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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!

ALL YEAR:

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.

ALL YEAR/SPRING:

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.

SUMMER:

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.

FALL/WINTER:

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 givingĀ  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!

 

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!