It is where we start our day and where we end our day – the bedroom. Making your bedroom a beautiful place to be in, something more like a haven, a refuge or a sanctuary may be pivotal to getting good sleep and enjoying special moments in that room too.
Diane Fotheringham with Titus & Louise located at 677 Dupont St. specializes in creating beautiful bedrooms for her clients. After retiring from her former work training people on computers with an airline, she started sewing. Designers in the city liked the work she did, so she opened up a store at Christie and Dupont. The store has been there for about 15 years.
“First of all I think people should keep in mind how much time they spend in the bedroom and they should consider what they really, really love,” says Fotheringham. “They should think of the experience as an inexpensive way of having some wonderful luxury. They should be thinking of the experience of sleep, and the luxury of the experience of sleep and the time before and the time after and the practicality of it all.”
Fortheringham says your bedroom should be, “a haven or a refuge, because today I think it’s becoming less and less experience of that, it’s becoming less of a haven.”
Titus & Louise carry many products to help change all that. Your bedroom can be the haven, the refuge or the sanctuary you want it to be. Giving you the chance to sleep soundly and enjoy your time there.
“Well bedroom-wise we carry about 15 different companies and the lines of the different companies,” Fortheringham says. “We select what we think is best, but we still select what we think is best. In a large capacity, the products are coming from Europe, Israel, and China. The quality has gone way, way up in China and the pricing is low so it makes it more affordable for clients. In the past five years, there has been a huge escalation in quality and design. And the price has remained quite low. The European fabric that is assembled in Canada has high quality and they have more fabulous colours and are more innovative.”
Titus & Louis have duvets, silk duvets, and bamboo sheets. They have bamboo blankets and silk blankets.
“In addition to all of that, we also make and we can custom design bedding,” says Fortheringham. “We also manufacture and make what people need custom-wise, such as if people need decorative cushions. We do coverlets as well. We also do window treatments. We can coordinate the window treatments to go with the bed linen, we also do blinds. I also do the service of going out to people’s houses and telling them how to do the entire thing – floors and carpets too. I can do the whole thing. I have a consultation service – what they should go with, what they should get rid of if they want to keep certain things.”
The initial consultation service has a charge where options on how to work are decided. Fortheringham then can come in for subsequent meetings to create a bedroom you would really love.
“Other people like being part of the process,” says Fortheringham. “Other people are curtain challenged. We probably have one of the largest and eclectic varieties of collections. Sometimes we do not have a large showroom, we work from hangers and bedding. They come to one place and see lots of stuff. If people need to do a whole change in their bedroom, we also design headboards for the bedroom. Bed linen is a huge thing here. I think it’s really, really important that people think of what will bring them happiness and it’s really little way to make life lovely.”