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A Sweet Confection Called Salt Point House

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If you’ve been following my blog, you know my design programe at The Button Factory has included the marriage of wood, metal, glass and stone. My philosophy is that the use of natural materials in architecture keeps the built-form rooted in the landscape, so that no matter how extreme the design and configuration might be, the building exudes an…
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Union Restaurant And The Ossington

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Over the past few years Ossington Avenue, once the heart of ‘Little Portugal’ running north of Queen Street West just beyond Dundas West, has transitioned from the scary turf of feuding Vietnamese gangs into a fashionable feast of music, fashion, food and drink. In fact, it’s blossomed into a such a popular mecca of fun the…
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In The Lounge Of Luxury

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Ten months ago I decided to finish my loft in The Button Factory and take it to ‘the next level’, meaning I was actually going to complete the space and make it more of what I’d always dreamed of rather than what I had settled for. It was an enormous…
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Applause For John Bentley Mays

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Every week I look forward to what the Globe and Mail’s Architecture Columnist John Bentley Mays will have to say about our city’s built form. This insightful gentleman offers a point of view cognizant of the many variables that influence the success or failure of space and place. He explores a structure’s materials, scale…
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Happy Thanksgiving Part 2

Little Portugal
Funny, but when I headed out the door earlier today I just knew that, for all my choices, I was going to stroll along Dundas West from Bathurst over to Ossington. This section of Dundas, along with Ossington, has been undergoing a phenomenal transformation over the past couple of years. The short and…
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Happy Thanksgiving!

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I have so much to be thankful for. I just spent a warm weekend hanging out with my best buds Mike and Vince, who have been anchors in my life for over twenty-five years. There’s no better way to keep perspective than having your friends rally by your side when you’re…
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The Circus Is In Town!

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After hearing a couple of friends give rave reviews, I’ve booked tickets to go see the reputedly brilliant Cirque Eloize this weekend with a best pal visiting from New York! I’m so excited. It’s at the newly renovated Sony Centre For The Performing Arts only until October 9th! This Quebec based contemporary circus…
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It’s A Scam!

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This is a realtor and his clients’ nightmare. As is typical for most realtors representing properties for sale in Toronto, over the past few weeks we’ve been hosting public weekend Open Houses at one of my listings. No biggie, or at least we thought, right? Now we are near certain we were played as part of a Scam!…
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No David Sedaris Or Nuit Blanche For Me

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  I haven’t been able to tell over the past week whether my clients have been sniffing at the properties I’m showing them or if they’re fighting the nasty cold slash flu which is making its way around the population. Ever since our mass return from Summer Vacation everyone has…
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