Storage Bed Solutions in Toronto

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Finding a storage bed in Toronto is no easy task, as I recently learned! My one bedroom condo, measures in an about 575 sq.ft. with most of the space in the open concept living area. The bedroom has an efficient square layout, and a decent closet… but with the amount of tee’s, ties and trackpants  I own -there still wasn’t enough storage!

It took about three months before I found the perfect storage bed solution… and in an effort to help you on your search, I’ve put together a little guide that outlines the path I took before finding the right storage bed for my condo!

IKEA Storage Beds

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When you’re trying to make every dollar count, there’s no better place to start than Ikea. Both online and in store offered a ton of options, colours and styles all for under $500. They had daybeds with two drawers, pull-up beds with storage and traditional styles with headboards.  Out of all the places I visited, Ikea had by far the largest selection and the lowest prices… BUT at a cheap price, comes lesser quality. After trying countless beds and reading tons of reviews – the most common complaint was of the finish peeling off and looking worn out relatively fast. In the end, I decided to pass on Ikea and up the budget for a better built bed!

(sidenote: If I was looking for a short-term solution of only a few years, I think ikea would have totally won, as they definitely had the most affordable options)

Cavana Storage Bed from Modani

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With locations like Miami, LA and NYC… Toronto is the perfect fit for a modern furniture store like Modani.  I ventured into their mid-town location (1400 Castlefield Avenue Toronto, Canada M6B 4N4) to check out their selection.  They had several displays of fully decked out bedroom layouts that would have been so perfect for my space.  BUT I was on a mission, and my mission was to find a storage bed… that’s when I discovered the Cavana Storage Bed.

Described online as: You can have style AND function despite having a small space. Designed to add storage, the Cavana Storage Modern Bed White uses a hydraulic system to lift up the mattress to reveal additional storage space for your home. Tuck away your personal mementos, extra blankets and more with this modern bed. The headboard is cushioned to provide the ultimate in comfort. Inspired by French Design, the headboard is then sealed with a fine leatherette.

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Double the price of the Ikea Storage beds, the Cavana came it at $999 and was available in black or white. As beautiful and modern as the bed looks, my issue was with its design. For those that aren’t keen on making their beds, this solution could be a perfect fit… but since I’m a stickler for making mine every morning – having to lift the mattress up to dig for a pair of socks isn’t the most ideal for my set-up, so I passed on the bed and continued the search!

UpCountry Evoke Storage Bed

Work had taken me down to the East side of King Street… in between showings, I visited UpCountry (310 King St E Toronto, M5A 1K6) to see their selection!  It was here that I found the Evoke Storage bed! With 6 large drawers, a sleek dark wood frame and pastel blusish/green headboard – it caught my attention. The pricest of them all, coming in at $1,895 it had almost everything I was looking for!

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Unfortunately, the height of drawers resulted in a higher placement for the mattress and in the end the colour and design just didn’t work in my space.

Simple Bed from EQ3

A few doors over at Eq3 (222 King Street East, Toronto, ON M5A 1J7) is where my next stop took me. After a few laps around the store, I was ready to leave… UNTIL I SAW IT! The most perfect storage bed I’ve ever laid eyes on!

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Available in two colours, Onyx and Walnut – it was everything I was looking for.  The bed can be purchased with multiple add-ons.  Starting at $999 for the queen, it comes with no storage. For an additional $800, you can add 2 set of 3 side drawers giving you a total of 6 extra drawers.  I choose to go with only one set so the other side could be kept open to store large blankets and bedding.  The bed came in about 3 weeks and was fairly easy to put together.  The majority of the bed is pre manufactured, so only a few connections had to be made.  Night stands could also be added ($200/side) so complete the set.

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The above are just a few of the many places I visited while searching for the perfect bed, I’d also suggest checking out: ALX Home (formerly PositiveSpaceInteriors.com), BLVD Interiors, and InStyle Home as they too provided options for storage beds in Toronto!

Where to Buy Cam’Ron Home Accessories

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The year was 2002. My hair was probably in cornrows – or maybe dreads (don’t ask). I was mid-way through high school, and whatever coolness I lacked from driving around in my dads turquoise station wagon, I made back with my DIPSET mix-tapes. The profits from CD’s were usually spent on cafeteria lunches or Paul Pierce jerseys… how times have changed!

Fast forward more than a decade, and Paul Pierce is probably my most hated basketball player (We The North), I’ve got a car of my own, and a proper haircut too… But Cam’ron and the DIPSET gang is still strangely integrated in my life… For this weeks Must Have Monday, I introduce to you the DIPSET inspired, Cam’ron approved, home accessory line!
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Cam'ron Home Accessories Cam'ron Home AccessoriesFrom $40-$170 (USD), you too can relive the early 2000’s with this new release of home accessories… the paisley duvet covers and pinked out throw pillows are guaranteed to get a “oh boy” out of interior designers worldwide! Available online at DIPSET.com, order yours today… ya digggggggggg?

Photos from the 2015 Interior Design Show

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Stripe those walls and chevron your floors… because the Interior Design Show is back in Toronto! In it’s 17th year, this years show is packed with so many visually stimulating displays and design inspirations!

For me, this is the 4th time covering the event – and by far the best one yet! Held at the Metro Convention Centre from January 22nd-25th, the show always leaves me in awe with how creative the displays get. From the MissoniHomes pop-up shop, to Caesarstones swing set – there’s something for everybody at this years show… check out a few of my highlights in the photos below!

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I always love seeing how the organizers dress up the entrance…this year featured a collection of floating ombre coloured! A quick ride up the escalator, and guests are greeted by MissoniHomes Retrospective Collection.  Giorgio Jelmini, operations manager for T&J Vestor for MissioniHome gave me a brief history of the companies rich culture and hertitage… according to him, the brand got it’s iconic chevron design because that was the only pattern their sewing machine could produce at the time!  Over 50 years later, the design is still holding strong and has carried over from clothes to couches, pillows and variety of other home uses.

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The Sony booth had a view jaw dropping surprises this year… from their 85 inch, $25,000 4k TV (the sharpest picture quality I’ve ever seen), to their built-in TV/Sound system combo (perfect for condo living), and the pièce de résistance: a 4.9mm thin Sony Bravia! This tv was literally thinner than my iPhone, and can hang on a wall like a picture frame thanks to it’s built in TV bracket!

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But Sony wasn’t the only one launching new products… IKEA had their flagship booth set up to unveil their new kitchen systems (launching Feb 2nd in Canada). Having just installed a kitchen of my own, I was most curious to see changes IKEA had instore!

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With the new system, customers have way more customization and choices to choose from! Mainly from a style standpoint, you can get a lot more detailed with how you configure the kitchen.  There’s also a bigger emphasis on integrating in-shelf lighting (both hard and soft wiring options exist).  They had three very different styles of kitchens on display – each highlighting the variety of finishes and decor that the new kitchen systems will offer!

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The crew at Caesarstone always know how grab the spotlight! For a countertop company, their displays take thinking “out of the box” to a new level!!! Last year it was their Caesarstone ping-pong tables that won my heart… this year, they set up a massive circular swing set (not something that comes to mind when thinking about countertops).  At first I really didn’t get the connection between the swings and the stone but thankfully Phillipe Malouin was on hand to explain the installation further! Malouin was born in Canada and now lives in London, England where he is the director of POST-OFFICE, an architectural and interior design practice. Malouin partnered with Caesarstone at IDS to display its quartz surface materials, emphasizing their inherent qualities of strength, durability and design. What I found most cool was that each swing seat represented a different colour and pattern of the Caesarstone collection!

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New to the show this year is: Maker… featuring the works of four artisanal North American design stars who produce their work in small batches with limited distribution. This years displays were put on by:

Heidi Earnshaw Desig: heidiearnshawdesign.com
Miles & May Furniture: milesandmay.com
1925Workbench: 1925workbench.com
Peter Coolican: coolicanandcompany.com

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I love checking out the Studio North section of the show, with it’s gallery like set-up, I always love checking out it’s jaw-dropping displays.  Below are some of my favs:

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The show runs from Jan 22nd-24th with tickets available online and at the show! I’ll be adding to the blog over the weekend with more pictures from the show… but for now check out a few of my faves:

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Photos and Inspiration from the 2014 Interior Design Show

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This years Interior Design Show in Toronto had so much to see that I went back for a second day on Friday! With all the booths open and the crowds filling the convention centers floor, it was the perfect opportunity to gage the publics reactions to the new trends for the year!

My friends The Toronto Real Estate Guy , Realty Queen and RE Creative started our day by channeling warm thoughts in these unique tubs from the Tomlin Group!

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Everyone could use a 342 lbs quartz tub in their home, just like the beauty pictured above!

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Along the way we passed some different options for bathroom sinks, mosaic accent walls and LOTS of handmade wood tables!

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Caesartones Island exhibit was well worth a second visit! From ping-pong tables, kitchens and even bath-tubs – Caesarstone takes stone surfaces to a new level.  With Raw-Edges Design Studio they put together a conceptual installation that explores the use of surface throughout the home, and offers a new take on a variety of domestic spaces. The display featured the company’s 2014 Supernatural designs.  What I took away from the exhibit wasn’t so much about practicality but rather inspiring one to think about  using the material for different purposes!

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Along similar lines of rethinking materials, the Ceragres booth drew a lot of excitement! As an importer and distributor of ceramic, porcelain, slate, stone, quartz and mosaics, Ceragres has built a unique and renowned brand within Quebec’s tile industry. For the show they had a variety of colourful tiles, patterns and textures – pushing the envelope of possibilities even further!

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Glamora by Mettro had similar inspirations in their booth by taking the patterned approach a step further with ceramics and porcelains!

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Stepping away from flooring (no pun intended), I found an incredible gallery exhibitor with some spectacular photos!

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Pictured above is a sample of Mark Mawson photograph collection and below is Yago Partal’s Zoo Portrait!

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Subject Matter is an online photographic art gallery based out of Tokyo with international offices in Montreal and London. The gallery offers limited edition photographic art from upcoming, established and award winning photographers. Every piece is mounted, numbered and signed by the artist.

Me and the Toronto Real Estate Guy (pictured below), decided to rest our feet in one of Reed Hansuld’s designs! Reed Hansuld is a Canadian custom furniture maker based out of Toronto, Ontario. Approaching his craft from both traditional and modern methods each piece is meticulously hand-crafted with a keen eye to detail. His work is focused on providing options to people looking for functional modern furniture that differs from what is produced for the mass market. A place where collaborations can take place, and pieces can be created to suit a certain space and aesthetic. A way to get that something different to accent a room and turn the space into a special place.

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The clean modern lines of Bar Stool No. 2 (pictured below) by Reed Hansuld fits into a wide array of interiors from cozy kitchens to lively restaurants. The kinks in the legs make for captivating negative space when lined up along a bar or kitchen counter. Beautiful reveals and details will keep you exploring and finding more and more reasons to love these stools as time goes on.

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For my home, I want style, design and edge – that’s when knowing a guy like Mario Sabljak comes in handy.  Hailing from Vancouver, Mario added some badass brass knuckles to his red cabinet… it’s the perfect place to store the cigars and scotch – or facial moisturizer.

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In the coming weeks I’ll be featuring more exhibitors from show and writing in more detail with what they have to offer… until then, check out some more photos from the show!

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The 2014 Interior Design Show in Toronto

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The 2014 Interior Design Show has rolled into Toronto for another year on inspiration, fresh ideas and creative twists! I was lucky enough to tour the show before the crowds packed the floor – and get an inside look at what to expect!

This year is my third year visiting the show… and in my opinion THE BEST ONE YET! The exhibitors have really upped the anti and have put together some incredible booths.  The show runs from January 23rd-26th at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, North Building (255 Front Street West Toronto, Ontario). I’ll be heading back this weekend and will have a ton of ideas and photos to share… here’s a small taste of what to expect!

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From ping-pong tables, kitchens and even bath-tubs – Caesarstone takes stone surfaces to a new level.  With Raw-Edges Design Studio they put together a conceptual installation that explores the use of surface throughout the home, and offers a new take on a variety of domestic spaces. The display feature the company’s 2014 Supernatural designs… One of my favorite areas to visit!

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Studio North is where I always get inspired! In it’s 12th year at the show –  The showcase features 60 Canadian and international designers exhibiting one-off and custom collections of furniture, lighting, glass, ceramics, textiles and surface design in a gallery-like installation. Studio North has evolved into one of the most anticipated annual exhibits of CanCon design for design industry, media and a discerning design audience. It’s a super cool section of the show where the public gets to interact with the designers and connect face to face!

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Just next to Studio North is the designboom Mart – widely recognized as the first-ever design bazaar. The Toronto designboom mart was an unprecedented opportunity to meet young avant-garde, emerging designers from around the world. Thirty local and international design talents displayed over 200 objects, from household items, jewellery and accessories to small furniture items and lighting objects. Visitors had the chance to purchase unique items for an affordable price, directly from the designers themselves. designboom mart Toronto took place on the IDS show floor.

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In between the tour, I also snapped a few other photos from the booths setting up… check back tomorrow as I’ll have even more photos and stories from the show!

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