Exuberant television host Chris Hyndman isn't speaking to a toddler or even some pampered pooch.He
is directing his
affection toward a full-length reversible Toscana lamb shearling that is shaggy on one side and soft as a newborn's tush on the other.
"Oh, I could wear this coat every single day," he
sighs to the staff at the Hazelton Ave. offices of Hugo Boss
This item, however, is beyond the sum that their agreement allows, meaning that if Hyndman
really wants the coat, he'll have to cough up the $5,000 himself.But it's a splurge Hyndman is willing to make.
"I'll wear the furry side out for parties but switch to the black suede side for everyday," he
rationalizes as he
reflection in a full-length mirror.Then he
confesses, "I'm obsessed with making an entrance.The first five minutes of a party are my best five minutes.But I wouldn't want to be out shopping in fur.That's too flashy."
Too flashy?This is the man who loses it over a red tie-dye vest with a gigantic daisy embroidered on the back.
and Steven show up at a mall they get 2,000 screaming women."
Steven is the straight man and Chris
has the humour and physical energy.
...The duo, who are both in their mid-30s, first crossed paths at Eaton's downtown store where Sabados was display director on the cosmetics floor and Hyndman, who had taken a film and television makeup course at Ryerson, was working at the Chanel counter.
was also primping Jeanne Beker, Anne Mrozkowski and Marilyn Dennis over at CityTV, where Sabados was dishing out décor advice on Dennis' Cityline show.
, whose parents separated when he
was still a tot, grew up in tiny St. Phillips, Nfld., where every home had an ocean view. It wasn't long before Hyndman joined The Sabados Group, which was founded in 1992.
There the two focused on special events and set design.
But a down-to-earth approach to high-style décor has proven to be their forte.
Now they buzz around with a production crew of 10, as they put it, "changing the world one room at a time."
The breakneck pace means even their cover boy looks require constant attention.
day by lighting an invigorating scented candle, turning the little TV in his
bathroom to Canada AM and soaking in no-name sea salts he
buys at the drugstore.
"I never have showers," he
reveals."I need to lie down."He
favours the pink Dove soap that reminds him of his
grandmother, Chanel's Précision Aquamousse Foaming Cream cleanser, and Crème de la Mer.
Midday maintenance - depending on what's happening with their skin - involves Ponds Dry Skin Cream, The Body Shop Vitamin E Face Mist, and blotting papers to soak up excess oil - Hyndman
prefers MAC Blot Film.
, on the other hand, likes "lots of everything."He
has a collection of funky hats from Urban Outfitters and loads of beads and leather cords to wind around his
neck.Good jewelry, like the lapis lazuli cufflinks he
is now contemplating, are custom-made by John de Jong.His
rimless sunglasses are Chanel
Free clothes, A-list party invitations - remarkably, the success hasn't gone to their heads.
"The best thing about all this is the positive reinforcement," Hyndman
says."Every time we go out the door people stop us and say they love the show."