Tag Archive | "Storage"

Slice, Dice and Store

Wednesday, August 7, 2013


I did ultimately get back to Hacher & Krain to purchase a cutting board, a beautiful slab of bird's eye maple nearly 2" thick. But even more significantly, I took Greg up on his offer to sharpen my knives and what a joy it is to be working with really sharp implements again. Food prep is a pleasure now and I'm determined to never let my Henckles get dull again. At H&K I also purchased a cute little Bisbell knife storage magnet that's perfect for my small space. My larger knives tuck in nicely alongside my oils but the smaller ones were getting lost in the shuffle. Now I'm organized and ready to slice, dice and chop.

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Last Pieces of the Puzzle

Monday, October 8, 2012


As lovely as it was, my 1940s chinoiserie cabinet simply wasn't working with the canary yellow daybed or the Saarinen table and '60s Swedish pendant light. It had to go. My '80s glam TV stand was similarly at odds with the rest of the room. And so they've left the building, saluted for their service but not much missed. In their place, a couple of period pieces, a 1950s modular shelving unit and an Ed Wormley-style side table that provides a brilliant perch for the TV and video components without hoarding precious floor space.

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I Am My Mother’s Son

Sunday, June 3, 2012


I'd like to say that my move my came off without a hitch but that wouldn't be entirely true. Rogers completely screwed up my move order, cut off my service two days early and disconnected my email entirely leaving me with a lot of mystified contacts for five days. On the bright side, very literally, I moved on Thursday, a day ahead of torrential rains that took a heavy toll on Toronto. All I could think of as I unpacked the next day was my poor movers having to deal with the deluge. Better them than me. I had challenges of my own to confront, namely squeezing 10 pounds of flour into the five pound bag I now call home.

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Now You See It, Now You Don’t

Wednesday, August 17, 2011


Passing by Toronto's Office & Shop Furniture yesterday I was stopped in my tracks by the window display of the new Pasha Chair from Italy's Pedrali. Where Philippe Stark borrowed an open-armed, medallion-back design for his ubiquitous Louis Ghost Chair, Pedrali goes for the full-on Bergere. What's so striking is how thin and impossibly sexy the molded polycarbonate is; priced at $560 each, the chair is brand new to North America and comes in black, white, clear or smoked with a fabric seat cushion for added comfort. But that wasn't the only thing I was jazzed about at the Office Shop . . .

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What To Do With All Those Books?

Saturday, December 18, 2010


This is one of the rare posts where I'm leading with the reveal because frankly, the before shots just aren't that sexy and I'm pretty sure you'll follow along with the process now that you know where this whole thing is headed. Any wall of post-move boxes looks pretty much the same but Scott and Andrea were really up against it. She's an art and design writer, author of the popular View on Canadian Art blog, and he's an architect; the two were merging households for the first time when they took over the lease on my former dream apartment. The couple invited me back to see the space and months after moving in they still faced a long wall of boxes, a testament to their love of books . . .

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