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DIY interior design shown in a living room in Canada

Home style magazines are everywhere. They are in the grocery store, the doctor’s office, and for some us, in our mailboxes. Inside, the glossy pages of these magazines show us a variety of rooms to drool over. Images of to-die-for living rooms, luxurious bedrooms, and stunning dining rooms are displayed with gorgeous photography. Some magazines even feature photos from inside celebrities’ homes to show us the latest colours, trends, and furniture. But, it all seems like a dream. Intangible. Beyond our capabilities. It makes us wonder, how can I possibly create such a beautiful space in my home and with my budget?


Don’t get bogged down with Oprah’s latest favourites that require a second mortgage. With a few pointers, you can create your own dream spaces — and Smitty’s can help.


DIY Like A Boss

You can create spaces that are functional, beautiful, and within your budget. You can, if you plan.


Make a Plan


Homeowners often decide they want to change a bunch of things in their home. A little over here, a little over there. But, what most people don’t do is make a plan to figure out how all these changes are going to happen, and if they’re going to work together.

  • If you buy the fabulous brown leather sofa, is it going to work the purple area rug that you’ve had your eye on? Probably not.
  • The comfy entranceway bench is lovely and would be so practical when putting on and taking off your shoes. But will it actually fit in your space? Darn it, that space is too tight.
  • Those side table lamps are great! One small problem...you don’t have any side tables.

These are some examples of real situations that people find themselves in when they are excited about a room redo, but haven’t actually stopped to make a plan.


In some cases, this lack of planning can result in frustration and disappointment. You can become overwhelmed by all the options and can’t see how it’s all going to work.


In other cases, not having a plan can result in a hit to your budget. You bought the fabulous sofa, but it won’t fit through your door.


With a little planning, measuring, and budgeting, you can turn those problems into:

  • That sofa works so well with the cream area rug in the front room!
  • That entranceway bench is the perfect fit in my foyer!
  • Those side table lamps look fantastic in my bedroom on my two new side tables!

So, try this:

  1. Slow down and take your time.
  2. Do measure your space.
  3. Take a look at your finances.
  4. Walk around your space to really take a look at what changes you want to make.

Once you’ve examined everything, let the hunt for the perfect pieces begin!

Does it come in red?

How many times have you caught yourself thinking...hm, I like it, but it’s the wrong colour.


At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we pride ourselves on having a huge selection of custom options for your furniture. We have hundreds of pieces of furniture that can be customized for you. Whether it’s the type of fabric, the colour of the leather, or the type of leg on a sofa — we can help you create the perfect piece for your home.


We feature a wide variety of quality, Canadian brands like Palliser, Brentwood, and Leathercraft to offer you amazing products that are flexible and customizable. This means you can pick the style, the colour, and the fabric. This makes your furniture really your own.


So many choices!


When you’re shopping around for new furniture and home items, it can be mind-boggling. There are so many options. So many choices. How do you know what to choose?


Smitty’s in-store decorator experts will work with you to create your perfect space. Knowing the trends, understanding space planning, and coordinating budget and goals is our specialty.  Our decorators will help answer your questions and will make it easy for you to get the home that looks like it came right out of a magazine.


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So, don’t be afraid to come in to a Smitty’s store with your wish list, some photos, or even some magazines — we’ll help you sort it all out. Or, talk to us and we’ll arrange to have one of our expert decorators come to your home and assist you in making your design come to life, in your space.

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