Fall is upon us, and with fall comes constantly changing tree colors and a refreshing breeze!!!!
The Showhome Furniture Family LOVES the heat, and spend time each winter in Arizona just hanging out, bonding and going to trade shows. We also love fall time and just like the leaves on the trees, we are constantly changing our stock and bringing in trendy new pieces. There is something about change that we at Showhome Furniture finds very refreshing, just like that cool breeze after a hot summer.
With each new piece of furniture, make sure you buy a protection plan because Showhome Furniture Calgary knows that nothing is as hard on furniture as little kids coming in after their fall walk with dirt on their hands. You do want to make sure you teach your kids to respect the furniture, but you don’t want to ever think furniture is more important than these magical fall moments.
My kids like to tease me that when fall comes, that I like to spend more time perusing the catalogs than taking in the fall walk. The cool air conditioning, and constantly changing furniture does make working or shopping here on a fall day seem special. That said, I know that my kids really enjoy being around me so I try to limit my time at the store and spend more time at home. To help us manage running a store and raising 6 daughters we are always on the outlook for some delicious quick recipe to enjoy.
I had a friend who would freeze fresh blueberries in water and tell their kids that that was what popsicles were!! I love the healthiness of that idea, but there is no way I would be able to away with that. I do however love to blend up banana’s, pineapple, apples and oranges and then pour them into popsicle molds to freeze. If I have some apple juice I will add it to the mixture but it isn’t necessary.
Remember that popsicles can stain clothing and furniture so it is best to get your little ones to eat them outside. If they do drip on their clothing or spill on your furniture we have a great blog about how to get out all sorts of stains.
What are your favorite fall recipes that are quick to make and family friendly???
So here are some of our ideas on how you can put that look in your space. Read to the end of this blog and comment for a chance to win Chip and Joanna’s new book – ‘THE MAGNOLIA STORY’
Chip/Joanna Gaines’ shop, Magnolia Market, before it all began | joannagaines / instagram
Before I knew a thing about Chip and Joanna Gaines, I fell in love with the Fixer Upper style. Discovering that the look I loved was created by a down-to-earth and funny couple only made it more appealing. The clean, simple lines and rustic touches that join contemporary with nostalgia rings a bell with today’s homeowners and, while I’d love to import Joanna to style your space, instead I can help you learn how to create the look yourself.
Showhome furniture is constantly travelling the earth with our six little children (who aren’t so little anymore) trying to bring calgary unique pieces that tell a story and have a rich past. We love seeing pics of showhome in your home! Send us your comment and let us know if you love this “FIXER UPPER” style as much as we do??
Remember to comment so you can win Joanna’s new book.
TIPS FOR AN AMAZING KIDS PLAYROOM
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Raising six beautiful girls in our home, our family’s gotten a lot of practice planning a kid’s game or play room.
Unlike other rooms in the house, decorating for kids can be even more challenging because you need to design a space that suits their personality now but won’t be something they will outgrow too quickly. In addition, the room needs to flow with the rest of your house and not stick out like a sore thumb.
We get inspiration from several design “miracle workers” (many of which you may recognize from HGTV). Here are a few of our favourite design inspirations that mix style, practicality and fun!
“THE MAGNOLIA STORY” BY JOANNA GAINES
When customers come into our Calgary furniture stores asking for ideas on how to create a practical game or playroom for their kids we often recommend they check out, “The Magnolia Story” by Joanna Gaines. Aside from sharing her family’s amazing story she does an amazing job describing how she carefully plans space(s) in her home for her kids.
Often times, we make the mistake of worrying too much about the design of the room and less about the functionality and true purpose of a playroom. On page 130 of her book she talks about the playroom for her kids and says:
“The whole place needed to be practical and functional for them so they could have fun and be themselves. It’s about children feeling that they can be at home”.
It’s important to remember to keep the design simple, functional, and fun! Check out the Joanna Gaines inspired space for kids below.
DO’S AND DON’TS FROM ELIZABETH MAYHEW
Another great resource is lifestyle expert, Elizabeth Mayhew, who understands the challenges and needs of decorating kids’ rooms. I recently came across an article she wrote for thestar.com and how you can spend time at your computer searching for some great ideas online to put your child’s room together efficiently and in a budget-friendly way! In her article about “Do’s and Don’ts for Decorating Kids’ Rooms” she also cautions against following current fads, designing the space to meet your personal needs, and keeping the design simple and uncluttered (for example, she advises narrowing down your fabric or furniture choices to two or three colours).
STORAGE SOLUTIONS BY SCOTT MCGILLIVRAY
One of the most common questions we get asked from our customers when designing their kid’s rooms is, “Can you help me with storage ideas”. The space is where kids will want to have access to toys, arts and crafts, electronics and books. Without creative storage options to keep all of these things neat and tidy, yet easily accessible, the room could get out of control in no time!
The trick to accomplishing this is to creatively mix open and closed storage options to keep a space open and organized, too. For example, having shelving with closed doors and areas for wicker baskets to keep toys and art supplies easily accessible.
Scott McGillvray, real estate investor, skilled contractor, and award-winning HGTV series host, certainly knows about planning and putting together a kids playroom or game room that you will be proud to show off and that your kids will love to spend hours in every day. Check out the article on “Smart Playroom Storage Tips” at www.scottmcgillivray.com for more ideas.
ACTIVE PLAY FOR KIDS AT HOME
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Depending on where you live, the winters can be cold and stretch out for several months, keeping families indoors where it is safe and warm. This is the case for us here in Calgary, Alberta. Although it’s easy for kids to stretch and move outdoors in the summer time, where playgrounds and recreation areas are accessible, this is not always the case at home. If you have the space, putting a swing, small trampoline or climbing structure in the room is a great way to keep the kids active all year long.
We adore the four small structures in the picture below. They are creative, fun and add flair to any space!
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HOURS OF FUN AND CREATIVITY – A CHALKBOARD WALL
In my opinion, every playroom needs a chalkboard wall. It gives your children a large area to be creative and let their minds explore through chalk (which is easy to clean and safe to use). In addition, chalkboard paint is inexpensive and offers hours of endless possibilities to let kids use their imagination. This helps to truly let your children be a part of designing out there space and keeping the area fresh and new, too! The best thing is, when your kids outgrow the chalkboard wall, you just paint over it!
Check out some of the ideas below from www.scottmcgillivray.com.
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KIDS GAME ROOM AND PLAYROOM – FINAL THOUGHTS
Hopefully this gives you some insight and helps to provide some useful direction as you are planning out your kids game room or playroom. Just remember that the key to designing the space is to keep it simple, let it be a space that will evolve and grow with your kids … and be a place for the whole family to be proud of and enjoy!
Whether you are staging, your home for sale or simply decorating for you and your family, one of the most important rooms you can focus on is the master bedroom. A retreat a relaxing peaceful place to begin and end your wonderful day! Sometimes we put this room at the end of our to-do list, concentrating on the public spaces of our home first. But our souls crave an area of beauty and order.
By making your master bedroom a priority, you give yourself an oasis – just the tool you need to finish the other parts of your home. As the inner sanctuary of your home, your bedroom and should be a place of peace and rejuvenation. In the relaxing atmosphere of a well-designed bedroom, you can reconnect with who and what matters the most. You can recharge and refresh.
Your bed should be cozy and well-structured to give you the night’s sleep you need to handle your busy days. Enticing, easy-care bedding helps, as does a well-structured mattress big enough for you and your partner (and whatever little people might make their way to your room in the night). If possible, there should be plenty of natural light, and adequate artificial lighting, too. Even if you like waking up to a darkened room, there is nothing quite like the lift you get from opening blinds or curtains and letting sunlight flood your space.
Master Bedroom Design Ideas
Furnishing your bedroom should be fun and purposeful. For your furniture, rather than simply utilizing castoffs from other places in the home, choose pieces that are both beautiful and practical, ones that will not only help maintain order but will tell some of your story. Once the main items are in place, consider choosing accessories, maybe whimsical and playful, that delight you and that you want to wake up to each morning.
Properly designed and decorated, your bedroom should remind you daily of the things that are really important in life and offer you a place of refreshment, a place that will welcome you at the end of the day. By investing time to create a space where you can rest, dream, plan, giggle together and create bonds, you will enjoy your bedroom more and feel more connected to it.
You deserve to have a beautiful space! We hope you have fun creating and styling your masterbedroom and transforming it into a place of rest! We would love to see a pic of what you you done with your space.
If the kitchen is the heart of a home, and the pantry is the heart of the kitchen, then we really need to make this space work for us. I love having an organized pantry, and it isn’t as hard as you might think to make that happen.
The important part is to just start. Analyze what you buy and choose certain areas for different category of items. Designating areas for snacks, weekday meals, baking, lunches, etc makes it easy to use up what you have and see what you need, not only saving money but cutting down on meal prep time. Now that is a true win!
Once you’ve decided what roles your space needs to fill and outfit it with the appropriate furnishings, you’re on your way. Then the look you want can come after you’ve ensured that the different elements work for you. If you don’t want your room’s size to limit what you can do, purchase furniture that meets your needs and then add customized elements like free-floating shelves or odd-angled bookcases. It helps to work with a designer who can visualize the great ideas you have and pare them down on paper so you can get an idea of the end result before you go shopping for your major furniture pieces. That way, you save money by making wise design decisions without the influence of impulse buying.
Versatile furniture that serves dual purposes or that folds away when not in use allows your rooms to act as if they were more expansive. For example, in a small bedroom you might want your nightstand to actually be a desk, or you may need your nightstand to function as a dresser. Purchase a piece of furniture that allows you to do the most: make sure there are drawers to hide things, a sturdy surface, and that you can get what you need during the night.
Small spaces do better with excellent organization. Maybe you’ll have to pare down your belongings. Hiding things (such as power cords, cozy blankets, office supplies) will make your room look less cluttered. Consider attractive baskets or wheeled crates stored in the unused space under beds and tables.
When square footage is at a premium, creative use of wall real estate can save the day. Raising artwork to increase the apparent height of a room can provide space for hanging racks, narrow shelves, fold-down tables etc. Judicious use of mirrors can create an illusion of greater space and bounce light around to illuminate dim corners.
Although space may be limited, you should be able to enjoy the beauty and tranquility of what you have. Even tiny spots can be comfortable and inspire you to enjoy the time you spend in them.