13 Ways To Bring Spring Into Your Heart and Home!

So this month has been crazy busy for us!  I am sure many of you can relate.  With the weather finally warming us, but snow still threatening, I decided to take my whole family to Indonesia for a month!!!  Crazy right?!  Yes crazy but so worth it.Since this was my first big family travel trip, I wanted to make it special.  Of course I planned on hitting the beach and touring local furniture stores, meeting some of my suppliers personally.  As Sannie and I talked about it though, we realized that we wanted to get a little more out of this time.  With a business that grows as fast as our, you never know when the next month-long window is going to present itself.  We really wanted to do something that would serve or uplift others.  Since Sannie loves singing with the girls, we decided to see if we could arrange a few singing concerts at local churches.  We had no idea how to do this so we started asking around.After many question we were hooked up with this amazing guy who made all the arrangements.  This has been the best fun ever!!!  We have loved every moment and all the wonderful people we have met.  We are nearing the end of our trip.  We have loved the sun and waves, but are anxious to get back to our own Canadian paradise. Luckily my mother who adores gardening, has been working some magic back home in which we have heard many rumors of, but she refuses to send us any pictures.  That is okay.  As she works wonders in the garden, I am dreaming and planning of all the great ways I can bring spring into my indoor.First, before I even think of bringing something into my home, I have to clean out.  Now that I have lived for a month in Indonesia and seen so many incredibly happy people with so little, I am even more determined to do a thorough house clean before I even start decorating.  I am going to go through my whole house and getting rid of extra clothes, shoes, toys and even my house accessories.  I just did this around Christmas time so it should be easier, but I am guessing that my tolerance for stuff is going to be even less than it was before because of this trip.  I realize that I need a lot less stuff than I thought I did.

After you have your home decluttered, take time to clean it thoroughly.  If you have some money saved up, hire a professional.  It will be easier for them to make your home sparkle after you have gotten rid of all your random stuff.  If you are like me, just divide the house up into area’s and get your kids to help you do the spring cleaning themselves.  Hard work is good for kids 🙂 !

When your house is clean from clutter and dirt, this is the perfect time to refreshen all the bedrooms and switch your heavy quilts over to lighter ones.  Make sure you have an extra throw available for those chilly spring nights.

Wall decor is fun to switch around and play with.  It is an easy way to bring in Spring.If you are like me and want to lighten up your home go for light colored accessories.  The dark wall will be off-set by your light accessories.

Bring a little bit of nature into your living room by using nature to inspire you.  A fireplace mantel is the perfect place to start.

Unique containers with potted flowers or succulents are a perfect way to add a breath of fresh air into your spring decor.

Or even hang the flower from the ceiling!  Who wouldn’t want this in their room to remind them of all the gardens that summer brings?

Now is the time to repaint a wall.  Look around and see what room or wall you have always wanted to repaint and just do it!  You can paint it a classic white or be brave and bring in some great bright colors to welcome spring with a bang!!!

Wreaths are not just for Christmas.  Just pop by Pier 1, or Homesense and you will have a ton of wreaths to choose from.  Or if you wanted, you could make your own!  With so many flowers to pick from at your local craft store, you will be delight with your results I am sure.

Since you have just purged your home from all your un-needed stuff, now is a great time to see if you need to freshen up your rugs.  With the mud and snow from winter, my rugs take a beating.  Since I usually take a ton of things to the thrift store each spring, I do not feel bad in the least about bringing in something beautiful and useful as a new spring rug.  Decluttering and decorating is a balance between what you need, want, and don’t need.

In the spirit of refreshening, check out those bedrooms again.  Do they need a pillow swap to something brighter?  Also, maybe you don’t need a many as you did in winter when you were Hygge’ing.  Remember, you aren’t going to be spending as much time inside (hopefully) as you did in the winter-decorate accordingly.

Check out your curtains.  Do they need to be switched out for lighter brighter ones.  It is amazing how just changing your curtains can make your whole room feel larger and more open, even in a bathroom.

It will still be a few weeks until we return to Canada, but when I do, you can be sure I am going to be excited that I am returning to Spring and not the endless Winter we had this year 🙂 !

 

5 Simple Decorating Tips For Decorating Your Cabin

Are you one of those lucky people who own their own cabin that they can use to just get away from the world?  If you are, you know that it can be a challenge to decorate it in a way that is easy to maintain, as well as beautiful.

At Showhome furniture we know that struggle well.  Each day we are rearranging furniture into small mini rooms to help inspire our clients.  We realize that decorating these small spaces take as much thought or more as decorating a larger home.

The first thing to realize when decorating your cabin is that because you won’t be living there on a daily basis, you won’t be needing as many things.  Being conscience of what you allow into your cabin is vital.  Your cabin needs to have the essentials and should not have too many extras. Extra’s create more clutter, are usually not used enough to make them cost effective and cause more work to clean up.  Keeping your things to a minimum will greatly improve the time you spend in your cabin.

Next be careful about your furniture choice.  Getting furniture that is well built and made with natural products will help them last longer.  At Showhome Furniture we offer a 5 year furniture protection plan.  This protection plan is something every cabin owner should consider, especially those who own a cabin by water.

When you are on a vacation rules tend to be bent, and nothing can wreck furniture more than wet sandy kids sitting down on new furniture.  Even well built furniture can benefit from the protection plan, helping make each dollar you spend on your cabin last long.

In a cabin you naturally chose smaller furniture because the rooms in cabins are usually smaller than a regular house.  While it is wise to choose smaller furniture, freeing up more space for moving around, do not worry if you find the perfect large chair or other piece of furniture.  A few larger pieces can help make a small room feel special and inviting.

When choosing what to decorate your cabin with think of the following questions:

1. Do I need this?

This question helps provide you a framework to help you make a better decision on what you should or should not bring into your cabin. As we identify what we need and don’t need, we are able to better choose things that will be useful and bring us joy, as well as say no to the things that will just clutter our cabin and vacation time.

There will definitely be things you will be tempted to decorate your cabin with that you don’t need.  When you find that you are dealing with something that fits this category it is the perfect time to ask yourself the second question, why do I have this?

2. Why do I have this?

With this second question, we are encouraged to analyze more deeply our relationship with our stuff and how they are a part of our lives.

Often you will be surprised at the answers you will come up with to the question of “Why do I own this?”

Many people have found that as they take time to thoughtfully decorate their cabins, that their cabins truly become the little bit of peace and quiet that help us get away from the stresses of life, and allow us to function at our best.

6 Steps To Staging A Gorgeous Bookcase

No home is complete without a bookcase.  Without a bookcase, where would you put all those lovely books that must be read one day?  At Showhome Furniture, we are believers of reading but we must admit, bookcases can get messy awfully fast, especially when you have kids.  We also know that bookcases can hold oh so much more than just books!

Here are some of our top tips to being able to create a beautiful bookcase that invites you to read, but is easy to keep looking attractive.

For your best look remember the rule of thirds.  One third books, one third space, and one third carefully chosen accessories.

Next figure out what is going to be your anchor piece of decor for each shelf.  They should not be too small or your bookcase will look cluttered.  Stagger your anchor pieces on the shelves.

Once your anchor pieces are in,  fill your bookcase up with your books!!  Be creative with your books.  They can stack horizontal or vertical.  As you are filling your bookcase, take this time to get rid of any old, boring, or ripped books.  A bookcase looks best when it is not filled to overflowing.  A fun idea is to turn your books backwards so only the white pages show.  This makes is hard to find a book fast, but really looks great.

Fourth, add some smaller tasteful accessories in between the books.  Make sure the collectibles are varied and unique.  Create loose symmetry by placing them in groups.  Accessories of similar sizes and shapes are perfect for grouping.  Make sure you add interest by stacking accessories.

Fifth layer smaller accessories in front of some of the books and larger accessories.  Framed pictures and quotes are great for enticing visitors to come closer and look longer.

Lastly, stand back and admire your work.  Too often I think we work hard and forget to just take a moment to step back and appreciate all that we have created.  I have learned that taking a moment to pause and appreciate what I am doing can make all the difference.  Afterall, why go through all this work to make a great looking bookcase if we don’t take time to look?

 

 

DIY Spring Wreaths To Brighten Your Home

Spring is still a little ways off, but at Showhome Furniture we don’t believe in waiting for beauty to come quietly to our store or home.  We love winter, but we also love spring with it’s green colors, flowers and fresh new starts.So, to help welcome spring into our store we are celebrating with lots of greenery and floral arrangements.  One cute do-it-yourself craft anyone can do is a Spring Wreath.  It is simple, and really can add a special touch to your front door or even living room wall.All you need is a glue gun, glue sticks, a wreath frame, some fake or dried moss, some green leaves and silk flowers.  I found all of these items at my local craft store.

First cover the wreath with moss and leaves. If you can find different varieties of moss, your wreath will look even more stunning.

To cover your wreath with moss, put down some hot glue on the wreath and alternate sections of moss with an odd leaf sticking out here and there.  It is important that the leaves are spaced rather evenly all around the wreath, some on the edges, some in the middle and some in the inside.  Using a variety of leaves will make your wreath interesting and whimsical.

Next get some flowers and glue those in, tucking them here and there.  You can just do one type of flower, or a whole bunch of coordinating, but different blooms.  I personally like the wreaths that look a little wild, so I have all sorts of colored flowers of all different sizes.

One neat idea is to get a bunch of succulent plants and glue them all over your moss wreath.  Succulent arrangements are very popular, and it is not hard to tell why.  Their hardy unique look is attractive in a variety of settings.

The last thing to do with your wreath is to stick in any other accessory or fixin.  This can be anything from ribbon, to toadstools, to moss covered rocks.

 

7 Ways To Bring Add Coastal Decor To Your Home

I was born on Vancouver Island.  When I was 13 my parents took all their kids (eight in total) on to a boat and we sailed to the South Pacific, living there for four years.  I graduated high school and went to a small University in Hawaii.  You could say that the ocean is a little bit in my blood.

I love Calgary.  I love the busy energy, the different people from all around the world and all the fun things there is to do in Calgary.  I love working at Showhome Furniture with it’s diverse customer base, and city vibe.  Sometimes, however, I do miss coast and so with this in mind, I thought I would share with you are few things that I like to do to add abit of the Coastal vibe into my home, no matter where I live.

First, I look at the furniture I have.  The coastal look usually involved softer colors and worn out beach looking furniture.  If you have an older piece of furniture that could use a new life, now is the time to bring out you paint brush.  A few quick coats of white paint can drastically change your furniture into a brand new item.

Second look at your walls.  Repainting your walls is easy and very affordable.  It is truly amazing how just a change in paint color can alter the feeling of a whole room. 

Remember that just because you are doing a beach theme, it does not mean you have to be shy about color.  There are plenty of bright beach theme idea’s.

After you have chosen your wall color, and also whether you are going to go bright colors or light colors, now is the time to add any new piece of furniture that you might need.  You do not need to replace all your furniture.  At Showhome in Calgary we have a ton of gorgeous furniture pieces that would go perfectly with the coastal theme.  We love the weathered, loved, and well built look and tend to bring them in when ever we can.

The great thing about a beach theme is that it ties in many different kinds of furniture nicely together.  Just assess what furniture you already have, and what if anything you could get to really make your room special.

Get a Rug!  Some people do not realize the importance of a rug.  A rug has a way of holding all the furniture in place.  It is a way of making your room feel lived in, loved, and inviting.

The fifth thing you can do to help tie in the coastal theme is add pictures on the wall or maybe highlight a wall with pallets.  The weathered wood look is very coastal.Next, look for a few light colored, or shell inspired decor items.  A chandelier is a perfect place to tie in the beach theme.   Lastly, accessorize.  Add curtains if you want to, or pillows on the couch to help tie in all the colors and add to the them.  Don’t over do it.  You want your place to feel well dressed but not cluttered. 

Shells and colored glass jars are great accessories.  So are items such as driftwood, or stones.  At Showhome Furniture, we have a whole assortment of different accessories that will help you add those important finishing touches to your rooms.

Do you have a favorite tip for bringing a little bit of the beach into your home?

6 Steps To Bringing Your Room Together

Bringing all your furniture together to make room work can be difficult to do at times.  At Showhome Furniture in Calgary we have to deal with this issue all the time.  We bring in furniture from all around the world and specialize in Canadian made product as well.  With all these different kinds of furniture to work with, we have a ton of experience in creating the perfect space for every room of your house.

Realizing that others might struggle with this concept, we have asked some of our designers what they thought was the easiest and most efficient way to bring a room together.  One of the top suggestions that they made was to find the perfect rug.  A rug can add warmth and coziness to any room, no matter how big the room is.  A rug also has the ability to help bring a room together in a way that is completely unique.

First you need to consider the size of rug you need.  There really are not rules as to what is the perfect size of rug for a room.  

Some people like to make sure that a rug is big enough for the front feet of the furniture to sit on it, and others like it to be a pretty island in the middle of a room or at the end of a bed.  You need to just try and experiment to see what works best for you.Next you need to consider what color would work best with the furniture you have.  If there is already a lot of color in your room, you may want to just pick one color to match the rug with, or go completely neutral so that your rug does not compete with the furniture.

If you you don’t have a lot of color in your room, you need to choose a rug that has colors and patterns that work with what items you already have.  

You may need to adjust a few items like curtains or pillows, but those are usually quite easy to do, and you will have a ton of options.  You need to make sure that your rug works with your wall color and flooring.

At Showhome, we are constantly switching up our pillows and rugs to help people see how different furniture can work well in many different rooms.

If you ever need any help or inspiration of your own, come down to Calgary’s Showhome Furniture and ask our designers what they would do.  They are experts in this area and are always happy to help you find the perfect way to tie all your furniture together in a beautiful way.

 

5 Amazing Statement Ceilings That Anyone Can Do

If you have been prowling pinterest, or checking out the web, you will see a ton of posts and picture on “Statement Ceilings”!  In the past people used to do ‘statement walls’ but this year we are all setting our sights higher!!

At Showhome Furniture we totally understand the new excitement for creating a ceiling that people can not easily forget.  After all, once the ceiling is done, you don’t have to worry about washing it (at least not too often), having it get banged up or scratched.  Unfortunately some of those ceilings, as cool as they look, are not realistic for the majority of us to pull off.

 

After spending a ton of time researching, we came up with 5 amazing Statement Ceilings that anyone can do.

The first is painting your ceiling one color (besides white).  This is by far the simplest way of adding an extra “Wow” to your room.  It makes people look up and feel as if they are in a whole new world, instead of just a normal room with a white ceiling.

Painting the ceiling one color is great and fairly uncomplicated, but if you want to go a step further, consider painting the ceiling in more than one color.  You can do a simple pattern or more complex stenciling.  Remember that you are painting a ceiling so everything you do is going to be harder than if you were doing it on a wall.

If painting isn’t your thing, you can always wallpaper the ceiling!

If you choose to wallpaper you are lucky because there are so many different kinds of wallpaper that the possibilities are endless.

If you are not afraid of doing some simple cuts with wood, covering your ceiling with either weathered barn wood, or new pine is simple, and stunning.

The last idea to add more interest to your ceiling is stick-on ceiling tiles.  They can be pricey, but are so easy to use. 

All you need is an x-atco knife, a measuring tape and the tiles.  They are usually made out of light thin plastic that has a sticky back.  My sister did this in a small dining area she had and looked fabulous!

DIY Hanging Plants Five Minute Craft

Are you like me and loving the latest trend in hanging plants???  I totally love the way a plant can make any room feel fresh and invigorating.  I think when those plants are hanging, I can’t get over how cute they look.

My sister-in-law is redecorating her home and incorporating the Hyyge design throughout her home, which includes hanging plants.  Here is a the cute tutorial on what we whipped up yesterday!

First decide if you want to do living hanging plants or just silk ones.  We choose to go with the silk plants because she has 5 active boys and didn’t want to have to worry about watering her plants.  Succulent plants are all the rage so we decided to go with those.

If you are doing non-living plants then all you will need are: Twine, a cute container to put the plants in, fake moss and your plant of choice.

Cut two pieces of twine about 30 inches long and tie them to the handles of your container.  Make sure they are tied so that the length on each side is equal because otherwise your plant won’t hang evenly.

Next fill your container with your fake moss.  Be generous, the green showing through the glass is all part of the look and charm.

After the container is filled with moss stick in the plant of your choice.

Lastly hang your plant.  The cool thing about hanging plants is that they can be hung in so many different places.  I hung ours in our bathroom wall on hooks.

Another great place is in a corner.  Just make sure there is a secure hook to hang them from.

 

5 Ways Of Creating The Craft Room Of Your Dreams

Creating something new is such an exciting event.  With new creations, comes new vista’s and new ways of doing things.  Sometimes it is hard to remember how great creating is when we are spending all day at work.  Much research has been done on the benefits of having a hobby.  Whether you collect insects, or like to sew in your spare time, having a room to contain your hobby is a great bonus.

At Showhome Furniture, we try to help each of our customers pick out the perfect furniture for each of the rooms in their homes because we know that the right furniture can make all the difference.

At Showhome, we are excited about letting our children explore their passions, interests and crazy crafty side.  Many years ago, we decided to homeschool our kids in order to help tailor their education to their strengths.  Home schooling 6 girls definitely has it’s challenges, but looking at my 16 year old daughter I can honestly say that it has been worth all the challenges.

First decide where to do your hobby.  Is it an outside hobby or an inside one.  Most crafters would appreciate a room with lots of space to keep their supplies and allow them room to work.  A good desk or table is invaluable.

My sister has a 10+ year old kitchen table we gave her.  It is gigantic and has room for all the kids to work on their projects together.  It was one of the earliest furniture pieces that Showhome used to carry and even after 11 kids using it regularly it is in incredible shape.  We joke that well made furniture like her table will outlast everyone in the family!

A great craft room will have a lot of storage and room to contain all their mess.  This lets you work on a project for a few hours and then leave it without being in your way for the rest of the time.  Some key elements in a successful craft room is organization.  Having great bookcases, dressers to hold pens and paper, and adequate storage units are a must.

Third, make sure your craft room is inspiring.  We love a room that is painted in bright colors and full of windows.  We have found that not only does natural light make a room look great, it also is a great way to feel naturally happier.

Forth, a comfortable place to sit is a must.  A nest chair or a comfy couch is perfect for a craft room.

Lastly, accessorize your craft room to make learning funner. I love a craft room that is accessorized with useful looking product.  A gorgeous clock wall (that you can set to different places in the world) antique globes, and wall maps add an exciting feel to creating.

We all know that hobbies are fun, at Showhome Furniture we believe that great creation are made in great spaces.

 

 

Super Easy DIY Serving Platters Under 10.00

 At Showhome furniture we are always arranging and rearranging our tables to help showcase their beauty.

I am always on the outlook for some new unique accessory or furniture to bring into our store.Recently I was visiting my mother showed me an easy way of creating my own unique but gorgeous serving dishes.  These serving trays are the perfect thing for even a beginner do-it-yourselfer to try.All you need are some dishes, candle sticks, spray paint, and E 600 glass glue.I am using a large dinner plate and a bowl on top.  This is perfect for veggies and dip, or a fancy fruit platter.  I am also doing one platter that has a large plate on the bottom and a smaller plate on the top.  I bought all my dishes and candle sticks at the local thrift store.  The glue and spray paint I bought at my local craft store.  It would have been cheaper if I did not spray paint my candle sticks but have left them clear-which looks pretty as well.

First, spray paint your candle sticks all the same color (or you can skip this step if you want)Next, turn the largest plate over and glue the base on to the large plate.  I used smaller candle holders for one base, a shot glass for another and an used ceramic vase for the last.  Make sure your base is centered in the middle of you plate.  Leave and let dry for 24 hours.When your plate is dry, flip your plate over and glue one candle stick into the middle of the plate.  Carefully glue the bowl or smaller plate onto the top of the candlestick.  Let dry for 24 hours.Once your serving platter has dried for 24 hours you can use it like any other serving platter.  You can hand wash it, but be careful when you do so.  Make sure you used indoor/outdoor spray paint so that the spray paint does not wash off.So for under 10.00 and with very little skill, you can create your own gorgeous serving platter that will surely wow your friends.