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Home Renovation Ideas And Stores Near Oakville, Just In Time For The New Year

Home Renovation Ideas for the New Year- Oakville

Now that we have almost settled in after all the holiday busy scuttle of parties and gatherings, many of us are ready for a New Year change – in our home of course!

We have found some fabulous Home décor and Reno stores close to Oakville to help rediscover and revamp your favorite spaces in your home. Wheather you are going for an Art Deco feel, Cotemporary/Modern, Traditional or an Edgy Transitional feel, you can be sure to find just the right items to suit your vision. Some of the styles you may be considering are;

Art Deco: streamlined, geometric style of home furnishings popular in the ’20s and ’30s featuring rounded fronts, mirrored accents, sleek lines and wood furniture with chrome hardware and glass tops.

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Contemporary: A design which often has clean, sleek lines and is marked by solid colors, predominantly muted neutrals or bold punches of color in furniture and accessories. The furniture is lower to the ground and often has metal frames or straight legs with an emphasis on basic shapes and forms. Graphic elements in artwork or as accents work well with this look.


Interested in learning more design styles and ideas before you head out for some shopping? Visit: http://www.hgtv.com/design/decorating/design-101/design-styles-defined-pictures

Once you decide on a style/ design, you can make your way into one of these magnificent stores in Oakville!


House Warmings:

Located in Oakville, this establishment has been around for 20 years. Because they are a family owned business, they are passionate about their products and well stocked with everything you can possibly need to start or finish that renovation, or simple room transition. Carefully selected items in their store promises to give your space a warm and inviting environment. Aside from home products, professional assistance is readily available upon request. Their team of experts can help with Paint and color schemes, space planning, furniture selections, room accessorizing and much more!  Be sure to stop by, or visit their website at http://housewarmings.ca/



Urban Barn:

Whatever you have decided for this New Years Renovation resolution, the perfect piece can be found for your dining, living and bedroom space at Urban Barn. There is a vast selection of items from modern furniture pieces, edgy bold and eclectic, to more elegant and sophisticated styles. In addition, you will also find all the accessories you need to complete any room in your home. Art pieces and specialized services are also offered such as, Décor accents, wall décor, lighting, drapery, rugs, and the list goes on with different ways to speak to your individual needs and styles. Come visit Urban Barn in their Oakville home! For more information on services, products and location, click here: http://www.urbanbarn.com/home.do?gclid=CJeM7I7LkMoCFRCNaQod8JIDJw

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Oakville Winterberry Lane: Furniture and Home Décor:

Located in South East Oakville, Winterberry Lane offers a unique selection of vintage furniture and the option to transition your already favorite pieces to get professionally treated. They have a philosophy that rather than discarding furniture you no longer need or enjoy, you can revamp it into something beautiful and perfect for you New Year design ideas. In addition, they provide services such as professional grade spray booth where every piece of your furniture will undergo a multi- step spraying process by artists that have over 30 years of experience! For more information on services, location and contact information visit the website at: http://www.winterberrylane.com/

winterberry lane

Mississauga Home and Design Centre:

Are you someone who knows you need a change in your home, but you don’t have a clue as to what direction you want to take yet? Why not visit the Mississauga Home and Design Centre, where you will find everything and anything related to new and old home renovations, home décor, decorating ideas, and much much more! The Mississauga Home & Design Centre is your one-stop destination for all your home décor needs, and all conveniently located in one easily accessible plaza on Dundas Street West just east of Winston Churchill Boulevard. Whether you need guidance or you want to walk around to get some ideas rolling for your future New Year’s renovation, stop by for some inspiring ideas to get the ball rolling! For hours and location visit their website here: http://www.oakvillehomedecor.ca/index.html

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We hoped this help narrow down your search for the perfect style, and store located near you in Oakville for that perfect New Year home renovation. Whether it’s one room, an area of your office, or the entire home, be sure to visit one of these fabulous stores waiting to help make your dream home a reality!

If you’re still looking to move to Minto Oakvillage, be sure to register for Minto Oakvillage Phase 2 on our website!

Happy New Year!

Minto does IDS, part II

In part I, Carmen and Philippa shared their finds from last weekend’s Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Next, we’ll hear from two more Minto designers and find out what made their hearts skip a beat at the show.



Liz Klaehn is an Interior Design Consultant at Minto. Liz found some great examples of clean lines, remixed design and an old-but-new way to glamourize a room. 

Scandinavian-inspired furniture is right on trend: less is more. “We are Looking for less cluttered spaces and quality pieces that will stand the test of time,” Liz says. This piece is a modern take on an iconic Danish armchair upholstered in sheepskin to be comfortable and cozy. If you’re looking for the perfect piece for a small space, this might be it.

Hacktivism is about taking existing products and using them to make something completely different. Liz calls it DIY for the 21st century. The IKEA booth showed chandeliers made from plumbing pipe, and this glass-and-bicycle-wheel coffee table perfectly embodies the hacktivist philosophy.

Brass is back. “The key,” Liz warns, “is to use it differently this time around.” This means avoiding brass faucets and looking for matte finishes in accessories, furniture and wallpaper. This trend has longevity and is great for adding glamour to any space.



Yvonne Noble is also an Interior Design Consultant at Minto. We recently had the pleasure of working on a post with Yvonne about choosing finishes for your condo. 

Like Philippa, Yvonne wants us to look out for bold colours. These small appliances by Panasonic are a great way to add colour without the commitment.

Living design merges the beauty of living objects found in nature with technology to create unimagined new hybrids,” Yvonne says. The open flower chair and romantic chandelier by Kenneth Cobonpue demonstrate the use of softer, more organic shapes and materials. “This trend is not only about good design and function; equally important is how products makes us feel.”

Old world techniques are made new again with fresh patterns and colours from Olympia.

More great tiles to consider for a unique backsplash or feature wall in a shower.

That’s it for the Interior Design Show until next year, but we never stop looking for design inspiration! Thanks again to Yvonne, Liz, Philippa and Carmen for sharing their picks from IDS 2013.



Minto does IDS, part I

Last weekend the Interior Design Show at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre brought some colour to a grey Toronto winter and got everyone talking, especially our own design team. We asked four Minto design professionals what to keep an eye out for in 2013.

Whether you’re building up the look of a new home from scratch or giving one room a face lift we hope you’ll be inspired by some of our favourite finds from this year’s show.


Carmen Dragomir is the principal & owner at Esqape Design in Toronto. She has lent her creative energy to many Minto model suites over the years. Here are her IDS picks.   

More dynamic than a wallpaper, this product is like a piece of art stretched out to fill an entire wall. It’s a great idea for a feature wall in a condo. Carmen’s advice? If possible, pick the pattern for the wall before choosing your furniture.

Consider this full height unique wine storage as the main feature of a dining area. A statement piece and storage solution in one, it would be great for condo lofts. In an open concept dining/kitchen area this feature could even be placed right at the end of the kitchen cabinets to create an interesting backdrop for the dining area.

A typical condo layout can look anything but with a whimsical mix of finishes, colours, textures & shapes. This grouping is by Casalife where Carmen likes to get a lot of the furniture & accessories you see in our model suites.

Emerald is Pantone’s 2013 colour of the year. “Let it be green,” Carmen says. “Emerald, wasabi, moss, and bottle green; I love mixing different tones and textures so it doesn’t become repetitive.”

Carmen loved the use of wood in these small scale furniture pieces. The console table is perfect for a tiny foyer or dining area. The end table (or the coffee table with the same design) would be great as that one unique piece in a living room. Finally, it was refreshing to see these remixed wood-and-glass dining tables.



Philippa Barber is an Interior Design Consultant at Minto. She found some fantastic items that look great while being practical for homeowners.   

Caesarstone has a new line that looks like marble but is a lot more durable. “Marble counter tops in kitchens are not always ideal,” Philippa says. “Ceasarstone will give you that same bright, elegant feel and it’s a sustainable product.” Some other advantages? It’s scratch, stain & crack resistant, heat resistant, non porous and low maintenance.   

Storage furniture is becoming more and more popular, particularly in condos. These beds would be perfect for a small bedroom or a guest room, especially for those on a mission to banish clutter.

“Inspired by emerging trends in art, fashion and interior design from around the world, expect more color for 2013,” Philippa says. “Consumers are more at ease with mixing & matching color and they’re craving complex patterns and color blocking.” Look for more bright colours used in unexpected places.

Thanks to Carmen and Philippa for sharing their finds with us. In part II we’ll check in with Liz and Yvonne to see what they were loving at IDS 2013.