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Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Casual Coastal Design

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Spring is right around the corner. Thank goodness! Warmer weather, buds blooming, Spring sports, Easter and Spring Break are just a few exciting seasonal events to anticipate.  But even if you can’t go to the beach this Spring, there is no reason you can’t bring it to you. Sprinkle elements of the coast throughout your home as you welcome Spring and invite the warmer weather. Decorate your whole house, or choose a single room. Read on to create a casual coastal feeling in your home.

Purchase simple glass jars and fill them with sand, shells, sea glass and more. This DIY project is fun, easy and simple to rearrange at any point in time. Place candles or tea lights into the center for evening ambiance.

Change the overall color palette of the room. Choose a seafoam green sofa and paint the walls the color of sand.  Throw in other colors like sunshine yellow and clear blue sky. Add coastal accents such as pillows, table tops, and framed prints with shells, lighthouses, sea creatures, and anchors.

Unfinished wood is a new popular furniture option that looks great in a coastal designed room. Distressed wood is another great choice for sofa tables, coffee tables, stools and more.

Don’t forget antique and faux antique.  When antiquing, look for blue and clear glass jars to match the overall color scheme. For other simple table top accents, use driftwood and sea glass.

Make your next beach visit a treasure island excursion. Look for old surfboards, buoys, life vests, and anchors that you could take home and display.

Pulling a room together often involves mixing and matching while staying in theme. Some other elements that work nicely while not overpowering include oil hurricane lanterns, silver accents, stripes and plaid, and a directors chair.

Don’t forget elements of nature. Be sure to include live plants. Choose ones that look like they belong in warmer climates. An aquarium or fish bowl is a nice touch that warms up the room and adds to the feng shui.

As always, remember that Connell’s is here to help. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for ideas, inspiration, and fabulous home furnishings. Let our design experts assist you in making your next room makeover a beautiful reality. Plus, don’t forget to visit us on Facebook for online only deals, fantastic sweepstakes and fun giveaways.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Mother’s Day Gift Ideas

This Sunday is Mother’s Day and we haven’t forgotten at Connell’s. Have you?

There’s no one else like mom – nurturer, cheerleader, disciplinarian, taxi driver, tutor, biggest fan, nurse. She does it all and asks for no recognition much of the time. Don’t forget your mom this Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 8th. We’ll even get you started with some ideas!

Spend time with mom! More than any gift in the world, the gift your mom will love the most is the gift of time. Go to church with her, take her to lunch, have a family walk in the park. Do whatever comes naturally for your family, but just make the time to do it.

Give a simple trinket of affection; flowers, chocolate, jewelry, frames, art, coffee, tea bags, soaps, candles, a heartwarming card. It’s the little things that matter most. Depending on taste, all moms would love at least one of those sentiments. Go bigger and place several items in a beautiful basket that can be used for other things around the house.

Does your mom work hard? Buy her a gift certificate for a massage, pedicure, manicure, or even a whole day at the spa. All moms spend so much time caring for others, wouldn’t you love to give her one hour or one day to nurture herself?

Is mom the family cook? With so many kitchen gadgets on the market, find something that will make her time in the kitchen easier and remind her of you each time she uses it – choppers, mixing bowls, grinders, a coffee press – the options are limitless and in every price range!

Want to make her cry? Choose a handmade gift that’s from the heart. Find a multi-window photo frame. Fill it with family photos old and new, along with cards and notes from years past. (You may need dad’s help with this one.) Mom now owns a treasured keepsake unique to your family.

Come to Connell’s for other great ideas. We have thousands of items for every room, style and occasion. Find furniture, mattresses and accessories for any taste. Mom will be overwhelmed with the time you spent finding that “just right” gift only for her!

Really WOW her this Mother’s Day! Go in with dad to buy her the new sofa, loveseat, office chair or credenza she’s been eying! Or better yet, surprise them both with a brand new flat panel HDTV!

Share your ideas – and this post on Facebook! Show mom you care this Mother’s Day and let us know her reaction!

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Connell’s March Promotion

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Did you know that Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses is on Facebook and Twitter? We even have our own YouTube channel! And in case you didn’t know, we regularly run exclusive promotions and offers for our followers of these sites. So what are you waiting for? Hop aboard and follow us for specials, promotions and contests, design tips and even inspiring quotes from famous people. You follow your friends. Why not follow us too?

During the month of March 2011, Connell’s is offering a $2500 Room Makeover when you show us your Spring Cleaning Project on Facebook and it’s so simple to enter! Follow the link, then post a photo and explain why your room should win! Disclaimer: You must be at least 18 years of age and live in Ohio. See all official contest rules for details.

Dream a little. You could win that beautiful sofa you’ve been wanting for your living room or a new mattress to ease you into sweet dreams this spring. Maybe it’s time to organize a home office. Choose from desks, office chairs, credenzas, bookshelves, storage and more. Whatever you desire, Connell’s is sure to please. All purchases are backed by Connell’s exclusive No Oops Guarantee. If you don’t like it, we’ll take it back no questions asked!

What are you waiting for? Visit Connell’s on Facebook today for a chance to win $2500 in home furnishings! Go now! Offer ends on March 28th.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Outdoor Summertime Fun

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As you know, Connell’s has millions of dollars worth of home furnishings in-store and waiting just for you! But what’s equally important to us is being a part of your life. “Home is where the heart is,” right? To us, this isn’t some cliche saying. You spend the majority of your time in your home and it’s a place where you should feel happy and secure. That’s why we strive to provide you with the best name brand furniture and mattresses that you know you can trust. Peace of mind is important and we provide that with our No Oops Guarantee.

We’re proud to be a part of your life.  Shop our stores for furniture, accessories, mattresses and bedding. Connect with us on Facebook to enter contests and be inspired by famous quotes. Read our blog for ways to enhance your life!

Now that summer is in full swing, most of us want to spend more time in the great outdoors. While it’s fun to take day trips throughout Ohio and the surrounding states, why not take advantage of your own backyard? Read on for ways to enjoy the outdoors this summer right at home.

Remember the essence of summer – fun! Kids cannot wait for the last day of school. Once it’s here, they want to spend as much time outdoors as they can (if they don’t, we should encourage them to do so.) Give the kids plenty to do outdoors right at home. Set up a sprinkler on a hot summer day. Let them camp in their own backyard. Get the jars ready for fireflies. Have a water balloon fight! Let them grow their very own garden.

Fun isn’t just for kids anymore! Sure, you’re all grown up. That doesn’t mean everything has to be neck tie serious all the time. Play with the little ones. Pass a ball or Frisbee. Set up a game for adults and invite the neighbors – horseshoes, corn hole, ladder golf and croquet are all easy summer games to set up.  Plus they can be taken down immediately after play if you wish so you can get to more serious things, like mowing.

Set up a summertime reading spot under the old shade tree. Throw down a blanket and cuddle with the kids and a good book in the great outdoors this summer. Need some cushioning? Place a chair and an end table there for a comfortable spot to sit. Take advantage of a bird feeder to enjoy your feathered friends this summer while chillin’ on a hot summer night.

Have a cookout! If you have a patio or deck, there’s nothing better than an old-fashioned cookout. Throw the brats and burgers on the grill. Mix up some iced tea and lemonade. Crank the stereo, invite the neighbors and enjoy the lazy days of summer.

As always, stop into one of the two Connell’s locations to tell us about the fun you’re having this summer. And while you’re at it, browse the store for new home furnishings. We  just sold a boatload of merchandise during our Fourth of July Sale and have so many new items in stock for you to take advantage of! We hope to see you soon!