RE­CY­CLE, RE-USE, RE­JOICE!

Eco-dec­o­rate with great cre­ations pro­duced with found and re­cy­cled ma­te­ri­als

NOW Magazine - Toronto Living - - Awesome Artisans - By MEAGHAN CLARK

1 STONE ROSE STU­DIO – Make A Pot – ready-mix hy­per­t­ufa planters and gar­den fea­tures

Artist Marnie Cheyne has cre­ated gar­den or­na­ments and planters out of hy­per­t­ufa, a mix of ce­ment, sand and ver­mi­culite. Now con­sumers can make their own as well. Though the medium is old, the do-it-your­self idea is brand new, and Cheyne has found her­self a part­ner and dis­trib­u­tor in Home De­pot. “I started off giv­ing work­shops on the medium through var­i­ous hor­ti­cul­tural so­ci­eties, and de­cided to mar­ket it to the gen­eral public, only I didn’t know how,” the self-de­scribed naive busi­ness­woman says. Sur­pris­ingly, her cold call to Home De­pot’s head of­fice paid off, and Cheyne’s Make A Pot can be found at var­i­ous lo­ca­tions across the coun­try start­ing this month. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit her web­site at www. stoneros­es­tu­dio.com. Prices for items shown: $8 (pear), $15.99 (kit)

2 UR­BAN TREE SAL­VAGE – Spin­dle Ta­ble – oc­ca­sional ta­ble made from sal­vaged wood from around the GTA

Ev­ery year ap­prox­i­mately 9,000 Toronto trees are cut down, and most of them are turned into fire­wood and mulch. Ur­ban Tree Sal­vage of­fers home­own­ers an­other op­tion: hav­ing their tree(s) milled and kiln-dried to be made into home fur­nish­ings. In ad­di­tion to the oc­ca­sional ta­ble, Ur­ban Tree Sal­vage makes cof­fee, con­sole, dining and side ta­bles, ta­ble tops, hard­wood floor­ing and dec­o­ra­tive disks. Though it doesn’t yet have dis­trib­u­tors, the com­pany is search­ing for re­tail­ers who want to carry its eco-friendly prod­ucts. In the mean­time, shop­pers are in­vited to stop by the ware­house or visit the web­site (www.ur­bantreesal­vage.com). Sales are brisk, and many smaller items such as the spin­dle-and-cube ta­bles are of­ten out of stock, ac­cord­ing to mar­ket­ing direc­tor Melissa Neist. Look for can­tilever shelves later this year. Price of item shown: $700

3 NORTH WOOD BLAN­KET CO – throw blan­ket and ta­ble run­ner made from re­cy­cled sweaters

Trips to the Sal­va­tion Army, Good­will and Value Vil­lage have proved fruit­ful in more ways than one for Lori Nor­wood. This “hip­pie at heart” wove to­gether her love for the thrift shop and for sewing and launched her com­pany North Wood Blan­kets in 2004. Th­ese unique blan­kets, throws, ta­ble and bath linens are made from old sweaters and woolens that have been washed, cut, sorted, felted and sewn. “I saw an ar­ti­cle in Martha Ste­wart Living about how to make a com­mem­o­ra­tive baby quilt and de­cided in­stead to make a spe­cial blan­ket for my mom” she says, adding that her first at­tempt was less than stel­lar. Nor­wood whole­sales and re­tails her prod­ucts at lo­ca­tions across the coun­try. You can also shop on­line at www. north­wood­blan­ket.com. Prices for items shown: $80 (ta­ble run­ner) and $275 (throw)

4 IMAG­INE WOOD – hand­carved kitchen uten­sils

A pas­sion for cooking and fine food led car­pen­ter and wood­worker Mar­cel Dione to the drawing board and then to the work­bench, and the re­sult is his line of cus­tom kitchen uten­sils. Although he’d al­ways en­joyed wood­work­ing as a hobby, it wasn’t un­til a move to the coun­try and its qui­eter way of life that he and his part­ner, Ni­cole, were able to launch their com­pany, Imag­ine Wood. Not only does this crafts­man use un­con­ven­tional hard rock maple as his main source of ma­te­rial, but he also drafts and con­stantly re­fines his own unique pat­terns. Shop at www.imag­inewood.com. Prices for items shown: $7.95$9.95

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