dr-drapesFinally I am back from our fabulous Italy vacation. I read along time ago that once you travel to Italy once, it then becomes your passion. I have been going every year for the past 10 years, and I couldn’t agree more! I especially love when I can combine my two passions, decorating and Italy. I must admit, even when I am on vacation I go in to every furniture and home decor store I find. The Italians just have a way with fashion, and I can’t help but notice, simplicity seems to work best. Designing this dining room for my  Burlington client I knew simplicity would be the way to go. Dining room table and chairs are solid wood, Canadian made by Bermex, the cabinet is from the always fabulous Hooker Furniture. The fabric I selected for the drapes is a simple white light weight fabric with just enough bling in the silver starburst pattern, to bring out the bling in the fixtures. Not a lot of fuss in extra furniture pieces, clean and simple works best. I loved how the custom drapes added the elegant finishing touch!!

If you are in need of interior decorating services, assistance with furniture selection, room plans or custom drapes do not hesitate to contact me,, servicing the GTA and Niagara Region.

Wonderful Windows

burlap back

First let me start by saying I am working on a few things on my site. I am changing the “about” page and the “services” page. I have been extremely busy lately with house calls and especially custom drapes, so I guess it’s about time I let all of you know these are services I offer. It will take me a couple of days to update this information, as technology is not my strong suit.

So now let’s discuss windows. A very important part of the finishing touches to your home. Yes there is an endless supply of ready made drapes out there, my work is focused on the custom projects. I have always had a passion for gorgeous fabrics, and I see the difference with clients when their windows drapes are done properly. burlap backWhat a difference wonderful windows will make to your home. Contact me via email and lets get started.

“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”

hp 2

Yes I know I say it often, but I can’t help myself, I really do love the furniture industry. And there is no better time of year for furniture than Highpoint Market. The furniture manufacturers launch their newest collections, the showrooms are done to perfection and all who attend are motivated and ready to work. This year was truly a delight, with the new launch from Rachael Ray, case goods by Legacy and upholstery by Craft Master. Just like her personality, bright , cheery and full of fun and style, I look forward to seeing the new Rachel Ray product in the local furniture stores.hp 6hp 7So much good to see from so many different suppliers. This is one time I will say the picture is worth 1000 words, so I’ll stop typing and just let you comb through a small sample of the inspiring showrooms. Have fun and enjoy!!hp 9hp 8hp 5hp 4hp 3hp 1hp 10

It’s been a blue, blue day…

mar 17 4 hk-cr

It’s a fact, blue is my favourite colour. Not just in what I wear, but I love to use it as an accent for client’s when selecting furniture and accessories for their homes. Face it, blue gives a feeling of security, it is a constant in our lives and creates desirable images, like blue sky on a clear day and the deep blue of the ocean. So can you image how thrilled I am to see the new introductions from the Cynthia Rowley Collection, by Hooker furniture. This fashion forward collection is going to be a treat for me to work with, seriously puts me in my happy place. mar 17 5 hk-crDramatic design to each piece will surely be the focus in any room, easily adapting to a variety of personal styles and tastes. Do you live in a condo in the centre of the hustle and bustle of the city, or perhaps your view is the serenity of a waterfront lot, or maybe you’re like me and live in a quiet neighbourhood with the Niagara Escarpment as my view. No matter what your surroundings you will surely be smitten by this fabulous collection of furniture .

Oh and for any of you NCAA basketball fans, remember they are called the Duke “Blue” Devils.

elements of style

feb 24 thom

You know the old saying “less is more” well I must admit that when selecting furniture it really does work. When working with a smaller room space, use furniture with simple lines, not a lot of bulk, and don’t over crowd. This room scene from Thomasville Furniture shows how the right mix of fabrics, textures and shapes creates loads of visual interest, while keeping your room open and airy. The fabric sectional, done in a neutral color has fabulous details, nice simple rolled arm with added pizzaz in the nail trim detailing. A round leather tufted ottoman provides another texture in the room, allows you to sit back and put your feet up, and in a crowd is great for extra seating. Completing the look, the occasional tables are the perfect mix of wood and metal with an open base and square lines to compliment the round and curved lines of the sectional and ottoman. Elements of style, perfect for a smaller space. Thomasville Furniture is a fabulous , quality driven manufacturer with an amazing selection of fabrics to choose from. If you need assistance with a room planner to see which components will fit in your space, contact me and we’ll work together on creating your dream room,, and remember shop local and support your local retailer.

Ground Hog Day & Re-Decorating

Loads of storage combined with style and visual interest, can't go wrong! #interiordecorator #burlington #toronto #oakville

Ok so I bet you are wondering what the heck does ground hog day have to do with re-decorating. Well, shadow or no shadow, it simply means that spring cleaning and a good re-fresh for your home is just around the corner. As an interior decorator, February marks the beginning of some pretty exciting times, most of my favourite furniture suppliers are introducing their new spring collections, and let’s not forget on a personal note the stores are now filling with spring feb 1 3The new Archivist Collection from Hooker furniture is one of my favourite new collections. Warm wood tones, design features that lend themselves to a slightly rustic vibe, with a variety of pieces that easily adapt to so many different room styles. Whether you are looking for accent furniture with loads of visual interest or functional bookcases for a family room or den the Archivist Collection is sure to please.

Lovely #bookshelf with #warm #wood tones and a #vintage #rustic #charm #interiordecorator #burlington #oakville #toronto #hookerfurniture

Does your cottage need a fabulous new shelf unit, does your dining room require new life in it’s furnishings, no matter what you are looking for I can always count on Hooker Furniture to satisfy my clients wishes and keep them coming back for more. Need some help with floor plans for your spring decorating project, send me your room sizes and let’s get started, it’s free. I will help you find what is best for your space, I always shop local and support our fabulous retailers. I look forward to hearing from you,


How to furnish for downsizing

cm nov 17 1

So it’s time to downsize, the decision alone is a tough one to make. Time to leave the 4000 sq ft home you raised your family in, let go of the “stuff” you have collected over the years, and if you’re anything like me, maybe even time to get rid of the bins of lego…OK so I’m not quite ready to do that yet. I’ve been doing this a really long time, so I know what it’s like to watch all these young families buying their large homes and then setting out to buy furniture to fill all this space. In a world of oversize furniture, it does sometimes feel like downsizing may prove to be difficult. But not so, first there are some pretty fabulous builders out there offering some amazing floor plans to suit your new lifestyle. Floor plans and furniture is where I can certainly help, just because we’re getting a bit older and downsizing doesn’t mean we still don’t love fashion and style. There are plenty of superior furniture manufacturers catering to exactly this market, smaller framed pieces that don’t over power the space yet still big on style. I can’t say it enough, get a floor plan done, knowing what will fit in your space before you set out shopping will prove to be a huge help. If you have the plans from your builder, send them to me, we can work right from the plans. Let’s find what fits, what your style is, what you are comfortable in , then comes the fun part, colors and fabrics and yes it is fun! Downsizing is a great stage in life, let’s work together and eliminate the stress of furniture shopping.

Christmas Eve Reflection

grey cc 33

I figure today is a great time to reflect on how fortunate I am to be able to do what I love everyday. For quite a few years I have been involved in furniture retail, sales and management, which I truly did enjoy. In July I retired from furniture retail, but definitely not from the furniture industry, I love it way too much to ever leave this industry. I am constantly working with clients to find them the furniture pieces that reflect their style and fill their homes with timeless quality pieces of furniture. I work with many fabulous local retailers, I specifically look for retailers who are completely dedicated to a quality customer service experience, from time of purchase to delivery day. My website provides a list of these fabulous local retailers as well as a list of the inspirational and trend setting suppliers that have supported me so graciously in my mission to provide you with a resource guide for retailers and suppliers. I will continue to grow my lists of retailers and suppliers and it has been so much fun hearing from all of you. I am always excited to answer your decorating & furniture questions. I get great pleasure out of sharing my extensive knowledge of furniture, who makes it and where to buy it, was the reason I started Casa Castelli and will continue to grow it. The picture here is from FFDM, Biltmore Collection, a fabulous furniture manufacturer with a variety of collections and styles available. In the GTA, I do have my favourite retailers for FFDM, they provide competitive pricing and amazing service, two things I insist on for my clients. I wish all of you a very Merry Christmas, be safe and enjoy your time with family and friends.

Stylistically Perfect Room



I have so many great things to say about this absolutely stylistically perfect room scene from CRLaine Furniture. Avoiding predictability their combination of bold patterns exercises the eyes to create an energetic living space. The furniture arrangement is simple and straightforward yet the mixture of color, texture and pattern is eye-catching in unexpected ways. The playful design of the sofa, the bold color on the toss pillows and the animal print on the chairs pull together to radiate happiness. One of my favourite things about CRLaine is their no fear policy when it comes to playing with color. Of course my other favourite thing is quality, quality, quality! Shown above is the Colchester Sofa, 8 way hand tied , creating an uber comfy long lasting sofa, and at 87.5″L X 37D X 39H it is easy to fit in most living spaces. The Elle chair (shown in the leopard print) is new to CRLaine, it has wonderful optional finishes on the arms, is 30″W x 36″D X 33.5″H and I must say makes quite a statement as shown. The Pierce wing chair offers a modern edge to the space with it’s clean straight lines, which are complemented by the plaid fabric, 29″W x 33″D x 48″H, perfectly proportioned for the room.  The Terrance ottoman is also new to CRLaine, has optional sizes to choose from and is available in both leather and fabric making it the perfect finishing touch to the room, put your feet up or put your drink down a cocktail ottoman is always a good choice. So just want to say thanks to CRLaine for showing us to be brave, have some fun with your fabric choices the results will make you smile!!! If you have any questions on where this fabulous furniture is available in the G.T.A just let me know I will be happy to send you to your local retailer.

Great Canadian Suppliers

white nov 12

I am always thrilled when a client wants to support our Great Canadian Suppliers. We in the furniture industry are very fortunate to have so many wonderful Canadian products available to us. But first be very specific, if you are out furniture shopping on what you are asking for, a Canadian supplier of furniture does not always mean made in Canada. If it is important to you to have it made in Canada then tell your sales associate exactly that, if all you ask for is a Canadian supplier, then it says something completely different. In my 28 years of selling furniture I will say this, any of the Canadian suppliers I have dealt with have been fantastic. The sofa in this photo is from Decor-Rest, a well known, excellent quality manufacturer since 1972, and their upholstery is made in North America. Decor-Rest has a wide selection of products and styles to choose from, with a fashion forward selection of fabrics. The chair is from Brentwood, again an excellent Canadian supplier, and also made in Canada. Comfort, style, durability all part of the selections available from Brentwood. The bedroom set and dining room set are again Canadian suppliers, Canadian made and both offer solid wood products. The dining room is Bermex, with so many options it is impossible to list, the bedroom is Durham Furniture, a name you can trust. The rug and ottoman are both from Surya, a company with a Canadian office, with absolutely fabulous product with amazing customer service, but not made in Canada, so this is why I say be specific in what you are asking for. My experience has given me the opportunity to meet many of the owners, sales reps and factory workers for numerous Canadian suppliers, be confident in the fact that you are supporting some very hard working, talented and proud people.

To buy or not to buy fabric protection?

rb-nov 2

OK so anyone who knows me will tell you I have no problem sharing my opinions. So after a lengthy career in home furnishing retail I have no doubt formed an opinion on purchasing fabric protection plans. You’ve made some choices and have bought the furniture, now your sales person throws the “would you like to buy fabric protection” at you. Most people are inclined to say no to after market warranties, so here is my thoughts please say yes to fabric protection. Why? think about it for a minute, it doesn’t cost much and it does give a stain protection on that gorgeous furniture you just paid a good buck for. Your family may know the rules about no food or drinks on the new furniture but do your guests, do you like to entertain, enjoy a glass of red wine, maybe you have children, let’s face accidents happen, why risk it. So now you want to know do these plans really work, so again in my opinion, absolutely yes. I have had the opportunity to work in different retail environments, some stores who spray the furniture before delivery and some offering a dry warranty. What is the difference, well when your furniture is sprayed the fabric is lightly misted with the fabric protection, at this point please ask if the manufacturer will still warranty the fabric against normal wear and tear, usually if there is an after market product sprayed the answer is no. However typically warranty on fabric from the manufacturer is only one year, and in 28 years of furniture retail I have never had a complaint on the fabric wearing out in just one year. To add to that, typically fabric stain protection is 5 years against stains, so weigh it out are you more likely to wear out the fabric in a year, or more likely to get a stain on it in 5 years. Now lets discuss dry warranty, usually it has the same coverage, there is just no spaying of the furniture, ask your sales person about this option every store has their own services they provide. Let me tell you why I am a fan, I have seen a one year old get sauce on a brand new ottoman, it was 100% replaced when the stain did not come out, I have had a client with that infamous red wine stain on the arm of a one day old white tufted sofa, completely replaced, I have even seen a corner piece to sectional stained 3 years after purchase, the fabric was no longer available and the whole sectional was replaced. To sum it all up, please say yes to the fabric stain protection when it is offered to you, you will not regret it. Oh and just in case you are wondering where this fabulous room scene is from, it is made by Robin Bruce.

Shades of grey

bg wh-1

It has been a grey world for a while now in the home furnishing industry, and for very good reason. There is so much selection to choose from, grey really is a delight to work with. This design board plays a lot with pattern and shape, while keeping a monochromatic color scheme. The clean lines of the sofa from Sam Moore fits neatly into almost any modern family living space. Comfortable and perfectly proportioned, not too small, not too big and easy to mix in to a variety of design styles. As always when I am on the hunt for that perfect accent piece to pull a room together I turn to Hooker Furniture. The Melange cabinet was exactly what I needed to provide extra storage in this small sitting room. Once I started with the zig zag on the cabinet, it felt right to just keep it going, swirls on the lamp from Currey & Co and a geometric pattern on the rug from Loloi Rugs. So the basics are done , now here is the joy of grey, add some whimsy and color in extra toss pillows, or a textured throw for the sofa, or just drop in a large ottoman in perhaps a tufted turquoise leather. When a man sports a classic grey suit, the tie can be any color right?, then home decor should be the same. Sofas, rugs, lamps, accents, paint , there really is an abundance of shades of grey to choose from. If you want more design tips on how to incorporate this not so boring color  into your home, contact me I’ll be happy to help out.

Information and Inspiration


A client asked me the other day why I started Casa Castelli, the easiest way for me to explain, information and inspiration. I have always been passionate about the furniture industry, guess I can thank my Dad for that. I love helping clients find the perfect furniture choices for their homes, I like the challenge of looking at a picture they send me, from their favourite magazine, or Pinterest or Houzz or Instagram, and then searching to find them what they are looking for. I am not a retailer, I do not own a store, I encourage all my clients to shop local and support your local retailer. I know product, and suppliers and who makes what, and where to find it locally. Face it, most of you have extremely busy lives, isn’t it great to have someone like me here to do the leg work for you, completely free. I am very fortunate to have the support of some great retailers and fabulous suppliers as I continue to share my furniture knowledge with you. So the next time you find yourself looking at rooms that inspire you, and you just want to know -“who makes it”- “and where can I buy it”, please contact me, that’s what I’m here for.

Oh and this beautiful room scene, is from the always inspirational Hooker Furniture.