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April 7th, 2011

Exciting new beginnings

After a slightly hectic move I am all settled in my new loft. I want to decorate the space ASAP so I decided to host an “unpacking” party on the weekend. My friends were amazingly helpful… so helpful that I had time to hit the shops in my new neighborhood for a few hours on Sunday. I’ve moved to the East end of Toronto, specifically King Street West. This area is home to some of Toronto’s best home décor and design stores, which is very exciting for me as I finally have room for a dining room (I’ve haven’t had a dining room in ten years!!) and formal living room to decorate.



I’m currently shopping for a dining table, chairs and a stylish sofa. I think I’m going to opt for a love seat and chair that can be easily moved or some sort of sectional. In shopping for these pieces. I was amazed at the number of new stores on King Street East. I normally shop for décor items on Queen Street West are or in the showrooms in the design district on Castlefield. When I was out shopping I noticed something that made me very happy… the “Quality Canadian Furniture” logo was proudly displayed in the window of many stores. I LOVE THIS!! As a Canadian I think it’s time that we brag a little about how well we design and manufacture our furniture. When I was in Paris recently for the “Maison et Objet design show I was chatted up by several Europeans discussing how Canadian manufacturers are known for their high quality. This made me feel very proud and made me realize how important it is to really get out there and see what all of Canada has to offer in terms of design and manufacturing. In my next blog post I’ll show you some pictures of my space, partially decorated, so you can see where I am at with my overall décor plan!


  • Posted by petra on April 7th, 2011, 12:23
    Hey janette!!Place is going to be awesome!!Let me know if you find that great sectional. I have been looking but they are either poorly made or very expensive. I look forward to seeing the finished product which will no doubt leave me a little jealous!
  • Posted by Janette Ewen on April 11th, 2011, 09:57
    Hi Petra! Hope all is well, thanks for commenting on my blog! In regards to sectionals. If you check out the list on manufacturers list on this site you'll find a number that have affordable, high quality sectionals. Or when in store look for sectionals with the "Quality Canadian" hang tag. Some of my fave sources for sectionals include William, Palliser, G Romano and Decor Rest (They have sectionals designed by Steven and Chris!).. happy shopping!
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Janette Ewen has been one of Canada’s leading décor and lifestyle experts for more than a decade, passing on her passion for design and fashion to avid fans through magazines, newspapers and television.

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