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A Chair Resurrection for Easter

Thursday, March 28, 2013 by Chris

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Dear styleNorth, "A couple of years ago you posted about a reader selling Milo Baughman chairs on Craiglist. Well, I was fortunate enough to be the lucky buyer! They sat in storage or the corner of my place -- I rent a 680 sq ft. loft -- until a couple of months back when I finally had them reupholstered. I've attached a couple of pictures so you can see how they turned out. I still don't really have room for them, but I like them so much I am just living with an excess of mid-century modern chairs (rough, I know)."

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Camera Crush: Fuji XF1

Thursday, January 17, 2013 by Chris

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My Fuji XF1 arrived just days before I departed for two weeks in India so that's where I tested it out. I had my Lumix DMC as a back-up but it never reached for it, the Fuji served me just fine. It's a pocket-sized, point and shoot camera that allows a user to manually adjust things like f-stop although I'm a blogger, not a pro, so I never bothered with the more complex settings. What impressed me most about the camera was the consistency of the focus. I would shoot a scene and them marvel at how the camera captured detail in the foreground, middle ground and background. It also took a licking and kept on ticking; at one point I dropped the camera so hard the lens barrel was bent and dented but after a little gentle straightening, my Fuji was back in business.

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Octaspring: Next Gen Mattress

Tuesday, November 27, 2012 by Chris

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I haven't covered a product launch in a long, long time but yesterday's introduction to Canada of Dormeo Octaspring mattresses from Belgium was right up my alley. Truth be told, I have a "thing" for mattresses: some people dream about owning a Porche or a Ferrari, I dream about owning a Hästens. But this post isn't about Hästens, it's about Octaspring and their revolutionary mattresses which combine memory foam with a patented foam spring technology that provides support and comfort while letting the mattress breathe. Available exclusively at Sleep Country Canada, Octaspring mattresses come in varying thicknesses priced from $2,800 to $4,200. Certainly not cheap but still less than half the price of my most coveted sleep platform.

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Beware Hidden Shipping Charges

Monday, August 29, 2011 by Chris

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In the future, when placing an order like this from a foreign vendor, I would ask the dealer to get explicit details from the shipping company about any further brokerage fees, duties or taxes required; this is their business and they should know the answers to the questions. If I had had that conversation with the dealer and then found myself on the hook for extra fees I likely would have sent the piece back. I admit my enjoyment of the lamp has been tainted a bit by the experience; had I known it would cost me $250 I would have taken a pass. Caveat emptor.

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Elte Outlet — Worth the Drive?

Wednesday, March 30, 2011 by Chris

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Toronto's Elte used to consign it's clearance merchandise to a large back corner of its enormous flagship store in the Castlefield Design District. Now, that merch has moved to the new outlet store off Weston Road, north of Highway 7. Is it worth the drive? I'd have to say yes. Discounts range from 30 - 60 per cent off list prices, which puts some of the otherwise aspirational offerings within reach of the common man and woman. This being a clearance outlet, however, selection is spotty. Many tickets proclaim, "Last one," which means not only are you unlikely to find a mate for that perfect slipper or side chair, you also have to make up your mind on the spot because if you take a day or two to think it over the piece will be gone.

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