Creating Cozy Spaces On Large Decks

I always dreamed of having a large deck to entertain on.  I thought of all the parties I could throw and all the people that would fit on my large deck.  Finally, I was able to get a home that had a large deck off the kitchen.  I was delighted but soon realized that sometimes decorating a large space can be harder than decorating a small space.

At Showhome furniture we know that it important to balance things out, pick good furniture and define spaces in order to create the maximum entertaining space for your time and money.

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When I designed my deck, I found it easier to break my space up into different zones.  I had the eating zone and the sit back and chill with friends zone.  Sticking to just two different zones allowed me to also have enough room to move around and look out at the view even when there were many guests over.

For my eating zone, I opted for a gazebo kit to frame in and shade my guests while we ate and conversed.  If you live in a very windy location like a few of my sisters, you might not be able to get away with a box kit and may have to hire someone to come and build you a permanent structure that is windproof.

I learned the hard way when I lived in Southern Alberta near the foothills, that you must build according to the needs of your location.

For the visiting area, I just got a good quality sectional, a rug and a coffee table.

No living space inside or out is complete without accessories, and since we were creating an outdoor living space, I made sure that my deck was loaded with plants or different shapes and colors.

One thing I did not do, but many have is to add a fireplace or fire bowl because even though my deck was large, I wanted to leave lots of space for mingling guests and running children (who are often in large numbers at our gatherings).

What I did do though was add a lot of different candles and lighting to my space.  The mixed lights let me enjoy our deck even when the evening grows long and dark.

Whatever your deck size, decorating it properly is a must in order to realize it full entertaining potential.


Nursery Rooms That Grow With Your Child

At Showhome Furniture we love unpacking a new crate of furniture from around the world.  We work hard to find treasures in Canada and abroad.  You just never know exactly what is going to be coming in each crate, how it will measure up and whether or not our customers will love it.  It is kinda like having a baby-not really, but just like we love a new crate of furniture, we also love the idea of getting ready for a new baby!!!  Having had 6 babies of my own, I know what I am talking about.

When planning for a new baby it is important to think long-term.  Your sweet baby is not going to be a baby forever, so it is wise to spend time and thought on how to make your hard work of decorating their room last for as long as you need it to.

Of corse every nursery needs a crib!  There are cribs in furniture stores all over the city that fit everyone budget.  Personally, we would suggest you not spend too much money on the crib as it will not be need after a year or two.  It would be more economical to buy a basic crib and spend money on other furniture like a nest chair.

A nest chair is perfect for so many rooms but especially a nursery, then toddler room, where mom and dad can cuddle up with baby to read a book or sing a song.

Some people are concerned about getting new furniture for childrens rooms.  We, at Showhome Furniture realize this, and that is why we offer an affordable no hassle furniture plan.  With a good furniture plan you are able to buy knowing that your investment is secure. In addition to our protection plan you are sure to find some great deals at Showhome Furniture as we are constantly having furniture sales.

Getting a classy dressers for baby clothing is important.  When my sister had her first baby she spent hours painting Peter Rabbit all over it.  It was adorable, and took a long time.  Unfortunately only a few years later the dresser was outdated and broken.  Had she bought a basic but well-built dresser like my other sister did (I have 5 sisters) then even five or six later the dresser would have been in great shape and versatile enough to have been used in the kitchen, the living room, the baby’s room, and lastly the teen-agers room.

Beyond a dresser, most nurseries would benefit from some additional storage units. Bookcases are great as well as little caddy’s.  Some fear that bookcases are and caddy’s are boring, but with the great selection at Showhome Furniture, you are bound to find something that suits you perfectly and are far from boring.

These are some of our essentials for an amazing nursery.  If there are somethings that we missed (after all it has been a few years since I have had a baby), please let us know.