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Toronto (East) Tool Library Launch

Monday, November 4, 2013


The Toronto East Tool Library and Makerspace throws its doors open for a grand opening party Thursday night (1803 Danforth Ave, 8 - 11 pm, free). The Tool Library lets members borrow a dizzying array of electrical and hand tools for up to five days; it's a cost-efficient way ($50 per year membership) to access tools you only use once in awhile. This sounds like exactly what I need for those occasional reupholstery, cutting and refinishing projects you know I love to tackle. Join me, I'll be there.

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From the Mail

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

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I get LOADS of product pitches in my email, most of which I ignore because frankly, I don't want to encourage more of them. But yesterday there were a couple of cool product items I thought I'd pass along. I think the stained glass wall decals from Blik are awesome, such a good idea. I'm not crazy about the video game subject matter (The Legend of Zelda: The Wind Walker) but I still they're pretty great; available to order online. Click through to see the amazing Pivot power strip.

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Harness the Power of Google Image Search

Monday, April 4, 2011


StyleNorth reader Natasha wrote to me last week seeking help identifying the barstools at left. It took me about 30 seconds to track them down using a method I take for granted but it occurred to me that some of you may not be familiar with the power of Google image search, which lets you search visually for something you can describe but don't know the name of. In this case, my keywords were "x back barstools" searching under images rather than web. A quick scroll down the page revealed a near-perfect match and the image then linked directly to the manufacturer, American furniture maker, Ballard Designs.

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Rooms: Photographs by Derry Moore

Tuesday, March 1, 2011


Rooms is without a doubt the most eccentric decor book I’ve ever come across. I found it Saturday at Toronto’s BMV and after a quick flip through its pages, I simply could not leave the store without it. Originally published by Rizzoli in 2006 and reprinted in 2009, the book features the photographs of Derry Moore, aka the 12th Earl of Drogheda. Being a member of the English aristocracy gave Moore access to some extraordinary homes and palaces not only in the UK and Ireland, but also in India, France, Spain and the USA. Pictured is Lady Diana Cooper in her London drawing room, one of many capital C Characters featured in the book.

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Novus: The Cure for Acrylic

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

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While I was touring Patina last week, shop owner Sal Shivji was busy at the counter polishing each and every Lucite slab of a stacked, spiral lamp. Shivji was using Novus plastic polish, a miraculous product known to few outside "the business." Novus takes scuffs and scratches out of Lucite, acrylic and just about any other polymer. And given the explosion of sexy plastics and polycarbonates from manufacturers like Kartell and Calligaris, it might be a good idea to buy some Novus stock. The product will certainly keep your chairs, lamps and anything else made of acrylic crystal clear. In the past you could order Novus through the Home Shopping Network but a recent search revealed they're no longer carrying the product. Shivji's partner Garry Punnett tracked it down online and ordered directly from the manufacturer. Given the abundance of gorgeous Lucite at Patina, my guess is the boys are going through cases of the stuff.

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