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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, 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.


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.

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.

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.

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.

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, 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.

 

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.

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, 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.

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!

 

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, 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.

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, 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, 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.

 

 

Thursday, June 20, 2013

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, 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!

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!

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, 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.

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 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, 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!

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, 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 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, 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, 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.

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!

"Uh...that's not what I had in mind"

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.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

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