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Editors' Notes

It’s time to go


So what does your home need?

I love shopping for my home. Sometimes I do inspiration shopping – research – and other times I’m out to buy. I love when I happen to come across the perfect thing unexpectedly, but I’m a bit of a planner and a strategist when it comes to shopping for decor. I like to change things up and I love seeing what’s new as the seasons change, and discovering the new year’s trends. If you’re like me, you’re going to want to dig right into this issue and check out page 18, Lisa Canning’s 2016 home decor trends – it’s a guide to this year’s hottest. 2016 has a lot of promise, and some trends that I love – like tufted furnishings and the gold, rose gold and brass finishes. I like the move away from chrome, chrome and chrome. It feels softer, more elegant. Another big trend is doing custom, and this issue I had the pleasure of interviewing Yanic Simard. It was refreshing to hear this talented designer’s take on how to utilize custom furnishings, upholstery and accessories. On page 44 you can find out his insights on where to splurge and also which custom options won’t break the budget. Our cover story was inspired by a trend we’re seeing more and more – famous names on furnishings. Are those names just endorsements or are they in full control of product development when creating collaborative collections, like Samantha Pynn for Simons, GlucksteinHome and Lenny Kravitz for CB2? You can find out more in Famous names on home furnishings on page 12. And I did just mention Simons? Have you heard the exciting news? Turn to The scoop on page 27 for full details.

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We hope that you find great inspiration from this issue and enjoy shopping for your home in 2016!

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Cover Story | STYLE FILE


by Lenny Kravitz for CB2, Priscilla Presley bedding, a King Coil mattress collection by Charlie’s Angel Jaclyn Smith. Ellen DeGeneres has a clothing and homewares collection, ED by Ellen. Ken Fulk recently did a collection for Pottery Barn. Luxury Interior Designer Brian Gluckstein has GlucksteinHome, a full housewares brand. Colin & Justin have their own line of products – and Designer Samantha Pynn is launching her first collection for Simons. So what does being famous and having a collection or product line mean? There’s a huge difference between collaborations and endorsements. Many companies have tried the celebrity endorsement. Did Britney Spears have anything to do with Pepsi? No, but she sure could sell it. Michael Jordan, however, did know a thing or two about what he wanted in a basketball shoe. It’s about selling lifestyle – the connections are aspirational. With Kravitz Design – his own design company, Lenny Kravitz paired up with CB2 to create a collaborative collection. Launched in the fall of

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2015, Ryan Turf, managing director of CB2, describes Kravitz as being very passionate about design. More than just an aspirational style, he was involved as both a designer and a collaborator. For CB2, says Turf, it was a way to incorporate the music into their furnishings, since music is an important part of the demographic – and in reverse, Kravitz is a fan of CB2 so he appreciated being part of a brand he enjoys. The collection is earthy. It’s rock and roll. It’s geometric and reminiscent of great 70s design. It definitely exudes that part of Kravitz that his music fans know, relate to and love. While this was a one-off collaboration, when pairing iconic names in the design world with furnishing and home decor lines, you find a more organic development. Interior decor and design is all about creating beautiful spaces, some designers have that desire to create furnishings they envision for these spaces. While designers can do this on a client-by-client basis – creating custom textiles, customizing the shape, size or finish of a sofa or table – creating a whole cohesive line for mass consumption is much more of an undertaking. Decorator, stylist, columnist and CityLine expert, Samantha Pynn is also the host of Open House Overhaul on HGTV Canada. She’s just completed a new decor line – The Samantha Pynn for Simons collection, launching in February 2016. This is especially exciting as Simons, the much-adored trends and fashion retailer from Quebec, will be arriving in the GTA in March 2016 at Square One Shopping Centre.



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Pynn’s collaboration is the authentic design experience – creating the prints, selecting the colours, textiles, materials and developing the pieces to the perfect specifications. “A lot of times they want to put your name on a collection. I wanted to be designing this from scratch,” says Pynn. “I wanted to have a say – a huge say.” “Simons understood my editorial and design background, and let me take the lead.” The collection combines classic pieces with contemporary style. There are great patterns, textures and textiles. “The patterns, most are really rooted in the classics – lattice, floral.” There are florals, but not traditional little flowers, they’re big and stylized. There are animal prints. There are geometrics, neutrals and punches of colour. “People are really looking for something that will feel fresh for a long time, but still want something to be classic, have longevity, have legs,” she explains. “I don’t like disposable design. I didn’t want to go über feminine.” It’s a ‘something for everyone’ collection, and you can see the strength of pieces as they work alone or with others. Consumers can take pieces into different directions depending on the way they introduce them into their own decor. “A collection,” she explains, “that makes pulling a room together easy.” Stores pull collections together all the time, buyers do their jobs and curate, but when connecting a well known designer’s name with a collection, consumers have an expectation – a reference to that name. It’s a challenge to design a large collection. The client is broader


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than a unique design done for an individual client. Price point needs to be a part of the equation, but quality has to be key. Quite attuned to the quality, from the selection of fabrics to the feel of the texture, Pynn’s quality control was to test drive products. She’d take home the throws and try them out, sleep on them, see how they’d feel to her. She’d try out the mats to see how they’d perform. “A well-decorated home makes people’s lives better,” she says, but ultimately, as a professional, to put your name on a collection as a designer is to share your design concepts and vision with everyone – and it needs to measure up. Completely different from endorsement, it’s a statement about your talent, about your vision and your design sensibilities. The collaboration process was a consolidated effort. “We pushed each other in a positive ‘Okay, I’ll try that’ kind of way,” says Pynn. “Price was an issue but not a limitation.” Internationally known, and highly acclaimed for his clean, stunning, luxurious design, Brian Gluckstein has done numerous collections – and has gone beyond to create his own brand.


GlucksteinHome was launched in 1999 and has grown and endured. While the pricepoint makes his products more accessible than his interior design fees, the intended consumer is broader. He describes the brand as being for “someone who loves design and wants to elevate the aesthetics of their home.” As the brand, Gluckstein designs all of the products. “I love all home product and I’m inspired so much every day to design more. It’s important that I keep pushing the quality of product, through elevated design elements and beautiful materials, while keeping the price points sensible. ”Aligning with Hudson’s Bay has made GlucksteinHome very accessible to consumers. “With Hudson’s Bay, we’re able to work with factories all over the world and develop products in a scale that allows for that.” The next time you shop, take a closer look at that famous name and you’ll be able to get a better feel for who you’re bringing into your home.



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A NEW YEAR BRINGS a fresh start, and it can be the perfect time to bring in change and embrace the year’s new trends. Bring home what’s hot for 2016. Fresh style for your home with these 2016 home decor trends is simpler than you think!


While wall paneling, crown and other decorative mouldings can be a very traditional element of a room’s design make up, I argue when juxtaposed against modern elements like a graphic area rug, and painted out a fresh white, applied mouldings can feel modern and edgy. I love using them in large-scale floor to ceiling panels as I did in my home gym. 5. TUFTED FURNISHINGS


Soft and sumptuous, velvet upholstery is a nod back to classic Hollywood and feels beautifully modern when done in contemporary silhouettes and punchy hues. Whether you bring home this trend in a principal piece like this Jonathan Adler sofa, or in a small pouf or ottoman, the luxe quality of velvet will elevate any room.

Tufted sofas, chairs and ottomans are another classic element that have been made new again for 2016. For maximum impact, consider a tufted three-seat sofa with generous rolled arms. I also love the modern update with the metal detailing on the Saffron chair, available at Elte MKT. You can also bring home this trend in a small ottoman or dining chair. 6. RECLAIMED WOOD

While not a new trend, the look of ancient, weathered and worn wood continues to hold a strong presence in the market. Paired with solid wood legs like this table from Artemano, or with contemporary metal legs, bring home this trend with a dining table with a soul and a story.


Inspired by the natural and organic veining of actual marble, marbleized paper products are all the rage ranging from notebooks, personalized writing pads to art prints. This print by style maven Stephanie Sterjovski can be grouped in a gallery wall or displayed on its own in a simple frame for an elegant decor addition.




Warm metallics continue to be a strong trend in 2016. Popularized last year in light fixtures and cabinet hardware, these warm coloured metals will continue to shine in applications like this modern barstool available at Black Rooster Decor. If a furniture piece is a bit too daring for you, bring home this trend in an accent piece like coasters or a side lamp.



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COCO LEZZONE For those with great taste, a taste of something great

ESTABLISHED IN 1994, COCO LEZZONE was an authentic favourite in the trendy Little Italy neighbourhood it once called home. Moving to a bigger, beautifully designed hotspot in the heart of Yorkville, its following grew. Coco Lezzone is more than just a restaurant, it’s a destination. The combination of a well designed room that exudes the right ambiance with a mouth-watering modern Italian menu has made this an experience for dining and enjoying. Whether it’s a date, a family dinner, a celebration, some take-away, private dining or a catered event, the fresh ingredients and flavours speak for themselves – now pair a little wine and life couldn’t be finer. Having kept up with the trends without sacrificing quality or flavour, Coco Lezzone serves up what diners want. Right now, owner Steven Salari explains, “Tapas (small, finger foods) and small(er) dishes where you can taste a bit of everything are very popular” – and a favourite on his menu. Trends in upscale Italian dining include “homemade food, including lobster ravioli, gnocchi and our signature dish, grilled octopus.” The restaurant is outfitted with a stone oven, and the difference it makes is obvious. “Pizza is always very popular and we have two-forone pizza every Wednesday,” making this deal a great mid-week treat. In terms of seating, decor and ambiance, Salari explains, “People are looking for a multi-faceted dining experience where they can eat and have a drink at the same time. Upscale dining is pairing food with wine.” The wine list is well curated. It includes wine by the glass, and moderately priced bottles – as well as a private cellar with quite a few bottles that would impress most connoisseurs.

Having renovated the space a year ago, it’s fresh and welcoming – and very on trend. The style that’s hot right now, explains Salari, is “Miami influenced; modern chic – all white; white sofas, black and white portraits, very minimal and not too busy. It should feel warm and cozy – with soft lighting.” Technology is just as important. While the right staff always completes the perfect dining experience, “we’ve been focused on increasing efficiency in service by using Touch Bistro,” Salari says. “Once the waiter has uploaded an order, it gets transferred and printed to the back/kitchen. An iPad controls the music for the perfect ambience and volume, which is paired with a great sound system. HD TVs are perfect for corporate events and celebrations.” All that’s left is to decide what to order. Buon appetito!

Coco Lezzone is located at 137 Avenue Rd. and has on-site parking. Give them a call at 416.975.1717 for reservations or to book a private or corporate function. You can also make reservations or order online, the menus are all on the website at



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Shaping up to be one of 2016’s hottest trends, white on white is clean and elegant. Interest comes from combining pattern, textiles, objects and texture. It’s whimsical, sophisticated and fills the space with personality.


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It’s the Brooklyn Chair – and it’s available in hundreds of fabrics and different wood finishes at Alta Moda Furniture. The lines and attention to detail certainly do make this a sophisticated seat. Now only $995 – but only for our readers. Mention Shopping Guide to receive this price. ALTAMODAFURNITURE.COM

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With its soft brown leather and contrasting black leather trim, this sofa’s style is rivaled only by its pure comfort. Available at Arrow Furniture. ARROWFURNITURE.COM

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A few of our favourites finds at IDS The Eiffel Wood Arm in Walnut and Sky Blue Leatherette

Combining a contemporary aesthetic and practical functionality, the Setis Ceramic Top Extendable Dining Table is ideal. It offers flexibility of saving space when not in use and making space for more guests when needed. The Y-leg paired with scratch-resistant surface is elegant in form and function. GAUTIER.CA Modify Furniture – Studio North

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PSSST! When you think ‘interior design’ do you think ‘Ellen DeGeneres’ first? ‘Home: The Art of Effortless Design’ is DeGeneres’ book, released a few months ago. And this isn’t just a case of a famous person thinking they can – DeGeneres has a great passion for design, and her book reveals that she’s more than just a dancing machine and humourous interviewer. In fact, she says she might have been an interior designer – had this whole celebrity thing not worked out. CHAPTERS.INDIGO.CA

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it’s a cost-effective way to ensure your home is secure against the elements. Ensuring your home is properly sealed is one of the most important things you can do – and James Hardie can help you do it. As your biggest investment and the place you live, protecting your home is extremely important, so using a quality siding and having it installed properly is key. James Hardie is a trusted brand because it has proven itself to stand the test of time, year after year, decade after decade, all the way back to 1888. The company prides itself on having surpassed being the product of choice for 5.5 million homes! They’re a recognized leader in the industry and a brand that has earned an enviable reputation for quality. While some people think fashion and others think function, this is a product that unites the two. With a wide range of colour options, finishes and styles, James Hardie is sure to carry a product that works with each homeowner’s vision and each designer’s plan. Whether it’s lap siding, vertical siding, shingles, trim or soffit panels, their products offer the look – and work seamlessly together in combination. It’s a whole-home solution. When investing in siding, though, it goes beyond the look and deep into the function and durability of the home. In an environment such as ours in Southern Ontario, where the range of temperatures and weather can be harsh and extreme, James Hardie makes it easy to ensure quality isn’t compromised. Think about how hard the exterior of your home has to work. It needs UV protection, has to deal with hail, snow, ice, rain, humidity, aridity, wind and temperatures ranging

from +30°C to -30°C. It also has to resist insects and pests that may try to find their way into your home. The high quality material production of James Hardie siding means finishes don’t fade or fail. They’re substantial and durable, plus they’re flame resistant, non-combustible and approved for fire-rated construction. In fact, James Hardie is so sure that the HardieZone System is so effective that it comes with a 30-year limited, transferable warranty, offering non-prorated product coverage. If the look and the quality don’t convince you, that claim speaks volumes. Transforming your home is a big undertaking and a substantial investment, do your research and see the benefit of durability and quality – plus some pretty amazing style too!

Visit for more information on products, brochures, specs and to order samples. You can also find a recognized James Hardie preferred remodeler or contractor to ensure everything is done just right.

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businesses, fueling a consumer desire for instant gratification and quick results. In addition, customers have become increasingly more discerning when it comes to hiring companies for big jobs, especially in the home renovation industry. Research starts online, leading to customer reviews and referrals. Websites devoted to giving consumers a voice have become some of the most widely trafficked sites in the country. A single bad review can cost a company a significant amount of business. With that, it’s not surprising that Toronto-based home renovation company Modular Home Additions is heading into 2016 with a list of accomplishments and a very bright future on the horizon. In 2015, Modular Home Additions celebrated its 1000th home renovation project, a notable milestone in a city of fierce competition. Prior to that, Modular was awarded Best In Town four consecutive years in a row, an honor derived from a customer-based voting system. The company’s high HomeStars website rating (based on customer-reviews) has also lead to Modular winning HomeStars Best Of in the Home Renovation category. While many companies are racing to complete projects quicker and more efficiently, the Modular Home Additions model has been offering a No Stress, No Mess model for years, offering results in just 3 days. The company’s

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THE MAJOR MISCONCEPTION clients have is that a designer’s main focus is making things “pretty.” Sure that’s an element we focus on, but more importantly, we want to make sure a home is safe and efficient so the homeowner can enjoy it – visually but also structurally sound. Here are the top things a designer can help homeowners with that might not have crossed your mind (but should!) when hiring a designer. INSULATION – Ensuring proper materials are used from the inside out should be a priority, especially if you’ve had to remove mould. It’s often a problem revealed when we get behind the walls – commonly spots where there is moisture. For small amounts of mould removal I use Concrobium Mold Control (concrobium. com). It’s a bleach-free, Health Canadaregistered non-toxic solution that’s safe – even with kids and pets. You want to ensure mould does not return, so I like materials that help ensure a mould-free home. Certainteed ( offers a great product called Membrain. It prevents moisture and air, and is designed to help wall cavities breathe and stay dry. I love that their products are sustainable; insulation is made with recycled and renewable content including a plant-based binder that is formaldehyde-free and contains no harsh acrylics, dyes or unnecessary chemicals. WINDOWS AND DOORS – A key factor is choosing windows and doors that fit both style and functionality. Are there small children? Should the windows open inward or outward? Are there cleaning concerns? I discovered a Canadian company that manufactures, delivers and installs windows and doors in sometimes as little as a two-week turnaround time (this is fantastic when working on tight

designer deadlines). Total Home Window and Doors ( is one of the largest window and door companies in Canada and, as an added bonus, they offer a lifetime warranty on their products. This is a company I can stand behind. FLOORING – Colours, styles, textures, patterns, materials, the list goes on. Flooring is essential to get input from a designer. It’s labour intensive to install and not something you can (or want to) switch up every couple years. While hardwood or laminate is perfect for some projects, one of my favourites is natural stone. It’s environmentally friendly, easy to care for, durable, and adds a unique feature to any space. On a recent project I worked with ErthCOVERINGS ( They offer natural stone flooring and wall coverings. A new trend in feature walls is to add a stone veneer to a wall. I love that I can mix and match the floor and wall options to create a sharp design with a feature wall that is truly unique. HEAT – I get asked all the time about heating options, especially for older homes: What is most economical? How can I cut down on heating bills? What’s the right option within the room? One luxurious option I love is in-floor heating. Surprisingly, it’s much more economical than most people think. You can install electric radiant floor heating under tile, stone and laminate/engineered wood floors; Nuheat ( makes custom mats, like an electric blanket, that perfectly fits the areas you would like to heat. They offer a WiFi-enabled thermostat allowing you to control your heating from a free app on your smartphone so that you can adjust it remotely. While you may feel you can tackle any or all of these areas on your own, a designer’s input can be invaluable. Designers are educated on all your options, know of recent developments and new product introductions, and have more than just the final look in mind. Work with a designer to get the practicalities right – and then we’ll make it look pretty too!

Jo Alcorn is a design specialist and designer on HGTV’s Home to Win, out this spring. She has her own furniture collection, signature pillow and dog bed line and is known for her savvy design concepts. Visit Jo at

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8701 Jane St., 1380 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 1.877.843.2742 The Brick features 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. 1361 Hungtingwood Dr., Unit 16. 416.293.0933 Cyclone is a range hood and exhaust fan manufacturer, wholesaler and retailer, and it 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 Choose from a wide selection of top-quality products including fridges, coffee makers, ventilation accessories and more. Boasting highend brands.


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.

PI FINE ART 1180 Caledonia Rd. 416.789.7156 Pi Fine Art is a leading source in fresh artwork. Representing more than 100 artists, Pi Fine Art has a variety of art in their collection, ranging from original pieces to open edition prints.

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 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.

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 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 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 decor. 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 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 VANITIES 1950 Hwy. 7, W., Unit 15, Concord 647.886.9987 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 BATH CENTRE 1020 Lawrence Ave. W. 416.785.0224 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.


CALIFORNIA CLOSETS 1400 Castlefield Ave. 416.342.1717 California Closets’ design consultants are spaceplanning experts. Their purpose is to simplify your 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 1.866.266.5678 This company offers easy solutions to complex storage issues. The showroom will give you ideas on how you can transform your clutter into convenience.


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AMBIENCE INTERIORS INC. 111 Regina Rd., Unit 10, Woodbridge 905.264.0883 Ambience Interiors Inc., specializes in window coverings, colour schemes, upholstery, bedding, accessories, furniture placement and more.

CANADIAN DECORATORS AND DESIGNERS 10 Morrow Ave., Suite 202 1.866.878.2155 Connect with a number of experienced and established decorators and designers who will create the perfect haven in your home.


ALL WEATHER WINDOWS All Weather Windows supplies Canadian-built, award-winning windows and doors featuring Energy Star high efficiency in each product.

ALLURE WINDOW DECOR INC. By appointment only call 1-877-6ALLURE or visit 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.

CENTURIAN WINDOW FASHIONS 1717 Avenue Rd. | 416.489.9990 | Centurian Window Fashions has a wide selection of custom blinds, shutters and draperies. An elite Hunter Douglas Gallery dealer, they offer the complete customer experience, starting with a free in-home consultation, right through to installation.

DESIGNER WINDOW FASHIONS 2575 Dundas St. W., #20 1.844.333.4573 • 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 decor and budget.

ECLIPSE SHUTTERS CANADA 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 decor. 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 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.



1825 Dundas St. E., Mississauga 905.629.7060

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.


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.


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.

150 Lesmill Rd. 416.546.1760

MAPLE DRAPERY & CARPET LTD. 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 their showroom today.

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.

Around The Block is a consignment specialist! You’ll find an exciting mix of vintage and contemporary decor, 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 370 Britannia Rd. East, 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. 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.

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.


BO CONCEPT TORONTO 230 Adelaide St. E. 647.352.8802 BoConcept is the brand name of Denmark’s most global retail furniture chain with more than 295 sales units in over 58 countries around the world. The brand is known for modern design furniture for the urban- minded customer.



338 Queen St. E. 416.955.4791

Choose from a large selection of beautiful classic furnishings for the bedroom, office, living and dinning rooms and more.

Come in and browse through displays of Parisianinspired decor, 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!


ALTA MODA FURNITURE 680 Rivermede Rd., Concord 416.636.5495 A family owned and operated business for more than 30 years, Alta Moda Furniture provides the latest in home furnishings and custom creations for your home. 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.

BOWRING One of the oldest and most respected names in Canadian retailing, Bowring offers a wide selection of home accents from sofa groupings and dining tables to garden collections, mirrors, prints, lamps, linens, and more.

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4600 Steeles Ave., W., Woodbridge 905.851.8844

From contemporary to classic design, Buona Furniture offers a unique style at an unbeatable price.

CB2 Featuring amazing design furnishings and accessories, this store offers you moderately priced pieces that are on trend and must-haves. It’s a great stop if you’re looking for that style-maker, that unusual piece to tie a room toge

CORNERSTONE HOME INTERIORS 2886 Dundas St. W., | 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-a-kind treasures. Visit their Cambridge flagship store, with over 50,000 sq. ft. to browse!

DECORIUM 363 Supertest Rd. | 416.736.6120 1212 Yonge St. | 416.515.1212 Decorium specializes in high-quality furniture in a variety of styles and focuses on selling it for less. Great value and great selection make it easy to shop. Come visit their second location and showroom at 1212 Yonge St.

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.

ELTE 80 Ronald Ave. 416.785.7885

Frini is committed to providing uncompromising quality and service. It offers a selection of traditional and contemporary furnishings made in Italy.

FURNITURETORONTO.COM 700 Kipling Ave. 416.503.0009 hosts one of the largest online contemporary furniture collections in Canada and brings top European design and craftsmanship to you at an affordable price.

GAUTIER 230 Adelaide St. E. 416.777.9494 Premium French furniture dealer with a fabulous selection of contemporary and modern designs to choose from.

HAVEN CONTEMPORARY DECOR 206 Main St. S., Newmarket 905.235.3528 Specializing in a unique blend of vintage, midcentury modern and contemporary furnishings, fine art and accessories for the home.

HOME DESIGN EXPO CENTER 155 Consumers Rd. 416.915.1511 To simplify your renovating and decorating desires, visit the 13,000 square foot showroom. You’ll find the best best in home decor and renovation services and products, all in one place.

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 decor pieces designed to fit everyone’s tastes.

Elte offers a huge selection of elegant carpets, rugs, quality home furniture, mirrors lighting and more all at incredible prices.



Joshua Creek offers everything you’ll need for upscale designer decor at affordable prices – name-brand sofas, love seats, chairs, solid-wood bedroom and dining suites and much more.

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.

FLATO HOME PRODUCTS 3621 Highway 7, Suite 503, Markham 1.855.903.5286 Flato Home Products, owned by award-winning developer Flato Developments, offers a large variety of products for every room in your home. From bedroom sheets to bathroom accessories, tableware, rugs and so much more.

1029 Speers Rd., Oakville | 905.842.3739

KITCHEN STUFF PLUS Kitchen Stuff Plus is a discount retailer of housewares and home decor, offering bakeware, cookware, knives, candles, drapery, rugs, dinnerware and more.

LA VIE FURNITURE Offering a wide range of furniture, in both traditional and contemporary styles at prices that are often below wholesale.

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.

RESOURCE FURNITURE 322 King Street East, Toronto 416 901 7555

RESTORATION HARDWARE 2434 Yonge St. 416.322.9422 Explore this exceptionally well-merchandised world of high-quality textiles, furniture, lighting, bathware, hardware and amusements.

SEARS CANADA 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.

SHELTER 885 Caledonia Rd. 416.783.3333 Shelter aims to create a unique environment in your living space that is sophisticated, cultured and intimate, a perfect atmosphere that expresses who you are. Find a wide selection of design-savvy 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. Mississauga 905.564.3270 Find a fabulous selection of space-saving furniture including bedroom and dining room furniture, home theatres, kitchen tables and chairs and more.

MARKHAM FURNITURE Since its inception, Markham Furniture has been providing shoppers with an unbeatable level of quality and craftsmanship in furniture.


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330 Edgeley Blvd., Concord | 905.660.6443

Looking for modern sophistication in home decor? Tora Home Design is the ultimate shopping destination offering a wide selection of home items.

For all your granite needs – Carrara 90 uses the most up-to-date, natural-stone fabrication technology and specialize in kitchen countertops, bathroom vanities, fireplace surrounds and more.

Metropolitan Tile provides guidance from the initial design and selection of materials to the installation of floors, ceilings or walls. Tiles are designed and constructed to exacting standards and specifications.




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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.

URBAN BARN Carrying great styles and the latest trends, Urban Barn offers a great variety of awesome design pieces to utilize for every room in the home.

WICKER EMPORIUM 1.877.423.7927 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.

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.


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.

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. Their professionals are always ready to help.

CIOT 1020 Lawrence Ave. W. 416.785.8080 Known for its impressive selection of ceramic and natural stone. Choose from finished marble, sturdy granite, textured slate and classic mosaic, plus a colourful range of ceramic tile.

DOMINION RUG & HOME 52 Sanor Rd. 416.485.9488 Visit this comprehensive gallery to select from a large range of carpets, area rugs, hardwood, cork, window coverings and more!

IMPROVE CANADA 7250 Keele Street, Vaughan 416 417 7507

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.


Specializing in tile and granite installation services, PVD Tile delivers the best when you need to customize or renovate your home. Call for a free quote!

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 15 Fenmor Dr. 1.800.26.72846 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.

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.

SS TILE & STONE 236 Norseman Street, Etobicoke 416 231 2222 Gorgeous selection and great staff makes this an ideal destination for stone and tile. Whether it’s a small project or large one, they can help you find the perfect selection. 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.

MAJESTIC MARBLE 399 Applewood Cres., Concord 416.665.4040 Majestic Marble offers an amazing selection of Italian-inspired marble, granite, onyx, quartz and travertine. If you’re ready for an upgrade you will want to call now to book a consultation with one of their experienced staff members.

MODERN WEAVE 160 King St. E. 416.365.0335 Discover the endless possibilities of contemporary rugs at Modern Weave. Rugs can also be made-toorder to accommodate the unique specifications of any space.

STONE SELEX 15 Fenmor Dr. 1.800.419.2909 Whether you want to reface your fireplace, create a stone accent wall or add stone facing to your exterior home, Stone Selex has you covered from design to installation. Visit online to find a location near you.

TORLYS TORLYS distributes TORLYS cork, hardwood, laminate and linoleum flooring through a national network of specialized dealers.

TORONTOGRANITE.COM 5151 Everest Dr., Unit 1, Mississauga 905.602.7077 As a direct importer of prefabricated granite countertops, it offers a large selection of fine granite countertops at discount prices.

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VINTAGE PREFINISHED HARDWOOD FLOORING 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 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.

WEAVERS ART 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 DESIGN CENTRE INC. 250 Vaughan Valley Blvd., Woodbridge 416.746.0016 We have all your flooring needs covered. From expert advice on picking the right flooring to refinishing your floors and tips on DIY flooring, we can assist you with anything you need – all with the knowledge and experience of our trained staff.

X-TILE CANADA 78 Signet Dr. | 416.749.7111 | 563 Queensway E., Mississauga | 905.949.8453 X-Tile Canada is a ceramic tile wholesaler offering a large variety of ceramic tiles, kitchen counters and backsplash tiles.



4000 Eglinton Ave. W. 416.241.9174

1100 Burnhamthorpe Rd. W., Unit 23 905.896.3344

Not only do they have all the plants and gardening supplies you’ll need to create a beautiful outdoor space, it also provides container design and design services.

Offering Gutterguardian gutter-protection systems, Green Power solar energy, garage doors, security systems, Solatube Systems and Beam Central Vacuum Systems, they take care of every corner of your home.



Sheridan offers a wide selection of annuals, perennials, shrubs, trees, gardening products, gift and garden accessories, and much more.

1359 Bough Beeches Blvd., Mississauga 416.873.3205


AUDIO ONE 3200 Steeles Ave. W., Vaughan 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.


Hauser carries a great selection of quality outdoor furniture such as, chairs, tables and umbrellas and more all at friendly prices.

INSIDE OUT HOME AND PATIO 1280 Castlefield Ave. 416.782.2700 Inside Out Home and Patio offers quality patio furniture including cast iron furniture, umbrellas, outdoor wicker furniture, gazebos and custom made outdoor cushions.

LEE VALLEY TOOLS 1.800.267.8767 After 30-plus years in the wood-working and gardening industry, Lee Valley Tools has everything you need to create a beautiful landscape.


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.



15 Jevlan Dr., Woodbridge 905.265.8462


Make Brookside your stop for information on ventilation, roofing repairs, flats, shingles, slate, cedar and copper roofing.

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.

416.798.7809 &


49 Cumber Ave. 416.751.8651

680 Queens Quay W., Suite 703 416.260.0818


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.


55 Bloor St. W. 416.967.1122

They offer incredible pricing like big box and large chain competitors, along with astounding service provided by their team of knowledgeable sales professionals, typical of stores in the independent consumer electronics and home theater circuit. In-home consultations and full custom installations are available too.


Boss Constructors Incorporated is a skilled and experienced construction company specializing in creating innovative spatial solutions for working and living environments.

980 Dundas St. E. 905.270.3440 For the latest innovations in flat-panel, HD and custom home theatres, head to Trutone Electronics. It provides fully integrated entertainment systems, custom installation and fullhome automation services.


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 their beautiful showroom.

AVENUE ROAD ROOFING 45 Wingold Ave. 416.785.5129 For all your roofing needs, visit Avenue Road Roofing. Experienced in flat, shingle and sheetmetal roofing, as well as eavestroughing and siding.

425 Steelcase Rd E., Markham. 905.940.8884 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 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.

JAMES HARDIE 1.800.J-HARDIE (542 7343) Servicing millions of homes across North America, James Hardie offers a large abundance of products and services to update and maintain your home.

MODULAR HOME ADDITIONS 27 Bermondsey Rd. 888.292.9056 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 offsite 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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170 Esna Park Dr., Unit 7, Markham 905.475.5460

8355 Jane St., Concord 905.738.8889

1 Bass Pro Mills Dr., Vaughan 905.879.2110

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.

Litemode carries lighting options to suit any taste – brands such as Murray Feiss, Artcaft, Kichler Landscape, Progress and Tech Lighting.

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.

PINNACLE HOME ENVIRONMENT SOLUTIONS 595 Cityview Blvd., Unit 18, Woodbridge 416.422.4663

LIVING LIGHTING Living Lighting offers a great variety of lighting products such as chandeliers, pendants, ceiling fixtures, wall lights, sconces and lamps.

Offering home environmental solutions for efficiency and comfort, Pinnacle does heating, air conditioning, indoor and outdoor fireplaces, barbecues and indoor wellness.



Good lighting is essential to enhancing your decor, 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.

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.

1549 Avenue Rd. 416.782.1129



1491 Castlefield Ave. 416.652.2200

9251 Yonge St., Unit 8-322 416.452.5259

As one of Canada’s largest lighting showrooms, Union also offers fine furniture and accessories in its 70,000 sq. ft. showroom.

Sosna Total Contracting is a team of experienced contractors ready to complete any home update in no time at all. Call them now for a free estimate whether it’s for home additions, your basement, bathroom or kitchen.

ZIM GROUP LTD. 1368 Blundell Rd., Mississauga 1.877.227.1733 ZIM Group Ltd. is an affordable and energy-saving metal roofing company. Save money and add value to your home by contacting them today.


IKEA Become your own kitchen designer with the help of the IKEA 3D Kitchen Planner. Thanks to the easyto-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, furnishings and accessories for every room in your home.

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.


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.


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 Co. Outlet. and Home Editions.

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.


DOWN UNDER LINEN & BEDDING CENTRE Locations in Torotnto, Markham and Mississauga 416.598.2184 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.


BENJAMIN MOORE 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 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.



If you’re ready to paint the town red, then PARA Paints is where you need to head. With over 2,000 colours, there’s something for every style and taste.

Britannia Rd. and Mavis Rd.


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.

TORONTO PREMIUM OUTLETS 13850 Steeles Ave. W., Halton Hills 647.497.8270 With more than 85 outlet stores to choose from including brandnames such as Kate Spade, Burberry, J.Crew, Restoration Hardware, BOSS and more – you will find impressive savings of 25 to 65 per cent off every day.

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.


COCO LEZZONE 137 Avenue Road 416 975 1717 In the heart of Yorkville, this spectacular restaurant is a true destination. The authentic modern Italian menu is paired with gorgeous decor and exceptional ambience, perfect for enjoying good food and great company. 2016  |  SHOPPING GUIDE  43

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Inspiration | Q&A


CREATING CUSTOM By Elisa Krovblit | Photos Brandon Barre


space they create for you is, of course, custom. But the elements in that room – are they a carefully curated collection that will work in your space or are they custom made, just for you? Shopping Guide caught up with celebrity designer Yanic Simard, principal of the award-winning boutique firm Toronto Interior Design Group (, to ask him about custom pieces, and he’s given us some amazing insight into creating the best custom essentials for your home.

Shopping Guide: Why custom? Yanic Simard: My idea of comfort is living in a space that feels right – a personal retreat where you end up at the end of the day, and it just feels good. Going custom is the best way to achieve that.

SG: Custom can be costly. Are there cost-effective ways to get custom looks? YS: Upholstery. Custom upholstering an entire piece of furniture, such as an armchair or a sofa, can quickly add up. But focusing on something simple, like the seats of dining chairs, can be a small investment with a big payoff. This approach also gives you the opportunity to create a lot of looks that you are unlikely to find in a store, such as matching your drapery to a chair back for a statement that says “custom,” loud and clear. This also provides an opportunity to use a small amount of high-end fabric for accents and apply a plainer and more durable material to high-impact areas, such as the seat, for the best of both worlds (and a balanced budget).

SG: Are there areas where you more strongly recommend going the custom route?

YS: Drapery. As with upholstery, custom draperies can require investing in materials and labour. However, a custom drapery treatment is by far the best way to achieve an elegant look, especially for windows of an unusual size or walls that do not perfectly suit a pre-made panel. This is why custom drapery is generally considered worth the investment. In many cases it is possible to extend a ready-made panel instead of starting from scratch. In much less time than it takes to make a panel from scratch, a seamstress (or skilled DIYer) can cut the bottom of a packaged curtain and attach a panel of a second fabric, creating a perfect-length, colour-block statement without the full price tag.

SG: Do you recommend customizing pieces of furniture? YS: Creating a custom piece of furniture for a client is many designers’


dream, but it can sound more like a nightmare for homeowners. The cost, time, imagination and decisions required can make choosing a custom piece seem overwhelming compared to simply dropping by a store and walking away with a new find.


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SG: Are there any design issues that are more easily overcome with custom options, where you tend to prefer custom? YS: Mirrors for the bathroom. Custom inset mirrors solve a lot of issues in bathroom design. They expand a space visually, and they also replace a large area of tile, allowing a seamless, fully tiled look without requiring as much material to be purchased. When you use a mirror wall to wall or floor to ceiling – and skip the frame cost – you’ll save even more while getting a perfectly polished look. It’s a good idea especially in a compact bathroom, letting you splurge on a smaller amount of must-have stone and doubling the look of it.

SG: What are some of the current trends in customization? YS: There’s a big trend to upcycle, so if what you have is in good condition, customizing the finish is becoming a popular option. Beautiful, colourful cabinetry can be rare, especially in the exact hue of your choice. In fact, you’re more likely to find a dated or drab shade if you’re living in an older home. If the existing units are in good condition, having the fronts sprayed with a new finish can be very reasonable in price compared to a full replacement. The same can be said for salvaged vanities. Whether your look is eclectic, traditional, modern or rustic, a salvaged furniture piece used as a vanity can make for an excellent twist in any bathroom. A simple coat of paint (or just a sealant to keep worn-in character as is), a few cuts and a basic block vessel sink can transform nearly any furniture piece into a bathroom vanity. You can also try adding a solid slab to create a more traditional countertop, or take an inexpensive cabinet frame and replace just the doors to achieve a unique look while still providing plenty of closed storage.

SG: Are there any customizations that are particularly influenced by the client?

YS: Art – this is definitely one element that needs to speak to the client on another level. In a Miami condo space I recently designed, I wanted to bring a sense of South Beach artistic flair without letting it swallow the budget. I found highresolution images created by a local artist online and had them printed directly onto acrylic. If you want to customize art for yourself, ask a local printer what materials they can print on, and try something fun, like canvas, cloth, parchment, plastic or even wood. The result will be unique art pieces with a true artistic story, but without the art-auction price. And of course, there are also many good reasons to buy a one-of-a-kind original piece of art from your local gallery. Sometimes just a little change goes a beautifully long way.

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Iluminate Your Style Elegance abounds in this distinctive Schonbek handcrafted “Carrini” chandelier collection. Designed to illuminate your home with exceptional grandeur. Schonbek chandeliers are available in a wide array of finishes and styles. Now on sale at Royal Lighting’s midtown Avenue Road showroom.

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