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.

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.

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.

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