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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!

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 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 16, 2014

Fun Family Fall Outdoor Activities

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

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

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

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Welcome Home Fall

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

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

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

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Father’s day is right around the corner!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Fun with Faux Flowers: Decorating with Botanicals

With spring finally here and the days gradually growing longer, it’s easy to get excited with the sun shining and the weather warming. Now’s the perfect time to go outside and plant a flower bed or garden, along with plenty of other yard work to make our home’s exterior look beautiful. Nonetheless, springtime floral beauty doesn’t have to just stay outdoors. Bring spring’s beauty inside and recreate the atmosphere of nature indoors with faux greenery and faux floral flowers.

481419781Often overlooked and underappreciated, faux floral flowers and trees bring life to a room by adding warmth and color. For the uninitiated, ‘faux’ means imitation or artificial. A far cry from the plastic plants of yesteryear, today’s permanent botanicals are gorgeous décor accents. New manufacturing techniques, inventive designs and cotton/poly fabrics have resulted in breathtakingly realistic foliage, blooms and branches.

It’s easy to decorate with faux floral flowers and trees. Botanicals are available in a variety of different shapes, sizes, colors and styles to complement and enliven any décor.

The first step is to walk your home and look for open, bare or colorless areas. Consider the fashion style of each room, along with fabrics, textures and finishes of the furniture and decorative accessories.

Think about the location of doorways and the height of ceilings. Like any other decorative accent, faux plants will highlight and complement your other décor. Color and scale will need to balance with existing home furnishings.

When shopping at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Mt. Vernon or Newark for greenery or floral arrangements, make sure you know the size and position of the areas where the plants will be placed so that you can select coordinating shapes and styles.

As a rule of thumb, trees should extend no higher than two feet below a ceiling. Allow 6”-10” around floor plants for family traffic.

Does the living room have a bare corner? Consider adding a dieffenbachia or ivy topiary. Is there a dark spot next to your armoire or entertainment center? Think about adding a ficus tree. Are your bookshelves cluttered with collectibles and photo frames? A simple floral in a transitional container will add color and interest.

A fashion statement can be created by adding a large, dramatic floral arrangement to a dining table or hearth. Is your dining table long and rectangular? Consider an elongated arrangement with faux fruit or vegetables. If the table is round, think about a tall arrangement to draw the eye upward.

For smaller areas, try grouping three small floral arrangements of coordinating colors and different heights on a table.

Don’t forget style when making your selection. For a traditional room, a boxwood topiary or arrangement of calla lilies in a sculpted ceramic or brass container is appropriate. Hydrangeas, star lily and weeping fichus in an aged or fluted urn will coordinate well with Italian Tuscan décor. Do you lean toward Asian décor? Select Japanese maple, nandina or orchids in an Oriental fishbowl or dark wicker basket.

Whatever your style, your Connell’s sales representative will be able to help you find a faux botanical to accent your décor.

Friday, March 14, 2014

Spring is almost here!

466630131Spring is almost here! The days are gradually getting longer, and the temperature is slowly getting warmer. As winter fades and the sunlight begins to increasingly stream through our windows, we feel the desire to freshen up our living areas. Although we love dark, warm colors in the winter, when the weather begins to warm, our spirits lift and we’re ready for lighter, brighter colors and casual fabrics.

It’s easy to bring spring style into your home with just a few simple changes. At Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses in Newark and Mt. Vernon, we’re ready to guide you through the enjoyable process.

The key is to simplify. Remove excess clutter and accessories from shelves and counter tops. Open up your floor plan by taking that seldom used chair and putting it in the basement for the spring.


Substitute dark, heavy accessories, such as mahogany photo frames or brass clocks with accents in lighter woods or finishes. Pewter and silver surfaces are trendy and versatile.

Update that dark, traditional lamp by giving it a new look with a light linen shade. Or better yet, go for a totally new lamp with a natural wood base.

Switch out those brocade accent pillows with fresh pillows in an airy cotton fabric in an open floral or seersucker stripe.

If it’s time for a new sofa or accent tables, look for simple frames with light or white wood trim. Avoid fabric with extensive tailoring or accent fringe.

Just a few simple changes will create a relaxed, casual mood and evoke that vacation mindset we all love. At Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses we have a wide variety of fabrics and finishes to craft your spring home.

Plus, right now trade in your old furniture for brand new furniture during Connell’s trade-in sale! All usable furniture will be donated to local charity furniture banks and you’ll get BIG dollars for your trade-in, plus interest free financing for one full year. You won’t find a better time to get rid of your dark, wintery-styled furniture to make room for some of spring’s hottest styles!

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, 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.


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 and other noise makers are popular at any New Year’s Eve party. This custom comes from the ancient Chinese who used fireworks during their New Year’s Eve parties to ward off evil spirits and bring good luck.

We’re wishing you and your family a happy and safe New Year’s from the family at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses.

Friday, December 6, 2013

Christmas Is Coming. Are You Ready?

Christmas Is Coming. Are You Ready?

Get ready with Connell’s as we bring you ideas to get you into the season and into the spirit! Make it a season to remember. Stop in to see us for a few new additions to your home –  our Holiday Sell Off Event offers the lowest prices of the season! Then check out these creative, inexpensive ways to decorate and share the season as a family!

It’s Holiday Family Time!

  • Check out events in your area like local high school, college or church Christmas plays and concerts
  • Round up the neighbors and take a neighborhood walk, enjoying the Christmas lights and fellowship
  • Check out Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo
  • Take the whole family ice skating locally at Lou Gibbs Ice Arena
  • Find a charity, sponsor a family or donate time together this holiday season

Homemade Gifts Are Fun and Creative

  • The perfect gift for those who love to cook are home grown herbs arranged in a basket or indoor garden
  • Homemade fruit baskets covered in shrink wrap and a beautiful Christmas bow is always a hit
  • Christmas cookies are both fun to bake and appreciated as gifts
  • Bake gingerbread cookies and use as gift tags
  • Handmade jewelry is fairly simple with the help of DIY books

Easy Decorating Ideas for the Season

  • Fill glass vases with fruit, nuts, and candy and use as a centerpiece
  • Fill a glass bowl with matching or random ornaments
  • Simply making a collection of white candles in glass votives is simple and beautiful
  • Tie curtains back with festive Christmas ribbon found in hobby storesxmas

From our family to yours, we wish you a Very Merry Christmas and and Prosperous New Year!

Monday, November 25, 2013

8 Simple Ways to Create Joy this Thanksgiving

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8 Simple Ways to Create Joy this Thanksgiving

‘Please’ and ‘Thank You’ are magic words and should be said often to cultivate thankfulness. This Thanksgiving Season, cultivate more thankfulness in your heart and allow that joy to spread to other places of your life beyond the season. Here are some tips to help you begin to foster an ATTITUDE OF GRATITUDE in your life.

Keep a Gratitude Journal. A Gratitude Journal is an easy and effective way to foster thanks-giving every day of the year. Purchase a journal or spiral bound notebook and write 5 things you are thankful for each day. Challenge yourself to think of 5 different things every single day. Review your journal every month or quarter and know how truly blessed you are.

Take a walk in nature. No matter the time of year, take time regularly to be outside, enjoying the sunshine and critters of the season. Spending time outdoors is easy in the warmer months, but the cooler months offer great benefit too. Bundle up on a cold day and take a brisk walk. The sun offers much need Vitamin D this time of year, and the quietness of the cooler seasons help you to turn into that still, deep place within.

Enjoy your breath. When is the last time you took a full deep breath? What about five or ten deep breaths? Close your eyes, inhale deeply into your belly. Count the length of your breath, then let it go as slowly as you invited it in. Just the act of consciously breathing offers depths of gratitude for being alive.

Watch your children do what they love. As a mom or dad, there is no greater joy than watching your child do what they love. Perhaps you have a teenager who excels in sports. Maybe your toddler is discovering music for the first time. Whatever it is, be in those moments fully. Watch with a curious eye. And if you aren’t a parent; a niece, nephew or friend’s child will work just fine! Children help us to see things differently.

Help others who are less fortunate. Take a look around you. Wherever you are, it’s likely there are many less fortunate right in your neighborhood. Ask yourself how you can be of service and do it! Give thanks for all you have and share your blessings with others regularly. Give to a local charity or give someone the gift of your time.

Eat mindfully. How often have you sat down to lunch or dinner and paid no attention to the process of eating? The next time you eat, savor it. Fully taste the flavors of your food and slow down your rate of chewing. Chew your food twice as much as you normally would to help your digestion process. This is a simple act of living in the moment.

Plan a date with a family member or friend you haven’t seen in a while. Call Aunt Betsy, Uncle Charlie or that long lost friend from college and make a date. Chance are pretty good that the person on the receiving end will be surprised and thrilled, and both of you will have a great time. You may just prompt him or her to do the same with someone else. Life is about the moments. Cherish them. Don’t let them pass you by.

Spend some time in solitude. This is great advice for everyone – and especially for those who are over-scheduled. Take some time for yourself. Whether it’s an hour or a day, spending time alone helps you get in touch with your inner self – that quiet introspective self that’s tuned in to his/her higher power. Do this regularly and watch your life be transformed.

From our family to yours, Connell’s wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving and blessed holiday season!

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Back To School Tips and Tricks


The kids are back in school. Fall sports are in full swing. Is your house ready for all of the hustle and bustle that Fall brings? Let Connell’s help. Here we’ll give you tips and tricks to get your home both school and fall-sports-season ready so you can tackle every day in style and tact. Take heed.

Start each day peacefully. Give yourself some morning time peace by designating a spot in your home just for you, mom (and/or dad). This quiet corner is the perfect place for you to rise, enjoy your morning cup of coffee or tea and spend some time reading, writing and/or in reflection. Tell the kids this quiet spot is off limits until a certain time, and if clutter is left by them, take action to reclaim your little haven. In addition to your “you spot,” organize an area for the kid’s stuff and make them get into the regular habit of placing their school belongings in only that particular spot to make departure hassle free.

Nom nom nom. Set up a “lunch station” in your kitchen. Keep all items that will go in, or be used for lunches in one central area. Anything that gets used regularly will be left out or within easy reach to make lunch-making a breeze.

Make studying a breeze. Homework’s got nothing on you – or your kids. Set up a book nook or study station in one centralized but quiet area of your home. If your kitchen is large enough, set up a desk and small shelving so the kids have an accessible area to work while you are making dinner. Provide them with plenty of light, and fresh air if possible. Add a dry erase or corkboard to keep you and them organized.

Volleyball, Football, Cross Country. Oh My! The Fall sports season is a busy one if you have one child, let alone two, three or a half dozen. Kids are busy from sun up to sun down. The bus leaves in the 6 a.m. hour and they don’t get home until mid afternoon. Add sports to the equation and there is literally only about an hour or two per night of free time. Keep their sports gear, equipment and uniforms organized and in the same location each and every day. Hang uniforms in the same spot so they know where to find them without asking. Keep sports equipment in one spot as well. Charge your kids with the task of taking care of and organizing these items to teach them responsibility.

Chill time is a must. With all of the running around, make down time a regular planned activity at home as well. Create a “lounging zone” in the Family Room or basement made just for family time, as well as a fun spot for the kids and their friends to hang. Add a sectional, end tables, bean bag chairs and futons for uber comfortability. A flat screen television and surround sound completes the ensemble and makes it an area kids are drawn to.

As always, Connell’s has you covered. Stop in to one of our two convenient locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings at exceptional prices, all backed by our exclusive No Oops Guarantee. Happy Back-To-School time to you!


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, June 27, 2012

Happy Fourth of July

Fireworks, sparklers, family, friends, food, fun and more . . . welcome the 4th of July holiday. Whether you’re a low-key kinda guy or a girl who likes to go all out, you’ve come to the right place for holiday celebration ideas. Each fourth of July, we celebrate our independence and we celebrate each other. Right smack in the middle of summer break, Independence Day is the perfect holiday to spend with family and friends. Read on to learn more and decide how you’ll spend your 4th of July holiday this year.

Hold an old fashion backyard barbeque. Whether it’s burgers and brats you seek or pulled pork over a smoker, no one can resist a barbeque. The fourth of July is the perfect time for a party as such because of all the garden varieties that are now available – corn on the cob, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli and cauliflower. Big or small, a barbeque is sure to please.

What about a simple picnic in the park? When was the last time you packed a lunch and headed to the park? The simplicity of it is perfect and the kids will be delighted. There are so many parks around Central Ohio to enjoy, all with varying sights and scenes. Many of the parks also have trails connecting them to others if you want to get some exercise with the family after devouring grandma’s famous chocolate cake.

Attend a concert. Check the internet or local paper and get out to listen to live music somewhere. Free and low cost concerts of all types abound. Round up the kids and show them how to really dance!

Chill out on – or in – the water. Rent a boat, jet ski, canoe, kayak or paddleboat for the day. If that’s not your thing, take the kids swimming at the local pool or lake. If we get the heat we are expecting this week, spending time around water will be the perfect way to spend the fourth of July.

Don’t forget the fireworks. There are Independence Day firework celebrations all around Central Ohio and many of them occur on different nights. Plan it just so and you might manage to take in two or three of these fantastic colorful displays this year.

Buy something new for your home. We couldn’t leave this one out, but you also don’t want us to! The middle of the summer is the perfect time to find that just right piece at a price you won’t get any other time of the year.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark and let us know how we can help you celebrate in style!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Spring Flowers

Add spring flowers to the inside and outside of your home; it’s an awesome and natural way to create a beautiful expression in your personal space. Start with a spring flower garden, plant a few rows of bulbs along the side of your home, add a shrub or flowering tree, or buy a window box or two. Surprisingly it doesn’t take long for bulbs to take root and produce flowers; you could have petals popping up by next spring. Read on to learn about a few varieties you should consider as you’re planning. Let the flowers grow outside then use them for bouquets, larger arrangements and bud vases in different spots throughout your home. Grow enough and you’ll have fresh, live flowers in each and every room.

Start with the traditional varieties. Daffodils, tulips, tiger lillies, poppies and forsythia seem to be everywhere, but they never go out of style. Bulbs or roots can be planted during many times of the year and will often take root quickly and flower by the next season. These varieties don’t have much (if any) fragrance, but they are beautiful in their myriad colors. While daffodils are typically yellow or white, tulips come in the colors of the rainbow and these two types of flowers displayed together make a great springtime bouquet. Forsythia is bright yellow and there is no mistaking spring’s arrival when it blooms.

Add in some shrubs. Azaleas and Redbud shrubs both provide beautiful pink and purple hues to your lawn. Easily take branches and add into other flowering vases to provide both color and texture.

Don’t forget flowering trees. Throughout Ohio you’ll see Cherry Blossom Trees, Dogwoods and Peach Blossoms. From fuchsia to bright white and soft pink; all are gorgeous and you’ll never tire of the beauty they bring to both your lawn and home. Trees are great because the branches provide a much different look and structure in a vase than a simple flower.

Your nose knows. Aromatic beauties for the garden include Gardenia, Hyacinth, Jasmin and Lilac. These are musts for any garden and welcome additions to bouquets in the home. The smells alone are reason enough to include them so you can adorn your home after they’ve blossomed.

Bud vases are playful and fun. While it’s great to have a flower garden for outdoors, planting them for the express purpose of bringing inside is an added bonus. Large buds are great for large vases, while small buds are perfect for bud vases. Choose from Phlox, Primrose, Scilla, Early-Star-of-Bethlehem and Crocuses.

Create a space you can’t wait to come home to. Decorate with beautiful home furnishings from Connell’s, where you’ll find the best value, exceptional customer service and variety beyond compare. .Tips from our blog are just the icing on the cake. Stop in to see us at one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today, and visit us on Facebook to tell us what you’re looking for next. We love to serve you!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

Enticing Entertainment

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It’s that time of year again – Springtime! With Spring comes a multitude of events immediately following – Easter, Memorial Day, Summertime sports schedules, Fourth of July and more. You know what that means, right? More travel and potential guest arrivals. Get your home ready for the upcoming events by planning for both expected and unexpected guests. There are several simple things you can do to be prepared instead of running around like crazy when Cousin Mildred pops in out of nowhere.

Let the light shine. Replace entryway lights with fancy colored lighting that says “Welcome. Come on in.” There are other lights besides white to spruce up your entryway. Choose yellow or blue for a change. Multi-colored lights that cast shadows in different directions are fun too.

Keep the foyer or entryway clear. Get rid of the clutter. First impressions are everything. Move items typically used everyday to the rear entry and begin using it as a personal family entrance everyday so the front entry is always ready for guests.

Create an entertainment space. Choose one room and redecorate for the sole purpose of entertaining. Move seating together in a way that invites sharing and conversation. Add throw pillows for both accents and comfort.

Organize a guest closet. If you have an extra closet in the house, organize just for guests. Stock towels, wash clothes, toilet paper, new toothbrushes, a map of the area and other unique items. Voila! You’re ready for any unexpected guest.

Buy a sofa bed. Sofa beds are wonderful because they double as a standard sofa and bed all-in-one. They come in a variety of  shapes, colors, textures and sizes to make your room unique. Check out all of our selections!

Welcome the new season as well as guests with open arms! As always, stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for more ideas to make your house a home. Always expect great value, exceptional customer service and beautiful home furnishings. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook for more ideas and special promotions.


Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Fabulous Floral Fun

Hasn’t Ohio been glorious lately? All of Mother Nature’s creations are bursting with beauty from the unseasonably warm weather. Each morning, we wake up to birds of multiple varieties singing. Spring bulbs have sprung and blossomed. On each corner, you’ll see a Weeping Cherry, Magnolia or other flowering shrub or tree.

Don’t just leave the beauty to the outdoors! Spring is the perfect time for both ritualistic spring cleaning and room makeovers. Be inspired by the spring beauty and bring some of the fabulous floral inside. As always, Connell’s has tips to inspire.

Use the real thing. Cut some of the beautiful tulips or daffodils that have popped their lovely heads and bring them inside for display. If you have several you can cut, make a large bouquet in the center of your dining room table. If perhaps you only have a few, buy a  bud vase or two and display them individually.

Get the most out of ’em. Like all of life, flowers bloom, grow, shine and then die. Don’t make their death stop you from showing them off. Press each of the flower petals between pages and store them for an art display inspiration. Alternatively, place all of the petals in a sterling silver bowl and add some essential oil to the mix for an aromatic experience.

Be bold. Buy a floral sofa, loveseat, chair-and-a-half or chaise. If your style is typically more reserved, it will be a great place to start in showing off the fun side of your personality. Floral designed home furnishings give a room a casual, inviting feel. A bit too timid to go all out? Start with small floral pieces or accents first and branch out from there.

Accentuate, accentuate, accentuate. Floral accents make a great statement for spring. Choose throws, pillows, prints, faux flowers and more.

Mix it up. Don’t be afraid to mix accent pieces. As you are throwing in floral prints and pieces, mix in other bold colors, plaid, stripes or even other prints. Use a main accent color or two to pull it all together for a cohesive look.

The nose knows. As you are displaying visual accents for spring, remember your olfactory senses. There are so many floral and fruity candles from a variety of sources, you’re sure to find something that pleases. Essential oils are also a great addition to your home’s appeal. They are derived from the very source of the plant from which they come and last a long time because of their condensed nature.

Don’t stop there. There are myriad fun things you can do to bring the beauty of Spring inside. Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark and GET INSPIRED. Plus talk to one of our sales associates about all of the changes we are making this spring. At Connell’s, count on us for beautiful home furnishings, awesome prices and fabulous customer service. Don’t forget to visit us on Facebook and stay in touch.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

New Year’s Resolutions for the Home

It’s hard to believe it’s almost 2012. Where did the time go? Isn’t that the question we ask ourselves every year as we grow older? It really is hard to believe how time flies! Nonetheless, it will be 2012 in just a few short days. Have you started making your New Year’s Resolutions? Did you think about your home when doing so?

Your home is your castle, your haven, your safe place to rest. Shouldn’t you nurture and take care of it in the same way you take care of yourself and your loved ones? Consider making at least one resolution for your home and take some time to nurture your relationship to your home. It keeps you warm and dry, doesn’t laugh when you cry and likely takes lots of abuse with all of the time you and your family spend there. Here are a few ideas to get you thinking about your own New Year’s Resolutions for you home!


Commit to a room makeover each quarter. Room makeovers don’t have to be huge to be fabulous. Rearrange furniture. Switch pillows and wall hangings out from one room to another. Collect your children’s artwork and buy frames to proudly display them. Want to go bigger? Repaint just one wall. Buy one new piece of furniture. Accessorize in a way you never thought you would. Bigger yet? Go for it! Redo an entire room in 2012. Spread it out over the year if necessary.


Do you hate to clean? Make it a ritual and include the whole family. Get the kids involved and offer to give them commission for a job well done. Make your own homemade cleaning supplies that are far less toxic than the ones you find on the shelves. There are all sorts of books and online resources that will show you how, using simple ingredients like vinegar, water, essential oils and baking soda!

Start a garden! When thinking of your home, think of your whole home – the inside and out. If you’ve never had a garden, do it this year. Start small if it seems daunting. Grow a few herbs in pots indoors to use in your favorite dishes. Grow a tomato plant or two in different varieties – think big, large and juicy, as well as small cherry tomatoes for yummy salads in the summer. Potatoes are easy, as are peppers in all varieties and broccoli.


Host a dinner party or fun barbeque. This is your year! Since you’ve committed to spending some time and energy on your home, host a gathering. Feature your garden beauties and simple fare. Decorate for the season and enjoy your guests. Try it once and you’ll be hooked – friends and food always equals good times!

Bring nature inside whenever possible. Cut a few flowers from the garden or purchase a bouquet from the store to brighten up your home on a regular basis. Try out your green thumb on a new plant or two. Flowers and plants are life and they beautify your home like nothing else.


Take stock of your belongings. Give what you can away to others who need and will use it. Buy something new for your home. You deserve it and by giving  your gently used stuff away, others will benefit. Connell’s regularly hosts different functions for charity encouraging you to do so. Stay tuned as the year goes on.

Ready, set, bring on 2012! You – and your home – are ready! Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon and Newark for more ideas, design tips, beautiful home furnishings and unbeatable customer service. Plus, don’t forget to join us on Facebook for regular updates, specials, sweepstakes and more!


Wednesday, March 14, 2012

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, August 29, 2012

Celebrate Labor Day!

You work hard for your money! Take a day to celebrate. Labor Day is for JUST THAT.

For most of us, the holiday marks the official end of summer. While the “season” lasts a bit longer from a planetary aspect, for all intents and purposes summer is over by Labor Day. The kids are back in school. The days are getting noticeably shorter. The mornings and evenings are cooler. Football is beginning. Yep, sayonara summer!

According to the Department of Labor, “Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a creation of the labor movement and is dedicated to the social and economic achievements of American workers. It constitutes a yearly national tribute to the contributions workers have made to the strength, prosperity, and well-being of our country.” Source:

Celebrate this Labor Day with friends and family. As always, Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses has some great ideas to get your brains moving.

Take advantage of the sales. Historically, Labor Day offers some of the best sales ever, and at Connell’s this is exceptionally true. During our Labor Day Sale, you can take No Interest Financing until 2017*, or BIG DISCOUNTS on cash purchases*. We’ve slashed prices all over the store! Stop in and see us between now and Labor Day to take advantage of the savings.

Throw a party! Now that you’ve got the brand spankin’ new sofa – loveseat set or sectional, break it in by holding a Labor Day shindig for friends and family. Get the brats and burgers on the grill, sautee the veggies from the garden, squeeze some fresh lemonade, and you’re ready to go.

Check out a local Friday night football game. When is the last time you watched high school football? There is some amazing local talent, it’s a great support to your local community, and the kids will have a blast.

Enjoy the awesome weather. Join in a walk or run for charity. Labor day often hosts many local charity events that will get you up and moving. Check out Ohio Runner for events near you. Visit a local park to get moving. Most parks offer trails that encourage all sorts of physical activity – walking, running, hiking, rollerblading, kayaking and more.

Attend a Labor Day event. The Columbus Dispatch has a number of local events listed. Check it out and celebrate your hard work.

As always, think of Connell’s the next time you’re in the market for home furnishings. We have beautiful home furnishings ready and waiting for you all at the best prices, with the most amazing customer service around. Stop in this Labor Day to take advantage of the incredible discounts we have in store!

* For those who qualify. See store for details.

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

Ready for Spring?!

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What a Winter we’ve had in Central Ohio this year! And on days like today, waking up to several inches of snow, it feels like there is no end in sight. It is March, however, so we know that Spring is coming soon. In fact, the first official day of Spring is just a few weeks away. Start setting your mind on the warmer weather that is sure to arrive soon. And while you’re at it, get your home Springtime ready as well. As always, Connell’s has you covered with great ideas and beautiful home furnishings!

Breathe! On days like today you wouldn’t think of letting in the outside air, but in just a few short days the temperature is supposed to be in the sixties. On those warmer days, let some fresh air in for little bits of time. Move the stale air out and breathe in the fresh air and sunshine as you imagine what the upcoming months will bring. Look toward July and August and vow not to complain about the heat!

Rearrange! The simple act of rearranging furniture and other accessories clears a space and allows you get unstuck, if you are feeling that way after a long winter. Take an overall look at your room and see if the sofa can be moved from an entirely different space or if the bed can be rearranged against the opposite wall. If moving furniture feels like too much, just moving your accessories and smaller items around can make any room feel more open and spacious. Go with what you are most comfortable with.

Clean. Instead of investing a whole day to the traditional “Spring Cleaning” do little bits at a time. Vacuum, mop, clean windows, dust the high spaces. Clearing accumulated clutter and cleaning in spaces that don’t get cleaned in your weekly routine can help to move the energy in your home and get you ready for the days ahead.

Bright. When we think of Spring, we think of color. Come down to Connell’s today to look for ways to colorize your home. Perhaps it’s a brand new sofa, loveseat or sectional, or perhaps its something smaller. No matter what you choose, break out of the traditional and add some beauty to your home by adding more color.

Outside. Bringing nature in is a surefire way to get ready for spring. Houseplants are the perfect decor and they never go out of style. Visit a garden center and look for a new houseplant or tree that will add beauty to your home.

Garden. You may have to wait until May to start planting your garden outside, but now is the perfect time to sprout seeds for those veggies you’ll be enjoying in the Summer. Buy a variety of seed packets, including fruit, veggies, annuals and herbs and plant them in plugs then sit them in a sunny window and watch Spring take life before you.

Renovate! Redo a room or buy something new. Springtime is the perfect time for a room makeover. Painting is best when you can open windows and let the fresh air in. As you clear the clutter, you may notice a new use for a room that you never saw before. We have awesome deals at Connell’s during the Spring, so stop in today.

If you’ve enjoyed these tips, let us know. And if you have more ideas, let us know that too! Join us on Facebook for more Springtime tips, tricks and design ideas.

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Pieces That Pull It All Together

Have you ever been in a home that felt flat, barren, lacking something? A home that felt impersonal, hotel-like? Perhaps your home is feeling like that these days, things thrown about without much thought. We “collect” throughout the winter months — shoes here, coats there, stacks of books, papers and magazines. Springtime is the perfect time to take a good hard look at your home. Deep clean and then rearrange, buy something new and get it into shape for spring and summer entertaining, even if it is just for your family. There are many things that make a house a home — family, friends, yummy smells from the kitchen, your favorite trinkets and more. Sometimes it takes a step back to get you going in the right direction. Use the ideas that follow to pull your home into one cohesive masterpiece.

Front and center. If you have hard wood floors or some type of laminate flooring, an area rug is a great way to tie all of the pieces in the room together. Take a look at the furniture and see if it can be rearranged into a more inviting conversation area. Determine if it’s time to get a new sofa or loveseat, and once you have your color scheme set, look for an area rug or oriental rug to place in the center of the room.

Focus the eyes. A large print or painting is the perfect way to pull a room together and add a focal point above your largest piece of furniture. What does your home say about you? What do you want it to say? What are your hobbies and aspirations? These are all things to consider when choosing you focal point.

Nothing says home like family. Make a collage of photos throughout the years which add beauty, warmth and a conversation starter. Hallways and stairways are both great places to add these mementos from yesteryear.

Enjoy your travels. Whether you are a world traveler, an occasional jet-setter, or someone who enjoys taking simple day trips, collect mementos along the way. Display those souvenirs in prominent places to both take you back to that place and time, as well as give your guests something to talk about.

Be comfy. Throw pillows and throws are the easiest way to add homeyness to your home that will create both comfort and warmth. Take a look at your color scheme and be creative. Add in texture and patterns for fun and whimsy.

Every home had one. In years past, few homes were without a fireplace. These days, mantles and fireplaces can be purchased with or without heat options. Either way, they both add appeal and beauty and can be dressed up in a number of ways.

Be creative. A tapestry on the wall or ceiling is a great way to add texture and warmth to the room and they come in a variety of shapes, sizes and patterns.

Whatever you choose to tie your rooms together, let Connell’s help. With locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark, you’re sure to find something you love at a great price and exceptional quality. Stop in today!

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Springtime Pinterest Fun

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Springtime is one of the most beautiful and blessed times of the year! After a cold, hard Winter (especially this year), life starts to take shape. And today in Central Ohio we’re really seeing signs of life after a few days of rain. The flowers are blooming. The grass is a little bit greener. The birds are out and the windows are OPEN! Yay!

Use the momentum of Spring to tune into the vibration of your home. Take a look around. Is there anything that’s “stuck” like Winter was? Clear out. Clean out. Reinvent. Overhaul! Today, we’re providing you with some Springtime decorating eye candy from Pinterest!

Don’t know much about Pinterest? It’s visual inspiration for every corner of your world – home decor, fashion, recipes, quotes, sports. You name it, Pinterest has it. Follow us on Pinterest, and take a look at some of the beautiful springtime decorating and DIY projects that follow! Click on the pictures below to view source credits.

A little DIY, a few simple table top items and you have a hallway full of whimsy and beauty.

This is an awesome and *fairly* simple room makeover. Add a large window overlooking a field or pasture and build in storage and a breakfast nook. What a gorgeous way to enjoy a Spring morning, afternoon and evening!

Beautiful Home Office decor or study area that’s a perfect addition for Spring – baby blue walls with striking white and neutral floors and fixtures.

Mix old and new, plus solid and patterns of pastels on walls and floors in your living room.

Make your own Springtime wreath!

All white gives a bedroom a dramatic springtime romantic country feel. Swing open the windows and wake up to the birds calling!

Do a little outdoor entertaining this Spring with inspiration like this! Simply beautiful!

Create your own boards and then bring your ideas and inspiration in to Connell’s to look more great Springtime decorating tips. Talk them over with our designers, repin our pins and more. Find us in Mt. Vernon and Newark and follow on Facebook to stay in touch.

Happy Spring Decorating!

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

What Are You Waiting For? Get Planting!


Happy almost-the-last-day-of-May, folks. We’re switching gears today because of the lovely weather in Ohio and our yearning for home grown veggies from the garden. Yes, yes, we’re Connell’s – a home furnishings store, but we know there’s a lot more than home furnishings that makes a home!

If you haven’t ever had a garden, there is no better time than the present to start. Don’t overwhelm yourself. Start small, talk to others, gauge your success this year and then grow from there. And no worries if you live in an urban area – plenty of people are gardening in small spaces these days. We’ve gathered some tips and tricks to help you get started.

Start with some raised beds. If you can imagine it, you can do it.

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Why not try an herb garden on a privacy fence?

Separate and label your plant varieties so you won’t forget.

Old coffee cans provide enough depth for many plants and create an interesting appeal in your backyard.

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Simple planters on your deck is a great way to start.

If you get started now, you should have many varieties harvested by mid summer. Plant tomatoes, onions and peppers and make some salsa. Jalapeños make appetizing poppers. Stuffed peppers, cabbage rolls and sweet corn on the cob all await your taste buds. Treat them right, knowing exactly where your food came from! Here’s a short video we found to help you start from seed, if you so desire. (It might be best to wait until next year because of the timing.)

Don’t forget us at harvest time! We love home grown veggies. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for beautiful home furnishings at unbeatable prices, all backed by our No Oops Guarantee. Visit us on Facebook and share your gardening success!

Friday, July 5, 2013

Making the Most of Your Outdoor Spaces

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It’s officially the middle of summer if you count the time the kids have been out of school and the time left before they go back. Enjoy your summertime in the comfort of your outdoor spaces. Come winter, indoors is the only place you’ll want to be. Take these tips from Connell’s to enjoy the great outdoors.

Welcome home! Spruce up your front entryway. Change or add a fun summertime wreath to your front door to welcome guests. If you have a front porch, give it a makeover. Get some new outdoor furniture, or just add some flowers, plants and accessories. On a budget? New pillows and throws might be all you need.

Look to the left – or right. Is there unused space to either side of your house? Create a patio or stepping stones to your side or back entry. If there are sunny places, plant a small garden for herbs or your favorite summertime veggies. Be eccentric and just plant flowers.

Backyard haven. The backyard is the best place for privacy. Add a patio or deck for family relaxation or entertainment. Plant some trees. Add bird feeders and bird baths to welcome feathered friends. Read about the best plants and bushes to attract butterflies or wildlife and watch your backyard transform into the sanctuary you always wanted it to be.

On the grounds. Have you always wanted a fountain or statue? Perhaps you’d like more plants, trees or shrubs. There are so many resources out there for landscaping inspiration. Many also have step by step instructions if you are challenged in this area.

Entertain. If you have or are building a deck or patio, it’s the best place to entertain guests. But if you don’t have one, don’t let that stop you. Take a look at your more secluded areas and determine how you can set it up for entertainment on sunny days. A few chairs, chaise loungers, pillows, end tables, a grill and a way to listen to some of your fave music will get you going.

Play. Set up a badminton set, bocce ball or corn hole game and let the fun begin. If you have a larger lawn, there is enough room for frisbee or playing catch. Lot’s of trees? The kids can have a blast playing tag or hide and seek.

Whatever you do, have some fun this summer. While you are spending time outdoors, Connell’s has all kinds of sales to get you prepared for the cooler months. Stop in today for beautiful home furnishings at exceptional prices, all back by our exclusive No Oops Policy. We’d love to help you make your house a home!

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Wednesday, October 3, 2012

Make A Grand Entrance

Don’t you love a grand entrance? Watching the Emmy’s or the Oscars, we can’t wait to see the beautiful dresses, the handsome men, the grand entrances that each couple makes as they enter the yearly gala event. In much the same way, we can create grand entrances in our homes. Since the front of our home is the first thing people see as they arrive, it’s our job to make an awesome first impression.   As always, Connell’s is interested in you, and your home. We’ve got ideas galore. Read on for some “grand” inspiration.

Start with a beautiful front door. If your door is old and you haven’t given it much thought, think about investing in a new door with more curb appeal. Find beautiful solid wood doors with exquisite window panes for a grand entrance. Or keep your current front door but paint it a different color. If your home is white, tan or brick, be bold with a splash of color. Have you considered candy apple red, very violet, or gratefully green as color options? Fun!

Hang a wreath or swag. Purchase one already made or be creative and make one yourself. You can pick up grapevine wreaths at hobby stores and interchange the flowers or other accessories you place on the wreath or swag.

Keep the seasons in mind. This is a quick and easy way to change the look of your home’s entrance quickly and easily. Change the wreath to orange with a halloween or fall theme this time of year, then remove that and add Christmas accents in mid November. Depending on the size of your front porch, add other accessories to go with the theme.

Furniture! You know we love it. Equally important to a beautiful front entrance is front porch furniture. Obviously the indoor/outdoor kind is best, but depending on the cover of the front porch, some indoor furniture may work equally as well in small increments of time during various seasons of the year.

You’ll never go wrong with nature. Flowers and plants add stunning beauty to your front entrance. Landscape in early spring and maintain throughout summer. Add mums in early fall as well as other natural elements like pumpkins, gourds, indian corn and more. Don’t forget the potted plants for textural visual appeal.

Accessories are a must. Purchase table tops, throws and other accessories for front porches with an overhead covering. Clean regularly with soap and water, or a damp cloth depending on the type of table top you’ve purchased. Wash throws to keep them clean throughout the season as well.

Wonderful windows make a world of difference. Windows let in light, but on the outside they are part of the show. Change your curtains to draperies in winter, and then to sheers in late spring. This is an inexpensive and easy change that will add beauty inside and out.

Come on in! Once inside your home, don’t neglect your front room. If your home opens into a very large space, consider partitioning it off somehow so that you have a foyer of sorts. Keep it clean and simple, free of clutter. Add a mirror for depth, comfortable seating, a touch of personality, and a little bit of hidden storage.

Voila! You have your grand entrance. Come to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for more great ideas, plus beautiful home furnishings, at exceptional prices, and customer service beyond compare. Visit us on Facebook to take advantage of sweepstakes and promotions.


Wednesday, October 10, 2012

Fall Decorating Fun

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The weather has certainly changed this week and there is no mistake that we are now full swing into fall! To celebrate, we found a few fun Autumn decorating ideas. Sit back, relax and enjoy.

Learn how to make a pumpkin planter.


Try your hand at a fall wreath.


Or what about a fall centerpiece . . .


As always, count on Connell’s for great home furnishings at exceptional prices with the best customer service around. Stop in and see us today at one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark!

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Make It A Holiday To Remember

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It’s December already. Where in the world did 2012 go? With the holidays fast approaching, we created a list of a few fun outings to do as a family. In the meantime, stop in to see us! We have sales galore throughout the store! Come get that sofa, loveseat, sectional or new dining room furniture just in time for your holiday entertaining.

And then head out with the family to one of these fabulous adventures . . .

Baby it’s cold outside! Check out some indoor athletic fun. Take the family ice skating at Lou & Gibb Reese Ice Arena. Bowling alleys abound and are an inexpensive way to get the gang together. Water parks are the best this time of year! Locally there is Coco Key Water Resort and Fort Rapids, just to name a few.

What about a Christmas attraction? Wildlights at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is a site to see. The Santa Train at the Hocking Valley Scenic Railroad is also fun for the whole family.

Get cultured with some art. When was the last time you went to the theatre? The Nutcracker at BalletMet is now going on. Columbus Children’s Theatre always has holiday plays and attractions. Check out an art gallery like Gund Gallery or The Columbus Museum of Art. Smaller kids will enjoy the AHA! Children’s Museum in Lancaster. COSI is also always a hit for kids and adults.

Bundle up and spend some time in nature. Dawes Arboretum is local and well prepared for the holidays with activities for young and old. Or just get out and walk the trails! Lots of local places to do so, including the Heart of Ohio Trail, Kokosing Gap Trail and several within the Columbus Metro Parks.

Happy Holidays from our family to yours!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Connell’s Is Spreading Holiday Cheer

Christmas is just a few short weeks away! Can you believe it?

In last week’s post, we gave you some fun family ideas as you celebrate winter break and the Christmas holiday season together. This week, we bring you even more ideas, including simple decorating tips and homemade gift giving inspiration. Go all out this year and make it a season to remember. Stop in to see us for a few new additions to your home. We have great deals going on all month long. Then check out these creative, inexpensive ways to decorate and share the season as a family!

Start out with the basics.

  • Put up the tree and hang a Christmas wreath on your front door.
  • String Christmas lights outdoors or opt for simple ornaments hanging from a bare tree.
  • Buy a few Christmas throws, pillows and table tops as simple indoor decorations.
  • Pull out your favorite holiday table top items to display.
  • Keep your holiday CDs in the player, or stay tuned to your favorite Christmas station all month long.

Simple decorating ideas

  • Tie curtains back with red or green ribbon.
  • Hang your stockings by the chimney with care.
  • Create a festive kitchen using a collection of red and green food items.
  • Wrap your front door in plain white paper, or shiny paper and decorate with a large red bow so it looks like a present itself.
  • A collection of white or off white candles are simple and beautiful.
  • Decorate with garland around doors, windows and mirrors or make a simple table runner with garland and pine cones.
  • Make beautiful centerpieces with large glass bowls or vases filled with fruit, nuts, candy or ornaments of matching colors.
  • Build a gingerbread house.

Homemade gift giving ideas

  • Bake gingerbread men to use as name tags on presents.
  • Christmas cookies!
  • Create candle votives from baby jars. Remove labels, adorn with holiday stickers, roll in clear glue then roll in sugar for a frosted effect.
  • Arrange a beautiful fruit basket and cover in shrink wrap, topped with a festive bow.
  • Make cookie dough or hot chocolate in a mason jar and adorn with ribbon and a homemade name tag.
  • Grow herbs to give away arranged in a beautiful basket for the people who love to cook.
  • Cookie cutters on long ribbons make interesting window displays.

Things to do as a family

  • Take a walk around the neighborhood and enjoy the Christmas lights, sights and sounds.
  • Go iceskating as a family at an indoor or outdoor rink.
  • Play in the snow (if we get any).
  • Round up the gang and venture out to a Christmas play or concert.
  • Entertain family, friends and neighbors at home and maybe even do some caroling.

Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and a Prosperous New Year, from our family to yours!



Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Merry Christmas To All


. . . and to all a Good Night!

At Connell’s, we love the holiday season! Buying and receiving gifts, holly, garland, mistletoe, Christmas trees, stockings by the chimney, holiday cheer and goodwill toward all.

By now, you’ve likely purchased most of your Christmas presents, but if not there’s still time for those last minute gift items. Stop into Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses for decor across all rooms of your home! The sales are unbelievable and gifts for the home are gifts anyone will appreciate.

Right now, we’re offering NO INTEREST for 24 MONTHS or 24% OFF for CASH!

Plus, through this Saturday, December 22nd, we’re running our #ConnellsHolidayGift promotion. For every mattress sold thru December 22, Connell’s will donate $10 to the charity of our Facebook Fan’s Choice! Check out our Facebook page to learn more and join in the fun!

In the meantime, get in the spirit with these festive Christmas trees . . .






And this beautiful song . . .

From our family to yours,

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!



Monday, January 7, 2013

New Year’s Resolutions For Your Home

Each year, most of spend time dreaming about the year ahead. Often that dreaming takes the shape of cultivating New Years Resolutions, Intentions and/or Goals. When was the last time you set a goal for your entire household? Maybe 2013 should be that year! Sit in quiet reflection, noticing the things your home really needs and allow that to direct your efforts. Or, take a few clues from us. Here are FIVE New Year’s Resolutions you can adopt for your own home.

Spend time with family. That’s right. Look around your home and determine if there are any do-it-yourself projects that would be fun to tackle as a family. With home improvement stores everywhere, there are so many things you can do today that you might have had to hire a professional to do in the past. These DIY projects can be as simple as an interesting paint pattern in one of your rooms, or as difficult as completely renovating an entire room or area of your home.

Get rid of stuff. Nothing says “Happy New Year” like the act of de-cluttering. Over time we accumulate so much stuff and in the daily grind we often don’t have the time to go through the stuff until it’s piled up to a mountainous fright. Clean out the garage, basement, or attic. Perhaps the home office has so much paper it’s a fire hazard. Maybe your kids are grown and you still have Disney DVDs lying around. When de-cluttering, think of others. Can you donate it to charity or give it to a friend who would enjoy it?

Cut energy usage in 2013. There are so many ways you can cut your energy usage. Turn the heat down when you are not home. Change your light bulbs to CFL bulbs. Buy a low-flow shower head. Turn off power strips when not in use. Line dry your clothes and try composting for a change.

Purify the air. Get an air purifying system that cleans the air and leaves you feeling fresh and rejuvenated. Keep your HVAC system up to par by changing your filters regularly. In fireplaces, burn real wood instead of the pressed wood products you’ll find in stores. And our favorite way to purify the air? Get more houseplants. They are natural air purifiers and they beautify your home like nothing else.

Treat yourself for your hard work. Come to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mount Vernon or Newark, and treat yourself and your home to something special. Perhaps it’s time you get a new mattress so you can sleep more soundly and be able to tackle all of your other goals and intentions for 2013. Maybe a new dining room is in order, or that beautiful sofa, love or sectional is just waiting for a new space within your home. Whatever is your hearts desire, make 2013 the year of your home!

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Love Is In The Air

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Valentine’s Day is right around the corner, and at Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses we are feeling the love in the air! Sure Valentine’s Day is one of the many “Hallmark Holidays” but it’s a fun time of the year too. In mid February the weather doesn’t know what to do in Ohio, so take matters into your own hands. Get warm and cozy with the ones you love with sweets, treats, a Valentine’s Day soiree and new home decor!

For The Home. Accessorizing your home for Valentine’s Day is easy, inexpensive and fun. Display a simple flower arangement with white, pink and red roses or carnations in a basic white vase. Create a Valentine’s Day wreath with simple silk roses. Purchase clear glass votives and adorn with red and white candles throughout your home.

Sweet Treats! Throw a small after school party for friends, family and the neighborhood kids complete with sweets
that are sure to please any palette. Add a dessert tower to the kitchen table, full of creatively decorated cupcakes. Set up a cookie decorating station with cookies in the shapes of hearts, homes, cupids and more. Bake a red velvet cake, add white icing and top with strawberries or cherries. Add wholesome foods to the menu, including red apples, strawberries and raspberries. Don’t forget the chocolate! A chocolate fountain perhaps?

DIY Projects.  Create hand crafted memory boards by wrapping a simple cork board in beautiful red, pink and/or white material. Include lots of textures and patterns including stripes, polka dots, hearts, felt and fur. Try your hand at modern Valentine’s Day artwork using your favorite photos and stickers or cut outs from the craft store. Frame and decorate your favorite love quote.

Love Us Too! Go all out and buy that beautiful cherry red sofa you’ve had your eye on since last Valentine’s Day. Add soft, whimsical pillows, throws and table tops to complete your design. Give the gift he or she always wanted on Valentine’s Day instead of Christmas this year. Or treat yourself, just because.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today for beautiful furniture at outstanding prices and the best customer service around.
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!

Friday, March 15, 2013

Fun Family and Decorating Ideas for Easter

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Easter is just a few short weeks away. Are you ready? Can you feel the lightness in the air? Easter is not only a very special and celebrated holiday for Christians; it also signifies a time of birth and growth in our natural world as flowers begin popping up in unexpected places and blooms start to bud on many trees around Central Ohio. Celebrate Easter with friends and family this year with some of these inventive ideas.

Family time! Coloring Easter eggs is, of course, a favorite past-time for people young and old. Hold an Easter egg hunt for the neighborhood kids. Plan a Saturday brunch before Easter, or hold a formal lunch or dinner on Easter Sunday with the family.

Decorate for Easter. As you are planning your brunch, lunch or dinner think of the following decorating ideas:

  • Centerpieces can be as creative as you’d like. Include flowers, of course. But also consider fruit and veggies. Cutting oranges and lemons in half and placing them on skewers within the arrangement not only adds dimension and depth, but a wonderful aroma as well. Or add carrots, cucumbers or lettuce varieties into the bottom part of a clear vase for an added twist, and then place the flowers on top.
  • Force bulbs in pots to get a head start on your Spring flower garden.
  • Create a simple mantel display using clear vases, glasses and ball jars, and add sprigs of spring blooms and twigs for a simple, elegant springtime feel.
  • Add an Easter inspired wreath to your door using pastel colors, eggs, flowers and more.

Enjoy the weather. If weather permits, plan your dinner party outside. Set up a space in your backyard or on your patio or deck and bring the beauty that you’ve created indoors to your outdoor space.

Sow some seeds. Start your summer garden with seeds indoors. Add veggies, flowers, herbs and more to plugs and place them in various sunny locations throughout your home, giving your garden a homegrown headstart this season.

Pinterest provides exceptional ideas. Check out Pinterest for some creative Easter DIY projects. Pinterest is definitely addicting, but it provides exceptional visual ideas for decorating and entertaining.

As you are planning your springtime and Easter season, stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today. Like us on Facebook and share your plans for Easter this year!



Thursday, October 3, 2013

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