Highlight: Simple Cozy Decor Updates for Winter with Beautiful Design Made Simple

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Highlight: Simple Cozy Decor Updates for Winter with Beautiful Design Made Simple

We were recently featured in Beautiful Design Made Simple with “Simple Cozy Decor Updates for Winter”.

Read the article: http://beautifuldesignmadesimple.com/2014/11/14/cozy-decor/

What an honour! Thank you for including us!

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Thinking about Leather Furniture? How Much Do You Really Know?

FSLocal article featuring design advice by Lisba Selbo, Sales Manager at Decorium:

http://www.fslocal.com/blog/leather-types-glossary/

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Jane Lockhart on Doing Style For Less!

See what Jane Lockhart is saying about designing on a budget!

Click the link: http://janelockhart.com/blog/2014/09/doing-style-for-less.php

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Tips for Buying Furniture

We thought we’d share a few helpful tips!

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Tips for Buying Furniture

We thought we’d share a few helpful tips!

Before buying furniture, asking yourself these questions may prevent hasty decisions. It would be sad to spend a lot of money, only to be overcome by buyers remorse as soon as the eagerly awaited purchase is delivered.

At that point there are two unpleasant choices: the hassle of returning or exchanging your furniture, or learning to live with it even though it doesn’t feel right and no one wants that!

In other words, impulse buying when it comes to furniture is best avoided as it can wreak havoc with your sanity and pocketbook.

It is easier to figure out what you need by asking yourself these simple questions:

How much space do I have?

Space is important because it determines the scale and number of pieces to buy. What would you consider absolutely essential in a small space? Could something serve a dual purpose? Would a certain finish or color make a piece less overwhelming?

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A large space might mean that your furniture has to be scaled accordingly, as small pieces tend to look scattered and without anchor in larger spaces. Scale plays a large role in the decision of any item you desire. The wrong scale can ruin an entire space.

Obviously you have more leeway in choosing a style or fabric if only you are going to use that space. However, if others are sharing it, their needs and preferences have to be addressed as well.

This is important in determining the type of furniture you need, its height, width and even the depth of a seat. It should be a consideration in choosing colors, fabrics, finishes and material. For instance, a delicate color or fabric would not work well in a room where small children play. Be carefule to choose wisely while keeping the people that use the space in mind.

What is the space used for?

Your furniture should always serve as the background for your life and as it is meant to enhance and complement it, it should not be a maintenance nightmare.
Is it the room where the family watches TV and unwinds? Then comfortable seating and a coffee table with a hardy finish should be among the pieces you consider. Maybe you need fabric protection if your family likes to snack while watching TV.

If it is a dining room or bedroom will it also serve as a home office? Or will your home office double as a guest room?

Which colors do I find attractive?

Do you find yourself gravitating towards certain colors? It would be smart to consider them, because your favorite colors tend to make you feel comfortable and happy. Are there any colors that you absolutely, positively hate? Avoid them even if they happen to be in fashion at the moment. What about the vibrancy of the color? Decide on colors that make you feel good and bring out the kind of mood you want in that room.

Is there other furniture or artwork in the room already?

Any furniture, rugs, or artwork that you already have can serve as a good starting point. It’s a good idea to take pre-existing pieces into consideration or your room could end up looking hodgepodge and uninviting even if all the pieces are wonderful individually. You should also consider if your new piece is going to be the focal point in the room, or play a secondary role.

While this can be scary, it can also be very exciting. What can possibly be more exhilarating than furnishing your own space the way you want to?

If it is difficult to get started, go through magazines, catalogs and websites, to collect pictures that appeal to you. It will soon help you determine your own personal style if you don’t know it already.

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How long do I plan to use it?

How long you plan to use a piece of furniture determines how much you should spend on it, or whether you’d be satisfied making a compromise. If you plan to use something for just a couple of years or like to change your surroundings frequently then it might not be a good idea to buy very expensive furniture. However when you want something to last it makes sense to look for quality and thats what Decorium offers.

And finally, but most importantly, what kind of a budget do I have?

Is money no object or do you have a limited budget? Even if it is the latter, you can find a variety of furniture to fit any kind of taste, budget or need at Decorium.  You should end up with something that you absolutely love which after all is what we do…making beuatiful rooms together.

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Fighting Stress? Go to the Mattresses!

Featuring design advice by Renata Biala, Design Consultant at Decorium.

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All items available in-store now!

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Fighting Stress? Go to the Mattresses!

Featuring design advice by Renata Biala, Design Consultant at Decorium.

Everyone knows that stress is a killer. And while we’re bombarded with an amazing new stress-busting trick seemingly every day, there are a couple of tried and true methods to generally feeling better – drink more water, do more exercise, and get more sleep.

We’ll leave the first two to the nutrition and fitness experts, but we can help with the third: buying the right mattress is an investment in a good night sleep and overall health.

For many, it’s easy to miss out on exercise, as we often don’t have enough time. But the fact is that a third of our lives are spent sleeping, so if there’s one thing we do have time for, it’s rest. A good mattress can provide a restful sleep, helping to eliminate tossing and turning. This in turn allows us to feel rejuvenated when we awaken.

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In terms of overall, or holistic health, a good mattress can also lower stress levels by reducing back pain and other physical discomfort. Paying for a quality, comfortable mattress is a personal choice. But because we do spend so much time with it, a good mattress seems like a no-brainer – the best piece of ‘equipment’ we can invest in to promote complete health.

The Brittany Fields King bed pictured at top and the Marshall King mattress pictured above are both new to Decorium. This month’s expert advice is provided by Decorium Design Consultant Renata Biala.

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Save Time, Save Space! Multi-purpose and Convertible Furniture

If you are one of the millions of people that feel like they do not have enough space, then you have come to the right blog! When living in a small space it is helpful to make every piece of furniture work double duty. In the spirit of small space we have rounded up some multi-purpose pieces that will help make even the smallest space feel larger.

Convertible console tables can also be a dining table or a desk.

Benches, side tables and ottomans are all items that can easily double as storage.

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A storage bed can be a good option to use in a small room to store extra bedding, books or even seasonal clothing.

Noho-Storage-Bed-SKU-901217-300x232A trunk can be repurposed as a table or an accent piece can be a fun piece of furniture, plus you get oodles of more storage for small spaces.

A swivel desk seamlessly transforms your home office into an entertainment centre.

Jasha-Console-Table-SKU-059200-300x210Want that tiny office space to also serve as a guest room? The simple solution is a quality sofa that will instantly transform your room from office by day to a comfy guest suite by night.

Design Advice by Narges Moatamadi at Decorium

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Save Time, Save Space! Multi-purpose and Convertible Furniture

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Space Saver Ideas.

If you are one of the millions of people that feel like they do not have enough space, then you have come to the right blog! When living in a small space it is helpful to make every piece of furniture work double duty. In the spirit of small space we have rounded up some multi-purpose pieces that will help make even the smallest space feel larger.

Convertible console tables can also be a dining table or a desk.

Minotta-Storage-Otto-45694-300x138Benches, side tables and ottomans are all items that can easily double as storage.

A storage bed can be a good option to use in a small room to store extra bedding, books or even seasonal clothing.

 

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A trunk can be repurposed as a table or an accent piece can be a fun piece of furniture, plus you get oodles of more storage for small spaces.

A swivel desk seamlessly transforms your home office into an entertainment centre.

 

 

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Want that tiny office space to also serve as a guest room?

The simple solution is a quality sofa that will instantly transform your room from office by day to a comfy guest suite by night.

Design Advice by Narges Moatamadi at Decorium

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Highlight: Amanda Forrest decorates Jonathan Bernier’s condo, featuring Decorium products!

Decorium products were recently featured on The Marilyn Denis Show | At Home | Jonathan Bernier’s Condo Makeover

Click here to watch the video:

http://www.marilyn.ca/AtHome/segments/Daily/September2014/9_25_2014/JonathanBernierCondo

Gold Medal Home

A designer’s dream is to walk into a home, a completely blank slate and have free reign. That’s just what happened when Toronto Maple Leaf’s gold medal winning goalie, Jonathan Bernier and his fiancée Martine asked Amanda Forrest to help decorate their brand new condo.

Since the couple just bought the place, which is completely empty at this point, and are expecting their first child together, they’ve got a few more needs than most of Amanda’s clients.

They want their space to be cozy and home, not cold. Plus, it should be baby friendly as they plan on moving in just after the little one is born.

Since Amanda wasn’t given too much direction she took Jonathan shopping to get a sense of what he liked. A few things that made the list include skulls, a sectional sofa, large art pieces, dark woods and a pool table.