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Junction Design Crawl Friday

Wednesday, August 22, 2012 by Chris

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Some of the more design-focused retailers in Toronto's Junction neighbourhood have banded together and are hosting the Junction Design Crawl this Friday evening (August 24) from 7 - 11 pm. White lights will be strung outside participating shops which include SMASH, Mason, Russet & Empire, ARTiculations, Mjölk, Opticianado, Phillipa C. Photography and Narwhal. Other local faves like Williams (358 Keele Street) are likely to stay open late to take advantage of the traffic and interest. I've been wanting to feature the gorgeous, 1940s Shaw-Walker chairs, above, at SMASH ($400 each) and this event gave me the perfect opportunity. See you in the Junction!

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Dear styleNorth . . . T.O. Shopping Trip?

Friday, August 3, 2012 by Chris

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StyleNorth reader Kim wrote to ask for help planning a trip to T.O. "I'm a Montrealer coming to Toronto for one short day - my dream is to hit as many unique home decor stores as possible. Do you happen to have an address book of your favorite shops? I'm happy to comply with this stroll through Leslieville.

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Yard Sale Extravaganza

Friday, September 10, 2010 by Chris

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If you can't make it to Dundas for the Christie Antiques Show tomorrow, fear not, the annual Cabbagetown Festival turns this historic neighbourhood into one giant yard sale, probably the best of the year in Toronto. Parliament Street will be packed with vendors hawking this, that and the other -- the real goods are to be found up and down the quaint Victorian streets east of there stretching all the way to the Toronto Necropolis. If I wasn't on the road I would definitely be rooting among the Cabbages. Have fun and report back if you score something fabulous.

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It Started So Innocently . . .

Sunday, April 25, 2010 by Chris

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All hail serendipity! A few months back I was mooching through Toronto's Riverside and Leslieville neighbourhoods, popping in and out of furnishing shops, as is my want. At Elbers Antiques (777 Queen Street East, 416.466.3938) I spotted the pretty terrific brass and marble impala bust at left. I admired the piece, noted the $85 price, then moved on. Several shops later, I stopped in at Fred (1091 Queen Street East) where, rather remarkably, I found the awesome brass impala bookends below for $45. I walked away from both items but they stayed with me and a few days later I went back to play let's make a deal.

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Rosedale Decor Strip: New Kids on the Block

Saturday, March 20, 2010 by Chris

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As promised, here's a little survey of the newest entrants on Toronto's high-end decor strip along Yonge Street between Rosedale and Summerhill subway stations. This neck of the decorating woods is mostly out of my snack bracket and yet I find myself trolling this drag more than any other. The proximity of so many great shops is dizzying and I'm always inspired by how the goods are styled and staged in these posh, aspirational showrooms.

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