Spring is Here

As Winter continues to drag on in Toronto we’re desperately looking for the signs that spring is just around the corner. While we are having trouble finding them outside, inside Manulife Centre Spring is in full bloom! Check out some of our favourite products from around the centre that will fill your life with the spirit of the season until the weather catches up with our mindset.

Spring is Sweet

Easter Candy | Bloor Street Market
There’s nothing like the appearance of Cadbury Mini Eggs on grocery store shelves to mark the start of Spring. We love the whole selection of Easter treats on the seasonal shelf in Bloor Street Market, including these neon gummy bunnies. Stock up for your seasonal celebrations or simply grab a treat for yourself to enjoy the colours and flavours of the season.

Spruce up your Space

Umbra Woodrow Spruce Wastepaper Basket | Nirvana Home Collection
With Spring comes Spring Cleaning, so why not make the most of your annual decluttering by treating your space to a beautifully designed wastepaper basket. The Woodrow Spruce wastepaper basket from Umbra is not only a beautiful colour that will compliment almost any decor, but it’s an affordable and practical purchase that will serve you for years to come. Pick one up at Nirvana Home Collection and bring home something that will spark joy every time you dispose of unwanted clutter.

Succulent Fever

Succulents Tea Mug with Stainless Infuser | Indigo Books, Gifts & Toys
We all have it. There’s no denying the appeal of these easy to care for plants. But for those with the brownest of thumbs, it’s better to find other ways to achieve #PlantLady status. That’s why we love this gorgeous tea mug from Indigo. This mug will bring the outside in while we wait for the city’s foliage to return with an added bonus: you can’t kill it.

Step into Spring

Men’s Dilan Slip-on Sneakers in Jeans | Ron White Shoes
It really starts to feel like Spring the you can step out of your heavy winter boots and into your light spring shoes. These casual yet classy slip-ons from Ron White Shoes are the epitome of spring footwear and will carry you through sunny walks in Yorkville to brunch at The One Eighty. Pick up a pair at Ron White Shoes and be sure to take in their newly refreshed space while you’re there!

Spring Hues

Vincent Collection Floral Scarf by Anja Gockel | Petra Karthaus
With Winter (mostly) behind us it’s time to add a little colour back into our wardrobes. Petra Karthaus makes it easy with this bright and beautiful floral scarf that would make the perfect addition to your closet. These bright spring hues are sure brighten up any day. If you love this pattern as much as we do, be sure to visit Petra Karthaus on our Main Level as they have the whole collection in store.

Sunlight Savings



Dior Sunglasses | Toronto Eye Care
While the weather is not fully there yet, we have been blessed with several sunny days throughout March. It’s also officially Spring, so our days are not just sunnier, but they’re longer too. So how better to celebrate these longer days than with a new pair of sunglasses! Good thing Toronto Eye Care’s selection is second to none. This tortoiseshell pair from Dior are truly classic and will never go out of style. Find Toronto Eye Care in their new location on our Main Level next to Bay Bloor Radio.

Achieving Bachelor Nirvana

The right pieces & the right prices: that’s Bloor & Better, and what you’ll find at Nirvana Home Collection on the concourse level at Manulife Centre.

We met up with Vice President, Rishi Aggarwal, in the modern mid-century furniture store to have a look at what he’s showcasing for 2015, and talk about how he’d dress up a bachelor unit in 44 Charles Street, the rental residence above us.

Sleep small.
King beds don’t exactly work in a bachelor apartment, but you can still sleep like royalty on a double Tempur-Pedic® mattress. As for the frame, Rishi recommends this Canadian-made one with built-in storage to maximize floor space. (Incidentally, the interior designers at 44 Charles chose Tempur-Pedic® mattresses from Nirvana for their guest suite beds).

If you need more space, you can opt for a sofa bed that gives you the feeling of a high-end queen but doubles as a sitting area. And if you’re looking for new sheets to go with your new bed, head around the corner to Gobelins Fine Linens.

Go glass.
If you can keep them clean and relatively uncluttered, a glass table goes a long way to give the illusion of more space — and when space is at a premium, the more you think you have, the better off you are. We looked at glass coffee tables, consoles and nightstands, but by far the coolest piece was a glass breakfast table Rishi would put near the window to enjoy a leisurely weekend brunch.

Sit smartly.
In a small space, you don’t have a lot of room for accents, so you have to choose wisely. Rishi showed us a few of Nirvana’s stylish accent chairs; excellent for bachelor residents who like to host, and especially excellent when you can accent the accent with a few custom throw cushions (you pick the fabric and they’ll do the rest).

The one thing.
We asked Rishi what he’d put in every Charles Street suite if he could, bachelor or otherwise. Without hesitation, he pointed to the Koncept Equo Lamp. Perfect for any-sized space, the Koncept Equo is maneuverable, self-adjustable and complements any style of décor.

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Whether you have 300 or 3,000 square feet to fill, you’ll find something fabulous at Nirvana — the home of comfort & style at Bloor & Better.