Tag Archive | "Traditional"

The Wood Whisperer

Friday, May 3, 2013


If I'd known this was going to be a styleNorth post I would have taken better "before" pics. Honestly, the table was a mess before I took it to Emanuel Calleja at Old Fashioned Restoration (3068 Dundas St. West, 416-767-6989). It's a long and not very interesting story as to how I came to be the guardian of this particular table, suffice it to say that I felt responsible for the state it ended up in and wanted to do right by the piece before I returned it to its rightful owner. Emanuel charges around $250 to do a job like this so if you've got a good piece that needs some TLC, I highly recommend this refinishing genius, he truly is the Wood Whisperer.

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A Tale of Two Condos

Friday, March 9, 2012


Sometimes the best way to revive a flagging relationship is to tear it all down and begin again. That's what Sean Ward and Stephen Fillmore did last year after nearly 20 years together. They sold their terraced house on Toronto's Berkley Street and each bought a place of their own where they could rediscover themselves and each other on fresh footing. For new digs, Stephen chose a modern condo in the sky, a 750-square foot, 1-bedroom plus den on the 39th floor of the spanking new X Condominium, left. As befits his more traditional bent, Sean purchased a 1,300-square foot penthouse in a much older co-op overlooking a leafy park in the city's prim Rosedale neighbourhood.

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Upmarket in a Small Town

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


When I was in Northumberland County to tour Sheree and Clive's colourful country place, I stopped into nearby Warkworth where I was surprised to find the recently opened Toyls of Labur, a very downtown sort of emporium specializing in "goods manufactured by longstanding firms." The store's merchandise is united by quality and tradition rather than by utility; at Toyls of Labur you'll find everything from vases and cushions to housewares, grooming tools and fashion accessories. All the goods come from firms that have been in business for at least three generations.

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Discovery Sales Make A Comeback

Monday, April 18, 2011

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The Ritchies Discovery Sales were a Toronto tradition for years before the auctioneer's sad demise in 2009. Always held on a Tuesday, the monthly sales played mostly to dealers since the rest of us were busy toiling at our day jobs. Well, auction newcomer A.H. Wilkens (299 Queen Street East, 416.360.7600) is reviving the Discovery tradition although they're not using that name. The sales have been running Tuesdays with previews the afternoon and evening before, which means that if something on the website interests you, you can drop by on your lunch hour or on your way home from the office to scope out the goods. This week's sale features some particularly fine furnishings and decorative pieces, albeit mostly of the traditional ilk.

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Decorating Detectives

Tuesday, November 9, 2010


You and I would tour Spadina Museum and not have a clue (or a care) that this wallpaper or that drapery wasn’t absolutely accurate but the project’s chief curators, Karen Edwards and Neil Brochu, take authenticity very, very seriously. Spadina reopened to the public last month after a nearly year-long restoration that took the grand old mansion back to its glory days in the 1920s and '30s. From now until the end of November special tours of the house are being offered that examine the enormous challenge of recreating rooms like the library, below, featuring this digitally reproduced wallpaper.

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