4 Tips To Picking The Perfect Lighting Solution For Every Room

One of the most overlooked feature in a room tends to be the lighting source. Proper lighting makes all the difference and makes every room more inviting and easier to work and live in. I didn’t realize how important lighting was to a home until I owned Showhome Furniture and started designing daily.

If you are unsure how to pick the right light for your house, don’t hesitate to call Showhome Furniture and book a free design consultation with one of our talented designers.

In order to pick the perfect light for your room first look to see what size of light your room will fit. If you pick a chandelier that is too big for the room it is in, it will not enhance your living space, instead it will just overtake it.

Next think of the how the room is decorated and match the lighting fixtures to the furniture and accessories. This is really important in helping pull your whole look together.

Layering light sources is a beautiful way of adding interest in your rooms.

Using matching side lamps with your main light is an awesome way of increasing the light in a room and tying your whole look together. A well lit room is way more enjoyable to work in than a poorly lit one.

In addition to side lamps, living room floor lamps are an excellent way of laying the light sources adding a subtle texture to your room.

Using your light as a focal point for your room is a brilliant way of illuminating the room in a functional and beautiful way.

When it comes to lighting, adding more is often a well thought out strategy and one of the secrets of an experienced designer.

If you are interested in how to create the perfect mood with different lighting options. Call our talented consultants today to have them help you out. At Showhome Furniture we delight in helping our customers create a beautiful space to live, work and play in!

4 Design Tips On Choosing A Dazzling Dining Room Tables

The heart of every dining room is its table! With the right table you can make every dining experience amazing!

While the principle in picking the right dining room table is fairly simple, you might find, like many of Showhome, Furniture customers do, that they would like the help of a professional in deciding the right dining room table for your family.

That is why Showhome Furniture has it’s own design consulting team that is here to help you in this and every other home decorating problem. Just give us a call and book your consultation today.

First look at your dining needs. How many people do you ideally want it to seat?

Now look at your dining room. Will your dining room table that you ideally want fit in your dining room table? You will need at least 30 inches from the table to the walls in order to exit and enter comfortably. It is also good to make sure that your table corner is at least 48 inches away from the door, if it is an open dining room then you don’t have to worry about this space.

If your dining room table won’t fit the dining needs that you want, consider getting a dining room table that will expand and shrink as needed. This is an excellent option for smaller rooms.

Now decide what type of table that you want. Do you want a more elegant table, or a simpler streamlined table.

At Showhome Furniture we have so many choices and our solid wood furniture is by far our best selling table because they fit into so many different styles of decorating seamlessly.

Lastly, pick your dishes and accessories. Even a gorgeous table looks better with a few accessories to help accent your table.

Remember, if you have any questions or would like to book a free consultation, Showhome Furniture is waiting for your call 🙂 !

7 Ways Of Turning Your Bedroom Into A Retreat!

Sleep is so important to us. We need a certain amount of sleep each day in order to become optimally healthy. One of the most important things that you can do to help you sleep better is to turn your room into a place that is uncluttered, and encourages rest and relaxation.

Showhome Furniture LOVES our bedroom suites and anything to do with creating a space that you look forward to spending time in! If you are struggling on how to create this with your bedroom give Showhome Furnitures a call and book your free design consultation. We love helping our clients out.

Here are seven ways that you can help turn your own bedroom into a wonderful place of relaxation.

First declutter your room. Go through your closets and get rid of the clothing that you never use. Get rid of old make-up, socks, and accessories. If you have anything else hanging out in your room that you don’t need, just clear it out. We have a great motto that we use all the time, “When in doubt, throw it out”. If you don’t know what to get rid of, call a friend and ask them to help. Sometimes an impartial person helping you choose what to keep and what to get rid of helps out a lot.

Next paint your walls a light color. Lavender, light blue, soft grey and green are all great choices to work with. If you have a fabulous bedding set, or gorgeous bed, try to match the wall colors to them, this will save you time and money in the long run.

When you paint, if you can completely empty out your bedroom that is a bonus. With an empty bedroom you will be able to choose what goes back in your bedroom and what is forever left out.

Your bed is the most important piece of furniture you need to consider. Getting a great bed, and mattress will change a rough night into a blissful experience. At Showhome furniture we have a ton of choices for beds, and we carry Serta’s high end mattresses.

Another thing that we carry, and that I absolutely love, is a movable vibrating bed. This is great for those who have bad backs because you can adjust the height to fit your needs and make you most comfortable.

Once you have picked your bed, choose appropriate sized end tables. If you have chosen a larger bed, it makes sense to pick a bulkier set of end tables. Not only do they look great, but they are great for storage.

If you have room, this is the time to choose your dressers, or armouir if you need one. The less furniture that you need the better because it will give you room to accessories and add extra touches to make your room more useable.

In a larger bedroom, adding a chair, or a desk and lamp are great options to making your bedroom fit your different activities.

A rug will make your room feel cozy. You don’t have to have huge rug, just a smaller one at the end of the bed or on each side of the bed works great.

Can you fit in a small bench at the end of your bed? If you can we highly suggest you do. Depending on what one you get it can be used for dressing as well as storage.

Lastly (or firstly if you already had one) the bedding in your room and the pillows can change a humdrum room into a retreat immediately. Even if that is all you did to your room after decluttering, you would see an instant affect.

If you have any questions or would like to book a free consultation with our amazing designers don’t hesitate to call us.

5 Tips On Picking The Perfect Coffee Table!

Have you ever been to a friend’s house and noticed their coffee table? Chances are that you haven’t unless it happens to be an amazingly unique piece of furniture. The humble coffee table is used in most living rooms and yet it is often overlooked. Today, we are going to give you some tips on picking the perfect coffee table for whatever space you are working with. If you have any questions at all, don’t hesitate to call us and ask our amazing design team for suggestions. You can also book a free design consultation from Showhome Furniture anytime.

First, consider your space. Once your sofa’s have been picked and end tables arranged, how much space do you have to work with? Designers usually feel that the ideal distance from the edge of the sofa to the edge of the table is 18 inches because that is far enough for you to stretch out your legs and yet still within reach of your drink or magazine. If you need some costume couches made to make having the coffee table work better, Showhome Furniture has a ton of custom Canadian made furniture available.

Make sure you leave enough room for the main passage way. We usually try to leave 30 inches from the table to the TV stand or media cabinet. If you are short on room, 24 inches will be fine.

Next you need to consider the height of the coffee table. You want people to be comfortable when they are setting down their dessert or reaching for the candy bowl. The normal table height is 16-18 inches.

Now look at the style in your living room and match your coffee table to it. It is fine to mix styles for variety sake. For instance, if you have slimmer more streamline couches, a sturdier wood table works great!

If you have kids, make sure you consider this when buying a coffee table. Super fragile tables might not be something you want to invest in if you think your kids are like mine and like roughhousing a bit. Glass tops are also not our favorite for being kid-friendly, but they can be if you choose the right one. Also, you might consider a coffee table that is more rounded and have less sharp edges.

Lastly, get creative. There are a ton of ways of finding or creating a unique focal point in your living room! Coffee tables are not usually well-noticed pieces of furniture, and that is all the more reason to change that in your home!

5 Rental-Friendly Decorating Tips For Everyone!

I have had some pretty interesting rentals in my lifetime. From dingy basement suites, to townhouses, to old heritage homes and everything in between.

I remember the pain of trying to making my rental a home, without spending too much money and worrying about things I could not change. This could be overwhelming for me because my budget was low and my skill in designing at that stage of my life was very limited.

If you are in this situation don’t feel like you have to do this alone. Showhome Furniture wants to help everyone create a beautiful home to be in. Just call us and book a free design consultation with our expert designers. They are amazing and love to work with our customers. They are creative and will be able to help you no matter what your budget is.

One trick I learned was to ask the landlord if I could paint the house. I would offer to do the labor if they provided the paint. This was an awesome deal for us both and almost all my landlords my landlords took me up on it. Just painting your walls can turn a drab rental into a lovely space.

Next check out the thrift stores and second hand shops. Kijiji is an awesome resource as well as your community buy and sells on facebook. Ask around to friends. Lots of times people are switching out perfectly good accessories and furniture just because they are bored of them. This is a great way of scoring some awesome deals.

Lastly, once you have painted, scored as many cheap and free deals as you can, invest in a few good quality pieces of furniture that can help you complete your look. Cheaply made furniture is easy to come by, and is fine temporarily, but investing in good furniture is important to start doing early on and can save you thousands of dollars in the end.

My sister for instance has a table that is over 15 years old and looks almost as great as it did when it was first purchased. It has withstood a ton of moves, 11 kids, and countless of parties. The same goes for some of the quality leather couches she acquired many years ago.

At Showhome Furniture we have gorgeous Canadian made, high-quality furniture that can be custom made and will be well worth your investment. We also have a design team that would be thrilled to help you pick out some furniture that will be perfect for your rental!

Branching Out! Including Greenery In Your Home Decor!

Summer is bursting full of flowers and trees just delighted to be alive again and feeling the warm summer sun — not only do our spirits burst open and invite growth, so does the outside world create in abundance natural beauty. At Showhome Furniture, we believe that creating a beautiful space is an art, and we love to learn from all master artists, especially nature.  With Lilacs growing in an abundance, and roses starting to open, we would be remiss if we didn’t use some of this beauty in our decorating style.

If you would like to learn how to incorporate more of nature in your decorating style, feel free to call our expert Showhome Furniture designers. They are experts in their field and spend hundreds of hours decorating out of all types of material. Our designers are here for you. We offer free design consultations for all our customers.

Here are some of our designer’s favorite tips on including nature in your decor.

First plants. You can buy silk plants if you are like my mom and always forget to water real ones. High quality plants can help bring greenery into your room and gives the occupants the illusion that the inside is part of the outside. Our souls really love nature and so do our eyes.

Next, use high-quality wood furniture whenever you can. Wood furniture has softer lines and hints of walks in the forest and fresh air. At Showhome Furniture we have a variety of solid wood furniture that is perfect for any home. We also do custom Canadian made orders, so call and let us help you.

You can use nature in a vase or container. This is perfect for alive plants, flowers and fresh cut branches.

Another way of bringing outside indoor is to use shells, driftwood, and rocks in your accessories. Bookcases and coffee tables are the perfect place to exhibit your treasures and gifts from the earth. Just make sure you remember that less is often more and that there is an art to accessorizing so that it looks gorgeous and not cluttered!!!

5 Steps For Creating A Bright Basement

One of the most underused spaces in most homes is the basement. Often dark, and harder to get to, the basement is usually overlooked and under appreciated. With real estate being expensive and renovations costly, it is well worth your time to invest in making your basement more inviting.

Showhome Furniture realizes that learning to design a space properly is hard to do and takes hundreds of hours of practice. With our huge furniture store having to redesigned constantly as our inventory is constantly changing, our designers are experts in what they do and want to help you. Showhome Furniture provides a free design consultation with all our customers. Call today to book yours!

Today Showhome Furniture is going to help you change your basement into beautiful space that everyone wants to spend more time in.

First look at the wall color. Is it dark? A dark wall color will make the whole room look and feel smaller. A light paint color on the wall will help make your basement feel more open and spacious. This typically is one of the easiest, cost efficient ways of making your basement more inviting to your family members. As humans we tend to appreciate brightly lit places.

Second, see if there is a way to open up your basement more. Often just being able to knock out a wall (make sure you check with a contractor to make sure it is not a load bearing wall) or two will make a world of a difference. My sister has a pretty open basement but recently she took out a wall that separated her basement kitchen to the living room. The difference was immediate and amazing! Everyone comments on how bright and spacious just that one little change made it feel.

Next, declutter. Nothing wrecks the look of a room than tons of nick nacks and clutter. When you declutter, you free up emotional and mental space as well. This automatically makes your room more enjoyable and relaxing to be in.

Add mirrors! Mirrors are a great way to make any room brighter, especially your basement. At Showhome Furniture we have a ton of different types of mirrors that you can use to reflect the light that is already in your basement and make it brighter.

Another thing you can do to make your basement brighter is to add more lighting to it. You can do this by getting an electrician in to actually add more lights in the ceiling or you can just buy a bunch of beautiful floor and table lamps. This extra light will create a space that feels big and spacious.

The last thing that you can do to turn your basement into a well-used and loved space is to get properly sized furniture. Having furniture that is too big or too small in your basement will throw people off and will make your basement feel less inviting. At Showhome Furniture we do custom Canadian made furniture for every room of the house. If you are worried about what size or type of furniture that would look great in your basement, give us a call. We do do free design consultations for our customers so that their dollars are spent in the most efficient way possible.

If you follow these simple tips, you will be able to have your basement working for you!

Stunning Canadian Made Showhome Custom Furniture

I was visiting my sister recently and marveling at her 100-year old house and all the fine details that each room possessed.  I was amazed at the craftsmanship displayed throughout her home. The high ceilings and the handmade moldings around the windows were details that added beauty and functionality to her space without calling too much attention to themselves. 

As we chatted I noticed her dining room chairs.  They were the same chairs that my mother had in her home and raised all her 11 children with.  They were beautiful and when, out of curiosity, I asked how old they were I was delighted to find out that they were more than 50 years old and layered with almost as many layers of different paints to match the latest trends.  These were good solid chairs. 

They were definitely a good investment as sometimes it is hard to find wooden chairs that will last 5 years!!

This is why at Showhome Furniture we do what we do.  We have worked hard to find good quality furniture that can withstand the rigor of today’s active family from a local company.  Not only do we want the best furniture, we also want furniture that has been built with love, attention to detail and in the most ethical way possible and one that supports our local Canadian industry.

At Showhome Furniture we are transparent about where our furniture comes from and who it is that builds it.  Just as we don’t take shortcuts with our furniture, we do not run a business at the expense of our employee’s lives, or at the expense of our customers wallet!

We love them because they are quality through and through, and did I mention that they are made right here in Canada?  That means that your hard-earned money stays in our country benefiting more than just your home at each purchase.

At our custom Canadian made furniture factories, it is obvious that they have been raised with good honest Canadian values and this shows in their workmanship.  Not only are their furniture stunning, beautiful enough to grace the nicest home, but they are also truly a quality work of art that when stripped down one can see is made to last throughout the ages.  Corners are reinforced with blocks, staples and then glue making their pieces solid. 

Their wood frames are made of a combination of kiln-dried hardwood and thick CNC engineered plywood parts that give accuracy and precision every time.

Showhome Furniture knows that buying new furniture is an investment and we don’t take your investment lightly. 

We endeavor to do everything that we can to ensure that every piece of furniture that you purchase from us is something that will last throughout the years.

Call us if you would like Showhome Furniture design team to help you pick the best furniture for your space.  We will work with your existing furniture to help you create the home you always wanted.

Why Showhome Furniture Buys Canadian Made Furniture!

Showhome Furniture is one of the top furniture stores in Calgary. It is family run and owned and as a family owned business, we appreciate our local customers incredibly!

This is why, as one of the top Furniture stores in Calgary we are passionate about supporting other quality local companies and getting as much of our furniture from Canada as possible.

Our Canadian furniture is made from the highest from the highest quality materials and built to last whatever your family throws at it.

With six rumbustious daughters, and all their friends, we know that it is important to have furniture that will last through the years. Sofa’s to cuddle on, beds to sleep on and chairs to visit in.

Our Canadian made furniture has definitely stood the test of kids, and throughout the years looks just as good as it did when we first brought ours home.

At Showhome, we also know that each family and their needs are different. There are no other family out there that looks like ours, and none that looks like yours! This is why we offer a free design consultation from our top designers to come in and help you discover the best options for your home and to understand what your needs are. Our designers will work with your existing furniture and accessories and help you find other items that will help complete your look and work in a way that is perfect for your family.

We also provide custom made furniture to meet the needs of our individual customers. Whether you need a smaller than normal couch or larger than average sectional, our team will work with you to help you create a home that you will love being in-even during pandemics!!

Call us today to book your free design consultation and ask about our Canadian made custom furniture!

Getting Professional Design Help For Free!

When you need help with your health we all know to go to our doctors. Going to a good doctor saves us time, money and helps us get healthier faster.

When we are needing advice on building, we all know to call a contractor who specializes in the type of work our project requires. A good contractor will know where we can save money on our project and they will suggest different options to help us get the very best results in the end. A good contractor can save us thousands of dollars because they are an expert in the field and know things that we can’t possibly know.

Few of us though, when thinking of designing and decorating our homes think to call a professional designer in. We don’t usually think about doing this because a designer usually cost a lot of money and we think that their service is a luxury.

Just like a good doctor and a good contractor can save us time, money and improve our health and well-being (by saving us stress) a good designer can help you save money and bring great satisfaction into your life. Our homes are one of our most important places to be. It is in our home that we connect with those we love, we rejuvenate our souls and come up with the idea’s and skills to reach our dreams. If there is any place in our lives that we should be reaching out to a professional, it is in helping us create a space that reflects our core beliefs and desires in life.

At Showhome Furniture, not only do we specialize in Canadian made furniture, we believe in helping our customers create that space in their homes that can help them become the best you possible. We know this takes work, knowledge and experience.

We also know that you work hard for your money and we want to help it go as far as possible. This is why, at Showhome Furniture we provide a free design consultation to our customers.

Our top designers, having spent thousands of hours designing are available to come and help you create the most beautiful home possible. They work with your existing furniture and accessories. They will help you arrange your furniture so it flows better and creates cozy places to talk, eat and just relax. Our home is where we raise our daughters.

We know how important it is to be suited for our individual lifestyle and we want to help you create this space for your family. Call us! You deserve it!