Custom Home Interiors Fits Canada’s First Andaz Hotel with Blinds and Drapery

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Canada’s first Andaz Hotel just opened in Ottawa’s ByWard Market. Custom Home Interiors provided all of the blinds and drapery for this exciting new project that celebrates one-of-a-kind facets of Canadian design.

The contemporary hotel features 200 contemporary guest rooms and suites with a range of luxury amenities. we provided for the project. Each room has a modern ambiance and unique touches like local artwork on the walls, and contemporary furnishings.

The automated blinds and custom draperies we installed in the luxurious and modern 18-foot ceiling hotel common areas were designed to integrate with their Crestron system. In the guest rooms, the drapery tracks were concealed by installing them prior to drywalling around the windows in order to achieve a clean look. The rooms also boast tall ceilings giving the rooms a spacious and impressive feel.

Guest rooms are also outfitted with complimentary Wi-Fi, minibar with non-alcoholic beverages and snacks (replenished daily).

Visitors to the hotel are given VIP treatment upon arrival with a welcome beverage, and can take advantage of the on-site restaurant, rooftop lounge, lobby bar, 4,500 sq ft of meeting space split into 6 Andaz Studio spaces 24-hour fitness centre, and pet program.

Located in the City’s eclectic and trendy Byward Market, the Andaz Ottawa Byward Market provides guests with access to the best the city has to offer, including one-of-a-kind boutiques, cafes, and eateries in the open-air market, museums, and historic buildings.

The next time you are visiting Ottawa and are in need of a hotel, we hope you will consider the Andaz Ottawa Byward Market, and let us know what you thought of your room design.


325 Dalhousie Street
Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, K1N 7G1
Tel: +1 613 321 1234


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The Hunter Douglas Advantage

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Well-designed window fashions do more than simply cover a window.

Hunter Douglas has perfected the art of window dressing by combining form and function in beautiful designs that last a lifetime and are a pleasure to use every day.

“There really is no better product on the market, and that is why we choose Hunter Douglas window coverings, from blinds to shades, for all of our projects at Custom Home Interiors,” says Andrew Emmans, president of CHI.

With so many innovative products and cutting edge features, there are many advantages to choosing Hunter Douglas.

Many of their products are made with specially engineered translucent fabrics that diffuse sunlight and disperse it deeper into the room – to help illuminate your home naturally and reduce the need for artificial light – making them environmentally friendly and economical.

hunter_douglas_shades_architellaA unique range of operating systems – from cordless and retractable cords, to wireless motorized shades that connect to your smartphone, tablet, or a remote control – make window fashions easy to use. Every innovative lifting system is designed for enhanced child and pet safety as well.

Hunter Douglas has a team of skilled textile engineers who create their beautiful fabrics internally with a process that produces some of the most perfectly textured weaves, including woven fabrics, textured weaves, mica, metallic and pearlescents. Each fabric goes through extensive testing to ensure it will perform and live up to the Hunter Douglas lifetime guarantee.

Great design is beautiful to live with, provides variable light control, insulates rooms against heat and cold while saving energy, protects your furnishings from damaging UV rays, and even absorbs sound, improving the acoustics in a room.


The Hunter Douglas advantage means our customers can expect a thoroughly satisfying experience when selecting, purchasing or living with Hunter Douglas window fashion products.


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Sunpan Offers Unique and Versatile Products for Commercial and Residential Settings

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Sunpan is one of our preferred furniture manufacturers. A fast-growing, global furniture company, based in Toronto, Ontario, they specialize in the design and manufacture of transitional and contemporary furnishings from hard goods and dining to upholstery and art.

We were first introduced to Sunpan’s products through the High Point Market in North Carolina and the Canadian Furniture Show (formerly The Canadian Home Furnishings Market) eight years ago, and we have been working with them ever since.

We like working with Sunpan products because they are thoughtfully designed and crafted by renowned international designers to create a unique and versatile line of products that suits our business’ commercial and residential project needs and budgets.

101494The ultra-contemporary Gotham collection is a popular choice for our interior designers. We have furnished several projects with the Gotham occasional chairs and console tables (pictured here), which are constructed of high quality stainless steel and clear tempered glass.

If you ever get the opportunity to attend the High Point Market or the Canadian Furniture Show, be sure to check them out. They have a state-of-the-art 20,000 square foot showroom in High Point that is open during the annual Spring and Fall Markets.

We recently attended the Fall 2016 Market where their showroom inspired visitors and showcased the latest trends like brown marble; dark, rich tones; stunning antique brass, timeless golds and modern stainless steel finishes; and beautiful, functional pieces like end tables and hassocks in animal hides.

The Sunpan showroom was definitely a “show-stopper” and they shared some of the best highlights in their blog. Check it out!


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Meet the CHI Team’s Craig Steeves

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We continue our series Meet the CHI team in 2017 with a profile on our newest team member Craig Steeves.

Craig SteevesName: Craig Steeves

Job title: Warehouse Maintenance Technician

Number of years with CHI:

I’m new to the company. I was hired in December of 2016.

What experience do you bring to CHI?

I have several years of experience as a parts clerk for an Interac and computer repair store where I was the sole operator of the warehouse. I also have experience in a large logistics department at Canadian Nuclear Labs.

What is your favourite room in a home and why?

My favorite room would be the Man cave for sure.

If you could only have one appliance in your kitchen, what would it be and why?

I would choose a barbecue because everything is better when it’s barbecued!


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Sarah Kidder Spots 5 Design Trends for 2017

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With the end of the year just days away, I thought it would be fun to take stock of what clients have been asking for recently, what the design magazines are featuring, and what I am seeing at buyer’s markets and in retail stores, and made the the following design trend predictions for the coming year.

1. Interiors Follow Fashion

It’s well known that home fashion trends follow the runway, and 2017 is no exception. Fashion predictions for 2017 include an eclectic mix of styles. Rather than a single decade for vintage resurgence, we saw several — 70’s ruffles and stripes, 80’s neon colours, and the 90’s dark “lipsticked”, denim-clad grunge. No doubt you’ve already seen girls with burgundy-black lipstick everywhere lately. Burgundy is already gaining popularity in the retail fashion market and I expect to see it hit home fashions big time by fall 2017. Overall, I anticipate a ‘free-for-all-no rules’ approach when it comes to mixing patterns, colours and textures. The bigger, bolder, and more unexpected, the better.

Photo by Ivan DeGonzalez, High Point Market Fall 2016

2. Coloured Cabinets

I think we’re all a little tired of ultra-common off white or dark wood cabinets so let’s welcome a new age of COLOUR! Thanks to websites like Pinterest and Houzz, clients are more aware of the possibilities when it comes to kitchen and bathroom design and seeing coloured cabinets gives them the courage to step out of their comfort zones in favour of something they truly love. In the last year, I’ve used a variety of colours for kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities. They tend to fall into soft blues, greens, and grays, as these all work as neutrals in softer schemes as well as in ones with pops of bolder colours.

My favourite non-whites for kitchen cabinets: Benjamin Moore Soft Chinchilla, Heather Gray, Sharkskin, Stormy Monday

My favourite non-whites for bathroom vanities: Benjamin Moore Boothbay Gray, Kendall Charcoal, Gray Wisp, Evening Dove.

3. Rose Gold…sort of

Pantone’s 2016 Colour of the Year was Rose Quartz, and while their 2017 pick is a gorgeous fern green, I’m seeing a more subdued version of 2016’s colour which I expect will carry into 2017. The new rose gold is popping up as a metal in accent tables and lighting, and in textiles and artwork. It’s more mature than the cleaner rose quartz running into either a copper or smokey lavender with muted, peach or dusky mauve undertones, and often used together.


Photo credit to Misty McFadden, Honor Thy Home at High Point Market Fall 2016

4. Bold, Saturated Colours

Please, no more greige! 2017 is the year to go big, or go home! Rich, saturated wall colours and fabrics rule in jewel tones, Indian spice hues, and deep rich navies and charcoals. Pile on multiple bold colours and you’ve got a space that is dramatic, layered, sophisticated, and most importantly, fun!


Photo credit to Misty McFadden, Honor Thy Home

5. Fretwork Furniture

I’m loving this trend, and although I feel like this could be a lot of extra dusting, it’s a really interesting way to jazz up an otherwise staid piece of furniture. The potential patterns, materials and opportunities are endless; from modern lines and geometric motifs, to ornate curlicues, floral, and ethnic patterns.


Photo credit to Misty McFadden, Honor Thy Home

So go forth and design your home the way you want, with all the pattern, colour, and texture your heart desires. The only rule for interior design in 2017 is that there are no rules.

Have fun and happy designing!


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Warehouse Maintenance Personnel Required

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We are looking for a hardworking, dedicated person to manage the following tasks at our office/warehouse:

  • Shipping and receiving
  • Warehouse and property maintenance
  • Furniture assembly
  • Delivery
  • Proficient with construction tool use
  • Installation experience is an asset
  • Construction experience is an asset
  • Inventory management experience is an asset
  • Having a valid G drivers licence is an asset
  • Need to have steel toe boots

This position is one which entails various jobs throughout a given day where said team member will be expected to be versatile with their routine. We are looking for someone with a positive attitude that is reliable and willing to do physical labour as 75-80% of the role. We want to hire someone that will take pride in the cleanliness of the office and warehouse and will ensure that the interior of the building is kept up to date with all of the necessary maintenance including painting, cleaning, patching and repairs and other crucial maintenance activities.

CHI is a growing company that sells furniture, appliances, window coverings and other interior home products to the new construction and hospitality industries.

This position is available immediately and is for full time hours.

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My Strategy for Tackling High Point Market Furniture Trade Show

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by Tyler Dren, Director of Operations
Custom Home Interiors by Obvious Advantage Inc.
& Corporate Housing Interiors Ltd.

CHI has been attending the High Point Market (HPMKT) for several years now; the largest furnishings trade show in the world. Initially, some of our manufacturers invited us to come see them at the show, and it seemed like a great way to strengthen these relationships. It has also turn into an opportunity to meet new vendors and discover new product offerings.

When we talk about the largest furnishings trade show in the world, it can be difficult to put that into perspective. HPMKT happens twice a year — each spring and fall. More than 2,000 exhibitors from all over the world come to showcase tens of thousands of new products each time. The HPMKT is housed in 180 buildings over 11.5 million square feet of showspace, and more than 75,000 people attend each event.

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What we are, in fact, talking about is a small city that is a market. You can actually hop on and off of rickshaws to get you around. As you can imagine, it would be impossible to cover the whole market in the five days allotted. The whole experience can be a bit overwhelming if you don’t know what to expect or have a game plan. You can easily get caught up in all the beautiful items on display and never accomplish anything useful for your business.

In terms of furniture and accessories, the HPMKT has everything you could ever need or want. That being said, the Market is focused on very high end designers. For example, you’ll see $15,000 sectionals and $7,000 blown glass vases. It would not be realistic to put these types of furnishings in high traffic commercial lobbies or corporate suites.

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This not being my first time at the “rodeo”, I had goals I needed to achieve and a strategy to make those happen. My game plan was to stay focused on the task at hand and seek out those vendors selling the type of commercial products that we need in a price point that works for our business model. As I mentioned before, strengthening existing relationships with existing vendors and meeting new vendors was one of my main goals. The others were to find new products that we don’t already use or aren’t aware of, and, specifically those that offer us new areas of opportunity.

There are two main buildings at HPMKT, the International Home Furnishing Centre and the Suites at Market Square. I use IHFC as starting point and head towards Suites at Market Square. Although, I could walk in any direction in the city and find buildings full of showrooms, there are easily more than 500 vendors booths set up in each of those two buildings; helping me maximize my time.

20161024_132433On day one, I got my bearings by just wandered through every single floor of the main buildings. I took notes if something caught my eye or companies looked interesting. I didn’t really talk to anyone that day; it was a research day.

At the end of the day, I went back to the hotel logged onto the HPMKT website and searched vendors to create a target list for day two. I narrowed it down to Canadian manufacturers and companies that service Canada, which included about 30 or 40 manufacturers. I printed a floor plan from website and mapped out my route.


On the second day, I took a shuttle from my hotel down to the show at 7 a.m. I pounded the pavement until 7 p.m. and was able to meet with the entire list. I didn’t specifically make any purchases but put together wish lists and mock orders with a bunch of suppliers. They follow up with an email so you can review it with your team when you get back to the office.

Although, I have a good sense of what we need, because I see all the product that comes through our warehouse, I rely on designers and other colleagues to make final decisions on what to buy. My focus is on finding products that hit the price points we need We have been able to use this process successfully to find and order new products for our projects.


Overall, I feel that our experience at HPMKT has been positive over the years. We value the opportunity to build and strengthen relationships with vendors. From our specific business point of view, it would be nice to have more products from a wider variety of price points available, as well as more small items like housewares, linens, towels, dinnerware, and functional type products that go into our suites. However, we understand that is not the focus of this particular show.


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Custom Home Interiors Provides Six Top of the Line Appliances for Huntclub Towns

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Our company had the pleasure of working with Theberge Homes in Ottawa on the first phase of an exciting new project called the Huntclub Towns this year. The 67 contemporary towns and terrace homes located at 3700 Downpatrick Road, Gloucester were recently completed and available for purchase from $219,000 to $409,900.


The exterior features modern and sleek with dramatic angled rooflines, wood and metal accents, and elegant brick veneers. Inside, you find innovative floor plans, modern designs and top of the line features like the six appliances we supplied for each unit.

Members of our team were on-site completing the installation of appliances this summer. Units were outfitted with GE ENERGY STAR 17.5 Cu.Ft. Stainless Steel Refrigerators and the GE ENERGY STAR Stainless Steel Interior Dishwashers. We use many ENERGY STAR certified appliances — from refrigerators and microwaves to dishwashers and clothing dryers — in our projects because they are superior quality products, and top of their class for energy performance. We feel good knowing our choices will save our clients money, and reduce their impact on the environment.


The kitchens were completed with the GE 30” Stainless Steel Free Standing, Flat-top, Electric Range — the one-piece upswept cooktop, is easy to clean, and it allows you see the hot surface indicator light and ribbon heating elements with ease; and the GE 1.6 Cu.Ft. Stainless Steel Over-the-Range Microwave Oven — with 10 Power Levels which offers the flexibility to accurately cook any meal, from frozen entrees to refrigerated casserole dishes and a nonstick interior that facilitates easier cleanup of spills.

The GE Unitized Space-Maker Washer and Electric Dryer was the perfect solution for the Huntclub Towns in-suite laundry. They are engineered for quiet operation and the stacked design ensures that unit space is maximized for living.


There are more phases coming for this development. We can’t wait to share pictures of the next phases in the coming months.

For more details on this Theberge Homes property, visit


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Custom Home Interiors Provides Sleek Euro-Style Appliances for Innovative Student Housing Project

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The team at Custom Home Interiors was thrilled to be a part of the first phase of an exciting new project this past year with Ashcroft Homes called Envie Student. It is part of a two-tower condo development located at Champagne Avenue South called Capital Hall Condominiums.

Once completed, the towers will provide more than 500 premium suites with high-end features and furnishings for up to 1,000 students. Among other generous amenities offered in the building are a fitness centre, party room, lounge with study areas, outdoor courtyard and on-site housekeeping services.

Custom Home Interiors is providing sleek euro-style appliances for the innovative student housing project. Our team was on-site installing appliances in the first building this past spring.


The 28-storey building has 185 suites plus a penthouse, each with its own kitchen and in-suite laundry. We fitted suites on floors 3 through 15 with the GE – 24″ Stainless Steel Free Standing Electric Self Clean Range; while we installed the Whirlpool 24″ Electric convection wall oven and Whirlpool – 24″ Electric 4 element cooktop on floors 16 through 28.

Every kitchen was finished with a Whirlpool 28″ Stainless Steel Top Freezer Refrigerator, a Whirlpool 1.7 Cu.Ft Stainless Steel Microwave Hood Combination with 2 Speed Fan, and the Whirlpool Compact Tall Tub Stainless Steel Dishwasher.

The Whirlpool 24″ Stackable Washer Dryer was the perfect solution for the Envie Student suites — designed to fit where you need it and still deliver high-efficiency cleaning performance.

The suites were designed with furnishing and appliances that maximize every inch of space so that comfort and functionality are not compromised in any way. Euro-style appliances are smaller and sleeker than traditional North American counterparts. They fit perfectly into a single or dual occupant space and lifestyle.

Ashcroft Homes recently held its VIP launch for Envie Student. The first tower was ready for occupancy of its studio, one-, two-, three- and four-bedroom units for the start of the 2016 school year.


We look forward to working on the 25-storey, second phase, which will be comprised of 329 studio and one- and two-bedroom units.

For more information on the Envie Student and Capital Hall Condominiums by Ashcroft Homes, visit


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Choosing Colours for Interior Design

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Colour can affect your mood. So, how can you pick the perfect colours for your room décor? You really can’t go terribly wrong with most colours. The trick is choosing the right hues in combination for each space and function.

Blue is the colour of intelligence. Strong hues denote clear thought; lighter ones, mental focus. It improves productivity, and so might be a good choice for a study.

Certain shades of blue relax, soothe and make us feel calm, which is why they are often a preferred bedroom colour. Blue is also considered to be clean, and so works well in bathrooms and laundry areas. However, blue can also exude coldness and aloofness. In kitchens, it seems to be less desirable, possibly because of our primitive instinct to avoid blue foods – in fact, it can act as an appetite suppressant.

1914062_10153903583722324_9046177698886028710_nGreen is the colour most abundantly found in nature, and nowhere is that more true than the green isle of Ireland. Green is the most relaxing colour to the eye; enveloping, soothing, refreshing, tonic, green relaxes both mind and body, bringing about calm, tranquility, balance. It represents life, health, fertility, nature, harmony, freedom, and luck. It’s no wonder green works so well in rooms like the living room and bedroom.

Yellow is the most luminous of all the colors of the spectrum, and the one that captures our attention more than any other. In the natural world, yellow is the color of sunflowers and daffodils, egg yolks and lemons, chicks and bees. In our human-made world, yellow is the color of the Tour de France winner’s jersey, happy faces, post its, and signs that alert us to danger or caution.
As with every colour, there are positive and negative psychological properties. Positive qualities for yellow are happiness, optimism, confidence. If surrounded by too much yellow, or the wrong yellow for you or your colour scheme, negative qualities can present themselves such as irrationality and anxiety. Yellows range from creams, daffodil and sunflower yellows, through to acid yellows. Pick the yellow that resonates with you and you can’t go wrong. The colours you pick are an expression of your personality.

Orange is the colour of fun, joy and playfulness. It is warm and sassy. It can stimulate and excite. In nature, orange is the colour of pumpkins, carrots, clementines, goldfish, tigers, marigolds, brilliant sunsets, and of course oranges.

Orange is derived from yellow and red, and can range from soft salmon, peach and apricot tones to the fiery warmth of terracotta and burnt orange. It is strongly associated with Halloween and retro looks, and is often disliked or overlooked for these reasons.

To make orange more contemporary and fresh, it can be paired with blues and yellows. There is a shade of orange that works with almost every colour palette. Orange is often unexpected so whether you go for a full wall or just a splash, you are sure to make an impact.

Red is considered the colour of romance and passion. It has the ability to raise our pulse, and heighten the senses. In the natural world, it is the colour of blood, roses, ladybugs, cardinals, peppers, and bloodshot eyes. We use red to get people’s attention and make us take action, whether at a traffic stop or a passing fire truck with sirens blazing.

In design, red can feel contemporary, traditional, rustic or timeless, depending on the shade and context; but never is it boring. Red is a favourite colour choice of designers looking to make a statement. Whether on a wall or in a handful of accessories – red can make a room come alive.


Purple is the colour of royalty and creativity. It adds richness and drama to any space. It may be for this exact reason that many shy away from its use. It can come off as grand and gaudy in some instances, overpowering everything else in a room.

In nature, purple is the colour of grapes, eggplants, lavender and irises. It is a mix of red and blue, and the right shade can prompt feelings from either colour depending on the shade, like passion and playfulness, or calm and tranquility. Whether you choose a soft lavender or a rich aubergine, purple denotes confidence and a spirit of fun.

Pink had its design heyday in the 80’s, from men’s shirts to wallpaper trim, and fingerless lace gloves to Cadillacs. You can still find many grossly neglected interiors sporting the same distinct décor that was so popular during that decade. And, while many of us spent most of the 90s and 2000s running as far away from pink as possible, others have come back to embracing pink in all of its visually delicious tones for a beautiful accents and bold pops of colour.

In nature, pink is the colour of cherry blossoms, flamingos, dolphins, a lake in Australia and sometimes the setting sky. Some say the colour pink doesn’t really exist; or that it is the comingling of red and purple. Whether you choose a perfectly pale blush to complement creams and golds; a hot fuchsia pink to add contrast to black and white; or anything in between, pink can be modern, fresh and beautiful.

Grey has been an overwhelming favourite for interior designers over the past few years. It seems it has been able to overcome its reputation as cold and industrial, the colour of depression and stormy skies to play a supporting or starring role in some of the most the most modern, fresh, and chic room designs.


The reason grey works so well in interior design is because it is a neutral, like black or white, it plays well with every other colour in the spectrum, and allows accent colours to pop while it settles into the background in a soothing and calming manner.

We love grey and think it works well, in the right shade, in every room in the house.

White is the most commonly used colour in interior design. Technically, not a colour at all; it is the reflection of all colour. This property makes it a neutral, a clean slate, a blank canvass for designers to create works of art.

In nature, white is the colour of newly fallen snow, fluffy clouds in a blue sky, down, lilies, milk snow owls, and Bengal tigers. White is often associated with hope and purity and yet it also conveys cold, starkness and sterility.

On its own or used improperly and white can look frighteningly chilly. However, used in contrast with other colours, you’ll find classic combinations like nautical stripes, and fresh clean looks that can warm and brighten the coldest winter day.

skyline_wand_kitchenUsing black in interior design has is a timeless trend. It can create calm and peacefulness, which is probably why it is common at funerals; it is also signals luxury, refinement and elegance. In nature, black is the colour of country night skies, pupils, ants, petrol, crows, panthers and bears. We associate black with witches, Batman, Halloween, and formal affairs.
Black is technically the absence of light or absorption of all colour; a non-colour, if you will. It is exactly these attributes that make it the perfect to accentuate or add contrast any other colour in order to make an impact and lend sophistication, drama and style to a room.

Although other dark colours can make a room look smaller, black gives the impression of infinite space. For this reason, it works well in any room – from bathrooms to bedrooms. Whether you’re applying it to striped wallpaper, graphic floor tiles, cabinetry, lamp shades or frames, black can give your room a gorgeous look.


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