As the Gardiner celebrates its 30th Anniversary, we wanted to take this opportunity to have the Museum’s volunteers, in conjunction with the Gardiner Shop, design a tree of their own. The group of individuals that make up the Volunteers have energy, enthusiasm, and generously give of their time each week. Over the years they have become essential to the operation and success of the Gardiner Museum.
Susanne Shaw, Bloor Street Visual team
In her 20+ years at Holt Renfrew Bloor Street, Sue has worked multiple roles in Visual. She joined Holt Renfrew as a stylist fresh out of school, where she studied Visual Merchandising Arts at Sheridan College. Her current position as Senior Visual Manager allows her to lead a team of very talented stylists, prop masters and visual technicians. Sue is extremely passionate about details and pushes her team to achieve more with each window and display. Over the years Sue has demonstrated an exceptional range in her execution, from the clean and modern to the layered and traditional, thereby leading her to create and tell stories, visually, for Holt Renfrew customers. Sue’s commitment to visual and her team is reflected in her work daily through the way she leads, inspires and teaches others.
Kimberley Newport-Mimran, President and Head Designer of Pink Tartan, the womenswear brand that she founded in 2002. Pink Tartan has developed into a global label known for understated luxury and sophisticated sportswear. The New York showroom was opened in 2004, with a new office opening in LA and design studio based in Toronto. The Pink Tartan line is carried at Saks Fifth Avenue, Nordstroms,The Hudson’s Bay Company and Holt Renfrew as well as specialty stores across North America, Central America, Middle East and Europe.
With the launch of her flagship store, Pink Tartan A Lifestyle Concept in 2010, all facets of Newport-Mimran’s life and work came together. Pink Tartan’s concept shop houses a selection of art, fashion, home and accessories curated by Kim. An additional milestone was the launch of Newport-Mimran’s second Pink Tartan concept shop in Bayview Village in 2012. With the re-launch of Pink Tartan’s ecommerce website in the fall of 2014, the experience of shopping in the brick and motor Concept Shop has been translated to a virtual boutique.
Kim is married to Joe Mimran who together split their time between Toronto New York, and Palm Beach. The couple has a daughter Jacqueline, born in 2001.
STEVEN AND CHRIS
Steven Sabados & Chris Hyndman
Steven and Chris joined forces in 1992 to form the design company The Sabados Group. They soon branched out to combine entertainment and design through do-it-yourself appearances on a variety of home decorating shows, followed by becoming hosts of HGTV’s Designer Guys.
Steven and Chris launched a second successful interior design series, Design Rivals in 2003, followed by the personal make-over program So Chic with Steven and Chris in 2005. The pair became household names, even catching the attention of Oprah Winfrey, who featured their work on her show. In 2003, Steven and Chris penned Designer Guys: Finding Your Personal Style, a best- selling how-to book encouraging people to build on their sense of self in order to create a home that reflects individual decor. Spring 2007 marked the launch of their own line of furniture, textiles, decorative accessories and area rugs.
In January 2008, the duo went national with their own Canadian talk show,Steven and Chris, on CBC. They entertain Canadian audiences with tips and trends on home décor, health and beauty, food and entertaining and much more. The show has been syndicated in the U.S. market and internationally.
Shawn Gibson and Michael Pellegrino
Teatro Verde first opened in 1997 in Hazelton Lanes as a home and garden lifestyle store. Twelve years later, Teatro Verde has multiple locations, Bayview Village opened in 2004, expanded product lines, and enjoys an avid and devoted following both locally and internationally. Shawn and Michael travel the world searching for the unique, original and beautiful. As a design team they have created looks that define global style and eclecticism; these skills will be showcased with their new collections. They have become famous for their aesthetic sensibilities, as they are not afraid to mix period styles, ethnicities, time periods and icons. Teatro Verde has become a constant source of inspiration to the design community and lifestyle media.
This is Christine’s seventh year with the Gardiner Museum Twelve Trees and is honoured to be a part of this worthy and creative event. Twelve Trees is now the kick off to her own family holiday season tradition.
Cobi Ladner, past editor of Canadian House & Home magazine is one of the country’s leading design and decorating authorities. After an enormously successful tenure at H&H, Cobi has now developed her own home and lifestyle brand concept called none other than cobistyle. Cobi's unique and spirited point of view can be seen in her product line which includes everything from drapery to furniture to accessories. cobistyle celebrated its most exciting launch to date last year - an extensive line of bed and bath products including 'cobikids' bedding with Sears Canada and on sears.ca.
HILARY FARR DESIGN
Hilary Farr is the co-star of the long-running hit show “ Love It Or List It ” airing on Canada's W Network, and on HGTV US in The United States and is a sought after speaker for home shows, design, renovation and real estate trade events.
Hilary honed her talent and her skills with properties in, London, England, California, New York and Toronto. She continues to build and design homes in Toronto where she herself owns properties. "I love making houses into homes, watching families embrace their new lives, and knowing that I contributed to their happiness. My clients are from both sides of the border, some of whom have been with me from the day they were married to their fourth home and now their fourth child!"
Above all, Hilary prides herself on being a function first, practical designer and listening to and relating to the personalities of her clients. Drama, glamour and functionality are Hilary Farr's trademarks.
Hilary lives in downtown Toronto with three cats, and her beloved dog, Mimi.
JULIA WEST HOME
Julia West and Isabella Dabrowiecki
Well, for starters, we design, create and select materials and products that will create comfort, delight your eye and heart and resonate with you, approaching every project, small or large, with enthusiasm and close attention to detail. A broad knowledge of decorative arts aids inventive design solutions for today.
Dreaming and problem solving to achieve those goals for every room in your home, garden or at your workspace are central to our approach. Curiousity; about uses and properties of materials are important. So too the scouring and snooping for textiles, furniture, lightingand other elements needed to address your goals. Then the fun begins; we manipulate our findings, share them with you and listen to your thoughts and dreams. Our goal is to ensure the combination of grace, comfort and usefulness that you have asked for, to satisfy your needs and fulfill your dreams.
NORMA KING DESIGN INC.
Robert King, Karen King, Jasmine King-Niit
Norma King Design has been an international award-winning firm that has been in business for over 30 years. Principals Robert King, Karen King and their team specialize in Marketing/Sales Centres and Models for developers of luxury rental apartments, estate homes and condominium complexes. Their work is mainly concentrated in Toronto and New York City.
ROBERT TANZ DESIGN
Robert Tanz studied architecture at the University of Toronto and fashion design in Milan, Italy, where he worked for several years as a designer for Gianni Versace. Combining these two disciplines, he founded his interior design business in Toronto 17 years ago. Specializing in residential projects, Tanz brings his sophisticated sensibility to every undertaking.
UPPER CANADA HOUSE LTD.
Ralph Neal, Jonathon Neal
Ralph Neal and Jonathon Neal of Upper Canada House Ltd. are pleased to be involved in our 23rd Twelve Trees of Christmas. For 46 years, Upper Canada House has been providing residential interior solutions with care to fulfill our client‘s aspirations. We are proud of our involvement with the Twelve Trees as well as our numerous contributions to the Junior League of Toronto‘s show houses.
12 TREES SPONSORS