Today, learn how to create a home you will love forever – or in this case a She-Shed!

Posted on Feb 23, 2018 in Blog

I have She-Shed envy today!  I recently assisted a customer as she decorated a luxurious She-Shed in her backyard.  The new space is air conditioned and can be heated by a wood burning stove in the Winter.  This is a personal space for my client and friends to relax, and she wanted it to be comfortable and represent her taste and unique style.  We chose a down filled daybed that was customized in a beautiful Caribbean blue fabric that complemented the hand painted ocean blue floors.  We also added a sumptuous swivel glider lounge chair that is great for reading and relaxation!  This was such a fun project and I feel we created the perfect retreat for a warm Summer day or a cozy hideaway for a cold Winter night.    -Susan V.

*If you are not familiar with what a She-Shed is, this will bring you up to date!  First there were Man-Caves, then came equal rights for women and the She-Shed design trend was born.  The She-Shed is a backyard haven for busy women seeking peace and calm from the world, husbands, crying children, unruly pets, and the list goes on...  Many women today are choosing to transform backyard sheds, outbuildings, or even build small one room structures as hide-aways where they can get away from it all and pamper themselves.



Today, learn how to create a home you will love forever – our staff shares!

Posted on Feb 21, 2018 in Blog

Working full time creating personalized environments for my clients did not prepare me for my biggest challenge, redesigning my own space!  Recently, I purchased a contemporary modular sectional, I was immediately drawn to the comfort and the relaxed style.  My next challenge was to design a space that I would want to live with for many years.  This was not an easy challenge considering the past forty years I have spent buying, collecting, and inheriting so many things that have become part of my everyday life.  

For so long I wanted to "clean it up" so the speak.  Once I settled on the versatile modular sectional, I felt compelled to make the change.  My first step was to measure my room, then arrange the sectional so it made the best of my available space.  I added a large square ottoman which gave me extra seating and the flexibility to move it around.  The ottoman can be arranged as an extension of the sectional creating a chaise effect.  I also have four dogs and like most people our four legged kids need to be taken in account too! 

Once my sectional shape and size was determined, I began formulating my new look.  I wanted to keep my sectional fairly neutral so that I could add art as my source of color.  I have many pieces of fine art that I have collected over the years and decided to add one new piece to be placed over the sectional.  My existing art will be used as support pieces.  My new large canvas from McNabb & Risley blends my existing collection into my new design direction.  To finish blending the old with the new, I built display cubicles into the wall that go floor to ceiling and added custom drapery.  Not only will this be a great home for media, it allows me to showcase pottery and sculptures that I have collected over the years in a clean contemporary setting.  That allows me to highlight my most treasured pieces so I can enjoy them every day!    -Michael D.



Today learn how to create a home you will love forever!

Posted on Feb 19, 2018 in Blog

The first step to creating a home you will love forever is to edit what you already own and declutter your space.  This is the hardest part of the design process for most of us.  It's important to take stock of your home furnishings and decide what you want to keep, refurbish, donate, or dispose of.  Be ruthless, and do not keep anything you do not absolutely love, or that does not represent your style or how you choose to live.  I recommend taking several days working through this process and working on one room at a time.  Work in three hour increments so you do not get overwhelmed.  Once your space is edited, now is the time to make a list of what you will be needing to purchase or refurbish.  My best and final tip is to start with new furnishings or art you love because all furniture design choices will flow from this point.  Nothing is more satisfying than a beautifully decorated home that reflects your personality and your lifestyle.  Happy decorating everyone!     -Tara



February 2018 marks McNabb & Risley’s 64th Anniversary and we are celebrating with storewide savings!

Posted on Feb 17, 2018 in Blog

Receive 40% off select custom orders and additional savings on floor samples!  Stop in today and enjoy coffee and treats while you shop.  Be sure to register for our $1000 gift certificate giveaway!  Must be 18 or older to win, drawing to be held on March 3rd.



Hello Weekend…

Posted on Feb 16, 2018 in Blog

We are celebrating our 64th Anniversary this month and one lucky person will win a $1000 gift certificate!  Could it be you?  Stop in this weekend to register to win!

*Some restrictions will apply.



February’s Inspirational Quote!

Posted on Feb 15, 2018 in Blog


Happy Valentine’s Day everyone!

Posted on Feb 14, 2018 in Blog

Have a beautiful Valentine's Day filled with love, laughter, and blessings from the entire McNabb & Risley staff!



Guilt free retail therapy! Jewelry sale going on now!

Posted on Feb 11, 2018 in Blog

Sometimes it is nice to splurge on a few simple luxuries!  This extraordinary collection of Mid-Century vintage costume jewelry was sold recently, however we invite you to stop in to find a beautiful piece (or two!) for yourself.  Valentine's Day is right around the corner and now is the perfect time to indulge.



McNabb & Risley you make my world beautiful!

Posted on Feb 10, 2018 in Blog

Today we are sharing some stylish custom home furnishings that were recently delivered!  Stop in soon and consult with one of our talented interior designers to see what they could create for you!  Thank you for shopping local!



Everyone’s talking, In the Press…

Posted on Feb 9, 2018 in Blog

We love the "No Remodel Required" article in Dwellings this month!  It is truly amazing how a few accessories and the right area rug can transform a bathroom instantly, and it doesn't have to break the bank!



Love shopping at McNabb & Risley? Vote now for the Reader’s Choice Awards 2018!

Posted on Feb 8, 2018 in Blog

M Magazine is sponsoring their Reader's Choice Awards 2018 for the "Best of Greater MKE" and they are wondering where your go to spot is for fine furniture and accessories.  You must vote in at least five categories for your vote to count.  McNabb & Risley is proud to be a finalist in the Home Accessories and Furniture Store category and we would appreciate your vote!  Thank you for your continued support over the last 64 years and counting from the entire McNabb & Risley staff.  Please click on the link below to cast your vote!  Voting is open through March 16th.



The Anniversary Sale is now underway!

Posted on Feb 7, 2018 in Blog


Make her heart skip a beat!

Posted on Feb 5, 2018 in Blog


How to create a home you love…

Posted on Feb 4, 2018 in Blog

Creating a home you love is a life long process that takes time, thought, and planning.  The secret to successful design is focusing on what makes you happy at home and brings joy to your everyday existence.  Begin by focusing on how you want to live in your home.  What may have worked for you in your 20's and 30's may no longer apply, or represent your current needs and desires.  Just as you grow and change, your design vision and preferences will too.  Creating an interior that reflects your interests, style, and taste has never been easier.  Personalized design is a huge trend in the design world.  I believe that good design is based on quality, innovative style, and of course the ultimate luxury is comfort.  I invite you to stop in and visit McNabb & Risley during the Anniversary Sale and see all of our exciting home collections!      

-Tara Wilke

McNabb & Risley's Creative Director



Join us today as we celebrate our 64th Anniversary!

Posted on Feb 3, 2018 in Blog

McNabb and Risley is celebrating over six decades of designing beautiful homes!  Please join us today, Saturday February 3rd from 9am-5pm as we celebrate our anniversary.  Enjoy 40% savings off the regular price on most custom furniture collections!  Meet our talented design staff and enjoy appetizers and refreshments.  Register to win a $1000 gift certificate!  Drawing to be held March 3rd.



Join us today as we celebrate our 64th Anniversary!

Posted on Feb 2, 2018 in Blog

McNabb and Risley is celebrating over six decades of designing beautiful homes!  Please join us today, Friday February 2nd from 9am-8pm and tomorrow, Saturday February 3rd from 9am-5pm as we celebrate our anniversary.  Enjoy 40% savings off the regular price on most custom furniture collections!  Meet our talented design staff and enjoy appetizers and refreshments.  Register to win a $1000 gift certificate!  Drawing to be held March 3rd.



It’s our Anniversary!

Posted on Feb 1, 2018 in Blog

Dear Friends,

As we celebrate McNabb and Risley's 64th Anniversary, I want to thank all of our customers past and present for choosing us as your trusted resource for quality home furnishings and design expertise.  Over the next month, I will post real reviews that our customers have shared with us when asked what they love about McNabb and Risley.  I think you will find them refreshing!  We thank you once again for shopping locally and recommending us to your extended family and friends.  We never lose sight that we would not be here for 64 years (and counting) without your love and support.  You inspire us to strive even harder to be better everyday and in every way.  I promise you our exciting new home collections for 2018 were designed with you in mind!  Please stop in Friday and Saturday to join our storewide Anniversary Celebration and enjoy refreshments while you shop!

Yours,  Tara Wilke



Colorful paint projects featuring clients’ actual homes!

Posted on Jan 31, 2018 in Blog

This month I am highlighting the top color trend for 2018, the color blue.  Take the guess work out of any design project with these stunning paint colors I have used in my clients' homes.  

I love the classical design color combination in this traditional master bedroom.  The wall color was inspired by the deep blue velvet accent pillows and I chose Benjamin Moore HC154 Hale Navy for the walls.  

My client wanted a rich deep blue for their kitchen walls to complement their warm russet cabinetry.  Their home has an open floor plan with a watercolor palette and gray neutrals.  The blue we focused on was featured predominantly in their oriental rug and a stunning abstract art painting.  We selected SW7607 Santorini Blue from Sherwin Williams for their walls and backsplash.  The design world has been swooning over this color for several years and I think it was the perfect pick for my clients' space!  

I consulted on this gorgeous powder room in a historical Tudor home in Mequon and the color inspiration was drawn from a antique oriental rug in the next room.  My client loves depth of color and was excited to see how this paint transformed her powder room into a showplace.  We finally decided on a Sherwin William paint, SW6516 Downpour, and I am so pleased with the finished result!

It has been said that the ceiling is the fifth wall in any interior, and I love to call out a tray ceiling with a soft pastel color.  The inspiration for this color palette came from the upholstery in an accent chair in my clients' sunroom.  We selected SW6218 Tradewind, a soft pale blue that defines the tray ceiling and highlights the fan.  



Date night update!

Posted on Jan 29, 2018 in Blog

Feeling a little blue after the holiday season?  So are we, in the best way possible!  Score these fabulous tear drop earrings and pair them with your favorite frock for a night out on the town.  Best of all, this fashion update won't break the bank and you will feel like a million bucks!  2018 is looking very bright indeed...



Finishing touches complete the room!

Posted on Jan 28, 2018 in Blog

Every room needs a great spot table, and this one is design perfection!  Spot tables are often referred to as accent tables, they are generally small scale accents that are easily moved and a great spot to put a drink chairside.  Many of these pieces are unique and meant to be the "jewelry" or finishing touch in a beautifully designed interior.  This particular table features a hand painted lapis table top and an aged nickel finish on the base.  We are able to customize the tabletop in a variety of different colors and stains including decorative finishes like the one featured above.  Custom order and save during McNabb & Risley's Winter Sale!

*Close up of the beautiful lapis hand painted design on table top.



What’s underfoot? January’s featured area rug!

Posted on Jan 27, 2018 in Blog

Our featured area rug is not only beautiful in a classical sense, it is extremely hard wearing for active families and affordable too!  The carpet is 75% polyester and 25% cotton which gives the rug a soft hand and depth of color I absolutely love.  This area rug is a handwoven flat weave, much like an antique, and is available in many sizes.  Custom order today and save during the Winter Sale!



From the design archives-indigo interiors we love! Our staff shares…

Posted on Jan 26, 2018 in Blog

The interior featured above is a study in a bold color palette that a design traditionalist will love!  

Blue and ivory accents enhance the stunning oriental carpet in this beautiful traditional dining room setting.  This is an updated traditional design at its best, simply stunning!

Love a blue and white color scheme?  This living room was inspired room by the family's ivory and cobalt blue oriental rug.  The off white sofa with sapphire blue accent pillows make this a dramatic focal point in this interior.

A pair of cobalt blue settees and a stunning oriental rug create a lovely sitting area to relax and enjoy and great book!

*All photography above by Tara Wilke.



Bright Ideas: January’s featured lamp!

Posted on Jan 24, 2018 in Blog

It's no secret in the design community that great lighting is a worthwhile investment.  A beautifully designed lamp will stand the test of time and will provide style and function for years to come.  Our elegant lamp offers a dramatic shape which is repeated in a square linen shade.  The cobalt blue pattern is hand painted over crisp white ceramic and rests on an acrylic base.  This stunning lamp will update any interior and will complement a wide range of styles from modern to transitional!



We celebrated the close of the Holiday Season at Bartolotta’s Lake Park Bistro!

Posted on Jan 22, 2018 in Blog

It's a McNabb & Risley tradition to celebrate the holidays and the successes of the past year after New Year's Day.  I believe it is always fun to have one more thing to look forward to in January when our staff has more time to relax.  Our entire staff and their families were treated to a fabulous brunch at Bartolotta's Lake Park Bistro to thank them for another great year!

We would like to thank the staff at Lake Park Bistro for the excellent service and the food was delicious!  To learn more about this iconic local restaurant go to https://www.bartolottas.com/lake-park-bistro , I know I cannot wait to return!



Need a focal point? Add an area rug!

Posted on Jan 19, 2018 in Blog

A fabulous area rug can inspire an entire design scheme or complete one.  McNabb & Risley Interior Designer Gretchen recently assisted her client with finding the perfect area rug for her lovely dining room.  The blue and ivory pattern complements the window treatments and creates a nice contrast to the rich dark hardwood floors.  Many thanks to Gretchen's client for sharing her beautiful home with our readers!

* Closeup detail of the dining room area rug.

McNabb & Risley is more than just a furniture store, discover our amazing selection of area rugs and save during the Winter Sale!



Dreaming about cobalt blue walls? Then you will love today’s inspiration!

Posted on Jan 15, 2018 in Blog

Doesn't this interior make you want to find a paint brush and create some design magic?  This is a relatively small space that takes a dove gray and cobalt blue color scheme to the next level in a modern fresh way.  Dramatic blue walls create a stunning backdrop to the custom painted table and dining chairs.  Custom order all the furniture featured above in paint or stained finishes and save during McNabb & Risley's Winter Sale!



Today is a great day to start your next design project!

Posted on Jan 13, 2018 in Blog

*Find this sofa locally at McNabb and Risley and custom order in a wide variety of designer fabrics!



What’s trending for 2018?

Posted on Jan 12, 2018 in Blog

This month I am exploring the hottest color palette for 2018, the emergence of the color blue.  Blue was the dominating color story at the High Point Furniture Market last Fall and I'm calling it out as a trend that is here to stay!  From the deepest midnight blue to the midrange of denim blue, this color palette is classic and modern at once.  It has been said that blue is the World's favorite color and I couldn't agree more.  I cannot get enough of this gorgeous color and here are my favorite picks featuring sublime blue interiors that are definitely swoon worthy!  



The Winter Sale starts today!

Posted on Jan 11, 2018 in Blog


Picture this! January’s captivating art selection!

Posted on Jan 10, 2018 in Blog

This month I have a major design crush on the color blue!  This exuberant abstract painting in cobalt blue and crisp white is on trend for 2018.  Find it now at McNabb & Risley and save during the Winter Sale.



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