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Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Get Ready For Labor Day!

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469608815Labor Day is almost upon us as we celebrate it on September 1 this year. It marks the final 3-day weekend before autumn. For some, Labor Day is a bittersweet holiday weekend since it informally indicates the end of summer. And for others, it’s a joyous holiday weekend that welcomes in all things autumn – cooler weather, the changing colors of leaves, fall foods, football, haunted houses, etc … Regardless if you’re sad to see summer coming to an end, or you welcome fall with open arms, Connell’s Furniture & Mattress has some terrific Labor Day inspired ideas to help you enjoy your 3-day weekend.

  • Festivals, Food, Music, Parades and More! No matter what your interest is, there are plenty of activities going on in Central Ohio you and your family are sure to love. Pack up the family and head to a bluegrass festival in Newark during Bluegrass, Barbecue and Boom, or checkout the Sweet Corn Festival in Millersport or a parade in Pickerington. For more ideas visit the Columbus Dispatch.
  • Go Camping. Make the most of summer’s final 3-day weekend with a camping adventure. Take fishing poles, a tent, hiking gear or whatever you prefer, and head to a lake or a scenic campsite and enjoy the weekend with family and friends!
  • Picnic. Enjoy a family picnic at a park or even in the back yard. Pack some fun foods, and take a Frisbee or kite for a day of easy-going fun with the family.
  • Relax! Labor Day is a day off work, so make the most of it by relaxing! Stay home and enjoy the peace and quiet with a good book, a lawn chair and your favorite beverage.
  • Get ready for fall with the latest home furnishings. Connell’s in Mt. Vernon & Newark is ready to help you take home the latest fall fashions and colors for any room in your home! Bring fall colors indoors with accents, chairs, throws, pillows, bedding ensembles and more in fall’s best colors; reds, yellows, oranges and browns.

From all of us at Connell’s, we’re wishing you and your family a happy and safe Labor Day weekend!

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

The Importance of Play in Life

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Don’t you love to watch children play? In altogether different worlds, children make sense of their lives through play. It’s essential, and as parents we can learn so much from our children. A playroom serves double duty in encouraging play and keeping clutter to a minimum in the home. Create the perfect space to foster growth and imagination within your kids. Children should have a place of their own, and while an entire room is ideal, it isn’t necessary. No matter the size of your home, a playroom is possible. A closet is big enough for a reading nook or computer area. Read on for ideas to create a sacred space for the young minds you love.

Consider design based on the ages and preferences of the children who will use the room. Plan for today and for tomorrow. When choosing furniture, less is more. Allow plenty of open space for play. Keep pieces simple and in neutral colors so they continue to adapt and function over the years. Limit permanent fixtures so the room can grow and adapt with your child.

Next consider the size of your home and space available. Choose colors and possible theme. A playroom is the perfect place to showcase expression and creativity. Map it out. Basements, attics and small spaces underneath the stairs are ideal choices for a child’s playroom, especially in smaller homes. Include your children in the planning if possible. Will the walls be plain or have designs? Are you artistic or do you know someone who is? If free-hand painting isn’t an option, removable art decals are another option for adding a whimsical feel to the room.

Creativity stations allow for various functions. If a whole room is not available due to space, identify a few separate areas within your home. A reading corner allows for quiet introspection, while an art area encourages creativity. Choose furniture that suits each station. Chairs, benches, shelves and lighting are essentials in the reading nook, while a large flat surface provides the space needed in an art area.

Storage is essential in all play areas to keep the space organized. Choose options easiest for kids to get in and out of effortlessly. There are numerous designs available and many can double as shelves and writing surfaces. Be creative and allow your children to do the same when determining storage solutions.

Stop by one of the two beautiful Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for other ideas and inspiration to enhance your home.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

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