3 Expert Tips on Selecting Motion Furniture for Your Home

At the office it is all about leaning in, but at home is where we like to lean back. Sinking into your favourite chair or sofa at the end of the day is really the best cure around. Don’t you agree? Combine a comfortable spot with family or friends for football or family day gatherings with some good food and you’ve got it made in the shade.

When it comes to selecting the perfect chair, sofa, or loveseat it is definitely worth including recliners and motion furniture in your search. Not only are today’s modern motion furniture offerings stylish and sleek, but they are the perfect way to add even more comfort to your home theatre, family room, or man cave.

With that in mind, we’ve pulled together our top three expert tips on what to look for or think about when selecting motion furniture for your home.

1) Look for Canadian-made

When it comes to buying furniture (motion or not!) a big consideration these days is looking for Canadian-made products, including furniture. When shopping for high quality furniture items for your home it is always a good idea to look for Made In Canada companies.

2) Manual vs. Power Options

A key option offering in reclining or motion furniture is the choice between manual or power. A key factor in this decision is the room’s layout and your access to a power source. Sometimes the room makes the decision for you, and other times you have the choice between manual or power options and there are advantages to both.

Manual motion furniture options:

  • Allow you to place the furniture anywhere in any room without being restricted by power outlets or using or power chords;
  • Have fewer moving parts so there is less potential failure or warranty issues
  • Cost significantly less than their power option cousins simply because there are fewer motorized parts;
  • Are generally lighter than motorized options (easier to move);

Power or mechanical motion furniture options:

  • Modern long-lasting battery packs now allow many motion furniture options to have power, but no chord (except during charging) giving you the best of both worlds (power without restriction on placement).
  • Allow you to recline to any desired position, providing very specific comfort to anyone who sits and reclines to their desired position;
  • Are easier to use because there is less effort required on your part to recline;

3) Know All Your Style Options

What room will your new furniture be used in? Home theatres and man caves are the ideal spot for a selection of motion sectionals and chairs, perfect for watching the latest scary movie or big game. When it comes to living rooms and family rooms, other options that work well are reclining chairs, loveseats, and sofas. From leather recliners in the man cave to soft fabrics in the family room, the style options are endless in today’s recliners.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

How to Use the Colour of the Year to Decorate Your Home

Every year Pantone releases its ‘colour of the year’ and it helps guide the trends we will see in our homes. Pantone is pretty much the entire world’s go-to-resource for colour matching, design, and colour trends. Each year they, along with other colour heavy hitters like Benjamin Moore, Para Paints, Sico, Sherwin Williams and other paint or colour companies pick a colour they think represents the year to come, what we’ll see in our homes, in our closets, and even in marketing and advertising.

When it comes to the Pantone colour of the year, it is as much political statement and thought-provoking as it is fluffy throw pillows. The colour Pantone has picked for 2019 is called Living Coral and this bright cheerful colour will be everywhere, if it isn’t already.

Described by Pantone as a happy and optimistic colour, Living Coral is a great way to infuse a little sunshine into your home furnishings.

Does this lively and slightly nostalgic colour speak to you? Want to use it in your home? We’ve rounded up some great examples of just how to use the colour of the year in your home:

This area rug combined with a simple throw and pillow is the perfect POP of colour for this navy and grey bedroom.

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This wing chair pair is really living a lively coral life.

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This coral ottoman is a great way to add colour and function to this wonderful living room space.

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How beautiful is this coral crib?
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Curtains and a pop of coral on the dining room chairs make for a great combo in this dining room.

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This cozy breakfast nook looks like a very happy place to enjoy food and company.

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The simple addition of this coral wallpaper really makes this transitional powder room extra special.
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We hope you are inspired to use the 2019 colour of the year in your home.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

How to Save Money on Buying Furniture

Your home is an investment. It’s something you take care of and update over time, and hopefully something you love. I believe the things IN your home, like your furniture, should be no different. Each item should have purpose and function, and should also bring you joy.

When it comes to buying furniture, I like to think of my buying decisions as investments. My furniture needs to be sturdy and needs to be quality I can count on. With that in mind, here are my top tips for saving money on furniture while still making solid choices for now and the future.

1. Make a List & Do Your Research

Make a list of all the furniture items you want and need. Then list out what functions you want from all those items and any requirements (size, Canadian-made, etc) you might have. This is where it’s time to do some research and visit showrooms.

Check everything out and see who has the best furniture items to fit your needs (and wants). You might be buying your new leather sofa from one retailer and your new dining room table from another because of the pricing options, or floor model discounts available. This time spent scoping things out could mean big savings.

2. Special Promotions

Take advantage of special promotions like warehouse sales, floor model sales, and other discounts that aren’t part of a regular ‘sale’ schedule (like Boxing week). Even if floor models don’t have a discount marked on them, you can always ask! It’s also great to inquire about overstock or any warehouse sales coming up. Often times this is not something they promote in advance, but salespeople have the inside scoop and will often let you know.

3. Timing is Everything

Anyone who has been married for a long time knows that timing is everything. The key to success is knowing when the ‘right’ time is. When it comes to buying furniture, there are a few great times to seek out some extra discounts; new inventory rolls into retail stores in the spring, so check for sales and discounts in January and February. The end of the sales month is also a great time to see if that bedroom set you’ve had your eye on can get discounted in an effort to meet sales goals for the month. The answer is always no until you ask!

4. Call or Email

Ask sales people to call you if the item you are looking at comes on sale or is eligible for a discount. Or sign up for email alerts for store sales or promotions. Often times email subscribers get advance notice or extra incentives.

5. Delivery Included

Having delivery included in the purchase of your furniture item is a BIG savings. Not only are trained professionals going to get the furniture into your home in tip top shape (without breaking their backs), but you will also save the hassle of arranging for delivery, paying for it, or doing it yourself.

I hope these tips will help you invest in quality furniture while still saving some bucks.

Alex, Your Furniture Expert

5 Ways to Shop a Furniture Sale to Find the Best Deals

We all know quality furniture comes with a price tag, but there are lots of opportunities to get quality Canadian-made furniture on sale saving you a bundle. The trick is knowing when and how to score the best clearance deals.

With that in mind, we’ve rounded up our top five tips for saving on furniture (because who doesn’t love a deal!?):

1. Shop During Clearance Months

There are lots of ways to save money on bedroom sets, dining room furniture, a new sofa, and even a new living room set all year long (see our tips below), but the BEST opportunity to scoring a sofa on sale, or finding the best bedroom sets on sale it’s during clearance season.

Clearance season for furniture stores usually takes place during January and February in the winter; as well as July and August in the summer. Furniture retailers are clearing out inventory to make way for new stock and this is the perfect time for you to stock up! That leather sofa you’ve been eyeing will finally be on sale, so now is your chance.

2. Discounts on Floor Models

A great opportunity for savings on quality furniture all year long is by looking for discounts on floor models.

Retailers sell floor models at a discount at any time of the year, all you have to do is ask. If you can combine a floor model sale with an end-of-year sale, the chances for big discounts on your dream bedroom set are higher.

3. Damaged or Dented Items

Dents on dining room tables happen, we all know this. Usually each dent comes with a story around spilled Brussel sprouts or a homework assignment rather than ‘it came from the store like that’, but a small dent can mean big discounts. Sometimes the ‘damage’ is nothing you’ll notice like a bit of fading from the sun, or a small scratch on the base of a lamp, but if you can look past these or are handy yourself, these damaged or dented items can mean another opportunity for big savings on furniture.

4. Buy More, Save More (Bundles or Sets)

Ever heard the expression, “the more you spend, the more you save”? In the case of buying furniture on sale or at a discount, buying in bundles can save you a bundle. Bundling for deals on furniture doesn’t just mean buying bedroom sets either, ask about bundling a purchase of multiple key individual items like a sweet new leather sofa, a great guest bed, and the nesting tables your living room has been asking for.

5. Bargaining

And our final tip for savings on furniture is to ask about deals. The answer is always ‘no’ until you ask, so go ahead and ask. There are always clearance furniture items waiting for your bargaining power, you just need to ask.

Armed with your insider secrets to savings on furniture and finding the best deals, what’s the first new furniture item on your wish list?

Alex, Your Furniture Expert

Traditional or Contemporary Furniture – Which is Right for Your Style?

Traditional or Contemporary Furniture – Which is Right for Your Style

Would you consider yourself an old soul or a modern-day innovator? Whether you realize it or not, most people have a pull towards one or the other, which has a way of affecting their style. From clothing to furniture to house décor, your style is important, and understanding the difference between the two can help you figure out what you like and feel more confident about your purchases.

If you aren’t sure what types of furniture line up with your style, find out what traditional and contemporary furniture styles from Signature Design by Ashley would look better in your home and work best with your lifestyle.

Traditional: The Art of Mixing Well with Others

Traditional Sofas

If you’re an old-fashioned type of person, you’re probably somebody who enjoys a traditional aesthetic. This doesn’t necessarily mean worn down and ancient furniture. It can mean you particularly like ornate wood furniture, such as a cherry wood bookshelf or a coffee table designed with a unique flair. It can also mean you enjoy patterns and intricate details to give your home a classic look.

Traditional style generally stays away from bright colours. You’ll never find a neon green couch or a jewel-toned colour anywhere. The vibe of the room should be calm and casual. Neutral colours such as grey, beige, and soft blues are always preferred in a traditional room.

One of the best things about traditional furniture is that each piece can easily fit into any style room. Throw a traditional coffee table into a modern-esque room and it won’t stand out. Throw a cozy chair in a rustic space and it will blend right in. Traditional furniture has a knack of mixing well with others. And if you’re looking for furniture to blend in, we’ve got the traditional Signature Design furniture in store that’ll help do the job perfectly.

Contemporary: The Art of Standing Out

Contemporary Sectional by Signature Design

Contemporary furniture styles are all about clean lines without the frills, and neutral hues with a pop of colour throughout. Simplicity is key when it comes to contemporary styles. It wouldn’t be a normal contemporary room if any of the furniture was bulky, so be sure to keep your furniture silhouettes looking slim.

Like traditional, contemporary sticks to neutral colours, but differs by throwing in a bold and vibrant shade in every once in a while. Imagine walking into a room with pure white walls, but a cobalt blue ottoman sitting between two grey sofas. Pretty striking, huh? That’s contemporary in a nutshell. Just be sure not to go overboard with too many different bright colours in the same space because that can make the room look busy.

Of course, when it comes to traditional and contemporary pieces of furniture, it’s not always a one or the other sort of deal. There are plenty of ways to mix the two together! So, if you happen to be on the lookout for some contemporary or traditional furniture, stop by our store to find a large variety from Signature Design by Ashley just waiting to fit into your home today! We’d be happy to help you figure out which style you’re going for and which Signature Design pieces will fit perfectly in your layout.

Alex, Your Furniture Expert

Which Palliser Furniture Sofa Style calls To You?

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The world of sofa shopping can be vast and intimidating. Your couch is your safe space, your welcoming embrace when you get home from a long day of work, the centrepiece of your living room décor – you want to make sure you’re picking out the perfect one.

And if you’ve been hanging onto the same old, reliable couch that’s been collecting dust and stains in the corner for a decade, it can be hard to make the jump into something new. But rest assured, Palliser Furniture has your back.

Palliser’s vast selection of sofas are the perfect complement to your style – and your comfort. We’ve got several stunning models available – but which one is right for your space? Check out our handy guide to Palliser sofa styles to figure out which one will suit you just right!

Let’s Get Sectional

If you’ve got a house fit for a king and want to make all your guests feel like royalty too, bringing home a sectional is the perfect way to do it! These sprawling sofas fit in perfectly with every home design and give you and your guests plenty of space to get comfy.

Though they’re especially great for maximizing floor space in large rooms, smaller homes can easily get the luxury treatment too. Chaise sofas give you a little extra room to sprawl out, while keeping the sofa’s width compact.

On the Recline

Palliser Cairo Reclining Sofa

Do you like to get low? Like, really really low? A reclining couch is the perfect style for the comfort-minded individual! These sofas come in all shapes, sizes and styles, so you can keep your living room sleek and add a little extra comfort to your space at the same time. Loveseats, sectionals, and classic-style sofas are all available with the ability to recline, so sit back, relax and enjoy your favourite TV show from way down low. Go ahead, catch a few Z’s! We won’t judge!

Loveseat, Baby

Cute and cozy, loveseats are perfect for filling an awkward corner or taking the place of a couch in smaller homes. Loveseats have all the comfort of a sofa, but in a stylish, compact size. There are lots of varieties of this comfy seating option too, so you can find one to suit you no matter your style or space.

Settee loveseats have a high, straight back and a comes in classic and contemporary looks. Divans, a type of loveseat without a back or arms, are a great slim seating option for the end of beds or window seats that can’t quite fit a couch.

Sleeper Keeper

Palliser Sofa Sleeper

Multifunctional sofas are the perfect option for a compact home! If you love to entertain but don’t quite have the space to give your guests a whole room of their own, a sleeper sofa or futon is a great choice. These multitasking sofabeds can either pull out or fold down, so evening guests don’t have to squeeze or crane their necks to get a good night’s sleep at your place.

If you’re big on naps, they can also be a great way to catch a few Z’s on a lazy afternoon. The best part is that with a sleeper from Palliser Furniture, you get both style and convenience! Your multitasking Palliser furniture isn’t just functional, it looks great in your home as well. Come on by our store to check out some of the great options we have in stock from Palliser.

Keep It Classic

Of course, there’s nothing wrong with playing it safe and taking home a traditional sofa. Palliser offers several shapes, colours, and styles, so you can always pick the perfect option for your home. Try out a sleek, contemporary couch or a transitional one with padded armrests. Minimalist mid-century modern and sharp, square-armed sofas are also on trend. With a classic sofa, you are free to explore any and every combination of colours, styles, and designs you can imagine, all thanks to Palliser!

With Palliser, there’s no wrong choice for your space! Whether you need a mega-sofa for all your friends, or a loveseat just for you and your honey, come by our store to check out all of our incredible selections from Palliser. Be sure to try them all out before you buy! You might be surprised by the style you’re most drawn to.

Alex, Your Furniture Expert

Where to Splurge and Where to Save: In the Living Room

Where to Splurge and Where to Save In the Living Room

The living room is appropriately named since next to the kitchen (most times literally!), the living room is where most of the actual living happens. We read, snuggle with the dog, watch TV, have family reunions, and yes even eat in our living room. The living room does a lot of living and so we need to make sure we have the right furniture and décor elements to make the living space as happy and welcoming as can be. We also want it to last and yet to change with the times and seasons based on our tastes and needs.

With that in mind, it’s time for another edition of where to splurge versus where to save. This time we’ll be looking to our most used living space, the living room.

Where to Splurge

Sofas, Couches, Chesterfield

Palliser Sherbrooke

Just think of all you do on your couch. It’s a lot, isn’t it!? A high-quality sofa can literally make or break your back. Comfort is key and a sofa or couch that breaks or is sagging within a few short years is not a safe investment.

The sofa is also likely to be one of the longer term items in your living room, investing in quality means you will love living your living room for years to come – because all you need to do is change up the throw pillows!

Lighting

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Good lighting is essential for any room, including the living room. Good lighting makes tasks easier, helps maintain eyesight, and adds ambiance and mood. Be sure to have well-placed floor lamps, table lamps, chandeliers, and pot lights to help you light up your living space.

Bonus! While both lighting and quality sofas are a financial splurge, you can easily take advantage of sales like Boxing Week to save on your splurge items. Now that’s smart living!

Where to Save

Décor items

Wall Art

Throw pillows, seasonal décor, and other accent items are a great way to add personality to your living room without blowing the bank. A solid sofa investment means you’ve got 10 to 20 years of throw pillow variety, new area rugs, and interesting art to rotate. What fun!

Accent Chairs

Accent Chairs

We all know and love a great accent chair, and we all know how versatile they can be. But there is no need to spend a boatload on a chair that will rarely get sat on. This is where you can afford to save and get something in a lower quality since you won’t be using it nearly as often as something like a sofa.

Bonus! You can save even more on these items by buying off season – like stocking up on all new Christmas décor during Boxing week.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

How to Turn Your Bedroom From Boring to a Beautiful Retreat

How to Turn Your Bedroom From Boring to a Beautiful Retreat

Does your bedroom feel boring and basic? Do you want to glam it up and make it a space you long to retreat to at the end of the day? A beautiful bedroom retreat is something everyone should have and we’ve got our top three tips for making it happen.

Three ways to take your bedroom from basic to beautiful:

1) Add or Recover Your Headboard

The easiest way to make a bedroom feel more glamorous and restful is to add in a luxurious headboard. A large upholstered headboard adds texture and focus, and depending on the fabric you choose, it can really add any element you like;

A touch of whimsy:

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2) Ban Basic Bedframes

A good mattress deserves a great frame. From platform beds with storage to a four-poster bed the styles of bedframes are varied and can help you add your own personality to your perfect bedroom retreat.

Panel headboard with leather

3) Accent It Up

Side tables, a small TV stand, dressers that store your clothing properly – all these accent items help make a room look and feel like home. It doesn’t need to be new either! A medium height dresser out of the kid’s room might be a perfect weekend DIY project for a fresh coat of paint so it can now be the TV stand in your bedroom.

Accenting a Bedroom

Look around at what you’ve got and see if you can repurpose and rethink items to make your bedroom work for your needs. Sometimes a great weekend project can yield your favourite and most prized item.

Another great accent item is mirrors and art. Visit your local antique store and find some fun frames, blow up art your kids have created, or frame a precious note. All these accent items help make your room one you want to enjoy.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

Three Reasons to Love Sectionals

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When I grew up in the eighties the sectional was almost always the sofa that graced the playroom or messy TV room in the basement. This was the case in my house and certainly all of my friends’. A big messy couch that constantly separated and ‘made’ us lose our Gameboys in between the various sofa pieces.

Now a full-fledged grown-up and furnishing my own home I’ve come to realize the sectionals of the past are no longer and today’s sectionals give you so many reasons to love them. With simple attachments to keep today’s sectionals as one, there are so many reasons to consider a sectional as your sofa of choice, here are my top three.

Any Size, Any Space, Any Style

Are you a mid-century modern fan? Do you prefer deep and luxurious? Do you have a tiny space or a massive one? The real beauty of sectionals is there is a configuration for every possible style or space. You can go for a classic look or a super modern look, you can have a soft velvet fabric or a rugged leather, the options are literally endless with sectionals.

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Elran sectional

Features on Features

A sectional with features like cup holders, storage in ottomans, power and manual reclining, is like a gift within a gift. Not only can you get all the various features of a sofa you want, but you can get features on the features. I like to lounge on one side, husband reclines on the other, and the dogs can snuggle in the middle. I’ve got magazines stored in the ottoman and unless you could fit a maid in there too, I feel like life is pretty good.

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Easy to Move & Rearrange

Because sectionals are a series of components meeting your individual style needs, it also makes them very easy to transport. No Friends couch moving scene screaming PIVOT here my friends, nope – moving sectionals from room to room or house-to-house is super easy. This also means you can re-jig or rethink your sectional based on the room or house.

A sectional we moved from our family room up to our cottage recently had one small section removed to make it work perfectly for the space. We didn’t need a whole new couch, but it almost feels like we got one!

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Are you ready to love sectionals too? Visit your local BrandSource store today to sit down on our selection of sectionals and see what it’s all about.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert

How to Keep Furniture Looking Like New

How to Keep Furniture Looking Like New

Sometimes I wish I could be the lady who wraps all her furniture in plastic so it looks like new forever, and then I remember that it is very weird and also probably very uncomfortable. Not to mention, wrapping furniture in plastic for everyday living is not at all practical.

And while I know messes, spills and accidents can happen (especially during the busy holiday party season) there are some simple tips and tricks to help keep your furniture looking like new (without becoming the crazy plastic person).

Here are some of my tips and tricks to keep your furniture looking like new.

Tip #1) Performance Fabrics

Just like a great sports bra does wonders for sweat and support, a proper performance fabric on your sofas and accent pillows can help you by cleaning more easily and being stain resistant. Another great option is choosing outdoor fabrics for your dining room chair seats. With so many fun choices, you can recover your chairs easily in a fabric toddlers, dogs, and messy Aunt Harriet can do their worst and you can just give them a quick wipe down.

Tip #2) Preparation & Protection

While it’s nice to show the wood grain of your lovely dining room table, I find holidays the perfect time to dress it up with tablecloths and runners, adding in some advance protection against spills and scratches. This also helps protect the wood from any hot dishes you need to serve.

This also means leaving coasters out on literally every surface so it’s pretty obvious you want them used. Another tip to help prevent spills from being even worse is to never fill glasses more than half full. This helps guests limit their indulgence, but also makes sure if a glass does go over it’s less likely to run across half the table.

Protecting your wood furniture

Tip #3) Warranty & Protection Plans

Warranty and protection plans for your furniture are boring yes, but very reassuring. If you are investing in quality sofas and solid wood dining room sets, it might be worth investing in a warranty or protection plan to help provide that extra bit of reassurance if it all goes south (despite your best efforts).

Tip #4) Serve Up Stain-Free Foods

While cranberry sauce might be non-negotiable, other stains inducing foods aren’t necessary and should be encouraged to remain off the holiday or entertaining menu. If you really don’t want to serve up red wine, you can even try having a signature house cocktail made with easy to clean mixers. Think through buffet food and self-serve appetizers to make sure there isn’t cheese dripping or sauces going everywhere. Pick items that can easily be enjoyed without a big mess, or be sure to provide lots of plates and napkins.

Tip #5) Clean Spills Immediately

If spills do happen, the best strategy to avoiding stains is to clean them up immediately. And while I know it’s stressful, remain calm and don’t forget to reassure your guests that accidents happen with a smile.
After all, if the worst thing that happens at a family gathering over the holidays is a spill you should count your blessings.

Rebecca, Your Furniture Expert