Tag Archive | "Reuse-Recycle"

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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Marcelo & Magela Take it Outside

Thursday, June 6, 2013


It's always a pleasure to revisit a home I've blogged about before although in this case it's the outside that's been transformed since my last visit. Marcelo Palacios is a professional landscaper (Landscaping De Sol a Sol) which means that his summers are busy with little or no time to get away with his wife and design partner, Magela, and their two young children. The solution was to turn their own home into a weekend oasis where everyone could play and relax and make the most of summer.

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Cutting Edge Lighting, Affordable Prices

Saturday, March 23, 2013


I've been wanting to blog about Toronto's Lampcage for years. Literally. A few years ago there was an outside contributor who pitched me on writing about Dean Lee's awesome, upcycling studio but the writer never followed through and I never got back to Parliament Street to do it myself. Until last weekend. Dean has been scavenging and buying lamp and lighting parts for nearly 20 years now, cobbling together sexy, Frankenstein creations that fit into just about every stylistic category from cutting edge to transitional to outright traditional.

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Old Wood Transformed by Greenwood

Monday, March 4, 2013


I admire Toronto-based craftsman Michael Greenwood as much for his work ethic and promotional savvy as for his talent in turning old wood into beautiful new furniture and building projects. Michael checked in with me a couple of weeks ago; business was a bit slow due to the winter so he was updating his blog and working his way through his contact list. As it turned out I needed a favour that only a woodworker could provide and so I dropped in on Michael at his new location in the artist colony at Stirling Road in Toronto's west end . . .

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New Windows Not Necessarily Better

Friday, March 1, 2013


I'm contacted by publicists all the time with pitches about this or that product or designer. I rarely take the bait but I was intrigued by what Ottawa-based general contractor Paul Denys is doing on the restoration front, specifically his methods of reviving and restoring hundred-year-old windows to make them energy efficient and beautiful again. Denys is putting new technology at the service of old technology and saving the environment and his client's money in the process.

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