Beach Boho – GTA Home and Reno Show

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As lead design consultant for this year’s model home at the GTA Home and Reno show, I needed to have a design style to get the project started. The model home is from the Micro-Natur series by Bonneville Homes, proving that “good things do come in small packages”. Designed to have living space that “makes one with nature”, it is an absolute must to have furniture that has organic elements, with casual relaxing comfort. Beach boho is a natural fit, allowing the weekend comforts of beach living to mix with the colors and patterns of a boho lifestyle. Just a few of my choices are shown here, I don’t want to give it all away.  Visit the GTA Home and Reno show, Feb 17- 20 at the International Centre in Mississauga.

Start with the perfect piece of furniture

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Decorating solutions are tailored to each client’s unique style. Finding inspiration to get your home decorating project started can come from so many different places. One of my favourite ways to get the project started, is to find that perfect piece of furniture. My source of inspiration, for this renovated family room, was the ever fabulous Delano chest from Hooker Furniture. I wanted to create a formal yet comfortable space, with a refined rustic feel. The Delano chest was just what we needed, it is the focal piece in the room and offers a wonderful storage solution for the board games this family enjoy so much. The room came together with great ease, using the warm colors of the Delano chest. A neutral palette of soft grey, beiges and creams, blanket the room in serenity. Now at the end of their crazy busy days, this family of 5 can slow down and enjoy life’s simple pleasures. Thanks again Hooker Furniture for constantly being a source for design inspiration.

Counter Stool or Bar Stool

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With the Holiday season fast approaching many of you are thinking of all the entertaining and hosting of family diners in your future. You are probably asking yourself where is everyone going to sit? Well it’s normal for the kitchen island to be the source of the add on extra sitting when the dining table just doesn’t seat all your guests. I’ve been selling furniture for a long time, and over the years can’t help but notice there is always a confusion on what height of stool you really need. Use this is a guideline, if you measure from the floor up, and your counter top height is approximately 36″ then you need a 24″ counter height stool. If you measure from the ground up and your counter top height is approximately 42″ then you need a 30″ bar stool. oct-27-am-2Now you will ask yourself do you want swivel or not. That is a personal choice, if you are going to use swivel keep in mind who and how will it be used. Swivel stools sometimes weigh a lot so moving them in and out of place can be difficult for some people. Also if the swivel stools have a back and you have counter tops that can get damaged, well let’s just say I had a client whose teenagers kept swivelling the stools and hitting the counters, so who and how your counter stools are being used is important.oct-27-am-3Back or no back? Let’s face it the kitchen island is just a great place to hang out. Some people think a back provides extra comfort, personally I’m Ok either way as long as I’m sipping on a great glass of wine, and enjoying the company of family and friends. If the overhang of your kitchen island is not very deep, or if your island is where there is a lot of traffic flow, then a stool with no back that easily tuck under the counter is a great idea.oct-27-lexThere is no doubt in your hunt for the perfect counter or bar stool you are going to see a wide range of prices. So many things will be part of your decision. I recently worked with a client, who when I first suggested a kitchen counter stool that was $1100 per stool, they nearly choked saying”I am not paying that for a kitchen stool”. When I work on design projects I carefully pick and choose where the client should or should not spend a little extra, for this client the kitchen island was huge, in the centre of the home, and a very important gathering point for their lifestyle. So we spent the extra, bought the $1100 stools and the results are amazing.oct-27-hk-5Kitchen islands, bars, casual dining , whatever you need a counter or bar stool for ,rest assured you will find what you are looking for. If you need something with a cottage feel, or does your taste say industrial and modern, there are endless options from some pretty fabulous furniture suppliers. If you are overwhelmed by the choice and just want a little advice do not hesitate to contact me, I’ll be happy to help.

deborah@casacastelli.com

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

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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…

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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

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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, deborah@casacastelli.com, and remember shop local and support your local retailer.

Ground Hog Day & Re-Decorating

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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 shoes.hk 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.

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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, deborah@casacastelli.com

 

Stylistically Perfect Room

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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.

Retro Revival

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cr-7200_1014Want to create a modern masterpiece. I never like to get too locked in to the latest trend, but I must admit the revival of retro does make me happy. This Mad Men inspired decorating craze is actually quite easy to accomplish, with so many fabulous furniture suppliers making it fun and exciting to get the look you want. Start with the Sawyer Sofa from CrLaine Furniture, so many fabulous fabrics and colors to choose from and perfectly sized at 79W x 36D x 35H. Retro usually involves solid colors with not a lot of pattern, use deeper saturated tones. rowe-N780-006Keep some fluidity in your furniture selections, use pieces that have architectural elements. The Harris Chair from Rowe Furniture has everything you are looking for. Amazing quality and made in the U.S.A, size is 29W x 30D x 36H, great proportion for our sofa selection.sur-cos9092Add some abstract patterns to your toss pillows or as shown here in our area rug choice. From the Cosmopolitan collection from Surya Rugs, it is hand tufted and available in a variety of sizes. Just the right amount of pattern we are looking for and the saturated colors needed to keep it visually interesting.hk-5398_55464roomCan’t say enough good things about our final piece. The Studio 7H record player/ gaming console is exactly what our retro room needs. You would need to purchase your record player separately, but what a great piece of furniture, and perfectly finished in a low sheen walnut. Honestly just saying record player brings back so many great memories, the whole room makes me smile.

If you would like any further advice on furniture selections do not hesitate to contact me, and always remember to support your local retail store.

deborah@casacastelli.com, your free personal shopper for furniture!!!!

Dramatic Appeal

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hk-5700-90266roomThe Vintage West Collection from Hooker Furniture is rustic and yet refined. Each piece in this collection has beautiful details, one of my favourite go to manufacturers. Whether wanting an entire bedroom set, as seen in this photo, or maybe you just want to start with this dramatic bed, you won’t go wrong with this king panel bed. The Vintage West Collection has a dark charcoal finish and has wonderful silver accents, giving a very dramatic appeal. cr-2295SC_1012For a cozy reading space in this master suite I selected the Garrison Slip Cover chair from CRLaine. Shown in Chapman Linen, it is the perfect scale for the Vintage West collection from Hooker Furniture. The chair is 30W x 40.5D x 41H, not too large so a pair fits nicely in a reading corner or in front of a fireplace.lolo-EMOREB-01IVCC_lgLet’s complete our rustic and refined bedroom with an area rug from the Emory Collection by Loloi rugs. Power loomed and made in Turkey it is available in a variety of sizes. Shown in a charcoal and neutral color combination, it adds texture and visual interest to your master bedroom. If you would like more tips on furniture selection do not hesitate to contact me, my advice is free. I will always encourage you to shop at your local retail store for anything we select.