New Suppliers at Custom Home Interiors

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We carry a wide range of furniture and accessory suppliers. Our newest editions include SunPan Imports, Coast 2 Coast Furnishings, Mercana, and Andrew Richard Designs.
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SunPan Imports carries beautiful modern furniture and accents for every space in your home. They have over 50 new introductions this season with the largest growth in dining tables and dining chairs. To view their entire line-up of fabulous furniture, visit their website:

The Madero Square dining table is an example of the interesting pieces that have been created for SunPan. The base of the table is inspired by a group of tree trunks sprouting from the ground. It gives this beautiful table an organic feel while still keeping it modern with its clean lines. This beauty of a table can seat up to 8 adults comfortably. It is part of an entire collection that also includes a rectangle dining table, a bar table, a sideboard, an end table, coffee table, console table and even desks!
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Madero Square Dining Table
47”L x 47”W  x 30”H

Another one of our favourites here at CHI is the Hanover Chair.  Also from SunPan Imports, its graceful arms and legs give this armchair an elegant but contemporary look. Many fabrics are available for this extremely comfortable chair – it is shown in the standard fabric – beige cotton linen. This collection also boasts a coordinating sofa, loveseat and ottoman.
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35.5” W x 38” D x 36” H
Arm Height: 24”; Seat Height: 19.75”

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On the other end of the spectrum, if you are looking for something with more transitional furniture, be sure to check out Coast to Coast furnishings. Coast to Coast has beautiful bedroom furniture sets, coffee tables, sofas and dining sets at a great price point. Check out their website at

One of my favourite pieces from Coast to Coast is Bedroom Set 2500. This beautiful bedroom set has a coordinating bed, night table, chest, mirror and dresser all built and styled for a growing princess.
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Model # 2500
Items Shown:

  • double headboard and footboard
  • night table
  • dresser
  • mirror
  • chest

If you are looking for a bedroom set with a more grown-up flair to it, look no further than the Kingston Collection. Its dark espresso finish with brushed silver pulls offers the best in transitional design.
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Kingston Collection – Items Shown:

  • Queen Headboard and Foot board
  • Side table
  • Dresser
  • Mirror
  • Chest

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Mercana Art Decor has been designing and producing framed artwork, mirrors and picture frames for over 20 years. They have a wide variety of styles from contemporary and abstract, to floral, to landscape, to urban lifestyle and more! Mercana has recently introduced ceramic vases and other coordinating accessories into their product offerings.

I love this piece of artwork from Mercana – Shades of Pale. I love that it has a variety of blues to coordinate with almost any hue you currently have in your space. I love that it has texture to it as well – it gives the painting an entirely different feel than it would if it was two-dimensional.
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Artist: Hibberd
Size: 38” x 38”
Frame: D087 Rev

Looking for a large vase that will add an unexpected pop of colour into your space? Look no further – Mercana has exactly what you are looking for! This Paragon Tall ceramic Vase can house some tall artificial botanicals or stand alone as a statement piece in your space.
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Size: 12” x 12” x 20”

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Andrew Richard Designs (ARD) offers a wide variety of beautiful, luxurious yet functional outdoor furniture. It is perfect for a commercial application or for your very own backyard oasis. Some mentionable clients include Myan Resorts, Sandals Resorts and the Tao Nightclub in Las Vegas. Andrew Richard Designs also carries the joint collection with HGTV’s Sarah Richardson. The best thing: ARD uses Sunbrella Fabrics for their furniture so it is sure to be long lasting and stand up to the elements as well as everyday wear and tear. For more information and products visit their website at

The Osaka collection from ARD is a versatile collection that can be used as an outdoor living room set, or add the Dining Table (68 x 38 x 26) for your outdoor dining room too! The lower chairs and table make for a comfortable experience in your back yard without cluttering the landscape with big, bulky furniture.
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Osaka Collection

  • Dining chairs (28 x 24 x 27)
  • Bench (56 x 24 x 27)
  • Coffee Table (48 x 24 x 11)
  • Side table (24 x 20 x 12)

The Sarah Richardson Outdoor Collection in collaboration with ARD, boasts her signature clean lines, no fuss, functional furniture. She has a variety of styles to choose from – something for everyone!
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Sarah Richardson Outdoor

  • Tuxedo Sofas (82 x 36 x 36)
  • Tuxedo lounge chairs (36 x 36 x 26)
  • Conversation table (40 x 40 x 17)

By Mandalyn Goodall

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It’s Not Easy Being Green… or is it?

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It was Kermit the Frog who first said it.  “It’s not easy being green,” referring to the colour of his froggy skin.  But while Kermy’s heart felt ballad is loved by many, there’s definitely a part of his song that I’d have to disagree with; the part where he says,

“It’s not easy being green because it seems like you blend in with so many ordinary things.”

So my question is, what’s so wrong with that? … especially when it comes to “being green” in the environmentally friendly sense combined with the office furnishings industry.

What? Too violent of a turn from Sesame Street songs to office furniture?  Wait.  Just hear me out.

With the wide range of projects I get to work on at Custom Home Interiors, it’s no surprise that I’m constantly being updated on the latest trends in the design world.

On a recent site visit to a new office space we are renovating, one of my clients expressed the importance of having “green” office furniture and flooring – no VOCs!

VOC = Volatile Organic Compound

My good friend Wikipedia informed me that VOC’s are a large group of carbon-based chemicals that easily evaporate at room temperature. While most people can smell high levels of some VOCs, others have no odor and there are thousands of different VOCs produced and used in our daily lives.  Many products we come into contact with on a daily basis contain VOC’s.

Stuff like:

  • Carpet
  • Composite wood products
  • Paints
  • Upholstery fabric
  • Vinyl floors
  • Varnishes

People spend 90% of their time indoors where they may be exposed to numerous chemical pollutants.
Greenguard Environmental Institute

Think about how much time you spend at work.   If you’re a business owner, do your employees get sick often?  Do you have proper air circulation in your office or does the space always have that ‘stale’ feeling?

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As I strive to find suitable solutions for my clients needs, I am happy to share some suggestions that can make “being green” easy.  (Sorry Kermit but it IS possible).

  1. Rip up that old dirty carpet!
    Instead, try some of CHI’s Bamboo flooring – a sustainable resource and it looks great too.
  2. Pay attention to the products that go in to making up your cubicles, desks and other office furniture.
    Be on the look out for those nasty VOC’s.  There ARE options like the DE line of products (we have at CHI) who meet the Green Guard Certification criteria as a manufacturer.
  3. Paint Green!
    I don’t just mean the colour.  Our C2 eco-friendly, LoVo line is available in 496 richly pigmented colours.

You see! Being “green” and being able to blend in with so many ordinary things is a GOOD thing.

If you’d like more information on making your space more friendly to the environment and yourself, shoot me an email. 🙂

Suzy Kendrick

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CHI’s Summer Entertaining Essentials

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This week’s blog focuses on summer gatherings.  As the weather warms up, we take the entertaining outside.  Here a few of our favorite things for partying on the patio!

• Find a comfy seat!  Fatboy’s “Buggle Up” outdoor bean bag chair is rain, stain and UV resistant and perfect for lounging in the backyard!  Available in a multitude of colours to suit everyone’s taste!

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• Think versatility! Outdoor Chinese stools (from Wisteria) on the patio are great for extra seating and table space.  When the weather turns cold, they work well as accent tables in a bedroom or living room.

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• Multi-purpose crate! This model (from Wisteria) features compartments that are great for glasses, cutlery, condiments and bottles. Garden chic and practical!

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• Tasty drinks!  Make sure you have all ingredients on hand to whip up a signature drink for your summer parties.  Check out this yummy recipe, a spin on the traditional pina colada, from the LCBO’s Food & Drink mag.  The “Banana Colada” is sure to get your taste buds watering!

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1 oz spiced rum
½ oz banana liqueur
1 banana, chopped
3 oz pineapple juice
¼ cup Piña Colada mix

1. To a blender, add 1 cup ice, 1 oz spiced rum, ½ oz banana liqueur, 1 banana, chopped, 3 oz pineapple juice and ¼ cup Piña Colada mix.
2. Blend thoroughly and pour into a tall glass.
3. Serve with a long straw.

•Easy appetizers!  Food that can be eaten with one hand; kabobs, shrimp skewers and bite size appetizers are great.  After all, you will have a “Banana Colada” in the other hand!

The key to a successful summer party is a laid back atmosphere, great music, tasty food and drinks and good friends!

What are you looking most forward to at your warm weather gatherings?
Tweet @CHIOttawa to share your favourite summer entertaining essential!

By Kiersten Lowden

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Trend Alert: Pretty passionate pinks are the thing for spring!

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In December, Pantone, “the world-renowned authority on color” announced the 2011 Colour of the Year…


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This bold, energetic hue can easily be incorporated into your wardrobe and home décor.  It is fresh and upbeat, reminding us of the sunny days of summer.  It is popping up on the runways, in stores and homes.  It is stimulating and intense, just the change we need after months of dull grey skies!

This uplifting hue, a reddish pink, can be sophisticated too!  Don’t automatically attach this colour to cupcakes and ponies.  See a few tips below on how to incorporate this fun, refreshing shade into your everyday life in a grown-up way!

• In the kitchen, add linens and small accessories in this fun shade

• Add throw pillows to your sofa and bed for a punch of colour

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[Madeline Weinrib Ikat “Pink & Orange Mor” Pillow]

• Paint nails or swipe the colour on lips for a fresh look

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[OPI “Pink Flamenco” Polish]

• Upholster an accent chair in elegant velvet, instant “notice me” effect!

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[Lady Luxe Pink Chair- Modern Chic Home]

• A bright pair of pink flats or clutch are the perfect summer accessories

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[Lanvin Pink Leather Ballet Flats]

• For men, try a fun honeysuckle coloured tie with a neutral grey suit

• Paint a wall in the living room this shade; it will pop against any neutral!

• Pink peonies add a cheery burst of colour without making an investment

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• Panel drapes will add whimsy and demand attention in this colour

Visit Custom Home Interiors to find fabrics, paint and wallpaper in this shade.  Embracing this bold hue will add liveliness and freshness to your space!

Kiersten Lowden

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Custom Home Interiors Offers a Truly Custom Co-Op Placement Experience

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Every year CHI welcomes an Algonquin College 2nd year Interior Decorating student to learn the inner workings of the company.  This year, Sarah Whetter joined the team for her co-op placement.  See what she had to say about the experience!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicCustom Home Interiors 2011 Co-Op Student Sarah Whetter

Right from the beginning I knew my experience at Custom Home Interiors as a co-op student was going to be a unique and enriching one. After assisting with a seminar set up at their main showroom located on Thurston Drive early last year, I decided that I needed to learn more about CHI.  The products and services that they offer was unlike anything I had seen in the Ottawa area previously!

Through a little serendipity, I was invited to their grand re-opening gala after visiting their incredible booth at the Home and Design Show last fall. Again, I was blown away with their level of care and commitment to their clients, other industry members and the unique line of products and services that they offer. I applied to their co-op position a few weeks later and began my placement in early March.  From day one have not stopped being amazing by the level of commitment  and passion from every member of the team at CHI.

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CHI Grand Re-Opening Fall 2010

At the beginning of my placement I was asked to write about what I wished to learn during my time at CHI, I found this has meant that I am getting a tailor made placement experience.  This is very typical for CHI as they are all about the clients’ wants and needs. Ensuring I get the best experience possible seems to be a priority for all employees, which not only helps me learn how the business works quite quickly, but also makes me feel very cared about and valued as a student just stepping into the design world.

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One thing that continues to impress me is Custom Home Interior’s willingness to continually seek out new and better products and services so that they can always offer their clientele the latest and greatest at the best value. They will also take on projects of any size, no matter how big or small. It could be a powder room make-over or the outfitting of an entire retirement complex.

Sarah Whetter
2nd year Algonquin College Student – Interior Decorating Program

Custom Home Interiors strongly supports the Algonquin Interior Decorating Program.  Director of Sales & Marketing Andrew Emmans currently sits on their advisory committee.  Many of CHI’s empolyees have graduated from this program.

It has been a pleasure having Sarah as a honourary member of the CHI family.  Her positive attitude, enthusiasm and hunger for learning has been contagious.

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The Custom Home Interiors Fabric Line has arrived!

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Spring is in the air!

With the snow melting and the days getting longer, we are getting the incredible urge to change things up! Those projects that you were dreaming about all winter long finally start taking shape.  Whether it’s changing the draperies, new toss cushions or even getting that chair re-upholstered, exciting new fabrics is what your space is craving!

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Here at Custom Home Interiors, we have just the solution to help. Not only do we carry hundreds of different fabrics from companies like Robert Allen, Joanne Fabrics, Avant Garde, Duralee and more, but we now also have our very own line of Custom Home Interiors fabric! From stripes to solids, plaid to pattern, blue to purple, red to orange and everything in between!

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Next time you are in the area of our Thurston Drive location, stop by and see what we have to offer.  Feel free to spend some time browsing through the samples – you might be here for a while!  If you find it helpful, bring along some inspiration pictures, wall colours or something that represents the colours that already exist in the space and you will be able to find that perfect fabric to help tie everything together.

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Mandalyn Goodall
Sales and Design Representative

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HELP Custom Home Interiors & The Children’s Wish Foundation HELP YOU!

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Suzy Kendrick and Mandalyn Goodall of Custom Home Interiors have joined the effort to GRANT 1 CHILD’S WISH!

Image and video hosting by TinyPicAlong with members of the Ottawa Design Networking Group’s Exile Island Team “One Dude Nine Girls”…


Part of our mission is to raise $5000! (The cost of granting one child’s wish.)

But it’s all about paying it forward…


  • Do you have a home renovation question?
  • Are you stuck between deciding on 3 different paint colours for your bathroom?
  • Having trouble arranging furniture in your living room?

Don’t fret!  Your questions can be answered and problems can be solved on
Saturday, April 2 from 10am to 4pm at Custom Home Interiors

Get Expert Advice

$20 for 20 minutes


decorators • designers • contractors • realtors • custom woodworkers • organizers • landscapers

All proceeds go towards Team ODNG’s efforts.  There will also be yummy baked goods for sale as well as a silent auction!

What is “Exile Island” you ask?

Brought to you by The Children’s Wish Foundation of Canada, it’s an afternoon of challenges, competition, fundraising and wish granting for Tribes of ten castaways.  Teams will be exiled to Petrie Island for the day on Thursday, May 12th  to determine who will become Ottawa’s ultimate survivors.


For more information about this fundraising event and others our team is having please contact Suzy Kendrick,

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Happy Holidays from Custom Home Interiors

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A few of the Custom Home Interiors team members (+ 1 furry friend) got together to show our festive spirit this holiday season. We practiced really really hard and we hope that you will enjoy this short video. Just sit back and enjoy.

From everyone at Custom Home Interiors, we would like to wish our friends and partners a joyous holiday season and best wishes for 2011.

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Bathroom Renovations – From “Overlooked” to “Incredible”

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The bathroom is often one of the most outdated areas in the home as it is not a highly visible area.  But by tearing down the outdated wall paper and updating those mustard yellow fixtures, the value of your home can increase significantly.  So why not unveil the hidden potential that exists in your bathroom!

Minding your budget, you can choose to renovate your bathroom in one go, or work on it in stages. Either way, here are some helpful tips to make the most out of your bathroom space!

• The variety available in tiles today is endless.  Ditch the linoleum and install a beautiful porcelain tile for the floor, such as the one seen below.  This tile has the look of a linen suit, gorgeous and unique!

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• A fresh coat of paint goes a long way!  Think “spa atmosphere” and work with muted colours.  Some of my favorites from C2 include “Seraph”; a pale, soft grey, and “Parchment”; a warm fawn shade.

• Replacing the fixtures will make a huge difference.  The standard builder fixtures do not add any “sparkle” to your bathroom.  Consider the two sink faucets below.  Which one would you choose?

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standard builder Fixture

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“Dryden” Faucet by Delta

Lighting can make a world of difference in the bathroom!  A chic pot light in the shower and over head vanity light complemented by simple wall sconces make it easier to see when shaving or applying makeup.

• Small details and accessories go a long way, adding a sensible and aesthetically pleasing touch.  A stylish teak bench in the shower, glass apothecary jars on the vanity and a storage unit for towels marry practical and pretty!

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The bathroom should be a retreat.  Update this space to make the most of it now for your own use and to attract potential buyers for the future!  If you are considering a bathroom renovation in your own home, visit Custom Home Interiors Showroom & Design Center to “ignite your imagination”!

Say it with me, “Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh”.

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Kiersten Lowden
Custom Home Interiors

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It’s a cocktail affair at the CHI Grand Re-Opening Industry Night

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To celebrate the recent renovations that we did to our fabulous design showroom in Ottawa, we decided to have a little party with our partners from the Ottawa Housing & Design Industry!! It turned out to be an amazing night with excellent food and music as guests mingled and schmoozed with friends and partners alike.

Here is just a taste of how the evening transpired:

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The stage was set. Lights, Food, Drinks. And we were in action…The CHI Showroom was
dressed to the nines for this auspicious night.

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CHI also had a silent auction which featured sponsors from Hot899, Miele, Strokes of Genius Painting, and a host of
other hotels & spa’s. All proceeds were donated to the Habitat for Humanity National Capital Region.

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Industry Guests from all over Ottawa had made an appearance

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CHI Sales & Marketing Director sharing a laugh with Penny Southam from Southam Design

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CHI Director of Operations Tyler Dren delivers his speech in introducing the CHI Team to the
Industry. Tyler highlighted that much of the success that CHI has enjoyed is down it’s most valuable asset, it’s employees.

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Now how can’t you have a party without a BIG CAKE!

Congratulations to the Directors of Custom Home Interiors. What was once
an idea from a business competition, is now an 8000 sq. ft reality.

On behalf at everyone at Custom Home Interiors, we would like to thank everyone who attended and made this event night to remember.

Thank You!

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