At Smitty’s, we know that magazines make homes look amazing. Websites and decorating magazines showcase rooms that are immaculate, totally on trend, and styled perfectly. We also know that our customers don’t live in a magazine. Your homes are actually lived in, which means they are not immaculate and perfectly styled — and that’s perfectly normal.
We want you to see that you can furnish your home with beautiful, stylish, quality furniture and make it work — whatever your lifestyle.
In this blog, we will showcase one of our team members and highlight how they have made beautiful, quality furniture work in their home — it’s all about Real Furniture for Real Life.
Kathy’s bedroom had a 70s oak poster bed and matching bedroom suite. It was dated and big and did not reflect her, or her partner’s, taste.
“I wanted an updated look that reflected both my partner and myself.”, said Kathy. “He loves solid wood and I love soft and sexy. He wanted a TV in the bedroom and I wanted comfort, so we got the adjustable bed. It works out great — I’m cozy and comfortable and he can adjust the mattress to watch his favourite shows.”
Now, with the Serta adjustable bed, the space is warm and comfortable and better reflects us as a couple. “We are a blended family and it’s the second time around for us. This redecorating allowed us to bring a little of him and a little of me in the space. Now, it’s timeless and will take us into our future.”
How is it December already? I have so much to do! I have so much to plan! How am I going to get everything done in time?
Does this sound familiar to you?
The holiday season is a fun time for many people. It’s a time to get together with friends and family, share some laughs, enjoy some tasty food, and make memories. For others, it’s a time of worry and stress.
The team at Smitty’s understands this seasonal stress and how it can make you feel anxious, exhausted, and worried. Here are a few tips to help you reduce your stress during the holidays:
Don’t worry about everything being perfect.
There’s no such thing as perfection. Trying to make your home look like a high-end magazine and your food look like it’s from a Michelin star restaurant is not reasonable. Your family and your guests will love being together, and that’s what’s most important.
Ask for help.
It’s okay to ask for help. At this time of year, people often ask what they can do to help, or what they can bring to your home. Don’t be a hero and say, “Oh nothing. Just relax.” Accept an offer of help. People like to feel needed and it will ease your stress.
Take some time to relax.
No one can work all day and night. It’s important to take breaks and rest. Spend some time relaxing on your sofa, enjoying a movie or reading a book. Even short periods of rest can make a huge difference to your overall wellness.
Have some fun.
It’s a great time of year to enjoy quality time with friends and family. From tobogganing and skiing to playing games inside — whatever you enjoy, make some time to take part in fun activities and build new memories.
The team at Smitty’s wishes you a stress-free holiday and a Happy New Year.
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.
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:
To deliver the ‘Smitty’s Experience’ every time with HEART!
Our HEART values are:
All About the Customer’s Home
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.
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
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
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.
We’ve all been there...you’re browsing Pinterest for design inspiration when you see the perfect piece of furniture for your space. Whether it’s a sofa, accent chair, media furniture, or an accessory, you just have to have it.
But in our quest to make our homes Pinterest-perfect, we often don’t stop to consider what each piece of furniture will look like in our space, or if it will even fit.
Enter the room planner from Smitty’s Fine Furniture. Our room planner is available online 24 hours a day, seven days a week — so it’s perfect for those late-night Pinning sessions. It’s also easy to use. Here’s how:
When you open Smitty’s room planner, you’re given two options.
#1- You can select a pre-measured bedroom, dining room, or living room layout that matches one in your home.
#2 - You can choose to build your own, custom layout.
Simply get the measurements of the room you want to decorate, enter them into the room planner, and select the room shape that best matches your room.
Make the room your own
Whether you choose the custom room option or pre-measured rooms, there are more ways to make the room your own.
Take stock of where the doors, windows, power outlets, and other structural features are located throughout the room. This will help you with deciding where furniture and accessories can go, without getting in the way.
Furnishing your room
Once you have the technical parts of your room down, you can start furnishing!
Choose from a wide range of styles and shapes to build the perfect space for you.
It’s easy to drag and drop furniture to place it where you want it, and you can experiment by rotating each piece and tweaking its positioning. You can also adjust the size of each piece of furniture to match the piece you have your eye on. If it doesn’t fit, just choose another piece and work within the confines of your space. It’ll save you a lot of heartache.
Come into Smitty’s
Designing the room of your dreams with Smitty’s room planner is easy — and it doesn’t stop there. Once you have a room plan that you’re happy with, print it off and bring it into our Hanover or Kitchener location, (or email it to us), our highly trained team will be happy to help you find the furniture to match your space.
Interior Decorating: You Don’t Have to Do It Yourself, Smitty’s is Here to Help!
Friday, March 17, 2017
Whether you’re redecorating your entire home or just focusing on one room, it can be tempting to take a do-it-yourself approach to decorating. In fact, many of us don’t even consider consulting with a professional.
At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, our team of expert decorators can help you plan and execute the room, or home, of your dreams.
Define Your Priorities
At Smitty’s, our decorators can help you every step of the way. First, we’ll help you define your priorities, like:
What do you want to use your space for?
What elements are important to you?
What style of decorating do you prefer?
By asking questions like these, we can help determine how to get started on your decorating project.
Scope Out the Project
Once we have an idea of the type of space you want, we then work with you to scope out the project. Having a general idea helps us to really get down to the details of your space. We also use this step to determine your budget, which we will use to figure out the details of the space.
Another important aspect of our design services is providing you with ideas you may not have considered. Whether it’s incorporating additional functional elements like storage in unique and hidden places, or guiding you toward a sectional sofa that can easily be added to, our designers are here to help turn your space into the room of your dreams.
Plan & Execute the Final Project
In addition to all of the features that you want and need in your space, another important consideration is making sure the space flows and has a functional layout. By combining furniture layouts with symmetry, asymmetry, accessories and more, we can create a space that feels cohesive and serves both a functional and aesthetic purpose.
I am planning on buying new living room furniture. My living room is a very odd shape (22.5 x 12) and I have never been too happy with the arrangement of furniture.
Can I fax my layout to get some advice on the pieces that would look best? I am finding it difficult to choose my furniture style without first knowing how it will be placed in my living room.
I have two round glass end tables and an oval coffee table that I don't plan on replacing.
Thanking you in advance for any advice you are able to provide.
Hi Susan: Thanks for your fax.
I put your room dimensions on my computer and placed the furnishings you are suggesting.
Your plan is very good! I like the arrangement and flexibility.
You can rearrange your room in several different ways with a sofa and 3 chairs.
# 1 is your plan. I e-mailed this to you today!
# 2 is to place the two matching chairs side by side where the loveseat was previously located and place the wing chair between the fireplace and TV stand, sofa stays where it is.
# 3 is to place the sofa where the loveseat was previously located and put the two matching chairs where the sofa is currently located (facing the fireplace).
So you have the best of all worlds with these furniture choices! The next step is to select a suitable colour scheme for your new sofa and chairs. Since you are keeping your wing chair it would be helpful if you could bring a sample of the fabric to our showroom. A photo of the chair for style consideration would also be helpful. I would also want to know the colour of your walls and what type of flooring as well.
Brentwood have so many amazing fabrics I know we can find something lovely for your room.
I have a room 18ft by 12’10”. Fireplace in the middle of one of the long walls and a patio door and window on same wall. The other long wall has an arched entrance and two half walls with pillars. Length of half walls is 66” to the start of the pillars and 79” to the end of the pillars. We have a 55” TV on a stand currently at one end of the room. Looking for suggestions on type of furniture to put in the room re couch, chair, loveseat?? Probably want to have comfortable family type of furniture. e.g. recliner or sectional or something like that but open to suggestions.
Any ideas you could give?
Thanks for your e-mail.
Based on your room description I have created a room plan and used three different furniture arrangements to give you some ideas. I e-mailed these plans to you.
Please let me know if you require any additional information. I would certainly be pleased to assist you in our Cambridge showroom.
Thanks again for your interest.
We have had Smitty’s furniture for 30 years and have recently bought a new home in a very different style. We will be replacing the dining table, chairs and sideboard and we wonder if its important in an open plan dining area to have the sideboard slightly higher than the table as a visual thing? I ask this because we are having difficulty seeing a sideboard that matches the table we like but we like the lower console table.
Thank you, I am excited to start buying!
Thanks for your e-mail. If you are having difficulty finding a taller sideboard for your space you can add height to the lower console table with accessories.
For example, a mirror or picture hung above will add height. Another approach could be to place taller accessories on the console table...so perhaps a lamp or two.
We have an amazing selection of Dining Room furniture at Smitty's! Bermex is a wonderful Canadian company offering the very best value on Canadian Made Solid wood tables, chairs and sideboards.
really love leather furniture but we have pets. Two dogs and a cat to be precise. I just don't know how leather would stand up under those conditions. Would the Bonded or Bi-Cast leathers be better or should I stick to fabric?
Leather is a very durable covering and will stand up well in a busy space but it's not indestructible. It is great for cleaning the pet hair and dog drool but could mark from their claws. Dog claws are not as sharp as cats and if your cat likes to sharpen its claws on the furniture it will leave marks. Top grain leather is much stronger than Bonded or Bi-Cast leathers and I would recommend it over the latter. I have had leather in my home for many years and have always had dogs in my house. Never have I had an issue with them but you would know your pets personality better than I. If your pet is not overly rambunctious on the furniture I would say go for the leather and just keep them off of it or put down a throw if they are going to curl up on it with you.
The "4FORMS" collection would be a great choice. There are 4 arms styles to choose from and they come in modular pieces so you can configure it to fit your room and lifestyle. They have many leather grades and colours to pick from and best of all they are Canadian made!