The Ultimate Showdown: Fabric Vs Leather

One of the most frequently asked questions I get from my clientss when it comes to choosing a material for their sofa or sectionals, especially if they have pets and small children is, Fabric or Leather, which one should I get?

Now, there are valid arguments I can make for both options, but in the end what I always reply is that it’s a matter or their personal lifestyle, design preference, and budget.

When it comes to choosing between Fabric or Leather there are pros and cons for both.  Here are  few that can help you decide which one would be best for your home and your family:

  •  Maintenance:  Spills can be the nemesis of any sofa.  Leather can be slightly more forgiving.  However, regardless of your spill type, both should be treated the same way; soak it up ASAP.
  • Lifestyle: If you have pets, leather tends to be the better option, although it can get scratched easily.  But if you have children, especially if they enjoy using crayons or sharpies, fabric is a good choice because most fabric sofas come with cushions that are flippable.
  •  Comfort:  The feel of fabric sofas tend to be overall softer, warmer, and much more comfortable than leather; which can feel hot and sticky in summer and cold in winter.
  •  Colour and Pattern:  Although leather is now available is a variety of colours, they are still limited in texture.  Fabrics are virtually unlimited when it comes to colour, pattern, and texture.
  •  Hypoallergenic:  People suffering from allergies can often do better with leather versus fabric because it doesn’t harbour dust mites, pet dander, and other allergens.
  •  Cost:  It goes without saying that a sofa in a good quality leather will always cost more than in fabric.

Regardless of which you choose, there’s no fool proof way to protect your furniture.  The most important thing to keep in mind is to choose high quality materials.  The better the quality the longer your furniture will last.

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola
Design Specialist at Decorium
Beatrice@decorium.ca

Measurements

It is extremely important to have the correct measurements  when you are ordering the furniture.

Especially the bigger pieces, like sectional sofas and over sized couches.

The  entrance to the room is the first step in the right direction.

The double doors to the house usually  have no problem to carry the furniture through, it is when there is one door entrance the size of the piece is especially counts.

Then the configuration of the room itself.

Make sure you have the floor plan available for the placement of the set.

Smaller pieces in the bigger space will make the room bigger and vice versa.

Article Written By: Renata Biala
Design Specialist at Decorium
Renata@decorium.ca

In Bloom

Summer is in a full bloom and as much as we are enjoying the warmth an long days of the season, the fall is soon approaching and there are a few things to keep summer for a bit longer.

Start with picking up fresh flowers and dry them in a beatiful and colorful boquets.

Maybe thinking of doing some new additions to your family and living rooms space.

To make summer last longer, add some new accessories like a bright new rug or a few new toss cusions for your sofas.

Does not take too much to make your space look more summery by adding bright colors in accessories around the space.

Enjoy the season!

Article Written By: Alla Wolfson
Design Specialist at Decorium
Alla@decorium.ca

How do you define comfort?

What do you think of when you hear the word “comfort”?

Do you think of a big sofa with a crazy throw blanket? Relaxing in a reclining chair after a long day?  Being with your family in the comfort of your home?  However you define it, we can all agree that comfort is a good thing; with positive feelings and a state of happiness always playing a part in it.  A universal idea of comfort is that it’s simply something that feels good whether it’s your favourite sweater, a pair of shoes, or a new piece of furniture.

Finding that Perfect piece

Sometimes comfort can be what you see. Maybe your living room is missing a coffee table or your sofa is missing decorative toss pillows.

Comfort to customize

It’s nice knowing there are countless ways to put a personal touch in every room. Your personal selection in fabrics, pillows and studs are what makes custom furnishings so great.

Are you looking for a great space to watch movies or a cozy guest room? 

Knowing that the possibilities are endless can give you a sense of Comfort as well as excitement.

Article Written by Ellen Zworth
Design Specialist at Decorium
Ellen@decorium.ca

’Battle of the Sexes’ – Decorating for Both Him and Her

Back in the day, used to be that the backyard was ‘His’ domain, while the inside of the home was ‘Hers’.  In these modern times though, more and more, we’re seeing that when it comes to decorating the home, both partners are equally interested and vested in how they want it to look and feel.

Needless to say, it can become tricky when trying to decorate your home to be equally inviting to both partners.

Here are some simple tips to help cater to everyone’s needs:

  •  Choose neutral colours.  This creates a soothing base which will allow to layer both feminine and masculine elements to your space.
  • Introduce pattern and colour to suite both of you.  Adding large scale prints such as florals in soft colours to elements such as curtains, rugs, and toss pillows, will not draw too much attention to these accents.  Mix in some stripes to add a masculine touch.
  • Select furniture with both feminine and masculine lines; such as an ornate lamp or side table next to a straight and streamlined sofa.
  •  Create unique displays to show off the pieces that are important to each of you and highlites each of your personalities and design styles.
  •  Keep decorative pillows to a minimum, especially in the bedroom.  Most men agree that they don’t like a bed laden with pillows, only to have to remove them every night before bed.

Although it may seem like a daunting task, just keep working at it…practice makes perfect!  and remember that your home is supposed to be comfortable and welcoming to both of you, so make sure that you both have a say in what’s going into it.

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola
Design Specialist at Decorium
Beatrice@decorium.ca

Furniture Buying Tips

When you start looking for furniture for your home, whether it be a Reno,  sprucing up a room, refurnishing the whole home, or moving into a new home, it can be a big under taking and frustrating not knowing where to start.

Here are a few tips to make your Furniture buying journey a little less stressful.  

ORDERING

It could take at least 6-16 weeks when custom ordering sofas, bedrooms, dining rooms sets & many other specialty items. For example, Stressless Furniture is made in Norway & can come in many sizes, fabrics, leathers, & colors, so these items are made to order. It’s wise to keep that in mind especially if you need the items quickly. At Decorium, we do try to have some items in stock, but when you order in items to suit your own special taste, color & style, they take time to make.

We are here to assist you whether you are furnishing a whole home or just looking for that last piece to complete your journey.

BRING THE RIGHT TOOLS

Pictures of the space you’re considering changing or adding to, measurements, & floor plans if you have them, existing items in the room, pictures you love & can’t part with, are all aides your Design consultant can use to determine your style & color preferences. Bring your own ideas & let us help you bring your vision to life. When furnishing your home you want it to reflect your taste & style, so when friends & family come to visit, they’ll know you’ve spent time & effort to make your home comfortable & stylish. Let us help you achieve that! We have everything to fulfill all your needs & wants.

Come & explore our whole new line of rugs in many sizes & fashionable colors. I’m sure with the assistance of any of the knowledgeable Design consultants, you will find the right one, & with a large selection of new lamps & chandeliers we can light up any room.

Many new sofas, bedroom & dining room collections in all styles have found space on our showroom floor.

When you bring the right tools, your Design Consultant will have the proper information to assist you & bring your dream home alive.

Article Written By: Jane Fitzgerald
Design Specialist at Decorium
Jane@decorium.ca

Abstract Art

Abstract art is a great way to add colour into your home space.

Bringing your living space from dull to dazzling is rooted in the details. One of the simplest ways to enhance your space is by showcasing colourful art work. Abstract compositions are one of the easiest ways to infuse a burst of colour into your space. It works with just about anything. Abstract art can transform any space and give a new identity to each room.

Through art you can show your personality, you don’t have to be safe, and you can get a little crazy.

Article Written By: Renata Biala
Design Specialist at Decorium
Renata@decorium.ca

Summer vacation colors

What says summer more than sunshine and fresh air? These summer hues will give your home that nice warm and vibrant update that you need to create a space that is fun, cozy and colourful.

Coral
Shades of pink don’t always have to be over powering in your home. Using the shade of coral your space can still be vibrant and timeless without making it too bright. By using contrasting colours for your furniture like brass, marble and even black and navy, your space can have a nice balance.

Marigold
Marigold is a type of yellow, and what says summer more then a nice sunny yellow day. Yellow can sometimes look too bright in a room, however by adding colours like green, white and even wood, you can make your space feel very earthy and beautiful. With this room you will feel like it’s summer everyday!

Indigo
Indigo is a great color to use in your living room space. Indigo is a classic colour that can make your space feel like a beach house summer home, and who doesn’t want that feeling in their room everyday. You can decorate indigo with some nice yellow and add some glass pieces in the room to make the space feel light and airy.

Article Written By: Yuval Elbaum
Design Specialist at Decorium
Yuval@decorium.ca

Living Easy

Summertime (when the living is easy) is a song that was written by George Gershwin.  As the title implies, the summer is a time for casual living and a lot of relaxation time. Summer is finally here and that’s great news for those of us who enjoy spending time in the great outdoors! Whether your prefer sports or leisure activities – here’s hoping the days unfold just the way you wish.

Some of the best summer days are spent getting together with friends, and family for fun, food, refreshments and relaxing conversation.

Here are three furniture items that say “Summer”

A lift top coffee table for eating in front of the television.  A place to serve finger foods and chips and drinks around the sofa for everyone to enjoy.

Cloud seating:  An unstructured sectional that is like sitting on a cloud, soft and plush!

Reclining chair : Throw up your feet and read a good book and relax.  Listen to music and put your drink on a tray.

Whether you are at the cottage or at home, I hope you enjoy the long awaited Summer :  My favorite season of the year!

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth
Design Specialist at Decorium
Ellen@decorium.ca

Sleep on a Marshall

My grandmother used to say: “thank God for the night”..

I never understood what exactly she meant, but now, getting older, I really appreciated her saying.

The most important part of your day is night! That’s where you regain your strength and beauty, where your whole body is getting stronger and rejuvenated for the next day.

That is where having a good mattress comes into play.

Marshall mattress is the the company that started as the makers of mattresses for hospitals; specifically for the orthopedic patent’s to help with problems like muscles and bones.

Getting Marshal mattress is simply investing in your health.

They are the inventors of the pocket coil springs, using all natural material like wool, cotton and  silk.

Have a good rest and sweet dreams!

Article Written By: Alla Wolfson
Design Consultant at Decorium
Alla@decorium.ca