Fighting Stress? Go to the Mattresses!

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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.

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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.

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Adding Colour to your Space!

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For the modern at heart, it is not always easy to combine comfort with style. For a room with mostly neutral colouring a fantastic way to a perk up the room with comfort and style is adding a pop of colour, the Stressless way.

The Stressless Metro recliner can easily add a colourful modern twist to any room with the utmost comfort. The high impact Metro recliner comes with a tilting ottoman and sleek chrome legs. This modern style seat responds to your every move. It is designed to automatically adapt to the body’s shape and needs, and with the array of vibrant colour selection how can you go wrong?

It is now easier than ever to refresh your room décor with only a few items. The rich red colour shown will add warmth to your room this fall.

Design advice by Ellen Zworth, Decorium

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Warm up your bedroom this fall

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With fall upon us, many of us need to cozy up our bedrooms for the upcoming cold months. During fall and winter it is common to spend a greater amount of time wrapped up in the warmth and comfort of your master bedroom. Here are 5 ideas to create a cozy and comfortable master bedroom this fall.

1. Warm & Rich Colours – choose a colour pallet that will make you instantly feel welcome and cozy. Colors are one of your best ways to generate a mood. Warmer tones, like reds, golds, light browns and oranges are a good way to turn up the heat.

2. Upholstered Pieces – Nothing says “snuggle in” more than an upholstered, maybe even tufted, bed. Even a beautifully upholstered side chair or bench will add a level of softness to the room.

3. Texture – Texture can do more add to the décor of the room, they add to the overall message and feeling the room gives off. Textures create the kind of cozy environment that will make you want to kick off your shoes and snuggle up with your significant other. Woven furniture and rugs add depth to the room. A quilted blanket mixed with buttery leathers and soft linens entice the eye.

4. Faux Fur – What better way to welcome the season of hibernation than fur, even faux? A faux fur throw or blanket is soft to the touch and is perfect to not only add to a room but to welcome you into a warm embrace.

5. Romantic Lighting – an important aspect to any cozy feeling room is the lighting. To add a romantic glow to your master bedroom use an assortment of lighting fixtures such as, lamps, sconces and romantic chandelier. To add warmth to the room, be sure to use bulbs that give off a yellowish or even pink glow

Design advice by Marta Wojtal, Decorium

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Design Tip: Ideas on Determining How to Hang Pictures

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Ideas on Determining How to Hang Pictures

By Lisba Selbo, Decorium

 

In general, artwork should be hung so that the center point of the picture or grouping is eye level.  However an important point to always note is that art should be hung in relation to the pieces of furniture close to it.

Create a vignette.

  1. If you’re hanging artwork in the dining room, you may want to consider hanging your pictures slightly lower since you are mostly sitting down when viewing it.  (Think about this too when hanging artwork in children’s bedrooms).
  2. If you’re hanging pictures above furniture, make sure to leave at least 4” clearance.  Don’t go too high, otherwise the eye will focus on the blank space between the artwork and the furniture, and that’s not what you want.
  3. When hanging multiple pieces vertically on the wall, consider the unit as a whole.  Unify the spaces in between the pictures.  A great plan is to lie the art on paper and trace around each object.  Tape the paper of the wall and this should give you a better idea as to how the “whole” unit will look when it will be installed.
  4. If hanging a single picture, and you’re still not sure where, how high, etc., cut our paper with the approx. size of the artwork, and tape it onto the wall where you think you want it to hang.  If the spot appeals to you,  go ahead and take the plunge, hang your painting and enjoy it.
  5. To confirm exactly where to place the hanging nail, ask someone to hold the picture in place, draw a light pencil line in the middle, just above the frame.  Measure the distance from the top of the frame to the wire.  This distance is where the nail must go into the wall from the pencil line.

Heather Uph Bed SKU 056355Art transforms your home like no other aesthetic element can.  It adds colour and life to a room.  Choose what appeals to you, subjects, textures, colours, etc., things that you find interesting, and relax and enjoy your home to the full.

 

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What Do I Do All Day? Perspective from a Point-of-Sale Merchandising Coordinator

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Many people have asked me what I do for a living. How often I wasn’t quite sure how to answer their question…

A few years ago, I would tell others my title as a Point-of-Sale Merchandising Coordinator and list off some of my duties. I might have said I was a kind of furniture expert, product knowledge specialist, even furniture romance copywriter. Although these latter descriptions seemed more impressive, I still felt as though I was hiding all the action behind the scenes!

I make a difference in my workplace; most of my tasks are engaging, inventive and highly creative. Everyday, I could research newly-designed furniture, indulge in a little graphic design, make-up catchy marketing phrases, learn about different furniture styles and the historical significances, challenge myself to improve the quality of my presentations, etc. Whatever I need to better illustrate to others the furniture and options available with products at Decorium, I will create.

To describe what I do, nowadays I simply say, “My job is to make furniture shopping easier for everyone!”

I hope you just giggled. Honestly though, my job is about actively making things easier, for anyone who looks at my work as a reference. It doesn’t matter whether my audience is sales staff or customers. I treat them the same.

Every moment in my workday, I need to be as resourceful, creative and mindful as I can. I need to organize and consider how my work will be thought of and used by others. I have to have access to all details available at all times. I must be precise. I am, afterall, responsible for making sure sales people know what they’re actually selling and customers see exactly what will be coming through their doorway on delivery day. The pictures, catalogue details and romance are what breathe life into the products. Furniture is about expressing lifestyle choices!

Yes, I get the benefit of looking at beautifully-designed furniture all day long. However I also have to teach myself all the custom options available with any restrictions on every piece in the store. I may not be responsible for buying the products, but I do have to know all about them, so I can create practical displays others can refer to quickly.

With every keystroke, my spelling, pricing, product descriptions, names, absolutely everything has to be perfect. Even something as simple as a typo in the original model number can mean a customer receives a chair instead of a bed. I imagine seeing the happy customer, getting exactly what they wanted!

To keep an open mind and heart, I love and respect every collection for their similarities and differences. I believe, if this is what someone is looking for, I should want to help make their dreams a reality. If a customer wants to design their dream bed, mix and match styles, get that deep leather couch they always dreamed of, I want to help make it happen by providing all the custom options available. I recognize my efforts are intended to create a positive difference in their lives.

Whatever a customer’s desires may be, I try my utmost to make shopping for that favourite piece of furniture as easy as possible. With so many different styles and products on the markets these days, helping to make that hard-earned decision a little less stressful is really worthwhile. With the two Decorium stores, there is so much variety on display all the time, I’m confident almost anyone can find what they’re looking for. It’s the wide appeal that draws me here and the number of products that certainly keeps my eyes wide awake all day!

 

By Nicole Sutherland, Decorium