Discover the Ultimate Holiday Shopping Experience in Toronto

As Toronto transforms into a winter wonderland adorned with twinkling lights, now is the ideal time to beat the rush and dive into some holiday shopping. For those of you who love shopping in the city, we’re here to assist you. We’ve put together a guide to help you find the best places to shop for holiday gifts. Get ready to experience the perfect mixture of luxury and style as we take you through our top picks of Toronto’s shopping scene. We’ll be exploring CF Toronto Eaton Centre, Yorkdale, Bayview Village, Queen West, Kensington Market, and Yorkville.

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CF Toronto Eaton Centre

Located in downtown Toronto, CF Toronto Eaton Centre is a popular shopping destination that’s loved by locals and visitors alike. With its stunning architecture and a wide selection of high-end stores, this iconic mall never fails to impress. Some of the well-known brands you can find here include the Apple Store, Saks Fifth Avenue, and Hudson’s Bay, guaranteeing plenty of options for holiday gifts. If you’re looking for a special gift for a culinary enthusiast, be sure to check out Williams Sonoma. This luxury house wares store offers a great variety of best-selling cookbooks and high-quality cookware that any chef would love.

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Venture a little further from downtown and you’ll find yourself in the lap of luxury at Yorkdale, Toronto’s most fashionable shopping destination. Yorkdale is home to renowned luxury brands like Chanel, Gucci, and Louis Vuitton, creating a haven for those with a taste for the finer things in life. If you’re searching for a meaningful gift for your loved one this Christmas, check out Piaget, the Swiss watchmaker. Their collection of exquisite watches presents a blend of timeless craftsmanship and contemporary style.

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Bayview Village

For a more curated and intimate shopping experience, it’s time to explore Bayview Village. Located in the affluent North York neighbourhood, this shopping gem is renowned for its exclusivity and understated elegance. With its carefully selected mix of boutiques, this serene shopping mall houses recognizable brands such as Le Creuset, Andrews, Strellson, and Berani Jewellers. Make sure to pay a visit to Pusateri’s Fine Foods, a gourmet marketplace offering the finest selection of culinary delights, perfect for those seeking gourmet gift options that speak to the heart and the palate. It’s also the perfect place to pick up an assortment of host/hostess gifts for all your holiday events and gatherings.

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Queen West

Stepping away from the conventional mall experience, Queen West beckons with its vibrant and artistic spirit. This hip and eclectic neighbourhood is a haven for independent shops and local designers offering one-of-a-kind treasures. Stop by Craft Ontario Shop, a charming boutique that showcases the work of emerging Canadian artists and designers. Their collection of artisanal ceramics, glass house wares, and unique fashion pieces ensures you’ll find a gift that’s as distinctive as the person you’re shopping for.

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Kensington Market

Located in the heart of Toronto, Kensington Market is a great place to find unique holiday gifts. Wander through the narrow streets of this diverse and bohemian neighbourhood and discover a variety of shops and boutiques, each offering one-of-a-kind items. Visit Kid Icarus, a charming print shop that sells beautifully designed greeting cards and artisanal paper goods, and be sure to check out Blue Banana Market, a popular spot for quirky gifts and gourmet food. In Kensington Market, every gift has a story and reflects the unique personality of its recipient.

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Yorkville is our last stop, and it’s definitely worth checking out. This neighbourhood is synonymous with luxury and refinement, and it’s not uncommon to spot a celebrity or two. You’ll be enchanted by the rich history and the selection of high-end stores that cater to even the most discerning tastes. Head over to Burberry, Isaia, and Holt Renfrew, which is an iconic Canadian department store, and see the latest fashion trends and couture items. And, if you’re looking for an unforgettable Christmas gift, you should definitely visit The Cashmere Shop. Their collection of 100% Mongolian cashmere pieces is breathtaking, and the timeless garments make perfect gifts that will be treasured for years to come.

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Experience the Magic of Fall in Toronto: Top Activities and Events

Are you ready to embrace the beauty and excitement of fall? Toronto offers a plethora of activities and events that capture the essence of the season. From cultural festivals to historical experiences, there is something for everyone to enjoy. So, get your calendar ready and let’s explore the top fall activities in Toronto.

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1. Toronto Oktoberfest, Garrison Common at Fort York / Oct. 6 & 7

Kick start the fall season with Toronto’s largest and most authentic Oktoberfest celebration. Immerse yourself in an incredible Bavarian experience filled with traditional food, refreshing drinks, vibrant music, and lively dance. The festivities take place inside a massive Festhalle tent, and if you’re amongst the first 500 people to arrive, you will receive a free Ferman glass beer stein.

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2. Trinity Bellwoods Marketplace, 790 Queen St. West / Oct 7 & Nov 4

Support local businesses and entrepreneurs at the Trinity Bellwoods Marketplace. This event showcases the talent and creativity of artisans from Toronto and beyond. Discover unique, locally-made items perfect for gifts or to treat yourself. With over 50 artisan vendors to browse, you’ll find one-of-a-kind pieces while enjoying free face painting for kids. This is the perfect event to mingle with the community and enjoy the outdoors.

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3. The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair, Exhibition Place / Nov. 3-12

Step into a world of agriculture, local food, and equestrian competitions at The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. This annual event brings together the best in Canadian farming and entertainment. With interactive exhibits, competitions, and mouthwatering local food, it’s a celebration of all things home-grown.

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4. Toronto’s History Museums, Various Locations / Year-round

Embark on a journey through time by visiting Toronto’s History Museums. Explore 10 museums, including Fort York National Historic Site, Spadina Museum, Mackenzie House, and Market Gallery. Admission is free, making it an ideal opportunity to immerse yourself in the city’s rich heritage. Choose between guided and self-guided tours as you expand your knowledge and gain a deeper appreciation for Toronto’s captivating history.

5. The Fall Harvest Festival by Street Eats Market, CN Tower / Oct. 20-22 & 27-29

Indulge in a magical autumn-themed experience at The Fall Harvest Festival. Celebrate the flavours of fall with tasty eats, warm drinks, and a wide range of festive activities. From a pumpkin patch to face painting, this festival is great for families and fall enthusiasts alike. Explore the vibrant atmosphere, savour delicious food, and create some warm memories in the heart of Toronto.

6. Riverdale Farm, 201 Winchester Street / Year-round

Escape to the tranquility of Riverdale Farm, a working farm located in Toronto’s downtown Cabbagetown neighbourhood. Wander through the 7.5-acre property and experience farm life firsthand. Greet the resident livestock, including cows, pigs, sheep, goats, and chickens. Explore the flower, vegetable, and herb gardens as well as the Francey Barn, which houses horses. With 3 kilometres of trails and various educational programs, Riverdale Farm offers an immersive experience that is both educational and enjoyable for the whole family.

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7. Pedestrian Sundays, Kensington Market / Oct. 29

Attend the final Pedestrian Sunday at Kensington Market! Immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of this famous neighbourhood, filled with live music, mouthwatering street food, and a showcase of local art and entertainment. The last Sunday of the season promises a good time that encapsulates the diverse and creative spirit of Kensington Market.

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8. Get Frightened at Toronto Halloween Events, Various locations / October

Experience the thrill of Halloween with a variety of frightful events happening all around the city. Choose from ghost tours, haunted attractions, or immersive experiences. Whether you prefer a spine-chilling experience or a family-friendly Halloween event, Toronto has something to offer for everyone this spooky season.

*   Halloween Haunt – Canada’s Wonderland

*   Legends of Horror – Casa Loma

*   Martino Manor – 7 McIntosh Avenue

*   Screemers – 80 Interchange Way

*   Spirits of the Distillery District Ghost Tour – 55 Mill Street

*   Toronto’s Haunted Harbour Pirate Life Boat Cruise – 1 Queen’s Quay East

*   Where Dark Things Dwell/Ghosts of the Village – Black Creek Pioneer Village

With these fantastic fall activities, Toronto is the perfect destination to embrace the beauty and excitement of the season. Which fall activity or event are you most looking forward to? Connect with BAZIS on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and let us know!

8 Toronto Hot Spots You Must Visit This Summer

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Summer is here, and it’s the perfect time to explore Toronto’s culinary scene. With so many new bars and restaurants popping up, it can be hard to know where to start. To help you out on your Toronto exploring, we’ve put together a list of our 8 favourite new hot spots to try this summer in Toronto. From Japanese-inspired vinyl-only lounges to the best spot for wood-grilled steaks and everything in between, there’s something for everyone on this list. So get your appetite ready and let’s discover some of the newest and most exciting restaurants in town!

Daphne / 67 Richmond Street West

Escape from the ordinary and indulge in a remarkable dining experience at Daphne in Toronto’s Financial District. Created by INK Entertainment Group and Dream, this stunning restaurant offers a modern American experience with a touch of elegance. With a motto that “eating well is the best reward,” Daphne entices guests to fulfill their heart’s desires through tantalizing cuisine like their wood-grilled steaks and assortment of elevated pizzas. Whether you’re craving a delicious meal, a refreshing drink, or simply seeking a luxurious escape, Daphne is the perfect destination.

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Ristorante Sociale / 545 King Street West

Experience an elevated dining experience at Ristorante Sociale in Toronto’s King West district. With Roman and Tuscan influences, their menu features fresh pasta, seafood, and steaks from renowned Chef Kyle Rindinella of Enoteca Sociale. Enjoy the sophisticated ambiance and convivial vibe, perfect for intimate dinners or large group celebrations.

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Margo / 600 King Street West

Located on the 4th floor of Clio, one of Toronto’s most exclusive private member clubs, Margo is a hidden gem that offers an unforgettable dining experience. Drawing inspiration from the diverse cultures, fresh ingredients, and unique flavours found along the Mediterranean Coastline, Margo’s menu showcases an array of alluring dishes. From the shores of Lebanon to the Amalfi Coast, Margo’s menu features delights like Whole Lobster Linguine for two, Grilled Octopus, Harissa Marinated Cornish Hen, and more. Pair your meal with an exquisite selection from their carefully curated wine list or sip on a handcrafted cocktail from their lounge. Whether you choose to dine in the restaurant or unwind with friends in the lounge, Margo invites you to sip, savour, and escape in style.

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Mezcalero / 509 Bloor Street West

Experience the vibrant flavours of Mexico at Mezcalero, the hottest new spot in Toronto. With an impressive selection of tequila, mezcal, and handcrafted cocktails, this authentic Mexican restaurant is a must-visit for food and drink enthusiasts. Indulge in mouthwatering tapas like their Octopus a la Parrilla, Casa Paella, or their Pork Belly Tatela. The lively atmosphere and friendly staff make Mezcalero the perfect place to enjoy a night out with friends or have a romantic evening.

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Kissa / 619 King Street West

Kissa, Toronto’s first Japanese-inspired vinyl-only listening lounge, has opened its doors in the vibrant King Street West area. Co-founded by Dan Gunam and Vito Tomasicchio, Kissa offers an exclusive atmosphere where guests can enjoy cocktails, seasonal flavours, and a vast collection of over 2,500 vinyl records. With a fusion of Japanese cuisine and music, Kissa provides customized experiences for both chill snacking and vibrant partying.

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Laylak / 25 Toronto Street

Laylak Lebanese Cuisine, located in Toronto’s Financial District, offers a modern twist on traditional Lebanese cuisine. With an emphasis on high-quality ingredients and expert culinary techniques, Laylak offers a unique dining experience that is sure to please the senses. The sophisticated yet relaxed ambiance of the restaurant is created by the welcoming atmosphere, modern décor, and comfortable seating. Laylak’s attention to detail is evident from the carefully curated menu to the expertly crafted cocktails and extensive wine list. Whether you’re in the mood for mouthwatering mezze, succulent meats prepared on the grill, or delectable vegetarian options, Laylak has something for everyone.

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Yunnan Noodle Shack / 43 Baldwin Street

Yunnan Noodle Shack in Toronto offers a unique dining experience for solo diners. With wooden panels, phone stands, and call buttons, guests can enjoy their meal in a serene and private setting. The menu is inspired by owner Su’s hometown in southwestern China, featuring minced pork chili, slow-cooked pork shoulder, hot and sour wontons, and pan-fried eggs. Whether you’re a meat lover or vegetarian, there’s something for everyone.

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Paris Texas / 461 King Street West

Paris Texas is a massive country-western nightclub, restaurant, and sports bar located in King West in Toronto. With a modern saloon vibe, the space offers a refreshing take on the Wild West aesthetic. The menu, created by chef Eric Phung from Walrus Pub and Beer Hall, offers Hungry Man-style plates with subtle refinements. Whether you’re looking for a night of dancing, watching sports, or indulging in delicious food and drinks, Paris Texas offers a one-of-a-kind country-western experience in the heart of downtown Toronto.

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Make the Most of Your Summer in Toronto: Check Out These Amazing Events

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Summer in Toronto is filled with exciting events and activities for everyone to enjoy. From live music to street festivals, food festivals, and fun activities for kids, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. Check out the list below to plan your summer adventures in Toronto!

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Live Music Events

Listening to live music in the fresh air and dancing with friends and strangers alike is such an amazing summer feeling. Here are some of the best live music events happening this summer in Toronto:

  • Summer Music in the Garden (June 21-Aug. 27): This outdoor concert series takes place on Thursdays and Sundays by the waterfront at the Toronto Music Garden at Harbourfront Centre, and features a variety of music genres, including classical, jazz, and world music.
  • Beaches International Jazz Festival (July 6-20): Enjoy the smooth melodies of jazz music as you soak up the sun at this popular festival held in the Beaches neighbourhood.
  • Afrofest (July 7-9): Celebrate vibrant African culture through music, dance, and food at this free festival that showcases the rich heritage of the African diaspora.
  • Electric Island (Aug. 11-12 & Sept. 2-3): Dance the day away at this electronic music festival held on the Toronto Islands. Experience the energy of some of the world’s best DJs as you enjoy beautiful views of the city.
  • VELD Music Festival (Aug. 4-6): If you’re a fan of electronic music, this is the festival for you. VELD brings together top EDM artists for an unforgettable weekend of music and dancing.

Street Festivals

Street festivals are a great excuse to get outside, to spend time with friends and family, and to get to know your neighbourhood – or another Toronto neighbourhood – even better. Here are some of the best ones happening this summer in Toronto:

  • Salsa on St. Clair (July 8-9): Dance to the rhythms of salsa music at this lively street festival that takes place on St. Clair Avenue. Enjoy live Latin performances, eat delicious and authentic food, and join in on fun dance lessons.
  • BIG on Bloor 2023 (July 15-16): Explore the vibrant Bloordale neighbourhood on Bloor St. (between Dufferin and Landsdowne) as it transforms into a pedestrian-friendly street filled with art installations, live music, and local vendors.
  • Ossfest (July 22): Celebrate the unique charm of Toronto’s Ossington Avenue at this popular summer street festival featuring live music, street art, and performances.
  • Fun Philippines Toronto Street Festival (July 22-23): Experience the flavours of the Philippines at this festival showcasing Filipino cuisine, dance workshops, and live performances.
  • Festival of South Asia (July 29-30): Embrace the rich culture and traditions of South Asia at this festival taking place at Gerrard India Bazaar. Enjoy two jam-packed days of family-friendly activities, live performances, food vendors, and a vibrant marketplace.
  • Toronto Caribbean Carnival (Aug. 3-7): Join in on the lively Caribbean carnival parade, filled with vibrant costumes, music, and dancing. This festival celebrates Caribbean culture and is a must-see event in Toronto.

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Food Festivals

Who doesn’t love to sample the amazing variety of cuisines available in Toronto? This summer’s food festivals are a great opportunity to try something new or to indulge in an old favourite. Here are some of our favourites:

  • Downtown Toronto Rib & Beer Fest (July 14-16): Indulge in mouth-watering ribs from various vendors at this festival that celebrates all things BBQ. Enjoy live music and entertainment as you satisfy your taste buds.
  • Foodville: Afro-Caribbean Food Festival (July 29): Celebrate the diverse flavours of African, Caribbean, and Afro-Latin cuisine with this festival. Sample delicious dishes from local and international Black-owned vendors, enjoy live soca, dancehall, R&B, Afrobeat, and hip-hop music, and immerse yourself in a vibrant atmosphere.
  • Taste of India Food Festival (Aug. 4-5): Get a taste of India at this festival featuring a diverse range of Indian cuisine, live music, dance performances, and cultural exhibitions.
  • Toronto Food Truck Festival (Aug. 4-7): Taste a variety of delicious street food from different food trucks gathered at Woodbine Park. This festival is perfect for foodies looking for a unique culinary experience.
  • Waterfront Night Market Pan-Asian Food Festival (Aug. 11-13): Discover the flavours of Asia at this food festival held at the waterfront. Sample a diverse range of Pan-Asian dishes while enjoying an all-Asian lineup of live entertainment. Symbolically designed in celebration of the QiXi Double Seven Festival (Asia’s version of Valentine’s Day), the 2023 (19 +) edition of the Waterfront Night Market is anchored by the Signature Pan-Asian Food Festival, featuring BeerCraft, Wine & Wok, Kre8ions Cultural Showcase, and the highly anticipated return of the Illuminasian Floating Lantern and Music Festival.
  • Taste of the Danforth (Aug. 11-13): Dive into the flavours of Greece at this annual GreekTown food festival. Indulge in delicious cuisine, enjoy live music, and immerse yourself in one of Toronto’s most famous street festivals.

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Things to do with Kids

Want to plan a special day to keep the little ones entertained and delighted? We’ve got you covered!

  • Centreville Amusement Park and Centre Island: Take your kids on a fun-filled day at Centre Island. Ride the iconic Centreville rides, enjoy the petting zoo, and relax on the beach.
  • Pirate Life: Set sail on a pirate adventure with your little ones. This interactive theatre experience allows kids to dress up as pirates and engage in treasure hunts on a pirate ship.
  • Skipperi: Spend a day with the family on Lake Ontario with a monthly subscription to Skipperi, a smart fleet of motorboats without the hassle of ownership. You only pay during the boating season!
  • Yorkville Murals (Aug. 26-27): Take a stroll through Yorkville as it’s transformed into an outdoor gallery. Admire colourful and larger-than-life murals created by local artists and enjoy inflatables, art installations, live music, dance battles, art talks, and an evening block party. This outdoor art gallery is sure to captivate the imagination of children.

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Cultural Events

From culinary delights to outdoor cinema, craft beer fests, and neighbourhood charm, Toronto has a host of cultural events that you won’t want to miss this summer!

  • Summerlicious (July 7-23): Treat yourself to a culinary adventure during Summerlicious, a city-wide restaurant event that offers prix-fixe menus at some of Toronto’s finest eateries.
  • Toronto Outdoor Picture Show (on now – Aug. 27): Experience the magic of outdoor cinema at this film festival held in various locations around the city. Enjoy a film under the stars in unique and picturesque settings.
  • Leslieville Beer Festival (Aug. 26): Discover local craft breweries and indulge in unique beer flavours at this festival celebrating Toronto’s thriving craft beer scene, taking place on Dundas Street East (from Logan Ave. to Carlaw Ave.).
  • Bayside Summer Saturdays (Aug. 12 & 19): Experience a “perfect summer day” in the Bayside neighbourhood with two themed events. “Perfect Cottage Day” will feature board games, arts and crafts, and cottage-inspired food, and “Perfect Picnic Day” will feature food trucks, picnic tables with umbrellas, and fun lawn games.
  • Open Streets: Explore the city streets without the presence of cars at Open Streets. Walk, bike, or skate along the open roads and take part in various activities and performances.
  • Pedestrian Sundays, Kensington Market (last Sunday of each month until October): Experience the bohemian charm of Kensington Market as the streets come alive with performers, vendors, and food stalls. Take part in the lively energy and explore the unique shops and cafes.

There’s no shortage of fun activities and events to enjoy in Toronto this summer. Whether you’re a music lover, a foodie, or looking for family-friendly activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy. So, grab your calendar, mark the dates, and get ready to make the most of your summer in Toronto!

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The Rise of “Quiet Luxury” in Interior Design

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In recent years, the term “quiet luxury” has become increasingly popular in the world of fashion – and also interior design. This design trend emphasizes minimalism, simplicity, and elegance over flashy logos or branding. The goal is to create a space that feels refined, sophisticated, and timeless, while also being understated and subtle.

The term “quiet luxury” was first coined by Thomaï Serdari, director of the Fashion and Luxury MBA program at NYU, to describe clothing that is both of the highest quality and understated, with a focus on timelessness and sophistication. The trend has been embraced by brands such as The Row, Bottega Veneta, and Khaite, popularized by the television series Succession, and is now gaining momentum in the interior design world. Think of it as an elevated version of the basics, emphasizing high-quality materials, simple yet sophisticated designs, and a muted colour palette of calming neutrals.

One of the key elements of “quiet luxury” in interior design is the use of high-quality materials. This includes everything from natural stone and wood to plush fabrics and soft leathers. The focus is on quality craftsmanship and attention to detail, rather than branding or any overt show of wealth. The result is a space that feels luxurious and indulgent, without being showy or over-the-top.

Neutral colours are another important aspect of “quiet luxury” in interior design. This includes shades of white, beige, grey, and black, as well as organic neutrals and earthy browns. The idea is to create a space that exudes warmth, and that feels calm and serene, while still being opulent. This can be achieved through the use of textured fabrics, such as linen, silk, and wool, as well as natural materials like stone, metal, and wood.

Clean lines are also an important element of “quiet luxury” in interior design. This includes everything from simple, streamlined furniture to minimalist decor. The focus is on creating a space that feels uncluttered and relaxing. This can be achieved through the use of simple, geometric shapes and clean lines.

One of the benefits of “quiet luxury” in interior design is that it creates a timeless aesthetic. Unlike trends that come and go, “quiet luxury” is about creating a space that will stand the test of time. This design trend emphasizes high-quality materials, simple yet sophisticated designs, and a muted colour palette, which are all elements that have been used in classic design for centuries. By avoiding trends and fads, “quiet luxury” design creates a space that is both elegant and enduring. The emphasis on high-quality materials ensures that the space will age gracefully, while the focus on simplicity and elegance in the design helps to reduce clutter and create a sense of order. Furthermore, the muted colour palette of soft greys, beiges, and whites is timeless and versatile, allowing for easy updates and adaptations to changing styles and tastes.

One of the best things about “quiet luxury” interior design is how it can create a sense of calm and relaxation. In today’s fast-paced and often chaotic world, having a space that feels serene and peaceful can be a much-needed escape. By incorporating natural materials like wood, stone, and linen, the space can feel warm and inviting, while the neutral colour palette creates a soothing atmosphere. Plus, the focus on minimalism and lack of clutter means that there’s less to distract you from enjoying the tranquility of the space.

Finally, quiet luxury in interior design can be accessible to a wide range of budgets. While high-end materials and furnishings can certainly be expensive, the overall aesthetic can be achieved through careful curation and attention to detail. By investing in a few key pieces, such as a high-quality sofa or a beautiful piece of art, you can create a space that feels luxurious, without breaking the bank.

To sum it all up, “quiet luxury” in interior design is a trend that emphasizes minimalism, simplicity, and elegance, without calling attention to itself. By using high-quality materials, neutral colours, and clean lines, you can create a comfortable space that feels refined, sophisticated, and timeless. This aesthetic can create a sense of calm and relaxation, and is accessible to a wide range of budgets. If you’re looking to create a space that feels luxurious and indulgent without being showy or over-the-top, consider incorporating the principles of “quiet luxury” into your interior design.

What do you think of “quiet luxury?” Would you consider incorporating it into your home design? Connect with BAZIS on social media (Facebook, Twitter or Instagram) and let us know!

BAZIS is a real estate development company specializing in developing communities and pre construction condos in Toronto area. We’re committed to excellence in every facet of the commercial and residential real estate development process. Combining visionary architecture, design, marketing and construction with the epitome of corporate integrity and environmental responsibility, BAZIS has become a major force in articulating Toronto’s ever-evolving skyline.

Things to Do in Toronto This Victoria Day Long Weekend

The Victoria Day long weekend is just around the corner, and there are plenty of exciting things to do in Toronto to make the most of the extra day off. From parks and family attractions to tours and fireworks, there’s something for everyone in this bustling city. Here are some of the top things to do in Toronto for the upcoming May 2-4 long weekend – the unofficial start of summertime in the city!

Marvel at the Fireworks

One of the highlights of the Victoria Day long weekend are the spectacular fireworks displays that light up the Toronto skyline. There are several places around the city where you can catch the fireworks, including Ashbridges Bay Park (free show at 10 p.m. on Monday, May 22) and Canada’s Wonderland (10 p.m. on Sunday, May 21). Be sure to arrive early to secure a good spot and to leave your pets at home.

Get Outside and Enjoy Time at One of Toronto’s Incredible Parks or Beaches

Toronto is home to many beautiful parks, and the Victoria Day long weekend is a great time to explore them. High Park is one of the largest and most popular parks in the city, with plenty of hiking trails, playgrounds, and picnic areas. Trinity Bellwoods Park is another great option, with its charming gardens, baseball diamonds, and outdoor pool. If you’re looking for a beach experience, Sugar Beach and Woodbine Beach are both great places to soak up the sun and enjoy the water.

Create Memories with a Family-Friendly Attraction

Toronto has plenty of attractions that even as Toronto residents, we don’t always make the time to explore and discover. The long weekend is a great opportunity to enjoy all that Toronto has to offer and to check out some new entertainment sources or some old favourites. The Royal Ontario Museum (ROM) is a must-visit destination, with its fascinating exhibits on natural history, art, and culture. Ripley’s Aquarium of Canada is another popular choice, with its stunning displays of marine life from around the world. It’s sure to be a favourite for all ages! And if you’re looking to get up close and personal with animals, the Toronto Zoo is the perfect place to do so – especially now that the weather is so much warmer.

Have a Special Outing to the Theatre

Toronto is known for its vibrant theatre scene, and the Victoria Day long weekend is the perfect time to catch a show. The Ed Mirvish Theatre is one of the most iconic venues in the city, with a range of performances from Broadway musicals to plays and comedy shows. Grab tickets to the smash hit Broadway musical “Hamilton,” which explores the life of U.S. founding father Alexander Hamilton through a mix of hip-hop, R&B, and traditional show tunes, or to “Harry Potter and the Cursed Child,” the much-beloved show for Harry Potter fans which will wrap up its record-breaking run on July 2nd.

Go on a Tour to See a New Side of Toronto

For those who love exploring new places, there are plenty of tours in Toronto that will give you a deeper understanding of the city. The Toronto Harbour Boat Tour is a great option for those who want to see the city from a different perspective, as it takes you out onto Lake Ontario and around Toronto’s harbour. Toronto Bicycle Tours offers guided bike rides through different neighbourhoods, including Kensington Market and Chinatown. And if you’re a fan of craft beer, Toronto Brewery Tours’ guided pub crawls are a great way to sample some of the city’s best microbreweries while enjoying local food trucks for lunch. For a unique experience, Segway Tours/Go Tours Canada offers tours around downtown Toronto on electric scooters. Fun!

No matter what you’re interested in, Toronto has something for everyone during the Victoria Day long weekend. So whether you’re looking to catch some fireworks, explore the city’s parks, or immerse yourself in its vibrant culture, be sure to make the most of your long weekend in our amazing city.

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How to Make Décor Look Expensive on a Budget

When it comes to making your home decor look stylish and expensive, you don’t necessarily have to spend a lot of money. But you’ll need two things: budgeting basics and creative thinking skills. Sometimes all it takes is patience as you wait for the item you want to come on sale, or as you search flea markets, antiques stores, or online marketplaces to find the perfect item. If you have the means, invest in quality furniture that’s timeless and versatile and that you can use for years to come, such as your sofa and mattress, and then use paint, accents, and repurposed materials to elevate the look of your home.

For our top tips on how to make your home or condo’s décor look expensive on a budget, read on.


One of the most cost-effective ways to elevate a room and make it look more expensive is by painting it. A fresh coat of paint can completely transform the look and feel of a space. Choosing the right colour can create a sense of luxury, sophistication, and elegance. For example, using a deep, rich shade of navy on the walls can give a room a cozy and upscale feel, while a muted shade of grey can create a calming and serene atmosphere. Additionally, painting trim, doors, and ceilings in a contrasting colour can add depth and interest to a room.

Molding/Wall Trim

Adding molding, wall trim, or architectural details can instantly elevate the look of any room. These elements can add depth, texture, and character to otherwise plain walls, making them feel more luxurious and expensive. Crown molding, for example, can make a room feel taller and more elegant, while wainscoting can add a classic touch to a dining room or hallway. Wall trim can also be used to create focal points or draw attention to certain areas of a room, such as a fireplace or built-in shelves. Whether you opt for simple or ornate designs, adding these details can transform a space and give it a more polished and refined look.


Choosing the right lighting can have a significant impact on the look and feel of a room, and it can make it look much more expensive. Lighting is not only functional but can also serve as a stylish decorative element in a room. For example, a beautiful chandelier can instantly add elegance and sophistication to a dining room or living room, while a series of pendant lights can create a modern and stylish vibe in a kitchen or bedroom. Additionally, the use of dimmer switches and accent lighting can create a warm and inviting ambiance, making a room feel cozy and luxurious. Purchasing high-quality lighting fixtures doesn’t have to cost you a fortune. Consider buying secondhand lighting from Facebook Marketplace, Kijiji, or an antique shop. Alternatively, Amazon has some great options. Additionally, adding lampshades with interesting textures or patterns can elevate the look of a basic lamp. By getting creative with shades and adding accents like tassels or fringe, you can create a custom look that appears high-end.


Furniture doesn’t need to be expensive to look rich and luxurious. There are many ways to make affordable furniture look high-end and stylish. One way to achieve this is by choosing pieces with clean lines and simple designs. This type of furniture is often associated with modern and minimalist styles, which can create an upscale and sophisticated look. Another way to make inexpensive furniture look expensive is by choosing materials and fabrics that have a luxurious feel, such as wood and leather. These materials add texture and depth to a piece, making it look more expensive than it actually is. Finally, adding decorative elements such as throw pillows, blankets, and rugs can elevate the look of a basic piece of furniture. By layering textures and colours, you can create a custom look that appears high-end.

Repurpose Old Hardware, Frames, and Furniture

Repurposing old hardware, frames, and furniture is a great way to give your home a modern and expensive look without spending a lot of money. One way to achieve this is by updating old hardware, such as door handles and drawer pulls, with a fresh coat of metallic paint or swapping them out with new, trendy designs. This can give old furniture a modern and chic look. Another way to update old hardware is by adding decorative elements, such as crystals or beads, which can add a touch of glamour and luxury. Similarly, old frames can be updated with a fresh coat of paint or by adding decorative details such as metallic or textured accents. Finally, old furniture can be repurposed by reupholstering it with high-quality fabrics such as velvet or leather, or adding decorative elements such as nailhead trim or tufting.


Curtains can be a powerful tool in transforming a room from drab to fab. When choosing curtains, it’s important to pay attention to the length and width, as well as the colour and pattern. Hanging curtains from ceiling to floor can create the illusion of higher ceilings and larger windows, while opting for neutral colours or subtle patterns can add a touch of elegance to the space. Don’t forget to add curtain tiebacks or hardware that complements the overall aesthetic of the room.

Art and Plants

If you’re looking to make a room appear more expensive on a budget, incorporating plants and art can be a great way to achieve this. Adding greenery to a space can instantly make it feel more luxurious and fresh. Consider investing in a few statement plants, such as a fiddle leaf fig or a snake plant, and placing them in decorative pots. When it comes to art, you don’t have to break the bank to create an expensive look. Opt for large-scale pieces, such as a striking abstract painting or a vintage poster, and hang them at eye level to create a focal point in the room. Additionally, consider creating a gallery wall with a mix of affordable prints and photographs to add visual interest and depth to the space. By incorporating plants and art in a thoughtful way, you can elevate the look and feel of your room without overspending.


Incorporating accents is a great way to elevate a room and make it appear more expensive. Metallic accents can be particularly effective in achieving this look, as they add a touch of glamour and sophistication. Consider incorporating metallic accents through decorative objects such as vases, candle holders, or picture frames. You could spray paint items gold or silver. Another way to add interest and texture to a space is through the use of textiles. Invest in luxurious-looking pillows or throws to create a cozy and luxurious feel.


Using vintage and antique pieces is an excellent way to make a room look expensive on a budget. These pieces can add character, charm, and a sense of history to a space. Consider incorporating antique furniture like a statement chair or a vintage side table, which can be found at thrift stores, garage sales, or even online marketplaces. Vintage rugs, curtains, or artwork can also add a touch of luxury to a room. When it comes to vintage pieces, quality is key, so opt for pieces made from high-quality materials, such as solid wood or marble. Pairing these vintage pieces with modern accents can create an eclectic and sophisticated look.


Decluttering, organizing items, and keeping your home clean can make it look more expensive and polished without spending any money. Clutter can make a space feel chaotic and messy, so it’s important to keep surfaces clear and organized. Invest in stylish storage solutions, such as decorative baskets or bookshelves, to keep items out of sight but still easily accessible. When organizing items, consider grouping them by colour or theme to create a cohesive look. Additionally, keeping your home clean and well-maintained can make a huge difference in how expensive it looks. Make sure to dust surfaces regularly, vacuum carpets, and wipe down countertops to keep everything looking fresh and polished. By decluttering, organizing, and keeping your home clean, you can create a luxurious and expensive-looking space without spending any money at all.

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How to Design an Awesome Kids’ Room in 6 Simple Steps

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Designing a kids’ room can be a fun and exciting process, but it can also be a challenging one. You want to create a space that is both functional and appealing to your child’s interests and personality. From selecting the right colour scheme to choosing the perfect furniture and décor, there are many factors to consider when designing a kids’ room. With some careful planning and creativity, you can create a space that your child will love and enjoy for years to come.

To design a room that’s both practical and stylish, follow these simple steps:

#1: Start with a Plan

Before you start purchasing furniture and picking out wallpaper, you need to ask yourself some questions to get a better understanding of the growing needs of your child (or children) and how best to accommodate them.

Question #1: How old is your child?

Kids at different ages have different needs. Are you designing for a baby or a toddler, a child or a teenager?

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Question #2: Is the room for one child or multiple children?

Designing a room for one child is pretty straightforward, but if you’re designing for two, you’ll need to consider the dimensions of the space, and try to create separate areas for each child. Will your kids have the option of moving to separate rooms as they grow older? If not, you will need to solutions to future privacy issues.

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Question #3: How long are you planning to live in this home?

Are you planning to live in your home short-term or long-term? How long do you need the space to work for your child? Can you make the space work for them when they’re 5 years old and 14 years old?

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#2: Design the Room

Once you know the answers to the questions above, you can move forward with designing the room. Make a list of all the furniture you think your child may need. Every home has different needs, but the staples of most kids’ rooms are beds, desks and storage. The easiest way to create a layout is to start with the bed, and then work your way around the room assessing the needs of your child. Be sure to consider the flow of the room; you want it be functional and comfortable. Take into consideration the placement of the door, electrical outlets, windows, closet and nooks. Also, consider the age of your child. Safety is important, especially with younger children. Try to avoid furniture that has sharp edges and find pieces that are sturdy and durable. Once you’ve settled on the furniture you plan to use, measure the pieces and use tape to section off the room in the layout you’ve designed. This will help you visualize the space you have.

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#3: Choose the Right Furniture

Bed: When deciding on a bed for your child, there are a couple of things you need to consider: how old is your child, are they sharing a room with their sibling, and how large is the room? Another thing to keep in mind is that kids grow up fast and they need their room to grow with them. If you’re designing for a baby or toddler, you might consider a cot or day bed, but for older children, you might want to purchase a larger bed now that you can customize later to their growing needs. Twin beds are a no-brainer, and are a great option for siblings who share a room, however you might want to consider bunk beds if you’re short on space. You can also consider investing in bunk beds that can later be converted into twin beds. Even if you don’t have the space now, you never know in the future and it’s good to have the option.

When buying a bed for your child, you also need to consider spacing, storage and sleepovers. If the room is small and you can’t accommodate two single beds, trundle beds are a great solution, providing an additional sleeping area that can be used during sleepovers. Loft beds are an excellent option to maximize floor space, and create a nook underneath that can serve as play space or desk area.

In terms of design, the best place to arrange the bed is across the room from the door. This is typically the best place in terms of light, acoustics and comfort. Place the bed down the centre of the room, allowing access on both sides of the bed, or, alternatively, if space is limited, push it against the wall. Just keep in mind that next to the window can be too bright, or hot or cold depending on the season, and ideally you don’t want to keep the bed next to a radiator.

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Desk: Once you’ve decided on the mattress, consider getting a desk or table, and place it opposite to the bed. Having a designated workspace where your child can do their homework and study is important for them to focus and stay organized. If your child is younger, consider a play table where they can do arts and crafts or read their favourite books. Choose a desk with ample storage space based on their age. A young child will need space to keep art materials and books whereas an older child may need filing cabinets for their schoolwork and projects. Consider a desk with an upper hutch or drawers on the side for extra storage space.

Place the desk opposite to the bed to create a separate space where your child can focus on their schoolwork. Also, consider placing the desk next to a window as natural light inspires creativity and helps kids to focus and stay energized.

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#4: Plan for Chaos

Kids have a lot of stuff and their rooms can get messy fast, but you can help your child stay organized by creating storage spaces for them. Adjustable shelving is a must-have as you can make adjustments as your child grows; what starts off as a place to store toys can later accommodate books, photo albums and other mementos. Make sure the shelving is safely fixed to the wall and that it’s accessible. If it’s too high, it won’t be used. If spacing is limited, build cabinets and floating shelves up the walls but make sure essential items are within reach. A combination of open and closed storage is best. Toys and items that are used often are easy to spot and access while items that are used less often can be stored away and hidden for a cleaner look. Consider transparent drawers for younger children, as well as baskets and bins that can store toys and be moved around easily. Chests are also a good option as they can store larger toys and books for young children but also schoolwork, or clothes, as they get older. If you’re having trouble keeping the clutter to a minimum, invest in hooks, under-the-bed storage crates, book rails and furniture with storage such as armoires and dressers.

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#5: Decorate the Room

When it comes to decorating a child’s room, it’s important to strike a balance between functionality and fun. One of the first things to consider is the child’s age and interests, as these will inform the overall theme and colour scheme of the room. If your child is old enough, you can encourage them to participate in the design by asking them their favourite colour or animal and working it into the design. For younger children, playful patterns and bright colours can create a cheerful atmosphere, while older kids may prefer more subtle décor with pops of their favourite hues.

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Something to keep in mind is that design trends constantly change, and children grow up fast and develop their own interests and personal taste. You might be tempted to paint your child’s room a bright colour or purchase some funky wallpaper, but often it’s best to keep things simple and neutral. When considering the walls, opt for neutral colours, or wallpaper with a timeless print like soft geometric shapes that works for both a young child and a teenager. Keep in mind that wallpaper is harder to change or remove, so if you have your heart set on a certain print or theme, consider using it only in one section of the room such as the closet or one of the walls, while keeping the rest of the room neutral. The same principle goes for furniture. It’s best to keep the basic items simple and neutral and to brighten up the room with decorations, wall stickers or murals. Add in pops of colour and age-appropriate prints to textiles, artwork, lampshades, rugs, etc.

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#6: Create a Special Space for Your Child

Designing a play area for children requires careful consideration of several factors. First and foremost, safety should be the top priority. The play area should be free of hazards such as sharp edges or small parts that can be swallowed. It should also be designed to promote physical activity and imaginative play. Install soft flooring such as foam mats or carpeting to cushion falls. Next, consider the age and interests of your child. Provide a variety of toys and activities that promote imagination, creativity and physical activity. This can include items such as blocks, puzzles, balls and a small climbing structure.

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Alternatively, you can create a private nook for your child to escape to for some alone time where they read, relax and unwind. First, choose a cozy corner or space that’s away from distractions and that provides a sense of privacy. Next, select child-friendly furniture such as bean bags or floor cushions, and gather materials such as sheets, blankets, pillows and cushions to create a cozy and comfortable space. Finally, add some fun and personal touches, such as fairy lights or posters, to make the nook feel special and unique to your child. With these simple steps, any parent can create a magical and adventurous space for their child to play and relax in.

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Fun Family Day Activities to Try in Toronto

Good news! Family Day is coming up on Monday, February 20th and it’s the perfect opportunity to get out and have some fun with your loved ones. If you’re looking for some exciting Family Day ideas, look no further. We’ve put together a list of some great Family Day activities to try in Toronto this year.

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Get Creative at the Art Gallery of Ontario

Do your kids like making art? Then a trip to the AGO during Family Day weekend might be right up their alley. The AGO has 4 days of fun, artistic activities planned that include storytelling, screenings and making art. Listen as author Valene Campbell shares stories based on her acclaimed series The Amazing Zoe, have a family portrait taken by Toronto lens-based artists Roya DelSol and Bidemi Oloyede, enjoy a family-friendly gallery tour at the museum, and best of all, get creative and make some art!

Feel Whimsical at IceFest in Bloor Yorkville

If you’re not afraid of the cold, gather your family, bundle up and head over to Toronto’s premier district, Bloor Yorkville – near our 1 Yorkville condominium. The neighbourhood will be undergoing a magical transformation as it morphs into IceFest, an ice sculpture festival. Take a self-guided tour of 40 one-of-a-kind ice sculptures inspired by castles, mermaids and cosmic journeys. Then, head over to the Village of Yorkville Park to enjoy live ice carving demonstrations, an Ice Wall with projections and an Ice Lounge.

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See a World Premiere at the Young People’s Theatre

Treat your kids to a day at the theatre with the world premiere of The Darkest Dark. Based on Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield’s book of the same name, this groundbreaking and magical story is about a 9-year-old boy who learns to overcome his fear of the dark by dreaming of becoming an astronaut. The whole family will enjoy this fun play and it’s a wonderful way to introduce your kids to Toronto’s thriving theatre scene.

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Celebrate the Magic of Winter at Winter Glow

Head to Black Creek Pioneer Village for a 2 km-forested trail of winter magic. Walk or drive through a winter wonderland of ice sculptures, snow carvings, illuminated structures, life-sized snow globes, performers and more, with a light show synchronized to music. Talk about magical!

Have Fun with Science

Visit the Ontario Science Centre, near our Bartley Towns community, for a fun and interactive weekend with the entire family. Watch an IMAX film in the OMNIMAX dome, enjoy live scientific demonstrations, take a walk through the Living Earth rainforest, crawl through a cave, and learn about a variety of topics ranging from the environment and outer space to the human body and more.

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Go Skating at the Unique Figure-Eight Bentway Skate Trail

Celebrate the end of the winter season at The Bentway with a free, all-ages DJ Skate Party. Skate to the upbeat music of local DJs, indulge in some delicious treats including beaver tails and hot chocolate, compete in a self-guided scavenger hunt, and participate in a family-friendly coding workshop in the Fort York Visitor Centre. If you’re downtown, make sure you don’t miss this fun event!

Spend a Cozy Day at the Movies

Snack on salty, buttery popcorn and enjoy family movies at Hot Docs. Their Family Day Cinema Series includes the classic Space Jam with Michael Jordan, Good Night Oppy, a story about space cadets on an outer-space odyssey, and the documentary Handle with Care: The Legend of the Notic Streetball Crew, the real-life story of an underdog basketball crew from Vancouver who gained recognition during a 2001 NBA-sponsored tournament. If you’d like to stay indoors and cozy while enjoying some special family time, this is a great event to check out!

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