Salvaged Canadian Chic: Love the Design Shop
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Photographer and graphic designer Christine Flynn applied her designer’s eye to home decor and furnishings when she opened Love the Design in the Leslieville area of Toronto. A quick glance around the shop (the motto is "where design is art") demonstrates a keen talent for mixing and matching with a dash of the unexpected. Photography via Love the Design, unless otherwise noted. Above: Flynn's finds are a combination of upcycled vintage and modern industrial. Above: Flynn often applies a layer of graphics to her vintage finds. Above: Flynn is an award winning photographer and sells her distinctive resin-coated glossy photographs in the shop. Above: Handmade mica rich vases sit on an an old wooden door, which has been turned into a table. Above: Flynn has upcycled the chair with a signature graphic photographic collage. Above: The collage on the entrance wall of the shop displays Flynn's predilection for mixing letters and bold graphics (the wallpaper is comprised of book pages; it took Flynn 30 hours to assemble and paste the pages into place). Above: Vintage galvanized metal planters add to the collage on the entrance wall. Above: A vintage drafting stool with a few vestigial graphics. Photograph by Rebecca Wood . Above: The grass carpet was rolled out at a recent celebration of Love the Design's first birthday.