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
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
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.
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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:
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 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.
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.
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 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
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.
Today’s housing market has exploded and prices are through the roof. Whether you’re a first-time homebuyer or are considering making a move the costs of purchasing a home are prohibitive.
So what are people doing?
Trends show that people aren’t buying homes as much as they once were. Instead, they are investing in their current home and making it a space they can continue to enjoy for years to come.
Homeowners have started to realize that any type of house — detached, semi, townhome, or condo — can be upgraded and updated. You can make your house a home.
At Smitty’s, our decorators love to help homeowners breathe new life into their homes by updating their spaces with new furniture and accessories. Here are some of our favourite ways to turn your house into a home.
The kitchen is the hub of every home. It’s the place where you spend many hours preparing meals for your family and friends — and the dining table is at the heart of every kitchen or dining room.
Your dining table is used as a surface for entertaining, working, playing games, and as a place to gather around for quality time. It is a multifunctional workhorse.
Selecting a new dining table is a great way to update your space and meet your current lifestyle needs.
How do you choose the right dining table?
There are several important considerations to think about when selecting a new table:
How big is your space?
How many people need to fit around the table?
Do you need a table with extensions, to fit more people?
Do you want a round, square, or rectangular table?
Will the table need to be versatile and used for more than just eating?
Sometimes all it takes is updating your dining table seating to give your space a whole new look and feel. There are more options and styles to choose from than ever before — and you can mix and match seating to suit your needs.
How do you choose the right dining chairs?
There are several important considerations to think about when selecting dining chairs:
How many people need to fit around the table?
This is important when deciding how wide each chair should be.
How tall is your dining table?
Most tables range between 28-31 inches and people typically prefer sitting with 10-12 inches of space between their lap and the tabletop.
Do you want arms or armless?
If you want arms, do you want the chair to slide underneath the tabletop?
Would a bench provide you with more flexibility?
Benches can slide under a table and save on floor space.
Our showrooms are filled with amazing chairs, from wood, to fabric, to leather, to metal — we’ve got it all.
For the biggest impact, the number one piece of furniture to update in your living room is your sofa. By replacing a sofa, sofa bed, or sectional, you can make a room feel completely different.
How do you choose the right sofa?
There are several important considerations to think about when selecting a sofa:
How much room do you have (both width and length)?
How many people are you looking to fit on your sofa?
Do you want your sofa to fit into a corner of a room or divide a room?
Do you need extra sleeping space for guests?
Do you have pets and need to consider cleaning or fabric options?
Smitty’s Pro Tip: Don’t forget to measure your front door. You don’t want to order a new sofa only to find out that it won’t make it into your home. As part of our service, Smitty’s can offer you a free check measure, to ensure your furniture will fit into your home.
We have a huge selection of sofa styles ranging from traditional to modern. We also offer brands that are customizable — allowing you the flexibility to select your fabric, legs, and throw cushions.
The expert decorating team at Smitty’s will work with you to find and customize unique pieces of furniture to suit your space. By ordering your furniture in October, you can have your new furniture (and your refreshed space) in time for the holidays!
The famous quote, “a place for everything and everything in its place”, rings true today as we try and find suitable places to store our belongings.
Another phrase that is often used amongst homeowners is, “You can never have too much storage space”.
We all know that, over time, we accumulate more and more items in our homes — it just seems to happen! The tricky part is having places to put these items, so that they are accessible when we want them and hidden away when we don’t. The other consideration is that we want the storage to look good, and fit our lifestyle and decor.
The good news is that there are functional and stylish options at Smitty’s to help you with this challenge.
Take your space from cluttered to organized
There are many storage options to choose from, it just depends on your room and your style. When you come into Smitty’s, our expert decorators can assist you in finding the best choices for your spaces. In the meantime, we hope to inspire you with some of our favourites storage options:
Trendline ottomans with hidden storage (above)
These ottomans open to reveal a large storage space, perfect for blankets, magazines, books, remotes, games, and more.
Dimplex fireplaces with visible storage
These stylish units provide a terrific spot for your television and handy storage below. It’s perfect for storing DVDs, CDs, games — and the fireplace will keep you cozy and warm this winter.
Magnussen bookcase and entertainment units with rolling doors
These storage units were inspired by the wineries in Napa Valley and offer adjustable shelving, pullout bin-style drawers, built-in LED lighting, and wire management drawers for your television, DVD player, etc.
Amisco living room island tables are the latest way to provide more space
This adjustable island can function as a table, a serving island when guests are visiting, a working desk, and an additional storage space for lighting, books, snacks, and more.
Whatever your needs, Smitty’s has the solution to maximize your space and solve your storage concerns. Visit Smitty’s and check out the latest spectacular storage solutions.
As we prepare for the cooler weather and hosting season, many of us look for ways to make our homes warm and inviting. Incorporating rich and darker tones into your living spaces is a great way to add depth and warmth — include a fireplace and you’ve got the perfect, cozy space!
There are many rooms that can benefit from some deeper tones, richer furnishings, and enhanced decor, but the most commonly asked questions we get are about how to add warmth to the living room.
Here are our top three ways to add warmth to your living room:
1. Dimplex Electric Fireplace Media Consoles
Available in different styles, these rich-toned consoles offer a handcrafted look and a finish resembling reclaimed wood. The rustic-chic look is a great way to update your space, while the built-in fireplace will provide ample warmth and act as a wonderful focal point in your living room.
The added bonus of the Dimplex console is the concealed storage, built-in cord management system, and reinforced structure to hold a large television.
2. Wood Coffee Tables & Occasional Tables
Nothing says richness and warmth like real wood. Adding a wood coffee table or occasional table in your living room will warm up the look of your space, and will be helpful for storage and hosting.
Coffee tables are available in styles and shapes to suit any living room. From round, to square, to rectangular, you can find them in solid wood or combinations of glass and wood, or metal and wood.
Occasional tables also come in a range of styles and shapes. They can serve as a stylish addition to showcase your home decor — and they’re the perfect place to set-up refreshments when you are hosting guests.
3. Leather Sofas & Accent Chairs
Is there anything cozier than curling up in a leather sofa? We don’t think so.
Leather provides a high-quality look and feel, it’s very comfortable, and it is extremely durable. Our leather furniture comes in a wide variety of styles and, if you prefer, selected brands are customizable. Our expert decorators will guide you through the process of choosing your leather, your legs, and the coordinating pieces.
Adding a leather sofa and accent chair is a great way to give your living room a warm look and feel for years to come.
Sectionals have come a long way in the last few decades. Sectional seating is versatile and comes in a variety of styles to provide comfortable seating for everyone in your family — and for guests too!
What is a sectional?
The sectional sofa came to be in the Victorian era. People would push together two or more sofas to make one long seating area. Then, in the 1950s, modern design updated the look to include the L-shape and built-in sofa beds. Finally, in the 21st century, the design was updated to include recliners and built-in storage.
Sectionals are now available in a huge range of styles, sizes, and variations — this makes them a great choice for living rooms, rec rooms, and home theatre rooms.
What kind of sectional should I get?
There are many questions to ask yourself when considering a sectional, these include:
What is the layout and size of your space?
Are you intending to use the sectional as a room divider?
How many people need to fit on the sectional?
Do you want reclining or stationary seating?
What sort of fabric do you prefer?
Sectional Shapes & Styles
Sectionals come in a wide variety of shapes and configurations, including:
L-Shape 1: one side of the sectional extends outward beyond the depth of the seating area (similar to a chaise)
L-Shape 2: two areas of seating are joined making an L without an area extending
U-Shape: the seating is arranged with two areas extending on either side of the central seating area
Semi-Circular: the seating area is curved
Sectionals are also available in a range of styles. Popular styles include:
Contemporary and Modern: shorter profiles, crisp lines, and angular finishes
Traditional: higher profiles, curved arms or backs, and rounded finishes
Cottage and Coastal: skirted bottom fabric, thickly padded cushions, and throw cushion accents
At Smitty’s, we carry a wide selection of sectionals and we offer a huge range of customizable options. Our expert decorators will assist you in selecting the perfect size and shape for your space and will guide you through the process of choosing the fabric and finishes to make it your own.
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.
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
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
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
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!