KNOLL sale is here!

If there’s one sale you should know about this season, it’s this one.

Design Within Reach’s – the KNOLL Classics Sale from Feb. 25th – March 3rd.

Check it out here:


Buy in store or online.

I have my eye on that Womb chair!  And the Saarinen Oval Coffee Table! And the Barcelona Chair!  The Cowhide Wassily!!!!!




I know, I know and I’m sorry for neglecting your party schedule and all that’s design cool in Toronto.  I’ve been spending way too much time in Markham these days.  Don’t ask.

But here’ s a fun party to look forward to this week, by Daina at Continuum Modern Vintage:


“Almost one year and three-quarters Anniversary”
Cocktail Party

In recognition of this auspicious occasion
I would like to invite my favourite customers to an evening of martinis, surprises
and 10% off everything in the store.

Please join me on
Thursday, August 18th
between 5PM and 8PM
and bring your friends.

I know you don’t need the particulars
but here they are in case you would like to forward this to friends:

707 Pape Avenue
(NE corner of Pape & Danforth)

I hope to see you all here for this cocktail party with martinis so I do ask you to RSVP
to make sure we have enough.

What a great way to show appreciation for your customers. Thanks Daina!  
I'll be there with bells on!  Hope to see you there too.

Oh, how real life gets in the way of dreams!! I lament.

Last year, I promised myself that I would do more traveling this year – to Europe – like the Venice Biennale, the Milan Furniture Fair etc.  Any excuse to go back to Europe for a while.  And besides, I do have friends that I could stay with.  So there’s no excuse really. Right?

How can you possibly answer that without knowing the full story.  And unfortunately, this isn’t the forum for that. So, to make up for my missed trips, and in particular my missed trip to  Venice – The most magical city in the world – I came across Christoph Neimann’s very entertaining post “72 Hours in Venice” on this Sunday’s NY Times Abstract Sundays blog.

Very cute and humorous.

Thanks for the little escape, Christoph.


Quince Flowers, Oma Chiropractic, and The Real Jerk are hosting a Street Party as part of Sounds Like the Riverside and  R.A.W. (The Riverdale Art Walk), on Saturday June 4th.
Come dance to live Latin and Caribbean music; try out giant street games of Twister, Jenga, and Labyrinth; assemble seed bombs for guerilla gardeners; test your balance, agility and strength;  preview Toronto Carnival costumed dancers and enjoy great food by The Real Jerk.
R.A.W. artist and Quince florist Valerie Marchand will be showing her work within Quince Flowers.
I love Block Parties!!!  Hope to see you there.

I’m sure you must be aware by now that one of my all-time causes is the Furniture Bank.  Since childhood, I’ve participated in charitable events.  Does anyone remember Variety Villages’ Bike – a – thon?  Did it for years.

Well, now my energy goes to the Furniture Bank.  Right here in Toronto, the Furniture Bank is responsible for redirecting thousands of tons of furniture and household goods that would have ended up in landfills, helps thousands of families make their homes comfortable and liveable by providing items we just take for granted – like mattresses, bedding, sofa’s, chairs, utensils, etc.  I’ve volunteered as a client consultant and this will be the second year that I will be participating in the Chair Affair.  More on that later.

You too can help the Furniture Bank from the comfort of your own home by simply voting for it on the Keg’s 40th Anniversary Thanks a Million Grant program.  Just vote for it every day until June 14th, to help them win a a much needed grant of $25,000.

It’s really easy.  Just click here  every day for the next 2 weeks and vote for the Furniture Bank.

Thanks a Million!!!


Whether you’re a novice gardener or have been gardening for years, it’s always amazing to wander around your garden at this time of year and watch your garden grow and multiply.

Follow these easy steps to grow your hostas or day lillies:

It’s best to split a hosta or day lilly in the fall after a full summer’s growth, BUT, if you have large, healthy plants that are already mature, you can do it in the spring as these plants have revealed their full season’s growth. Select one that is at least three years old or more.

  1. The next step is to take your mulch fork or shovel and shove it into the ground around the perimeter of the plant. Gently lift it up to uproot the plant until it is completely out of the ground. Both plant types can have large root balls up to 20 inches in diameter, so dig up about 12 inches away from the root of the plant.
  2. Once the plant is out of the ground, you will need to split it. Some gardeners prefer using a sharp straight blade shovel, place it at the centre of the plant and use your foot to make a quick slice through the centre of the plant, you now have two plants. If you have a good sized plant, you may be able to divide each half again for a total of four plants. As you divide just make sure that you have a good size root bulb for each plant, about a double handful.
  3. Prepare your planting holes for your new plants. Dig holes 2 to 4 times larger than the plant you are planting. If you have rich soil, amend it with slow realize fertilizer. Use a small handful and mix it well with the soil.
  4. Now, place the amended soil into the plant holes to bring the perennial crown slightly above the surrounding grade while holding the plant in place. Fill the sides of the hole with the amended soil. Pack the soil tightly to eliminate any air voids.
  5. Cover the planting area with 4 inches of mulch, and water thoroughly. If you transplant in the spring you may find your lilies may not flower until the following spring, you have to think of it as a long term investment. Day lilies can overrun your garden so it is wise to split them if this happens.

Hostas are very popular in a shady garden and can take up a lot of space if you need them to; they are known for their foliage in many different shades. You may have neighbors that want to split these with you, which is always ideal and will save you some money.

It’s a perfect thing to do this long weekend!

Nicola Bishop


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