As a designer I’m always working with a bottom line budget. How I work to fill all the requirements within that budget is a gentle balance of value and ideals. I may select a $1200 sofa to save money, but spend as much on a light fixture. Each piece validates and balances off another. It’s that mix of splurges and savings that create the best finished product and keeps us on budget.
ELTE has long been known for their classic designs and high-end appeal. What many people don’t know is that ELTE has grown in both showroom area and product range. No longer just for the high-end classic or traditional residential clients, their product range allows a one stop approach to furnishing, carpeting and lighting for a single room or entire house.
What was once an uptown destination, is now the go-to spot for my downtown clients with modern sensibilities and a keen hold on their purse strings. I’m telling you my secrets now….
I often spend hours at the showroom, selecting a rug, then a sofa, chairs, mirror, accessories, then back to rugs to reselect when I’ve over spent in other areas. My reps their are able to work with me to offer the options in all areas that add wow factor, or keep my prices low.
I’ve mentioned before the shift I’m seeing in design. Even the most modern of us are now looking to balance off the rigid lines and cool materials. The addition of more classic styled furnishings and alongside the slick modern, begins to soften and humanize our homes. ELTE is leading the pack with new product lines that answer this popular transitional design esthetic.
Here’s a small collection of their latest and greatest. Do go by the showroom, and as always speak with Meghan Smith. She’s my furniture sales rep, and really knows her stuff.
80 Ronald Ave
Tel. (416) 785-7885
Tel. (888) 276-3583
Fax: (416) 785-9157
The sales component of designerfriend.ca will include a selection of products from several key suppliers that we use often. Spot Home has been making waves this year as owner David Craig continues to transition from a trade resource for custom upholstered and wood furniture, to a public store front.
We will be carrying many of David’s collections including exclusive lines by The Design Agents and Core Architects as well as YDF signature pieces.
David’s furnishings can be seen throughout the city in bars, restaurants and exclusive private clubs including the W Hotel, Cheval, and Cosmopolitan Hotel. He has become the go to source for custom, modern furniture at affordable prices.
hide hair classic chair
core media unit
I popped into Industrial Storm this afternoon. A client is keen on using the Hot Kroon sconce (below) from Piet Boon Zone, which are carried exclusively through the Queen West shop.
I’ve been using products from Industrial Storm for years. Many, many years…. Every so often I pop back in to see what’s new and without fail I find it a fulfilling stop. They carry many collections, modern to classic but all having a timeless edge. Each piece carries itself, holds it’s own in a room. I’ve been longingly wanting a dining table with turned wood legs and a brass capped foot for my own home. Stunning. I forget about it then stumble on him again like an old friend. Some day I’ll take him home….
There is a sale on floor models from the James Duncan collection right now. The collection has a blend of 18th Century reproductions and contemporary. The selections have a strong masculine sense, or perhaps lack the unnecessary. My articulation doesn’t allow a proper appreciation. Simply, every piece is without flaw, beit modern simplicity or added details on classics.
The sale offers discounts of 50% on many pieces. Definitely worth a visit, if not for the sale items in the least to rejuvenate the design juices.
I followed my design juice rejueve with a large veggie poutine from across the street at Poutini’s. Carb rejeuve also now complete….
Industrial Storm 1099 Queen Street West, Toronto T. 416 955 9888 email@example.com