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The Hunter With His Kill

Monday, April 18, 2016

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Todd and I did not go to Cleveland last week in search of more Milo Baughman. But that's how things played out thanks to my man's keen eye. We were thrifting in the well-regarded but slightly junky Flower Child (11508 Clifton Blvd.) when we came across a stained, sagging sofa layered with cushions and clothes. Todd immediately recognized the arms and profile of the chrome frame as one of Baughman's popular designs for manufacturer Thayer Coggin. The hook was in.

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A Window for Manuary

Sunday, January 10, 2016

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This week's window at consignment shop, Of Things Past (1096 Yonge Street), is a real surprise because it screams man and that's not something I see a lot. All those dark masculine furnishings and accessories, and of course the transit-size Dior poster with its chunky chrome frame ($870). The poster is by artist Rene Gruau, the son of an Italian count, who built a fine career doing editorial and commercial illustrations for Vogue, Elle and Harper's Bazaar, as well as for Dior, Balenciaga, Schiaparelli, Lanvin and Givenchy, among others.

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Mid-Century Auction in Ottawa

Saturday, April 26, 2014

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Sorry for the late notice but this auction looks decent so I thought I'd pass the info along. MacLean & Assoicates in Ottawa is selling a load of mid-century furnishings, carpets, home accessories, jewellery and art work starting tomorrow morning (April 27). Most of the furniture is solid if unspectacular Danish and Canadian from the 1960s; of particular note is some good looking Rosewood. Online and phone bidding are encouraged.

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Decorum’s New Digs

Thursday, November 14, 2013

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One of my favorite Toronto vintage dealers, Matthew Heney of Decorum Decorative Finds (below), has moved a block north to a bright new space at 1226 Yonge Street, formerly part of Youssef Hasbani's L'Atelier. Heney is a 1stdibs.com dealer so don't expect bargains, at least not at his new shop. There are, however, deals to be had at Matthew's old shop (1210 Yonge Street), where he's clearing out old stock that won't be making the trip up the block. Sign up for the Decorum eblast, Matthew's weekly mailer of new stock and sale merch.

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’70s Style: Falling in Love Again

Thursday, September 5, 2013

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What the Vintage is a relatively new website and warehouse with a stockpile of 1960s and '70s furnishings, and I do mean stockpile. Owner John Baltazar's space is overflowing with mid-century furnishings: the 1960s teak and walnut stuff feels a little ho-hum at this point, but it was John's good 1970s pieces that really got my pulse racing. Pieces like these recall the impossibly stylish interiors of Dreamgirls, one of the best '70s-era set designs in celluloid history (I'm so bummed it's not on Netflix!).

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