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Mississauga Networking list of speakers

The following is a list of the speakers for the next few meetings. Each speaker has 5 minutes to speak about their business to the group.  If you cannot attend on your scheduled day, please switching with someone that is on the list below, then please let me know.

  Jan 4th Ruby Umoren 

 Jan 18th  Alyson Woodbridge

 Feb 1st John Brucki

Feb 15th David Oldnall

Mar 1st Ingrid Wolf



Past meetings

 Dec 8th  Jackie Connolly

Jan 5th 

Jan  19th Ingrid Wolf

Feb 2nd John Brucki

Feb 16th Ruby Umoren             

Mar 2nd Ken Green   Missed 

Mar 16th Diana Budway 

Mar 30th Good Friday ( No Meeting )

April 13th Ken Green  ( Held at Ingrid Wolf  Office at Dominion Lending 15-6981 Millcreek Drive Mississauga L5N 68B )

April 27th  Alyson Woodbridge

May 25th  John Brucki

Jun 8th Ingrid Wolf

Jun 22th  Grace Pastore

July 13th David Oldnall

Aug 3rd Jackie Connolly

 Aug 17th Ruby Umoren 

Aug 31th Clayton Shim-Chim

 Sept 14th ( Held at Ingrid Wolf  Office at Dominion Lending 15-6981 Millcreek Drive Mississauga L5N 68B )

Sept 28th Ken Green

Oct 12th Alyson Woodbridge

Oct 26th  John Brucki

Nov 23 th Diana Budway 

Dec 7th Jackie Connolly

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Networking doesn’t work…Why?
I’m seating on the plan going to Arizona and this came to me after our last meeting.
Networking only works if you show up and participate. The more you give the more you receive that’s a given in everything in life. You can have the best products and services in the world, but If the group doesn’t get to know you. How do you expect them to refer you?
Remember behaviour dictates how you do business. Ok, you need me to spell it out for you. You are always on time never miss a meeting drive in stormy weather put others first before your self. Now please tell me how do you think people see you doing business is that the kind of person they want to refer to there friends, family or clients.
Would they be proud to say I know someone that can help you with your needs? Is this you?
Food for thoughts.
Jackie Connolly
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Parsons Interiors Ltd. provides a wide variety of interior design & decorating services and price points to meet your needs, from design concept to completion, in Oakville, Mississauga, the GTA & the surrounding areas.

Decorating with Parsons Interiors can begin with the blueprints and custom design of your space, or simply be the addition of those final touches that transform a room. Bringing together skilled craftsmen and artisans, while working within your budget, we create that unique home, office space or vacation residence that suits you today and for years to come.

We begin with a meet and greet at our studio, where we will discuss the scope, budget, and scheduling of your project. The next step is to spend time in your home, designing to your personal style and scale of your space. Finally, each project is detailed in a letter of agreement outlining the scope of work.

Don’t forget! With Parsons Interiors, you also have the option of shopping in person at our furniture boutique or requesting the purchase of anything you see on our online product page.

Services List

  • Colour Consultations
  • Decorating & Design Consultation
  • Upholstery
  • Home Staging
  • Kitchen and Bath Design
  • Custom Furniture & Custom Furnishings
  • Furniture Selection & Floor Plans & Space Planning
  • Fabrics & Wall Covering Selection
  • Custom Drapery, Window Treatments & Bedding
  • Art, Accessories, Area Rug Selection & Lighting

Other Services

  • Custom Closets
  • Custom Cabinetry
  • Painting & Wallpaper Hanging
  • Renovation & Project Management
  • White Glove delivery
  • Gift Certificates Available

Parsons Interiors Ltd. is a design studio & furniture showroom in Oakville, ON, specializing in full-service residential interior design and decorating services in Oakville, Mississauga & GTA. Contact us to book an appointment to visit our design & furniture studio.


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Home Staging

Parsons Interiors tips, and tricks on how to make your property look professional when staging. Staging is an overlooked, yet important method when selling a home.

The first step is to maximize curb appeal in this step, you must decide how to make the first impression on the buyers. By making a good first impression the buyers will be intrigued and want to learn more. Make sure the landscaping of the house is all up to date is neatly organized, a fresh coat of paint on the front door can also go a long way. Make sure you are not too attached to the house to the point where you no longer want to sell, but also not completely detached, so the house feels like a ghost town. Often homeowners blow their budgets on expensive upgrades but, but decorating your home is just as impactful and much cheaper. Remember it’s all in the details, so Parsons Interiors recommends you replace burnt out light bulbs, place fresh linens in bedrooms, and most importantly let there be light. Lighting makes the room feel bigger and more welcoming and that’s what you are trying to say to the clients, that they are welcome in this home.

The next step to staging a home is, choose a neutral colour palette. Bold colours are great for living, but not for selling. Light and bright should be your motto, keeping things light and bright make things look bigger especially in small rooms, and if the walls haven’t been painted in over 2 years, now is the time. Highlight best use of the space. Each room should be shown for its intended purpose, but giving a room more than one function is a great way to effectively show the space. Finally, make sure everything is clean!

The final step in making your home beautiful is to invest in places such as kitchens & bathrooms. If your kitchen/ bathrooms are dated then consider investing in repairing and upgrading these rooms. If your budget is limited, changing cabinetry hardware to brushed nickel or silver knobs and handles will give them an immediate appeal, also consider painting cabinetry instead of replacing them. Flooring is also another major area to increase the value of your home, it always cost less to replace worn carpets or add new flooring than to leave it to the new home owners. Remember, vacant properties sit, furnished properties sell. People perceive furnished homes that are well decorated as worth more. Always call a professional stager for help, don’t hesitate, let Parsons Interiors help you do it right!

Steps to go about staging your home

  1. Disassociate yourself with your home
    1. By doing this it makes the buyer feel like they can now take over and make what was once yours, into theirs
  2. Depersonalize
    1. Pack up those personal photographs and family heirlooms
    2. Remove/replace favorite items
    3. When personal items are out it blocks the buyer’s imagination
    4. The buyer must imagine their personal items in the house, and they can’t if yours are still up
  3. Declutter
    1. People collect an amazing quantity of belongings over time
    2. When things are cluttered it makes the space unappealing
    3. By decluttering, you are allowing the buyer to see the potential of the space
    4. Rent a storage unit
    5. Get rid of all excess items, and only keep the ones that focus on the purpose of the intended area
  1. Rearrange bedroom closets and kitchen cabinets
    1. Clean everything! A messy house is not appealing
  1. Make the house sparkle
    1. Make minor repairs
    2. Scrutinize
    3. Go outside of the house and ask yourself, would you want to go inside?
    4. Check curb appeal

Remember Parsons Interiors is here to help!

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New Summer Collection at Parsons Interiors Ltd

This season our focus is on performance. We believe the home should be beautiful, but it must also be livable, easy to care for, and worry-free.

We are proud to introduce a new color book series called Performance Wovens which features the technologies of Alta and Crypton Home. These innovative technologies deliver a new level of performance and cleanability in fabrics that are soft, durable and resistant to stains.

The second edition of our Home & Garden series is an exclusive collection of Sunbrella performance fabrics for use both inside and outside the home. From indoor dining areas to outdoor furniture, Sunbrella is soft to the touch, durable, easy to clean, with color that remains vibrant.

Pure & Simple is our series name for solid or slightly textured drapery and multi purpose fabrics. Pure & Simple IV consists of two simply elegant silk-like textures. This compilation of faux silk looks works beautifully for chic residential window applications, but with the benefit of being inherently FR, both patterns are suitable for commercial settings.

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Measuring a Room for Wallpaper

The main determinant in ordering the proper quantity of wallpaper for your room is simply the square footage of the room. The easiest way to determine this is to measure each wall separately and add the combined square footage of all the walls.

For example, if an 8’ high wall is 12’ long and has a standard door, the square footage of that wall is: 8’x12’(height x width) = 96 sq.ft. minus the door frame 7’x3’ = 21 sq.ft.; therefore 96sq.ft. – 21 sq.ft. = 75 sq.ft. After adding all four wall measurements you will have the total square footage. Remember to be liberal with your measurements as there is always a potential for waste when trimming the wallpaper. Adding 10% to your order is a good rule of thumb where there is a potential for waste from vertical trimming.

Feature Walls

Be aware that when measuring for feature walls, we can only use full and complete strips of wallpaper. First, measure your wall width in inches. When purchasing, determine the width of the wallpaper roll (ie 20.5” or 27”) and then determine how many strips you will need to cover the wall width. For example: you have a wall that is 138” wide (11.5’); your wallpaper is 20.5” wide; you will need 7 full strips of wallpaper (20.5 x 7 = 143.5”) to cover your wall width.

Wallpaper Dealer in Mississauga & Oakville



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Hiring an Interior Decorator can be one of the most practical things you do in your home.

An Interior Decorator will work with you, the client, to solve decorating dilemmas and challenges to bring out the home’s potential and best features while creating a unique, innovative and livable space which reflects your individual taste, personality and style.

Using an Interior Decorator does not have to be costly, in fact using a decorator can stop costly mistakes. And in the long run, clients can end up saving money and time.  In summary – You don’t need a big budget to hire a decorator or to have a beautiful home.

The secret to creating a high end look without the price tag is to combine a few less expensive materials with one extravagant accent.

Most people have good taste, but are too busy, with little time, to source exactly what they would love for their home.  They are limited to resources available to the public only. Using a decorator enables clients to have access to products not available to the general public, have one of a kind design and a custom look. Decorators have access to hundreds of choices in all areas of home décor which in turn offers the client unique and exclusive design. Decorators have the technical knowledge required to bring about great design.  It is extremely important for clients to be informed about the products they select with respect to care required or the ease of use .

With so much variety these days, the search for anything new can become very daunting and in the end the client can just “settle” for something as they are frustrated with the amount of “foot work” involved to select the perfect products.  A decorator works in partnership with the client to offer innovative and desirable results suited to the client and to maximize the home’s potential.  A decorator gives guidance,  and the services provided can offer little involvement or total involvement on the client’s part as desired.

A decorator has no emotional tie to the home; allowing for objectivity when making decorating choices. A decorator meets with the client, gets to know the type of style they want; their likes and dislikes in home décor and their lifestyle, by asking detailed questions; and then responds to their needs by beginning to source the products to present.  Usually there are several choices and finally the client along with the decorator will zero in on the look they want.  The decorator continues to source the selections can arrange for trades people and do the overall project management of the redecorating or redesign required.


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We are featured in the winter 2015 Edition of Our Homes Magazine – Downsizing Defined.Feature story is on page 30

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Decorating for a New Year’s Eve Party

Are you hosting a New Year’s Eve Party ? New Year’s is one of the biggest party celebrations out there besides Christmas.  One thing I’ve noticed is that we don’t always know how to decorate for New Year’s and make it look spectacular, but having people talk about it later on in the year about what a fantastic job you did decorating for the party will be a great feeling for you. So today I am writing this article to show you some tips on how to make your New Year’s Eve party amazing.

Step One:

Helium balloons-everyone loves balloons,they are one of the most inexpensive ways to decorate a large room.  Look for colours such as black and white, or silver and gold to make it very formal. Be sure to add a little more creativity into it and add some purple balloons as purple is the new black for fashion. Try to get enough balloons so it can cover up the whole ceiling, you can even place them in a net and have them come down at midnight.

Step Two:

Place a beautiful centerpiece on your dinning room table, hall or the main room that you are hosting the party in. Changing your Christmas arrangement into your New Year’s one is a very easy step.  Take  your centrepieces from “Merry Christmas” to “Happy New Year” just by adding a few noise makers with some sparklers.  For a fun look add a clock in the middle of you coffee table  and place a streamer  around it.

Having silver place settings and white fake snow on the tables while people mingle and have some drinks and appetizers brings the beauty and sparkle of winter inside without all of the cold and mess!

Step Three:

Have fun on your New Year’s Party and do not drink and drive. Have a wonderful New Year’s everyone!! All the best for a safe, happy, and healthy 2013.


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