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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.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Storage Solutions

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Old Man Winter won this year! Undoubtedly, the cold halted all outdoor pursuits and havoc prevailed on an otherwise organized home as you were forced to stay indoors. As always, Connell’s is here to help. We have furniture and accessories to create the perfect mood. Lucky for you we also have storage solutions to help you stay organized as you transition from one season to the next.

Oh no! Your winter coats have taken over your house! Put them away by clearing out a small space in your entryway for a new coat closet that can double as an organizer during the warmer months. Small, movable closets are available which measure just a few feet wide and stand about six feet tall. Most have hooks, a closet area to hang larger coats and jackets, plus drawers and cubbies. Once winter has passed, use the closet for storage of other often-used items such as raincoats, umbrellas and book bags.

Storage cubes and ottomans keep family game night within easy reach. These convenient storage places are perfect for living room or family room use. Keep cards and board games out of site when not in use and use these storage spaces as a playing area when you need one fast! Magazines, remotes and books can also be easily hidden to keep clutter at bay.

The kids’ rooms become messy easily as more time is spent indoors. Puzzles, games, Legos and video games become a giant pile after just one afternoon. Storage solutions for kids are both fun and functional. Purchase shelves with removable baskets to individually store items. Color code toys and games by basket for easy clean up and retrieval.

A writing desk is a wonderful family organizational tool. Adding this piece of furniture to your home organizes the most chaotic mess of all – paper. This family space saver is a great way to keep everyone’s schedules coordinated and within easy reach. Mail has a central place to land before opening and organizing. Choose separate drawers for each person in the family. Use the center drawer for commonly shared items such as pens, paper, scissors, tape, stamps and paper clips.

Get organized now, before bigger Spring cleaning begins over the next few months. You’ll feel lighter and happier when you do. Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today for other ideas and inspiration to get—and keep—you organized.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

A Perfect Playroom

Child’s play is essential and a playroom encourages it! Create the perfect space to foster growth and imagination within your kids. Our homes are designed around our own needs and conveniences, but children should have a place of their own. 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 your little ones.

Identify the ideal space based on the size of your home and the age of your children. Map it out. Basements, attics and small spaces underneath the stairs are ideal choices for a child’s playroom, especially in smaller homes. Choose colors and theme. Include your children in the planning if they are old enough to make informed choices. 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. A playroom is the perfect place to showcase expression and creativity.

Consider design based on the ages of the children who will use the room. Plan for today and tomorrow both. 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.

Create a few “stations” for various functions. If space in one room is an issue, identify a few separate play 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 it organized. Choose options easiest for kids to get in and out of effortlessly.

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.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Color Therapy

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Color therapy, or chromotherapy is a study that measures the vibrations colors emit. Electromagnetic energy and the wavelengths emitted by color can psychologically affect you and balance energy. For this reason, many people are exploring the idea of using it in home design and decoration. Read on for effects colors elicit, along with ideas for incorporating them into your design scheme.

Red stimulates brain function and causes excitability. While people with high blood pressure and heart conditions should limit red in the home, small amounts can attribute to expression and creativity. Red picture frames are fun along with live or silk flowers for a vibrant pop of color which takes up little space.

Orange elicits joy, happiness and creativity. Oranges themselves, placed along with lemons and limes in a clear bowl-style vase, make a wonderful focal point on a kitchen table or mantel. Paintings with small amounts of orange create an interesting whimsical feel in any room.

Yellow encourages self esteem and confidence. Because it’s not typically associated with either gender, yellow is a great choice for a child’s room. Studies show that changes occur in self esteem during the tween years and many children go through periods of lacking self esteem. Along with other encouragement, use yellow to increase self confidence subconsciously.

Green is soothing and relaxing. It supports balance plus aids depression and anxiousness. For this reason, green is a fabulous color for any room. If you are typically on-the-go and under pressure, make your bedroom a haven with walls of sea foam green. Whenever possible incorporate live plants into your design for both the soothing effect and fresh, clean air.

Blue is cooling and elicits clarity, insightfulness and patience. Place pillows and a throw in light blue and cream to soften an otherwise masculine brown leather sofa. Water accessories like a fountain add a slight hint of blue plus calming white noise to an office.

Violet enhances feelings of peacefulness. It tunes us into the vibrations of our spiritual selves and our intuition. Furniture has gone beyond traditional colors to include all those in the rainbow. A purple sofa would make a statement along with eliciting a calm demeanor.

Ideas are as diverse as the variations of colors in the rainbow. Let your own taste, knowledge and intuition be your guide as you incorporate them into your home. Get started by visiting one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark today.

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

The Five S’s of Studiousness

Success begins in the bedroom. No really, it does. Your child’s success in school is directly related to the functional design of his/her bedroom. Ensure your child puts his/her best foot forward each and every day in the classroom. Begin by building a cozy, comfortable bedroom around the five ‘S’s’: sleep, study, storage, stimulus and safety.

Sleep

On average, children need eight to nine hours of sleep per night to maintain their attention span in the classroom. Start by turning off the TV and giving your child a comfortable bed.

Study

Providing your child with a fun and creative bedroom is only half the battle in making them star students. Now you must motivate them to study!

  • Give them plenty of space to spread out and work. Make sure the desk you choose has adequate space to allow them to lay out their books, pencils, pens, paper, and markers. Look for a child’s desk with built-in shelving for books and supplies, or consider a long rectangular table.
  • Hang a calendar or bulletin/dry-erase board over their desk and encourage them to use post-notes and colorful dry-erase markers. This will teach your children how to follow a schedule and alleviate any confusion of assignment due dates.
  • Set aside a designated homework time for your child – after school or after dinner – and give them space in their room when they need it, and be available to help them.

Storage

School supplies in addition to your child’s hordes of toys equal a clutter nightmare! Prevent this disaster by outfitting their room with furniture designed for extra storage.

Stimulus

Kids will be kids … and what better place to be a kid than in your their own bedroom. Let their room be a refuge, a place for daydreams as well as sweet dreams.

  • Allow a little leeway in choosing their favorite paint colors and bedding to let your kid’s personality shine through.
  • Provide toys that stimulate their imagination like building sets, paper, crayons, or dolls.

Safety

Looking out for the safety of our children means they will sleep safe and sound, and we as parents will rest assured they aren’t in danger.

  • Depending on your child’s age, make sure the ends of furniture are rounded and protectors are in the electrical sockets.
  • Place a nightlight in your child’s room.
  • To make sure your child is calm in their room, use soft colors or pastels to paint the walls or for decoration.
  • Teach them to put away their toys and remove clutter from the floor. This will curb anxiety and prevent tripping over that race car and hurting themselves in a fall.

This advice will help your child do well in school, and you’ll do well at  home by cutting down on the inevitable complaints about math, history and writing homework! Stop by one of Connell’s two locations and give your child the gift of a studious and beautiful bedroom!