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Profiling a selection of the GTA’s top home & décor shops and services




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Exclusive distribution at: The Interior Design Show January 26-29, 2012 Metro Toronto Convention Centre; National Home Show Mar 16-25, 2012 Direct Energy Centre, Exhibition Place. Also available by consumer request by calling 416.626.4889


COPYRIGHT 2012 All rights reserved by Home Décor and Renovations and Shopping Guide, Toronto, Ontario, Canada. Reproduction in any form is prohibited. Contents of this publication are covered by copyright and offenders will be prosecuted under the law. TERMS Advertisers, editorial Home Décor and Renovations, and Shopping Guide are not responsible for typographical errors, mistakes or misprints. All prices are correct as of press time and are subject to change without notice. E. & O. E. EDITORIAL Submissions from interested parties will be considered. Please submit to the above address, to the attention of the editor.

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25 TIPS & TRICKS What’s “Green” mean?

31 COVER STORY Designer shopping tips and top shops in 2012 37 WHERE TO SHOP The ultimate guide to home shopping 46 MARKETPLACE Five products you won’t want to miss at IDS12

28 DESIGNER ADVICE Five ways to brighten up a room


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A Special Place


Appliance Canada




Aspen Wood Floors




California Closets


Cynthia Findlay Antiques




Design Solutions


Designer Window Fashions


Equinoxx Decor


Eric & Susan


Frini Furniture






Lumber Liquidators


Lumberland North


Modular Home Additions Ltd.


Pinnacle Home Environment Solutions


Plumbing Mart


Royal Lighting


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Signature Vanities






The Brick


Toronto Home Comfort



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editor’s note



oday, more than ever, finding just the right product or service at just the right price is an important part of any purchasing decision. When it comes to renovating or buying accessories, furniture or décor items for your home, the dollars can really add up fast! So where do you shop to get great deals and the best selection? For our cover story, we went to the source – the design experts. We’ve also compiled many of the GTA’s top shops and services to create this year’s Ultimate Guide to Home Shopping which you’ll find at the back of this issue.

I’ll leave you with three tips of my own that have come in handy after renovating numerous homes and rooms over the years: 1 The Internet is your friend Rather than blow hour-after-hour of precious weekend time visiting furniture stores and renovation shops, do some shopping online first. Compare the prices and details of similar pieces of furniture at 10 to 12 different stores in a matter of minutes, rather than hours, and call them if there are no prices listed and get estimates. 2 Check out the goods in person As convenient as it can be to shop online, it’s still important to be careful about buying goods and services solely on the basis of an image on the Internet or by referral. Try to inspect the actual item before you buy so you can see its overall finish and appearance – and measure, measure, measure! Another benefit of examining items in person, avoiding exorbitant shipping fees and being able to negotiate. 3 Plan ahead before you buy You may fall in love with the look of a certain piece, but take a moment to make sure it works – and make sure you can transport the item if it’s a hefty piece (and how much it will cost). Find out there is a return policy. Reflect on how the piece will hold up after a few encounters with small children or pets. If it’s likely to be trashed in mere weeks or months, don’t buy it. Good luck in your hunt, and do let us know if you’ve found any new shops or services that you think we should add to our publication next year!

Susan Legge EDITOR-IN-CHIEF National Real Estate Follow me on twitter:


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The Oz Deluxe Convertible Sofa 93-in L. With sleek lines and a low profile, this gorgeous modern piece is equally suited for small space design as it is for larger rooms. The splitback style easily converts into a bed.

The Stunning Carini Collection by Schonbek features handcut crystal with chrome accents. The Carini Collection offers a full range of products from a wall sconce to chandeliers in a variety of sizes which will add sparkle to any room. The chandeliers can be dressed up with a custom shade in a variety of fabric options. The entire collection is available at Royal Lighting.





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7 DESIGNER WINDOW FASHIONS Hunter Douglas Silhouette Shades. Window shadings transform sunlight into remarkable beauty. Suspended between two sheers, the fabric vanes offer precise lighting control. When fully raised, Silhouette Shades disappear into the fabric-covered head rail. Available in 2-in, 3in and the Quartette 4-in vane size. WWW.DESIGNERWINDOWS.CA



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tips & tricks




nce your project gets underway, you and your renovator need to work closely together to make sure that everything goes as smoothly as possible. The renovator needs a good working environment so the job can progress without problems or delays. You want as few inconveniences and disruptions to your daily routine as possible. Many of the responsibilities of both the renovator and the homeowner have already been spelled out in the contract. Before the work starts, sit down with your renovator and discuss everyone’s expectations and responsibilities in detail. Good communication is key to a good renovation experience and a satisfying result. BEFORE THE WORK BEGINS

Discuss the renovator’s requirements for the work, including access to electricity and water on a regular basis, delivery and storage of building materials, and disposal of wastes. ›› Determine the rules of the house for the work crew. Clarify access to bathroom facilities and eating areas, as well as kitchen privileges, if any, and also which parts of the house are off limits. Set out your smoking policy and if you permit music in the work area. ›› Verify that municipal permits and approvals have been obtained as needed. The contract may stipulate that your renovator will do this; however, the ultimate responsibility rests with you, the homeowner. ››


Your professional renovator will make every effort to avoid disruptions and minimize the impact on your household. For instance, additions will be built and partially finished before the connecting wall is removed. Temporary hook-ups for water and electricity will allow you to continue your daily cooking and cleaning routines. ›› To keep you informed, your renovator will name a contact person for your project, usually the site supervisor or the renovator personally, who will stay in touch with you throughout the project. You will get regular updates on the progress of the work and be told when to expect tradespeople and when you will be needed for decisions. This person will also be available on short notice to respond to any questions or concerns that you have. ›› The renovator is responsible for meeting deadlines. The contract should clearly outline the project schedule and deadlines to which your renovator will work. If the work gets off-track for unforeseen reasons, the renovator will discuss the situation with you immediately and find ways to correct it. ››


Daily clean-up is part of the service. Professional renovators leave a clean work site at the end of each day. Be sure to discuss your expectations.


Clear work areas of furniture, drapes and art. Protect your valuables by placing them in an area where no work is going on, or out of the home, and cover anything that might be harmed by dust. ›› Make early product selections. The contract may stipulate that you select and/or provide specific items such as flooring, lighting equipment, tiles and kitchen cabinets. Have these items available to your renovator when needed to ensure the smooth progress of the work. ›› Keep changes to a minimum. Most renovators are willing to accommodate changes to the original plan as you go along. However, changes may result in a cost increase or a time delay so make sure to discuss the implications with your renovator. Change orders are amendments to the contract and must be signed by both parties. ›› Be available to your renovator. Invariably, you will be asked to make a number of smaller decisions as the work progresses. Make sure that your renovator can reach you on short notice. ›› Discuss your concerns as they arise. Bring any concerns and questions to your renovator’s attention immediately – don’t wait for “the right moment”. ›› Provide payment as agreed upon in the payment schedule set up in the contract. Be sure to hold back the appropriate amounts required by the Contractors’ Lien Act in your province. Contact your provincial government or your lawyer for information. ›› Accept the unpredictable. Foul weather, unavailable products, unforeseen complications... these can be part of the renovation experience and will be dealt with by your renovator in a professional manner. ››


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tips & tricks


green mean?

by Pauline Braithwaite


t is no longer enough for products on the shelves to claim they are “Green” or “eco-friendly,” Canadian companies are now obliged to back it up. Canada’s Competition Bureau require companies to be specific in Green-product advertising, use clear, specific and accurate claims which have been substantiated and verified. In 2000, the Canadian Standards Association (CSA) adopted an international standard on environmental labelling: ISO 14021. Working in conjunction with CSA, the Competition Bureau released a best-practices guide designed to help business interpret the standards, and to ensure that this information is easily accessible to businesses and consumers. Prompted by an increasing demand by consumers for clear information about environmental products, the guide provides businesses with the tools needed to ensure their advertising practices are not misleading. The Competition Bureau enforces the false or misleading provisions of the Competition Act, the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act and the Textile Labelling Act. Environmental claims, just as any other advertising and labelling claims, are subject to these laws. All environmental claims must be verified and substantiated with supporting data that is accurate and readily available to law enforcement agencies, such as the Bureau, on request. Although the guide is not law, following the best practices outlined will help business to avoid making misleading claims that contravene the laws enforced by the Bureau. If the Bureau concludes that a business has contravened the misleading advertising provisions of the Competition Act, the Consumer Packing and Labelling Act, or the Textile Labelling Act, it can take action either criminally or civilly, and the following penalties can be imposed: Criminally: Maximum penalty is a fine at the discretion of the court and/or imprisonment for up to a year. Civilly: Maximum penalty of $750,000 for an individual and $10,000,000 for a corporation. Under labelling statutes there are provisions for product seizures and potential for criminal penalties for contravention of the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act or the Textile Labelling Act, that could result in fines of up to $10,000 as well as imprisonment of up to one year. For more information visit

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designer advice

5 ways to brighten up a room by yanic simard photos by ted yarwood


rightening up a room that doesn’t have a lot of natural light can be both challenging and frustrating. If you haven’t got the option of knocking down or opening up walls, or adding windows, then I’ve got five different suggestions that you may find very useful.

1 | “Artificial” Lighting I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – It’s all in the lighting. Of course this might seem like the most obvious solution, but many people go about it in the wrong way. When choosing a ceiling light, be sure to choose something that directs the light downwards or outwards, not upwards. If the light is directed towards the ceiling it won’t do you much good. One of my favourite fixtures is the Medusa Chandelier. With its 30 exposed light bulbs, being short of lighting should never be an issue. It’s also 31.5 inches in diameter, covering a wide area of space. When choosing a table or floor lamp with a shade, choose a light-coloured translucent shade that allows the light to shine through. If you’re blocking the 00 Home Décor and Renovations shopping guide 28

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4 | Reflective Finishes Mirrors, chrome, glass and metallic are all favourite designer finishes to work with in a dull and dark room. Keep what light you do have bouncing around off of these pieces throughout the day and night. Tip Create a focal wall with three large-scale mirrors that go almost floor to ceiling. This will make the room feel much brighter and also much bigger

5 | Furniture Scale The size of the furniture plays a big part in the illusion of adding brightness to a room. If you have heavy, dark, chunky furniture, then of course the room will feel that way. If you have light, open, clean-line furniture, then the room will feel much more airy and open. Typically people purchase their furniture in a set. If you’re one of those people, try and replace the furniture that’s on the heavier side one piece at a time. Even just swapping one bulky black leather club chair for a slightly smaller lightcoloured fabric upholstered slipper chair will make the world of a difference – you’ll see. Tip If you have too much furniture or too many pieces in a room, it can make the feel more crowded and dark. Edit and eliminate what you can on your road to a brighter space!

light you need with a solid shade, what’s really the point of having it? Keep the base and swap the shade! Chandelier recommendations: Medusa chandelier NU HGML326

Paint colour recommendation: Benjamin Moore’s CC-396 Stone Castle

3 | Wallpaper Wallpaper can completely warm up and brighten the look of a room. If you’re going to take this route, choose a wallpaper that has an element of metallic in it so that it can reflect the light from it. Wallpaper recommendation: Graham & Brown’s Kelly Hoppen Hicks pattern, colour: taupe/charcoal/silver. Tip If you have a window in the space, it’s ideal that you’d install the wallpaper on the wall directly across from it.

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2 | Paint I asked my fans on Facebook and Twitter if they thought that light-coloured paint would lighten up a dark room. 99 per cent of them said yes, meaning 99 per cent of them were wrong! Paint can visually brighten up a room (which is what our goal is), but not lighten up a room. You still won’t be able to read a book in that same room with no light, regardless of if your walls are deep blue or bright white! Believe it or not, a mid-tone beige colour is the best choice to keep the room feeling bright. Yanic Simard

Yanic is the principal designer of Toronto Interior Design Group. Specializing in residential and commercial projects, Yanic often applies his signature high/ low and old/new combination techniques in developing his unique designs. He has created designs for clients in Toronto, Montreal and Miami, and appears as a regular guest expert on Citytv’s CityLine. Visit for more information. Home Décor and Renovations shopping guide 29

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Urban Danish Design since 1952 With over 250 stores located in the biggest cities around the world, we’ve come a long way since 1952 when two Danish craftsmen founded BoConcept. But our vision remains the same. Based on the Danish traditions of simplicity and functionality, we create furniture that is not only beautiful, but practical too. That’s where it all started. And that’s how we continue to create designs today.

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cover story

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Shopping – it’s a timehonoured tradition; a pastime for a couple of pals doing some light browsing or some serious damage; it’s an art; it’s a sport. Four design and décor experts offer their essential shopping tips for all things home, from basic colour to the final finishing touches, and their top shops in the GTA to get it all. Home Décor anD renovations sHopping guiDe 31

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Remember that “art” isn’t considered an “accessory” but is its own category. The art doesn’t have to match anything in the room. A very modern piece would be very happy in a very traditional room. The only requirement of the art is that you like it. The frame may want to complement the room but even that isn’t essential. I rarely – if ever – advise clients on the selection, but have opinions when it comes to size and placement in the room.


Glen Peloso, Principal Designer Glen Peloso Interiors

glen peloso accessorizes…


Think of the accessories of a room as you would the accessories of an outfit. They can change an outfit from a strict business suit to something a little gentler, simply by adding a ruffle or a soft scarf. The same is true of the accessories of a room. Based on the layout and feel of your furniture and fabrics, you can decide if you want the room to feel masculine or more feminine. There is no right or wrong, it is really a matter of preference. I always think it is best to decide on a direction for the accessories before you set out to shop. There are a variety of directions, but in general you can divide into “shiny” which would be glass, chrome, mirror and high gloss, “natural” which would be reclaimed woods, leather, ceramics and hand-made items, “antique” which is self explanatory, or “eclectic” which would contain a selection of all of the above. Again no direction is wrong for a room, however it will change the way the room feels.


Ensure accessories “pull the room together” in a feel and colour scheme you like. When you look at the throw pillows of a well-coordinated room you will see that colours from the drapery have been repeated in the cushions, or colours or fabrics from the sofa have been used to repeat the colour in another area of the room.

Before you set foot in a store, know what areas of the room you want to accessorize. All too often people shop on the “isn’t that cute” rule, however, and the items selected end up being the wrong proportions or they don’t coordinate with each other. Go with specifics. Know that you are looking for something that is eight inches high, 14 inches across, for example, and that you would like it to be something “natural” in style or colour. To assist you in making that determination, one good way to think about it is in triangles. Accessories tend to look best when they create a triangle either with the peak being far to the right or left or in the centre, so think “group of three.”


Accessories are the one element of a room that can be changed seasonally or every couple of years. They tend to be the least expensive part of the decor, so changing them from time to time won’t break the bank – but may deposit some big smiles when you are relaxing in the room and enjoying the finished product.

Glen’s Top Shops Sun-Brite Drapery 7695 Jane St., Unit 11, Concord


Crate & Barrel Visit the website for a location near you

HomeSense Visit the website for a location near you

Julien Armand


Smash 2880 Dundas St. W., Toronto


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Choose colours based on how you want the room to feel and work. Light affects colour, so be aware of how light moves through your house.

jane’s Top Shops Crate & Barrel Visit the website for a location near you


651 Queen St. W., Toronto


80 Ronald Ave.,
Toronto 416.785.7885


664 Annette St., Toronto 416.766.1960

Union Lighting & Furnishings 1491 Castlefield Ave., Toronto

Speers Road Broadloom 400 Speers Rd., Oakville 905.844.0712

Though not a common item on your shopping list, colour is the most basic décor essential. A room’s colour sets the tone for the look and feel of the space, and it affects all the other rooms that surround it. Most importantly, colour is a reflection of your personal style. Shopping for colour can be daunting, so colour expert Jane Lockhart offers her expert tips on how to choose the right hue.


Consider your furnishings. Draw inspiration for a colour scheme from your existing furnishings – an upholstered sofa, an oriental rug or favorite piece of art. It’s easier to match a colour to something you love than to find something to complement a new wall colour!


Get inspired. Peruse glossy décor magazines and designers’ websites for ideas. Pay attention to furniture styles, colour schemes and architectural elements. Your colour choices should enhance and complement your style and period elements. Make note of the featured brand and colour number, or take a photo, clip a magazine article or bring a piece of fabric to a reputable paint store to have it professionally colour matched to any brand.


Choose the right finish. Typically, home interior paint comes in satin finish, semi-gloss, high gloss and flat finishes. Semi-gloss and high gloss paints are more durable and easier to clean, making them ideal finishes for mouldings and kitchen and baths. Flat and satin finishes lend a soft, elegant look to living rooms, bedrooms and family rooms.

jane lockhart talks colour…


Consult an expert. Interior designers and decorators are worth their weight in gold and can save you a lot of stress, anxiety and money by using their vast experience to help you choose the perfect palette.


Infuse some personality and function. A colour can speak volumes in a room and directly influence the ambiance and personality of the space.

Jane Lockhart, Interior Designer Jane Lockhart Interior Design

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atmosphere. But do watch scale. A wallpaper with an oversized print may feel too overpowering in a small space. To keep the look cohesive, draw your colour palette from the wallpaper. Add throw pillows in a coordinating colour or paint adjacent walls to complement.


Lisa Canning, Interior Stylist Lisa Canning Interiors

Lisa Canning on small spaces…


Plan. Big or small, a well-designed space begins with a good plan. Measure your space, taking note of electrical outlets, light fixtures and structural obstructions like bulkheads and columns. Take these measurements and input them into an online planning tool like Icovia ( This tool allows you to insert furnishings, change their sizes and generate a shopping list with exact measurements. Keep proportions in mind when planning the layout of your furniture and don’t be shy to take painter’s tape to the floor to visually block out how your furniture will fit.


Furniture with function. In a booming condo market innovative retailers have understood the need for multi-functional pieces to help small-space dwellers lead more functional and stylish lives. Available through VNO Designs, the Lacuna table begins as a customizable piece of wall art and drops down to reveal a functional dining table for five. At BoConcept, a sleek coffee table reveals hidden compartments with functional storage. Crate & Barrel’s Willow Twin Sleeper Sofa is a compact overstuffed chair that unfolds for your unexpected overnight guest. These double duty pieces not only work hard for you but look great too.


Don’t be afraid of pattern. I am often asked if a small space can handle a bold wallpaper – and my answer is a vehement “yes!” A patterned wallpaper in a small space can lend itself to a cosy, intimate

The 70-5-25 rule. A challenge with small spaces is that you can often see the entire room at first glance. This means that creating harmony and balance is important to ensure the room does not feel disjointed or cluttered. I find an easy principle to employ to achieve this is a rule of 70-25-5: 70 per cent of a main colour, 25 per cent of a secondary colour and five per cent of a “surprise” colour. For example, light grey walls and a dark grey sofa could be the dominant colour, a black coffee table as the secondary colour, and throw pillows in a punch of lime green as the pop of colour. I find using this principle allows me to achieve big impact, especially in small spaces.


Three things not to forget. If you are looking to start somewhere, begin with these three elements: paint, light fixtures and window treatments. Even if you have great furniture in a space, I find a home doesn’t feel “lived in” until these items are in place. I often recommend that clients tackle these often-neglected areas before they buy furniture so they do not get put on the decorating back-burner.

lisa’s Top Shops BoConcept Furniture

230 Adelaide St. E., Toronto

Design Republic

639 Queen St. W., Toronto

Elte 2nd Floor

80 Ronald Ave., Toronto

inVU Drapery Co.

2784 Yonge St., Toronto

West Elm

109 Atlantic Ave., Toronto

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heather’s Top Shops Zilli Home

672 Chrislea Rd., Woodbridge 289.268.0020,

Prima Lighting

255 Bass Pro Mills Dr., Thornhill 905.851.1188,

Au Lit Fine Linens

2045 Yonge St., Toronto 416.489.7010,

Home Couture by Maria And Baby Décor

2104 Hwy. 7 West, Unit 19, Concord 905.738.1575,

Teatro Verde

98 Yorkville, Toronto 416.966.2227,

Restoration Hardware

2901 Bayview Ave., North York 416.223.2055,

Heather Segreti sizes it up…

in relation to your existing pieces of furniture. This technique also works for artwork and large mirrors. For example if you are looking to create a feature wall with multiple frames in all different sizes, you can tape these shapes on the wall accordingly, record the sizes and feel confident when you purchase.


The tablet trend. Have your iPad on hand. A digital camera is a given, but the new trend in tablets has taken shopping to a new level. Pre-shoot the spaces in your home and literally bring your room with you to every retailer you visit. The advantage of the large screen and lightweight tablet is easy access. I have used this technique when purchasing carpets for client spaces, and it also works wonderfully when purchasing artwork and accessories. This really allows you to envision the showroom item in your home and make a decision on the spot.


Don’t be overwhelmed by a brilliant display in a showroom, this may not have the same effect in your space. Try not to stray from your original design style. Just because it looks great in the showroom doesn’t mean it will look great in your space. Remember, all retail stores are set up to catch your eye and get you to buy! Impulse is a great business for retailers, so stick to your design style.


If you question the purchase more than once, it’s not for you! If you really want to be certain take a photo, walk away and then see if you are drawn back. Go home and measure, tape and look at the photo in your own space. Instinct can be your greatest ally!


A floor plan drawn to scale is always the best way to ensure proper placement. With that being said, putting the pieces of furniture on a plan will only work if you know what the standard guidelines for placement are. Yes, there are standard and – more importantly – minimum clearances that will facilitate optimal traffic flow through your space. The best resource for this information would be Wiley’s Publication - Architectural Graphic Standards - Interior Graphic Standards edition. After 75 years of continuous publication, Architectural Graphic Standards is one of the most trusted and relied-upon architectural references in the design and construction industries.


Get out the masking tape. You can use low-tack painters or masking tape to essentially draw the footprint of your desired purchase on the floor. For example if the sofa you are considering purchasing is 72 inches long and 40 inches deep, then use your measuring tape to locate this rectangular shape on the floor and then outline the shape with your tape. This is a great way to visualize the piece and see its proportions

Heather Segreti, Interior Designer Segreti Design

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appliancEs appliancE canada 8701 Jane St. 1400 Castlefield Ave. 1.800.FRIDGES (374.3437) Whether you’re looking for a stainless steel microwave to accent your newly decorated kitchen or that surround-sound home entertainment system, Appliance Canada’s showroom features only top-of-the-line designers and manufacturers. thE Brick 416.635.4848 Visit for locations. Newly launched is The Bricks flagship showroom with a difference, featuring some of the most sought-after brand names and design trends that reflect the sophistication, refinement and diversity of the finest appliance and home accoutrements. Wolf, Meile and Bosch appliances are just a few brands available. cyclonE ranGE hoods inc. 110 Silver Star Blvd., Suite 105 416.293.0933 Cyclone is a range hood and exhaust fan manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer, and sells innovative kitchen sinks, energy-saving booster fans, automatic garbage bins, and luxurious stainless steel canopy and island fans. tasco 3041 Dufferin St. 416.781.9145 | Visit for more locations. Choose from a wide selection of top-quality products including fridges, coffee makers, ventilation accessories and more. Boasting high-end brands.

art GallEry 133 1260 Castlefield Ave. 416.504.6099 | The gallery exhibits and sells work by many emerging and established, Canadian and international artists with a broad spectrum of media, styles and prices.

Bath, BEdrooM accEssoriEs & linEn aMErican standard Visit for retailers. American Standard has been producing quality and innovation for over 130 years and offers impressive collections of fixtures and features for the bathroom, ensuring products offer the best in both fashion and function. au lit FinE linEns 2049 Yonge St. | 416.489.7010 | Visit for more locations. The collections at Au Lit Fine Linens include much more than just linen. You’ll find bathroom accessories, bedroom furniture and accessories in contemporary, traditional and vintage styles. Bouclair hoME Visit for a location near you. Bouclair focuses on three things: home, fashion and value. It carries products such as curtains, blinds, cushions, candles, wall décor, lamps, accent furniture and more. 38 Home Décor anD renovations sHopping guiDe

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dElta FaucEt Delta Faucet focuses on one thing, and one thing only. Faucets. With expertise in design and an understanding of how much these are used in the home, they build them to last – and look good doing it. GinGEr’s Bath 95 Ronald Ave. 416.787.1787 | One of the finest bathroom stores in Canada, Ginger’s carries quality products such as bathroom faucets, bathroom basins, kitchen and bar faucets, tubs and toilets, shower systems, bathroom hardware and more. kohlEr canada Visit for retailer locations. Merging style and function, Kohler specializes in bringing your bathroom and kitchen to life. Stunning design – right down to the finest detail – Kohler makes it easy to find the perfect pieces infused with quality you can trust. luMBErland north 180 Bovaird Dr. W., Brampton | 905.792.2800 A one-stop shopping experience for home building and décor. Lumberland North features tiles, kitchen and bath cabinets, doors and trim, plumbing fixtures and, of course, lumber. Also visit its subsidiary company, Vanity Source, one of Ontario’s largest bathroom vanity showrooms, featuring modern, classic and contemporary styles. MoEn Visit to find a dealer near you. Bathrooms and kitchens are put under heavy demand for function. Fixtures are constantly used by all members of the household. Moen creates fixtures that can stand up to the test of time, without skimping on style. Beautiful and elegant as they are sturdy and well-performing, Moen offers pieces to suit any style. roMan Bath cEntrE 883 Caledonia Rd. | 416.787.1219 A bathroom boutique to appease any budget and style. Offering outstanding variety, this is where you’ll find that unusual fixture or that stunning focal point you’ve been trying to track down. From expert advice to an expert eye for home fashion, Roman Bath Centre carries great collections and quality brands. siGnaturE & co. canada ltd. 1950 Hwy. 7, Unit 15, Concord 905.669.7966 | Select Signature Vanities if you’re looking for beautifully crafted furniture for your bathroom. It also offers excellent support in choosing the right colour and style to fit your home. taps WholEsalE Bath cEntrE inc. 1020 Lawrence Ave. W. | 416.785.0224 Visit for more locations. Taps carries over 10,000 different products representing more than 200 manufacturers from around the globe. Products range from soothing whirlpools to shower enclosures, vanity basins and much more.

closEts & storaGE caliFornia closEts 1400 Castlefield Ave. | 416.342.1717 Visit to find a location near you. California Closets’ design consultants are space-planning experts. Their purpose is to simplify home and life by maximizing your space with a unique design that allows you to live and work just the way you want to.

orGaniZEd intEriors 201 Chrislea Rd., Vaughan 905.264.5678 | Visit to find a location near you. This company offers easy solutions to complex storage issues. The showroom will give you ideas on how you can transform your clutter into convenience.

dEcorators & dEsiGnErs aMBiEncE intEriors inc. 111 Regina Rd., Unit 10, Woodbridge 905.264.0883 | Ambience Interiors Inc., specializes in window coverings, colouring, upholstery, bedding, accessories and furniture placement. canadian dEcorators and dEsiGnErs 1288 Ritson Rd. N., Suite 380, Oshawa 1.866.793.1690 | Connect with a number of experienced and established decorators and designers who will create the perfect haven in your home. dEsiGnEr Girls 416.895.0834 | 416.888.4579 | One-on-one consultations and direct access to several traditional and contemporary brand-name manufacturers will ensure you get the style you want at a price you’ll love. sZiGEti dEsiGn Build 8600 Keele St., Unit 49, Concord 905.761.0173 | Principal designer of Szigeti Design Build, Justin Szigeti can offer his expertise in residential and commercial interior design, construction and more. What’s in storE 218 Main Street S., Newmarket 905.853.5544 | Focused on turning your home into the home of your dreams, this design company welcomes projects large and small and delivers great design with optimal function and timeless style.

doors & WindoWs all WEathEr WindoWs 3100 Caravelle Dr., Mississauga 905.696.0005 | All Weather Windows supplies Canadian-built, award-winning windows and doors featuring Energy Star high efficiency in each product. allurE WindoW dEcor inc. 2740 Steeles Ave. W. Unit 1, Concord 416.741.9367 | A leader in the window fashions industry for almost 10 years. Specializing in all custom window coverings. Whether it’s blinds, shutters, drapes or shades – they will give you the expert advice you need to make your home look spectacular. dEsiGnEr WindoW Fashions 2575 Dundas St. W., #20 905.608.8889 | 416.252.3883 | 1.800.364.2901 Designer Window Fashions is a family operated business with over 30 years of experience. They offer a wide variety of quality shades, shutters, blinds, motorized systems, silhouettes, sohji panels, draperies and more in the latest and greatest designer styles and colours to suit your décor and budget.

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Eclipse Shutters Canada Visit to find a retailer near you. Custom-built Eclipse Shutters are manufactured to fit your windows. They are energy efficient, washable, waterproof and flame retardant. Available in four neutral colours and three louver sizes, these shutters complement both contemporary and traditional décor. Enduring quality, backed by a 25-year warranty, has made Eclipse Shutters one of the best-selling vinyl shutters in North America since 1992. Garaga Visit for a dealer near you. These quality garage doors come in 16 different colours, two wood grain finishes and one smooth finish, five different designs and several window models. Garaga also offers garage-door openers and garage-door security systems.

FURNITURE, HOME ACCESSORIES & MORE A Special Place 1280 Castlefield Ave. | 416.481.2077 Visit for more locations. A leader in the home décor field for more than 30 years, A Special Place offers expert design advice, service and great value for all your home furnishing and accessorizing needs. Adornments on Queen 338 Queen St. E. 416.955.4791 | Come in and browse through displays of Parisian-inspired décor, and find the perfect item to decorate your home. New merchandise arrives all the time. Don’t forget to check out their Steeped and Infused Tea Bar!

Hunter Douglas Visit for dealers in the GTA. From custom window shadings and sheers to louvers, shades, blinds and shutters, Hunter Douglas’ window treatments are custom built expressly for your windows and are manufactured according to the highest standards of quality.

Allure Window Decor Inc. 2740 Steeles Ave. W. Unit 1, Concord 416.741.9367 | This company has been a leader in the window fashions industry for almost 10 years. Specializing in all custom window coverings, whether it’s blinds, shutters, drapes or shades – they will give you the expert advice you need to make your home look spectacular.

Jeld-Wen Windows & Doors Visit for a dealer near you. Jeld-Wen offers a stunning range of high-quality windows and doors. Choose from the Willmar Collection, the United Collection, DF Windows and the solid engineering of Jeld-Wen Millwork Distribution.

Alta Moda Furniture 680 Rivermede Rd., Concord 905.669.1040 | A family owned and operated business for over 30 years, Alta Moda Furniture provides the latest in home furnishings and custom creations for your home.

Maple Drapery 8481 Keele St., Unit 11A, Concord 905.660.7290 Well known for its leadership in shutter designs, blinds and drapery, Maple Drapery is also a fantastic resource when looking for interior decorating trends and tips. Visit the new showroom.

Arrow Furniture 1825 Dundas St. E., Mississauga 905.629.7060 | Visit for more locations. Traditional, contemporary, modern, classic – or anything in between – there’s exceptional value and style in Arrow Furniture’s showrooms, with furnishings and accessories for the entire house.

Pollard Windows Inc. 1217 King Rd., Burlington 905.634.2365 Pollard Windows Inc. offers state-of-the-art windows and doors to builders, architects, homeowners, dealers and remodellers, for both new construction and replacement. Sun-Brite Drapery 7695 Jane St. 416.741.9430 | The 4,500-sq.-ft. showroom has a vast selection of fabric samples, window covering displays and finishings. It offers trusted brands such as Hunter Douglas and Shade-O-Matic, which means you never need to sacrifice style or quality. SunShades Visit for more locations. They are your one-stop source for custom window fashions and more. They have national brands, superlative service and reliable expertise. Traditional Door 261 Regina Rd., Woodbridge 416.747.1992 | Traditional Door specializes in the manufacturing of custom, solid-wood doors and mouldings, interior doors, French doors, exterior doors, decorative glass and more.

Around The Block 150 Lesmill Rd. 416.546.1760 | Around The Block is a consignment specialist! You’ll find an exciting mix of vintage and contemporary décor, from classic to eclectic. You’re sure to find something for every room in your house, condo, apartment, loft or cottage and the stock is always changing. ArteFac 200 Britannia Rd. E. Unit 3, Mississauga 905.361.7447 | The ultimate destination for all your chair needs. Choose from leather dining chairs and bar stools to contemporary- and European-influenced designs. Barnes and Castle 98 Orfus Rd. | 416.780.0226 This store has a strong focus on kitchen and dining room essentials. Shop for pots and pans, dishware, cutlery, mixing bowls, woks, salt and pepper shakers, glasses and mugs – and a lot more. Benix & Co. Visit to find a location near you. Canadian-owned-and-operated, Benix is the source for quality housewares at affordable prices. Specializing in housewares with a focus on cooking, home entertaining and giftware. Bombay Co. Visit for a location near you. Choose from a large selection of beautiful classic furnishings for the bedroom, office, living and dinning rooms and more.

Bowring Visit for locations. Bowring offers a wide selection of living room sofa groupings, dining table and garden collections, as well as mirrors, prints, lamps, linens, and many other beautiful home accents. Choice Leather Furniture 490 Norfinch Dr. 416.781.0107 | Completely Canadian made, the full stock of sofas, love seats, chairs, sectionals, benches and cubes lets you test drive a huge selection. Cornerstone 2886 Dundas St. W., Toronto | 416.767.8170 90 Main St., Cambridge | 519.740.9991 Cornerstone Home Interiors offers you a wide variety of eclectic home furniture. Their Toronto store is large, offering over 18,000 sq. ft. of cabinetry, sofas, chairs, carpets, lighting, accessories and one-of-akind treasures. Visit their new Cambridge flagship store, with over 50,000 sq. ft. to browse! Decorium 363 Supertest Rd. | 416.736.6120 Decorium specializes in high-quality furniture in a variety of styles and focuses on selling it for less. Great value, great selection and a gorgeous showroom make it easy to shop. Designer’s Walk 168 Bedford Rd. 2nd Floor 416.961.1211 | Surrounded by some of the top interior design and architecture firms including Meredith Heron Design and Red Studio Architects, in the epicentre of Toronto’s interior design industry. Open to public and design professionals, this is a great resource centre for all your projects. Domison 35 Jarvis St. 416.203.2687 | This Montreal-based design company offers contemporary furniture with an edgy, modern design at a well-priced range. Equinoxx Decor 69 Davis Dr., Newmarket 905.830.0411 | Elegant fixtures, rich, enduring quality and stylish yet timeless pieces fill this showroom. Exquisite pieces are mindful of budget, with brands and looks that don’t compromise on quality or style. Eric & Susan, custom lampshade makers 590 Mount Pleasant Rd. 416.482.0282 | Lampshades and lamps are what they do. They can custom design or recreate a lampshade in just about any style, size and material. They carry a large selection of lamps and can also rewire lamps and create custom lamps for you. Frini Furniture 4600 Steels Ave., W. 905.851.8844 | Frini is committed to providing uncompromising quality and service. It offers a selection of traditional and contemporary furnishings made in Italy. 700 Kipling Ave. 416.503.0009 | Visit for more locations. hosts one of the largest online contemporary furniture collections in Canada and brings top European design and craftsmanship to you at an affordable price. Home Décor and Renovations shopping guide 39

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GEoVin FurniturE inc. 245 Bridgeland Ave. 416.783.5782 | At Geovin you’re sure to find the perfect piece of solid-wood furniture to fit any room in your home. Custom-made furniture is also available! GrEEn FurniturE 1248 Dundas St., E. Unit 6, Mississauga 905.232.8520 | Offering multi-functional pieces for small-space living, Green Furniture has the stylish solutions you’ve been looking for. haVEn contEMporary dEcor 206 Main St. S., Newmarket 905.235.3528 | Specializing in unique pieces, art and special elements, this is the source for those accessories and focal points that will really grab the attention and make every room pop! thE hoMEsourcE 4261 Hwy. 7 E., Unionville 905.474.3524 | Ranging from traditional to transitional, from modern to eclectic, The HomeSource carries a wide selection of décor pieces designed to fit everyone’s tastes. houndstooth 1280 Castlefield Ave., 416.785.0003 | The Houndstooth philosophy is to subtly define and provide the ultimate in contemporary and rustic-modern décor through furnishings, accessories and art from around the globe. All this with a level of service beyond your expectation. Joshua crEEk 1029 Speers Rd., Oakville 905.842.3739 | Visit for more locations. Joshua Creek offers everything you’ll need for upscale designer décor at affordable prices – name-brand sofas, love seats, chairs, solid-wood bedroom and dining suites and much more.

rEstoration hardWarE 2434 Yonge St. | 416.322.9422 Visit for more locations. Explore this exceptionally well-merchandised world of high-quality textiles, furniture, lighting, bathware, hardware and amusements.

Zilli hoME intEriors 672 Chrislea Rd., Woodbridge 289.268.0020 | Zilli Home Interiors is a fabulous one-stop shop offering the best in home furnishings at great prices. Find lovely products for your bedroom, dining room, living room and a wide variety of children’s products.

sEars canada Visit for a location near you. From electronics and mattresses to bedding and gardening supplies, Sears is your one-stop shop for all things home-related. Create a wish list, a bridal registry or just purchase a gift.

hardWood, tilEs, cEraMic, ruGs & carpEt

shEltEr 885 Caledonia Rd. 416.783.3333 | At Shelter, it is the strength of the individual pieces combined that creates the perfect atmosphere for the space that expresses who you are. Find a wide selection of furniture, lighting and accessories. slipcoVErs & MorE 3687 Bathurst St. 416.789.2000 | Are you struggling with the decision to throw out old furniture, but you don’t want to? Not a problem. A custom-made slipcover from Slipcovers & More can revitalize an old chair – or choose from a selection of upholstery, window décor or bedding. solutions Visit for locations. Solutions specializes in organization products for your home, office, bathroom, laundry, closet and other spaces you use on a daily basis. spacE intEriors 6140 Shawson Dr. 905.564.3270 | Visit positivespaceinteriors. com for more locations. Space Interiors makes what they sell – bedroom and dining room furniture, home theatres, kitchen tables and chairs and space-saving furniture.

kitchEn stuFF plus Visit for locations. Kitchen Stuff Plus is a discount retailer of housewares and home décor, offering bakeware, cookware, knives, candles, drapery, rugs, dinnerware and more.

tora hoME dEsiGn 2686 Danforth Ave. 416.691.8672 | Looking for modern sophistication in home décor? Tora Home Design is the ultimate shopping destination.

la ViE FurniturE 2700 Dufferin St., Unit 69, North York 416.256.2775 | Visit for more locations. Offering a wide range of furniture, in both traditional and contemporary styles at prices that are often below wholesale.

toronto antiQuEs on kinG 284 King Street West 416.260.9057 | If film and television industry prop masters rent authentic props and period pieces here, it’s safe to say that they’ve got an extensive collection of the real goods. Items of days gone by – from vintage collectibles to pieces of historical relevance – grace case after case and row after row and display after display in this massive showroom of over 6,000 sq. ft.

MarkhaM FurniturE Visit for locations. Since its inception, Markham Furniture has been providing shoppers with an unbeatable level of quality and craftsmanship in furniture. MoBilia Visit for locations. They source and import quality home furnishings. Find everything from classic to contemporary design with an emphasis on unique pieces for the bedroom, living room, home office and more. northWEst kitchEnWarE & GiFts 140 Woodbridge Ave., Vaughan 905.851.0335 | Find everything from kitchen appliances, cooks’ gadgets and flatware, to bakeware, gourmet foods, sweet treats and more.

urBan Barn Visit for locations. Carrying great styles and the latest trends, Urban Barn offers a great variety of awesome design pieces to utilize. WickEr EMporiuM 1.877.423.7927 | Visit to find a location near you. Bringing value and style by providing interior and exterior furniture, accessories, rugs, quilts, throws storage and shelving, lighting and more! For 35 years Wicker Emporium has been travelling the world to find the most unique and beautiful products for your home.

alExanian carpEt and FloorinG Visit for a location near you. Shop in-store or online! Alexanian boasts area rugs from around the world – hand-knotted and hand-tufted area rugs, luxuriously crafted wool carpets and one-of-a kind oriental carpets. allan ruG co. 103 Miranda Ave. 416.787.1707 | Choose from a wide range of residential and commercial carpeting in wool, nylon and sisal. They also carry a large selection of hardwoods, laminate, cork and vinyl flooring. aspEn Wood Floors 505 Queensway E., Unit 8, Mississauga 905.281.2900 | This well-respected company does it all, from sanding and refinishing existing wood floors and stairs to distributing a wide range of flooring products. They have hardwood in every colour, finish and texture, including exotics, old growth and laminate as well, plus products to minimize sound and improve home acoustics. ciot 1020 Lawrence Ave. W. 416.785.8080 | Choose from finished marble, sturdy granite, textured slate and classic mosaic, plus a colourful range of ceramic tile. carpEt onE 1.800.CARPET.1 | Visit to locate a store near you. With a large selection of carpet, hardwood, laminate, ceramic tile and more, Carpet One is ready to provide you with the help you need to upgrade your flooring. Its professionals are always ready to help. EltE carpEts & hoME 80 Ronald Ave. | 416.785.7885 | Elte Carpets & Home offers elegant carpets, rugs and quality home furniture at incredible prices. iMpErial carpEt & hoME inc. 1177 Caledonia Rd. 416.783.8838 | Celebrating its 35th anniversary, Imperial carries thousands of new designs and the latest in rugs, furniture, fabrics and accessories. luMBEr liQuidators Visit for locations. A large specialty retailer of hardwood flooring, Lumber Liquidators now has eight locations open in the GTA and across Southern Ontario. Knowledgeable staff provides attentive and personal service. ModErn WEaVE 160 King St. E. 416.365.0335 | Discover the endless possibilities of rugs at Modern Weave. Known for being rich and unique, these rugs would make a great addition to any room in your home.

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riValda cEraMic tilE inc. 8305 Jane St., Units 1 & 2, Concord 905.738.7100 | With an extensive selection of tile, stone, hardwood and accessories, Rivalda can transform any surface. satin Finish 8 Oak St. 1.800.607.2846 | Visit to find a dealer near you. Satin Finish Hardwood Flooring offers one of the most extensive and premium lines of solid and engineered hardwood flooring products in the industry. Canadian owned and backed by more than 85 years of experience, Satin Finish stands for quality and innovation. torlys 1.800.461.2573 | Visit for a dealer near you. TORLYS distributes TORLYS cork, hardwood, laminate and linoleum flooring through a national network of specialized dealers. VintaGE prEFinishEd hardWood FloorinG Visit to find a dealer near you. A reliable, high-quality hardwood brand, Vintage Prefinished Hardwood Flooring has a product that will complete your home with the floors you want. Carrying everything from the traditional to the exotic, you can find the shade, texture and pattern you’re looking for. WallFloor dEcor suppliEs 1247 Queen St. E. | 416.996.2280 Newly opened, this company sells all the finishing items needed for your reno job. Trim, doors, tiles, hardwood flooring, crown moulding, baseboards and much more. Featuring modern, contemporary and classic styles they the Beach and surrounding area. WEaVErs art Visit to find a location near you. Weavers Art offers a large collection of beautiful hand-woven area rugs. Call for any upcoming projects or if you’re searching for a unique rug. WEston hardWood 250 Vaughan Valley Blvd., Woodbridge 416.746.0016 | After being in the industry for decades, Weston Hardwood Flooring will transform your flooring to something modern or traditional. x-tilE canada 78 Signet Dr. 416.749.7111 Visit for a location near you. X-Tile Canada is a ceramic tile wholesaler offering a large variety of ceramic tiles, kitchen counters and backsplash tiles.

hoME & GardEninG BradstonE & stonErox 416.798.7809 | & Bradstone is a man-made stone used in residential construction to architecturally enhance the exterior of buildings. StoneRox is a thin, man-made veneer facing stone that creates distinctive interior features. hausEr Hauser carries quality outdoor furniture such as, chairs, tables and umbrellas at recession-friendly prices.

insidE out hoME and patio 1280 Castlefield Ave. 8677 Weston Rd., Vaughan Visit for more locations Inside Out Home and Patio offers quality patio furniture including cast iron furniture, umbrellas, outdoor wicker, gazebos and custom made outdoor cushions. lEE VallEy tools 1.800.267.8761 | Visit to find a store near you. After 30-plus years in the wood-working and gardening industry, Lee Valley Tools has everything you need to create a beautiful landscape. plant World 4000 Eglinton Ave. W. 416.241.9174 | Not only does it have all the plants and gardening supplies you’ll need to create a beautiful outdoor space, it also provides container design and design services. shEridan nursEriEs Sheridan offers a wide selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, gardening products, gift and garden accessories, and much more.

appliancEs, hoME ElEctronics audio onE 3200 Steeles Ave. W, Concord 416.665.0749 | Audio One offers a wide variety of home theatres and music systems to suit virtually all tastes and budgets. The product selection includes some of the best available from manufacturers around the world. Bay Bloor radio 55 Bloor St. W. 416.967.1122 | Bay Bloor Radio’s mission is to be the best audio/video store in North America. Find a large selection of the world’s finest audio and video equipment available. top choicE ElEctronics 15 Jevlan Dr., Woodbridge 905.265.8462 | Make them your “top choice” when it comes to home entertainment! They offer sales, in-home consultations and full custom installations. trutonE ElEctronics 980 Dundas St. E. 905.270.3440 | Visit for more locations. For the latest innovations in flatpanel, HD and custom home theatres, head to Trutone Electronics. It provides fully integrated entertainment systems, custom installation and full-home automation services.

hoME sErVicEs, solariuMs, FirEplacEs & triMWork aMati canada Bath cEntrE & WholEsalE 105 Doncaster Ave., Thornhill 905.709.0881 | Expect excellence when you have Amati Canada redesign your bathroom to something traditional, modern or contemporary. Visit the beautiful showroom.

aVEnuE road rooFinG 45 Wingold Ave. 416.785.5129 For all your roofing needs, visit Avenue Road Roofing. It’s experienced in flat, shingle and sheet-metal roofing, as well as eavestroughing and siding. BEaM & alarM supErstorE 1100 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Unit 23 905.896.3344 | Visit for more locations. Offering Gutterguardian gutter-protection systems, Green Power solar energy, garage doors, security systems, Solatube Systems and Beam Central Vacuum Systems, it takes care of every corner of your home. Boss constructors 1359 Bough Beeches Blvd., Mississauga 416.873.3205 | Boss Constructors Incorporated is a skilled and experienced construction company specializing in creating innovative spatial solutions for working and living environments. BrooksidE rooFinG 127 Manville Rd., Unit 11 416.751.8651 | Make Brookside your stop for information on ventilation, roofing repairs, flats, shingles, slate, cedar and copper roofing. Bryant rEnoVations 680 Queens Quay W., Suite 703 416.260.0818 | Dennis Bryant has earned his reputation as one of Toronto’s leading renovators. His renovations range from traditional Rosedale homes and heritage buildings to modern lofts and condominiums. cartiEr MouldinGs 250 West Beaver Creek Rd., Richmond Hill 905.763.2391 Providing renovation and interior design services, Cartier does hardwood flooring, plastering and they carry stone products, as well as blinds and drapes. cEntral FairBank luMBEr 905.738.2111 | Visit for a location near you. Providing quality products to homeowners, contractors and builders. They manufacture, on premises, the finest and most complete range of wood mouldings, pre-hung and classic doors and have affiliate companies that manufacture roof trusses, stairs and windows. Custom services are capable of producing trim of your own design. hEat & Glo “No one builds a better fire” than Heat & Glo. Create the perfect ambience with a gas fireplace or a sleek gas stove as a focal point in any room. Modular hoME additions 27 Bermondsey Rd. 416.759.HOME (4663) An addition, a second or even a complete new build, Modular Home Additions makes it easy, convenient and cost-effective to have the home you envision. Their software allows for accuracy in design and quote. Everything is prefabbed off-site at their factory so that you can live at home during the build and have little disruption for a big improvement.

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pErMaWood solariuMs 170 Esna Park Dr., Unit 7, Markham 905.475.5460 | Adding a solarium creates a bright and beautiful room in your home. Permawood Solariums custom designs your solarium in cedar and high-efficiency thermal glass.

MaJEstic MarBlE 399 Applewood Cres., Concord 416.665.4040 | Majestic Marble offers a massive selection of Italian-inspired marble. If you’re ready for an upgrade you will want to call now to book your consultation!

pinnaclE hoME EnVironMEnt solutions 595 Cityview Blvd., Unit 18, Woodbridge 416.422.4663 | Offering home environmental solutions for efficiency and comfort, Pinnacle does heating, air conditioning, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, barbecues and indoor wellness.

torontoGranitE.coM 5004 Timberlea Blvd., Unit 15-17 905.602.7077 | for locations. As a direct importer of prefabricated granite countertops, it offers a large selection of fine granite countertops at discount prices.

plastcrEtE MouldinGs inc. 170 Bartor Rd. 416.746.3420 | Find the best selection in interior and exterior moulding details. Deck your home with quality mouldings that will please you and your visitors.


pluMBinG Mart Visit for locations. From Burlington to Oshawa, Plumbing Mart has been renovating and beautifying homes since 1959. Customized to suit your needs and budget, they come right to your home and walk you through the process. They also offer great deals on products to do-it-yourselfers. sElEctiVE cEraMic iMports inc. 3550 Langstaff Rd., Suite 150, Woodbridge 905.850.0222 | 416.748.8318 Selective Ceramic is the bath and kitchen boutique for your plumbing, tile and stone work, featuring some of the industry’s biggest names. ZiM Group ltd. 1368 Blundell Rd., Mississauga 1.888.227.1733 | ZIM Group Ltd. is an affordable and energy-saving metal roofing company. Save money and add value to your home by contacting ZIM Group Ltd. to install your new roof!


EMpirE liGhtinG 8400 Woodbine Ave., Markham 905.513.1073 | Find an inventory of over 2,000 lighting fixtures comprised of crystal chandeliers, wrought iron fixtures, table and floor lamps and much more. litEModE 8355 Jane St., Concord 905.738.8889 | Litemode carries lighting options to suit any taste – brands such as Murray Feiss, Artcaft, Kichler Landscape, Progress and Tech Lighting. liVinG liGhtinG Visit for locations Living Lighting offers a great variety of lighting products such as chandeliers, pendants, ceiling fixtures, wall lights, sconces and lamps. royal liGhtinG 1549 Avenue Rd. | 416.652.1129 Good lighting is essential to enhancing your décor, and Royal Lighting makes it easy to achieve. The showroom carries an impressive selection of lighting, lamps, fixtures and accessories for every part of the home - in and out. From elaborate chandeliers to sleek sconces, bathroom vanity lighting, exterior illumination, hallway statement pieces, period-perfect pieces and more, Royal Lighting is constantly adding to the selection and can source any special requests.

carrara 90 MarBlE & GranitE 280 Deerhide Cres. | 416.745.4506 For all your granite needs – Carrara 90 uses the most up-to-date, naturalstone fabrication technology and specialize in kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, fireplace surrounds and more.

union liGhtinG & FurnishinGs 1491 Castlefield Ave. | 416.652.2200 As one of Canada’s largest lighting showrooms, Union also offers fine furniture and accessories in its 70,000

ikEa Visit for locations. Become your own kitchen designer with the help of the IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner. Thanks to the easy-to-use software, you can choose cabinets, doors and appliances to fit the exact measurements of your kitchen, then you can do it yourself or use their expert help. IKEA also offers great products, furnishings and accessories for every room in your home.

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k-Wood kitchEns 36 Continental Place., Scarborough 416.332.0381 | This company is not just about kitchens. With over 10 years experience in design, remodelling, manufacturing and installation of custom kitchens, cabinetry, bathrooms and renovations. They have 43 experienced staff members that will help bring your custom creation to life.

colossus cEntrE 7575 Weston Rd., Woodbridge At Colossus Centre you’ll find designer name brands at discount prices in stores such as Mexx, Smartset, Body Shop and Aldo. dixiE outlEt Mall 1250 South Service Rd. | Head to Dixie Outlet Mall, where you’ll find stores such as Costa Blanca, Sears Outlet Store, Winners, The Bombay Company and Benix & Co. orFus road outlEt storEs Orfus Rd. You no longer need to head across the border for all your shopping. Just drive to Orfus Rd. You’ll find outlet stores such as Le Château, Nine West, Costa Blanca, Kitchen Stuff Plus and Beddington’s Bed & Bath.

hEartland toWn cEntrE Britannia and Mavis | Heartland Town Centre offers you everything from home appliances to the latest styles in men’s, women’s and children’s clothing. Heartland is home to stores such as Harry Rosen, Laura, Omni Jewelcrafters, Spring and Payless Shoe Source. VauGhan Mills shoppinG cEntrE 1 Bass Pro Mills Dr. 905.879.1777 | At this larger-than-life shopping centre, you’ll find your favourite clothing items, lifestyle products, furnishings and housewares at low prices. Find stores such as Designer Depot, Winners, Holt Renfrew, Aldo, H&M, Lacoste and La Vie en Rose in the mall. There are a large number of additional shops, including a design and décor centre, on the property surrounding the mall.

MattrEssEs doWn undEr linEn & BEddinG cEntrE 444 Yonge St. | 1.888.598.5118 | Visit for more locations. Find all your bedding needs at Down Under – mattresses, goose-down bedding, sheets, comforter sets, duvet covers and more. soMa BEds & slEEp products 100 Bridgeland Rd., Unit C 416.789.2337 Soma believes in sweet dreams for every member of the family, carrying a complete organic line for the baby – mattresses, cribs and furniture. It also has a massage and acupuncture clinic.

paint & accEssoriEs BEnJaMin MoorE Visit for a location near you. With a wide variety of premium paints, primers and stains for both interior and exterior, this renowned retailer will turn your home into the talk of the town. dulux Visit for locations. A new look to an old favourite, Dulux locations are conveniently located across the GTA. They carry it all, interior and exterior paints, primers and stains. They have a variety of specialty product too, and can help with supplies for all your painting needs, for projects big and small. para paints Visit for a location near you. If you’re ready to paint the town red, then PARA Paints is where you need to head. With over 2,000 new colours, there’s something for every style and taste. stEElEs paint 4190 Steeles Ave. W. 416.743.4040 A paint store that’s just a fun place to shop, Steeles Paint creates an environment where the store and staff offer not just knowledge and creativity, but also an inspiring environment where the service and selection are incredible.

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