Local experts, artisans and designers offer great advice for easy living.
SANDRA & GAVIN SILBERMAN WITH BENJI AND OSCAR
Dotti Potts is a design forward, small production, family-run business. We hand make porcelain dinnerware, serving ware, home décor accessories, wall art and fashion jewelry.
Material of Choice: Porcelain clay and wood. Newest Product: Jewelry holder. Favourite Collection: Tile and wood functional wall art. Gift Suggestion: Milk bag pitchers and appetizer sets.
Neighbourhood: Barrie’s East end, in our self-renovated home. Spring Activity: Walking our dogs, gardening and de-cluttering. Latest Project: Renovating our basement and painting large canvases. Favourite Recipe: Gavin’s red Thai curry.
Designers Plus Kitchen & Bath combines your vision and lifestyle with sound design principles, modern amenities and full-service expertise to create personalized and beautiful kitchen, bath and living environments in your home. Sheree Toffan, our award-winning senior designer, with her commitment to client satisfaction, superior client relationships, work ethic and years of design experience, is a true representation of the standards we strive to achieve. Just ask any of her ecstatic clients.
Current Project: Many bathroom renos for several clients. Cabinet Trend: Plain doors with clean lines in both wood and painted finishes. Newest Look: White is still popular but deep blues are the favourites right now. Latest in Hardware: Brushed gold or black matte.
Neighbourhood: I live in the country. Current Project: En suite bath and walk-in closet reno. Favourite Room: Our newly completed screened-in porch. Seasonal Recipe: Anything barbecued. Spring Activity: Getting the pool, porch and deck ready for summer parties.
JEREMY TOMPKINS & JIM BAKER
Simcoe Audio Video is always up-to-date with the latest technology. Shop in store for your favourite products or book a consultation for a custom, whole home audio/video installation. Find the perfect solution to all your audio video needs.
Latest Products: Voice-controlled smart tech. Something Old: Turntables. What’s old is new again. New Trend: Music streaming. While not really new, it’s definitely taking over as a go-to for music. TV Must-Have: Sony XBR X900 series. Best bang for your buck this year.
JEREMY AT HOME
Product: Outdoor audio! My neighbours constantly ask how can they get quality sound outside when they hear my system. Tech Toy: Marshall Bluetooth speaker. Google, Siri or Alexa: Alexa. Fave Album: Currently listening to The Complete Stone Roses and Coldplay: A Rush of Blood To The Head.
JIM AT HOME
Neighbourhood: Barrie’s South End. Tech Toy: Bose SoundWear is a wearable Bluetooth speaker. It keeps your hands free, and lets you stay aware of your surroundings. Google, Siri or Alexa: Siri. Music Service: Spotify.
AL TOWNSEND WITH DANNY GIRL
Back in Thyme, located in quaint downtown Coldwater, offers new products with an old feel mixed with vintage treasures. Al’s shop is located in the old Bank of Toronto building, built in 1908, and still has the original 12-foot tin ceilings.
Latest Find: Vintage brass school bell. Old Favourite: Jute rugs. New Line: Woven jute baskets. Gotta Have: Soaps from Coldwater River Soap Co.
Favourite Room: Rec room. Latest Project: Bathroom. Spring Activity: Retreat north
GIUSEPPI MAIO, CHRIS FERRERI & JOHN FERRERI
Road Readie has been paving Barrie and Central Ontario for over 30 years. Specializing in residential, commercial and industrial paving, Road Readie’s fast and professional crews work hard to pave the way for quality and service.
Best Time To Pave: Once load restrictions have been lifted from municipal roads, which in Simcoe County is typically May 1st. The latest we usually recommend is late October or early November, weather dependent.
Benefits of Asphalt: It’s 100 per cent recyclable and the most economical of the hard surfaces like interlock and concrete.
Spring To-Do: Giuseppi: Renovate the family cottage. Chris: Landscape the front and backyard.