Tag Archive | "Eco-friendly"

Green Design Centre Comes to Castlefield

Monday, May 30, 2011

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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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Toronto Islanders Open Their Homes

Tuesday, June 8, 2010


This weekend offers Toronto house junkies an opportunity to experience one of the city’s most precious jewels, the quaint, cottage-y neighbourhoods on Algonquin and Ward’s Islands. Dubbed the Toronto Island House and History Tour, the June 13 event has been organized by Grannies in Spirit, a group supporting the Stephen Lewis Foundation’s Grandmothers to Grandmothers campaign, a project that has so far raised more than $7 million for African grandmothers and the children in their care. Last Sunday, I was lucky enough to enjoy a preview of three island homes with one of the tour organizers, Paulette Pelletier-Kelly.

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IIDEX/NeoCon Canada: The Next 25 Years

Friday, September 25, 2009


Interior designers were out en masse yesterday for the start of IIDEX/NeoCon Canada, the country's largest trade-only expo of residential and commercial products and materials. This year's show is IIDEX's 25th installment but instead of looking back, the marketing focus is on "the next 25" with a strong emphasis on sustainability and "green" building technologies.

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Greening Your Reno With Timeless Materials

Friday, July 31, 2009


There aren't too many things I enjoy more than a leisurely mooch through a well-stocked salvage shop and Timeless Materials in Waterloo, Ontario, is exceptionally well-stocked. Housed in a tidy barn that sprawls over four floors, Timeless Materials trades in everything and anything that can be salvaged from old properties ranging from beams, boards and corbels to bathroom and lighting fixtures, trims and moldings, railings, spindles and newel posts, ceiling tiles, weather vanes, you name it.

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Indoor/Outdoor & Washable Rugs

Saturday, June 27, 2009


I can't vouch for the durability of these washable viscose rugs from Belgium ($29 - $139) but they sure look terrific. In fact, Moss, a well-established garden store on Toronto's Danforth Avenue, has one of the most impressive selections of indoor/outdoor and washable rugs I've ever come across. And their prices are very competitive.

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