Thursday, January 22, 2009

All your nesting needs

Ladies and gentlemen, put this word into your decorating vocabulary. It's a word that is going to come up again and again (you might also hear anchoring, cocooning) in the coming months- at IDS 09, in all the major publications, in shows like Income Property. What does it mean? Essentially, as the economy heads south, we too act like the birds and "nest": investing more time at home, entertaining rather than going out, changing paint rather than changing climates.
Here are a few amazing spots in Toronto I've found recently to help satisfy your nesting needs (all with incredible bargain baubles):

443 Adelaide Street West

It's like a cornucopia of construction charms. Family owned and operated, even the most naive DIY-er will feel confident to improve their nest.

Best deal: Pre-tinted paints at $5.99 a gallon.
I purchased a 5 gallon pail of Para paint for $30- I saved over $120. Now I can buy shoes to match?

482 South Service Rd E. Unit #106

I saw this first on Design Inc. years ago and it remains a favourite spot for good quality gently used furniture from hotels.

Best deal: A Parsons inspired writing desk for $40.

... Of Things Past
185 Bridgeland Ave.

This Toronto consignment showroom of finer home furnishings and accessories is 22,000 square feet of treasures, contemporary to antique. It's a great place to save on high end items. Best deal: A bolt of Barbara Barry fabric for $60.

698 Weston Road, Toronto
From glass to ceramic they've got all your tiling needs. Make sure to check out their bargain basement. Best deal: $0.99 12 x 12 ceramic tiles.

Love to hear about favourite places you've found to help you invest in your nest.

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