“There is no place like home.”
― L. Frank Baum, The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
There really is no place like home. Home is your oasis, your personal space, your sanctuary. It’s a place you should be comfortable. Whether you’re reading a good book in your favourite chair, entertaining guests in the dining room, or getting a good night’s sleep, comfort is essential.
At Smitty’s, our team understands the importance of being comfortable in your home and we want to help you achieve comfort without sacrificing style. Here are some of the best ways that we know to make your home more comfortable — and it all starts with comfortable furniture.
Being comfortable shouldn’t take a lot of effort. In fact, it should be effortless. Keeping it simple means that your space doesn’t become cluttered with furniture. Extra items can make living in your home awkward. Keeping it simple will help your space remain functional and sophisticated.
In an era of Marie Kondo, it can seem appealing to get rid of all your furniture and only purchase key pieces that will bring happiness into your life. At Smitty’s, we know that this approach will not work for everyone, and we understand that. That’s why we aim to keep it simple too. We suggest replacing key pieces that will help increase your comfort.
The sofa is one piece of furniture that gets a lot of daily use and must be comfortable. When considering a new sofa, make sure that it will not only fit your space but will also accommodate the needs of your family. Ask yourself:
Do you stretch out to read?
Do you snuggle in the corner?
Do you lean on the armrests?
How many people need to fit on the sofa at one time?
Sofas come in all shapes and sizes, and some can be customized to suit your specific design taste. From condo-sized to oversized and sofabeds to sectionals, you can find a sofa that will help you feel comfortable every day.
Brentwood makes gorgeous sofas that will stand the test of time in both wear and style.
Superstyle is another Canadian brand that offers high-quality sofas that range from traditional to casual.
Taking the time to relax and enjoy a delicious meal is a true pleasure in life. However, if your dining chairs aren’t comfortable, then you won’t look forward to meals with family and friends. If you can’t wait to get up from the table to go relax on your sofa, then it’s time to get some comfortable dining chairs for your table.
Gone are the days of buying simple wood or plastic dining chairs that were sturdy and functional, but plain and uncomfortable. Now, there are so many wonderful types of chairs that are both stylish and comfortable. With so much to choose from, it can be hard to know where to start.
Consider Decor-Rest’s varieties of Parsons chairs and armchairs for your table. Available in a wide range of fabrics, they are easy to keep clean and super comfortable.
Expert Tip: Try placing armless chairs along the sides of your table and armchairs at both ends for a very on-trend style.
Spring is finally here! Congratulations — you made it through the long, cold winter.
Now it’s time to celebrate the sunshine by bringing warmth and colour into your home. This year, the top spring interior design trends are all about soft tones, fun styles, and feminine patterns and colours.
Here are some of the top ways that you can bring some spring into your home:
1. Colourful and Fun Patterns
Now is the time to get creative and add some fun to your living room, dining room, bedroom, guest room, or home office. Don’t worry about reinventing the entire space, painting the walls, or adding funky lighting.
You can achieve a fun and colourful look by adding a few simple items.
Patterned and colourful accent chairs
Patterns are not something to shy away from, and adding a patterned accent chair is the perfect way to bring some fresh energy to your room.
Best Home Furnishings has a wide variety of accent chairs to choose from, in a range of styles to suit any home. Try adding a classic wingback chair in your bedroom and a contemporary swivel barrel chair in your living room.
Customizable in a wide assortment of fabrics, you can select a solid colour with a colourful accent cushion or choose a busier pattern and make it the focal point of your living space.
Palliser’s Klara chair is described as a traditional accent chair with a modern twist. This gorgeous accent chair is not only comfortable, but it is also graceful and elegant. Suitable for virtually any room, this chair is highly-supportive and can be customized with your choice of fabric or leather upholstery. Top the chair with a contrasting throw cushion for a stylish addition to your home.
Lighter, softer, muted, and pastel colours are definitely on trend this spring. Gentle colours like muted pinks, soft greens, light blues, and faded purples are calming and will help to add some serenity to your space.
While you don’t want to incorporate pastels into every room, try and find some key ways to bring these more feminine colours into your home.
Decor-Rest designs and builds sofas, sectionals, ottomans, and chairs that can be customized to suit any room in your home. Add a sofa in a soft blue hue with contrasting throw pillows as accents, or try a custom-covered ottoman in a floral pattern to bring a fun focal point to your living room.
Brentwood Classics is known for making stylish, modern furniture with eco-friendly construction. Sturdy yet comfortable, their Savannah sectional is made with a certified sustainable, kiln-dried wood frame and soy-based polyfoam cushions. You can choose from a variety of fabrics and customize this stunning sectional in a pastel colour for your home.
Adding some fun, yet functional, furnishings to your home is a great way to update your space for the changing season. From side tables to benches to decorative items, bringing some colourful and uniquely-designed pieces into each room of your home is highly recommended this season.
Superstyle is another Canadian brand focused on crafting stylish furniture in elegant leathers and fabrics for every room in your home. Their leather bench (L917 featured above) is the perfect addition to a bedroom, guest room, hallway, or home office. Comfortable and colourful, it is a great way to usher in the spring season.
Future Fine Furniture has a long history of designing and building beautifully-crafted furniture, and their customizable accent chairs, lounges, benches, sofas, and sectionals will wow you. Their occasional chairs are super comfortable and are a great way to add some fun to your living room, dining room, or home office.
Every homeowner wants to have a dining room where they can enjoy meals with their family and friends, entertain guests, and showcase their stylish decor. This spring, Smitty’s is here to help you get inspired to refresh your dining room with some of our favourite dining rooms to copy!
Colourful dining rooms don’t have to be filled with a variety of colours, and adding colour to your dining room is something that you can do without painting the walls. This is not an exercise in overhauling your space — rather it’s about adding colourful elements.
Bringing some colour into your space will help to refresh and update the look, and highlight particular elements, like your seating.
While some dining room furniture manufacturers will provide you with the opportunity to customize the style and finish of your table, it is often easier to add touches of colour with your chairs and decorative items.
Consider adding colour in the following ways:
This can include different types of fabric and even different patterns.
Adding small cushions to each chair is a great way to add a pop of colour.
Placing a variety of coloured vases, candle holders, bowls, sculptures, or other pieces on the centre area of your table is a fun way to add some colour — and it’s easy to change up to reflect a season, a mood, or a celebration.
Adding a dining room area rug under your table and chairs is not only on trend, but will add a very stylish element to your space.
Gisele Bundchen and Tom Brady’s gorgeous dining room has strong pops of colour in their Los Angeles home (above).
There’s something to be said for having a dining room that looks classic, dignified, and elegant. A regal dining room will feature elements with formal touches and ornate finishes to bring a sense of majesty to the space.
Classically designed tables are a must-have when trying to achieve a formal look. Look for:
Simple table lines, in rectangular or oval shapes
Deep, rich tones
Wood or marble table tops, not glass
Strong table legs, not spindles
Larger table sizes, not built to incorporate a leaf
Jessica Chastain achieves a classic look in her New York apartment with her solid wood, oval dining table and custom-covered dining chairs (above).
While not every homeowner is a movie star or celebrity, you can achieve that same glamourous look in your dining room.
Glam dining rooms can be classic or modern and they can be colourful or simple. The idea behind a glam arrangement is that it exudes high-style. This doesn’t mean that your furniture is uncomfortable or should only be used for special occasions — having furniture in your home that you cannot use every day is a thing of the past!
Consider dining room furniture that:
Shines or sparkles, including high-gloss wood or a glass top
Luxurious padded and covered seating
Added ornamentation in the seating, including nailheads or stitching
Plush area carpeting
Metal or glass decor in the centre
Sharon and Ozzy Osbourne’s dining room in Hidden Hills positively exudes glam with the oversized, shiny table and ornate chairs (above).
Achieving an understated yet elegant look in your decor and your home is one of the most sought-after goals that we hear from our customers at Smitty’s. People want to know how they can elevate the style of their homes without it looking stuffy or feeling uncomfortable.
Elegance used to mean formal and ornate. The look consisted of heavy pieces of wood furniture, tables and chairs with carvings, deep-coloured fabrics, and pieces that were oversized to make a statement. That is no longer the case.
Now, elegance can be achieved without all the heavy pieces, perfectly matching sets, and deep tones. Elegance can be just as effective when it is understated, with high-quality furniture and decor that reflects your lifestyle.
Distressed wood is wood that has been carefully and professionally weathered to showcase different colour tones and wood grains. It is a wonderful way to bring elegant warmth to your dining room.
Live edge furniture is also an effective style for achieving a high-end elegant look, without the hard edges of a more traditional table. Live edge allows for the natural lines and edges of the wood to be incorporated into the design of the tabletop, allowing for a more organic look. This style of furniture is unique because every piece of wood will feature different edges.
The Table Factory is a family-owned and operated business in Ontario that crafts high-quality tables in a variety of styles, and Smitty’s is proud to carry this local brand in our showroom. From live edge walnut to heritage-style, rough sawn distressing, there is something beautiful for every home.
Upcycling is the process of giving new life to vintage pieces, by incorporating updates that fit the style of the piece and make it look seasoned but refreshed. Upcycling is the perfect way to mix the old and the new in your home. It’s great for the environment, it’s on-trend, and it looks fantastic.
When you incorporate an upcycled chair, table, or hutch into your home, you will be adding unique features and accents that will help to bring out your style. Mixing and matching your furniture with old and new pieces is another way to achieve understated elegance.
Hooker Furniture’s Beaumont series of upcycled furniture offers a wide variety of refurbished treasures that can be used throughout your home.
When you are looking at incorporating understated elegance, you want to aim to have uniform colour palettes in your furniture and decor. Keeping neutral and warm tones, and not including a wide variety of colours is important. Keep your colour theme in the brown, beige, grey, or ivory shades — and use metallics to accent this look.
Matching sets work well in achieving a uniform look. While you can mix in personal items and other decor, it is preferable to stick to the warmer, softer, and more muted tones.
The other advantage of purchasing a matching set is that the look can be aligned to help define a space, without making the room look overtaken by a wide variety of styles. Creating this alignment is important for achieving elegance and can look luxurious.
While it might seem obvious, it bears stating: the number one way to achieve understated elegance is by purchasing quality furniture for your home. It’s amazing what solidly-crafted furniture can do to raise your decorating bar — and there’s no faster way to lose a sense of elegance than with poorly-made furniture. It sticks out like a sore thumb.
Adding well-designed and expertly-crafted furnishings will not just look great, but they will also last. When you purchase Canadian-made, handcrafted tables, chairs, bed frames, and sofas, you will enjoy the look and comfort for many years, as these pieces are sure to retain their value and their interior decorating appeal.
Smitty’s showroom is filled with high-quality furnishings to help you achieve any look you desire, including understated elegance. Visit us today and we’ll help you find the perfect pieces for your home.
Cozy fabrics can really help to warm up a space. If a matching sofa and accent chair set is too large for your room, you can opt for a single accent chair or throw pillows — or a stunning, fabric-covered ottoman.
Our favourite cozy fabrics include:
Plush velvet: warm, soft, and gorgeous, velvet is super cozy and luxurious.
Wool: richly woven and strong, wool will provide warmth in abundance — especially in the cold winter months.
Polyesters: available in a wide range of prints and textures, polyesters will be sure to warm up your style.
Linen: comfortable and warm, linen adds natural warmth to any space.
If furnishing your entire room is not an option, consider adding flourishes of warmth to make your home feel even cozier.
Throw pillows in rich, warm fabrics
A blanket to the side of your sofa for easy access and instant warmth
Accents in deep, warm tones on side tables and shelving
Candle holders in various heights (from tea lights in small votives to larger hurricane lamps)
Warm metals like bronze, antique bronze, copper, or mercury glass
Nothing beats a fireplace for getting warm and cozy — and creating an inviting atmosphere.
Dimplex is the leading manufacturer of electric fireplaces in North America and offers a wide variety of fireplace options, with and without storage.
At Smitty’s, we love the Dimplex Electric Fireplace Media Consoles. Providing a lovely hearth for visual interest and ample storage for electronics, books, and decor, these media consoles are the perfect addition to a living room, bedroom, or basement.
There are lots of great ways to make your home cozier and Smitty’s has many options in our showroom. Come and visit us and our interior decorators will help you find the perfect pieces.
Having fun with patterns doesn’t mean that your room is busy, crammed with accents, or filled with throw pillows. Incorporating a mix of patterns into your space, from your fabrics to your furniture, will add visual interest and dimension to your space.
You can be playful with patterns without stepping outside your theme, colour palette, style, or comfort zone. You don’t need to overdo it. You just have to find areas that could incorporate some patterning without looking forced.
Where To Incorporate Patterns
Almost any space in any room in your home can feature patterns, but not all rooms need it. Try to consider where patterns will make the nicest addition to your current layout. Here are some good places to incorporate patterns:
Place throw pillows in a variety of patterns and textures on your sofa, bed, or accent chairs.
Add an area rug to your living room, dining room, or bedroom.
Include furniture that features detailing (like nailheads or stitching).
Add accent furniture or larger pieces that offer design elements in their structure.
Boho Chic Patterns
Achieving a boho chic look is on-trend and can be achieved by adding pops of colour and patterns throughout your space.
Add a solid-coloured sofa and top it with a variety of different coloured throw pillows. Place a colourful area rug on the floor and add a metal or wood coffee table on top. Then complete your look with a mix of vases, candle holders, mirrors, and lamps.
Adding patterns to your space doesn’t mean you have to be wild and funky, or fill your space with colour. Select patterns that blend well with your sofa and accent chairs — don’t look for an accent tone, find a tone that matches your existing fabrics.
Incorporating furniture that features design elements in their construction will help to achieve a patterned look without looking too “out there”. Try adding a side table with an designed chrome structure for a base, or a console table with an interesting design. Adding circular furnishings is a great way to add visual interest or a focal point.
For more ideas on how best to bring some patterns into your home decor, come and visit us at Smitty’s!
There are so many amazing, quality, Canadian brands to choose from that it is hard to just pick 10!
Here’s what is making our top 10 list at Smitty’s right now:
Solid Wood. Timeless Style. Since 1899. Durham Furniture builds solid wood furniture distinguished by exceptional quality, award-winning design, and enduring value. Durham's furniture is handcrafted from sustainably harvested maple, cherry, and ash — no veneers, no particle board — just nature’s own uniquely beautiful creation.
Durham’s furniture pieces are timeless and considered heirloom quality. Add their furniture to your collection knowing you can choose your stain colour to create any look you desire.
Since their founding in 1944, Palliser has focused on creating exceptional products for the entire home and delivering meaningful value to their customers. With a vision to provide high-quality furnishings that allow people the opportunity to express themselves, Palliser is recognized as a design leader and style authority.
Palliser’s furniture ranges from living to bedroom and beyond. A broad product line, you can customize recliners, home theatre seating, ottomans, benches, stools, and more.
Superstyle was founded in 1967 as a Canadian manufacturer of fine upholstered furniture, with a philosophy of offering impeccable quality, exceptional value, and excellent service. With superior craftsmanship inside and the finest fabrics outside, you can be certain the Superstyle line of products stand the test of time.
Superstyle’s furniture includes a large variety of sofas, occasional chairs, sectionals, and home accents.
Artage International Inc. is one of the few metal fabricators left in North America producing occasional tables. Since 1967, they have worked with the design industry to create unique and innovative products.
Artage’s range of products includes occasional tables, consoles, drink tables, wine storage cabinets, and more. They are also able to customize orders to suit any taste.
Founded in 1983 in Maskinongé, Québec, Bermex is the leader among manufacturers of customizable dining room furniture, pub tables, and bar stools made of select grade birch. Purchasing a piece of furniture from Bermex is a wise choice when you are looking to acquire unique, quality Canadian wood furniture.
Bermex specializes in high-quality wood casual and formal dining furniture, pub tables, and bar stools with over 300 models to choose from.
Brentwood Classics has been designing and manufacturing made-to-order sofas for Canadians for over 40 years. From transitional to contemporary design, their renowned fabric library includes over 1,000 patterns in a multitude of colourways, sourced from all corners of the globe.
Designed and manufactured in Canada, Brentwood’s award-winning sofas will provide you with comfort, style, and eco-friendly seating — and their luxurious beds won’t disappoint.
For over 100 years, Kingsdown has been handcrafting mattresses using only the finest materials. Their old world traditions are complemented with new technological and sleep science advancements, ensuring the best night’s sleep possible.
Building products that last, Kingsdown mattresses don’t waste any material in their production process and most of their fabrics are recycled into other industries.
Future Fine Furniture
A family-run company that focuses on customer service, with over 130 years of combined experience in bench-made craftsmanship. Future Fine Furniture will customize their products to meet your needs and ensure that you are satisfied with the quality, style, and price.
Part of Future Fine Furniture’s mission is to reduce the environmental impact of the industry by employing eco-friendly materials, including organic cotton fabrics and sustainable wood products. From sofas and sectionals to benches and chairs, their furniture is solidly built to your specifications.
A Quebec-based Canadian company, Amisco takes great pride in designing and producing residential furniture that satisfies the tastes and needs of all ages. Their top-quality furniture reflects the latest North American design trends, and every item they make is exceptionally comfortable, superbly finished, and durable.
Amisco designs a wide range of stools, chairs, tables, dinette sets, and one-of-a-kind furniture that you can personalize to suit your lifestyle, whether you are furnishing an apartment, condo, home, or cottage.
Decor-Rest, a leading Canadian manufacturer of fine upholstered furniture, and has been building quality furniture since 1972. They are proud to have received more of the home furnishing industry's coveted national Trillium awards than any other upholstery company and are committed to designing furniture with the latest technologies and methods.
Decor-Rest only sources the finest tested materials from around the world including select, air-dried Canadian maple or birch for its custom frames.
Tabletop decor is the difference between having a stylish, welcoming table and an uninspiring table that makes you want to sit somewhere else.
From dining tables to side tables to console tables, every table can benefit from decor. Here are some expert tips on selecting the right decor for your home:
Choose Table Decor Carefully
While we might enjoy flipping through magazines, admiring all the nicely decorated rooms and tabletops, it’s important to remember that we do not live in magazines! We actually eat at our tables, entertain at our tables, and even do homework and pay bills at our tables.
When you select your tabletop decor, make sure that it fits with your day-to-day life. It might be lovely to have large bowls of fruit on display, but it may also be impractical.
If you have pets or children, don’t forget about them! You shouldn’t put fragile vases or lit candle holders on a coffee table or side table, as there is a risk to them getting knocked over. Remember that design should not trump lifestyle.
Popular tabletop decor items that can work include:
Vases with fresh flowers
Vases with fruit (limes and lemons are a classic choice)
Decorative art pieces or sculptures
Bowls with other items inside them (it doesn’t have to be fruit!)
Try a variety of options over a period of a few weeks. Move items around from room to room and tabletop to tabletop. You can even change out your decor with the changing seasons — it’s all up to you.
Every homeowner wants their home to be a place where they can feel comfortable, where they can share special moments, and where they can invite people over to spend quality time together.
Your home is a reflection of your lifestyle and it should look and feel like you. At Smitty’s, our interior decorating experts often get asked for advice on how best to decorate their homes. That’s why we’ve put together our list of the top three interior decorating tips to help you improve the look of your home.
1. Declutter Your Home!
“Later is the best friend of clutter.”
– Peter Walsh, Australian-American professional organizer
One of the inevitable facts of life seems to be that, over time, we collect things in our home. We’re not referring to actual collections of antiques or stamps — we mean “stuff”.
As the years go by, we tend to acquire items and the stuff tends to build up — sometimes it builds up so much that it gets in our way or prevents us from enjoying our home. Aside from being a fire and health hazard, clutter is unattractive and doesn’t do anything to show off the nice aspects of your home.
Stop putting off decluttering. Sure, it takes time and effort, but once the unwanted and no longer needed items are gone, you will feel so much better. (Side benefits include making donations to charities and earning some extra cash if you choose to sell your stuff online.)
Decluttering will also help to make your home easier to clean, more functional, and more airy. Who doesn’t want a cleaner and more spacious home?
A focal point is a simple concept. It amounts to having a piece of furniture, artwork, or decor that creates visual interest and attention. It should be something that draws your eye and might even be considered a conversation starter.
Examples of focal points include a fireplace, a bookcase, an entertainment unit, a headboard for your bed, an armoire, an oversized floor lamp, artwork, a mirror, and other decorative items.
If you room doesn’t have a focal point, then considering adding one. It will help bring some character into your space. You might even consider creating a vignette!
Expert Tip: Don’t add more than one or two focal points in a room or the space will begin to feel busy. If your eye doesn’t know where to stop and keeps moving around your space, you have too much going on. Think of a focal point as a piece of jewelry. When you get dressed to go out, you wouldn’t want to wear so much jewelry that you look messy or unfocused — the same is true for your home.
High-low decorating is the art of decorating a room with both high-end, expensive pieces of furniture and inexpensive finds. Sometimes these finds are already in your home. Other times, you might locate a great piece of furniture or decor at a flea market, garage sale, or antique shop.
The high-low style of interior decorating has been around for a very long time because it works and it’s fun! It is also a great way to achieve a stylish look without breaking the bank.
Try pairing your beautiful sectional with less expensive throw pillows, or ground your stunning new coffee table with a reasonably priced area rug.
Expert Tip: Keep an open mind with your furniture and decor arrangement. Just because the tag on the side table says ‘nightstand’ doesn’t mean that it won’t look amazing in your living room. Perhaps the nicely-framed mirror that was intended for your bathroom would look really great in your entryway.
For more expert tips visit us at Smitty’s. Our expert interior decorators are in our showrooms to help with all your questions.
We all know how important getting a good night’s sleep is to living a happy and healthy life. This is one area where you don’t want to skimp.
There are lots of mattresses on the market to choose from, but Serta and Kingsdown are two of the highest-quality brands. With pocket coils, specialty foams and fibres, and support that conforms to you, you will get the rest you need with these options.
Kingsdown has a patented bedMATCH™ diagnostic system that can help determine the best mattress for optimal support — visit our showroom to test it out!
The sofa is one piece of furniture that gets a lot of wear and tear from daily use. Typically the largest piece of furniture in your living room, your sofa should be well-made to withstand daily life — no one wants to see a ripped, scratched, or sagging sofa in the centre of your new home.
While you will spend more money on a quality sofa, you will reap the reward because it will last much longer and look better in the long-term.
Sofas come in all shapes and sizes, and some can be customized to suit your specific design taste. From condo-sized to oversized and sofabeds to sectionals, there’s something for every new home.
Brentwood makes gorgeous sofas that will stand the test of time in both wear and style. Superstyle is another Canadian brand that offers high-quality sofas that range from traditional to casual.
While you may not always be hosting a large group of people, or trying to impress the in-laws, you do want to have a dining area that looks nice, stands the test of time, and offers you the flexibility to seat more than two people.
A dining table and chair set is a bit of an investment, but it’s one that will last — and if you decide on wood, you can refinish the surface if your colour scheme or style changes.
Adding a dining set that incorporates a bench along one side will also offer you increased seating and flexibility to host larger groups.