Pros and Cons of Online Shopping

Pros and Cons of Online Shopping

How many times have you seen something online & thought I must have IT!

This is great I can just punch in a few numbers, add IT to my shopping cart & away we go.

They promised me I would get IT within 5 Business days, & offered free delivery. Oh boy this is so much fun scrolling through all the various websites, imagining how IT’S going to look… so much better than driving to a store, fighting for a parking spot, wading through the crowds, standing in line at the cashier, dealing with annoying sales people, & after all that, you’ve still got to find the car.

Finally, IT ARRIVES!  You can’t wait to open the package, the anticipation is killing you, wait a minute IT doesn’t look like IT did on the website! There are any number of things that can go wrong when ordering online. It’s very difficult to perceive an item from a computer screen, the actual size, colour, & how it feels. Yes the feel of an item is important. What if you buy a leather sofa online, the price was too good to pass up & when it arrives what you thought to be an all Top grain leather sofa certainly doesn’t feel like what you may have seen or sat on out in the market place. I have talked with a few people that have had some issues when buying furniture online especially if it’s not quite the right size, or simply not what they wanted. Also what people don’t take into consideration when returning an online furniture purchase, is that the onus is on you to repackage & pay for the shipping back to the online seller.

Decorium has a large online shopping website that displays most of the furniture that is shown in our showroom.  I have assisted people that have viewed our website & have called wanting more information about lamps, rugs, end tables etc, & which in turn they have purchased. When they inquire about larger items such as bedrooms, dining or living room sets I always advise them to visit the store & see the furniture in an actual room settings.

Visiting our 100,000 sq.ft. showroom, to see all the new designs & trends is an adventure; & getting complimentary interior design advise will make purchasing the large items for your home so much easier.

Online shopping can be fast & convenient for many items. Just be advised that when purchasing larger items for your home, come into the store & sit on the sofas, see how it feels, pick out the perfect rug, open the dresser drawers, check out the TV Units to make sure all your components fit and most of all, get what you’re looking for.

Happy Shopping.

 

Article Written By: Jane Fitzgerald,

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

jane@decorium.ca

Home Lighting Tips

Overhead lighting is a go-to option in many spaces, but it’s often not enough. If you omit task lighting, like floor lamps and table lamps, reading on your couch or writing at your desk could strain your eyes. And if you only install can lights in your bedroom, you won’t get the cozy quality that bedside lamps can provide.

Pat Table Lamp 70562 RS

 

Shadows can plague your kitchen work space. If kitchen can lights are positioned above the edge of the counter, when you stand at the counter to work, you cast a shadow exactly where you need the light. Solve this problem by installing under-cabinet lighting.

The bottom of a pendant light should be 30 to 36 inches above a kitchen island, and when you’re sitting next to a table lamp, the bottom of the shade should be at shoulder height. If the lamp is too tall, you’ll be blinded by the bulb.

Bryce Table Lamp 70508 RS 1

 

Add together the room’s height and width in feet. That number, in inches, should be the approximate diameter of your chandelier. In dining rooms, you should choose a chandelier that’s one foot smaller than the table’s narrowest width. The bottom of a chandelier should be 66 inches from the floor in a dining room.

 

La Bella Ceiling Lamp

Article Written By: Mike Brown,

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

mike@decorium.ca

Warm your world – Decorating With Brass, Copper and Gold

After years and years of cold stainless steel and chrome finishes, the warm, bright and shiny shades have finally come back to life!

Gold, brass and copper are extremely hot and trendy, not only in the fashion industry, but in home decor as well.

Any room in your home will start looking warm and bright in those colors; plus it will add a little sparkle to your decor.

Gold fixtures over the dining table will enhance the ambiance leading to friendly and heartfelt conversation over the meal.

Tulip Chandelier 69258 Silo

In the office, placing a brass lamp at your desk will inspire good work ethics and could even help bring wonderful and new ideas to your tasks.

Brass Desk Lamp 66794 Silo

Many people find that copper shades in the bedroom will calm you down and make your night more wonderful and peaceful.

Metro Table Lamp Silo 1

There are a million and one things you can do to play with colour in your home, and lamps are just the beginning.

Rugs, toss pillows on your sofas and chairs in those colors will brighten the room and make you ready for the spring and summer days.

Ultimately what you get, is a stylish and bright home for you to enjoy; a combination you can’t beat!

 

Article Written By: Renata Biala,

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

renata@decorium.ca

Hot fresh Design Trends for 2017

Each new season ushers in brand new design trends to keep our lives interesting and innovative.  Here are a few fresh concepts to look for in 2017.

 

BRIGHT GREEN

Pantone’s 2017 Colour of the Year is called “Greenery.”  You’ll see this cheery shade everywhere, refreshing home décor, fashion and commercial design.

View Green Silo

BUTTERFLIES

Butterflies are turning up in everyone’s surroundings, no longer relegated to children’s rooms.  Bring one of nature’s most beautiful creations into your home!

 

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MIXED PATTERNS   

First seen last Fall at New York’s Fashion Week, and a harbinger of 2017 home décor.  Mixed and mismatched patterns put your creativity on display.  Don’t be afraid to mix it up!

 Palazzo Chair 70082 Silo

NAVY IS THE NEW BLACK   

As a bold accent or an anchor colour, navy is IN this year.  Navy pairs well with any colour scheme, and won’t “shrink” a room the way black sometimes does.

 Barren Area Rug 70506 RS 2

RAW WHITE  

For an “unearthed” handmade look, accent with chalk white or bone white.  It brings out a natural and organic feeling, as opposed to the flat sterile look of solid white.

Sudan Table Lamp 70572 Silo 1

Article Written By: Leslie Frappier

Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge,

leslie@decorium.ca

Cottage Décor

Spring is in the air and with it comes the itch to start planning your cottage décor.

Whether you like to spend your days at the cottage relaxing or entertaining, cottage décor is all about comfort and charm.  Celebrate the summer with this great chance to take decorating risks by creating an eclectic look incorporating a mix of rustic new finds and some much loved nostalgic treasures.

Suzanne Round Accent Rug 70567 SiloRobertson sofa 32075 Silo

 

Regardless if your style leans towards a neutral palette, delicate floral prints, or pops of colour for a bright-friendly vibe, your cottage should reflect traces of your past and be charming, comfortable and playful.

 

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium on Yonge,

Beatrice@decorium.ca

Home Furnishing – Renos, Redecorating and More

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 become frustrating not knowing where to start.

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

It could take at least 6-16 weeks when custom ordering sofas, bedrooms, dining room sets & many other specialty  items. For example, Stressless Furniture, which is made in Norway, can be customized in many sizes, fabrics, leathers, & colors, so manufacturing the piece and sending them can take some time. It’s wise to keep that in mind especially if you need the items quickly. We do try to keep a variety of items in stock, but sometimes what we have is not 100% the way you envisioned it, which is why we always give you the option to custom order those items to suit your own special taste, color & style.

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 just a few tools to mention. This information aides your Design consultant with determining your style & color preferences. Bring your own ideas and 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 know you’ve spent time and effort to make your home comfortable & stylish; so 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, and with a large selection of new lamps & chandeliers we can light up any room.

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

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

 

Article written by: Jane Fitzgerald,

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

jane@decorium.ca

Home Accents – The Fig Tree

The fiddle leaf fig tree has become one of the most popular and sought after houseplants.  Characterized by its large, lush green foliage, it has become a staple in home decor and interior design.  The fiddle leaf fig tree in an open space adds vertical interest and brings the outdoors inside.  You can use it in any life style space, ie: mid century modern, rustic-industrial, or contemporary.  You can flank fig trees on either side of a fireplace or in between two accent chair in a family room.

Since real fiddle fig leaf trees are very fussy to take care of , you can buy an artificial tree that looks amazing and brings an organic element to the space.  I think every room should have greenery, real or artificial to make it feel at peace with nature and add warmth during our cold winter months. Here at Decorium we have tones of accessories that can help you live life on the green side and bring the element of nature into your home.

 

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth 

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

Ellen@decorium.ca

Post Holiday Blues

The holidays are gone, and everyone feels a bit down and under the weather. If you’ve experienced this, you’re suffering from PHB or Post Holiday Blues.

As the leading cause of restlessness after the holidays, PHB can have a negative effect your every day happiness. Symptoms range from cranky behavior, increased stress levels, excessive face rubbing and deceleration of time.

Fortunately there is a cure! By Simply surrounding yourself with a positive ambiance, you can help reverse and prevent the effects of PHB. Here are a few tips to help get you started!

 

Changing or adding some new colours or small pieces to the decor of the house, can better your mood and bring excitement during winter when suffering from the Holiday blues.

The family room is a good place to start, because that’s where most people go to relax and begin to wind down.

A new colorful rug will instantly transform your place into something different and will open doors to new colors and accent pieces.

Suzanne Round Accent Rug 70567 Silo

New accent pillows and throws will brighten and change the mood of a room right away, while A bright floor lamp will set the right atmosphere with the flick of a switch.

Zach Accent Pillow 69298 Silo Eva Floor Lamp 67710 Silo

Changing up some more prevalent items will make a more noticeable difference. Maybe it is a good time to get that new coffee table you’ve been dreaming about for a long time.

Jameson Cocktail Table 68667 Silo

You can even get a big floor vase for where the Christmas tree would normally stand, and fill it with some branches or fresh greens.

Just remember, life goes on and you can always try for a better tomorrow!

Article Written By: Alla Wolfson,

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

Alla@decorium.ca

Keeping your home warm and cozy when it’s cold outside

With colder temperatures outside we find ourselves rushing home more quickly to the comfort and warmth that awaits us.  Here are a few quick ways to create your own sanctuary that will feel cozy even on the chilliest of days:

Use soft plush textures to create a cozy atmosphere. Fabrics like velvet and wool inherently have a natural warmth that will feel luxurious on a cold day. Velvet pillows are an excellent way to make you living room inviting, while faux fur items, like an ottoman, will add texture to your room.

Goat Fur Cushion Grey 66541 Silo      Miso Kidney Pillow 69286 Silo Cube Ottoman Teal

Warm colours can be a powerful tool in creating atmosphere. Tones like pink, orange and red automatically generate a bit of heat.

Colour Blast Artwork 66457 Silo

Decorate your dining table with lots of candles to create the ambiance of warmth, and some literal heat!

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If you live in a condo, try flipping on the fireplace channel for a great mood setting effect.

Add pictures of family and friends to bring an emotionally warm and homey feeling to the room.

Whether you’re relaxing or entertaining, these ideas will create a warm and inviting environment, year round.

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth, 

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest,

Ellen@decorium.ca

February 14th

February the 14th!

One of the most beautiful days there is!

You have a chance to say “I love you”, again and again to somebody you love!

With so many ways to express yourself, why not start with the little accessories to show the care and love you feel to someone special.

Accent pieces like pillows in red fabric in a shape of a heart; new painting with flowers; candlestick with red candles all scream x’s and o’s.

Accessories for Valentine Day could vary from small in size to bigger pieces like the surprise of a new chair by the window or fireplace with a small side table; on top of which you can put a vase with fresh flowers and a card that says all you feel and dream of.

 

Good luck and enjoy!

 

Article Written By: Adriana Glait 

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

Adriana@decorium.ca