Guest Room or Cottage Bunkie

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First let me start by saying I can not believe how long it has been since I last posted. I was lead design consultant for the GTA Home and Reno show, and have been run off my feet ever since. Between custom draperies and buying furniture for clients, I have not had a minute to post a thing,  and I have loved every second of this crazy schedule. Now let’s discuss the cottage bunkie, guest room or maybe even kids room. I am a huge fan of twin beds, and these days there is a ton available. Twin beds have always been popular in Italy and many European countries, maybe that’s where I became so fond of them(you gotta know how much I love Italy). The photo shown here is a guest room I recently did for a client, although there were 6 bedrooms in total, I knew it would be great to have twin beds in one of the spare rooms. A twin bed was always a piece of furniture we thought belonged in kids rooms, and yes they are still great in kids rooms, but as you can see here, these twin beds from Bernhardt are simply fabulous in a spare bedroom. Custom draperies and simple bedding complimented the clean lines of the upholstered beds. The accent chest is from Hooker Furniture. I love shopping for the perfect furniture for my clients. saves the client a lot of time, so if you would rather spend your time relaxing and enjoying the cottage and the gorgeous summer weather ahead, contact me for assistance with your next project, deborah@casacastelli.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

 

Fashion Forward Color Palette

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pall-seriesWorking with navy and orange is a fashion forward color palette. The Long Beach sectional from Palliser is available in both leather and fabric with different configurations available, great when trying to customize to fit your space. Nice clean contemporary lines, perfect for a sophisticated look yet comfortable for television viewing.furncl-24897_lgBring the outdoors in with this fabulous teak coffee table from Furniture Classics. Generously scaled at 51″ x 31″ it is a great choice for our navy and orange color scheme.lolo-ANASAF-07SALB_lgUnder foot I have selected a rug from the Anastasia Collection from Loloi Rugs. Not over powering and available in a wide variety of sizes , right up to 13′ x 18″ which is not that easy to find.lolo-P029P0118NVWHPIL3_lgTo add a bit of navy to the room, I have chosen a simple geometric print in navy and white. A touch of navy in the art work or in a lamp is also an easy way to bring in an accent color. pale-7060-85aJust had to have these chairs from Palecek , perfect for the colors we are working with and the bamboo frame continues the natural feel from the teak coffee table. So much fun to work with modern styles and earthy natural elements in furniture pieces.

Dressed Up Look

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Tailored upholstery gives your living room a subtle, dressed up look. This sectional from the Belaire Collection by Jonathan Louis has tight seats and back which means a no fuss look that will never look or feel messy. Want other options on sectionals do not hesitate to contact me, Deborah furniture advisor, deborah@casacastelli.com