was A Great Experience.
Mount Vernon 10 There Are Not A Lot Of Options In Town. They Are Local And Delivery Was A Reasonable Price.
Mount Vernon 10 Danielle Was Awesome To Us.
Mount Vernon 10 We Had A Little Problem With Delivery On My End, But They Were Excellent In Dealing With It.
Mount Vernon 8 I Would Have Liked More Of A Selection.
Mount Vernon 10 I Know The Woman Who Assisted Us. I Appreciate The Fact That The Business And The People Are Local And Can Answer My Questions.
Mount Vernon 10 There Was No Pressure.
Mount Vernon 10 The Sales Person Lisa, Worked With Us To Find What We Wanted.
Mount Vernon 10 The Service Was Good. The Sales Person Was Helpful. I Am Happy With The Purchase.
Mount Vernon 8 There’s Nothing Right Now To Improve My Experience. I Was Disappointed With The Delivery. They Did Not Pick-Up The Old Furniture. Unfortunately, we do not haul away old furniture. We do not have storage for used furniture.
Newark 10 The Salesperson Was Helpful. We Bought A Waterproof Mattress Pad; I Thought There Was Going To Be Another Pad On Top Of It. It Should Have Been Explained Better.
Newark 10 I Received Good, Courteous Customer Service. The Staff Delivered Everything On Time And The Transaction Worked Out Smoothly For Us.
Newark 10 They Are Very Friendly And Have Good Products. I Have Purchased From Them Before.
Newark 10 The Salesman Was Very Nice. He Was Not Pushy And I Had A Good Time There.
Newark 10 We Found What We Wanted And Had The Item Delivered. The Only Thing That Could Have Been Better Is Same Day Delivery, But That Was Not Possible.
Newark 10 Mark, The Salesman, Was Terrific. It Was A Very Good Experience, Including The Delivery People.
Newark 10 The Price, Selection, Customer Service And Delivery.
Newark 9 The Sales Associate Is A Good Man And Seems To Know What He Was Talking About. They Did Everything That Was Promised.
Newark 8 Our First And Second Order Arrived Late And Missing Items. I Had To Call For The Status Update On Our Back Order. They Need To Pay More Attention After The Sale Is Completed. Date of sale 07/02-date of delivery 08/01 customer was quoted 45 day arrival, fabric delay from broyhill, customer was aware & we made a partial delivery to customer without charging her 2 delivery fees.
Newark 8 Do Not Lose Your Customer And Their Order In The Computer. date of sale 07/23-date of delivery 09/01-customer quoted 45 day arrival, we entered entire sale under a same customer code, but different customer! Oops!
Newark 10 They Were Very Professional With The Delivery Of My New Furniture. They Were Here And Gone Within Twenty Minutes And Put My Old Furniture In The Basement Very Carefully.
Newark 10 They Were Able To Find A Product That We Looked At A Year Ago That Was No Longer In The Store.  They Tracked It Down For Us And Now It Is In Our Living Room.
Newark 9 The Staff Was Very Easy To Work With. I Know Some Of The Sales People And That Made It More Comfortable For Me.
Newark 7 My Price Changed After I Got Home Because My Ottoman Was Not Included In The Price. I Do Not Feel I Was Treated Graciously For Not Pressing The Issue; I Could Probably Win In Court If I Tried To Argue Against The Price Difference. Salesperson called customer within an hour of leaving the building, customer purchased ottoman & we wrote it on the sale, but did not charge for it. Oops!
Newark 10 It Was Nice, Short And Simple.
Newark 10 We Purchased Exactly What We Were Looking For.
Newark 10 They Had Exactly What We Were Looking For.
Newark 10 The Sales Person, Mark Waters Was Incredible. The Whole Experience Was Great Including The Delivery.
Newark 10 The Staff Is Nice.
Newark 10 My Husband Didn’t Like The Recliner. We Were Able To Switch Out The Recliner With No Problems.
Newark 10 I Have Always Had Good Luck In Finding What I Want. The Furniture Is Good, The Selection Is Top Of The Line And The Prices Are Fair.
Newark 8 I Had An Issue With The Salesman. There Was A Mix Up With The Phone Numbers.
Pataskala 10 The Friendly Environment And The Great Customer Service.
Reynoldsburg 9 The Big Sale They Were Having; We Saved A Lot. It Is Good Quality Furniture.
Saint Louisville 10 I Did Not Have Any Problems. The Store Had What I Wanted And Set It Up.
Thornville 6 Date of sale 08/31-date of delivery 09/06- NO issues noted???
Utica 10 My Experience Was Very Easy.  They Had Everything I Wanted To Look At And The Delivery Was Very Easy. I Was Happy With Every Aspect.
Utica 10 The Saleswoman.
Utica 10 We Have Purchased Previously And Have Always Had A Great Experience.
Zanesville 10 The Items I Was Interested In Were In Stock And The Staff Knew What I Was Looking For. They Were Able To Describe And Find Products For Me.
Thursday, September 1, 2011

August 2011 – Rating 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
ALEXANDRIA 10 The Sales Person Was Phenomenal.
ALEXANDRIA 9 I Was Happy With The Salesman And Delivery Staff.
BUTLER 10 They Always Treat Me Well.
CENTERBURG 10 Lisa The Salesperson
CENTERBURG 10 The Sales People Made This A Great Experience.
CENTERBURG 10 The Staff Was Very Helpful And Went The Extra Mile.
CENTERBURG 10 Steve, Our Salesman Was Excellent. My Experience Was Wonderful.
CENTERBURG 10 I Enjoy My Chair.
CENTERBURG 10 The Customer Service.
CENTERBURG 10 This Is Where I Have Made My Purchases In The Past. A Lot Of My Family Members Shop At The Store. I Thought The Saleswoman Was Really Nice.
CENTERBURG 10 The Staff Was Very Helpful.
COLUMBUS 7 Staff Was Friendly And Courteous And The Delivery Was Seamless, But It  Took A Little Time For Someone To Assist Me. I Had Some Fine Details To Work Out About The Purchase Price At The End. Date of sale 08/08, date of delivery 08/15, customer noticed our FREE delivery online & wanted us to offer in store, so we did! ???
CROTON 10 I Received Decent Service. I Paid For The Lazy Boy Chair And It Took Seven Weeks To Get It.
DANVILLE 10 We Have No Where Else In The Area And They Are Always Nice And Cheerful.
DANVILLE 10 I Have Dealt With Them For Years.
DANVILLE 10 I Needed A New Recliner And She Wanted To Go There.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 We Always Deal With This Salesman. We Received A Good Deal.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Kind Friendly Saleswoman And The Quick Delivery.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Staff Was Very Friendly And Accommodating. I Thought Everything Went Well.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Sales Person And The Delivery Staff Were Wonderful.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 We Found Furniture That We Liked.
FREDERICKTOWN 9 I Am Satisfied With The Product.
GAMBIER 10 We Have Shopped At The Store In The Past And Have Always Been Satisfied. We Like The Furniture And The Staff.
GAMBIER 8 My Furniture Was Ripped During Delivery. I Am Going To Call Tomorrow Because I Have Not Heard Anything Yet. I Thought The Drivers Were Going To Write This Up. DATE of Sale 08/16-Date of Delivery 08/18. Oops! NO notes to indicate any issue. Service completed 09/08.
GRANVILLE 10 The Personal Attention Of The Sales People.
GRANVILLE 10 The Whole Delivery Process Went Smooth.
GRANVILLE 10 Sales Person Was Very Nice And Not Pushy. The Price Was Good.
GRANVILLE 10 The Good Customer Service And The Shop Answered All My Questions.
GRANVILLE 10 The Customer Service Was Excellent .
GRANVILLE 10 The Value And The Price Of The Furniture.
GRANVILLE 7 Keep Me Informed, I Had To Call And Find Out Why A Mattress Had Not Arrived. Date of sale 06/22, date of 1st delivery 07/01, 2nd delivery 07/19.
HEATH 10 I Absolutely Love The Furniture I Got And The Saleswoman Was Very Nice.
HEATH 10 They Had What I Was Looking For At A Good Price. The Service Was Good And They Were Easy To Work With.
HEATH 10 The Staff Was Knowledgeable And They Had The Type Of Furniture I Was Looking For.
HEATH 10 The Salesman Was Very Good And Patient. We Love The Quality Of The Furniture.
HEATH 7 I Had A Bit Of A Bad Experience During The Purchase. date of sale 07/08, date of 1st delivery 07/12, customer apparently did not want to pay addtl delivery charge? We delivered twice to customer for 1 price… date of 2nd delivery 08/16. Customer quoted 45 day arrival.
HEATH 6 Date of delivery 07/15, date of 1st delivery 7/27, regular boxspring would not fit, had to order split queen boxspring to get in customer home. 2nd delivery of boxspring 08/09.
HEBRON 10 I Received Great Service And A Good Product. I Had A Good Experience.
HEBRON 9 I Had No Problems. They Replaced The Handle That Was Broken.
HOPEWELL 8 It Was Pretty Good. They Did Not Have The Fabric I Wanted.
HOWARD 10 Everybody Was Nice, From The Salesman To The Delivery Staff.
HOWARD 10 I Grew Up With The Owner.  My Parents Purchase From Them.
HOWARD 10 The Old Recliner I Had Was Broken And I Liked It. I Thought It Was Time To Get Another One.
HOWARD 10 They Work Well With You.
HOWARD 10 I Was Happy With The Saleswoman Who Assisted Me And The Delivery Staff Did A Beautiful Job.
JOHNSTOWN 10 They Are Very Friendly And Helpful.
JOHNSTOWN 10 The Sales Person Checked On Us To Make Sure We Were Okay, But Did Not Hover Over Us.
MANSFIELD 10 Everybody Is Friendly And Nice. Hey Provided Great Customer Service.
MARENGO 10 I Have Shopped At The Store Many Times. They Had What I Was Looking For.
MARENGO 10 The People At The Store.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Happy With The Delivery Process And All That Went With It. The Delivery Staff Was Excellent.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Store Had Exactly What I Wanted To Purchase.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Very Impressed With The Delivery Men. The Sales Person Was Very Good Too.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Liked Their Quality And The Friendliness Of The Staff.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Pleased With The Service And The Delivery. I Was Happy With Everything. I Have Dealt With The Store For Thirty-Five Years And I Always Have A Great Experience.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Salesman Was Very Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff Is Nice And It Was Good Customer Service.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Like Dealing With Steve, He’s Very Helpful, Not Pushy And  Lets Me Make My Decision.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Saleswoman Was Helpful And The Delivery She Set Up For Us Worked Out Perfectly.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Sales Person, Lisa Was Really Nice And They Have Good Policies.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Greeted Immediately And They Helped Me Pick Out My Suite.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Are Pretty Much The Only Store I Have Bought From For Forty Years.
MOUNT VERNON 10 There Were Some Issues With The Furniture And The Replacements. Everything Was Taken Care Of.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Happy With The Price. The Item Was On Sale.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Gianna Made This A Great Experience.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Absolutely Love The Chair And The Delivery Was Early. I Love The Store.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Happy With The Price And The Salesperson Who Assisted Me.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Salesperson Was Very Helpful And Knowledgeable. He Helped Us To Make Our Selection.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Have Been Making Purchases At The Store For Thirty Or Forty Years.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Usually Deal With Them. All Of My Local Furniture Purchases Have Come From This Store. I Know Them And I Am Always Pleased With Them.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Like Lisa, The Sales Woman Who Assisted Us. She Was Extremely Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff Is Friendly And Helpful And The Store Usually Has What I Am Interested In.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Had To Make A Return And They Were Very Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Entire Package From The Store Personnel To The Delivery.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Appreciate That The Store Is Local And I Like The Staff.
MOUNT VERNON 9 There Is A Gap Where The Drawer Fits In.
MOUNT VERNON 1 I Am Having A Problem With The Couch I Purchased.
MOUNT VERNON 1 date of sale 07/05-date of delivery 08/05, customer quoted 30 day arrival, LONG time customer with LOTS of previous purchases! We believe she misunderstood question.  EVERYTHING was great when we followed up with her after delivery.
NASHPORT 9 Everything Worked Out For Me. I Got What I Wanted And It Was Delivered.
NEWARK 10 The Sales Associates, Timely Delivery, Price, And Previous Business With The Mt. Vernon Store.
NEWARK 10 It Was Not A Hassle.
NEWARK 10 The Delivery Guys Were So Nice And Helpful.
NEWARK 10 The Lady Was Very Helpful And Nice.  When I Sit On The Sofa I Can Hear The Springs. The Delivery Staff Provided Excellent Service.
NEWARK 10 The Sales Lady Was Helpful And The Price Was Good.
NEWARK 10 I Appreciate Their Willingness To Spend Time With Me. They Are Very Family Oriented.
NEWARK 10 I Have Purchased Furniture From Them Before And Decided To Go Back.
NEWARK 10 The Lady We Worked With Was Extremely Helpful, And The Delivery Was Free.
NEWARK 10 Everyone Was Nice And Went Out Of Their Way To Help Me.
NEWARK 10 I Appreciated The Friendly, Helpful Staff And The Reasonable Price.
NEWARK 10 The Saleswoman Was Very Helpful. There Was No Pressure.  The Delivery Staff Was Professional.  They Actually Brought The Wrong Products, But Corrected The Order And Worked With Our Schedule. It Was A Good Experience All The Way Around.
NEWARK 10 I Was Happy With The Service And The Staff.
NEWARK 10 We Have Shopped At The Store Before. I Liked What We Got So We Purchased This For My Mother-In-Law.
NEWARK 10 I Was Happy With The Service, The Delivery And The Salesman. Everything Worked Out Well.
NEWARK 10 The Salesperson Misunderstood Me When I Ordered Over The Phone. As A Result, Some Items Were Missing When The Delivery Was Made, But They Made Sure I Had Everything The Same Afternoon.
NEWARK 10 The Clerk Was Very Good And They Were Having A Good Sale.
NEWARK 10 The Salesperson Was Helpful And Gave Us Good Information.
NEWARK 10 The Salesman Was Pretty Good.
NEWARK 10 Mark Was Great. He Was Not Pushy And Made It An Awesome Experience.
NEWARK 10 I Was Satisfied With My Experience.
NEWARK 10 The Speed And The Quality.
NEWARK 10 I Appreciated The Friendly Saleswoman And My Husband Was Pleased With The Delivery Staff.
NEWARK 9 Our Family Had A Furniture Business For Seventy Years And This Was The First Time I Made A Purchase Somewhere Else. The Salesperson Was A Wonderful Guy.
NEWARK 9 I Was Happy To Find The Chair We Wanted.
NEWARK 9 The Person That Helped Me.
NEWARK 8 I Think The Store Should Diversify The Brands Of Furniture They Offer And Provide Customers With Higher End Options.
NEWARK 8 The Salesman Knowing More About The Way Things Are Handled In The Store. Checking With The Manager Before Making Decisions. It Almost Cost The Store A Sale. My Husband Talked With The Manager And Smoothed It Out And We Made The Sale.
NEWARK 8 I Thought It Took Too Long To Get The Couch Redone Under The Warranty. Customer purchased floor samples & took home same day, wanted to upgrade cushion cores. We ordered cushion cores 06/03, picked up 07/19
NEWARK 5 date of sale 07/14-date of delivery 07/20.
NEWARK 5 Date of sale 05/21-date of delivery 07/22, customer quoted 45 day arrival. Ordered extra shelves for his bookcases on 06/29 which were delivered same time 07/22, customer decided he did not need parts ordered & returned them 07/28.
NEWARK 3 Date of sale 07/04-Date of delivery 07/27, customer quoted 30 day arrival. Exchanged entire pc for new on on 08/08, $50 adjustment given to customer.
PATASKALA 10 The Staff Is Nice, Easy To Shop With And They Helped Us Out With Our Delivery.
PATASKALA 10 Ashley Is More Expensive. We Purchased The Same Item For Less At Your Store.
PATASKALA 9 They Had What We Needed And It Was Delivered In A Week.
SAINT LOUISVILLE 9 The Process Was Simple, Easy And Fast. I Did Not Feel Pressured.
THORNVILLE 10 I Got The Merchandise I Wanted.
THORNVILLE 10 Danielle Was Great And Not Pushy.
THORNVILLE 10 Everything Was Done As Promised.
THORNVILLE 8 There Is Nothing They Can Do Differently. They Are Very Friendly And I Enjoy The People Who Work There.
UTICA 10 The Staff Was Efficient And They Treated Me Well.
UTICA 10 The Young Lady, Mark Were Very Helpful And Patient.
UTICA 10 They Offered A Good Selection And Their Sales Staff Was Good.
UTICA 10 I Like The Service. If There’s A Problem I Can Always Return The Purchase With No Problem.
UTICA 10 We Needed A Chair, But The Representative Was Real Nice, And Delivery Went Well.
UTICA 9 The People We Dealt With Were Most Helpful.
WARSAW 5 The Product Was Damaged, But Not By The Delivery Men. We Spent Close To Ten Thousand Dollars. There Are Issues With Two Mattresses. Both Of The Bases Are Damaged. Date of sale 07/19-date of delivery 08/12, opened in customer home, concealed damage from manufacturer, left in customer home to use to reorder new, delivery complete 09/07/11.
ZANESVILLE 9 They Had What We Wanted In Stock Within Two Days.
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!

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Celebrate Star Spangled Savings at Connell’s this Fourth of July

Take a little time this Fourth of July to enjoy your three-day weekend. If you don’t feel like traveling, no problem! Stay right in your hometown of Mt. Vernon and Newark and have a blast doing these fun activities.

  • Declare your right to enjoy no interest for four years with no money down and no minimum purchase on all of America’s best patriotic name brand manufacturers, like:
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Salute your independence from overpriced furniture at Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses’ star spangled Fourth of July Sale! Spend your Fourth of July at Connell’s in Mount Vernon on Upper Gilchrist Road, and in Newark on North 21st Street across from The Grill with special holiday hours from noon to four. Remember, your purchase is covered by Connell’s No Oops guarantee. If you don’t like your new furniture Connell’s will take it back.

Friday, July 1, 2011

June 2011 – Rating 9.2 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
ALEXANDRIA 10 I Appreciated Their Friendly Service.
BELLVILLE 10 My Salesperson Was Very Helpful, He Answered My Questions. The Delivery Came On Time, It Was Very Nice All Around.
BUTLER 10 We Ordered The Wrong Chair And They Corrected It.
CENTERBURG 10 They Got My Mattress Replaced.
CENTERBURG 7 I Am Not Sure
DANVILLE 10 The Sales Lady  Was Outstanding, Everything Was Perfect.
DANVILLE 0 This Person Did Not Want To Comment Or Leave A Rating
FREDERICKTOWN 10 They Took Care Of Me And Were Very Polite. I Wandered Around And Looked At Everything. I Am Happy With The Way It Turned Out.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 They Came In And Did What They Were Suppose To Do, And Was Very Pleasant About It.
FREDERICKTOWN 10 The Sales Person Made This Such A Great Experience. .
FREDERICKTOWN 10 I Liked The Saleswoman.
FREDERICKTOWN 9 I Didn’t Have To Wait To Be Helped.
GRANVILLE 10 We Have Dealt With Them Many Times Before.
GRANVILLE 10 The Delivery And Set Up Put It Over The Top For Me.
HEATH 9 I Like The Lazy Boy Chairs.
HOWARD 9 They Have Good Products, They Are Local And The Quality Is Good.
JOHNSTOWN 10 The Salesman Was Not Pushy. He Knew What We Needed And Helped Us Out.
LOUDONVILLE 10 The Salesman Sat Down With Me To Plan The Room.
MARENGO 9 Convenience & Locations.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Were Very Courteous, Knowledgeable And Did A Fine Job.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Were Nice And Courteous And Had What I Wanted.
MOUNT VERNON 10 We Were Able To Find What We Were Looking To Purchase.
MOUNT VERNON 10 Lisa, The Sales Person, Was Knowledgeable About The Mattresses And Gave Us Detailed Information. I Felt Informed And Confident In The Selection I Made.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Appreciated The Fast Delivery. The Delivery Crew Was Good.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Was Waited On Within Three Minutes. The Sales Person  Explained The Difference In The Mattresses.  It Was Perfect.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Are Friends, My Son Grew Up With Them. They Are Very Caring.
MOUNT VERNON 10 They Were Very Friendly And Helpful. They Let Us Go Around And Pick Out What I Wanted. They Were Not Intrusive.
MOUNT VERNON 10 I Just Like The Furniture And The Way They Do Things.
MOUNT VERNON 10 The Staff Was Very Helpful.
MOUNT VERNON 9 From My Understanding, Everything Went Well.
MOUNT VERNON 9 I Always Deal With Steve, He’s Good.
MOUNT VERNON 9 I Appreciated Their Patience.
MOUNT VERNON 8 I Have A Problem With The Table But They Are Coming Out On Friday To Look At It. . Date of sale 05/26-date of delivery 05/31-service call on 06/24, determined we would order new table & replace one delivered, New table delivered 07/05/11
MOUNT VERNON 7 Not Too Much.
MOUNT VERNON 1 I Don’t Think That I Will Ever Purchase There Again. Customer used to work here Customer was upset because she ran into a salesperson at a Friday night Football game & she told him to call her because she wanted to buy a sectional. The salesperson forgot to call her!
NEWARK 10 Good Service.
NEWARK 10 I Like Their Furniture And The Staff Is Very Helpful.
NEWARK 10 We Got What We Wanted And We Were Happy With Our Previous Purchase.
NEWARK 10 I Made My Purchase Over The Phone And The Salesperson Was Just Wonderful.
NEWARK 10 The Salespeople Were Helpful And Knowledgeable.
NEWARK 10 We Have Dealt With The Store For Years.
NEWARK 10 I Didn’t Have Any Problems Buying It.
NEWARK 9 The Furniture Arrived At Two Different Times And I Paid For Two Deliveries.
SAINT LOUISVILLE 10 They Were Very Helpful Overall.
SENECAVILLE 10 The Store Had What We Needed. The Salesman Was Extremely Cooperative, Knowledgeable And Not Pushy. The Delivery Guys Were Personable. They Set My Purchase Up And Nothing Was Broken. It Was An All Around Good Experience.
ST. LOUISVILLE 10 I Love The Furniture.
SUNBURY 10 The People. Everyone Was Attentive.
SUNBURY 5 I Purchased A Bedroom Suite For My Son And When They  Delivered It, The Bed Frame  Was Missing. Customer purchased headboard & assumed a bed frame was included with the whole bedroom price. We apoligized for the misunderstanding & sold her a bed frame @ our cost, & delivered it free.
UTICA 10 The Staff Is Knowledgeable.  I Usually Buy My Furniture At The Store, It Was A Good Deal.
Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Outdoor Summertime Fun

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As you know, Connell’s has millions of dollars worth of home furnishings in-store and waiting just for you! But what’s equally important to us is being a part of your life. “Home is where the heart is,” right? To us, this isn’t some cliche saying. You spend the majority of your time in your home and it’s a place where you should feel happy and secure. That’s why we strive to provide you with the best name brand furniture and mattresses that you know you can trust. Peace of mind is important and we provide that with our No Oops Guarantee.

We’re proud to be a part of your life.  Shop our stores for furniture, accessories, mattresses and bedding. Connect with us on Facebook to enter contests and be inspired by famous quotes. Read our blog for ways to enhance your life!

Now that summer is in full swing, most of us want to spend more time in the great outdoors. While it’s fun to take day trips throughout Ohio and the surrounding states, why not take advantage of your own backyard? Read on for ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer right at home.

Remember the essence of summer – fun! Kids cannot wait for the last day of school. Once it’s here, they want to spend as much time outdoors as they can (if they don’t, we should encourage them to do so.) Give the kids plenty to do outdoors right at home. Set up a sprinkler on a hot summer day. Let them camp in their own backyard. Get the jars ready for fireflies. Have a water balloon fight! Let them grow their very own garden.

Fun isn’t just for kids anymore! Sure, you’re all grown up. That doesn’t mean everything has to be neck tie serious all the time. Play with the little ones. Pass a ball or Frisbee. Set up a game for adults and invite the neighbors – horseshoes, corn hole, ladder golf and croquet are all easy summer games to set up.  Plus they can be taken down immediately after play if you wish so you can get to more serious things, like mowing.

Set up a summertime reading spot under the old shade tree. Throw down a blanket and cuddle with the kids and a good book in the great outdoors this summer. Need some cushioning? Place a chair and an end table there for a comfortable spot to sit. Take advantage of a bird feeder to enjoy your feathered friends this summer while chillin’ on a hot summer night.

Have a cookout! If you have a patio or deck, there’s nothing better than an old-fashioned cookout. Throw the brats and burgers on the grill. Mix up some iced tea and lemonade. Crank the stereo, invite the neighbors and enjoy the lazy days of summer.

As always, stop into one of the two Connell’s locations to tell us about the fun you’re having this summer. And while you’re at it, browse the store for new home furnishings. We  just sold a boatload of merchandise during our Fourth of July Sale and have so many new items in stock for you to take advantage of! We hope to see you soon!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Farewell to Ed and Welcome to Curt!

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Have you heard about Connell’s history?

Now is a good time to revisit it with the big changes that are happening! The following is a condensed version. Read the whole story here.

When Don Connell started selling used furniture in downtown Mount Vernon in 1957, he was a full-time fireman and part-time janitor just trying to make ends meet for his family. Don’s father, Harvey Connell, manned the store, called City Furniture, while Don worked 24-hour shifts at the fire station or cleaned their local church on weekends. Don’s wife, Helen, soon brought her intuitive sense of interior decorating and flair for fashion to the company.

Don and Helen moved the store and began selling new furnishings full-time in 1970. As a sophomore, Ed Connell remembers the day his parents sat the family down and explained that things were about to change. “We were prepared to scrimp and save to make it happen, but we didn’t have much anyway!” Ed recalls.

The store was renamed “Connell’s Furniture” and business began booming. Ed joined his dad in the mid-70’s after earning his business degree from Ashland University. Ed and his Dad worked closely together for many years, fine-tuning the operation. Three generations later (technically four, counting Harvey), Don’s grandson, Curt, came on board and opened the second location in Newark, Ohio.

Now, after 47 years of great service and commitment to the community, Ed is officially passing the torch to his son, Curt. As a store welcoming in the third generation of store ownership, change is inevitable and Connell’s embraces it.

Connell’s would like to personally thank Ed for all of his years of service and hard work, and to welcome Curt into this new role. With every transition there is change, but one thing has and will always remain the same: top quality product, outstanding customer service and commitment to community. Connell’s has built this reputation and will uphold it as long as we remain in business. Visit us today during our spectacular retirement sale to see what we mean!

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Summertime Sunshine

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We’re well into summer but your home feels drab and boring. Although you don’t want to spend much time indoors, it’s sometimes necessary (think during a rainstorm and after dark). Liven up your home this summer with these ideas to make you feel light and airy once inside!

Buy some new houseplants. Everything is in full bloom outdoors. You may have even moved some of your houseplants to your deck or patio. Don’t let you home remain bare! Breathe fresh life into it by purchasing new houseplants for display indoors. Be creative with them! Choose a large shell from the beach and plant a succulent or two inside of it. Did your child give you anything during the past year that  could be made into a home for a houseplant?

Purchase fun, multi-colored floral or otherwise printed plates and bowls for use in the summertime. Mix and match them with your everyday tableware. Lighter pieces for use outoors are best.

Change up your artwork! If you currently have darker pieces  of art hanging in your home, consider something lighter to lighten the feel. Tapestries are great additions to any room and add an interesting dynamic as well as more texture to the space.

Pillows and throws are easy design changes you can make to your living room, family room or bedroom. It’s an inexpensive, simple change that can make a huge impact on an otherwise dark area of your home.

Clear the clutter! Since you likely use every room in your home much less in the summertime, rid yourself of things that are never used, and store those that are used only occasionally. Summertime is the perfect time to declutter your home.

Pick one piece of furniture and replace it. Perhaps your coffee table is large and bulky. Replace it with a moveable end table or smaller more streamlined cocktail table. You can often find rock bottom prices on many items throughout the home during the summer months.

Cut flowers from your garden and display them prominently in your dining room, entryway or kitchen. (If you are a man reading this, your wife or significant other will be extremely impressed at your thoughtfulness and attention to beauty.) Flowers are beautiful, always lighten the mood and add a personal touch to your home.

Candles are always a nice touch and there are a lot of sweet summertime scents available through a variety of stores and suppliers. Think citrus, fresh cotton, tropical flavors, berry scents, lavender.

Replace heavy drapery with lighter, sheen curtains or valances and let the light shine during the extended daylight hours. Don’t hold back the glorious sun! Let it shine all day long!

These are just a few ideas to get you started. Think light, airy and fun, and dream up some other ideas on your own. Don’t forget to stop by Connell’s at either of our locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for all of your summertime home furnishing needs. Plus visit us on Facebook and let us know the changes you’d made!

Monday, August 1, 2011

July 2011 – Rating 9.4 out of 10

City Rating Customer Comments Resolution
CANTON 2 It Has Been Resolved Through The Better Business Bureau. Date of Sale 06/03-Date of Delivery 07/01. CUSTOMER CALLED IN VERY UPSET! WEBSITE SAID MDSE WAS IN STOCK, SHE DROVE TO MTV & FOUND OUT IT WASN’T IN STK. WEBSITE THEN SAID 10-14 DAYS, NOW SAYS 20-30 DAYS & PRICING HAS CHANGED! EXPLAINED TO HER WE ARE @ MERCY OF FACTORY & APOLOGIZED FOR IT
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

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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 connells.com. 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

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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.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Gobble Gobble for Charity

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November is the month of giving at Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses. As the holiday season quickly approaches, we’re reminded of just how important it is to give back to our community, and our family and friends. That’s why in the spirit of giving, we’re offering several fun offers and promotions this November.

November Facebook Promotion:

Beginning November 1, we encourage you to have fun gobbling like a turkey! Record a video of yourself, your children, or your entire family doing your best turkey gobble, and you could “gobble, gobble” your way to winning a four piece table and chair set from Connell’s Furniture (shown above)! Plus, for every entry received, we’ll donate a canned good to the Food Pantry of Licking County & Good Will of Mt. Vernon. Don’t miss this fun-filled event that will have you gobbling with excitement! Be sure to check us out on the Connell’s Facebook page to enter the event and for up-to-date offers and news.

Submission Period:

  • Starts November 9, 2010
  • Ends November 24, 2010

Voting Period:

  • Starts November 25, 2010
  • Ends November 30, 2010

Winners announced

  • December 1, 2010

‘Hope Now’ Charity:

All month long, we encourage you to trade in your old furniture for up to $250 off your next purchase! When you do, we’ll donate it to ‘Hope Now,’ a local furniture bank that provides furniture for battered women, single parents and unemployed households. Just think, your donation allows a family across town to give thanks around a table you provided.

Visit us in Mt. Vernon or Newark for 2 full years interest-free financing with no minimum purchase and no down payment on millions of dollars worth of inventory that’s in stock and ready for immediate delivery to your living room, bedroom, dining room, home office or youth bedroom. Every purchase at Connell’s is protected by our No Oops™ guarantee, which means if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked, no restocking fees, return delivery charges or penalties.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Creating a Man Cave for the Whole Family

Ask any man, we’ll tell you we enjoy our man caves and our own area to unwind, have fun and entertain guests. Heck, who doesn’t enjoy a room devoted to football, friends and good times! But in many instances, they’re just not practical. For instance, many of us just don’t have the extra living space to devote an entire room to football watching and revelry. Plus, it’s more functional to create a common space – that everyone will love – to share with our wives and children.

In many instances, we can create a versatile living room that our wives will love – contemporary, warm and inviting – while maintaining the bare essentials of a man cave by following these basic steps:

  • Color. Most rooms dedicated to men, sports and cocktails are usually devoid of inviting colors. You know what we mean; dark paint on the walls and very few windows (typically with the blinds pulled shut). Instead, lighten up the room by repainting the walls in neutral colors such as beige, creme or off-white. These are warm, inviting colors that our wives love, and they also won’t clash with some colorful and contemporary artwork that we love. And if the room still appears dark after using lighter color paints and opening the curtains, incorporate mirrors to reflect the light throughout your room.
  • More Color. Decorate your living room with warm and inviting  furniture upholstery colors. Colors such as plum, burgundy, browns, yellows and oranges are comfortable colors that our wives love because of their warm feel. And best of all, these can be contemporary and masculine colors that create a great atmosphere for entertaining.
  • Utilize space. Nothing screams man cave more than an empty room occupied by a large area rug and several recliners. Instead, pick a focal point and fill out the room around this spot. The focal point can be anything from your fireplace to a big screen TV. Fill out the surrounding area with occasional tables and cocktail tables that serve as elegant accent pieces, a gaming area – or even a footrest.
  • Divide the room. Place a sectional or a large sofa in the middle of your living room to divide the room into two different areas. In one area, create a media/TV space where the family can sit down and watch movies and television together – this also doubles as a space to hang out with friends and watch sports. And for the second area, build a lounge setting by incorporating a long rectangular dining table with numerous contemporary bar stools. This area is the ideal place to sit down with the family for a conversation, but it also serves as the perfect setting to entertain guests and have a cocktail.

Visit us in Mt. Vernon or Newark to discover how to turn any room into the ideal living space! Plus all November long, enjoy 2 full years interest-free financing with no minimum purchase and no down payment on millions of dollars worth of inventory that’s in stock and ready for immediate delivery to your living room, bedroom, dining room, home office or youth bedroom.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Design Inspires our Lives

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We all have homes and most 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 other design topics in the coming weeks.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Defining Your Design Style

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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.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Making a Large Room Feel Cozy

Recently, architectural trends have moved toward large, open spaces versus the quaint rooms of yesterday. However, many people feel challenged by making these spaces feel cozy. It isn’t as daunting as it seems if you follow a few simple design rules. Use the following ideas to start designing a large, cozy room.

Divide the space into zones. Group furniture together in different areas of the room. Arrange a media center for viewing television and listening to music while making a second location into a conversation pit. If the room is large enough, it could also serve as an office, exercise room or craft area. Use bookshelves back-to-back to block the view from one section to the next.

Install built-in furniture. Having a large room allows you to install built-ins such as floor-to-ceiling shelving for a home library and benches for a reading nook. These areas take up floor space and make the room feel quaint and cozy.

Buy overstuffed furniture for your conversation pit. One or two large pieces are enough to achieve the desired effect. Avoid placing furniture directly against the wall. Get creative. Use area rugs to tie individual spaces together. Large wall hangings and plants also create a warm, cozy atmosphere.

Avoid mirrors and glass top furniture which gives the room a sense of spaciousness. Opt instead for dark, rich tones and woodwork, creating a warm, intimate feeling.

Use bold, vibrant colors. Paint the entire room or a few walls a rich bright color, drawing the eye into the space. Complement the wall color by hanging a large tapestry. Add baskets, pottery and large accent pillows to complete the desired look and feel.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark and talk to a sales associate about these and other ideas to make your home feel intimate and comfortable.

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

De-clutter for the Holidays

Can you believe it’s December already? The tree is up – or will soon be – and holiday decorations have taken over the house. But the trouble is you feel more disorganized than festive. Let Connell’s come to the rescue! Stay in the holiday spirit, be merry and de-clutter your home all at once with our tips below:

Reorganize your closet. This simple act of organizing a hidden space you use every day is empowering. Install an organizer and make space for everything. Closet storage solutions will make any size closet feel bigger and you’ll stay organized.

Revamp your bookshelves. Instead of packing them full of books, add accessories and decorative items. Stack books in interesting directions for an ascetically pleasing look. Donate old books to a thrift store or consignment shop so someone else can enjoy them this holiday season!

For cluttered entryways install built in shelves and benches. You can also add pegs for coats and cabinets to store loose items. Only keep regularly used items in entryways and store all others out of site. For entryways with limited space make the most of wall space or add a small table with drawers. Storage cubes can easily slide underneath.

Rid yourself of loose paper. Go through old magazines, newspapers and school work. Recycle or use them as wrapping paper in lieu of the store-bought kind. Get creative. Use beautiful pictures within magazines on appropriate presents and add a holiday ribbon and ornaments for creative adornment.

Clear the kitchen counter. Part of the holiday season entails additional entertaining, cooking and baking. Rid your counter-tops of appliances not in regular use. Store them elsewhere or donate them to a second hand store or homeless shelter.

Whew! Don’t you feel better already? Deck the halls and enjoy the holidays with a light heart and de-cluttered home. Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations today for more holiday decorating tips and design ideas.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Entertaining

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Can you believe the holidays are upon us already? It’s time to get organized and prepare for overnight guests. Make them feel welcome and comfortable with a few simple design changes to  your home. Attention to the small details can make all the difference in making them feel welcome during the holidays. Here are some starter ideas:

Choose a space in your home for guests to stay comfortably. Having an extra bedroom is a bonus, but not absolutely necessary. Give up one of the other bedrooms or use a room divider in another part of the home to provide privacy. Buy a sofa bed as an extra bed, which also serves as a space saver. Alternatively, make space available for an inflatable bed, with an area in which to store it when not in use.

Pack the guest space with essentials or prepare a basket with items they may have forgotten. Include travel-sized toiletries such as soap, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner. Purchase a full length mirror for the guest area so they can get ready in privacy.

Create a sense of home in your guest room. A bouquet of flowers and scented candles on an end table or night stand are a lovely touch. Include other items such as a notepad, pens/pencils, alarm clock, water carafe, books and magazines. If space allows, make a reading nook complete with chair, table and lamp for a private retreat area.

Make guest feel welcome upon arrival by preparing a simple, slow cooker meal that can be enjoyed anytime. Show guests around your home and let them know where all the essentials are located. Keep plenty of beverages and snacks in an easily accessible location and let them know they are welcome to them at any time throughout their stay. Offer continental breakfast choices so guests feel they can eat and run, if they so choose.

Include one or two of these ideas and your guests are sure to return for future visits. Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for other ideas to help you prepare for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Great Design for Small Spaces

Don’t let a small room cause decorating problems! Instead, get creative. Utilize every inch of the area to create an exquisite dream room, even if space is an issue.  Follow the design tips below to breathe fresh life into any small space and make it seem bigger than it actually is.

Be flexible and versatile. Painting the room in a lighter color can make the room feel bigger. Choose antique white, cream or taupe. Place lamps of varying shapes and sizes in locations throughout the room to draw the eye around the room.

Choose furniture in light colors. It’s true, dark furniture can make the room feel small. Buy vibrant accessories such as pillows and wall hangings to add bursts of color.

Keep scale in mind. Add a small sofa or loveseat as opposed to overstuffed pieces that will dominate space.

Place mirrors strategically throughout the area. Mirrors create a sense of openness, tricking the eye into believing there is extra room. Consider hanging a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors into the room.

Arrange larger pieces of furniture, such as a sofa at an angle. Doing this draws the eye down the diagonal length of the sofa instead of the shorter wall, creating an illusion of depth. An added benefit is the storage space automatically created behind the sofa where you can store items.

Choose pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes. Storage cabinets or armories will hide a television when not in use. Also, ottomans with hidden storage are perfect for small spaces. Add benches in lieu of chairs in your dining room to save on space and create an open atmosphere.

Finally, take a look at your technology, which tends to take up considerable space. Consolidate by moving your music to a specified computer or music player and get rid of CDs. Also, flat panel televisions are great new alternatives and save on space.

There are numerous ways to create a beautiful and spacious look in any small space. Visit one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark and let our knowledgeable sales representatives help you get started!

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

Love Your Kitchen

The last 100 years have brought tremendous change to the kitchen. Dual income families and indoor plumbing have both played a role in the way we now use this central part of our home. A place to cook, eat, share and laugh, the kitchen truly is the heart of the home, and a few simple changes will transform an uninspired kitchen into a room that draws families together.

Create a gathering space. With hectic schedules, the kitchen is always the gathering spot after a long day. Allow it to be functional. Define a space for kids to do homework comfortably while snacking. Make room for a computer or laptop for family use, to pull up favorite recipes, read current events together and research schoolwork.

Clutter control. Most active families are busy with events outside the home. Organize the kitchen. Clear clutter from countertops, making meal prep easier and more efficient. Leave out only functional items and store decorative accessories. Pull pots and pans out and hang them in easy reach, thereby making space for other items to be stored.

Shine on. Find ways to creatively light your kitchen based on use. A bright overhead light is great for preparing meals in the evening, while a soft low light provides a more pleasant dining experience. A crisp white light should be used for homework and natural light cascading through windows is best for all circumstances when it’s available.

Update appliances. If either space or design are issues in your current kitchen, browse all of the kitchen appliance options available today. Older appliances can and should be replaced with more energy efficient models. Most appliances are also available in smaller versions to save space in currently cramped kitchens.

Keep multi-function use in mind. The kitchen serves so many functions. It’s a place to prep and cook food, eat, study, do crafts and family activities, listen to music, even watch television on occasion. Install a smaller flat-screen TV in one of the less traveled corners of the room. Create a lounging area by arranging seating with functional multi-use storage benches and cushions.

Whatever your style, let your Connell’s sales representative show you some kitchen design ideas the next time you stop in one of our two locations, Mt. Vernon and Newark.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Designing with Pattern

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Interior Design has evolved throughout the years. From a matched approach to a more eclectic style of mixing patterns and textures, design is fun and inspiring. Spruce up any room by mixing patterns throughout. It makes the room visually interesting. When considering a pattern, most of us think in terms of fabric. However, it includes much more – architectural lines, arrangement and shape of furniture, the pattern on the floors and walls. Read on for tips and to learn more.

Determine your color preferences, then choose one main bold larger-scale pattern for the room. Use this pattern on a pillow or on another small feature. Build from this by including other patterns with different shapes, but in a much smaller scale. Keep colors and varying scale in mind to create a distinct theme. As an example, try a large floral pattern on a few pillows, small checks and solids on a few more and vertical stripes for your drapery, which will also make the room seem taller.

Add a solid color for attraction and include textures in your theme. Or choose a main color and mix in varying shades. When choosing textures, limit it to only a few. Sheen textures are perfect for formal spaces, while muted textures give a room a more casual comfortable appeal.

Relate similar objects, then fill with color and fabric patterns. To avoid making the room too busy, keep the background color neutral and uniform. Start with only a few colors you really like.

When thinking of pattern, consider the entire space. Doorways, floors, shape of furniture and accessories may all have patterns within them. If you’ve always had the sofa against the wall, angle it to create a triangular shape in the room. A square or rectangular table in the corner can be replaced by a circular one. When you’re ready to buy new furniture, replace your overstuffed sofa with a modern, streamlined piece with square edges.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon or Newark to get more ideas and inspiration, then talk to a sales representative to make those design dreams a reality.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Designing a Functional Home Office

Creating 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 key points to keep in mind when organizing a home office.

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

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The Amazing Comfort of a Plush Mattress

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After a long day of work, cooking dinner for your family and helping your kids with their homework, there’s nothing better than taking a load off and laying down in bed to relax. But nothing’s worse than resting on a mattress that’s harder than a box of rocks. Instead, you deserve a comfortable, soft plush mattress that will rejuvenate you to tackle life again the next day.  But what is a plush mattress and why does it provide such an unrivaled quality night’s sleep?

Plush mattresses offer a great night of sleep because they literally cradle you in comfort. The additional foam padding on a plush mattress literally conforms to your body. This eliminates an uncomfortable break-in period for the mattress while cradling your body in pure relaxation. Plush mattress technology also immediately responds to your movement while dissipating body heat to keep you at the ideal sleeping temperature. This unique engineering provides a pleasurable night of sleep that will leave you looking forward to sleeping on your mattress night after night.

Most current plush mattresses are made of synthetic fibers, or foam, designed to provide a soft and blissful sleeping experience. Plush mattresses, like Connell’s Beautyrest® World Class Alexandria Plush Mattress, offer an additional layer of extremely soft padding on the surface for the sleeper. Underneath this additional foam bedding, coils are in place to bring you the support you need so you don’t feel like you’re sleeping in quick sand. Plush mattresses are specifically engineered to provide an unprecedented amount of comfort without sacrificing any coil support.

Here is something to keep in mind: Although most plush mattresses are made from synthetic plush fibers, consider purchasing a mattress made with natural plush. Silk, cotton or velvet are higher qualities of plush and will provide an even softer and blissful night of sleep. Regardless of the material, plush mattresses have no downside and are an excellent choice for anyone considering a new mattress.

Visit either of Connell’s two convenient locations in Newark or Mt. Vernon and discover for yourself the the amazing relaxation only provided by a plush mattress.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Home Design Therapy

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Shorter days, longer nights and sub-zero weather can bring you down quickly. Do something good for yourself and your home! Combat the Winter Blues with home design therapy from Connell’s. Spice up your living space with color, texture and warmth. Change your perspective. Whether you desire a complete home makeover or small changes to a few rooms, we’ve got you covered – with the goods and the inspiration!

This winter  has been unseasonably cold in Ohio. Physically create warmth inside your home with new window treatments. Replace sheer curtains with thick draperies. Use warm colors such as burnt orange, mustard yellow and ruby red. Look for your favorite patterns, then design an entire room around them. Mix and match. Play. Have fun!

Since you’re stuck indoors, create a few gathering spaces. If you have a fireplace and it’s not a focal point, move furniture to make it so. Arrange a conversation pit. Group furniture together toward the center of the room making it perfect for family game night. Place a new flat panel television toward one end of the seating area, creating another focal point perfect for quiet, cozy evenings at home.

Little touches can make a big difference. Disperse candles with warm scents such as vanilla, hazelnut and warm apple pie throughout your home. Brighten up a dark winter night with a candle centerpiece atop your coffee or cocktail table.

Don’t wait for Spring to surround yourself with life. Sprinkle houseplants throughout your dwelling, adding color, texture and fresh air. Create live art and bursts of color by arranging oranges, lemons and limes on a platter or in a vase. Add neutral colored stones and branches for additional texture.

You layer your clothing for added warmth. Do the same in your home. Place a beautiful quilt or wool blanket at the foot of your bed for cold winter nights. Grab a few extra pillows and a fleece throw to snuggle on your sofa or love seat.

Don’t stop there. You’re only limited by the imagination. Dream away, then stop by one of Connell’s two locations to remedy your Winter Blues with Home Design Therapy!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Color Therapy

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Color therapy, or chromotherapy is a study that measures the vibrations colors emit. Electromagnetic energy and the wavelengths emitted by color can psychologically affect you and balance energy. For this reason, many people are exploring the idea of using it in home design and decoration. Read on for effects colors elicit, along with ideas for incorporating them into your design scheme.

Red stimulates brain function and causes excitability. While people with high blood pressure and heart conditions should limit red in the home, small amounts can attribute to expression and creativity. Red picture frames are fun along with live or silk flowers for a vibrant pop of color which takes up little space.

Orange elicits joy, happiness and creativity. Oranges themselves, placed along with lemons and limes in a clear bowl-style vase, make a wonderful focal point on a kitchen table or mantel. Paintings with small amounts of orange create an interesting whimsical feel in any room.

Yellow encourages self esteem and confidence. Because it’s not typically associated with either gender, yellow is a great choice for a child’s room. Studies show that changes occur in self esteem during the tween years and many children go through periods of lacking self esteem. Along with other encouragement, use yellow to increase self confidence subconsciously.

Green is soothing and relaxing. It supports balance plus aids depression and anxiousness. For this reason, green is a fabulous color for any room. If you are typically on-the-go and under pressure, make your bedroom a haven with walls of sea foam green. Whenever possible incorporate live plants into your design for both the soothing effect and fresh, clean air.

Blue is cooling and elicits clarity, insightfulness and patience. Place pillows and a throw in light blue and cream to soften an otherwise masculine brown leather sofa. Water accessories like a fountain add a slight hint of blue plus calming white noise to an office.

Violet enhances feelings of peacefulness. It tunes us into the vibrations of our spiritual selves and our intuition. Furniture has gone beyond traditional colors to include all those in the rainbow. A purple sofa would make a statement along with eliciting a calm demeanor.

Ideas are as diverse as the variations of colors in the rainbow. Let your own taste, knowledge and intuition be your guide as you incorporate them into your home. Get started by visiting one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Five S’s of Studiousness

Success begins in the bedroom. No really, it does. Your child’s success in school is directly related to the functional design of his/her bedroom. Ensure your child puts his/her best foot forward each and every day in the classroom. Begin by building a cozy, comfortable bedroom around the five ‘S’s’: sleep, study, storage, stimulus and safety.

Sleep

On average, children need eight to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain their attention span in the classroom. Start by turning off the TV and giving your child a comfortable bed.

Study

Providing your child with a fun and creative bedroom is only half the battle in making them star students. Now you must motivate them to study!

  • Give them plenty of space to spread out and work. Make sure the desk you choose has adequate space to allow them to lay out their books, pencils, pens, paper, and markers. Look for a child’s desk with built-in shelving for books and supplies, or consider a long rectangular table.
  • Hang a calendar or bulletin/dry-erase board over their desk and encourage them to use post-notes and colorful dry-erase markers. This will teach your children how to follow a schedule and alleviate any confusion of assignment due dates.
  • Set aside a designated homework time for your child – after school or after dinner – and give them space in their room when they need it, and be available to help them.

Storage

School supplies in addition to your child’s hordes of toys equal a clutter nightmare! Prevent this disaster by outfitting their room with furniture designed for extra storage.

Stimulus

Kids will be kids … and what better place to be a kid than in your their own bedroom. Let their room be a refuge, a place for daydreams as well as sweet dreams.

  • Allow a little leeway in choosing their favorite paint colors and bedding to let your kid’s personality shine through.
  • Provide toys that stimulate their imagination like building sets, paper, crayons, or dolls.

Safety

Looking out for the safety of our children means they will sleep safe and sound, and we as parents will rest assured they aren’t in danger.

  • Depending on your child’s age, make sure the ends of furniture are rounded and protectors are in the electrical sockets.
  • Place a nightlight in your child’s room.
  • To make sure your child is calm in their room, use soft colors or pastels to paint the walls or for decoration.
  • Teach them to put away their toys and remove clutter from the floor. This will curb anxiety and prevent tripping over that race car and hurting themselves in a fall.

This advice will help your child do well in school, and you’ll do well at  home by cutting down on the inevitable complaints about math, history and writing homework! Stop by one of Connell’s two locations and give your child the gift of a studious and beautiful bedroom!

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

We’re not Fortune Tellers … But we can Guarantee Furniture you’ll Love

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At Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses, we do a lot of things really well. For instance, we can help you design the living room of your dreams, we can find a sofa to match your drapes and we can certainly tell you exactly when your furniture will arrive at your house. You might think we can do it all … but there’s one service we don’t offer. And that’s fortunetelling.

You see, we can’t always look into the future and guarantee your new furniture will always work for you. We’ve seen it all – you buy the sofa you love but your mother-in law hates it, or your new dining room set arrives at your doorstep but you’ve suddenly been transferred to a different city for work.

But because of our No Oops™ policy, we can predict you’ll never get stuck with furniture that you don’t love. It’s our guarantee to you, and it protects you from life’s little surprises. 

NO OOPS™ means that if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked! Plus unlike the other stores, you’ll never pay additional shipping charges, you’ll never pay restocking or usage fees and you can cancel your order at any time.

No one else offers you the protection and peace of mind you’ll find with No Oops™. Visit our elegant showrooms in either Mount Vernon or Newark, Ohio, and browse our huge selection of living room, dining room, bedroom, home office, home entertainment, mattresses, bedding and kids furniture. We guarantee when do, you won’t make a mistake!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hello from High Point!

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Right now, we’re hard at work looking for the best furniture for your home at the High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina. The High Point Market is quite possibly the nation’s largest furniture exhibition, and we come here twice a year to look for the latest furniture we know you’ll love. Maybe some of the latest trends are a little over the top … as you can clearly see here…

But there are also plenty of new breathtaking products we’ve found that we know you’ll love, such as these amazing leather sofas …

To see the latest fashions we’re bringing back for your home, visit us at either location in Mt. Vernon or Newark, Ohio. And, as always, all our furniture is guaranteed by our exclusive No Oops™ guarantee. We’re confident you’re going to love your new furniture, but if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked, no restocking fees, return delivery charges or penalties. Shop with confidence and love what you buy!

Friday, September 11, 2009

What do a fireman and a motorcycle mechanic know about decorating your home?

My dad, Don, started selling used furniture in downtown Mount Vernon in 1957, he was a full-time fireman and part-time janitor just trying to make ends meet for his family.  Later my mom, Helen, brought her intuitive sense of interior decorating and flair for fashion to the company.  I started my career at Connell’s after graduating from college in 1976.

Then came the motorcycle mechanic…Curt…my son.  After going to a motorcycle mechanic’s school Curt decided to join us in the family business.  His mission was to bring our company into the 21st century.  Today we have state of the art technology that saves you time and money.  Heck, this web site was his “brain child.”  Now you can shop online or view 1000′s of pieces of furniture from your home at your convenience.

You gotta love savvy young “out-of-the-box” thinkers like Curt…I know I do.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Not all sofas are created equal…

I know, I know…you walk into a furniture store and look over a sea of sofas trying to find on that catches your eye.  After setting on nearly every sofa in the store you settle on two.  One is $499 and the other is $999.  You ask yourself…”why is this one only $499 and the other one kinda looks the same but it’s twice as much”.  Does that mean the $499 sofa is as good as the $999 sofa only it’s half the price?

Looks can be deceiving (remember your mom telling you that) at any price when it comes to buying a sofa.  Unfortunately, you can’t see what’s inside either sofa so it’s difficult to know what you’re buying.  The quality of these two sofas can differ as much as men and women do.

I think one of the best ways to judge the value of a sofa is what I call the $100 rule. On average for every $100 you spend on a sofa you should expect a year usage.  So, if you buy a $499 sofa you should expect it to last around 5 years and if you buy a $999 sofa you should expect it to last around 10 years…genius huh?  So, if you don’t mind replacing your sofa every five years or so you might want to buy the cheaper one and spend the extra money on lamps or end tables.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Different types of Leather Luxury

Sophistication. Class. Elegance. Style. These are adjectives usually reserved for some of Hollywood’s classiest actors and actresses. Now, if you want your living room to radiate with same sophistication and style as Hollywood’s biggest stars, consider furnishing it with leather furniture. Leather makes a statement …  it screams modernity, luxury and it’s guaranteed to impress your guests.

But what you probably don’t know is that all leather furniture is not the same. At Connell’s, we’re here to educate you about the different types of leather so you can find the perfect sofa, love seat or recliner to match your family’s needs and comfort preference. Stop in, ask our sales professionals about the various types of leather and consider the following varieties during your next purchase:

  • Full grain leather is typically the most desirable variety.  Full grain comes from the upper section of the hide and is extremely durable, breathable, strong and long-lasting. Plus, because full grain displays the unique wrinkles and scars found on the cow’s hide, it looks extremely natural and homey.
  • Aniline leather is a dyed variety and very comfortable. It’s extremely soft to the touch, porous and relaxing.
  • Antiqued leather pieces are similar to aniline in their level of softness. However, they have been dyed twice instead instead of only once.
  • Nubuck is a variety that has been sanded on the outside of the hide. This sanding offers you an extremely strong and velvety surface that is similar to suede.

Stop into our stunning showrooms in Mount Vernon or Newark and check out our luxurious leather selections. We guarantee when you do, you won’t make a mistake!

Monday, October 4, 2010

NO OOPS™ Means You’ll Never Make a Mistake at Connell’s

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Can you believe the nerve of the other furniture stores?! I mean come on! They make it a painstakingly laborious and expensive chore to return furniture that you don’t absolutely love. For instance, consider the actual example of a customer – who will remain nameless – that wasn’t absolutely satisfied with her new sofa and tried to return it …

This particular unnamed customer purchased a sofa online for $1,399. When it arrived at her home, she suddenly began having second thoughts about the sofa’s fabric and color. She decided she wanted to return this particular sofa. The customer did the math; she already paid $139.90 for shipping plus an $80 surcharge because the sofa was deemed ‘bulky.’ And to return the sofa, the customer would have to pay another $139.90 to ship the sofa back and another $80 because the sofa was still overweight. In this customer’s mind, she figured she’d have to pay $439.80 not to keep an item she loved. But in the end it didn’t really matter, the retailer wouldn’t let the customer return the sofa.

At Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses, we promise the previous scenario will never happen to you. We’re confident of this because our NO OOPS policy guarantees you won’t get stuck with furniture you don’t love.

  • NO OOPS means that if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked!
  • NO OOPS means you’ll never have to settle for furniture you don’t like!
  • NO OOPS means you’ll never pay additional shipping charges to return your furniture.
  • NO OOPS means you’ll never pay restocking or usage fees to return your furniture.
  • NO OOPS means you can cancel your order at any time.
  • NO OOPS means you can refuse delivery of your furniture.

We really don’t think you’ll ever want to return any furniture you purchase from Connell’s. And our experience proves that our customers actually make fewer returns.

Why you ask?

Because NO OOPS gives you the shopping confidence and freedom that you won’t find at the other stores. So be bold and take chance, because we promise when you shop with us, you’ll never make a mistake!

Monday, August 2, 2010

“Honey, who’s that scary looking guy at the front door?”

Have you ever noticed that most delivery services hire big ugly guys that look like they just rolled out of bed to deliver the precious cargo that you just bought and saved for months?  Okay, maybe some of them  aren’t very big but, most of them are pretty scary looking, aren’t they?  Most stores look at delivery as a necessary evil not as a valuable service.  So, they hire guys that are willing to work for low wages without any incentives to make you happy.  Just get it in the door and move on to the next delivery.  And try not to step on the cat…please. Can you believe some stores charge as much as $100 for this kind of service?

We think our delivery service is one of the best values we offer.  That’s why we call our guys the DREAM TEAM. You get trained caring (yes, ladies…some guys do care) professionals that will treat you and your home with respect.  And we charge a whopping $39.95!  Oh yea, if you’re not completely satisfied with our DREAM TEAM delivery service…we’ll refund your money.  How’s that for value?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

(for guys only) when in doubt…read the directions

A lot of furniture today comes from far away places like China.  They basically build 1000′s of pieces of “ready-to-assemble” furniture then carefully pack them into shipping containers that eventually end up in our warehouse.  It’s done that way to save shipping cost.  Unfortunately, someone has to put this stuff together…that’s where we come in.

We open the boxes and separate all the nuts & bolts, shelves, tops, panels, and various other parts needed to create a nice piece of furniture.  Then we get our portable drills with special bits and start putting part “a” into slot “e4″ and bolt “c3″ with hex nut “d7″…well, you get the picture.  Sometimes you need a master’s degree in “erectorsetology” (I made that up) to assemble some of these treasures.

So guy, the next time you want to buy a piece of furniture that comes “ready-to-assemble” make sure you have lots of time, tools, and a bottle of Jack Daniels handy cause you’re going to need it.  I’d also suggest you put it together somewhere out of site like the garage or basement because after all the cursing you’re probably going to hear…”honey, did you read the directions?”

Or better yet…you be the hero.  Buy it from us and pay our $39.95 Dream Team Delivery fee and have your furniture assembled, delivered, and set-up anywhere in your home.  Trust me…you’ll thank me for this tip.  Now, go out there and sleigh that dragon.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Sorry lady. You bought it…you keep it!

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Trying to return furniture that you don’t like isn’t as easy as retuning a sweater you just bought at your local department store.  Beware of the dreaded “restocking fee”. Simply put, if you are not happy with that new sofa you just bought most furniture stores will charge you a hefty fee to return is.  This can range for 10% to as much as 50% depending on each store’s return policy.  And heaven help you if you try to return a SPECIAL ORDER…most stores treat it like toxic waste…you bought it…you keep it.

Check out our return policy.  We call it “No Oops”.  If you’re not happy with the new furniture you bought from us we’ll take it back…no questions asked.  So before you buy that new sofa that looked smaller in the store then when you got it home ask to see the store’s return policy.  It can save you lots of money and loads of heart ache.

Monday, October 5, 2009

“Someone’s been sleeping in my bed…”

Remember when you used to be able to fall asleep on the floor at your friend’s slumber party?  Or when you used to stay out half the night and get up after two hours of sleep and go to work?  Well, if you’re like me, you’re older and wiser (I’m just older).  Life’s little aches and pains begin to take their toll and the only way to rejuvenate those tired old muscles is to get a good night’s sleep.  And it all starts with a good mattress.  Let’s face it, you spend one third of your life in bed and most people get up feeling like we just wrestled a bear (and I don’t mean your spouse).

Here are some tips that will help you when you buy your next mattress.

Budget

Spend half as much on a good bed as you would your wife’s engagement ring. Uh oh, some of you guys are getting a little nervous right now, let me explain.  Most young men ready to pop the question will spend about two month’s salary on the love of their life.  I recommend you spend around one month’s salary on a good bed.  You should expect at least ten years of usage when you buy a high quality mattress…wow, that’s over 29,000 hours you’re going to be sleeping on that bed!  One rule of thumb is (man, now I’m beginning to sound like my grandpa) the more you spend…the better you’ll feel each morning. That’s why people rave about the beds at most 5 star hotels…they don’t buy cheap mattresses!

Size

Buy the biggest bed your budget and your room will allow.  I’ve never talked to a customer yet that said “my bed is too big”.  Twin size (39″x74″) and full size (48″x74″) beds are great for singles while queen size (60″x80″) and king size (78″x80″) beds are highly recommended for two.  Most customers tell us they need more room to spread out and get comfortable.  Let’s face it, we all get a little “wider” the older we get.  We need our space.

Firmness

This truly is a matter of personal choice.  Some people like sleeping on beds that are hard as a rock while others like pillow soft beds.  Mattresses with multiple layers of foam, cotton, and heavy gauge coils deliver a lot of comfort for the buck.  But, consider a high quality memory foammattress.  These beds offer a unique combination of good comfort and great support.  We highly recommend Tempur-pedic brand.

Remember, buying a good mattress is like buying a good pair of shoes…at the end of a long day you never regret your decision.  Cheap shoes hurt your feet and cheap beds kill your back.  Poor sleep can lead to all kinds of long term health problems a well as just make you “grumpier”…ladies, you know what I’m talking about don’t you.  Sleep well.

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