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Time To Get Cozy With Leather


It’s the middle of winter and there’s no better time of year to get cozy. There are lots of different ways to bring warmth and softness into your home, and Smitty’s has got the best tips for achieving this — for any room in your home.


In 2018, the trend is furniture with curves, rounded edges, and earthy tones. Especially in the colder months, you want furniture that makes you feel warm and cozy — and these tones will bring this feeling into your space.


Warm, Earthy Tones & Curves


A simple way to add instant warmth to your space is by selecting furniture pieces with earthy tones. Your living room will look much warmer by adding a dark-coloured, leather sofa or ottoman.


If you want to add a cozy feel to your room, we suggest selecting furniture with curves. Whether it’s the curve of the arm on a sofa or accent chair, or the rounded edges on an ottoman, curves will create a softer feeling in your space.


Cozy Up To Leather




There are many benefits to adding leather furniture to your home. Leather is very durable, it cleans easily, and it wears well — and it’s a natural material, so it breathes and shapes to your form for additional comfort.


Superstyle makes beautifully-crafted sofas in a variety of warm, rich-coloured leathers that are perfect for snuggling or curling up with your favourite book. Available in a wide assortment of colours, try selecting rich tones like rustic browns or mahogany reds to warm up your space.


Palliser is known for its user-friendly designs and its ability to custom-make a variety of leather furniture pieces, from ottomans to sectionals.



Brentwood makes beautifully-crafted sofas and accent chairs, available in rich-coloured leathers ranging from Equestrian Chocolate to Sonora Taupe. Perfect for any room in your home, these cozy pieces will add elegance and warmth.


Whatever you’re looking for, we are proud to carry brands that have a long history of designing and manufacturing quality furniture for your home.


Come into Smitty’s today and check out our amazing selection of customizable leather furniture.


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How To Add Warmth & Functional Luxury to your Home


Crisp whites and jewel tones are not hot this year. In 2018, the trend is to make your home cozy, warm, and functional.


Here are some tips on how to bring warm and functional luxury to your interior design.


Warm Up Your Living Room


The living room is a great place to start adding some warm tones and features. Depending on your space and lifestyle needs, you can consider adding a shag carpet, a leather sofa, a plush fabric ottoman, and accent chairs with pillows.


Selecting furniture in earthy hues like camel, tobacco, deep browns, and mahogany will make your space feel cozy and warm. Hooker Furniture has gorgeous styles of furnishings for every room in your room.


Smitty’s Pro Tip: You can easily enhance this warm look by adding pops of colour in burnt yellow or wine red using accents including throws or accent pillows and decorative tabletop items like candle holders and bowls.


Floral Rugs Are Back

A quick way to add some earthy and natural elements to your space is by adding a floral area rug. Floral prints are making a big comeback and can add some fun or elegance to your room — depending on your existing decor.


Kalora rugs are available in a wide variety of sizes and materials and can be added to your living room, dining room, bedroom, or entryway to really change the look and feel of your space.


Room Dividers



Room dividers are not what they used to be. You don’t need to purchase something large and cumbersome to delineate your space — adding a console table or island table is all you need.


Amisco island tables are a sleek, modern choice that allows you to easily create two spaces. These tables are available with long and short bases to best suit your particular needs. Specially designed to maximize space, these tables can provide more seating, act as a makeshift home office, and display room-dividing elements like table lamps, books, decor, etc.


There are so many ways to add warm and functional luxury to your home. Come and visit Smitty’s to find your perfect pieces.


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Take Your Room from Blah to Wow with Leather Furniture


Leather furniture never goes out of style. It’s easy to clean, it’s durable, and it’s super comfortable. Here are some of Smitty’s favourite leather brands that will take your room from blah to wow.




Leathercraft has been manufacturing high-quality leather furniture for over 40 years. Offering customers a broad range of the finest leathers, sourced from around the world, their furniture is definitely ‘wow’ calibre.


Leather Craftsmanship


Leathercraft believes that perfect leather is one that shows the genuine character of the hide. Scratches, scars, insect bites, and neck wrinkles help to verify authenticity. The team at Leathercraft believe that leather should look like leather — not like the vinyl tablecloth you had at home when you were growing up.


Using genuine leather, and crafted by hand, their products range from chairs and recliners to sofas and ottomans — and are available in styles from modern to classic.


Always on trend, Leathercraft’s newest product lines feature wood finishes, nail trim, quilting, and curved elements. You will not be disappointed by the options and their selection of leathers is unmatched. Click here to check out their full selection — you will be amazed!




Palliser is a Canadian company that has been designing and manufacturing high-quality, custom leather furniture for decades. Beginning as a family business in the 1940s, Palliser hasn’t wavered from their commitment to making furniture to fit your life, with customized options from the shape to the fabric.


Focusing on quality construction, Palliser has embedded quality control to every step of their production process. Every Palliser piece is built by North American craftspeople and every sectional ships with a photo of the product, and a signature of the craftsperson who completed it.


Palliser offers a broad range of pieces, from sofas and sectionals to chairs and theatre seating. Smitty’s is proud to be the region’s largest Authorized Palliser dealer.


Visit Smitty’s showroom today and check out our incredible leather furniture — we’ve got the best selection in the region.


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Real Furniture for Real Life

At Smitty’s, we know that magazines make homes look amazing. Websites and decorating magazines showcase rooms that are immaculate, totally on trend, and styled perfectly. We also know that our customers don’t live in a magazine. Your homes are actually lived in, which means they are not immaculate and perfectly styled — and that’s perfectly normal.


We want you to see that you can furnish your home with beautiful, stylish, quality furniture and make it work — whatever your lifestyle.


In this blog, we will showcase one of our team members and highlight how they have made beautiful, quality furniture work in their home — it’s all about Real Furniture for Real Life.


Gina’s Living & Dining Room



Gina is a senior member of Smitty’s decorating team. She spends every day helping people with their decorating challenges — so she decided to take her expertise and improve her situation at home.


Gina’s living room was dated and a bit worn out. The overall look and feel was dark and didn’t reflect her changing style.


She wanted an updated and more casual and comfortable living room. She also wanted to lighten up the room with a brighter colour palette and make the space feel more liveable with clean lines.


The result, (see photo below), is a brighter, more comfortable, and more contemporary space. The new living room features adjustable seating and is top-of-the-line — and it has improved her overall enjoyment of the space immensely.




Check out the following links to learn more:


The reclining leather sofa and loveseat are Palliser.

The swivel chairs are Brentwood.

The artwork are from Smitty’s showroom.

The glass and metal side tables are Artage.


After updating her living room, Gina was inspired to refresh her dining room set, which she did with a beautiful dinette set from A-America.



You can get Gina’s look in your home — all of the pieces are available in the Smitty’s showroom. Visit Smitty’s today and bring real furniture into your home.


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Red Hot Furniture Upgrades

Ask yourself, how many times have you said things like this:


Geez, that stain on the carpet really isn’t fading.

I really should try and repair that rip in the sofa.

Wow, that scratch on our coffee table seems to be getting worse.


We’re willing to bet that you, like most homeowners, have noticed issues with your furniture over the years, but have put off replacing items because you can “manage” with them the way they are.


The question is: Why are you putting up with damaged items?


Have you been telling yourself that your scratched table has that distressed look, when really it’s just badly scratched?


Do you strategically place a throw blanket on your sofa, to hide the rips or stains, just hoping that your guests won’t see what’s underneath?


You deserve better — and we have some red hot furniture upgrades to get excited about.


Red is the new black


Benjamin Moore released their 2018 colour of the year and it’s perfect timing for Valentine’s Day! The new colour is “hot, passionate, and sexy” and it is called Caliente!


The paint colour of the year aligns with one of the hottest trends in home furniture right now — colours from the red family. These colours include: deep red, mahogany, current crimson, ruby, and terracotta.


Adding red into your living room, bedroom, home office, or front entryway is easy with a variety of pieces, ranging from sofas to accent chairs, to throw pillows, to carpets.


We are proud to offer our clients amazing furniture brands featuring these hot colours. Brands like Future Fine Furniture, Decor- Rest, and Palliser all offer gorgeous accent and occasional chairs, sofas, and ottomans in a variety of stunning reds. Many of these brands are customizable and allow you to select the perfect colour to work in your space.



Smitty’s also carries a huge variety of bedroom furniture brands like Hooker, Julien Beaudoin, and Durham, offering upholstered beds, armoires, and bed frames ranging from regal red fabrics to cherry wood stains.


Whether it’s a ruby red fabric or leather sofa, terracotta-coloured ottoman or mahogany-stained wood dining table, we have a huge selection of styles for you to choose from.


Don’t forget about the floor



A simple and effective way to incorporate  the colour red into your home is by adding a Kalora area rug. Available in a broad range of styles, from contemporary to classic, these rugs will add some ‘wow’ factor to any floor space and be tough enough to handle the foot traffic.


Upgrade to the latest styles


At Smitty’s, we understand that life is busy and it’s hard to find time to go furniture shopping, but postponing the inevitable doesn’t make your furniture problems go away. Don’t wait until your current sofa pops a spring into your back or the inside of your accent chair comes apart all over your home — and definitely don’t wait to explain that mysterious stain to your mother-in-law.


Come into Smitty’s today and our expert decorators will help you find the right pieces, in the right styles, and on trend.


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Real Furniture for Real Life

Two People Wondering What To Do With Their Furniture

At Smitty’s, we know that magazines make homes look amazing. Websites and decorating magazines showcase rooms that are immaculate, totally on trend, and styled perfectly. We also know that our customers don’t live in a magazine. Your homes are actually lived in, which means they are not immaculate and perfectly styled — and that’s perfectly normal.


We want you to see that you can furnish your home with beautiful, stylish, quality furniture and make it work — whatever your lifestyle.


In this blog, we will showcase one of our team members and highlight how they have made beautiful, quality furniture work in their home — it’s all about Real Furniture for Real Life.


Kathy’s Bedroom


Kathy's Bedroom set up


Kathy’s bedroom had a 70s oak poster bed and matching bedroom suite. It was dated and big and did not reflect her, or her partner’s, taste.


“I wanted an updated look that reflected both my partner and myself.”, said Kathy. “He loves solid wood and I love soft and sexy. He wanted a TV in the bedroom and I wanted comfort, so we got the adjustable bed. It works out great — I’m cozy and comfortable and he can adjust the mattress to watch his favourite shows.”

Now, with the Serta adjustable bed, the space is warm and comfortable and better reflects us as a couple. “We are a blended family and it’s the second time around for us. This redecorating allowed us to bring a little of him and a little of me in the space. Now, it’s timeless and will take us into our future.”


Check out the following links to learn more:


The bed frame is Decor-Rest.

The mattress is Zedbed.

The adjustable bed is Serta.

The bedside tables are Durham Furniture.


You can get Kathy’s look in your bedroom — all of the pieces are available in the Smitty’s showroom. Visit Smitty’s today and bring real furniture into your home.


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All About Headboards

Bed with headboard, side tables, and lamps at Smitty's Fine Furniture

Headboards were originally created in Ancient Egypt to help keep cold draughts away from the head of the person sleeping in the bed. Headboards were constructed from wood and were designed to encourage the cold air to fall to the floor. Then, in Ancient Greece, headboards became more ornate and featured hand-carved designs and padding for comfort.


Headboards have certainly evolved over the years. Now, a headboard is more than just a functional construction for keeping the draughts away. They also serve a greater purpose than helping to keep your pillows from falling off! The headboard has the potential to be the design focal point of your bedroom, and it can set the tone for the entire room.


At Smitty’s, we believe the headboard is the piece de resistance of your bedroom!


The only question that remains is: What kind of headboard should you get?


Types of Headboards


There are many types of headboards to choose from, ranging in styles from contemporary to classic, and constructed using a variety of materials from wood, to steel, to fabric. Headboards can be purchased independently from your frame but, more often than not, they are sold as part of a complete bed frame, with a matching footboard.


The headboard trend in 2018 is upholstered. These headboards can be affixed directly to the wall over your mattress, or they can come as part of your bed frame structure.


Upholstered headboards may feature a wood trim, nailhead designs, decorative stitching, creative buttons, and much more — it all depends on what sort of look you want to achieve.  


Smitty’s Pro Tip: Purchasing a fully-upholstered frame will create a more luxurious look for your bedroom — and, keep in mind that the headboard doesn’t need to match your furniture or bedding. The headboard can accent the space and define a focal point for your room.


Upholstered Headboards & Bed Frames

Decor Rest bed with upholstered headboard

Decor-Rest designs and builds gorgeous headboards and bases in a wide variety of styles to suit any look. Crafted using beautiful fabrics from around the globe and wrapped around air-dried Canadian maple or birch wood, these upholstered bed frames and headboards are a beautiful addition to any bedroom.
Bed with upholstered headboard from Julien Beaudoin

Julien Beaudoin, a manufacturer from Quebec, has an extensive line of stylish, upholstered headboards and bed frames to choose from. Their designs work with adjustable mattresses and come in a range of frames with choices of supports, built-in storage, and customizable fabrics.

Bed with upholstered headboard from Amisco

Amisco crafts a large variety of upholstered beds, in sizes from twin to king. Their latest creation offers an adjustable headboard which can tilt up to 30 degrees, allowing you to relax and unwind with style.


For more headboard inspiration, check out our Bedrooms That Wow blog.

Whatever your style, Smitty’s carries a terrific selection of headboards and upholstered bed frames. Come and visit us today to find the perfect look to complete your bedroom.

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Kingsdown Custom Mattresses

Kingsdom custom mattress at Smitty's Fine Furniture

These days, putting up with a mattress because it only comes in one level of firmness or in one height is not necessary. The latest innovation in mattresses is the custom-made mattress — and it’s truly amazing!


Kingsdown bedMATCH™ allows you to find the mattress that fits your body. Their patented diagnostic system uses over 1,000 scientific calculations and 18 statistical measurements to identify the optimal support for your body.


At Smitty’s, we have been using this science-based technology for over 10 years, with exceptional results! We encourage all our mattress-shopping customers to lie down on our bedMATCH™ Sleep Diagnostic System. In just a couple of minutes, this incredible device will be able to recommend the best sleep solution, based on a detailed analysis of your unique body type.


Kingsdown knows that your ideal mattress should conform to the unique shape and weight of your body. When your spine is properly supported through the night, by this type of mattress, you will awake feeling rested and strong because your blood and oxygen circulation will have been functioning properly while you slept.


How does the bedMATCH™ system work?


It’s a simple and easy process, and you can do it in just a couple of minutes while you’re in the store.


There are three quick steps:

  1. Create a profile by answering a few short questions about your sleep preferences.
  2. Lie down on the test bed for three minutes, while the technology scientifically assesses your measurements and postural support needs.
  3. The bedMATCH™ system will then recommend mattresses that best suit your specific needs.

It’s that easy!


What do the bedMATCH™ recommendations mean?


The recommendations are coded to make them easy to understand and will reflect the mattresses that are available in the showroom.

Each number represents a different type and level of postural support, ranging from extra firm to plush support.

  • 1 = plush support
  • 2 = medium plush support
  • 3 = medium firm support
  • 4 = extra firm support

You can also receive a blended recommendation, that outlines your needs and those of your partner, so you can see the different requirements and make an informed decision about the kind of mattress that will work best for both of you.


Kingsdown Adjustable Beds


Aside from making incredible mattresses, Kingsdown also makes remarkable adjustable beds.Their Comfort Base incorporates technology that provides added health benefits and has added functionality unlike any other base on the market.


The adjustable bed features include:

  • Full Range Head and Foot Articulation
  • Wireless Backlit Ergonomic Remote Control
  • Upper Body and Lower Body Inclines
  • One Touch Flat Button
  • 2 Pre-programmed Positions - Zero Gravity
  • 2 Programmable Memory Position Buttons
  • Pillow Tilt for Extra Support and Comfort
  • LED Under-Bed Lighting
  • Charging Station – 4 Universal USB Charging Ports (2 each side)
  • Sleep Enhancement™ Technology – The pulsation of a single vibe motor, placed in the mid-back area, creates an even vibration, providing numerous health benefits and easing the user into deeper, higher quality sleep.
  • 4 Wave Modes with 4 Levels of Intensity
  • 3 Timer Options
  • And more

Kingsdown offers remarkable mattresses and adjustable beds, and our customers love them. Visit your local Smitty’s today and try one out for yourself — you’ll be amazed!

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Incredible Mattresses

Incredible mattresses available from Smitty's Fine Furniture

Don’t spend the night tossing and turning, adjusting pillows, kicking off covers, and struggling to get quality sleep. Don’t settle for feeling tired. The days of putting up with your old mattress and suffering the consequences are over.


Today, there are revolutionary mattresses on the market that can provide you with exactly what you need, so you can get the rest you deserve!


Serta Mattresses

Serta iComfort Mattress on a bed

Serta is a well-known brand that offers a wide range of mattress styles, ranging from their Perfect Sleeper, to Sertapedic, to the latest iComfort line.


The Serta Perfect Sleeper mattress has been officially recognized by the National Sleep Foundation as a mattress that helps solve five common sleep problems including:

  • Tossing and turning
  • Lack of support
  • Being too hot or too cold while sleeping
  • Partner disturbance
  • Mattress roll-off or sag

Serta’s latest iComfort mattress was designed with individualized comfort in mind. Crafted with a special gel memory foam, this mattress will:


Relieve pressure points for increased comfort

Provide added support to help with body alignment

Aid in temperature regulation while you sleep


The iComfort mattress is the world’s first to offer a memory coil support layer with hundreds of individually-wrapped, slow-recovery coils that continuously adapt to the contours of your body — without that springy feeling.



Zedbed mattress on display in Smitty's Fine Furniture

Zedbed is one of the few mattress manufacturers to make its own memory foam from start to finish, with facilities in Canada.


Zedbed mattresses do not have inner coils. Instead, they are constructed with an eco-friendly, soy-based memory foam to offer enhanced therapeutic support.


Similar to Serta’s iComfort mattress, the memory foam is designed to:

  • Help you maintain optimal body alignment
  • Reduce pressure points and promote better circulation
  • Absorb movement for uninterrupted sleep

The Zedbed offers five different styles of memory foam mattresses. If you’re not sure which mattress would work best for your unique situation, you can visit their website and complete a quick and easy online questionnaire to help you find the best mattress.


Zedbed products are available as foundations and in an adjustable line. Whatever option you choose, the Zedbed will help you get a better night’s sleep with its innovative construction.

Don’t put up with another rough night’s sleep. Come into Smitty’s and we’ll help you find the perfect mattress.

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New Year, New Bed — Better Sleep, Better You

New bedroom furniture for the New Year from Smitty's Fine Furniture

Welcome to 2018! It’s a new year full of new experiences, new ideas, and new improvements.


The new year gives you a fresh start — like hitting the reset button. It’s a time when many of us make resolutions, where we endeavour to improve our diet, our exercise regimen, or make changes to better our lives and our well-being. One of the best resolutions you can make this new year is to improve your sleep.


Getting a good night’s sleep is one of the most effective ways to improve your overall health.


The Benefits of Good Sleep

There are countless benefits to getting a proper night’s sleep:

  • Improved Brain Function & Memory
    • While you sleep, your brain is still working. It’s preparing neural pathways that retain information and enhance your problem-solving skills.
  • Improved Mood & Reduced Stress
    • Sleeping helps to calm the body and relieve tension. Studies show that better sleep reduces depression, anxiety, and the effects of stress.
  • Improved Immune Function
    • The body heals itself while you sleep, which can help prevent sickness. Studies show that people who sleep less than seven hours are nearly three times more likely to develop a cold than people who sleep over eight hours.
  • Improved Metabolic Function
    • While you sleep, your body’s cortisol levels are reduced. Cortisol is a stress hormone and it activates reward centres in your brain that can be satisfied with food. The more you sleep, the more your cortisol level declines, providing you with better weight control.

Is my mattress worn out?


Many people don’t realize when their mattress has reached the end of its life. Sleeping on a worn out mattress can result in poor sleep, pain, and discomfort.


Here are some quick questions to ask yourself to determine if your mattress is worn out:

  1. Does your mattress sag or have indentations where you lie?
  2. Does your mattress creak or squeak?
  3. Do you toss and turn all night long, trying to get comfortable?
  4. Is your back sore after waking in the morning?
  5. Is your mattress over 10 years old?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, then the time has come to shop for a new mattress.


What kind of mattress should I get?


There are many considerations to take into account when shopping for a new mattress and everyone has different needs. Here are some key considerations:

  • Do you require the same level of firmness as your partner?
  • Do you have particular health issues to take into account?
  • Do you have difficulty getting out of bed?
  • Do you get hot while you sleep?

There are many different kinds of mattresses on the market and it’s important to have answers to these key questions before you go mattress shopping.


What brand of mattress is the best?


We understand that you want the best mattress for the best sleep, but finding the “best” mattress brand is definitely a personal decision. Any website that tries to tell you that they offer the “best” mattress on the market should send up a red flag.


There are all kinds of mattresses to choose from including: eco-friendly, custom, adjustable, memory foam, spring coil, layered coil, gel-infused foam, pillow tops, and more. There are unique benefits to all of these types of mattresses — the key is determining which one is right for you.


At Smitty’s, we recommend a variety of mattress brands like Serta, Kingsdown, and Zedbed. We are proud to offer brands that have been recognized for their quality construction and excellent warranties — and then we go above and beyond by offering our 30-Day Comfort Guarantee for mattress and base sets.

Smitty's has great success when it comes to helping people select the right mattress. Come and visit your local Smitty’s store today. We’ll take the time, and use scientific tools like bedMATCH™, to help you find the right mattress for quality sleep.

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