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Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Creating a Reading Nook

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Beautiful spring days bring warmth and invite us outside to engage in activities we love, but the cooler evenings draw us into the comfort and warmth of our homes. Create a quiet, comfy spot this spring to curl up with your favorite book while sipping that cup of coffee or hot tea. Instill a love of reading in your kids by giving them the example of a quiet hour each evening in a beautiful contemplative space. Invite them into the space with their books and share in the adventure of a great story. Read on for tips to create a reading nook for your home.

Choose a quiet space, free of distractions. You don’t need much room – a corner of the bedroom, the end of a hallway, or inside a large walk-in closet are all perfect places to call your own. If you choose a larger room for your reading nook, partition the area in a way that creates a cozy, secluded feeling.

Consider lighting. Take advantage of natural light whenever possible by creating your space close to a window. Place a table lamp nearby for overcast days and evening reading time. Choose three-way bulbs with warm light so you can alternate brightness to suit your mood.

Make it your own. Pick colors and patterns that you’re drawn to and make you feel great. Place a few bookshelves nearby for easy access to books and magazines. If the space is large enough, include a small end table or cocktail table for drinks, eyeglasses and other essentials. Add photos, fresh flowers, a houseplant and other knick-knacks for ascetic appeal.

Choose a comfortable seat. Choose a big, comfy chair that you simply melt into; or one of the solid, sturdy varieties to support your back. Be certain there’s enough cushion to cradle you comfortably for long periods of time. Add in pillows for extra softness when you need it and a blanket for warmth.

What are you waiting for? Can’t you hear that corner of your home calling your name? Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon or Newark for more ideas to create comfortable, inviting spaces in your home.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Now You See It; Now You Don’t

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When is a table not just a table? The answer is when it can be or do something else.

If you are a parent or dual-income family, you’re busy – sometimes way beyond busy. As our multitasking lives become increasingly busy, we need furniture that can multitask along with us.

Furniture manufacturers know this and have designed multi-functional tables which work to make our lives easier. Fashionable tables now include hidden storage, concealed trays, vanishing lift tops, covered curio displays and extra drawers and shelves.

If your family room doubles as a home office, look for tables that combine drawers and shelves. Some side tables also have built-in racks for magazines.

When your living room will be used for entertaining, ask your Connell’s sales representative about tables that have pull-out trays to hold beverages.

Does your family sit in front of the television to eat dinner? Search for a cocktail table with a lift top that can be raised to table height. Not only does this table make dining comfortable, the raised top conceals storage niches underneath.

Many tables have hidden nooks for stowing away remote controls, cable guides or toys.

Do you love your collectibles but worry about displaying them where curious little hands can reach them? Stylish tables now have curio compartments located under a moveable glass or wood lid.

Multi-functional tables come in many designs, sizes and finishes. Whatever your decorating style, at Connell’s in Mt. Vernon or Newark we can help you find a table just right for your family.