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Decorator of the Month - September

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces, and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.

 

September 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Gina!

 

Gina has been with Smitty’s for over 31 years and has worked in many departments.

 

Gina began her career with Smitty’s in the buying and accounting departments, but much prefers serving customers directly and has enjoyed helping them design their rooms and homes for over 20 years.

 

Gina’s gift is finding a clear decorating vision. She loves being able to help people, who cannot visualize or articulate their needs. By getting to know her customers, she is able to put together a home that will thrill them in the end.

 

Gina stresses that, although she can work with customers directly in their home or in the store (whichever they prefer), she can really help customers best when they bring in pictures, samples, and dimensions of their space. A picture is worth a thousand words, and combined with talking and learning about her customers, she is able to identify their style and needs.

 

“I have had the opportunity to work in several areas within Smitty’s during my 30 years as an employee. My passion and knowledge of  furniture, design, and space planning has lead me to my role as an Interior Decorator/Sales Consultant. Understanding my clients’ needs and wants is the platform by which we start developing a plan together. My goal is to find solutions that exceed my customer’s expectations!”

Come on in to Smitty’s Hanover and meet with Gina today!

 

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Decorator of the Month - August

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces, and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.

 

August 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Annie!

 

Annie received her Interior Decorating certification at ICSC, a Bachelor’s Degree in Industrial Design at OCADU, and has worked in furniture sales for over 10 years. Her furniture education is extensive, and includes courses in furniture history, design and manufacturing, and building furniture.

 

Annie believes appropriate interior decorating is essential as it can have a significant psychological impact on people's lives. Furnishings are not only functional, but can be an extension of oneself and will affect our moods and behaviours. As an example, Annie recently had a client who was unhappy with her dark living room as the sectional was too large and dark and it felt unwelcoming in the space. Annie’s solution was to create a brighter space with a lighter paint colour and more contemporary furniture for a light, airy, warm, and vibrant room that she now loves to use.

 

Annie believes that each room in a home should enhance one's life, even in a small way. This can happen by creating a calm and relaxing bedroom to promote a more restful sleep, a lively-feeling office to encourage productivityor a family room that feels warm and inviting to feel comfortable at the end of the day. Annie recognizes that each client is unique with different needs and personalities, so she makes sure to ask a lot of questions at the beginning of a consultation in order to best meet expectations.

 

For Annie, there is no such thing as a “difficult” room. There are always solutions! She is always happy to help and is thrilled when clients are pleased with the final result.
 

“Furniture and design have always been a huge part of my life. It is a pleasure to work at Smitty’s, solving client’s decorating dilemmas and having fun!”

Come on in to Smitty’s Kitchener and meet with Annie today!

 

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Decorator of the Month - July

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces, and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.

 

July 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Angela!

 

Angela has been in interior decorating for almost 30 years and joined the Smitty’s team about five years ago.

 

Her passion and gift is in the details, and truly understanding her customers. She loves the energy that is created when she is able to collaborate with her customers, build off each other’s ideas and energy, and create something spectacular.

 

Angela’s favourite part of her role is helping a customer figure out their vision and bring it to life. Her hands-on approach allows her to partner with her customers to make their inspiration a reality — and she is just as excited by the finished results as they are!

 

Angela’s advice to customers is to find someone you have a great rapport with when choosing your decorator. It is the connection between the customer and the decorator that allows the magic to happen.

 

“My passion is to help create your vision through colour selection, texture, balance, and symmetry. My experience in kitchen design, window coverings, and draperies allow me to see the full spectrum of any of my customers projects.”


Come on into Smitty’s Kitchener and meet with Angela today!

 

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Decorator of the Month - June

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture, we are proud of our talented team of decorators! Our decorators work on-site in our Hanover and Kitchener locations to help our customers make informed decisions about purchasing new furniture, updating their existing pieces and planning whole rooms that fit their budget and lifestyle.

 

June 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Christina McClure

 

Christina is a certified interior decorator at Smitty’s Hanover location.

 

A natural born decorator, Christina was the kid who rearranged all of her family’s rooms so, her career choice was easy to make. Christina achieved her three year Interior Design Diploma in 2007.

 

Skilled at being able to identify customers’ needs, Christina is focused on resolving customers’ issues in their home and then she determines the best style to suit her customers’ lifestyle.

 

Christina breaks her customers’ needs into individual steps. This helps her customers feel comfortable with the process, and they are never overwhelmed. This process also saves her customers time and money — her customers feel lucky to have Christina on their side.

 

Often, Christina can help a customer identify how to break a project into phases. This helps the customer in two ways:

 

#1 - They don’t have to spend a large amount of money at one time.

#2 - They don’t have to replace the pieces that they treasure, like their grandma’s buffet.

 

Christina’s belief of function over form is especially important to her when helping her clients choose the right mattress for themselves. As a car accident survivor, Christina knows how it feels to live in pain, and she strives to improve the lives of her customers.

 

Christina believes that there is nothing more powerful than walking into your own home and feeling happy to be there!

 

“I think of myself as a detective. I gather up all the design clues and help my customer sort through the possibilities that will fit their unique lifestyle.”

Come on in to Smitty’s Hanover and meet with Christina today!

 

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Decorator of the Month - May

At Smitty’s Fine Furniture we pride ourselves on having talented decorators onsite in our stores to help our customers make informed choices about new purchases, updating their existing pieces, and planning their rooms.

 

May 2017’s Decorator of the Month is Kathe Frazee

 

Kathe Frazee is an interior decorator at Smitty's Fine Furniture in Kitchener​Kathe is a certified interior decorator and has been working at

Smitty's Fine Furniture for over 22 years.  

 

Kathe began her career at Smitty’s at age 16, as a part-time front desk customer service representative. It was a great way for her to learn about the family business that her grandfather built . After a fulfilling career in the travel industry, Kathe needed a new challenge. When Smitty’s opened a new location in 1995, she applied for a sales position and never looked back.

 

Kathe truly cares about people and she finds it gratifying to find solutions that meet her customer’s needs. Kathe loves how every customer provides a fresh and new opportunity to express her creativity and bring an entire solution together. Her patience and understanding of how crucial each purchase is to each of her customers makes her an asset to Smitty’s. Sometimes all it takes is an inch to make all the difference between the right and wrong product to fulfill a customer’s needs, and Kathe is happy to take the time to get it right. Her success in doing this has resulted in her becoming the top salesperson for the last three years.

 

Kathe is proud to showcase the family history of Smitty’s and all the amazing Canadian manufacturer’s in our showroom.

 

“I love helping my customers customize their rooms. I love to see their individual choices come together, and I love it when they return to our store because they’ve had such a great experience working with us.”

 

Come on in to Smitty’s Hanover and meet with Kathe today!

 

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