LAVISH HOME LUXURIES
Putti Fine Furnishings transports visitors to another era. Here, French romance meets Italian luxury and Renaissance art fuses with lavish Mediterranean beauty. The walls of this store are adorned with world maps, with knick knacks and vintage trunks lining the perimeter. Shop for vintage silver plates, ornate gilded mirrors, pearl napkin rings, antique turquoise chandeliers, French perfume bottles and mirrored keepsake boxes. The grandeur of these items is such that this boutique could well be mistaken for a museum of historic artifacts. It also sells a range of premium personal and home fragrances. Looking for something special for your little one? You'll probably find it in the 'Pink Room' with delicate clothing, accessories, gift items and more. Your baby is sure to look positively cherubic! So shop for a unique piece at this store to infuse a royal touch to a part of your home, or something special for your tiny tot.
Canadians who didn’t get exactly what they wanted last Christmas might want to do more this year than simply making a list.
The time-tested method of using a registry – once reserved for gift giving at weddings and baby showers — is becoming a go-to option for Christmas exchanges.
Apps and websites are popping up specifically for creating and sharing holiday wish lists. Individual stores are also making registries an option for holiday shoppers.
This is good news for anyone who has felt robbed of the joy of gift-giving at holiday time by the headaches shopping can bring on. Studies have shown many shoppers feel stress simply at the thought of heading into a high-traffic shopping area.
An attractive feature of using a holiday registry is that a shopper can browse and make purchases in the comfort of their own home, says Linda Wade, who has worked in the retail industry for 18 years as the owner of Putti, a home furnishing and lifestyle accessories store in Toronto.
The movement toward using gift registries for Christmas shopping makes sense, she says, mainly because it’s a win-win situation for both giver and recipient.
“People put a lot of pressure on themselves to find the perfect gift,” she says. “This takes the pressure off, and the person receiving the gift gets something useful.”
Wade adds that the unpredictability of the economy in recent years has made Christmas shopping even more of a challenge because shoppers are looking to find meaningful gifts for less.
This makes the advent of the holiday gift registry even more practical.
Often, registries will include items within a broad price range, making it easier on loved ones to find that perfect something.
The downside for customers buying through a registry has traditionally been that they are limited to one store. It’s a problem that Cole Diamond says he wanted to eliminate when creating the online shopping destination Gift Network.
Gift Network offers customers a range of merchandise from more than 250 boutiques across Canada, including art, fitness equipment, jewelry and home office supplies.
“Now someone can have, say, 50 products from 50 different stores, all on one registry,” Diamond says. “It’s a much wider selection, and products are sourced from local retailers.”
Gift Network also offers a “chip-in” feature, where a customer can register for a big-ticket item such as a sofa, and friends and family members can put money toward that.
If someone changes their mind about a gift, they can decline it and use the credit to buy something else from any store on the network.
Diamond says the experience of using the registry is meant to empower everyone involved in the gift-giving process.
“The buyer looks like a champion for buying the right thing and the recipient actually gets what they wanted.”
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Published Saturday, Jul. 27 2013, 6:00 AM EDT
The summer carnival, circa the 19th century, has come to town. And it’s bringing lacy frocks, fine millinery and a charmingly romantic approach to fashion with it.
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We had the great pleasure of being featured on the front cover of Victoria Magazine
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The back nook will bring out the inner six-year-old girl in even the most sophisticated decor addict: it’s all pinks, with a butterfly-print teepee set up for a children’s tea party. The entrance is dripping with crystal chandeliers, and the furniture is almost all white. There’s also a large selection of antique linens, crystal glassware, soaps and gift-wrap. Last summer, a white tent sheltering a grand outdoor sofa evoked the British Raj.
1104 Yonge St., 416-972-7652.