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Christmas Came Early

Sunday, December 23, 2012 by Chris


Recently, I was contacted by a publicist on behalf of FujiFilm who said the company wanted me to try out their retro-sexy, new XF1 camera. That's right, they wanted to give me a free digital camera and all they wanted in return was some feedback, my impressions on the product's performance. I was very clear that I would not blog about it unless I was truly sold on the camera's merits. I'll have the perfect opportunity to test it out in India where I'm headed for a two-week road trip beginning this afternoon. I'll digest the user manual on the plane and hopefully be ready to shoot when I hit the ground on the other side of the world.

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Picasso Via Homesense

Tuesday, May 1, 2012 by Chris


Last week I was lucky enough to attend the press preview for the Art Gallery of Ontario's new blockbuster exhibition, Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris. As usual, I took special interest in the post-show gift shop and I was flabbergasted by the inexplicable selection of faux Parisian tchotchkes and assorted kitchen clutter, most of which had nothing, and I mean NOTHING to do with Picasso. Yes, there were glasses, mugs and snack plates adorned with the master's whimsical line drawings but candles, soaps and pillows? It felt like a Homesense tribute to Paris. Very weird.

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Apartment Hunting

Sunday, October 23, 2011 by Chris


The bad news is I have to move again. Noise issues at my current address are driving me mad. After two moves last year, there's nothing I'd like more than to stay put but an already bad situation is getting worse. It's time to go. The good news is maybe one of you can help. I'm looking for a decent 1 bedroom apartment downtown, in the Annex or Dundas/Queen West. I'd like to hold my rent to around $1,200 - $1,300. I'm clean, quiet and respectful with no pets and I don't smoke or play loud music. I have a good, stable job and excellent references. Please help if you can! Thanks in advance.

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Aristocrat Lighting R.I.P.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011 by Chris


Toronto's best bargain lighting shop had been threatening to close for at least a year but the owners of Aristocrat kept pushing the date back. I thought we, meaning Toronto consumers, had until the end of the year but I was saddly mistaken. I took a trip down to Aristocrat on Saturday to find the place shuttered; a man in a van who identified himself as a former employee informed me that the shop closed for good about a week and a half ago. To say I was crestfallen might be a little overly dramatic but it's a horrible loss. I had been shopping at Aristocrat for more than five years; it was one of the first shops I blogged about on styleNorth back in June 2008, I was so excited to share this awesome resource with my fledgling readers. And now it's all gone.

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What’s New, What’s Now at IIDEX/NeoCon

Saturday, September 24, 2011 by Chris


While January’s Interior Design Show encompasses residential spaces and applications, IIDEX is much more focused on contract architecture, landscape and hospitality design with lots of trade-only seminars. IIDEX/NeoCon is where designers and commercial buyers come to source the latest materials, textiles, wall and floor coverings, lighting and storage systems. Sustainability continues to dominate the design world with revolutionary materials and new technologies stealing most of the thunder. Think: Material (above) is this year’s showcase of innovative wall and flooring materials made from everything from coconut shells and sugarcane pulp to new polymers, laminates and recycled glass.

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