city of craft (COUNT=1335)


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Saturday, we grabbed coffee at Pilot @ Union Station before I met up with Denise for some shopping at city of craft. I got baby moose rattler from fidoodle and greeting cards from tough luck. Also saw some delicate sumo dolls and beautiful paper cuts. On the way home, I stopped by a Chinese grocery on Spadina and stocked up on tripe and other delightful things.

non-modern


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As usual, people are chatting about how much it costs to buy a house in Toronto these days. Personally, I’m not too worried since I plan to move into my parents’ place in 2026, when SmartTrack/RER is hopefully complete.

I used to be really into modern homes. And although it is possible to build modern homes that respect non-modern neighborhoods, traveling through Germany makes me appreciate the beauty of consistency. Speaking of consistency, I think it’s nice to maintain a non-modern layout in a non-modern house.

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zara interior print

zara interior print

For a while I’ve been saying: I don’t really like blue jeans. Back in April, I got him a pair of navy pants at Theory. Today, he got a pair of gray pants at Banana and two pairs of pants at Zara (navy and black). Yay!

While waiting at Zara, I got a t-shirt with interior print to go with jeans and sandals.

less is more muji


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Him: I don’t like round spaces
Me: Even Mies likes round spaces (see villa tugendhat above)

Dad is coming over to install blinds next week. Here is one last view into our round space pre-blinds. I think the blinds will do well extending the wall behind the television set.

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Credits: His sofa, ottoman, credenza and coffee table; my dining set and modular seating

I went into the Muji store wondering what I can buy to make our space more Muji. I don’t want to be too Muji since I like round space and dislike light wood (and apparently white walls are not practical). Just a little more Muji would be great.

I went out of the Muji store realizing that the answer is nothing.

There is too much stuff already.

P.S. I did buy a hair clip and some candy.

shopping for blinds


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Now that we have rolled out the carpet, it’s time to think about blinds. Me being me, of course I want to consider the economic version from Ikea.

But just in case, I also went for a consultation for a custom solution and was very impressed by the lady at Tai Pan Blinds (3833 Midland Ave). I asked her whether I can get two layers: one light blocker and one translucent. Her response: before I tell you what you should get, you need to tell me why you want the blinds. I’m so used to people trying to sell me stuff that I don’t need that her approach of wanting to know what I actually need was shocking and awesome.