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Buy What You Love

Tuesday, September 25, 2012 by Chris


I LOVE art but it's really not in my budget. Furthermore, I have very little wall space so I tend to scratch my art itch with trips to local galleries. On one such recent visit to Toronto's Goodfellas Gallery I spotted some work by a young artist named Tyler Armstrong that really hit me over the head. Tyler let me have All the Queen's Men, left, for just $400 which I could manage and I'm really glad I took the plunge, I love the work. Which brings me to the real point of this post, a little plug for Toronto's ArtBomb, a daily art auction site whose tagline is "buy what you love." Artbomb features one new work by an emerging artist each weekday delivered to your electronic in-box with prices typically starting in the $400 - $800 range.

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Green Design Centre Comes to Castlefield

Monday, May 30, 2011 by Chris

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Last week I contributed my first post to new Toronto city mag, The Grid, where I introduced readers to 'g' Green Design Centre, a retail outlet specializing in eco-friendly building materials, fixtures, finishes and housewares. The brainchild of LEED-accredited architects Joe Caricari and David Lee, ‘g’ Green Design is the first Canadian outpost for the fledgling Massachusetts-based retailer. In the photo below, the tabletop is made of Paperstone, the Haworth cradle-to-cradle chairs are fully recycled and recyclable, and the carpet tiles from Canadian manufacturer Belletile are also composed entirely of recycled material. Check out my post at The Grid and definitely stop into 'g' for advice and inspiration on how to build your very own green house.

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Harness the Power of Google Image Search

Monday, April 4, 2011 by Chris


StyleNorth reader Natasha wrote to me last week seeking help identifying the barstools at left. It took me about 30 seconds to track them down using a method I take for granted but it occurred to me that some of you may not be familiar with the power of Google image search, which lets you search visually for something you can describe but don't know the name of. In this case, my keywords were "x back barstools" searching under images rather than web. A quick scroll down the page revealed a near-perfect match and the image then linked directly to the manufacturer, American furniture maker, Ballard Designs.

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Unhappy Hipsters Make Me Smile

Friday, March 12, 2010 by Chris


StyleNorth reader Vanessa did me a favour when she wrote to tell me about a delightful blog, The site poaches shots like the one above, from self-consciously hip decor mags like Dwell (photo by Gunnar Knechtel); the bloggers then add their own subversive captions that wittily undermine the lifestyle choices on display. In this case . . . "The frequent window washing and dry mopping required to keep the room sufficiently spartan became more than she could bear. The bed suffered the consequences."

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Fifteen Seconds For styleNorth?

Monday, September 14, 2009 by Chris


Dear styleNorth Reader, We need your help. Without some basic demographic information about who our readers are, styleNorth can’t pursue the advertising that will allow us to keep the content coming. PLEASE take the 15-seconds required to answer our brief, 7-question survey. Just follow this link and tell us a bit about yourself. Your information will NOT be shared with any other party, it will only be used in aggregate to create a general user profile for Thanks in advance, Christopher Jones Founder,

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