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Monday, December 15, 2014

Fun DIY Christmas Gifts That Won’t Break The Budget

Like many of us, with Christmas quickly approaching, it can become a flurry of stress shopping for family and friends. Most of us have family to shop for, extended family to shop for, Christmas exchanges to shop for and a handful of friends to shop for as well. With so many people on the list, it’s overwhelming trying to pick out a unique gift for everyone without spending copious amounts of time and money.

So slow down this Christmas and get creative with tips from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses for some simple, inexpensive and fun do-it-yourself gifts everyone is sure to love! DIY gifts are a great technique to get the kids involved and can be a fun way to get together with friends and share some ideas while putting together your gifts. Read on for some ideas:

Mason jar treats: Pinterest provides a plethora of terrific ideas for Mason jar gifts. But the idea is simple, buy half a dozen mason jars, and fill them with goodies (when filling with food or ingredients, layer them nicely to add an element of beauty)! Some terrific ideas include layered cookie mix, hot chocolate mix with marshmallows and chocolate chips, trail mix or fancy nuts. Some personalized Mason jar gifts even include grooming kits for men or women where you fill the Mason jar with clippers, a razor or a small pack of deodorant. The ideas are unlimited but the idea and concept is simple and easy to put together.

Christmas wreath: A Christmas wreath is a fun, crafty idea and the recipient can enjoy its radiant beauty on their front door or inside their home. To get started, head on down to a craft store and buy a wire wreath frame, some garland, and any other nice touches you want to add, like bows, bells, holly etc … When you get home, wrap the garland around your wire frame and add the accessories to make a beautiful decorative wreath.

Personalized ornaments: If you have kids, making ornaments can be a fun treat to pass several hours and make some beautiful personalized gifts. The easiest way to accomplish this is by buying some paintable plastic round ornaments from the dollar store, a little paint and other decorations such as glitter, glue and beads. Paint your ornaments in Christmas colors or even a beautiful dark blue, sprinkle your glitter onto the wet paint and glue the beads on when dry. And make the ornaments a joyous gift to be remembered by writing, “Baby’s First Christmas”, or write a personalized message to a newlywed couple spending their first Christmas together.

Some other great ideas include framing a nice picture collage of your family, or ordering personalized picture magnets, key chains mugs and more! Whatever your DIY gift is, enjoy the time spent making it with family and friends, and reflect on the joy it will give to its recipient.

From all of us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattress and Mt. Vernon and Newark, we’re wishing you a very Merry Christmas!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Color is Key

Without a doubt, color is perhaps the most important decorating element. And even though it may seem like a daunting task, choosing a color scheme to tie your entire home together doesn’t have to be chore. Simply choose some colors you love as a starting point, and read on for some tips from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses to make your favorite colors work together throughout your entire home.

How to pick your colors

Find an object (which we’ll refer to as an inspiration piece) with a color scheme you enjoy. Your inspiration piece should generally be something multicolored like a rug, throw or even a picture. Use your inspiration pieces to select the hues that work well together throughout your entire home.

Applying your colors to different rooms

Give each room its own color and personality. As you repeat your color scheme throughout your house in different rooms, it will tie your rooms together to create a feeling of comfort and cohesion.

How do I decide what color to use in a certain room?

Start with the rooms where you spend a good chunk of your time. Decide what kind of feel or mood you want to create in those rooms, and then ask yourself what colors will help you achieve that mood. Use that color for the walls and/or ceiling. For furniture, look for fabrics that combine your inspiration piece colors in varying amounts and shades.

Never feel like you have to match colors perfectly. Remember, you love the colors in your home and the feel and comfort they give to your rooms. And if you believe the color just isn’t right, try a darker or lighter shade. Always choose the colors you like best for decorating success!

Choosing a color for a certain feel

  • Red: Red can be common in dining rooms, bedrooms and studies. Red expresses passion, zeal, and can help with appetite.
  • Orange: Orange is a very warm color and hard to tone down. Consider using this only as an accent color.
  • Yellow: Pale yellow creates a bright, crisp pleasing environment, while sharp yellow can create deterrence.
  • Green: Green is a peaceful color that blends well in any room and will compliment your existing color scheme.
  • Blue: Blue is also a peaceful color. Light blues make a room refreshing, while a dark blue can be somber.
  • Violet: Violet can communicate romance, but it’s being used more commonly in living rooms or bedrooms to create a feel of serenity.

Whatever color combination you choose, come to Connell’s Furniture & Mattress in Mt. Vernon and Newark for friendly advice and a great selection of quality furniture sure to create a beautiful color combination for your entire home.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Tips and Trends When Shopping For Kids Furniture

Kid’s love trendy furniture just as much as we adults do, and as adults, it sure is fun picking out bedroom furniture they’re sure to love! What’s more, most major furniture manufacturers are designing quality and adorable youth furniture built for safety, fun, functionality and sleep. Read on for some tips and trends from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses for today’s youth furniture, and visit us in store at Mt. Vernon and Newark, and online to shop our huge selection of kid’s furniture.

Shopping for functional nursery furniture that will grow with your child

One of the biggest trends today is furniture that grows with your child. Furniture that grows with your child is extremely popular since one purchase can last for years through your kid’s developmental stages. For example, many manufacturers offer convertible cribs that convert into a bed or daybed when your child gets older.

Another example is a “combo dresser.” A combo dresser combines a dresser and a hutch with a changing pad under a flip-up top and plenty of room to hold baby supplies. When the dresser is flipped upside down, the changing pad hutch disappears and it looks like a regular dresser with large drawers. The drawers are reversible and have double sets of tracks as well.

Other ways the industry is meeting parental demand is with changing tables that convert to toy chests, bunk beds that have a twin on top and full on the bottom and raised beds that have a desk underneath. Don’t be afraid to be practical when shopping with your child.

Personalization

While functional furniture that grows with your child is important, there is still that element of making a child’s room, a child’s room.

For the baby and toddler, some parents look for a monogram crib bumper or even rocking stools with pictures on them. Many manufacturers now offer personalization from everything to baby furniture, and youth furniture well into the teenage years.

What’s more, manufacturers specialize in everything from kid’s rugs, lamps, artwork to bedspreads. Accents are where a child’s personality can really liven up your child’s bedroom, and they can be found in every shape and design imaginable. You and your child will love picking out customizable accents together.

Safety

Finally, safety is probably the most important aspect to consider when shopping for kid’s furniture. Nonetheless, manufacturers and current designs are generally extremely safety oriented. For example, most toy boxes now are designed so they won’t snap shut on little fingers. Also, the industry is moving towards non-moving parts.

When considering any furniture for your kids, stop by Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses for a huge selection of furniture and quality advice.

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Five Common Decorating Myths

We’ve all heard different decorating myths from time-to-time. Do this and don’t that to avoid color clashes or a mismatch of patterns. Nonetheless, the most common decorating myths are false! They take away from our creative inspiration and limit our designs. At Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses, we encourage you to get creative and remember, these are simply myths.

1. You can have only one metallic tone in a room. Take a quick trip to your local home improvement store and check out some of their kitchen displays. You’ll notice silver and gold tones are mixed. Keep this in mind when you consider your kitchen design and drawer pulls for your bedroom.

2. Never mix floral and plaid patterns. If you look at some modern living room designs, companies now coordinate floral and plaid patterns in the same color pattern to be used together. As long as the color pattern remains constant, it’s safe to mix floral and plaid patterns.

3. Pick one style and stick with it! Modern designs reflect many different eclectic influences. It’s safe to change your style from room-to-room, and even within the same room. Whether you prefer a casual or a more formal approach to furnishing your home, the contrast of different styles enlivens the space.

4. Never place your furniture symmetrically. As we noted  above, since you can mix floral patterns with plaid, the left side of your room doesn’t have to match the right. Use asymmetry to create a focal point and interest, while leading to a more casual style.

5. Books belong on bookshelves. Books are a great way to add color and interest to a room. A common use of books, off of the bookshelf, is to place them on the coffee table as a focal point or talking point. Stacks of books can also be used to elevate a lamp or a plant in a table top arrangement. If you are feeling adventurous, you can stack several oversized books to the side of a chair to serve as an end table. When you use a bookcase, not every book has to be standing on end; try laying some flat and place decorative accessories on top.

Home design should not be restrictive, it should be freeing. Visit us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattress in Newark and Mt. Vernon for some clever design tips that are outside of the box.


Monday, October 13, 2014

High Point Market & Halloween

It’s not even the second half of October, and yet fall is in full swing; the weather continues to cool and our sunny skies turn to grey, rainy skies. But don’t let the advent of rainy, cool weather get you down! Rain or shine, there’s still plenty of fun in store for the second half of October. Here’s what’s coming up.

Fall Furniture Market:

Every fall, thousands of furniture manufacturers and retailers head down to High Point, NC for The High Point Market. As usual, Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses takes this opportunity to travel on down to the furniture market to pick out the latest trends and styles of brand new furniture we know you’re going to love.

In fact, the High Point Market is the world’s largest furniture tradeshow in the world, brining more than 75,000 people together from more than 100 countries on 11.5 million square feet of showroom space! Now that’s a lot of furniture! And as the High Point Market Website says, “if you can’t find it in High Point…it probably doesn’t exist.”

So, that’s why we make the trip down to High Point in the fall, to bring the newest and best furniture back home just for you. We come back with fashions that are in style year-round for your living room, bedroom, dining room, kid’s bedroom, as well as occasional furniture and accents from the most trusted brands like Ashley, Broyhill, Flexsteel, Magnussen, Vaughan Bassett, and more!

Halloween:

Halloween will be here in a little less than 3 weeks! Whether you have kids who will be trick-or-treating, you’re an empty nester or a single family, we have several fun ways to celebrate this Halloween!

  • Invite trick-or-treaters over: If you’re not out trick-or-treating with your kids, it’s a ton of fun to turn on the porch light and pass out candy. Just put up some decorations – like a fake cobweb, and stuff some of your leaves into an orange pumpkin bag – dress up in a costume and buy a few bags of candy for the kids and have fun passing it out! It’s always a blast to see the smiles on the kids’ faces.
  • Go trick-or-treating: It’s always fun to go trick-or-treating with your children, nieces or nephews or a group. Offer to chaperone your family around and have a blast with the little ones while they gather candy!
  • Drive through your neighborhood and look at Halloween decorations: Anymore, it seems people spend as much time decorating their homes for Halloween as they do for Christmas. From inflatable pumpkins, fake tombstones, spiders, to scarecrows, it can be a blast to drive the neighborhood and see the decorations. So pack the family into the car and take a drive!

From all of us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattress in Mt. Vernon & Newark, we’re wishing you a very safe and Happy Halloween!

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Show Off Your Photos In A Beautiful Wall Collection

What good are the most cherished photos of your family, wedding day and life’s most memorable moments if you just store them away in an album on a bookshelf? Naturally, we appreciate the photos we love when we’re surrounded by them, whether they’re hung on the wall, or even framed and sitting on a sofa table or mantle.

Sometimes however, hanging photos can be intimidating. Homeowners can be afraid to make a mistake when hanging groups of different sized-and-shaped frames, not to mention leaving a hole in the wall if the frame isn’t hung right the first time around. However, with a little advice from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses, you can easily transform a blank wall into a beautiful path down memory lane with your most memorable photos.

How to Creatively Hang a Group of Photos:

  • Place the center point of your picture at eye level: Generally, pictures should be hung somewhere around 58 to 62 inches from the floor, putting them right around eye level. So, pick the photo that you want to make the center of the grouping, preferably a larger print to serve as an anchor for the eye.
  • Pull items together with something in common. To create uniformity and give your photos something in common, consider using all gold frames with black-and-white photos. Or perhaps you enjoy all black frames with white matting. Nonetheless, a common theme for your various sized-and-shaped frames will create uniformity around your focal point.

Consider Different Type of Shapes and Arrangements for your Space:

  • Block – Similarly shaped-and-sized pictures often look most effective in a simple block arrangement. Be mindful of the spacing and keep the gaps between the pictures even.
  • Framework – Set your pictures within a well-defined imaginary framework shape, such as a rectangle or oval. Balance the display by placing the largest pictures in corners or in the middle of the arrangement.
  • Single row – For a horizontal row, range the top or bottom edge of your frames along an imaginary line. For horizontal, vertical or slanted rows, such as stairwells, display them with the centers on an imaginary straight line.
  • Double row – Two rows of pictures can either be lined up centrally, by running an imaginary line between the rows, or be aligned at the top and bottom of the double row. Line up the sides of the outer pictures too.
  • Cross – Group pictures round an imaginary cross, with the largest near the center of the cross, balanced by smaller pictures at the outer edges.

Keep in mind if you’re hanging pictures in your dining room in lieu of your living room, they should be hung a bit lower on the wall since they’ll be viewed while seating.

And while you’re hard at work hanging your pictures, stop by Connell’s in Mt. Vernon and Newark for friendly advice and tips on the best furniture at unbeatable prices! We can help you create a beautiful seating area around your gorgeous photos.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Fun Family Fall Outdoor Activities

Isn’t fall great? As the days get shorter and the weather begins to cool, we tend to want to get outside more and enjoy the season. And why not, fall brings new changes, such as leaves changing colors and seasonal fruits and vegetables. With that said, below are some fun seasonal activities from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses the whole family can enjoy that will get you outside to enjoy the new season.

  • Go apple picking: One great place to take the entire family is Lynd Fruit Farm in Pataskala, OH. Right now, families can pick apples (including Gala, Honeycrisp, McIntosh, Cortland, Jonathan, and more!), and later in the season, pumpkin picking and sweet corn is also available. Plus, they offer a corn maze and plenty of safe and fun activities for the kids. You can’t go wrong at Lynd in the fall!
  • Take a hayride: Hayrides are a great way to get out and enjoy the weather, and kids sure love them! Many offer hot apple cider, hot chocolate and other warm beverages for autumn’s cool nights. And if you’re adventurous, some hayrides are even “haunted” to add a little excitement to the experience. Click here to find some local hayrides in Northwest Ohio, and other fun activities like corn mazes, pumpkin patches and more!
  • Make a fire pit and build a bonfire: It’s easy to build an attractive fire pit with some inexpensive retaining wall that the whole family can get years of enjoyment from (always check with your local fire department to make sure a fire pit is permitted at your home, and you’re not building it too close to property lines and/or fire hazards). Once constructed, it’s easy to start a bonfire and roast hot dogs, smores and enjoy the cool crisp season with family and friends.
  • Football Friday nights: Even if you don’t have a teenager that plays high school football, it’s still fun to go and support your local high school’s football team. It’s a fun environment and you’ll get to watch a fun football game and watch two marching bands perform.

As the season changes, let Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Newark and Mt. Vernon help you with your home furnishing needs. We have exactly what you’re looking for – whether you want to decorate your living room with fall’s best colors or your husband wants to outfit his “man cave” in the colors of favorite football team – with our great selection of furniture and mattresses at unbeatable everyday low prices. Come check us out, we promise you can’t make a mistake at Connell’s!

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome Home Fall

Fall will be here in less than a month! As always, autumn is an exciting time as we see nature’s beauty change colors, the weather becomes cooler and seasonal foods are enjoyed like butternut squash, pumpkin pie and apple cider. Fall is also a wonderful time to invite the season’s radiant beauty into our home and entertain guests in comfort and style. Below are some simple suggestions from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses to help you welcome fall into your home with style.

  • Use decorative centerpieces: One simple idea to add pops of color and fall inspired decoration into your home is through centerpieces. Place some small gourds in a glass bowl and set them on the center of your dining room table, and spread out some colorful plastic leaves on a sofa table for fall inspiration.
  • Spread fall’s aroma through your home: Few things are more welcoming than the inviting scents of fall, like warm apples, pumpkin pie, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg. The easiest way to spread fall’s aroma through your home – as well as small bursts of color – is through scented candles placed around your living room, bedroom, dining room and kitchen. Nonetheless, if you enjoy to use your culinary skills, nothing smells – and tastes – better than freshly baked apple pie, warm apple cider, etc …
  • Adorn your front door with a wreath: If you enjoy a do-it-yourself project, making your own wreath can be a fun activity for you and the kids. Simply buy a grapevine wreath, and add your own decorations, such as plastic leaves, pinecones, corn husks, etc … And if you’re not much for DIY projects, you can easily purchase an inexpensive fall wreath.
  • Carve a pumpkin! Pumpkin carving is an activity the whole family can enjoy! Plus, it makes a great decoration. Once carved, place your pumpkin in a windowsill, on the front porch or even set it somewhere in the house it can be enjoyed. Oh, and don’t forget to roast your pumpkin seeds!
  • Change up your fall furniture fashions! Whether it’s time to give your whole home a makeover with new furniture, or time to change a few colors, now’s the time during the Big Trade in Sale at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Mt. Vernon and Newark. Redo an entire room in fall colors, or update several select pieces with gorgeous throws, blankets, rugs and slipcovers to help bring fall’s colors home.

Stop by either of Connell’s two showrooms today and let one of our friendly and professional sales representatives help you find the latest fall furniture fashions at prices you’re sure to love.

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Get Ready For Labor Day!

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469608815Labor Day is almost upon us as we celebrate it on September 1 this year. It marks the final 3-day weekend before autumn. For some, Labor Day is a bittersweet holiday weekend since it informally indicates the end of summer. And for others, it’s a joyous holiday weekend that welcomes in all things autumn – cooler weather, the changing colors of leaves, fall foods, football, haunted houses, etc … Regardless if you’re sad to see summer coming to an end, or you welcome fall with open arms, Connell’s Furniture & Mattress has some terrific Labor Day inspired ideas to help you enjoy your 3-day weekend.

  • Festivals, Food, Music, Parades and More! No matter what your interest is, there are plenty of activities going on in Central Ohio you and your family are sure to love. Pack up the family and head to a bluegrass festival in Newark during Bluegrass, Barbecue and Boom, or checkout the Sweet Corn Festival in Millersport or a parade in Pickerington. For more ideas visit the Columbus Dispatch.
  • Go Camping. Make the most of summer’s final 3-day weekend with a camping adventure. Take fishing poles, a tent, hiking gear or whatever you prefer, and head to a lake or a scenic campsite and enjoy the weekend with family and friends!
  • Picnic. Enjoy a family picnic at a park or even in the back yard. Pack some fun foods, and take a Frisbee or kite for a day of easy-going fun with the family.
  • Relax! Labor Day is a day off work, so make the most of it by relaxing! Stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet with a good book, a lawn chair and your favorite beverage.
  • Get ready for fall with the latest home furnishings. Connell’s in Mt. Vernon & Newark is ready to help you take home the latest fall fashions and colors for any room in your home! Bring fall colors indoors with accents, chairs, throws, pillows, bedding ensembles and more in fall’s best colors; reds, yellows, oranges and browns.

From all of us at Connell’s, we’re wishing you and your family a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

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!