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Lucky Magazine
June 2003

When we first happened upon this new vintage shop, we felt like we'd wandered into a starlet's Parisian apartment from the '50s, Best of all, everything here is for sale, from the mint-condition apparel and accessories (little black dresses, lingerie, handbags, jewelry) to the pieces that display them (hatboxes, vanity tables, boxy suitcases, even the chaise lounges and chandeliers). "You can buy the whole look." says co-owner Patti Fox. We want it all.

 

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On a recent visit to the glorious new vintage boutique Boudoir (990 Queen St. W. 416-535-6600), we felt like we'd stepped into Audrey Hepburn's Paris hotel suite in the 50's. This captivating West Queen West shop - featuring dresses and lingerie spilling from boxy suitcases, intimate dressing rooms furnished with antique vanity tables, perfume bottles, furs, hats, and handbags draped on cast-iron fixtures - is a definite must-see...

 

Makes being sexy as easy as pie
National Post
January 2,2003

Want to turn your love life around 360 degrees?

It's been said that in the bedroom size doesn't matter, but it seems that shape sure can improve your odds.

The round bed, long the domain of over-sexed celebrities and Harlequin romance heroes is the centre piece at Boudoir, a new boutique on Queen Street West that specializes in bedroom adornments, antiques and "eccentricities."

Owners Patti Fox and Debbie Pearce found the eight-foot-diameter bed in the classified ads and quickly did a deal. "Everyone who comes in the store loves it," said Fox. "You take one look at it and you envision good times."

The bed, which was recently featured underneath Toronto goodtime girls Sasha and the Scandelles on the cover of Eye weekly, carries a $2,000 price tag.

But it also holds decades of sexual legend. Playboy magnate Hugh Hefner used to do all his work from a spinning round bed in the Playboy mansion. The storied bed even toured with the Playboy Expo so ordinary square-bedded guys could have their picture taken while rotating blissfully along side a playmate.

In 1997, Mike Myers brought the round bed back into public - that is, public - popularity when, as Austin Powers, he dove on a shagadelic round bed and asked Elizabeth Hurley if he made her horny.

In the Silencers, a 1966 flick, Dean Martin starred as another swingin' spy, Matt Helm. In the kitsch classic, Helm's round bed actually moves across the room and lifts up to dump him into a pool-sized bathtub filled with suds - and his assistant, Lovey Kravezit.

"It's very cross-generational in its appeal," said Fox. "If you're younger, it's Austin Powers."

During the swinging Sixties and sticky Seventies, the iconic-beds gained popularity as gifts between the rich and sexually famous. Bombshell Ann-Margaret once received a round bed as a gift from then-beau Elvis Presley (the King himself had a round, white, fur-covered bed in his bedroom).

Alice Cooper was given a round bed by Groucho Marx. "He told me he went through three wives with it and never had any luck," Cooper said. And Cooper couldn't have fared much better, because he eventually passed the gift along to Paul McCarntney.

At Boudoir, a number of customers have been captivated by the bed, but there have been no offers yet. Film producers, set designers and commercial directors have all eyed the bed, but its powers are too much for most mortals.

"People come in on a daily basis, trying to negotiate the price or begging for some sort of layaway plan," says Fox. "A lot of people just want it as a couch, but there are a few guys who obviously picture it as the locale for some sort of group event."

Local party guy and agent for the Levin Agency, Sam Hiyate, considered purchasing the swinging settee for his new digs in Rosedale. His reasoning: "Anyone who owns that bed will become a legend."

But even Myers discovered the downside of the bed's legend. In the 2001 animated feature Shrek, Myers battled to keep Princess Fiona from going under the zebra-patterned covers of evil Lord Farquaad's round bed.

And Bobby Jo Moore, who plays Chris Issak's platinum-haired mermaid muse on the Chris Isaak Show, told Playboy magazine she was nearly killed by a spinning bed. During the taping of the show's second episode, Moore said the bed began spinning at Mach 1 and Isaak had to pull her off the contraption before she was thrown into a concrete wall.

And for those who dare to take on the randy responsibilities of owning a round bed, linens are by far the greatest challenge. Boudoir's $2,000 asking price does not include sheets, and you won't find circular linens at a Sears white sale.

American fashion designer Cynthia Rowley told In Style magazine she had to cut the corners of a large comforter to cover the round bed in her Tribeca loft. For potential buyers who aren't handy with scissors, satin, flannel, wool, rubber and even latex sheets can be found on the Internet for any size round bed.

But the added expense of linens, although steep, could be worth the investment. Everyone knows they should make their bed, but not everyone owns a bed that could make them.

(c) 2007 Boudoir