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Monday, October 13, 2014

High Point Market & Halloween

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

Fall Furniture Market:

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

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

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

Halloween:

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

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

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

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Show Off Your Photos In A Beautiful Wall Collection

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

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

How to Creatively Hang a Group of Photos:

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

Consider Different Type of Shapes and Arrangements for your Space:

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

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

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

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Decorating With Upholstery Fabric

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Friday, September 11, 2009

What do a fireman and a motorcycle mechanic know about decorating your home?

My dad, Don, started selling used furniture in downtown Mount Vernon in 1957, he was a full-time fireman and part-time janitor just trying to make ends meet for his family.  Later my mom, Helen, brought her intuitive sense of interior decorating and flair for fashion to the company.  I started my career at Connell’s after graduating from college in 1976.

Then came the motorcycle mechanic…Curt…my son.  After going to a motorcycle mechanic’s school Curt decided to join us in the family business.  His mission was to bring our company into the 21st century.  Today we have state of the art technology that saves you time and money.  Heck, this web site was his “brain child.”  Now you can shop online or view 1000’s of pieces of furniture from your home at your convenience.

You gotta love savvy young “out-of-the-box” thinkers like Curt…I know I do.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Not all sofas are created equal…

I know, I know…you walk into a furniture store and look over a sea of sofas trying to find on that catches your eye.  After setting on nearly every sofa in the store you settle on two.  One is $499 and the other is $999.  You ask yourself…”why is this one only $499 and the other one kinda looks the same but it’s twice as much”.  Does that mean the $499 sofa is as good as the $999 sofa only it’s half the price?

Looks can be deceiving (remember your mom telling you that) at any price when it comes to buying a sofa.  Unfortunately, you can’t see what’s inside either sofa so it’s difficult to know what you’re buying.  The quality of these two sofas can differ as much as men and women do.

I think one of the best ways to judge the value of a sofa is what I call the $100 rule. On average for every $100 you spend on a sofa you should expect a year usage.  So, if you buy a $499 sofa you should expect it to last around 5 years and if you buy a $999 sofa you should expect it to last around 10 years…genius huh?  So, if you don’t mind replacing your sofa every five years or so you might want to buy the cheaper one and spend the extra money on lamps or end tables.

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Different types of Leather Luxury

Sophistication. Class. Elegance. Style. These are adjectives usually reserved for some of Hollywood’s classiest actors and actresses. Now, if you want your living room to radiate with same sophistication and style as Hollywood’s biggest stars, consider furnishing it with leather furniture. Leather makes a statement …  it screams modernity, luxury and it’s guaranteed to impress your guests.

But what you probably don’t know is that all leather furniture is not the same. At Connell’s, we’re here to educate you about the different types of leather so you can find the perfect sofa, love seat or recliner to match your family’s needs and comfort preference. Stop in, ask our sales professionals about the various types of leather and consider the following varieties during your next purchase:

  • Full grain leather is typically the most desirable variety.  Full grain comes from the upper section of the hide and is extremely durable, breathable, strong and long-lasting. Plus, because full grain displays the unique wrinkles and scars found on the cow’s hide, it looks extremely natural and homey.
  • Aniline leather is a dyed variety and very comfortable. It’s extremely soft to the touch, porous and relaxing.
  • Antiqued leather pieces are similar to aniline in their level of softness. However, they have been dyed twice instead instead of only once.
  • Nubuck is a variety that has been sanded on the outside of the hide. This sanding offers you an extremely strong and velvety surface that is similar to suede.

Stop into our stunning showrooms in Mount Vernon or Newark and check out our luxurious leather selections. We guarantee when you do, you won’t make a mistake!

Monday, 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.