Complimentary Design Service with 3D Design Models

Complimentary Design Service with 3D Design Models

FREE 3D design modeling creates visual representation of your room

February 2024

Complimentary design has always been a service offered by the talented team of designers at Montgomery’s. Whether you’re shopping at our location in Sioux Falls, Madison, Watertown or Aberdeen, the design team is always there to help bring the Whole Home Experience to reality. The Whole Home Experience is more than just providing a large selection of the best quality furniture, flooring, window treatments, lighting, and accessories for your entire home. It helps you create a comfortable and beautiful space that you and your family can truly live in.

Paula K 3D Design Presentation Bedroom Aerial View

Through our complimentary interior design services, the design experts at Montgomery’s offers everything from helping you pick out the perfect accessories or redesigning your entire home. The investments made in our design teams ensure that you, the customer, are better served no matter which location in South Dakota you shop at. A unique offering that your Montgomery’s designer can assist you with is a 3D design of your space.

Paula K 3D Design Presentation Bedroom Bed Nightstand Dresser Images
Paula K 3D Design Presentation Bedroom Bed Wall

Understanding a client’s everyday life is essential to deciding on the right furniture and renovations. To ensure the designer understands your desire and style, they will ask questions and design mock ups to showcase products so collaboration in your journey is made simple. What makes working with a designer who incorporates 3D design sketches a benefit to you?

  • Enhanced visualization – One of the key advantages for a customer is to see a detailed and realistic representation with a clear preview of how a space will look once renovated or designed. This allows for more informed decision-making, helping you to better articulate your preferences and make adjustments in real time.
  • Collaboration – Additionally, 3D sketches facilitate effective communication between the customer and the designer. This collaboration will lead to a shared vision resulting in a more satisfying home design experience.
  • Reality meets perception – 3D sketches provide a high level of detail, allowing designers to showcase realistic textures, colors and lighting.
  • Before and After Comparisons – Designers can create side by side comparisons of the current space and the proposed design. This visual representation can be compelling and exciting for you to see the transformation at awaits in your home with the help of the team at Montgomery’s.
  • Superior service – With complimentary design services, customers are already receiving more at Montgomery’s. Never pay for design services and have the added value of seeing your home in detail before making final decisions on flooring, lighting, furniture, and window treatments.

No matter your budget, the design team at Montgomery’s can help you find the perfect pieces to make your home comfortable, inviting and authentically you. Get started with a designer at Montgomery’s or shop now at our locations in Sioux Falls, Madison, Aberdeen or Watertown, South Dakota.

3D Bathroom Design by Olivia Niggeling
3D Bathroom Design by Olivia Niggeling
3D Bathroom Design by Olivia Niggeling
10 trends to watch in home design next year

10 trends to watch in home design next year

10 trends to watch in home design next year

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Ready for a home design refresh in 2024? There will be plenty of options waiting for you.

We caught up with Karli Strain, Montgomery’s visual merchandiser, trend specialist and buyer, for expert insight in how home interiors might evolve in the coming months.

Here are 10 themes to watch in the year ahead.

There are no specific trends

One of the biggest takeaways from recent furniture markets: There is no one specific trend in home furnishings.

“There are so many different styles on trend right now, you’re going to find something that works for you,” Strain said. “It’s just much more broad, which is nice because people don’t feel like they have to switch over to a new trend to stay up to date. If it suits your style, anything goes now.”

Green could be queen

Color schemes, like overall trends, are all super diverse right now, from completely neutral to over-the-top, colorful and modern.

“But what I was most drawn to was this really neutral green that is happening, which kind of goes with everything,” Strain said. “To me, green is neutral – we find it in nature – so you can use it many different ways.”

Green also is having at least a moment in cabinetry.

“I feel like green has been up-and-coming for five years, and it finally hit broadly, so now there are lots of offerings in an earthy warm, green neutral color,” Strain said. “It goes really well with caramels and beige, brown, charcoal and navy. You can put anything with it.”

Gray isn’t gone – but warmer tones are crowding out cools

The era of gray in home finishes might never be totally over – but it is being edged out by warmth.

“We’re shying away from the cold, gray tone, but that doesn’t mean you still can’t have gray,” Strain said. “I would say incorporating warmer tones into your gray, like beiges and browns, complements it. You can tie that into a piece of art or a rug or new pillow on a sofa. So you don’t have to get rid of the grays but just warm them up with warm tones. That includes wood tones, whether it’s an accent table or coffee table with a natural wood tone.”

Same goes for the walls. If your walls are gray, consider an easy update.

“I saw people really going toward browns and beiges, even some burgundy and navy and rich salmon tones, a warm terra cotta-like pink where everything really just blends together.”

Hardware hints

When it comes to hardware, again, there’s no one clear trend.

“Black is huge. Brass is huge, especially antique brass,” Strain said. “Chrome is not as popular, but if you’re a modern customer, chrome and brighter gold is still where it’s at.”

In bathrooms, “gold is still super popular, but it’s more of a brushed finish – almost a browner gold,” she continued. “It’s a more neutral look.”

Black makes a splash

Look around newly designed homes, and chances are you’ll spot some black.

“Black literally goes with everything, so we’re seeing a lot of black accents – whether it’s your coffee and end tables, vases, pillows, your metal finish on your dining table, or bar stools,” Strain said.

“It’s easy to mix black with anything. Lots of cabinets are black now. Walls are painted black. Don’t be afraid if you have enough light in the room to paint a dark color. That’s always been something people struggle with, but it can create a lot of atmosphere.”

Black is coming into bedrooms too.

“I’ve seen some really nice black wood in bedroom furniture, and it’s a very natural tone of wood,” Strain said. “Other pieces we’re seeing are very much unstained and unmodified. It’s kind of an oak to walnut bare, natural tone that’s what’s popular now.”

Caning craze continues

Caning on chairs continues to be popular, and Strain thinks it has some staying power – at least on smaller pieces.

“I don’t think it will ever be on the back of a sofa, but the front of a cabinet door or on a buffet or the side of a wicker chair on the arms, a little goes a long way,” she said.

“I wouldn’t go crazy with it.”

Fluting fans

Anything wood in furniture is starting to be designed with some sort of fluting, Strain said.

“It almost has a channeled look, and it’s huge. We’re seeing tons of fluted wood collections, so I think it’s going to be big,” she said.

“It’s a neat way to add texture into a space without going overboard, and it’s fun.”

Her advice: “It could easily go overboard, so pick a couple pieces. Maybe a headboard or nightstand. I think people will be seeing a lot of it.”

Fabrics go cozy

The pandemic-driven appeal of staying home and curling up on the couch is still showing itself in fabrics of choice.

“The warm, comfy, cozy fabrics are really hot still,” Strain said. “The sherpa fabric is still very strong. I think people want to be comfortable in their home, and these fabrics have stuck around because of that.”

Accordingly, the look is a little more casual “and not so serious and stuffy,” she said. “More playful.”

A pop of art

Art in the home could be taking on a bit more contemporary look.

“We saw a ton of almost pop art-looking embellishments on art pieces,” Strain said. “It’ going to be more for a modern person who loves to be a little more daring, and if you like bright color, it’s a great time to do some shopping.”

Or if you’re a bit more traditional, you’ll be glad to know that “we still can’t get enough of buffalo art,” Strain said. “They’re just a beautiful, majestic-looking animal that I think everyone is drawn to. There’s beautiful imagery for sale, and we have a lot more coming.”

Horses and birds also are popular in art, “especially something with crane imagery that works well in a traditional space,” Strain said.

One to watch: The Maximalist

And finally, here’s a trend worth keeping an eye on: Collectors, your design moment finally might have arrived.

“An up-and-coming style is being called a Maximalist style, which is basically mixing and matching everything you have,” Strain said. “It’s for people who like a lot of stuff. Collectors, antique shoppers, people who are very sentimental about things, but it’s about putting it together in a way that makes sense.”

Think of a bunch of eclectic art prints splashed together on a wall, for instance.

“You might have different frame and imagery and color schemes, but you put them together, and it can look amazing,” she said.

A final word of advice: You don’t have to figure any of this out yourself.

Stop in any Montgomery’s location and take advantage of the free design services offered to all customers.

From fall to festive, how to transition your home decor to meet the season

From fall to festive, how to transition your home decor to meet the season

From fall to festive, how to transition your home decor to meet the season

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Is it still fall or have we already fallen into the holiday season?

The fun part is, it’s essentially up to you – especially when it comes to decorating your home.

“There are really no rules,” said Karli Strain, Montgomery’s visual merchandiser, trend specialist and buyer.

“I know some people who like to have their Christmas decorations up as long as possible, and others who are still enjoying their pumpkins.”

The first thing to note, though: Halloween is over, “so it’s time to get rid of the carved pumpkins and put away the spiders and the spooky-season stuff,” Strain said.

“Just keep out the pumpkins – there are all sorts of velvet stuffed pumpkins that are great for tabletop decorating, as well as glass ones – but just leave the fall colors and maybe do some pine sprays to start transitioning into Christmas and give a little more wintery vibe.”

Montgomery’s has many accessories to enhance your fall home design.

“The color schemes right now in general are rusts, dark greens, beige tones, warm tones. They’re all very popular and look great for fall,” Strain said. “We’ve got pillows, we’ve got vases in those colors that feel warm and inviting, and we have tons of natural sprays made with wheat grass and other flora, which are super popular this time of year to decorate.”

If you’re hosting this Thanksgiving, “I would keep it very fall-themed and Thanksgiving-feeling because I think that’s what the season calls for, and after that, you can go all into Christmas,” she said.

Not feeling like making a big leap toward December with your decor? Strain suggests easing into the season by adding some greens or lit trees without ornaments to start to transition your home.

“I always put trees up as soon as possible after Thanksgiving and then wait a little bit to put up the decorated tree with glitzy ornaments,” she said.

Here are more of her holiday decorating tips:

Bring on the light

Shorter, cooler days definitely demand a little extra light in the home.

“Lots of warm light is key,” Strain said.

“Maybe add some extra lamps, extra candles. Christmas lights can be used for that in various ways, including on your fireplace. With the darkness coming so quickly, it’s nice to have warm light in the house. LED lights have come a long way. It’s not just an icy blue tone. You can pick the color you want, which is great.”

Decorate in stages

While the candles and bare trees can make an early appearance, Strain suggests spreading out your holiday decorating.

Your nutcracker collection or Santa-themed decor? Bring them out as Dec. 25 approaches, and put them away shortly after Christmas.

“And then, you can transition back to just lit trees with no ornaments and lots of candles and pine sprays, bowls on tabletops,” Strain said.

“You can use rust and a more neutral green, but really color schemes for Christmas are all over the place. I also like just gold – it’s absolutely classic and will never go out of style.”

Fluff it up

Pro tip: Most garlands or greenery aren’t ready for prime time right out of the box.

“Fluff your garlands, fluff your greenery, fluff your trees,” Strain said. “If you buy something from a store, it’s not good to go. You have to fluff it to make it look more natural. You can make even an inexpensive garland look great if you fluff it and put a ton of light in it and add some sprays or picks for volume.”

A lot of greenery can be skimpy, so don’t be afraid to wrap two together.

And don’t forget: Refreshing some furniture or even accessories can give you a new look just in time for holiday hosting or relaxation at home.

When dining at home, keep these design tips in mind

When dining at home, keep these design tips in mind

When dining at home, keep these design tips in mind

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From upcoming holiday meals to colder weather and darker days, there are lots of reasons you might be dining more at home in the months ahead.

Whether it’s a daily dinner for your household or a special occasion you’re hosting, the right attention to your dining setting can make any meal more complete.

“Dining spaces can be a lot of fun to design, whether you’re building a new home or refreshing your current one,” said Kayla Hathaway, a design consultant at Montgomery’s.

“Especially as people have moved somewhat away from dedicated dining rooms, we’re seeing them explore all the different settings where you can eat and drink at home.”

Here are some tips to keep in mind as you consider design for your own dining spaces.

The table itself

Of course, the dining surface itself is the foundation of a dining room, whether it’s open to your kitchen or in a dedicated room off of it.

“We are seeing more and more table tops with interesting surfaces – glass tops with different colors or mosaics, textured metal that can be hammered or distressed – and it can completely bring a different look and become a highlight of the room,” Hathaway said.

“Of course, we also still sell lots of solid wood tables, but we seeing more interest in the different surfaces.”

Integrating with a kitchen in an open floor plan is key, she added.

“When I help clients, I’m looking at the cabinetry selection, the lighting, the flooring, because I want everything to flow,” Hathaway said. “Especially with moving away from a formal dining room, a lot of times the dining space opens to a larger family room, so we want all those pieces to integrate with the furniture.”

In older homes that might have small stand-alone dining rooms, “we have great options for tables with self-storing leaves where they can open up to expand the table as needed,” Hathaway said. “I’ve also done bench seating that I might put in an entryway but with the idea that it can be pulled into the dining room for additional seating, or I’ll tuck extra dining chairs into a home office.”

The seating

Even more so than tables, dining chairs offer a way to deliver a fresh look in multiple spaces.

“We help clients look at chairs with upholstery that coordinates with a nearby sofa or bar stools that match dining chairs,” Hathaway said. “We’re using metals in bar stools that complement the lighting features. I want everything in a home to look like it was put there on purpose.”

It can make a huge difference.

“I had a client the other day who came in thinking she needed a whole new dining set, and as we looked at the shape of the table we ended up keeping it and just getting new chairs that coordinated with the sofa and created better use of space,” Hathaway said.

“Sometimes, it isn’t that you have to buy entirely new, but we can look at your existing furniture and find something that works with it a bit better.”

As more kitchens have integrated counter seating and islands – or even double islands – it has shown how fun bar stools can be to select, she added.

“We have so many options,” Hathaway said. “We have some great, fun, gold finishes and even some velvets – which you’d think would be a really scary fabric on a bar stool, but there are new materials out that are incredibly durable even if you spill on it.”

Lower-level entertaining

Fall and winter are great times to update the lower level of your home, creating ideal spaces for game-watching gatherings and movie nights.

Think pub tables, counter seating and, again, bar stools.

“I’ve been in homes recently with six to 10 bar stools that have become the main eating area,” Hathaway said. “It’s become a lot more popular, and I don’t think people realize how many options there are as well as opportunities to customize. We have products rated for up to 400 pounds, and they’re not going to get wiggly, so you can sit on it and feel safe.”

Montgomery’s even can help you with the bar itself – with a fantastic selection of bars, bar cabinets and carts.

“There are some very stylish options to create a bar area or to supplement one with a cabinet,” Hathaway said.

Finishing touches

Lighting and accessories complete a dining experience and shouldn’t be overlooked.

“We’re seeing smaller lamps coming into table settings and more moody lighting in dining spaces,” Hathaway said. “You used to just see one large chandelier, and now I’m seeing dual chandeliers or three hanging fixtures, so those have been fun to see.”

And whether it’s a routine meal or holiday feast, centerpieces always complete the experience.

“We can help with a floral centerpiece and create something that reflects the season if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving or holiday meal,” Hathaway said. “There are great designs using arrangement in the middle of the table, so you can still talk over it, and it gives you kind of a more updated look.”

If you’re looking to complete your dining upgrades before the holidays, there’s still time.

“We’re always going to have inventory in stock and available,” Hathaway said. “If you’re looking to customize, it’s about eight to 12 weeks, which is back to normal and pretty amazing for choosing your own colors and finishes to be made in the U.S. and delivered to your door.”

Outdoor dining

Fortunately, it won’t be all that long before you’re back to dining outdoors again too – or even sooner if you have a multiseason enclosed room. So it’s not too soon to think patio season.

“It’s actually been kind of crazy how many requests we’re still getting to look at patio furniture,” Hathaway said. “If you haven’t stopped in recently, there are so many advances there as far as products that can stay outside and hold up in the weather, things that can get wet and don’t blow away, that they’re meant for South Dakota seasons. It’s really cool how much has changed.”

And remember – Montgomery’s design services are completely free when you purchase Montgomery’s products.

“One of the things I like to stress as you work with a designer is that you don’t have to do the whole project now,” Hathaway said. “Maybe we’re looking at a table, chairs and rug, and you only want the table now, and in six months you come get the chairs. Having us show you what it can look like gets your mind toward that goal, and then we can work with you as time goes on and you’re ready to complete the design.”

Ready to start enhancing your dining space? Stop in, or schedule an appointment with a Montgomery’s designer.

How design updates and technology are enhancing home lighting

How design updates and technology are enhancing home lighting

Let the light shine: How design updates and technology are enhancing home lighting

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The daylight is dwindling, making this fall an ideal time to rethink how you light your home inside and out.

“We offer Whole Home Lighting – the whole package, from new construction or home remodels to helping with individual lighting selections within your home,” said Paula Kruetzfeldt, senior interior designer and lighting specialist at Montgomery’s.

“People can do their whole project at Montgomery’s with complimentary design assistance.”

Whether you’re looking to outfit an entire home with new lighting or just add updates here and there, keep these options in mind:

Exterior lighting

Extend your outdoor living season or enhance your curb appeal with updates to your exterior lighting.

“From my experience, a lot of people put on exterior lights when they build and then forget about them, so it’s once and done,” Kruetzfeldt said. “But there a lot of new fixtures on the market, including those with LED capabilities that have numerous advantages.”

Here’s a big one: No more bugs.

“They don’t generate the same kind of heat, so they don’t attract bugs like older lights do,” Kruetzfeldt explained. “Plus, the newer fixtures are more energy-efficient. You’re likely going to go from using 60 watts in a bulb to only drawing 4 or 5 watts, which adds up to a huge energy savings.”

The outside of your home “is your first impression,” she continued. “We do a lot of exterior consultations and have a vast variety of lighting styles to choose from.”

That includes your outdoor living space. Do you have a three-season room, outdoor kitchen or favorite patio? There’s likely updated lighting for it.

“We see everything from traditional to very modern. Some of our clients own lake homes, and given the unpredictably of our weather and winds, we’re able to help you make selections that will hold up in the elements,” Kruetzfeldt said.

“Remember to think of Montgomery’s for your exterior lighting.”

Living in light

As we approach 2024, lighting inside the home is all about adapting to how you live.

“Lighting in homes today is moving toward switching from task-oriented light when you need it to calming or wind-down light later in the day,” Kruetzfeldt said. “It’s a switchable technology, but it actually involves the color temperature of the lightbulb. So it can go from bright, intense light to a different color in the evening.”

Many lights in your home can be updated in small ways that can make big changes.

“Think about your kitchen pendants, a bath light, maybe a hall light you walk by everyday,” Kruetzfeldt said. “Just changing one or two fixtures gives the home a personality change and can become something you build off of as you’re inspired to do more.”

Areas with focal points for lighting include foyers, kitchens, dining rooms and living rooms.

“There are fun ways to change a fixture’s personality with just changing the lightbulb,” Kruetzfeldt added. “Some are shaped like marshmallows or spheres, crystal cut or lipstick shaped. We can accent-detail even more by switching out a lightbulb.”

Bathroom light tips

Technology can be your friend in a big way with a lighting upgrade in your bathroom.

“Again, LED is leading the way because it doesn’t produce as much heat,” Kruetzfeldt said. “There are several options for bathrooms. You can choose a bathroom bar light, ceiling light, sconces, pendants lighting and LED mirrors that will light up your space.”

Her advice: Layer your light with an LED mirror, sconces on the sides and a light behind you.

“This lighting gives a perfect environment for getting ready, with very little heat produced,” Kruetzfeldt said. “And there’s something for everyone – whether you want a minimalist look that’s functional or something with personality and design flair.”

Chandeliers shine

The coming year is showing a shift for chandeliers – literally.

“Several of the fixtures we’re seeing for 2024 are adjustable,” Kruetzfeldt said. “Shades that can move and twist and turn and angle different. So there’s movement in the fixtures.”

The sleek lines and warm tones that have gained popularity are still sought-after, plus “we’re seeing more mixed metals and leathers – a lot of detail, a lot of personality,” she continued.

Think two- or three-toned colors with sleek detail.

“Chandeliers often become a building block for a room, and they can really be pieces of art or a focal point in a design setting,” Kruetzfeldt said.

“It’s an easy way to update a room too, especially if you already have electrical. We’re also seeing moves away from bare lightbulb industrial and clear glass to a softened look with milky glass or alabaster glass, again because LED light doesn’t produce the heat, allowing us to use these appealing materials again. With the evolving technology in lighting, I foresee a lot of remodeling because people will want to incorporate these aspects into their home.”

Lamps make a statement

Lamp lighting is another way to bring a statement to a room. These smaller purchases can pack a design punch.

“We’re seeing a lot of sculptural lighting, very unique and architectural, with strong lines, marbles and mixed metals,” Kruetzfeldt said. “These are smaller purchases, and you often can move them from room to room and create more design excitement.”

Montgomery’s offers a large selection of lamps with styles for every taste, she added.

“You’ll see everything from whimsical to organic, simple and ornate. We also have minimalist and smart lighting that are very popular as well,” Kruetzfeldt said.

Beyond the showroom

While a visit to a Montgomery’s showroom is a great place to start – or get inspired – with a look at lighting, the options go beyond what you’ll see in the store, and designers are there to help you each step of the process for free.

“Our electronic catalog is an exceptional tool,” Kruetzfeldt said. “It’s very detailed. We can zoom in so you can see the finishes so clearly that it’s almost like you’re touching it. Additionally, we are able to filter by size, finish, price point, making it an easy shopping experience, saving the customer time and money.”

Within the store, various lighting styles are shown in room settings, “so you can stand back and see the scale and details and not be overpowered by having all the lighting displayed in one area,” she continued.

“You are able to better imagine it in your space. Just as importantly, we offer to consult within your home to ensure your selections are going to fit. You’re not making costly mistakes by choosing a fixture that’s too large or small for your area.”

Montgomery’s designers will sit down with your blueprint and go room by room to help choose lighting for a newly built home and even do a walk-through on an existing home.

“We can help produce a complete package. No detail is overlooked, down to making sure you have the right light outputs and bulbs in your fixtures,” Kruetzfeldt said. “Our job is to make sure our clients feel educated and comfortable. We ensure every lighting decision is a special reflection of our clients’ personal style.”

Ready to add a little light to your living space? Schedule an appointment with a Montgomery’s designer.

Get Custom Furnishings in time for the Holidays

Get Custom Furnishings in time for the Holidays

Custom furnishings in time for the holidays? It’s possible with this approach

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Let’s say you’re looking for a new sofa.

A green sofa.

When you walk into the Montgomery’s showroom, you’ll likely see a sea of sofas.

But what you won’t necessarily know is that nearly all could be green.

“Actually, most of the sofas you see on the floor are available in green,” design consultant Kayla Hathaway said. “We’d be happy to pull out some fabric samples and show you.”

At Montgomery’s, customization is incredibly common, and an expert design team is waiting to help you make it happen.

“Nearly any of our furniture can be customized,” senior interior designer Emily Meyer said. “And a lot of people don’t realize all we do. We quite literally can come to your house and then help you customize everything from flooring to drapes, curtains to bedding and, of course, furniture.”

Looking for a 19-foot dining table?

“We have the resources to do that,” Meyer said.

“We can also take old tables and have new granite or stone tops made for them, or side boards. You don’t have to give up a favorite piece just because it’s aging or you’d like it to have an updated look.”

Updating or designing a bedroom?

“There’s an incredible variety of pieces,” Meyer said. “Many of our vendors might have 10 nightstands to choose from, or you can pick the wood, the color, the knobs.”

Custom touches even extend to the finishing touches of a room.

“We can customize rugs, drapery, pillows, essentially anything you can think of,” Hathaway said.

“We really take a customer-first approach. We want your whole home to be beautiful, whether you’re shopping with us for a single lamp or a whole home renovation.”

Even better: Montgomery’s design services are complimentary.

“Don’t be afraid to talk to us,” Meyer said. “We know the questions to ask, and as we’re getting to know each other, we’ll figure out more what the customer wants. A lot of times, the customer knows what they don’t like. They might not know what they like, but people tend to know what they don’t, so then we can begin eliminating options.”

Working with a designer also helps you learn what’s possible in your home, Hathaway added. And at Montgomery’s, that often means a lot of options.

“We have all the tools we need to build and create your custom project,” she said. “We can walk through what is offered for each brand. For instance, with one fabric vendor, you can only change the color of the fabric. With another, you can change the depth, height, seat cushion construction and more.”

“We have more and more vendors utilizing those tools, so it’s very helpful because a lot of people have trouble visualizing how pieces or fabrics will look,” Meyer said.

And unlike recent years, when longer-than-average wait times made some hesitate on customization, things are getting back to normal, the designers said.

“Every brand is different, but we’re right at one to four months for most custom pieces,” Meyer said. “Before, it was generally one to two months, so things are definitely normalizing.”

Special offer

Start planning now for holiday gatherings and guests. During Montgomery’s Labor Day sale, choose from a selection of sale-priced custom-order beds, sofas, sectionals and dining room tables that you can have in your home in time for Thanksgiving when you order by September 11, 2023.

Stop into any Montgomery’s showroom to get started.

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Home design simplified: How this free, complete service brings visions to life

Home design simplified: How this free, complete service brings visions to life

Home design simplified: How this free, complete service brings visions to life

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She walked into the Sioux Falls Montgomery’s store like most customers.

“I just went to browse the showroom floor,” homeowner Miranda Nolte said. “I told them I was looking for furniture for an entire new house, and that’s when I learned about their free design service. I’d shopped there before for a chair or something, but never to this capacity, and I didn’t know about the service.”

When she learned the Montgomery’s design experts literally could help her step by step, from floor to ceiling, with her custom home build, it was like a weight lifted.

“It was huge. I didn’t even know where to go or where to start,” she said. “I just knew what I liked.”

Montgomery’s designer Anastasia Duin and flooring manager Olivia Niggeling took it from there.

“It was amazing. We totally hit it off,” Nolte said. “Olivia went and sourced all my tile and laid it out and did all the leg work and I was able to pick from selections. Anastasia was great with the décor and furniture and fabrics.”

As a single mom and busy insurance industry leader, “my running around time is precious,” she added. “And they were able to take that all off my plate. I had no idea how easy and hands-on this was and how curated they make it to your specific design. I came in and they had all the furniture laid out, fabric samples, paint colors. It was a one-stop shop.”

Today, she goes home to the “mountain modern” home she always envisioned, something that draws on her love for the Black Hills with lots of warmth and without an overly rustic feel.

“The three of us worked awesome together, and it has to all go cohesively, so to have both people in the same place – my flooring and tile person and my furniture person – rather than trying to pull it together myself was exactly what I needed.”


Because Montgomery’s name is synonymous with fine home furnishings, many consumers looking to remodel or build don’t fully realize the free interior design services Montgomery’s offers, or the specialized services available to them through The Floor Store at Montgomery’s, where tile, backsplash, countertops, and fixtures are part of the Whole Home package. This suite of complementary services is offered at each of Montgomery’s four locations.

“We do full interior design services, and it’s not what people necessarily associate with us,” Niggeling said. “They don’t realize we can help select everything, source materials even if we don’t have samples in the store, and find super specific things like tile or other flooring that fit their budget and complement their design.”

In Nolte’s case, the Montgomery’s team helped problem-solve continually. Niggeling helped sourced a large tile product that create the look Nolte was hoping for with her fireplace, for instance.

“It’s a great large-format tile, and we’re doing a lot of that lately because it’s very budget-friendly and yet you get the grand look of a big marble fireplace,” Niggeling said.

On the furniture side, Nolte loved a white sofa – but was a bit wary with twin three-year-olds.

“The protection program Montgomery’s sells is so amazing,” Nolte said. “I wanted white, but I have little kids, and once I learned about the benefit with the protection program I was able to get what I wanted because I felt confidence with that extra piece in place.”

For builders, Montgomery’s works with contractors or uses its own installers to help create welcoming, neutral spec homes.

“For contractors, it’s a big load off their plate,” Niggeling said. “We general install at least one portion – tile, carpet, hard surfaces – if not all of it. A lot of the spec homes we do feel custom because everything is selected with a purpose. It’s not just for the masses. It’s something that’s specifically chosen to complement the home’s design.”

And with custom home owners, “we’re making sure both the customer and the contractor is happy and taking the burden off everyone of selecting and searching and finding products,” she continued.

Bathrooms are a great example, she said.

“Those seem to be a struggle for people. Only certain tile or natural stone can go in places with water, so we help navigate all that and show them options they can choose,” she said. “We don’t want them to fall in love with a tile that doesn’t work in a shower.”

The overriding goal is “to makes sure the first decision complements the last decision,” Niggeling said. “We’re another sounding board, we’re communicating throughout and we’re sharing back and forth with different ideas and solutions for their vision.”

For Nolte, the process was “nothing but wonderful the whole way through,” she said. “They made the experience the best and brought all my ideas to life.”

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.

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.