Tuesday, 29 December 2015

Last-minute New Year’s Eve Party

By Home Style Furniture

Don’t drop the ball just yet! New Year’s Eve has a way of sneaking up on people, and if you haven’t had the chance to plan anything other than your guest list to a tentative party, here are some great last-minute ideas that will delude your guests into thinking you planned ahead! Of course, there are countless ways to spend the night, but here are a few ideas that serve as an alternative to the over-hyped and expensive ways to spend New Year’s Eve.

Dress your best:

Whether you are celebrating the New Year with that special someone or you plan to fill your home with your friends and family, this is the perfect occasion not to hold back.  Host an elegant soiree by encouraging your guests to wear their party clothes. You may want to throw in some fun props such as boas, tiaras, hats, noisemakers and horns for good measure. The extra amusement will not only accessorize apparel, but it will set the party atmosphere. 

Party Food Ideas:

Make it a BYOA (bring your own appetizer) event. Ask your guests to bring some easy finger foods that require little preparation such as raw vegetables, fruit, nuts and cheese with crackers. This will keep you and your guests till you have dinner. As for dinner, opt for a romantic candlelit dinner following midnight. After the countdown and noisy fun, have your guests gather around the table to share a meal and their hopes for the New Year.

A night for toasting:

In order to be a thoughtful and gracious host, make sure to provide your guests with both alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages, so that your guests who do not drink will not feel pressured. There is no need to be a mixologist to pull off impressive drinks. You can find a myriad of festive drinks online to cater to groups. Along with your drinks, be prepared to share a toast or two throughout the evening, so you can kick off things for your guests and have them participate.

Have a great New Year’s party! Remember to drink responsibly and to take it upon yourself as a host not to allow any of your guests drive home intoxicated. Happy New Year!

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Tuesday, 22 December 2015

Watching Christmas movies in the right atmosphere

By Home Style Furniture

Christmas time – the one holiday where nostalgia is encouraged. Many of us enjoy taking a trip down memory lane, while watching some classic Christmas movies that will forever remind us of our childhood. Bring back the magic this holiday season by cuddling up with your loved ones and watching your favorite movies in a cozy atmosphere. How might one set the right atmosphere to make their viewing enjoyable? Let’s take a look at the key furniture to aid with this matter;

The right seating:
First, you need to get your seating arrangements down pat. The sectional is the family-friendly alternative to its counterpart, the sofa. There are a variety of configurations, making it easier to fit the intended space. Families often seek comfort and practicality, which are both found in sectionals. Besides, a sectional is perfect for snuggling under a blanket with a hot cup of cocoa, while you watch a Christmas movie. However, if you’re not the snuggling type and you need your own space, consider kicking back on a recliner to personalize your comfort and viewing experience.

Helpful sidekicks – your home accents:
Now that you have your seating nipped in the bud, you are on your way to making your viewing experience quite magical. Apart from your seating, you may want to rest your feet. If resting your feet beside you is not an option, why not mull over a pouf or an ottoman. Not only are they currently very trendy, but they can solve a seating problem (as additional seating) and are great to rest tired feet upon. In addition, for those with a sweet tooth, you can always use your pouf/ottoman to support a tray full of tasty treats.

Watching Christmas movies with your family in the right atmosphere is the perfect way to usher in the season. Happy Holidays!                                       

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Tuesday, 15 December 2015

Hosting Christmas Dinner

By Home Style Furniture

Are you hosting for the holidays this year? As you know, hosts have a lot on their plates. This implies that your work will be cut out for you long before your guests arrive. In order to pull off an elegant get-together, whether it is a sit-down dinner or a cocktail party, you need to consider whether you will be in a position to accommodate your guests. The question remains, do you have the appropriate furniture for hosting this season? Here are some smart buys that have multifunctional use.

The sleeper sofa:
Are you looking to replace your sofa? Or are you having difficulty coming up with sleeping arrangements for guests that are coming from out of town? Then why not consider purchasing a stylish sofa that transform into a queen-size bed? Not only will you wind up with a beautiful sofa to seat your guests and that meshes perfectly with your home décor, but it would provide the perfect retreat for overnight guests. It’s a win-win situation.

Dining room hacks:
There are a few dining room hacks that can help you execute a successful dinner party. Ideally, the most accommodating dining table would have a leaf extension. That way, seating your guests will be a breeze. If you do not have such a table or cannot attempt to purchase one, contemplate buying a bench, especially since current trends favor mixing styles. This gives you freedom to purchase a bench that doesn’t necessarily match! By using a bench, you can maximize the seating around your table, as the other chairs being replaced by the bench will be additional seating. However, if you plan to host a self-serve meal to avoid the fuss of figuring seating arrangements, you may want to look at the practical “Trishelle” dining set. This set has shelving below the table, which can be convenient to pile plates, cups and cutlery below the food you want to display. There you have it, your perfect buffet sidekick!

 Multifunctional living room pieces:
The dining room is not the only room you should examine when thinking about serving your guests. Your living room can feature convenient pieces such as an ottoman, which can serve as a foot rest for your guests would like to enjoy some television or as a tray to serve your perfect Christmas cocktail drink. The ottoman is not the largest purchase you can make, but it is quite nifty. Next is the famous coffee table that meets storage. The “Vennilux” coffee table is a masterful blend between style and practicality. This storage crate allows you to store pillows, throws and even poufs you may want to pull out for additional seating! 

Happy hosting and more importantly, happy holidays!

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Friday, 4 December 2015

Online Shopping Guide For The Holidays - Part 2

By Home Style Furniture

In our last video, we covered how to evaluate your needs when shopping for online furniture. Now that this part is ironed out, you are ready to proceed with purchasing online. Watch this video to learn about secure websites and best practices. Happy shopping!

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Friday, 27 November 2015

Holiday Online Shopping Guide - Part 1

By Home Style Furniture

Online shopping has become a multibillion-dollar revenue stream. The modern day shopper looks for attractive online offers. Find out how to go about evaluating your needs when shopping for furniture online. Watch this video to find out! Stay tuned for our second video that will identify secure websites and best practices.

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Friday, 20 November 2015

The Christmas Tree: Real or Fake?

By Home Style Furniture

It’s that time again! Every year, the real versus artificial Christmas tree debate repeats itself. Just decades ago, families only had two options to choose from; a real pine or fir tree. This was true until an artificial tree was created from brush bristles in the 1930s, which served as a prototype for the modern artificial tree. Let’s consider the assertions for and against both real and artificial trees.

The Artificial Tree:
One of the main reasons people are inclined to purchase an artificial tree is out of guilt. The idea of having to cut down a new tree every year can ruin the holidays for some.

Due to the present economic climate, it seems that investing in an artificial tree is more appealing to the consumer rather than the annually purchase of a real Christmas tree. In addition, convenience is another deciding factor. An artificial tree is low maintenance as it does not necessitate any watering, nor does it shed pine needles on the floor.

Contrary to the popular belief which states that the artificial tree has a positive impact on the environment, sadly they have a greater negative impact when all aspects of their life cycle are considered. Today’s artificial trees are frequently manufactured with metal and PVC, a non-biodegradable plastic. Also, many older varieties contain lead, a poisonous substance once used as a stabilizer. Seeing as the PVC contents are non-biodegradable, they will remain in landfills for centuries.

The Real Tree:
Pop culture teaches that cutting down trees is bad for the environment. However, 93% of real trees sold in North America are recycled through more than 4000 programs. “Treecycling” is the leading reason that experts favor this method over their plastic counterparts. It’s a no-brainer: an easy way to return a recyclable and natural source to the environment instead of making it sit in a landfill. In fact, recycled Christmas trees are turned into mulch which is often used for landscaping, gardening, playgrounds, shoreline stabilization, etc. 

Despite the aforementioned benefits for the environment, there are associated cons for the consumer. Aside from the argument that a real tree is higher maintenance, there is the fact that they are farmed with agricultural products. This implies that pesticides, herbicides and fertilizers are applied to the trees. In an ideal world, trees would be raised organically without using harsh chemicals. Obviously, that would incur higher costs.

So what’s the final verdict? We’ll let you decide.

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Friday, 13 November 2015

Pick Your Dining Room Style

By Home Style Furniture

Dining room is not an ordinary room where we eat and that’s it. It is more than that. It is also a party room, a conference room, a playroom, an office, a craft and creation studio, and much more than that! That is why we want it to be so special and in our image. Every home has its style; which style is yours?


Prisms, modern materials, natural colors and classic look combined to give a casual ambiance with a punch of fresh-looking.


Woodcut, brown-beige color scheme, textile with fine designs and candles for a warm ambiance and timeless design.

Metallic materials, dark and clear colors combined, mix of textures and rustic punch of wood to give an industrial loft-style without despising the comfort.

Vintage Casual:
A punch of old-style mix with a modern-style resulting of classical old fashion décor and furniture. Add to this wood, grey-beige color scheme and inspiration of yours and you obtain the vintage casual style than you will love forever.

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Tuesday, 10 November 2015

Remembrance Day


Tomorrow is Remembrance Day! Although, it is not a countrywide statutory holiday ; we will all take some time to remember men and women who have served, and continue to serve their country during times of war, conflict and peace.

Remembrance Day ceremonies will be held at cenotaphs or Museums throughout Canada.  Hosted by officials, veterans or military forces depending on the place, the community will participate in demonstrating their remembrance to their country heroes! Parades, chorales followed by receptions will be on the program for some cities. Some shops will even “commemorate” with some great deals.

What will you do at the 11th hour of on the 11th day of the 11th month to remember them? 
Why not start simply! Wear a poppy and salute our Canadian military!

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Friday, 6 November 2015

Adding Decorative Accents To Your Living Room

By Home Style Furniture

There is a list of a few questions you must ask yourself when looking to add decorative accents to your living room. Don’t worry, no need to ask a designer to do it. Here are 5 simple questions you might ask yourself before adding decorations to your living room:
  1. Which color scheme are you using in your living room?
  2. What kind of ambiance do you want to make?
  3. Is there a common theme in your living room (florals, vintage, monochrome)? Do you want to keep this theme or change it?
  4. Where do you want to add decorations?
  5. Why do you want to add decorations?

Based on these questions, you should be able to make a good choice. 

Now, little tips and advice to help you make a better choice:
  • First of all, if you have kids, it is not recommended to choose fragile decorations like a glass vase or pottery for places they can reach. Adding some decorative candles and/or printed pillows can be a good alternative.
  • Make sure that you find the same color at least in 3 items and not more than 5 colors (different tones don’t count as a different color if they are similar). Too many different colors in the same room make it hard to match them.
  • Don’t be afraid to use textures and patterns, but not more than 3 (you don’t want your living room decor to be inconsistent). Choosing a theme helps to choose the textures and patterns.
  • Keep in mind the size of the room while you’re shopping; too much decoration rarely gives good results and make the small rooms seem smaller.
  • Adding decorative pillows can make all the difference, you might try this before adding anything else.

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