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September 16th, 2010

Insider's View

A few tidbits about me

34, Female, Aries, Dragon, married, no kids, pet owner (dog named Balou). I’m a homeowner, a consumer and I love home projects. I demolished and rebuilt my kitchen all by myself (my husband helped lift a few heavy objects here and there) but it was all me. I own two tool chests – they are mine, not my husband’s and he’s cool with that. I’m just as happy getting gift cards for renovation stores as I am for spa treatments. I can sew – I made my own wedding dress from scratch. I love to cook (if I could turn back the clock I think I would have become a chef). I love to travel. I love to share good food and wine with friends and family. I’m curious by nature and I love to learn.


I have spent the majority of my young career in the Canadian furniture industry… 2010 marked my 8th year. I’m also pretty lucky to have the opportunity to write this blog from an insider’s perspective. I don’t claim to be a home furnishings know-it-all, but after 8 years, I’ve come to meet some pretty fantastic people, and have had sneak peeks of several never-before-seen products at various tradeshows in North America. I also know what it's like to dream of the perfect dining room, sofa, or bedroom. I also know how hard it is to find exactly what you’re looking for– I’m a busy consumer who needs furniture too! I hope that my “insider’s view” of the will provide you with a new perspective on furniture.


I plan on covering topics like how to identify quality, tips on how to clean and care for your furniture, how to shop for a mattress, just to name a few. Along the way, I’ll visit a number of furniture manufacturers to give you a behind the scenes look at how products are made – everything from armoires to mattresses. I’ll also be visiting stores and tradeshows and writing about my experiences there.


This blog will be a journey for both you and I. My goal is to learn about furniture and share that new knowledge with you. We will learn how to search for it, shop for it, and live with it. This blog is going to be part front-line and part back-stage. And my ultimate goal is that you’ll become interested in home furnishings and hopefully you too will fall in love with Canadian furniture.

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Janette  Ewen

Janette Ewen has been one of Canada’s leading décor and lifestyle experts for more than a decade, passing on her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers and television.

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