Decorating 101

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Decorating 101

Mart Wojtal Furniture Design ConsultantSo many people come to us and say, “Our room is stale! We need a fresh look! It’s time for a change!”

I guess half the battle is recognizing when it’s time to change your decor, but the challenge is knowing how to start the project, especially when there are so many options available.

So many questions start to fill your head, all legitimate: Where do I start? What stays? What goes? How much will it cost? Can I do this on my own?
It’s time to examine your room and ask yourself some key questions: your room has been the way it is for several years, what did you really like about the room? What did you dislike about the room? These answers will help you understand what you want to change and why you want to change it.

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Holiday Savings Opportunities

Steve Forberg CEO DecoriumWhile most of us are focused on stocking stuffers for our family and friends at this time of year, we should also remember that we’re deserving of a little holiday cheer for ourselves.

One special gift that is guaranteed to not be forgotten in the new year is a beautiful, new piece of furniture or accessories for your home.

The first three weeks of December are a very special time at Decorium: this is the time when manufacturers inform us of items that will be discontinued in the new year.

These products receive drastic price reductions prior to Boxing week in order to make room for new items in the coming year.

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Change your thinking about mattresses

Steve Forberg CEO DecoriumWe sell so many bedroom sets every week, but I am always puzzled by one consistent way of thinking that most consumers have: why is the mattress the last piece of furniture consumers consider when furnishing a bedroom?

We can all agree that the mattress is the single most important piece of furniture we have in our homes. So maybe it’s just that we can’t see the mattress when our room is complete? Out of sight, out of mind.

The average person will spend one third of their life sleeping. The consequences of not getting adequate sleep are well-documented, so why wouldn’t our mattress be at the top of our minds when furnishing our bedrooms?

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Furniture Shopping – Be Prepared

Our time is so valuable to us. With no time to waste, why do so many of us shop for home furnishings when we are totally unprepared?

If we don’t want to waste our time, why don’t we do our homework prior to visiting the store?

If you want to be prepared and make the most of your valuable time, follow this small “homework” assignment that will make your shopping experience more efficient and productive.

1. Create a look book – cut out pictures from decorating magazines of rooms that you like. This will help you explain to your design associate exactly the look that you want to create.

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Not your Father’s old bar!

Steve Forberg CEO DecoriumGone are the days of old basement bars. Those mirrored walls with glass shelves displaying old, dusty liquor bottles. Back in the day, these bars were usually an embarrassment to the woman of the house, who couldn’t stand the sight of that wood-panelled monstrosity! Wouldn’t it be wonderful if you could marry a beautiful piece of furniture that mom would be happy to display in her living room and something functional where dad could store his liquor and paraphernalia?

Decorium has it all covered. Our collection of beautiful bar furnishings is currently being featured in our showroom, just in time for the upcoming holiday season! Our collection includes stunning armoires that can store and display everything you would have in a bar but can be closed when not in use. If space is minimal, we also feature smaller bar consoles that can accommodate your bottles and accessories.

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Leather Trends

Trends in home furnishings come and go, but some things are timeless. One of those timeless items is quality leather furniture; leather is always in fashion.
When you choose a quality leather product, you are choosing something that will serve you for many years. It only gets better with time and use. This reminds me of a question sent in by a reader. Eva from North York wrote, “We are looking for a new sofa. I have three young children, 2, 7 and 9. What is the most durable cover we can select for our new sofa?” Thanks for the great question, Eva. This is actually a very common question and my response is always the same.

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Mix & Match

Tamara Erdojan Design Consultant Decorium FurnitureBefore we address this week’s topic, I would like to answer a reader’s question.

Kristine asked: “I want to create a romantic bedroom look. What bed style would best suit this feeling?”

Great question, Kristine. But the only bed I know that couldn’t round out a romantic bedroom look is a bunk bed. You can achieve your own romantic personal oasis with just about any style of bed. It really comes down to other elements included in the bedroom environment.

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Fall Decorating

Screen-shot-2010-10-15-at-3.51.17-PMThis is my favourite time of the year. The leaves change colour, the air is fresh and crisp while thoughts of changing our décor to reflect the season are filling my mind.

We change our clothing and fashion to reflect the change in weather, why shouldn’t we do the same with our rooms? Gone until next spring are the bright and colourful floral fabrics.

Say so long to the clean white linens and tablecloths. It’s time to invite in the scents and sights of the outdoors. Let Mother Nature be your inspiration!

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Storage Solutions

Mart Wojtal Furniture Design ConsultantToday, more than ever, furniture not only has to look good but it has to be functional. Inthe same way that we must learn to multitask in our day-to-day life, our furniture must also “multitask”. Our buyers have listened to the needs of our customers. The need for great looking, functional furniture is being addressed at Decorium. Home furnishing today must fulfill many needs.

First it has to look great! Fashion is important to every-one and you want your room to look its best.

Secondly it has to be practical. Your furniture must fill the needs of your day-to-day life.

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Small Space Solutions

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The real estate sector predicts most of us are not going to be living in mansions. But that doesn’t mean that we can’t decorate small homes with big style.
Decorium offers all of the style and function that you will find in large full-sized homes in our Surroundings gallery.

Surroundings offers a full range of high fashion products for your home, all scaled down to work in condos and houses where space is more of a challenge.

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