Green Tea Design 388 Carlaw (suite 200),416-462-1459, www.greenteadesign.com. Rating: NNNNN
Ever noticed how fabulous the furniture is on this season of The Apprentice? When reality magnate Mark Burnett needed a new look for The Donald's fourth season (nicknamed Trump Tao), Burnett called Jennifer Sloane and Dale Storer of Green Tea Design.
Storer and Sloane created the concept behind the furniture company after a stint of teaching English in Korea. A visit to the showroom reveals a mix of Korean, Japanese and Chinese antiques and contemporary furniture.
Think of low wood tables to put your coffee and California rolls on, grain chests modified to house a turntable and wooden door frames hung horizontally over a kitchen table. Every piece is a clean-lined classic – a stunner to keep your place Orient-oriented. Hey, if The Donald's decor can compete with Martha's digs, it might be perfect for your Queen West loft.
Dale's and Jennifer's picks: Pieces from the Mizuya Kitchen collection starting from $1,200; lattice flat-screen TV stand, $1,600; elm burl step-chest, small $2,200, large $3,000.
Look for: Antiques (like the stunning sharkskin and mother-of-pearl chest, $5,500); customized furniture, e.g., chests that can accommodate a mini-bar; a reduced- price section in the back room.
Store Hours: Monday to Saturday 10 am to 5 pm, Sunday noon to 5 pm.