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.

Simplicity!

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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, deborah@casacastelli.com, servicing the GTA and Niagara Region.

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.

Great Canadian Suppliers

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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?

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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.

Information and Inspiration

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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.

How to buy a sofa

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cr-1122_0411Sounds simple enough right? We need a sofa, so just go buy one, not as easy as one might think. I would have to say, the majority of my projects start with purchasing a sofa. But honestly I tell everyone, choosing a great sofa is more about you than it is about the sofa. There are so so many styles, sizes and suppliers to choose from, there is no doubt we can find what you are looking for.cr-2740N_1013But first I like to know a bit about you, and how your daily life will affect the space you are buying the sofa for. Is there going to be a television in the room, do you have kids, or pets, or both. Do you entertain often, with large crowds gathering or maybe just intimate family gatherings. cr-2480_0413Is there someone in your family extremely tall, or maybe very petite. Sounds ridiculous to have all these questions but it does make a huge difference. Most clients are drawn to the look of an oversized sofa but keep in mind it’s not too easy for those of us under 5’4″ to sit in these extra deep sofas. That being said if you want to create a great space for game night or teenagers to just hang, go for the big uber comfy frame. Always, and I mean always I tell my clients comfort is first, sitting up straight, flopping, lying down or cuddling, comfort , comfort, comfort!cr-1480_1014The space itself is very important. Cottage, condo, family room or the “no sit” sit room.   You may decide on an oversize sofa for your family room, but keep in mind just because you know it fits in the space, can you actually get it in the space, is there is easy access to the room. Like wise with condos, think of elevators and hallways. The cottage needs durable fabrics, that clean easily.

Now all of this is just how I start the project, the fun begins after we find the right sofa frame, now we choose colors, and play with textures, add area rugs and lamps, find the right chairs, like I said the fun part.

FYI all of the above sofas are from CRLaine, a truly great supplier of upholstery, made in the U.S.A. , with amazing fabric choices. Leather or fabric, skirted or not, nail trim or none…so many decisions. If you are looking for assistance with making the right choices for your next sofa purchase do not hesitate to contact me, 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.

Advice is free

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I love furniture, can’t help it, I just do. I enjoy working with clients on floor plans and giving them inspiration on how to turn their dreams into reality. Good quality furniture is so important, we spend so much time in our homes with family and friends, your space is a reflection of you, your space should make you feel good every time you walk in it. This room is from Lexington Furniture, classic sleek lines and timeless design. Easy on the eye colors, great for a bit more formal space. Would you like to use any of these furniture pieces as a starting point, need some help completing the look, contact me, my personal furniture shopping service is absolutely free, I’ll even do a space planner to make sure our fabulous furniture choices work in your home. I look forward to hearing from you, deborah@casacastelli.com