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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!

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.

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, 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.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

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