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StyleNorth founder Christopher Jones is a graphic designer and journalist who has written about homes for Toronto Life, the Globe and Mail, Canadian Living and the Toronto Star, among other publications. Chris has an unquenchable thirst for interior design and his stack of hard-cover, shelter porn books is taller than he is. A wannabe decorator, his home is his laboratory.

 

1/Hundred Prints: Great Art, Great Cause

Thursday, April 17, 2014 by Chris

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If you've got wall space to fill I strongly encourage you to consider a ticket to Open Studio's annual fundraiser 1/Hundred Prints happening May 15 at Toronto's Palais Royale. Open Studio is the city's biggest and best printmaking studio supporting some of Toronto's most talented artists. Here's how it works, 100 prints will be available to 100 patrons for $385 each. Tickets are drawn in random order: when your number comes up, you have one minute to choose your print from those remaining.

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New Canadian Classics?

Monday, April 14, 2014 by Chris

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On Thursday, I dropped into Toronto's Urban Mode for a preview of Alberta designer Tim Antoniuk's latest furniture series for his company, Question Objects. Truth be told, it was the three-drawer console above with its quirky, off-kilter legs that got me out to the media event. I wanted to see for myself if the quality lived up to the design on these Arctic-inspired, made-in-Canada pieces.

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A Shared Point of View

Tuesday, March 25, 2014 by Chris

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The colour scheme in my flat is unorthodox, I’m the first to admit it. So I was oddly delighted to see Share Design featuring the Estorage Tablei by Rich Brilliant Willing for IKEA’s PS Collection. It’s as if the piece was riffing on my own living room, the colours are nearly identical. I couldn’t put the Estorage Tablei in my space if I wanted to, it would be matchier than matchy.

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Buyers Beware on CBC’s Four Rooms

Friday, March 14, 2014 by Chris

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On Monday I took some time out to visit Toronto’s 507 Antiques where CBC TV had assembled three of the four stars of Four Rooms for a little press junket. The show is a hybrid of Dragon’s Den and Antiques Roadshow in which hopeful sellers meet privately with four dealers seeking offers for their items. The catch is that they must take what they think is the best offer on the spot, once they leave a dealer’s room and move on to the next buyer, there’s no turning back, the previous offer is dead.

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Wake Up Your Creativity with Karen

Monday, February 17, 2014 by Chris

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At the Interior Design Show last month, I caught up with my friend, the supremely talented Karen Johnston (Mosaicworks). She'll be in Toronto this coming weekend to give a mosaic workshop at Artscape Youngplace (180 Shaw Street, Rm 107). The class runs Saturday (10 - 3:30 pm) and Sunday 10 - 12 pm) for $130 (cost includes supplies and use of tools but not lunch, there's a great little cafe on site). So if you've been itching to get crafty this is a great opportunity to wake up your creativity.

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