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Headed to the Parade of Homes? Here’s what to look for.

Headed to the Parade of Homes? Here’s what to look for.

Headed to the Parade of Homes? Here’s what to look for.

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When you step inside a newly built Parade of Homes house, don’t overlook the details.

That’s where the work of Montgomery’s designers shines. You’ll find their signature approach from top to bottom and throughout multiple homes on this year’s Spring Parade of Homes, which runs May 13-14 and May 20-21 and is hosted by the Home Builders Association of the Sioux Empire.

“Most of the time, we’ve worked on many homes on the Parade event, and this is no exception,” designer Paula Kruetzfeldt said. “Often it begins as working with a builder on a spec home that then progresses to having the house shown on the parade.”

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When a builder builds a home “on spec,” it means there is no immediate buyer. So, Montgomery’s designers are integral in making design selections that are appealing to a wide range of owners.

“When we’re selecting finishes, we’re keeping things neutral with little pops of color, so if by chance the home owner prefers something different it’s easy to switch out,” Kruetzfeldt said. “We keep the home neutral but jazz it up with materials, metals or lighting for more of a wow factor.”

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Montgomery’s designers help select everything from flooring to wall coverings, lighting and kitchen finishes.

“We give our contractors the absolute best products possible, while fitting within what their budget allows,” flooring manager Olivia Niggeling said.

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“All the products in these homes are extremely high-performing but meet the budget of a home owner who would be shopping within that price point.”

In a Parade of Homes house, visitors are going to see the latest and most current materials on the market.

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“We’re continually going to trade shows and bringing back new products to builders before they even get to the store at times, so they will be showing the newest products in their homes,” Kruetzfeldt said.

What does that look like this year? Niggeling is excited for visitors to see the latest in luxury vinyl plank flooring, “which gives a really updated, enhanced look while still having the durability and performance that owners need and expect,” she said.

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“We’ll be showing some natural bevel products that are new to the market. I also suggest owners ask about materials. Some luxury vinyl can look like real wood or ceramic, so it’s important to understand what you’re seeing and what your expectations for the product could be.”

Kruetzfeldt recently returned from a lighting market and found “white is really trending in fixtures right now,” she said. “There’s a lot of bigger, bold and gold fixtures. And now because of LED light bulbs and the fact they don’t get hot, we’re seeing a lot of alabaster glass coming back and a lot of milky white. Mixed with gold it’s very classy looking, almost like turning light fixtures into beautiful art.”

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Many Parade visitors are looking to make a statement in their home, “so it’s fun to show how lighting can do that,” she said.

In this Parade home by Creation Builders, the Montgomery’s designers assisted with everything from paint colors to the fireplace surround, the tile back splash, lighting, mirrors and carpet. Plus, they staged the entire home with furniture and accessories.

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“We actually started with a new stain color, which is a unique honey grey color, and we built off of that, paired with some black and white to keep it classic, and had that warm wood color bring it all together,” Kruetzfeldt said.

“Many people don’t realize we work with hardware too, for kitchen cabinets, and we can coordinate that with light fixtures and other design elements in the house. So it really can be almost a complete stop for contractors or home owners to design the entire house. And when we stage with furniture and accessories for the Parade, it’s not uncommon for owners to ultimately go with many of those selections permanently.”

For a look at all four homes Montgomery’s supported on this year’s Parade, click here.

Expert advice

If you’re heading to the Spring Parade of Homes, the Montgomery’s designers have plenty of tips.

Touch and feel

The Parade is your chance to go beyond carpet samples and tiny pieces of tile, so make the most of it.

“Feel it, touch it, stand on it, all the things you can’t get from small samples,” Niggeling said. “Walk on the carpet, on the tile, on the laminate vinyl plank. You might have it in your head what you think something is like, but seeing it in application is a whole different ballgame.”

Ask away

Often, a Montgomery’s designer will be in the Parade home while you browse.

“We love when you ask questions about the performance of the product as it helps us get an idea for your style,” Kruetzfeldt said.

“There’s a lot of beautiful things to look at, and we can make sure we find something that’s within your budget. If we know what you like, you often can either buy that identical item or we can find a budget-friendly alternative.”

Don’t be afraid to dig into the details either, Niggeling added.

“Ask about things like the carpet or flooring’s wearability and traffic, especially if that’s key in your household,” she said. “Ask what type of carpet it is so you’re learning what you like.”

See a lot

With more than 60 homes on this year’s parade, there are options throughout the Sioux Falls area and in all budgets. But ideas can come from any home, so the designers recommend stopping in several.

“We encourage you to see as many Parade homes as you can,” Kruetzfeldt said. “You’ll leave with a better idea of what you like and don’t like, because you’ve actually seen the products.”

To connect with a Montgomery’s designer for your own home design needs, stop in any Montgomery’s store.

Love ‘Yellowstone?’ This new furniture collection will create your own Dutton Ranch

Love ‘Yellowstone?’ This new furniture collection will create your own Dutton Ranch

Love ‘Yellowstone?’ This new furniture collection will create your own Dutton Ranch

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Call it high mountain style.

A collection of furniture inspired by the popular series “Yellowstone” is available now locally, exclusively at Montgomery’s.

Crafted by Illinois-based Green Gables Furniture, the Yellowstone collection was developed after a set designer from the show asked the company to create a grouping of furniture for the set.

The Dutton collection showcases the raw beauty of reclaimed lumber. The naturally textured wood is sourced from old Midwestern barns and given new life through these unique designs.

“It has one-of-a-kind barn wood elements and handcrafted hardware, so no two pieces look exactly alike,” said Paula Kruetzfeldt, senior interior designer at Montgomery’s in Sioux Falls.

“It’s named after Dutton Ranch, and it does have that look – Montana mountain but very well crafted.”

The Dutton line includes a dramatic bed and headboard, an armoire, side tables, nightstands, dressers, TV stands and coffee and sofa tables.

Several pieces are on display at Montgomery’s four South Dakota locations.

“We’ve had a lot of interest in the short time it’s been here,” Kruetzfeldt said.

Also available for special order, Green Gables offers a Gallatin Valley line within its Yellowstone collection. It embraces hickory and offers a similar mix of pieces as the Dutton line, plus chairs, benches and barstools.

“Because this is a smaller company, they can do custom work, and we’re able to work directly with them,” Kruetzfeldt said. “We’re excited for people to see how unique and very attractive their pieces are.”

The Yellowstone collection builds on a growing design movement in the high mountain style, she said.

Montgomery’s has an entire section devoted to pieces that deliver the look.

“It’s definitely trending right now. We have a lot of people seeking that style,” Kruetzfeldt said. “I think our state is unique, just like the one-of-a-kind pieces you’ll find in this collection. Our customers like the warmth of wood and gravitate to that.”

There’s something about the style that evokes a feeling of vacation, she added.

“We help design and furnish many Black Hills and lake cabins, hunting lodges and, of course, primary homes in this style,” Kruetzfeldt said. “Yellowstone is very popular, and people just kind of fell in love with the look and started putting bits and pieces in their home and then redoing whole areas.”

Within the high mountain area of the store, “we have upholstered pieces with cowhide, exotic trims and unique fabrics that are absolutely stunning,” she added. “It’s hard not to like it because it’s just beautiful and very well done.”

Designers can help bring together artwork and accessories to complete the look.

“The colors related to this style are teals, reds, burnt orange, navy — deep, rich colors that pair with the hides and dark metals,” Kruetzfeldt said. “It’s a very elegant look even though it has a rustic feel. We are excited to share this collection with our customers and encourage them to stop in and see us.”

Launch event

Immerse yourself in the “Yellowstone” experience at Montgomery’s upcoming Yellowstone Launch Party.

Stop in the Sioux Falls store at 1725 W. 41st St. from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, March 30.

“We love to bring people into the store and show our products, and we’re going to have fun with this,” Kruetzfeldt said.

“We’re showing how this could look in your home and how Montgomery’s can help deliver the high mountain look for you.”

In keeping with the flavor of the series, you’ll find a menu of beer-braised pork sliders with slaw topping, cowboy caviar, apple pie and Yellowstone-inspired beverages.

Plus, there’s line dancing planned and the chance to win a Yellowstone Dutton bed, king or queen, or four suite tickets to the PBR Unleash the Beast Tour and $100 in concessions.

“Green Gables has generously donated the furniture prize,” Kruetzfeldt said. “They’re proud of it and excited to share it.”

The contest goes through noon April 1, with a drawing at 1 p.m. and no need to be present to win. Open-house events for Yellowstone will run the whole weekend at all Montgomery’s stores.

To browse the Yellowstone collection online, click here.

A better night’s sleep awaits with this design and mattress advice

A better night’s sleep awaits with this design and mattress advice

A better night’s sleep awaits with this design and mattress advice.

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What a difference losing even just one hour of sleep can make.

If you find yourself dragging a bit after our recent shift to daylight saving time, you can relate.

Now multiply that out by hours, days, weeks, even months.

It becomes apparent how small changes definitely can impact how well you rest and consequently all your waking hours.

“I share that a lot,” said Emily Meyer, a senior interior designer at Montgomery’s. “I’ve dealt with medical issues nearly my entire life, and changes to your bedroom – and especially your bed itself – can make a huge difference.”

This week appropriately is National Sleep Awareness Week, making it the ideal time to take stock of your own sleeping situation and make adjustments.

“One in three adults don’t get enough sleep,” said Clint Richards, mattress manager at Montgomery’s.

“And if you’re not getting a restful seven or eight hours, it puts you at risk for everything from cardiovascular problems to drowsiness that can lead to all kinds of accidents or other issues. Sleep is the time when your body and brain repair themselves, and if you’re tossing and turning, you don’t get that deep, restful sleep.”

The sleep experts at Montgomery’s are ready to help, whether it’s assisting you in finding a perfect mattress or designing the space where you sleep.

They offered these tips to help put you on course to better overnights ahead.

Evaluate your space

Step back and take stock of your bedroom.

First, how does it feel when you sleep?

“The temperature in your bedroom should be colder than you’re used to the rest of the time in your house,” Meyer said. “That doesn’t have a lot to do with design, but it does have a lot to do with how you’ll sleep at night.”

Got that set? Now think calming colors.

“You want this to be a calm and peaceful space,” Meyer said. “Color matters here. No reds, which can bring unwanted energy. Think light blues, grays, blushes.”

Sound a bit boring? There’s a solution for that.

“Texture,” Meyer said. “If you keep everything neutral tones, it can get boring, but in a bedroom, that’s important. So things like big, fluffy pillows and a tweed comforter or velvet mixed in can keep the room interesting and give a designer touch and look.”

Montgomery’s custom approach extends to bedroom furnishings too.

“With our workroom and seamstresses here in Sioux Falls, we have a huge selection of fabrics, and our designers can help customers with customized bedding, draperies and pillows,” Meyer said. “When a person can’t find just what they want, we can make it for them.”

Play attention to the lighting in your bedroom too.

“Use multiple lights – so you can have an overhead light, but bring in table lamps too so you can have low, more calming light,” Meyer said. “And with window treatments, find ways to layer in light. You might use light-filtering blinds and be able to pull curtains for when you want to sleep in.”

Montgomery’s Mattress 1st makes perfect matches

Each Montgomery’s store includes a Mattress 1st, where you’ll find the latest in sleep technology and a team of experts to guide you to your ideal mattress.

“We carry multiple styles that are going to fit what you’re looking for in a mattress as well as your budget,” Richards said.

Customers begin by trying out various numbered mattresses to determine which suits their style.

“We walk you through it and help figure out your ideal bed and then show you options from there,” Richards said. “It can be overwhelming to shop for a mattress, and this really helps make it a straightforward decision.”

For those who appreciate the cooling effect of a specially designed mattress and pillows, he suggests the Arctic mattress, which “is the ultimate cooling mattress on the market,” Richards said.

“There’s a lot of new technology in mattresses. One from Simmons is using a plant-based cooling material, and another uses recycled plastic in the fabric, so there’s a good eco story as well as comfort and technology.”

He also suggests considering an adjustable bed – no matter what your age.

“Even if you only use it when you’re sick or your back is hurting, it’s a sturdy base that makes your bed feel more solid,” he said.

“We know that a very high percent of kids with ADHD, for instance, have sleeping problems at night. This can help keep the head elevated correctly, especially if there are breathing issues.”

Meyer has seen that impact firsthand.

“Adjustable bases can help with blood circulation, relieve stress from the lower back, open up the airway for breathing, alleviate pressure on your bladder and help with hip pain,” she said. “Alleviating issues such as these will help you sleep better.”

Purchasing a mattress at Montgomery’s is a complete no-pressure situation. Thanks to Montgomery’s Perfect Sleep Promise on a mattress purchase over $999, “at a minimum there’s a 120-night guarantee, so a customer can sleep on the mattress and still do an exchange if needed,” Richards said.

Headed to the Home Show, Keep these tips in mind

Headed to the Home Show, Keep these tips in mind

Headed to the Home Show? Keep these tips in mind.

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What comes before spring? Home show season.

In the coming weeks, home shows will take place across eastern South Dakota, including the massive Sioux Empire Home Show.

But if you’ve ever navigated the endless rows of booths, vendors and options, you know it can become a little overwhelming.

“The idea is to get the dream out of your head and into your home,” said Carly Ellsworth of Montgomery’s, who oversees outside design projects such as home shows.

“And it can be overwhelming, but there is so much available for help. That’s why, when you’re a Montgomery’s customer, we offer the Whole Home Experience to help you manage the project without any additional cost. When we know what you’re looking for, we can save you time and money by directing you where to go and how to shop.”

Ellsworth strives to make stopping by the Montgomery’s booth at a home show just like a miniature representation of the store itself.

“We change our booth each year, and we design it for the community whose show we’re participating in,” she said. “It’s 100 percent consumer-driven, so we’re looking at what consumers are looking for when they’re coming into the store, what the trends are and what you might not know as much about that we think should be elevated.”

The booth also is staffed with Montgomery’s designers ready to help guide you through your project or answer questions.

“We have a whole team of designers ready to help with the project from start to finish,” said designer Paula Kruetzfeldt.

“We become your project management helper, and that relationship can start in our booth, or you can come to the store anytime. And if you come to the store and connect with a designer before the Home Show, we can even help guide you during the show to make sure you see everything that interests you.”

Ready to prep for your Home Show experience? The Montgomery’s experts shared their advice.

First thing to consider: Your budget

“Budget is a big factor and determine that first,” said Corey McLaughlin, Montgomery’s senior manager for floor coverings.

He knows – after spending years as a contractor running building projects.

“If you’re looking at things that aren’t in your budget, you’ll struggle, and it can feel defeating. If we start with budget, we can ensure it’s a positive experience.”

Hone in on your ‘why’

We’ve all got one – the big reason why we’re hoping to refresh our space.

“One way to keep the process from becoming overwhelming is to focus on what’s important,” Kruetzfeldt said.

“That’s how we start narrowing down choices. So what’s important? Is it children, pets, color? What’s the key motivator? Most people don’t do this every day, and there are so many options. We want to make this a fun experience so that they’re enjoying investing in their home and making good choices.”

The need to engage

The Montgomery’s experts agree: The biggest mistake visitors to home shows make is seeing and not speaking.

“They browse but don’t engage,” Ellsworth said. “I can’t tell you how important it is to ask the right questions. Talk about your project. Show a picture. Ask for ideas. That’s what gives us life as designers and how our brains work.”

And, once you do, you’ll realize all the expertise waiting for you.

“For instance, if a homeowner is interested in a kitchen or bathroom project, we can suggest plumbing fixtures and faucets, appliances and cabinetry and help decide what type of sink could go in there,” Kruetzfeldt said.

“We can coordinate those things without actually supplying them, and over the years we’ve developed such valuable relationships that we can introduce you to the companies to best meet your needs. Once clients stop and talk about things, their eyes light up because they begin to realize all their options.”

Discussing flooring? Ask the right questions

Many homeowners come to a home show curious about ways to refresh their flooring.

“But anyone can sell flooring by how it looks great or because you like the color, but it may not work with your home or cabinets or counters or trim,” McLaughlin said.

“Ask if there are other items in your home affected by putting that flooring in your house.”

Curious about the trends? Here’s a peek

Not to spoil all the reveals of the Home Show, but if you’re hoping your home project will leave your space up-to-the-minute current, think warming up.

“We’re still going with an earthy, organic color scheme, but there’s increasingly a blend of warm and cool tones,” Ellsworth said. “I’m not saying gray is out, but it’s definitely shifted to warmer grays and taupes. Maybe an icy-cold blue but paired with camel. So we’re going to show how to mix both.”

Tech isn’t going anywhere, either.

“We’re seeing a big shift, from window treatments coordinating with smartphones and thermostats and appliances,” Ellsworth said. “As designers, it’s important for us to stay cutting edge, so just like our customers, this is a great opportunity for us to reconnect with people we know and see what they have to offer.”

Another tip: Ask for references

With hundreds of vendors, it can be hard to hone in on who is a match for your project, but visuals can help show if they’re a fit.

“As you talk with businesses, ask for pictures or to see examples of their work,” McLaughlin said. “We all have a different eye for quality, so what meets one person’s expectations might not for someone else. Ask them to show you their end result.”

And finally, ask about what you don’t know

A key question to ask while considering a home project is the one you might not know to ask.

“After asking a company to explain the details of what they offer, say to them: ‘What am I forgetting?’” McLaughlin said.

“That sparks the salesperson to tell you about the plumber or the electrician or the other costs and extras that might be needed. The idea is to have that conversation up front, so the road map is laid out, and you can make a value decision.”

Or, if you’d rather not be the one who has to ask what more it takes to get a project done, Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience will make sure it’s all covered for you.

“We’ll help you make the first decision go with the very last decision and everything in between,” Kruetzfeldt said.

Stop by the Montgomery’s booth at the following upcoming home shows:

  • Sioux Falls: Sioux Empire Home Show, Feb. 24-26, Sioux Falls Convention Center.
  • Aberdeen: Aberdeen Home & Garden Show, March 3-5, Brown County Fairgrounds.
  • Watertown: Watertown Home Show, March 4-5, Codington County Extension Complex.
At 135 years and counting, Montgomery’s makes fun plans for upcoming milestone year

At 135 years and counting, Montgomery’s makes fun plans for upcoming milestone year

At 135 years and counting, Montgomery’s makes fun plans for upcoming milestone year

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Think about all the ways furniture has evolved in the past decade.

Or the past 50 years.

Now try to imagine how furniture has changed over the past century.

Or even farther back – like 135 years.

You begin to get an appreciation for what it must take to have owned a family furniture business that has serviced customers all those years.

“If I were to pick the top reason we’ve made it all these years, it’s that as a family we’ve just decided that we invest almost every penny back into the business,” said Eric Sinclair, president of Montgomery’s and the fifth generation of family leadership.

“Reinvesting back into the company has enabled us to evolve very quickly, from how fashionable our showrooms are to how we take care of our facilities, to having enough inventory and, most importantly, building great teams of people to make it all happen.”

In 2023, Montgomery’s marks a big milestone: 135 years in business, from a single store in Alexandria to a four-location home furnishings powerhouse known for full-service home interior design and outstanding customer experiences.

“Montgomery’s is known for highly fashionable, high-quality and really unique home furnishings,” Sinclair said. “We hear it a lot, especially as more people are moving to South Dakota from larger areas. They’re not expecting what they discover here for home furnishings.”

Montgomery’s roots are in serving growing communities. In 1888, Alexandria was where the train line ended in Dakota Territory and George H. Montgomery departed after boarding in his native Wisconsin. He was a woodworker who used his skills to start Montgomery’s Furniture and Funeral, building both furniture and caskets for the early settlers.

George transitioned the business to his son, W.R. Montgomery, in 1918. Two years later, George’s son-in-law Gilbert Loomer joined the team. Gilbert’s two sons eventually bought the business in 1959.

A fire destroyed the Alexandria store in 1964, which was replaced by one along the interstate. Future stores followed in Arlington, Howard and Sioux Falls.

Son-in-law Clark Sinclair joined the business in Howard in 1977.

His son, Eric, and daughter-in-law Neala moved back to South Dakota in 2006.

“My mother and father, Connie and Clark, are still very involved, and my wife and I are involved as the fifth generation,” Sinclair said. “Our three kids aren’t involved yet, but hopefully one or multiple of them show interest in carrying on one of the original retail businesses in South Dakota.”

But first, they’ll have to work elsewhere as part of a family tradition that also has contributed to the business’ longevity.

“We like our next generation to go out and have other jobs before they come into the family business,” Sinclair said. “That’s been critical. For me, I worked for a manufacturer of custom upholstery and worked with independent retailers in home furnishings all over the country. It allowed me to see what worked and didn’t work and was invaluable to my education as I came back and kept growing the business.”


Montgomery’s has lots of plans for celebrating its anniversary year – with more announcements to come – but 2023 will kick off with a fun giveaway. Four lucky shoppers will win a whole-room giveaway, valued at $13,500 each. One winner will be chosen from each store – Aberdeen, Madison, Sioux Falls and Watertown – and all you have to do is stop in to enter from Jan. 3 through Feb. 6.

“One thing that’s extremely important to my family is giving back to the communities we serve,” Sinclair said.

“I think that’s been a reason for our success for multiple generations. We do an immense amount of giving within our communities, and for the anniversary year, we’re excited to be focusing on that even more. We wanted to start off with something fun that our customers would appreciate as they stop in the stores and dream a little bit about what is possible.”

Homeowners envisioning improved spaces have led to several years of strong growth for Montgomery’s.

“Recent times have been wonderful,” Sinclair said. “It’s been a good year, and in our area people keep moving here and keep building and remodeling homes. Generally, since COVID, consumers are investing more in their home furnishings, and we have seen that. They’re much more focused on their homes and making sure they’re surrounded with beautiful things and feeling comfortable in their surroundings.”

People also are “busier and busier,” which means Montgomery’s full-service design approach adds even more value, he said.

“Maybe you’re starting a new job or just bought a house, you’re getting the kids in school, and there’s a lot of change in your life. So if we can be the ‘easy’ button and create a beautiful space in the home, that’s wonderful for consumers, and a lot of them are utilizing those services, which are complimentary when you work with us.”

Montgomery’s has invested in more inventory, making sure customers are able to enjoy their new furnishings as soon as possible.

“We have four times as much warehouse space as we did when the pandemic started, and it’s full,” Sinclair said. “We’ve made a strategic decision that having stock on hand is really important. The customer wants something now, and that’s becoming a bigger part of the buying decision.”

But Montgomery’s also is known for its customization options, and that continues too.

“About half of our business has historically been about special orders and customization, and that is really starting to come back as we’re experiencing more normal lead times,” Sinclair said. “With so much design support in-house, customization is important to our customers but so is knowing that they can get their selections quickly.”

Entering its 135th year, the Montgomery’s team, fittingly, has grown to about 135 people. And while there’s always room for new team members looking to grow their career, “we’ve been very fortunate to be in a really good position when it comes to our teams,” Sinclair said. “We’re seeing more people come to us looking for stability, which is something we can definitely offer, but we also want to make sure it feels like you’re part of a small family business.”

That includes a Culture Club that brings forward monthly ways to keep work fun, from turkey bowling in November to a “seven days of Christmas” experience during the holidays.

“We like to do things like bring in lunch and set up hot cocoa bars to make sure people enjoy their co-workers and environment, and know they’re part of a company that values relationships and having fun at work.”

Interior designers offer expert advice for holiday home design, decorating

Interior designers offer expert advice for holiday home design, decorating

Interior designers offer expert advice for holiday home design, decorating

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Has “decking the halls” left you feeling in need of a little holiday home updating?

There are plenty of ways to update your space for the season – and beyond – with a little help from the experts.

“For a while, everyone gravitated to gray and white, and now we’re seeing trends shift to more natural colors,” said Lauren Peterson, a design consultant at Montgomery’s in Madison.

“We’re seeing greens and rusts coming back, and that also can be very timely if you’re looking for an update for the holidays.”

Whether you’re preparing to entertain at home, looking to add a little sparkle for your own enjoyment or just trying to find the best place to place your Christmas tree, the Montgomery’s team is waiting for personalized advice.

But in the meantime, we asked them to weigh in on easy adjustments you can make to create a “home for the holidays” you’ll love.

The dining experience

The holiday season kicks off with the mother of all meals: Thanksgiving. So whether you’re hosting this Thursday or preparing for another holiday dining event, assessing your dining space can make a big difference.

“We have a lot of dining furniture available right now,” Peterson said. “You can customize it to your specific wood species, two-tone it like using a white and a gray or a wood and black, or consider something like a trestle table we offer that has three butterfly leaves in it. It can seat about six when closed but open up to double in size.”

Make sure your lighting is appropriate for the space, she added.

“A lot of times, people don’t think about updating the lighting in their dining space, but it can really transform the room,” Peterson said. “We have chandeliers, sconces and more available to take today or order.”

And finally, don’t forget about the centerpieces for your dining table.

“You don’t want those too high so they’re blocking guests or conversation,” Peterson said. “For instance, we have a nice wooden bowl in multiple sizes, and you can decorate it with pumpkins or greens or florals and adjust depending on the occasion.”

Make the space functional and interactive, added Alex Reff, a design consultant at Montgomery’s in Aberdeen.

“Have the table dressed well and stocked with hors d’oeuvres as an option before the big meal,” he suggested. “When in doubt, symmetry is a safe and effective route — something as simple as a small bouquet with a couple flaked candlesticks on either side and a few woven or real mini pumpkins with fun colors.”

Want to get away from traditional reds, oranges and yellows?

“Try using fun pinks and vibrant greens, a nice floral bouquet accented with pomegranates, some greens and candlesticks to keep it simple.”

Easy home updates

Are you looking ahead to the holiday season and less than excited to welcome guests into your space? Some simple updates or redesigns might be in order.

“When I do space planning for clients, I always plan for how the space is used daily and how it is used for entertaining,” said Kayla Hathaway, a design consultant at Montgomery’s in Sioux Falls.

“Some ideas are as simple as ordering a matching dining bench in addition to your chairs at a dining table. For daily use, place the bench inside an entryway or at the end of a bed. When the holidays roll around, use the bench for additional seating at the expanded table. It will match and look finished and intentional. I also recommend using additional dining chairs in a home office or vanity.”

If you’ve not stopped in a showroom lately, you might be surprised at all the options that exist.

“There are so many innovative pieces of furniture being created,” Reff said. “One thing I love is a self-storage table. Some will store three 18-inch leaves in them! That gives a person hosting for the holidays less headaches when it comes to eat.”

Need a little extra seating in your living space? The design consultants agree: Go with poufs.

“They’re an especially great option for children and young adults,” Reff added.

They double as accents or decorative pieces, Peterson said. And ottomans “can store things year-round,” she continued. “You can use it as a coffee table, a foot rest or a bench.”

Easy additions such as new lamps, rugs, throws or pillows “also can really transform a space,” she continued.

“Sometimes, clients will come in with photos of their rooms on a phone, and we can look at that or do a house call and help you find some pieces that are available today and can make an immediate impact on a room.”

The holiday decor

Now that you’re loving the furniture, it’s time to truly deck the halls.

“I always say don’t overdo it,” Peterson said. “Mix in accessories you have with holiday accents. Something like a glass bowl can be very nice. You can put ornaments in it, but you also can put florals in it, so there’s year-round use.”

Montgomery’s has a wide selection of winter florals available now.

“You can do some whites and reds for Christmas and maybe add something glittery in silver or some white sticks that carry you into winter,” Peterson said. “We also have beads in the store on a long string that can be used in centerpieces, to decorate a tree or to wrap around a lamp to bring some fun to the base. They go for all seasons and are becoming popular.”

And if you’re stumped with how best to arrange your Christmas tree in a room, you don’t have to go it alone.

“Having a second set of eyes on your space can give you a fresh idea on how to utilize your space more efficiently. It’s quite common that I plan out where a Christmas tree will fit best in a client’s living room and how to best rotate furniture for the holidays,” Hathaway said.

“My goal for my clients is to have them utilize and enjoy their space to its full potential, whether it is just a night at home alone or a house full of people entertaining for the holidays.”

You also can’t go wrong keeping your decor simple, Reff said.

“We’re seeing classic looks from the past with a botanical or cottagecore-inspired decor, with vintage-inspired accessories and a lot of natural elements,” he said. “I have also seen a big emphasis on elegant barware and sophisticated dinnerware.”

International designer helps Sioux Falls clients add global flair to homes

International designer helps Sioux Falls clients add global flair to homes

International designer helps Sioux Falls clients add global flair to homes

Original Post from pigeon605.com

From Brazil to London, Patricia Thoms has immersed herself in international architecture and design – and now her clients in Sioux Falls are seeing the benefit.

Thoms has design and furniture in her DNA. Her grandfather emigrated from Portugal to Brazil, where he opened a furniture store and insurance agency in Rio de Janeiro.

Originally, though, Thoms was drawn to architecture. She worked for construction and architecture firms before going to London in 2011 to study international business.

“I wanted to make something new, and I saw how much Europeans valued interior design,” she said. “Everything was glam and rich, and there was so much color.”

When she returned to Brazil, she shifted her education to interior design, “and it was the best thing ever for my life,” she said.

So how does a Brazilian designer, who specialized in designing retail and restaurant spaces in her home country, become an interior designer in Sioux Falls?

Thoms is used to the question.

“I get asked that a lot,” she said. “My husband is from Sioux Falls.”

They both had experience as exchange students while in high school. They kept in touch for years before becoming a couple in 2017. Her first visit to Sioux Falls came in 2018 to meet her future husband, Troy’s, family, and they married in 2019.

Her background in fine jewelry – she specializes in diamonds – led her first to work in the jewelry industry, but she always had an eye toward working at Montgomery’s.

“Everybody told me, ‘You need to send a resume to Montgomery’s. You need to work at Montgomery’s.’ And finally after two years, they hired me.”

She began working at Montgomery’s in early 2021 and has immersed herself in her work.

“I’m starting to see more European design here in Sioux Falls,” she said. “That’s why it’s important to travel around the world and get inspiration. I’ve been to 20 countries, and I travel internationally at least once a year.”

Since she started working in Sioux Falls, she has served clients from Lebanon, Syria, Venezuela, Brazil and Egypt.

“I need to understand their cultures and what they like in their country to make their dream home here in Sioux Falls,” Thoms said. “My first sale at Montgomery’s was to a young woman who didn’t speak English, and we spoke in Spanish.”

As Sioux Falls becomes a more global community, both new and longtime residents are embracing global design trends, she said.

“You can come to Montgomery’s, and if you speak Spanish, Portuguese, Russian or Italian, you’re going to have someone here who can help you,” she said.

Her own home in the McKennan Park area reflects the direction many others are seeking in their spaces, she said.

“It’s a traditional home in many ways, but my furniture is more modern. I like the mix,” she said. “That’s what you see in European homes – a traditional home with furniture that’s more modern, and that’s one of the biggest trends right now in Sioux Falls. Normally, clients who are moving from the coasts are looking for this. I have some clients from Florida who just moved to Sioux Falls and want a more European style.”

For her clients, Thoms often draws on her architecture skills to create 3D drawings showing how their spaces can look.

In this newly built home, for instance, she showed how to create a clean look while offering lots of seating without overcrowding the living space.

“These recliners are a true caramel leather made in Norway,” Thoms said. “They have a very clean look with no cords on the back of the chairs. They operate with two buttons and a battery in the back. The functionality of the furniture is designed to suit the need for ergonomics and the body’s need for rest and movement.”

She’ll often ask how many people typically sit in a living space and then work with the owner to determine a configuration.

“In this case, the project is two love seats, not a sofa, and when you see it, it’s perfect because it’s not oversized,” she said. “And we got everything pet-friendly so the leather won’t be scratched. And then I helped with the decor and the art on the walls. It’s so pretty. I love this project.”

Thoms easily can guide clients looking for more global design influences through options in the Montgomery’s showroom.

“One of the most fun things is how many options we have for styles and fabrics, and we are able to have products arriving customized in a much shorter time than we did during the pandemic,” she said. “It’s amazing how we can take a very traditional piece and change the fabrics and accessories, and make it look completely modern.”

Thoms also regularly visits European design events “because everything you see there, in two or three years you’ll see it in America,” she said.

Right now, that includes “a lot of velvet, brass and gold and curved lines,” she said. “If you go in Louis Vuitton in Europe, all the furniture is curved arms.”

She’s also anticipating “a lot of plaids, as well as very neutral colors, with a lot of different prints and textures.”

The entire Montgomery’s team, including merchandisers, buyers and designers, are intentional in making sure they can meet the changing tastes of the Sioux Falls community and beyond, said Shelly Johnson, senior marketing manager.

“We study trends in several different ways, including attending market twice a year. Our community is evolving and becoming more diverse, and that impacts the type of design many are looking for in their homes,” she said. “Our team absolutely can deliver a range of styles and do so as part of the Whole Home Design work we’re known for – from top to bottom, we can work with you on everything from a single piece of furniture to an entire home design.”

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Custom design in small spaces can lead to big impact

Custom design in small spaces can lead to big impact

Custom design in small spaces can lead to big impact

Original Post from pigeon605.com

You might think custom interior design work is just for large luxury homes, but your new apartment, starter home or historic residence can benefit from the same service.

“I’ve done lofts, and I’ve done smaller homes everywhere from McKennan Park to near Sanford Health,” said Emily Connolly, senior interior designer with Montgomery’s in Sioux Falls.

“We’re used to working with smaller rooms, lots of walls and limited space. And no matter what your budget, we’re able to work with you to optimize your space and bring in custom touches.”

Here’s a before-and-after look in McKennan Park:

Connolly draws on plenty of personal experience in her work. Her own home is a 1950s dollhouse-style property with 800 square feet on the main level and 400 square feet below.

Her eye for opportunity allowed her to create an eat-in kitchen by adding a butcher block counter space and stools.

“It creates a multiuse space with being able to serve banquet-style, drink my morning coffee or use as an office space with my laptop,” she said.

“The dining area was a small bedroom converted into a formal dining. By adding a slider door, it created a pass-through to the entertaining space. This space has window treatments that is the jewelry of the space and makes the space feel larger.”

This dining room is only 9-by-10-feet, but it feels larger.

“Utilizing vertical storage with a cabinet brings your eye up and layer accessories — or in my case plants — has created depth and, again, makes the room feel larger,” Connolly said. “Layer is key. The dining table is small, and then I can add leaves to accommodate my larger family at Christmas. For everyday use, the small chairs with the condensed table work perfect.”

As part of Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience, Connolly and her fellow interior designers offer every customer free top-to-bottom design services, no matter what size space or project.

Here are some of her other pro tips for designing in smaller spaces:

Don’t do the showroom solo

When you own a smaller living space, it can be tricky to maintain a sense of perspective while shopping.

“Showrooms are a large space, which means sometimes pieces can seem smaller than they are,” Connolly said. “I usually set up a house call with clients, so I can get a sense for the space, measure, take pictures and make sure the pieces they select fit the space.”

Those in-home visits – which are complimentary, like the rest of Montgomery’s design services – allow her to “feel the flow and see the light coming into the space, how high the ceilings are and how much wall space you have. There’s a lot I can see when I come out.”

Strategic decisions save space

Optimizing a floor plan can be as simple as adjusting the depth of your sofa – going with a 36- or 38-inch instead of a 40-inch with smaller arms, for example. Utilizing chairs with curved backs allows them to tuck into corners.

Drop-leaf tables allow flexibility for larger groups and daily dining.

“I suggest you do a round table in a smaller space,” Connolly said. “You’re not going to get hit in the hips when you walk by it and you can soften the area and often fit more chairs around it than you would a square table.”

In bedrooms, lower headboards can help elongate space, especially with lower ceilings. Height does the same thing.

“If you have a bed with legs that go higher up, it’s going to feel lighter,” Connolly said. “And you can float nightstands. Any time you raise something up off the floor, it adds space. And you can add a pouf or cube if you want something maybe to put your shoes on.”

Starter budgets still can go far

We know you might have to get your head around using an interior designer for a first or second living space – but this free service actually can help you optimize your budget.

“You can still get that Instagram-friendly look for your home and not buy pieces that are going to wear out in six months,” Connolly said. “Often ,we’ll look at a higher-quality sofa because it’s used so much, and then we might do a couple chairs that are less expensive.”

Also good to know: Montgomery’s can take care of you with great financing options.

“That’s a great way to get started and get some quality pieces at a variety of price points,” Connolly said. “A lot of people come in and think they’re going to destroy furniture and don’t want to spend much, but the reason the furniture is destroyed is because they didn’t spend a little more to get better quality.”

Design for loft life with personality

If you’re renting your home, you still can put in tons of personal design touches.

“When I lived in a loft downtown, my space was a lot of fun. I had my kayak hanging in there, which became like a piece of furniture,” Connolly said. “I’ve even had people in lofts change out lighting if that’s been allowed, accessorize above the cabinets and just generally personalize it to their personality. We help with everything from floors to light fixtures and everything in between.”

And speaking of flooring, two words: area rugs.

“They help a lot with sound absorption,” Connolly said. “So if you’ve living above someone, we can soften that foot traffic, which is huge.”

There probably are more furniture options than you think

If you have an older home with older furniture, you might be surprised how the industry has changed. While the trend was “up-sizing” furniture for decades, in the past five years “people started migrating toward the city and into urban life, and lofts came in to play, so people were looking for smaller pieces,” Connolly said. “We have a lot of smaller pieces; you just need to know where to look.”

Trends toward Scandinavian and its newer cousin “Japandi,” which blends a Japanese aesthetic, have inspired many new pieces – and your interior designer can help you source them.

Accessorize and minimize

One easy way to make a room feel deeper: wallpaper. But not the whole thing.

“Adding wallpaper on one wall as a backdrop creates a focal wall,” Connolly explained. “It draws the eye back and makes the room feel deeper.”

Window treatments that go all the way to ceiling draw the eye up and make the room feel larger, she added.

“We do custom draperies, and you see how window treatments become the jewelry of the space. Once you put it in, it changes the space completely.”

And when it comes to accessories, think going vertical with your shelving and artwork, and don’t overdo it.

“I never put something on a wall unless it’s perfect because it just detracts from everything else, especially in smaller spaces,” Connolly said.

“The idea is to create depth, and the more depth you create the larger the space is going to feel.”

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The Whole Home Experience

The Whole Home Experience

Complimentary home design sets Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience apart

Original Post from pigeon605.com

Maybe you think you can’t afford a professional interior designer for your home or apartment.

Or you figure designers are mostly out to sell you furnishings and finishes.

You might find the whole idea of working with a designer a little intimidating.

Those perceptions of design and designers quickly will be turned upside down as soon as you discover the Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience.

“Sometimes, people think we’re only a furniture store,” said Carly Ellsworth, manager of outside design.

“And once they begin to work with us, they’re absolutely surprised and excited by how much we’re able to help them for free simply because they’re a Montgomery’s customer.”

Established in 1888, Montgomery’s is a fifth-generation family-owned business with locations in Sioux Falls, Madison, Watertown and Aberdeen.

Here, the design services are as affordable as they could be – because they’re complimentary – and they encompasses everything from top to bottom in the home, from furniture to flooring, window treatments to lighting and even your mattress.

The designers you’ll work with are experts in their field who love what they do. And they will work with you on everything from choosing a piece of furniture to completely building or renovating a home.

“I was drawn to Montgomery’s as an independent designer doing my thing all over town,” said interior designer Paula Kruetzfeldt, who has been with the business nearly four years. “I knew Montgomery’s had everything I needed to offer my clients, so I decided this would be the right fit.”

She considers herself more of an interior project manager, which is a good way of describing her role in delivering the Whole Home Experience.

“Many people tell us they thought designers were only for people who have million-dollar houses,” she said. “Instead, our services are designed for everyone. And it becomes a much different relationship with people than just selling them furniture.”

Here’s what to know about making the most of your own Montgomery’s Whole Home Experience.

Where to start

Thinking of building, renovating or just making some minor but effective updates to your living space?

You can stop in any Montgomery’s store – the Sioux Falls location is at 1725 W. 41st St. – and go to the welcome desk to be connected with a designer.

“It can be intimidating when you walk in the store,” Ellsworth said. “It’s beautiful, but you might assume it won’t fit your budget, which is rarely the case. Our team is very approachable and very skilled at finding pieces to match individual tastes and budgets.”

Want to begin the relationship online? Click here to learn more about the team of designers and to reach out to anyone you’d like to get to know.

“A lot of our designers are very versatile in terms of what they design,” Ellsworth said. “And as designers, we collaborate. We love what we do so much we’re constantly sharing ideas and feedback with each other, so you really get the expertise of our entire team. There are many relationships behind the scenes that clients don’t see that make us effective at what we do.”

Then, the designer will begin getting to know you, your needs, your budget, what you’re hoping to achieve with your home project and your overall vision.

“We need to know your comfort level and your end game,” Kruetzfeldt said. “We need to understand where they’re at in the process, so we can begin to work with them each step of the way. I typically will take people through the store and let them show me what they like, what they feel comfortable with. We talk about the budget and ensure we’re all on the same page.”

Services offered

From there, the relationship can become as detailed as the customer desires. Montgomery’s designers also enjoy visiting in your home to learn more about your lifestyle and tastes.

“An even if you live in an apartment, we’ll come out and help you design your space and make it true to who you are,” Ellsworth said. “Our home is such a reflection of our identity, especially today as we’re spending more time there, be it for work or after work; it’s crucial that it feels like you.”

The Whole Home Experience also encompasses much more than furniture. Complimentary design services include every aspect of a room:  flooring, lighting, wall coverings, window treatments, custom upholstered furniture or even custom pieces made right in the Montgomery’s workroom and the Mattress 1st store connected to the showroom.

“It’s a huge differentiator,” Kruetzfeldt said. “It’s all included. Every piece of flooring or fabric, every light fixture we can help select. For people who have never built or remodeled, it can be hard to remember what they picked out along the way. So we help keep the selections consistent, keep it on track, and we manage it so they don’t feel overwhelmed.”

Designers also have access to space planning software, design studios and thousands of fabric samples, flooring and hard surface options.

“We can access literally hundreds of vendors and brands for every budget, and Montgomery’s has been in business so long our vendors love Montgomery’s and want to work with us so our clients are happy,” Kruetzfeldt said.

The same service also is available to contractors, she added.

“A lot of newer contractors don’t realize that we do flooring and windows treatments and wall coverings and counters and that it can all be a one-stop shop,” Kruetzfeldt said. “They can call one designer, and the needs are taken care of from start to finish.”

Finished products

When the Whole Home Experience comes together, clients love the finished product.

This Parade of Homes house for a family in Harrisburg utilized the Whole Home Experience literally from the ground up.

“We used their floor plans and the owner’s Pinterest boards and built off that,” said Ellsworth, who designed for the family. “They have four kids, so we wanted to make sure everything would work for their lifestyle.”

At the same time, “this was their forever house,” she continued. “So they want it to be passed on to their grandchildren in 100 years, and they were very intentional about lighting, tile, wallpaper and figuring out what brought them joy in their space.”

Both are professionals with busy schedules, trying to build a house while parenting four kids, so the design services were a big time-saver, she said.

“It got to the point where I could show them two or three selections, and they loved everything and just asked me to choose what coordinated best with the vision,” she said.

“They wanted functionality and timeless quality, but they are still a family on a budget, and I think this intentional design combined with really getting to know them definitely achieved that.”

With this Parade of Homes house in Hartford, also designed by Ellsworth, she worked with client Callies Homes on all the design selections.

“They are very much a family-owned business like Montgomery’s with a lot of pride in ownership,” she said. “And they really stand out for their quality craftsmanship, so I needed to make sure the flooring, tile, lighting and furniture complemented the home they had built.”

It was built as a spec home, so without knowing the final owner, Ellsworth set out to honor the craftsmanship and vision of the builder.

“They wanted modern craftsman, which is unique, so things like the tile and backsplash were intentional to go with the darker woods that were used,” she said.

“But I also had to show how such a beautiful house could function for a family that needed six bedrooms. The flow and floor plan made it easy to find furniture that gave a formal but inviting main level and a family-friendly casual space downstairs.”

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Tips for Creating the Perfect Faux Floral Arrangement

Tips for Creating the Perfect Faux Floral Arrangement

Tips for Creating the Perfect Faux Floral Arrangement

March 20, 2022
Post By Breana McHugh

Floral Room Sioux Falls Showroom

Spring is officially here! Time to trade out those evergreens and white eucalyptuses and welcome the new season into your home. By mixing floral into your Spring decorating, you can breathe new life into your space, adding freshness, texture, and color. Now the task remains to create an arrangement you love! Our Sioux Falls designer, Kayla, specializing in floral design, gave us great insight into accomplishing this. We are excited to share her process for crafting a realistic, eye-catching faux floral arrangement. 

1. Decorate with Floral After Your Space is Designed
Consider floral arrangements as the finishing touch to complement design elements already in place. “The purpose is to bring in all the colors you have already worked with, like fabrics from the sofa and window treatments,” says Kayla. It is important to repeat those hues and keep with the overall scheme.

2. Determine the Aesthetic
With the color palette chosen, consider other factors contributing to the visual. First, where will the arrangement be placed? A lot of this depends on the desired size of the arrangement and the statement you want it to make. For instance, an extravagant arrangement is best as a centerpiece for a dining table, whereas a less complex arrangement works on a coffee or side table. When it comes to height, taller arrangements are more fitting for an end table, with shorter arrangements best suited for coffee tables. The selection of the vase or bowl also plays a role; the wider the vessel, the more spread your arrangement will have. 

3. Make Everything Intentional 
When designing with floral, every decision should be deliberate. In the arrangement pictured, Kayla begins with the largest flower off-centered. This gives her the perfect starting point, allowing her to build around it. It is key that you work with odd numbers, filling in space with flowers in batches of three, or three types of greenery, to balance out the arrangement. Think about the other floral stems, foliage, and accents you want to include. What will they add to the piece? In Kayla’s arrangement, she incorporates twig balls with hints of white to mix in some neutral tones. She also adds vines as a finishing touch to provide height and visual interest. 

Kayla with floral arrangement
Start Arrangement Large floral pick
Working on the faux floral arrangement
Kayla working on faux floral arrangement

4. Strive for Realism
We can all agree we want our faux floral to resemble fresh flowers as much as possible. Several tips can help accomplish this. According to Kayla, “Shaping the flowers and petals by giving them a direction will create a natural feel.” Bending stems over the side of the vase or bowl will provide an asymmetrical look, typical of real flowers. Combining natural greenery is a convincing way to make the piece seem more realistic. Finally, turning the arrangement and looking at it from every angle will help you know what is missing and ensure you fill in any bare spots.

Visit us at any Montgomery’s location to purchase florals for your next DIY project. You may also work with a designer who will happily create an arrangement for you!