Do you find yourself spending time saying ‘Hey Siri’ or ‘Okay Google’, where is the best place to buy a sofa? Do you spend hours online searching for the best deals or the latest styles? Do you waste time meandering from store to store, wondering which pieces of furniture or decor to purchase? Well, you can stop wasting your time and effort because Smitty’s has it all!
Sure, we hear you. We are certainly biased in this regard — but it’s for good reason.
Here’s a little breakdown of the ways that Smitty’s differentiates itself from our competitors:
The Smitty’s Difference #1
Competitors: Stock a variety of furniture from somewhere overseas that is made from a variety of inferior quality materials offering questionable longevity.
Smitty’s: Our furniture is almost entirely made in Canada. We are proud to carry 85% Canadian-made furniture in our stores. Our furniture is made from the highest-quality components and are made to last.
The Smitty’s Difference #2
Competitors: You can either purchase it off the floor or order it online. They cannot guarantee stock or availability, and they most certainly aren’t able to offer customization.
Smitty’s: Our furniture is made to order. While we certainly do offer pieces for sale from our floor to your door, we specialize in taking the time to get to know what you want and need so that we can craft a custom piece for your home.
The Smitty’s Difference #3
Competitors: You can wander the showroom floor for what seems like an eternity without so much as a glance from someone working there. Then, if you are given attention, there is no guarantee that the person will actually know anything about interior decorating.
Smitty’s: Our showroom is filled with options and our professionally-trained team of interior decorating experts are there to help you. We will take the time to answer all your questions and make sure that you are making the best choices for your lifestyle.
We won’t sell you something that you don’t want, don’t need, can’t afford, and won’t work in your space. At Smitty’s we care about our customers. We are proud to offer high-quality products and excellent, personable service.
There are many questions to ask yourself when you are redecorating or are in process of updating your furniture. From deciding which room to refresh to which pieces to purchase, you will want to take the time to make the best choices for your lifestyle and budget.
At Smitty’s, one of the questions that we often get asked is, “Do I need an ottoman?”
While there are no hard and fast rules about furniture, there are some key considerations when deciding how best to furnish your space. Here are some helpful questions to ask yourself when it comes to ottomans:
#1. Do you want a place to put your feet up?
If you like to recline and place your feet up on something, then a coffee table just won’t do. A fabric or leather-covered ottoman is the perfect place to rest your feet at the end of the day, and you won’t have to worry about cracking glass or staining wood.
(Superstyle leather ottoman pictured above.)
#2. Do you need extra seating?
If you often find yourself wishing that you had additional seating options in your space, then an ottoman is an ideal solution to this problem.
Depending on the size of your space, you can select a single size ottoman, or a larger square version that can accommodate several people. When not being used as a seat, the larger ottoman can double as a coffee table or even as a place to play a board game.
#3. Do you require additional storage space?
Ottomans come in all shapes and sizes, and some feature a hinged top that can open to provide you with extra storage space. This is the perfect location to keep extra blankets, games, books, remotes, and more.
#4. Do you require a functional surface that is child-friendly?
Although you may love to have a glass coffee table with square chrome edges, it may not be the best choice if you have young children in your home. Hard, sharp corners are not a small person’s friend — and you don’t want to spend time worrying that your child may get hurt or that the table might get scratched.
Leather or microfibre-covered ottomans are an excellent choice and won’t create any ouchies for kids.
#5. Do you need something to tie your space together?
Sometimes adding an ottoman to your room can be the perfect finishing touch that ties everything together. Placing a bright-coloured ottoman in the centre of your room can act as a focal point, or a neutral-coloured ottoman can complete a balanced look. It all depends on your space.
Did you know that deciding which living room furniture to buy is just the first step? Now it’s time to accessorize!
Whether you’ve purchased a sofa, a sectional, or a mix of accent chairs, now you need to integrate your new furniture into your space. One of the best ways to achieve an integrated look is by adding accessories.
The experts at Smitty’s put their heads together and came up with these top three ways to accessorize your living room:
#1. Add Some Throw Pillows
Add some throw pillows, custom or otherwise, into your space -- and not just one or two. You can place throw pillows on your sofa and your accent chairs.
Try using different sizes, shapes, or colours to give your space some personality. These pillows will not only look great, but they’ll also help connect all your furniture.
#2. Add a Blanket
Do not add your grandma's lace to the back and arms! Instead, select a contemporary design that can add visual interest to your space. Place a blanket across your ottoman, or off to one side of your sofa. Consider a blanket in a contrasting colour for some drama.
#3. Change It Up
Change around your pillows and blankets throughout the year. This will help to keep your room refreshed. You can choose to have seasonally-themed pieces, or simply adjust the colour palate — try pastels and lighter shades in the spring and deep, rich tones in the fall.
Interior design and interior decorating experts understand the importance of the visual impression and functionality of your living space. Making sure that your furniture works for your life, while, at the same time, offering visual interest and style is the key to high contrast design — chalk it up to yet another good reason to work with an expert.
What is high contrast room design?
High contrast room design is an interior design technique that aims to design a room with contrasting elements to help highlight a focal piece of furniture, create a striking visual impact, or accent a particular architectural element.
For example, you can pair the elegant sectional (pictured above) by Palliser with a lighter and more neutral coloured area rug to showcase the furniture.
Easy ways to create contrast in your room
There are many ways to achieve a beautiful, contrasting design in your home — it all depends on your style and your space. Here are a few easy ways to get this look:
Pair a darker coloured sofa with a lighter coloured area rug, or try the reverse. A dark rug with a neutral-coloured sectional looks amazing.
Add contrasting decorative elements to your space. Try adding colourful throw pillows to your accent chair or sofa, or add a grouping of colourful vases to your side table or coffee table.
If you are going for a more urban look, try adding black and white artwork and mirrors to your walls.
Mix and match your furniture and decor
Another excellent way to bring high contrast design into your space is by mixing and matching furniture pieces with decorative elements.
The metal base and wood-topped dining table (pictured above) by The Table Factory is a perfect example of a high contrast design. The natural element of the wood is contrasted by the urban look of the metal base. This example also helps to illustrate how a darker table can contrast nicely with a lighter coloured floor.
Forge Design can help you achieve this look with their sleek, chrome coffee tables with glass tops. If smaller, decorative items are more your speed, then consider adding some contrasting decor from Surya’s amazing collection.
It’s that time of year again — school is back in session, summer vacation is over, and everyone is returning to work. Getting back to work doesn’t mean you are stuck sitting at an uncomfortable desk, with furniture from a different era and old school filing cabinets.
Today, home offices are liveable, comfortable, and functional spaces that look amazing and help you to be productive. They are also spaces that can be designed and decorated to fit your existing decor.
Here are some dos and don’ts on how best to update or create an office that fits with your home and your lifestyle:
DO: Choose an appropriate room for your home office.
You want to make sure that your home office has enough space and light to be workable. You don’t want to work in your bedroom or in a dark corner of your basement.
DON’T: Give up style for function.
No one looks forward to working in a space that they find unpleasant. You don’t have to put up with traditional, boring, worn bookshelves and cabinets. There are many gorgeous and functional shelving units and cabinets on the market, made by brands like Magnussen Home, Hooker Furniture, and Amisco.
DO: Go for versatility in your furnishings.
You don’t have to choose a traditional-looking bookcase or shelf. You can opt for something with the flexibility to house the materials that you need for work and still have room to showcase some interesting decor.
DON’T: Shop for home office furniture only in the ‘office’ area of a store.
Don’t limit yourself to selecting from only pieces that are labelled as ‘office furniture’. You may find a lovely console table, nightstand, or media cabinet that could function well for storage, housing a printer or other electronics, or work well as a workspace in your home office.
Having a dream bathroom that’s relaxing, comfortable, functional, and beautiful is something that never goes out of style.
Getting your dream bathroom isn’t as hard to achieve as you might think. You don’t have to install a new tub or shower, and you don’t need to redo your plumbing and electrical — the most efficient way to get your dream bathroom is to upgrade your vanity, seating, mirrors, and accessories.
Smitty’s may not be the first place you think of when it comes to updating your bathroom, but we carry all of the components that you need to take your bathroom from blah to dreamy.
Installing a new vanity in your bathroom is the fastest way to update your room and make an impact. Hooker Furniture designs and builds a wide range of stunning vanities with styles ranging from contemporary to traditional.
Vanities are not just an integral part of your bathroom, but they are also highly functional. Here are a few key questions to ask yourself when purchasing a new vanity:
Do you want solid wood, veneer, or a mix of wood and stainless steel/chrome?
How much storage do you need?
Do you prefer drawers or shelves?
Are you looking for a marble or engineered stone countertop?
What colour of wood or stain do you prefer?
How large do you want your vanity to be?
Once you have answers to these questions, you will be a better position to select the perfect vanity.
Seating is an important element in your bathroom, and your type of seating will add to both the functionality and style of your space.
There so many types of seating to choose from that it can be tricky to make a decision. There are no rules when it comes to selecting seating, it’s all about you, your needs, and your style.
Depending on the size and layout of your bathroom, you can opt for a stool, a bench, a traditional chair, or even a chaise — there’s definitely a wow factor in selecting a luxurious chaise for your bathroom.
Working with an interior decorator means that you will save yourself from making expensive mistakes. You won’t spend money on furniture and decor that doesn’t look good in your home.
2. You will have expert help to plan out your space.
A professional interior decorator will have the tools and the skills to expertly plan out your rooms. They will understand spatial design and proportion to help your home look great.
3. You will save time.
Your interior decorator will conduct all of the necessary research and product sourcing, so you can save your time and energy for more fun things — like selecting your favourite accent chair!
If you find yourselves sitting on the floor of your room (like the couple in the photo) eye-balling and imagining your room by holding your hand in the air to “frame the space”, then you need to hire an interior decorator.
We all want a home that showcases our unique personality and highlights the important elements that make up our lives. Sure, model homes look fancy, but they don’t have much character and it’s pretty obvious that no one lives in them.
You have a life filled with memorable moments, adventures, and meaning — and when you welcome these elements into your space, you will bring it it life.
Here are a few key ways to personalize your space:
Personal Items & Momentos
A simple and effective way to personalize your space is to add personal items and mementos that are unique to you and your family.
Perhaps you’ve travelled to a special destination and brought home a souvenir, or maybe there’s a type of collection that you would like to feature. Highlighting these elements can be accomplished with photos, artwork, decorative pieces, and more.
Here are some examples of personal items worth highlighting in your space:
Photos that you’ve taken of family, friends, or nature; professional photos that you’ve purchased; or a mix of both.
Sculptures, paintings, hand-crafted items, etc.
Postcards, maps, trinkets, pottery, etc.
Photos, Photos & More Photos!
Adding photos and wall art to your space is definitely on trend.
Creating a gallery wall is a fun activity that allows you to mix and match photos, paintings, artwork, mirrors, and more. It’s an effective way to showcase your life, and it will be sure to help personalize your space.
Here are some do’s and don'ts for your photo space:
Add photos that have meaning to you in your life and fill you with positive thoughts or meaningful memories. This could include family photos, baby photos, travel photos, special holidays, pets, and more.
Showcase images that are highly personal or might be considered as over-sharing. This could include images with nudity, past relationships, and more.
Mix and match photos from different time periods and with different colours. You can have black and white or colour photos side-by-side, and you can exhibit photos from your parents’ childhood as well as your childrens’.
Cram every photo you love onto your wall. Be discerning and only select pictures that you will be happy to see every day. Make sure that you leave enough space between the images, so they have some space to breathe and you can take them in one at a time.
Custom Fabric & Design
Every room in your home is different, and you want your furniture to reflect your personality and style. At Smitty’s, we carry a wide variety of furniture that can be customized to suit your taste. You can choose your fabric, your furniture legs, your throw cushions, and more.
Here are some tips on customizing the fabric and design of your furniture:
Accent furniture, like chairs, coffee tables, and bedside tables can be customized. Chairs can be covered with leather or fabric in a wide range of colours to work in your space. Some brands, like Decor-Rest, also allow you to select the type of chair legs. Tables can be stained or painted in a variety of colours. Some brands, like Durham Furniture, will also allow you to select the number of drawers, hardware, and other features.
Sofas and sectionals can be customized to suit any space. Many brands, like Brentwood, offer a huge range of fabrics and leather options. Once you’ve selected your fabric, you can add throw cushions in accent tones to add an extra element of personalization.
There are many ways to personalize your space and make it your own.
Wall art is a fun and creative way to add some style and personality to your home.
Whether you are looking to add a punch of colour, showcase artwork, display photos, brighten with mirrors, or even add a terrarium, wall art is always on trend.
At Smitty’s, we get a lot of questions about how to use wall art and hang art. Here are some of our expert tips on making the most of wall art:
1. Go Big with Wall Art
Don’t be afraid of placing large artwork on your wall.
If you have a room with a focal point, like a sofa or a fireplace, try hanging a large, single piece of art over the centre area. The art can be anything from an original painting to a reproduction on canvas, to a large-scale printed photo.
If you have a large piece in another room of your home, try bringing it into a different room — sometimes simply moving your wall art around can freshen up your space.
2. Use Mirrors
Yes, it’s true, mirrors are considered wall art — especially with all the different shapes, styles, and designs on the market.
Similar to placing a large piece of art, consider hanging a large mirror behind your sofa or above your fireplace. Adding a mirror in this manner will bring light into your space and help to brighten your room.
3. Try Word Art
Adding word art to your walls is a fun and creative way to bring new life into your space.
Many of you might remember the trend of having the words “Live, Laugh, Love” in a front hall, but all kinds of words and phrases are being displayed throughout homes. You can have some relaxing words in the bedroom, some fun words in the family room, or even a famous food quote in the kitchen — it’s all up to you!
4. Deer Heads
Don’t worry, we’re not talking about stuffed deer heads — we’re talking about the shiny, decorative kind.
Yes, having a chrome or brass deer head on your wall is one of the hottest trends this year. Available in a range of styles and sizes, it might be just the final touch that your wall needs.
You see them all the time in boutique shops, in magazines, and in movies — fabulous bookshelves that showcase a stylish mix of books, decor, and plants.
Bookshelf decorating is definitely a big deal these days, and for good reason. A thoughtfully decorated bookshelf can move from being a backdrop to the focal point of your room.
Here are some expert tips on how to style your bookshelf:
One of the more recent trends in bookshelves is colour coding.
Instead of arranging your books by author or subject matter, you arrange them by the colour of the spine. Simply group colours together throughout the shelf with a different colour group on each shelf. You can also randomize the colours and have red next to blue, or you could arrange them in a rainbow.
Alternately, if colour isn’t really your thing and you want to achieve a more neutral look, you can re-cover the spines with a nicely-patterned wallpaper — or simply turn the books backwards so you see the neutral colour of the pages instead.
Showcase Your Treasures
Leave space in your bookcase to show off your personal items, souvenirs, or other collectible pieces.
A bookshelf that is loaded down with books will become more of a backdrop. If you leave space to display selected items that mean something to you, you can turn your bookshelf into a focal piece instead.
Plants and Flowers
Adding a succulent, a small plant, or flowers will give your bookshelf beauty and will bring an element of nature into your space.
Try grouping a few small vases with floral cuttings on a section of your shelf, or go for one larger succulent. Succulents are a nice idea for a bookcase, as they don’t require much attention.
All of these styling ideas require a bookshelf, and that’s really the place to begin. If you are looking for a quality bookshelf, come and visit us at Smitty’s.