Well, here we are in the big city of Toronto, or Trana as many call it. Our last-minute trip has turned into quite an adventure with sourcing, meetings, and even a consultation! We arrived a couple of nights ago and have been going non-stop ever since.

Yesterday we visited four key stores for sourcing/shopping. First we hit the mothership: Elte.

Yes, this does look like a GIGANTIC warehouse with a sign on top but what lays just beyond those doors is nothing short of overwhelming and amazing. We were completely taken aback at the size of the store, the amount of product and the helpfulness of the staff. Each and every employee we passed, including the support staff, said good morning and asked if they could help. One question lead to a half an hour chat and tour of the store by an assistant manager. She went above and beyond to ensure our first experience at Elte was nothing short of amazing.

This Dash and Albert sample rack is a feast for the eyes. Cottage Industry in Charlottetown will soon have one of their very own. These rugs are fantastic, inexpensive and some of them are good for people with allergies (as they are made with polypropylene). They are a  great addition to any project – we’ve ordered a few for The Church

This gorgeous little beast is but a small example of the beauties this store holds. We took a shot of this 1) because it is gorgeous and 2) because it is the colour combination of a living room we are working on for a client.

I love this colour combination! The blues and lavenders with the grey undertones are amazing. An updated version of “Hollywood Glam”. Again, this is similar to a colour palette of  a bedroom we are working on for a client. As you can see from this photo, clean lines and accent cushions continue to dominate.

Hair-On Hide is quite a trend lately, and there was a huge selection of furniture, ottomans, and rugs for the Hair-On lover, including this amazing chair.

After two hours at Elte we crossed the road to their sister store, Ginger’s.

These photos are but a small sampling of what this store has to offer. They have everything and anything bath related in every size, material and finish. Overwhelming, to say the least. The hardware department is equally impressive. We just had to purchase a little something for ourselves so two beautiful bars of soap it was!

Next up was Angus and Company. This shop has an amazing array of product. From tasteful Easter decorations to gilt mirrors sourced from Europe, it has it all. A one stop shop of a different kind, this store is indulgence and opulence at it’s best. I finally found the gilt mirror my dreams are made of. The first step to owning this mirror, however, is to buy a house that can support it! As for the price, I would do it. I would…

After Angus and Company it was off to Chair, Table, Lamp. This shop of eclectic finds is owned by the charming Kevin Austin. Beyond having a wonderful browse through the treasures within the shop, we had a wonderful visit. Kevin has links to PEI, including a cottage, so much catching up was to be had! One of the best things about the shop was stumbling across a headboard we recognized as it was from PEI! Kevin is obviously a dedicated shopper and dedicated to finding unique and interesting items for his clients.

Among the couple of treasures we picked up at CTL was this piece de resistance.

After all, every queen deserves a crown!

Today we are off to see Sleeping Beauty by the National Ballet of Canada. So excited! More shopping tomorrow and of course, a consultation. We are working it!

Heritage Day Awards

We won! Although our house is not a designated heritage resource, we were nevertheless recognized by the Heritage Review Board for the City of Charlottetown for our work on our home. It is always an honour being nominated for an award, but it is so much nicer to actually win and we were in great company.

A special thanks to Councillor Rob Lantz, Charlottetown City Councilor and Chairman of the Planning & Heritage Committee, and also to Todd Saunders, the City of Charlottetown’s Heritage Officer. We are grateful for their support… and who wouldn’t want to receive an award from Robert B. Lantz anyway?

Ann Sherman won for her lovely row house on Sydney Street. Ann Sherman fun fact: she was once our neighbour and Christopher’s boss although not at the same time.

We were extremely pleased to be in the company of Mike Murphy and Paul Smith. Not only are they two of the kindest men around, their work is aspirational. We are also very proud of their carpenter, our close friend Karl Taylor. Like Mike and Paul, Karl is a kind man, makes (yes, makes) a mean dinning room table and understands the beauty of heritage properties and original, well, anything.

Just like a school Christmas concert, parents were in attendance. Here we have the one and only Lorraine Gillis who came out to cheer us on. We were happy she could join us.

And last but not least, we should thank Sara Fraser from the CBC for interviewing us for Compass, the local nightly news broadcast, and CBC Radio Mainstreet

It was a great event, filled with fun, friends, and Sobey’s sandwiches.  What more could you wish for?