Having a dream bathroom that’s relaxing, comfortable, functional, and beautiful is something that never goes out of style.
Getting your dream bathroom isn’t as hard to achieve as you might think. You don’t have to install a new tub or shower, and you don’t need to redo your plumbing and electrical — the most efficient way to get your dream bathroom is to upgrade your vanity, seating, mirrors, and accessories.
Smitty’s may not be the first place you think of when it comes to updating your bathroom, but we carry all of the components that you need to take your bathroom from blah to dreamy.
Installing a new vanity in your bathroom is the fastest way to update your room and make an impact. Hooker Furniture designs and builds a wide range of stunning vanities with styles ranging from contemporary to traditional.
Vanities are not just an integral part of your bathroom, but they are also highly functional. Here are a few key questions to ask yourself when purchasing a new vanity:
Do you want solid wood, veneer, or a mix of wood and stainless steel/chrome?
How much storage do you need?
Do you prefer drawers or shelves?
Are you looking for a marble or engineered stone countertop?
What colour of wood or stain do you prefer?
How large do you want your vanity to be?
Once you have answers to these questions, you will be a better position to select the perfect vanity.
Seating is an important element in your bathroom, and your type of seating will add to both the functionality and style of your space.
There so many types of seating to choose from that it can be tricky to make a decision. There are no rules when it comes to selecting seating, it’s all about you, your needs, and your style.
Depending on the size and layout of your bathroom, you can opt for a stool, a bench, a traditional chair, or even a chaise — there’s definitely a wow factor in selecting a luxurious chaise for your bathroom.
People have long argued about whether white is a colour or the absence of colour. Let’s set the record straight, in design and decor — white is a colour!
Always on trend, always in style, and always flexible, white is a perennial favourite because it can work in almost any space.
White Furniture Tips
1. It doesn’t have to be a “true” white.
People often worry that having white furniture in their home will make their room look too stark or too modern, but this doesn’t have to be the case. There are many shades of white, from bright white to warm vanilla, so you can choose the best kind of white for your room.
Smitty’s Pro Tip: While you don’t want to position a bright white sofa next to a cream coloured chair — because it will make the chair look dirty — you can have white accent tones to carry the colour scheme throughout the room, using throw pillows or decorative accent pieces.
2. There are solutions to stains.
Some people worry that having white furniture will be hard to maintain, and they are fearful of getting stains on the fabric. Fabrics can be treated with coatings to resist stains, and other fabrics like microfibre and leather can be easily wiped down. We also recommend using eco-friendly spot removers, like Zucora, to keep your furniture looking brand new.
3. White will go with anything.
It’s true what they say, “white goes with everything”. Having white furniture will create a foundational tone for your room and help you accent a particular focal point, colour, or theme.
A white sectional can be accented with colourful throw pillows, a blanket, and other decorative items. A white sofa and accent chairs can direct the focus of the room towards your fireplace or a piece of art on the wall.
Working with an interior decorator means that you will save yourself from making expensive mistakes. You won’t spend money on furniture and decor that doesn’t look good in your home.
2. You will have expert help to plan out your space.
A professional interior decorator will have the tools and the skills to expertly plan out your rooms. They will understand spatial design and proportion to help your home look great.
3. You will save time.
Your interior decorator will conduct all of the necessary research and product sourcing, so you can save your time and energy for more fun things — like selecting your favourite accent chair!
If you find yourselves sitting on the floor of your room (like the couple in the photo) eye-balling and imagining your room by holding your hand in the air to “frame the space”, then you need to hire an interior decorator.
It doesn’t matter whether you are a millennial or a boomer, the boho chic look is warm, inviting, and full of life. Boho chic is definitely on trend, but it doesn’t really go out of style — comfortable furnishings and lively interiors are welcome in any home, always.
Here are Smitty’s expert tips on how to get a boho chic look in your home:
1. Hang something large on your wall.
Don’t be afraid of hanging a big piece of art, a large mirror, a weave, or even a handmade vintage piece as a focal point for your room. Having a room with a statement wall is the way to go for boho chic.
2. Mix and match colours and patterns.
Boho chic is all about overlaying different colours and patterns. You can place vintage items with new items, pink with yellow, rattan with metal — there are no rules!
3. Go for texture.
To help you achieve a warm and welcoming look, you want to pair different kinds of textures together. You can add a colourful throw on the arm of your accent chair, you can layer fluffy and woven toss cushions on your sofa, or you can even overlap rugs on your floor.
4. Bring nature into your space.
A key element of the boho chic look is the natural element. Adding colourful vases with flowers or assorted pots with succulents will help to achieve this look.
5. Mix and match mirrors.
Whether you choose to design a feature wall of different styles of mirrors, or you place uniquely-crafted mirrors throughout your space, adding mirrors will help complete your boho chic style .
Stains happen — whether you’ve got kids at home, pets, or you’ve just spilled your morning coffee on your brand new, white sofa.
We asked our expert interior decorators for their best advice on how to keep your furniture clean, and here are their answers to the most commonly asked questions:
1. What is the most stain-resistant fabric for my sofa, sectional, or accent chair?
Microfibre is a really stain-resistant fabric. This densel- constructed material is made from synthetic materials that are generally very durable and tend to repel liquids.
Depending on the spill, you can use your vacuum to help clean the mess, you can use a water-based cleaning solution, or you can use a solvent-based cleaner. If you aren’t sure which cleaning solution to use, check the manufacturer’s website.
Other stain-resistant fabrics include wool and leather. While these two fabrics are more costly, they wear really well and, with proper care, will last a long time.
2. What is an effective, natural stain remover product?
At Smitty’s, we recommend using Zucora to remove your furniture stains in an effective, natural way.
Zucora’s plant-based products are safe to use in any part of your home, from your child’s bed to your dining room chair — it’s even safe to use on your dog bed!
3. What is pilling and how can I prevent it?
While furniture pilling is annoying, it is not dirt and may simply be attributed to the normal wear of your furniture.
Pilling can occur on both natural and synthetic fibres, although it typically occurs on mixed fabrics — for example, when cotton and polyester are blended together. When fibres are woven together, especially if they are loosely woven, they can create fibres that have a “hairy” appearance. When these hairy fibres rub together they will create pilling.
Fibres that are most prone to pilling include: cotton, polyester, wool, nylon, and acrylic.
If you experience pilling, you can use the following tools to remove the fuzz: a defuzzer, or even a new shaving razor. Just be careful to shave in short, gentle strokes in the same direction as the fibres.
We all want a home that showcases our unique personality and highlights the important elements that make up our lives. Sure, model homes look fancy, but they don’t have much character and it’s pretty obvious that no one lives in them.
You have a life filled with memorable moments, adventures, and meaning — and when you welcome these elements into your space, you will bring it it life.
Here are a few key ways to personalize your space:
Personal Items & Momentos
A simple and effective way to personalize your space is to add personal items and mementos that are unique to you and your family.
Perhaps you’ve travelled to a special destination and brought home a souvenir, or maybe there’s a type of collection that you would like to feature. Highlighting these elements can be accomplished with photos, artwork, decorative pieces, and more.
Here are some examples of personal items worth highlighting in your space:
Photos that you’ve taken of family, friends, or nature; professional photos that you’ve purchased; or a mix of both.
Sculptures, paintings, hand-crafted items, etc.
Postcards, maps, trinkets, pottery, etc.
Photos, Photos & More Photos!
Adding photos and wall art to your space is definitely on trend.
Creating a gallery wall is a fun activity that allows you to mix and match photos, paintings, artwork, mirrors, and more. It’s an effective way to showcase your life, and it will be sure to help personalize your space.
Here are some do’s and don'ts for your photo space:
Add photos that have meaning to you in your life and fill you with positive thoughts or meaningful memories. This could include family photos, baby photos, travel photos, special holidays, pets, and more.
Showcase images that are highly personal or might be considered as over-sharing. This could include images with nudity, past relationships, and more.
Mix and match photos from different time periods and with different colours. You can have black and white or colour photos side-by-side, and you can exhibit photos from your parents’ childhood as well as your childrens’.
Cram every photo you love onto your wall. Be discerning and only select pictures that you will be happy to see every day. Make sure that you leave enough space between the images, so they have some space to breathe and you can take them in one at a time.
Custom Fabric & Design
Every room in your home is different, and you want your furniture to reflect your personality and style. At Smitty’s, we carry a wide variety of furniture that can be customized to suit your taste. You can choose your fabric, your furniture legs, your throw cushions, and more.
Here are some tips on customizing the fabric and design of your furniture:
Accent furniture, like chairs, coffee tables, and bedside tables can be customized. Chairs can be covered with leather or fabric in a wide range of colours to work in your space. Some brands, like Decor-Rest, also allow you to select the type of chair legs. Tables can be stained or painted in a variety of colours. Some brands, like Durham Furniture, will also allow you to select the number of drawers, hardware, and other features.
Sofas and sectionals can be customized to suit any space. Many brands, like Brentwood, offer a huge range of fabrics and leather options. Once you’ve selected your fabric, you can add throw cushions in accent tones to add an extra element of personalization.
There are many ways to personalize your space and make it your own.
Summer’s here and it’s full of sunlight and possibility. Why not bring some of this energy into your home this season? This is the perfect time of year for a summer refresh!
Bringing some additional colour, design, and tropical themes into your home is the hot trend — and it will definitely help you invite the warmth of summer into your space.
Here are two easy ways to help you refresh your furnishings and decor without breaking your budget:
Patterned Throw Pillows
Colourful, patterned, and tropical fabrics are incredibly popular this season.
The nice thing about throw pillows is that there are no rules! You can add as many or as few as you want. You can also play around with size and shape — try grouping square pillows with rectangular-shaped pillows, or for additional fun, add in a round or cylindrical pillow!
When selecting your fabric, keep in mind the colour of your walls and the colour of any focal pieces of furniture, such as your sofa. While it’s fun to add all kinds of different colours to your space, you don’t want it to completely clash with the main pieces of furniture in your room.
Tropical Themed Everything
This year you will see tropical themed design elements everywhere! It’s the hottest trend in decor this summer.
There are a variety of easy ways to add this theme into your home. Here are some tips:
Add a colourful area rug to help define and refresh your space. Surya offers a huge variety of area rugs that will bring new life to your room.
Add colourful decorative elements, like vases, bowls, and candlesticks. Decorative pieces with sparkle, colour, and shine will help to create fun and creative focal points in your space.
Add organic elements, like ferns, palms, or decorative items that feature natural fibres, wood, or shells. Incorporating these pieces will add a tropical accent and will help you bring some nature indoors.
At Smitty’s, we have a wide variety of decorative items and furniture that can be customized to your liking.
Wall art is a fun and creative way to add some style and personality to your home.
Whether you are looking to add a punch of colour, showcase artwork, display photos, brighten with mirrors, or even add a terrarium, wall art is always on trend.
At Smitty’s, we get a lot of questions about how to use wall art and hang art. Here are some of our expert tips on making the most of wall art:
1. Go Big with Wall Art
Don’t be afraid of placing large artwork on your wall.
If you have a room with a focal point, like a sofa or a fireplace, try hanging a large, single piece of art over the centre area. The art can be anything from an original painting to a reproduction on canvas, to a large-scale printed photo.
If you have a large piece in another room of your home, try bringing it into a different room — sometimes simply moving your wall art around can freshen up your space.
2. Use Mirrors
Yes, it’s true, mirrors are considered wall art — especially with all the different shapes, styles, and designs on the market.
Similar to placing a large piece of art, consider hanging a large mirror behind your sofa or above your fireplace. Adding a mirror in this manner will bring light into your space and help to brighten your room.
3. Try Word Art
Adding word art to your walls is a fun and creative way to bring new life into your space.
Many of you might remember the trend of having the words “Live, Laugh, Love” in a front hall, but all kinds of words and phrases are being displayed throughout homes. You can have some relaxing words in the bedroom, some fun words in the family room, or even a famous food quote in the kitchen — it’s all up to you!
4. Deer Heads
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about stuffed deer heads — we’re talking about the shiny, decorative kind.
Yes, having a chrome or brass deer head on your wall is one of the hottest trends this year. Available in a range of styles and sizes, it might be just the final touch that your wall needs.
Ask yourself: How many times have you seen an image in a magazine or scene in a movie with a gorgeous, stylish room and thought to yourself, “How can I get that look?!”
The team at Smitty’s gets inspired by these kinds of things all the time, and we are happy to help you achieve your dream look with a few tips on ‘high-low decorating’.
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.
How can I high-low decorate my home?
There are lots of tips to keep in mind when attempting this style of interior decorating.
Here are a few key points to consider:
Invest in a key item for your room that you want to be the focal point and that you want to last.
A sofa or sectional is an ideal piece of furniture to spend the most money on in your living room. The same is true for a quality mattress and bedframe in your bedroom. These are the kinds of pieces that you want to stand the test of time, as they will anchor your space.
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 for your bathroom would look really great in your entryway.
Repurpose what you already have.
If you have decor or pieces of furniture in your home that you really love and still have life left in them, keep them! Find suitable places to showcase these pieces in your room, or try moving them into different rooms in your home to display them in new ways. It’s surprising what moving wall art or accent chairs around will do — and remember, eclectic is in!
You see them all the time in boutique shops, in magazines, and in movies — fabulous bookshelves that showcase a stylish mix of books, decor, and plants.
Bookshelf decorating is definitely a big deal these days, and for good reason. A thoughtfully decorated bookshelf can move from being a backdrop to the focal point of your room.
Here are some expert tips on how to style your bookshelf:
One of the more recent trends in bookshelves is colour coding.
Instead of arranging your books by author or subject matter, you arrange them by the colour of the spine. Simply group colours together throughout the shelf with a different colour group on each shelf. You can also randomize the colours and have red next to blue, or you could arrange them in a rainbow.
Alternately, if colour isn’t really your thing and you want to achieve a more neutral look, you can re-cover the spines with a nicely-patterned wallpaper — or simply turn the books backwards so you see the neutral colour of the pages instead.
Showcase Your Treasures
Leave space in your bookcase to show off your personal items, souvenirs, or other collectible pieces.
A bookshelf that is loaded down with books will become more of a backdrop. If you leave space to display selected items that mean something to you, you can turn your bookshelf into a focal piece instead.
Plants and Flowers
Adding a succulent, a small plant, or flowers will give your bookshelf beauty and will bring an element of nature into your space.
Try grouping a few small vases with floral cuttings on a section of your shelf, or go for one larger succulent. Succulents are a nice idea for a bookcase, as they don’t require much attention.
All of these styling ideas require a bookshelf, and that’s really the place to begin. If you are looking for a quality bookshelf, come and visit us at Smitty’s.