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SPOTLIGHT // Toronto // Casualife Outdoor Living

August 04, 2017 | PHOTOGRAPHY BY JASON HARTOG

Take it outside with unique outdoor chic furniture.

A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of  OUR HOMES The City of Toronto, p.44. Find local businesses in our Toronto directory.


Daniella Fruchter, Jill Schwartzentruber and Jen Caron
THE PLACE: Are you sleek, minimalist, curvy or rustic? What’s your happy space? It’s a question you’ll be asked when working with the designers at Casualife Outdoor Living. Casualife began as Salco Patio & Leisure. Thirty years later, the family-run approach remains. It’s about living life leisurely, and the store is the go-to spot for unique outdoor chic. Casualife works with outdoor furniture manufacturers and is vigilant about using eco-friendly materials and working with Canadian manufacturers when possible. Choose products that are durable, weather-resistant, low-maintenance, eco-friendly and affordable. Can you have it all? “Yes, you can,” says owner Jill Schwartzentruber. “Lines that offer incredible value and high-end lines are worth the splurge. We’re all about the mix and the layers,” she says.
 
THE STYLE: Casualife’s outdoor products also work beautifully indoors, from bath and body to décor, storage ideas and art. Fabric choice is important, and Casualife carries the Sunbrella line of umbrellas, throws, pillows and cushions. They’re mold and mildew resistant and colour-fast with a five-year colour warranty.
 
WHAT’S HOT: Organic and fresh! “It’s taken time, but Canadians are embracing our new lighter finishes,” says Jill. Whitewash, natural and oyster elements are paired with teak. “It’s okay to mix weaves and finishes,” says Jill. “Forget matched sets! Today’s cohesive spaces are achieved by varying interest and textures. People are making statements with our daybeds, double chaises, oversize sectionals, cantilevered umbrellas and spa-like garden structures.”
 
FAVOURITES: Customers gravitate to the Shade Daybed that seats four under a covered top with a detailed weave. Picture a 19th century French pouf. Casualife’s new spin is an all-weather open weave on an aluminum frame – ideal as seating or a side table.
 
JILL’S TOP 5 TIPS FOR GETTING IT RIGHT:
1. Know your style.
2. Measure your space.
3. Define how you’ll use the space and determine traffic patterns.
4. Consider finishes.
5. Choose anchor pieces.
For inspiration, Casualife’s website offers ample pictures of products in real spaces. Ready to get real in your own space? It’s a short drive to a showroom.
 
WHERE: 507 Lakeshore Rd. E., Mississauga | 905.990.5433 | 6 Shields Ct., Unit 1, Markham | 905.475.8353 | casualife.ca

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