Tag Archive | "Design Classics"

Decorum’s New Digs

Thursday, November 14, 2013


One of my favorite Toronto vintage dealers, Matthew Heney of Decorum Decorative Finds (below), has moved a block north to a bright new space at 1226 Yonge Street, formerly part of Youssef Hasbani's L'Atelier. Heney is a dealer so don't expect bargains, at least not at his new shop. There are, however, deals to be had at Matthew's old shop (1210 Yonge Street), where he's clearing out old stock that won't be making the trip up the block. Sign up for the Decorum eblast, Matthew's weekly mailer of new stock and sale merch.

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’70s Style: Falling in Love Again

Thursday, September 5, 2013


What the Vintage is a relatively new website and warehouse with a stockpile of 1960s and '70s furnishings, and I do mean stockpile. Owner John Baltazar's space is overflowing with mid-century furnishings: the 1960s teak and walnut stuff feels a little ho-hum at this point, but it was John's good 1970s pieces that really got my pulse racing. Pieces like these recall the impossibly stylish interiors of Dreamgirls, one of the best '70s-era set designs in celluloid history (I'm so bummed it's not on Netflix!).

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What’s Up Washington?

Monday, August 19, 2013


Washington wasn’t even on my bucket list but when the Home Exchange offer came in to trade my cozy flat for a posh condo overlooking Kennedy Centre and the Potomac River, I agreed without hesitation. And after a week in the U.S. capital I’m glad I said yes -- Washington is beautiful, as tourist friendly as it’s possible for a city to be and the condo was superbly located in easy walking distance to the National Mall monuments, museums and galleries (all free!) and just as close to glamorous Georgetown with its excellent shopping, restaurants and dignified, historic homes.

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Church of the Knife

Sunday, June 30, 2013


Greg opened Toronto's Hacher & Krain in February 2012 following a first career in publishing and graphic design. A home chef who loves to cook, he knows the importance of having a good knife at the ready and his interest led him to research and seek out the best knives in the world. And while Hacher & Krain is certainly a specialty shop, its prices seemed eminently reasonable to me. Knives from Spain, France, Germany, Japan, Finland and Italy mostly fall in the $100 - $200 price range. "You don't have to spend huge money to get a great knife," says Greg.

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Gimme Good Shelter

Thursday, June 13, 2013


The photo at left by Eric Piasecki -- interior design by the accomplished Steven Gambrel -- inspires me and I haven't been seeing enough rooms like this on the magazine racks lately. Truth be told, I've gone completely off shelter porn recently, like an addict whose drug of choice stops working. May 2013 represented an all-time low; I stood in front of the magazine stand flipping through title after title and opting to buy not a single issue, nothing. It was first time since I started blogging five years ago that I walked on by, no Elle Decor, no Architectural Digest, no Home and Garden UK, no House Beautiful, don't even mention the Canadian mags, I haven't bothered with them in years.

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