Everyone wants to have a carefree holiday and enjoy some fun times while hosting family and friends. No one wants to spend their holidays cleaning up broken glass or trying to remove stains.
While we understand that no one can guarantee that accidents won’t happen, the team at Smitty’s has a few helpful tips to help you get through the holidays without any “oops!” moments.
Move or Replace Breakable Decorative Items
If you are hosting children, people with pets, or guests who use assistive devices like canes or walkers, you will want to move your breakable decorative items to safe locations. Moving items to different locations will also help to refresh your space and create new visual interest.
Moving breakables from your coffee table, side tables, bathroom counters, and kitchen counters to safer locations like hutches, bedrooms, display cabinets, and bookshelves.
Replacing delicate glass vases with heavier glass vases to keep your florals on display, but with less risk for damage.
Switching tall candle holders with shorter versions, to reduce the chances of them being knocked over.
Exchanging real candles with battery-operated, flickering candles for additional safety precautions.
You can’t always be sure what people are allergic to — there are so many different kinds of allergies these days. To be safe, we recommend the following:
Do not have bowls of nuts on display for eating or decoration.
Replace nuts with dried fruits or other snackable options that can be left out.
Showcase flower arrangements that do not have strong scents.
Avoid lilies whenever possible, as they produce a very strong smell.
Replace scented candles with unscented beeswax or soy candles.
As with florals, scented candles can activate a guest’s allergies.
Reduce Staining Potential
They say that you know it’s a real party when something has been broken or spilled. At Smitty’s, we don’t necessarily agree.
However, if you do have a spill, we recommend reducing the damage caused by a spill by using Zucora to remove stains in an effective, natural way. Zucora’s plant-based products are safe to use in any part of your home, from your child’s bed to your dining room chair — it’s even safe to use on your dog bed!
We hope these tips will help you enjoy your celebrations this season. The team at Smitty’s wishes you healthy and happy holidays and a joyous new year!
A dining room is a special place. It’s more than just a place to eat. A dining room is where celebrations are held, friends and family share stories and laughter, and memories are made.
Your Dining Room, Your Space
Your dining room is a reflection of your style and can be anything you want it to be — from formal and fancy to eclectic and casual. There are no rules anymore.
Renowned designer, Nate Berkus, once said, “I hate sets. I’ve always hated sets. I think that if you have a dining room, break it up!”
Gone are the days of matching table and chairs. No more concerns about contrasting colours or patterns. Tables don’t just come in one shape, colour, or size. Chairs don’t all have to look the same. Everything can be customized to suit your needs, wants, and desires.
Custom-Made Dining Tables
(The Table Factory Reclaimed Hemlock table pictured above.)
Our customers always tell us how much they love being able to customize their furniture, and this is especially true of dining room furniture. The ability to create your own table means that you can have a unique-to-you piece in your home, which will work perfectly in your space and for your lifestyle.
Custom dining tables generally allow you to select the following:
Size: This includes square, round, and rectangular-shaped tables. It can also include selecting the number of table leaves to extend your table for guests.
Tabletop material: This typically includes wood and glass.
Table base: This includes wood, metal, and steel.
Tabletop Thickness: For wood tables, this allows you to select how thick your tabletop will be.
Finish: For wood tables, this allows you to select the colour of your finishing stain and gloss.
The Table Factory offers an enormous range of options when customizing your table. Their selection of wood ranges from cherry to reclaimed hemlock barn flooring and their custom bases are offered in a variety of designs. This level of flexibility allows you to fully customize your table.
Bermex offers an absolutely staggering selection of table sizes to choose from. Their website provides customers with an online Design It tool to assist you in building your custom table online. You can select the height, shape, dimensions, legs, profile, finish, and ring with ease.
Live Edge Dining Tables
(The Table Factory Live Edge Steel T-Base table pictured above.)
An increasingly popular choice for custom-made tables is to have a tabletop with a live edge.
What is a live edge table?
A live edge table is a table where the craftsperson has incorporated the natural edge of the wood into the design of the table. In some cases, this will illuminate the wood grain (as shown in The Table Factory image above), while still providing a perfectly straight edge. In other cases, you may have a table with an organically-shaped edge that follows the natural line of the wood.
Live edge tables are available in a variety of sizes and shapes, as each piece will vary depending on the type of wood from which it was cut. These tables are unique pieces of furniture that are more than just conversation pieces — they are works of art in your dining room.
Custom-Made Dining Seating
(Hooker dining set pictured above.)
In the same way that you can customize your dining table, you can also customize your dining chairs. Remember, there are no rules. You don’t need matching chairs, you don’t need arms, you don’t even need seat cushions — you can do anything.
Some of our favourite dining seating options include:
Captain’s Chairs: Sometimes called Guest Chairs, these large, ornate chairs have arms and can be placed at the head and foot of your table to frame your dining table space and add some drama. Pairing captains chairs with more simple chairs along the sides of your table adds nice contrast to your dining area.
Dining Benches: Typically made from wood, either straight edge or live edge, these benches pair nicely with dining chairs. You can choose to have one bench on a single side of your table, or go for a symmetrical look and have a bench on either side. Benches are great, flexible seating options.
Bermex offers a wide selection of benches featuring wood and cushioned options. They also have the latest brass and bronze-coloured options.
Mix and Match: Your dining chairs do not have to match. You can have some with arms and some without, some with cushions and some without, or even chairs in different fabrics, patterns, and colours. This fun look will bring character to your dining space and a more casual feel.
Hooker Fine Furniture makes gorgeous dining chairs in all shapes and sizes that are perfect for mixing and matching.
There are many ways to take your dining room from blah to wow. You can update your dining room table, add a hutch, or change-up your dining chairs — but one of the most overlooked ways to spruce up your dining room is to add an area rug.
A dining room area rug not only helps to define your dining space, it also adds colour, dimension, and comfort to your room.
(Surya Allegro rug pictured above.)
Here’s how you can determine the perfect size dining room area rug for your home in three easy steps:
Step #1 — Organize Your Furniture
Make sure that all of your furniture is set-up as you like it to be in your dining area. This should include your dining table and chairs, hutches, sideboards, wine carts, cabinets, shelves, floor lamps, etc.
Expert Tip: Don’t tuck away any items or redesign your space at this point in the process. You want to be sure that every element that you need and use in your dining room is accounted for with its own floor space.
Step #2 — Mark Your Floor Space
Pull your dining room chairs out from your table as though you were about to sit down. Then, leaving the chairs pulled out, mark the floor with painter’s tape approximately 6” beyond the back foot of each of the chairs.
This process will provide you with a measure of the space that would allow a person to comfortably get up from their chair and still remain on the carpeted area.
(Kalora Alaska rug pictured above.)
Step #3 — Measure Marked Space
Measure the length and width of your tape marks to establish the approximate size of the area rug for your dining room. If your measurements are an odd number (e.g. not 5’ x 8’, or 8’ x 10’), don’t panic, just ensure that you round up in size. It’s always better to have a slightly larger rug than one that’s too small.
Once you know the size of rug that you are looking for, you can decide on material, colour, and pattern — the fun has just begun!
For expert help choosing the right rug, come and visit us at Smitty’s we have a wide variety of Surya and Kalora rugs to choose from. We’ll help you put some wow in your dining room.
The holidays are just a few weeks away. Do you have beds to accommodate your guests? Is your dining room table large enough? Has your sofa seen been around the block one too many times? If you answered ‘yes’ to any of these questions, never fear — you still have time to order new furniture before the holidays!
At Smitty’s, we understand the planning and considerations that go into making your holiday celebrations a success. We can appreciate the effort that goes into making your home sparkle at this time of year, so we’re here to help you find the perfect updates to make your guests ohhh and ahhh — and to make sure you’re comfortable this winter.
We know there are a lot of factors to take into account when trying to decide which pieces of furniture to replace, so our interior decorating experts have put together some helpful tips:
Who is coming to your home, and are they staying for an extended visit?
If you are putting guests up for an overnight stay, or multiple nights, then you will want to ensure that you have clean and comfortable bed options available. Depending on your layout, you will need to decide if that means adding or replacing a bedroom set and mattress or getting a pull-out sofa.
If you have elderly relatives, they may prefer a proper mattress set. If you just need space for your grandchildren or other kids, then a sofa bed ottoman might do the trick.
Do you need extra seating to accommodate all your guests?
If you have lots of people coming to visit over the holidays, then you will want to make them feel comfortable in your home. If there’s one, single upgrade that you need to make to ensure your home looks extra special for the holidays (and beyond), it would be to replace your sofa with a sectional.
Sectionals allow you to have seating for everyone and come in a variety of configurations and fabrics.
Are you looking for smaller ways to make your home sparkle?
Do you find yourself spending time saying ‘Hey Siri’ or ‘Okay Google’, where is the best place to buy a sofa? Do you spend hours online searching for the best deals or the latest styles? Do you waste time meandering from store to store, wondering which pieces of furniture or decor to purchase? Well, you can stop wasting your time and effort because Smitty’s has it all!
Sure, we hear you. We are certainly biased in this regard — but it’s for good reason.
Here’s a little breakdown of the ways that Smitty’s differentiates itself from our competitors:
The Smitty’s Difference #1
Competitors: Stock a variety of furniture from somewhere overseas that is made from a variety of inferior quality materials offering questionable longevity.
Smitty’s: Our furniture is almost entirely made in Canada. We are proud to carry 85% Canadian-made furniture in our stores. Our furniture is made from the highest-quality components and are made to last.
The Smitty’s Difference #2
Competitors: You can either purchase it off the floor or order it online. They cannot guarantee stock or availability, and they most certainly aren’t able to offer customization.
Smitty’s: Our furniture is made to order. While we certainly do offer pieces for sale from our floor to your door, we specialize in taking the time to get to know what you want and need so that we can craft a custom piece for your home.
The Smitty’s Difference #3
Competitors: You can wander the showroom floor for what seems like an eternity without so much as a glance from someone working there. Then, if you are given attention, there is no guarantee that the person will actually know anything about interior decorating.
Smitty’s: Our showroom is filled with options and our professionally-trained team of interior decorating experts are there to help you. We will take the time to answer all your questions and make sure that you are making the best choices for your lifestyle.
We won’t sell you something that you don’t want, don’t need, can’t afford, and won’t work in your space. At Smitty’s we care about our customers. We are proud to offer high-quality products and excellent, personable service.
There are many questions to ask yourself when you are redecorating or are in process of updating your furniture. From deciding which room to refresh to which pieces to purchase, you will want to take the time to make the best choices for your lifestyle and budget.
At Smitty’s, one of the questions that we often get asked is, “Do I need an ottoman?”
While there are no hard and fast rules about furniture, there are some key considerations when deciding how best to furnish your space. Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when it comes to ottomans:
#1. Do you want a place to put your feet up?
If you like to recline and place your feet up on something, then a coffee table just won’t do. A fabric or leather-covered ottoman is the perfect place to rest your feet at the end of the day, and you won’t have to worry about cracking glass or staining wood.
(Superstyle leather ottoman pictured above.)
#2. Do you need extra seating?
If you often find yourself wishing that you had additional seating options in your space, then an ottoman is an ideal solution to this problem.
Depending on the size of your space, you can select a single size ottoman, or a larger square version that can accommodate several people. When not being used as a seat, the larger ottoman can double as a coffee table or even as a place to play a board game.
#3. Do you require additional storage space?
Ottomans come in all shapes and sizes, and some feature a hinged top that can open to provide you with extra storage space. This is the perfect location to keep extra blankets, games, books, remotes, and more.
#4. Do you require a functional surface that is child-friendly?
Although you may love to have a glass coffee table with square chrome edges, it may not be the best choice if you have young children in your home. Hard, sharp corners are not a small person’s friend — and you don’t want to spend time worrying that your child may get hurt or that the table might get scratched.
Leather or microfibre-covered ottomans are an excellent choice and won’t create any ouchies for kids.
#5. Do you need something to tie your space together?
Sometimes adding an ottoman to your room can be the perfect finishing touch that ties everything together. Placing a bright-coloured ottoman in the centre of your room can act as a focal point, or a neutral-coloured ottoman can complete a balanced look. It all depends on your space.
Did you know that deciding which living room furniture to buy is just the first step? Now it’s time to accessorize!
Whether you’ve purchased a sofa, a sectional, or a mix of accent chairs, now you need to integrate your new furniture into your space. One of the best ways to achieve an integrated look is by adding accessories.
The experts at Smitty’s put their heads together and came up with these top three ways to accessorize your living room:
#1. Add Some Throw Pillows
Add some throw pillows, custom or otherwise, into your space -- and not just one or two. You can place throw pillows on your sofa and your accent chairs.
Try using different sizes, shapes, or colours to give your space some personality. These pillows will not only look great, but they’ll also help connect all your furniture.
#2. Add a Blanket
Do not add your grandma's lace to the back and arms! Instead, select a contemporary design that can add visual interest to your space. Place a blanket across your ottoman, or off to one side of your sofa. Consider a blanket in a contrasting colour for some drama.
#3. Change It Up
Change around your pillows and blankets throughout the year. This will help to keep your room refreshed. You can choose to have seasonally-themed pieces, or simply adjust the colour palate — try pastels and lighter shades in the spring and deep, rich tones in the fall.
Interior design and interior decorating experts understand the importance of the visual impression and functionality of your living space. Making sure that your furniture works for your life, while, at the same time, offering visual interest and style is the key to high contrast design — chalk it up to yet another good reason to work with an expert.
What is high contrast room design?
High contrast room design is an interior design technique that aims to design a room with contrasting elements to help highlight a focal piece of furniture, create a striking visual impact, or accent a particular architectural element.
For example, you can pair the elegant sectional (pictured above) by Palliser with a lighter and more neutral coloured area rug to showcase the furniture.
Easy ways to create contrast in your room
There are many ways to achieve a beautiful, contrasting design in your home — it all depends on your style and your space. Here are a few easy ways to get this look:
Pair a darker coloured sofa with a lighter coloured area rug, or try the reverse. A dark rug with a neutral-coloured sectional looks amazing.
Add contrasting decorative elements to your space. Try adding colourful throw pillows to your accent chair or sofa, or add a grouping of colourful vases to your side table or coffee table.
If you are going for a more urban look, try adding black and white artwork and mirrors to your walls.
Mix and match your furniture and decor
Another excellent way to bring high contrast design into your space is by mixing and matching furniture pieces with decorative elements.
The metal base and wood-topped dining table (pictured above) by The Table Factory is a perfect example of a high contrast design. The natural element of the wood is contrasted by the urban look of the metal base. This example also helps to illustrate how a darker table can contrast nicely with a lighter coloured floor.
Forge Design can help you achieve this look with their sleek, chrome coffee tables with glass tops. If smaller, decorative items are more your speed, then consider adding some contrasting decor from Surya’s amazing collection.
It’s that time of year again — school is back in session, summer vacation is over, and everyone is returning to work. Getting back to work doesn’t mean you are stuck sitting at an uncomfortable desk, with furniture from a different era and old school filing cabinets.
Today, home offices are liveable, comfortable, and functional spaces that look amazing and help you to be productive. They are also spaces that can be designed and decorated to fit your existing decor.
Here are some dos and don’ts on how best to update or create an office that fits with your home and your lifestyle:
DO: Choose an appropriate room for your home office.
You want to make sure that your home office has enough space and light to be workable. You don’t want to work in your bedroom or in a dark corner of your basement.
DON’T: Give up style for function.
No one looks forward to working in a space that they find unpleasant. You don’t have to put up with traditional, boring, worn bookshelves and cabinets. There are many gorgeous and functional shelving units and cabinets on the market, made by brands like Magnussen Home, Hooker Furniture, and Amisco.
DO: Go for versatility in your furnishings.
You don’t have to choose a traditional-looking bookcase or shelf. You can opt for something with the flexibility to house the materials that you need for work and still have room to showcase some interesting decor.
DON’T: Shop for home office furniture only in the ‘office’ area of a store.
Don’t limit yourself to selecting from only pieces that are labelled as ‘office furniture’. You may find a lovely console table, nightstand, or media cabinet that could function well for storage, housing a printer or other electronics, or work well as a workspace in your home office.
Having a dream bathroom that’s relaxing, comfortable, functional, and beautiful is something that never goes out of style.
Getting your dream bathroom isn’t as hard to achieve as you might think. You don’t have to install a new tub or shower, and you don’t need to redo your plumbing and electrical — the most efficient way to get your dream bathroom is to upgrade your vanity, seating, mirrors, and accessories.
Smitty’s may not be the first place you think of when it comes to updating your bathroom, but we carry all of the components that you need to take your bathroom from blah to dreamy.
Installing a new vanity in your bathroom is the fastest way to update your room and make an impact. Hooker Furniture designs and builds a wide range of stunning vanities with styles ranging from contemporary to traditional.
Vanities are not just an integral part of your bathroom, but they are also highly functional. Here are a few key questions to ask yourself when purchasing a new vanity:
Do you want solid wood, veneer, or a mix of wood and stainless steel/chrome?
How much storage do you need?
Do you prefer drawers or shelves?
Are you looking for a marble or engineered stone countertop?
What colour of wood or stain do you prefer?
How large do you want your vanity to be?
Once you have answers to these questions, you will be a better position to select the perfect vanity.
Seating is an important element in your bathroom, and your type of seating will add to both the functionality and style of your space.
There so many types of seating to choose from that it can be tricky to make a decision. There are no rules when it comes to selecting seating, it’s all about you, your needs, and your style.
Depending on the size and layout of your bathroom, you can opt for a stool, a bench, a traditional chair, or even a chaise — there’s definitely a wow factor in selecting a luxurious chaise for your bathroom.