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Our new Flexible collection – the name says it all!

Have you ever gone shopping for a new piece of furniture and found that nothing works with your existing décor? Perhaps you needed a bookcase for your son’s room or a small computer desk for one of the rooms on the main floor.

Our Flexible collection does away with this problem! The items in this line – which feature contemporary styling, a Black Oak finish and metal accents – are multi-purpose. So a night table can become a modular TV stand, and a three-drawer chest can be used for storage in either a bedroom or the family room. You’ll enjoy multiple benefits with this collection, which lets you:

  • Arrange a room to meet specific storage and organization needs. Bedroom or living room collections rarely include complementary items, so you have to look at a different brand or style.
  • Plan a consistent look or layout for your décor – a particularly appealing feature for open spaces such as lofts. Furniture in varying styles or colours can always be combined for a unique look, but this task can be enjoyable for some and a headache for others.
  • Put two identical – or different – items together to “build” the ideal piece of furniture for your space.

Liven up your Halloween

Even though big-box stores offer all kinds of ready-made Halloween decorations, you can also create your own low-cost decorations. Get your kids involved and you’re in for a fun family activity. Need ideas? Feel free to use ours!

  • Pumpkin carving is obviously a must. For an original twist on this Halloween classic, use hollowed-out pumpkins as decorative cachepots. Most importantly, don’t forget to save the flesh—you can use it to bake yummy muffins for your little ones. And why not top the muffins with coloured icing? Preferably orange, of course.
Decorative cachepots

Decorative cachepots

  • Use coloured cardboard to make bat, witch or pumpkin cut-outs and display them in your windows. You could even make small mice to place inside your home, as if running along the bottom of walls (you’ll find a template below).
Small mice

Small mice

  • If you’d like something more adult-looking, you can make stunning small squash arrangements—these vegetables come in several shapes and colours. Place them outside in rustic baskets filled with autumn leaves, or use them inside as a centerpiece on a modern-style plate.

To get you and your family in the mood, why not light up some scented candles while you’re working on your decorations? The smell of apples, cinnamon and spices will remind you that fall has arrived—and that sometimes there’s nothing like home sweet home.

For fall, there’s no place like home

Fall is now upon us. As nice as the sunny days and nature’s colourful displays are, we must also accept the inevitable cooler temperatures and nights that are so cold they make you want to declare hibernation and not come out until spring.

After such a busy summer season, taking some downtime this fall is well deserved. Are you familiar with cocooning? Some call it “stay-at-home syndrome.” My definition includes cold, rainy weather, pyjamas or old sweats and a warm blanket.

Fall

Fall

The list of indoor activities can sometimes seem redundant, and you may want to do something more than watch a movie or read a book. Whether you’re home alone or with a group, if you are looking for original ideas for indoor activities, consider these suggestions for a fun day of cocooning:

  • The harvest this time of year provides an abundance of apples, squash and pumpkins. Now is the time to make soup, cookies, muffins, crumbles, pies and other delicious goodies. Follow your imagination and create new recipes using winter squash and then share the fruits of your labour with family and friends.
  • Do you have an upcoming project in mind? Use this time to start planning. Read some magazines and browse websites for renovation or decorating ideas.

Tissue boxes: the perfect final touch for your home decor!

OK, I admit it: I’m obsessed with the small things, especially when I’m decorating or cooking. I’m admitting this to you today because I know that I can’t be the only one out there—do you see a bit of yourself in this story?

Just like you probably do, I have tissue boxes strewn here and there and everywhere around the house: in the powder room, bathroom, kitchen, living room, bedroom . . . but not just ANY tissue boxes, mind you. I choose boxes that match my decor and pick up on the colours—and even the style—of the rooms in my house. When I find a style that catches my eye, I’ll even hike my way across town to a pharmacy or grocery store if I can get my hands on it in bulk.

Looking around at the wealth of riches on offer in the tissue box aisle, I realize that I’m not the only one putting so much thought into the subject: companies are coming out with more and more interesting designs using trendy colours and all shapes and sizes. Seeing as we already hunt down pillows, baskets and knick-knacks to match our decorating scheme, what could be wrong with personalizing a simple little inexpensive item for a bit of extra oomph factor?

Taking care of laminate furniture

Our laminated particle board furniture is no different from wooden furniture: it requires care and attention. But how should you clean it if you can’t let liquids or damp cloths sit on it? Here are some tips from our experts.

  1. Always use a clean cloth to prevent scratches.
  2. Avoid ammonia-based cleaning products, which could damage the finish on your furniture.
  3. You have two options: either a dry electrostatic cloth or a slightly damp cloth (but make sure you wipe your furniture with a dry cloth when you’re done).

We recommend using felt pads under figurines, lamps and storage boxes to prevent scratches.

You should also avoid direct exposure to sunlight, as this can cause the finish to fade over time.

When you take good care of your laminate furniture, it lasts longer —and you get a better return on your investment!