You Get What You Pay For

You Get What You Pay For

When shopping for furniture you will always have a wide range of prices due to many factors. The Location of where your sofa is comming from, is one of the most persistant reason that sofas of a similar looking style and construction can be very different in cost.  One sofa may be available in a particular colour at a low price, while another may be available in many fabrics at a higher price. The imported product is usually the former and domestic product the latter.

Henley Sectional RS

When furniture is made at a lower porice point, thre manufatcuring is often off shore to reduce manufaturing costs. Under these conditions imported or offshore sofas are often made in vast quantities in one fabric or leather and marketed in North America at lower prices. By offering less customized options, manufacturers are able to cut costs and offer savings to retailers and in turn consumers. Like any mass manufactured item, the production line method sacrifices some quality for cost, shortening the lifespan of the piece. To satify our customers, Decorium works with suppliers that keep a reputable balance between the elements of quality and cost.

Alana Fabric Sofa 65060 Silo

Domestic or “Made in Canada” sofas are made one at a time in the fabric you select with the options that you select (cushion firmness, leg finish, toss pillows). This sofa is sold at a higher price but was created to your specifications, and will last for many years.

The higher priced sofa also has a lot of hidden features such as a higher quality frame and springs, more resilient foam and fiber as well as abrasion tested fabric. When you invest in quality it will give you a longer period of enjoyment and satisfaction.

Hence, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR.

Article Written By: Mike Brown

Design Consultant at Decorium On Supertest

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Avoid the Winter Blahs

We all know it’s coming….dark days and long nights. For some people Winter brings with it SAD, or seasonal adjustment disorder. Makes you feel sad, sapped of energy and a craving  to just hide away from the world. Not being bears, hibernating isn’t possible for most of us, so make your home as cozy and bright as you can to fight off the bleakness and avoid the winter blahs.

William Sectional 902695 RS

Here’s a few extra tips to keep in mind this season when you’re feeling not quite yourself!

If you aren’t bathed in much natural light at home, you can purchase special light bulbs that mimic daylight and help to ward off SAD syndrome.  Brighten up your space with rich colours. Jewel tones are hot and they add loads of warmth and luxury to a space. Drape your sofa or chairs in faux furs or velvet throws. Use multi- directional floor lamps to enhance dark corners without crowding your floor space. Add artwork that you truly love and de-clutter your surfaces so you don’t feel overwhelmed with stuff.  Give yourself and your home some breathing space.

Johannes Leather Sofa 68039 Rs

Above all, make your home YOUR comfort zone.   It will be your refuge from Old Man Winter.

 

Article Written By: Shelley Fraser,

Design Consultant At Decorium On Supertest,

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Fur For Fall

Fall is once again nearly upon us, and with it comes the ultra-chic, ultra-fun, use of fur and faux fur in our home décor.

Aida 61326 RS

 

Toss pillows, throws, bed spreads…however you use it, fur and faux fur accessories add warmth and texture to every room in your home.

Collins Estate Sofa 68850 Silo

Looking for some extra inspiration? Add a bit of fun to your room with fur benches and foot-stools; one of this season’s MUST-HAVES!  They’re fun, dramatic, and BEYOND GORGEOUS!!

Prized Possessions Accent Bench 66174 Silo 1Cube Ottoman Teal

 

Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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The Wonderful World Of Ottomans

Edward Sectional 902691 RS

Ottomans are fantastic furniture pieces that can increase the value of a room and dramatically change the appearance.  They are a great source of comfort and tranquility, while offering a way to really sit back and relax with your feet up!

 

Mayfair Black RS

 

There are many different types and styles of ottomans available on the market, in various colours, materials and sizes, so make sure you explore all the options before you settle.

Billings Ottoman Coffee Table 68768 Silo

Ottomans can be designed in any type of home décor style including traditional, modern, and mid-century.  There are hair-on-hide ottomans with a cross chrome base, swivel faux leather ottomans, circular ottomans with tassels and fringes, black and white cowhide ottomans, black velvet cube ottomans with thin gold legs etc. and that’s just a few examples of how ottomans vary in style. There are even shaggy fur ottomans with tripod legs!

Ava Ottoman 66482 Silo  Aesus Swivel Ottoman                         Cube Ottoman Teal

 

Ottomans are not limited to being a foot rest! They can be used in an entryway, at the end of a bed or beside, and in some cases, even as a coffee table.
Overall, ottomans are fun, functional, and can make a real statement in a room.

 

Article Written By: Ellen Zworth

Design Consultant At Decorium, on Supertest

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The Beauty of Solid Wood Furniture & How To Care For It

Family Treasures Dining RS

There are many Solid woods used in furniture, with the most popular woods used in Canada being Maple, Birch, Cherry, Oak & making a come back is Ash & Walnut. All these species of hard woods are strong and very easy to maintain.  Furthermore, any hard woods kiln-dried in Canada have a 6-8% moisture content which prevents cracking, splitting, & warping.

No longer do we have to use polishes, due to technological advances and improved finishing processes. As a matter of fact the manufactures now advise not to use commercial spray polishes, as they can dry the wood out because they contain silicone. While using a damp cloth to clean minor dirt & dust is sufficient, your best option is a wonderful product from Guardsman we have here at Decorium, which not only nourishes your fine wood furniture but also helps protects it from harmful UV rays.

People ask me all the time why some woods do not have a high glossy finish, but the truth is usually the only time a high gloss finish is applied is when using Veneers. That being said, try to avoid traditional wood polishes like mentioned above, and stick with the stuff that won’t harm the surface of your wood furniture, like Guardsman.

Lastly, it is also very important to keep the humidity in your home at 30-50%. This will help preserve the beauty of your solid wood furniture and keep your decor looking fresh.

 

Article Written By: Jane Fitzgerald 

Design Consultant At Decorium on Supertest

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Guardsman Protection Plan

Do you relax or entertain in your home for holidays or events?

Do your children have their friends over after school?

Do they do their school projects on the dining room table?

Do you have pets?

Wouldn’t it be great if there was a way to “insure” that this

Danielle Fabric Sofa 68345 RS

 

will be safe from the mayhem lurking in your home?

 

If you answered yes to any of these questions you need to protect your furniture purchase with a Guardsman Gold In Home 5 Year Protection Plan. You are then protected against everyday issues like red wine stains on your upholstery, heat marks on your wood furniture, coffee table stains etc. For a small fee you have the peace of mind that comes with protecting your investment.

 

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Too many times we’ve had customers call or come in asking if we can help them. Repairing furniture can be costly and amount to the price of a brand new piece. For those who don’t have the protection plan, there isn’t much that can be done, and most of those people end up parting ways with their furniture; unless the item has priceless personal value. With the Guardsman Protection Plan, you can be sure that your furniture will be protected, and that you will redeem all the value it has to offer.

 

Article Written By: Mike Brown

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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Decorating The Guest Room

Decorating the guest room could be an exciting and yet challenging project to do.

You want to bring the feeling of hospitality and welcoming to your guests.

The starting point would be to find a beautiful bed, and more important a comfortable mattress to go with it.

Family Treasures Bedroom RS

Marshall mattress is one, if not the most comfortable, relaxing and medically proven mattress on the market.

Decorium carries wide variety of Marshall mattress, any size is available.

 

Marshall Mattress - Classic Style - Queen Mattress with Box

 

Night stands with exciting lamps and a soft colorful rug would add to the decor.

You want your guests to have a peaceful and relaxing night after the journey or whatever the circumstance might be.

Colors of the room, bright and happy would be a good asset, as well as fresh flowers and some pictures, to bring the feeling of welcome and peace in any of your guests hearts.

David King Bed 902610 RS

Article Written by: Alla Wolfson

Design Consultant at Decorium on Supertest

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Furniture Glossary – A stands for…

Have you ever gone to the net to search for something, but didn’t know what exactly to type into Google? Countless times I’ve had a picture of something I was looking for in my mind, but when it came to searching on line, I couldn’t for the life of me figure out what to type in!

There are a plethora of terms used in furniture design and construction that many of us don’t know, and would probably benefit from knowing. Well Decorium wanted to make things a little easier, by educating our readers on common terms that most people don’t consider when looking for furniture and accessories.

Over the next little while we will be supplying you with a furniture glossary, containing current ideas and pictures of furniture and design terms, to help spark ideas, and to help you find what you’re actually looking for.

Marking the beginning of our ongoing glossary, todays letter is A.

 

Amphora: 

A vessel used to transport liquids from one location to another.

This version is a vase which can be used as an accent or to house an exotic fresh flower.

CERAMIC VASE 1 66821 Silo Antiquity Vase 64425 Silo

Gourd Glass Vase Turquoise Glass Vase

Armoire:  

A French term used for a large movable closet or wardrobe, originally used to store armor.

Marsalis armoire silo

From the Marsalis Collection, Available to order in-store.

Glossary Entries By: Lisba Selbo

Sales Manager & Interior designer at Decorium on Yonge

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Fall Colour Trends 2016 – Sneak Peak

We may not want to believe it, but accept it we must…  Summer is coming to an end and fall has practically begun.  Everywhere we look, we see it…”Back-to-School” sales, summer items on clearance racks, and in their place, the latest in fall fashions and home décor.

 

No need to panic, or wallow while storing away that bathing, because here’s a ‘heads-up’ on this fall’s trends on colour, texture, and finishes!

 

Colorwise, in addition to the normal fall earth tones of greens and scenic browns, the Fall 2016 palette is being led by the Blue family.  Sky Blues gives us a sense of airiness, while Grayish blues provide us with a feeling of tranquility.  Introducing pops of vibrant red, purple, and mustard yellow add warmth and an exotic touch to your space.

Royale Bar Cabinet 66393 Silo 3

As always, there is reoccurrence of the use of fur, both real and faux.  The difference this year? It’s appearance in bold colours and patterns.

Cube Ottoman Teal

While metallic finishes are always a standout in any décor, this fall Gold is definitely making a strong return to fashion and home décor.

Sama Coffee Table 68337 Silo

All in all, it appears we’re definitely going to be having an exciting fall season to come with fantastic deals and exclusive items you won’t find anywhere else, making this season a great time to go shopping!!

 

 Article Written By: Beatrice Espinola

Design Consultant at Decorium On Supertest

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