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Circular Decor & Furnishings

Modern, urban circular coffee table with wood top and metal base

Furniture trends come and go...and often come back again, but one thing that never goes out of style is circular design.

 

There is something timeless and beautiful about circles. Perhaps it’s their simplicity, their versatility, their flowing contours — we may never know. What we do know is that the use of circles in your furniture and decor is something that will work and look good in the long-term.

 

Here are some fun and functional ways to bring circular design into your home.

 

Circular coffee tables

 

Round coffee tables are warm, inviting, and flexible, as they can be accessed on all sides and used for a variety of functions. Their smooth curve is visually appealing and the lack of hard corners is also nice to have — just ask yourself how many times you’ve bumped your knee on the hard corner of your existing coffee table? Ouch!

 

Circular coffee tables are available in a wide range of materials, including combinations of wood, glass, metal, and fabric. Depending on your prefered brand, you may also be able to customize your fabric or wood finish.

 

At Smitty’s, we recommend having a look at Hooker Furniture (featured above), Artage, and Amisco.

 

Circular mirrors

Contemporary circular mirror with metallic design

 

Mirrors are the perfect way to bring some circular design into your home. Aside from helping to brighten your space by bringing in light from outside, mirrors are useful for checking your appearance before heading out for the day.

 

Key places to consider placing a mirror in your home include:

  • Your entryway
  • Your bathroom
  • Your bedroom
  • Your living room
  • Your guest room

At Smitty’s, we have a lovely range of mirrors by Surya to check out.

 

Circular dining tables

Wooden, circular dining table with three chairs and natural decor

 

Every home needs a dining table and, if you’re considering updating your dining suite, we recommend a circular dining table. Round tables, small or large, offer a comfortable seating arrangement where everyone can easily see each other, pass food items, do homework, and play games.

 

Round dining tables, like the Hooker Furniture table featured above, are available in a range of materials and sizes — from pub size to family size, you can achieve the circular look with ease.

 

There are so many beautiful circular furniture and decorative pieces to choose from that it can be hard to know which elements to bring into your home. Visit the interior decorating experts at Smitty’s and we’ll help you make it work.

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How To Add Natural Elements to Your Decor

Linen sectionnal, wooden coffee table, wicker accents

This is the perfect time of year to bring nature into your home. Natural and organic fabrics and decor will add warmth to your space, and will also help create a relaxing environment. Here are a few key things to keep in mind when considering adding natural elements to your decor:

 

What kinds of natural fabrics are available for my furniture?

 

There are more natural fabrics on the market than ever before, it just depends on the brand and the retailer.

 

Some furniture brands, like Brentwood and Decor-Rest offer the ability to customize your pieces by choosing from a range of fabrics. These fabrics may include the following natural fabrics:

  • Leather
  • Cotton
  • Linen
  • Silk
  • Jute
  • Wool

It is important to consider that different natural fabrics offer different levels of wear.

 

For example, silk is more delicate and is not meant for high-wear areas, like sofas. On the other hand, leather is extremely durable and wears well over time, which makes it ideal for sofas.

 

What kind of natural fabrics are best for my furniture?

 

Choosing which fabric will work best for your sofa, accent chair, or other furniture pieces comes down to how the furniture will be used. Key questions to ask yourself include:

  • Who will be sitting on the furniture?
  • Will children use the furniture?
  • Will pets be allowed to sit on the furniture?
  • Will there be food or drink consumed (i.e. dining chairs)?
  • Will it be placed by an entryway (i.e. dirty footwear)?

If you answer ‘yes’ to any of these questions, then you may want to consider a more durable and easy-to-clean natural fabric, like Crypton fabrics.

 

Crypton fabrics have built-in stain repellency, built-in odor resistance, and enhanced abrasion resistance. Smitty’s carries a range of Crypton fabrics and our team will be happy to review what is available for your particular furniture item.

 

What kind of natural decor should I get?

 

When choosing a natural, decorative item, it really comes down to your personal style.

 

It is very on-trend to decorate with wooden elements like naturally-shaped wooden bowls. However, wood isn’t to everyone’s liking.

 

If wood isn’t your thing, you may want to add a glass vase and some floral arrangements to your dining table, coffee table, or side table.

 

Another great way to bring some natural design elements into your space is to add a rattan or bamboo tray. This tray could be placed on a coffee table and hold other decorative items, like candles or books, or it can be used functionally to serve snacks or beverages.

 

Whatever your style, at Smitty’s, we can help you find natural elements to suit your taste and your lifestyle. Visit us for a free interior decorating consultation to learn more.

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Top Reasons To Work With A Decorator

Fabric swatches, ruler, pencils, floor plans

Do you know how to choose the right chairs for your dining set?
Are you confident in figuring out the best sofa for your space?
Do you know the best place to hang your mirror?

Are you struggling to find furniture that will fit your space?

 

If you’re like most people, then you’ve answered ‘no’ to one or more of these questions.

 

Figuring out which furniture and decorative pieces will work in your space involves spatial design, colour design, and placement design. These are the integral elements that form the basis of quality interior decorating.

 

There’s a good reason why professionals go to school and take courses to be able to perform this service effectively — because it’s complicated!

 

At Smitty’s, we don’t want you to feel alone and stuck in your decorating journey. Our professional interior decorators will answer all your questions and will help you every step along the way.

 

Here are some of our top reasons to work with an interior decorator:

 

1. Working with a professional decorator will save you time.

 

A professional will be able to ask you the right questions to figure out exactly what you need. From your budget to your space, they will know how to make sure you are considering the best options and aren’t wasting time with ideas that just won’t work.

 

Don’t want to spend countless hours agonizing over colours and other minor details? Work with a professional instead!

 

2. Working with a professional decorator will save you money.

 

A professional will know which brands can offer you the best pieces for your home, while taking into consideration your budget. The last thing you want to do is purchase your dream sofa to find that the delivery guys can’t fit it through your front door and now you need to purchase something else!

 

3. Working with a professional decorator will help you achieve the look you want.

 

A professional will know which furniture pieces and decorative elements will provide you with the look you want and the features you need, all while maintaining room and space flow. You want your home to be functional and fabulous.

 

Smitty’s is pleased to offer our customers complimentary interior decorator assistance in-store and in-home.

 

Visit us to arrange for a free in-home consultation and we’ll help you make your home look  beautiful.

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Decorating Tip of the Month: Lamps

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At Smitty’s, we want to help you furnish and decorate your home with beautiful, stylish, quality furniture and decor that works — whatever your lifestyle.

 

Each month we will feature a decorating tip to help you achieve your interior decorating dreams.

 

If you have questions or tips that you would like Smitty’s interior decorators to answer, just let us know.

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Don’t forget your lighting!

5 Contemporary Table Lamps with different coloured shade and silver bases

 

At Smitty’s, we often have customers who purchase new furniture, have it installed in their home, and then feel like something isn’t right. Sometimes the look will feel incomplete and other times it may feel dreary. The reason for this feeling isn’t because you’ve purchased the wrong furniture — it’s because you haven’t considered the lighting.

 

Don’t forget your lamps!

 

Lighting is an important part of every room and can help to elevate the look and feel of your space.

 

There are more lighting options on the market than ever before, so it can be difficult to know what sort of lighting will work best in your space.

 

Here are a few important tips to keep in mind when selecting lighting for your space:

 

1. Scale your lighting.

 

Scaling your lighting means taking into consideration the size of your floor lamp or table lamp to ensure that it fits well with your furniture. For example, if you have smaller pieces, or condo-sized furniture, you don’t want your floor lamp to tower over your sofa.

 

2. Don’t go overboard.

 

There are so many beautiful options for lamps that it can be tempting to overdo it. Remember, just because you need lighting doesn’t mean that you necessarily need floor lamps, hanging lamps, and table lamps.

 

For example, if your room offers a lot of natural light, you may opt for a couple of floor lamps in the corners of the room, to supplement your natural light, and you may not require table lamps.

 

3. Matching isn't required.

 

While you do want your style and room elements to work together and flow, your lamps don’t necessarily have to match. You can choose different colours and shapes for both table lamps or floor lamps, and that’s perfectly okay.

 

There are many other important elements that should be reviewed when selecting lamps, including how the room is being used, which way the windows face, and if there are any doorways in the room.

 

For answers to all your lighting questions, visit us at Smitty’s and our professional interior decorators will be happy to help you.

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Brass & Bronze Are Back

 

 

 

They say that what is old, is new again — and this is true for furniture.

 

This year, brass and bronze are back. Shiny and light, or muted and deep, these tones are available in dining room tables and chairs, coffee tables, and side tables. Showcasing these warm tones will add an element of sophistication to your home.

 

Here are two of our favourite brands that will help you achieve this gorgeous look:

 

Artage Coffee & Console Tables

 

 

 

 

If you’re looking for ‘wow’ factor, then look no further than Artage. Artage has been producing fashionable metal furniture since 1967, and they remain one of the few metal fabricators left in North America that produces occasional tables.

 

All of Artage’s metal tables are produced at their Canadian factory. From the beginning stage of working with raw metal, to the welding, drilling, and polishing, Artage pays careful attention to the entire process. They are focused on ensuring that the highest quality standards are upheld and evident to the customer.

 

Always on trend, Artage is showcasing a wide variety of brass, gold, and bronze-toned occasional tables, drink tables, wine/storage carts, and console tables.

They also have an ‘Options Program’ which allows customers to select from five domestically-produced table collections and customize the frame, finish, and top. From painted to plated, your custom furniture will look stunning.

 

Amisco Dining Sets

 

 

 

Amisco, located in Quebec, designs and produces quality furniture with a contemporary look and feel. Made from solid wood and steel construction — including the contemporary wood dining table with dark bronze steel base, featured above.

 

Amisco also offers customization of its products. Providing a wide selection of materials means that they can create a one-of-a-kind piece that fits your style and room perfectly. When you choose Amisco, you can achieve the look you want, without compromise.

 

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. You can select a dining table and chairs, a pub table with stools, or you can mix-and-match table bases and tops. The selection is enormous! Amisco’s dining furniture is durable and beautiful, and their innovative designs look great in any space.

 

Come into Smitty’s today and our expert in-house decorators will help you choose the perfect pieces for your home.

 

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Furniture That Can Handle March Break

Young boy jumping on a couch

 

 

 

March break is almost here and, for some of us, that means the kids will be home playing games, running around, and maybe (just maybe) spilling things.

 

The question is: “Can your furniture handle the chaos?”

 

You want durable furniture that cleans up in a snap. Here are some expert tips on what to keep in mind, when selecting furniture for your home.

 

Easy-to-Clean Fabrics

Performance Fabric selections

One of the most frequently asked questions we hear from our customers is, “Is this fabric easy to clean?” We know that you want your furniture to look good for as long as possible and that is why we offer a huge range of durable fabrics.

 

Microfibre is a very durable and stain-resistant material. Constructed from synthetic material and woven with a very tight weave, microfibre makes it difficult for stains to soak in and set, while the tight weave makes it hard for holes to get poked into the fabric.

 

Leather is another extremely durable material. Leather, like microfibre, can be wiped down and cleaned in a few seconds. Different types of leather are available and some can be enhanced with protective coatings for extra durability.

 

If microfibre and leather aren’t for you, Smitty’s has a huge variety of different fabrics that are

stain-resistant, durable, and easy-to-clean. Some options are also liquid-repelling and most are safe for children, since they are protected without chemicals.

 

Zucora


Zucora fabric cleaner

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Zucora, located in London, Ontario, has been helping families live more comfortably since 1979. A manufacturer of natural, toxin-free household cleaning and personal care products, Zucora has everything you need to care for your furniture.

 

Their eco-friendly line of cleaning solutions includes the Everyday Spot Remover. This concentrated stain remover is ideal for removing stains out of your carpets, sofas, pillows, and more — it’s able to penetrate deep into fibres to lift and remove the toughest spills.

 

Zucora’s plant-based products are safe to use in any part of your home, from your child’s bed to your dining room chair — it’s even safe to use on your dog bed!

 

Visit your local Smitty’s today and our team will help you find the perfectly designed, durable, and easy-to-clean furniture pieces for your home.

 

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Go Big and Go Home — Don't Be Afraid of Larger Furniture

 

 

 

Large and luxurious are the two words most frequently used to describe furniture in 2018. Unlike the 1980s, when everything bigger was better, in 2018, it’s about suitable style and frugal luxury. Not everyone has large rooms to furnish, and that’s okay — even if you live in a condo or a home with small square footage, there are ways to achieve this large and luxurious look.

 

Here are two of our favourite ways to achieve this trending look in your home:

 

#1. Sectionals

 

Grey sectional

 

 

Sectionals are the big trend for sofas in 2018.

 

Sectionals allow you to have seating for everyone — and, if you have a smaller space, this extra seating capacity may allow you to remove an accent chair from your layout, which frees up floor space.

 

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 either area extending
  • U-Shape: the seating is arranged with two areas extending on either side of the central section
  • Semi-Circular: the entire 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

Brands like Decor-Rest, Craftmaster, and Future Fine Furniture offer a terrific selection of sectionals.

 

#2. Oversized Mirrors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What pairs expertly with an oversized sofa or sectional? An oversized mirror!

 

Another trend that never goes out of style is placing a large mirror in your space, either as a focal point over your bed or sofa, resting on the floor beside a chair, or in your entryway.

 

An oversized mirror is great as an accent piece, as it helps to bring light into your space, and (depending on its location) it’s also handy to check your look before heading out the door.

 

Brands like Hooker Furniture, Surya, and Rustique have inspiring collections of beautiful mirrors to choose from. Rustique also manufactures mirrored furniture pieces. You’ll be wowed by their mirrored coffee tables, end tables, and buffets.

 

If you’re not sure what to choose to achieve a large and luxurious look and are looking for some inspiration, come and visit us at Smitty’s. Our expert decorators will guide you through all sorts of terrific options — they know what they’re doing — just take a look at this photo (showcasing 100% Smitty’s furniture and accessories) from Kathy’s living room!

 

 

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How To Add Warmth & Functional Luxury to your Home

 

Crisp whites and jewel tones are not hot this year. In 2018, the trend is to make your home cozy, warm, and functional.

 

Here are some tips on how to bring warm and functional luxury to your interior design.

 

Warm Up Your Living Room

 

The living room is a great place to start adding some warm tones and features. Depending on your space and lifestyle needs, you can consider adding a shag carpet, a leather sofa, a plush fabric ottoman, and accent chairs with pillows.

 

Selecting furniture in earthy hues like camel, tobacco, deep browns, and mahogany will make your space feel cozy and warm. Hooker Furniture has gorgeous styles of furnishings for every room in your room.

 

Smitty’s Pro Tip: You can easily enhance this warm look by adding pops of colour in burnt yellow or wine red using accents including throws or accent pillows and decorative tabletop items like candle holders and bowls.

 

Floral Rugs Are Back

A quick way to add some earthy and natural elements to your space is by adding a floral area rug. Floral prints are making a big comeback and can add some fun or elegance to your room — depending on your existing decor.

 

Kalora rugs are available in a wide variety of sizes and materials and can be added to your living room, dining room, bedroom, or entryway to really change the look and feel of your space.

 

Room Dividers

 

 

Room dividers are not what they used to be. You don’t need to purchase something large and cumbersome to delineate your space — adding a console table or island table is all you need.

 

Amisco island tables are a sleek, modern choice that allows you to easily create two spaces. These tables are available with long and short bases to best suit your particular needs. Specially designed to maximize space, these tables can provide more seating, act as a makeshift home office, and display room-dividing elements like table lamps, books, decor, etc.

 

There are so many ways to add warm and functional luxury to your home. Come and visit Smitty’s to find your perfect pieces.

 

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Real Furniture for Real Life

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.

 

Gina’s Living & Dining Room

 

 

Gina is a senior member of Smitty’s decorating team. She spends every day helping people with their decorating challenges — so she decided to take her expertise and improve her situation at home.

 

Gina’s living room was dated and a bit worn out. The overall look and feel was dark and didn’t reflect her changing style.

 

She wanted an updated and more casual and comfortable living room. She also wanted to lighten up the room with a brighter colour palette and make the space feel more liveable with clean lines.

 

The result, (see photo below), is a brighter, more comfortable, and more contemporary space. The new living room features adjustable seating and is top-of-the-line — and it has improved her overall enjoyment of the space immensely.

 

 

 

Check out the following links to learn more:

 

The reclining leather sofa and loveseat are Palliser.

The swivel chairs are Brentwood.

The artwork are from Smitty’s showroom.

The glass and metal side tables are Artage.

 

After updating her living room, Gina was inspired to refresh her dining room set, which she did with a beautiful dinette set from A-America.

 


 

You can get Gina’s look in your home — all of the pieces are available in the Smitty’s showroom. Visit Smitty’s today and bring real furniture into your home.

 

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Real Furniture for Real Life

Two People Wondering What To Do With Their Furniture
 

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

 

Kathy's Bedroom set up

 

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.”

 

Check out the following links to learn more:

 

The bed frame is Decor-Rest.

The mattress is Zedbed.

The adjustable bed is Serta.

The bedside tables are Durham Furniture.


 

You can get Kathy’s look in your bedroom — all of the pieces are available in the Smitty’s showroom. Visit Smitty’s today and bring real furniture into your home.

 

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