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Top 4 Trends for Fall

As we prepare ourselves for the cooler weather, we start to think about ways we can make our homes more comfortable because we will be spending more time indoors. For some people, it’s as simple as adding a throw blanket to a sofa. For others, it’s about staying on trend and updating their space so it feels fresh. Here are the top four trends for Fall 2017.

 

Oversized Furniture Is Out & Scaled Furniture Is In

 

Remember when it was all the rage to buy that extra deep and extra wide sofa? Your feet couldn’t touch the floor, but it was in style. Bigger was better.

 

Things have changed. Now designers are moving towards less bulky furniture pieces. Smartly and beautifully crafted sofas and accent chairs are replacing those enormous pieces that took up half your floorspace.

 

Brands like Palliser, Magnussen, and Brentwood (just to name a few) are designing and producing furniture that fits your space, and doesn’t overwhelm it. Thinner arms, shorter depths, and sleeker designs are the way to go this Fall.

 

Industrial Is Out & Wood and Gold Is In

 

Shiny and brushed metal, like steel, are now taking a back seat to wood and gold. Designers are moving towards warmer palettes — and just in time for Fall!

 

Now, the trend is to incorporate solid wood pieces that are finished in deep, rich tones. Carefully crafted furniture pieces, either classically designed or with a contemporary feel, are where it’s at.

 

Warmer metals are also en vogue. Bronze, gold, and champagne colours and accents achieve a subtle elegance unlike the sharp contrast of brushed steel.

 

Brands like Artage, Amisco, and Durham excel at designing beautifully crafted pieces that achieve this warm and elegant style with ease. They can also custom-create pieces and blend wood and gold together for a classy look.

 

Greige Is Out & Jewel Tones Are In

 

There was a time when everyone painted their walls in soft tones, purchased neutral colour rugs, and arranged beige furniture in every room in their home. For some people greige is just fine and will never go out of style — for others, it’s time to bring in some colour.

 

You don’t have to go crazy with colour to bring your room into Fall style. You can achieve a more colourful look by adding a fun accent chair, gold side table, or coloured throw pillow.

 

Many of the brands we carry at Smitty’s allow you to select your finishes and fabrics. This means you can do anything! Pair a neutral sofa with bright throw cushions or add neutral/solid coloured pillows to a patterned sofa. It’s all up to you.

 

Seamless Upholstery Is Out & Nailhead Details Are In

 

There was a trend towards seamless upholstery. This style of finishing makes for a more formal look for your sofas, chairs, and other accent pieces.

 

This Fall, nailhead detailing is in. Whether it’s a footstool, bed frame, or accent chair, finishing the seams with nails adds a fun bit of energy and style to your furniture. Nailheads can be simple and run only around the edge, or they can incorporate additional patterns and designs.

 

Brands like Durham, Magnussen, and Donald Choi (to name a few) are experts at finishing their unique furniture pieces with the hot nailhead trend.


Come and visit Smitty’s to check out the latest styles in furnishings for your home.

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Update Your Dining Room with Amisco

Amisco is a Quebec-based furniture company that designs and produces quality furniture with a contemporary look and feel. Made from solid wood and steel construction, Amisco’s dining furniture is durable and beautiful.

 

Dining tables and chairs have changed a lot in the last decade. The traditional rectangular or round table was typically finished in a simple, sometimes uninspired, way — more function over form. This uninteresting table would, traditionally, be accompanied by four to six identical hardback chairs. That’s it. That’s all.

 

Now, dining tables come in all sorts of shapes and sizes. There are tons of finishes, colours, and materials to choose from. It’s about both function and form. You can also accompany your dining table with a mix of styles of chairs — they don’t all have to match. You can select different chairs for the heads of the table, different sizes or finishes, or even select a bench to run along one side of your table!

 

Easy ways to update your dining room


It’s easier than ever before to update your dining room without breaking your bank, or redesigning your home.

 

Amisco has designed a huge array of dining tables and chairs that run from urban sleek to rustic farmhouse, and come in a variety of sizes and heights. You can select a dining table and chairs, or a pub table with stools, or and you can mix and match table bases and table tops. The selection is enormous!

 

Special features


Amisco also makes several lines of extendable dining tables. These tables open so easily that even one person can manage it, and once you add in the table leaves you can increase your table size by over two feet!

 

What’s even more clever is that the tables feature built-in leaf storage — no more trying to find a safe home for your table inserts so they don’t get scratched between uses.
 

Whether it’s wood, steel, or glass, Amisco has an amazing selection of tables and chairs that will make it easy for you to update your dining room exactly the way you want.


Visit Smitty’s and we’ll help you select the perfect Amisco dining furniture for your home.

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Design It Your Way with Bermex

Bermex is well known for their tagline, ‘Design It Your Way’, because that’s exactly what they specialize in doing.

 

Founded in Quebec, Bermex has become one of North America’s largest dining furniture manufacturers focused on producing personalized, quality, solid wood furniture. Their styles range from casual to formal, contemporary to traditional, American Country to French Country, and transitional to mix and match.

 

What is truly exceptional is that Bermex can offer customers dining furniture that can be finished in over 170 different finishes and in over 300 different fabrics, including leather. They also have over 400 chairs and bar stool models, and more than 80 table sizes. Whether you’re purchasing a complete dining room set, or a single bar stool, the flexibility that Bermex offers on their products is incredible.

 

Quality and environmentally-friendly construction

 

In order to achieve the highest quality results, Bermex maintains total control over the manufacturing process. From start to finish their expert builders are involved. With more than 500 employees and state-of-the-air technology, they are focused on quality.

 

Bermex also knows the importance of sustainability. Their tagline ‘Bermex furniture...made in harmony with environment’ is something they take seriously.

 

Green initiatives include:

  • For each tree that is cut down, a new plantation is done. This is an excellent way of ensuring the renewal of used resources!  
  • Every necessary effort is done so the wood that is cut away during production of a Bermex furniture is used for creating marketing tools or other items.  
  • All residues coming from different products used by the finishing department are 100% recycled by CHEMREC.  
  • A structured planning process allows Bermex to ship furniture while minimizing the carbon gas emissions and fuel consumption.  
  • Quality of Bermex furniture offers an optimum life span. This is a heritage that contributes to protecting your environment and that of following generations. To choose Bermex is an intelligent investment.

Smitty’s is proud to carry quality and eco-friendly brands like Bermex. Come and visit us to see the latest dining room furniture designs and explore how you can customize your dining room to make it truly your own.

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Smitty's Philosophy

At Smitty’s we care about our customers. We are proud to offer high-quality products and excellent, personable service.

 

We know that many businesses say that they care about your needs and what they are offering — but often it’s just marketing. At Smitty’s, we walk the talk.

 

We won’t sell you something that you don’t want, don’t need, can’t afford, and won’t work in your space. We will take the time to discuss your unique situation and we will work with you to bring your goals and inspiration to life.

 

Smitty’s has a long-standing history of demonstrating our caring approach and we have the experienced and dedicated team to make this a reality every day.

 

Here are a few highlights that make up our Smitty’s Philosophy:

 

Smitty’s Mission

  • To deliver the ‘Smitty’s Experience’ every time with HEART!

Our HEART values are:

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

Smitty’s Vision

 

To be seen as the best choice for quality furnishings and a better buying experience.

 

The Smitty’s Advantage

  • Customer satisfaction and tremendous value are our trademarks.
  • Showrooms feature creative, full room settings so you can visualize how the product will look in your home.
  • Sales consultants are relationship builders, and are passionate about decorating.
  • Offer full delivery and setup of everything we sell to a wide area surrounding our stores.
  • Smitty's business was built by providing consistent and unparalleled service in our showroom right through to our one year in-home warranty promise.

Interior Decorator Consulting

 

Smitty’s has full-time, certified, interior decorators on our team to support you in making the right decisions for your space.

 

A Smitty's Decorating Consultant can help you create a new love by refreshing an old room, or make your inspiration come to life in a new space.

  • We will look for functional elements, like traffic flow.
  • Creating the right ambiance, with focal points, texture, and colour.
  • Working with a theme, like contemporary style or reading room.
  • Making it work, with balance and symmetry.
  • On time and within budget, to make sure you can live your life.

Community

 

At Smitty’s, we take our social responsibility and the needs of our community seriously. We encourage all our customers to donate their gently used furniture to those less fortunate. Here are some suggestions where you can donate your used furniture:

  • Habitat for Humanity - ReStore
  • Recovery Room Shop
  • Society of Saint Vincent de Paul
  • Furniture Bank
  • Goodwill
  • Women’s Shelters

We also regularly support events throughout our community including:

  • CMHA- Canadian Mental Health Association
  • Skills for Safer Living- Kitchener
  • Wes for Youth
  • The Grand River Hospital Foundation
  • The Women’s Centre Grey & Bruce Inc.
  • Women’s Crisis Services
  • Habitat for Humanity
  • Syrian Families in Hanover
  • Hanover and District Hospital Foundation
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters- Hanover
  • The Hospital Activity Book for Children
  • Lions Club International Dog Guides
  • Participation Lodge
  • And many more.

Our business was built by providing consistent and unparalleled service one family at a time. Come and visit us at Smitty’s — we look forward to helping you with HEART.

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Decorator of the Month - September

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.

 

September 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Gina!

 

Gina has been with Smitty’s for over 31 years and has worked in many departments.

 

Gina began her career with Smitty’s in the buying and accounting departments, but much prefers serving customers directly and has enjoyed helping them design their rooms and homes for over 20 years.

 

Gina’s gift is finding a clear decorating vision. She loves being able to help people, who cannot visualize or articulate their needs. By getting to know her customers, she is able to put together a home that will thrill them in the end.

 

Gina stresses that, although she can work with customers directly in their home or in the store (whichever they prefer), she can really help customers best when they bring in pictures, samples, and dimensions of their space. A picture is worth a thousand words, and combined with talking and learning about her customers, she is able to identify their style and needs.

 

“I have had the opportunity to work in several areas within Smitty’s during my 30 years as an employee. My passion and knowledge of  furniture, design, and space planning has lead me to my role as an Interior Decorator/Sales Consultant. Understanding my clients’ needs and wants is the platform by which we start developing a plan together. My goal is to find solutions that exceed my customer’s expectations!”

Come on in to Smitty’s Hanover and meet with Gina today!

 

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Bedrooms That Wow

While the kitchen may be the hub of your home, the bedroom is your personal sanctuary — it’s also where you will spend the most time over the course of your life, so you want it to be perfect.

 

It is important that a bedroom is comfortable so you can feel calm and get the rest you need. But bedrooms can offer a lot more than comfort, and they aren’t just a place for sleeping. More than ever before, bedrooms are incorporating style and character and are becoming a fashionable oasis in people’s homes.

 

What are the steps to creating your ‘wow’ bedroom?

 

Get To Know Your Style

 

First things first, you need to ask yourself what you like. You can sift through some home design magazines for inspiration, but it might be simpler and more fun to take the HGTV Bedroom Personality Quiz.

 

Styles include romantic, dreamer, rebel, creator, and more!

 

What Is Your Colour Palette?

 

Once you have a sense of your style, it will be important to examine the colour palette in your space, and in your home.

  • Are you looking to paint your bedroom, or keep it the same colour?
  • Do you want your bedroom to blend in with the rest of your home, or stand out?
  • Do you like bold colours, or are you more interested in neutral tones?
  • How much room do you have to work with?
  • Is there a theme for your room (e.g. black and white retro, or airy beach)?
  • Do you want your furniture to match, or mix and match?

After you’ve answered these questions, you will be better prepared to begin selecting bedroom furniture pieces.

 

What Style of Bedroom Furniture Should You Choose?

 

There are many options to consider when selecting your bedroom furniture, and you don’t have to limit yourself to just one.

 

The Classic


Classic bedroom style traditionally incorporates a wooden bed frame with a wooden headboard, matching bedside tables, and a matching dresser with or without a mirror.

 

You can choose a sleigh bed, with its lovely curved headboard as the centrepiece to your room. Then, you can finish the look with solid wood tables, matching dressers finished in rich, deep coloured stains, and matching bedside lamps.

 

This classic style offers a warm look that will stand the test of time.

 

The Contemporary

Contemporary bedroom style can incorporate a wide variety of furniture pieces, from wood to steel and upholstered to iron.

 

You can pair a bed frame and headboard with matching nightstands and offset the match with a different style of dresser.

 

You can also jazz up the centrepiece of your room (aka your bed) by selecting an extra large headboard.

  • Traditional headboards are typically 0-3” wider than the bedframe and extend upwards between 14-29” above the horizontal plane of the bed.
     
  • Contemporary headboards can extend along the wall, taking in the width of your nightstands, and they can be as tall as you like.

 

The Mix & Match


Mix and match bedroom style allows you to pair pieces from different sets without being limited to one particular look and feel for your room.

 

You can pair a new headboard with an antique style dresser, and then match it with a contemporary bedside table. There are no rules.

 

This carefree look is easily updated and can be altered to go with your ever-changing style.


You Can Do It!


There are a lot of ways to turn your bedroom into a ‘wow’ bedroom. Come and visit Smitty’s and our expert decorators will help you bring your desired look to life.

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The Benefits of Adjustable Beds

Adjustable beds are the latest, and greatest, advancement in mattress technology.

 

For many people, the idea of an adjustable bed makes them think of a hospital bed — but that is far from the reality. The new adjustable mattresses are incredibly comfortable, ergonomic, easy to use, and they will improve your overall health and well-being.

 

Here is a list of some of the benefits of switching to an adjustable bed:

 

Reduce Pains & Aches

 

If you have back pain, suffer from spinal cord compression issues, or experience circulation concerns, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.

 

By elevating various parts of your body you will reduce pressure on those areas which cause you pain. By alleviating pressure you will improve circulation, reduce pains and aches, and achieve a more comfortable and sustained sleep.

 

Reduce Digestive Issues

 

If you experience acid reflux, heartburn, or indigestion, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.

 

If you elevate your upper body by 6-8”, you will find that your stomach is better able to retain acids compared with lying flat. A calmer inside will allow for a better quality of sleep.

 

Reduce Snoring & Asthma

 

If you, or your partner, are kept awake by snoring or difficulty breathing due to asthma, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.

 

By adjusting the incline of the mattress you will find that your passageways clear and allow for increased air and oxygen flow into your body. Improved breathing will mean that your heart won’t be working so hard and your body will be able to relax and achieve a better quality of sleep.

 

Improve General Comfort

 

If you, or your partner, are tired of constantly shifting and adjusting pillows to get comfortable to read or relax in bed, then you will benefit from an adjustable bed.

 

The user-friendly technology will allow you, at the touch of a button, to get completely comfortable. Features include programmable positions, wireless remotes, headboard brackets, massage systems, USB charging ports, and more!

At Smitty’s, we are proud to carry a wide range of adjustable mattresses including: Serta, Kingsdown, Springwall, and Zedbed. Visit us at Smitty’s and try out our adjustable beds to find the perfect mattress for you!

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Your Look, Your Style, Your Home — Amisco Bedroom Furniture

Amisco is a Quebec-based company that specializes in designing and producing quality, long-lasting products. Their line of bedroom furniture is some of the most comfortable and durable in the industry, and their innovative designs look great in any space.

 

Traditional & Contemporary

 

Whether your style is traditional or contemporary, Amisco offers a lot of choice. From classic footboard beds and platform beds, to upholstered and trendy, their line of bed frames is smartly designed.

 

Bed frame design elements include the use of solid wood, distressed wood, steel, and padded headboards for ultimate comfort.

 

Some of the latest urban styles incorporate built-in night stands that fit right onto the frame. Having a bedside table at exactly the right height is very handy.

 

Children’s Beds

Amisco designs and produces an innovative line of children’s beds in a wide variety of styles.

 

Upholstered beds offer a stylish and comfortable look for your child’s room. From soft, muted colours to funky colourful fabrics, you can turn any space into a kid-friendly room.

 

If traditional is more your speed, Amisco produces solidly crafted frames with metal and wood headboards and footboards in a variety of colours and shapes.

 

Amisco also builds trundle beds which can provide you with excellent functionality — you don’t need any extra room for footboards or headboards which makes them quite good in small spaces. You can even use a trundle bed as a daybed, depending on your space.

 

Customization

 

Amisco offers customization of its products. This means you can select your fabric covering for the headboard, the type of metal used for the frame and legs, and even the type of wood used.

 

Offering a wide selection of materials means that you can create a one-of-a-kind piece that fits your style and room perfectly. You can achieve the look you want, without compromise.
 

Come and visit Smitty’s and check out the wonderfully designed Amisco beds — there’s a style for everyone.

 

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Durham Bedroom Furniture

Durham Furniture has been designing and building solid wood furniture since 1899. Known for their exceptional quality, distinguished features, and sustainably harvested materials, Durham is an amazing Canadian company.

 

Located in Durham, Ontario, the business employs nearly 200 craftspeople, some of which include generations of families working together, who produce environmentally responsible and beautifully designed furniture.

 

Environmentally Sustainable Construction

 

When you purchase a piece of Durham solid wood furniture, you can rest assured that it was produced in an environmentally sustainable and ethical way.

 

Durham Furniture builds its solid wood products using lumber from replenishing North American forests, and they continually work towards improving their environmental performance and reducing their ecological footprint.

 

Their commitment to sustainable production is solid and has been acknowledged by the following third-party certifications:

  • Sustainable Furnishings Council – Silver Exemplary Corporate Member
  • California Air Resources Board Compliance (CARB) – all Durham Furniture products meet and exceed the CARB 2 compliance requirements of the State of California

 

Ethically Sustainable Construction

 

Durham Furniture is also committed to their Social Equity Code of Conduct (which extends to their suppliers) and includes the following principles:

  • Provide proper wages and working conditions for employees
  • Use sustainable practices in acquiring all products
  • Develop a continuous improvement program for environmental practices
  • Have a strong commitment to health and safety for employees and their communities

They have even set up a liaison committee with local Durham residents to communicate what the company is doing to protect the environment and support living conditions around their manufacturing plant. Durham is committed to being a socially responsible member of their community.

 

Traditional, Contemporary, Transitional

 

Not only does Durham build their amazing furniture in a socially and environmentally responsible manner, but their products are also fantastic.

 

Their line of bedroom furniture comes in a wide array of styles to suit any home.

 

The traditional line takes their cue from 17th and 19th century furnishings and incorporates deeply coloured wood. Styles range from sleigh beds to European style grandeur featuring ornate carvings.

 

The contemporary line incorporates Asian and urban styles with wood and metal in a range of tones and stains.

 

The transitional line incorporates furniture that is a mix of traditional and contemporary with fewer ornate features, clean lines, and contrasting elements.


Smitty’s is proud to offer our customers Durham bedroom furniture. Visit our showrooms and check out their beautiful and sustainable line of bedroom furnishings, you won’t be disappointed.

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Decorator of the Month - August

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.

 

August 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Annie!

 

Annie received her Interior Decorating certification at ICSC, a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design at OCADU, and has worked in furniture sales for over 10 years. Her furniture education is extensive, and includes courses in furniture history, design and manufacturing, and building furniture.

 

Annie believes appropriate interior decorating is essential as it can have a significant psychological impact on people's lives. Furnishings are not only functional, but can be an extension of oneself and will affect our moods and behaviours. As an example, Annie recently had a client who was unhappy with her dark living room as the sectional was too large and dark and it felt unwelcoming in the space. Annie’s solution was to create a brighter space with a lighter paint colour and more contemporary furniture for a light, airy, warm, and vibrant room that she now loves to use.

 

Annie believes that each room in a home should enhance one's life, even in a small way. This can happen by creating a calm and relaxing bedroom to promote a more restful sleep, a lively-feeling office to encourage productivityor a family room that feels warm and inviting to feel comfortable at the end of the day. Annie recognizes that each client is unique with different needs and personalities, so she makes sure to ask a lot of questions at the beginning of a consultation in order to best meet expectations.

 

For Annie, there is no such thing as a “difficult” room. There are always solutions! She is always happy to help and is thrilled when clients are pleased with the final result.
 

“Furniture and design have always been a huge part of my life. It is a pleasure to work at Smitty’s, solving client’s decorating dilemmas and having fun!”

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

 

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