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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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Stay On Trend & In Canada

Rustic Furniture from Smitty's Fine Furniture in Canada

Canadians take great pride in making their homes comfortable, functional, and stylish. As the housing market shifts once again, and people choose to invest in their home rather than sell, picking the perfect pieces of furniture becomes paramount.


Fortunately, we don’t have to look far to find fashionable furnishings that are also made in Canada. Trends are constantly evolving and changing, but there are some very accessible trends en vogue for 2017. Here are some top decor trends for 2017:


Casual and Comfortable

Casual and Comfortable Sofa from Smitty's Fine Furniture

The days of sitting upright on a firm chair, reading under matching table lamps, and positioning perfectly matching cushions on your sofa are gone. Canadians want to be cozy and comfortable in their homes. One of the big trends this year is to ditch the uncomfortable furniture and replace it with cushy, soft, and casual pieces. Brands like Decor-Rest, Palliser, and Brentwood have wonderful selections of sofas, accent chairs, and occasional tables that will make your home comfortable for any occasion.


Warm Colours and Metals: Bronze, Gold, Champagne

Artage Occasional Table from Smitty's Fine Furniture in Canada
The industrial look of past years has been replaced with warm tones. Solid wood dining tables, hutches, and dressers in chestnut, walnut, and chocolate finishes will bring a depth and warmth to your space.


On that same note, silver and metallic finishes have been replaced with bronze, gold, and champagne colours. You can mix and match these colours and tones in the fabric, and with accent pieces like throw pillows, table lamps, and decor pieces.


Whether it’s an occasional table, accent chair, or dining table, these rich tones are 100% on trend — and we have these Canadian products in-store.


Mix and Match

Mix and Match Colours on a Sofa from Smitty's Fine Furniture
Mixing and matching furniture is a trend that started a couple of years ago and is still going strong. This design concept is suitable in any room. From dining rooms with different head chairs or a mix of chairs and benches, to sofas with different colours of throw pillows, to bedrooms with bedside tables that don’t match the dresser — mixing and matching is hot.


The other benefit of mixing and matching your furniture and decor is that it gives your home a timeless appeal.


You will experience a great sense of freedom when placing furniture together in a room with different design styles and colours. Give it a try!  


If you’re not sure where to start, come and visit Smitty’s — our decorators will help you get it right!


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Supplier Spotlight: Superstyle

​Quality, Canadian-made, and stylish. At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we’ve proudly carried Superstyle furniture for over 30 years.


Superstyle has been a leader in the furniture industry since its founding in 1967. Their philosophy is Impeccable Quality, Exceptional Value and Excellent Service, and it shows in every one of their products.


Their wide range of leather and fabric sofas, sectionals, home accents, and occasional chairs make a beautiful addition to any space, with quality that you can rely on for years to come.


“With superior craftsmanship inside, and the finest fabrics outside, you can be certain the Superstyle line of products are of the highest quality.”


We’re not the only ones who love Superstyle Furniture. This award-winning company has received a number of Trillium Awards and Canadian Home Furnishing awards recognizing their design excellence and innovation.


Superstyle believes in being honest and transparent about their furniture. When you purchase a product from Superstyle, you can expect:

  • Solid hardwood construction.
  • Long-lasting fabrics and foam.
  • Advanced design and pattern consistency.

Superstyle stands behind their products. Each piece comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and the quality and durability of your new furniture is always guaranteed. Their commitment to design excellence and innovation makes them one of the best furniture companies in the country and the world.


For more information about Superstyle, check out their website, or come into Smitty’s in Hanover or Kitchener to see our selection of Superstyle furniture! Our talented customer service team would love to help you pick out the perfect Superstyle piece for your space.


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DIY Interior Design — You Can Do It

DIY interior design shown in a living room in Canada

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


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


DIY Like A Boss

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


Make a Plan


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

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

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


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


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


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

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

So, try this:

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

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

Does it come in red?

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


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


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


So many choices!


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


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


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

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Supplier Spotlight: Superstyle/Trendline

Living room furniture set from Superstyle Trendline showcases the work of this supplierFounded in 1967, Superstyle is a Canadian manufacturer of fine upholstered furniture. Like many of Smitty’s suppliers, Superstyle is a great example of ‘Canadian Made Furniture’. At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we have built a close relationship with Superstyle over the course of several decades and hold them as one of our most trusted partners.


Superstyle deliver an exceptional balance of quality and affordability for families. Their designs combine good fabrics and high fashion colours, while also offering options in leather. They are also a major Canadian manufacturer for Simmon’s sofa beds — you can see their full range of offerings on display at one of our showrooms.


Superstyle was built around the core principles of “Impeccable Quality, Exceptional Value and Excellent Service”. Today, these principles are in evidence throughout their many products lines. Superstyle offers four main varieties in both fabric and leather:

  • Suites
  • Occasional Chairs
  • Home Accents
  • Sectionals

With superior craftsmanship inside and the finest fabrics outside, you can be sure that Superstyle products are the best quality. Superstyle furnishing provide a mix of comfort and style for your home. The ultimate invitation to relaxation!


“For over 45 years we have built fashionable furniture built with quality in mind and we have earned the respect of our industry plus the people who matter most — the consumer.”


Danny Colalillo

Superstyle President

Based on their tradition of excellence, Superstyle have experienced steady growth over the years and Smitty’s looks forward to growing alongside them! Contact us for more information on Superstyle products.

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How to Get the Most Out of Your Home Theatre

Homeowner shows how to get the most out of your home theater from Palliser in Canada

So you built yourself a home theatre — now what? You’ve bought the fancy TV, the surround sound system, the perfect theatre seating from Palliser and you’re ready to go.


But something doesn’t feel quite right… If you’re still unsatisfied, here are our top 5 ideas for getting the most out of your home theatre system.


6 Ideas to Improve Your Home Theatre

Check your speaker positioning


If your audio system wasn’t set up by a professional, then you may not be getting the best performance possible. Check out this great guide to setting up surround sound speakers from Dolby!


Cover windows and other reflective surfaces


Anything reflective can create glare on the TV. Use curtains to cover windows if you find this is ruining your viewing experience!


Find the optimal distance to view the TV


There is a ton of discussion online about the optimal viewing distance for TVs. Most sources agree that you should take the diagonal size of your TV and multiply by between 1.5 and 2.5 — this blog does a good job of breaking down the science behind these numbers!


Choose an entertainment unit to match your TV


You don’t want your TV over a tiny entertainment unit — it looks ridiculous! Pick an entertainment unit that fits your needs and matches the size of your TV.


Add awesome movie props


If you’re building a home theatre system, it’s probably because you love movies. Why not add some vintage posters and memorabilia from your favourites? Cool decor is sure to put you in the mood whenever you go to watch a film!


Make yourself an amazing snack


Feeling like something is off? Maybe it’s your stomach! That microwaveable popcorn may be tasty, but it doesn’t cut it all the time.


Why not try out Smitty’s own Bits & Bites recipe? Check it out below and leave a comment to let us know if you enjoyed it!


Cam's Bits & Bites Recipe (Nuts & Bolts)


  • 1 cup butter or margarine
  • 2 TBLS  Celery Salt
  • 2 TBLS  Onion Powder
  • 1 TBLS  Garlic Powder
  • 4 TBLS  Worcestershire  Sauce

In a small pan, melt butter and all seasonings  together.

  • 8 Cups of Cheerios (plain)
  • 4 Cups of Shreddies (plain)
  • 3 Cups of Nuts  (honey roasted, beer nuts – your choice )
  • 3 Cups of Pretzels  (sticks or minis)

In the mother of all roasting pans, pour a bit of the melted butter mixture to lightly coat the bottom. Add all cereals etc. from above into pan. Mix well.
Pour butter mixture, stirring well so everything is coated. Cover with lid and put into the oven at 250 for 3 hours.
It's very important to stir this mixture every 20 minutes!
Cool completely before storing this delicious mixture in sealed containers, then enjoy with family and friends at your leisure!


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How to Build the Perfect Home Theatre Setup

Family has built the perfect home theater setup using furniture from PalliserWhen most people sit down to build a home theatre system, all they think about is the electronic gadgetry that they’re going to cram into the space:

  • The new 4K television
  • Wireless surround sound speakers
  • A state-of-the-art receiver
  • And so on

While all of these pieces are essential, they often become the sole focus of the project — forgetting another important part of the home theatre system: the furniture. You don’t want to get everything arranged, only to remember your lumpy couch and broken recliner. Will you really enjoy your 4k definition, if you keep having to readjust your back?


At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we’re all about helping you find home comfort solutions, for every space in your home. You want to build the perfect home theatre? We’ll help you get there.


We’ve written this guide to summarize the essential steps in building an amazing home theatre setup. Leave a comment below if you found it helpful!


Step 1: Understand Your Space

Drawing of a living room gradation into furniture shows importance of planning

When building a home theatre, you don’t want to cram a tiny room full of chairs and sofas — in fact, too much furniture can affect the acoustics of the space. That’s why it’s important to plan out your future home theatre system.


Pro Tip: You can use our Icovia room planner tool here — or our team of interior decorators to design your room for you!


Where are you placing the speakers for your surround sound system? If you are not investing in wireless, how will you run cables to different locations? If foot traffic will be crossing cables, consider placing rugs over them to remove trip hazards.


Any chairs or sofas should be set away from wall, in the middle of the room to get the best sound. They should be far enough away from the TV to keep the screen comfortably in vision. And if you are mounting a TV on the wall, you should ensure there are studs in the right place!


Step 2: Figure Out Your Budget


Under-budgeting and over-budgeting  can both be problematic when building a home theatre. You don’t want to run out of budget right before that last, crucial item. On the other hand, it’s easy to spend money on fancy electronic that you don’t really need — why spend $1,000 on a receiver, when a $400 one will do the job fine? Figure out where your money is best spent.


Plan in advance what you’re going to spend on furniture & electronics. Do research on all the big ticket items and allow some leeway for extra items. Look for deals in advance. Figure out how to get the most out of your home theatre — our team has even written this blog to give you some ideas!


Step 3: Coordinate Your Decor

Coordinated furniture set decor from Palliser makes a great home theater system in CanadaBuy it together, so it looks great together! Matching furniture is a sure way to impress guests and satisfy your home theatre dreams. Shopping simpler if you have a one-stop shop. Don’t run between stores comparing colours and styles! Find somewhere you can get it all.


Measure your space in advance. Know the dimensions of your room and bring these measurements into the store. The staff at Smitty’s will be able to help you ensure everything fits into your home theatre zone.


Step 4: Get the Features You Want

LED lighted cupholder on the arm of a Palliser chair for your home theater in CanadaiPad or Tablet holder on the arm of a Palliser chair for your home theater in Canada










Looking for specific features for your home theatre system? Make a list before you start shopping around for furniture sets. Figure out what’s essential and what can be provided with a DIY solution. Here are some popular features that are worth considering:

  • Reclining Seats
  • Heat & Massage
  • Lighted Cupholders in the Arms
  • Blue Theatre Lighting
  • Adjustable Headrest
  • Removable Tray Tables
  • Storage Compartments for Remotes
  • Tablet Holders
  • And more!

Step 5: Talk to an Expert


The final step is the most important! Find someone who has already helped dozens of people with their own home theatre systems. They will be able to make your budget go the distance — figuring out what should be prioritized and what can be added afterwards.


At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we love to help plan exciting home entertainment systems. Nothing is more fun than seeing a plan realized, so let us help you perfect your home theatre today! Visit our showroom to see our full selection of entertainment centres, sectionals, theatre seating, recliners and more!


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Supplier Spotlight - Decor-Rest

Sectional sofa from Decor-Rest showcases this supplier at Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener and Hanover

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture in Kitchener and Hanover, we carry the top Canadian made brands of furniture. And when it comes to upholstered and fabric furniture, Decor-Rest is at the top of their game.


Decor-Rest was founded in 1972 by Angelo and Christina Marzilli, who continue to own and operate Decor-Rest today. Decor-Rest set themselves apart with their internationally-recognized dedication to outstanding product and caring service.


Their humble beginnings in a 4,000 square foot facility has grown exponentially, as they currently occupy the Showplace, a 200,000 square foot plant in Woodbridge, Ontario, as well as an 8,000 square foot showroom in North Carolina and a 10,000 square foot showroom in Las Vegas.


Since 1972, they have continually explored leading edge design and advanced technology. Paired with their fine craftsmanship, Decor-Rest products are of the highest value and quality.


Decor-Rest has won more Trillium awards for superiority of product design and marketability than any other upholstery company. This coveted national award is just more proof of their passion for excellence, which the Marzillis share with their over 250 craftspeople and administrators. You can check out their Instagram page to see examples of their work!


So if you’re looking for the best in upholstered furniture at Smitty’s Fine Furniture, check out Decor-Rest for their exceptional quality and construction.

Visit us today to check out our selection of Decor-Rest furniture and other great brands!

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How Construction Makes a Difference in Your Furniture

Couple reflects on how construction makes a difference for their furniture in Canada

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture in Kitchener and Hanover, we strongly believe in providing our customers with high quality, Canadian-made furniture. Our commitment to selling quality furniture is why we are passionate about well constructed furniture.


Pro Tip:  A well-built piece of furniture makes all the difference. Well-built furniture is not just made to last, it’s also made to keep you and your family comfortable by employing the best construction techniques.


When it comes to the best furniture construction, it’s hard to beat Decor-Rest. Their furniture uses the following methods to create durable, long-lasting furniture of the highest comfort:

  • Hardwood frames are built using select North American maple or birch hardwood, corners are double-dowelled, corner blocked, glued and secured with screws. This method of construction will ensure you don’t have wobbly arms or backs on your furniture!
  • Reinforced webbing on the outside arm and outside back means greater value for you.
  • Stabilizer bars are used on the front and back rails for warp-free stability and exceptional durability.
  • Combine traditional hand-crafted expertise with advanced technology with only the best fabrics for quality and durability, and designs are above industry standard warranties.
  • Arms are padded for extra comfort and decks are fully covered and padded, demonstrating attention to detail.
  • All seating is sprung with 8-gauge no-sag sinuous spring construction, and all sofas and loveseats have sling spring for extra support — so when you sit in the corner of the sofa, you don’t fall in!
  • Environmental green soya foam is used in all Decor-Rest styles without chlorofluorocarbons and is highly resilient, abundant, domestically grown and sustainable.

These are just some of the ways that Decor-Rest produces high quality, incredibly comfortable and expertly built furniture that lasts.


By carrying these and other high quality, Canadian-made products, Smitty’s Fine Furniture ensures that our customers are only ever offered the best selection and can rest assured that their investment in great furniture will pay off for years to come.

Have questions about our furniture? Contact Smitty’s Fine Furniture today, or visit us at one of our locations!

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Company Is Coming: Preparing Your Home with the Right Furniture

Family eats Christmas dinner around a dining room table from Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener

It’s hard to believe, but the winter holidays are almost here! It’s a time for celebrating the season with friends and family - and inevitably having a house full of guests. If you’re hosting company this holiday season, it’s important to make sure everyone is comfortable and feels at home, which means having the right furniture.




Sofabeds are a great space-saving option for smaller houses - or if your house is bursting at the seams with guests! Sofabeds are sofas by day and beds by night, making it easy and convenient to turn your basement or living room into a temporary bedroom for someone.  


Having a sofabed also allows you to keep your common areas tidy and maintain their number one use. The bed can be tucked away quickly and easily, so you can get your living room back to normal for having a holiday party or sitting down to watch your favourite holiday movie.


Accent Chairs


With a house full of guests, it’s important that you have ample seating to accommodate everyone. If your sofa just isn’t going to be enough this year, consider adding a beautiful accent chair to your living room, basement or TV room.


Accent chairs are easy to place in a corner wherever you have some extra space. Plus, they look great and add even more style to your home.


Dining Sets


Whether you have a house full of guests or just a couple of close family members visiting you this holiday season, a dining set really sets the tone for your big holiday dinner. And no matter what the size and shape of your dining room, there’s a dining set for your needs! From square to rectangular to circular, compact tables to extendable tables, farmhouse style or modern, it’s never been easier to shop for the perfect dining table for your home.




After those big holiday meals, chances are your guests might want to take a nap! Keep them comfortable with a recliner. We carry a wide range of recliners in different shapes, styles, materials and colours to fit your space. They’re also great for watching your favourite Christmas movie!

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture in Kitchener and Hanover, we carry the top Canadian-made brands of sofabeds, recliners, accent chairs and dining sets like Palliser, Simmons and Decor-Rest, so you know you’re getting the highest quality products.


Check out our selection online or come into one of our store locations today!

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