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Decorating Tip of the Month: Vases

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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 our Smitty’s interior decorators to answer, just let us know.

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Three modern white and gold vases
 

Vases are a wonderful accessory that can be added to virtually any space in your home. Available in more shapes, colours, and styles than imaginable, vases are a great finishing touch to your decor.

 

Vases are practical as they can hold flowers and candles, or they can simply be decorative — it all depends on your space and your personal preference.

 

Here are a few ways to incorporate vases in your home:

 

Groupings

Placing small groupings of vases together is definitely on trend. The vase grouping will look extra special if you mix and match different sizes and shapes.

 

Colour and patterns

Grouped or solo, you can showcase vases of different colours and patterns for a whimsical look.

 

Locations

There are so many places that vases look great. Spaces include: bathroom counters, bedroom night tables, dining room tables, entryway consoles, media consoles, bookshelves, and more. Just make sure you place your vases in a spot where you won’t knock them over!

 

Feng Shui

Some people decorate by incorporating the principles of Feng Shui. In this case, you may want to create a ‘wealth vase’. A wealth vase is typically a vase with a smaller neck than the body, that has a cover. The idea is to fill the inside of the vase with contents to bring wealth into your life. Elements can include: gems, crystals, coins, etc.

 

Whatever your style, vases look great in every home. Visit us at Smitty’s to find perfect vases for your home today.

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Spring Decorating Trends

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Spring has sprung, the crocuses are sprouting, and colour is coming back into our world. We can officially say goodbye to grey skies and dreary landscapes — which is great because, if you’re like the team at Smitty’s, you are probably ready for some colour!

 

By now, you’ve probably heard that the Colour of the Year is Ultra Violet. This is a dramatic colour and one that Pantone describes as: “Inventive and imaginative, Ultra Violet lights the way to what is yet to come.”

 

If being dramatic or intense is not really your thing, don’t worry — there are lots of easy ways to add colour (including the colour of the year) into your home without making your eyes pop out.

 

Decorating with colour

 

20+ colourful throw pillows on s large shelf

Decorating with colour means that you have permission to mix and match different accent pieces and have some fun with decor!

 

Aside from ultra violet, the trend this spring is to decorate by adding colour, contrasting tones, and a variety of textures to your home. Traditional design rules have gone to the wayside in favour of achieving a look that works for you. It’s not about aligning with Vogue magazine, it’s about feeling good in your home.

 

What is old is new again — and that means that colours like seafoam, teal, turquoise, and silver are all back and on trend.

 

A nice way to add some colour to your interior decorating this spring is to incorporate colourful throw pillows, area rugs, and accessories.

 

Here are a few easy ways to decorate with colour:

  • Place alternating coloured and patterned cushions on your sofa and accent chairs.
    • Include trending colours like turquoise and violet and contrasting fabrics like linen and silk.
  • Add small decorative items like candles, vases, and small sculptures in places where they will add interest and not get in your way.
    • Try placing three different shaped votives together in a grouping.
  • If you’re a book lover, try placing coffee table-size books on your side table or shelving units.
    • Stacking or displaying books with interesting images and contrasting colours will add character to your space.

Colourful furniture

 

Purple fabric accent chair with contemporary base.

If you are ready to add some colour into your living space in a more impacting way, we highly recommend taking a look at Brentwood furniture.

 

Brentwood designs and builds beautifully-crafted furniture using eco-friendly construction. The Delphine tub chair (shown above) is available in fabric or leather, and is made with a certified sustainable, kiln-dried wood frame, and soy-based polyfoam.

 

They offer an impressive range of available fabrics to choose from, which will allow you to find the perfect colour and print for your space.

 

Decorating with metal and wood

 

Hooker brand circular, metal nesting tables.

Another 2018 spring decorating trend is to decorate with wood and metal furniture. Adding a wood and metal coffee table, accent table, island table, or nesting table to your space is on trend and looks amazing.

 

When you purchase a high-quality piece, (like the gorgeous Hooker Furniture nesting tables featured above), you are adding a statement piece to your space that is both functional and beautiful.

 

Mixing wood and metal furniture will add character to any space and can be moved around your home for a variety of purposes — from front entryway to living room to home office. This style looks great everywhere.

 

For more spring decorating inspiration, visit the Smitty’s showroom and explore the latest in quality home furnishing and accessories.

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Updating Your Carpet

Stylish sectional with colourful area rug and vases on the window sill.

If you are looking for an easy way to bring new life to a room in your home, then we recommend updating your area rug. Area rugs not only help to ground a space by working with the other furniture and decorative elements in your room, they also add colour and dimension.

 

The amount of selection available in area rugs can feel overwhelming. There are more styles, fabric options, colour options, and size options than ever before. Here are a few key considerations to keep in mind when looking for a new area rug:

 

1.    Budget

 

Have a budget in mind before you go shopping. If you want a good quality rug that will last and wear well, then be prepared to spend accordingly. Some stores will offer cheaply-priced area rugs, but be prepared to replace them frequently as you will get what you pay for.

 

2.    Size

 

Measure your space before heading out to shop. If you are looking for a larger living room rug, be sure to measure the floor space — including six inches on either side of your sofa. If you’re measuring a dining room, aim to include 18 inches beyond the edge of your table.

 

3. Material

 

Consider where the area rug will be placed. If it’s going to be used in a bedroom, you may want it to be more plush and warm — you may want to consider a wool or silk rug. If you are using it as a runner, you may want it to be less dense and more durable — you may want to consider a sisal or synthetic rug.

 

4. Placement

 

Take into account where your area rug will be placed, as you don’t want any trip hazards. If it is placed by a door, you want to be sure that the door will be able to clear the rug to easily open and close.

 

This spring, try adding some colour into your room with a Kalora area rug. Visit us at Smitty’s, and our expert interior decorators will help you choose the perfect area rug for your space.

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Red Hot Furniture Upgrades

Ask yourself, how many times have you said things like this:

 

Geez, that stain on the carpet really isn’t fading.

I really should try and repair that rip in the sofa.

Wow, that scratch on our coffee table seems to be getting worse.

 

We’re willing to bet that you, like most homeowners, have noticed issues with your furniture over the years, but have put off replacing items because you can “manage” with them the way they are.

 

The question is: Why are you putting up with damaged items?

 

Have you been telling yourself that your scratched table has that distressed look, when really it’s just badly scratched?

 

Do you strategically place a throw blanket on your sofa, to hide the rips or stains, just hoping that your guests won’t see what’s underneath?

 

You deserve better — and we have some red hot furniture upgrades to get excited about.

 

Red is the new black

 

Benjamin Moore released their 2018 colour of the year and it’s perfect timing for Valentine’s Day! The new colour is “hot, passionate, and sexy” and it is called Caliente!

 

The paint colour of the year aligns with one of the hottest trends in home furniture right now — colours from the red family. These colours include: deep red, mahogany, current crimson, ruby, and terracotta.

 

Adding red into your living room, bedroom, home office, or front entryway is easy with a variety of pieces, ranging from sofas to accent chairs, to throw pillows, to carpets.

 

We are proud to offer our clients amazing furniture brands featuring these hot colours. Brands like Future Fine Furniture, Decor- Rest, and Palliser all offer gorgeous accent and occasional chairs, sofas, and ottomans in a variety of stunning reds. Many of these brands are customizable and allow you to select the perfect colour to work in your space.

 

 

Smitty’s also carries a huge variety of bedroom furniture brands like Hooker, Julien Beaudoin, and Durham, offering upholstered beds, armoires, and bed frames ranging from regal red fabrics to cherry wood stains.

 

Whether it’s a ruby red fabric or leather sofa, terracotta-coloured ottoman or mahogany-stained wood dining table, we have a huge selection of styles for you to choose from.

 

Don’t forget about the floor

 

 

A simple and effective way to incorporate  the colour red into your home is by adding a Kalora area rug. Available in a broad range of styles, from contemporary to classic, these rugs will add some ‘wow’ factor to any floor space and be tough enough to handle the foot traffic.

 

Upgrade to the latest styles

 

At Smitty’s, we understand that life is busy and it’s hard to find time to go furniture shopping, but postponing the inevitable doesn’t make your furniture problems go away. Don’t wait until your current sofa pops a spring into your back or the inside of your accent chair comes apart all over your home — and definitely don’t wait to explain that mysterious stain to your mother-in-law.

 

Come into Smitty’s today and our expert decorators will help you find the right pieces, in the right styles, and on trend.

 

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Simple Ways To Turn Your House Into A Home

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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.
 

Table Transformation

Bermex dining room furniture set at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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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?

 

We have a great selection of dining tables to choose from, and our expert decorating team can help you select the best choice for your space. If you want to get a headstart before coming into the showroom, you can go online and use our custom room planner to design your dream dining space.

 

Seating Shake-Up

Bermex dining room chairs at Smitty's Fine Furniture

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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.

 

Sofa Solutions

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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!


Visit us at Smitty’s and see just how easy it is to turn your house into a home.

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Bedrooms That Wow

While the kitchen may be the hub of your home, the bedroom is your personal sanctuary — it’s also where you will spend the most time over the course of your life, so you want it to be perfect.

 

It is important that a bedroom is comfortable so you can feel calm and get the rest you need. But bedrooms can offer a lot more than comfort, and they aren’t just a place for sleeping. More than ever before, bedrooms are incorporating style and character and are becoming a fashionable oasis in people’s homes.

 

What are the steps to creating your ‘wow’ bedroom?

 

Get To Know Your Style

 

First things first, you need to ask yourself what you like. You can sift through some home design magazines for inspiration, but it might be simpler and more fun to take the HGTV Bedroom Personality Quiz.

 

Styles include romantic, dreamer, rebel, creator, and more!

 

What Is Your Colour Palette?

 

Once you have a sense of your style, it will be important to examine the colour palette in your space, and in your home.

  • Are you looking to paint your bedroom, or keep it the same colour?
  • Do you want your bedroom to blend in with the rest of your home, or stand out?
  • Do you like bold colours, or are you more interested in neutral tones?
  • How much room do you have to work with?
  • Is there a theme for your room (e.g. black and white retro, or airy beach)?
  • Do you want your furniture to match, or mix and match?

After you’ve answered these questions, you will be better prepared to begin selecting bedroom furniture pieces.

 

What Style of Bedroom Furniture Should You Choose?

 

There are many options to consider when selecting your bedroom furniture, and you don’t have to limit yourself to just one.

 

The Classic


Classic bedroom style traditionally incorporates a wooden bed frame with a wooden headboard, matching bedside tables, and a matching dresser with or without a mirror.

 

You can choose a sleigh bed, with its lovely curved headboard as the centrepiece to your room. Then, you can finish the look with solid wood tables, matching dressers finished in rich, deep coloured stains, and matching bedside lamps.

 

This classic style offers a warm look that will stand the test of time.

 

The Contemporary

Contemporary bedroom style can incorporate a wide variety of furniture pieces, from wood to steel and upholstered to iron.

 

You can pair a bed frame and headboard with matching nightstands and offset the match with a different style of dresser.

 

You can also jazz up the centrepiece of your room (aka your bed) by selecting an extra large headboard.

  • Traditional headboards are typically 0-3” wider than the bedframe and extend upwards between 14-29” above the horizontal plane of the bed.
     
  • Contemporary headboards can extend along the wall, taking in the width of your nightstands, and they can be as tall as you like.

 

The Mix & Match


Mix and match bedroom style allows you to pair pieces from different sets without being limited to one particular look and feel for your room.

 

You can pair a new headboard with an antique style dresser, and then match it with a contemporary bedside table. There are no rules.

 

This carefree look is easily updated and can be altered to go with your ever-changing style.


You Can Do It!


There are a lot of ways to turn your bedroom into a ‘wow’ bedroom. Come and visit Smitty’s and our expert decorators will help you bring your desired look to life.

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2017 Decorating Trend - Colour

It’s true that soft, muted colours are warm and relaxing, but greige (grey/beige) is moving toward more of a foundational colour than a statement colour. Trends come and go. Styles constantly change. But, in 2017, colour is king.

 

You Don’t Have To Ditch Your Sofa

 

Just because the style gurus are suggesting that “colour is in” doesn’t mean that you need to get rid of your grey couch — unless it’s falling apart, or you no longer love it, in which case you should kick it to the curb.

 

You can enhance your current furniture with pops of colour.

 

One of the hottest trends this year is to add colourful accents to your home. You can do this quickly and easily without breaking the bank.

 

Throw Pillows

 

Cheery coloured throw pillows are a great, and inexpensive, way to bring colour into your space. You can add to, or replace, your existing cushions and give your furniture a whole different look and feel.

 

Don’t be afraid to mix and match sizes, colours, and patterns. It’s okay to pair stripes with polka dots, or green with blue. This is no longer considered clashing — it’s fun, funky, and totally en vogue.

 

At Smitty’s, we have a huge selection of gorgeous fabrics, in all the colours of the rainbow, for you to choose from to make your custom throw pillows.

 

Lamps

 

Refreshing the lighting in your space will make a huge difference in your home.

 

Whether it’s side table lamps with colourful bases, or floor lamps with interesting shades — new lamps will not only light up your space but they will help to give your room new life.

 

Another consideration is to create layered lighting to enhance the atmosphere in your space. Mixing task lighting (like a reading lamp next to your sofa) with ambient lighting (like a corner floor lamp) is what designers call ‘layered lighting’.

 

Layered lighting will help to give your room a different feel and this is an easy way to make a big difference in your home.
 

Decor

 

Colourful vases, candle holders, and artwork are budget friendly, quick fixes to bring colour into your space.

 

Mixing colours, shapes, and items together on a side table, coffee table, or dining table is a simple way to give you a pop of colour.

 

These smaller items are also easy to move around from room to room, making it a quick way to change around your space.

 

The trend for 2017 is all about texture. Texture isn’t just about fabric, in the design world it also refers to depth and variety. Adding pieces of decor that are different heights, sizes, and colours will provide your space with texture.
 

Accent Furniture

 

A great way to bring some colour into a room is with accent furniture.

 

Accent furniture is a piece of furniture that stands out in a room, but complements the existing design, layout, and colour palate.

 

This can be anything from a comfy chair, a glass coffee table, or even a mirrored side table.

 

By placing a piece of accent furniture into a space, you can easily add definition, colour, and even drama. Sometimes, adding a new chair that has a bit of flair can enliven a space and make it feel totally different and refreshed.


Updating your existing furniture

 

Perhaps you love your sofa, or your side chair, and you don’t want to replace it. That’s perfectly alright.

 

A great way to freshen your space, and bring in some colour, is to recover your furniture. That way you get to keep the pieces you love and update them with a great new fabric.

 

At Smitty’s, we have hundreds of fabric swatches to choose from for all your recovering needs and desires. From genuine leather, to wool, to cotton, to microfibre — we have it all!

 

Our in-store decorators will work with you to find the perfect fabric and will guide you through the process and timing of the upholstery experience.


Smitty’s has everything you need to bring a little colour into your home. Come and visit our stores, and check us out online, to get inspired to move away from white.

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Spring Refresh

Spring refresh ideas at Smitty's Fine Furniture in CanadaSpring is finally here! Now’s the time to switch around your wardrobe. Time to pack away those winter boots and dust off your sandals. It’s also a great time of year to refresh your living space.

 

Freshen your space

 

This doesn’t mean using scented room sprays that smell like countryside grasses, no, no — this is the time to update your space. This can be something as simple as adding a pop of colour with some throw pillows, moving furniture around, or adding pieces to lighten the look of your home.

 

For some people, this is the time of year when they bring the outside in. This means different things to different people, but there are some easy ways to celebrate the return of the sun.

 

Pops of colour

 

Just because it’s spring doesn’t mean that you have to get rid of your existing furniture or accent pieces. You can add new life to your space and acknowledge the season by adding in little splashes of colour.

 

Easy ways to add colour include:

  • Adding colourful throw pillows to your sofa, accent chair, or bed.
  • Hanging colourful artwork on your walls.
  • Adding new colourful accessories to your tables and shelves.

Bring in the light

 

Now that the grey, dull, and dark weather is behind us, it’s time to bring the light in. What does that mean and how can I do that?

 

Easy ways to lighten your space:

  • Add mirrors to reflect the light.
  • Add a colourful area rug to lighten the look of the floor.
  • Change your table lamps to those with cut out or clear bases to let the light move through.

Bigger plans

 

If your budget allows for it, spring is a great time to refresh your accent furniture.

 

Upgrading your accent chair in the living, adding new end chairs onto your dining room set, and changing your coffee table to glass are great ways to freshen your space.

 

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we have a great selection of customizable furniture, accessories, rugs, lighting, and accents that will help you celebrate the spring without breaking your budget.

 

Visit your local Smitty’s, and check us out online, to see all the amazing ways that you can refresh your space.

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Add an element of intense personality

Who says when it comes to colour you need to go big or go home?  You do not have to commit to current colour trends or necessarily commit to extreme colours to create drama and contrast.

 

Black accentuated with cream, ivory, beige, tan or ecru will always add an element of intense personality whether your taste is modern or more traditional. It is an elegant combination to which you can always add to, by using accessories or art work to add that splash of color.

 

I always refer to the major furniture pieces as "the little black cocktail dress" it always looks very simplistic on it's own but add the jewelry and the shoes and the possibilities are endless.

 

Have fun and trust your own comfort level, sometimes if you look in your closet at your wardrobe it is amazing what you might find .

 

Take your inspiration from what is most familiar to you personally.  Dare to be different!

 

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Colour Trend 2013 - Citrine

Captivate with Citrine!

 

This warm shade of yellow is on trend for 2013.  Create a cheerful decor by combining citrine with blues, whites or taupes.  A versatile colour, citrine also works well as a paint colour or as an accent to add excitement to your living space.  Accessories are another great way to get a dose of this happy hue.  Citrine plays well with all woods and complements a wide range of decor styles.

 

 

Let Smitty's experienced staff of interior decorators show you how easy it is to incorporate the latest colour trends in your next decorating project.  Need help deciding which colour trend is right for you?  Ask a member of our decorating team  - click here

 

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