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Monthly Archives: March 2012

Find beautiful things for your home in the great hotels of the world

Anyone can go out to a store and buy the necessary furniture and lamps to decorate an apartment, and what most end up with is what anyone, i.e., everyone, has. Hum drum. The kind of place that’s designed for people “living life in living rooms,” as the song says. But what if you wanted something really different, something that told a different story about you? Romantic, glamorous, mysterious, exotic . . . Chinoiserie mantel clock after an early 19th century French design, created by hand at Hedley Wilson’s workshop in England. Each clock has the maker’s mark. Listed price at Discover and Deliver is about $3,000. Check out this web ... Read More »

Earth Hour this Saturday: we can do more than turn off the lights

Earth Hour takes place this Saturday, 8:30­–9:30 PM. This is the sixth year for the worldwide event that started in Australia back in 2007. Earth Hour is organized by the World Wildlife Fund (WWF) to raise awareness of climate change. Toronto was one of the first cities outside Australia to take up, and in 2008 400 cities in 35 countries participated. The idea is simple: just turn off your lights during the designated hour. You can find out more about Earth Hour at the WWF Canada web site. They are making available downloadable posters and a Team Earth Hour Playbook that has ideas about how to celebrate the Earth Hour ... Read More »

BC "Woodscraper" 10 storeys tall will be North America’s tallest wooden building

A concept rendering of a “woodscraper.” BC government wants construction industry to start thinking of wood as a viable construction material for buildings up to 30 storeys tall. Wood might once again become a primary construction material, not just a framing and finishing one. There are plans to build a ten-story “woodscraper” in British Columbia. It would be the tallest wood building in North America, if not the world. The building will house the Wood Innovation and Design Centre in Prince George and will demonstrate the feasibility of building tall structures out of wood, helping the forest products industry create new uses for wood. A recent study produced for the ... Read More »

Annual celebration of uniqueness at One of a Kind Spring Show

For home furnishing and decor junkies, this is a good time. The National Home Show and Canada Blooms just packed up for another year and the Toronto edition of One of a Kind is waiting in the wings at the Direct Energy Centre. The show runs March 28–April 1. Fabric birds by Hilary Cosgrove. See them only at the One of a Kind Spring Show. The show features Canadiana, heavy on the green, with lots of recycled materials—glass, wood, fabrics—showing up in everything from jewelry to home décor. This year, 450 designers, artisans, craftspeople will show their work. It’s not just about home furnishings, of course. Jewelry, clothing, accessories, photography ... Read More »

Live Green Toronto card a great way to save money, green the city

Live Green Toronto membership card is free, gives consumers access to savings at all kinds of businesses in the city. If you missed it at the Home Show/Canada Blooms, which ended its run in Toronto yesterday, you can still take advantage of an incentives program that will save you money and help you contribute to a greener city. The Live Green Toronto card is a free program designed to save consumers money while they help make Toronto greener. Member businesses, which include several hundred establishments selling everything from pet supplies to travel packages, offer regular discounts—10 per cent off organic pet food here, 20 per cent off green kitchen products there. ... Read More »

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