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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Sleep Solutions for Pregnant Mothers

Getting the sleep you need during pregnancy can be difficult. Mother’s often note that physical discomfort, the difficulty of finding a comfortable sleeping position (especially for back sleeping mothers who can no longer sleep on their back), hormonal changes and anxiety are common causes for sleep problems during pregnancy. Moreover, sleep during the third trimester can be even more difficult as the little baby begins to toss-and-turn in the mother’s womb.

Research by the National Sleep Foundation discovered that 80% of pregnant mother’s noted trouble sleeping, while 26% of them said they experienced Restless Leg Symptoms (RLS), a sleep disorder that causes the legs to twitch and ache.

However, sleep solutions are available to help you sleep better during pregnancy so you can stay more energized and healthy for your own sake and the baby’s. Certain bedding, pillows and mattresses are available to help keep you more comfortable and happy.

Studies show pregnant mothers should evaluate their mattress choice and pillow choice to help achieve the proper amount of sleep each night. On average, an adult woman should try to get seven to nine hours of sleep. Pregnant mothers will often find they’ll want and need even more than seven to nine hours of sleep.

Carefully consider your mattress. Does it telegraph your partner’s motion during sleep? If so, consider choosing a new mattress so your partner’s tossing-and-turning does not affect you, allowing you to sleep more soundly and longer.

Furthermore, a body pillow, or side-sleeping pillow can greatly aid in sleep. A quality body pillow is ideal because it will promote left-hand side sleeping, which maximizes blood flow and nutrients to the baby while reducing the chance of low blood pressure, impaired breathing and indigestion.

Visit Connell’s Furniture & Mattress in Mt. Vernon & Newark and ask about our sleep solutions that will help promote better sleep for the health of you and your baby.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Father’s day is right around the corner!

Father’s day is right around the corner! We celebrate Father’s Day annually on third Sunday of June. As a counterpart to Mother’s Day, Father’s Day is a time for the family to say thank you to all of the fathers in our lives for all of their help. And what father doesn’t like a big thank you from his family and loved ones!

Below are some wonderful ideas to say thanks to the father or husband in your life and make his day as fun as possible.

Make Father’s Day a family day: What father doesn’t like spending quality time with his family? Dad’s generally enjoy doing activities, like going to the park, taking a walk with the family, a bike ride with the family, watching a sporting event with family, or even grilling out with the family. However the father or husband in your life enjoys family time together, use Father’s Day as an opportunity to get the entire family together for dad’s favorite family-time activity.

Food!: Although cliché, the saying, “the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach” is pretty much spot on. Show your father the appreciation he deserves by making him his favorite meal, baking him a cake or cookies, or even taking him to his favorite restaurant with the family.

Gifts: All fathers love a good gift. Instead of gifting something like a tie or socks, give a more personal gift like a handwritten card or note. Or even make a family activity out of creating a card or drawing for dad showing him how much you love him and appreciate him.

What’s more, give your father the gift of relaxation during Father’s Day by helping out around the home and outdoors. Take one of dad’s easy, routine outdoor activities, like watering flowers or pulling some weeds, and make it a family activity to do this chore for dad so he doesn’t have to.

However you plan to show your father or husband love and appreciation on Father’s Day, give it a personalized touch that he will truly enjoy and feel loved. From all of us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattress, we’re wishing you and your family a very happy and special Father’s Day!

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.

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, 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.

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!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Talking about eclectic style

It’s all the rage. It seems all the interior design television shows and blogs are talking about eclectic style. Yet, what is it really and how do we get it?

Well, the truth is that you already know what it is. It’s the style most of us have in our homes. Eclectic style is a combination of different styles together in one room.

In other words, the décor doesn’t match. If your living room has a Country French sofa with a rustic Southwestern cocktail table sitting on a Persian rug, you have eclectic style.

It may be even easier to say what eclectic style is not – a strict coordination of the same types, colors and designs of furnishings.

“Well that’s an easy way to decorate,” you say.  After all, all you have to do is put together whatever you like.

Not so fast. While eclectic style gives you the opportunity to decorate with individuality, it also gives you the opportunity to have rooms that end up looking like a flea market.

To avoid having your home look like a hodgepodge of mismatched items, it’s important that there is a design element that ties them all together.

One way to bring together eclectic décor is with color. By using common colors in upholstery fabrics, floor coverings and wall art, individual items of décor will complement each other. It’s best to stay mostly with neutrals as a foundation then add a few bold accents.

Another way to harmonize eclectic furnishings is with shape.  A curvy sofa can sit front of a round cocktail table. Curvilinear vases might sit on the fireplace mantel.

Finishes and textures are also important in creating a synchronized look. The brushed silver finish on a lamp can tie in with silver leaf accents in the frame of a mirror.

Eclectic style is all about bringing together a variety of different furnishings and blending them together to create a unified look.  Stop by either of Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark to guide you when making your eclectic décor purchases.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Decorating With Contemporary Style

One thing you absolutely know, or think you know, is that you don’t like contemporary decor. After all, contemporary style means tables with chrome legs and glass tops, metallic lamps that look like space ships and harsh sofas covered in glossy, uncomfortable leather – right? Not so fast.

Too often contemporary style is characterized as austere, aerospace modern when in fact it includes a wide range of fashionable, comfortable furnishings. Defined by texture, clear colors and clean lines, contemporary décor illustrates an easy simplicity and subtle sophistication.  It can be as bold or as understated as you would like to match your personality.

Here are few quick tips to help you decorate with contemporary style and create a home that’s not only current and chic but welcoming and family friendly.

Choose furniture with simple silhouettes.

Leave the intricately carved cabinet fronts and ornate fabrics behind and select pieces with gently curved or straight lines. Not only are simple profiles the foundation of contemporary fashion, they establish a base for creative decorating. Frills and adornments make furniture look cluttered and accessorizing more difficult.

Start with neutral colors.

Today’s contemporary colors draw inspiration from nature and are subtle rather than bold. Sofa and chair fabrics in taupe, white and cream tone-on-tone hues are versatile and work well in almost any room.  Accent them with throw pillows in sage green, slate gray or deep-ocean blue.

Need a darker color fabric for that couch the kids jump on? Try rattan brown, stone or black. Want to create a pop of color? Change those throw pillows to hot pink or yellow.

Add texture.

Textured fabrics and finishes add visual interest and a fresh, fashionable look to décor. Woven upholstery fabrics in wool, cotton or a cotton/linen blend are comfortable and breathe well. Select a sofa with exposed wood legs in a beech or birch finish. Put a textured fabric shade on a metal lamp base.

Let accessories complete the look.

Accessories tie together the lines, textures and colors within a room. If your furniture has curved lines, select accessories and accents with curved lines to create balance. For example, add a pair of round rattan ottomans. If your upholstery has straight lines, choose accent tables and accessories with straight lines.  Consider a rectangular, wood and glass cocktail table.

Remember to add texture. Let go of that colonial braided rug and select one in a natural fiber such as jute or sisal. Create warmth with permanent greenery in a ceramic or terra cotta container. Feeling bold?  Choose a brushed metal lamp with a barrel or square shade.

Stop by any of Connell’s two locations to consult our sales staff and let your imagination roam. You’ll quickly find contemporary furnishings that match your fashion personality.

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.

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!