Local Economy Profile: Varsity Brown

Varsity Brown Interior shot

The path to entrepreneurship has had one common denominator for Matt Boston, designer, leathersmith and owner of Varsity Brown (VB), a leather goods shop in the Trinity Bellwoods neighbourhood of West Toronto.

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DIY Cement Christmas Tree Garland

DIY Cement Christmas Tree Garland with Rodney Chair Detail

Not every holiday decoration needs to be glitter-fied and look like it was made by Christmas elves. Sometimes something a little rough around the edges says Christmas just as much as the day after Halloween. That’s where this DIY Cement Christmas Tree Garland enters the scene. Hang it indoors or out, it’s really not that fussy and pretty easy to make.

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Music in Decor: This is House Music

Embroidered Rock Steady Loop with detail of Rodney Chair

Every home makes music. Sometimes it’s the quiet monastic chant heard in the tranquility of monochromatic interiors or it’s the ebullient tempo of a colourful Bohemian home. Other times that connection to music is visual as seen in musical instruments hanging from a wall, a vintage record player on a credenza, or even lyrics framed as wall art.

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SCW PRESENTS SUPPORT LeCaShe (pronounced Le-Ca-shay)

This year challenge yourself, your family and your friends to support their local economy, craftspeople, artists, and second-hand economy. LeCaShe, is the acronym that puts this all together: Local economy, Craftspeople, artists and Second-hand economy.

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DIY Embroidered PEACE Bunting


Bunting pennants are on trend right now and so is embroidery. And peace should always be trending. This DIY embroidered PEACE bunting made a cool addition to my niece’s room which I fixed up for her while she studies at my alma mater in Toronto.

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The Mix Tapes


There will be times when a sticky situation is met head on with gusto thanks to the availability of a wide range of pressure-sensitive adhesive tapes. Listed here are the top 5 adhesive tapes that are handy to have around the home. I call this the Mix-Tapes.

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The Collector: Rob Davis, Toronto

POLICE INTERROGATION #3, Stephen Fakiyesi, 1995 lino cut.

Hearing the many stories about how Rob Davis, a governmental relations consultant in Toronto, came about each piece of art in his home, one would think that his collection was amassed over many years of unintended purchases: Continue reading