DEC­O­RAT­ING ON A BUD­GET

EAST-END TREA­SURES

NOW Magazine - Toronto Living - - Front Page - by Meaghan Clark

won­der­ing how to make dra­matic changes with lit­tle time and money? And what about the lat­est trends? “Look for ways to add vis­ual tex­ture us­ing paint tech­niques such as striped walls or metal­lic-painted ceil­ings” sug­gests Home De­pot in-house designer Paul Ste­wart. “Give your­self a bud­get, be re­al­is­tic and, most im­por­tantly, make your space re­flect your own per­son­al­ity,” he adds. This trained pro­fes­sional has lots of ideas on how to im­prove a space by length­en­ing a base­ment win­dow (with stacked pairs of wooden shut­ters), adding height to a room (paint the top foot of the walls the same colour as the ceil­ing and add strip of wood trim) or hid­ing hideous walls (slap on some bead board or crackle paint). “[Trends] are a limited com­mod­ity and of­ten a mar­ket­ing gim­mick to get us to buy some­one else’s idea,” Ste­wart replies when asked about a cer­tain com­peti­tor’s new line of HGTV designer paints. Meow! If paint­ing a place is not up for ne­go­ti­a­tion, there are plenty of other ways to add style, colour and warmth to a space and stay within a mod­est bud­get. “If you want to cre­ate a spe­cific look, start with ac­ces­sories” says lo­cal shop owner Marla McGrath of Mugsy’s An­tiques (1177 Queen East, 416-696-0742). Take it from this ex­pert, who’s been col­lect­ing since her teens: adding smaller items does the trick. “It’s easy to make a state­ment about a room that has noth­ing to do with the ar­chi­tec­ture,” says McGrath. Her two­s­torey funhouse has ev­ery­thing from Vic­to­rian linens to pop art kitchen can­is­ters to mod­u­lar 70s seat­ing. Mugsy’s has items that com­ple­ment ev­ery colour scheme, era or de­sign style. Mod­er­ate prices and a large se­lec­tion of stuff make this Queen and Jones shop one not to be missed.

SAL­VAGE LOVE

Just down the street from Mugsy’s on Queen is what used to be a well-kept se­cret but is now a de­sign­ers’ favourite, the Sal­vage Shop (1216 Queen East, at Les­lie, 416-469-2557). Home to a huge se­lec­tion of vin­tage hard­ware, light­ing fix­tures, doors, retro clocks, doo­dads, knick­knacks and odd gad­gets, this packed store­front has items that will make an im­pact on any space but don’t cost a ton of cash. Look for kitchen cabi­net ware from the 50s, ceil­ing light fix­tures from ear­lier eras, unique wall sconces as well as a huge as­sort­ment of re­cy­cled doors and man­tels. “It’s great to save and re­use th­ese old fix­tures, which add in­ter­est to any home. And it helps keep them out of the land­fill,” says owner Roy Clif­ford. Go­ing be­yond sim­ple re­use, Kari Measham of Winkel (1107 Queen East, 416-4654247) loves to cre­ate new pur­poses for old trea­sures. “I love vin­tage fab­rics, but the cush­ion thing has been done to death. I thought it would be great to cre­ate unique lamp­shades and light fix­tures,” says the full-time set stylist and shop­keeper. In ad­di­tion to re­cy­cled vin­tage fab­rics, Winkel also car­ries photo al­bums made from old record cov­ers, with the orig­i­nal record­ing thrown in as well. “Colour, com­fort and char­ac­ter are the three cri­te­ria I look for,” says Measham, who hunts across the city and be­yond for her trea­sures.

ASIAN AES­THETICS

New to the Les­lieville hood is Yao In­te­ri­ors (1171 Queen East, 416-465-8650), re­tail­ing sleek hand­made fur­ni­ture and ac­ces­sories di­rectly from China. Owner Derek Lu has de­signed and brought over gor­geous cab­i­nets, pil­lows, ta­bles and ta­ble linens all com­pet­i­tively priced. An­other mul­ti­tal­ented in­di­vid­ual, Lu even has his own pho­tos from Europe, China and Southeast Asia framed and ready to go. Check out this new­est mem­ber of the Les­lieville fam­ily at Queen and Jones.

All items shown are un­der $150 each, with some items as low as $5 each.

CHAIR, LAMP, TA­BLE FROM MUGSY’S, AC­CES­SORIES FROM YAO

MUL­TI­COLOURED STEMWARE FROM WINKEL

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