By Richard Venettilli
A new sofa can refresh the look and feel of an entire room without requiring an exorbitant investment of time or money. Whether your goal is to make a room more attractive and stylish or simply to ensure that you are comfortable while relaxing at home, a new sofa can get the job done. That is not to say, however, that the same sofa will work in every situation. Keeping these principles in mind while shopping for a new sofa can help ensure that you are pleased with your purchase.
Sofas today are available in a wide variety of different styles, designs, colours and materials. Whether you prefer a traditional or a sectional sofa, you can find options to suit virtually any taste or decorating preference. Keep in mind the space you have available when choosing the style of your new couch; some styles can accentuate a limited amount of space, while others can make a large, open area feel more cozy.
Of course, your new sofa’s brand will likely be the factor that has the biggest impact on the amount of money you spend. For that reason, your budget will likely limit to some degree the brands you consider. In many cases, of course, you do get what you pay for – a high-end (and therefore more expensive) brand is likely to last well, maintaining a sharp, pristine appearance even after years of wear. That is not to say, however, that all off-brand sofas are a waste of money. If you check online reviews from a brand’s prior owners, you will improve your odds of finding a sofa that is both affordable and high-quality.
Although the frame of your new sofa may not be as noticeable as its style and shape and the material with which it is covered, the type of frame you choose can still have a significant impact on both the sofa’s appearance and its durability. Hardwood frames are a classic choice that is still beautiful and long-lasting. However, more modern materials, such as metal and fibreglass, are becoming quite popular as well – and they can be crafted into uniquely artistic furniture. Fibreboard and plastic frames, however, will generally only last for a relatively short period of time.
Finally, you should also consider features of a sofa that might not be readily apparent at first glance. For example, you should try sitting and even lying on the sofa for a few minutes before you buy it to ensure that it is comfortable and that it suits your build. If you notice any protruding springs or awkward angles digging uncomfortably into your back, keep looking for a model you prefer. You should also try a variety of different fillings to decide which you prefer. You might be surprised just how many options you have when choosing a sofa filling; popular options include polyester fibre, goose down, various types of foam and feathers. Whichever you prefer, take your time to try it out thoroughly before buying. After all, no matter how great your new sofa looks, you will soon start to hate it if it is too uncomfortable to use.
By Richard Vennettilli
When we look at the rooms in our houses, what room is more special than the master bedroom? It is the place where we spend our most intimate time with the person we love—or at least we hope we are. And after a long and exhausting day, we all want to rest in a bedroom that oozes calm and serenity. Today, we look at creating an oasis-style bedroom.
Let us at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture show you the way:
Beds: I have already done a blog on how to pick the perfect mattress, and I am including the link here. But I’m talking headboards and footboards now. If you are looking to create an easy and breezy bedroom, you’ll want to pick a bedroom headboard and footboard that have some natural elements. The headboard may be covered in leather or soft fabric or a light-coloured wood such as bamboo.
For the oasis look, you would want a minimalist style in which the lines are sleek and there is not a great deal of appliqué.
Your bedding should be light-textured to keep the airiness in the room. You’ll want to layer your patterns. Go ahead and mix your stripes with florals, but be sure that they are in complementary hues. Or add a lace bedcover to your rustic-style bed, or use a bed ruffle instead of a bed skirt as an alternative that adds whimsy to the room.
Have you tried bamboo bedsheets? They are fabulous, and there is no softer fabric.
Walls: For an oasis bedroom, you are going to want to choose a paint colour in soft pastel tones such as sea-foam green, light beige, or even white. Or you are going to want to adopt a navy blue–and-white colour combination. Your wall decor should be beach-inspired in contrasting colours to the walls.
Artwork: I have taken some pictures of some of the artwork in our store that would add to an oasis bedroom.
Floors: If you are going with a light-coloured wall, there is no reason why you can’t go with a darker-coloured floor. If you have hardwood, you may want to choose a deep espresso for contrast. If you have old floors and want to paint them, you can choose a navy blue if your walls are white or near-white to create that ocean feel. If you are a carpet fan, you can look at a darker rug. You are going to need to give the room some drama, and the floor is a great place to start. If you decided to go with the navy wall, you may want to stick with a light-coloured floor.
Lamps: Lighting is everything in a bedroom. In keeping with the minimalist theme, I would suggest lamps that have either clear or light colured glass or brushed nickel bases.
Little details: You’ll want to pick those pieces that add detail and charm to the room but are still inspired by nature, such as filling candleholders with decorative sand, shells, or leaves.
Accessories can really add to the overall ambience of a room. Don’t forget to add small vases, marine-inspired figurines, and flowers!
Whether you’re a pack rat or you’ve just been a bit busy lately, it’s easy to let your home become unorganized. A pile of junk mail here. A stash of magazines there. Before you know it, you’re drowning in a sea of clutter and you’re not sure how to swim out of it. Fortunately, it is possible to regain control of the chaos with a little organizational know-how and spring is a great time to start anew. Here are some simple tips for getting rid of the clutter in your home:
1. Take it one step at a time.
If the mess has gotten out of hand, you might feel intimidated at the thought of tidying everything up. You may even feel like abandoning the idea of organization entirely. Looking at the big picture will probably be seem too daunting. Instead, try breaking down your overall organization project into smaller tasks. For example, if your closet looks like a disaster area, you might take a day to sort through your clothes and donate the ones you don’t want to charity. Another day you could get rid of all the expired food items that are cluttering up your pantry. By focusing on one chore per day, you’ll prevent yourself from being overwhelmed by the enormity of it all. Take things a step at a time and you’ll be surprised how much you can accomplish in only a week or two.
2. Start with a clean slate.
Once you’ve gotten rid of the major clutter culprits in your home, you need to ask yourself an important question: Is your main issue the mess or the dirt? If it’s the latter, giving your house a good cleaning can go a long way toward giving you a more organized mindset. Think about it: Doesn’t your home just feel a bit more orderly when the kitchen counter is sparkly and the carpet is vacuumed? As a bonus, that clean feeling may encourage you to keep things that way. After all, it’s hard to wipe tables and mop floors if your stuff is piled everywhere. Give your house a thorough scrubbing from top to bottom and try to maintain that level of cleanliness. A clean home is a great way to ensure a fresh start when it comes to organization.
3. Learn to let go.
If you’re trying to keep clutter out of your home, you have to make a conscious decision to let go of unnecessary possessions. It’s best to follow the “In-and-out” rule. (No, not the fast-food burger joint.) This simply means that when you bring a new item into any room, you need to take out another item to keep things in balance. For example, if you buy a new lamp for your den, then you’ll probably want to remove the old one. However, it doesn’t always have to be an even exchange. A pair of new vases for your mantle could be swapped out with those bookends that no longer suit your style. You’ll also want to watch for duplicate pieces in your rooms. If you purchase a new candle for your bedroom nightstand, take stock of how many similar ones you already have in that area. It’s fine to have a few decorative elements here and there, but don’t go overboard. You should always strive to replace rather than add to a collection. The same goes for any throws or pillows on your beds and sofas. Keeping more than a couple in each room can lead to clutter if you’re not careful. By only bringing in the same number of items you take out, you’ll help keep the mess in check.
If your home is unorganized, it’s easy to feel like you’re in over your head. However, organization doesn’t have to be overly complicated. Sometimes getting started is the hardest part. Use the simple tips on this list to help you begin your quest to conquer the clutter. You’ll have a clean and clutter-free home in no time at all!
And don’t forget at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, we have great furniture pieces that offer storage to help you declutter. We also carry a line of cleaning products for your furniture. Stop by today at 4735 Tecumseh Rd E, Windsor On.
“Rock A By Baby”
We all know the benefits of gently rocking a baby to sleep. But what about us!
Does rocking help us ADULTS sleep better? Will it induce us into a sound a slumber?
Dr.Michael J. Breus, wrote in the Huffington Post the following: “Researchers at the University of Geneva, Switzerland tested the effects of rocking on sleep in a dozen adult men between the ages of 22 and 38. All the men involved were good sleepers — none were suffering from any sleep or anxiety disorders and they were well-rested at the time of the experiment. Researchers created a special bed that mimicked the rocking of a hammock and had the men take two 45-minute naps. During one nap the bed gently rocked and during the other nap the bed remained still. While their subjects slept, researchers measured brain activity using an electroencephalogram (EEG).
Here’s what they found:
Every one of the participants fell asleep more quickly during their rocking nap.
A majority (eight out of 12) said they found the rocking nap “more pleasant” than the nap on the stationary bed.
During the rocking nap, all of the sleepers moved more quickly from Stage 1 to Stage 2 of their sleep cycle. Stage 2 is where we typically spend half of our sleep time over the course of a night.
While rocking, sleepers showed significant increases in the types of brain-wave activity that are specifically associated with deeper, more restful and more continuous sleep.” (07/06/11)
Why does this matter to a furniture guy?
Well, we available in our store a bed that rocks which is available in the following sizes: king, queen, double or single. The bed gently rocks to provide you with just the right amount sleep inducement to give you that desired relaxation we all need after a long days work.
The other advantage to the bed is that it doesn’t have to rock; it can be converted into a stationary bed when you want it to be stationary. It can also be adjusted for those who have circulation issues where the feet are raised above the head or if you just want to be comfortable watching television it can be adjusted to elevate your head and chest.
Who doesn’t want a great night sleep? Boaters have anecdotally known for years that gentle rocking that the sea provides makes for a restful night sleep. Now, you can have the same experience without the docking fees and the fuel cost.
Further, our bed does not look like one of those therapeutic beds that belong in the hospital. As you can see from the photo, it framed elegantly. The framing can be brushed nickel finish or shiny silver. It is a very stylish piece for the discerning decorator.
Dr.Breus in the same article concluded the following, “ Based on these results, the researchers suggest that a rocking motion has the effect of helping to synchronize the brain for sleep — both to fall asleep more quickly and possibly to achieve longer periods of deep, uninterrupted sleep.”
So drop on by and let us show you how to incorporate this amazing bed into your home fashions.
Sweet Dreams, Richard.
Decorating for a small living room can be a challenge. In Windsor/Essex county, we know that some of you live in homes that are over 100 years old, and they tended to have been smaller living space. But there is no reason to give up home decor style in any of these homes with all their character. You just need to have a plan, some creativity and follow a few simple decorating tips to make it work. Today, I am going to give to you five tips to make your living room more liveable, efficient, and stylish.
Colour: I love the bold colours that are trendy but in a small space you are needed to limit them to your accessories. In a small space, you want light colours on your walls and sofa. You can add some colour panache with your accessory pillows where they can be contrasting bold colour.
TV Focal Point: In a small space, your living room is also your family room. Your television and entertainment unit should be the focal point of the room. I like televisions that are mounted on the wall where shelving is floated around the television. The shelving can be used for a mixture of things like displaying art work, books or plants. I also love self-contained entertainment units. They are functional with their drawers for storage and open shelving for art work and books. Both options are great at keeping your living room space decluttered.
Hardworking furniture: You need a sofa or sectional that not only looks great but works for you. You need to pick a sofa/sectional that is sleek and tailored. Unfortunately, in a small space, you cannot have oversized arm rest and backs. Further, you do have the option of picking pieces that turn into a bed for company or for a husband who snores!! Nesting tables are also great for small spaces. Have you ever thought about flanking your doorways with bookshelves? If you do this, you give yourself a great deal of storage and gallery space. Baskets and small cabinets are great for storage and adding depth and character to the space.
Mirrors: Mirrors are fantastic not only creating the illusion of a big space but for reflecting light. You want to have a large mirror and put it on a wall that has no window. Ideally, it would look amazing if it was directly opposite or adjacent to a window where it would capture light for the room.
Lighting: My guess is you are starting to see a pattern here about giving a small space light and reflection. And the lighting you pick should be again “light”. You do want heavy chandeliers or pillar lamps. You are looking for lamps that are light in colour and cast soft white light. Your lamps should be placed in a dim lit corner again for creating the illusion of a bigger space.
Remember when decorating a small space, keep your colours light, furniture functional, lots of lighting and be creative when creating storage.
Stop by Guaranteed A Fine Furniture where one of our design specialist will help you create the perfect room no matter the size of the space. With over 50 years in the fine furniture and home decorating business, there is no challenge that we cannot overcome.
Spring is a known to be a time of re-birth, renewal and new beginnings. It is often the time of the year that young couples all over the world decide to tie the knot! And what an exciting time that can be for the soon-to-be married husband and wife.
Often a newly weds are looking forward to purchasing, and furnishing their first home together. They normally start that journey with their bedroom. Often, they wander into our store,and we have had the pleasure of serving newlyweds and their families for over 40 years. So I think I have some advice to make the experience enjoyable for all:
1)You need to buy furniture that fits your home. All of us would love a king-size bed but for most of us, it is just too large. Before you go shopping, make sure that you take the measurements of your master bedroom and know the square footage. There is a great app called Magic Plan that can be download to your smartphone. It maps your room along with its’ dimensions. It is handy when looking at furniture and trying to envision where each piece will go.
2)Decide on your style: Before you go out, you and your beloved need to decide whether or not, you both like a contemporary or traditional or somewhere in between when it comes to style. Home decorating magazines are great place to discover and begin a conversation on what will be mutually acceptable.
3)Decide on bed size: Bed sizes differ and you should know the dimensions before you start your search. They’re as follows:
King bed: 76 inches wide x 80 inches long
Queen bed: 60 inches wide x 80 inches long
Full bed (or double bed): 54 inches wide x 75 inches long.
A great way to understand the size of the bed and how will relate to the room is to measure out each size and place masking tape on the floor where you envision the bed will go in each of the sizes. It will provide a great visual reference and let you know how much space you have left for other pieces such as dressers, mirrors, armoires, and side tables.
4) Decide on buying a suite or mix and match pieces: Suites are your best value when purchasing a bedroom set and of course, all the pieces match. However, we know there are those of you that enjoy a more eclectic look and different patterns, designs, woods and fabrics. Put together a vision board that represents what it is that you are looking for, and what pieces that you want.It will make the process much easier on the two of you as couple and for the sales person trying to assist you.
5) Decide on accessories: Many people forget about things like lamps! It is really important to understanding the lighting in your room. Most people enjoy side table lamps that allow them to read or watch television comfortably. Besides lighting, you will need bedding, art work, throw pillows and possibly area rugs. Again, a vision board can help you with narrowing down the things you like and don’t like.
6) Decide if you need extra storage:This is often overlooked in the buying process. Ask yourself where are you going to put your winter sweaters when it is no longer winter or the winter duvet? Footboards can be benches that also double as storage for such things. Furthermore,some bed frames come with additional storage built in.
7)Decide if your spouse needs a make-up area. Often en-suite bathrooms do not have a great deal of natural light. Thus, your wife may have a preference to do her make up in the bedroom where there tends to have more natural light. You need to know if this is a priority and establish whether or not your spouse has a need to work at a makeup table and chair or if she is content in front of a mirror.
I hope that I have provided you with some helpful tips to make buying your first bedroom set a little easier. Keep in mind that bedroom sets normally last a lifetime and so you want to be wise in your choices.
A Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, we are happy to assist you or your beloved find the perfect bedroom pieces. We have a selection of fine furnishings and decor accessories that go from classic, to traditional to contemporary. With over 40 years in the home furnishing business, we are here to help and to make you happy. See you soon. Richard.
Red is a daring choice, and not for the faint of heart. Hot, bold and effortlessly sexy, this fiery shade adds instant drama to any room. Get your room runway-ready with these high-impact design tips.
Go For It
If you’re going for scarlet fever, do it full on. You can’t be half-hearted with the latest chili reds. This is not about adding a splash of red as an accent, it’s about finding new ways to dress your walls, floors and furniture. Limiting your jalapeno to a small piece of artwork won’t make enough of a splash. Try red gloss cabinetry, red kitchen splash backs and countertops, or even a funky red floor. If you’re not quite brave enough, try painting a feature wall in spicy tabasco. It will add heat and drama to even the gloomiest room.
Cool it Down
You’re not going down the path to angryville, however. Red by itself can feel aggressive, so calm it down with equal amounts of a cool colour, such as white or gray. Set tomato-red dining chairs against a slate gray or glass kitchen table – the colour’s supposed to stimulate the appetite, so it’s a natural here. In the living room, you’re bright-red leather sectional will be a real conversation starter. Keep it pretty by sticking with pure white, soft blue or steel-colored walls and accent pieces.
Don’t Pair It With Black
Black and red screams bad 1980s b-movie. Unless you fancy yourself as Hugh Hefner, don’t do it.
Harness the Power of Wood
Natural wood in chocolate tones, such as walnut, brings out the warmth and depth of a bright red scheme. Avoid orange-toned woods such as pine, beech and cherry. They’ll clash nastily with the orange undertones in your red. If your red and walnut scheme looks a little too masculine, try lightening it with sand or taupe- coloured accessories.
Do the unexpected and paint your bathroom chili red. The unusual location adds a contemporary feel to an otherwise classic colour, and adds a real element of surprise. If you’re not quite ready for a Moroccan-style powder room, try adding a doorknob, shower curtain or towels in a vibrant shade of red. Sometimes just a little of the unexpected is enough to add zing.
Clear the Clutter
Fiery red deserves respect. Clear the clutter with good storage to keep the rest of your room as simple as possible. Avoid red-on-red or overly-patterned fabrics, as these can be overwhelming. Pick out a few choice accessories to display against your spicy backdrop. By limiting your contrasts, you make your red the real star of the show.
Those are my home design tips for the day. At Guaranteed A Fine Furniture, you will find an array of red furnishing such as tables, chairs, and couches and love seats. And if that is too much for you, we have great accent pieces such as vases, area rugs, throw pillows and artwork.
Drop by for a visit to our elegant show room, and let one our home design experts assist you in making your house a home!
Enjoy your day, Richard.
Happy New Year!
At beginning of each new year, there is a tradition to reflect on the previous year and then resolve to change behaviours that no longer work for us-the New Year’s resolution. One area of our lives that always challenges us is our work-life balance. There appears to be no time or too little time or too much time on things that take us away from what is important. Often the resolutions we make at this time of the year is to make more time for:
- working out
- for our family
- to relax or
- spend time on our favourite hobby.
The resolutions are all based in time.
In the home furnishing and decor business, people seek our advice to create spaces that are elegant, comfortable, relaxing, and functional. One decor item that is often not considered is the ‘clock’. I can imagine what you are thinking, we all have smart phones who needs to see the time up on a mantle or wall. Nevertheless, a clock is not only decorative but functions to remind us that time is passing.
How many of you have been on your computers and have totally lost track of time? All of us have if we are to be honest with ourselves. Yet, the time is clearly displayed in the upper or lower right corner of the screen, yet we lose track.
So to help you be more mindful of your time, here our my decor and furnishing tips to add a clocks to your space along with some pictures of clocks that are available in the store:
- Kitchen: This room for most families is the great meeting place. It is often where we start our days together and come together early in the evening to share the days events. Wall clocks are ideal for this space. It should be large enough in size so that you easily see the time to get the kids, spouse and yourself out the door on time.
- Dining Room: I love mantle clocks for the dinning room. They are perfect on a hutch or even a china cabinet. Depending on your space, the clock becomes an ideal focal point for the room.
- Entrances and Hallways: Grandfather clocks are statement pieces. They are grand with their lovely chimes that let us hear that time is passing. These magnificent pieces of furniture are ideal in hallway or entrance but can also be placed in a living room or dining room.
- Home Office: You need a mid-size clock that is not digital that sits on the right of side of your computer. It is a gentle way of reminding you to keep your resolutions.
- Family Room: Another great spot for a wall clock but don’t hesitate to do a grouping of clocks such as one wall clock and shelf clock in the opposite corner.
- Bedroom: It is a necessity for most of us that work to have a clock in the bedroom. A small clock is suitable for most side-tables. I would avoid a wall clock since it can take away from the relaxing environment you are trying to create.
Whatever your resolutions are for 2014, the staff and I at Guaranteed A Fine Furniture would like to wish you a healthy and prosperous New Year. We hope that you can make some TIME to stop in and see us at 4735 Tecumseh Road. East.
Enjoy your day,
Who said candles are just for a formal occasion to light some candles or use your good candlestick holders?
Not us! Candles and candlestick holders are a great way to add some warmth and coziness to any room. Candles can be used anytime and any day of the week to create any type atmosphere with their soft and subtle lighting. And scented candles are great way to bring aromatherapy into any room.
Here are few may favourite candlestick holders that currently in the store:
Silver Candlestick Holders: These candlestick holders are sleek polished nickel. Their classic shape makes them ideal for any room. They can be used on mantel, table or sideboard. This is perfect for people who room their room with greys, whites, blacks and espresso.
Brass Candlestick holders: The traditional brass candlestick holder is the perfect gift. It goes with all of your eloquent wood tables and sideboards. This grouping of three would also look good on a sofa table or side table.
Grecian Style Candlestick Holders: If you are looking to make a statement, these stately candlesticks will do just that. Their neutral colour allows you to play with bold coloured candles as we have done with the navy candles. These are great for your blonde entrance table with a mirror behind them or on deep brown buffet in the dining room. Both of the furniture pieces would need to be significant in size since these holders are larger.
Modern: These mother of pearl inlay and black lacquer candlestick holders put a modern twist to the candlestick holder. They are great accent piece for your coffee table and can hold both square and round candles depending on what you prefer.
As you can see, candles and their holders can create elegance, and warmth in any room. Why don’t you stop by today and browse our collection. Our knowledgable sales staff can help you find the perfect accessory pieces for your home.
Enjoy your day-Richard
‘Home for the holidays’ is a common saying this time of a year. It is a time where we gather together as family and friends and share the spirit of the holiday with one another. It is also a time when our homes are the focal point for the holiday events.
Often we find customers looking forward to sprucing up their homes for the holidays and wanting delivery before St.Nick comes down the chimney. Here a some looks, we have available that can be delivered before the holidays. We couldn’t fit all of our looks in one blog but we wanted to give you a small sampling to inspire your creative decorating juices!
Couches: Everyone loves the look of leather. Leather is luxurious, sleek and durable. It is also easy to clean and does not stain.
This contemporary white leather sofa is perfect for a formal living room or family room. The white can easily be matched with your black or red decor accessories. It gives your earth-tone colour floors and walls the just the right amount of ‘pop’ of colour.
If you are taste is more traditional, this beautiful beige leather couch will surely suit your style. It’s neutral colour allows for it to blend with your earth-tone or brightly-coloured walls and flooring. It can be used to bring balance to brightly -coloured room or the appropriate amount elegance to room that is painted in soft-sage or pastel colours. It is also easy to co-ordinate with brown, beige, black or gold decor accessories.
Dinning Tables: Holidays are all about sitting at a table and sharing a meal.
This beautiful espresso coloured wood table with matching china cabinet comfortably seats eight people. It is perfect compliment to your holiday meal and it is ready to be delivered.
If you are expecting a smaller gathering, we have this lovely round table with matching captain chairs that will easily sit four people.
If you prefer a more contemporary look for your dining table, this Asian inspired black and red with glass top table may just be what you need this holiday season.This elegant and sleek table will six of your cherished family or friends. It is also a statement piece for your dining area.
Finally, we have a great selection of home decor accessories from throw pillows, rugs, lamps, wall art, candlestick holders, coffee tables, and occasional chairs that will add that additional pizzaz to your home for the holiday look.
Let our professional staff help you create the home of your dreams. We looks and styles that will suit anyone’s budget.
Enjoy your day~Richard
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