Employee Spotlight : Karen Calistan

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In case you missed it in our most recent newsletter we did 5 Questions with our featured employee and manager Karen Calistan. Here is a little bit about her and some of her favourites for Fall!

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Karen is our multi-talented manager at both the Lakeshore and West House Warmings locations. Karen has been a part of the House Warmings team for 17 years and continues to provide leading quality design insights for our customers and clients.

  1. What is your favourite Fall colour?

I actually love all the colors of fall. It’s my favorite time for merchandising at the store. After months and months of spring/summer colors there’s always something comforting

and inviting about injecting the warmth back into the store. If I had to choose one color though it would be burnt orange!

 

  1. What is your favourite trend for the Fall season?

Navy blue! When buying for this fall and winter it was everywhere. whether shown in a muted palette with natural linen, with mustard yellow or emerald green. Whatever your spin it just works. especially with today’s trend of mixing metals and metallic leather.

 

  1. What are you most looking forward to for Fall?

Of course jeans and sweaters but when it comes to my home I would have to say texture. I grew up in Scotland surrounded by texture. Whether it is a “drystane dyke” (wall constructed without any mortar), the heavy rustic wooden castle doors, wrought iron or sheep grazing in a nearby field with thick wooly coats. I love to add texture.

 

  1. What is your favourite part of being in the House Warmings Family?

First of all just that, Family! House Warmings has been like a family for me. I grew up with parents who ran a successful family business so I understand how it works.

I have always appreciated the flexibility that comes with that.

I love the variety that my job affords me. from managing the stores and staff, merchandising, customer service, working with suppliers, buying new furniture and accessories each

Season, as well as my Design Services and working with wonderful clients! I have to say though that our staff is the best! I am very

fortunate to get to work with such a dynamic group of talented and creative women each day. Their support makes my job much easier!

Our customers are wonderful and loyal! Without them House Warmings wouldn’t have grown the way it has. I wouldn’t have had the chance to be part of all the new exciting advances that House Warmings has made during my seventeen years, so I look forward to the years to come.

 

  1. What is your best style tip for clients?

Buy something because you LOVE IT, not because you have a place for it. You will ALWAYS find the perfect spot!

A Perfect Picnic

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We hope you’ve had a chance to check out the August issue of Style at Home that featured some beautiful cottage properties and many House Warmings products!

 

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We have been inspired by the laid back, casual, and relaxing lifestyle that is associated with cottage living. But you don’t have to brave the highway traffic to enjoy the peace and beauty of the great outdoors. We are lucky to have beautiful parks with waterfront views right in our own backyard!

 

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A picnic is the perfect way to enjoy the incredible Oakville scenery. Packing up some delicious munchies to share with friends and family can be easy and fun!

 

Here are a few of our favourite tips:

 

1. Upside-Down Salad:

 

If you’re packing a salad with leafy greens, assemble your salad upside-down to avoid soggy lettuce. Put your dressing on the bottom of your portable container, then layer the rest of your salad ingredients on top of it, putting the lettuce at the very top. When you’re ready to eat, toss everything together and you’ll have a crisp and crunchy salad.

 

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2. Keep it Simple

 

A charcuterie boards make for a simple, but impressive display of different cured meats, cheeses, fruits and veggies. The sky is the limit on what you can add to a beautiful wooden serving board, so you can choose any of your own family favourites. The best part about this serving style is that it’s all about the presentation, and not about the preparation – no cooking required!


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Build your charcuterie board with accessories at House Warmings including this rustic serving board, wooden cheese knives, Farmhouse Pottery glasses and a variety of stylish napkins.

 

3. Set the Scene

 

Bring a beautiful blanket to sprawl out on and enjoy the day! We love these casual, and comfy throws from Dash and Albert that come in a variety of colours. A selection of Dash and Albert throws can be found at House Warmings West.

 

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Enjoy the month of August and the beautiful Summer weather by planning the perfect picnic!

House Warmings Lakeshore News!

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House Warmings Closing FlyerYou don’t want to miss the great deals at House Warmings on fabulous home decor, chic accessories and classic furniture. Be sure to stay posted for updates on the new House Warmings concept store coming this Fall!

 

Sidewalk Sale 2014

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Over the weekend we had a very successful Sidewalk Sale

in beautiful Downtown Oakville. There was lovely weather and lots of great deals on home decor!

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We would like to give a big thank you to everyone who stopped by to shop with us

and to everyone who put this years sale together in Downtown Oakville.

 

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We look forward to next year at the 42nd Annual Sidewalk Sale!

Product Insight: Fatboy

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Fatboy Bean Chairs 

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House Warmings is carrying a couple products from the Fatboy Canada line. The Original is a large bean bag chair that comes in a wide assortment of colours to add a fun accent in your home!

 

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Costing:

Stonewashed Cotton: $319.00

Nylon: $259.00

 

 

 

 

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 Technical Specifications:

Dimensions: 70” x 55”

Weight: 24 lbs.

Materials: 3 layers of nylon with PVC coating. Water and stain resistant. Not Waterproof

Filling: 360 liters of virgin and recyclable polystyrene micro-beads. The beads travel in the bag to mold the body and offer optimum comfort.

Use: Designed for inside use. Can be used, but should not remain outside.

Safety: Protected by a large Velcro and childproof zipper.

                                                                                                                      Material and filling are fire retardant.

                                                                          Care: Can be cleaned with lukewarm water, soft soap and soft brush.

                                                                                Guarantee: Six months on manufacturing defects from the date of purchase.

                                                                                                 The second product is The Point. It too comes in a large selection of colours and is a great addition for a small space to add more seating.

 

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Costing:

Stoned Washed Cotton: $115.00

Nylon: $89.00

 

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Technical Specifications:

Dimensions: 50 cm by 35 cm

Weight: 7 lbs

You can expect these Fatboy products to be in store this Summer. Can’t wait? Order your Fatboy products with us today!

 

Made to Fade

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We are loving the ombre trend that seems to be showing up everywhere in the fashion, home decor, and even the culinary world. Ombre is a graduation of colour, starting with a deeply saturated tone on one end, blending into a lighter version at the other end. We’ve sourced some beautiful ombre pieces to share with you for inspiration!

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Pretty lamps – Leopard Lamp by Arteriors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A blown glass bowl – Kaiden Bowl by Arteriors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A golden pendant – Lily Pendant by Arteriors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Or a combination of these items could add interest to your space.

We’ve chosen small accessories to capture the whimsy and fun of this look without going overboard. This trend won’t be fading out any time soon!

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Natural Beauty

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House Warmings is excited to now be selling Farmhouse Pottery in the West and Lakeshore stores. It has a simple and classic design that will bring a country feel to any kitchen. All of the pottery products are handmade and offer superb quality. The Vermont based company supports local production and offering products that bring natural beauty and simplicity back into the home.

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Not only do they offer beautiful stoneware but they have delicious pantry items. Locally sourced products such as Maple Syrup (Yum!) and honey, are just some options from Farmhouse. Let’s not forget their simple and minimal packaging, which makes these products even more exceptional.

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At House Warmings you can now find a selection of Farmhouse Pottery goods for your homes. A variety from pottery to pantry! And how beautiful are the gift boxes? Perfect for a unique and timeless present for a loved one!

 

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Artwork

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Looking for a new art piece for a particular spot in your home?  Come in and see our new selection of art work from Leftbank Art (www.leftbankart.com).   Their attention to detail and quality drive the manufacturing and creation of their artwork.  They are truly “one-of-a-kind” pieces.

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Time for a change

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by Karen Calistan
Does it matter that Mother Nature is reluctant to give up old man winter?  Not in the world of Interior Design.  We can move ahead and infuse our homes with spring or summer colours and textures without her!

You can see below that all it takes are a few accessories which really won’t break the bank but will bring a great deal of satisfaction to you.  It will feed that crave you have for change after a long cold winter!   A change is as good as a rest after all!!

 

I used some of the fantastic new accessories available for the 2013 Spring/Summer Season from House Warmings to give one sofa and coffee table two completely different looks.

 

The first look is all about natural textures with a calming palette, from the coarse weave of the rope mirror to the smooth finish of the marble coffee table top.  The fish add depth to the look and the white vase punctuates all the natural materials with a clean crispness.

 

The second look also has a lot of texture on the beaded toss cushions and the art gives a sense of movement but the main thing you notice from this look is the sparkle and smoothness of the metal finishes as well as pops of various shades of bright blue which creates a lively, fun look to enjoy!

 

Try it yourself, you might be surprised how much fun you have and how creative you can be!

 

Illuminate your Senses

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The sense of smell is our most primitive sense, the one most closely related to emotions.  Come in and savour the new scents in the Illume line of products.  We have Pineapple Cilantro, Desert Tulip and Cactus Verde.  They will be sure to evoke feelings of happiness and renewal as we approach the spring season.

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House Warmings is a family run business which has been in Oakville for almost twenty years. We have a wonderful variety of furniture and home decor products, all selected to create a warm and inviting environment in your home.

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