Blogs for November 2011

The headboard: a design focal point

The first thing you notice upon entering a bedroom is usually the headboard. Your eyes are naturally drawn to this piece of furniture. A room devoid of a focal point feels bland—it lacks oomph. Here are a few tips to help you choose a headboard that fits your style:

Making the right buy


When buying your furniture, select a headboard made of a different material that immediately attracts attention, like metal. You can also opt for a headboard with embellishments, such as wooden bedposts on each end.

South Shore - Temple Collection (719)

South Shore – Temple Collection (719)

Put your creativity to work


The beauty of creating your own headboard is that you can own something really original and one-of-a-kind. You can use recycled pieces, such as old doors or shutters, or paint your current headboard in an exotic colour, like sunset red, while leaving the rest of the furniture in natural colours.

South Shore – Montana Collection (792)

South Shore – Montana Collection (792)

Add accessories? Why not!


If you end up choosing a simple yet elegant headboard, but are still missing a certain something, use paintings, picture frames or even shelves to create a focal point right above your bed. A meaningful sentence or inspiring quote printed on imitation parchment, set in a frame as wide as your headboard, will add height and interest.

Decorating a baby bedroom: is it going to be a boy or a girl?

If you’re still unsure if your unborn child will be a boy or a girl, decorating his or her bedroom is not easy. Many parents prefer their baby’s gender to be a surprise, which can make decorating the baby bedroom a nightmare. Here are a few tips for creating a unisex decor that is calm and gentle—perfect for your little treasure, regardless of the gender:

A unisex baby bedroom

A unisex baby bedroom

  • The starting point for every decorating project is to choose a theme. Some themes tend to be more unisex, such as farm animals, insects, the zoo, the circus . . . set your imagination free!
  • Find a comforter that fits the theme you’ve chosen. To make decorating easier, it’s better to choose a comforter with a variety of colours and different patterns that will go well with the other objects in the bedroom. A variety of colours will give you great flexibility when it comes to choosing the colour of the walls.
  • For the walls, choose one or two neutral colours such as light green, lavender blue, cream, beige or yellow. If you’d like you can add some contrast by painting one wall in a deeper colour, like milk-chocolate brown or darker beige.