Sydney Socias is a successful lifestyle blogger who, essentially, created her now-famous platform from a school project. She began her blog to fulfil a university requirement but eventually it morphed into what is now her career. Sydney uses her platform to remind us that what you see on the internet is often not a real representation of life behind the screen. Life isn’t perfect, but it is what you build it to be. She takes her own advice to heart, turning her home into a mecca with Moe’s furniture and accessories.
Can you tell us a little bit about yourself and how you got started in your career?
Sydney Socias: “I’ve been blogging for five years, I started in University when I did a degree in marketing that was heavily focused on social media. We were encouraged to start a blog. After graduating, I started working in a Vancouver advertising agency. Eventually, I rebranded the blog and turned it into The Working Girl. I never thought I would be able to support myself with it.”
The Working Girl
Sydney tells us she had dreams of climbing the corporate ladder and becoming a VP in the marketing industry. She initially intended her blog to be a visual portfolio following her throughout her career. It quickly morphed into a lifestyle platform with multiple directions, including home style and fashion, career tips, blogging advice, beauty, skincare, and a whole realm of other things.
Once it became profitable, Sydney left her agency career to pursue it full time.
SS: “I named it The Working Girl to use it as a visual portfolio as I went through my career. Now, it has evolved into a way of thinking, a philosophy of life, if you will. Our world today is crazy and busy — we get so many messages every single minute, it’s easy to get caught up in things like Instagram and all the noise that comes with spending time on an app. With my blog, I try to get back to the notion that you can build whatever life you want but it’s important to look within yourself and tune out the outside noise, to take every day as a new opportunity to build what you want and what you see for yourself.”
What brought you to Moe’s in the first place?
SS: “I always knew Moe’s had great pieces… After reaching out, the Moe’s team came in to meet me and I feel like the new direction they’re going in aligns really well with my brand and my aesthetic. I met with [Moe’s] a few times, saw their catalogue and where they’re looking to go. I love what they’re doing. The timing was right, the opportunity to work with them is very unique. Because of the way they’re pushing forward, I think it’s a really great fit.”
Sydney elaborates on her selective process for working with brands.
SS: “I want to have the opportunity to speak to that brand throughout my content for the whole year. For me, it’s not like “I’m going to do this with you and that’s where the buck stops” I’m much more interested in long term relationships where we can build our partnership and see where it takes us.
She also mentions that the opportunity to work with Moe’s is exceptional as the home department of her website is her number one vertical.
SS: “I like to think of my blog as an online digital magazine. Now, when I look at my numbers, home is my number one vertical and although I wouldn’t call myself an interior designer, my home has become a big part of my story.”
What do you find to be the most rewarding part of what you do?
SS: “The most rewarding part is speaking to the girls who want advice — my community is relatively small but were all like-minded. The female audience has been really supportive with reaching out. With kids now, and all this technology surrounding them, you think it would be easier but it’s almost more challenging now to make those connections.
Being able to give back to my community is great, if I’m getting perks, I want them to get perks. It’s also really rewarding having huge brands trust me with their messaging.”
Summer may be long gone but sports fans have something to look forward to this fall: football season is back! The 2019 NFL season kicked off this weekend with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers. This marks the 100th season of the National Football League. Whether you’re an avid supporter from the start of the season, or prefer to pop in for snacks during playoffs, we love how football season has a way of uniting family and friends alike.
Tre Flowers suits up with Moe’s Home Collection
We count ourselves lucky to style the homes of our many customers, including football cornerback Tre Flowers from the Seattle Seahawks. We recently fitted his Seattle living space to create the perfect Game Day setting. We opted for ample, comfy pieces for hanging out with his family, expansive surface areas to place drinks and munchies on, and a few accent pieces to showcase his style.
Tre Flowers sinking into the plush seats of the Clay Modular Sectional.
- The Clay Dream Modular Sectional
- The Hydra Vase
- Darkness Wall Decor
- The Nicky Throw
- The Celeste Coffee Table
- The Celeste Side Table
The Clay Modular Sectional, designed for Game Day
Our Clay Modular Sectional shines during Game Day. Its modular design allows you to watch the game any way you like: from the edge of your seat, cozied up with loved ones, or lounging on your own–there’s even room for a post-game nap! The modular form of the Clay Modular Sectional fits the unique space of your home, so that come Game Day, you’re ready.
The Clay Modular Sectional comes in three color options:
- Cream (made with 100% polyester LiveSmart fabric)
- Light gray (made with 100% polyester LiveSmart fabric)
- Dark gray (made with 100% nubuck top-grain leather)
The Clay Modular Sectional is spill-proof, so that you can keep your eyes on the screen.
Spilled salsa? Splashed beer? Popcorn crumbs? Brownie bits? Never let a mess take away from game time again. Don’t let the spotless look of the Clay Modular Sectional fool you; this sofa was designed for accidents. It comes in a moisture-repellent and stain-resistant option made from 100% polyester LiveSmart fabric. This sofa will withstand every game day splash and spill so that you can focus on what matters most: watching your team play to victory!
To celebrate the start of football season we’ve teamed up with Tre to give away two pairs of Seahawks tickets to two lucky winners. Check out our Facebook post for all of the details! Winners will be announced via our Instagram stories on Monday September 30, 2019.
Just like a sofa is the focal point of your living room, a dining table plays a huge role in your dining room. It’s the setting for countless dinner parties, late-night cram sessions, arts and crafts projects, and deep discussions. A spot where you share tea, cookies, jokes, gossip, and apologies.
With dining tables playing such a huge role in our lives, how do we find our table soulmate? When searching for the perfect dining table, keep size, shape, material, lifestyle, and style in mind.
One size does not fit all
Grab the ol’ measuring tape to find out exactly what size of table your space can fit. Make sure to factor in room for chairs, walkways, and doorways.
Small Spaces – For smaller spaces, rectangular tables work well. Because of their slim fit, they slide easily against a wall and are simple to navigate around when pulled out. Even better, a rectangular table can fit up to six guests.
Small spaces are also great for a classic round tabletop, which takes up less space because of its lack of corners.
The round shape of the Tanya Dining Table allows for easy flow in your living space.
Large Spaces – Larger spaces give you more freedom, but sometimes they can be a bit intimidating. To fill a large space, opt for a long, rectangular table that fits at least six people and has the option to extend.
Average-Sized Spaces – If your shape is neither big or small, the choice is yours! Just make sure to keep balance in mind.
Pick a shape, any shape
When it comes to shape, you have a few options to work with. Deciding on shape depends on the size of your room and what kind of lines you prefer: straight and angular, or soft and curved?
Rectangular – Rectangular tables tend to fit the most people and mimic the natural shape of a dining room.
The Malibu Dining Table offers plenty of elbow and leg space for guests.
Oval – An oval-shaped table works best in a long, rectangular room.
Round – Round tables work well in more compact rooms. They tend to create a cozier, more dynamic dining feel and are great for small group settings.
Square – Square shaped tables are great for smaller rooms that are looking to save space, as they can be pushed into a corner.
Investing in material
An important factor to consider when buying a dining table is its material and construction. A dining table is an investment and you want it to be enjoyed for years to come.
Wood – Wooden tables bring a natural, down-to-earth look to a room. Solid wood is hardy and its craftsmanship won’t disappoint you. If you’re on a budget, you can look at more affordable options such as MDF or wood veneer, which are strong contestants in look and quality.
Glass – Glass tables are a great option for smaller spaces because their transparency opens up a room. Their polished look also tends to make a space look chicer.
Marble – Marble tables are cool and refined. Their heavy nature gives a look of permanence and if they’re taken care of properly, they will be admired for years.
Lavastone – Lavastone is a natural and indestructible material. Unlike marble, it is also nonporous, which means you won’t have to stress if there’s a spill.
If you’re looking for a unique and tough material, the lava stone Sable Dining Table is for you.
Matching your lifestyle
Something else to consider when picking a dining table is your social life. How many people live in your home, and how many come and visit? First, factor in the number of members in your household. If there’s only a handful of you, something on the snug, smaller side is great for conversations over meals or work.
The marble-and-acacia Jinx Dining Table doesn’t compromise style with its comfortable, round look.
Next, consider how often you have guests over. Do you have a lot of family visit from out of town? Do you enjoy hosting game nights or dinner parties? If this is the case, you’re probably looking for something more communal, whether that be a longer table or something with the option to extend.
Matching your (excellent) style
Arguably the best part about picking furniture is matching it to the unique style of your home! While the rooms in your home don’t have to match completely, it does create a visually-appealing look of cohesion, especially when your dining room opens up to your kitchen or living room.
If you have space, you can consider going for a dining table that also works as a statement piece, such as the Bird Dining Table, which is anything but simple. Its solid oak tabletop features a live edge, giving each table its own unique design and character.
Picking the perfect dining table for your home is a lot easier when you take size, shape, lifestyle, and style into consideration to narrow down your options. At the end of the day, it’s not about the table at all, it’s about the meaningful gatherings that take place.
The Greek by Anatoli: A place where pairing Greek food with hip hop makes sense.
Everything, from the way their kitchen produces incredibly tasty food, the traditional-but-untraditional decor, and the riotous vibes that pump out of the front doors and onto the Yaletown and Gastown sidewalks every weekend speaks to the owners’ attitudes. They’re fun-loving, caring people from an energetic Greek family and they know — to say the least — how to have a great time.
We spoke with Moe’s Ambassador Iani Makris, one of the part-owners and son of Anatoli Souvlaki’s founders, Thomas Makris and Helen Babalos. He shed light on why they use Moe’s for the furniture and decor, their creative edge in the business, and his own life goals.
Can you tell us a bit about yourself and how you got involved in the industry?
Iani Makris: I was born and raised in a restaurant in North Vancouver, Anatoli Souvlaki. My parents started it the year I was born and we lived above it. I bought my father out of the business ten years ago, 5 years ago [my little brother, cousin, and I] decided to open a restaurant in Yaletown. We called it The Greek by Anatoli. Eventually, we took a shot at Gastown, too. So now we have three restaurants in Vancouver.
I’m a father of two — I delivered my second baby in the back of our car on the way to the hospital. I’m an avid hockey fan and player and I shop at Moe’s. They’ve been good to me for the 25 years I’ve known them.”
I know in the restaurant business a lot of what makes a restaurant successful is the food, but second is the environment. Tell us about the environment you created, what kind of design elements you’ve used?
IM: “We were lucky in our Yaletown and Gastown locations, there’s a lot of exposed brick which is true to both areas. Red and white isour theme, my grandmother is from Asia Minor (what is now Turkey), she’s from that area and it’s warmer, which makes sense with the red. We’ve kept that theme throughout two of the three restaurants. The sheep is also very fitting. It’s awesome, really cute.”
Here, Iani is referring to a sheep statue curated by Moe’s for The Greek. It’s a lighthearted, off-beat piece perfect for the restaurant’s fun-loving nature.
IM: “We wanted to open a restaurant where we can serve our Greek food with hip hop. A lot of inspiration comes from Mykonos — open-air bars with string lights running through the restaurant. You get that feeling when you walk in — that we cater to a fresher, younger crowd. We’re not your traditional blue and white cabana.”
What does family mean to you and how does that play a part in your career?
IM: “Growing up in a restaurant, my employees are like my family. I’ve been surrounded by family in the business as well as outside. Family is very important to us as Greeks. Have you seen My Big Fat Greek Wedding? It’s very true to Greek culture.
I was raised by my grandmother alongside my parents, so a lot of the recipes that come through this place are from her and my father.”
Iani goes on to tell us how his mother provides him with the ‘life goals’ of being as happy as her every day and to be a supportive, positive influence. She is, he describes, the entrepreneur of his family and is a strong woman and teacher. His younger brother, however, was the driving force behind getting Iani out of the kitchen, into the front-of-house and eventually owning their own place.
IM: “We have two chefs, one Cypriot and one Albanian, both trained in greek cooking. The Cypriot adds a lot of myth to our cooking, gives us a bit of an edge. So, Turkey, Greece, Cyprus and Albania — we’re a hybrid.”
The Turkish, Greek, Cypriot and Albanian influences do give The Greek a creative edge. Their food, as well as their ambience, make it a restaurant unlike any other in Vancouver. Their distinctive, homey-yet-urban vibe is, in part, created by the decor from Moe’s.
Moe’s can provide an edgy, modern look (as we’ve witnessed through Aleem Kassam’s eyes) or a warm, distinctive and fun vibe perfect for a place like The Greek. The takeaway? The pieces at Moe’s can be moulded to fit your place’s attitude.
You’ve got quite the history with Moe’s. Tell me what your relationship has been like with them?
IM: “I’m an entrepreneur and Moe Senior is quite the entrepreneur, too. I grew up with [his son] Moe Junior, we played baseball and hockey together, we had sleepovers. Now, I admire [Sarah and Moe Junior’s] business practices and hope to one day be in their position as well. Life goals.”
What’s the ambition right now?
IM: “The ambition should always be to expand and restaurants are all I know. But you should never look too far ahead — opening these three restaurants haven’t been without their challenges.”
Iani tells us he “works to live, not lives to work” — and this is obvious through his attitude, his love for his family, and the incredibly fun restaurants he’s fostered.
Today we’re going to be talking about modular sofas. Modular sofas are becoming more and more popular for small and large spaces alike. But before we dive into why that is, let’s review what “modular” really means.
“Modular design” is a term that is used when a whole unit is made up of smaller modules, or pieces (like a pizza!) So a modular sofa is a sofa broken up into chair-sized pieces like chaises, corner seats, and ottomans. These pieces can be arranged to create a U shaped or L shaped sofa configuration, or they can be spaced out to create smaller seating arrangements. Handy, right?
The advantages of modular sofas
1. Ultimate customization – A modular sofa allows you to create the perfect seating arrangement for your room. Each piece is sold separately from a series, like our new Tumble Collection, so you can decide on how many seats you need and what size and shape you are going for. You can even mix and match colors as with our Nathaniel Collection, which comes in light grey, red, green, and blue.
2. Adaptable to any room – Modular sofas utilize the space they are given. If the sofa doesn’t fit the way you intended, you can simply remove one module and place it in a different way or even in a different room.
3. Allows for quick design changes – Modular sofas are an easy and quick way to change the layout of a room at no cost.
4. Fits the needs of your guests – A quick connection of all of the modules creates a full sofa so that your guests can sit down and spend time together. You can also smoothly detach individual seats if someone prefers some personal space. The ottoman can be used as a footrest, seat, or table top. And if anyone needs a place to crash, modules can be put together to create separate and comfortable beds.
5. Easy to assemble – Each module can be easily connected, disconnected, and moved around a room. This ease of assembly is a great feature for design changes and moving.
Don’t be fooled by its ethereal glow. Our Clay Dream Modular Sectional is the ultimate family sofa. It’s made with stain-resistant and moisture-repellent technology so that you don’t have to worry about spills.
The look of a modular sofa
Modular sofas are designed with simplicity in mind, like our Luxe Signature Modular Sectional, made with buttery brown top-grain leather. The individual pieces are simple in form, and together, they create a harmonious whole. Because of this, they give a room an ultra-modern look and feel.
Modular sofas have a solid, uniform look with deep seating and low backs. Due to their expansive layout, they tend to anchor down a room. And as the focal point in your space, they have a welcoming look that invites you to sprawl out and get comfy. With limitless space, they’re the ultimate lounge area. The result is a sofa that is both massive and cozy at the same time: the best of both worlds, right?
The best part about these structures is that they’re anything but fixed. As we’ve already discussed, modular sofas are highly customizable, which means you get a fresh, dynamic space every time.
Sink into the plush seats of the Justin Living Sectional. We’re not exaggerating when we say you’ll never want to get up!
The pieces of a modular sofa
When it comes to modular sofas, the sky (okay, and the size of your space) is the limit! Check out the star pieces of a modular sofa.
“The Slipper Chair”
“The Corner Chair”
For those who need inspiration for building their lounge look, modular sofas can also be bought as entire sofas ready to go. These are the different types Moe’s Home Collection offers:
“The Classic L”
If you’re on the sofa hunt, you should give modular couches a try. Due to them being highly customizable and versatile, they end up being a great investment for any home. But the best part may just be the personal freedom you get in decorating your space. So, get to know our modular sofas above, get out the measuring tape, and get ready to build the plushest oasis yet!
Whether you’re going back to school, working on a passion project, or trying to get organized, everyone deserves a zen space to get their work done. Doing homework at the kitchen table, on the sofa, or worse–in bed–is not ideal. Having a designated work desk will keep your organized, focused, and save the rest of your home for relaxing! A good desk will make getting work done a little less stressful. The best desk might even make work enjoyable!
When choosing a desk, you’ll want to pick one that suits your responsibilities and work style. Take these factors into consideration when picking a desk:
- Style – Are you looking for a simple table or a fully functioning workstation?
- Size – Are you okay with a corner desk or do you need something more expansive?
- Shape – Do you prefer rectangular, L-shaped, curved, or a standing desk?
- Construction – Do you prefer wood, metal, or glass?
- Storage – Do you require drawers, shelving, or filing cabinets?
Take notes on the following 7 great desks for getting work done. These stylish and functional desks will pass every test!
1. THE KATTAN DESK
The down-to-earth looking Kattan Desk is perfect for a student who requires a lot of elbow space for late-night study sessions. It leaves room for your laptop, textbooks, a cup of coffee, and study snacks! Made from golden brown mango wood, natural variations in the wood grain give this desk a one-of-a-kind feel. A sturdy iron base balances out its earthy top.
Style – rustic, bohemian, industrial
2. THE TYLER DESK
Who knew getting work done could look so classy? The Tyler Desk is designed from darkened mango wood and a gold-finished iron frame for a glam look; It’s the perfect space to work on a fashion blog! This desk won’t compromise your style and it offers plenty of function with two hidden sliding drawers.
Style – glam, contemporary modern
Features – two hidden sliding drawers for storing your office supplies
3. THE COLVIN DESK
The Colvin Desk embodies a sleek industrial design perfect for every multitasker. Storage and organization are easy with a single drawer and a large adjacent shelf. Made of solid mango wood and iron framing, this desk’s organic finish is warm and inviting, making your workdays feel less like workdays.
Style – industrial, rustic
Features – spacious tabletop, plenty of legroom, hidden storage space for putting away your papers and laptop
4. THE REALE DESK
Walnut veneer sits on a steel frame for an industrial look that says you’re an artist or a designer. The Reale Desk offers an abundance of space for drawing sketches or working on a tablet. There’s also a generous amount of hidden storage space for all of your art supplies.
Style – industrial, contemporary modern
Features – spacious tabletop, plenty of legroom, hidden storage space with three sliding drawers to organize your papers and supplies
5. THE BLOSSOM DESK
The Blossom Desk makes getting work done a piece of cake. Its sleek, minimal design makes this the perfect spot for making a grocery list, catching up on emails, or writing a journal entry. Its smaller size makes it easily adaptable into any space.
Style – contemporary modern
Features – hidden storage space with a sliding drawer and an adjacent open compartment, matches with other pieces from our Blossom Collection for a streamlined look, smaller size fits easily in any space
6. THE MADAGASCAR DESK
Work feels more like a vacation when you’re working from a tropical desk like this! The Madagascar Desk features solid, live-edge acacia wood, with a warm brown finish that highlights its natural wood grain. This desk will create a sunny look in your workspace.
Style – rustic, bohemian
Features – spacious tabletop, storage space with two sliding drawers and a shelf, matches with other pieces from our Madagascar Collection for a streamlined look
The Obra Desk is the perfect showpiece to make your workspace feel truly unique. Its golden-finished iron frame gives it a pop of color to show off your style. Meanwhile, its smaller size makes it easily adaptable into any space. It’s the perfect spot to write down all of your creative ideas!
Style – contemporary modern, glam
Features – hidden storage space with a sliding drawer and an adjacent open compartment to put away your notebooks and laptop, smaller size fits easily in any space
Vancouver born and internationally-based, Moe’s Home Collection offers a variety of products to suit a range of styles and budgets. We want to make your house not only a home but also your personal oasis. Having the ultimate workspace is part of that! Check out the rest of our desk selection here.
Thank you, Las Vegas for another successful tradeshow! We loved meeting you all at Showroom C474. In case you missed it, check out a few of our favourite pieces below.
1. Belagio Sofa Bed with Chaise
There’s nothing better than a sofa that serves a dual purpose–especially in a small space. The Belagio Sofa Bed has you covered with its comfortable sofa by day and bed by night. Complete with a chaise, this sofa bed optimizes your space.
2. Achromatic Wall Décor
Personalize a bare space with the sweeping Achromatic Wall Décor. A rough, unfinished feel gives this piece an edgy look. Don’t worry, the simple achromatic colors in this artwork let your room do the talking.
3. Privado Storage Coffee Table
The Privado Storage Coffee Table features a sleek design that keeps storing your living room essentials in mind. Just slide the top over for easy access to TV remotes, magazines, coasters and more!
4. Cave Magazine Rack
Sometimes you need a side table that can do more than just hold a cup of coffee and a lamp. That’s why we decided to design the Cave Magazine Rack. Not only is this table named after one of the world’s earliest magazine publishers, but it’s also multifunctional and stylish.
5. Howell Dining Table
With a live edge, the Howell Dining Table is the center of all the fun. Made with natural solid acacia wood and iron legs, this table features its own unique combination of knots and grain. Whether you’re looking for an industrial or contemporary modern piece, this table will be the perfect fit.
6. Jinxx Side Table
There’s been no better pairing since wine and cheese. With a solid Satwaria marble tabletop, the Jinxx Side Table showcases the best of nature’s work. Solid acacia legs form an airy base.
Las Vegas showroom virtual tour
Take a virtual tour of our Las Vegas showroom to see items that you loved and others that you may have missed on your visit.
Show us your wings photo op
This market, we had a complimentary photo op at our showroom. We loved watching our guests have fun in front of the camera in front of our signature wings. Stay tuned for our next photo op in October!
In N Out lunch
Walking around market sure builds up an appetite! We served our guests a catered lunch from the popular fast-food chain, In N Out Burger. We’re still thinking about those fries!
Vegas 2020, we’re coming for you!
It’s time for a little R&R, but we’ll see you next year at our Las Vegas tradeshow from January 26 – 30, 2020.
Living in the city has its perks: countless coffee shops and bars, a close proximity to events and festivals, great shopping, and a closeness to work for many. However, living downtown often means compromising the amount of square footage you have to work with. But smaller spaces don’t have to leave you feeling like you’re living in a box. They simply mean you have to get strategic while designing your space.
With modern studios, tiny homes, holiday cabins, and capsule hostels on the rise, living in smaller spaces is becoming more and more common. Check out the following tips and tricks for small space living below.
1. Minimalism is key.
When living in a small space, you’re forced to be a minimalist. Take a page from Japanese organizing consultant Marie Kondo and get rid of stuff that doesn’t “spark joy” for you. Remember, a lot of things can be recycled, donated, or gifted to someone who will appreciate them more–and has the space! Don’t forget to get clear out items that are in hiding: sentimental clutter like holiday cards and knick-knacks, as well as broken items that you won’t get around to fixing.
The word ‘downsize’ often gets a bad rap, but downsizing simply means reducing things in size or eliminating anything unnecessary. Don’t worry, downsizing doesn’t mean you’ll be eating dinner on the sofa because you got rid of your favorite dining table. But do you really require a dining table and a kitchen bar? Are you really using all of the work desks in your home? You can still have all the perks of a big house: a sofa, kitchen table, office desk, you name it. Just think smaller to save space. Hanging on to large or unneeded furniture will only dwarf your small home more.
3. Think modular.
Modular furniture design adapts to any room–big or small–and thus, saves valuable space in your home. Modular furniture tends to stack, fold, nest, and expand making it very small space friendly. Some examples of modular furniture include:
- Sectional sofas made up of individual seats and ottomans
- Nesting side tables that stack
- Desks that fold vertically into a wall
- Sofa beds
4. Create lots of storage.
Whether your home is big or small, who doesn’t love storage? Make sure to get the most out of your storage space by organizing your valuable square footage. Plus, it will help you find things easier! Here are some ways to add storage to your small space:
- A storage bed (plus, find out how to make the most of your storage bed)
- A storage sofa
- A coffee table with double tiers, shelving, or drawers
- Floating shelves
- Shelving inside of closets
- Baskets and bins to slide into shelves
5. Utilize corners.
Maximizing space in a small home is a must, and that means using every nook and cranny! Place desks and tables in corners to create more room. Add floating shelves above to decorate for a homier feel, as well as to create additional space for your things.
6. Try clear furniture.
Using clear or transparent furniture is a trick all interior designers love. It gives the illusion of a bigger space because the transparency allows light to pass through, which also makes your space look less cluttered! Try clear chairs at your kitchen table, or opt for a glass coffee table for a chic look.
7. Use mirrors.
Like clear furniture, mirrors are another popular life hack for creating the illusion of a larger space. Mirrors open up a room by reflecting light and adding dimension. Try placing a large mirror directly above your sofa, dining table, or bed for a welcoming look.
8. Think light.
While darker colours give a room an inviting feeling, lighter colours reflect light and open up a space, making it feel larger. Opt for white walls, light wood flooring, and creamy carpets to optically expand the size of your small home. To keep your home feeling cozy, add darker furniture or fabrics.
9. Go vertical with plants.
Love plants but don’t have the floor space for them? Go vertical and hang them from walls or ceilings to make your small space look more dynamic. You can’t go wrong with plants because although they take up space, incorporating them into your home will reap many benefits including creating a more relaxing environment.
10. Get outside!
You’re most likely living in a smaller home so that you can enjoy the outdoors more, whether you’re living in a cabin in the woods or an apartment in the city. Get a breath of fresh air, explore your surroundings, and enjoy!
What would you prefer having: a stylish, tidy home or a big, happy family? Contrary to what many believe, having kids doesn’t mean having to pick one or the other. It just means learning how to be flexible and creative. Because admittedly, creating a space that is sippy cup and margarita glass friendly (for when the kiddos go to sleep) takes a little ingenuity.
Yes, your home is going to look a little different once you have kids turning it into their indoor playground. But that doesn’t mean your home has to start looking like a full-on daycare. It’s all about finding balance, and that means creating a home that is cozy and chic, but can still withstand just about anything your kids serve up.
Check out the following family-friendly design tips that will keep mom, dad, and kids happy alike.
Do: Take into account who you’re living with.
The family members you share your roof with will make a big impact on how you design your home. For example, are you living with a newborn baby? Toddlers in their terrible twos? Active children? Moody teenagers? How busy are you and your partner? How often do you clean? Do you have pets? Are you expecting more children? These are all things to take into consideration when decorating your family home.
Don’t: Hold off on decorating.
Many families hold off on decorating for years, waiting until their children grow up and move out. They settle on living with less than ideal furniture, often mismatched and falling apart, in fear of their children destroying anything new. But there’s something to be said about living in a beautiful home. Parents and children will appreciate it alike. You can even get your kids involved in the decorating process by asking their opinion on what kind of furniture, colours, and fabrics they’d like to see in different rooms. Who knows? Getting them involved in the process may even get them to take ownership in keeping your home tidy!
Do: Make space for children.
The most important part of family-friendly design is welcoming children (and all of their toys) into shared spaces in your home, instead of casting them off into bedrooms and basements. Here are some ways to share spaces with children:
- Create areas in common rooms like the kitchen and living room where your kids can play games, make art, read books, and use their imagination.
- Get adaptable furniture that is easy to move around. Plus, if your furniture is out of the way, children are less likely to destroy it!
- Leave opens areas for dance competitions and cozy nooks for reading marathons.
- Set up a games table for family nights.
- Create a wall designated to family photos and your children’s artwork.
Don’t: Go for a high-maintenance look.
When decorating your family home, skip the bells and whistles. A simple, comfy, slightly bohemian look is the way to go. Think twice about adding brand new items, cherished antiques, and unnecessary trinkets to your home. Solid, contemporary pieces with a lightly weathered look will last for years to come. Avoid sensitive fabrics and materials like silk, lace, glass, crystal, suede, velvet, and anything else that will make you shed a tear if it is damaged. Opt for comfy leather, heavy-duty fabric, and solid wood. Get furniture that will survive your kids and pets and accentuate the happy chaos that is family life.
Do: Integrate lots of storage.
Clutter is inevitable when managing a busy household but that doesn’t mean it has to take over your entire home. Get creative with your organization! Try the following tricks to add extra storage to your home:
- Add floating shelves.
- Tuck in woven baskets and storage cubes into open shelving.
- Opt for a coffee table that is double-tiered, has drawers, or opens up like a chest for secret storage.
- Get a storage bed with drawers.
- Get a sofa with hidden storage space.
- Get a shoe cubby for your mudroom or home entrance.
- Incorporate hooks for hanging items.
- Get clear bins of all sizes for organizing smaller items.
And of course, make sure there are plenty of storage options available at your childrens’ height so that they can help clean up too!
Don’t: Buy low-quality furniture.
Don’t skimp on the furniture you buy. It may seem ironic to be splurging on expensive furniture when you have kids that are going to be using it, but that’s exactly why. Get the highest quality furniture you can afford so that it can last through all the wear and tear it’s going to be put through. Look for solid pieces that can withstand being used as a trampoline or jungle gym. Get furniture that will last through all the bumps, spills, and scratches as your kids grow up. This way, your furniture will become a part of the family, not something that ends up in a landfill in a couple of years.
Do: Plan for small disasters.
Think about one of the most common areas for your family to hang out: the living room. From greasy popcorn falling in between cracks to hot chocolate spilling on pillows to ketchup splattering seats, accidents happen in this high-traffic area. Luckily, sofas like the moisture-repellent and stain-resistant Clay Sectional exist. Its immaculate look will fool your guests, and you’ll never have to cry over a spill again. Even better? The Clay Sectional is modular, meaning you can move around the chairs and ottomans with ease.
Running a family and maintaining a beautiful home that reflects your personal style isn’t easy, but with pieces from Moe’s Home Collection, it’s possible. Follow the above decorating tips to create your family’s oasis.
Moe’s Ambassador Aleem Kassam speaks on inspiration, what design truly means to him, and the importance of quality items.
Born and raised in Vancouver, Aleem formally began his career in Interior Design at the Art Institute of Vancouver. Following a passion that was more than simply entering an industry, he yearned for more. After his education, Aleem studied abroad, gaining a Bachelors Degree of Interior Design & Sustainable Interior Architecture at the Art Institute of Chicago He then left for the Domus Academy in Milan and soon found himself studying at Central Saint Martins in London.
He was able to reach a wide audience on From the Ground Up, a series broadcast across the world. Soon though, Aleem found himself being drawn back to Vancouver and the company he started years before, Kalu Interiors.
Aleem sat down with us to discuss the fluidity of a successful designer, his own journey, and, of course, his love for Moe’s Furniture.
Design for you doesn’t just come into your work, it comes into your lifestyle, your own home, your personal style. What makes you tick? What inspires you?
Aleem Kassam: “What makes a successful designer in any field — whether you’re working for yourself or for someone else — is how you approach it. It’s embedded into your lifestyle, you’re not checking in at 9 and checking out at 5. It’s not a desk job. It’s something that is embedded and ingrained in your lifestyle. It’s in every motion, part, and aspect of your life.
Whether it’s from travel to fashion to your own home and work, to a meal out… [Design is] something you need to be in tune with, in not only your own aesthetic and your own life but also in your aspirations. A lot of times designers get stuck in a set style in what they acknowledge themselves to appear as, whether that’s a pattern or a colour, a design, a style – a lot of times we get stuck in that image and what we want to portray. The way I’ve always approached design is that it is an evolving thing.
If you look at my stuff from several years ago, it’s a complete 180 from what I am doing today and the aesthetic I’m portraying myself as. It’s an evolution. What I get inspired by and what makes me tick and bring into and absorb into my aesthetic is everyday transitional fashion. Travel is also a huge inspiration for me with textiles and colours.
I think of travel in two spectrums: historical and projected future. When I visit a new place I really try to hone in on how that society and culture originated, where they are today and where they’re going in the future. Whether I incorporate that physically into my design or conceptually based on theory or space or other elements.
Side by side, travel and fashion are not only my favourite leisurely things to do but they’re also the source of my greatest inspiration.”
What Brought You to Moe’s?
AK: “Moe’s has really transformed over the years — I’ve seen them evolve with their aesthetic and it’s been interesting because as creative as designers want to be, we are at the mercy of our suppliers and retailers. One of the things I have always appreciated about Moe’s is the selection and range of styles — the options they have are next to none in the city. You can find anything from traditional to contemporary to transitional along with a lot of finish options and fabric customization.
By also offering pieces which are readily available or customized options catered for a specific space, this provides us with flexibility on all of our projects! So many of the times we’re at different stages in our design process, so options at this point are key.
Overall, the quality is great. They hand-select their manufacturers and suppliers across the board, whether it’s overseas or in the US. They have quality items with affordable pricing. Sometimes when the client doesn’t have the biggest budget but they want something of good quality — it can be hard to find. Moe’s fills this gap in the market.
I also always feel confident sending my clients into the Showroom, as I know that they’ll find what they need, and sometimes all I need to do is provide a style direction. The products are always thoughtfully curated, and settings presented in a manner that tells the whole story, allowing my clients to envision what might work in their own space. The showroom associates are also friendly, helpful, and extremely knowledgeable, and this confidence is so necessary in a designer and retailer relationship.”