Congrats Elte on 95 years!

This May marks a major milestone for leading home furnishing retailer Elte, as it celebrates its 95th anniversary. Established in 1919, the family-owned company was founded on the notion of providing the world’s most beautiful products to shoppers. Almost a century later, and with an expanded complete offering of home furnishings, carpets and accessories, Elte continues to focus on curating the best products from around the world, while offering a personal touch to its loyal customers.

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Elte’s 150,000 square feet showroom is located at 80 Ronald Avenue in Toronto.

Today, led by Ken Metrick, the founder’s grandson, Elte has evolved into one of North America’s largest retail establishments while staying true to its heritage, operating as a closely-knit, family-run business spanning over four generations. Working daily with Ken Metrick are his wife, Renee Metrick, Furniture Buyer, and their sons Jamie, who buys different types of rugs, and Andrew, Furniture Buyer.

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From left to right: Andrew, Renee, Ken and Jamie Metrick – Photography by Katherine Holland

 

For more information, visit: www.elte.com @elte #elte95

Tips to Planning a Bathroom Reno

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Kimberley Seldon – Tips to Planning a Bathroom Renovation
(Originally aired February 20th, 2014)

 

Tips to Planning a Bathroom Renovation:

– A bathroom may be a small space, but it doesn’t mean it’s easy to do.

– If you’re buying a bathtub, make sure you sit in the one you are going to purchase beforehand to see if it is comfortable.

– Collect images from Pinterest and Houzz and then determine a realistic budget.

– Determine which trades you will need and when (plumber, tiler, electrician to put in the electricity switchboard, vanity maker, etc.)

– Remember to keep a  10-20% contingency fee for unforeseen problems.

For more of Kimberley’s tips on planning a bathroom renovation visit Cityline

Set courtesy Ginger’s.

Savannah: Top 5 Design Stores

Author Susan Sully spent a day with Dabble and shared her favourite shopping spots.  As Savannah’s design scene is really a combination of coastal, West Indies and southern country style we’re sure you’ll find plenty to love.

1 Paris Market & Brocante is two floors of European charm. Furniture, art, accessories and antiques are acquired by owner Paula Danyluk who shops the globe.

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2  It’s easy to find something you love at One Fish, Two Fish, located in the Design District (near Mercer House and Mrs. Wilkes),  Jennifer Beaufait Grayson’s store has an eclectic mix of new and painted furniture, bedding, bath, books and jewelry.

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 3  The ultimate coastal store is No. Four Eleven. In addition to a disciplined nautical theme, the store specializes in monogram linens and vintage finds.

4  Shop  Savannah College of Art and Design’s shopSCAD for painted canvasses, photography, sculptures, jewellery, clothing and more. Buy a piece of art and who knows, it might be worth millions one day!

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5  Interior design duo Sim Harvey and Phillip Harvey are the masterminds behind Arcanum, the spot for furnishings and antiques.

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Ottawa’s Top 5 Design Spots

“Subtly sophisticated is the best way to describe Ottawa’s unique mix of gothic architecture, slick condos and trendy neighbourhoods,” says Mary Taggart, the editor of Ottawa at Home magazine.

The design scene is equally eclectic. Shoppers can expect an intimate experience while perusing the city’s best boutiques for seasonal accessories and furniture finds.

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1. Details Home Apparel offers complete design services in addition to showcasing an excellent selection of custom furnishings, carpets and wallpaper. During the holiday season shop for decorative tableware and seasonally inspired décor items.

2. You’ll find Mikaza Home’s flagship store just across the Ottawa River in neighbouring Quebec. They also have a smaller shop on Bank St. in Old Ottawa South. For moderately priced contemporary furniture and a good selection of trendy accessories, check out Suede Contemporary Interiors, in the chic village of Westboro.

3. Shoppers with sophisticated tastes will love Champagne dit Lambert in Old Ottawa South. The owners have a refined vision for silverware and high quality furnishings. If vintage finds inspire you then head over to Architectural Antique Warehouse in the Lebreton Flats area. You’re likely to find a silver brush and comb set alongside of a neon bar sign. The goods range from modern to retro-quirky.

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ABOVE: Ottawa at Home magazine editor Mary Taggart does some early shopping at Enchanted Florist in Deer Park Texas.

4. Tivoli Florists is an ideal stop en route to dinner with friends. This popular boutique takes holiday décor very seriously. Further down the road, in the village of Wellington West, find Thyme & Again Creative Catering. With a reputation for high-end Indus Catering and gourmet take-out their storefront is a festive mix of delights.

5. In the east end of town you’ll find Jacobsons, the perfect spot for a hostess gift. It’s also the ultimate drop-in for foodies. Warning: you may have trouble leaving without making at least a couple purchases.

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Step up the Style

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Step up the style quotient in your dressing room, says DIY Guy Nicholas Rosaci. Make a decorative ladder to display haberdashery and accessories.

Read the entire article ‘DIY Guy – The Height of Style’ in Issue 9 of Dabble

Catching some zzzs with Lori Andrews

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Lori Andrews blissfully lulls you to sleep with her use of the muted grey patterned wallpaper in the bedroom. All you need to do is close your eyes and enjoy your slumber.

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Lori keeps it artsy yet functional by flawlessly injecting pizzazz to white walls. She completes the look by sparingly adding bold accessories and using large artwork. The use of differing sizes of accessories makes this space seem larger than life.

To see more of Lori’s work, visit Issue 2: May/Jun’11.

Quebec City’s Top 5 Design Spots

One of Québec City’s best features is its walkability. “That is,” says Victoria Drainville, “if you have the right boots for the job.” Little else is required to enjoy this truly great Canadian design destination.

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1. Start the day with a stroll in the Quartier Petit-Champlain. Lined with charming stores and quaint restaurants, the area has a European feel thanks to some of the most beautiful stone buildings in the country. If you love to cook, don’t miss a visit to Pot en Ciel. Many of the shop’s kitchen items are imported from France.

2. In the Old City, make your way to Un Fauteuil Pour Deux. Furnishings from all over the world reflect owner Nancy Ricard’s passion for travel. Victoria’s fallen for some pillow shams (left).

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3. If you agree with the idea that a room is never complete without at least one antique, then you’ll love Québec City. The Antique District on la rue St-Paul is Victoria’s go-to spot and a must visit shop is La Nouvelle-France Antiquités for Québec folk art. Owner Yves Duval is happy to share the history of any of his pieces.

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4. Mà Mobilier Actuel, located in the new and upcoming Saint-Roch District, sells contemporary furniture that reflects the look and style of the Orient. Their exclusive collection is predominantly made of tropical woods that originate from controlled forests.

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5. After a satisfying day of shopping in the Old City and Saint-Roch District, it may be time to splurge on a cab ride back to the upper city. If you still have energy, make your way to Zone Maison and enjoy trendy home décor at reasonable prices. With fabulous gadgets and accessories for humans and our four-legged friends, you’re bound to find an inspired holiday gift.

Perfectly Organized Bookshelves

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After sharing our take (well, 3 takes to be exact) on how to really organize those bookshelves, we went on the hunt for more inspiration. This post by guest blogger Amanda Burdge of AB Home Interiors Blog is just what we were looking for.

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I cannot tell you how many bookshelves I have styled over the years. Like candy coated pipe dreams, clients organize, shuffle and shove everything into less than Martha Stewart perfection.

So how on earth do we come up with our brilliant creations? It isn’t complete rocket science (well, maybe), but designers do look first at the shelf, the color, the style, and finally how those books relate to the whole. From there we start sorting like creative scientists gone mad! Expertly master-minding where and how each piece will fit into the puzzle.

Beautiful Matching Books

These suckers are hard to come by. Gone are the days of encyclopedias, thanks in big part to the information highway. But you can find beautiful sets of encyclopedias at vintage bookstores, and antique malls. Books that are the same size, and color are pleasing to the eye and create a resting point. Not to mention it grounds the shelves visually so the overall look is easy to read.

Add Accessories

To help break up the monotony of book after book, add accessories for visual interest. It is also a great place to display prized mementos to show off to your guests.

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Colour Palette

Keep books and accessories with in a particular color palette, that matches your existing furnishings. By keeping everything in the same color palette the bookshelf makes sense.

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Honour Thy Books

If you love books, and have more than you care to give away, devote an entire room that respects and honors your collection. If the shelves can’t be simplified, create a simplified room that is pleasant and easy. Get rid of all the clutter and allow the books to be the focal point.

Read the full post on : AB Home Interiors Blog