The White Monkey

Ever go into a store and want to take half of it home with you? Well this is how I feel everytime I go into the White Monkey on Gladstone Ave. I enjoy the designs from all eras and the owners of this store have a great eye whether it be furniture or smalls, lamps, prints or all things retro especially from the mid- centruy.

Owners Jim Robinson and Maciej Fijalkowski

Owners Jim Robinson and Maciej Fijalkowski

The owners Tim Robertson and Maciej Fijalkowski opened this store around 2007.

Tim has a keen eye for finding treasures and together with Maciej (he is the hands on restorer) they  have chosen quality pieces and in many cases reinvented many of the items to a chic New York style. 

This is not just an antique store it is a “style” store that brings you great ideas that are perfect for the urban dweller of  any type of  home or apartment. The one thing you notice is how well the different styles can  mix together. Whether it is the deco buffet bar with the new black lamps atop or the 1970s teak couch recently reupolstered into a  very contemporty look, the items provide not only great decor ideas but are of excellent quality.


There is a back room full of lamps, dishs (great Fiesta ware)  and vases. The upstairs has a room just for teak.  If you are looking for a statement item there are lots to choose from. The designs are mostly from the mid century with some mint Deco pieces . Right now there is a gorgous Deco armoir, a Deco bar buffett and one of the nicest Deco buffets I have seen (worth buying just for the handles). There is also the lacquered chests of drawers in white or black  that are very modern and have that sleek style that is so popular now for apartments. There are mid century chairs that have been reupolstered providing a modern but warm look. Of course all around is artwork and lots and lots of lovely smalls from glass jars of shells to Japenese laquered boxes. This is a store to go find that “right piece” for any room.  An eclectic mix of furniture and accessories for every taste.


 While I was there a gentleman bought two Chinese figure  lamps for his hall table – one larger that the other – he was going to put them side by side – one was a brillant yellow and I think the other red. What a great idea and certainly a statement.  As he said ” Why not!.

Put this store on the “must go to” list

The White Monkey

395A Gladstone Ave- open Thurs, Friday,Saturday from to 5 p.m  Sunday noon till 5   Phone :  613.231-4678







The Wood Pile

Kens Firewood and Aggragates

It is just after 6:30 a.m and Ken has just left. He as always shows up on time with my two cords of wood for my fireplace. This is one cheerful guy in the early mornings!

kens truck

Ken also supplies me with what has been the best topsoil , mulch and manure that I have ever used on my garden. He also provides all types of gravel and stone. 

For those of us with wood burning fireplaces this is the man to go too for firewood. He even splits it small for you if you need that. His wood is seasoned and dry.

Here is abit about his wood and how to reach him :

 available 7 days a week  8 am to 5pm 613.720.5942

“We are a proud family-owned company that has been serving the Ottawa area since 2002. We offer high quality firewood, soil, mulch and aggregates giving you a touch of comfort and beauty both inside and outside your home.  ”       

  • We deliver to the entire Ottawa Valley*
  • We offer service 7 days a week and deliver your load, if required, with short notice (we prefer a day’s notice)
  • Pickup and delivery is available
  • We can deliver small or large loads and can even offer a split load of two different materials
  • We offer a wide variety of mulch, stone, soil, firewood, kindling and bagged wood (campfire wood)

I am off to stack the wood pile now. 


The Iron Man

Majestic Metal Works:

Many years ago  I renovated my home and put a totally open floating staircase without rails of any kind.

So, when I decided that it might be best to put in some railings, it was a search to find a company who could make me what I wanted.

What I had always wanted was a deco style railing in metal.

I had found a railing that I liked on the internet and after having it redesigned and drafted to fit my home, the search began to find someone who could do it for me.


Which lead me to Andy of Magestic Metal Works.

Andy appeared at my door and  had a true understanding of what I wanted. It is always challenging to see if what you asked for and what you get matches your vision and Majestic Metal Works did just that. The staircase handrail is exactly what I had wanted. He is now working on my exterior railings.


Andy is very proud of his work and so he should be. Your satisfaction is very important to him.

He does all kinds of work and artisrty.

  • Balusters, borders and ornaments
  • Brackets, lance points, finials and rosettes
  • Staircases, landings, railings, gates, fences, protection guards
  • Steel structural & miscellaneous fabrications
  • Cast and wrought iron, steel, aluminum, stainless steel
  • Custom designs an specification drawings
  • Fabrication and installation
  • Welding repairs, mobile welder.

This is a company I would  not hesitate to recommend.

To reach them:

Majestic Metal Works
G.(Andy) Hammoud

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Introducing Our Blog

When we were doing the new web site with David from Macroblu (who had endless patience with us), we were told that we needed a Blog. Our first reaction was – “Really! Do we have to?

The answer was a very definite YES! So, we looked at other real estate Blog’s and found lots of facts, figures, stats and some community updates.

We decided that if we were to do this Blog then we would try to make it more than facts and figures. We wanted our Blog to bring personal experience, information and a sense of what Ottawa has to offer in all it’s nooks and crannies.

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