After spending the year at home, my husband and I have been more focused on renovating and upgrading our home. We’ve been shifting our travel budget to our home improvement budget instead, and it’s been a lot of fun taking on projects that make our house that much more our own.
This past week I made my first visit to Improve Canada – a 320,000 square-foot location in Vaughan that is the definition of a one-stop shop for retailers, designers, general contractors, and anything else you would need to design, decorate or renovate a space!
They have over 350 showrooms all in one place, and I can’t think of one product or service that wasn’t represented.
Luckily they provide maps to make your way around the building, and there are booths scattered all over Improve Canada where they can guide you to where you want to go, or they can even call up the booth you are looking for to ask them a question for you!
The website provides a directory as all visits are by appointment only right now, and you also have the option of using their complimentary personalized shopping service. To book your own appointment, click through to a retailer you would like to visit and enter you name, phone number, and the date and time you would like to visit. It’s very easy!
I personally took advantage of the complimentary personalized shopping service so I could maximize my time on my first visit. The customer service team made a set of recommendations for me based on my upcoming projects, and they even provided me with a tour when I arrived and escorted me to my appointments!
One of my favourite showrooms was Metropolitan Tile & Stone – it was impossible to walk past it without admiring how beautiful it was!
Metropolitan Tile & Stone carry what seems like an unlimited number of tile designs and style for all kinds of budgets. I loved how they showcased all of their different options in their boutique showroom. They carry porcelain, ceramic, natural stone and glass tiles, and they also have a range of installation products as well so you wouldn’t need to shop around for additional products for your project.
Their gorgeous tiled fireplace in the showroom (you can see it in the first photo in this blog post!) is a reminder that tile so versatile and can be used anywhere from front entrance flooring, bathroom walls and showers, and to make a statement with a fireplace.
The next stop I made was actually unexpected – I walked past the showroom of The House of Interior Design and just had to stop!
The House of Interior Design had a showroom that was so beautifully designed from top to bottom that I would be willing to move right into their space!
Their services range from a one-time consultation to taking on a full residential or commercial renovation project.
The focus of The House of Interior Design is on creating an outcome focused on a clients personality, individual tastes, experiences and either work-style or lifestyle.
What sets The House of Interior Design apart from other design firms is that they use an approach of creating spaces that are in harmony with their client, using ancient sacred architecture and design principals. By combining sacred principals and new technologies and trends they can create incredible unique spaces.
Their passion for design and for ensuring that a space reflects the owner and their personality and character is something that really made an impact on me. When you meet people that are passionate about their profession, I think it can inspire your creative choices even more.
Another showroom I’d really like to talk about is Antique Mosaics!
It always catches my attention when design can be customized, so learning about their natural stone installations was really interesting.
They believe in nature and sustainable development, so they have established processes in their company to minimize their environmental footprint.
After meeting their very friendly Corgi in the showroom (I love meeting dogs!) I spent some time looking at a few of their different design projects.
Their natural stone mosaic tiles and ledge stone can be used for a kitchen back splash, bathroom, fireplace, or an accent wall. They can be customized so in so many different ways which really caught my attention because I would love to create an accent wall in my house with my own design! Seeing everything in the showroom was so much easier to visualize in my own home rather than looking through a catalogue.
I am going to be writing a series of blog posts detailing some of our upcoming renovation projects, and highlighting a few of the experts I’ve met at Improve Canada to show you some of the inspiration they’ve provided me, along with their expert advice! If you are working on a home project, you absolutely must visit Improve Canada. The showrooms are incredible and showcase the talents of the designers, the products they use, and of the contractors who have created these amazing spaces.
For more information, and to book your own appointment or personal shopping adventure, visit Improve Canada’s website!
Although this post was sponsored, all opinions are my own.
Items in this post may have been provided to me for review, but all opinions are fabulously my own.