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OAT’s 2021 Holiday Gift Guide: 10 Last-Minute Stocking Stuffers To Add a Touch of Luxury at Home

As the holidays quickly approach, we want to help you (and your loved ones!) uplevel life at home with some thoughtful stocking stuffers. Our curated list of luxurious home accessories make the perfect (last-minute) gift ideas - for those of us who don’t do our shopping in November! The best part is, a wide selection of our home accessories are on sale in our showroom (up to 50% off!) while supplies last. 

So, whether you’re in need of a unique home accessory to compliment a sideboard or end table, or a classy centerpiece to finish off your holiday tablescape, here are some home decor gift ideas that make an impression - plus, they are in stock, so they WILL make it in time for the holidays. Without further ado, here are 10 luxury home accessories that also make a memorable holiday gift for anybody on your list!

For the ultimate WFH life:

Linen Tray


Our Linen Tray is a functional, yet luxurious addition to any home office. Made of sand cast aluminum with a burlap impression and brass finish, this is a gorgeous catch-all tray for anything from keys to paperclips to whatever you want! Complete the look with our Linen Vases for a set of three, and you have the perfect gift. 


Laria Boxes, Set of Two

The perfect accessories for an office desk, bookshelf or sideboard! Our Laria Boxes come as a set of two and are generously sized to hold any small trinkets or items you want to keep hidden. This lacquered veneer box with a linear black and white pattern resembles petrified wood for a luxurious look and features a painted interior for a classy finish inside and out.


Wish Paperweight


Available in two colours - gold leaf and silver leaf - and four sizes, this minimalist paperweight is a decorative and functional addition to any office. Give a gift that’s as useful as it is gorgeous this holiday season to the loved one that spends their days working from home. 

For the minimalist:

Rabbit Sculpture


Add a touch of whimsical luxury to the home with our Rabbit Sculpture. Inspired by the 19th century cabinets of curiosities, this ceramic rabbit is a gorgeous home accent that will certainly also be a conversation piece. Available in a matte gold or matte silver finish, this beautiful sculpture will add a touch of fun to a bookshelf, end table or bedside table. 


Bone Boxes


Gift the minimalist in your life our Bone Boxes that double as decor and a place to store precious trinkets and personal items. Featuring grey and white bone that is carefully cut and applied by hand, as well as a detachable lid, this home accessory offers functionality while also acting as a stylish display piece. In other words, it’s a gift any minimalist will undoubtedly appreciate! 


Davenport Sculpture


It doesn’t get more minimalist than the Davenport Sculpture. Featuring a large snow marble disk suspended by a thin antique brass pillar to create a striking visual contrast, this sculpture will be a welcome addition to any minimalist’s home decor. Finished off with a crystal clear base, this piece is a true work of art that will fit in seamlessly with any aesthetic.


For the host(ess) with the mostest:


Accessories by Au Lit Fine Linens


What could be better than pure linen scented hand soaps from Haute-Provence, France? Made exclusively for Au Lit Fine Linens, this vegetable-based Marseille-style liquid hand soap ($28) is the perfect stocking stuffer for anybody on your holiday gift list this year. This exclusive product is also available as a bar soap enriched with shea butter for that added touch of luxury ($12). Complete the look with a set of luxurious made-in-Canada linens by Au Lit, and you have an ideal gift for any host(ess)!


Candles by étuHome


Containing the finest essential oils created in Grasse, France - the perfume capital of the world - these luxury candles by Etu home are the perfect host(ess) gift. Artisanal, hand-poured and packaged in a gorgeous box for easy gifting, this is the ultimate stocking stuffer this holiday season.


For the home chef:

Glass decanters


Our selection of glass decanters will be a welcome addition to any wine or spirit enthusiast’s collection. Available in a variety of sizes, styles and shapes, our decanters can be beautifully displayed on a bar cart, shelf or sideboard as a vessel for storing drinks or simply as a beautiful piece of art. 


Freeform Bowls


Perfect for displaying as is or for including fresh or faux fruits and greenery, our Freeform Bowls are a gorgeous work of art. Soft and organic in shape, these bowls - in two sizes - are a beautiful interpretation of the graceful, abstract forms found in nature. Made of smooth, matte graphite Portuguese ceramic, these bowls are a unique addition to any kitchen or dining area.


From now until December 23rd, our showroom is open Monday to Saturday from 10am - 5:30pm for all your holiday shopping needs. Private shopping appointments are also available by emailing Visit us in store or get in touch today and let us help you pick out the perfect gift for everyone on your list this year!


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Top 10 Picks for Our “Boxing Week in November” Luxury Furniture Sale

It’s the sale you’ve all been waiting for! This Friday, November 19th, our biggest sale of the year returns to the Once A Tree showroom. Affectionately referred to as our “Boxing Week in November” sale, this is a luxury furniture sale that you don’t want to miss. 

Deals include up to 70% off select in stock furniture (which arrives in your home in time for the holidays!), 20% off custom furniture orders (delivery times will vary), and 10% off our made-in-Canada STUDIO Collection

As we gear up for our best sale of the year, we’ve put together a guide for shopping our best sale of the season, featuring 10 of our “can’t miss” items included in this year’s sale. All the items featured below are available in limited quantities, so make sure you mark your calendars so you don’t miss out! Without further ado, keep reading for a sneak peek at some of the luxury furniture items you’ll want to add to your home this season.

10 luxury furniture pieces to update your living space

Francis Swivel Chair-Lee Industries     Francis Swivel Chair-close up

Francis Swivel Chair by Lee Industries

The Francis Swivel Chair by Lee Industries is a classic addition to any living space, home office or bedroom nook. Featuring a sturdy, timeless silhouette and a comfortable down back, this accent chair is a must have in any living space. 

Atmosphere Bed - Trica Furniture.    Form Nightstand - Trica Furniture

Atmosphere King Bed and Form Nightstands by Trica Furniture

Luxury meets modern when it comes to the Atmosphere King Bed by Trica. The solid wood birch finish in ‘fog’ is complemented by the warm, textured linen-look fabric and taupe metal leg accents, adding an immediate calming factor to any bedroom!

Pair this luxurious bed with Trica’s Form Nightstands as pictured, available in a variety of solid birch finishes (and also on sale!) and you have a complete bedroom set ready for immediate delivery so it arrives at your home before the holidays.

Relaxor Recliner - Lee Industries.    Relaxor Recliner close up

Relaxor Swivel Recliners by Lee Industries

Without a doubt, one of the best deals to be had in this year’s sale are the Relaxor Swivel Recliners by Lee Industries! Available in a neutral dark grey, resilient low pile velvet fabric and a sleek silhouette design, this luxury accent chair is the perfect addition to any living room. 

After a long day out and about, this quality recliner is the ideal way to kick back and relax in style.

Bayonne Bed - Bernhardt.    Bayonne Bed close up

Bayonne California King Bed by Bernhardt

Uplevel your bedroom with the Bayonne California King Bed by Bernhardt Furniture! This gorgeous, upholstered bed is a bargain for anyone looking to upgrade to a luxurious, California King-sized bed. Available in a subtle ivory colour, this bed features a detailed nailhead trim throughout, adding a touch of luxury to any bedroom.

Super Nova Swivel Chair-Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.    Super Nova Swivel Chair close up

Supernova Swivel Chair by MG+BW Home

There’s a reason why these Supernova Swivel Chair by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams are a bestseller! This mid-century inspired chair in a gorgeous creamy leather fabric commands the room from all angles. Sleek and low with a subtle, contrasting base, this modern accent chair is as stylish as it is comfortable - and not to mention, a complete steal if you’re lucky enough to get your hands on it during our Boxing Week in November sale!

Versa Sectional - American Leather.    Versa Sectional close up

Versa Sectional by American Leather

Designed for extreme comfort and maximum versatility, it’s no secret the Versa Sectional is a favourite for many - including our Sales Manager, Les! The modular sectional can be flipped around to create several different configurations, making it the epitome of custom-made comfort for your next family movie night.

We have just one of these stylish sectionals available in a durable fabric made of a variety of materials, including viscose, polyester, linen and cotton. Whether it’s in a living room or a rec room, the Versa Sectional promises to deliver “livable luxury” and a customized seating solution for any living space.

Willet Nesting Tables-Vanguard Furniture.    Willet Nesting Tables-close up

Willet Nesting Tables by Vanguard

The Willet Nesting Tables are sure to make a statement in any room. Featuring a silver travertine top and a satin brass metal base, these luxury end tables are as stylish as they are durable. Perfect for displaying your favourite lamp or home decor accessories, these quality nesting tables will make a modern addition to your living room.

Xavier Desk-Mitchell Gold+Bob Williams.    Xavier Desk close up

Xavier Desk by MG+BW Home

Take your home office to the next level with the Xavier Desk by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams. A sleek glass top paired with stainless steel legs makes this modern desk a chic upgrade to any work from home set up. The compact, low profile design of this stylish desk makes it a functional addition to a home office that’s big or small.

Aaron Chair - American Leather.    Aaron Chair close up

Aaron Chair by American Leather

Inspired by modern Danish design, the Aaron Chair is a classic addition to any room. Featuring a gorgeous, textured charcoal fabric and natural Walnut legs, this mid-century style armchair also features a contoured seat structure for maximum comfort. Whether you put it in a home office, living room or even a bedroom - we guarantee this accent chair will quickly become a household favourite!

Aiden Chair-Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.    Aiden Chair close up

Aiden Chair by MG+BW Home

From MG+BW Home’s Classics Collection, the Aiden Chair is truly a classic. Available in a deep pine green leather, this chair offers a streamlined silhouette and a generous seat depth. Featuring high-quality, Italian leather, this beautiful chair will only get better as it patinas with time. It is an ideal addition to any home office, living room or bedroom!

We hope you enjoyed this preview of our upcoming Boxing Week in November Sale. Our entire OAT team has been hard at work going through all of our favourite furniture items in store and pricing them ‘to sell’. The deals are amazing, and we’re confident all of you - our loyal customers - will be blown away once again by the thoughtfully curated, high-quality products we carry and most importantly, the savings.

Our sale starts this Friday, November 19th and runs until Saturday, November 27th. If you’ve had your eye on one of our timeless pieces, now is the time to purchase it. Shop our sale in person starting on November 19th at 750 SW Marine Drive. We are open Monday to Saturday from 10am-5:30pm.

Don’t forget to follow us on social media for more updates on the sale as it happens!

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How To Style A Luxurious Bed: 3 Essential Tips

Photo Credit: Roger Mahler

We’re super excited to announce the latest addition to our showroom: Au Lit Fine Linens! Based in Toronto, this Canadian, family-owned & operated business is a natural fit for Once A Tree Furniture and we’re thrilled to be the only retailer in Western Canada to carry their gorgeous bedding. 

If you’re ready to dream big and create a more inspiring bedroom, keep reading. In this post, Joanna Goodman, Au Lit Fine Linens’ CEO, shares her best tips for how to style your own 5-Star bed at home. (P.S.. Read to the bottom to learn about our amazing bedroom giveaway!)

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There’s nothing quite like the feeling of slipping into a sumptuous bed at the end of a long day. We spend about a third of our lives in bed, so why not make the experience as sumptuous and soul-nourishing as possible? We believe that a quality sleep enhances the quality of your life, which is why we create beds that are beautiful on the inside and outside, using the very best components - pure cotton sheets; the finest duvet covers; light, fluffy duvets; and soft, goose down pillows. 

My name is Joanna Goodman and I’m the owner of Au Lit Fine Linens, a family-owned business that my mother founded more than 40 years ago. Her mission then was to offer premium, Canadian and European-made linens in all natural fabrics, which is still our mission today. We like to say that we change the way people sleep, and we’ve been doing just that since 1981 (coincidentally, the same year Once A Tree Furniture was founded!)

Here are my top tips for designing your own beautiful bed, plus a few of my favourite picks for fall. 

Our 3-Step Guide for Styling the Ultimate Bed 

Begin by choosing a duvet cover you love 

First and foremost, start with the duvet cover. Your bed is the focal point of your bedroom, and your duvet cover is essentially the foundation of your bed. I like to treat it as a blank canvas, which is why I always recommend choosing a serene, neutral palette for the primary components. Good quality linens will last a very long time, so you want your investment pieces (the duvet cover and sheets) to withstand all the fleeting trends and “colours of the year.” 

No matter what décor fads come and go or how your own personal style evolves, a soft, neutral foundation - think whites, creams, pastels, natural linen, hues of grey - will stand the test of time. The same applies to choosing the bed frame – look for classic styles, such as the Maxime Wing Bed, which will never go out of style. Also, know your own taste and don’t be afraid to stand by it! If you’ve always loved traditional design and décor, stick with that when styling your bed. Just because modern style may be on trend today, your bedroom is your sanctuary. Let that be your guide.

Investing in a great quality duvet cover is like investing in the perfect little black dress. You can wear it season after season for years to come, swapping out layers and accessories over time to spruce it up, without having to buy a new outfit every season.

Neutral Duvet Cover on a bed


Consider a coverlet to add depth and texture to your bed

Now that you’ve chosen a duvet cover, you can start to build the rest of the design around it. At this stage, one of my top tips is invest in a coverlet. A coverlet – also known as a blanket cover or matelassé – is a single-layered blanket that can be folded at the foot of the bed or laid flat on top of the duvet cover. Adding a coverlet to your bed is often the missing piece that takes a bed from average to extraordinary. A coverlet adds a multi-dimensional layer that really enhances the overall look. It also provides multiple options for making up your bed, allowing for seasonal changes that refresh the look completely. One of my favourite ways to style the bed is to pull the coverlet right up and fold the duvet at the bottom for a more modern, “hotel-inspired” look.

A coverlet also serves a very practical purpose: in the cooler months, it can be used as an extra layer of warmth on top of the duvet; in the hotter summer months, use it on its own with a flat sheet as a lightweight blanket.

Washed Waffle Ecru Coverlet


Complete the Look with Statement-making Accent Pieces

If your duvet cover and coverlet are the “little black dress” of your bedroom, the decorative pillows and throws are the statement jewelry! Go crazy, be bold, and let your personality shine. These accents are the perfect place to incorporate colour, texture and boldness on your bed. We love swapping them in and out every season or experimenting with new trends in patterns and colours. This is the place to try a throw pillow in the Pantone Colour of the Year! And when that colour falls out of favour, you simply swap it out for something new and different without having to re-do your entire bed. Practically speaking, if you opt for a low-profile bed frame like the made-in-Canada Hemrik Bed, simply add two or three decorative “Euro” pillows (26” x 26”) across the back of your bed to add some height, as well as back support while reading or watching TV. Decorative accents are also perfect for tying in other colours of your bedroom, from the walls to the headboard to the carpeting.

Unique accent pieces allow you to completely revamp your decor every season without breaking the bank. In the spring, a breezy linen throw or a floral deco pillow is the perfect touch; when the temperature drops and it’s time to winterize your bed, just swap in a Tibetan fur cushion and deeper-hued throw blanket for a completely different look. 

This fall, it’s all about opulent textures – faux fur, cashmere, baby alpaca – and rich, bold autumnal colours like mustard, paprika, olive and chestnut. I’ve packed away my airy linen throw and pastel accent pillows with my summer clothing, and I’ve transformed my own all-white bed into a fall oasis with a deep olive throw at the foot and rich, patterned velvet pillows. It feels like a completely different bedroom, which will carry me through until spring. 


Fall style Olive color bedding


Bedding Giveaway: Enter for your chance to win a PRIZE DETAILS

On that note, we’re excited to announce our first ever Pop-Up Shop at Once A Tree Furniture, from October 4th until November 30th! Our bedding is now available exclusively for purchase at Once A Tree Furniture, and to celebrate, we’re giving away a complete set of Essential 3-Line Queen bedding valued at $1,100 CAD! To enter, simply:

  1. Head to Instagram and follow the instructions (hint: it includes following both @onceatreefurniture and @aulitfinelinens)
  2. Subscribe to OAT’s e-newsletter for a BONUS entry, found here!

We’ll be announcing the winner of this amazing giveaway on Monday, November 1st. Make sure to follow us on Instagram and find out if you’re the lucky winner! 

We truly believe your bedroom is your oasis, the place where you can decompress, relax and rejuvenate. From now until November 30th, we will be featuring the Au Lit Fine Linens Pop-Up Shop in our showroom showcase - the perfect partner to our collection of luxury beds and bedroom accessories. Visit us in store Monday to Saturday from 10-5:30 to check out Au Lit Fine Linens’ gorgeous bedding for yourselves, and don’t forget to subscribe to our newsletter and follow @onceatreefurniture and @aulitfinelinens on Instagram for your chance to win a complete set of Essential 3-Line Queen bedding valued at $1,100 CAD.

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5 Essentials for a Modern Farmhouse Renovation

Photo Credit: Tina Kruger from Ema Peter Photography

 We’ve said it before, but we’ll say it again. Our local design community continues to inspire us and today, we’re excited to introduce Dorothy and Katie as this month’s guest bloggers - or “Team Bozek” - as they’re often affectionately called. Below, take a peek at their stunning modern farmhouse renovation. 

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Located in the coveted West Vancouver area, this modern home was built with a farmhouse ‘flavour’ in mind. The homeowners had the goal of creating a dual purpose space that felt like a home, but that also served as an ‘office space’ for visiting clients - and we couldn’t wait to dive in to help furnish it!

This unique home, dubbed ‘Kings Residence’ is a one-bedroom, 2,275 square foot home located in beautiful West Van. It’s a new build that combines farmhouse elements with a modern twist. For anyone embarking on a similar farmhouse design, here are our five essential steps to bring any modern farmhouse to life:

A Modern Farmhouse Design 

Keep your practical living needs front and centre 

Before diving into any home renovation, it’s important to imagine the ‘big picture’ and to keep your end goals in mind. In this case, this home needed to be a work AND living space, so this very practical need informed our whole styling process. The clients wanted the home to look and feel modern with some nostalgic farmhouse elements. To achieve this vision, we focused on drawing attention to the sculptural lines of the home while also highlighting the warmth and practicality of a farmhouse feel. By foregoing the traditional farmhouse aesthetic, we instead decorated with a layered and eclectic, yet clean-lined approach that is as functional as it is beautiful.


Combine natural textures with mixed metals

When it comes to finishes, don’t be afraid to mix and match. Our palette for furnishing this modern farmhouse was heavily inspired by a desire to echo the West Vancouver landscape into the architecture and within the interior of the home. Natural textures such as the Jack solid wood dining table, honed matte materials and muted earth tones seen in the made-in-Canada Emery Dining Chairs are accented with black extensively throughout the home to create contrast and interest.

Throughout this modern farmhouse interior, we utilized a mix of metals, patterns and colours to create a relaxed and playful, yet refined and updated feel.


Don’t neglect the outdoor space 

While the interior makeover may be top of mind, your outdoor living area should never be neglected when it comes to designing a home. This modern farmhome’s outdoor space presented a huge opportunity to create an extended, luxurious outdoor living space that could be enjoyed year-round.

We wanted to highlight the outdoor living space to make it feel like a true extension of the main living area - one that was also intimately connected to the interior space. The large sliding doors are a key part of making this happen; we utilized the unique ‘L’ shaped configuration of the modern farmhouse-style home to design a seating area that both feels a part of the courtyard, but also acts as an extension of the interior dining area.


Consider custom furniture to uplevel your space 

As mentioned, our clients work from home so it was important to create a dedicated ‘wing’ for their home-based business. Scale and proportion were driving considerations in the styling of this space, and to ensure we exceeded our clients’ expectations, we turned to Once A Tree Furniture for custom pieces to uplevel the office. By customizing the desks in the workspaces, we were able to incorporate both the clients’ vision and at the same time, create a beautiful workspace that would be practical, too. With plenty of storage in the Miller Sideboard, a custom made-in-Canada Madison Desk on one side and the Xavier Desk by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams on the other, we achieved separate ‘his and hers’ workspaces that felt equal, yet different.

We also added in a luxurious Nash Sofa from American Leather and an equally comfortable lounge chair to create a practical - and stylish - spot to kick back in between clients, too. Without a doubt, the open multi-purpose study/lounge/guest area ended up being one of our favourite spaces in the home, and the custom furniture helped take this space to the next level! 

Collaborate with outside experts 

Renovating, designing and staging a home can be a daunting task if you don’t know where to start. Even with our years of experience in home styling and staging, we continue to learn something new every time we get the opportunity to collaborate with other talented partners in the design community on new projects. On this modern farmhouse design project, we’d like to give a shout out to the amazing partners that helped bring the clients’ dream home to life, including: Synthesis Design Inc., Kennedy Construction, Burritt Bros., CF Interiors, Tina Kruger from Ema Peter Photography (who captured these stunning photos!) and of course, Once A Tree Furniture.

If you’re considering a home renovation or re-design, don’t hesitate to reach out! Get started on your Custom Furniture Inquiry or get in touch with us so we can help you bring your home goals to life. Don’t forget to follow us on Instagram @onceatreefurniture for more design inspiration and find Dorothy, Katie and the Urban Presentations team on Instagram at @vancouverupstaging 

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Looking Back at 40 Years of Evolution in Business, Home Decor and Interior Design

Photo Credit: Roger Mahler

This summer, we’re celebrating a major milestone here at Once a Tree: 40 incredible years in business! It really doesn’t seem that long ago that my parents, Ann and Sam Nielsen, opened the doors of our very first location on Fraser Street in 1981. Over the last few months, I’ve had the chance to look back on four incredible decades of evolution. Here, I’m sharing my reflections, starting with this one: relationships are the heart of this business. 

Once A Tree Furniture truly wouldn’t be what it is today without all of you. Our dedicated partners, designers, customers and staff are the heart of our company. In fact, one of the best parts of my job is getting to work with some of the most creative and talented designers in the industry, like Victoria McKenney of Enviable Designs, Amanada Evans of Amanda Evans Interiors and Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating

My staff - many of whom have been here for 15+ years - are an integral part of the vision and success of this business, and I’m humbled to be sharing this incredible milestone with them. Their dedication and passion for creating beautiful spaces is a true inspiration to me, and they are a large part of the reason that we’ve been able to have one of our most profitable years ever during the pandemic! 

Of course, I also have to thank our amazing, loyal clients - many of whom I count as friends. They are the reason we get to do what we do every single day. Each one of our clients is a central part of our business and our vision and without them, we certainly wouldn’t be where we are today. To our valued clients and friends, my gratitude for your support - especially through this last year - simply can’t be overstated. 

Style is key in this business. In the last 40 years, we’ve seen many different furniture styles and trends come and go. We first opened our doors in July 1981 selling unfinished furniture and today, one of the hallmarks of Once A Tree is our focus on luxury, custom, Canadian-made furniture. Each decade has marked a change and evolution into the business as we know it today, but a few things have stayed the same along the way: our commitment to innovating our products to create unique, liveable spaces and more importantly, our pride in our people and our passion for building long-lasting relationships with our partners, customers, the design community and more. 

These last 40 years have flown by and I can’t wait to see what the next 40 years will bring. Here’s a look back at some of our favourite milestones over the last four decades:

1980s - The beginning of high quality, solid wood furniture

In July 1981, my parents opened our doors for the first time, selling unfinished furniture on Fraser Street.

From the beginning, our focus has always been on selling quality, solid wood furniture. One of our signature pieces from this time was the roll top desk, pictured above. We sold hundreds of these desks!

1990s: Custom furniture makes its debut

A big part of the 90s was our focus on selling quality, Amish furniture - imported all the way from Nappanee, Indiana! In 1993, Once A Tree was featured in our very first magazine article, furnishing a dining room (pictured above). From the fabric valance, to the fabric behind the glass doors, wallpaper along the ceiling and baseboard, and incredibly stylish (at the time!) spoon leg table and bowback chairs, this dining room is a true throwback! 

We also had the opportunity to furnish the PNE Prize Home in 1996 and worked with Sandra Cole on this fun and memorable project. By the end of this decade, we had started to shift away from Amish furniture and began to offer custom made furniture - something we take a lot of pride in to this day!

2000s: Working with new high-end furniture suppliers, including Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams

We moved away from unfinished furniture and started selling trendier pieces in the 2000s - including our Arts and Crafts tables and darker stained furniture.

In the mid-2000s, we also introduced Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams to our showroom, a relationship we have truly valued over the years. Mitchell and Bob believed in us and trusted us to be their only distributor (to this day!) in Western Canada. Mitchell truly pushed me to be a better retailer and I’ll never forget the day he told me that I needed to put prices on my website. It was a great decision. Sales skyrocketed and we’ve never looked back!

2010s: Collaborating with top local designers on our Designer Showcase Series

In this decade, we started our Designer Showcase Series partnering with Vancouver’s most talented designers on a showcase series featuring their innovative and creative designs. 

Through the Showcase Series, we had the opportunity to work with and be inspired by fabulous designers like Gillian Segal, Stephanie Brown, Alexis McKay-Dunn and more, helping to bring their incredible visions to life. Of course, the best part of the Showcase Series was always the launch party!

Today: Canadian-made, premium quality custom furniture for any style and aesthetic

Today, one of our favourite offerings is our STUDIO Collection. We proudly offer custom, Canadian-made furniture, much of which is actually custom built right here in Vancouver. Being able to sell furniture that’s designed and built in Vancouver is so important to us because we get to offer the personalized touch we take so much pride in. 

Our goal is always to bring our clients’ visions to life, and custom furniture built locally allows us to take ‘custom’ to the next level by designing and customizing a piece of furniture that fits perfectly into a client’s space. Some of our most popular STUDIO Collection pieces are a favourite of many local designers, including our Linden 2 Dining Table seen in this dining area designed by Amanda Evans Interiors, our Lucca Dining Table featured in this stunning vacation home designed by Architerior Design and our custom Madison Desk in this stylish, yet functional home office designed by Synthesis Design.

From the bottom of my heart, whether you’re a customer, a partner, a designer or a team member, thank you for your support over the last 40 years! Come celebrate with us! I’d like to invite you to visit our showroom to shop our 40th Anniversary Sale! From June 17th-26th. Follow us on Instagram and subscribe to our e-newsletter to keep in touch.

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5 Interior Design Tips for Furnishing Your Vacation Home

Photo Credit: Tracey Ayton 

Do you have a seasonal vacation home or secondary residence? As the weather warms up, we’re probably all - now more than ever before - itching for our next vacation or weekend getaway. With the days getting longer and local travel (hopefully) on the horizon for many of us, we turned to renowned designer, Terry Doyle of Architerior Design, for top tips to keep in mind when furnishing a vacation home. 

Terry himself is a recent Vancouver Island transplant from the Greater Vancouver area and now calls Qualicum Beach home. With years of luxury design experience in his repertoire, keep reading for Terry’s best luxury design tips for getting the most out of your weekend retreat. 

The Vision

Our clients are successful restaurateurs that were preparing to build a contemporary weekend home in Whistler, B.C. where they could relax, enjoy the beautiful and accessible outdoors, while also creating a space to entertain friends and family.

Pick a colour palette that reflects your personality

The first thing our client said to us at the beginning of this project was, “I do not want another white house!” Right off the bat, we knew we were tasked with designing and decorating a home that would bring a warm, lively energy - perfect for relaxing and entertaining.

As a designer, I have to read between the lines to ‘wow’ my clients. Open communication and lively conversation were key to this project, and we easily settled on a cohesive warm colour palette, lots of textures and soft lighting throughout to create an atmosphere of relaxed comfort with elegant sweeping lines. 

Incorporate design elements that reflect the home’s natural surroundings

Whistler is known as a destination spot for its proximity to the outdoors, incredible access to year-round sports and adventure, and of course, natural beauty. I have designed many homes in Whistler, and each time, the natural surroundings dictate what is required for the project. In this home, we utilized lots of natural materials, wood tones and softly coloured timbers. 

We also spent a lot of time on the element of lighting, making it mostly indirect - due to plenty of natural light in the home - and accenting it with a few sculptural pieces. Furniture-wise, we designed custom furniture pieces with Once A Tree to suit the scale of the home and reflect our clients’ personality. In the dining room, for instance, we have a custom, Canadian-made Coast dining table surrounded by the sleek Gage chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams.

A vacation home should feel like a luxury weekend retreat

When it comes to furnishing and interior designing a secondary residence or vacation home, our goal is to offer a relaxing, serene environment. On vacation, people are not as likely to be on a tight schedule. Instead, they are taking the time to prepare a special meal to enjoy with a glass of wine, watch a movie with their feet up, sleep in luxurious bedding - the list goes on.

In this Whistler vacation home, we designed with this all in mind. The master bedroom, for instance, features Bernhardt’s Profile bed - perfect for those late nights and late mornings! 

Create a welcoming, central gathering place

In this vacation home, the great room is the heart of the home. Featuring an oversized custom designed and built sectional and a floor to ceiling natural stone fireplace that’s accented with an original painting by local artist Krista Johnson this room is the perfect backdrop for years of memories and family vacations to come. 

In this space, I imagine great food, good conversation, and music by a roaring fire looking out at the mountains. It’s truly a little patch of paradise. 

Design a home that showcases your design aesthetic, but also your family values

Most importantly, a home - whether it’s a vacation home or your primary residence - should always authentically reflect your personality and values. I was inspired by the genuine warmth of this particular family. We ensured open communication and they gave me a great deal of freedom to do my job as a designer. In the end, I was able to introduce them to the world of large scale modern art by local artists - including a selection of original paintings by Ronin Boyle. Not only does the art look magnificent in the space, but it offers a sophisticated, relaxed vibe throughout the home. 

We hope this post and these interior design tips from Terry Doyle of Architeriors Design provided some insight and inspiration into decorating your dream vacation home or making your current home feel like a vacation home. Whether you’re looking for luxury design inspiration for just one room or a whole house, at Once A Tree Furniture, our goal is to help you create a beautiful, liveable space while prioritizing functionality and aesthetic. 

We work with some of the most talented local designers - like Terry! - to help our clients bring their home dreams to life. Get in touch today for more information and for more luxury design inspiration and tips, follow us on Instagram or Pinterest!

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Get Inspired - A quick tour of what is in store for Spring!

Our all-new Spring Collection is now on display. Come into the showroom to get inspired for all your living and home decor needs!

Pair our sleek, 70s inspired Cooper Swivel Chairs from Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams with our own made
in Canada Studio Collection Drake Coffee Table


Our Strada Cocktail Tables are designed with a minimalist aesthetic in mind and designed to nest together.
Here, they are pictured with our luxurious Shay Sectional, which can be customized in a fabric, leather, and
other finishes of your choice.


Our Fritz Chair is ideal for indoor or outdoor living, featuring a trendy but timeless rattan mesh frame and luxurious
cushions for ultimate comfort. Here, it's accessorized with our ceramic Tangier Lamp available in an egg shell glaze
or matte black finish.

Create a living space that easily transitions through the seasons with our Studio Collection Jackson Coffee Table
in a customizable wood finish and our popular Versa Sectional designed with style and comfort in mind. The unique
and modern Bistro Chandelier and minimalist Soleil Spot Table complete the neutral, timeless look that easily
transitions your living room from spring to summer and beyond.

Our Finch Cocktail Table is the perfect way to create an outdoor feel all year round. Featuring natural fumed oak
with gold detailing, it makes a luxury statement in a covered outdoor patio or in your living space. 
Our Boise Floor Lamp adds a modern, sophisticated touch.


Featuring an eco-friendly hardwood frame, our Tyler Chairs are as comfortable as they are beautiful. Available in a
wide selection of fabrics and leathers, it will fit into any outdoor or indoor living space.  Also pictured is our hand-woven
wool Cambridge Rug that features a tweed design - the perfect mix of retro meets mid-century modern.

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Tour a Luxurious, New York-Inspired Home Renovation

Photo Credit: Provoke Studios 

It’s not every day you can combine a client’s love for the big city - in this case New York - with the beautiful nature found on the west coast. At Once A Tree, we’re pretty passionate about working with talented, local designers to help bring our clients’ unique design visions to life. The real key is to create truly beautiful, LIVEABLE spaces. Here is a special renovation we just *had* to share. This home is located in the gorgeous British Properties, designed by Reisa Pollard of Beyond Beige.

With great bones, a ton of natural light and a luxurious penthouse feel, take a virtual tour of this beautiful home, that shows that the sky's the limit (literally) when it comes to interior design and vision. Read on for some of Reisa’s innovative design tips and a behind-the-scenes look at this luxurious, New York inspired home renovation from Beyond Beige.

The Vision Our clients wanted to create a unique, penthouse feel while drawing inspiration from their love of New York City.

Understated, but luxurious kitchen vibes

The kitchen is often the heart of the home and for our clients, entertaining was definitely a top priority. Space planning was critical in this luxury home as we were asked to incorporate a secondary kitchen on the Main Floor - while also maintaining most of the existing rooms. 

Our clients wanted the kitchen to be a calm space that wasn’t overly intrusive. We ensured the kitchen design flowed naturally into the seating and family room right beside it, creating an open, accessible entertainment space for any occasion. We also incorporated subtle, but thoughtfully curated details such as a metal inlaid door and a combination of functional, but stylish cabinets - some open for accessibility, and others closed to tuck away anything else they didn’t want on display.

Living + dining rooms with “wow” factor

With entertaining being a priority for our clients , we made sure to keep this in mind as we designed the formal areas, too - including the living and dining rooms. We wanted it to have a “wow” factor - just check out the statement fireplace from Urban Fireplaces featuring custom, Backlit Stone by Vivid Stone - but still functionally entertain family and friends. 

In the living room, the Amara Sofa is as comfortable as it is gorgeous, not to mention the McKinley Chairs that compliment the rest of the space. We furnished the dining room with our luxurious Willow Dining Chairs and a long, airy glass dining table (pictured is the Rossi Dining Table by Bernhardt, which is no longer available) for dinner parties, celebrations, or even just a casual family night in. 

Incorporate natural surroundings as home decor 

Living on the west coast definitely has its perks, and one of them has to be the natural beauty we’re surrounded by. To create a penthouse feel, we made sure to feature the large windows and natural light throughout the home to showcase the beauty right outside. 

In the dining nook, we intentionally selected the Addie Dining Table with an elegant glass top and Remy Dining Chairs customized in a bold, but non-competing shade of blue to highlight the floor to ceiling windows and natural light. It’s truly the perfect place to soak up the sun with a cup of coffee on a weekend morning!

Functional + luxurious home office 

Now more than ever, it’s so important to ensure your home office set up is as beautiful and welcoming as it is functional. In this luxurious home office, we used a dark and moody colour palette that’s completely different from other places in the home. Not only does a completely different vibe ensure your “work life” feels distinct from your “home life”, it’s also undeniably beautiful and designed with maximum productivity in mind. 

In addition to ensuring good lighting was available throughout the room, personal touches like the original painting by local artist Lisa Ochowycz and a custom seat (this is the Margaux Swivel chair) take this home office to the next level.

Utilize textures and patterns to create a luxurious feel 

Finally, throughout the home, we used many different materials, textures and patterns to create an understated, but luxurious feel all the way through. The use of natural slab stone is present in almost every room, and details like the herringbone inlay hardwood floor add to the luxurious vibe. 

Additional details that add a custom feel to this stunning home renovation include wallpaper found on some ceilings, the unique floor patterns throughout with the tile and wood, and layers of different, custom lighting used all over the house.

We hope you enjoyed this virtual tour of a stunning luxury home renovation in West Vancouver designed by Reisa Pollard of Beyond Beige. Whether you’re looking for luxury design inspiration for just one room or a whole house, at Once A Tree Furniture, our goal is to help you create a beautiful, liveable space with your needs and design aesthetic in mind. We work with some of the most talented local designers to help our clients do just that, and we encourage you to get in touch today for more information on how we can help you bring your vision to life! For more design inspiration and tips, don’t forget to follow us and Beyond Beige on Instagram.

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A Minimalist and Modern North Vancouver Home Makeover

Spring is here and there’s nothing like a complete home makeover to signal the start of a new season. Today we’re sharing a beautifully minimalist home makeover by North Vancouver-based designer Lori Steeves of Simply Home Decorating. Lori has an impeccable eye for modern detail and clean lines while incorporating just the right amount of colour. We think you’ll agree that this before and after transformation is ‘simply’ stunning. Take it away, Lori!  

I’m thrilled to be sharing this 1990’s home located in North Vancouver’s Lynn Valley neighbourhood with you! We were tasked with updating and brightening a dated home with great bones, and you’ll see as you keep reading why this modern home makeover on the North Shore turned out to be one of our favourite projects to date. With the high ceilings and open concept layout, this home had so much potential and we couldn’t wait to get started. Read on to see how we transformed this home into a modern and timeless abode for our clients, including some of my favourite design tips and tricks to keep in mind if you’re considering updates to your own home, too.

Functionality is just as important as design aesthetic

With any home makeover, functionality and liveability are just as important to us as the style and aesthetic. The kitchen layout was already open and functional so the updates were mostly cosmetic in this area to modernize it to suit our clients’ design aesthetic. We updated and brightened the kitchen with flat, all white doors, minimal hardware and a solid surface marble-look countertop and backsplash. 

Modern lighting was used to compliment this space and we also updated the flooring with a high-end laminate option that provides durability to withstand our clients’ two golden retrievers but still brings a contemporary feel. 

The kitchen flows into the dining room, and we furnished this area with a custom, made-in-Canada dining table from Once A Tree’s STUDIO collection and Curvo chairs by Trica Furniture to complete the modern, minimalist look.

An open concept living space is the heart of the home

Creating a functional yet modern, aesthetically pleasing open concept living area was extremely important to our clients. There’s plenty of natural light in this room and we brightened things up even more by painting the walls and trims and furnishing the space with lighter-coloured furniture - and one of our favourite pieces is the Ormont Sofa by Canadian-made Marcantonio Designs

 To add elements of contrast and interest to the space, we opted for darker, moodier accent items - like the Clint Cocktail Table, throw pillows and Jaipur rug (which also resembles an abstract painting)!

Create a peaceful sleep environment with personality

Did you know we spend one-third of our lives sleeping?! That’s why it’s always important to us to create a peaceful sleep environment that limits clutter and ensures complete bliss in any bedroom design. We updated the original, darker bedroom with calm and neutral-toned elements that accommodated both of our clients’ personalities and individual design preferences. 

By sticking to a cool, gray palette and utilizing different shades and textures (like this Winston Bed by Canadian maker, Huppe), we achieved a peaceful bedroom filled with thoughtfully curated accessories that add a personal touch - such as the floral throw pillow and white cork and foil wallcovering on the headboard wall for a more feminine vibe, and concrete pendant shades and geometric-pattern throw pillows for a more tailored look. 

Carry the home’s colour palette through to the bathrooms

With two bathrooms, we took the opportunity to create unique his-and-hers bathrooms in this modern North Vancouver home. Continuing on the theme of modern and minimalist design, we opted for a clean, neutral palette to brighten things up. 

To create a bright and airy feel throughout, we incorporated unique, but subtle design elements such as a floating vanity in ‘his’ bathroom and a silver and white cherry blossom wallcovering in ‘her’ bathroom. 

Add personality, drama and colour with curated art

My final design tip - that works for any space - is to curate thoughtful artwork throughout your home. Art evokes emotion and creates conversations, and we love introducing clients to some of our favourite local artists and their work.

In this North Vancouver home, we love this original oversized piece by local artist Miriam Aroeste over the Edward Console just off the open-concept kitchen and dining area. This piece adds colour and interest to an otherwise neutral, minimalist space without overwhelming it. For more tips on how to curate an art collection for your home, check out another blog post I dedicated to this topic here.

We hope you enjoyed this modern home makeover tour by North Vancouver interior designer Lori Steeve as much as we enjoyed sharing it with you! Whether you’re redesigning your whole home or just one room in your house, get in touch with us today and we let us help you simplify the process. For more design inspiration and tips, follow us and Lori on Instagram! 


Before and After.  Modern and Minimalist Home Makeover

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