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places to go, people to see: art shoppe

Time flies. Art Shoppe has been a staple in Toronto’s design landscape for 78 years. Steeped in history, the family owned business has a long list of clients, including the Toronto international airport and the Toronto telegram building. Good news, bad news: The historic Yonge and Eglinton location shut it’s doors a few months ago (not surprisingly, the site already has a condo project in the works). But the great news is that it’s found an arguably better home in the Castlefield design district and is settling in quite well. The new showroom retains the signature Canadian-made and European-imported Art Deco-inspired collection that its customers know and love. Situated among other great design shops, the new location makes for a great day trip destination – the in-store cafe, set to open in the spring, will be a great spot to lunch among stylish furnishings. Here are some snapshots of the iconic landmark address over the last seven or so decades. 

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Craving sunshine? This Canadian design studio will brighten spirits

Late last year, I met an artisan whose craft I instantly admired. She’s a Toronto-based textile designer and her brightly-coloured prints are the perfect remedy for those of us coping with outside temps in the negative double digits. So if you’re like me and would rather dream of sunshine than surrender to the cold, slip on your sunnies and take a peek at these super stunning products by Senay Studio:

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fab find: geometic copper bowl

This Christmas, spread your holiday decorations around the whole home, not just on the tree! This gorgeous ‘Etch Bowl’ filled with delicate ornaments would make a show stopping centerpiece on your dinning table or as a statement piece welcoming guests at your front hall.

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eq3 generation art

EQ3 has launched it’s second Generation Art collection, available in store and online. In association with the Michaelle Jean Foundation (a foundation that supports youth arts initiatives in under-served communities), this year artists across the country were asked to submit work that represented their personal expression of ‘Canadian Diversity’. 7 designs were selected and turned into decor accessories available at EQ3, ranging from pillows to mugs – even ottomans! Check out some of the collection below and make sure to take a look at the rest online.

gen art ottoman 05 eq3 generation art

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winter style essentials

Winter is coming and, if you’re anything like me, it’s time to hibernate. But before you hide away, let’s talk about winter style.

WinterEssentials Fireplace winter style essentials

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The four season mantle

As the nights get colder, we tend to spend more time in our living room enjoying the fire.  While of course the fire is beautiful to watch, I love seeing our holiday mantle sparkle above.  I opted for a simple fresh cedar mantle this year with candles and simple gold accents, including nutcrackers I spray painted. Christmas mantle season is definitely my favourite ‘mantle’ season of the year.

Christmas Holiday mantle by @heathernheels The four season mantle

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goodge place: a new vancouver design store worth visiting

Listen up, design enthusiasts: A home decor shop is opening its doors tomorrow in Vancouver’s South Granville district, and it’s no ordinary store. The boutique, called Goodge Place, is named after a charming street in London, England. That said, it should come as no surprise that most of the merchandise is sourced from there too.

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places to go, people to see: ago holiday trunk shows

It’s time to face the jingle: Christmas is fast approaching. I’m always the last in the office to get in the festive spirit, too busy mourning the passing of fall, but if you’re an early shopper looking for unique presents, hit up the gift shop at Toronto’s Art Gallery of Ontario (AGO) next week. Starting on Tuesday, November 18 and running through Friday the 21st, the shop will play host to a variety of trunk shows. On Tuesday, Israel-based Oshra Tishbi will present its wide range of wine-and-fruit preserves (think: passionfruit-champagne and fig-cabernet) – an ideal pairing to cheese and a great hostess gift. Wednesday’s highlight is Carole Tanenbaum’s dazzling collection of vintage-inspired costume jewellery. The fashionista on your list will thank you, whether you opt for a piece in the $100 range or a show-stopping $2,500 choker necklace. The sweet tooth in your life will gladly devour a token by JAB Chocolate, an artisanal small-batch chocolatier (on site on both Wednesday and Thursday), but your nationalistic buddy will be doubly pleased with a box of My Favourite Fudge. The Caledon, Ont.-based fudge maker has something for every taste, offering 60 flavours, including Canadian Shield and Algonquin Trail. These and other unique brands will strut their stuff, but even if you don’t make it to AGO’s store next week, here are five reasons you it should be on your holiday shopping itinerary – if it isn’t already.

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new-use tuesdays: oranges

I don’t know about you, but I adore oranges. They’re so refreshing in summer, yet have enough substance to make a filling winter snack. And breakfast – who eats that meal without some OJ? So this week, I’m putting the new-use spotlight on the citrusy fruit. If you don’t have a fridge-full already, here are three out-of-the-box uses that might convince you to load up next time you’re at the grocery store.

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wallpaper for a monsoon

Recently I made a trip to the designer showrooms in search of new wallpaper samples for a project I’m working on. While at Bilbrough I found a new collection by Chivasso called Monsoon. Tropically inspired, brightly coloured and looking like grasscloth it could perk up any room on a cold dark November day, but the great thing about this wallpaper it is vinyl – so it could really go anywhere.

Here are some shots of it:

pink and tan wallpaper for a monsoon

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