Shop Downtown…You could Live Longer

When I was a kid we shopped along the Danforth.  It was about 15 minutes walk through the hilly park then up a residential street.  My mother was stoic in her pursuit of “Dressland”.  We went winter/summer/sleet/snow/rain.  It was here that Richard probably received his first tutorial in matching colours and textures.  I spent most of these trips dreaming of the reward…a visit to the German Deli and the French Bakery. In the Italian village of Campodimele life expectancy is 95 years versus our 75 years.  Their secret is walking hills to the city centre (cars cannot get there) coupled of course with their mediterranean diet .  My mom is now 85 and my dad is 90.    Glam Vintage & Moderne is on a gentle slope that is Walton Street Port Hope.   Queenie’s, the French Bakery is just down the street.

Add Colour Here

Art (that) Works

These gorgeous microfiber creamy white chairs could be a wash without the colourful canvas in the background and the punch of coordinated colours in the vintage cushion.  Bringing unexpected colour into the vignette keeps us interested. Introducing colour by accessorizing with vivid pillows, art, throws and art objects is cost-effective.  Savvy decorators usually put the bulk of their budget in quality neutral upholstered pieces and stay on trend by switching up the “details” .  Despite this,  I still want those red chairs for Christmas.  Thank-you Richard!

The Pomegranate Pop

Pomegranate Occasional Chairs

Check any design mag or blog right now and you’ll see a lot of clean neutral rooms accentuated with splashes or hits of colour.  Currently persimmon is the favourite for this “pop” of colour followed by bright lilacs and pistachio greens.  But my heart belongs to “pomegranate”.  I squealed when I saw these delightful tone on tone occasionals.  Richard bought them at auction, recovered the cushions then colour matched the new paint perfectly.  Richard says he didn’t buy these for me for Christmas….te he