Ziggy's at Home 416-535-8728, 794 College St. Rating: NNNNN
The last thing Little Italy craves is another cookie-cutter bar ejecting a pack of well-dressed drunkards onto College at 2 am, so the neighbourhood is resting easy now that Julie Fass has converted her grandfather's closed leather goods shop into Ziggy's at Home . The spa-style store specializes in the serene life, with bath products, furniture and accessories to keep you calm.
Home scents are the current key to domestic peace, and Fass stocks a library of legendary lampes bergeres (miniature oil lamps that neutralize offensive odours) along with Esteban 's line of ceramic potpourris in eucalyptus and pine notes.
Fit your dream lavatory with slimmed-down woven leather armchairs and convertible ottomans, or use the clean-lined furniture to streamline the living space of any mod mini condo or narrow Victorian. Lather on body lotions and mellow soaps by Lothantique and Belle de Provence to arrive at complete nesting nirvana.
Fass's picks: Umbra 's double-walled blown glass salad bowl to keep greens chilled out, $120; the wenge stained Joshua mirror that swivels 180 degrees to reveal secret sweater storage space, $500; dark grey stoneware lampe bergère with a moody fossilized look, $122.
Look for: new furniture, including the mid-century-modern-style Suzie sofa, and punchy patterned vinyl Stephanie Johnson makeup and travel bags, arriving for spring.
Store hours: Monday and Tuesday 11 am to 7 pm, Wednesday to Saturday 10 am to 7 pm, Sunday 11 am to 5 pm.