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It’s hot, it’s sunny, and it’s time for a summer decor refresh! Summer is the perfect time to add some bright and colourful accents to your home. 

 

Our interior decorators have curated a list of the top items you can add to celebrate the season. We want to help you refresh your interior decor, so you will enjoy spending time in your home a little bit more this summer.

 

Bring the warmth and comfort of the season into every room of your home — it’s easy, we promise!

 

Wall Art

 

 

Wall art is one of the easiest ways to bring nature-inspired and colourful accents into your home. Whether it’s a print, a series of framed photos, hammered metal (featured in our showroom photo above), word collages, or mirrors, wall art will instantly add interest to your space.

 

Available in a wide range of sizes, frames, and colours, you can select a single piece or combine multiple pieces for visual interest. 

 

 

Decorative wall shelving units (like the one in our showroom, pictured above) are ideal for displaying photos, small plants, and other accents pieces. This stylish shelf can also act as a focal point in your space and help to bring visual interest to an otherwise underused area of your wall. 

 

If you are looking for some tips on what to hang, or advice on how to hang your wall art, click here to read our Wall Art Tips Blog.

 

Mirrors

 

 

Mirrors are functional and beautiful. Excellent additions to virtually any room in your home, mirrors will help to bring light into your space and provide an attractive focal point.

 

Easily combined with additional accessories and accent pieces (see showroom photo above), mirrors come in a variety of shapes and sizes. 

 

(Durham Furniture Vineyard Creek Mirror)

 

From Durham Furniture’s classic Vineyard Creek Mirror to Liberty Furniture’s Sonoma Road Sideboard (below), you can easily incorporate a mirrored surface and brighten your space this summer. 

 


 

Accent Tables

 

(Jofran Global Archive Tri-Colour Accent Table Set)

 

Refresh your decor with Jofran’s stylish and flexible set of on-trend accent tables. These tables will refresh your living room or home office in a heartbeat. Every piece is handmade by skilled artisans using natural materials including seashell, leather, hardwood, brass, and other unique elements. 

 


 

Currently featured as an in-stock special, you can find these gorgeous tables on our showroom floor in both Hanover and Kitchener. These tables are perfect for showing off your summer flowers or succulents — and they can be used both indoors and outside. 

Come and see them in-person and take them home on the same day!

 

Area Rugs

 

(Kalora Antika area rug)

 

One of the quickest and easiest ways to refresh your decor and bring some summer into your home is by adding an area rug to your space.

 

(Kalora Platinum)

 

Kalora area rugs are inexpensive and gorgeous. Available in a wide assortment of colours, styles, and sizes, you can find the perfect rug for every room of your home. 

 

Check out our area rugs online to start your search, or contact us to order a style from the Kalora website.

 

Whatever you are looking for, Smitty’s has the perfect accents to help you refresh your decor and bring some summer beauty into your home. Visit our online store and come into our showroom for more information. We look forward to seeing you!

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(Decor-Rest 2052 Sofa)

 

Finally, the summer is here! At Smitty’s, we know that as the seasons change outside, homeowners also like to make changes inside. It’s an ideal time to refresh the look of your living spaces and bring some colour and nature inside.

 

Here are our interior decorators top recommendations for incorporating summer interior design trends into your home:

 

Invite Colour Inside

 

(Decor-Rest 2030 Sofa)


Bring the warmth and energy of the summer into your home by adding colour to your space. 

 

Here are three key concepts to consider when adding colour to your home:

 

Cheery 

Incorporate bright colours like pink, green, and yellow. Adding splashes of contrasting colour with throw pillows and vases is an easy way to add a cheery tone to your living room or bedroom.

 


(Decor-Rest Zina chair)

 

Warm

Add warm and inviting colours, like pastel tones. Consider coral, purple, blue, and a contrasting white to add dimension to your colour palette. 

 

The stunning Zina chair, by Decor-Rest, features a gorgeous design and is covered with micro fibre for easy cleaning — it’s the perfect piece to update the look of your home this summer.

 

(Hooker Furniture Nesting Tables)

 

Shiny 

Accent your space with splashes of shine. This can be achieved with copper or chrome accents, or even with throw pillows covered in a metallic-looking fabric. These nesting tables by Hooker Furniture are functional and stylish for any room in your home.

 

If you are looking to update your space with a new sofa, recliner, or accent chair, we recommend taking a look at Decor-Rest. Their collections are inspiring and provide a huge range of customization options to help you bring colour into your home. 

 

Check out our online store or visit our showrooms and our interior decorators will help you select your options.

 

Incorporate Natural Materials

 

(Hooker Furniture Amani Rope and Glass Cocktail Table)

 

Adding natural fabrics and materials into your home never really goes out of style, and in the summer it is particularly nice to bring outdoor elements inside.

 

Bringing nature inside doesn’t mean that you have to have a green thumb — although adding plants, like succulents, are very much on-trend. You can incorporate natural elements by adding wood, linen, cotton, and other decorative items that feature natural materials or have floral or leaf patterns.

 

Here are two elements to consider when adding natural materials to your home this summer:

 

Wood

 

Wood is something that can work in any space. Stained or natural, live edge or smooth, wood can take on a variety of looks to suit your style. 

 

If you are looking to make a statement with wood furniture, consider Hooker Fine Furniture. They have a huge range of wood products that are both functional and stylish.

 

(Hooker Furniture Console)

 

Linen

 

Linen is a lovely natural fabric that works well for throw pillows. 

 

Typically found in natural tones like beige and cream, linen works well as a contrasting option amongst colourful accents or as part of a brighter colour palette. You can also find linen fabrics in leaf prints, for that added natural accent.

 

If you aren’t sure how to best to update your home, come and visit our interior decorators at Smitty’s. We will help you transform your space.

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Are you working from home? Are your kids doing home schooling? Are you finding yourselves squeezed together, using any available flat surface as a desk?

 

While it may have been a fun change of pace initially, odds are that, by now, it’s becoming a struggle to stay productive and professional. Whether you’re an adult or a child, everyone deserves a space where they can focus and do their best work.

 

While we understand that everyone’s home setup is different, there are some key pieces that will help you work more effectively, fit with your space, and look great too.

 

Here are the top pieces of home office furniture to add to your home:

 

1. A Good Desk

(Durham Furniture Distillery Desk)

 

Many people are currently working on kitchen islands, coffee tables, or even their laps. In the short-term, those may be suitable options, but unless you like to see your chiropractor every week or you enjoy getting food on your keyboard, it’s not a good long-term solution.

 

Sturdy, suitably-sized, and offering an appropriate working space, it seems obvious that every home office should have a good desk to work at. 

 

Desks come in a wide range of sizes and materials, so it’s really a matter of preference and space.

 

A Classic Desk

 

Durham Furniture’s Distillery Collection Desk (pictured above) comes in three colour options, Trenton Grey, Whiskey, and Aged Wheat. 

 

A traditional style, this solid maple desk offers clean, simple lines, provides ample working space, and has two drawers for storage. 

 

Durham is known for its quality, and the Distillery Desk is made from sustainably harvested maple with no veneers or particle board. It’s a desk that you can pass down to your children.

 
A Modern Desk

 

(Hekman Furniture Sierra Writing Desk)

 

If you prefer a more modern look and feel, then you may prefer Hekman Furnitures’ Sierra Writing Desk

 

The Sierra Heights Home Office Collection by Hekman is a beautiful, transitional style of desk that combines the rugged charm of hand-forged iron with the simplicity of a soft, dry-weathered finish. 

 

Built from a combination of Mindi veneer and solid materials, the Sierra finish features black glaze highlights that accentuate the wood grain and black iron hardware. The desk offers two drawers on the front.

 

A Children’s Desk

 

(Legacy Furniture’s Bunkhouse Activity Table Desk)

 

Let’s not forget about the kids in our lives — from elementary school to university, students need an appropriate workspace too.

 

Ensuring that your child has their own work area will promote engagement in their studies and will help to make them feel that their work is just as important as their parents’ work.

 

The Legacy Bunkhouse desk is crafted with hardwoods and Acacia veneers in an aged barnwood finish with galvanized pulls and corrugated metal accents.

 

A stylish and solid piece of furniture, this desk looks great in any space.
 

A Flexible Desk

 

(Amisco Rupert Freestanding Desk)

 

Perhaps one of the most clever desks styles on the market, the Amisco Rupert Freestanding Desk offers a contemporary and urban look with the flexibility and versatility to fit in virtually any space. 

 

The Rupert is configurable, allowing you to adjust both the table and shelf height to turn it into the perfect home office unit. Its surfaces are made of distressed solid wood and offer a stylish look for your space — and the integration of a bookshelf is simply brilliant.

 

2. A Quality Bookcase or Shelving Unit

(Hekman Sierra Open Shelves Bookcase)

 

If you thought the Hekman desk was cool, then check out the must-have matching bookcase.

 

Featuring the same Mindi veneer and solid construction with hand-forged 7/8" iron posts in a black finish, this bookcase is ideal for your office or school supplies as well as decorative accent pieces.



 

(Hekman Athens Bookcase)

 

If you’re looking for something a little more bold and striking, we suggest the Hekman Furniture Athens Bookcase. Constructed with a combination of solid mahogany and a mahogany veneer in an Athens finish, this open bookcase makes a statement in your home.

 

3. A Supportive Chair

 

(Brassex Adjustable Desk Chair)

 

Every home office needs a good desk chair, and preferably one that adjusts to your needs.

 

Brassex’s desk chairs provide a sleek look, durable construction, and a gas lift and tilt mechanism to achieve optimum comfort for your unique needs. 

 

Finished with chrome and a faux leather upholstery you can be comfortable without breaking the bank. Currently offered at a special price, we recommend that you contact your local Smitty’s to see stock availability.

 

For more home office inspiration, visit our website and shop from the comfort of your home.

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Woman working at home office desk with headphones on

Working from home shouldn’t mean that 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 (save the bedroom for relaxing) or in a corner of your basement (save that space for storage).

 


(Liberty Furniture Accent Bookcase)

 

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 bookcases and cabinets. There are many gorgeous and functional shelving units and cabinets on the market, made by brands like Hekman, and Amisco.

 

(Amisco Rupert Freestanding Desk)

 

DO: Go for versatility in your furnishings.

 

You don’t have to choose a traditional-looking bookcase or shelf. You can opt for a bookcase that provides flexibility to house the materials that you need for work and still have room to showcase some interesting decor. 

 


(Durham Media Console)

 

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.

 

When it comes to updating or creating your home office, the sky's the limit. Smitty’s carries wonderful, Canadian brands that will help you design a home office that you will love to work in.

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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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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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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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(Best Home Furnishings)

 

As the days get shorter and the nights get colder, we find ourselves starting to spend more time indoors. It’s that time of year when we pull out the sweaters, knit socks, and cozy blankets. 

 

Being cozy is a wonderful and comforting feeling — and it’s not just reserved for the duvet blankets on your bed. Making your home cozy is easier to do than you may think. 

 

Here are our top three suggestions on how you can make your living room cozy:

 

How To Make Your Living Room Cozy

 

(LeatherCraft Tottenham Sectional)

 

Let’s be honest, at the end of a long day, it’s hard to beat curling up on your favourite sofa and relaxing with a good book or binge-watching the latest Netflix show. One of the coziest options for curling up is a leather or microfibre sofa or sectional.

 

1. Add A Leather or Microfibre Sectional or Sofa

Leather is a comfortable, natural fabric that is warm, flexible, and cozy — and, as leather wears, it softens and gets supple for even greater coziness. 

 

LeatherCraft makes beautifully finished leather sofas and sectionals. Made in Canada with Italian leather and hardwood frames, their sofas are built to last and will look fantastic in any home. The Tottenham sectional (pictured above) is custom built and is available in a variety of options including sofa, sofa bed, ottoman, chaise, and loveseat.

 

(Decor-Rest’s 2135 sofa)

 

Decor-Rest is another company that designs beautifully crafted furniture, and sofas that are both stylish and cozy. Choose from a wide variety of fabrics and leathers to match your style.

 

Regardless of whether you select a sectional, sofa, or loveseat, complete your look by tossing a cozy throw blanket over the arm — voila, instant coziness!

 

2. Add An Area Rug

 

(Kalora Maroq Area Rug)

 

Nothing beats the soft, plush feel of stepping onto a cushy rug; the way the fibres wrap around your feet, the cushioning comfort of the surface, and the warmth it provides. An area rug is an essential component in any room that you are aiming to make more cozy.

 

Shag rugs were popular in the 70s and their popularity has increased over the last few years as homeowners seek more comfort in their homes. Available in a wide variety of colours, patterns, and sizes, shag area rugs are the perfect addition to your living room, bedroom, guest room, office, playroom, or basement.

 

Kalora rugs offer a huge selection of area rugs in a range of styles — and if shag isn’t your thing, you will find lots of other fabrics to choose from.

 
3. Add A Fireplace

 

(Dimplex Fireplace)

 

Last, but certainly not least, add a fireplace to your home for the ultimate in cozy. 

 

Whether it’s placed in front of the sofa in your living room, warming up your basement, or even next to the tub in your bathroom (for the perfect spa experience), a fireplace will instantly boost your cozy factor.

 

Dimplex produces a wide range of electric fireplaces, including:

  • Media consoles with mantel and firebox
  • Mantels with firebox
  • Wall-mounts
  • Inserts
  • Linear fireplaces

(Dimplex Arlo Fireplace)

 

A gorgeous focal point for any space, a fireplace will create dancing patterns of light, warm up your room, and elevate your living room’s coziness.

 

If you are looking for ways to make your home more cozy, visit our showroom and try our comfy sofas, loveseats, arm chairs, and more!

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