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MURANO GLASS, the fabulous art from Venice’s historic island of craftsmen

My friends at Gallery 36 in Yorkville (Toronto) invited me over yesterday to check out their ever-growing collection of stunning art glass from the island of Murano, home to some of Italy’s greatest crafstpeople. In this cozy boutique gallery you will find breathtaking pieces from glass “masters” such as Rossi, Alfiero, Medici, Russo, Bellisio, Mercato and others, in all shapes, sizes and a rainbow of colours.

20150314_145320I found some functional bowls and vases as well as sculptures of animals, birds, even festive crustaceans!

20150314_145118 20150314_145157 20150314_145921 20150314_145342I had a chuckle when I spied these cheeky kitty-cats (below)

20150314_145814 20150314_145832and all the other wee glassy beasties….

20150314_145751 20150314_145925 20150314_155513Gallery owner Trevor was busy changing the window display so a snapped him hard at work…

20150314_145524 20150314_145520…. and dusting his friend, the zaftig bronze ballerina (below). I just love her!

20150314_145421The gallery is chock-a-block full of wonderful and affordable pieces suitable for your mansion, apartment, loft or basement hide-away.

20150314_155445 20150314_155500Just look at these bowls and the intricate art found inside each…

20150314_145213 20150314_145632 20150314_155428 20150314_155434The glass is created using the “lampwork” technique – made from Silica which becomes liquid once it reaches an extremely high temperature. As it starts to harden, the “glass” is still soft enough to allow the artisan to shape the materials. You can see the amazing results of this all around you at Gallery 36. I recommend popping in and I’m sure you will find something that fits your home and your wallet. And say hi from me.

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92  Avenue Road, Toronto, ON M5R 2H2  T: (416) 962-7636  http://www.gallery36.ca

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20131214_151523Welcome to the neighbourhood….located at 144 Yorkville Ave in Toronto, you’ll find a lovely new home decor store called MONSOONS [ www.monsoons.ca ] that offers beautiful, affordable luxuries to brighten any home, apartment, condo or loft. Most of the furniture is recycled or repurposed pieces from India, which is also the source for most of the soft furnishings, with beautiful silk scarves and wraps handcrafted in Tibet, Nepal and other S. Asian countries.

20131214_150551 20131214_150554 20131214_150707I found a number of stunning floor vases that would look amazing in my foyer (or yours) and the cushions were delightful…especially the Audrey Hepburn prints – who couldn’t use a little Holly Golightly in their life?!

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Lots of bling and sassy jewellery for the party season and a ton of great gift ideas. I really liked the black and white vases so I’m “hinting” now for my own Christmas must-have list….are you listening, Santa?  All very affordable, unique and fun.

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I really encourage you to visit this lovely new boutique, enjoy the warm ambiance and charming customer service. And I dare you not to walk out without a little somethin’-somethin’!

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