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Carpentry, Matt Carlson, Construction Studio, (416) 698-6867 or Constructionstudio.ca; electrical work, RK Power Electric, (416) 315-0833; plumbing, George Milanis, Federal Plumbing, (416) 828-5361.
Kitchen: Cabinets, Habitat for Humanity ReStore, (416) 755-7353 or Torontohabitat.ca; floor tile, backsplash tile, Urban Zebra (416) 916-3601 or Urbanzebra.ca; radiant floor heating, Nuheat, 1-800-778-9276 or Nuheat.com; appliances, Electrolux, 1-800-668-4606 or Electrolux.ca; sink, tea towel, beige stoneware, countertop, mortar and pestle, Ikea, 1-866-866-IKEA or Ikea.com; colander, painting at sink, watering can, brass tin, bird paintings, Cynthia Findlay Antiques, (416) 260-9057 or Cynthiafindlay.com; black tray, black pot (with fern), Indaba, visit Indabatrading.com; salt cellar, pepper grinder, cookie jar, Crate & Barrel, 1-888-657-4108 or Crateandbarrel.ca; oils, Whole Foods Market, Wholefoodsmarket.com; tea towel, dish soap, La Merceria, (416) 848-0057 or Lamerceria.ca; faucet, Moen, 1-800-465-0279 or Moen.ca; hardware, Lee Valley Tools, 1-800-267-8767 or Leevalley.com; exterior cabinet colour, Light Blue (22), interior cabinet colour, Dove Tale (267), Farrow & Ball, 1-877-363-1040 or Farrow-ball.com.
Dining area: Artwork by Kris Knight, Katherine Mulherin Contemporary Art Projects, (416) 993-6510 or Katharinemulherin.com; bench, Barrymore Furniture, (416) 532-2891 or Barrymorefurniture.com; chair and pillow fabric, Kravet Canada (to the trade), 1-800-535-3258 or Kravetcanada.com; napkins, La Merceria, as above; mugs, Ikea, as above; wall colour, Light Blue (22), ceiling colour, All White (2005), trim colour, Dove Tale (267), Farrow & Ball, as above; lights, Elte, (416) 785-7885 or Elte.com; landscape painting (far right) Penney & Co. (905) 493-7300 or Michaelpenneystyle.com.