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EVERYDAY HOUSEWIFE 1066 Dundas West, 416-703-3418, everydayhousewife.ca
Carpet and cushion designer Bev Hisey's studio has occupied a pretty storefront at the corner of Dundas and Shaw for the past seven years, but to buy her carpets you've had to go shopping elsewhere. Not any more, since she's opened Everyday Housewife in the space and installed a movable carpet wall that let's you easily browse her greatest hits, including the Sightlines style that resembles an optometrist's eye chart and the geometric Anise patterned rug.
But it's not all floor coverings in this whitewashed joint. Hisey has been collecting vintage glass, ceramics and housewares for decades and is slowly and somewhat reluctantly parting with her haul by selling pieces in the shop. Prices range from $15 for a small clear platter from Thailand to $425 for a pair of cockily colourful Murano roosters.
Everyday Housewife picks: Hisey's pixel-pattern cushions come in three sizes and four colour ways, $130 to $375; vintage metal chairs have been powder-coated in crisp white and juicy orange, $195; a grouping of Rosenthal Netter pottery glazed with green flowers includes a vase, jug and candle holder, $75 to $180.
Look for: Reworked vintage furniture like a miniature settee covered in charcoal linen.
Hours: Friday noon to 7 pm, Saturday 1 pm to 6 pm, Sunday 1 pm to 5 pm, or by appointment.