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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:

 

Durham Furniture

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.

 

Palliser

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 Furniture

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

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.

 

Bermex

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

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.

 

Kingsdown

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.

 

Amisco

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.

 

Hooker Furniture

Since 1925, Hooker Furniture has been making stylish, beautiful, high-quality furniture. Now a third-generation company, Hooker is focused on crafting the same exceptional and inspired furniture that meets the needs of today’s homeowners.

 

Hooker Furniture designs gorgeous furniture pieces in a variety of collections that will stand the test of time. From bedroom sets, to sofas, to entertainment units, and more.

 

Decor-Rest

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.

 

Come and visit Smitty’s to take a look at these top 10 brands in person!

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(Magnussen Tinley Park bedroom set)

 

At the start of every year, we get excited about changes in interior decorating and we’ll look online to learn about trends, colours, and styles. 

 

We know you’re curious about what’s happening (or predicted to happen) this year, so the team at Smitty’s has put together a blog outlining the key interior decorating trends for 2020. 

 

It’s a new year and a new decade! What does that mean? It’s time for a new look! 

 

Make Your Home Welcoming with a Fireplace

 

 

Your home should be a place where you, your family, and your friends feel welcome. Doesn’t this room look welcoming?! It looks like the perfect place to relax, read a book, or entertain guests. Aside from the comfortable sofas and chairs, the main reason why this room looks like a place you’d want to spend time is the fireplace. 

 

Adding a fireplace to your living room doesn’t just make the room feel cozy, it makes the room more welcoming.

 

A fireplace is the perfect way to create a focal point, and you don’t need a hearth to do it. You can install an electric fireplace with or without a mantel, on a wall, or even include it as part of a media console!

 

Dimplex electric fireplaces are the perfect way to instantly make your room more welcoming. Available in a wide range of styles and options, you can transform the feeling of your room without worrying about a large renovation, like installing a wood or gas fireplace with a chimney stack and mantle.

 

Add Wood & Natural Elements

 

(Hooker Furniture Skinny Console Table)

 

Adding wood and natural elements into your decor is a trend that continues in 2020. Let’s face it — quality wood furniture never goes out of style. Wood looks beautiful as it ages. Every scratch or mark adds character and tells a story — and if you want to change its look, you can refinish it with paint or stain.

 

Hooker Furniture’s Skinny Console Table is gorgeous and functional, and definitely fulfills the trend of adding wood into your interior decor. You can place it in your living room behind your sofa, along a wall in your dining room or office, or add it to your front entryway.

 

(Kalora area rug)

 

If you’re looking for a natural element other than furniture, consider adding a jute carpet. Jute is a vegetable fibre that is spun into threads that are very strong, resulting in a coarse weave that has a natural look and a warm appeal. Kalora offers a range of jute area rugs in various sizes to suit any space. 

 

"Have nothing in your houses that you do not know to be useful,
or believe to be beautiful". 

— Sarah Richardson, Designer


(Magnussen Tinley Park Door Chest)

 

If you’re looking for usefulness and beauty, and you want to refresh your interior bedroom decor, then have a look at Magnussen’s Tinley Park bedroom set

 

Select one piece or purchase the entire set. This gorgeous, DoveTail Grey coloured series is sure to create a welcoming, relaxing, and inviting bedroom. 

 

Blue Is Back

 

(Decor-Rest sofa style 3179)

 

2020 marks the triumphant return of deeper blue colours! No more pastels or wishy washy tones — dark blue is where it’s at. In fact, Pantone’s colour of the year is Classic Blue.

 

“Instilling calm, confidence, and connection, this enduring blue hue highlights our desire for a dependable and stable foundation on which to build as we cross the threshold into a new era.” — Pantone

 

If you’re looking for an elegant way to update your interior decor, consider adding deep blue. Decor-Rest makes a beautiful sofa, available in deep blue, that is flexible enough to accommodate virtually any space or need.

 

This 3179 style sofa comes in condo size, full size sofa, queen bed pull-out, or even as a chair or loveseat. Customizable, you can select from a wide range of fabrics, leathers, and finishes to get the perfect look for your home.

 

The team at Smitty’s is looking forward to 2020 and to helping you with your interior decorating questions. Visit us in-store and meet with one of our certified interior decorators — they’ll help you find the perfect updates for your home.

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2020! It’s not just a new year, but a new decade — and it’s a great time to reflect and consider what the next year (or 10) might have in store. What would you like to change? What goals would you like to achieve?

 

Many of us set goals around work and career, whether it's broadening a skill set, finding new approaches, or transitioning from working at the office to working at home — maybe it’s time to start your own business. 

 

Whatever the case, the key to achieving your goals is giving yourself the necessary time and space. For work and career goals, a dedicated and well-appointed workspace will make all the difference. 

 

To maximize your productivity, create a working environment that you will enjoy, that you will look forward to returning to, and that will make you want to roll up your sleeves and get to it. 

 

Hard work requires intense thought, so aim for an environment that feels spacious, clean, and free of distraction. It doesn’t take much. If you have a good desk and the right kind of storage unit you can easily create a space that will inspire you to take this new decade to new heights.

 

Our Smitty’s decorators have come up with two looks for a new office:

 

Keep It Traditional

Crafted in Canada from the finest North American maple, Durham Furniture’s Palladian Writing Table is a charming take on its antique counterpart. With turned legs and beveled edges, this piece is elegant and sophisticated. Two drawers at the front and an upper section of compartments accommodate your daily small storage needs. Customize this piece by choosing your favourite wood finish from Durham’s broad selection of colours and finishes.

 

Complement your writing table perfectly with Durham’s Palladian Bachelor’s Chest. Dating as far back as the 17th century, the bachelor’s chest was traditionally a multi-purpose piece of furniture — and we’re bringing it back! This gorgeous piece has reeded edges and is built from solid maple, providing plenty of space for additional storage. It will keep your desk organized, clutter-free, and ready for the magic to happen.

 

Go For A Rustic Look

If your preference is rustic, we recommend Durham’s Distillery Writing Table. Built from solid maple by top Canadian craftsmen, this desk will get your year started right. Its simple design, tapered legs, and two soft-close drawers are perfection in a desk. Choose your favourite of three finishes for this handsome piece.

 

A clean desk means a clear mind. 

 

Keep the surface of your writing table immaculate with the Madison County Barn Door Accent Cabinet by Jofran. Jofran’s barnwood finish will match Durham’s whiskey finish beautifully and provide space for all of your office storage needs. To complete a rustic and natural look, accent your office with an earthy palette of dark greens, taupes, beiges, and browns. For a contemporary look, add touches of white, cream, and even an occasional pop of colour.

 

Whatever your style may be, Smitty’s decorators are here to help you achieve the look you want. Come visit us at one of our two locations in Hanover or Kitchener.

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It’s December — prime hosting time! Are you ready? Do you have your decorations? Your tableware polished? Do you have enough seating? Do you have a nice table or, if you’re not happy with your dining table, at least a nice tablecloth to cover your it? 

 

There are so many considerations to take into account when hosting an elegant dinner party. At Smitty’s, we completely understand how important it is to make your guests feel comfortable in your home — and we know how tricky it can be to create an atmosphere of elegance. 

 

To help navigate you this busy season, our team has put together some tips to get started with your party-planning, including decor suggestions, some elegant recipes, and a list of some of our favourite furniture pieces for your holiday wish list:

 

Decor Tips for An Elegant Dinner Party

 

 

Elegance is not as difficult to achieve as it may seem, and it doesn’t have to break the bank. Here are a few tips that will help you get the perfect holiday look:

 

Use nature to decorate your table, mantle, countertop, and bathroom.

Clip (or purchase) cedar or pine branches and mix them with cut flowers, strands of berries, or decorative snowflakes. Place them as a centrepiece on your dining table, across your mantle or kitchen counter, and in a large vase in your bathroom. 

 

Don’t be afraid to go big on the natural decor — it will make an elegant statement. You can also add sprigs and cranberry strands to your napkins or along the centre of each guest’s place setting (see image above).

 
Place votives along the centre of your dining table.

Nothing says elegance like candlelight. Adding shiny gold and silver votives with tea lights along the centre of your dining table, or around your centrepiece, will make your dining area look beautiful. 

 

Make sure you don’t skimp out on the number of votives — we recommend 6-10 for a typical dining table. Ensure that people won’t have to reach over them and that they are placed a safe distance away from napkins, decorations, or other flammable materials.

 

Enhance your place setting.

If you want your table to look elegant and welcoming, make sure you place all the required flatware and dishes at each place setting. 

 

Lay out your cutlery appropriately on each side of the plate setiings and across the top, and include salad forks, dessert forks, and dessert spoons. Ensure you place both water glasses and wine glasses at each setting — and include a champagne glass if you are toasting with some bubbly. 

 

For an added touch of elegance, consider adding a charger plate under all your plates. A charger plate is essentially an oversized plate that isn’t used for plating food, but acts as a decorative item. Available in a wide range of colours, you can find a charger that will match your decor.

 

Elegant Recipes for Your Dinner Party

 

 

While not everyone is a Michelin-starred chef, we know that you want your dishes to look spectacular for your guests.

 

Here are a couple of recipes that look incredible and aren’t too tricky to pull off:

 
Seared Scallops with Brown Butter and Lemon Pan Sauce

(Recipe Credit: Epicurious.com)

 

 

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 lemons
  • Small handful of chives
  • 12 large dry sea scallops
  • Kosher salt, freshly ground pepper
  • Extra-virgin olive oil or vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, cut into pieces
  • 2 teaspoons drained capers

STEP 1

Cut 2 lemons in half and squeeze juice into a measuring glass or small bowl. You should have 1/4 cup juice. Set aside. Using a paring knife, cut ends off remaining lemon to expose flesh. Upend lemon on a cut end and remove peel and white pith from lemons, then discard. Cut between membranes to release segments into bowl with juice, squeeze membranes to get any last drops of juice. Fish out any seeds and set aside. Thinly slice chives and place in a small bowl, then set aside.

 

STEP 2

Pull side muscle off scallops, if needed pat dry. Season lightly on both sides with salt and pepper. Heat a large skillet, preferably stainless steel, over medium-high. Pour in oil to lightly coat surface (2–3 Tbsp), heat until it shimmers and you see first wisps of smoke. Swiftly place scallops into skillet, flat side down, and cook without touching, tossing, or fussing until underside is a deep golden brown (3-4 minutes). Use a thin spatula or tongs to gently turn over. If they resist, cook another 30 seconds and try again. Cook on second side until flesh at top and bottom looks opaque, but there is still a faintly translucent strip in the middle (1–2 minutes, depending on size). Transfer scallops to a plate.

 

STEP 3 

Pour off any oil in skillet and set over medium heat. Add butter and cook, swirling, until butter foams, then browns, about 2 minutes. Add reserved lemon juice and segments; energetically stir and swirl pan to emulsify sauce. Mix in capers and reserved chives and spoon pan sauce around and over scallops.

 

Riesling Gelée with Strawberry Conserve

(Recipe Credit: Foodandwine.com)

 

 

INGREDIENTS

 

GELÉE

  • 1 1/2 cups off-dry Riesling
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons unflavored powdered gelatin

STRAWBERRY CONSERVE

  • 1 pint strawberries, cut into 1/4-inch dice
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons finely grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon off-dry Riesling

STEP 1

Make the gelée in a small saucepan. Combine the Riesling and sugar and bring to a low simmer over moderate heat, swirling gently until the sugar is dissolved, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and let cool.

 

STEP 2  

Sprinkle the gelatin over the cooled syrup and let soften for 5 minutes. Warm the syrup over moderate heat and stir to dissolve the gelatin, about 1 minute. Let cool slightly. Pour the gelée into 4 wine glasses. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

 

STEP 3 

In a small bowl, gently stir the strawberries with the honey, sugar, lemon zest, and Riesling. Let stand at room temperature for 30 minutes.

 

STEP 4    

Spoon the strawberry conserve over the gelée and serve.

 

Holiday Wish List

 

 

If you’ve been coveting new furniture for your home, then we have the perfect items for your wish list this year:

 

  1. Bermex Side Chairs
    These gorgeous wood and fabric chairs look stunning in any room.
     
  2. Amisco Upholstered Bed
    This contemporary bed frame and upholstered headboard will keep you cozy and look fabulous in your bedroom.
     
  3. Table Factory Coffee Table
    This live edge table is a showstopper and its solid wood design will last for decades.
     
  4. Ruffsawn Dresser
    Handcrafted with premium wood, this dresser is absolutely stunning — and practical!
     
  5. Durham Night Stands
    Designed with sustainably harvested wood, these night stands will bring elegance to your bedroom.
     

For more inspiration, decoration advice, and help getting your home ready to host, come and visit Smitty’s. We’ll help you get ready and scratch gifts off your wish list!

 

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Sometimes it’s hard to know how best to update your home. There are so many options to choose from, so many decisions to be made, and so many places to look for inspiration. 

 

At Smitty’s, we understand that it can feel overwhelming, so our interior decorators have gathered together some amazing photos of celebrity homes to help inspire you for your next interior decorating project.

 

Check out these amazing rooms and see how you can achieve a similar look:

 

Jamie Oliver’s Bedroom

 

(Thanks to J.O.’s Instagram account.)

 

This renowned celebrity chef (and his family) love relaxing in this luxurious bedroom. His enormous bed looks fit for a king and is adorned with rich fabric and gold finishes, for a stylish finish.

 

Get Jamie’s Look

 

You can achieve a similar look with the following pieces:

 

While it’s not quite as ornate, Durham Furniture’s King Grand Upholstered bed Prominence Collection is certainly regal and elegant. Expertly-crafted with solid maple and finished with the highest-quality fabric, this bed will make you feel like a king.

Durham Furniture’s Glen Terrace night stand is a beautifully crafted two-drawer nightstand is handcrafted with sustainably harvested maple, cherry, and ash wood. Solid construction and timeless appeal will make these night stands look great for years to come.
 

Kylie Jenner’s Dining Room

 

 

Regardless of whether you love or hate the Kardashians, you will love this dining room! 

 

Kylie Jenner’s contemporary dining room is simple yet elegant. Featuring an oversized, dark-stained wood table, contrasting white dining chairs, and finished with a dramatic area rug, this dining room is the perfect room for entertaining.

 
Get Kylie’s Look

You can achieve a similar look with the following pieces:

 

 

Magnussen’s Proximity Heights dining table is a sophisticated and tailored dining option, featuring a lush smoke Anthracite finish. Available with a removable leaf for added functionality.

 

 

Bermex’s dining chairs are finished with on-trend nailhead trim and are available in a range of finishes to suit any dining room.

 

 

​Surya has a huge assortment of area rugs in dark tones and different types of fabric to complete your look to be just like Kylie’s.

 

Steph Curry’s Living Room

 

(Photo by Getty Images and OpenHomesPhotography.com)

 

Our team got pretty excited during the playoffs and, when we saw the inside of Steph Curry’s home, we got equally enthused! 

 

Featuring a neutral colour palette and comfortable furnishings, his living room furniture is expertly mixed and matched. A cosy and neutral sofa is paired with grey accent chairs and a striking leather reading chair. 

 

The space is finished with some very on-trend wood-topped and metal base coffee tables to create a  living room that is welcoming, comfortable, and functional.

 

Get Curry’s Look

You can achieve a similar look with the following pieces:

 


 

  • Brentwood’s Darwyn Chair is the perfect barrel-back wing chair, featuring a regal silhouette. This chair is made with eco-friendly construction and certified sustainable, kiln-dried wood frame. 
     


 

  • Artage crafts a variety of metal nesting tables in a wide range of sizes that can be customized with different tops, including wood and marble.

 

Jennifer Lawrence’s Bedroom

 

(Photo from Hello magazine)

 

Classically simple, yet stylish and tranquil, Jennifer’s bedroom looks like the perfect space to curl up and read your favourite book. Featuring an upholstered headboard as a focal point, the bed and ottoman are definitely the highlights of this room.

 
Get Jennifer’s Look

 

You can achieve a similar look with the following pieces:

 

 

Brentwood’s stunning, upholstered, custom beds are a thing of beauty. Available in full, queen, or king sizes with customizable fabric, this bed creates timeless beauty in the bedroom.

 

 

Brentwood’s Adam ottoman is constructed with eco-friendly, certified sustainable, kiln-dried wood, and features nailhead finishes. Available in a range of leathers and fabrics (you don’t have to like pink!), this ottoman can be customized to suit your style.

 

For more inspiration and expert advice, come and visit our showroom and chat with our interior decorators. We can help you get the look you want for your home.

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The days are shorter, the nights longer, and temperatures have dropped. ‘Tis the season to stave off those winter blues and blahs. It’s time to cuddle up in your favourite overstuffed chair under a warm blanket with a hot beverage to enjoy the company of family, the glow of a fire, a good book, or your favourite movies and tv shows — it’s time to get cozy. 

 

In Denmark they call it “hygge,” in Norway they say “koselig,” and in Canada, though we may not have a single word for it, we know what it is — it’s the art of slowing down, cozying up, keeping warm, and creating an atmosphere of conviviality and happiness during those long winter nights.

 

Here are some ideas from our Smitty’s designers that will help you get comfy and warm all winter long.

 

A Sectional For All

 

 

The beauty of a sectional is that the whole family can curl up together. Brentwood’s Canadian made Sebastian Sectional has room from everyone. You can mix and match sections to suit the size of your family and the shape of your space, and you can choose from a wide selection of fabrics to match the rest of your home. Before you buy a sofa, make sure you try it out. The Sebastian Sectional and many more are on display in our Hanover and Kitchener locations, come try them for yourself.

 

Recline To Your Heart’s Content

 

 

Nothing says cozy like a recliner, a blanket, and a good book — and just because it’s comfy, doesn’t mean it can’t have style. The Charlotte Glider by Dutailier features beautifully curved lines that create a modern retro look and will make a statement in any room. Dutailier lets you choose the fabric and wood finish that will complement your home best.

 

A Media Console Completes Your Look

 

They say we are in the golden age of television, so what better time to catch up on all of your favourite TV shows than now. Set-up your home entertainment system with Ruffsawn’s stylish Live Edge HGTV Stand. Made of solid wormy maple, known for its beautiful streaks and colour variations, this console’s rustic look will add a cozy feel to any space in your home. The uncompromised Canadian craftsmanship of this piece is not only stylish, but also practical, offering plenty of storage space. The two cabinets are the ideal spot to keep extra pillows and blankets and the three open shelves can display a selection of books, magazines, or photographs. 


Whatever your winter needs are, our designers can help. Drop into one of our two locations or book a consultation with one of our certified decorators.

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Dual Purpose room

 

The day you thought you would never see has come, your kids have flown the coop. Whether they have moved into a university dorm room, found their first apartment with roommates, or moved to a new city for a new job, watching them leave home can elicit mixed emotions. Regardless of whether their leaving is bitter or sweet for you, consider it an opportunity, a new chapter of life for both of you. Your home may be quieter, it might feel slightly more empty, but it doesn’t have to stay that way. You can reclaim your space and make it work for you. Look to your future, how will your home cater to your new-found independence?

 

The obvious place to begin is your kid’s room. While you will want to accommodate them when they visit, you may also want to use that space. A great option is a dual purpose room — a room that will allow you to welcome them home while satisfying your own daily needs.

 

 

Start with a sofa bed

 

 

Decor-Rest offers a simple and stylish option with a premium memory foam gel mattress. What’s more, Decor-Rest lets you customize your sofa bed by choosing from a wide range of high-quality fabrics – keep it simple with a solid colour or go bold with texture or pattern. Your guests will sleep like babies and you will have a stylish and functional new addition to your dual-purpose room.

 

 

Your best-kept secret

 

Okay, you’ve got a sofa bed, but you where do you put the extra blankets and pillows when the bed is not in use? What do you do when you’re ready to put your feet up at the end of the day? The answer is a storage ottoman. Palliser and Decor-Rest both offer great options. For a traditional look, select the same fabric as your sofa, or for an eclectic approach, choose a complementary pattern. Either way, you’ve achieved style, practicality, and comfort in a single piece of furniture.

 

 

Find your second purpose

 

Yes, a dual-purpose room needs a second purpose! There are many ways to go, so take time to reflect on what works best for you. A popular option is a home office and this is easily achievable. 

 

Smitty’s carries a variety of desks that serve different functions. Consider Durham Furniture’s Writing/Makeup Desk or the more rustic looking Distillery Writing Desk, both are simple tables with drawers that will serve a variety of purposes for you and your guests. In a dual-purpose room, multi-purpose furniture is your friend. 

 

Regardless of what you choose to do with your new-found space and freedom, Smitty’s professional home decorators are ready to provide the solutions you need. Come visit one of our Ontario locations to explore your options. 

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Confucius says:

 “Every house guest brings you happiness. 

Some when they arrive, and some when they are leaving.”

 

The team at Smitty’s understands that our customers experience this sentiment in real life, and we aim to do everything we can to help make your hosting as easy and as comfortable as possible.

 

The number one thing you can do to help ease the stress of hosting is to be prepared! Don’t wait until the week your guests are due to arrive to ensure that you are properly set up. Start now.

 

Here are our experts’ top recommendations on how to get ready for the best holiday hosting experience possible:

 

1. Update Your Guest Room Mattress

(Kingsdown Mattress)

 

Everyone knows that a well-rested guest is a happy guest, so we recommend looking after that right away. 

 

No one wants their in-laws, friends, or family to wake up irritable because they have sore backs from sleeping on an old futon — or even worse, for their 80-year-old relative to wake up on the floor because their air mattress deflated during the night! (true story)

 

Kingsdown is known for their innovative mattresses that provide motion separation. This patented system allows for multi-zone pocket coils which isolate movement. This means that when one person rolls over or moves it does not disturb the other person. It’s genius!

 

(Serta icomfort mattress)

 

Serta is another excellent mattress brand. Known for their Comfort and Perfect Sleeper mattresses, they offer a variety of types of mattresses to choose from.

If you’re not sure which would be best for your home, the team at Smitty’s will help you make the right choice.

 

2. Get New Furniture & Area Rugs Now!

 

 

You may have a beautiful meal planned and lovely tabletop decor, but do you have a table to put it all on? Is your existing table going to comfortably accommodate all your guests?

 

Don’t split your guests apart by using different dining surfaces, or exclude the younger guests in a different room. Ensure that all your guests feel welcome at your table. If you place your order ASAP, you will be in good shape when your guests arrive.

 

(Bermex Live Edge Table)

 

Bermex is a quality brand focused on craftsmanship — and nearly every table and chair is fully customizable! This means that you can select the shape, size, colour, finish, and fabrics to match your interior decor.

 

At Smitty’s, we offer a wide variety of tables to accommodate larger groups (up to 14 people), so you will be able to find the perfect table and chairs for your home. Don’t worry — if you typically only need to fit four people at your table, you can conveniently tuck away the extra table leaves.

 

(Kalora Alaska area rug)

 

A really effective and simple way to update your space is with a new area rug. Kalora rugs are ideal to refresh your space, from dining rooms to bedrooms, adding an area rug will accent your space and provide additional comfort and design.

 

Available in a wide range of sizes, colours, and materials, Kalora rugs are a great choice. Our team can help you select the perfect rugs for your home.

 

3. Be Welcoming

 

Everyone likes to feel welcomed when they are a guest. No one likes to feel like an imposition. 

 

One quick and easy thing to do to make your friends and family feel special is to take a few minutes to write a short welcome card to place on the pillow on their bed — and don’t forget to add a few colourful throw cushions for extra fun!

 

Your note doesn’t have to be long, it doesn’t have to be fancy. Just write a few nice words from the heart and you will make your guests feel relaxed and right at home.

 

It’s always the little things that people remember.

 

For more helpful ideas on how you can prepare to be the ultimate host with the right furniture, visit us at Smitty’s. We’ve got you covered!

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(Brentwood Grayson)

 

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?
 

2. Add A Focal Point

 

(Magnussen Fraser Entertainment Wall Unit)

 

What is an interior design focal point?

 

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!

 

You can read more about vignettes in our blog here.

 

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.

 

3. Mix High & Low-Priced Pieces

 

(Decor-Rest)

 

What is high-low decorating?

 

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.

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The weather is cool, mornings are damp, and the trees are turning to majestic reds and magnificent yellows – autumn has arrived. It’s a great time of year to be outdoors, but unlike summer, you have to prepare for it. That means boots, coats, hats, scarves, a pair of gloves, occasionally even an umbrella – if you live in Canada, you know the drill. And autumn is only the beginning, the colder the weather gets, the more layers we pile on. The problem, that we inevitably face, is where to keep all of that stuff. The colder months can wreak havoc on our front hallways, so our designers at Smitty’s have come up with some great ideas to help you stay organized and clutter-free as winter approaches.

 

EACH TO THEIR OWN

Have you ever considered a chest of drawers in your front hallway? A beautiful chest of drawers offers both elegance and practicality. We suggest giving each family member their own drawer to keep track of their own things – whether keys, wallets, or winter gear – this is a simple way to minimize clutter and stay organized.

 

The Soma Junior Chest by Durham Furniture is a gorgeous option. Made from solid Canadian maple and inspired by San Francisco’s South of Market district, where warehouse chic is de rigueur, the Soma Junior Chest is the perfect solution for your front hall. Bigger family? Need more drawers? Try the Soma 6 Drawer Chest. As with all Durham Furniture, you choose your custom finish.

 

Soma Junior Chest

 

TAKE A SEAT

The best front hallways offer a seat – a place to put your shoes on or take them off, to set your bag down when you first walk in the door – a place to accommodate some of the most basic things we do every single day. 

 

If you love warehouse chic, try Amisco’s Upright Bench. Its steel base and wood top create a modern industrial look that is stylish, sturdy, and perhaps best of all, easy to clean. You can customize your bench by choosing your favourite colour of metal and wood finish.

 

Amisco’s Upright Bench

 

MIRROR MIRROR

A mirror will open a space up and create light, and of course, gives you the chance to take one last peek before you walk out the door. Take a look at Durham Furniture’s simple and stylish options. Do you prefer round or square?

 

        

 

A RUG KEEPS IT COZY

Rugs provide color, texture, and warmth and will make your house feel cozy the moment you step through the door. When choosing a rug for your front hall, consider the size of the space and the placement of the rug - will your front door open and close easily with the rug in place? Also, think about a material that will endure the weather, and of course, keep your budget in mind. Kalora and Surya offer some of our favourite designs at affordable prices. Visit one of our showrooms in Hanover or Kitchener to go through our catalogue of rug swatches.

 

For more ideas and styles, set up a meeting to consult with one of our professional decorators.

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