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I Needed a Jieldé

Sunday, August 18, 2013 by Chris

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To say I "needed" a Jeilde is ridiculous, even I know that. But when I saw the brass coloured Jeilde at the Holace Cluny close out sale (final reductions on now until August 28), I knew it would provide the jolt of contemporary my time warp MCM living room needs. But that was two weeks ago and it was only marked down 30 per cent, I chose to bide my time. Sure enough, on Saturday I popped in and the second last one in this size was being purchased, now marked down 50 per cent. I jumped at my chance to buy high for low and walked the lamp home. Cluny is reopening mid-September in Designer's Walk.

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A Ghost of Projects Past

Tuesday, November 16, 2010 by Chris

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Here's a blast from the past. Eminentcritic's comment about seeing a Falcon Chair at GUFF sent me to their site to find out what they were asking -- same price but in leather with an ottoman so technically a better deal although it wouldn't have gone nearly as well with my decor. But I digress; while on the GUFF site (one of my top five Toronto vintage shops, BTW!) I spotted this teak bar cart, which looks more than a little like the cart I rehabbed in this post from September 2009. To quickly recap, I found the cart at St. Lawrence Antiques Market for $15, then after a few years of use, left it for dead in a nasty cellar before reviving it with some careful sanding and polymerized tung oil. If I'd had a use for the cart it wouldn't have been rotting in the basement so I flipped it on Craigslist for $60. What did GUFF get for its cart? $295! Two lessons learned, a) obviously I'm underpricing my finds on CL and b) a little elbow grease can really pay off, literally.

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Hot Mess

Thursday, November 11, 2010 by Chris

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It was probably inevitable, especially after Canadian Tire got into the game. This week's Costco flyer features none other than an Eames Lounger knock-off, here called the Soho armchair and ottoman, only $989.99 (after the $150 coupon discount). Does anyone still covet the real thing after seeing this classic brought so low? Two pics to the left of the Eames wannabe is something called the Trevi Chair and barstool collection, a set of Kartell Ghost Chair send-ups priced almost as high as the originals (Costco armchair $329, Kartell armchair $451). What really made me laugh though was the iComfort Massage Chair ($3,499.99) dubbed a "hot buy." More like a hot mess if you ask me.

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High/Low: Tripod Lamps

Thursday, September 24, 2009 by Chris

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Tripod lamps are hot, hot, hot. I'm seeing them in advertisements, shelter mags and certainly in the stores I visit. StyleNorth also gets a constant trickle of search hits from people on the hunt for this must-have accessory so I thought it was time I did a little survey of where to find this bold, contemporary accent.

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High/Low: Decorative Soup Bowls

Monday, June 22, 2009 by Chris

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Mike and I finally made it to Toronto's new Anthropologie on Saturday and one of the things that stood out was the tableware, which was pretty enough but more than twice the price of comparable items at Tap Phong restaurant supply on Spadina Avenue. The bowl, above left, at Anthropologie retails for $14; the bowl, above right, at Tap Phong, retails for $5.99; both are made in Japan.

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