Well , now I can cross another thing off my "Bucket List"! I finally went to a taping of "Cityline" in Toronto, and it was home day the best show of the week. I have been an avid watcher of the show for about 15 years, listening to the advice of all the great designers who are regulars on it. My favourite being Brian Gluckstein of Gluckstein Design. I also like Yanik Simard of the Toronto Interior Design Group who is a new addition to the line up. You can watch the show and dream of beautiful homes and at the same time be inspired to make or do something yourself. There are real people with real ideas that we can relate to and learn from. Working for Benjamin Moore myself I always enjoy when Sharon Grech and Leigh-Anne Allaire Perrault who are top designers for the company are on the show using products I know well and giving us great ways to use them.
I traveled down to Toronto with my good friend and fellow decorator Lisa. We are both big fans and are always telling each other about projects we have seen or something we want to try. Our first stop in the city was at Yorkdale mall to go to Crate and Barrel, one of the many stores we wish we had here. Lisa stocked up on a few goodies and I got out my camera to snap some inspiration shots! After a late dinner and a drink or two we crashed at our hotel the Hyatt Regency which I have stayed at many times, it's a convenient stop on King Street near theatres, shops and restaurants.
Crate and Barrel
The next morning we got up early and got a cab to the Cityline studio at Dundas Square. We had to be there for 9:30 am and we were escorted to the "green room" and sat and waited with many other fans. One of the staff asked if anyone had questions to ask on the show, some people came prepared with photographs of their homes. Lisa and I thought it wouldn't look too good if we asked something when we are the ones supposed to help others!! So we sat quietly until they called us down to the studio. We followed everyone in and saw Tracey Moore the host and a swarm of people, camera men, interns, floor director and so on moving the set around and getting us all sat down. I spotted Sharon Grech and Leanne Allaire-Perrault from Benjamin Moore and Scott McGillivray of `` Income Property`` and `` All American Handyman``. Everyone was chatting and having fun. I was surprised at how small the studio was and how busy. As they film they count you in and out getting you to clap and smile! The guests make it look easy as they adlib when they interact with each other and the audience. I was so busy looking around that I forgot to listen to the subject matter, so I will have to watch when it airs next week on Thursday May 5! Check it out! Here are some pictures we had taken while we were there.
After the show we walked along Queen Street West checking out all the unique stores for furniture, fabric, beads, ribbon and much more. My favourite being ``Morba`` which sells a great selection of vintage and new mid century modern pieces. All in all we had a great trip and I can`t wait to go back again!