Tag Archive | "Modern"

New Digs, Same Atomic Spirit For Ethel

Monday, July 16, 2012


Leslieville's loss is Corktown's gain since Ethel proprietor Shauntelle LeBlanc moved west along Queen Street East to the block between Parliament and Berkley streets. The new shop (327 Queen Street East, 416.778.6608) feels remarkably like the old one except it's bigger, which is good news for Shauntelle and her loyal customers. From my perspective the best part of Ethel's move is that the shop is tipping the balance and helping to turn this stretch of Queen Street into a new vintage decor destination what with Upside Dive (269 Queen E.), Free My Interior (289 Queen E.) and A.M.A. (328 Queen E.) already in the nabe, never mind Marty Millionaire.

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If I Had A Million Dollars

Saturday, July 14, 2012


If you've got a few minutes to kill I highly recommend a scroll through the online catalogue for the Wright Mass Modern auction taking place today. There is no better way to train your eye and refine your taste. Gorgeous, gorgeous stuff. I love many of the items up for grabs but these few pieces would really make me happy. If I had a million dollars, indeed.

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Cleeve Horne House: That Sinking Feeling

Monday, October 3, 2011


For the progeny of Cleeve and Jean Horne, this spectacular modernist home in a picturesque valley in Pickering, Ontario, is a seldom-used summer place, an after thought that has been allowed to slide into disrepair, if not disrepute. The house is tucked away behind the main residence and barn on a 200-acre family property and as one of the Horne's adult grandchildren told me yesterday during Doors Open Pickering, it's a challenge to hold onto the place in the face of rising taxes and land values. Seeing the state of the interior, I couldn't help thinking that this architectural gem might be better off in the hands of someone more invested in honouring its uniqueness.

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A Collector Restrained

Friday, September 30, 2011


For an inveterate collector — her daughter calls her a hoarder — Larysa Fenyn is remarkably restrained. Her basement has become a storage facility, albeit a neat one, and if you open any of her numerous cabinets or credenzas you’ll find row upon row of high-quality trinkets. But on the surface at least, her centre hall home in Toronto’s Royal York neighbourhood is carefully curated. “I hate clutter,” she tells me as she leads me through her sunny rooms. On a sideboard stands a shimmering art glass plate and three shapely, black candle holders. Larysa has many others, some in teak, some white, but her display has been paired back to this. I admire her willingness to edit.

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Shops: Sputnik Vintage

Thursday, August 11, 2011


I hadn't planned to make this mid-century week on styleNorth, it just turned out that way. Last Saturday I hiked out to the Toronto suburb of Etobicoke with my new friends Susan and Dave to visit Sputnik Vintage, a relatively new player in the local MCM furniture market. Sputnik is owned and operated by a knowledgeable and very funny veteran dealer named Peter Frampton who doesn't sing but is a master of accents and impersonations. Frampton dealt in antiques for decades but he made the jump to mid-century stuff when saw the popular taste heading in that direction. Smart move.

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