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Hipster Holiday in Brooklyn

Tuesday, September 15, 2015


I'm embarrassed to say that I haven't been to New York City since the mid-1990s. I caught up with the place over Labour Day weekend when my companion and I headed to his "spiritual home," Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In case you're not up on such things, that makes my man a hipster since Brooklyn is widely regarded as the hipster capital of the world. Think Toronto's Queen West to the power of five.

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A Quick Trip Through IIDEX Canada

Sunday, September 29, 2013


On Thursday I took a quick spin through IIDEX Canada, the designer trade show owned and run by IDC, Interior Designers of Canada. IIDEX is very trade oriented, not a consumer show, so the focus tends to be on materials and innovative products, as well as on contract furniture and industrial suppliers. That said, the 2013 show pumped up the sex appeal with a number of special exhibits that felt VERY editorial, entertaining for the trade but targeted squarely at the press machine.

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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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I Needed a Jieldé

Sunday, August 18, 2013


To say I "needed" a Jeilde is ridiculous, even I know that. But when I saw the brass coloured Jeilde at the Holace Cluny close out sale (final reductions on now until August 28), I knew it would provide the jolt of contemporary my time warp MCM living room needs. But that was two weeks ago and it was only marked down 30 per cent, I chose to bide my time. Sure enough, on Saturday I popped in and the second last one in this size was being purchased, now marked down 50 per cent. I jumped at my chance to buy high for low and walked the lamp home. Cluny is reopening mid-September in Designer's Walk.

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Mod Pieces Designer Sale

Thursday, June 27, 2013


Lamp wizard Lia Fagan wrote to me yesterday to let me know about her 2nd Annual Mod Pieces "Shop Like a Designer" sale running through Canada Day. Lia is offering members of the public her designer discount, that is 25 per cent off any item in her online store, including her new line of very reasonably-priced pillows. The sale begins Friday, June 28th and ends at midnight on Monday, July 1st; enter coupon code "OHCANADA" at checkout to save 25% on your order.

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