United Colours of Design

United Colours of Design • Turquoise Edition • April 2023

The latest edition of United Colors of Design features more of my work; a transformed oak whiskey barrel and refurbished 7 drawer wood dresser

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United Colours of Design

United Colours of Design • Green Edition • January 2023

An entrepreneur, a mom of three girls, an industrial engineer and the creative artist behind MaRiTama Home, I have a passion for colour and unique creations as well as great inspirations from my Mediterranean background and world travels.

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Go Solo

Antiques & Age Contemporary Furniture - MaRiTama Home

Interested in starting your own entrepreneurial journey in furniture but unsure what to expect? Then read up on our interview with Lina Awad, Founder & Creative Artist of MaRiTama Home, located in Oakville, Ontario, Canada.

What's your business, and who are your customers?

MaRiTama HOME is a Canadian Woman Owned business and an "Ontario Made" approved Manufacturer that specializes in unique creative refurbishing and custom-made furniture of all styles. We bring a flare and love of color to all our designs. No two pieces are alike. We modernize antiques and age contemporary furniture. Being environmentally conscious, we up-cycle, restyle, restore, create and update furniture to produce eye-catching accent pieces. Our focus is to ensure the best quality of all our products and services.

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Oakville News

MaRiTama Home can brighten your world with the stroke of a brush

Your rooms could feel like you’ve been transported to a sunny destination somewhere in the Mediterranean without leaving your home.

Awad refinishes, refurbishes and restores pieces so beautifully that her work epitomizes the popular phrase, what was once old, is new again when commissioned to complete her works of art on your piece of tired, damaged, or overly-loved furnishings.

Not a unique service on its own; pieces from MaRiTama Home are unlike the works of others, with their vibrant colours and unique patterns. Lina draws her inspiration from the beauty that surrounded her during the 22 years that she had spent living in Greece. By word-of-mouth, MaRiTama Home pieces could be found for sale in local shops in no time at all.

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Interview at One-Of-A-Kind Show Toronto by CAMOES TV - Stella’s Studio


Digital Main St. - ShopHERE Brings New Life to MaRiTama HOME

As an Industrial Engineer, Lina Awad was typically exposed to long working hours in a high-stress environment. Luckily, she was always able to turn to art as a way to cope. However, Lina’s world changed when she was blessed with three children in the span of two years. Although it is the most rewarding job in the world, being a mom to young children is extremely challenging as many of us can understand, so Lina decided to leave her career behind to become a stay-at-home mom.

As her children got older, Lina was able to find more time to create and explore new forms of expression. When Lina discovered furniture refinishing and restoration, she fell in love with art all over again. After attending a number of workshops and watching countless tutorials on restoration techniques, Lina realized that she had real potential of doing this professionally. She decided to start her own business called MaRiTama HOME, that offers a wide range of hand-painted products and custom painting services. Lina has started selling her furniture in local stores and she was beginning to see significant growth as people started learning about her brand. However, ever since COVID-19 was declared a pandemic, people have been unable to go out and shop. As a result, Lina found herself and her business at a standstill.

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MaRiTama HOME owner Lina Awad

With big ticket items like furniture, there is a large emphasis on in-person sales and marketing strategies. For this reason, business became very difficult for MaRiTama HOME under the new and online-focused business environment. The nation-wide closures really highlighted the importance of building a strong online presence. Lina knew that developing an eCommerce store was critical to the success of her business. However, she did not have the knowledge nor the skills to begin.

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