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.

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.

Lovely #bookshelf with #warm #wood tones and a #vintage #rustic #charm #interiordecorator #burlington #oakville #toronto #hookerfurniture

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

 

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.

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.

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.

Shades of grey

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It has been a grey world for a while now in the home furnishing industry, and for very good reason. There is so much selection to choose from, grey really is a delight to work with. This design board plays a lot with pattern and shape, while keeping a monochromatic color scheme. The clean lines of the sofa from Sam Moore fits neatly into almost any modern family living space. Comfortable and perfectly proportioned, not too small, not too big and easy to mix in to a variety of design styles. As always when I am on the hunt for that perfect accent piece to pull a room together I turn to Hooker Furniture. The Melange cabinet was exactly what I needed to provide extra storage in this small sitting room. Once I started with the zig zag on the cabinet, it felt right to just keep it going, swirls on the lamp from Currey & Co and a geometric pattern on the rug from Loloi Rugs. So the basics are done , now here is the joy of grey, add some whimsy and color in extra toss pillows, or a textured throw for the sofa, or just drop in a large ottoman in perhaps a tufted turquoise leather. When a man sports a classic grey suit, the tie can be any color right?, then home decor should be the same. Sofas, rugs, lamps, accents, paint , there really is an abundance of shades of grey to choose from. If you want more design tips on how to incorporate this not so boring color  into your home, contact me I’ll be happy to help out.

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.