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Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Create Style with Texture and Color

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Create MOOD, FEEL and STYLE by using texture in the home! Turn boring into WOW!

We get so used to our homes; it is the place we spend the majority of our time, after all. Give your home an overhaul this fall or just spice things up a bit. Connell’s has all sorts of ideas to help you turn your home into a place that inspires!

Start with color and build. Cover large spaces with bold, beautiful color; and use soft, delicate colors in smaller rooms so as not to overpower. Play with pattern, inter-mixing bold and dainty. Build your “theme” by including other patterns with different shapes and sizes. Keep colors and varying scale in mind to keep it cohesive. Make a statement with a large floral pattern on a few pillows, small checks and solids on a few more and vertical stripes for your draperies, which will also make the room seem taller.

Throw in the texture. Start with just a few and then add more as it makes sense depending on boldness of color and the size of the room. Sheen textures are perfect for formal spaces, while muted textures give a room a more casual comfortable appeal. Throw out the rules, if you so choose – it’s YOUR home, after all!

Relate similar objects, then fill with color and fabric patterns. If you want to avoid making the room too busy, keep the background color neutral and uniform. Start with only a few colors you really like and know you won’t tire of.

When thinking of pattern, consider the entire space. Doorways, floors, shape of furniture and accessories may all have patterns within them. If you’ve always had the sofa against the wall, angle it to create a triangular shape in the room. A square or rectangular table in the corner can be replaced by a circular one. When you’re ready to buy new furniture, replace your overstuffed sofa with a modern, streamlined piece with square edges.

Be BOLD! Confidently mix several patterns and watch how the room transforms into something entirely different. Allow one large-scaled pattern to dominate over one medium-scaled floral and another geometric. Get creative in your thinking and add two more smaller scaled accent patterns and textures.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon or Newark to get more ideas and inspiration, then talk to a sales representative to make those design dreams a reality.

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Decorating a Long, Narrow Room

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We probably all remember the excitement we felt when we moved into our first apartment.  Some of us may even remember a similar feeling when, as empty nesters, we downsized to a smaller residence.  Both homes very likely had one feature in common – a long, narrow living area.

There’s no doubt decorating a single, elongated space is challenging. The larger, open spaces make arranging furniture tricky. Below are a few secrets to conquering these narrow spaces and providing chat-friendly areas within the room.

  • Create individual focal points within the room to draw visual attention.

Place an entertainment center at one end of the room or in a corner.  Hang a dramatic piece of art with an accent light above it. Brighten a fireplace with sconces, buffet lamps or tall candleholders.

  • Design separate intimate conversation areas.

Segment furniture in groupings adjacent to the focal points. Arrange club chairs or a chaise at angles in front of the entertainment center. Place a plush sofa perpendicular to the fireplace with twin accent chairs opposite the sofa.  Create a reading nook by arranging bookcases at right angles within a corner and adding a cozy recliner and lamp.

  • Anchor each zone with an area rug.

A rug will add personality and create visual separation from other sections of the room.  Select a rug which coordinates in style and color with the furnishings in each conversation area. To make the area look wider, place the rug at an angle.

  • Trick the eye into believing the room is shorter

Paint each end of the room a darker shade.  This trick will visually remove length from the room. Go a step further and paint the ceiling a light white.  A very light ceiling will draw the eye upwards instead of forwards down the room.

Your Connell’s sales representative in Mt. Vernon or Newark will be happy to help you select just the right furnishings and accents to create cozy conversation areas. With a little ingenuity, your long room will become a fashionable and versatile living space.

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Shopping For YOU

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Did you know that at Connell’s, we shop for you?

That’s right! Each year there are furniture markets all across the United States that take place approximately four times a year. A few famous ones are held in High Point, NC; Las Vegas, NV; and Tupelo, MS. Each one has their high points and we determine which markets to shop based on what our customers are looking for. Recently, we shopped the market in Vegas and thought we’d share some photos with you.

One of three huge buildings FILLED with furniture!

A whimisical outdoor display encased in glass. There are several of these in between the three huge buildings that make up the market.

Entry into the Ashley Showroom in Vegas .  . . fitting, huh?

A fun contrasting set in the Ashley Furniture Showroom

Beautyrest promotional materials . . . RECHARGE!

Another Beautyrest promotional display . . . Living Life Fully Charged!

Entryway into the Flexsteel showroom

Southern Motion

This is just a handful of sites from the trip. We take shopping for you seriously! Stop into one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark and let us know what you are looking for. Plus stay tuned for our post next week which will feature the whacky and unusual sights from Market. Don’t worry, it’s G rated. Connect with us on Facebook today if you haven’t done so already. We have all sorts of online promotions going on there.

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Welcome Spring Indoors

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Welcome spring in with more ways than one way this season! With the sunshine and longer days we feel vibrant and full of energy. Though the weather is erratic, we’re optimistic knowing what’s to come. As you welcome spring into all aspects of your life, don’t neglect your home! There are so many things you can do each spring to bring more joy and life into your home. Read on for tips to get started.

Let the world know you are ready. Hang a colorful wreath at your front door. Replace your lifeless winter wreath with one matching the bright colors of spring. Choose the bright yellow of  beautiful forsythia or the myriad colors of tulips in bloom.

Let the sun shine in! Replace those heavier winter drapes with a lighter version for spring. Choose a sheer panel curtain or light cotton valance. Purchase blinds that can be drawn in the evening if you live in a busy neighborhood and need some privacy. Open them completely during the light of day and bask in the glorious sunshine.

Breathe easier with houseplants. Bring new life indoors. Choose varieties that do well inside and out. Place them indoors in a sunny location and send them out for a little extra sun when the weather is warm enough.

Try your hand at growing something. Start seeds indoors before sowing them into the soil outdoors. Many fruits, vegetables and herbs can get a head start inside. Experiment and have fun. Won’t it be great to eat tomatoes later this summer that you started from seed? Plus you may discover you have more of a green thumb than you originally thought!

Color your season bright. Replace rich autumn tones with soft spring hues on all cloth items throughout your home. Include pillows, blankets, throws, comforters, tablecloths, napkins and place mats. It will give your whole home a brand new feel.

Get a new perspective. Buy a mirror to splash the sunlight around. Place it in a sunny room pointing out so some of the beautiful outdoors is captured inside as well. Rearrange furniture and see things from a new point of view, literally.

Nothing says spring like spring cleaning. Spend one Saturday a month on various tasks around the home to clean in places that get missed during your normal cleaning routine; wash windows, scrub floors, wash linens. Welcome the newness of spring with open arms.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today and let us help you put some springtime fun into your home!

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, 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, March 23, 2011

Spring Decorating Tips that Won’t Bust Your Budget!

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Spring’s a time for change! It’s a new season and colorful new life is around us. Invite spring’s fresh and delicate colors into your home and refresh your living room and bedroom with some great looking, yet inexpensive, design tips from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses.

  • Lighten Up! Kick that boring old dark-colored sofa, loveseat or recliner to the curb and invigorate your room with lighter, mid-toned colors. Decorate with the colors you see naturally occurring in nature, such as magenta, marigold, aqua blue, spring green, teal and even try hot pink!
  • Add accessories! Pillows and throws are a fantastic way to introduce some lighter colored fabrics into your room. Add patterned pillows with calm and tranquil colors to a solid-colored sofa to add bursts of flair. Or toss a patterned throw on the back of a chair, sectional or futon to bring your room to life. Hang colorful wall art and illuminating mirrors for some seasonal springtime style.
  • Paint! Rejuvenate a dreary dining room or lackluster bedroom by repainting the walls with some colorful paint. Designers agree this is a cost-saving solution since a couple of gallons of paint are very inexpensive, plus you can do it yourself. Try a color you’ve always been curious about – and if you hate it, just paint over it. Some suggestions: test out light and clean colors, like kiwi green, pale violet or coral blue.
  • Flowers! Indoor plants and fresh flowers will bring colorful life to any room. Try to be consistent with your floral arrangements. Choose a color scheme, use the same type of flower and place your floral arrangement in a pretty glass holder. Top it off with a little lace or a satin ribbon tied around your beautiful bouquet.
  • De-clutter! Clutter is distracting. No matter how beautiful your room is, unsightly piles of magazines, movies and media will ruin your spring decorating. Put entertainment in its place with media chests and hutches and stash your work away in filing cabinets, desks, and credenzas for your home office.

Visit Connell’s two convenient locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for hundreds of stunning styles from spring’s latest furniture and mattress fashions. It’s all in stock, ready for immediate delivery and protected by Connell’s famous No Oops™ guarantee—if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked, no restocking fees, no return delivery charges and no penalties.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Arranging a seating area

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No, it’s not true. Your home isn’t plotting against you. It’s just that each room has its unique challenges.  Take living areas for example.

If you live in an older-ranch style home, your living room might be long and narrow.  If your home is a modern two-story residence, you may have a “great” room big enough for an army encampment.  Yet if you happen to be an apartment dweller, your living room may be barely large enough for a sofa.

Here are a few tips for arranging seating to solve these pesky problems.

Start with a focal point. A focal point is an architectural detail or decorative accent that draws immediate attention within a room.  Most family areas have a fireplace or dramatic window as a focal point.  In your home it might be a striking painting or an aquarium. You’ll want to arrange seating in a group to take advantage of this focal point.

Look at traffic flow. Take at look at the location of doorways.  Will family traffic move through the room from side-to-side or at an angle? Seating should be placed to allow for traffic to pass easily around and not through the grouping.

Consider Your Options. There is no rule that says a sofa must sit against a wall.  In fact, placing a sofa perpendicular to a wall creates drama. There is also no rule that says a sofa and loveseat must be combined in a seating arrangement; it frequently isn’t the most logical or comfortable option.

In fact, there is no rule that says a sofa needs to be used at all.  A comfortable seating area can be created by combining a chaise or loveseat with accent chairs.

What’s most important is to create an inviting conversation area.  Some rooms just need a little creativity.

Get Creative. Segment long, narrow rooms into separate seating areas.  One spot might include two small accent chairs facing a sofa, while the other seating location may have two armless chairs flanking a bistro table.  As an alternative, a comfy discussion area can be created in an out-of-the-way corner.

Use area rugs to define separate seating areas in a very large room.  A sectional sofa can become a comfortable conversation nook at one end of a “great” room with a group of loveseats or accent chairs at the other end.

When a room is square, concentrate seating in one single area. If family traffic flows along the edge of a living room, place twin sofas on either side of a fireplace or entertainment center.

If your home is an urban condo with a very small living room, go with a loveseat or apartment-size sofa and a single small accent chair and ottoman.  The ottoman can be moved to provide additional seating as needed.  Think about adding a cocktail table with nested seating underneath which can be pulled out when friends arrive.

Visit Connell’s today in Mt. Vernon or Newark and let one of our sales representative show you the many seating options available in store today.

 

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Coffee or Cocktail?

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No, we’re not talking about beverages. This is a decorating blog, after all. But just for fun, here’s a trivia challenge for you. What’s the difference between a coffee table and a cocktail table?

Errrrr. Times up. They’re the same, you say? Not so fast. While the two terms are used interchangeably, a purist will tell you a cocktail table is square or rectangular in shape while a coffee table is round or oval.

The good news is that both tables serve essentially the same purpose – to hold decorative accents, a magazine or a beverage within easy reach of a sofa. No one knows where or how coffee tables originated except that it’s theorized that they were originally used during the Victorian era in England and were based on tables used in tea gardens.

With the popularity of cocktail parties in the Roaring ’20s came cocktail tables which became even more fashionable following the repeal of Prohibition in the 1930s. While coffee tables are usually 16-18” in height, cocktail tables have a history of being slightly taller at 20-22”.

Today these tables not only provide a convenient surface to place things, but are also a centerpiece for entertaining and a focus for decorating.

When you visit Connell’s in Mt. Vernon or Newark to buy one of these tables, it’s good to know what type will work best in your living area. Today there are many different sizes, shapes and styles.

Take an objective look at the adjacent furnishings. The style of cocktail table should coordinate with the upholstery and other tables. While it doesn’t need to exactly match, its style should complement and not clash with other furnishings.

A traditional sofa is usually best accented by a traditional table. However, a contemporary table in a coordinating finish or texture will liven up the room.

Consider the shape of other furnishings. If the neighboring sofa has curved lines, then a round or oval table will work best. If there is a rug underneath the table, consider a glass-top table which will let the beauty and design of the rug show through.

Allow 12-15” between the edge of the sofa and the coffee table and 6” between the end of the table and the end of the sofa.

Finally, think about how the table will be used. If it will be used for dining in front of the television, consider a higher table with a flat, easily cleanable surface. If it will be used to hold multiple family items, choose a table with storage drawers or hidden compartments.

Your Connell’s sales representative will be able to show you different options on your next visit to the store.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Entryway Enticements

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Chances are you’re in and out a lot more these days with the kids back in school. We gave you some ideas to make your home “school year ready.” This week we’ll feature tips to makeover your entryway. Whether you use the front, back or side doors, the entryway into your home is typically the most forgotten space of all design-wise. This is sad, because it’s the most used room of the home. Read on for tips to make your entry enticing!

First, think about the way in which you enter your home. No matter which side you enter from, any doorway that leads outside is still considered an entryway. However, how you use that space will dictate the way in which you decide to change it up. Be sure to organize the most used entryway in a way that makes leaving – and entering easy and stress-free.

Is your entryway a catch-all for everything? Organize. There are so many options on the market to organize all spaces within the home. Shelves, cabinets, rolling bins, expandable organizers, bulletin boards, message boards, portable closets, shoe racks, coat racks . . . the list goes on. Be creative and make the space unique. Keep clutter to a minimum so people can move about freely without tripping over anything!

Create a family showcase! If your entryway is small, like a foyer, use it to display photos of the kids and family . . . playing sports, in school, on vacation . . . you name it. The foyer is the perfect place to keep these photos organized and displayed in a uniform manner.

Do you love art? There is no better place to display beautiful art and sculptures in the entryway to your home!

Create a bountiful book nook! Build in shelves and window seating and voila! You have a cozy space to read on a Sunday afternoon!

Greenhouse galore! If you have windows and enough room through the entryway door for plenty of sun to shine, use your entryway to entice visitors with beautiful flowers and houseplants!

Don’t forget the candles and diffusers! The first room in your home is the perfect place to showcase wonderful scents so visitors are intrigued and want to explore more!

Sit down while tying those shoes! If your entryway is an actual room, move a sofa and end table into the space for a comfy place to sit while readying yourself to make your way out for the day!

Whatever you decide, remember, the entryway is the first impression of your home! Make it a great one!

Finally, don’t forget to stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for more design tips, beautiful home furnishings and customer service beyond your expectations!

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Planning your living room

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You’ve done your homework and you’ve found the perfect sofa. “Just wait until the neighbors see it,” you think proudly. Uh oh! What about the rest of the room?

There are several stylish directions you can go to create just the look you want, and  Connell’s offers seating solutions for every living area.

Options, Options, Options

Today’s decorating trends offer a multitude of choices for arranging furniture. In a traditional room, a loveseat might just be what you need to complement your sofa. But the opportunities for fashion don’t stop there.

An oversized club chair paired with a wood-frame accent chair or recliner provides a stylish alternative to a loveseat.

If your living area is an unusual shape, go with armless chairs or jumbo ottomans, which are both functional and moveable.

To create a casual sitting/dining area for an area near a window, pair two small contemporary or traditional chairs along with a round bistro table.

To Match or Not to Match

Your grandmother’s home was filled with upholstery with matching fabrics. Home fashion today, much like apparel fashion, targets an eclectic look. A floral sofa can be paired with an accent chair in a stripe of coordinating color.

Just because your sofa is covered in fabric, doesn’t mean a coordinating chair needs to be. Add a leather chair to your room with a pillow in a coordinating fabric to add flair.

 No Walls, No Problem

No wall to put your sofa against? No problem.  When arranging furniture, it’s perfectly acceptable to “float” a sofa so that the back is visible. Today’s sofas feature fabric tailoring which makes the back equally as attractive as the front.

Look for upholstered pieces to solve your decorating challenges at Connell’s Furniture in Mt. Vernon and Newark or shop online at connells.com. We’ll help you find exactly what you need. And remember, Connell’s No Oops policy means you can’t make a mistake, because if you don’t like your new furniture, we’ll take it back – no questions asked!

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Unused Spaces

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Homes aren’t like they used to be! Before plumbing, outhouses were our only restroom option. Formal dining rooms were a necessity in the ’50s to keep clutter under control and to serve as a place to entertain. Rooms are now larger, more open and functional for a variety of reasons. One room alone may serve as a kitchen, dining area and lounge. But what about older homes with smaller rooms and less open area? No worries! Turn those unused spaces into functional, multi-purpose rooms designed for practical everyday use. Think outside of the box and change it up with the seasons. Read on for tips to turn unused spaces into favorite places!

An entryway can become a catch-all for everything coming and going. Control clutter and turn your entryway into a functional seating and conversation area. Install hooks along the wall beside the door. Place a bench and cubbies for extra seating and storage of shoes, backpacks and more. An end table or sofa table serves as a place to add extra lighting and store keys easily and within reach as you are walking out the door.

Gone are the days of the formal dining room, but not functional dining rooms with additional seating for family and guests. Dress up that dining room table with bright, floral, fun tablecloths and runners. Remove a few chairs and install a bench for the little ones. Place a few functional, comfortable chairs in the corners and add splashes of color. Voila! Your formal dining room becomes a place the whole family wants to hang out, whether it’s dinner time or not!

Extra Bedrooms are often the most unused spaces. Turn that extra bedroom into a craft or sewing room. Find cabinets and counter tops at discount home improvement stores for additional storage and functionality. Remove the bed and put in a sofa sleeper for double duty. You’ll still have room for guests and can use the room any other time you’d like a quiet place to read or work.

Chances are if you live in an older home closets are sparse – and likely packed full. But if you have the luxury of an extra closet or two, turn that closet into a craft space, office area or homework nook.

Don’ t waste a room with a view! Install a window seat to turn it into your favorite place in the house. Throw in some houseplants to freshen up the air, and give it texture and beauty. Add additional storage shelves to conceal clutter when not in use and allow the kids to enjoy the view with you. Turn the room into a lounge and entertaining area, without television of course. With a view like that, who needs TV?

Every room in your home can and should be functional and usable. Try these tips or come up with some of your own. You know your home and your habits. Let them be your guide. Change is good. It provides new perspective. Change with the seasons, family events or just because you think it’s time to do so! And by all means, stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark for ideas, inspiration and beautiful home furnishings!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Holiday Entertaining

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Can you believe the holidays are upon us already? It’s time to get organized and prepare for overnight guests. Make them feel welcome and comfortable with a few simple design changes to  your home. Attention to the small details can make all the difference in making them feel welcome during the holidays. Here are some starter ideas:

Choose a space in your home for guests to stay comfortably. Having an extra bedroom is a bonus, but not absolutely necessary. Give up one of the other bedrooms or use a room divider in another part of the home to provide privacy. Buy a sofa bed as an extra bed, which also serves as a space saver. Alternatively, make space available for an inflatable bed, with an area in which to store it when not in use.

Pack the guest space with essentials or prepare a basket with items they may have forgotten. Include travel-sized toiletries such as soap, deodorant, razors, toothpaste, shampoo and conditioner. Purchase a full length mirror for the guest area so they can get ready in privacy.

Create a sense of home in your guest room. A bouquet of flowers and scented candles on an end table or night stand are a lovely touch. Include other items such as a notepad, pens/pencils, alarm clock, water carafe, books and magazines. If space allows, make a reading nook complete with chair, table and lamp for a private retreat area.

Make guest feel welcome upon arrival by preparing a simple, slow cooker meal that can be enjoyed anytime. Show guests around your home and let them know where all the essentials are located. Keep plenty of beverages and snacks in an easily accessible location and let them know they are welcome to them at any time throughout their stay. Offer continental breakfast choices so guests feel they can eat and run, if they so choose.

Include one or two of these ideas and your guests are sure to return for future visits. Stop by one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today for other ideas to help you prepare for the holidays.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Great Design for Small Spaces

Don’t let a small room cause decorating problems! Instead, get creative. Utilize every inch of the area to create an exquisite dream room, even if space is an issue.  Follow the design tips below to breathe fresh life into any small space and make it seem bigger than it actually is.

Be flexible and versatile. Painting the room in a lighter color can make the room feel bigger. Choose antique white, cream or taupe. Place lamps of varying shapes and sizes in locations throughout the room to draw the eye around the room.

Choose furniture in light colors. It’s true, dark furniture can make the room feel small. Buy vibrant accessories such as pillows and wall hangings to add bursts of color.

Keep scale in mind. Add a small sofa or loveseat as opposed to overstuffed pieces that will dominate space.

Place mirrors strategically throughout the area. Mirrors create a sense of openness, tricking the eye into believing there is extra room. Consider hanging a mirror near a window to reflect the outdoors into the room.

Arrange larger pieces of furniture, such as a sofa at an angle. Doing this draws the eye down the diagonal length of the sofa instead of the shorter wall, creating an illusion of depth. An added benefit is the storage space automatically created behind the sofa where you can store items.

Choose pieces of furniture that serve multiple purposes. Storage cabinets or armories will hide a television when not in use. Also, ottomans with hidden storage are perfect for small spaces. Add benches in lieu of chairs in your dining room to save on space and create an open atmosphere.

Finally, take a look at your technology, which tends to take up considerable space. Consolidate by moving your music to a specified computer or music player and get rid of CDs. Also, flat panel televisions are great new alternatives and save on space.

There are numerous ways to create a beautiful and spacious look in any small space. Visit one of the two Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon and Newark and let our knowledgeable sales representatives help you get started!

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Designing with Pattern

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Interior Design has evolved throughout the years. From a matched approach to a more eclectic style of mixing patterns and textures, design is fun and inspiring. Spruce up any room by mixing patterns throughout. It makes the room visually interesting. When considering a pattern, most of us think in terms of fabric. However, it includes much more – architectural lines, arrangement and shape of furniture, the pattern on the floors and walls. Read on for tips and to learn more.

Determine your color preferences, then choose one main bold larger-scale pattern for the room. Use this pattern on a pillow or on another small feature. Build from this by including other patterns with different shapes, but in a much smaller scale. Keep colors and varying scale in mind to create a distinct theme. As an example, try a large floral pattern on a few pillows, small checks and solids on a few more and vertical stripes for your drapery, which will also make the room seem taller.

Add a solid color for attraction and include textures in your theme. Or choose a main color and mix in varying shades. When choosing textures, limit it to only a few. Sheen textures are perfect for formal spaces, while muted textures give a room a more casual comfortable appeal.

Relate similar objects, then fill with color and fabric patterns. To avoid making the room too busy, keep the background color neutral and uniform. Start with only a few colors you really like.

When thinking of pattern, consider the entire space. Doorways, floors, shape of furniture and accessories may all have patterns within them. If you’ve always had the sofa against the wall, angle it to create a triangular shape in the room. A square or rectangular table in the corner can be replaced by a circular one. When you’re ready to buy new furniture, replace your overstuffed sofa with a modern, streamlined piece with square edges.

Stop in to one of the two Connell’s locations today in Mt. Vernon or Newark to get more ideas and inspiration, then talk to a sales representative to make those design dreams a reality.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Home Design Therapy

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Shorter days, longer nights and sub-zero weather can bring you down quickly. Do something good for yourself and your home! Combat the Winter Blues with home design therapy from Connell’s. Spice up your living space with color, texture and warmth. Change your perspective. Whether you desire a complete home makeover or small changes to a few rooms, we’ve got you covered – with the goods and the inspiration!

This winter  has been unseasonably cold in Ohio. Physically create warmth inside your home with new window treatments. Replace sheer curtains with thick draperies. Use warm colors such as burnt orange, mustard yellow and ruby red. Look for your favorite patterns, then design an entire room around them. Mix and match. Play. Have fun!

Since you’re stuck indoors, create a few gathering spaces. If you have a fireplace and it’s not a focal point, move furniture to make it so. Arrange a conversation pit. Group furniture together toward the center of the room making it perfect for family game night. Place a new flat panel television toward one end of the seating area, creating another focal point perfect for quiet, cozy evenings at home.

Little touches can make a big difference. Disperse candles with warm scents such as vanilla, hazelnut and warm apple pie throughout your home. Brighten up a dark winter night with a candle centerpiece atop your coffee or cocktail table.

Don’t wait for Spring to surround yourself with life. Sprinkle houseplants throughout your dwelling, adding color, texture and fresh air. Create live art and bursts of color by arranging oranges, lemons and limes on a platter or in a vase. Add neutral colored stones and branches for additional texture.

You layer your clothing for added warmth. Do the same in your home. Place a beautiful quilt or wool blanket at the foot of your bed for cold winter nights. Grab a few extra pillows and a fleece throw to snuggle on your sofa or love seat.

Don’t stop there. You’re only limited by the imagination. Dream away, then stop by one of Connell’s two locations to remedy your Winter Blues with Home Design Therapy!

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, October 27, 2010

We’re not Fortune Tellers … But we can Guarantee Furniture you’ll Love

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At Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses, we do a lot of things really well. For instance, we can help you design the living room of your dreams, we can find a sofa to match your drapes and we can certainly tell you exactly when your furniture will arrive at your house. You might think we can do it all … but there’s one service we don’t offer. And that’s fortunetelling.

You see, we can’t always look into the future and guarantee your new furniture will always work for you. We’ve seen it all – you buy the sofa you love but your mother-in law hates it, or your new dining room set arrives at your doorstep but you’ve suddenly been transferred to a different city for work.

But because of our No Oops™ policy, we can predict you’ll never get stuck with furniture that you don’t love. It’s our guarantee to you, and it protects you from life’s little surprises. 

NO OOPS™ means that if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked! Plus unlike the other stores, you’ll never pay additional shipping charges, you’ll never pay restocking or usage fees and you can cancel your order at any time.

No one else offers you the protection and peace of mind you’ll find with No Oops™. Visit our elegant showrooms in either Mount Vernon or Newark, Ohio, and browse our huge selection of living room, dining room, bedroom, home office, home entertainment, mattresses, bedding and kids furniture. We guarantee when do, you won’t make a mistake!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Hello from High Point!

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Right now, we’re hard at work looking for the best furniture for your home at the High Point Market in High Point, North Carolina. The High Point Market is quite possibly the nation’s largest furniture exhibition, and we come here twice a year to look for the latest furniture we know you’ll love. Maybe some of the latest trends are a little over the top … as you can clearly see here…

But there are also plenty of new breathtaking products we’ve found that we know you’ll love, such as these amazing leather sofas …

To see the latest fashions we’re bringing back for your home, visit us at either location in Mt. Vernon or Newark, Ohio. And, as always, all our furniture is guaranteed by our exclusive No Oops™ guarantee. We’re confident you’re going to love your new furniture, but if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked, no restocking fees, return delivery charges or penalties. Shop with confidence and love what you buy!

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

The Different types of Leather Luxury

Sophistication. Class. Elegance. Style. These are adjectives usually reserved for some of Hollywood’s classiest actors and actresses. Now, if you want your living room to radiate with same sophistication and style as Hollywood’s biggest stars, consider furnishing it with leather furniture. Leather makes a statement …  it screams modernity, luxury and it’s guaranteed to impress your guests.

But what you probably don’t know is that all leather furniture is not the same. At Connell’s, we’re here to educate you about the different types of leather so you can find the perfect sofa, love seat or recliner to match your family’s needs and comfort preference. Stop in, ask our sales professionals about the various types of leather and consider the following varieties during your next purchase:

  • Full grain leather is typically the most desirable variety.  Full grain comes from the upper section of the hide and is extremely durable, breathable, strong and long-lasting. Plus, because full grain displays the unique wrinkles and scars found on the cow’s hide, it looks extremely natural and homey.
  • Aniline leather is a dyed variety and very comfortable. It’s extremely soft to the touch, porous and relaxing.
  • Antiqued leather pieces are similar to aniline in their level of softness. However, they have been dyed twice instead instead of only once.
  • Nubuck is a variety that has been sanded on the outside of the hide. This sanding offers you an extremely strong and velvety surface that is similar to suede.

Stop into our stunning showrooms in Mount Vernon or Newark and check out our luxurious leather selections. We guarantee when you do, you won’t make a mistake!

Monday, October 4, 2010

NO OOPS™ Means You’ll Never Make a Mistake at Connell’s

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Can you believe the nerve of the other furniture stores?! I mean come on! They make it a painstakingly laborious and expensive chore to return furniture that you don’t absolutely love. For instance, consider the actual example of a customer – who will remain nameless – that wasn’t absolutely satisfied with her new sofa and tried to return it …

This particular unnamed customer purchased a sofa online for $1,399. When it arrived at her home, she suddenly began having second thoughts about the sofa’s fabric and color. She decided she wanted to return this particular sofa. The customer did the math; she already paid $139.90 for shipping plus an $80 surcharge because the sofa was deemed ‘bulky.’ And to return the sofa, the customer would have to pay another $139.90 to ship the sofa back and another $80 because the sofa was still overweight. In this customer’s mind, she figured she’d have to pay $439.80 not to keep an item she loved. But in the end it didn’t really matter, the retailer wouldn’t let the customer return the sofa.

At Connell’s Furniture and Mattresses, we promise the previous scenario will never happen to you. We’re confident of this because our NO OOPS policy guarantees you won’t get stuck with furniture you don’t love.

  • NO OOPS means that if you don’t like your new furniture for any reason, we’ll take it back – no questions asked!
  • NO OOPS means you’ll never have to settle for furniture you don’t like!
  • NO OOPS means you’ll never pay additional shipping charges to return your furniture.
  • NO OOPS means you’ll never pay restocking or usage fees to return your furniture.
  • NO OOPS means you can cancel your order at any time.
  • NO OOPS means you can refuse delivery of your furniture.

We really don’t think you’ll ever want to return any furniture you purchase from Connell’s. And our experience proves that our customers actually make fewer returns.

Why you ask?

Because NO OOPS gives you the shopping confidence and freedom that you won’t find at the other stores. So be bold and take chance, because we promise when you shop with us, you’ll never make a mistake!

Monday, August 2, 2010

“Honey, who’s that scary looking guy at the front door?”

Have you ever noticed that most delivery services hire big ugly guys that look like they just rolled out of bed to deliver the precious cargo that you just bought and saved for months?  Okay, maybe some of them  aren’t very big but, most of them are pretty scary looking, aren’t they?  Most stores look at delivery as a necessary evil not as a valuable service.  So, they hire guys that are willing to work for low wages without any incentives to make you happy.  Just get it in the door and move on to the next delivery.  And try not to step on the cat…please. Can you believe some stores charge as much as $100 for this kind of service?

We think our delivery service is one of the best values we offer.  That’s why we call our guys the DREAM TEAM. You get trained caring (yes, ladies…some guys do care) professionals that will treat you and your home with respect.  And we charge a whopping $39.95!  Oh yea, if you’re not completely satisfied with our DREAM TEAM delivery service…we’ll refund your money.  How’s that for value?

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

(for guys only) when in doubt…read the directions

A lot of furniture today comes from far away places like China.  They basically build 1000’s of pieces of “ready-to-assemble” furniture then carefully pack them into shipping containers that eventually end up in our warehouse.  It’s done that way to save shipping cost.  Unfortunately, someone has to put this stuff together…that’s where we come in.

We open the boxes and separate all the nuts & bolts, shelves, tops, panels, and various other parts needed to create a nice piece of furniture.  Then we get our portable drills with special bits and start putting part “a” into slot “e4” and bolt “c3” with hex nut “d7″…well, you get the picture.  Sometimes you need a master’s degree in “erectorsetology” (I made that up) to assemble some of these treasures.

So guy, the next time you want to buy a piece of furniture that comes “ready-to-assemble” make sure you have lots of time, tools, and a bottle of Jack Daniels handy cause you’re going to need it.  I’d also suggest you put it together somewhere out of site like the garage or basement because after all the cursing you’re probably going to hear…”honey, did you read the directions?”

Or better yet…you be the hero.  Buy it from us and pay our $39.95 Dream Team Delivery fee and have your furniture assembled, delivered, and set-up anywhere in your home.  Trust me…you’ll thank me for this tip.  Now, go out there and sleigh that dragon.

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