Your home is an extension of yourself, and you want to make the most of it. Unfortunately, if you’ve ever stared at a blank page, wondering what on earth you’re going to write next, you can know that having too much freedom can be just as crippling as having none at all.
When you first walk into Love Your Home, just a stone’s throw away from the 401 in Aberfoyle, it might not feel like you’ve entered their store; being filled with unique, beautiful pieces could possibly contribute to this feeling; but with some advice from the team, you’ll find you have your answers in no time.
Just to get you started, however, here are a few quick tips that I learned while sitting down with owner, Amanda Phonpaseuth:
As the biggest and most expensive piece in the room, this is likely going to be the one you spend the most time on. Love Your Home understands this, which is why they have several lines that are customizable. For example, a popular sofa comes with add-ons allowing adjustments from sofa to sectional, which makes it perfect for growing families and changing lives. Need a sofa right now, but think you may wish for a sectional later? No problem – you can always buy additional pieces to adjust it as you need to.
For those of you looking for even more freedom, why not try their new line of furniture, which is completely customizable. The company provides the layout and you adjust the height, length, and fabric to suit your needs. As a Canadian company, they can offer you high quality and can ship in half the time of others.
As the focal point of any room, this is going to be one of the last pieces that you will choose when you’re decorating. Just think about it: it will be much easier to match art to suit your room, than designing your room around a single piece of art.
For this there are several things to consider, some of the most important being size and location. You’ll want to keep in mind where the piece is to be placed to make sure it’s not too big or small for the space – in fact, the perfect image that is right in every way but size is going to look out of place no matter how much you love it.
As there are so many things to keep track of, this is where making a decision might become tricky, but fortunately, Love You Home has lots of new, fresh wall art options that’ll suit any need and style preference. Their favourites tend to combine simple designs, with neutral tones, that have enough of a twist to keep it interesting. Just that little something to make your room pop.
THE FINISHING TOUCHES
So, you’ve got everything set up, and the walls filled – but you don’t want to have your tables and shelves sitting empty! You need something to fill them; that’s where the real fun comes in, and you can really dig into your own personal flair and style.
There are so many options available that it’s difficult to give universal advice – everyone has their own taste, and you really need to take time to discover what calls out to you – but, I can point out a couple of things to keep an eye out for.
Love You Home’s dough bowls and beads are a particularly popular combo. Simple and in soft neutral colours, they’re so versatile that they can really allow you to have a solitary focal piece that can be changed with each season. Fill them with twinkle lights or ornaments for winter, pine cones for fall, or flowers for spring – it suits them all!
Something else we must not forget are lamps. With so many different shapes, sizes and styles, lamps are a great and practical way to spice up a room. Amanda’s motto when it comes to lamps is “the bigger the better” but as with anything related to décor, this is a personal preference. What can be said for a lamp is that like a vase, it can be used to draw the eye both outward and upwards, giving your space a more dynamic and engaging feel – and of course, it will always add a little bit of light, allowing you to show off everything else!
So, now that you’ve got an idea of the key things that you should keep in mind, I hope that “blank slate” has become less overwhelming and you’re ready to start tackling your latest décor project! All you need to do is keep your colour scheme and spacing in mind, then head out to Love Your Home. Their amazing team and products will do the rest!
Written by: Jillian Kent | Photography: Cory Bruyea