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Simple Ways To Turn Your House Into A Home

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Today’s housing market has exploded and prices are through the roof. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or are considering making a move the costs of purchasing a home are prohibitive.

 

So what are people doing?

 

Trends show that people aren’t buying homes as much as they once were. Instead, they are investing in their current home and making it a space they can continue to enjoy for years to come.

 

Homeowners have started to realize that any type of house — detached, semi, townhome, or condo — can be upgraded and updated. You can make your house a home.

 

At Smitty’s, our decorators love to help homeowners breathe new life into their homes by updating their spaces with new furniture and accessories. Here are some of our favourite ways to turn your house into a home.
 

Table Transformation

Bermex dining room furniture set at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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The kitchen is the hub of every home. It’s the place where you spend many hours preparing meals for your family and friends — and the dining table is at the heart of every kitchen or dining room.

 

Your dining table is used as a surface for entertaining, working, playing games, and as a place to gather around for quality time. It is a multifunctional workhorse.

 

Selecting a new dining table is a great way to update your space and meet your current lifestyle needs.

 

How do you choose the right dining table?


There are several important considerations to think about when selecting a new table:

  • How big is your space?
  • How many people need to fit around the table?
  • Do you need a table with extensions, to fit more people?
  • Do you want a round, square, or rectangular table?
  • Will the table need to be versatile and used for more than just eating?

 

We have a great selection of dining tables to choose from, and our expert decorating team can help you select the best choice for your space. If you want to get a headstart before coming into the showroom, you can go online and use our custom room planner to design your dream dining space.

 

Seating Shake-Up

Bermex dining room chairs at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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Sometimes all it takes is updating your dining table seating to give your space a whole new look and feel. There are more options and styles to choose from than ever before — and you can mix and match seating to suit your needs.

 

How do you choose the right dining chairs?


There are several important considerations to think about when selecting dining chairs:

 

  • How many people need to fit around the table?
    • This is important when deciding how wide each chair should be.
  • How tall is your dining table?
    • Most tables range between 28-31 inches and people typically prefer sitting with 10-12 inches of space between their lap and the tabletop.
  • Do you want arms or armless?
    • If you want arms, do you want the chair to slide underneath the tabletop?
  • Would a bench provide you with more flexibility?
    • Benches can slide under a table and save on floor space.

 

Our showrooms are filled with amazing chairs, from wood, to fabric, to leather, to metal — we’ve got it all.

 

Sofa Solutions

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For the biggest impact, the number one piece of furniture to update in your living room is your sofa. By replacing a sofa, sofa bed, or sectional, you can make a room feel completely different.

 

How do you choose the right sofa?


There are several important considerations to think about when selecting a sofa:

  • How much room do you have (both width and length)?
  • How many people are you looking to fit on your sofa?
  • Do you want your sofa to fit into a corner of a room or divide a room?
  • Do you need extra sleeping space for guests?
  • Do you have pets and need to consider cleaning or fabric options?

Smitty’s Pro Tip: Don’t forget to measure your front door. You don’t want to order a new sofa only to find out that it won’t make it into your home. As part of our service, Smitty’s can offer you a free check measure, to ensure your furniture will fit into your home.

 

We have a huge selection of sofa styles ranging from traditional to modern. We also offer brands that are customizable — allowing you the flexibility to select your fabric, legs, and throw cushions.

 

The expert decorating team at Smitty’s will work with you to find and customize unique pieces of furniture to suit your space. By ordering your furniture in October, you can have your new furniture (and your refreshed space) in time for the holidays!


Visit us at Smitty’s and see just how easy it is to turn your house into a home.

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Spectacular Storage

Storage cabinet from Hooker Furniture at Smitty's Fine Furniture

 

 

 

 

 

The famous quote, “a place for everything and everything in its place”, rings true today as we try and find suitable places to store our belongings.

 

Another phrase that is often used amongst homeowners is, “You can never have too much storage space”.

 

We all know that, over time, we accumulate more and more items in our homes — it just seems to happen! The tricky part is having places to put these items, so that they are accessible when we want them and hidden away when we don’t. The other consideration is that we want the storage to look good, and fit our lifestyle and decor.

 

The good news is that there are functional and stylish options at Smitty’s to help you with this challenge.


Take your space from cluttered to organized

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There are many storage options to choose from, it just depends on your room and your style. When you come into Smitty’s, our expert decorators can assist you in finding the best choices for your spaces. In the meantime, we hope to inspire you with some of our favourites storage options:

 

  • Trendline ottomans with hidden storage (above)
    • These ottomans open to reveal a large storage space, perfect for blankets, magazines, books, remotes, games, and more.

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  • Dimplex fireplaces with visible storage
    • These stylish units provide a terrific spot for your television and handy storage below. It’s perfect for storing DVDs, CDs, games — and the fireplace will keep you cozy and warm this winter.

Magnussen home furniture at Smitty's Fine Furniture

 

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  • Magnussen bookcase and entertainment units with rolling doors
    • These storage units were inspired by the wineries in Napa Valley and offer adjustable shelving, pullout bin-style drawers, built-in LED lighting, and wire management drawers for your television, DVD player, etc.

Amisco living room island table at Smitty's Fine Furniture


 

 

  • Amisco living room island tables are the latest way to provide more space
    • This adjustable island can function as a table, a serving island when guests are visiting, a working desk, and an additional storage space for lighting, books, snacks, and more.

 

Whatever your needs, Smitty’s has the solution to maximize your space and solve your storage concerns. Visit Smitty’s and check out the latest spectacular storage solutions.

 

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Top 3 Ways To Add Warmth To Your Living Room

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As we prepare for the cooler weather and hosting season, many of us look for ways to make our homes warm and inviting. Incorporating rich and darker tones into your living spaces is a great way to add depth and warmth — include a fireplace and you’ve got the perfect, cozy space!

 

There are many rooms that can benefit from some deeper tones, richer furnishings, and enhanced decor, but the most commonly asked questions we get are about how to add warmth to the living room.

 

Here are our top three ways to add warmth to your living room:

 

1. Dimplex Electric Fireplace Media Consoles

Dimplex electric fireplace media console at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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Available in different styles, these rich-toned consoles offer a handcrafted look and a finish resembling reclaimed wood. The rustic-chic look is a great way to update your space, while the built-in fireplace will provide ample warmth and act as a wonderful focal point in your living room.

 

The added bonus of the Dimplex console is the concealed storage, built-in cord management system, and reinforced structure to hold a large television.

 

2. Wood Coffee Tables & Occasional Tables

Wood coffee table from Rustique at Smitty's Fine Furniture

 

 

Nothing says richness and warmth like real wood. Adding a wood coffee table or occasional table in your living room will warm up the look of your space, and will be helpful for storage and hosting.

 

Coffee tables are available in styles and shapes to suit any living room. From round, to square, to rectangular, you can find them in solid wood or combinations of glass and wood, or metal and wood.

 

Occasional tables also come in a range of styles and shapes. They can serve as a stylish addition to showcase your home decor — and they’re the perfect place to set-up refreshments when you are hosting guests.

 

3. Leather Sofas & Accent Chairs

Leather chairs and sofas from Palliser at Smitty's Fine Furniture

 

 

Is there anything cozier than curling up in a leather sofa? We don’t think so.

 

Leather provides a high-quality look and feel, it’s very comfortable, and it is extremely durable. Our leather furniture comes in a wide variety of styles and, if you prefer, selected brands are customizable. Our expert decorators will guide you through the process of choosing your leather, your legs, and the coordinating pieces.

 

Adding a leather sofa and accent chair is a great way to give your living room a warm look and feel for years to come.


Visit us at Smitty’s and we’ll help you warm up your living room.

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Sectionals 101

 

 

Sectionals have come a long way in the last few decades. Sectional seating is versatile and comes in a variety of styles to provide comfortable seating for everyone in your family — and for guests too!

 

What is a sectional?

 

The sectional sofa came to be in the Victorian era. People would push together two or more sofas to make one long seating area. Then, in the 1950s, modern design updated the look to include the L-shape and built-in sofa beds. Finally, in the 21st century, the design was updated to include recliners and built-in storage.

 

Sectionals are now available in a huge range of styles, sizes, and variations — this makes them a great choice for living rooms, rec rooms, and home theatre rooms.

 

What kind of sectional should I get?

 

There are many questions to ask yourself when considering a sectional, these include:

 

  • What is the layout and size of your space?
  • Are you intending to use the sectional as a room divider?
  • How many people need to fit on the sectional?
  • Do you want reclining or stationary seating?
  • What sort of fabric do you prefer?

 

Sectional Shapes & Styles

 

 

Sectionals come in a wide variety of shapes and configurations, including:

  • L-Shape 1: one side of the sectional extends outward beyond the depth of the seating area (similar to a chaise)
  • L-Shape 2: two areas of seating are joined making an L without an area extending
  • U-Shape: the seating is arranged with two areas extending on either side of the central seating area
  • Semi-Circular: the seating area is curved

 

Sectionals are also available in a range of styles. Popular styles include:

  • Contemporary and Modern: shorter profiles, crisp lines, and angular finishes
  • Traditional: higher profiles, curved arms or backs, and rounded finishes
  • Cottage and Coastal: skirted bottom fabric, thickly padded cushions, and throw cushion accents

 

At Smitty’s, we carry a wide selection of sectionals and we offer a huge range of customizable options. Our expert decorators will assist you in selecting the perfect size and shape for your space and will guide you through the process of choosing the fabric and finishes to make it your own.


Visit us at Smitty’s and check out our amazing line of sectionals.

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Decorator of the Month - October

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces, and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.

 

October 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Sarah!

 

Sarah has spent over 20 years in the furniture and home furnishings industry. As a Certified Interior Decorator with Smitty's, Sarah has the opportunity to indulge her passion for creating unique and purposeful living spaces, while helping her clients fulfill their personal vision.

 

When Sarah greets a new Smitty's customer, she feels that it is the start of a creative and collaborative journey that will culminate in a successful design solution.

 

Sarah’s approach is rooted in her understanding that, by its nature, furniture must serve its intended purpose for a considerable period of time while retaining its visual appeal and coordination with its surroundings.

 

She believes that part of what makes Smitty's a preferred destination is the concept that acquiring quality furniture should never be an impulse or bargain-driven experience.  

 

"You live with your furniture every day, so you need to feel good about it every day. Decorating Consultants at Smitty's are able to use specialized tools to customize furniture to fit our clients’ needs and wants with the best furniture manufacturers in Canada. This design collaboration is meaningful and rewarding for both our customers and our team."

 

Come on in to Smitty’s Kitchener and meet with Sarah today!

 

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Top 4 Trends for Fall

As we prepare ourselves for the cooler weather, we start to think about ways we can make our homes more comfortable because we will be spending more time indoors. For some people, it’s as simple as adding a throw blanket to a sofa. For others, it’s about staying on trend and updating their space so it feels fresh. Here are the top four trends for Fall 2017.

 

Oversized Furniture Is Out & Scaled Furniture Is In

 

Remember when it was all the rage to buy that extra deep and extra wide sofa? Your feet couldn’t touch the floor, but it was in style. Bigger was better.

 

Things have changed. Now designers are moving towards less bulky furniture pieces. Smartly and beautifully crafted sofas and accent chairs are replacing those enormous pieces that took up half your floorspace.

 

Brands like Palliser, Magnussen, and Brentwood (just to name a few) are designing and producing furniture that fits your space, and doesn’t overwhelm it. Thinner arms, shorter depths, and sleeker designs are the way to go this Fall.

 

Industrial Is Out & Wood and Gold Is In

 

Shiny and brushed metal, like steel, are now taking a back seat to wood and gold. Designers are moving towards warmer palettes — and just in time for Fall!

 

Now, the trend is to incorporate solid wood pieces that are finished in deep, rich tones. Carefully crafted furniture pieces, either classically designed or with a contemporary feel, are where it’s at.

 

Warmer metals are also en vogue. Bronze, gold, and champagne colours and accents achieve a subtle elegance unlike the sharp contrast of brushed steel.

 

Brands like Artage, Amisco, and Durham excel at designing beautifully crafted pieces that achieve this warm and elegant style with ease. They can also custom-create pieces and blend wood and gold together for a classy look.

 

Greige Is Out & Jewel Tones Are In

 

There was a time when everyone painted their walls in soft tones, purchased neutral colour rugs, and arranged beige furniture in every room in their home. For some people greige is just fine and will never go out of style — for others, it’s time to bring in some colour.

 

You don’t have to go crazy with colour to bring your room into Fall style. You can achieve a more colourful look by adding a fun accent chair, gold side table, or coloured throw pillow.

 

Many of the brands we carry at Smitty’s allow you to select your finishes and fabrics. This means you can do anything! Pair a neutral sofa with bright throw cushions or add neutral/solid coloured pillows to a patterned sofa. It’s all up to you.

 

Seamless Upholstery Is Out & Nailhead Details Are In

 

There was a trend towards seamless upholstery. This style of finishing makes for a more formal look for your sofas, chairs, and other accent pieces.

 

This Fall, nailhead detailing is in. Whether it’s a footstool, bed frame, or accent chair, finishing the seams with nails adds a fun bit of energy and style to your furniture. Nailheads can be simple and run only around the edge, or they can incorporate additional patterns and designs.

 

Brands like Durham, Magnussen, and Donald Choi (to name a few) are experts at finishing their unique furniture pieces with the hot nailhead trend.


Come and visit Smitty’s to check out the latest styles in furnishings for your home.

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Update Your Dining Room with Amisco

Amisco is a Quebec-based furniture company that designs and produces quality furniture with a contemporary look and feel. Made from solid wood and steel construction, Amisco’s dining furniture is durable and beautiful.

 

Dining tables and chairs have changed a lot in the last decade. The traditional rectangular or round table was typically finished in a simple, sometimes uninspired, way — more function over form. This uninteresting table would, traditionally, be accompanied by four to six identical hardback chairs. That’s it. That’s all.

 

Now, dining tables come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are tons of finishes, colours, and materials to choose from. It’s about both function and form. You can also accompany your dining table with a mix of styles of chairs — they don’t all have to match. You can select different chairs for the heads of the table, different sizes or finishes, or even select a bench to run along one side of your table!

 

Easy ways to update your dining room


It’s easier than ever before to update your dining room without breaking your bank, or redesigning your home.

 

Amisco has designed a huge array of dining tables and chairs that run from urban sleek to rustic farmhouse, and come in a variety of sizes and heights. You can select a dining table and chairs, or a pub table with stools, or and you can mix and match table bases and table tops. The selection is enormous!

 

Special features


Amisco also makes several lines of extendable dining tables. These tables open so easily that even one person can manage it, and once you add in the table leaves you can increase your table size by over two feet!

 

What’s even more clever is that the tables feature built-in leaf storage — no more trying to find a safe home for your table inserts so they don’t get scratched between uses.
 

Whether it’s wood, steel, or glass, Amisco has an amazing selection of tables and chairs that will make it easy for you to update your dining room exactly the way you want.


Visit Smitty’s and we’ll help you select the perfect Amisco dining furniture for your home.

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Design It Your Way with Bermex

Bermex is well known for their tagline, ‘Design It Your Way’, because that’s exactly what they specialize in doing.

 

Founded in Quebec, Bermex has become one of North America’s largest dining furniture manufacturers focused on producing personalized, quality, solid wood furniture. Their styles range from casual to formal, contemporary to traditional, American Country to French Country, and transitional to mix and match.

 

What is truly exceptional is that Bermex can offer customers dining furniture that can be finished in over 170 different finishes and in over 300 different fabrics, including leather. They also have over 400 chairs and bar stool models, and more than 80 table sizes. Whether you’re purchasing a complete dining room set, or a single bar stool, the flexibility that Bermex offers on their products is incredible.

 

Quality and environmentally-friendly construction

 

In order to achieve the highest quality results, Bermex maintains total control over the manufacturing process. From start to finish their expert builders are involved. With more than 500 employees and state-of-the-air technology, they are focused on quality.

 

Bermex also knows the importance of sustainability. Their tagline ‘Bermex furniture...made in harmony with environment’ is something they take seriously.

 

Green initiatives include:

  • For each tree that is cut down, a new plantation is done. This is an excellent way of ensuring the renewal of used resources!  
  • Every necessary effort is done so the wood that is cut away during production of a Bermex furniture is used for creating marketing tools or other items.  
  • All residues coming from different products used by the finishing department are 100% recycled by CHEMREC.  
  • A structured planning process allows Bermex to ship furniture while minimizing the carbon gas emissions and fuel consumption.  
  • Quality of Bermex furniture offers an optimum life span. This is a heritage that contributes to protecting your environment and that of following generations. To choose Bermex is an intelligent investment.

Smitty’s is proud to carry quality and eco-friendly brands like Bermex. Come and visit us to see the latest dining room furniture designs and explore how you can customize your dining room to make it truly your own.

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Smitty's Philosophy

At Smitty’s we care about our customers. We are proud to offer high-quality products and excellent, personable service.

 

We know that many businesses say that they care about your needs and what they are offering — but often it’s just marketing. At Smitty’s, we walk the talk.

 

We won’t sell you something that you don’t want, don’t need, can’t afford, and won’t work in your space. We will take the time to discuss your unique situation and we will work with you to bring your goals and inspiration to life.

 

Smitty’s has a long-standing history of demonstrating our caring approach and we have the experienced and dedicated team to make this a reality every day.

 

Here are a few highlights that make up our Smitty’s Philosophy:

 

Smitty’s Mission

  • To deliver the ‘Smitty’s Experience’ every time with HEART!

Our HEART values are:

  • Honesty
  • Enjoyable Experience
  • All About the Customer’s Home
  • Respect
  • Timeliness

Smitty’s Vision

 

To be seen as the best choice for quality furnishings and a better buying experience.

 

The Smitty’s Advantage

  • Customer satisfaction and tremendous value are our trademarks.
  • Showrooms feature creative, full room settings so you can visualize how the product will look in your home.
  • Sales consultants are relationship builders, and are passionate about decorating.
  • Offer full delivery and setup of everything we sell to a wide area surrounding our stores.
  • Smitty's business was built by providing consistent and unparalleled service in our showroom right through to our one year in-home warranty promise.

Interior Decorator Consulting

 

Smitty’s has full-time, certified, interior decorators on our team to support you in making the right decisions for your space.

 

A Smitty's Decorating Consultant can help you create a new love by refreshing an old room, or make your inspiration come to life in a new space.

  • We will look for functional elements, like traffic flow.
  • Creating the right ambiance, with focal points, texture, and colour.
  • Working with a theme, like contemporary style or reading room.
  • Making it work, with balance and symmetry.
  • On time and within budget, to make sure you can live your life.

Community

 

At Smitty’s, we take our social responsibility and the needs of our community seriously. We encourage all our customers to donate their gently used furniture to those less fortunate. Here are some suggestions where you can donate your used furniture:

  • Habitat for Humanity - ReStore
  • Recovery Room Shop
  • Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
  • Furniture Bank
  • Goodwill
  • Women’s Shelters

We also regularly support events throughout our community including:

  • CMHA- Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Skills for Safer Living- Kitchener
  • Wes for Youth
  • The Grand River Hospital Foundation
  • The Women’s Centre Grey & Bruce Inc.
  • Women’s Crisis Services
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Syrian Families in Hanover
  • Hanover and District Hospital Foundation
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters- Hanover
  • The Hospital Activity Book for Children
  • Lions Club International Dog Guides
  • Participation Lodge
  • And many more.

Our business was built by providing consistent and unparalleled service one family at a time. Come and visit us at Smitty’s — we look forward to helping you with HEART.

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Decorator of the Month - September

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces, and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.

 

September 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Gina!

 

Gina has been with Smitty’s for over 31 years and has worked in many departments.

 

Gina began her career with Smitty’s in the buying and accounting departments, but much prefers serving customers directly and has enjoyed helping them design their rooms and homes for over 20 years.

 

Gina’s gift is finding a clear decorating vision. She loves being able to help people, who cannot visualize or articulate their needs. By getting to know her customers, she is able to put together a home that will thrill them in the end.

 

Gina stresses that, although she can work with customers directly in their home or in the store (whichever they prefer), she can really help customers best when they bring in pictures, samples, and dimensions of their space. A picture is worth a thousand words, and combined with talking and learning about her customers, she is able to identify their style and needs.

 

“I have had the opportunity to work in several areas within Smitty’s during my 30 years as an employee. My passion and knowledge of  furniture, design, and space planning has lead me to my role as an Interior Decorator/Sales Consultant. Understanding my clients’ needs and wants is the platform by which we start developing a plan together. My goal is to find solutions that exceed my customer’s expectations!”

Come on in to Smitty’s Hanover and meet with Gina today!

 

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