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Top 3 Ways To Make Your Home Welcoming

Entryway space in a welcoming home

Whether you’re preparing to host family and friends, or just want to get into the holiday spirit, we are all looking for ways that we can make our homes welcoming and festive this season.

 

There are thousands of websites filled with ideas, and countless magazines showcasing incredible-looking themes — but sometimes it’s the little things that make all the difference.

 

If you’re not looking to break the bank, but want to make a festive impact, we suggest enhancing an often overlooked space: the entryway.

 

First impressions are made when people step into your home, and this makes the entryway the best place to start.

 

Here are our top three ways to make your home welcoming:

 

Entryway Furniture

Red bench is an example of entryway furniture

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Entryways can be both welcoming and functional. They are also high traffic areas that are highly visible and set the tone for the rest of your home. Depending on your space, we suggest adding:

 

A stylish bench.

  • This will not only look fantastic but will help your guests with putting on and taking off their boots.

A sleek console table.

  • These slim tables are great for entryways, offering a place to drop your keys and display seasonal decor.

A helpful coat tree.

  • Coat trees are not only practical for holding coats and scarves, they are also an on-trend focal point in your entryway.

Mirrors

Examples of different types of mirrors stacked against wall

Mirrors are a great way to bring light and sparkle into a space, and an entryway is an ideal space for a mirror, as people tend to check their appearance before leaving the house.

 

Mirrors come in all sorts of shapes, sizes, and colours. You can mix and match them on a wall, or even lean them up against each other on a shelf or on the floor. The options are virtually endless.

 

Depending on your space, you can add a single large mirror, or multiple smaller mirrors. Alternating design and shape is on-trend and will bring visual interest to your entryway. Mirrors can also be hung or placed on a shelf or table.

 

There are no rules, so play around until you find the perfect arrangement.

 

Rugs

Rug with red floral patterns

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Area rugs are often forgotten about, but they are very important as they make up an integral aesthetic of an entryway.

 

Stepping on the entryway rug is the first thing, and last thing, people do when they come to your home.

 

It is important to have a rug that can handle some wear and tear, while still looking fabulous.

 

Kalora rugs offer a stunning array of area rugs to suit any home. From wool, to jute, to synthetic fibres, they have it all.

 

Come into Smitty’s today and find the perfect additions to make your entryway welcoming and spectacular!

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Decorator of the Month - December

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces, and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.

 

December 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Dee!

 

Dee lived most her life in Romania where she nurtured her passion for the development of beautiful interiors. She completed her BCs in Civil Engineering, which helped her become analytical in terms of constructing living layouts that are not just aesthetically pleasing but also engineered with quality in mind.

 

In Canada, Dee furthered her education by completing her Interior Decorator certification. This helped her to focus on the details that bring a space to a successful completion.

 

At Smitty's Fine Furniture, Dee loves to connect with people. She likes to brainstorm ideas and craft spaces collaboratively with clients. Dee knows that the spaces we live in make a great deal of difference in our lives. A space must be put together with wisdom and care and, above all, the willingness to explore.

 

Dee believes that, "To be happy in a space means you must love it first".

 

Clients are often confused about what they want compared to what they actually need. Dee’s friendly nature makes it easy for relationships to be established and ideas to start flowing. Her motto is ‘form follows function’, and she will always design with that motto in mind, while impressing her clients with the results.

 

Come on into Smitty’s Kitchener and meet with Dee today!

 

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Holiday Resolutions

The team at Smitty's Fine Furniture posing in front of a Christmas tree

As we approach the end of the year, many of us think about the year that has passed: the good times and the difficult times, and we look ahead to the year to come.

 

For many of us, this is also a time when we choose to make resolutions for the new year.

 

The team at Smitty’s has a few resolutions for the new year that we’d like to share with you.

 

Resolution #1 - We will continue to walk the talk.

 

At Smitty’s, we pride ourselves on providing helpful and caring assistance to our customers. We will not sell you something you don’t need, don’t want, can’t afford, or won’t work well in your space.

 

Resolution #2 - We will continue to live our HEART values.

 

Our mission is to deliver an experience with HEART.

 

Our HEART values are:

  • Honesty
  • Enjoyable Experience
  • All About the Customer’s Home
  • Respect
  • Timeliness

Resolution #3 - We will continue to give back to our community and charitable organizations.

 

Over the years, Smitty’s has supported countless events in our communities and we resolve to continue to be generous and make a difference.

 

Resolution #4 - We will continue to listen to our customers and provide them with expert support.

 

Our decorating experts are committed to helping customers make the best choices, and the right choices, for their unique needs.

 

Resolution #5 - We will continue to provide consistent and unparalleled service.

 

We are dedicated to ensuring that every time you call us, email us, or step into one of our showrooms, that you will receive personable, caring, and quality service.

 

Resolution #6 - We will continue to offer exciting new products and sales in the year ahead.

 

We get excited about new innovations and trends in furnishings and decor, and we resolve to bring those items into our showrooms for our customers. We also resolve to continue to offer you tremendous savings with our sales, so you can bring these exciting new pieces home!

 

Those are our 2018 resolutions, and we plan to stick to them all year long.

 

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Top Holiday Decor Trends for the Holiday Season

Living room with examples of top holiday decor trends

Every year it feels like a new challenge. What do I need to prepare in my home to host the best holiday gathering ever? How can I be the ‘host with the most’?

 

There are a million considerations when getting your home ready to host friends and family for a special occasion. Sometimes it’s hard to know how to prioritize everything that you want to do, and need to do, before your doorbell rings.

 

At Smitty’s, we get a lot of questions from customers about what they can do to spruce up their homes for the holidays. Styles and trends change, but we’ve done some digging and are happy to let you know the top decor trends for this holiday season. We hope this helps!

 

Coat Trees

Coat hanger shaped like a tree

The coat tree has a long history and dates back to the Victorian era, when people would showcase their social position and exhibit their wealth by hanging the latest style of coats and hats in the front hallway.

 

The coat tree has come back into style — not so much to show off your style, but because it’s very practical and helpful.

 

The first thing people do when they enter your home is look for a place to hang their coats, scarves, and hats. Instead of taking coats and piling them all in a big heap on someone’s bed, a coat tree will keep coats hanging separately and organized. It will also make it easier for guests to retrieve their belongings as they leave.

 

This year, Smitty’s is excited to have coat trees in our showroom. Made from solid metal, this coat tree is stylish and sturdy and a great addition to your entryway.

 

Candle Holders

Candle holders made from metal

Candles are making a big comeback. The natural glow that candles provide will add warmth to any room in your home.

 

This year’s trend is to mix and match candles and candle holders. While you may wish to keep the colour or metal the same when candle holders are grouped together, mixing different sizes and shapes will create dynamic focal points on your dining table, console tables/side tables, and mantles.

 

If you have draperies, children, or pets, you may wish to consider getting battery operated candles for your votives and candle holders. There are some battery operated candles that are very realistic and will safely shine in your home, without the worry of anything catching fire.

 

Throw Cushions

Living room with throw cushions on a couch

Adding pops of design and colour throughout your home is definitely on-trend this season. Throw cushions are an easy way to accomplish this trend.

 

Throw cushions will add comfort and a touch of fun to your living room, den, bedrooms, and even dining room — for added whimsy, you could have a different throw cushion for each guest at your table.

 

When hosting guests for an overnight, adorning the guest bedroom with colourful throw pillows is a detail that will surely make them smile.

 

Available in a variety of fabrics, you can mix and match colours, designs, and textures.


Come and visit Smitty’s to find all the final touches you need for your holiday decor.

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Stay Stress-Free During the Holidays

Woman sitting on leather couch enjoys stress free holidays

How is it December already? I have so much to do! I have so much to plan! How am I going to get everything done in time?

 

Does this sound familiar to you?

 

The holiday season is a fun time for many people. It’s a time to get together with friends and family, share some laughs, enjoy some tasty food, and make memories. For others, it’s a time of worry and stress.

 

The team at Smitty’s understands this seasonal stress and how it can make you feel anxious, exhausted, and worried. Here are a few tips to help you reduce your stress during the holidays:

 

Don’t worry about everything being perfect.

  • There’s no such thing as perfection. Trying to make your home look like a high-end magazine and your food look like it’s from a Michelin star restaurant is not reasonable. Your family and your guests will love being together, and that’s what’s most important.

Ask for help.

  • It’s okay to ask for help. At this time of year, people often ask what they can do to help, or what they can bring to your home. Don’t be a hero and say, “Oh nothing. Just relax.” Accept an offer of help. People like to feel needed and it will ease your stress.

Take some time to relax.

  • No one can work all day and night. It’s important to take breaks and rest. Spend some time relaxing on your sofa, enjoying a movie or reading a book. Even short periods of rest can make a huge difference to your overall wellness.

Have some fun.

  • It’s a great time of year to enjoy quality time with friends and family. From tobogganing and skiing to playing games inside — whatever you enjoy, make some time to take part in fun activities and build new memories.

The team at Smitty’s wishes you a stress-free holiday and a Happy New Year.

 

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Functional Furniture

Example of functional furniture being used to hold laptop

Remember those awkward and ugly pieces of furniture that were in your grandparent’s house? You know the ones — the small seat and attached mini-table, where the telephone was located. The hutch that was only able to hold a few tea cups and nothing else. The television stand that had no place to store the remote or the VHS tapes.

 

Those pieces of furniture didn’t match any of the other furniture pieces in the room, they were really uncomfortable, and they were totally out of style — but it was forgivable because they had a purpose. They had a job and were functional.

 

Today, furniture with function doesn’t have to be utilitarian and uninspired. Now, functional furniture is beautifully designed and offers incredible storage benefits.

 

Here are some of the Smitty’s team’s favourite pieces of functional furniture.

 

Ottomans with Secret Storage

Ottoman with secret storage from Decor-Rest at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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Storage ottomans come in all shapes, sizes, and fabrics. They are extremely handy to store useful items in your living room that you may not want on display. Now, instead of trying to dig your remote out from between your sofa cushions, you can place it neatly inside your ottoman!

 

Depending on your lifestyle, ottomans can be a comfortable place to rest your feet while relaxing on the sofa, or they can act as a low table for a tray with decor items.

 

Available in a range of widths and heights, be sure to check your space before shopping. You want to be sure it will fit in your living room and won’t get in the way of your other furniture.

 

Lift-Top Coffee Tables


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Lift-top coffee tables have changed everything. This innovative design allows you to have hidden storage, visible storage, and a functional surface area.  

 

This lift-top table looks exactly like a regular coffee table until you raise the easy-to-use surface. The table will then provide you with a great desk for working, a table for eating while watching your favourite show, or a surface to play a game. It’s an amazingly versatile piece of furniture for your living room!

 

Available in a variety of styles and finishes, these cleverly-designed coffee tables are terrific space savers.

 

Beverage Consoles

Beverage console from Howard Miller at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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It’s great to have your glassware, beverage accessories, and bottles handy — and what better way than to store them in a beautifully crafted console.

 

Available in an array of styles with solid wood or glass doors, glassware shelving, and bottle shelving, these are not your parents’ hutches.

 

Stylish and functional, these consoles offer an easy way to stay engaged with your company, while preparing a beverage. No more leaving the room and missing out on the conversation, the movie, or the game.


Smitty’s has an array of functional furniture to choose from. Come and visit us today to see how we can help you make your space look stylish and functional!

 

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Living Room Design Trends

Living room design trends from Smitty's Fine Furniture

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This year, living room design trends are focused on three main styles: modern, urban, and glam. Featuring fresh takes on classic styles, mixing of metal and wood, and furniture that is comfortable and functional — this is what 2017 living rooms are all about.

 

More than ever before, living rooms are multi-functional spaces. From watching movies, to hosting guests, to playing games, to cozying up with a good book, your living room should reflect your lifestyle.

 

At Smitty’s, we get lots of questions from customers about how best to update their living room and select furnishings to complement their daily routines. Here are some tips on how you can have a modern, urban, or glam living room in your home.

 

Modern Living Room

Example of modern living room from Brentwood Classics at Smitty's

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A modern living room doesn’t mean lots of odd shapes and harsh colours. In 2017, a modern living room is a space that is comfortable, accommodating, and features purposeful and attractive furniture and decor. It’s not too busy and it’s not too sparse. There’s space and air around the furniture to allow for flow and function — and the pieces generally offer clean lines, so that they all fit together well.

 

There are many ways to get the modern look in your living room. Here are some of Smitty’s favourite modern furniture additions:

  • Muted metal and glass coffee table and occasional tables
    • Brands like Artage and Amisco have great pieces to choose from
  • Low-profile and straight-line sofas and accent chairs
    • Brands like Trendline and Brentwood offer variety and some styles can be customized
  • Colourful and edgy area rugs
    • Brands like Kalora offer a huge selection of modern looks

 

Urban Living Room

Example of urban living room from Amisco at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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An urban living room doesn’t mean heavy or bold statement pieces. In 2017, an urban living room is a space that is flexible, functional, and accommodating, and features furniture that can do double duty. It’s angular but not harsh. There’s lots of space in the design and function is key — this is definitely a look that works well in condos and smaller spaces.

 

There are many ways to achieve an urban look in your living room. Here are some of Smitty’s favourite urban furniture additions:

  • Wood and metal coffee tables and side tables
    • Brands like Hooker Furniture and Universal have attractive and functional pieces to choose from
  • Dual purpose island tables
    • The latest furniture concept on the market are Amisco’s unique island tables, which offer a sleek, urban design and flexibility
  • Multi-use sofas
    • Brands like Palliser and Best Home Furnishings offer sofas, sofa beds, and reclining sofas with customizable fabric options to suit any style
       

Glam Living Room

Example of glam living room from Decor-Rest at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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A glam living room doesn’t mean everything is fancy and breakable. In 2017, a glam living room is a space that features different kinds of finishes and surfaces. It is fun and a bit showy. It’s full of shine and sparkle, but isn’t overwhelming. There’s a feeling of posh, but without the attitude — this is a look that comes to life with mix and match furniture and accent pieces.

 

There are many ways to get the glam look in your living room. Here are some of Smitty’s favourite glam furniture additions:

  • Glass, mirrored, and shiny metal coffee tables and side tables
    • Brands like Decor-Rest and Rustique have attractive and functional pieces to choose from
  • Cushy and ornate sofas
    • Brands like Brentwood and Superstyle have a wide assortment of luxurious sofas
  • Table lamps, mirrors, and accent pieces
    • Brands like Surya have an amazing selection of shiny, mirrored, and glass accent pieces

Visit us at Smitty’s and let our expert decorators help you create your stylish living room.

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Top Accent Chairs

Top accent chairs at Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener, Canada

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Now that the cooler weather is here, we are spending more time inside. November is a great time to relax in the living room or study, host guests, read, and enjoy the great indoors. The question is: do you have enough seating for everyone and are you comfortable with the seating you do have?

 

There are more accent chair options than ever before and sometimes it can be overwhelming.

 

Here are Smitty’s top accent chair choices:

 

Zero-Gravity Chairs

Zero gravity chair from Palliser at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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There are so many benefits to owning a zero-gravity chair that it’s hard to know where to begin.

 

Zero-gravity chairs were originally invented by NASA to help astronauts avoid the physical stress of liftoff. Now, this incredible technology has made its way into our homes.

 

These remarkably comfortable chairs are versatile and can help with a host of ailments.

 

Reclining in a Palliser Zero-Gravity Chair can help you:

  • Reduce swelling in your legs
  • Reduce pressure on your vertebrae and spine
  • Increase blood flow to your heart and improve circulation, by reclining with your legs over your head
  • Reduce the pressure of gravity on your muscles and bones

Palliser’s Zero-Gravity chairs are customizable and come in a range of fabrics and leathers to suit any room in your home.

 

Swivel Chairs

Swivel chair from Decor-Rest at Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener

Swivel chairs are on trend. They are designed to appear like regular accent chairs, but they are so much more. Decor-Rest and Hooker swivel chairs are super comfortable and great for:

  • Placing by a window to take in a view
  • Placing in a room with several focal points (e.g. a fireplace, a window, a coffee table)
  • Placing in a room to create two distinct focal areas (e.g. can turn to face the sofa and then turn towards a television in the opposite direction)

Swivel chairs are available in a range of styles, fabrics, and colours — and some even recline.

 

Recliners

Man in a reclining chair from Dutailer at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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These are not your father’s recliners. Recliners come in a variety of styles, from modern to traditional, and they can be customized with a wide array of fabrics and leathers.

 

Reclining in a Leathercraft Recliner can help:

  • Reduce pressure and pain on your lower back
  • Reduce swelling in your legs and ankles
  • Assist with overall circulation

Leathercraft designs and builds gorgeous leather recliners in styles from classic to contemporary.

 

A Chair for Everyone

 

Whether you’re redecorating your space, replacing a worn out chair, or adding seating to accommodate guests for the upcoming holiday season, we have a chair for everyone.

 

Smitty’s expert decorating team will help you find the perfect chairs for every room, for every need, and to suit your style. Come and check out our chairs today!

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Company's Coming

Sofa bed from Simmons at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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It’s that time of year again, time to start preparing for the holiday season — and time to start thinking about where everyone will sleep.

 

Are you tired of pumping up inflatable mattresses for guests?

Are you tired of arguing with your children about how kicking them out of their rooms
is no big deal for a couple of nights?

 

Are you tired of breaking your back by moving furniture around to
try and create sleeping options for guests?

 

Smitty’s has the solution to all these concerns. Our sofa beds and sofa bed ottomans will reduce your stress and host your guests with ease.

 

Sofa Beds

Sofa bed from Trendline at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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Sofa beds are a great addition to any home. They’re perfect for hosting guests, they’re easy to use, and they’re comfortable and stylish.

 

These convertible sofas aren’t enormous like they used to be. Function and form now go hand-in-hand and pieces are available with low profile sides and mechanisms hidden from view.

 

The flexibility of this dual-function furniture is that it can be used in many rooms in your home. It doesn’t have to be limited to just the living room. Sofa beds are great additions to rec rooms, children’s bedrooms, and dens.

 

Brands like Superstyle, Simmons, and Trend-line offer a range of customizable sofa beds to suit any style, and you can select your arm, leg, and fabric to make it uniquely your own.

 

Sofa Bed Ottomans

Sofa bed ottoman from Simmons at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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We know what you’re thinking...sofa bed ottoman? Wow! That’s really cool. Yes, they are.

 

These trendy and functional ottomans can serve as a central focal point, useable space, or footrest, and then transform into a comfortable bed for guests.

 

The latest trend in furniture, these compact sofa bed ottomans are simple to use, sturdy, and will house overnight guests with ease. Select brands are also customizable, so you can design your  ottoman to suit your existing decor.


Simmons sofa bed ottomans are displayed on our showroom floors now, so come and check them out for yourself. You will be amazed!

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Decorator of the Month - November

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces, and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.

 

November 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Tracey!

 

Tracey has been in interior decorating and the furniture business for over 15 years. She loves everything to do with home furnishings and enjoys refinishing and repurposing furniture in her spare time.

 

A mother of two young children, Tracey understands how chaotic a busy family home can be and just how important it is to have a home that makes you feel comfortable.

 

Tracey loves getting creative and helping her customers decorate their homes by combining colours and designs. She is passionate that your home reflect you and your family, and her greatest satisfaction is when her customers’ faces beam with excitement about how personal and wonderful their new rooms are going to be.

 

Tracey’s number one recommendation is to not worry so much about what is trendy and focus on whatever makes you happy. There are no rules when you are decorating your home — it’s about capturing who you are.

 

You can rest assured that, in Tracey’s hands, you will find someone who can help you discover the best of yourself and showcase it in your home.

 

Come on in to Smitty’s Kitchener and meet with Tracey today!

 

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