A version of this article originally appeared in the Summer 2017 issue of OUR HOMES The City of Toronto, p.60. Find local businesses in our Toronto directory.
From new builds to finishing touches, Toronto's pros can help create a warm welcome at home.
SIMON MASS & JOHN MEHLENBACHER
Tell us about The Rosseau Group: We were founded in 2013 to hold the partners’ growing asset management business that was originally part of The Condo Store Group of Companies. The firm is designed specifically to invest private funds in long term value-oriented projects. We are active investors working in multiple industries. We seek growth capital opportunities with established operating companies and real estate development projects across southern and central Ontario.
What projects are you working on? The Rosseau Group has several active divisions. Our various operating companies are long term investments we intend to hold in perpetuity. Our development division is currently working on over one million square feet of residential projects in various stages of development across the GTA.
Tell us about your focus on the Muskoka region: Legacy Cottages on Lake Rosseau is phase one, of a fully-integrated lakeside community based on the water in Muskoka – a true resort village. The development is closely tied to the historic Clevelands House ensuring a strong architectural connection with the old and the new. The Rosseau Group owns a number of commercial and residential properties in Muskoka, Muskoka Springs Natural Spring Water Inc. in Gravenhurst, the Tim Hortons restaurant in Port Carling, and Campus Crew, with four locations in Muskoka.
Tell us about Nero Fire Design: We are specialists in high-end electric fireplaces. We have over 20 years of experience in the fireplace industry in France and North America. We are passionate about our work, and eager to satisfy our customers.
Why is Nero Fire Design different? Our fireplaces operate just with cold water vapour and light. They can be installed anywhere, and can be used any time. We manage the design, manufacture and install to create an easy, hassle-free customer experience. Each of our fireplaces is customizable and handmade in our Etobicoke workshop, so you can choose the shape, finish and size.
How do your fireplaces compare to a gas fireplace? There’s no dangerous, hot glass and you can touch and play with the flames. No special clearance or chimney is required. Our fireplaces will never overheat a room, and there’s no need to struggle with the home’s thermostat. There’s no maintenance, and you can choose any size that suits your needs, starting at 20 inches to something larger scale.
ASJA LJUTA, TIANA PHAN & JOSEPHINE MAMORNO
Tell us about your company: Since 1999, Morba has been retailing its eclectic products on Queen Street West. Picture a miniature museum composed of mid-century modern and contemporary furniture, accompanied by quirky gift items, hidden gems and even some vintage taxidermies. This is an average day at Morba.
What’s trending? Over the years, we have become renowned for our lighting selection, ranging from rustic-industrial, to modern and contemporary, with a few mid-century styles thrown in for good measure. George Nelson bubble lamps continue to be a strong seller, as well as geometric shapes, and pendants with clean, angular lines often using exposed Edison-style bulbs. Vintage maps of various Canadian locations and beach prints seem to be flying off our walls.
The Morba difference? Whether you are a veteran Torontonian or just passing through, you will always find Morba to be just as vibrant as the city it calls home.
Tell us about your company: At Resource Furniture, we believe small spaces can be both beautiful and functional. Our carefully curated collection includes wall beds and other transforming furniture pieces – all of them highly stylish and designed for the on-the-go lifestyles of today’s urban dwellers, downsizers and efficiency-seekers.
What makes your furnishings unique? We pride ourselves in offering multipurpose furnishings that demonstrate European quality made with environmentally responsible materials.
What’s popular right now? Next to our best-selling Clei wall beds from Italy, our coffee tables or consoles that transform into dining tables are extremely popular when space is at a premium and the need to entertain four people or more is required.
HAIG TOOTIKIAN JR. & ARMEN J. TOOTIKIAN
Imperial Rug Galleries
Tell us about yourself: Family owned and operated in Canada since 1901, our family has been selling and servicing hand-knotted rugs in the Toronto area for over 50 years. We travel overseas to select the rugs we bring to our showrooms. Our main focus is on selecting rugs with exceptional wools and silks that can be used in any room in your home.
What’s trending? Modern, abstract and transitional rugs with grey tones that have pops of complementary, vibrant colours are popular. Our newest collections from Pakistan have been very well received.
What should clients consider when choosing a rug? Quality of wools and dyes are extremely important in determining the durability of a hand-knotted rug. It’s best to stick with natural wool and real silk, which will make cleaning easy over time.