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.
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. Now 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.Back 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.There 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.Kitchen 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.
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.So 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!!
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. Dramatic 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.
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, email@example.com, and remember shop local and support your local retailer.
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.The 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Are you thinking of hosting Christmas Diner, look no further than the Sanctuary Collection from Hooker Furniture. One of my favourite collections to work with, mix and match different chair options with a variety of table sizes and finishes. Each combination creating a personalized space for you to host Christmas Diner, yes I know seems so far away but keep in mind if custom ordering from your local Hooker Furniture dealer , it could take a while to come in. Want to know if this fabulous collection will fit your space, send me your room sizes and I’ll do a quick space planner, it’s free and it will allow you to visualize your space.
Create your own personal sanctuary with this enchanting 3 piece console from Hooker Furniture, Sanctuary Collection. Constructed of hardwood solids and oak veneers in a middle cross aged oak finish. Centre piece is 50″ x 20″ x 36″, the bunching end cabinets are 27″ x 20″ x 36″ each. Add three spectacular mirrors in a silver leaf finish and you are sure to impress , perfect for your grand entrance.
The Firenze collection from A.R.T. Home Furnishings has strong roots in Italy. The dining room captures a rustic feel strongly influenced by Tuscan Style. The two color combination creates a casual relaxed atmosphere, the art of eating and enjoying the company you are with has been mastered by the Italian culture. Mangiare!!!