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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Bring Beachside Style Home

As landlocked Ohioans, we have to plan and work at getting to the beach. Whether it’s a long drive or a flight to a beach on the East coast, it takes time, energy, effort and money to get there. Sure, some of us may own a home around one of Ohio’s lakes where we can enjoy boating, jet skiing, fishing and swimming. But nonetheless, we don’t have the luxury of stepping outside on warm sand by the ocean every day. However, with some simple design ideas from Connell’s Furniture & Mattresses, you can easily give your home some decorative flair to bring the relaxing beachside feel back home to Ohio.

453145657Decorate that deck. Give your deck or patio the relaxing summer beach feeling with light colors. If you’re staining the deck wood soon, choose a light, airy beach color like white, beach-beige or a natural wood stain. Accent your light deck stain with pops of color by adding bright Adirondack chairs in blue, red or green and put up an umbrella or shade canopy to keep the sun off the deck and guests.

Go light indoors. Bring the coastal feel indoors with crisp, white furniture. You can easily transform your living room into a relaxing beach sanctuary by choosing a sofa and loveseat in a crisp, white color. Offset the bright whites with a chair in aqua blue or orange, and tie the room together with an accent rug and lamps in the same aqua blue or orange color.

Accessorize in coastal patterns. Rugs, pillows and throws really go a long way in transforming a living room, patio or bedroom into beachside cabana. Look for an area rug or throw with a palm pattern, and accent that crisp white furniture or your bed with blue pillows adorning a little anchor.

Bring out the beach knick-knacks. Show off some of your beach souvenirs around the home. For instance, set out a photo frame adorned with seashells on a chair side table or sofa table, or set some seashells in a decorative bowl on your dining room table or even make it focal point of the living room. If you really want to go the extra mile, with some seashells and glue, you can transform a bedroom or bathroom mirror into a coastal mirror. Simply glue the seashells around the mirror’s border and watch it transform into a beachside mirror.

As always, visit us at Connell’s Furniture & Mattress in Mt. Vernon and Newark for outstanding design ideas from our superb staff. No matter what design style you’re looking for, you’ll enjoy our incredible selection of quality furniture at amazing low prices!

Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Talking about eclectic style

It’s all the rage. It seems all the interior design television shows and blogs are talking about eclectic style. Yet, what is it really and how do we get it?

Well, the truth is that you already know what it is. It’s the style most of us have in our homes. Eclectic style is a combination of different styles together in one room.

In other words, the décor doesn’t match. If your living room has a Country French sofa with a rustic Southwestern cocktail table sitting on a Persian rug, you have eclectic style.

It may be even easier to say what eclectic style is not – a strict coordination of the same types, colors and designs of furnishings.

“Well that’s an easy way to decorate,” you say.  After all, all you have to do is put together whatever you like.

Not so fast. While eclectic style gives you the opportunity to decorate with individuality, it also gives you the opportunity to have rooms that end up looking like a flea market.

To avoid having your home look like a hodgepodge of mismatched items, it’s important that there is a design element that ties them all together.

One way to bring together eclectic décor is with color. By using common colors in upholstery fabrics, floor coverings and wall art, individual items of décor will complement each other. It’s best to stay mostly with neutrals as a foundation then add a few bold accents.

Another way to harmonize eclectic furnishings is with shape.  A curvy sofa can sit front of a round cocktail table. Curvilinear vases might sit on the fireplace mantel.

Finishes and textures are also important in creating a synchronized look. The brushed silver finish on a lamp can tie in with silver leaf accents in the frame of a mirror.

Eclectic style is all about bringing together a variety of different furnishings and blending them together to create a unified look.  Stop by either of Connell’s locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark to guide you when making your eclectic décor purchases.

Monday, January 20, 2014

Decorating With Contemporary Style

One thing you absolutely know, or think you know, is that you don’t like contemporary decor. After all, contemporary style means tables with chrome legs and glass tops, metallic lamps that look like space ships and harsh sofas covered in glossy, uncomfortable leather – right? Not so fast.

Too often contemporary style is characterized as austere, aerospace modern when in fact it includes a wide range of fashionable, comfortable furnishings. Defined by texture, clear colors and clean lines, contemporary décor illustrates an easy simplicity and subtle sophistication.  It can be as bold or as understated as you would like to match your personality.

Here are few quick tips to help you decorate with contemporary style and create a home that’s not only current and chic but welcoming and family friendly.

Choose furniture with simple silhouettes.

Leave the intricately carved cabinet fronts and ornate fabrics behind and select pieces with gently curved or straight lines. Not only are simple profiles the foundation of contemporary fashion, they establish a base for creative decorating. Frills and adornments make furniture look cluttered and accessorizing more difficult.

Start with neutral colors.

Today’s contemporary colors draw inspiration from nature and are subtle rather than bold. Sofa and chair fabrics in taupe, white and cream tone-on-tone hues are versatile and work well in almost any room.  Accent them with throw pillows in sage green, slate gray or deep-ocean blue.

Need a darker color fabric for that couch the kids jump on? Try rattan brown, stone or black. Want to create a pop of color? Change those throw pillows to hot pink or yellow.

Add texture.

Textured fabrics and finishes add visual interest and a fresh, fashionable look to décor. Woven upholstery fabrics in wool, cotton or a cotton/linen blend are comfortable and breathe well. Select a sofa with exposed wood legs in a beech or birch finish. Put a textured fabric shade on a metal lamp base.

Let accessories complete the look.

Accessories tie together the lines, textures and colors within a room. If your furniture has curved lines, select accessories and accents with curved lines to create balance. For example, add a pair of round rattan ottomans. If your upholstery has straight lines, choose accent tables and accessories with straight lines.  Consider a rectangular, wood and glass cocktail table.

Remember to add texture. Let go of that colonial braided rug and select one in a natural fiber such as jute or sisal. Create warmth with permanent greenery in a ceramic or terra cotta container. Feeling bold?  Choose a brushed metal lamp with a barrel or square shade.

Stop by any of Connell’s two locations to consult our sales staff and let your imagination roam. You’ll quickly find contemporary furnishings that match your fashion personality.

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Obscure Finds

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As promised, this week we’re featuring obscure finds from the furniture market in Las Vegas, Nevada. If you’ve ever been to Vegas, you know it’s not hard to find the wacky, strange and unusual, just walking down the strip. These finds, however, are contained to the market itself, and no people are featured.

At Connell’s we shop for you. We attend markets, trade shows and other venues to find those “just right” pieces we know you are looking for. And the interesting thing about buying furniture is that we all have different tastes. So, we wanna know . . . would you buy any of these interesting pieces?

company C . . . interesting, retro, mix match eclectic style

Grander Images . . . fun pieces of art

imax . . . girly little boutique-ish style

Jozefina Arte Glass . . . the chandeliers were beautiful!

Phillips Collection . . . I love the original wood pieces!

Port to Port Imports . . . distressed wood, new antiques and more

At Connell’s, you’ll always find that just right piece and get great customer service while you shop. Stop in to one of our two locations in Mt. Vernon or Newark today. You just might find something interesting for your home. As always, visit us on Facebook and let us know what you’re looking for in your next furniture purchase.

 

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

What’s Your Decorating Style

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We all have style preferences. Each of us dress with our own flair, expressing our personalities.  We all have certain food preferences, and we all have different tastes when it comes to our home’s decor. Some of us prefer new homes with wide open spaces, while others like the look, feel and charm of an old home. What we put inside of our home also says a lot about us. Did you know that there are actual decorating style names?

Throughout the years, most people adhered to a particular style of decorating. And while a strict sense of style remains popular for some, more often than not you’ll find more versatility in design style these days. Still, an overall theme will typically prevail. Keep it similar or mix it up. It’s up to you. Read on for some generalities in design style. And as you do, dream a bit about some changes you’d like to make to your home’s decor and then stop by Connells for great furniture, value and customer service you’ve always come to expect. From big pieces like sofas, loveseats and sectionals, to small items like table tops, lamps and artwork; we’ve got you covered.

Traditional. This style borrows from 18th century England. Wood finishes are typically in darker colors like cherry and oak. Deep, rich hues, along with beautiful, and sometimes formal texture prevail. You might find the pairing of a small print on a pillow with a floral patterned sofa in this style. You would also generally find a large mix of highly polished pieces in a traditional style room. Textures are typically both dull and shiny to provide variation and appeal.  Details are key in woodworking and on fabrics. You might see tassels and fringes in this style of decorating.

Modern/Contemporary. Sleek, straight lines with very little additional pieces in the room beyond the actual furniture denotes a modern or contemporary design style. Most furniture sits lower to the ground and the colors are often neutral. The most popular wall color is white or off white and color is sometimes used in various places within the room for a dramatic affect.

Transitional. This style marries traditional and contemporary furniture and accents into a blend of timeless classics. Lines are simple yet sophisticated and can be straight or rounded, or a mix of both. The background color is often soft or muted, allowing for accent pieces to give the room some “pop” and pizazz.

Country. In a country style home decor, you’ll find finished and unfinished pieces, baskets, quilts and folk art. You might find a mix of gingham and floral patterns on sofas, chairs, pillows and throws. The feel is “homey” and “lived in.” Antiques, chalkboards and an apple pie scented candle would complete the look and feel. A type of country design may include Americana themed accents in red, white and blue. Barn stars and other simple American symbols or words like faith, hope and love, along with grapevine wreaths and trees are still popular.

Cottage. This style is comfy, cozy and lived in. Cottage is typically associated with white picket fences and old-style shutters on the windows. Browse a Pottery Barn catalog and you’ll really get a feel. Colors are muted, understated or white. Fabrics are soft and comfortable with dashes of texture all around. It has farmhouse appeal with rustic elements, warm woods and rich tones throughout.

These are just a few design styles. There are many more to choose from: eclectic, shabby chic, French country, art-deco, global chic, old world, bohemian chic and more. The key is to go with your instinct and do what feels right for you, your style, preferences and the way you live.