May 26, 2012

Store Love - Zenporium

Zenporium (998 Queen Street East) is full of items that feel exactly like their name.  The space is calm and soothing with white walls and reclaimed, rustic pieces of furniture.  They take old, vibrantly painted fishing boats from South East Asia and turn them into chairs, hutches and benches.  They also have uprooted coffee trees which are stripped of their bark to form beautiful sculptures.

May 19, 2012

Store Love - Machine Age Modern

Machine Age Modern (1000 Queen Street East) has some of the best mid-century modern pieces in the city.  The storefront window is constantly changing which is representative of how quickly their amazing finds sell (check out their inventory blog to find out when new items arrive). They have also added a little area at the back of the store that is just focused on vintage kitchen items - tin trays, kitchen tools, glassware, etc.

May 13, 2012

Happy Mother's Day

Wishing all mothers, and especially my Mom, a very happy Mother's Day.

Me and Mom as contestants on "Just like Mom"

*The question was "Why is your gerbil Gizmo so cute?"

May 08, 2012

House love

I love my house and am so sad that I only have two more months to enjoy it.  For a house that is 116-years old, it has all the modern comforts you would want while still retaining it's Victorian character - this is a house with some personality!  Below are some photos taken by Tomasz Majcherczyk of das HOUSE.  I think Tomasz did a fantastic job capturing the spaces I love.

Classic Victorian - the tree is a Japanese Maple and is utterly gorgeous in the Fall
The chairs are from Pavillion

Love my Toronto neighourhood map by Ork Posters from Telegramme

The bookcase is one of my favourite pieces from the now defunct Dexterity

The kitchen ceiling is curved and panelled in wood and reminds me of a boat. The hutch on the right is from Hardware Interiors.

The family room is such a cozy space with a view of the patio.
That shed was built by my uncle with lots of love.
View to the house and an easy to maintain garden.
Guest bedroom - wallpaper behind the bed is Shand Kydd

Large second floor bathroom - I'm a fan of classic pedestal sinks

Master bedroom - includes a view of the third floor stained glass window

Bedding is by Dwell Studio
Sitting room with mirrored vanity from the now defunct Dexterity
Attic office - love having a space just for being creative

View down towards the master bedroom

May 06, 2012

Store Love - Pied a Terre

Pied a Terre (1114 Queen Street East) is a great antique store in Leslieville.  The owner, Sharyl McPhee Skinner, creates lovely vignettes throughout her shop. You can find large pieces plus lots of reasonably priced accessories with a slant toward cottage/country decor.  I love all the driftwood art and lamp pieces they have scattered around the store right now as they feel perfect for summer.