Outdoor Living

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I recently attended the GTA Home and Reno Show where I was lead design consultant for the model home constructed by Bonneville Homes. There were quite a few exhibitors all sharing their knowledge and showing off their latest products for 2017. I was especially interested in outdoor furniture, I have a vast knowledge of indoor furniture but I must admit my knowledge of  outdoor furniture was very limited. Some of the best advice I received was pick it up, seriously pick up the end of the sofa, chair or sectional you are thinking of putting in your outdoor space, if it has good weight to it and it can’t be lifted by a 3 year old then chances are it is made well. Next if you are looking at a woven set, try and put your finger through the weave, yup that’s right try and poke at it, if it’s the cheap stuff you will probably feel you can poke a hole right through it. Things I never thought to do but certainly made sense to me. I was so impressed by the knowledge provided to me by Niagara Outdoor Living, that I have now signed on to be the design consultant for their outdoor living spaces. Outdoor spaces are so important to today’s lifestyle, larger spaces often need the same planning and layouts as the indoor rooms. So if you are looking for some design advice just send me a message to deborah@niagaraoutdoorliving.com.

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

 

How to furnish for downsizing

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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

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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.